LA DODGERS-ODDS FLYING MONKEYS

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS?

 

 

WE ARE MISSING THE MAGIC!

TONIGHT’S ASSIGNMENT IS BEAT LA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I (baseball) HATE THE DODGERS!

BUT I LOVE TO RIDICULE THEM!

It was really easy when LASORDA was in the picture.

HOWEVER even way back when ridiculing the Brooklyn Dodgers would also have provided some fun.

The DODGERS  found Charles Ebbets, their president and owner behind the booth where he was selling tickets. 26 years later he died on the morning of Opening Day April 18, 1925 so he didn’t make it to the game however in his honer the Dodgers lost to the Giants 7-0.

Another memorable moment that never gets old:

June 4, 1976

During this game Dave Kingman hit three home runs to beat the Dodgers. Kingman had 2 of these 3 HR games against LA, this was the first.
When asked what he thought about Kingman’s performance Tommy Lasorda had this historic response:

Reporter: Can you give us just a few basic comments about your feelings on the game?

Lasorda: Well, naturally I feel bad about losing a ball game like that, there’s no way you should lose that ball game. An’, it, uh, just doesn’t make sense.

R: What’s your opinion of Kingman’s performance?

TL: What’s my opinion of Kingman’s performance!? What the BLEEP do you think is my opinion of it? I think it was BLEEPING BLEEP. Put that in, I don’t BLEEP. Opinion of his performance!!? BLEEP, he beat us with three BLEEPING home runs! What the BLEEP do you mean, “What is my opinion of his performance?” How could you ask me a question like that, “What is my opinion of his performance?” BLEEP, he hit three home runs! BLEEP. I’m BLEEPING pissed off to lose that BLEEPING game. And you ask me my opinion of his performance! BLEEP. That’s a tough question to ask me, isn’t it? “What is my opinion of his performance?”

R: Yes, it is. I asked it, and you gave me an answer…

TL: Well, I didn’t give you a good answer because I’m mad, but I mean…

R: Well, is wasn’t a good question…

TL: That’s a tough question to ask me right now, “What is my opinion of his performance.” I mean, you want me to tell you what my opinion of his performance is…

R: You just did…

TL: That’s right. BLEEP. Guy hits three home runs against us. BLEEP.

 

LET’S MAKE SOME MEMORIES! BEAT LA!

Great off-field moments in Dodger history

 

THE OPENING OF ODD

As predicted this season will be ODD and our 2017  SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS know how to play that.

Sunday April 2nd 2017

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS HOME OPENER vs SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

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Chase Field was sold out and brimming with enthusiastic fans from both teams.

So we lost, no big deal.  We have lost just about every game I have seen the Giants play in Phoenix since 2011 but so far down the road when it matters the D-BACKS fade away.  Much like most of the other MLB teams that feel like they nabbed/signed “THE pitcher” but not the rest of their team and their game simply slips through their scales. :O

 

 

 

I was happy to have the chance to be at the first game the boys played this season even if it was in the SNAKE PIT.  Luckily I was sitting next to some very nice people.

This lovely couple are presently ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS fans they hail from Northern California.  Happy 25th Anniversary 🙂 !

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Oh we didn’t play poorly quite the contrary and I would begin to tell you what a great game it was even though the “walk off” wasn’t ours it was thrilling none the less.

 

 

 


However all the way home from Phoenix Sunday I listened to some unidentified “sports guy” rant on and on about how this day was a travesty to Major League Baseball and opening days past and present. So I decided I wouldn’t count it either.  Not yet.

Instead I will show you the folks who enjoyed Sunday as if it was their teams opening day and they enjoyed the win.  Which is a good thing because it won’t be happening much. 🙂

SYMPTOM #1 EMOTIONAL CONTAGION

 

BEST SFG HAT OF THE DAY
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THE CURSE OF THE TOE HEAD !

I had the best time watching tonight’s WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC! The game-USA vs Puerto Rico was emotional and confusing for me but wonderful all the same.

PUERTO RICO PLAYED TOUGH but they made a major mistake!  One many have made before and that is to place stock in that old rumor –“Blondes Have More Fun”.  

They could have asked me if being a blonde would bring them luck and I would have told them but instead they gave up some dignity and obviously the huge big gold medal!

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Those “poodle do’s” were to me very comical and the rubbing of the poodle do in what was obviously meant to be a threatening? celebratory? “in your face”? Come on, really?! I heard it started as a joke but do they realize it still is? I noticed there were a couple of “hold outs” but I was not in the position to tell who they were.  In my opinion only one person on the team pulled off blonde and I know it’s not his natural hair color.

See here I am attempting to “slam” the PR team when playing for them tonight was one of my all time favorite SF Giants and people in general -ANGEL PAGAN.  PAGAN who was born in Puerto Rico he looks good as a blonde!  Heck, he would look good bald!  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Tonight he spoiled STROMAN’S no hitter if the broadcaster’s jinx wasn’t already in effect and I believe it was.

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Really miss PAGAN AND GREGOR BLANCO also although I didn’t have to see Blanco tonight and seeing Angel just made it so much harder! (drama courtesy of years of practice 🙂

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I was not at home but in a very public place and every time there was one of my boys on the screen I lit up like…well I lit up okay!  I also stood up and clapped and chanted! Yep. Just me and a casino full of “Snow Birds” and Hispanic folk. Good times.

I was doing just that when Brandon Crawford did what he does and so well driving in a couple of runs which made my standing/chanting thing seem a little bit more normal. Thank you B Craw!  Oh wait…he does have some other inspiration in his devoted loyal “other half” Jalynne. Such a family man that good boy!  I was in Scottsdale in 2014 as usual at the stadium celebrating my birthday and watched Brandon jump at every sound.  He must have been thinking it was the “in labor” call when Jalynne was due to have Jaydyn.  Jaydyn April wasn’t actually born until a couple weeks later. Still-It was adorable!  I can just imagine how proud those babies of must be and will be of their daddy!

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And Buster!  It was so great to see him behind the plate!  And catching our new “loose cannon” “Marky” Melancon. Actually that is a compliment and he also is a family man.

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Yes I believe it’s true that there is a great woman behind every man.  But we wouldn’t have it any other way.  ??

It’s late.  Can hardly wait until April 2nd when I see my SF Giants play again! For realsies! Remember-Spring Training games don’t count.

