SF Giants World Series Gear: Hats, Shirts, and Jerseys Out Now!

Mike Matheny came into tonight having lost only 2 elimination games as a manager. Tonight would prove to be the third.

Madison Bumgarner Vs Adam Wainwright. 2 aces. 1 game. The San Francisco Giants trying to clinch; the Cardinals trying to stay alive in San Fran and take the National League Championship San Francisco Giants HoodieSeries home. A pitcher’s duel, in the truest sense of the term.

The Giants needed to get up early, a tough task against the Cards’ stud. The bottom of the first inning saw the Giants get a runner on second with 2 outs and the dangerous Pablo “The Panda” Sandoval at the plate. Went to a full count. Sandoval looking for the right pitch. Grounded out meekly to the right side, after all that.

The 2nd Inning saw both pitchers get through without a hitch. The 3rd Inning would be different, the second time through the order for Bumgarner. Wainwright sacrifice bunted a runner over, helping his own cause and catalyzing a small-ball flurry that saw the Cards go up 1-0. Leaving two on base, though, it could have been so much more.

The Giants came up in the 3rd needing an equalizer. They got that and then some. Joe Panik hit a bomb out of the yard with a runner on, and the crowd was jubilant. The first Giants homer in 243 plate appearances came at exactly the right time.

The Cardinals needed to respond in the 4th. They did immediately, with a tying leadoff homer by Adams. Then a go-ahead bomb by Tony Cruz. Bumgarner was over 60 pitches in by the end of the fourth, and down again for the second time in the contest.

San Francisco Giants World Series HatThe Giants responded with a double down the left field line, then a walk by the wild Wainwright. 2 on, nobody out. As the sun set behind the outfield wall, the Giants lined into a double play. Would have been rally killing… but the Giants were patient, and Wainwright walked himself into 2 men on with 2 out, having trouble with the bottom of the order… until he got out of the jam with a swinging strikeout on a nasty breaking pitch.

3-2, as a brilliant scarlet sun sank into the Pacific. The 5th Inning and Top of the 6th came and went with no offense, yet with Wainwright appearing to be settling into a groove, with great heat and baffling curves. Had the Giants lost their opportunity to close their nemeses out?

The Bottom of the 6th Inning: Wainwright, looking more dangerous with each out, striking out the side. A primal yell after the third and final out. It was as if he knew. Or, perhaps, he thought he knew.

The 7th Inning and the Cardinals’ bullpen heated up, with two men throwing, suggesting some situational pitching in the game’s back third. The Cards went down in order, with Wainwright swinging through strike 3. Wainwright returned the favor.

The 8th Inning felt like October baseball. A close game between two veteran squads, both of whom had been here before, neither of whom wanted the moment to end. The Cardinals, unlike the Giants, had to live for the present. Without success, there would be no tomorrow until the end of the interminable Missouri winter.

Action in the Cardinals pen in the top of the 8th, as the Cardinals went down in order and the dugout congratulated Wainwright. Meanwhile, Bumgarner was still serving it up. A little less zip on the ball, a little less control, a little deeper into counts, a little more shaking off signs.

How little did it matter. As Madison Bumgarner closed out the 8th, he’d retired 13 straight. The Giants, meanwhile, prepared for some fresh heat from Pat Neshek in the Cardinals’ pen.

Michael Morse went yard and tied it up with a pinch hit home run to left; the crowd went from catatonic to ecstatic. The game knotted at three going into the 9th.

The Cardinals got to the reliever, Santiago Casilla, with two on and one out. Trouble by the Bay, with a runner 180 feet away. More action in the Giants’ pen, while Casilla attempted to struggle out of the jam, with a fielder’s choice drawn.

Runners at the corners. 2 outs. Tony Cruz, with a homer already, at the bat. The game, the series, the season. A steal; two runners in scoring position. A single would be enough. Or so it seemSan Francisco Giants T-Shirtsed.

Cruz worked the count deep. Casilla kept it deliberate. The tension, thick as fog. A ball high and tight took the count full. Another one filled the bases for Oscar Tavares, drawing Bochy
from the dugout, forcing a pitching change.

