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SF Giants 2014 “The Year In Quotes” Pavlovic

I enjoyed the quotes in this article so much I thought I would re-blog it for those San Francisco Giants fans that may have missed it when Alex published it. Thanks Alex

The Year in Quotes: Bumgarner’s cheat code, the Dee Gordon shower, rocks and slingshots, Chubbs and much more

bum blogAnother year, another parade, and now … time to take a couple of weeks off. I’ll be on vacation so this blog will go silent, and if the Giants do anything else someone else will cover it on our main sports website. Thanks as always to all of you loyal readers, it was another fun year. Happy holidays, all, and enjoy the annual “Year in Quotes.” It’s always a bit more entertaining after a title run …

“I was in the shower just now and I was thinking about Dee Gordon, to be honest with you. How do we get Dee Gordon? My mind will be all L.A. through the weekend.” — Jake Peavy, a few days before a September series in Los Angeles.

“It was a blob. But it had the Belt lips and the Belt nose.” – Brandon Belt, on the ultrasound of the baby Baby Giraffe.

“Shortstop, another Brandon … Crawford.” – Jason Bateman, guest PA announcer at Dodger Stadium (the Giants had three Brandons in the lineup).

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“The thing I always ask myself, and I’ll ask it about this function: If I would have hit two, would there be a bobblehead? No? Well, then this is fantastic!” – Duane Kuiper, on his bobblehead night.

“I was determined coming into the year to prove something to myself and a lot of people who maybe didn’t think I could come back at 38 years old.” – Tim Hudson.

“We were shocked he was going that fast. I don’t think that hamstring has ever seen that speed.” – Bruce Bochy, on Santiago Casilla’s sprint to first that led to a strained hamstring.

“I’m going to go to my house and drink a little bit. Can I say that?” – Tim Lincecum, on his no-hitter celebration.

“I had a dream I saw someone riding it. I tackled him.” – Hunter Pence, on his lost scooter.

“Have you seen him in those things? It’s not a good look. But hey, if it works, keep breakin’ ‘em out.” – Bochy, on Pablo Sandoval’s boots.

“He hit the piss out of it. I probably would have flipped it, too.” – Hudson, after Yasiel Puig flipped his bat on a massive homer.

“It was just one towel. The umpires looked at me like I was an idiot. So I guess I’m an idiot. But that was my alter-ego.” – Lincecum, after impersonating Bochy in Atlanta.

“I hate to tip my cap to a hitter, but I threw a 3-2 curve and he hit the dog-snot out of it. Then you hang a curveball to the eight-hitter and give up a double that scores a run. That chaps my butt a little bit.” – Ryan Vogelsong, after a bad start against the Diamondbacks.

“I was trying not to have a stroke.” – Hudson, after a super-slow jog to first on a muggy day in St. Louis.

“I wonder if he’s human sometimes. I think he is, but I don’t know. I wish I was doing that at 23.” — Belt, on Joe Panik.

“He was pretty excited with where he hit today. He asked me how much I had to drink last night.” – Bochy, when he moved a slumping Sandoval to the cleanup spot.

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“How ’bout that? Obviously it means I’m a big speed guy. (Dee) Gordon. (Christian) Yelich is up there. We’re all at the same level speed-wise.” – Brandon Crawford, one of the National League leaders in triples.

“I told him, ‘You know I have like five career stolen bases, right?’” – Crawford to Paul Goldschmidt, when a Diamondbacks pitcher kept throwing over to first.

“I’m one of the few guys in BP who tries to hit homers. I try to hit it as far as I can … Because that’s how I swing all the time.” – Pence, talking about why he would be a good fit in the Home Run Derby.

“My mom gets on the speaker phone and asks, ‘What’s wrong?’ I told her this is the first good call you’re getting at 3 a.m.” – Panik, the day he was called up.

“I didn’t know what he was doing. I just didn’t want him to die.” — Pence, on giving the Phillie Phanatic CPR.

timmy no no“I mean, how can you change me? I don’t know how to do it normal, you know? The way I’m doing it is normal to me.” — Pence, on the way he plays the game.

“He doesn’t know or doesn’t believe there’s another way. He’s beautiful.” — Tim Flannery on Pence.

“I started doing crafts.” — Bearded Lincecum.

“You know I’ll die for that man.” — Peavy, talking about Bochy right after the trade.

“I thought he was going to throw me a cookie. I thought wrong.” — Andrew Susac, explaining how Clayton Kershaw smiled at him as he walked up for his first big league at-bat. Susac grounded out on a 93 mph fastball.

“It’s a really special and emotional time that we had when he first came up and I first saw him. What a great day. I couldn’t be prouder of him.” — Bruce Bochy on Brett Bochy.

“You’ve got to make sure you put a bowl of kale out there for lunch and he’s good to go.” — Bochy, when Pence played in his 360th straight game.

“It was soft. The field was soft. That’s all I really have to say.” – Ron Wotus, after the field conditions ended a long night at Wrigley.

“Available video of the incident, and conversations with representatives of the Cubs, demonstrate that the Cubs’ inability to deploy the tarp appropriately was caused by the failure to properly wrap and spool the tarp after its last use. As a result, the groundskeeping crew was unable to properly deploy the tarp after the rain worsened. In accordance with Rule 4.12(a)(3), the game should be considered a suspended game that must be completed at a future date.” – MLB’s statement giving a team a successful protest for the first time in 28 years.

“Pull! Pull! Pull!” – Fans at Wrigley Field as the grounds crew struggled.

“Consistency was something I was looking so forward to finding and I did. It was heartbreaking to kind of fall out of it.” – Lincecum, after he was pulled from the rotation.

“I have a better chance than Marco.” – Bochy, when asked if the Belt baby (Greyson Ellis Belt) would be named Bruce.

“It’s not the Super 8 in Altoona.” – Jarrett Parker, on his first day in the big leagues.

“What else do you want me to do? The Tiger fist pump?” – Vogelsong, on his quick fist pump after his complete game.

“I got tired of thinking about it and took a nap.” – Matt Duffy, on the trade deadline. He was pulled off a Flying Squirrels road trip and thought he had been dealt.

