Saturday, July 23, 2016

Unbelievably Uncommon

Santiago Casilla is of a rare breed who thrives in desperate situations but somewhat staggers in any form of prosperity whatsoever. After all, who can feel secure in the fact that some things are better than others. Who's to say what is comfortable and what is uncomfortable? To each, his/her own.

Give him a lead and he'll make you sweat. Give him a "do-able" situation and he'll act as if there was something that did not need to be there. He just isn't comfortable in certain state of affairs. I think this is why Bruce Bochy puts him in the role of closer.  Casilla has a knack of pulling off things that appear highly unlikely. 

Whether it seems like there is no way he can blow "this" save opportunity or the Giants have managed to scrape across a couple of runs to make it harder for him to "BLOW" the save his mindset is only accommodating for the high-wire act above roaring flames and anything less than that is something not worthy according to his demeanor. 

On July 23, 2016, at Yankee Stadium III, he pulled off an amazing performance that was built just for him. Yes, we know that Yankee Stadium was the "House that Ruth Built" but on this Saturday in 90 degree temperatures this was what Casilla needed to show the major league baseball world that he truly does belong. 

Casilla would get the win and it snapped a 6-game losing streak for the Giants, since the All-Star break. 

Never question Bruce Bochy. And, oh by the way, this coming up week during the Cincinnati Reds homestand there will be a Bruce Bochy gnome night. If you are superstitious you might want to make an effort to pick one up.

Kevin J. Marquez