Monday, May 31, 2010
Gary Radnich is a dingbat
Radnich never managed to get past that point and engage Eric in a discussion as to the merits of whether or not Sabean should retain his job -- a discussion-worthy topic given the fact that the team hasn't been to the playoffs since 2003 and had four straight losing seasons from 2005 to 2008.
It's no wonder that sports talk radio is so lame, given that dingbats like Radnich are allowed to get paid for it.
Back to Earth for the Orange and Black
Chris Haft wrote a LONG story for mlb.com and declared that Jimenez is looking like he'll win the Cy Young. Here's some of key verbiage with an amazing stat -- first SF Giants starter to walk at least five in four consecutive starts --
"I try not to sit too much on the negative," said Lincecum, who nevertheless added, "There's too much negative going on right now."
Against the Rockies, negative for Lincecum meant yielding a two-run, two-out, second-inning single to Clint Barmes, who had gone hitless in 11 at-bats against the Giants ace. Negative also meant surrendering a fifth-inning RBI double to Todd Helton, who has only nine extra-base hits and a .329 slugging percentage this season.
And negative meant all those walks, resulting from a lack of command while making Lincecum the only starter in the Giants' San Francisco history to walk at least five batters for four starts in a row.
"This," Lincecum said of his slump, "is a little bit longer than I was hoping it would be."
Freddy Sanchez keeps it going
-- The Giants overcame a two-run deficit in the ninth with a rally that began with pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa's double into the left-field corner. Singles by Torres and Freddy Sanchez (his on a perfect hit-and-run) and a hard-hit grounder by Pablo Sandoval that became a tying fielder's choice filled out the rally.
-- Sanchez reached base four times and has reached base in 14 of his past 18 plate appearances.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Day 2 of the Buster Era
Torres scored tying run in the ninth, too. Six of nine in Giants lineup had a hit or RBI in 9th and 10th. Nice team effort to sweep Snakes. extrabaggs
Great rally, great win for the Giants today. Andres Torres singles in the winner. Now make sure nobody gets hurt in the celebration, lads.
Will Buster Posey start tomorrow against Ubaldo Jimenez? "Oh yeah," Bochy says.
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
Lost amid all this celebration of Buster's return is the fact the Giants pitchers have allowed three hits in 18 innings against the Dbacks. But Fire Sabean reached the same conclusion as me -- Buster is the story.
There were many highlights during the 12-1 clobberation of the Dbacks but it was a hell of a fine way to start the Buster Posey Era. Marty Lurie, who does a pretty good commentary for KNBR, didn't dispute several callers who have come to the same conclusion as me -- Bengie Molina may be toast. Let's hope not because the Giants management appears to have asserted that they aren't giving up on Bengie so he'll be getting plenty more ABs. So says Henry Schulman of the San Franciscio Chronicle -- but if Bengie continues to look lousy, not even Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy can be bullheaded enough to persist in playing a guy who's no longer making decent contact and putting up 2-for-30 lines.
Here's Schulman's game story, which concludes with quotes from Buster, showing he knows how to handle reporters.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Buster back in the Orange and Black
The reporter, Ed Price, doesn't address Bengie Molina's slump. He's gone 2 for 30 and hasn't had an RBI since May 6. I attended the Thursday and Friday games and he looked awful at the plate. Edwin Jackson was bringing 95 mph heat last night, which can make anyone look overmatched, so I am hoping that Bengie's not done but those were bad at bats. Plus, he was unable to catch a high pop up later in the game -- a sign that he may be coming to the end of the line.
Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury-News posted late last night that this was going to happen but didn't name a source. He said Molina's playing so poorly that Buster might get some starts at catcher but not when Lincecum and Sanchez start. I'm pretty sure that Eli Whiteside usually starts when Jonathan pitches.
Matt the Master
Freddy Sanchez continued to play well, flagging down the other two well-hit balls -- both by Kelly Johnson. Nothing else was hit especially hard.
Bengie Molina looked awful, though. He completely missed a pop fly and never made decent contact all night. I wondered out loud if he's lost a microsecond in reaction times. What in the world is Buster Posey still doing in Fresno?
But back to Matt. Mike Krukow said Cain had total command of four pitches tonight and his fastball was nailing the low corners. Here's part of what MC O'Connor posted at the always-insightful Raising (Matt) Cain --
1. He had 9 strikeouts and a walk
2. He obliterated a potent lineup
3. He faced two batters over the minimum
Friday, May 28, 2010
Freddy lives up to his salary
Game story by the Chron's John Shea notes that Freddy even got cleated at one point.