“We did not receive a rose.” — Bobby Evans, on the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

“I know that I had a great career in San Francisco, but I’m going to have a new one here with new challenges.” — Sandoval, during his introductory press conference in Boston.

“He was lost for a split second, and that’s all I was going for, really. Then he knew it was me.” — Crawford, after hiding Belt’s glove when he ran to the dugout during a pitching change.

“We finish first in the most important area.” — Evans, on the Giants always “finishing second” in bidding.

belt drop“He made fun of me for three straight years. As soon as I heard about it, I ran as fast as I could to the trainer’s room. I’m just glad Cain was good enough to make me feel a lot better by joining my situation.” – Jeremy Affeldt, on Cain’s sandwich incident.

“I don’t think it’s a concussion. I remember my name … Gregor Blanco.” – Hector Sanchez, joking around after a brutal foul tip in Los Angeles (months before he actually got concussed).

“I don’t like the idea of somebody putting me to sleep.” – Belt, as he prepared for his first surgical procedure in 18 years (after getting hit by a pitch).

“We call him Chubbs, from ‘Happy Gilmore.’” Bochy, the day Belt showed up with his cast.

“Made it out alive!” – Belt, tweeting with his good fingers after surgery.

“No. But I did tweet at him.” – Bochy, when asked if he called Belt after his procedure.

“There are three things that are really tough to do when you have no dominant hand, I’m not telling you one of them. The other two are brushing your teeth and putting on your socks and shoes.” – Belt, with a cast on his broken left thumb.

“They’ve always been in there — it’s just that now they’re are mad at me and they’re letting me know about it. They’ve never been a problem before.” – Cain, a few days before he had bone chips removed from his elbow.

“Who knows? I wish I would know. When he hit me, it literally felt that day like he grabbed my leg and pulled it out of my hip like a chicken.” – Marco Scutaro, when asked if he still feels Matt Holliday’s slide is unrelated to his current issues.

“I’m pretty sure I set the record in vestibular testing.” — Belt, after Dr. Micky Collins cleared him to return from the concussion DL.

Pence speech“It’s Giants baseball, you know? It’s an even year.” — Michael Morse.

“I can’t really think of a time where we were as good as we are now. We’re going to ride it out, ride the wave.” – Lincecum in June.

“We cannot get excited. It’s too early for that.” – Angel Pagan, in June.

“You play with blinders on, like you’re a horse. You keep going forward.” – Morse, after a 5-2 trip through St. Louis and Cincinnati.

“I figure it’s more awkward when they don’t talk to you than when they do.” – Lincecum, when asked why he talks to teammates so much during no-hitters.

“Timmy was prepared this time. He didn’t have his back turned.” – Buster Posey, on the Lincecum no-hitter celebration.

“Everything that I’ve been through with this team makes that moment more special – Lincecum after the no-hitter.

“The only people frustrated are you guys. We’re trying to play our best, man. We’ve got 25 guys in here coming in every day to play to win. There’s no stopping that. That’s what we do.” — Morse, when told fans were frustrated by a losing stretch late in the summer.

“We would have loved to come crashing in the front door, instead of the back door. But this works.” — Bochy on being in the wild-card game.

“It doesn’t matter how you get from A to B. Our goal at the beginning of this (bleeping) season is to win a (bleeping) World Series. And guess what boys — we’re going to the (bleeping) dance.” — Pence, giving a speech after the Giants clinched a postseason spot.

“Right now we’re not guaranteed another game here at home. We’ve got to go earn that. It’s a part of the journey. Do you guys want to see another game here at home? Yes! Yes! Yes!” — Pence, to 40,000-plus fans after Game 162.

“It’s crazy. I’m just some small-town guy from Aberdeen, Washington just doing my wrestling thing. You see it being done by 40,000 people and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ It was awesome.” — Daniel Bryan, on Pence’s speech after Game 162.

“You’ve just got to get in.” — Peavy, talking about a team meeting where the Giants discussed finding some way into the postseason.

“He told us we have champions blood.” — Pence, on the message Bochy gave them in an August meeting.

ishi 2“One more.” — Casilla, pointing to Mike Krukow’s ring before the wild-card game.

“Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die!” — 40,000 Pirates fans, moments before Crawford hit a grand slam off Edinson Volquez.

“When I hit it, it died down a little bit. Then it went over the fence and it was just silent.” — Crawford.

“Obviously (the Nationals) have a talented group over there, there’s no question. They have some great pitching. But come playoff time, talent can take you a long ways, but what do you have between your legs? That’s going to take you real far. And I think we’ve got a group in here that really has some of that.” — Hudson, before the Nationals series.

“We understand that we might not be man for man, you know, the favorites. We are not given a lot of credit. We take pride in being chained together. Our strength is in who we are as a team.” — Peavy, after the first game of the NLDS.

“They could have brought Sandy Koufax in and we probably would have had smiles on our faces.” — Hudson, on Jordan Zimmermann getting pulled.

“I actually don’t even remember it happening.” — Belt, on his 18th inning bat drop.

“I never do anything cool. So this is weird for me.” — Pence, on his leaping catch at the wall.

“You know what, tonight I saw that he had a new pair of cleats on, he had the Mike Trout cleats. So he decided he was going to play like Mike Trout out there, I guess.” — Madison Bumgarner, after Travis Ishikawa had a huge NLCS game.

“I love this time of year of the year. I guess I just wasn’t ready to let it go.” — Vogelsong explaining why he sat in his uniform all night after being pulled from a postseason start.

“Honestly, we just know how to win. We know how to win in this type of situation. It seems like we do all the little things right and it adds up.” — Belt, during the NLCS.

“Rocks and slingshots, man. We can score runs without hits. We’ve proven that.” — Flannery after Randy Choate’s game-ending error.

“I still can’t believe Morse hit that ball out. I couldn’t pick (Pat) Neshek up. I just could not. I tried everything. That was an incredible at-bat.” — Posey, on Morse’s game-tying homer in Game 5 of the NLCS.

“Man. I swear I felt the earth shake.” — Morse, on his curtain call after the Game 5 homer.

“Move! I hit it out!” — Ishikawa to Peavy.

