Friday, February 29, 2008

The Enchanter's back

The power of Winn

GiantsFan9 took this shot of Winn at Giants Jottings

I predict Winn will hit either 11 or 14 HRs this year. How can I say such a thing? Winn has one of the stranger HR performances in MLB; he hit 14 HRs in 2002, followed by 11 in 2003, 14 in 2004, 20 in 2005 (with 14 of those in SF), 11 in 2006 and 14 in 2007. So it looks like he'll hit 11 this year, if past performance is any indication, but don't be surprised if he hits 14 again.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Don't do it, don't do it, don't do it

Banged up before the first game

Here we are starting the exhibition season today in a state that symbolizes how screwed up this franchise has become. Four of the oldest starters -- Vizquel, Durham, Molina, Aurilia -- are too banged up to play, according to Henry Schulman. I'd be stunned if Dave Roberts doesn't join the list soon. What in the hell did Sabean expect when he kept signing over-the-hill guys? I would bet he's looking into getting Steve Finley, Neifi Perez and Edgardo Alfonzo back.

It's kind of amusing that Durham is insisting he doesn't suck after having the worst season in the MLB among regulars last year. Good for you, Ray.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ken Rosenthal is a dingbat and an idiot

He's just written a column for the increasingly stupid Fox Sports that says "Bonds is a cancer" who shouldn't be allowed to play.

Hey, Ken, how about doing some reporting for a change instead of rehashing the "Bonds is evil" story for the millionth time? Otherwise, I'd say you're a lazy crybaby who shouldn't be allowed to waste everyone's time.

The guys on the bubble

GF9 of Giants Jottings shoots Fred Lewis batting and Nate Schierholtz in a baserunning drill. These are two of the guys with MLB credentials who have some uncertainty about starting the season in the bigs. If he clobbers spring training pitching and maybe if there's another injury, Nate could make the big club.

Flat out embarrassing

The Baseball Analysts site, operated by Rich Lederer, has posted its analysis of the NL West and starts by asserting that Giants are going to be "more or less irrelevant.'' Here are the relevant passages --

Sully: At the risk of sounding hyperbolic or even snarky, I have to say that I cannot remember an offense that looked as inept as this Giants one does heading into a season. You guys are right; the pitching is there. But this offense is going to be atrocious.

Rich: Do the Giants have an offense? Sully, you covered this one about as well as possible in a
Giant Mess three weeks ago.

Russ: Is there any hope here? With
Barry Bonds gone, this team will need to find a new face for the offense. Rowand is hardly a world-beater, and he'll be hitting fifth behind Bengie Molina. That's not a situation any team should have. Rich Aurilia, Ray Durham, and Vizquel are still with the team; maybe Kevin Frandsen will successfully supplant Durham at second. The Giants could probably do worse than Dave Roberts and Randy Winn, but they also could do better.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Vizquel out -- What a surprise

Vizquel's going to miss Opening Day plus another week or two because of knee surgery. This is what happens when you sign guys who are over 35.

That's too damn bad, since Omar's able to make good pitching look even better. He's also the weakest hitter in the lineup so one hopes that the offense will be improved. Still, this is a flat-out terrible lineup.

C: Molina, Alfonso
1B: Ortmeier
2B: Durham
3B: Aurilia
SS: Frandsen
LF: Roberts/Davis/Lewis (probably in that order)
CF: Rowand
RF: Winn

My 2008 hope -- lots of Dodger beatdowns

Nothing beats beating the Dodgers. NOTHING. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened much lately. But I got to thinking -- with this team looking so lousy, Giants fans will be forced to find compensation in other ways, such as watching the Dodgers go down in flames. We can only hope that the Orange and Black gets hot at the right times. That's not much to ask, is it?

