Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Please, please, please

No, that's not another James Brown tribute. Instead, I found RotoTimes writer Ted Carlson asserting that Blownitez may be traded before the season starts. That's why I am saying, "Please, please, please." He also said the Giants are training in Bradentown, Fla., and open their exhibition season with a game against the Reds, so you may want to take what he says with a grain of salt. He says Brian Wilson may have a breakout year --

Wilson had an inconsistent 2006, due in part to strained oblique issues, but the Giants love his stuff. He went to Puerto Rico this winter and dominated. Wilson tied for the league lead with 14 saves, posted a 0.00 ERA and .094 BAA, allowed only five hits, and struck out 21 batters over 16.2 innings. The Benitez situation will heat up once pitchers and catchers report, and Armando could be traded. Even if the veteran sticks around, Wilson stands to take over sometime this season.

As I've said before, the writers covering the Giants have it all wrong about how the fans hate Barry Bonds. My guess is that they're swayed by 1. the looming jail time for Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams and 2. the fact that they flat out hate Bonds. But if they bothered to ask the fans who they actively dislike and don't want on the team, it's FATMANDO BLOWNITEZ, not Barry Bonds. It's as if the writers weren't at Mays Field last year. I can't recall a Giant ever getting booed like that in his home park.

It all reminds me of when Willie Crawford was on the Giants. Yes, it's true. He got traded by the Cards at the end of the 1976 season along with John Curtis and Vic Harris, then traded away to Houston during the 1977 spring training. A lifelong Giants fan put it this way during the four months that Crawford (who'd been on the Dodgers for 12 years) was on the team -- "It's going to be tough to get used to this guy."

Right now, the only thing to like about Blownitez is the 3-run homer he gave up to JT Snow in Game 2 of the 2000 NLDS.


Blogger El Person said...

The spring training information is actually for the Pirates.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

Thanks! I still can't figure out how someone could confuse Bradentown with Scottsdale, Ariz., except for the preponderance of retirees.

12:00 AM  
Blogger El Person said...

When did writers stop fact-checking?

3:14 PM  

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