Meanest Stadiums

I went to Yahoo Answers yesterday and posed the same question I posted here.  Got sixteen responses, some voting twice, some not at all. Here’s the result:

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Not the biggest sample size, and somewhat convenient that the most hated team also has the meanest fans.  On the other hand, I can see New York being mean, that’s kind of their thing, isn’t it?  

Killing Time

I’ve got baseball on the brain, but at the same time I’m trying not to spend too much time and effort over analyzing every little thing about today’s game.  So instead I revisisited one of my favorite baseball sites, Flip Flop Fly Ball to see what latest and greatest graphs and charts were available to peruse.  And much to my delight, there was a bobblehead chart!  Check it.    

The first thing that came to my mind was which two teams gave away a bobblehead when the Giants were visiting.  Not an easy thing to figure out without researching every teams’ bobblehead activity, which is what I ultimately ended up doing.  (Like I said, this day is crawling way too slowly towards 7 PM!)   So using Flip Flop’s own key, I made my own chart:
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I found a few discrepancies in Flip Flop’s chart, but for the most part they’re the same, square-wise.  I added all the applicable teams though, so on the left side you can see what team was visiting during bobblehead day, and on the right you can see what teams gave away a bobblehead while being visiting. 
I would have assumed that most teams would decide to give away a bobblehead when they’re scheduled to play a bad team in an attempt to generate ticket sales.  The Phillies giving away a Roy Halladay bobblehead on the day they have to play the Pirates makes perfect sense.  (And photos of the sucker blew up all over Twitter, so obviously it worked!)  But then there’s the Dodgers giving away a bobblehead when the Giants came to play, and what would fill seats better than a Dodgers-Giants game?  
Note also that the Braves, Red Sox, Rockies and Yankees are too cool for bobbleheads (or draw enough ticket sales without gimmicks) and the White Sox was the only team to give away a bobble when the Red Sox and Yankees came to town (not enough of a draw for Chicago, I guess).  
I wonder if there’s a bobblehead website…

Olde Towne in Our Town

I haven’t posted since we got swept by the A’s back in May.  Maybe I was too depressed.  Maybe I’ve been too busy at work.  Maybe I have a hard time coming up with new ways to say “Yeah we won!” or “Boo we lost!” on a daily basis. 

In my absence, the Giants played the Nationals (2-1), the Diamondbacks (3-0), the Rockies (1-3), the Pirates (2-1), the Reds (2-2), paid back the A’s by sweeping ’em (3-0), the Orioles (2-1), Blue Jays (1-2) and the Astros (1-2).  In sum, we’ve won five series, lost two and tied once.  And we’re back in second place, with the Dodgers a half game behind us.  Not bad! 

Oh and my family and I were there for Friday night’s A’s game, Lincecum pitching, first of the sweep.  It was awesome. 

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The day after the game, I ran in the Giant Race, which I won’t go into too much, other than to say it’s the farthest I’ve ever run, I don’t think I ate enough, I was pretty slow and it hurt really bad and I’ll probably do it again next year.  Oh and I got to touch home plate after the finish line, which was the only base I wasn’t able to touch during Fan Fest this year.   Here’s me almost dead.

homeplate.jpgBoston is in town, everyone is quite excited.  In the history of baseball, the Giants have only faced the Red Sox twice: in 2004 and in 2007. 

Date Tm   Opp RS RA W L
2004-06-18 San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox L 9 14 0 1
2004-06-19 San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox W 6 4 1 1
2004-06-20 San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox W 4 0 2 1
For 2004, NYG and SFG won 2, BOS won 1.
Date Tm   Opp RS RA W L
2007-06-15 San Francisco Giants @ Boston Red Sox L 2 10 2 2
2007-06-16 San Francisco Giants @ Boston Red Sox L 0 1 2 3
2007-06-17 San Francisco Giants @ Boston Red Sox L 5 9 2 4
For 2007, NYG and SFG won 0, BOS won 3.
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/25/2010.

Our overall record with them is 2-4, which is not so hot.  The Giants are second place to the Red Sox third in their respective leagues right now, but the Sox have juuuuust a bit higher win percentage, and they’re on a winning streak while the Giants have just lost two: 

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk
1 SDP 42 30 .583 L 1
2 SFG 39 32 .549 2.5 L 2
3 LAD 39 33 .542 3.0 W 1
4 COL 38 34 .528 4.0 L 1
5 ARI 28 45 .384 14.5 L 2
Avg 37 34 .517
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/25/2010.

vs

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk
1 NYY 45 27 .625 W 2
2 TBR 43 29 .597 2.0 W 1
3 BOS 44 30 .595 2.0 W 1
4 TOR 39 34 .534 6.5 W 1
5 BAL 20 52 .278 25.0 W 1
Avg 38 34 .526
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/25/2010.

As far as pitching goes, we’ve got Sanchez, Martinez (who?) and Lincecum:

W L W-L% ERA G IP H R ER HR BB SO
Tim Lincecum 8 2 .800 2.86 15 100.2 83 34 32 5 39 113
Jonathan Sanchez 5 5 .500 2.90 14 83.2 62 32 27 5 39 82
Joe Martinez 0 1 .000 4.91 2 7.1 10 4 4 1 2 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/25/2010.