Only five years ago, the 2003 Giants won 100 games and pretty much had the Dodgers' number. They won the season series, 13-6 -- the best mark in the last 20 years. I saw a wonderful game in late June in which Ray Durham made a horrible throw that would have started a game-ending DP in the 9th. Instead, the Dodgers scored two runs but gagged in the 11th when The Fat Frenchie walked Bonds, who stole second and came home on Santiago's single.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Tampa Bay showing some Barry love

Fascinating to see the reaction from Tampa Bay fans to the local paper's baseball blog post that simply reported that two young Ray players (Carl Crawford and BJ Upton) like the idea of Barry playing with them. There are the usual Barry-is-evil and I-will-not-attend-a-Rays-game posters but there are plenty of Rays fans who say, "Why not? We're tired of losing all the goddam time!" The final poster, a guy named Rob, had this to say --

Oh...he's a bad role hoo!!! All I know is he can hit the freakin ball, and I don't care if he's a good guy or not, as long as he hits the ball. Also, look how many comments are on this post. No other Rays article comes close. I hope we sign him. Wow.... Crawford, Upton, Pena, Baldelli, Longoria, and now out AL pitching.

Bonds to Tampa Bay?

How's this for irony? The Giants were threatening to move to Tampa Bay in 1992, then signed Bonds after Magowan bought the team; now there's a report out of Florida that the Rays are considering signing Bonds after Magowan kicked him to the curb.

Here's what the local paper says.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The lanky Jonathan Sanchez

Photo of the day from Giants Jottings. I've noticed that no one ever uses the word "lanky" anymore, so this is as good a reason as any.

The Power of Positive Thinking

That's the title of a nice Feb. 16 post by Kevin Gibbs at Giants Cove, which listed seven reasons why there are still positive reasons for being a Giants fan. My favorites --

4. If we have an injury in center-field, we are COMPLETELY covered. Heck, if Aaron Rowand collides with the outfield wall which subsequently collapses on Randy Winn, we would probably be OK.
6. Since we cheer for the Giants rather than the Dodgers, we retain possession of our immortal souls, which is totally awesome.

Kevin admitted in response to a subsequent comment that he should have also mentioned the broadcast team.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Echoes of Matt Williams

Friday, February 22, 2008

Brian Wilson -- what a relief

Here's one area that Brian Sabean hasn't messed up -- it looks like the Giants may have a decent closer in Brian Wilson, according to Chris Haft of I'd say there's an acceptable alternative in Tyler Walker.

Haft notes that it's been six seasons since Robb Nen retired, forcing fans to endure inadequate guys like Worrell and Herges plus the colossal stupidity of the Blownitez signing -- which should be enough grounds for Sabean's termination. So it's a real relief for Giants fans, who are going to see a lot of 2-1 and 3-2 games this season, that having a decent closer is actually plausible in 2008.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Zito gives great quote

photo of the day from Giants Jottings -- Noah Lowry, the other Giants lefty starter, throws BP

It's nice to know that Barry Zito knows he sucked last year. But I'm getting damn tired of people blaming the other Barry for how badly the team played. Give me a goddam break. Here's what Zito told Barry Bloom of --

"It's a different clubhouse, a different team," he said. "Guys are encouraged, because they will have more say in the clubhouse now. You don't have a presence like a Barry Bonds. You're going to see some leadership roles forming that didn't exist last year. And I think that's good for the team."

I know it may seem presumptuous to speak for all Giants fans, but think I can safely say that most Giants fans don't really care who the leaders in the clubhouse are. If you want to show some real leadership, Barry, how about starting by not getting bombed this year as often as you did last year?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Where's Barry?

Photo of the day from Giants Jottings -- Dan Ortmeier at 1B
Hopefully, this guy will provide more offense than the last six or so guys who have played there -- J.T., Klesko, Niekro, Sweeney, Vizcaino, Hillenbrand, Aurilia, Feliz. It's been a constant embarrassment how little production the Giants have gotten out of first base for the past decade (except for the Big Cat) and yet another reason why Brian "Stupid" Sabean should be fired.
Meanwhile, Bonds' agent says he's still looking for a job. I've been wondering if that would include playing 1B? It's hard to imagine that some desperate team (Rays, KC, Texas, Twins?) won't give him a shot this year.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Worshiping at the altar of Brett Butler

What a strange headline, right? I am invoking Butler's name because he managed to get thrown out stealing a lot. He stole 558 bases (24th on the all time list) but got thrown out 257 times (third on the all-time list). In other words, he ran his teams out of a LOT of runs.

