Images of 2012: Won’t be too long…

Okay, so this is an Instagram image. But it’s a good one. It is of Opening Day in San Francisco this season. And, by the way, only about a month and a half until pitchers and catchers report, about two months until the WBC and about three months until we see stuff like this again:

Photo by Shaketini, used under a Creative Commons license.

 

Happy New Year!

 

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Images of 2012: Year of the Panda

The 2012 World Series MVP, Pablo Sandoval.

Photo by Geekstinkbreath, used under a Creative Commons license.

Images of 2012: Perfection

Images from 2012…

There were three perfect games this season, a record, but perhaps the most unexpected was the first one, by Phil Humber. He no-hit the Mariners in April. He’s somewhere underneath his teammates in the picture below.

(Photo by Blake Handley, used under a Creative Commons license.)

What’s amazing about this, despite the fact that every perfect game is unexpected, was that both before this game and after it, Humber had been unexceptional. In fact, by the end of the season, he was an afterthought with a 6.44 ERA who was let go by the White Sox at season’s end. Sports Illustrated noted that this made him the pitcher with the worst ERA in the league with at least 100 IP this season.
He’ll try to resurrect his career next season in Houston. But no matter what happens, he will always have that April day against Seattle, where he saw 27 come up, and sent all 27 down.