It's really about time. These late inning victories by the Rockies are more than mere coincidence, and it's not fair to the Giants or any other baseball team who plays hard for 9 innings only to suffer a crushing defeat because of a juiced-up baseball.
Last year was a perfect example. I firmly believable the humidor shenanigans cost the Giants the wild-card last year. Since this blog entry is me talking as a Giant's fan (think of it as an expanded "my thoughts") and not as a game reporter (like I do on "game summary), I am going to say that I am very upset that this went on. Because of it, Giants fans across the Bay Area, including myself, had to endure the crushing defeats at Coors that put the nail on the coffin when it came to them making the post-season for the first since 2003. Let's examine how many times the Rockies seemed to come back out of nowhere last year late in the season and also some of the evidence supporting a humidor conspiracy. Keep in mind that the Giants only trailed Colorado by 4 games by the end of the 2009 season.
Exhibit A: 8/22/09: The Giants were up 6-1, but a 7-run 6th propelled the Rockies to a 14-11 win. This would have tied things up in the wild card.
Exhibit B: 8/23/09: The Giants were up 2-0, while Lincecum (a fly-ball pitcher) was cruising, but runs in the 7th and 8th gave the Rox a comeback 4-2 victory.
Exhibit C: 8/24/09: This was the game where Damon Bruce filled in for Gary Radnich and gave a dose of baseball therapy. With the Giants up 4-1 in the top of the 14th, the Rockies roared back with a 5-run bottom 14 on a grand slam.
3 comebacks from nowhere in a row? Hmmmm......
Now let's look at this year.
Exhibit D: 7/3/10: Giants were up 7-1 on Ubaldo Jimenez, but the Rockies scored 4 in the 6th to take a 8-7 lead. Thankfully, the Giants won 11-8. Fly-ball pitcher Barry Zito started.
Exhibit E: The Giants were 3-6 at Coors last year and 7-2 at AT&T Park against the Rockies. 3/6 losses at Coors were come from behind by the Rockies. The Rockies did not come from behind once to beat the Giants at A&T Park.
As I said in my last entry, the mass media is very pervasive. It effects everybody. Because of it, the Giants' brass now have their eyes on the humidor along with help from Major League Baseball. The media brought the issue forward and now it has become salient. Take a look at this fine piece of work by Giants weekend host/CSN Bay Area writer Mychael Urban, as he writes about the humidor conspiracy. See link below.