What did you miss? Were you in a time warp? The San Francisco Giants never won the World Series. Juan wasn't there in the 7th game. Welcome to the world of Classic Fantasy Baseball. This fantasy game allows you to pick players of the past to compete in a compressed 162 game season played out over three weeks and capped by playoffs and the World Series. The game is offered at MLB.com. You can draft pretty much who you want but must stay under the initial cap of $24 million.
My entry, the SF Gints was stocked with several old Giants and a mixture of players from other teams. My lineup consisted of the following:
Matty Alou (RF)
Joe Morgan (2B)
Willie Mays (CF)
Willie McCovey (1B)
Orlando Cepeda (DH)
Ollie Brown (LF)
Mike Shannon (3B)
Tommy Corcoran (SS)
Otto Miller (C)
The Pitching Staff Consisted of Starters:
Bobby Thigpen closer
Marichal, who went 20-12 during the season, started out slowly in the playoffs losing one game in the Championship Series and one in the World Series. Still and all, he was the one to give the ball to in the deciding 7th game of this mythical World Series. Juan did not disappoint. He gave up only three hits while scattering 6 uncharacteristic walks in shutout victory. He went the distance, as one would expect, making 136 pitches. No pitch count for Juan. He once pitched over 200 pitches in a epic battle he won against Warren Spahn.
The final score of the game was 3-0. The game was played at Candlestick Park as it was from 1961-1965. One of the features of the game is that you can pick your ballpark from a list of hundreds. The characteristics of the park are built into the programming. In my mind's eye Juan pitched in front of 58,000 jubilant Giants fans and was carried off the field on the shoulders of his team mates. A parade was planned for Monday that would leave Fisherman's Wharf and travel down the Embarcadero to Market Street and then to the Civic Center. A parade that has long been in the making.
The Giants scored their first run in the 2n inning when a infield hit by Mike Shannon drove in Willie McCovey from third base. Ollie Brown scored in the 5th on a ground out by Otto Miller. In the bottom of the 6th the Giants got their third run when a young Willie McCovey drove the ball deep and out to right field. It was no doubt a hooking line drive that was out before the right fielder Johnny Callison could even react.
Now for more pressing matters. It is 2010 and not 1965. We are still planning for that parade......