Jeremy Affeldt, a southpaw from Phoenix, with the toughest draw of his career. Forced a grounder, fielded it, and stepped on first himself.orangetee

The bottom of the 9th. 3-3. The Giants had their shot to send the Cardinals home. Sandoval leading off with a base hit, a Tony Gwynn spray job to right, and a pinch runner to replace him.

The Cardinals pen, going again. A fly out, a four pitch walk, and Travis Ishikawa to the plate. The Cardinals couldn’t buy a strike. Homerun. Ishikawa.

The World Series Matchup: The San Francisco Giants. The Kansas City Royals. If it is anything like the ALCS and NLCS, it will be a classic.

Kansas City Royals AL Champs Gear and World Series Apparel Available Now

 

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KC Royals World Series Hoodies at Fanatics

The Kansas City Royals have done it — defeated the Baltimore Orioles in Game 4  of the American League Championship Series. The Royals weren’t expected to make it to the World Series, but their throwback style of baseball, their never-say-die attitude, and their ultimate team spirit allowed them to close out the series in the friendly confines of Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals got out to a 3-0 lead in the series, making the sweep of the Orioles — a feelgood story in their own right — a distinct possibility. The Royals had come into Game 4 with 7 straight postseason victories, and the home crowd was positively amped. Royals baseball, for so long a seeming afterthought, was not only on the national stage… it was galvanizing the nation, as America caught Royals fever.

The clinching Game 4 was bound to be yet another crowning moment in Royals history. The home team got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, rocking the raucous home crowd. Eric Hosmer, so clutch for the Royals during this fantastic season, grounded into a fielder’s choice to first, driving in a run.

A second run scored off a Baltimore error on the same play. Baseball fans who believe in luck understood, perhaps, then and there that the Royals would be a team of destiny. A World Series team.

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Kansas City Royals World Series Tee

From there, the question became one of whether or not the Royals could maintain their advantage.  The Orioles have no shortage of scrap themselves, and got a run to cut the home team’s lead in half. By the top of the 4th, it looked like this game, like Royals games historically, would be predicated on grind-it-out baseball. A leadoff walk to Adam Jones put the go ahead run on base with nobody out. It didn’t matter. A strikeout, then a 6-3 double play, and the Royals retained their advantage going into the bottom of the inning.

It was as if the crowd knew destiny was on their side.

The Orioles threatened again in the top of the 6th, forcing KC to go to the pen. With two outs, Baltimore had runners on the corners. The tying run just 90 feet away.

And a hush fell over Kauffman as the fearsome Nelson Cruz came to bat. A scorching line drive, caught by the second baseman.

And the crowd went wild as the sun faded from the field, representing the dying of the Orioles’ light. The 7th inning came and went without scoring. The Orioles had just six outs to get a solitary run, or their season was done.

The top of the 8th saw Wade Davis give up a two out single. The next batter: a big swinging strike on a 97 MPH heater. The next pitch was rocked to third; the throw out was without incident.

And the Royals were three outs away from glory. They tasted victory, and they went big. A double off the wall by Billy Butler, and a pinch runner to ensure the insurance run would come through. Alex Gordon at the plate, and Kansas City knew what was up. Power. Speed. Fundamental baseball. That is what the Kansas City Royals are all about. It seemed like a fait accompli.

Then Gordon struck out, chilling the red-hot, raucous crowd.  By the time it got to two outs in the inning, with runners on the corners, it was clearly the most important out for the Orioles of the year. A last chance to keep the game as a one run nailbiter. Britton for the Orioles ran up a 2-0 count, and Mike Moustakas had the hitter’s count… but could do nothing with it.  The count went even, the batter spoiling pitches foul, only to meekly pop up to shallow right.

KC Royals Champs HatsThe Orioles had their 3, 4, and 5 hitters up in the top of the 9th. Imagine the pressure. Imagine the feeling Royals players and fans, who had waited so long for this moment, this tantalizing instant three decades in the making.