LET’S GET ODD! SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS ALL THE WAY IN 2017 

I’m excited, how about you? 🙂 

 

LITTLE FAN GIANT ATTITUDE

SOMETIMES you run along a “younger person” who’s destiny is to be a San Francisco Giants fan. You know–the kind that hangs in there 54 years or so before their first trophy but that’s because they didn’t want it until now. Otherwise…they would have it!

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Here’s to the next  generation of die hards! Know one?  Please Share!

 

DON’T BUM ME OUT

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MADISON BUMGARNER wow!

I know I’m impressed and apparently so are others. Lumping his name in with KOUFAX, GIBSON and…nope that’s it those are the only two MLB pitchers who come close to achieving what Bumgarner has and even those great performances fall short of Bum’s stats.

At the young age of 25 he has pitched in three World Series and coming out of this last jaw dropping victory he held the best record in three categories. This would be an accomplishment on any stage but we are talking the “big stage” the biggest for a baseball player.

I have the strongest unconditional love for my SF Giants and an equally unreasonable strong faith in the “magic” they have found since 2010. However I’m not blind and it’s clear that without Madison Bumgarner we would not have that third trophy. He was the the difference and he should know it.

SANDY KOUFAX was before my time and believe me I can’t say that about many things these days. I have always been a  SF Giants fan and Koufax compiled his 4-3 career World Series record playing for the Dodgers so I can’t get too excited for him. He thrilled others in 1965 with an ERA of .38 Bumgarner had the lowest single series ERA since that day in 2014 .43

BOB GIBSON famous for a game in which he had 17 strike outs adding up to a 7-2 record with 1.89 ERA and 89 WHIP
BUMGARNER pitched three WS and holds the record for career Fall Classic ERA WHIP (.53) and H/9 pitched (3.5) among pitchers with at 20 or more innings pitched.

Madison gets his fourth win at this early time in his life, 5 plus years ahead of Koufax and Gibson.

BUMGARNER hasn’t lost!
He is a winner and the statistics prove it.

To quote Gregor Blanco “He’s not human” and obviously this is true as it is often said “to err is human” and this guy just doesn’t know how to “err”

This man of the simple country life isn’t going to let all this hype change him. At least I hope not because this is a baseball player that is and will be from this day forward a true
LEGEND
and thanks to that farm boy confident swagger the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS are some place no other team has been.

DYNASTY? I guess that’s what we can officially call the San Francisco Giants  but in my opinion that word doesn’t even touch this amazing team. Start looking for a new word to describe the performance and accomplishment of my team.

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What will always make these three trophy’s special is that we won them against all odds and while the experts said we couldn’t.

So who’s the expert now? 🙂

 

San Francisco Giants Wild Ride

What a wild ride we had! I stood my ground with all the doubters, never wavering I  said we were going to bring home another trophy and we did.

I also said it “wouldn’t be pretty” and it wasn’t. It was BEAUTIFUL!

Now they say we are dying to be a “DYNASTY” means nothing to me.  This is the Greatest Baseball Team Ever! Bar None!

Three World Series Wins! And they said it couldn’t be done. Well it’s DONE!

 

Some of my favorite moments from this season:

Amy G to Belt after Giants clinch wild card:
Amy: You’re going to go celebrate with the baby right?

Brandon Belt: Yup, pour some champagne on it.

The Magic Starts! Giants win Wild Card!

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Morse with his total absence of “Game Face” was trying out a different look last night but couldn’t hold out for long!

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morse hits winning run

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peavy losing it while a calm Lincecum tries not to notice.

Peavy panics while timmy stays cool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s not forget Timmy’s 2nd No-Hitter! June 25 2014

Just for fun! Bad Lip Reading With Will Clark

PANDA CELEBRATES WITH PANDA HEADS-Pay him what he’s asking he can’t be replaced!

 

 

 

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Ruined by a few unruly fans and some inappropriate Policemen with weapons!

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Obviously these Officers didn’t see the “Disclaimer Notice”

 

 

Going, Going, Gone: An Essay-By Michael Vlastnik

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Going, Going, Gone: An Essay.

http://mikevlaz.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/going-going-gone-an-essay/

 

This is an assignment that happens to be on a topic of great passion for me. I felt like sharing it. Please enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Going, Going, Gone: Barry Bonds, Steroids, and the Love of the Game

“The rest of us should spend all of our time in the dugout bowing to him.”

– Former SF Giant Benito Santiago, regarding Barry Bonds

It’s a strange thing, as you grow up, watching your heroes become villains, but that is exactly what happened. The baseball players I pretended to be in the yard while playing catch as a little leaguers became people I was discouraged from supporting as I moved into the later years of high school. Players I admired for bringing life back to baseball and deemed sure-fire hall of famers, became disgraced and shamed in their own clubhouses. Raised in a household that seemed to work around the SF Giants and 49ers schedules, now I won’t even bring up the name Barry Bonds around my Dad, for a desire to not subject myself to his hateful spewing against my hero.

“He’s a cheater. A lier.” They proclaim, my Father and his like minded objectors. “He ruined baseball! He should never be allowed near a baseball diamond again.” I can hear it, every time it’s the same thing. “The guys an asshole. He’s a fraud. Nothing he did is worth anything. Barry Bonds doesn’t deserve to be in the hall of fame. He pumped himself up with steroids and that’s why he hit so many home runs. His records should be taken away. An asterisk by each of them at the very least. He lied to everyone. He’s a felon. A criminal. He should be put in jail probably! Barry Bonds intentionally defiled baseball, he deceived his fans. Plain and simple, he cheated to be famous.”

Thats the story of Barry Bonds according to so many people. He used steroids, he cheated, lied, and nothing he did in baseball should count. Many people who tell this story were at one time Barry Bonds fans, and are lifetime baseball fans. That they are so willing to judge, so willing to hate a player who did so much for the game is sad. That people pass such strong personal judgements on someone they’ve never met, never seen outside of the light of a Sports Center segment, well it’s part of the vicious circle of being a celebrity. Of hero-worship. How quick we are to love, and how quicker still we are to hate. Their Barry Bonds wasn’t a hero, he was a villain. A man who played in shadows, who used dirty tactics to deface the game they say he only pretended to love.