“It felt amazing. Then you feel like a jackass. Then you go, the heck with it.” — Peavy, the next day.

“I blacked out. I was too elated. I lost my mind. I couldn’t see. I couldn’t hear. I couldn’t think. It was chaos.” — Pence, on Ishikawa’s walk-off.

“I can’t remember anything after the ball going over the fence.” — Ishikawa.

Amy Gutierrez: “You’re going to go celebrate with the baby right?”
Belt: “Yep, pour some champagne on it.”

“We picked out a trolley car,” Wyatt Peavy (Jake’s young son).
“I’ll get into that if and when this thing happens,” Jake Peavy.
“I think we already picked out our trolley car,” Wyatt Peavy, whispering.

“No, it was really loud in my head.” — Pence, when asked if he realized how quiet Kauffman Stadium got after his Game 1 homer.

“It’s part of the game. Probably, he’s jealous that I’ve got two World Series.” — Sandoval, when asked why Yordano Ventura kept glaring at him during Game 6.

“This is the biggest stage, and to have two teams laying it all on the line, that’s the ultimate in sports. We’re in the World Series and we have two teams that are competing as fierce as you’ll ever see. That’s a lot of fun.” — Pence, before Game 7.

“It’s a will to win. A will to win. They compete better than anybody in almost any sport. They just keep playing. I can’t explain it.” — Brian Sabean, after the NLDS.

“They are cockroaches. You can’t kill them. I’m so proud.” — Sabean, after the NLCS.

“It doesn’t make any difference what anybody else thinks. We’re our own dynasty.” — Sabean, after the World Series.

“I never thought that could happen to me. I just about passed out when he asked me.” — Affeldt, after the Hall of Fame asked for his cleats.

“We’re World Series champs. Can you believe it?!” — Hudson, to his three children.

“I’m numb through all of this. This group of warriors continues to amaze me. Nobody wanted it more than them.” — Bochy, after Game 7

“There’s just something about his gut and his instincts. He finds a way to put you in the best possible situation to succeed.” — Ishikawa, on Bochy.

“How about a Bruce Bochy statue? The only thing is, I don’t know if we’ll be able to find enough marble to sculpt the head.” — Larry Baer.

“Hunter, you see those cameras up there? That means live TV. So choose your words wisely, pal.” — Posey, talking to Pence during the city hall celebration.

“Vogey out!” — Vogelsong, at the parade.

“In today’s game, if it’s not, it’s as close as you’re going to get.” — Posey, when asked if the Giants are a dynasty.

“Through all the tough times, we said, don’t forget: We’re the best team in the world. You’ve got to believe it.” — Pence.

bum year inReporter: “What’s unique about Madison Bumgarner?”
Pence: “Everything.”
Reporter: “Could I ask you for one thing.”
Pence: “One thing is that he’s left-handed.”
Reporter: “Can you name another thing?”
Pence: “You’re changing the rules.”
Reporter: “Yes, I am changing the rules.”
Pence: “His name is Madison.”

“I was just congratulating him. It was a really good hit. It was impressive. Again, I don’t know why everybody got so mad. It escalated quickly for no reason. I think he said ‘Thank you.’ I’m not sure if he did. I don’t speak Spanish very well.” — Bumgarner, after an argument with Puig as the Dodgers outfielder approached home.

“He’s going to be hard to deal with in this locker room after hitting two grand slams this year. He’s already kind of hard to deal with anyway.” — Hudson, after Bumgarner’s second slam.

“Maybe we can take a picture together.” – Bumgarner, on winning Pitcher of Month as Yasiel Puig won Player of the Month.

“I just remember him being pretty big and I try to kind of stay away from bigger guys.” — Lincecum, on his first meeting with Bumgarner.

“I put a word in with Tulo. But I haven’t heard back from him yet.” — Bumgarner, when asked if he wanted to be in the home run derby.

“Yeah. He can get some postseason hits.” — Belt, when asked if Bumgarner could get better.

“He’ll know if it’s on purpose. I make sure of that. It wasn’t, obviously.” — Bumgarner, after he hit Puig with a pitch and the two exchanged heated words.

“His situational hitting is, ‘Let me try to hit it 20 rows deep. That’s the situation he thinks about.” — Hudson, on Bumgarner’s swing.

“I think the last pitcher who swung that hard was Babe Ruth.” — Vin Scully.

“I don’t think Abraham Lincoln lived there.” — Bumgarner, when asked about growing up in a log cabin.

“He was one of the few high school pitchers I had ever seen pitch inside. I thought at the time that he wasn’t afraid of much, and I don’t think that’s changed. He’s always been fearless. It’s how he was brought up. It’s in his DNA.” — Dick Tidrow.

“I mean, I don’t really drink much of the beer. I just pour it on me. It’s pretty difficult to drink six at a time or whatever it was.” — Bumgarner, on his signature celebration.

“(Bumgarner) was bugging me last night to pitch. He was driving me nuts. Three or four times, he said: ‘I can get LaRoche … I can get Harper.’ After the Harper homer, I (joked): ‘Alright, get your spikes on.’ Geez, every time I turned around I bumped into him.” — Bochy, after the final game of the NLCS, saying Bumgarner wanted to pitch out of the bullpen. A little foreshadowing …

“Because we don’t have to face Bumgarner no more.” — Kansas City’s Jarrod Dyson, explaining why the Royals felt good after falling behind 3-2 in the World Series. Oops!

“I think I would insult him if I checked with him.” — Bochy, when asked before the World Series if he was worried about Bumgarner’s workload.

“Maybe 200? I don’t know. As long as you get outs. I feel pitch counts are overrated.” — Bumgarner, asked how many pitches he could throw out of the bullpen.

“As soon as I saw him warming up and we had the lead, I knew it was over. I knew the big fella was going to get it done.” — Hudson, on Bumgarner coming on in relief.

“We’re gonna go with that Bumgarner guy.” — Jets coach Rex Ryan, when asked if he was starting Geno Smith or Mike Vick.

“Sometimes you wonder if he’s got a pulse.” — Cain, on Bumgarner.

“He’s got a set of brass balls on him like I’ve never seen.” — Hudson.