The Red Sox have Wakefield, Buchholz and Lester:

W L W-L% ERA G IP H R ER HR BB SO
Jon Lester* 8 3 .727 3.03 15 98.0 73 34 33 5 40 102
Clay Buchholz 10 4 .714 2.47 14 91.0 76 31 25 3 37 62
Tim Wakefield 2 5 .286 5.33 15 79.1 84 50 47 12 17 44
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/25/2010.

Saturday might be hairy, as Joe Martinez hasn’t put in enough time to really make a prediction about him, but otherwise we’re looking good in the ERA category. 

Still it’s the Red Sox, and that name comes with some heavy.  Aside from the Yankees, they’re probably the only team that has fans that are just everywhere.  You don’t see Giants hats in Utah or Rhode Island, but you’ll see Red
Sox hats.  They seem big, bad and scary, somehow. 

red-sox-believer.jpgNeedless to say, everyone is excited.  Nose bleed seats are $90 a ticket, which I believe is the highest price venue for this season (but don’t quote me on that).  Regardless of the outcome, can’t say I’m not looking forward to it!

GO GIANTS! 

What’s the S Stand for Again?

Bay Area Slaughter?

sgtslaughter.jpgThat’s two sweeps in a row.  I watched enough of Friday’s game to see Zito give up three (of six) runs.  Watched all of Saturday’s torturous struggle, on a big screen no less, just to really give it resonance.  Could have watched Sunday’s game, but opted out after three innings because it felt like a repeat of Saturday, and frankly I was just bored.  Three games and one run, how is that not boring?  Sorry Giants.  

bored.jpgIn exchange for me crossing my fingers for the Yankees, Jane Heller was supposed to cross her fingers for the Giants on Friday.  Yankees won, Giants didn’t.  What’s up with that Jane? 

backstabber.jpgWe started out so strong, and now it feels like we’ve lost any momentum we managed to generate.  Still have more than half a season to go, but I feel like fourth place is looming dangerously close!

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Nationals up next.  At home!  Can we break this horrific streak?  They are last place in pitching, batting and fielding this year.  Good god, we’d better!

Down a Step

Well, it’s official!

standings20100521.jpgThe D-Back, of all teams, officially knocked us down a peg. Weird game. We lose by one run, which is ridiculously usual for us, but Golden God Tim only pitches five innings, walking five and surrendering five hits, including a home run. And even weirder, the score on both sides exceeded one run. In fact, at one point, both teams scored five runs back to back. Unheard of this season! Bochy ejected? Affeldt allowing a stolen run to home? Weird game.

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I was really expecting to sweep the D-Backs, not get swept. But it occurred to me that I should have known better. Here’s my theory on what happened. Behold this man:

james.jpgThat is my father-in-law. He’s one of those guys that are good at winning. He’s the guy who’s ahead of you in your fantasy football league. He’s the guy who’s going to take all your chips if you sit down with him at the poker table. He’s the guy who’s going to draw the elusive domino needed to go out in Mexican Train.

winner.jpgAnd this year he’s decided to get into baseball again, and since he lives in Arizona, he’s decided to be a D-Backs fan. And sure, they’re in last place, so one could argue that his winning powers aren’t all that. But that’s now how it works, folks. How it works is, he wins when it’s important. He wins when brother-in-law and I are dying to rub it in that the Giants creamed his team. THAT’s when his powers kick and we get swept. So again Giants fan, this guy is why we lost:

jamescloseup.jpgBay Bridge Series next! Would love a win or three, but fun either way. Zito’s up tonight, pitching against his old stomping grounds, hopefully doing better than he’s done previous:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR
1 2008-06-13 SFG OAK L 1-5 5.2 6 4 4 4 3 0
2 2007-06-09 SFG OAK L 0-6 4.0 9 4 3 1 2 1
3 2007-05-18 SFG OAK L 3-15 4.0 6 7 7 7 2 1

Apparently he doesn’t like being booed. But he’s doing great this year, reinvented himself, so here’s hoping he’s got thicker skin tonight.

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SF @ OAK | CLE @ SF | CIN @ SF | SF @ ARI | TEX @  SF

I think I’ve decided that spring training is stupid from a spectators point of view. 

Either your team or player of choice is doing awesome, so that’s officially what you can expect for the upcoming season, or they suck so it doesn’t count because they’re just experimenting and spring training means nothing. 

Either you’re a veteran player who is using springing training as practice to try out new things so your numbers mean nothing, or you’re a wannabe rookie trying to work his way up into a position and your numbers mean everything (except even then they should still mean nothing because you’re playing against veterans who may or may not be doing what they would normally do AKA their best). 

So I wonder if I should continue to post and comment on these scores, because what can you really comment about?  “Oh he looks good (but it doesn’t matter!).”  “Oh, he played horrible (but it doesn’t matter!).”  Yeah, that’s pretty much it. 

But I started it, so I guess I’ll finish it. What else am I going to do with this blog?  Come up with something original?  Ha!  As I’ve been under the weather for the past week, I’m a bit behind.

SF @ OAK

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CLE @ SF

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CIN @ SF

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SF @ ARI

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TEX @ SF

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Five games, five wins, still #1 (but it doesn’t matter!).

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