Dusty Baker's conventional wisdom captures respect from players.
While Barry Zito and Jose Guillen were left off the Giants' postseason roster, they were probably never given an option, like Doug Glanville, to contribute in a different way.
The big names got teams this far, but with expanded September rosters, it might be the lesser-known player who actually puts a team into the postseason.
Whatever kind of year it's been where you live, it's only half-over. So here's Wild Pitches' special, slightly tilted look back at the First Half That Was.