“That’s a Hall of Fame performance. I really don’t think you’re going to see that again.” — Affeldt.

“He might be part horse. I don’t know.” — Dave Groeschner.

“There is no bigger stage. But he’s just Madison Bumgarner.” — Pence.

“We just got on his horse and rode it.” — Bochy.

“Bum has the cheat code to life.” — Vogelsong.

“You know what, I can’t lie to you anymore. I’m a little tired now.” — Bumgarner after Game 7.

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THE KILLER BEE’S MEET THE KILLER SFG’S

PHOENIX APRIL 2-3 2014

Well guess you know how I’m feeling jubilant! If that is indeed a word.  Clam happy, ecstatic, giddy all that happy stuff that goes along with watching your beloved ball team fulfill your prophecy!

There is no stopping the San Francisco Giants this is my prediction! At Chase Field Thursday even the Killer Bee’s tried and failed.

chase 432014Delay of game on Thursday due to a swarm of bees in right center field made for some unexpected but delightful humor as a music medley beginning with “Let It BEE” and “Don’t Worry BEE Happy” and the jokes began to fly!

Wednesday was a beautiful debut for Tim Hudson with a little work from Javier Lopez and a perfect save for Sergio Romo for a win of 2-0 against the D-Backs.

We had a little rough go with the pitching in the first couple of games,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It was good to get on track.”

Thursday was even more beautiful with a first inning home run from Brandon Belt HIS 3rd for this season!  Makes  his goal of 74 home runs look very do-able!

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Yet another Brandon proves his stuff with Hicks homer.  Angel Pagan with his 3 run homer sealed the D-Backs fate and that fate is LOSER!

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timmy day 4314Timmy gave up a couple to the D-backs but he really only threw a couple of “bad” pitches and it mattered not as we did what we are best at and that is the “COMEBACK”!

“It takes those comebacks to have a winning season,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, invoking the memory of San Francisco’s six-run surge in the final three innings of Monday’s season opener.

MY COMMENT on Brandon Belt’s Blog Post- “Alarming First Night”

Belt showing love to the fans Feb 2012
Belt showing love to the fans Feb 2012

This is my “comment” on Brandon’s post.  I have a lot to say and fortunately for me this is my blog so I can go on and on and on…

Dear Brandon,

I love that you and Brandon Crawford are doing the Brandon’s blog it is my all time favorite Giants read always enjoyable!  You always mix it up and that keeps it interesting and real. Thank you for that.

I am so proud of the role model you are, not only for the children but for everybody. You are a good person with good values.  Your love and respect for your wife, family and friends is admirable and it shows.  I hold the Giants in high regard and thank you for proving that the players that make up the team I adore ARE better than the rest.

Am I surprised that the way to your heart is through salad dressing?  Absolutely not!

I must admit that I thought the alarm story was leading up to “oops wrong house” but not disappointed.

I am still amused at the image of you in Yoga pants but I think your teammates were having more fun with you attending then you were and I doubt if your busy schedule would allow for regular classes.  Haley may want you to take class with her over the off-season and you don’t want to be too advanced.

I am sorry that some make you feel as though you are just a “baseball machine” that isn’t a mistake I make but I have been a fan for 56 yrs. and I regard the players as people first ballplayer’s second-and I take plenty of flak about it.  I love this team like a mother and I am old enough to do so.

My thoughts get no respect most don’t agree with me when I preach unprofessional things such as “They can’t win if they aren’t having fun”  “There is something bothering him, I can tell by his face”  “Not just anyone can be a Giant the guy has to ‘click’ with the team”  “If you say slump he will hear that and it will get in his head and THEN we have a slump!”  It just so happens that some who know, Alex Pavlovic,  for example, that agree with me and I would show the articles to prove it if anyone cared.  I get a kick out of being the Rodney Dangerfield of MLB.

The San Francisco Giants are my boys.  I raised them from pups. 

You were one of my first posts on my blog due to the attention you paid to the fans in Scottsdale spring of 2012. I had the orange beard shirt on and even though I am not usually an autograph hound I was really hoping to have Wilson sign it. Well, that wasn’t going to happen as I watched Bri Bri run to his car and then burn rubber out of the parking lot and away from his fans.

So…Now he has to be a Dodger which can’t be pleasant-even though I wouldn’t normally wish that on anybody-maybe he should have been nicer.  He can act all he wants to but he’s not happy as a rival of the team that made him…whatever it is he has become.

Belt signs Wilson's face
Belt signs Wilson’s face

You on the other hand you came and heaped love on us adoring fans before you left the stadium lot.

When I told you I wasn’t able to get Brian to sign you said something like, “shame on him” at least that’s the way I remember it. You then signed the shirt right in the middle of what would have been Wilson’s face inspiring the blog “Belt gets in Wilson’s Face” and with that gesture you won my undying loyalty and became my favorite  player.

You signed and posed for pictures for everybody which I am certain took a chunk out of your personal time.  (Thank  Haley for sharing your time.) The only regret I have about that day is that I took pics of you and many other fans with their cameras but failed to get one of my own.  I was so thrilled for the others it took me a while to realized that “Hey, I would like my picture with Brandon Belt too!”  But it was too late you were making your exit and not wanting to take up any more of your time, I didn’t ask.  I will be sitting right by the visitors dugout at Chase 4/2 and 4/3 of the opening series-hint hint. 🙂

 

I am used to losing players that I am seriously attached to-after all guys come and go-however for the first time since the team came to San Francisco there were players I simply refused to say “byebye”  to.

I worried that if you and Timmy were “let go” that my unconditional love for my team may be tested.  I’m not totally unreasonable and I usually adjust to whatever decisions are made but this time I just wasn’t feeling flexible.

 Thankfully that did not happen I  breathe and bleed (orange) easily for another season.

I am at Scottsdale Stadium every February watching you & the other guys work out and practice.  This is what I love to do most of all and I wait not so patiently for spring to arrive so that I can spend my birthday with my team.

I don’t need the commercials to show me your humorous side (hands down your gamer babe is the funniest commercial) however you did clear one thing up-thankfully-I thought you were mad at me! 

