Major League Baseball, my late season heroes and villains

As Major League Baseball heads into the post-season, and I put down my final thoughts from the 2012 regular season games, I’ll take a look back at the last few games I covered and why a few teams, players and coaches are either heroes or villains in my book.

Ah hell, who am I kidding, I am entirely convinced no one actually reads my blog, they just look at the pictures. I’d say most people’s attention span is so short that if there are more than a few sentences most people just tune out and move on. At any rate most of my visitors come from Google Image Search anyway, and I assume they are just looking free photos so who cares what I write about in this blog post anyway.

I don’t understand how someone can post six random lines of text and a stolen photo from Flickr and get 135 “likes” whereas I can spend hours writing what I think is very well thought out information and post more than ten unique photos that I captured and get two “likes” and one of those is from some “online Viagra pills” spammer . . .

Oh well, on with the photos.

Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker: Hero

Dusty Baker used to be with the San Francisco Giants and I was always a Giants fan, and to top it off he seems to be a genuinely nice guy.

Click on the “continue reading” link below to see the rest of my Heroes and Villains.

St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire: before – Hero, now Villain

When Mark McGwire was with the Oakland A’s and part of the “bash brothers” duo of Jose Canseco and himself he was a Hero in my book, now he treats all the media photographers like crap, turns his back and doesn’t like having his picture taken, plus there was that whole steroids thing, so now he is a big old Villain.

Arizona Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson: Villain

I’m sorry but I just can’t get over the two-outs pinch-hit home run off Dennis Eckersley to give the Los Angles Dodgers a 5 to 4 win in the first game of the 1988 World Series against the Oakland A’s, and as I watched Kirk Gibson limp around the bases that night I swore I’d never forgive him, and I haven’t.

San Francisco Giants Pablo Sandoval: Hero

Pablo Sandoval is expressive and portrays a “larger than life” persona that makes getting good or great images of him easy, and he is a good player so for those reasons he is a Hero.

San Francisco Giants Angel Pagan: Hero

Another good player who is fun to photograph and is now playing for the San Francisco Giants, one of my favorite teams, so he goes on the Hero list.

Oakland Athletics Jemile Weeks: Hero

Jemile Weeks and the entire Oakland Athletics organization have really shined in the last half of the 2012 season, for that, and because I have always been an A’s fan they all go on my Hero list.

Oakland Athletics Manager Bob Melvin: Hero

I guess I gotta include the A’s Manager Bob Melvin on the Hero list for taking the team this far in the 2012 season.

Arizona Diamondbacks Justin Upton: Villain

I’m sorta on the fence about Justin Upton, he cost tons of money and doesn’t always produce, when he does it’s great and sometimes when he doesn’t he has a melt-down tantrum in the dugout, so I guess he goes on the Villain list.

Arizona Diamondbacks Justin Upton: Villain

Justin Upton is just a kid so with time and some maturity he may move up to the other list, but for now he stays here.

Cincinnati Reds Johnny Cueto: Hero

Just for all that hair and well, let’s be honest he’s a decent pitcher so on the Hero list he goes.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner: Hero

I always thought Madison Bumgarner was a little bit boring, but when little Timmy’s stats dropped off the map, good old Madison Bumgarner got  a lot more interesting so he gets a nod to the Hero list.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum: Villain

Little Timmy “wild thing” Lincecum stats were so bad this year that he goes on the Villain list. I like his style and he is great to photograph so he could always move to the other list at a later date.

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny: Hero

Just for looking and acting like you really enjoy the game of baseball and you get put on the Hero list.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy: Hero

Ian Kennedy goes on the Hero list for fanning 10 batters in a row and just being a good solid pitcher.

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holiday: Hero and Arizona Diamondbacks Willie Bloomquist: Hero

Matt “Doc” Holiday goes on the list for trying to break up a double-play and Willie Bloomquist goes on the list for not allowing that to happen.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Travis Blackley: Hero

I think the A’s are about to move up in the world by winning the division series backed by great young pitchers like Travis Blackley, for that reason he gets the Hero stamp of approval.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley: Hero

Wade Miley seems destined for greatness, he’s young and has lots of time to grow so on the Hero list he goes.

Canon 5D mk III: Hero

For the great files and “fun” features like in-camera multiple exposure my Canon 5D mk III goes on the Hero list.

I put those last two in just to see if you were still with me, you have been reading along up to this point, right?


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