I would be remiss not to use my lunch time to congratulate the San Jose Giants for coming from behind 0-2 games in a 5 game playoff and sweeping the three games at home, winning last night, 3-1 behind the stout pitching of Jeff Petersen and Jason Waddell, who got the win after taking a loss earlier in the series. Petersen pitching 6 strong innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 BB, 1 R/ER, 1 HR, with 5 strikeouts. Waddell was even stronger, going 3 innings, giving up 2 hits, 0 R/ER, with 7 strikeouts to take the win after the Giants rallied in the bottom of the 7th for 3 runs, with Nate Schierholtz driving in the eventual winning run with a single and Travis Ishikawa driving in the insurance run with a sac fly.
Many of these players will probably be promoted to Double-A next season, Norwich Navigators presumably (I recall the Giants renewing their operating agreement with Norwich last season), so we might be looking at a championship there next year. At minimum, they will have a premium hitting club as that was what drove this club this season, with EME, Frandsen, Schierholtz, Ishikawa, Clay Timpner, Eliezer Alfonzo, Jake Wald, Todd Jennings, Brian Buscher, and John Bowker who were all hitting well at SJ. However, Frandsen and Alfonzo were promoted to AAA by year's end, having both did well at Norwich-AA, so they should be at AAA to start next season, if not higher. And EME might get a chance at AAA depending on how he recovers from the surgery by spring training (that was what was holding the Giants back from promoting him from SJ, as he would need to field a position in the higher leagues).