Monday, October 02, 2006

Here's what went right in 2006

photo of Matt Cain by helfon

-- Above all else, Matt Cain turned out to be the real deal.
-- The Giants didn't have any real clubhouse problems. Sure, there was the on-the-field nonsense with Blownitez, but there was none of the AJ Pierzitsky-generated crap inside the clubhouse from 2004. At least there was none reported in the Chron, which would have reported it on the front page had its lame reporting staff found out even the whisper of dissension.
-- Vizquel played great ball all year. I hope he makes the Hall of Fame.
-- Durham finally delivered on the promise of his 4-year deal. I would be pleased to see him re-signed.
-- Moises and Barry played remarkably well for guys who are 40 and 42.
-- Eliezer Alfonzo came up big.

What went wrong?

--Alou's handling of pitching wasn't good. He'd leave the starters in way too long and still overuse the bullpen, bringing in 4 or 5 guys in 2 innings night after night. And I could never understand why he and Righetti couldn't figure out how to get Matt Morris to pitch a decent first inning.
--Finley and Sweeney got worse and worse as the season went on.
--Winn's 2005 was a mirage.
--Jose Vizcaino and Fatmando Blownitez were disgusting.
--First base was a disaster. Frankly, J.T. Snow would have done just as well offensively and probably would have won several games with his glove.
--Feliz has still not learned to lay off bad pitches.
--The team could not beat the stupid Dodgers.


Anonymous Doug said...

I missed you at the Dodger rally at CityWalk last night.

I had a Giants fan on my tram two weeks ago -- decked out, head-to-toe in Giant duds. I gently teased him the entire ride.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Milton Bradley said...

How did that 6-5 game today taste, doug?

4:44 PM  

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