It’s the day before the next and final hurdle, so here’s where I’m supposed to see how Texas ranks against San Francisco, how their pitchers do against our batters, etc. but I don’t really feel like it.
Hey, another first for me. I’m the featured blog this uh…day? Week? Arbitrary amount of time? Anyway, thanks to whomever picks that stuff, that’s awesome! Oh the pressure…
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.
So can we like play the Brewers ever day?
GOD we needed that! A four game winning sweep. And it wasn’t even torturous like so many Giants wins. I don’t even have to talk about awesome pitching today, because there was HITTING to be talked about! 50 hits to be exact, 34 RBIs, 36 runs, EIGHT homers! Was I watching the right team?
Game 3 was by far my favorite. Right off the bat, home runs by Torres, Huff and Posey in the first inning. THE FIRST INNING. Three home runs in the first inning apparently hasn’t happened for the Giants since Bonds, Kent and Burks in 1999.
Then in the 4th, they load the bases. Big deal, they load the bases all the time. They also leave hitters stranded all the time. But NOPE! everybody gets in. Then they load the bases again. And…GRAND SLAM by Posey for his second home run in the game, and first major league career grand slam.
It was definitely Posey’s weekend. 9 hits, 9 RBIs, 6 runs and 4 home runs, in four games. I’ve said it before, but I’m repetitive: you can’t be named Buster Posey and not be a good baseball player. Forget skill and hard work, it’s the name. His parents were geniuses. (Unless they liked football or something.) In 2083, there will be documentaries interviewing old, denture wearing dudes who can’t stop talking about what a great ballplayer Buster Posey was. “He had it all!” It just sounds right. Buster Posey.
Too bad he’ll probably be traded to the Yankees.
Anywho, we face the media circus tonight. Strasburg! Say that with a heavy German accent. Sounds scary, right? Bit worried of course, but I’m also feeling cocky after a four game winning streak and the fact that we did alright against Jimenez. Besides he’s only one guy and one game. We’ve got a 2-1 record against the Nationals this year and 225-207 all time. We’ll be alright.
Still in 4th place, but only 5 games behind now. Crawling our way back up!
Eeks, I’m behind. That’s what happens when your weekend looks like this, I guess!
SEA @ SF
Sigh. 7-2. Creamed too. Three hits in five innings. Sounds like the the hitting problems of last year may not be completely fixed, eh? Lincecum still not doing so well because he had a huge raise and contract now and that’s why the word “ironic” was invented. Actually I’m going to chalk that up to it being spring training and he’s just experimenting. Yeah, that’s it. DeRosa continues to play some decent small ball.
SF @ COL
Yay! 8-2. Creaming the opposition this time. (Wait, that sounds gross.) Way to go Todd Wellemeyer on having your best spring training game yet, four scoreless innings and no walks!
OAK @ SF
Awww, bummer! 8-3. First “rivalry” loss, and soooo close too. Better than being clobbered, I guess. Matt Cain not doing so hot this round, giving up five runs and eight hits. Buster Posey still making hits though. I like that name, Buster Posey. Totally “famous” sounding baseball name. How can a guy named Buster Posey not make it in baseball?
SF @ SEA
W00t! Fine, you clobber us? We’ll clobber you back! 9-3. Kevin Pucetas retires nine Mariners and extends his scoreless inning streak to lucky number seven.
MIL @ SF
And we end with a bummer. 9-4. Nuff said.
Three wins, two losses and one new faucet. Not a bad weekend, all-in-all. It feels kind of redundant to keep recapping all this stuff, especially when there are people out there doing a way better job of it than I. But I guess I’ll keep doing it, because what else is there to talk about? Would be great to actually SEE one of these games sometime, but apparently MLB.tv only likes the Yankees and Red Sox.
Still on fake-top!
With the real season coming up here quick, let’s take a moment to see what we look like in the grand scheme of things before we add another year of numbers. (AKA, another excuse to make charts in Excel!)
From beginning of time to last season, the Giants rank #2 in the league for win percentage. Not bad really. The Yankees are the winner, of course, and it doesn’t look like they will be dethroned anytime soon. Dodgers are catching up, but we still got a decent enough gap there. (And just as an FYI, we rank #1 in total actual wins, but since not every
team started in the 1800s, that standing isn’t exactly a fair comparison.)
And since I was at it, here’s the rest of the league, for my imaginary readers whose team didn’t make the top 15:
I’m betting Rays fans are hard core.
Now about some head-to-head? How do we compare to other teams on a face-to-face level?
Giants are still beating out everyone else in the National League. They have more wins vs losses than each and every team, though it looks like the Dodgers are a few wins away from pushing that bar to the left. But that’s what makes good rivalry, right? Who wants to have a rivalry with a team that sucks?
American League is kicking our butts a bit harder. Of course, we face them much less, which makes each loss much more powerful than the National League chart. Looks like 6 out of 14 teams are beating us more than we’re beating them, including the A’s, which…sucky! Still above average though.
All-in-all not a bad state of affairs. Again though, this is over the Giants entire history, so I’m betting a lot of their momentum was built back in the day. Best make sure we keep things going so we can stay on top, eh?
Mottoes? Subtitles? Tag lines? Slogans?
I don’t know what they’re called, but some teams have “we rock!” type sayings on top of their websites, as well as in their stadiums, on merchandise, and anywhere else they can think to plaster it.
Up until Spring Training came along, the Giants’ slogan read, “Your Giants.” Now it reads, “It’s Magic Inside.”
I don’t know how often these things change, or whether anyone even pays attention to them when they do, but can I say yuck on the new idea? Now they sound like they play at the Magic Kingdom or were turned into candy bars or something.
Here’s a commercial with the new slogan, invented by the marketing genius that is Swirl:
I liked “Your Giants” better. It sounded more personal to us, like “Hey! We have our very own team! Cool, huh?” It also sorta paralleled or bizarro-fied the evil Dodgers slogan of “This is My Town.” Yours. Mine. See? It goes together.
So who else has tag lines? I tried to Google the answer, but either I can’t effectively search for a complete list because I do not know what to call them, or no one cares about them and hasn’t bothered to make one.
So I’ll make one.
As of right now, at least based off their websites, of the 30 major league teams, 11 have slogans, 5 on the American League and 6 on the National League.
- Chicago White Sox – There Are Traditions. And There Are White Sox Traditions.
- Cleveland Indians – Are You In The Tribe?
- Detroit Tigers – Always A Tiger
- Seattle Mariners – Believe Big
- Atlanta Braves – The Excitement Of Turner Field
- Florida Marlins – Serious Fun. Get On It!
- Los Angeles Dodgers – This Is My Town
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Pride. Passion. Pittsburgh Pirates.
- San Francisco Giants – It’s Magic Inside.
- Washing Nationals – Nats Town: Get Your Red On
So who wins? I don’t know, maybe the Dodgers, doesn’t that suck? I like the Pirates’ and White Sox’ too, though “Sox traditions” make me think of cheating, so maybe that’s not so hot.
It’s Magic Inside. Bleh.