I had the good fortune to sit in Section 112 in front of a bunch of knowledgeable fans. As Adam Dunn's homer left the the yard in the first, one of them said, "That's the guy we should have gotten."
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Did the Cy Guy go bye-bye?
Henry Schulman's game story for the Chronicle reports that Tim says his timing's off.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Chef Sabean's recipe for disaster
2. Don't give young players a shot even if they're better than the guys you're paying most of your payroll to.
Jeff Fletcher at Bay Bridge Baseball notes that Edgar Renteria -- the second highest paid position player on the Giants after Aaron Rowand -- had to leave the game tonight and looks like he's headed back to the DL after three games. This is what happens to older players like Freddy Sanchez and Mark DeRosa. They get banged up and don't heal quickly, despite the best intentions of the delusional GM "Brain" Sabean.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
-- The boys at Elias dug up this nugget on the weekend series in Oakland, in which the Giants scored once in three games. The last time any Giants team scored one run in a series that long was in 1949, six years before Bochy was born and probably 10 years after Hernandez was born.
-- Wellemeyer's doink single to right started it. Torres' single to center moved Wellemeyer to second and Renteria's single to left - the Giants' first hit with a runner in scoring position since the sixth inning Thursday in Arizona - delivered their first run since the seventh inning Friday in Oakland.
Ignoring the obvious question
So here it is from the Frenso Grizzlies site -- 160 ABs, 5 Homers, 28 RBIs, 25 walks, .344 average, .435 OBP and a .525 slugging average. Meanwhile, Bengie Molina has 2 HRs and 10 RBIs.
Here's what John Shea of the Chron just tweeted -- JohnSheaHey
On other hand, Posey had more hits yesterday (4) than Giants did Sunday (3). Posey at 1B today for AAA Fresno. Huff said he's open to LF.
Monday, May 24, 2010
"Giants shuffle the dreck"
How many general managers do you think are gazing upon the scene here in Giantsville, and laughing to themselves? How many general managers would never have touched Mark DeRosa and/or F-Sanchy with a 10-foot pole? How many GMs would be starting Schierholtz and Bowker everyday in an attempt to help them improve and see what they have in both players, especially considering the alternatives to either player and the fact that the Giants don’t have one consistent run-producer on the entire team besides Juan Uribe?
The Giants are exhausting to watch, especially for those who root for young players to thrive in The Show. And it’s not just guys like Schierholtz and Bowker, for whom every at-bat is a test to prove they shouldn’t be buried on the bench or shipped to Fresno. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and especially Jonathan Sanchez have to be perfect every start. The fact we haven’t seen more breakdowns from those three pitchers any time they allow a baserunner in the first inning is a tribute to their mental toughness relative to their respective ages, as well as the underrated influence of Dave Righetti.
Not that the Giants’ hitting woes are the fault of Hensley Meulens. The fact that the Giants have decided to play positional musical chairs in response to one of the worst offensive droughts since, well, last year proves again that it’s not just the fact that the Giants have a bad general manager, it’s that they’re striving for the cheapest “competitive” team possible considering the bad contracts they climb into every offseason. But you already know that.
"You cannot be serious"
What Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy refuse to recognize is that the team's offense is fundamentally flawed -- showing that their expectations were delusional that Bengie, Huff, Renteria, Freddy Sanchez and DeRosa would be able to perform at anything above league average levels.
Prince in the Orange and Black?
And another thing: Someone who has shared a clubhouse with Burrell told me that he’s one of the worst guys he’s even come across in baseball. I don’t know if that’s true, but there ya go.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Ugly, ugly, ugly
The Giants haven't scored since the seventh inning Friday, when Torres doubled home Bowker as part of an eight-hit, one-walk attack that led to a 6-1 loss. They got three hits and two walks yesterday in the 1-0 nightmare, so they wound up the series in Oakland with 14 hits and six walks in three games. Hard to believe the team is still over .500 at 22-21.
At least the dodgers lost today to Detroit after winning a disgusting 12 of 13.
"Break on through to the other side"
"I really got into them this offseason after seeing the (1991) movie ('The Doors')," Lincecum said. "It's a combination of the beat and the words. I need a beat in my head when I'm pitching. Plus, the lyrics of the song stood out to me."
