Questions

Man post-post season is ridiculously boring, isn’t it?  Even Jane Heller has been reduced to move reviewing.  There could be news if someone would actually do something, but so far there’s just unanswered questions, like…

1) Will Aubrey Huff and Juan Uribe like their offers and come back next year?
2) Will Jonathan Sanchez, Andres Torres, Cody Ross, Mike Fontenot, Ramon Ramirez, Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez and Chris Ray come to arbitration agreements?  
3) Will Zito learn to pitch again or will they downgrade him to an 8 bazillion dollar bench warmer?  
4 Will Pablo Sandoval be playing next season or will he eat himself out of baseball during the break?  
5)  Will Mark DeRosa…do…um…anything?  
Heck, I’m so bored I’m even watching to see what happens to Jeter and Werth!  I think they should come to the Giants.  Yeah right.
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Rocky Weekend

Hey kids!  Now you too can own a genuine authentic 4th of July MLB cap worn by the San Francisco Giants on the weekend they got slaughtered by Colorado!

4thofjulycap.jpgWent 1-3 against Colorado.  At least the streak got broken.  And what the heck?  The only game they won was the game where Ubaldo Jiminez was pitching?  That dude practically had a negative ERA and yet somehow the Giants scored 11 runs that game.  They rarely get 11 hits, forget about 11 runs!  Look at what they did to him!

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA
2010 26 COL NL 14 1 .933 2.27
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/6/2010.

HA!  He’s got a 2-something ERA now.  What a loser.  Actually, that’s still pretty ridiculous.  How the heck did they hit off that guy?  Huff is awesome.  I love Huff, he’s my favorite “new” guy, even though all these guys are new to me.  I thought it was going to be DeRosa, but look where that went?  Nowhere.  So yay Huff.  I don’t care if Googling you is kind of scary, you’re awesome. 

aubreyhuff.jpgSpeaking of awesome, congrats to Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson for making the All-Star Team!  Lincecum has been in a slump, but he and his long hair are still popular thanks to his back-to-back Cy Youngs, so hardly a surprise.  And Wilson is awesome pretty much always, mohawk and all.  Hey!  They both have weird hair.  Coincidence or conspiracy?

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Hey kids!  Don’t forget to buy your 2010 authentic All-Star gear!

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One Down Against Phillies

See?  My charts were right.  The Phillies DO like to give up runs in the first inning.  Seems like we did everything right this game.  Started off strong, actually got some RBIs and some hits from DeRosa and Huff, who were signed on to y’know…hit.  And Pablo got one in and Whiteside!  What a game he had, eh?  RBI double and the only homer of the game.  Sweet. 

As far as pitching goes, we wrecked the Phillies’ “Lincecum” Roy Halladay’s 4-0 record, which is pretty satisfying, and also a relief since he was probably the biggest thing to be scared of about the Phillies.  Got that over with!   Sánchez eeked out a decent performance, but he was done after five innings, allowing 12 on base but only 4 hits (figure that one out). I love this pic of Werth after he was struck out with bases loaded:

jasonwerth.jpgAll-in-all a better win than I thought we’d have, as the Phillies are a powerhouse team.  But to paraphrase my favorite saying from Pulp Fiction’s The Wolf into a G-Rating, “Let’s not go start patting each other on the backs just yet.”  Still got two more games to go and the Phillies are going to be using yesterday as inspiration to hustle even harder today. Watch out!

SEA @SF | SF @ COL | OAK @ SF | SF @ SEA | MIL  @SF

Eeks, I’m behind.  That’s what happens when your weekend looks like this, I guess!

fixafaucet.pngSEA @ SF

seaatsf20100311.jpgSigh.  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

sfatcol20100312.jpgYay!  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

oakatsf20100313.jpgAwww, 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

sfatsea20100313.jpgW00t!  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

milatsf20030314.jpgAnd 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!

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CWS @ SF

cwsatsf20100309.jpg6-1 for the make-believe Cactus League.  I was worried there for a second that I wasn’t going to be able to rub a win into a White Sox fan’s face that I know, but luckily they pulled together in the eighth for five runs!  Thank you Jhonny Nunez for your pitching.

jhonnynunez.jpgSeems like the trend is to start off slow and score later.  I guess that’s a good thing.  Better than starting off strong and petering out. 

