Sunday, May 31, 2009
Anyway, yeah -- I was shouting for Sanchez to keep his head in it, but he got pulled in the fifth. Thank goodness for our strong bullpen, guys. I also think Wilson's pulled it together after getting shaken up in mid-May by Blake and all of the drah-mah and nonsense.
Highlights of the game for me: Sandoval's squibbly single down the foul line (right by me), Lewis' amazing catch (also right by me), Medders getting it done, Richie shutting up some of the haters, Rowand's eleventh consecutive game with a hit, Bengie coming in, and getting the win.
Lou Seal highlights: because today was Little Leaguer day, there were kids out on the field when the Giants took it. But before that, Lou Seal snuck up on the third basekid, gave him/her a high-five and a huge hug, then went out to left field, gave the kid a high-five and a huge hug, then tackled him/her to the ground. AWESOME. Another awesome moment: when the Announcer Kid was announcing, the first batter nothing happened. The second batter, Lou Seal snuck up behind him and waved. The third batter, Lou Seal came out of nowhere, running and grabbing him and pulling him offscreen. Hilarious. I love Lou Seal.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Extra Credit: When was last time Bengie caught Zito?
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Cain isn't so much glum as he is confused as to a. why he is in the shopping cart and b. why he doesn't have legs.
(Original shopping cart photo from zoovroo on Flickr; original Cain pic from sfgate.com; original Uncle Ben's pic from unclebens.com, original eggs pic from walmart.com)
So, since we're gearing up for the Cards' arrival into town, here's an open thread, so I say we should take the opportunity to introduce ourselves -- names, locations, how and why we love the Giants.
I'll go first: I'm Jeanne, I'm 25 (!), Bay Area native, living in SF, working for a dotcom. I've mentioned my Giants history before; I really threw myself into the Giants in, oh, 2005 -- I remember Matt Cain wasn't even 21 yet.
Your turn! Leave a comment! Or, alternately, you can ask a question and I'll answer it. Woo! Open thread, have at it!
The Internet can be frustrating. I tuck a paragraph about Matt Cain into a story, MLBtraderumors.com picks it up with the oversimplified headline,“Giants shopping Matt Cain” and everyone gets their knickers in a twist.
Sigh. Do they still teach reading comprehension in school?
Check out the rest of the article, its a great read and might calm your frayed nerves a bit....
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
2. From Baggarly, on the "Giants might be shopping Cain" thing:
"At the least, I hope you understand that the situation outlined above is quite a different picture than Matt Cain sitting glumly in a shopping cart with a box of Uncle Ben’s and a dozen Grade AAs."
Does this mean I have to do another photoshop? Your votes, plz.
That said, I don't want to let go of Matt Cain, or anyone on the pitching staff, really. Sure, I grit my teeth a little whenever Howry goes out (I trust Affeldt and Miller; Howry has yet to win me over fully), and I know the boys have done their share of yelling at Wilson, but overall I think we're in a good spot with the starting rotation and the bullpen. If we want any hitters, we're going to have to give up a pitcher, and I don't think there's anyone we should be willing to give, especially since Lowry's pretty much out the door already.
Just my thought. And as a pitching fangirl, I will be pitching (hah) a hissy fit if we do wind up sending off any of our guys.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Jesus Guzman gets a shot at first base. Let the experiment begin. Looks like the window may be closing on Ishikawa, Burriss.
Man I don't know about the rest of you, but this lineup does not impress me. Guzman had two errors in les than a full games work at First earlier this week, this is definitely going to be interesting ><
Ugh 5 runs in the last 4 games... that's 38 Innings... that Is 1.18 Runs per 9 innings! I am aware that our offense was not supposed to be great but 1.18 runs per game?! To make matters even worse, over that same 38 inning span, we have only allowed 9 runs! (only 2.13 runs per 9 innings) Look, when your pitching staff is allowing just over 2 runs a game, THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO LOSE! I'm not sure what we need to do, but please guys, figure it out!
