Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Melky's MVP

Great day for us Giants fans as all four guys played terrifically. Melky got two of the biggest hits -- the first hit of the game, which led to the first run, and a two-run homer that had him scoring the last run.

Melky's the first Giant to be the All-Star MVP since Bobby Bonds in 1973. Very nice coverage from Lyle Spencer  of mlb.com-- 


Cabrera is hitting a robust .353 at the break with an NL-high 119 hits. He has explored the vast spaces at AT&T Park, his new home, driving 18 doubles and seven triples to go with eight homers. He has scored 55 runs and driven home 44, and he also has stolen 10 bases while handling left field capably.
"He's hit from wire to wire," catcher Buster Posey said. "He's been consistent, played great defense in left, stolen bases. He's been a great addition for us."
Posey joined Matt Cain, Pablo Sandoval and Cabrera in a Giants-rich NL starting lineup. Cain worked two scoreless innings, and Sandoval unloaded a two-out, three-run triple into the right-field corner to stun the great Verlander in the first.
Cabrera had started the uprising with a single to left, scoring on Braun's double. Three innings later, Cabrera put the finishing touches on the romp when he unloaded a bomb to left against Harrison for his first All-Star Game homer.
"I'm happy for him," Sandoval said. "He's been doing a lot of things for the team. He earned [the MVP]. He enjoyed himself and had a great game.
"Melky is a complete player. He can hit, throw, catch the ball. He does everything to help the team. He's been doing a great job for the team. It's great that the fans gave us the opportunity to be here and show what we can do. I think we showed them how much we appreciate their support."
Cabrera wears No. 53 in tribute to Bobby Abreu, who taught him so many things, on and off the field, after he reached New York in 2005, four years after signing as a free agent out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Given all of his travels, it's almost hard to believe Cabrera is 27, just entering his prime. He'll be eligible for free agency this winter if the Giants don't give him an extension. Cabrera is earning $6 million this season.
Cabrera's former teammate with the Yankees, Robinson Cano, applauded his buddy's performance and MVP award.
"That's great, man," Cano said. "I'm happy. His mom was crying. It was nice. If you don't win, you want to see one of your boys do good. I'm so happy for him. He's getting better every year.
"He's going to get paid."
Sandoval knows his position -- third base. He also knows the general manager, Brian Sabean, makes the personnel decisions.
"I'm not the GM," Sandoval said. "But he's someone you'd like to keep on your team."

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