But that’s not my Barry Bonds, that’s not the guy I watched trot out to left field wearing #25 with a smile on his face, belting home runs, stealing bases, and setting records. When the so-called “steroid era” hit Major League Baseball, middle of the road players suddenly exploded overnight. Good became great and the show got bigger. Bonds, however, was great before performance enhancing drugs took center stage. And when good became great, great came under fire. When you dig deep enough into anything, when you look close enough, you will find a problem. Its at that point, where we ruin the people we made into heroes.

Today the sports media and baseball fans tell their horrible story of the bad guys posing as heroes. But there is another, possibly more accurate, story to be told. Barry Bonds was an all-star. He was an MVP. He was already a hero long before the history making records that so many question. But baseball wasn’t doing as well. The strike during the 1994 season had driven a lot of fans away, and had dulled the passion of a lot of players. The loyal fans, the diehard players, the owners and press looked for ways to bring the life back into baseball. And then in 1998 Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire set baseball on fire with their epic home run race. Suddenly the nation was swept up in the excitement of baseball, the thrill of a long home run. The eyes of the fans were immediately focused on any player that could hit the long ball. Not only was the focus on baseball renewed, but the pressure was on for the players. Bonds watched all of this from the left field of San Francisco, feeling the pressure, and realizing that whether legitimate or not the accolades of other players were diminishing his impact on the game. While already one of the best hitters in the league he knew he could be better. Like so many professional athletes his passion for the game and his drive to win left room for nothing but perfection. So he turned to his trainer, Greg Anderson, for help. Bonds wanted to reach the next level, he wanted to put on a better show for his fans, to be more productive for his team, to win. Athletes trust their trainers, they listen to them and follow their advice. When Anderson told Bonds that he was going to give him a supplement, flaxseed oil, Barry Bonds trusted Greg Anderson. To Bonds, his fans, the press and management the increase in his offense was immediately noticed. Over the next couple of seasons Barry Bonds was on top of the baseball universe. The San Francisco Giants christened a new ballpark built to cater to their superstar’s offensive prowess. Barry Bonds became the greatest show on earth, launching mammoth home runs into the San Francisco bay at an astonishing rate. He believed he had reached his pinnacle, he had worked hard for it, he had lived for and loved the game of baseball and everything it had given him.

We all wanted the show, we all wanted to be wowed by the dynamic action of powerful offense, and the players gave it to us just liked we asked. And one by one, we turned on them. Barry Bonds was one of dozens whose abilities and legitimacy were questioned. But Bonds was pursued ruthlessly because of the special things he had done. By the end of his career he had set records for most home runs in a single season, most home runs in a career, various records for slugging percentage, walks, intentional walks, consecutive MVP awards (he won 7 total), batting titles, and all-star selections. The ball from his record-setting 756th career home run sits in the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, but Barry Bonds is denied entrance. He is denied entrance by the people that cast allegations at him, that accuse him of tainting the game of baseball. These are the same people who cheered for him, who watched every at bat with anticipation and celebrated when he broke Hank Aaron’s home run record. Built up to heroic stature by them, Barry Bonds was broken down and beaten by the people that inspired, almost demanded, him to become who he had.

When people accuse Barry Bonds of using steroids and defacing baseball to a criminal level, they don’t consider the deeper side of the story. We are so quick to blame those with their faces plastered all over the place, no consideration is given regarding the people who helped them to get there. We vilify Barry Bonds and his peers for using performance enhancing drugs regardless of how inconsistent that details are, even in cases where players had admitted to using PEDs, details are incomplete and inconsistent. We blame the players, when we should be looking at who else is responsible, we should be crying foul at the owners, the commissioner’s officer we should be pointing the finger at ourselves, the fans. And the trainers. Greg Anderson. The man behind the man. What could he possibly stand to gain from Barry Bonds taking steroids? Well money, lots and lots of money. To become the personal trainer of all star athletes you have to know what you’re doing, but more than that you have to have some impressive references. How much would a player struggling with their offense pay to have the aid of the man who trained Barry Bonds to record breaking levels? Is it enough money to make Anderson lie to Bonds and give him PEDs without his knowledge to make himself, Anderson, look like the most amazing trainer available? It seems like the answer was yes, and even then that is a fraction of the money on the table for MLB’s 32 owners.

When we have spent so much time dissecting the use of PEDs in baseball, digging into stories to uncover which player used what to do which amazing thing, no one ever goes all the way to the top. Barry Bonds and his peers are not a group of idiots. These are world class athletes who are in tune with their bodies at a level most people can’t comprehend. When Anderson told Bonds he was giving him flaxseed oil time and time and time again, it seems inevitable that Bonds eventually wouldn’t have picked up that maybe something else was going on. No matter how innocent the initial use was (and I still choose to believe that it was innocent), what happened if and when he realized that maybe it wasn’t just flaxseed oil? Bonds couldn’t take the risk, he couldn’t just give up the home runs. He couldn’t just turn off the amazing offense. He was a man trapped. If he stopped using the potential PEDs and the home runs stopped with them, people would assume he’d been using, or worse, lost his edge and was no longer viable. The contract offers would end, the jerseys would stop selling, no more endorsements. No more hall of fame. But if he kept taking the shots and they were in fact illegal steroids, and he got caught, the results could be even worse. He was stuck in an impossible situation. His team needed to win games. He needed to prove to his fans he was worth watching. The owners needed to see that he was worth the contracts. The sports press needed highlights, Major League Baseball needed excitement and record breakers. The pressure was immense, and it came from all sides. In a world of bad options, how can you judge what was the right choice?

When the stories came out, everyone was being convicted of breaking baseball. It’s not called the steroid era because of one man. The list of potential hall of famers to have their names tarnished by PED speculation is not a short one. So why is it, so many years after the fact, that Barry Bonds is still the man, the bad guy, the villain of the MLB? Why do the press bar him from the Hall of Fame and the fans demand asterisks next to his records?Why don’t we stamp an asterisk next to Mark McGwire’s 70 home run reason? Or trivialize Roger Clemmon’s 20 strikeout games and 7 Cy Young awards. Is it because second place doesn’t matter regardless of how you got there? Maybe because we don’t think PEDs have that big of an impact on pitchers? Maybe our societal subconscious just finds it easier to blame the black guy. The black man who stood up for himself, who got angry when his family was made to suffer as a result of vague accusations. Barry Bonds, who pointedly told his attackers, the grand jury, that when their own dirty secrets were laid bare, then they would have the right to come after him and dig into his past. Despite his love for the game, his jovial personality when on the field, the endless praise from his teammates, we still see the shadowy hostile version of Bonds as the default image from the sports media. It took 7 years for Barry Bonds to be welcomed to Giants’ spring training. Is that ESPN’s fault, or ours?

