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Have a game, Ryan Vogelsong. Have a reborn career.

October 21, 2012

We aren’t here very often anymore. We began with news updates every other day and now we’re lucky if we post every other month. But that might be okay. Because maybe this isn’t where we come to write after every game; instead, maybe this is where we come when we can’t *not* write. And we’ve never been very good at not writing about Ryan Vogelsong.

You’ve had to read our overblown expectations of him since Spring Training 2011. There are as many entries on this blog tagged with “Ryan Vogelsong” as there are with “MLB” and “baseball”. We wrote and wrote and wrote, and then we wrote a little less; but there was always “Tweety this” and “Tweety that”; and tonight Tweety saved the Giants from playoff elimination. Again.

It’s a cliche to say that you can’t predict baseball, but it’s also true. You can hope and pray and guess, but you can’t predict. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, all that hoping and guessing comes true.

Maybe its just Spring Training talking or maybe I’m just a sucker for “stuff”, but I think that Suppan and Vogelsong both have similar floors, but Ryan has the higher ceiling. After all, who has the 2.13 ERA? Maybe coming back and working with Rags again…maybe…just maybe…

Damn, I need to stop this train of thought; or send it hurtling off a cliff. Reality says there isn’t much of a difference between Soup and Tweety (I’m trying…) and that Sabean will go with the devil he knows and hire on the former.
– “Casting Our Lot with Team Vogelsong“, Us, March 14, 2011

It looks funny now, doesn’t it, the idea that Jeff Suppan, he of the 4.70 career ERA whose name is in the dictionary next to “acceptable journeyman” and All-Star, postseason stopper, rotation stalwart Ryan Vogelsong were in some way comparable in our minds, even as we were saying we’d want him on the roster. But a year and a half is an eon in baseball time, and we all know how much has changed. We’ve watched it. We’ve watched him mow down hitters with paint on the corners like he was carving the strike zone up. We’ve watched him stand on the bases with no jacket in torrential Chicago rain like it ain’t no thing. And now we’ve watched him shut down two of the best offenses in baseball with the season on the brink. At this point we’re just waiting for Disney to buy the rights to his life story. I’d vote to cast Josh Charles, personally.

All of this I guess is just to say, well, awesome. Baseball can be a cruel mistress, and sometimes you need to take a moment to step back and enjoy it when things go so beautifully, almost unbelievably right.

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