It is what professional sports is all about.
A leadoff walk stopped the “Let’s Go Royals” chant cold, and the ghosts of seasons past peeked from around the corner, with Nelson Cruz up at the plate. Cruz hit into a fielder’s choice. Delmon Young swung at air for the second out. Three strikes away…. a grounder to third… and 29 years of frustration ended. One of the biggest moments in KC Royals history, with fireworks sounding, the crowd rocking, and the Royals in the World Series!

8 postseason games. 8 postseason wins.

 

Kansas City Royals AL Champs Gear — including locker room shirts, hats, and hoodies — is available at Fanatics.com. Royals fans: tell us how you are feeling about this epic win in the comments… and also, tell us what you think of our unprecedented collection of Kansas City Royals AL Champs Apparel!

How To Protect Your iPhone 6: Advice from an Android User

The iPhone 6 was just released and I have a confession to make. I’m an Android user living with the owner of a new iPhone 6. The house is divided: Android vs. iPhone. As with many of the hot topics a couple might not meet eye to eye on, we’ve had to just agree to disagree.

With the recent release of the iPhone 6, all I’ve been hearing from the other end of the house is how she can’t wait to upgrade her new iPhone 6 with cool iPhone 6 Accessories. Cases, Screen Covers, Wallets, Headphones, Earbuds, and Speakers— Fanatics stocks all of these iPhone 6 Accessories for your favorite College, NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL teams!

Fortunately, I work at Fanatics and have an insight to all the cool, team spirited iPhone 6 Cases you will ever need to protect your precious iPhone 6 from having a “shattering” experience. Buying her a new case is something I’m very happy with. The Jacksonville Jaguars iPhone 6 Dual Hybrid 2-Piece Case will cost only 6% of what it will cost me to repair a broken iPhone, so it’s a no-brainer that these iPhone 6 Cases are a great investment. Of course, I can’t stop there. She loves to accessorize and she loves the Jacksonville Jaguars. That’s right, folks— my better half is a Jags fan, too. We actually meet eye to eye on some topics.

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Fanatics stocks iPhone 6 cases for Jaguars fans!

After I buy her the Jaguars Case, I will have to match it with a pair of Jacksonville Jaguars Shoelace Earbuds. Not to mention, she’s also an Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldog fan, so I’ll definitely be looking at some of the other iPhone 6 Accessories Fanatics stocks like the, Georgia Bulldogs iPhone 6 Polka Dot Thinshield Case and the Atlanta Braves iPhone 6 Stitch Thinshield Case.

As for me, the lone Android user, I have my simple Android phone and I’m extremely satisfied with it. It does what a phone is supposed to do: it makes phone calls when I need it to and I can play Fantasy Football anytime and anywhere, except at the office, of course. As a faithful Android user, I keep my phone protected with a nifty Jacksonville Jaguars Galaxy S4 Case. That’s really all I need; I’m a simple man.

All in all, it’s a win-win for the whole family. She gets to accessorize her iPhone 6 for any sports related occasion and I get to watch sports in peace, knowing I won’t be out hundreds of dollars because of an accidental drop. If you are anything like me and want to protect your delicate investments, then head on over to Fanatics.com for all your iPhone 6 needs!

Red River Rivalry Gear from Fanatics: Red River Rivalry 2013 Jerseys, T-Shirts and Hats Red River Rivalry T-Shirt

TRed River Rivalry T-Shirt he game is as old as time-1900 to be exact. But this year, things will be a little different, a little “golden.”

Red River Rivalry 2013 brings with it some exciting changes and Fanatics has them ALL in stock for you! This year, at the 108th meeting of the Texas-OU Game, both teams will square off in
special 2013 Nike Pro Combat Red River Rivalry Uniforms. These special jerseys feature the theme of this year’s matchup–gold–as they both have gold and chrome accenting adorned throughout. In addition, each team’s nickname, “Boomer Sooner” and “Longhorns” are stitched into their respective necklines as well as a commemorative tag on each featuring the corresponding team and “Red River Rivalry” wordmark.Red River Rivalry Jersey

It’s not just special uniforms Fanatics has in stock; we also have the Red River Rivalry T-Shirts, Gloves and Shoes you want, too! The 2013 Red River Rivalry T-Shirts we have feature hanRed River Rivalry Jerseyd ges
tures if the fans, including the “hook ’em horns” gesture of the Texas Longhorns. The Red River Rivalry Gloves are a unique addition this year. The Nike Vapor Jet Gloves are colored gold and feature each team’s logo on the palm in brilliant white or red.

