Tuesday, November 30, 2010
" You guys have seen the free-agent list. It's not very sexy at that position," Sabean said.
Brandon Crawford will not be ready to play in 2011, same with Ehire Adrianza. That leaves Manny Burriss as the only in-house solution.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
We are so, so lucky to have Buster Posey. After a World Series ring, and a Rookie of the Year award, what's next? MVP? Another ring? Bring it on, Buster!
Jason Heyward and Jamie Garcia were both outstanding and would have been deserving winners. They just had to compete against Buster Posey, and even with a month's head start it wasn't enough. Buster is that good.
Minor-league slash line: .352/.455/.620 (no typos--that's a 1.075 OPS).
He's also raking in the AFL to the tune of .373/.429/.613!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This morning, a pause in the joy here in the Pacific Northwest, as news filtered out that Dave Niehaus, beloved voice of the Mariners since their inception, had had a fatal heart attack. It's hard to imagine a Mariners' broadcast without Dave Niehaus. Cut from the Lon Simmons cloth of story-telling & joyfully losing his voice in the middle of describing sensational & important plays, he was a classic play-by-play man & a civic & regional institution, a part of everything Mariner for 33 years. His call of Edgar Martinez's Division Series winning double in 1995 is the quintessential Mariners call, the one that they break out at every big occasion. People remember Edgar's hit & Dave Niehaus's joyous call with equal fondness. Like Jon Miller, he was recently deservedly inducted into the Hall-of-Fame.
Please read the story & watch the clip (you'll see a few beloved ex-Giants, too):
We'll all miss you, Dave!
Happy Veterans Day, everyone.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
As we bask in the glory of our richly deserved World Championship, I strongly recommend that we all take a deep breath, review in detail Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Fooled By Randomness," feel the glow of that victory and think carefully before re-signing MVP's because they are.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
--the DVD set of all the Series games (plus Games 4 & 6 of the LCS and a bonus disc!)
--Series and LCS "official" progams
-- must-have license plate frame
--killer patch for my Cain jersey
and, best of all,
--high-style wristwatch for the discerning gentleman.
I'm hella stoked, and I mean hella stoked as in 10 to the 27th power stoked!
Just doing my part to ease California's recessionary woes,
p.s. Tell us how you are helping America--what have you splurged on to celebrate the World Champion San Francisco Giants?
Saturday, November 6, 2010
They Really Are Giants
Let's remember this later when we are locked in to professional football
and the gloom of winter. Let's remember it when rich baseball teams go
on their off-season spending binges, packing the payroll with talent for
their annual open-checkbook march to the playoffs.
Let's remember, for as long as we can, this long-haired, farm-raised,
mostly home-grown and organic World Series, won by the Giants on Monday
It was their first championship in 56 years, and their first as a San
Francisco team. And team they were - not a consortium of superstars, but
a smooth blend of rising stars and nonstars, of rejects and never-beens,
modestly compensated by Yankees and Red Sox standards, but hard-working
and well-anchored by a staff of awesome starting pitchers, all in their
Thanks to them, this Series felt relaxed and fun, relatively free of the
high-stakes anguish so prevalent in the playoffs. The pleasures started
with great pitching: in Game 4, his performance as
majestic as his name. Tim Lincecum, all spilling locks and whipsaw arm,
throwing smoke in Games 1 and 5. The black-bearded closer Brian Wilson,
pitching a 1-2-3 ninth to seal Monday's game, 3 to 1, and the Series,
four games to one.
Let's remember, too, the excellence of the Texas Rangers, who got as far
as they did through heavy hitting and the ace Cliff Lee, all but
invincible through the season, the playoffs and - well, for six innings
on Monday night, anyway. There was even a good first pitch, by George W.
Bush in Game 4: an easy strike by a former president who knows how to
throw a baseball.
Excellence and ease, from teams that clicked, that was this Series.
