No Time To Dwell

August 30

The words of the late, great Red Barber could be heard echoing in the 9th inning of Monday night’s Giants-Rockies game: “And how quickly things can change.” What, you didn’t hear Red Barber echoing at A T and T Park ? That was just me ? Wow, and I was nowhere near Burning Man.

I can feel the outrage of Giants fans as I write these words. How dare I be so flippant after a horrible loss ? How dare I fiddle while Rome is burning ( and I don’t mean Jim Rome ) ?

Well, it’s like this: The 2-1 defeat hurt badly. The Giants specialize in gut-punch losses to the Rockies. Remember “this is not good, folks” ? The Giants blew a terrific opportunity to gain on both the Padres and Phillies while dissuading the Rockies of the notion they could catch and pass the Giants.

Instead, the Rockies are now two games behind the Giants with two more games to play this week.

Yes, I know Cody Ross took a bad angle to the decisive hit by Carlos Gonzalez, largely due to the fact that Gonzalez’ bat broke. Maple bats being what they are these days, the ball flew over Ross’ head. Worse yet was the three-hop throw by Freddy Sanchez to third which bounced into the stands and allowed Gonzalez to score.

Yes, I know Freddy Sanchez has four errors in the last four games after having a clean sheet all season. Yes, I know the most timely start of Jonathan Sanchez’ career was all for naught. Yes, I know some will second-guess Bruce Bochy, although Bochy clearly didn’t want Sanchez to be hung with a loss if things went sideways.

But there are 29 games to go, and there’s no time to dwell on negativity.

The Giants simply have to strap it on and get after the Rockies again Tuesday night. Grinding on what happened Monday night is of no use. Doing so will give the defeat more value than it should have during a playoff hunt. The only thing to do is win the next two — that would largely erase Monday’s bad memory.

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If Trevor Cahill had any hope of winning the Cy Young Award, he needed to pitch well against the Yankees in the Bronx Monday night. That’s how this works. Someone from baseball’s Siberia needs to make an impression on a big stage. Cahill did, alright.

It was bound to happen to an A’s starter after an unbelievable run of excellence. Cahill didn’t get out of the fifth inning, in his shortest start of the year, gave up back to back home runs by Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano, and gave up eight runs — tied for the most of his career. That sound you just heard was the fail horn: “boo-boo-buh-booh … bwaaaaaah.”

Cahill didn’t have it Monday, and the Yankees are a bad team to “not have it” against. At the new Yankee Stadium, this week’s four-game series might be a mismatch. The Yankees simply have too much firepower in a hitter-friendly park. It might be curtains for the A’s dim hopes of catching the Rangers.

***

A lot was going on over the weekend, but to me, the most significant event was in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

That’s where 20-year-old Michelle Wie won the Canadian Open by three strokes. We’ve forgotten about this tall drink of water from Hawaii because there was so much hype and too many expectations; she fellt short and faded away for a while. Last weekend was a reminder of the tremendous talent she possesses.

Some LPGA wags ( and what a thing to be ) are opining that Wie could save the tour. Commentator Judy Rankin somewhat defensively says she doesn’t know “if the tour needs saving,” but acknowledges that it would get a big boost with Wie’s ascendancy. Some of those same wags are wondering if Wie will be the Tiger Woods of the LPGA tour — at least on the golf course.

This win could be a springboard for Wie or it could revive all the unfair expectations that helped send her off the tracks when she was still in her teens. Wie has been through a lot for a golfer so young, so maybe it doesn’t faze her now. It was probably foolish to think she could challenge in men’s tournaments — at least in her teens — but I have a feeling the most important chapter of her career is about to be written.

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In a clever publicity stunt which worked because it got a mention in one of my KNBR updates as well as on Ralph and Tom’s show, Head and Shoulders shampoo is insuring Troy Polamalu’s hair for $1 million, through Lloyd’s of London. The Steelers safety wears his hair long as a tribute to his Samoan heritage. The Chiefs’ Larry Johnson gave the hair a good tug in 2006, but it has managed to withstand the rigors of the NFL so far.

I have a few questions:

How does one figure the risk? Are there tonsorial actuarial tables at Lloyd’s ? What does this policy mean ? Does Polamalu have to be scalped to collect ? If so, is getting scalped worth $1 million ?

That’s right, Troy. I’m asking all these questions with my eyes.

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