The Giants have now lost 7 of the last 8 games. 2 more games in Seattle. Cain goes tonight. Perhaps he can restart this team. Regardless something has got to give!
Friday, May 22, 2009
So yeah, while it sucks when our bullpen melts down, there is no excuse for two hits going into the 12th, guys. Especially when we're playing in the AL and we have a DH, so we can get our pitchers to the mound for as long as we need (Affeldt, for example) without having to worry about them coming up to bat.
Justin Miller just finished up his second inning, and all I can think about is that he is absolutely covered in ink. You can see it on the backs of his hands, but he's actually required by MLB to wear long-sleeves because of his tattoos. (You can read all about him at this great blogpost by Joan Ryan.)
This game is going to last forever. I do need to go to bed eventually!
Edited 11:05 pm: I should have known that going "geez I am le tired" and Misch going in would mean I'd go to bed sooner than one would hope. Sigh.
But my point remains: twelve innings, three hits (two by Rowand!), one runner in scoring position TOTAL. Ridiculous, Giants offense, just ridiculous.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
From the BART blog: "There'll be 1.5 million of them issued through the end of July. For the Giants you get Randy Winn in May, Matt Cain in June and Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in July. For the A’s, Matt Holliday is featured in May, Jason Giambi in June, and Mark Ellis in July."
How collectible are BART tickets really, though? I mean, I always try to get exact change so that it gets sucked into the machine on my last stop, but I would leave an extra nickel or so on there to get the ticket back.
From the LA Daily News article, we get such sweetly condescending quotes as:
One specific example occurred during a recent run through when Sweeney made references to the six hole, Zelasko said.
"I know what that is in the lineup, but I said to him, `Mark, tell people what you mean.' It's the sixth spot in the lineup," Zelasko told City News Service.
Zelasko said that in their goal of educating fans, "we're not going to talk down to people."
"If we miss a pitch, its going to be OK if we're educating people," Zelasko said.
Zelasko, the mother of a 7-year-old son, Trevor, and a 3-year-old daughter, Isabela, said she "might include what kids are saying at school" and "what moms and dads are saying" when they pick up their children in the broadcasts.
"Sometimes as broadcasters we almost lose touch with the people that are actually out there watching and listening to the game," Zelasko said. "I'll have an ear to the ground, just being a mom and being out there."
All I can say is, Alyssa Milano will not stand for this.
LowryHole: Something's not right with my arm. I think I need to see the team doctor.
BochyBall: The team doctor?
What's he talking about?
BochyBall: OH! Wait!
/rummages through Barry Bonds' old locker, finds dozens of used syringes
BochyBall: Hmm. Sorry, our team doctors are all empty.
BochyBall: Ohhhh okay okay okay...arm arm arm armmmmm
BochyBall: what do we know about arms
RideTheSabean: you can use them to manipulate the environment around you and stick up your middle finger at people
BochyBall: Anything else?
BochyBall: Sorry. Anyway. Let me go down a checklist of everything I know about human anatomy and medicine.
LowryHole: to answer your first forty or so questions, no, i can't do the regeneration thing that wolverine can do, i'm not the guy on that episode of 20/20 who had acute elephantatitis, and no, i have not recently ingested those suicide pills they give to CIA spies
Sigh. Sigh. Sigh. And lulz.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Giants take on the Dads again tonight, with Rowand leading off. ...Okay! I'm interested to see how this experiment works out, since leadoff hasn't been a good spot for, uh, anybody this season, while Rowand's already been struggling at the plate.
Let's hope Sanchez keeps his head in the game tonight -- it's all about mentality on the mound, whether you're a starter or a closer, and Sanchez tends to get frustrated and slip further if he gets into a little bit of trouble and loses confidence. Like I said, his getting skipped in April must have hurt his confidence, and he's been having rough outings since then. Now's the chance to really get out there and prove he should be there (especially because Lowry ain't coming back...).