Also new for this year are the Nike Red River Rivalry Shoes. The Nike 2013 Red River Rivalry Free Trainer Shoes are inspired by the game and are the official shoes both team’s coaches will be wearing on the sidelines. These Nike Free Trainer 5.0 shoes both feature a golden Nike “swoosh” as well as each team’s respective colorway and a unique lattice design.

Red River-Rivalry Nike ShoesNow that you’ve got the Official Red River Rivalry Jersey, Gloves and Shoes, you just need the Official Hat. Top off a great OU-Texas Game look with a 2013 Red River Rivalry Hat from Fanatics. These great Nike Hats feature the team’s colors as well as a Red River Rivalry Emblem stitched to the side. We have just the Red River Rivalry Snapback you’re looking for to pop off your gameday look.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2011 – Save Big On These Sales and Deals!

Thanksgiving Day is upon us, which means Black Friday Sales and Cyber Monday Specials are quickly approaching. You want a great deal? How about 20% Off Already Marked Down Sale Items and Free 3-Business Day Shipping Over $75 at Fanatics Black Friday Sale, the World’s Largest Online Retailer of Officially Licensed Sports Merchandise! Find gifts for every family member, child, friend, co-worker, pet, and any other fan you aim to please all in one online location. We have quality merchandise for men, women and kids across all teams and leagues such as football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, pro-fighting, surfing, NASCAR, skateboarding, Olympics and more! With over 200,000 officially licensed, quality products across all teams and leagues (NFL, NCAA, NHL, MMA, NBA, MLB), Fanatics has everything your heart desires. Black Friday is November 25th and Cyber Monday is November 28th. To receive Free 3-Business Day Shipping Over $75 – just enter holiday promo code “Holiday75″ during Checkout. Also, take a peek at our Outlet with already marked down merchandise for every sports enthusiast. Don’t miss out this holiday season with promotions and savings from Fanatics to complete your holiday checklist. And if you’d rather give your fan the gift of buying exactly what he or she wishes, gift cards and gift certificates are the way to go!

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St. Patrick’s Day Sports Apparel

Show your team pride with a shade of green! St. Patrick’s Day is just about two and a half weeks away… have you purchased your favorite team’s St. Patty’s Day Gear yet? I love seeing classic teams with green shirts, jerseys and hats – it’s so cool to see a Yankees hat or Georgia Bulldogs boxer shorts in green. If you plan on going out March 17th and are a true fan, you need to be decked out in team gear. Check out our great selection of St. Patty’s Day gear for all the major teams in all leagues.

Shop today at Fanatics and get flat rate shipping!

No Fear Gear

I didn’t mean to put a rhyme in the post title, but ‘No Fear Gear’ just feels better than ‘No Fear Merchandise’ when talking about a brand like this. No Fear is a lifestyle clothing brand that was created in 1989 by brothers, Mark and Brian Simo. The brand really hit the scene in the early to mid 1990’s; by then, everyone had No Fear shirts… I know I did.

Do you remember No Fear Shirts? They had motto’s on them and most of the time it would be a situation in which a person was required to show no fear. A sports example of a No Fear T-Shirt I had was something like “Bottom of the ninth. Bases loaded. Full Count. Two Outs. No Fear.”

Here are more No Fear motto’s I found online:

  • “Don’t let your fears stand in the way of your dreams.”
  • “Losing is for those who are afraid to risk everything to win.”
  • “Commitment isn’t the time you spend, it’s the line you cross.”
  • “Few are born with it. Even fewer know what to do with it.”
  • “Fear is in the eye of the beholder, don’t let it be you.”
  • “Play hard, play rough or take your ball and go home.”
  • “It is far better to have played and lost, then not to have played at all.”
  • “A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can’t.”
  • “Now No Fear has an awesome line of MMA gear.

Are there any cool No Fear sayings you remember?