I loved watching Barry Bonds hit home runs. I can remember how excited I was to watch Sosa launch home runs over the ivy of Wrigley Field. I idolized Ken Griffey Jr and his dynamic long balls. The home run derby (which Bonds only won once, while Griffey won it three times) was a national holiday as far as my younger self was concerned. I grew up watching baseball, falling in love with it during the steroid era. I was never inspired to cheat, never motivated to user PEDs by the record setting athletes. I was motivated to go out and play. I spent hours playing ball in the front yard with my younger brother. When I was young I defended Bonds and his comrades because I never wanted to admit that my heroes could do any wrong. Now I defend them because either intentionally, or naively, they took the steps to make baseball great again. You don’t need steroids to be an amazing athlete, to be an elite baseball player. But at the dawn of this tainted era, Major League Baseball needed a PED to get it’s own glory back.
Barry Bonds was a man who loved baseball, who achieved his dream of playing professionally. We made him into a hero, an icon, something for us all to aspire to be. But when he got too high, we tore him right back down. We want our heroes to inspire us, but as much as we like to create them, we love to have the power to destroy them. No matter what was put into a syringe, who injected it or what it did, if any fan of baseball who has cheered at a walk off home run, a tie breaking grand slam, or watched with wonder at the fireworks of a home run derby wants to cast blame at someone, they need to look at where the it all begins. If the effect is an exciting display of super human offense, the cause is the people who want to see it.

CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE SF GIANTS!

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Ratto: “How do you get noticed by Bochy and the coaches in a full camp?” Kameron Loe: “Well, that’s why I wore Lincecum’s pants today.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OUR AMAZING SHORTSTOP!  PLAYS BY BRANDON CRAWFORD 2013 TO PUMP YOU UP!

I can’t wait until the opening series in Phoenix.  Certainly I would like to be by the Bay when the boys arrive once again in AT & T to a sold out crowd of the best fans in baseball-but at least I am hanging on to opening day even if it is in a snake pit. LOL

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@fangraphs: Crawford’s Best Defensive Plays, Statistically http://bit.ly/NAG7xD ” made me very emotional, good read

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/giants/

GIANTS EXTRA

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Hair Club for Men – Brandon Crawford

crawford mad at pitching machineThis funny and refreshing post by Brandon Crawford is a definate reblog! Brandon talks about hair, who’s is best and who primps over his. Surprising because they all have that casual, “I’m not tryinbelt flan crawford morse 22214g” look about them while being increadibly delicious! He mentions the great fit Morse is for the team, a fact that I picked up on my first day in Scottsdale. That is one attractive BP team!
No baby yet but the Crawfords are soon expecting baby number two and I am thrilled for them. Ok then…enjoy!

Brandon and Brandon

Jalynne and I are back home. Everything’s fine. We’re hanging out with Braylyn and having a nice quiet day. I’ll take a few minutes for a short post.

We have a team meeting most days before practice. Bochy goes over the schedule and stuff like that. It is also the time we get to know guys who are in big league camp for the first time. Bochy summons two each morning to introduce themselves. They give their name, position, where they’re from and what they like to do.

Then they get questions from the rest of the team. You can’t imagine the ridiculous questions. They make me uncomfortable. Guys will bait the new player by asking him to name his current favorite song. The player will say what it is.

Then: “OK, now sing it.’’

That’s when I think, “Oh, I’m so glad I’m not up there right now.’’

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Robbed by OAKLAND A’s in Today Opener

The Oakland A’s beat The Giants 10-5 today in the Spring Training Opener at Scottsdale Stadium.

Winning pitcher for the A’s was Jesse Chavez our losing pitcher was Yusmeiro Petit.

Other pitchers we saw today were Gutierrez, Runzler, Romo, Loe, Dollis, Hembree & Machi. sergio chase 9113

Brandon Belt singled in the first but that produced nothing, in fact Belt hit the ball well today but was stranded more than once.

A’s batters shelled our pitching staff sadly resulting in 6 earned runs for Romo and 3 for Petit.

The Giants finally scored in the fourth but only after the damage was done.

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Despite home-runs by Duvall and Adrianza we came up short against Oakland although I see some promise of great things to come from Michael Morse who was robbed of hits more than once today by Reddick.

Sandoval and Duval both putting wood on the ball with ADRIANZA coming up with the big at bat in the 9th inning.  As exciting as it was, too little too late for today’s game.

Michael Morse is going to get us some hits this season, that is as long as Josh Reddick isn’t in the outfield!

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I haven’t had the chance to see all the highlights from today’s game, but let me tell you something: Josh Reddick made some pretty neat catches while climbing the right field fence in Scottsdale to rob Michael Morse of at least six total bases, maybe even eight. First, watch the videos so can get a glimpse:

Now, watch on repeat the crazy grabs that Josh Reddick made. First, the prayer backhand stretch catch:

and the second, the “thank goodness I didn’t have to climb as high this time” grab:

No, those were not the same catches, even though I wasn’t sure when I first watched. Hopefully that kind of stuff only happens to the Giants in Spring Training and not in the regular season. I mean, the bullpen was already tired of this happening after the second catch:

Well done, Josh Reddick. Do that to everybody else but the Giants…

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Spring Training – A Great Draft

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Nov 16th, 2013 at 2:25 pm by Denise Walos

MLBTR: Mutual Interest Between Yankees And Javier Lopez

http://aroundthefoghorn.com/2013/11/15/mlbtr-mutual-interest-yankees-javier-lopez/

We’ve all been holding our breath the last few weeks to hear news about Javier Lopez and Ryan Vogelsong. But as many of you know, rumors are flying around about Tim Hudson and Ricky Nolasco coming to the Giants to help fill out the starting rotation next year. Here are the latest updates on Lopez and Vogelsong as well as other names being thrown around as potential new Giants in 2014. Javier Lopez (LHP, Giants) I’m pretending this is a joke.