"It's a whole different vibe since Barry Bonds left," one Giants fan
told The Times a few days ago. "People have just opened up and realized
we can have fun with this whole thing." The Giants once tried to build a
franchise around Bonds, the sullen slugger, but the glue didn't hold. It
did this time, with players like the creaky Edgar Renteria, age 35,
whose .412 Series average and three-run homer Monday night helped make
him the M.V.P. Yes, he was a star, but just one in a constellation - of
eccentrics, castoffs, teammates, winners.
Friday, November 5, 2010
No more. The Commissioner's Trophy resides in San Francisco after an extraordinary 2010 season. The Giants won the NL West, the NLCS, the NL pennant, and the World Series. In this sport, that means you get to puff out your chest and proclaim that you are the best.
The San Francisco Giants are the best team in baseball.
Savor every minute of it, my friends.
p.s. I have my new 2010 World Series Champions t-shirt and I'm wearing it to work today. Get yours soon!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
"I try to tell myself all the time to relax & take deep breaths, control the breathing. It helps me relax & stay calm & act like it's not a big deal."
No one guessed it, but a couple of Students were on the right baseball track (one said 'Yogi Berra'). Then, I repeated the first part of the quote & continued:
"I try to tell myself all the time to relax & take deep breaths, control the breathing. It helps me relax & stay calm & act like it's not a big deal. Obviously it is, it's the World Series. I just tried to go out there & relax, & it's worked out," said Madison Bumgarner, 21-year old Starting Pitcher & Winner of Game 4 for the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants!!!!!!!!!!
I then challenged them to control their breathing throughout Class, because, if a 21-year old Kid pitching in the World Series could do it, then they could, too. They had great Classes, especially their breathing!
Yesterday, I took my first Class since 'The Day'. Vince was teaching the Class. He's a Yankee fan, but helped me out by trading Classes, so I could watch games & was genuinely happy & supportive throughout. Also in the Class was a long-time Student, John Boller, who had bet me $5 on the Phillies series, then double-or-nothing on the World Series. I insisted that he pay me in Class, so I practiced next to my new $10 bill (helping to inspire me throughout a very hot Class - in reality, the bill may have been green, but it looked orange & black to me!). There was a Woman in the Class named 'Audrey', but Vince called her 'Aubrey' throughout the entire Class! After Class, I heard him talking to her to verify her name, so I reminded him that it was 'Aubrey Huff' who had confused him!
Hands down, my favorite Giants' speech of the day yesterday was Buster's - I think that he will become more & more of a Team leader than he already is & will back it up:
"San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions. Let's enjoy this today, tomorrow, this week, this month. Then, let's get back to work & make another run at it," he said, as he pounded his fist on the podium for emphasis.
Translation: have some fun, enjoy it, work hard again IMMEDIATELY, but baseball's tough (notice that he didn't see that we're going to win again, he said that 'you make another run at it'). 29 other Teams are out there going after it, too, so success doesn't just happen every day or every year. Take care of the details. Don't take anything for granted.
I LOVE THAT GUY - he really has it together, & he is our Catcher for a long time to come!!!!!
While the feelings of disbelief come & go, I always get giddy talking about what happened, the Games, the interviews, the Parade, the history behind my Giants' fandom, my 'good-luck charm' Family (who show up & get to celebrate in only their second full season), you guys, everything. And, emotional, especially when talking about our mutual Candlestick Park Section 30 history, Zo's situation, & every time I see Willie McCovey. I became a Giants' fan, when Mays, Marichal, & McCovey were all there. I saw all of them play. But, mainly because of his exciting return to the Giants in 1977 & his part in the 1978 season, an ultimately frustrating, but unexpectedly good one, I will always feel more fondness for Stretch. His big 3-run HR in the Friday night game (http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN197805260.shtml) of the series against LA which was eventually capped by Mike Ivie's pinch-hit Grand Slam on Sunday (http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN197805280.shtml), was a hugely emotional moment. I'll never forget Lon's call:
"The Fans really want Willie to tattoo one here ... Here's the pitch ... There's a high drive to right field ... Way back ... Way back ... You can tell it 'Goodbye'!!!!!"