I was relieved to see you practicing in Scottsdale but my joy was dampened in the glare of the “stink eye” you were giving me.  I tried to relax but was  wracking my brain-“What could I possibly have done to make Belt so mad?  Actually I’m sure there are plenty of things I could have done but now way never, not intentionally. Turns out you weren’t mad at all.  Silly me!

Actually my foremost thought as I watched you this spring was “I swear that boy has grown another  foot!”  I speak of your height and not any extra appendages.  Hmmm?  Nope I would have noticed.

Your appearance doesn’t read “angry” to me it reads concentration and tells me that you take your job very seriously.  Important trait one I admire.

I occasionally take in a pre-season game but I prefer the more intimate crowd and the relaxed demeanor of the practice sessions.  Dealing with the crowds is something I am willing to do only for regular season games.   I watch you more closely than most of the others because as I said, you are my fav also you play 1st base  and I practically have my feet on the bag.

Charlie Culberson spring 2012
Charlie Culberson spring 2012

I don’t think you are a germaphobe.  It is true that we get sick from other’s germs but I hate for Charlies child to get the blame. He too made a very good impression that spring of 2012 and inspired a blog post. I wish he was still with the team. I hate that you have been sick and I hope you are feeling better and continue to be well.  I hope you don’t get paranoid about interacting with the fans, it sets you apart & it is important.

Not all fans are “cray cray” some of us are adults and have respect for your personal time and space.  It would be nice if as a mature lifelong fan I would not be lumped in with the “Prom?” crowd but that is a dream.  After  all my first spring training in 1986 I could walk anywhere, watch everyone, talk to any player.  Willy Mays standing next to me asked me if I would like his autograph, naturally I cherish that day.  I didn’t try to hug him though and  I would never ask you for a hug HOWEVER I am still hoping to get that picture. 🙂

The Lighter Side Of Sports apologizes due to the length of the previous post there is not room for the re-blogged post from BRANDON BELT’S published on  “BRANDON ON BRANDON”  LOL

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I thought spring training was just for my baseball stuff. Apparently it’s spring training for my living arrangements, too. When we got into San Francisco Wednesday night, I drove to the house Haylee and I rented in the East Bay. The lady we’re renting from told me how to work the alarm system. I had it all written down.

So I unlocked the door, and I punched in the numbers. And the alarm went off. I punched in the numbers again. The alarm kept blaring. I called the alarm company and was shouting over the alarm.

Then the police showed up. I was telling them I was doing the exact thing the landlord told me. I have an alarm system at my own house, so I know how they work.

It kept ringing and soon 30 minutes had passed. It’s after 10 by this point. I decided just to leave…

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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?

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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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White House Visit

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

SF Giants Photos

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! 🙂

FACING MY FEAR OF CHASE FIELD

I never considered my  first 54 years of life as a Giants fan as being “sheltered” however I realized in April of 2012 that for all those years I had been cradled in the motherly lap of my San Francisco Giants home stadiums unaware that  there was another side to baseball, an ugly unfriendly side one that I walked into naively enthusiastic emerging three days later frightened shocked and horrified  at behavior so unfamiliar to me that I felt as though I would never recover.

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I spent my entire lifetime in Northern California land of oceans, trees, friendly folks and ball teams that inspired in me an uncanny loyalty that literally shaped my personality.  Naturally I was raised to be a SF Giants fan by my father instilled by him also and deeply embedded in my soul was the rivalry with the LA Dodgers.

I lived through years of loyalty that was unshakable starting slowly when I was just one year old, 1958  the NY Giants  came to California and became MY SF Giants!  Always a “tom boy” type of girl I eventually became the mother of three boys and coached my first little league team in 1980.

I had a fondness for all sports but my love for baseball was what prevailed.  I lived through the exciting untouchable days of Montana and the SF 49ers but it is the SF Giants that I have had my longest relationship with.  Outlasting all three of my marriages.

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Because I was raised to be a Giants fan I just never thought of it as a choice. Sure I went to some A’s games, spring training’s but it was the Giants who were and always will be my baseball team.

So many different players, so many baseball greats, so many close calls, so many losses but it never crossed my mind to feel anything but “hey this is my team, for better or for worse”. Funny that didn’t apply to many other things in my life but it increased my already stubborn nature eventually turning me into the “never say never” always “believe” because “anything can happen” person I am today. After 54 yrs. it finally paid off, there it was the trophy, we were The World Champions!  I am the fan that waited their entire life to win that 2010 World Series so I naturally take much of the credit for it.

My first Giants Spring Training was in 1986 and if you didn’t live through it you just can’t understand how different things were then. In AZ for a visit with my in-laws I found my very pregnant self being ushered around Giants Spring Training camp by Vida Blue recently back from his “away time” and enthusiastic about throwing for his team.  We had somehow become friends over the years and he was busy positioning me right beside him as he threw pitches so that I could take pictures.

Eventually I got bored as there was another annoying pitcher who kept getting in my shots.  Never a big fan  of Ately Hammaker I’m fairly certain my annoyance with him began that day as he refused to stay out of my camera range. Starting pitcher that year 1986-Mike Krukow as well as 83 & 87. As one of my favorite people now it’s a shame I didn’t see him that day I may have asked for my first autograph!

The stadium was simply wide open with no fences or boundaries to separate the players from their visiting fans.  Though I was fortunate to be escorted by Vida so at least to me nothing was off limits so I began to wander around. Vida played his final game in October of this same 1086. That was Willie Mays day and magically he appeared before me in full uniform although his playing days were already behind him.  He kindly stopped and chatted with me asking me if I would like his signature. I believe he even provided that paper as I was not prepared.  That day was also Gary Radnich’s first spring training and the story of his “first private interview” with Willie is detailed in a previous post.

There were some players over the years that avoided fans however I never went out of my way for an autograph not even when Matt Williams offered me his after he almost ran over my foot leaving Candlestick’s parking lot after a game as  I was walking to my car.  He was one that avoided fans seeking his attention, which was fine with me just don’t break my foot trying to escape, sir.

