Calling J.T. Snow
As I watched JD Drew's hard grounder get past Shea Hillenbrand in the 8th inning of last night's game at Chavez Latrine, I couldn't help but wonder -- How could the Giants be any worse off if they had just decided to opt for the fine infield defense of J.T. Snow? As a Giants fan, it was impossible not think that J.T. would have snagged it, even with having to backhand the ball. As it turned out, that hit led to the dismal Julio Lugo driving in the winning run. And what's particularly bothersome is that it's hard to believe Snow would have contributed less offensively than the combination of duds (Lance Niekro, Jose Vizcaino, Mark Sweeney and Shea) that have wasted plate appearances when they've started at first base this year. I'm still a bit baffled as to why Travis Ishikawa wasn't viewed as a viable option. It looked like he was able to hit MLB pitching, unlike Vizcaino. For those of you who haven't kept up, J.T.'s time this year with the Bosox was a minor fiasco. So now, according to this story filed about a week ago by the Chron's Henry Schulman, he's hanging out at home in Hillsborough and saying he'd like to give it another shot in 2007. I say -- sign him in 3 weeks when the rosters expand and stick him in for defensive situations like last night.