SF @ TX

10-4, good buddy!

sfattx20100315.jpgPosey still hitting like crazy, averaging .440 for the spring and Fred Lewis got to be a DH rarity and hit a two run homer.  Brian Wilson closed 6 out of 7 batters.  Why does it seem like everyone but the two superstars of last season are doing awesome this spring? 

This game was available on MLB.tv last night, but damn if I could get it to work.  I kept getting a “lost connection” error.  I don’t know if this is common with live games, as like a bandwidth issue, or if I was just having crummy internet connectivity.  So far MLB.tv is a bust for me.  Oh well.

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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Jeremy Affeldt – Video Star

Comcast SportsNet has been, of course, covering spring training for the Giants, and the other day Jeremy Affeldt gave a behind-the-scenes tour of Scottsdale Stadium, which I thought was pretty funny, and which is available online:

http://player.theplatform.com/ps/player/pds/GxeR8zNntw&pid=Va5_zJgVp7e264_R3VM_9ByEi0eCXqmC

Turns out this was just a warm-up for a new video blog series starring Affeldt called The Set-Up, which will be featured on the Giants home page.  Of course, MLB.com doesn’t allow the embedding of their videos, which somewhat sucks, especially since you’d think they’d want us to be putting them in the blogs they host for us, but here’s a link.

And here’s another one from CSN about the Giant’s hair issues:

http://player.theplatform.com/ps/player/pds/GxeR8zNntw&pid=hMQPVdO59UGnLqwxe4mJOkHwnWqXMDVT

My Teams

As specified on this blog many times before, the active following of sports is new to me, and since baseball is slow right now, I find myself listening to and learning about the other Big 4.  But who are my teams?  Who do I care about?  Here’s my official list, in alphabetical order, if anything to set my own brain straight:

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NFL
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MLB
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NHL

Obviously I went local.  That seems to make the most sense to me, considering I’ve lived in the Bay Area all my life.  Some quick thoughts on each pick:

Warriors – The only pick where I really had no clue.  I had to look up who my local basketball team was, that’s how sad I am.  The only b-ball players I’ve ever heard of come from the Lakers, Bulls or Celtics.  Indeed, I almost went with the Lakers as my choice, but I ultimately felt it was cheating to pick the best all around team just because they’re the best.  Sure, the Warriors are second to last place right now, but they’re sharing my air, dagnabbit.  (Oddly, basketball is my least edumacated area and yet, as a 6’6″ lanky dude, my body is probably the best geared towards that particular sport.  Figures!)

49ers – One of two sports where I have choices, even if going local.  But nah, I know the 49ers are way better than the Raiders.  Even as a non-sports follower, I’ve heard of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, etc.  I know they’re winners, and again, I would pick San Francisco over Oakland any day.

Giants –  Well duh.  The other sport where I have local options, but obviously…well see above.

Sharks – No option here from a local standpoint.  And of all four listed above, they are the closest to me, as San Jose is only about 20 minutes away.  I definitely live in Sharks territory, so this was an easy pick.

Now…how do they do?  Even though it’s not really comparable, here’s how they compare to each other based on appearances in their respective sports “final” competition, ordered by win percentage:

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Interesting that the Warriors rank second, and the last time they won a Finals was the year I was born.  That’s kind of cool.  Ridiculously shocking that the Sharks have never won a Stanley Cup, or even a Conference Championship, because I was always under the impressions they won all the time.  Guess I was totally wrong about that, but that’s not surprising.  And of course the Niners have never lost a Superbowl they made it to, and the Giants haven’t won a World Series since they moved to San Francisco.

All caught up now?  Let’s play!

MLB Network, Denied!

So one of my favorite past times as of late has been to watch the MLB Network when I’m fighting the sleep demons (or when The Girl isn’t looking).  They certainly liked to repeat their shows, but for a n00b like me, Hot Stove and all these Top 9 shows have been fairly informative for my ignorant brain. 

At the beginning of this year, our DirecTV “deal” was over, so we decided to jump on a new “deal” and switch to Dish Network.  But, come to find out Dish Network does not carry the MLB Network. 

aaugh.jpgI didn’t think to check before I switched over, and even if I did I think we would have switched anyway, but bummer!  News-wise, I can browse MLB.com, so no real loss there, but the historical shows will be missed. 

Speaking of TV, I’ve been toying with the idea of subscribing to MLB.TV when the season starts, but I can’t decide if it’s a good thing or not.  Half the reviews give it a thumbs up, the other a thumbs down. 

I just don’t see myself watching live that much, what with the rest of the family not being into it and a baby on the way, etc.  Or maybe I’ll just rely on DVR, but is that as all encompassing as MLB.TV?  

Anywhere out there desperate enough to be reading this have a subscription?  What do you think?

Facebook Wars: The Big Four

So Facebook has these pages, which are just like profiles really, except their used to plug a product or website or organization.  Pages have fans.  Here how the Big Four break down:

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29,206 Fans
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1,597,926 Fans
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148,058 Fans
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251,420 Fans

Do you see something wrong here?  Let me further illustrate:

bigfourfans.jpgSee?  MLB is totally losing?  I guess I already knew that, but it’s still sad to see graphically.  I would have figured the NFL to be the big winner though, but they’re all getting smoked by the NBA.  Of course, there’s nothing to say that Facebook is an accurate sampling of the planet Earth’s feelings on things, but I’m still somewhat surprised and disheartened by the outcome.