You know the day destroys the night
Night divides the day
Tried to run Tried to hide
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side, yeah
We chased our pleasures here
Dug our treasures there
But can you still recall The time we cried
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side Yeah!
Everybody loves my baby
Everybody loves my baby
She get(s high)
She get(s high)
She get(s high)
She get(s high)
I found an island in your arms
Country in your eyes
Arms that chain
Eyes that lie
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through, oww! Oh, yeah!
Made the scene
Week to week
Day to day
Hour to hour
The gate is straight Deep and wide
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through Break on through Break on through Break on through Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Here's why the Mets didn't sign Bengie
-- in the 2nd, he flew out to center on the first pitch
-- in the 4th, he flew out to center on the first pitch
-- in the 7th, he flew out to right on the second pitch
-- in the 9th, he ended the game by striking out on five pitches
He's as selfish a player as there is in MLB, refusing to lose weight or work the count to get on base. I'm betting that the Mets recognized that there's a real downside to signing a two-year deal with a me-first guy.
With the season now in its second quarter, he's on a pace to hit 8 homers and drive in 40 runs this year. Yet the Giants (Brian "Brain" Sabean) insist that Buster Posey is "not ready" for the MLB. As for defense, Bengie's thrown out three base-stealers in 30 tries.
A new record for the Orange and Black?
It was the third 1-0 loss this season, putting the team on track for 12 this year. There were already a pair of brutal 1-0 losses to the Padres, with Jonathan Sanchez losing both.
Please score some runs!
-- Oakland starter Trevor Cahill, who pitched excellently, is all of 22 with 200 innings in the MLB and a 4.60 ERA
-- The Giants have scored 74 runs in 19 games in May and gone 9-10.
-- Matt Cain has the worst run support of any pitcher in baseball since 2006.
Friday, May 21, 2010
He's back, unfortunately
Well, maybe it was just a bad outing, just like Tim Lincecum's last night. If Oakland's the only team that gives Zito a problem, Giants fans can probably live with that. However, it would be no surprise if Zito veers back into wallowing in mediocrity again. I would bet that Bochy was wondering if there was a way to skip Zito's turn so he wouldn't have to face Oakland. And here's what one poster named scormat had to say after reading Shea's story ... and I'm sure that there are many fans that had a similar "Oh, crap, here we go again reaction" --
Barry Zito has finally arrived. I (unlike the media and many fans here) have not forgiven his 3 years of torture to us for just 1 good month. He is a joke and has zero mental toughness. Oh how I wish to change not one thing about this team except that he was somehow magically no longer part of it. I hate to watch him play, I cannot stand his attitude or interviews, and his contract just makes me ill. Zito is sheeto...LETS BOO HIM OUT OF TOWN
Why is Aaron Rowand leading off?
Thursday, May 20, 2010
What happened to Mr. Cy?
Moon over Mays Field
Pat the Bat in the Orange and Black?
Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle posts that Eric Hacker, who's 7-1 at Fresno, may replace Todd Wellemeyer. He also says the Giants have no interest in Burrell.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Padres do something right again
"He keeps hanging his slider"
The final of 13-1 is a bit deceptive in that the Backs put up 6 in the bottom of the 8th off Brandon Medders. What isn't deceptive is that the Giants offense continues to be lousy with a grand total of four hits tonight -- two in the first when Rowand doubled and Sandoval singled.
Sabean has a bad habit of celebrating past performance. Wellemeyer used to be good but isn't anymore. Last year, he signed Bobby Howry -- who had a unique talent for falling apart when the game was on the line and giving up enough walk-off homers to cost the Giants enough games to keep them out of the playoffs. Sabean ignored Howry's crappiness because Howry had seen better days.
The Dbacks released Howry on Monday after enduring a month of crappy performance. Now, the Cubs -- a team that's often badly run -- are thinking of signing Howry. How about if the Giants release Wellemeyer, bring up Madison Bumgarner and let the Cubs sign Wellemeyer too?
UPDATE -- Freddy's batting in the three spot and just struck out in his first AB of 2010. But Sandoval then drove in Rowand to give the Good Guys a 1-0 lead against the Snakes.
Omar in the Hall of Fame?