Lopez’s primary goal, according to Meister, is to pitch on a contending team. “Of course, the Yankees are perennially that,” he told McCullough. As McCullough notes, the Yankees have a need in the bullpen with Mariano Rivera retiring and Boone Logan hitting free agency.

Of course, Lopez has also expressed interested in staying in San Francisco, and as said he’d give the Giants a last shot at keeping him. Lopez is looking for a multi-year deal. At age 36, I’d imagine he’s looking for a place to finish out his career. I personally hope the Giants go hard after keeping him, even if it means overpaying somewhat. That said, I’m sure he’d love a place where he is used more than for one batter at a time, like Bruce Bochy likes to use him. He’s quite good in that role, but I’d sure love to see more of him pitching in a San Francisco uniform.

And I too am hoping that the below is a joke! Javie to the Yankees!

I will look forward to new faces on the spring field soon but I am especially looking forward to those faces that I won’t have to miss!  Every year there is change and I always get over it but some of these boys are like family! You can’t replace them.  I’m counting the days!!!

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A Giant Thank You to our Fans!

I appreciate the “Thank You’s” from the franchise but I want to thank the San Francisco Giants! I don’t require a trophy every year. What I require is exactly what I got, great baseball, wonderful guys, tons of heart & TORTURE!

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I FEEL APPRECIATED BY MY BASEBALL TEAM

Chances are I won’t be attending Fan Appreciation Day Sunday and I am mournful.  But I am thankful for what the San Francisco Giants have given to me for the past 55 years!  As a Giants fan I have developed a “never say never” attitude that for me is imperative to survival.  After all things aren’t always easy and if you choose to believe that taking the good with the bad will pay off then you have won the battle.

The SF Giants have provided me with a team deserving of loyalty and in hindsight the 54 years of torture waiting for that first WS Trophy was worth it!

Thank you for loving me, or at least letting me believe that you do! 🙂 HEART MY SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS FOREVER AND WHEREVER I MAY BE!

GIANTS APPRECIATE FANS

Bee Crazy?

An unhappy Wilson is exactly what I expected, and only an unhappy person would behave this way! At least we don’t have to waste any more time on bad thoughts for Bri Bri, he’s already miserable. Sorry Wilson, Once you go Blue, You aren’t welcome Back.

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THE San Francisco Giants Blog

Here’s a pic from a fan who snapped this during Brian Wilson’s weird confrontation with Larry Baer after the game last night.

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Wilson was apparently airing several pent up grievances including wanting his 2012 World Series ring and demanding that the Giants stop using his images in stadium video. What a whiny little be-atch this guy is……

The Giants have reported tried to contact Wilson several times to give him his ring and were ignored every time. And if this d-bag thinks he owns the rights to the freaking videos of him that get used on the stadium screen then he’s got more hubris than I ever thought he had. I had wished Wilson well but after this girlish tantrum I say “good riddence.”

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WITH THE GIANTS IT JUST TAKES A LITTLE SUMPTHIN’ SUMPTHIN’

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The San Francisco Giants have so much heart and sincere soul that any little thing can make a difference with this team.

Whether it’s the return of a teammate or sadly but strongly rallying around an injured teammate, last night we had both-these guys will find the magic.
The welcome return of Angel Pagan was shadowed only by the sadness that Andres Torres may have seen his last days as an active SF Giant.
Angel Pagan off the DL leads off the 1st inning with a double and reminds us all just exactly what we were missing these past months.  He proceeded to score the first and only run of the game but I saw little sparks flying as he came across home plate.

Just the little sumpthin’ sumpthin’ that the boys needed to get a much-needed attitude adjustment.
Good news on the success of Andres Torres surgery to remove bone spurts from his foot was soured by the bad news that this may have been a career ending surgery for Torres.
The new healthier happier skinny Panda who has felt the magic back in his game makes the defensive play of the year to save Timmy’s ass in the 6th
as we held on to a 1 run lead.
Timmy who to many was “washed up” didn’t give up a run in 6 innings even though he didn’t have his best stuff.
Javi hangs on to the lead of 1-0 and Cassilla comes in doing no damage.

A magical play by Scutaro and we are going to the ninth. Incredible defense!  Finishing off the game our stellar closer Romo and the Giants plus a bit of magic triumph over the Arizona Diamond Backs 1-0 🙂

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Building Future SF Teams–Does the Formula Need to Change?

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I like to think my team The San Francisco Giants, and everybody involved can do no wrong, or very little wrong.  Truth is something other then what transpired this season would do.

Anybody else have any thoughts on this?

THE San Francisco Giants Blog

With the Giants winning a rare weekend series and the Dodgers losing one, it got me to thinking, what will Sabean have to do going forward to build a team that can compete year in and year out with the LA Art Dealers. After all, if you are competing against a team that cares not about a budget, it presents challenges to the builders of the teams trying to beat them.

Sabean built 2 World Series championship teams by putting together a rock solid pitching staff and making deft deadline (and pre-deadline) pickups along the way. Of course, both teams had to get hot in September and the playoffs and luckily, they did just that.

But does Sabes need a new plan? The payroll is already high, does it need to go higher? If the team gets younger, is Bochy the right man for the job? Or does Sabean just…

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Quick Hits for August 23, 2013

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GOOD THINGS STILL AHEAD FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS!!

Mmmmmmm BELT!

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TONIGHT’S GAME… The San Francisco Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight in the second game of this four game series… RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 3.67) is slated to face LHP Madison Bumgarner (11-7, 2.87).

Click HERE for today’s complete game notes.

PROBABLES, BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR TODAY AND REMAINDER OF THIS VS. PITTSBURGH (ALL GAME TIMES PDT):

  • Friday, August 23 vs. Pittsburgh (7:15): RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 3.67) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (11-7, 2.87) – CSN-BA
  • Saturday, August 24 vs. Pittsburgh (6:05): LHP Francisco Liriano (14-5, 2.53) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (6-13, 4.53) – CSN-BA 
  • Sunday, August 25 vs. Pittsburgh (1:05): RHP A.J. Burnett (tonight) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (tonight) – CSN-BA

note: all games broadcast on KNBR radio (English)/81 home games and two road contests broadcast on KTRB 860 ESPN Deportes (Spanish)

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Torture, Re-Visited

FORTUNA IS SPINNING DOWNWARD

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Seems nothing has gone right for our San Francisco Giants. Some of the plays made by opposing players have been “other worldly” causing me to shake my head rather than stomp my foot. Things have been supernaturally bad, only thing that makes sense is that Fortuna is not in our corner at this time.
Please Fortuna, hear my plea, spin upwards.