Now the SF Chronicle's Henry Schulman, who should know better, is letting new coach Roberto Kelly run off at the mouth about how much speed the Giants will have this year. The problem with stolen bases is that unless you are successful at least 75% of the time, you're better off not stealing at all because of the additional outs you're creating and scoring opportunities that you're diminishing. Schulman doesn't even point this out. He simply asserts that Kelly's minor league team last year stole 212 in 297 attempts; he doesn't then follow that up by examing the 71% success rate -- which means that the team was actually running itself out of more runs than if they hadn't tried stealing at all.

As I've said again and again, the lack of any kind of rigor about the reporting that's being done for Chronicle shows that it's being edited by people who don't give a damn about the readers. We're simply supposed to accept the assertion of "Hey, they're not hitting homeruns so they have to steal bases."

It's worth mentioning that Barry Bonds managed to steal 515 bases and only get thrown out 141 times for a respectable 79% success rate.

What about Roberto Kelly? He had a lousy 73% success rate, so he probably thinks that a 71% rate is acceptable. In other words, get ready for the 2008 Giants to get four singles in an inning and not score a run. And again, having your coaches execute this kind of stupid strategy is yet another reason why Brian "Brain" Sabean should be fired.

Monday, February 18, 2008

The scene in Scottsdale

Photo of the day from Giants Jottings
Bruce Bochy is already in mid-season form, telling's Chris Haft what a "dangerous" hitter Ray Durham is. I guess he means "dangerous" as in "you'll be in danger of losing your job if you decide to play him every day."

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Franchise

Photo of the day from Giants Jottings -- Tim Lincecum signs


Janie McCauley of the Associated Press has a very upbeat story about Aaron Rowand's attitude. I did like this part --

On Tuesday - a day before even pitchers and catchers were due to report to the desert - Rowand was out taking flyballs with Nate Schierholtz.
"As far as dedication and being a big-name guy, they can do whatever they want, show up whenever they want," Frandsen said. "He shows up early. That's his style. We were talking about our game-day preparation. I felt I was one of the first ones (to arrive) in recent years. He might trump me."

I can't recall another MLBer using the word "trump" recently except when discussing Donald Trump.

I also just realized -- what a coincidence that Bonds passed Aaron, got kicked off the Giants and the new guy to replace him is named .... Aaron. I didn't see the connection until now. Am I making too much of this?

The faces of the franchise

GF9 has a thorough recap at Giants Jottings of Friday's activity in Scottsdale, topped off by this observation about the above photo -- Barry Zito and Matt Cain playing catch. That's an awful lot of money out there cavorting around on the slippery wet grass.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Big Train

In looking back at Byung-Hyun Kim's stats, one number kept popping out -- this guy hits a LOT of batters. At age 28, he's already at 80 in his career, which leaves him at the 109 spot on the all-time career list. Walter Johnson leads, followed by Eddie Plank and the Big Unit. Here are the top 10; I'd say if Kim can hang around for another five years or so, he'll crack this list --

1. Walter Johnson+ 203
2. Eddie Plank+* 196
3. Randy Johnson* 182
3. Joe McGinnity+ 182
5. Chick Fraser 177
6. Charlie Hough 174
7. Cy Young+ 163
8. Jim Bunning+ 160
9. Roger Clemens 159
10. Nolan Ryan+ 158

Kim in the Orange and Black?

Kim after throwing No. 715. photo by artolog

Buried deep in Henry Schulman's story about Zito getting named the Opening day starter ahead of Matt Cain -- a routine spring training story if there ever was one -- is the fascinating news nugget that the Giants have offered Byung-Hyun Kim a minor-league contract. This is the same guy who:

-- gave up HR 715 to Barry Bonds two years ago and

-- managed blow back to back saves in the 2001 World Series. In Game 4, he gave up a 2-run HR to Tino Martinez with two out in the bottom of the 9th; Brenly left him in for the 10th and he gave up a walk-off HR to Jeter. Amazingly, on the next night, Brenly brought him out again in the ninth to close out the game with the Yanks trailing 2-0 and he gave up a double, got the next two guys and then gave up a game-tying HR to Scott Brosius. Soriano won the game in the 12th with a hit off Albie Lopez. I remember thinking when Brosius hit his HR that this must be some kind of record -- for the same guy to give up game-tying 2-run homers with two outs in the bottom of the 9th in two consecutive World Series games.

