Yesterday’s afternoon encounter was reminiscent of the ancient turmoil in Old England. My ancestors the Barons de Clare (Gilbert and his son Richard) and a whole bunch of their friends had gotten the “acting King”, John, to sign a declaration of rights (fitting to connect to Memorial Day, as the de Clares would say: n’est-ce pas). Consider this prelude to our movie to be the early part of the game. The upstart starting pitcher (Mike Foltynewicz playing the part of the upstart barons) going against the powerful World Champions of 2010, 2012, and 2014, also on a current roll of success, the Giants.
Just as at Runymede, our Braves pushed the Prince Regent into a corner. Folty pitched very well (like, he really looks like he will probably make it as a Major League starter). Our upstart baron suffered a minor initial indignity when Brandon Belt hit a solo home run in the second before the Braves barons were able to corner the Prince Regent at Runymede (Turner Field). Baron Adonis Garcia singled, Baron Nick Markakis doubled (but Baron Garcia couldn’t take the extra castle), Baron Kelly Johnson struck out, and then, out of respect, Baron A. J. Pierzinski was walked. Baron Foltynewicz did the honorable thing and struck out (rather than hitting into the potential inning ending double play). So, the mace was passed to Baron Mallex Smith. His mighty blow is called a triple in the American English baseball speech and suddenly, the Prince Regent was reeling.
But the attack on the Prince Regent did not abate. In the next inning Baron Gordon Beckham and Baron Freddie Freeman both singled (and Baron Beckham could not take the extra castle). Baron Garcia grounded to first, moving both knights forward. Then, Baron Nick Markakis put a funny spin on the ball causing one of the Prince Regent’s henchmen (Brandon Belt) to commit something called an “error” which allowed Baron Beckham to come “home” (like, he is from Metro Atlanta). Baron Johnson atoned for his earlier poor work with the mace by attacking in such a way as to make a sacrifice of himself in order that Baron Freeman could further distress the Prince Regent (score a run).
Then the kingdom settled into a short period of peaceful prosperity. Several prominent men from among the knights stepped up to continue Baron Foltynewicz’ excellence. But the Prince Regent tried to come back and reassert power. The Duke of Albany (Brian Snitker) sent in a true and good knight (Arodys Vizcaino) to try and hold Rochester Castle. Prince John’s men fought all of the way to the castle keep, before finally the battle ended. They scored two runs in the 9th and threatened more.
So, by this victory was the struggle for human rights and justice preserved. Kind of like this whole “Memorial Day” thing.