THE San Francisco Giants Blog

Someone mentioned it last night and I agree–there wasn’t any pain felt (by me) after Span made that catch. It was more like a joke that was funny that I didn’t laugh at. Anyway, here are the 3 *hilarious* catches this year that ended with the Giants as the punchline each time:

The first one was Venable’s on 6/17:

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Next, we have Matt Kemp’s grab on 6/25:

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Finally, last night, Span takes a circuitous route to finish off the humor:

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I’m not sure which was the best catch or which one hurt more. Or which one was funnier.

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Also, here’s a tweet that I found interesting. I have said the same thing many times:

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Additionally, Brandon Crawford has negative defensive ratings in 4 of 5 categories at fangraphs. THAT is a joke.

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The Mystery of Hitting

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It seems crazy that professional baseball players can go so deep into slumps. You’ve been playing all your life. You know how to hit. Then suddenly you can’t. It’s not like the game has changed. It’s the same game. But somehow you’re not the same.

How does that happen?

​I’ve been asked that question more than a few times during this bad stretch. I’ve asked myself that question a lot. I think it’s like handwriting. You know how to make your letters, right? You’ve been writing your whole life. But then sometimes maybe your hand gets tired or your brain is not sending all the right messages to your fingers, and you start writing different. The letters aren’t as neat and straight.

​So you have to clear your mind and get your focus and sharpness back. I’m in that process. It’s been hard mentally. It’s been on my mind so much — when I go to bed, when I get up in…

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Giants Are About To Make It Two In A Row!

 

Tonight with the return of Ryan Vogelsong and that fun victory last night I am looking forward to a great game!

LETS GO GIANTS

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These men will lead us to victory. I guarantee it!

1. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B

2. Brandon Crawford (L) SS

3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B

4. Buster Posey (R) C

5. Hunter Pence (R) RF

6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B

7. Roger Kieschnick (L) LF

8. Gregor Blanco (L) CF

9. Ryan Vogelsong (R) P

 

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Cheese & Kieschnick

Last night was “MAGICAL”!

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It was a great time at the ballpark tonight.  The Harlem Globtrotter’s “Cheese” threw out the first pitch and Roger Kieschnick continued the fun by going 2-for-5 with 2 RBI in his Major League debut.

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White House Visit

SLIDESHOWS of SF GIANTS photos every day?! Life is good!!

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Today President Obama welcomed the San Francisco Giants to the White House to honor the team and their 2012 World Series Championship…the visit will continued the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to communities.

We have also included all the photos in a slideshow:

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BLACK SUNDAY-Mamma Talks Sense To SF GIANTS

June 30th 2013 Sunday 

Having just arrived last night I am back in Northern California where I was born and raised, but just a visit. I can’t stay more than a few weeks so my plan-spend as much time as possible with my son’s the rest at the ocean.  Not rushing off to AT&T to watch my beloved SF Giants even though that was naturally my first impulse.  I catch quite a few games between Phoenix and San Diego now my time is so short and precious I need my ocean fix!  So I was cool putting baseball on the back burner until after the All Star Break.

I planned on being out of range to view many if any Giants games during this trip but when I found my team spiraling down a losing streak of a length that shocked even me-I had to do something and quickly!

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Even in this modern-day there is still no internet where I  was going to be spending my time so I went old school!

First I removed the orange polish from my toes (something I never do during the season) and painted one big toe BLACK.  Put on a Giants shirt I had not worn before, also BLACK.  Then I got in my car drove from ocean cove to ocean cove listening to the game on the radio, quickly realizing how much I missed KNBR Radio “Home of your SF Giants” 

I never listened to another station until I absolutely had to. During my first months away from the bay area I kept trying to get even a static signal refusing to believe it was really gone, even going out in the desert trying to get a broadcast because someone said I could.  I couldn’t and finally gave up listening to the radio in the car all together. Once in range I turned KNBR on ecstatically hanging on every word uttered over the station.

 So I’m driving, chanting, jeering, cheering, and willing my team to victory.  Trying single-handedly to bring back the “Magic” that use to be all “up in here”.  There was no actual “ceremony” no sacrifices were made but it was “Baseball Voodoo” and it worked!  After losing six in a row we beat the Rockies that day and I am taking credit.

Silly me, focusing on just one game,  trying to break the streak, willing the Giants to win just one game-oops.  Just one toe, just one win.  What would have happened if I had painted them all black that day?  Well,  I think we can be pretty certain that with my voodoo powers we would be sitting pretty right about now.  Or not.  

The message here is…I can “will” the Giants to win!… No, that’s not the message here!  The message is… “BELIEVE” that’s the message.  ‘Belief’ is what created the magic and lack there of is what killed it.  

That and, of course, the PRESSURE.

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Lynch mobs were contained before they could string up the current scapegoat-our lovable first baseman Brandon Belt.  You would think that he was the first SF Giant to ever screw up and fact is, he is not.  Yes, he is struggling, brain explosion, the WHOLE TEAM is struggling!  Did his error cost us the game?  Maybe, probably but that was last night.  There has been much bigger uglier errors and such that he had no involvement in.  Last night was ugly and my heart goes out to Belt because unlike some, I know he cares, he didn’t want to make that error and he feels really bad about it. It was a loss for Cain and he deserved the win but Matt should be very understanding.  Why?  Oh you haven’t  forgotten already the disasters Cain and other starters have had on the mound this season.  Also ugly but it didn’t change who he is or what he means to this team and last night we saw our reason to support him, always!

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Bochy finally showing his frustration openly “This was a tough one,” he said. “It’s always hard at home when you lose a game like this.”

I wouldn’t want to be in that locker room! Now that’s pressure, from the start it has been pressure.  Pressure to play like champs, better than any other team.  

Until I have proof that these guys are going out there with the intention of playing poorly I will remain a loyal FAN-that means I will root for my team-for better or for worse.