First game for DeRosa.  Got a single.  Everyone seems to be expecting a lot from him, probably out of desperation that someone will get us on base. Hope he can live up to it.

Fake #1 in the National League again, as of today.  See?

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2010 Fan Festivus for the Rest of Us

I made it to Fan Fest 2010!

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But first, let me start off by saying, I have been to many a convention, event, whatever you wanna call it, about many a subject matters.  All geek.  Comic conventions, sci-fi conventions, Star Trek conventions, I’ve been to them all.  This was my first sports event/convention.  Frankly, I don’t get the difference.  It’s full of the same exact fanboyish people (myself included) as all the other conventions I’ve been to.  I officially don’t get the difference between geeks and jocks.  You guys are all the same, sorry to break it to you.  The person obsessing about a baseball team is just as weird, cross eyed, smelly and socially awkward as the person obsessing about Babylon 5.  All the same stereotypes were there.  Seriously, it’s the same.  Sorry to break it to you, but can’t we all just get along now? 

 

jocksvsnerds.jpgLike I said before, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be my thing.  So what really sold it was the fact that it was free and it was on a Saturday where I had no conflicts.  I went thinking, worse comes to worse, I can leave whenever I want and I’m not really out anything.  I also didn’t really know what to expect, so I decided to have no expectations or “mission” on what I wanted to accomplish.  Ultimately, I ended up meandering around and taking it all in, checking out what it was all about, and I had a pretty good time doing it.  Rather than a play-by-play, here are some random thoughts about the experience:

AUTOGRAPHS – That was the big thing.  There were three autograph lines (or maybe two autograph lines and a photo line) and they were out the door.  I knew up front I wasn’t going to try and get autographs because I didn’t want to spend my first trip standing in line.  Good strategy because those lines were probably and hour + wait each.  On the plus side, you’d probably average about three autographs per line, on the down side, there was no control over what autograph you were going to get because they’d rotate out players as you were standing there.  But, if you love the team, I suppose it doesn’t really matter which team member signs your junk, right?  Next year I think maybe I’ll bring a baseball and do the line at least once, but I am glad that this year I decided up front not to worry about it.

LINCECUM – The man is definitely a superstar to Giants fans.  Every time he moved from one area to another, the stadium would erupt with cheers as if it were a full house, and it wasn’t even close.  Every time he was on stage, people would shout “we love you” or “pay him!”  I think there’s a new movement where people are wearing hats with long hair attached, in tribute to his locks.  I completely get why everyone is hating the Giants for haggling with this guy instead of paying him what he wants.  The love for him is just amazing.  (I think the Giants have every right to haggle, and I don’t think it’s as big a deal as people are making it out to be, but that’s another post.)  Here’s Lincecum being interviewed by KNBR:

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STADIUM – I’ve never actually been inside AT&T park.  I’ve seen the outside many times, but this was the first time I was able to peek inside the walls.  The last time I went to a Giants game, they were still playing in Candlestick and Will Clark was on 1st base. It’s a beautiful stadium.  The first thing I did when I got there, and probably one of my favorite parts of the whole experience, was step onto the field (which was devoid of grass) and look around.  Crazy to imagine a full stadium looking down at you while you’re trying to play a game.  No pressure!  I also made a point to stand on the pitchers mound and touch ever base (except home, because KNBR’s booth was sitting on it).  Here’s a pic of the stands from the pitcher’s mound:

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PLAYERS – First thing I saw on my way down to stand on the field was Tim Lincecum and Mark DeRosa in the autograph booth.  What a trip to see the guys that I’ve been writing about the last few months in person.  Equally a trip for me was that one of the gawkers standing next to me ask “who’s that dude?” in reference to DeRosa and I was able to answer him!   Go me!  Here’s DeRosa waiting to sign:

markderosafanfest.JPGAs far as player interaction, didn’t accomplish that much.  Mostly I watched them being interviewed by KNBR, but every time I sat there watching, I always felt like I was wasting the experience because I could have stayed home and listened to KNBR on the radio.  They probably interviewed everyone that was there, but I only sat down for Lincecum, DeRosa and  Jeremy Affeldt, and I mostly only did that because I had to sit to eat my overpriced snacks. 