Timmy and Matty’s first fanfest where five or six people stood in line for their first Q&A.  I remember Matt Cain working a baseball camp with my youngest son who then presented me with a ball Matt had signed for him.  That ball is now signed by Tim and Sergio Romo but not Brian Wilson because we won that trophy and things started to change, now my ball team had become celebrities. Let the madness begin! The fan base doubled over night with younger folk most adoring girls holding up “Buster Prom?” signs with visions of date night dancing in their heads.

But they loved my team and that was a good thing. The enthusiasm I had always felt had now spread and it was exciting and positive so even though it became impossible to go to the ladies room without missing most of the game it was still very enjoyable to be at the park and I never missed an opening day.

Oh the parade and the celebrations were everything I had been working for 🙂 and I was there to welcome them back at the Home Opener.  Watching them walk onto that field as  WS Champions in was something I will never forget.

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Hanging Timmy’s 10th K that day and sitting front row behind the plate  in the Montana’s seats shortly after on mother’s day. Then my life as a Giants fan seemed as though it had come to an end.  I was now going to fulfill my promise to my parents and move to Yuma AZ to assist in caring for my mother who suffers from Parkinson’s.  July 1st I was in the desert of all deserts suffering through the most intense “dry heat” that had me drenched in a not so “dry” sweat that hasn’t subsided in two years.

But wait, what’s this? Chase Field a mere 3 hours away and the Giants were visiting on September 24, 2011 my daddy and I sat front row seats to witness the thrashing of a lifetime!

“A night after winning the West, the D-backs continued their drive for NLDS home field, pounding out six first-inning runs to end the World Series champs’ faint playoff chances — but not before the Chase Field lights went out for a bit.”dbacks crush giants

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I didn’t notice much of much that night except the fact that a team that was defiantly not expected to win had their way with my boys as if they were rag dolls.  Never having left a Giants game early I was only too happy to exit when dad said he was ready and as I passed through the gate the lights went out in Chase Field.  My friends back home still wonder how I managed to make that happen.

Back in Yuma I sat helplessly,  partially blinded by my own sweat running into my eyes, as my team fell to the home team of a state that I did not consider home at all.  After it was over for my team I felt that when I left the bay area I took with me the magic my team had held and the feeling of separation became depressing. I escaped to San Diego in October to a blues festival that featured my favorite bay area band of many years the Tommy Castro Band.  That was a good day but it didn’t last and homesickness set back in.

Then a miracle, I got notice from the Tommy Castro Band that they would be playing in Phoenix in February and  on my 55th birthday! More good news was that Randy McDonald dear friend and bass player was returning to the band.  As a guest of the band I danced all night and woke up the next morning feeling a year younger!  Found a hotel and slowly it dawned on me that I wasn’t in Phoenix, I was in Scottsdale! Blocks away from Scottsdale Stadium and my heart of hearts my baseball team.  Naturally I spent the next day chatting it up with Will Clark, Brandon Belt and was once again surrounded by Giants fans!

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The Lord wasn’t done yet, he arranged for me to attend Opening Day 2012 even though I was far from home! What were that chances?!  The SF Giants would be at Chase Field for Opening Day- a 3 game series vs the D-Backs! My prayers had been answered -I got tickets for all three games, booked a hotel within walking distance of Chase and ventured off by my severely direction-ally  impaired self for what could only be a great adventure.

I followed some other Giants fans from the hotel to the stadium but once inside they went their way and I found myself in enemy territory alone.  I tried to ignore the unfiendly nature of the AZ fans as I made my way to my seat and to my surprise there were no friendly orange & black smiling faces around me.  Ok, well I was close to the Giants dugout and it was opening day it would be great!

I sat politely as the Diamond Backs lined up on the field and were announced backed up by their cheering fans.  I didn’t cheer or clap but I was acting politely appropriate with friendliness on my face & in my demeanor.

Then my San Francisco Giants were announced as they filed on to the field and the ugliness was unleashed! One by one their names were announced only to be drowned out by the booing echoing through the cavernous dome.  I was stunned, I had never imagined this! My team being booed as they were announced on the Opening Day of Baseball Season!  I didn’t recognize it as appropriate behavior and I still don’t but after time I came to realize that I was experiencing an “away” game to it’s full extent for the very first time in my life. I didn’t know it would be like that and it really rocked my world!  It was behavior I would have expected no where except Dodger Stadium. These people hated my team!  It wasn’t long before I realized that they hated me also and I took it very personally.  In my stupid little narrow mind I couldn’t believe they were being so mean to a group of guys that were very special people.  How horrible the players must feel having their opening day moment  overshadowed by disdain and hateful chants.  Poor babies.

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I continued to try to be polite and friendly after all it was their home opener not ours and would never dream of booing any of their players, I didn’t clap when they beat us by one run, but I didn’t boo either. Timmy vs Kennedy we had 11 hits but still were beaten 4-5

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After the game I realized I was totally lost without a clue as to where the entrance was I had entered through. The exit that would take me back to the street just blocks from my hotel.  I asked anybody and everybody for help and was directed to an exit that was no where near the one familiar landmark.  I had a cracked ankle & after many misdirection’s was more confused and lost than ever.  I hadn’t had a thing to drink or eat and finally realizing nobody was going to help me I just sat down to rest & collect myself.  Well, obviously if you have been to a ball game & needed to sit down you were assumed to be intoxicated & was almost arrested.  Forced to get up on my aching ankle & leave the area I didn’t want to be in anyway, I approached a security guard , asking him please if he could just tell me how to get to the street my hotel was on, explaining to him I had no idea where I was in relation to my hotel.  He just walked away into the stadium, then the tears came full force & he finally understood I was not some drunk Giants fan and took me to a quiet spot giving me a map and directions back to my hotel.  This was hours after the game ended it was like you hear about but don’t believe, nobody would help a stranger!

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Back at my hotel I was safe at last devastated, in pain & wondering how I was going to manage to trek that huge stadium through 2 more games.  At least the next games my seats where prime & I could ordered off a menu & be served sparing me from dehydration and rude comments from those I passed by.

Obviously I couldn’t walk on my ankle and found a pedicab the next day to take me to and from the Field but once inside I was forced to walk for what seemed miles to get to my seat.  Again, the booing, and swearing at my boys!  Again we lost by one run. This time it was young Madison that was shelled. Another 4-5

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More name calling, booing and general unplesantness.