The pitch to Brosius was Kim's last of the year. Brenly finally realized that Kim wasn't going to stand up under the pressure and he'd better get someone else to close games -- which is why the Big Unit relieved in the 8th inning of Game 7 and wound up with the win. Randy Johnson was the first guy since Mickey Lolich to get three wins in a series -- thanks, in no small part, to Kim. Johnson, Lolich, Gibson, Lew Burdette and Harry Brecheen are the only guys to have gotten 3 wins in a World Series since 1920, when Stan Coveleski beat the Dodgers three times. (In the first series in 1903, Bill Dineen and Deacon Phillipe each won three games; five other guys did it in the next 14 years -- Christy Mathewson, Babe Adams, Jack Coombs, Joe Wood and Red Faber).

You can't really blame Brenly for going to Kim on back to back nights since he had saved three games in the postseason up that point. So, seven years later, we can say Kim is a bizarre guy with the wacky sidearm delivery that doesn't seem to fool left-handed batters, which means he's never going to have much success as a starter; it's never a surprise when he falls apart as a reliever. Obviously, he has some talent to have stuck around the bigs for seven years, although he hasn't been really effective since 2003. But is signing a marginal guy like Kim -- when the team has what may be the worst offense in MLB -- really what Brian Sabean ought to be doing right now?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

SF's Field of Dreams

photo by winerex aftrer a night game last May

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

There's no such thing as too early

I respect and admire my Dad, even though he's spent a lifetime of being late. My reaction to that has been to always be on time. I may have a lot of faults but being tardy isn't one of them.

So I am seriously impressed that Aaron Rowand has shown up in Scottsdale SIX DAYS EARLY, according the SF Chronicle's Henry Schulman. It sounds like Aaron will be ready when the bell rings on March 31.

Gutless cowards

Rather than my usual rant about Brian Sabean's incompetence, I'll offer a brief comment on today's Congressional steroid hearings:

The elected officials involved are a bunch of gutless cowards for wasting our time on this attempt to disempower the MLBPA. It's a particular disgrace in the face of their continued refusal to spend the time and energy on something that's actually important -- removing American troops from Iraq, when the American people have said over and over that they want the troops out as soon as possible. In the meantime, the situation's getting worse in Iraq. We've created a tidal wave of misery.

But that doesn't bother grandstanding Congressmen. They've let the worst President ever get away with being supremely incompetent in the conduct of this war. Even though the economy's in decline, these weasels don't care that most Americans believe that leaving Iraq would improve the economy.

He Shall Be Livan

photo by robindbrown

Livan has just landed a job with the Twins. It's his first time in the AL, which would seem to negate his biggest value -- which is that he hits very well for a pitcher. He's an innings eater who doesn't get injured but he's not exactly the kind of guy who's going to get you into the post season.

For most people, Livan is forever linked with Eric Gregg and the super-wide strike zone in the 1997 playoffs. But for Giants fans, it's a different story. We're still annoyed at Dusty Baker for starting Livan instead of Reuter in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series. Livan had been hammered in Game 3; perhaps Dusty thought that Eric Gregg was going to umpire Game 7.

He's the ultimate .500 pitcher. He pitched four years with the Giants and went 45-45; his career mark is 134-128.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Clubhouse chemistry?

The SF Chron's Henry Schulman has written a pre-camp article in which Tyler Walker and Barry Zito say they're expecting better "chemistry" than last year now that Bonds isn't in the clubhouse. Schulman even mentions that the Bosox had a better vibe in their clubhouse when he compared the two last summer.

As a fan, I think these kind of articles -- and I've read thousands of them -- miss the point, which is that teams that are lousy generally have worse "chemistry" than winning teams. And that winning teams sometimes don't get along -- such as the Oakland A's of the 1970s and the Bronx Zoo and any team that Jeff "Choker" Kent has played for. In the end, I don't really care if Aaron Rowand used to take 15 guys to dinner in Boston and Chicago. It's a big "So What?" for me.

Schulman makes the point that the Fresno Giants finally had a winning year, and they had better chemistry, too -- which shows, as much as anything, that Brian Sabean's an idiot for keeping guys on the farm when the MLB team was going 71-91.