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The Giants are facing Chris Young tonight. Lots of speed on the paths for the Giants tonight. We could see a lot of stolen bases tonight (if, you know, we can get on base!) Young's height makes for a slow delivery and one heck of an advantage for base stealers. Should be a good one tonight!
"As San Francisco Giants pitcher Noah Lowry prepared to undergo surgery for a circulatory problem Tuesday, his agent charged the team's medical staff with misdiagnosing a forearm injury 14 months ago, subjecting Lowry to an unnecessary arm operation...
Lowry was scheduled to undergo surgery at Baylor University in Texas for thoracic outlet syndrome, the same circulatory problem that befell pitchers Kenny Rogers and Jeremy Bonderman and Texas Rangers infielder Hank Blalock.
The surgery, which facilitates circulation with the removal of a rib, typically entails a three-month recovery period.
Damon Lapa, Lowry's agent, said Tuesday that Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Greg Pearl confirmed the diagnosis in separate consultations with Lowry last week. Lapa said the circulatory issue was the source of Lowry's forearm tightness in August 2007 and a mysterious control meltdown in spring training of 2008, but that the Giants' medical staff failed to identify the problem.
On March 7 of last year, Giants hand specialist Dr. Gordon Brody performed surgery on Lowry's forearm for exertional compartment syndrome -- a neuromuscular condition that can cause pain in the arms or legs. Lowry was unable to pitch last season, and underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery in September after suffering a setback in his rehab.
"Quite honestly, there's a sense of relief. Dr. Andrews and Dr. Pearl have been able to provide answers that the Giants have not been able to provide since Noah got hurt in the fall of 2007," Lapa told ESPN.com. "The two doctors have confirmed the condition and let us know that it's existed since 2007 and essentially been misdiagnosed."
The Giants had no immediate comment."
This is quite the Charge by Lowry's agent. I'm really curious to see how this Plays out. Stay tuned...
Monday, May 18, 2009
I've been a fan of Lowry since I first saw him pitch, and I think the last time I saw him was in '07 when he was a substitute right fielder.
When I went to the game last Friday, I stopped in the Giants Dugout store to pick up a hoodie since I knew I would probably end up freezing if I didn't. On the sale wall were Lowry 51 shirts, just like the one I have, and while I know that it's because Lowry gave 51 to Randy Johnson upon his arrival to the Giants, it also was a bit of a slap to the face.
So I'm crossing my fingers and hoping and wishing for the best.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I'm glad to have him back, and it'll be good to get some fresh(er) blood in the line-up and in the infield, especially since the game's going to be on ESPN tomorrow (oy).
We should not have lost this game.
Lincecum was done after six -- looking up at the pitch count and seeing he was at 104 and getting tired, I was like, "all right, he's done, who's up?"... and then he was in the on-deck circle to bat at the bottom of the sixth. He should not have been pitching in the seventh inning and I was shocked that he was. He had just given up two runs in the sixth and was clearly losing steam, and so they put him back in? I don't care if he's the ace, he was done after six.
If Lincecum hadn't been up in the seventh inning putting on base runners without any outs, it would have been a very different inning for Valdez or Affeldt (depending on who they put in at the beginning of the 7th). We're damn lucky that Affeldt managed to get three strike outs, because it was a long, long inning, and it was also a good call to keep him in through the 8th.
We always talk about how we have great pitching and have to really scratch for run support. Well, we showed some great runs in the first couple of innings, but then the pitching just fell apart. (And yes, this is definitely on Wilson too, but it should NOT have been tied up when he took the mound.)
Plus, Uribe was looking really slow out there. No hustle, no trying. Way too many balls squirted past him last night. Dude, if you want to prove that you can stay out in the infield once Renteria gets healthy again, you better at least try to make those grounder plays. Otherwise, you're just going to be sitting on the pine while Renteria's out there. This is your chance to prove you've got good glove, and you're slacking out there.
Today's game (Johnson v. Santana) is going to be good... and probably brutal.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
"Bochy, on Pablo Sandoval's belly flop on the basepaths Tuesday night: "I didn't think he'd get up. He's like a turtle on his back, but he was on his stomach.""