He's gone 7-for-40 this year for the Pale Hose to get him to 2,711 and he's 43. Stranger things have happened -- heck, Jamie Moyer is still pitching at age 47 -- but I think he's going to fall short for a number of years. He might get in during a year that's lacking in first-ballot automatic admits.
"I helped put you there"
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Eat it, Padres fans
Half an hour later, I'm wondering why I'm so worked up over the Padres. Blame the incredibly annoying Padre announcer Ted Leitner, who thinks he's so amazingly funny and entertaining when he's actually a boring fool. Every time the Giants did something good tonight, I would be yelling, "Eat it, Ted. Eat it raw."
Bottom line is that San Diego's looking like a damn good team with the season a quarter gone. If the Giants don't improve their offense, the Padres are going to finish ahead of them. It was kind of stunning to see Downs and Andres Torres deliver tonight -- and the skeptical side of me has a hard time believing that they're going to keep hitting, given the Giants abysmal record of developing position players. Downs appears to be nothing special after 38 MLB games, given that before tonight, he'd gone 1-for-23 but perhaps he'll magically turn into the second coming of Jeff Kent.
As for Torres, he's needed 85 at bats to hit two homers this year (though he's hit them both in the past 3 games) and he's 32 years old. Nice to see a guy make it back to the bigs after being out since 2005 but I'm dubious that there's much upside. I would love to be proven wrong and see him turn into Jack Clark.
Bumgarner blowing them away
Monday, May 17, 2010
Buster still bashing in Fresno
Meanwhile, their top prospect is clobbering Pacific Coast League pitching. Brian "Brain" Sabean could have brought up Buster today when the incredibly crappy Mark DeRosa went on the DL; instead, he brought up the equally crappy Eugenio Velez. Velez has occasionally delivered some 9th inning heroics but he managed to strike out tonight in the 9th with one out as a pinch hitter for Matt Downs with Aubrey Huff on second.
Bengie becoming the walking man
DeRosa to the DL
In an indication of Velez' lowly status, Haft doesn't address whether Velez is going to be out of options if he gets sent down again.
The view from the Cove
Lefty Malo has an entertaining post and photos of what it was like to kayak in McCovey Cove on Saturday. Here's part --My favorite moment Saturday was Juan Uribe's two-run homer, which he hit as I paddled back to base camp. Something good had happened just before he came up, I could tell from the crowd (turns out Bengie Molina had singled), then Renel's announcement of Uribe with a little extra mustard in her voice, then the quick spikes of crowd reaction that you hear in the normal course of balls and strikes and foul balls; then the rise, the rise, the rise of the noise as Uribe's hit soared toward the left-center bleachers. The rising whoop turned into ecstatic release when it landed; I knew it, and the chuffs of vapor from the water cannons atop the arcade confirmed the result half a second later. Even better, I could crane my neck and just barely see the video board and the replay of the home run. A purist might never have looked. I couldn't help it.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Back to back beauties
Suh-weeeeeeeep as Zito goes to 6-1. The very perfunctory mlb.com story on the Giants site doesn't even mention Wilson.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Mother's Day and the perfect game
“How did you know?” I said. I was ecstatic, and since I was ecstatic she was happy, too.
“We grandmothers have ways,” she said, smiling.
Huff in left field?
Best win of the year
The power nap
"Do, or do not. There is no try"
San Francisco has a bunch of players who, if you let them, would lock themselves in the batting cage (if batting cages had locks) until gametime, bent on improving their swings. It's an earnest group, but in the wake of the offensively silent San Diego series, manager Bruce Bochy and hitting coach Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens decided that less is more. Friday, extra batting practice was forbidden.
Friday, May 14, 2010
"In the world of the Giants, it's always bad luck"
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Fast and painful
How feeble is the offense going to have to get for Brian Sabean to bring up Buster Posey? Here's what Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury-News just tweeted -- extrabaggs
Bruce Bochy, GM Brian Sabean and hitting coach Hensley Meulens are meeting in manager's office after Giants got 1-hit. Talking over options.
Henry Schulman's game story for the SF Chron notes that Giants lost both series by the same scores in this order -- 3-2, 5-2, 1-0.
Lefty Malo calls his post "Latos Intolerance" (nice) and notes that it's the second time Latos has beaten the Giants 1-0 this year. Here's how he starts -- It's getting so weird I can't work up a real angry lather.
