Wednesday, December 12, 2012
25 for 16: Zo's Hat
Starting pitcher: Zo
My hat was purchased, and first worn, at the final game against the Washington Nationals at ATT Park on Wednesday afternoon, August 15. Tim Lincecum started, but garnered the loss after giving up 4 runs and lasting 4 innings. Stephen Strasburg got the win for a 6 inning effort in which the Giants could only manage 2 runs. The day ended at 6-4 Nats. That day, yeah, I heard about the Melky troubles as I was walking into the stadium.
But, from that inauspicious beginning, the hat went on to compile a stellar record. The hat went 10 - 4 for the remainder of August and 20 - 10 for September for a 31 - 16 record for the remainder of the season. .660, baby! The end of the season is mostly about your own division, and the Giants won where it counted: 6 - 3 against San Diego, 6 - 3 against Los Angeles, 5 - 4 against Arizona, and 6 - 1 against Colorado. The hat also saw a 7 - 3 record against non-division opponents. And then, of course, the playoffs and series. I'm still stunned at the Giants' accomplishment, and how beautiful it was and man, did Tim ever turn into a hero when the money was on the line. You might say that the hat was at the beginning of the Giants' victory push that never stopped until they were World Champions. You might churlishly point out that the correlation is not causation, but you would always, always have just the smallest shadow of a doubt about that. Then again, you might just say, "What an awesome hat!"