Monday, February 11, 2008

The return of Giants Jottings

photo by GF9

One of the joys of being a Giants fan during recent spring trainings has been the Giants Jottings blog, extensively written and photographed by an extremely knowledgeable guy who goes by GF9. I am delighted to report that GF9 is already in Scottsdale, two days ahead of the opening of camp on Wednesday. This guy really knows his stuff and posts a ton of pictures. But more than that, Giants Jottings hits the right tone for spring training, when past disappointments dwindle away and the upsides to guys like Nate Schieroltz and Fred Lewis seem limitless. Here's part of his post today --
I am going to try to provide as much "coverage" as I did last year. We have visitors due to stay with us for a little over half of the games in March, so I can't guarantee it. It depends on how things work out, how time consuming entertaining becomes and how drunk I get during the games in the days and restaurants/bars at night.....
The purpose of this blog is mostly to let Giants fans know what and how the team is doing. Not to mention that I will probably post more photos in one day than you will see in the press for the entirety of Spring Training. While I encourage you to comment on that day's activities and that day's player performance, I would appreciate it if this blog does not become yet another "the Giants suck" site. There are message boards and blogs galore devoted almost exclusively to bashing Brian Sabean, Peter Magowan and the 2005 through 2007 Giants teams. I would appreciate it if this blog did not go down that road. That doesn't mean you can't comment negatively about a specific player's spring performance…..….I know I will.

Formerly great

There's an old joke about a tennis match where -- after the announcer's introduced the two players as former winner of this tournament and that and as a former member of the Davis Cup team -- one loudmouth says, "Formerly, this would have been a great match."

What made me think of that is that Scott Williamson's just signed a minor league deal with the Orange and Black.

He was an All-Star and Rookie of the Year in 1999 with hard stuff, including a splitter. Two years later, he had Tommy John surgery. Little surprise to me, then, that a front office that's constantly looking to the past would opt to sign a guy who's best days are way behind him.

Just the same, best of luck to you, Scott.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Serious fun for Giants fans

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Vlad makes me feel bad

One of the toughest things about being an SF Giants fan living in Los Angeles is being reminded about how Vladimir Guerrero is -- rightly so -- the face of the Angels franchise. There's a current billboard campaign by the Angels flagship station all over Los Angeles that simply says "Vlad" with a picture of his homerun swing, the station and Angel logo. No one has to ask, "Who is that?" even though Anaheim is 40 and 50 miles away from many of the billboard locations.

Thanks to the exceptional stupidity of Brian Sabean and Peter Magowan in the winter after the 2003 season, the Giants decided to cheap out and let the Angels sign Vlad to a five-year $70 million deal. Giants fans had been salivating over the prospect of Vlad and Barry Bonds in the same outfied but since Bonds continued to be extraordinarily productive in 2004, it didn't look like that horrible a decision.

But now -- with three straight losing seasons and Randy Winn and Dave Roberts as the probable starters in RF and LF -- the decision looks painfully stupid. Vlad has been a stud as an Angel and looks like he's headed for the Hall of Fame. This past season, he had 27 HRs, 125 RBIs, a .403 OBP and a .543 slugging average -- which was his lowest number since 1998.

Oh, and all the concerns about him being brittle were nonsense -- he's played 141, 150, 156 and 156 games in his four years as an Angel. They've made the playoffs in 2004, 2005 and 2007; it's clear that he was the best player on the team each year.

Meanwhile, Sabean's spent the Giants money on free agents like Brett Tomko, Matt Morris, Ryan Klesko, Dave Roberts, Armando Blownitez and Michael Tucker.

Again, this is why Tim Kawakami is a worthless dingbat weasel apologist.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Incredible Chulk comes back

The Giants have agreed to a one-year deal with Vinnie. He's what the team has left from the disastrous trade of Jeremy Accardo for Shea Hillenbrand.

The Minister of Defense

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tim Kawakami is a hack weasel apologist

The San Jose Merc-News sports columnist has turned out a truly pathetic effort that says that Giants fans should feel sorry for Brian Sabean because he had to put up with the INCREDIBLY EVIL BARRY BONDS. It's hard to believe that the Merc editors could justify running this nonsense for any other reason except that it's in the service of keeping Sabean as a source.

Tim wants us to believe that it's Barry's fault that the Giants will suck this year, because somehow having him on the team left poor Brian Sabean's hands tied. Or some such BS. And now, according to GENIUS TIM KAWAKAMI, poor little Brian Sabean can't make any moves because of the looming threat of discipline due to the steroids "investigation" from George "Dingbat" Mitchell.