On the Club level, there was another interview section, and one player, while waiting for his interview, was taking pictures and signing autographs.  I had no clue who he was, but I tried to get someone to snap a photo of me with him anyway, figuring I could look him up later.  I was next in line when he was suddenly rushed by a pack of kids.  So, figuring the children are our future, I let them lead the way.  But then after he was done with them, he had to leave to get interviewed, so I missed out.  I still looked him up though, of course, and it was Brandon Medders.  Oh well!

CONFUSION – I found the entire organization somewhat confusing.  It seemed very difficult to get around to the various areas where things were happening.  I never did find the batting cages, or the supposed clubhouse tour.  Every time I went to the Club level, I had to get directions from someone on how to get back down to the first floor.  Navigating from one side of the field to the other seemed like a maze.  I never saw Will Clark or Pablo Sandoval, though I suppose if I had sat watching KNBR all day they would have showed up.  That’s one thing though, that the geeks have on the jocks, better event organization. 

TWEETUP – The first annual Twitter Tweetup was kind of interesting, kind of not.  There was a lot of waiting, and then we got to see the Scoreboard Control Room and the Marketing and Sales offices, which were cool, but we kinda just walked through them and then it was all over.  No real explanation or guidance as to what we were looking at. Still, it was the first year they tried this, and it was somewhat last minute, so I’m glad I got to participate. Hopefully next year they’ll have the kinks worked out.  Here’s a pic of the meetup:

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ORANGE AND BLACK ATTACK – Okay not the actual organization, but just the wave of orange and black at this thing was impressive.  I, of course, had no Giants paraphernalia.  I figured whatever though, they’ll still let me in.  But when I got there and saw the sea of orange and black, I got nervous that I might get lynched if I walk in hat-less, wearing a green sweatshirt and bluejeans  So I swung into the Giants store before hitting the stadium and bought a hat.  I was shooting for an official 5950, but my head size wouldn’t cooperate, so I went with the 2010 batting practice variation, which had less size restrictions.  I’m not used to wearing a hat.  My head itched a lot, but at least I blended in!

battingpracticehat.jpgALL-IN-ALL – I feel like I’m missing lots of little things I should have written about, but oh well.  I’ve always enjoyed hanging out amongst fandom, and Giants fans are no expectation.  You can definitely feel the love!  It was a fun experience, I’m glad I went.  Different than past events I’ve gone to, as mentioned above, where I knew what I was doing and what I wanted to accomplish, but it was fun to spend the day meandering and soaking in Giants fanaticism.  Definitely got me stoked for the 2010 season to hurry up and start already!  

BTW, Charlie Brown really is a Giants fan!  

charliebrown.JPGMore photos from my Fan Fest 2010 trip can be seen here!

Giants On Ice

While I’ve been following how the Sharks have been doing, I haven’t really watched any of their games.  Mostly because I don’t have the time or an understanding wife (even though she claims hockey is her favorite sport – it’s not enough of a favorite to actually want to watch it) and also because I frankly find it hard to watch.  I must be old and blind, because mostly all I see is a bunch of dudes whizzing around.  I can never tell where the puck is or what’s going on until an announcer proclaims “goal!” 

But last night I watched, because the #1 team (Sharks) was going up against the #2 team, the Chicago Blackhawks, so there was that.  Plus, there’s a guy amongst my Facebook posse that’s really into Chicago sports, so I wanted to see him eat puck.  Alas, that did not happen, as the Blackhawks took in overtime, but check out who dropped the ceremonial puck at the start of the game!

 

pandaonice.jpgThe Panda!  So that was a cool surprise.  Weird to see him in Sharks getup, but at least they got the number right!

In other news, according to this tweat, The Giants are done making moves for free agents.  Really?  That seems kind of boring.  We got Mark DeRosa and Aubrey Huff and we’re done?  Maybe that’s how it always works, but I was hoping for more of a “Michael Jordan” type announcement. Wishful thinking, I guess!  (Sorry I just crossed sports analogies there!)