MY COMMENT -- No, I'm never angry, just frustrated. Baggarly's reporting that Posey's not going to get a call-up despite his .355 average.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
It's payback time at Mays Field
The Padres keep embarrassing the Giants
Matt Cain had his worst outing of the year, giving up five runs in seven innings. Despite that, the Giants still have the second lowest number of runs allowed in MLB at 105; unfortunately the Padres have the lowest at 101.
So the Giants have the eighth worst run total in MLB right now while Buster Posey continues to play in Frenso because Brian "Brain" Sabean says he's not ready.
The Fire Sabean blog -- I LOVE THAT NAME -- has a smart take on tonight's disappointing proceedings --
-- Here’s a NOT SO FUN FACT: The Giants have led in 2 out of the 45 innings played vs. S.D. this year.
-- NOTE: According to Giants hitting coach Pablo is fighting fatigue (remember he played all winter long). Somehow a lot of us knew this would be coming.
-- Bases loaded, two outs down two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Welcome to the big leagues Nate Scheirholtz. It seemed like none of his other stellar performances mattered anymore. His new role would be decided on in this at-bat. With a 2-0 count he grounded out up the middle.
Jon Perricone at Only Baseball Matters doesn't mince words in a long post that explains in detaul just how brutally incompetent Sabean is ..... and has been for a looooooong time -- So, when you hear Sabean talking about anything at all, remember that it’s all bullshit. He’s got one of the worst hitters in all of baseball at just about every position on the diamond, and we’re supposed to listen to him tell us that a guy throwing up a .343/.436/.525 line isn’t hitting enough. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He doesn’t have the slightest idea how to evaluate hitters. He has been selling Giants fans the same bullshit bill of goods for going on fifteen year now.
An Orange and Black bummer
Bohicaboy posted this astute comment --
Props to DeRosa for manning up about this and not trying to hide it.This should make it much harder for Bochy to screw up, which is a good thing.Now we can still dream about getting Posey's bat in the lineup. How much damage could he do in LF? Certainly no more than Velez or the departed Lewis.
The Zito dream ends
Most disgustingly, the incredibly over-rated -- and lucky -- David Eckstein got on base five times. I've always disliked the Padres for a long list of reasons -- Ray Kroc, retiring Steve Garvey's number, Eric Show, Ted Leitner, Scott Hairston, Trevor Hoffman ruining Robby Thompson's career, just to name a few -- but the presence of Eckstein makes this version totally repellant. This part of Steve Kroner's game story for the SF Chronicle is stomach-turning -- The Padres have won all four meetings with San Francisco this season and have held the Giants to a combined six runs.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
DeRosa to the docs
Monday, May 10, 2010
The Bears come to Mays Field
One very positive note here -- John Crumpacker's story for the San Francisco Chronicle notes that the Bears may lose the field for a game or two if the Giants make the playoffs, something that would have been a laughable assertion during the 2005-08 seasons:
The only potential complication is if the Giants reach the postseason in 2011 and have an extended playoff run. That would necessitate another alternative playing site for the Bears.
"There's a possibility in October that we may have to lose a (Cal football) game or two if the Giants qualify for the postseason," Baer said.
Sabean proves he's a dingbat
WHAT. A. DINGBAT.
UPDATE -- A reader David was nice enough to write a thoughtful comment about how he's grown a bit weary of all the Sabean-bashing. Look, I don't think Sabean is evil but I do think he's incompetent. The situation makes me think of how Groucho Marx put it in "Duck Soup:"
"Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you: he really is an idiot."
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Escape from New York
Chris Haft's game story for mlb.com notes that it's the third straight no decision for Tim Lincecum and asserts that the key hit that the Mets got was "windblown." I'm just glad that the Giants managed to win at all over what looks like a resurgent Mets team.
Wilson got his five outs on five strikeouts. That is clutch.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Dodgers hammered as Manny returns
Despite the horrific back-to-back walkoff losses to the Mets, the Giants are 17-12 while the dodgers are 13-17. And the Dodger Divorce drama probably won't be resolved any time soon, meaning that the team's precluded from spending much more money for awhile. Josh Fisher at Dodger Divorce has this comment -- The biggest damage to Frank coming out of today's news is that Commissioner Gordon didn't buy Frank's neat little attempt to have the court bless the post-nup. Frank, you'll recall, wanted the court to order Jamie to dispose of some of the couple's real estate to help pay her bills. Such an order would have implicitly acknowledged the validity of the post-nup, which stipulates that the residential properties are Jamie's and the Dodgers Frank's in the case of a divorce.