So, you know, this had to happen.
Really, though, I wanted a photo with a turtle on its back, but couldn't find one.
(Original turtle photo from Zevotron on Flickr; original Sandoval photo from the San Francisco Chronicle)
Next up: The Met's come to town for a four game tilt starting tomorrow night!The Giant's Jonathan Sanchez (1-3) will face off against Maine (3-2) In what should be a test of our boys abilities against one of the National Leagues truly elite teams!
G: stranded the bases loaded
G: the baron is cruising
J: yesterday was his birthday
that was one of the best games ive been to
i mean i still cant believe they won
J: i was like "eh, giants got this, we don't need to bring in bwils-- crap, now we don't need to bring in bwils because they're winning-- YES AWESOME"
schierholtz in two days in a row, hmmmm
G: lewis has a foot injury
J: well, yes
J: and holm is catching
J: zito, wtf
J: zito knocked down a ball that should have been an easy play for renteria
instead of letting it go
and letting renteria get it
so it became a hit instead of an out
G: Kung Fu Panda doesn't get hurt," Giants starter Matt Cain(notes) noted.
G: COME ON BARON
J: what do you think of burriss leading off?
hes fast as f---
J: and he's got a hot bat lately
G: man f--- nick johnson
ugly looking gremlin
J: zimmerman 0 for 2 so far, though
if we blank him today we will be kings
Brought Pat Misch up?
I hate that dude
sent down matos
we needed a fresher arm
G: I cant stand Misch
also zimmermans streak is teh deads
G: ALSO PAT MISCH SUICKS!
J: I stopped listening so I could charge my phone
G: Misch has seen 4 batters and has given up 2 doubles and a single
J: oh, ick again
G: p[lease send him back down
J: yeah, that's probably what will happen
G: god damn you pat misch
G: also i think it might be time to release aurilla
J: aw, richie
but way to go lewis
way to get the rbi
and way to go schierholtz
well, we took the series
and we stopped zimmerman's hitting streak
G: i hope misch gets demoted
J: i'm sure he will be
that was abysmal
G: let someone else have a chance
Like I said: we took the series, and we stopped Zimmerman's hitting streak. Mets come into town tomorrow, and they just had their winning streak broken with a loss to the Braves. I'll be going on Friday (Timmy pitching what what), so it should be a good time.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Everyone is so happy!
Edited 5/13: So here's the video of Pablo's walk-off.
Also, do we have a consensus on the use of "Panda"? Matt Cain has referred to him as Kung Fu Panda, the SF_Giants Twitter account has called him Big Panda, but I've also heard "Little Panda" (with "Big Panda" referring to Bengie, who is technically "Big Money").
Your Panda thoughts are welcomed.
- My next-door neighbor and I put together a neighborhood newspaper when we were maybe seven or so. One issue, the sports section was going to look like this: "Kevin Mitchell got traded. (My brother) got a new baseball glove. (Her dad) got a pool table." We eventually cut Kevin Mitchell's news item as he was technically not in our neighborhood.
- I signed a postcard to keep the Giants from going to Florida.
- During the baseball strike, we went to a San Jose Giants game for my friend's birthday. I was the only one who brought a glove. The SJGiants had a promotion where if you caught a foul ball, you'd win a free pizza. I didn't catch a foul ball, but one landed in the seat next to me -- between my friend's back and the back of her chair. We didn't get a pizza.
- In fourth grade, I played Bobby Sox softball (my one and only year of softball). Since we got our jersey numbers in alphabetical order by last name, I was #2. We then went to a game at Candlestick, where the player highlighted in the program was #2, Darren Lewis. I will never forget that, since D-Lew and I shared a number. When Randy Winn came in and took #2, I was like, "aw, that was D-Lew's number!"
- I think the last time I went to Candlestick for the Giants was in the mid-90s, probably the summer of '97. I didn't go to Pac Bell until at least '03.
All right, so far so good for '09 -- let's keep it going!