Sweep!  Giants fall 6-7

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Well I couldn’t bear to stay the night and exhausted in pain I packed up & headed home trusting the GPS because it was getting dark. Well three hours later I stopped for gas & that is when I realized I was in Flagstaff! I had driven three hours in the wrong direction!  So about 6 hours later I found my way home in the wee hours of the morning vowing NEVER EVER EVER to go back to Chase Field again!

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I had a great seat surrounded by some very special SF Giants fans! June 9, 2013 Giants 6 D-Backs 2

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Now we are pretty beaten up

But we love”climbing those mountains”

AND NOW FOR THE “LIGHTER SIDE” Finally  to be continued unfortunately?

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AS IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT

HEY, we’ve got some HITTERS on our team was there ever any doubt that they would show up?!

Tonight’s SF GIANTS game was the third of a series against the AZ Diamondbacks.

It was everything a Giants fan could hope for.

 Pitching was our beloved TIMMY against AZ’s MCCARTHY Lincecum short hair past

Top of the first ANGEL PAGAN leads off and hits it high, hits it deep, hits it long! It’s…It’s…PAGAN!


I couldn’t have asked for a better start than that.

As always, first blood always tastes so good. Yum

The hitting by the Giants got even better making this game the best so far in this early season.

*Just my opinion.

*Hunter Pence with a double (2nd inning) and a HOMERUN (6th inning)

*Pagan leads off with a double followed by CRAWFORD with a triple (5th inning)

Brandon BELT surprises nobody (8th inning) Noonan on 2nd, Blanco on 1st ,two outs HOMERUN!

Top 1st

Pagan lead off with HR!

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2nd

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Score=1-3 bad guys

3rd-4th

Ho hum

5th

BLANCO double


PAGAN RBI double

2-4 us!

CRAWFORD -RBI triple

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Score=3-4 good guys

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GOLDSCHMIDT -RBI single

Score=3-5 bad guys

6th

PENCE- HOME RUN

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Score=4-5 bad guys

7th

Hohum

Score=4-5 bad guys

8th

BELT-HOMERUN

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Score=7-6 good guy

9th

Pagan on 1st, Crawford walks

PABLO RBI double

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Score=9-6 good guys

Bottom 9th

SERGIO in to save

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1 out

GOLDSCHMIDT single

ROMO hurt on play to first?!!! He’s OK!

*Kruk & Kuip “I’ve never seen Bochy move that fast”.

Two guys on base and I’m getting nervous, more from excitement than fear. I can feel the SWEEP.  POLLOCK – Strike out!!

GIANTS WIN!!

Final Score=9-6 Good guys! Rephrase that “Best guys”

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Not The Usual Stuff

After tonight’s long-awaited win against the Arizona DiamondBacks the feedback will be very different. Instead of talking about the SF Giants players that DID NOT get a hit, this performance will have us asking which players DID NOT get a hit… but with the emphasis on the who did not. Wait, that is exactly the same wording but with completely different meanings.

What I’m trying to say is, we won’t be griping over the players that “didn’t hit the ball” we will be marveling, shaking our heads, smiling and asking “who didn’t hit the ball”.

Hmmm…that too seems to be the same also. The two statements appear to be identical in writing but in my head they are different.

Ummm…Ok, let me try this again. Recently the Giants have not only struggled with their starting pitchers additionally offensively players haven’t all been producing hits resulting in runs. That would lead us to frustration aimed towards those players that did not
get hits. After San Francisco’s 6-4 victory in Phoenix tonight we will happily be asking ourselves who did not get a hit.

Alright now I am having second thoughts about what I am attempting to write here. It seemed so clear when I began, but now I myself am confused.

Okay, got it now. At Chase Field tonight, after a losing streak that was pretty ugly, our bats came alive and it seemed as though everybody hit the ball!

Uggghh! You know very well what I am saying. I know very well what I am saying! Or at least “trying to say.” I don’t know why it isn’t translating into the written word but I swear I had a valid point. I mean I have
a valid point!

Tonight the World Champion San Francisco Giants snapped a frustrating losing streak defeating the Arizona D-Backs by hitting the ball.

They hit the ball often.

Many of the players hit the ball during this game.

As opposed to recent games in which only a few players were hitting the ball. Many players got hits tonight.

These hits resulted in runs and we won the game.

Whew, that was a brain fry.

Okay, obviously I should turn the play by-play over to the experts but we won. Yippee!

Baggs’ Instant Replay: Giants 6, D’backs 4

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Making this win even more wonderful was the performance by one of my favorite boys. Even though it is hard for me to have a favorite player on this current squad, I have had a special soft spot for Brandon Belt since February of 2012 when I spent time interacting with this amazing young man.

Brandon Belt was the hero tonight and I know how much it meant to him. That’s what makes it so sweet!

Starting in the 8th position in the lineup would be an obvious ‘demotion’ for Brandon but Bochy had reasons for moving him that are not in any way related to punishing him for poor performance. I like to think that our Skipper is just that good, some sort of super genius Coach who does unexplained things and they turn out to be exactly what our team needed. There is a method to his madness. What matters to me, and most likely to Brandon and the rest of the team, is what Belt did in that 8th position.

When you talk about one player being the “hero” of a game you are talking about the kind of player Baby G was tonight.

Poor Matty had another rough night. Giving up 3 home runs in the first inning, which was mind-boggling for us all. As one who is protective of these boys, my heart goes out to him and I hope he realizes that this won’t last. Matt Cain is much to talented- so he will snap out of whatever this is soon. Meanwhile it is upsetting but not the end of the world.

To make matters worse Pablo Sandoval  who has been hitting flawlessly, left the game during the 6th inning because his “elbow was bothering” him.

This removed one of our most consistent batters of late. Get well soon Pablo we need you back in the lineup.

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By the time Sandoval was benched Bochy was already gone, ejected for the first time this season. 

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Brandon did what Bochy planned he hit against Kennedy. It was a solo homer in the 2nd inning to give the Giants a 3-0 lead that

brought a smile to his lips and rightfully so. This was his first homer of the season and I bet it felt great.