If I were only capable of loving the Giants when they win then I wouldn’t be a FAN for two reasons;  1) You call that being a “FAN”?! What are you crazy?!  2) Out of 55 years in SF the Giants have only two trophy’s both won after less than perfect seasons.

So much for anger over a winning team reverting to a losing team-I’m still celebrating our first trophy that I waited a lifetime for-now they aren’t good enough?  Sorry, I don’t play that way, and the team shouldn’t have to go from having the best fans in MLB to having the…well, not the best.  They deserve better after all these guys won us two World Championships!  I think they are wonderful, now let’s remind them of that.

So to my team, the World Champion San Francisco Giants, a team that has kept my interest and my loyalty for 55 years I would like to say this and I’m saying it as yo mamma so listen up, k? 🙂

“A fundamental rule of life is that whatever you focus on grows.”  That said LET’S FOCUS guys!  Snap out of it! Focus on the positive.  And you positively better start winning some games!  🙂

But if you can’t I know it isn’t because you aren’t trying.  Do the best you can and that is all anybody should ask of you.  If you try and fail, you won’t be the first.  The unhappy “fans” have forgotten the accomplishments of even our “star” players many questioning the abilities of Buster Posey! This is a guy who must wait for a new award to be created because he has won them all as a SF Giant.   There isn’t one player I can name off the top of my head that hasn’t been the target of these doubting, know it all, fair weather fan comments.  My favorite thing is when the player’s strike back turning those words into food to be eaten by doing something amazing, for instance pitching a no-hitter,  laying down a “fat” double, or making an amazing play out of nowhere.  This didn’t pan out for Belt last night but I was praying that redemption would be had in the 9th when he gave that ball a ride.  And just because it didn’t doesn’t mean it couldn’t or won’t so chin up.

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“Repetition cultivates belief. This is the basis of all conditioning, also known as brainwashing…When we create a disaster scenario in our heads…with every repetition that scenario becomes the irrefutable outcome of our efforts.”

I feel that there are too many disaster scenario’s being played out and its bad mojo! If you believe in Magic you gotta believe in Mojo-positive reinforcement is what you should be practicing and there are professional’s such as myself here to help you with that.  Real true fans that have experience with this type of situation.

We love you our SF Giants! Really, come on over to our place-we have your pictures, bobble-heads, jersey’s, signed balls, banners, blankets, shoes, jackets, ticket stubs and on and on.  We are proud, we bleed orange, together “we are GIANT”

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What are you focusing on today? Concentrate on everything good in your life and every possible fantastic scenario for the future. Pay attention to every thought in your head. What you focus on has the power to turn your days sour (like some fans)— or sweet (like sugar or like a SF Giants player) 

Remember why you are World Champions. Check out that ring! Not every one has a ring like that! You may even have two, in fact I’ll bet you do.  And they were EARNED not just gifted to you for being cute.  Perseverance, Heart, love of the game, love of your teammates, support from loved ones, those are the tools that contributed to amazing performance on the field.  Not one of you did it alone, it was a team effort.  Not one of you alone is responsible for the struggle of today, that too was a team effort.

I am not heartbroken over where we are in the standings. How foolish that would be for a fan who waited 54 long years for that one trophy and now we have two?!  I’m not greedy.

What breaks my heart is the idea of any one of you losing what makes you special-your heart, your grit, your ability to believe in yourself and your team.  We have clawed and scratched our way against all odds over and over again because we “believed” that we could!  Don’t stop believing now.  Hey, someone should write a song like that..! 🙂  I don’t want you to be sad or discouraged because I like you and I care for you with unconditional “mamma love”.  

Come closer…here is your big HUG.   Now, get out there scamps, bring mamma another trophy, I know you will if not this year than the next.

Your greatest comfort right now will probably be blind faith. I know mine is.

Even if things seem entirely hopeless, a willingness to BELIEVE can get you the rough spots. Go along with your life, knowing things will work out the way they’re supposed to, but remember, The DODGERS must be stopped! 

Everything is going to be alright. Baseball is your passion as well as your job so do it with a smile and no matter what the outcome, you will be okay.  We need some new magic to turn things around.  I hope it’s not too late to bring back the joy because I feel very strongly that it is the joy that will create the magic.  

Good times are only noticed becausee we have bad times to compare them to. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.  Blah blah blah positive comment blah blah uplifting thought blah blah, get it? 

I am one fan that will be here for the pain as well as the pleasure.  Didn’t anybody learn anything from “Chicken Little?” You can’t eat any of the pie if you don’t help with the baking.  

Now, let’s go get ’em!  Let’s play some Giants Baseball!

And damn it, have fun even if it kills ya! 🙂

Step Up To The Camera

Ally did an excellent job making a not so pretty game look very attractive! Now let’s hope We can go “BIG COUNTRY” all over some Cubbies behinds tonight!! LETS GO GIANTS Always BELIEVE!

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Greetings Giants fans from your SF Giants Photo Intern, Ally.  Tonight I was given the opportunity of a lifetime, photographing my first game.  I greatly enjoyed capturing every exciting moment, while doing something I love.  Go Giants!

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Puking During Puig At Bats

Although this may seem in direct conflict to my last post, as I said it’s a “rivalry” an on the field rivalry. I find this blog amusing and I think it mirror’s my thoughts on the past 2 games rather closely. Enjoy!

THE San Francisco Giants Blog

“This guy Puig is gonna be a problem….” –San Dawg

I forget when he said that, probably during Puig’s first game up. It was a simple line, yet foreboding, and it gave us fair warning of what was to come….

*This guy Puig* is grinding on my patience. It’s not just the constant media jack off session that bothers me although that’s part of it. I thought it was complete BS that he was throwing sucker haymakers in the brawl with AZ and managed to get exactly zero days of suspension. Calls for him to be named to the all star game, after 60 at bats, was definitely irksome. And while I’m not doubting his talent for a moment, I was looking forward to Bumgarner knocking him down a few *puigs* in the game last night. So it was quite easy for me to go quickly and loudly into a…

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GET ON THOSE HITTIN’ SHOES

 

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OK WE TAKE ON LA AGAIN TONIGHT, FRESH GAME, FRESH START, STILL GOT SOME ISSUES BUT ONE OF THEM SHOULD NOT BE THE RIVALRY AGAINST THE DODGERS! Let’s concentrate on gettin’ our bats on! 