Big Mac also seems to be barely hanging in there, physically, so I think that this victory meant more to him than the others. He looked great yesterday in the Parade! Seeing him was my teary-eyed moment of the day.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The bunt didn't change the score, thanks to the homer, but something about it was just thrilling, when it occurred. We were clearly seizing the upper hand against Cliff Lee, with runners at first and second and no outs. Then Huff comes up and I thought,"Now would be a perfect time to bunt, but Huff never bunts, so never mind," and BAM he hits an awesome bunt, and I know "bam" is not a word associated with bunts, but this was a manly bunt, a vigorous bunt; a shot between the mound and first. Lee had to act fast and he ended up making an awkward throw for the out.
And this was the moment I knew we were going to win.
It turns out Huff had NEVER put down a sacrifice bunt in his entire career. But he did it this time, and he did it without hesitation, and he did it perfectly. So with runners on second and third and just one out, our chances of getting at least one run were excellent. But poor sad Pat the Bat K'd again. It would have so sweet if he could have even hit a middling fly ball then. A run scores, we win, he's the hero. But no, that mantle would go to Renteria in the next at bat.
Oh, and the Giants open at 10-1 to repeat.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
From today's Oregonian ...
From today's Noticias de Oaxaca:
From one of today's Chronicle stories:
"[Will] Clark began walking away from the interview, then returned. 'Oh, by the way,' he said, 'for all of those pundits that talked about Mr. Lee ... he got his butt out-pitched by Mr. Lincecum.'"
CBC (Canada) website - this story's pretty amusing:
Here are some World Series numbers from the five games:
43 Strikeouts from Texas pitchers
42 Hits by Giants
34 Giants starters IP
31 Strikeouts from Giants pitchers
29 Hits by Rangers
29 Runs scored by Giants
12 Runs allowed by Giants pitchers
11 Strikeouts by Pat Burrell
10 Giants relievers IP
10 Runs allowed by Cliff Lee
7 Homers by Giants
2 3-run homers by Giants
1.000 Giants team WHIP
.190/.259/.288 Texas Rangers batting line (avg/obp/slg)
0.00 Combined ERA for Bumgarner, Cain, Casilla, Romo, Mota, Lopez, Wilson
Oh, I forgot my favorite:
.733 The Giants post-season win percentage (11-4)
Monday, November 1, 2010
The San Francisco Giants, led by a dominating Tim Lincecum, finished off the over-whelmed Texas Rangers in front of their shocked home crowd. In a display of near perfect NLWest ball, our beloved bhoys waited out Lee once again and whupped the hapless rednecks, 3-1. ( Oh yeah, it's a whuppin'...c'mon, two runs is plenty!) The Freak and his crew of "misfits" sliced through The American League's best in a rather tidy 4-1 series. Did we really just go 11-4 in the post-season?
Tim Lincecum made it clear to the world why we call him "The Franchise." We pretty much count on him to be better than their best. It works. Using a vicious slider, Tim "coaxed" the Rangers into a nifty TEN STRIKEOUTS. (He must know how much the chicks love the double digits.) I especially loved how Tim schooled his old battery-mate, Bengie Molina, with a pitch that Bengie had never seen before! A two time Cy Young winner and he's mastering pitches in the last couple months of a pennant race! Wrap your brain around that one for a while. A good indication of Tim's nasty big time stuff is the number of swinging strikes - 22 compared to Lee's 8. "Quality start" does no justice to Tim's marvelous job:
Congratulations to all my Giants friends and fellow bloggers. We were blessed by a thrilling team that never stopped believing, even when some of us did.
Not me, though. I knew we were going to win all along...
Now, what say we hash over every luscious detail of the 106th World Series?
Note: This post, hell, this entire season is dedicated to Zo, the Mystic One. Your sacrifice goes unparallelled in Giants fandom. Way to go! Now GET BETTER.