Then in the 8th Belt once again put the bat to the ball hitting a 2 run 2 out single that pretty much put the game in our pockets.

It was Belt’s night and he deserved it.

Unfortunately he wasn’t able to help Matt get a win tonight but we will return to greatness one player at a time if that’s what we have to do.

I would have been there to celebrate first hand since it is within driving distance from Yuma, a rare perk of living in AZ- I have not enjoyed my time at Chase Field so far and am leery of attending an “away” game there again. It would have been nice to have this kind of game yesterday. I drove to San Diego for Sunday’s game vs. The Padres which we lost, but in those friendlier surroundings it was still an enjoyable day.

Getting swept by the Padres wasn’t fun but it wasn’t critical either. They aren’t much of a threat in the big picture , however the D-Backs are a team that could prove to be difficult this year.

Obviously we took care of the first game let’s do it again tomorrow!

Quick Hits for April 30, 2013

Let’s do it again tonight! Beat D-Backs at home! Still owe them some payback for ruining the opening series for me last year.

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TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Arizona Diamondbacks in the
second game of this three game series and the last leg of this six-game road trip that
began in San Diego…RHP Trevor Cahill (1-3, 3.00) is scheduled to face LHP Madison
Bumgarner (3-0, 1.87).

Click HERE for today’s complete game notes.

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AND THAT’S WHY YOU NEVER LEAVE A SF GIANTS GAME EARLY

madbum attWe had a pitching duel with the Arizona Diamond Backs today in the last of a three game series thanks to Madbum on the mound for us up against Kennedy.

We drew first blood in the 7th to take a 1-0 lead

In the 8th inning Marco Scutaro who lead off the 6th with a double committed an error and one thing lead to another D-Backs tied it up 1-1.

Mijares comes in and gives up the go ahead run in the bottom of the 8th and we call in Sergio to get us out of the inning. He does and we go into the 9th behind by a run.

Well no surprise we weren’t ready to call it a game and Brandon Crawford ‘hero’s up’ with a home run to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth 2-2.

We go to the 10th inning and Chad Gaudin comes in to pitch Buster goes behind the plate. Gaudin get  fist batter out, walks second, line drive and D-Backs have runners on 2nd & 3rd.

In the middle of our intentional walk to Montero-time out so that Lopez can get ready. Finish the walk with Lopez coming in-bases loaded.

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Bottom 9th, 2 outs Brandon Belt knows what to do, he hits one way out not all the way out however  now we have a runner in scoring position and we are on our feet. Arias comes up-anything can happen!

And it doesn’t. Arias grounds out and we lose but what a ride!  

 SFGiants.com for complete game notes

http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_04_24_arimlb_sfnmlb_1

A GAME OR A DAY IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT

Tonight the SF Giants lost to the AZ D-Backs 6-4 in 11 innings but it was a very enjoyable game…Except.

Matt Cain Tonights Starting PitcherOnce again fans were treated to the only kind of baseball our team can provide, the comeback.

Nobody does it better and this game was no exception.

Unfortunately we also committed some errors and there was some less than stellar pitching.

There were some excellent performances by some of our players and some not so excellent.

Details below:

After dramatics, Giants fall in 11th

I do find it amusing that so often when I hear negative comments about a certain player’s performance in a game, the very next game he will shove those words right back in the mouths that uttered them.  I get a certain joy from this.

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So we lost but I started the day out very nicely by choosing to do a little fishing instead of housework. Wise decision, don’t you think?

Metri Lake April 23 2013

Quick Hits for April 23, 2013

Last nights game confirmed that Buster & Brandon Belt are just fine. I believe that it is the games in which a player’s performance may not be up to par that make it all that much sweeter when they sink the hole in one! Thank you San Francisco Giants. You never disappoint.

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TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of this three game series…LHP Patrick Corbin (2-0, 1.42) will face RHP Matt Cain (0-2, 7.15).

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MY SFGIANTS TOES GO TO SPRING TRAINING!

February 19 2013

MY SFGIANTS TOES GO TO SPRING TRAINING 

Do they look ready? You better “believe” they are!

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Leaving tomorrow for Scottsdale with plans to spend some quality time kicking back at Scottsdale Stadium while enjoying my favorite view, MEN.

Not just any men, my favorite men, the World Champion San Francisco Giants!

The very talented nail artist Jay from “Best Nails & Spa of Yuma, LLC” was kind enough to make certain that my toes will put their best “foot” (teehee) forward.  I asked for this toes art for the opening games against the D-Backs last season but got a flower instead. 😦

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Today I found Jay who didn’t even hesitate when I showed the SFGiants logo on my flip-flops happy to reproduce it on my less than lovely feet.  This gentleman is truly talented and I am sure that he is the first to do this for a fan, at least this year.  If you would like to have your toes “Giantized” all you have to do is leave California and the glorious bay area and pine away for your home in the desert of Yuma Arizona where Nobody is a Giants fan except me!

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One of the things that has kept my orange blood flowing since I left my home and heart in San Francisco almost two years ago is the fact that since I have been here I found that I can enjoy my team in Scottsdale which is a very relaxed setting. Even Bochy seems different during these less stressful days of spring training, he smiles more. And to make it even better the timing is perfect for my birthday get aways.

My first season here to keep me from loosing it the Lord saw that I didn’t have to miss opening day and ecstatically spent it with my Giants at Chase Field home of the D-Backs and some of the most unfriendly fans I have ever been in the company of. Arizona killed us all three games but you can’t have everything.

When I long for both my team and the ocean, San Diego is three hours in the other direction.  When we are visiting the Padres this venue offers friendlier fans a large percentage of them Giants fans. The ocean is nothing here compared to my home on the northern coast but it is the ocean and as a Pisces I must have it!

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Not to mention the trips back to the bay and AT&T Park which so far have somehow always fallen during baseball season. 

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I don’t have any intention of curing my fever for the most wonderful baseball team in history no matter where life takes me. As I turn yet another year older this weekend I can proudly say that the San Francisco Giants and I were born and raised together! Actually one of us is one year older than the other but I’m not talking.