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.
Well I got what I wanted.
Took the series, four AWAY games against a DIVISION rival. I mean, yeah I guess not really a rival since the D-Backs have been way behind for quite some time, but the Giants are so bad at facing the NL West, a win is a win is a win is a win! I talked about the first game already, but some things that stand out about the other three:
Posey Keeps On Hitting
And hitting and hitting and…a .371 batting average and an 18 game hitting streak, which places him second to McCovey for rookie Giants hitting streaks. Is he stoppable? Probably, but let’s enjoy the ride, eh?
Velez Knocked in the Head
The most hated player on the Giants roster, if you go by Twitter, is knocked in the head while drinking his Gatorade by a foul ball from Pat Burrell. Dislike him or not, that’s still not cool. Is there no way to keep the dugout safe from such random attacks? It’s happened at least three times this year that I’ve read about. (Maybe he can do Mountain Dew commercials now, though.)
Juan Uribe’s Grand Slam
My step-daughter and I were shouting the “OOO-RIBEH!” chant in our living room when he decided to hit his fourth career grand slam in the 7th on game three, with two outs and on the first pitch to boot. I totally think it was our chant that did it.
Still in second place and three games behind because the Padres JUST WON’T LOSE!
We’re also first now in the Wild Card race, but who wants to get to the series that way?
I also saw on the television that we’re number one hits this month. Not sure if I saw that right and have no idea where to go to validate it but if that’s true? MAN what a different team post-All-Star game, eh?
The Giants complete their longest (distance-wise anyway) road tour with much success. Only 4 games behind (still in fourth place though – bummer) with a 7-4 victory! I definitely thought it was going to be worse, but I guess seven game losing streaks gives me bouts of pessimism.
Not to make this a Buster Posey blog, but Buster Posey Buster Posey Buster Posey. The guy had a great road trip! His numbers were ridiculous. Was it a fluke, or is he making the All-Star team next year? Hoping for the latter.
In fact, the 7 wins were pretty much all batting, as the pitching was nothing to really brag about. Lincecum and Bumgarner got their win, but otherwise it was the offense doing most of the bailing. It’s a crazy focus shift. It was all about pitching for me before this month, now all of a sudden, it’s the Posey, Huff and Ishikawa show. Gotta say, killer hitting is pretty fun!
I skipped the All-Star game. I was out, but even so, I can’t say I was overly excited about it. It’s kind of like when half the Sharks when to the Olympics, and that was the Olympics, this is just the All-Star game. Lincecum didn’t end up pitching, but according to The Stew, he was the only guy signing balls before the game. And anyway, that means he gets to start against the Mets tomorrow, which is more interesting to me.
It is pretty cool that the National League finally broke their 1996 on up losing streak, though. Also cool that Brian Wilson got the opportunity to keep their lead by throwing a perfect 8th inning. Go Brian! Maybe they should swap out the Panda caps for Rooster hats?
Nice cleats, btw…I think…uh.
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!
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.
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.
Boston 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.
|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.|
|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.|
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:
As far as pitching goes, we’ve got Sanchez, Martinez (who?) and Lincecum:
The Red Sox have Wakefield, Buchholz and Lester:
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.
Needless 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!
Bay Area Slaughter?
That’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.
We 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!
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.