My favorite Wow! moment of 2010
Scott also has a great selection of the Top 10 of 2010, including Edgar's 3-run homer. Uribe's homer in Game 6 of the NLCS, Pat the Bat's 2-run shot against the Dodgers....
Happy New Year!
Supporting the San Francisco Giants since April 19, 2006
He’s not going to be a bargain this year, though if the Giants signed him to a Zito-like contract, I’d still giggle and put Ross’s picture in my locker. During the Jose Guillen Era, he was a luxury -- a really expensive fourth outfielder. Post-Guillen, he’s a lineup cog and a World Series hero. Really, though, he’s just pre-crater Aaron Rowand. For the $6M or $7M he’ll get, that’s not a bad thing. It’s not a super bargain, though. Like we care. Co-dy! Co-dy! Co-dy!
Congratulations to the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants!
There is no city that deserves this championship more and I congratulate Bill Neukom, the entire ownership group, Bochy and most of all the guys on the team that fought hard to bring that trophy home to the city of San Francisco. I also want to congratulate Mike Murphy who has spent over 50 years working tirelessly for the organization. Murph has witnessed so much Giants history and I am thrilled that he finally gets his San Francisco Giants World Series Championship.
I grew up watching my dad and godfather as Giants, lived out my dream playing in the same uniform in front of the best fans in the world and I just witnessed the Giants winning the World Series. I am ecstatic for the team, the city and all the fans - you truly deserve it.
Instead of relying on the heater, a pitch Sánchez threw 65 percent of the time during the regular season, Posey called for off-speed stuff more than 60 percent of the game. He basically turned Sánchez into a junkballer for the rest of the night. Amazingly, the pitcher managed to make it into the fifth, allowing just one more run. It was the Giants' lone loss of the Fall Classic, but the bullpen was saved from six innings of mop-up duty, keeping the relievers fresh for the rest of the series.
-- Bumgarner fashioned a 1.13 ERA in five September starts before going 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in four postseason appearances.-- San Francisco played 115 regular-season games decided by three or fewer runs -- most in the Major Leagues. The Giants finished 63-52 in those games. That trend continued in the postseason, when they played 11 such games and won eight. San Francisco came from behind to win 37 games, fifth most in the NL.
First word of the decision came on the Associated Press wire at 9:54 p.m. Eastern time. The complete story moved at 10:38 p.m. The time was late for Saturday newspapers to do much with it, but there was time to get the story into papers. Nevertheless it made not even a handful of papers.
An exhaustive search of Nexis, the comprehensive repository of newspapers, found only four newspapers that used even a single paragraph of the story. Nothing appeared in the two New York newspapers that have pursued steroids stories most aggressively, the Times and the Daily News.
“What a disgrace,” Gene Orza, the No. 2 union official, said in an e-mail, commenting on the lack of coverage. “They beat the crap out of us because it seems so easy to do so (‘they should’ve burned the records’) and then when we’re proven absolutely right UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, they are nowhere to be found. Just disgraceful.”
-- A lot of folks say that had I not missed those almost four seasons to World War II — during what was probably my physical prime — I might have had 370 or even 400 wins. But I have no regrets. None at all. I did what any American could and should do: serve his country in its time of need. The world’s time of need. I knew then, and I know today, that winning World War II was the most important thing to happen to this country in the last 100 years. I’m just glad I was a part of it. I was only a gun captain on the battleship Alabama for 34 months. People have called me a hero for that, but I’ll tell you this — heroes don’t come home. Survivors come home.
Now, Jayson Werth might not know this, so he might think, "Man, I would not want to play there!" But Werth's agent, who makes more money if Werth does, knows that right-handed hitters do just fine in San Francisco. That's an agent's job.
Free agent player: Hey, I don't want to play in San Francisco. My stats will suffer.
Agent: Nah. That's a myth. I can show you the studies if you want; AT&T Park is a pretty neutral park. It might cost you a couple of homers a year, but you'll also get more triples. If they have the best offer, take it.
Free agent player: Okay.
I don't expect the free agent to know if reporters, columnists, and radio personalities don't know this, but the agent knows. He conveys the point to the player in five seconds.The park does affect left-handed home runs, though. So where the Giants are semi-hosed is with left-handed power hitters coming off a down year, who are looking to sign a short-term deal, hit the snot out of the ball for a year, and parlay that into a big-money deal.
Now, there are a couple of reasons that the Giants can't really outbid anyone these days.
Yes, but if you can think of an easier way to get a fifth starter and a fifth outfielder, I'd like to hear it.
But even after the Zito and Rowand deals end (2034), I don't think the Giants are going to give out a long-term contract to a player outside of the organization for a long, long time. Because while those are the obvious misses, the front office also remembers that at one time or another, the Giants offered about $200M in contracts to Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Lee, Gary Matthews, Jr., and Juan Pierre. And as the Giants were busy getting out of their own way, they won a World Series with a combination of short-term deals and pre-arbitration youngsters.
For the next, oh, decade, you can just ignore the top five or ten names on the list of pending free agents. It's not that the Giants can't afford them, per se, it's just not a practical way of building a team. It never really was, but the Giants are now as allergic to long-term free-agent deals as any team in the game. Good.
"He had tremendous pitchers to work with, but the fact is that he really worked with them. You didn't see many shakeoffs," Bench said. "... I always say there's three types of pitchers you have to deal with. Some, you have to tell them what town they're in and remind them where they are. Others, you have to work on their mechanics; others, you have to tell them to bust their tails. But ... you have to make them your friend and then they have to learn to trust you because you call a good game."
Bench also praised Posey's ability to handle the dual responsibilities of catching and batting in the middle of the Giants' order.
"It was constant focus," said Bench, who set the standard among catchers for multitasking by winning 10 Gold Gloves while amassing 389 home runs and 1,376 RBIs.
"With a team like San Francisco, you don't say no," said Tejada, who expressed excitement to play before AT&T Park's consistently large crowds and to play for a contender. "My last seven years, I've been out of the race before the All-Star break," said Tejada, a career .297 hitter (33-for-111) at AT&T Park.