Let's try someone else, please
Meanwhile, Madison Bumgarner, the organization's top pitching prospect, is putting up pretty good numbers in the Pacific Coast League. Madison was lousy in his first two starts but seems to have found his groove since then. The Giants have a real chance to make the postseason if Brian "Brain" Sabean can get on the ball for a change and make this kind of move.
Wellemeyer couldn't even get out of the fifth today, setting the stage for another loss in extras. Molina left the game with tightness in his hammy, so it would seem like an ideal time to bring up Buster Posey and Bumgarner.
The Fire Sabean blog notes that the field was full of garbage -- To their credit, the Giants did have it rough. Flying in, playing in 12 hours, getting your heart broken, then playing 15 hours after that. Not to mention they had to play in a stadium full of garbage. Only in New York do you see loads of flying garbage everywhere on the field at all times. Stay classy.
Friday, May 07, 2010
The Sandoval slump
Chris Haft of mlb.com points out that Sandoval's pressing, perhaps feeling like he has to come through because the rest of the team isn't going to. This is what happens when an incompent like Brian Sabean assembles a team of average guys on the fade to surround a player who could be a superstar. Sabean worships vets -- so much so that he's keeping Buster Posey, the organization best offensive player, in Fresno. Buster's lighting up PCL pitching, of course.
FIRE BRIAN SABEAN NOW
The Grey Lady weighs in on the Orange and Black
I realize that journalists feel that they have to generalize but this is a ridiculous statement that Tyler Kepner makes about Bonds -- Few have ever seemed so angry all the time. A few sentences later, he says this seemingly contradictory phrase -- Giants fans loved and defended him, but Bonds, to say the least, was a hard sell.
It's the word "angry" that's inaccurate here. I'm aware that Bonds would sometimes be sullen in interviews when silly questions got asked but I never heard him raise his voice. And there were many times I saw him smile during a game. Wouldn't a sharp editor have said something to the reporter, "Hey, maybe you should revise that sentence to say something like 'Few have seemed so uninterested in responding when being asked questions by reporters'?"
NOTE TO TYLER KEPNER -- It's not all about you. Who cares that you didn't like Bonds?
Batting first, Nate Schierholtz
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Happy Birthday, Willie Mays
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Barry Zito goes to 5-0
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
The vets come through
And let me just say -- Miami stinks as a baseball town. Official attendance was less than 14,000, so those actually in attendance tonight probably numbered under 10,000. The franchise has had far more good fortune come its way than the "fans" deserve. I remain skeptical that the franchise can get its new park open in two years.
By the way, here's what the current stadium's been called --
Sun Life Stadium (1993–2011)
a.k.a. Joe Robbie Stadium (1993–1996)
a.k.a. Pro Player Park (1996)
a.k.a. Pro Player Stadium (1996–2005)
a.k.a. Dolphins Stadium (2005–2006)
a.k.a. Dolphin Staduim (2006–2009)
a.k.a. Land Shark Stadium (2009)
The strange Orange and Black lineups
(Oh, who are we kidding…Molina’s going to be hitting cleanup through September).
Dave also has the class to offer best wishes to ex-Giants Dave Roberts, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins disease.
Monday, May 03, 2010
Power of the Panda
An Orange and Black DP record
Sunday, May 02, 2010
The Giants got only four hits today -- a single by Rowand, a homer by Huff and two doubles by Downs. The team is currently leading the MLB in batting average at .281 but -- thanks to Brian Sabean's incompetence -- is only 20th out of 30 in runs scored at 105. It's first in fewest runs allowed at 62. The team won on April 9 at the home opener even though the staff gave up 4 runs, but it's now lost all six games in which its pitchers have given up four or more runs.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
The 51st Splash hit
The Giants hit only 3 last year and two in 2008. And Bonds had 23 of the first 25 and 35 in all.
The real story is that Matt Cain got his first win of 2010 and pitched eight innings. Here's what Schulman reported what Matt said after the game -- "I feel I've been throwing all right," Cain said, "but I haven't been throwing like I've wanted to. Today I did."
The Fire Sabean blog
This is the coaching staff Bill Neukom needs to have and should make it happen
Manager: Will Clark