EARTH TO TIM -- Barry Bonds did NOT make the horrific deals for Blownitez, Alfonzo, Klesko, Finley, Pierzitsky, Tomko, Ponson, Durham, Zito, Hammonds, Ledee or Hillenbrand. Nor did Barry trade away Joe Nathan, Nelson Liriano or Jeremy Accardo. Brian Sabean did all of that. Also, the steroids "investigation" isn't about Brian Sabean; it's about helping Bud "Idiot" Selig take power away from and punish the MLBPA. Now would you please stop wasting our time?

What could be more fun?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Barry and Omar are No. 1 and 2

Monday, February 04, 2008

Seriously ugly on offense

Dayn Perry follows up his "Bringing Hope to the Hopeless" column by listing the eight worst position plays in MLB and naming three-quarters of the Giants starting infield -- Omar, Ray and Richie. I'd differ a bit on Omar due to his glove skills; there must be a worse starting shortstop in the bigs right now such as Tony Pena of the Royals or Ryan Theriot of the Cubs. Fortunately, Juan Pierre of the Dodgers also makes the list now that he's in LF. At any rate, here's Perry's rundown of the Terrible Trio:

2B — Ray Durham, Giants
Durham was a very good player for a long time, and he put up excellent numbers as recently as 2006. Last season, however, he went over the statistical cliff, batting just .218 and getting on base at just a .295 clip. He's now 36, so a significant rebound seems unlikely. Fortunately for him, the miserable Giants don't have any other options.

3B — Rich Aurilia, Giants
Yes, Aurilia, at 36, is currently atop the Giants' pile — and it is a pile — at third base. Last season, Aurilia managed an OBP of barely better than .300, and since he's very much in his decline phase, there's no reason to expect improvement. These days, his bat won't play anywhere, particularly at a power position like third base.

SS — Omar Vizquel, Giants
Seriously, props to the Giants, without whom this column might not have been possible. Anyhow, Vizquel has a credible Hall of Fame case, but at this stage he has no business being a regular at the highest level. Defensively, he still makes the routine plays and the occasional highlight grab, but his range is now well below average. His offense is even worse than that. Vizquel will be 41 years old not long after Opening Day, so it's probably time to consider making graceful exit. On a broader level, it's challenging to impart just how bad the San Francisco offense is going to be in 2008.

My note -- Tony Pena looks like he's no damn good. Theriot doesn't look like much either.

Bringing hope to the hopeless

That's the title of a piece by Fox's Dayn Perry, which includes the Giants as one of 14 teams that's not going to get to the playoffs. Here's what he had to say about the hopes for the Giants (boldface is mine) --

There's Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, and there's the undying hope that Brian Sabean, perhaps the most overrated executive in professional sports, will one day be fired. Looking forward, minor-league third baseman Angel Villalona has a tremendously high ceiling.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Ray Ratto is a timewasting weasel

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Why Sabean should be fired, version 78

Just reading about Khalil Greene getting signed by the Padres for two years is enough to make me cringe about what a lousy job the Giants have done in terms of developing their own position players. Here's a guy who's 27, hits 27 HRS, 44 doubles and 97 RBIs in a pitchers park as part of a lineup that's not exactly a juggernaut. Yes, he doesn't get enough walks but that's some serious power from a non-power position. And he plays a decent shortstop. And at 27, it doesn't look like a complete fluke, given his past performance. At $11 million for two years when he's likely to be peaking, it looks like a very good deal for San Diego.

I do love watching Omar Vizquel play but where the hell is the Giants' Khalil? And why hasn't Sabean been fired?

Friday, February 01, 2008

Why the Associated Press is a garbage outfit

Here we are in 2008 and the AP's sportswriters still write like it's 1958. They can't be bothered to explain why no one except the Phils were willing to sign Pedro Feliz. The story fails to mention that he makes more outs than any other third baseman and almost never walks; and that the Giants have had three straight losing seasons, largely because their non-Bonds offense stunk. As a third-baseman who started nearly every game, Feliz is a huge reason why the Giants had second lowest run total in MLB last year. Instead, the story simply asserts that this is a great deal for the Phils.

If any Philly fans are reading this, let me give it to you as straight as I can -- YOU'LL BE SORRY.