To sum up what our players, who stood along side Dodger players on the field one day after the horrible incident that resulted in the beating of Brian Stow, “This is a baseball rivalry, on field rivalry, it ends there.  After the game, off the field we are friends.”

We need to remember this.

Yes, BEAT LA! Beat them badly!

But on the field. Those people we call the “STINKING DODGERS” & THE STINKING DODGER FANS” well, darn it, they are people to!

Even when we haven’t been facing the Dodger’s the negativity from Giants “fans” has been overwhelming. It’s so bad on Twitter that I pray for the day these negative fair weather fans will jump or be pushed off the ban wagon and once again the SF Giants can brag about the tremendous fan base they have!  A team that doesn’t have to “freak out” because of fan negativity voice after every less than perfect performance, is going to be a more relaxed, happy, productive team. Lighten up people, this is our team!

In case you think this opinion is all mine, below from a seasoned SF Giants fan & real person, I share her thoughts;

“Hi there! I just had to talk to you via email…I hope that’s ok. Last night twitter was filled with so much negativity! And I’m no prude, but so many vulgar comments were made. I just was disgusted & I felt like it took away the enjoyment of watching the game for me. One of my best friends is a diehard Dodger fan & we’ve had a lot of good chats throughout last year & this… but all done in fun with consideration for each other. Maybe that’s what’s missing on Twitter. Since it’s such a public forum, and very few of us really know each other, that respect and consideration is missing. I don’t know…maybe I’m just too old for this kind of mindless chatter! I do enjoy talking to a lot of people, you of course, but some just seem to cross the line. So I’m thinking tonight I’ll just watch the game & chat with my Dodger friend, who calls her beloved team the “Cellar Dwellers!” Any thoughts? I value your opinion! 🙂

The SF Giants  are about to EXPLODE! Enjoy it every moment of it! After all it’s GIANTS BASEBALL! And there is nothing better! 

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Quick Hits for June 24, 2013

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TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first
game of this three-game series…LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.96) is scheduled to face
LHP Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.25).

Click HEREfor today’s complete game notes.

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THEY MAY NOT BE MARLINS

TONIGHT THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TAKE ON THE MARLINS AT AT&T PARK.

UNABLE TO GO MARLIN FISHING I DID THE BEST I COULD TO SHOW THE FISH WHO’S BOSS!

Today Daddy and I took on the bass on Metri Lake Yuma Arizona. Eight fish in the boat just about guarantees a win for the Giants tonight!  Fishing  a drop shot rig with pumpkin seed colored Swirly tailed worm I managed to land 3 while Daddy did better bringing 5 into the boat with the same rig different plastic, purple Robo worm.

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LAST NIGHTS WIN OVER THE PADRES WAS VERY ENTERTAINING and a great game all around. Madison Bumgarner got the win with the help of Gregor Blanco  despite Guzman’s determination to add validation to the cocky showmanship he so loves to display on the field.  Our victory of 4-2 over the Padres would have been more valuable if the D-Backs had not also managed to ring up a victory, but we are very much “in this thing”.  Good luck bringing me down about our possibilities of another Championship.

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Blanco’s two-run triple in the seventh lifts San Francisco to series win
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Madison went “Big Country” all over Guzman in the second inning by throwing the ball behind him just to make him aware his “show boating” after going deep the night before was inappropriate behavior.  Both benches cleared and feathers fluffed but after it all our pitcher showed true Giants values by refusing to comment though the media did all they could to stir things up again.

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Tonight Chad Gaudin will face Tom Koehler who will be looking for his first ML win.

The Giants are still dealing with injuries. Outfielder Angel Pagan, out since May 25 with a strained left
hamstring, is slated to start a rehab assignment on Thursday. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, with a strained left foot,
is scheduled to start a rehab assignment on Saturday. Shortstop Brandon Crawford is doubtful for Thursday’s contest
due to a sprained right index and middle finger.

The Marlins and Giants have not faced each other yet this season. Last year the Marlins won five of their seven against the Giants but I think the fishing tells the story.

I’m not worried about tonight’s game or the series at all…

Fish in the boat, fish on the field.  I feel a victory for the SF Giants tonight!

Giants Hire Barry Bonds To Front Office Position — CBS San Francisco

After spending a year as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins, former San Francisco star Barry Bonds will be joining the Giants front office staff this season as a special advisor to team president Larry Baer.

via Giants Hire Barry Bonds To Front Office Position — CBS San Francisco

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JUST A LITTLE TRIM PLEASE

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS after yesterday’s game gave the roster a little trim.

They cut six guys after Sunday’s game. Pitchers Clayton Blackburn, Joan Gregorio and Chris Stratton were optioned, and first baseman Kyle Blanks and pitchers Samuel Coonrod and Matt Reynolds were re-assigned. Blanks actually hit a home-run Sunday giving the Giants 12 home runs in six games.

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Jake Peavy is in town for a few days, hosting a private musical gig for wounded Marines from San Diego through his foundation. The Marines were introduced on the field before Sunday’s game.
“Word from the Peavy camp is he still wants to pitch and could try joining an organization during the summer” From SFGATE

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MORSE goes deep twice in Sundays hit fest!

“It felt good. It felt really good,” said Morse, who has said he will retire if he doesn’t make the team out of Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. “I hit it hard. It was only a matter of time before I started connecting. I feel like my swing is pretty good. I like where it’s at.”

 

Quote of the day

“It’s part of baseball. It’s part of why you love it. I think that’s why it feels so good when you do win, because you spend so much time on other end.”

Matt Moore on losing.

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NOT OUR PROBLEMO ANYMORE

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Santiago Casilla’s 1st day of spring training with the Oakland A’s
 
Not surprisingly he struggled for most of an inning  throwing a wild pitch and allowing 2 hits, a walk and 2 runs.
OAKLAND A’S MANAGER Bob Melvin doesn’t seem to be worried and even quoted me before the game when he said the game “wouldn’t matter”.

“It was my first outing. It’s just practice for me right now,” said Casilla with the help of a translator.

“I was a little bit out of control. I thought my balance was a little bit off,”

“It was my first outing, so pitches weren’t where I wanted them to be, but it’s not a long process for me. It’s just the first one.”

I don’t remember him bothering to give us any of those fine excuses!

Oh well…the best of luck to you Casilla and to the A’s at least he didn’t loose the game for you!

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