Blue and Gold White Heat — Bruin Brandon Crawford gets a World Series Ring, topping a series of honors and accomplishments for several individual Bruins, several Bruin teams, and UCLA as a University, in the last two weeks, while u$c gets no love at all
Yeah, I know… James Cagney NEVER said “Top of the World, Ma!” in his classic gangster flick “White Heat.” The actual quote is “Made it, Ma! Top of the World!” And Bogie never said “Play it again, Sam,” and Desi never said “Lucy, you have some esplaining to do!” But sometimes I have to go with what people THINK is reality, as opposed to actual reality, so just go with it. And with that said, Brandon CRAWford is on top of the World tonight, as the former Bruin Baseball Star’s San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the World Series 3-2 to become World Champions. That makes 3 times in the last 5 years for the Giants, a fact that makes fans of their Rival L.A. Dodgers livid. That’s the essence of a Rivalry — you have to suffer through the successes of your rival, in order to fully enjoy and appreciate their failures. The subject of Rivalry is near and dear to my heart — and this belief is the entire premise that drives this website, and is a topic to which I will return later in this article. But first, back to Crawford.
In Frisco’s decisive 3-2 Game 7 victory, Crawford drove in 1 of the 3 Giant runs, giving him a Series total of 4 RBI’s (I refuse to conform by saying RBI instead of RBI’s like all the announcers and reporters do now). Only 2 Giants had 5 RBI’s in the Series, making Crawford the 3rd-highest run-producer on the team. In addition, Crawford hit OVER .300 for the Series, collecting 7 hits. He also got on base 3 more times, via Walks, and scored 2 Runs. On Defense he helped turn 7 Double Plays. Of course, SF Pitcher Madison Bumgarner was the big star and unanimous MVP, but don’t forget — without Crawford, the Giants might not have even made it out of the Wild Card Playoff, as his Grand Slam Home Run against Pittsburgh was the main reason they survived and advanced. And now, they are all getting fitted for new RINGS. And of course, no rings for u$c, as there are no trojans on the Giants’ roster.
Crawford wasn’t the only Bruin Star that had a good week. From the Bruin Football Team, Linebacker Eric Kendricks was named Continue Reading »