Ladies And Gentlemen, Representing Giants Fans Everywhere …

May 31, 2007

With all the hype that Warriors fans received during the magical Cinderella playoff run, it’s really just a shame that this video has gone national, giving Giants fans everywhere a reason to put their collective heads in their hands.

[via The FanHouse]


A’s Roundup: Haren Tearin’ Up The AL

May 31, 2007

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  • Dan Haren continues to be the best pitcher in the league, as the Oakland ace went eight innings to lower his ERA to a gaudy 1.64. How’s that Mark Mulder deal looking now, St. Louis? [SFGate]
  • Haren was actually throwing downhill last night. [Catfish Stew]
  • The A’s injury list just keeps on fluctuating. Milton Bradley returned to the lineup yesterday and Mark Kotsay is slated to return on Friday, but Mark Ellis and Eric Chavez are hobbled with new ailments of their own. [SFGate]
  • The A’s sent down Hiram Bocachica to make room for Bradley’s return to the active roster. All fans immediately responded in the same way: the A’s had someone named Bocachica? [The Drumbeat]
  • Is it just us, or is the A’s wooing of Fremont the most underreported story in the Bay? [New A's Ballpark]
  • “The Black Aces” were honored the other night. Of the mere 13 black 20-game winners, three did it in Oakland: Dave Stewart, Vida Blue and Mike “Don’t Call Me Chuck” Norris. [Official Site]
  • Speaking of Stew, he’s just about had enough of this Roger Clemens hoopla. [Throwin Heat]
  • More “xtreme” baseball coverage! [100% Injury Rate]
  • You know, this Jason Giambi fella …. well, it’s probably best he left the Bay. [Edge of Sports]

Seems About Right

May 30, 2007

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A big thank you to the best Giants blog on the Internets, McCovey Chronicles.


Start Your Engines

May 30, 2007

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We’ve never liked Kobe.

But you know, with all this trade-demand talk, it’s hard not to fantasize about the Black Mamba in Oakland.

Originally, we thought there’s absolutely no way that the Lakers would trade him, let alone to a division “rival.” However, the Clippers have frequently popped up as a possibility, as have other Western Conference teams like Dallas, Portland and Houston. Of course, it’s all speculation/fantasy at this point, but how would a deal with the Warriors look?

Possibility #1: Kobe Bryant for Jason Richardson, Monta Ellis and Al Harrington:: Warriors get a lineup of Baron, Kobe, Jackson, Biedrins and someone else (Barnes? Pietrus? Diogu? Oh, right). The Lakers could trot out some combination of JRich, Monta Ells/Jordan Farmar, Lamar Odom, Harrington and Andrew Bynum.

A (healthy) Baron/Kobe backcourt immediately becomes the best guard combo in the league and though the Warriors would be very, very thin down low, it’s an immediate and drastic upgrade.

Plus, Nellie would definitely stay for the fun of it.

And if you’re the Lakers, why not? You get a top-10 shooting guard in JRich and a versatile big man who can shoot away in Phil’s triangle offense. Odom and Walton can still do the majority of the ball distribution and Ellis gives them the athletic guard that has been missing from the Lakers since God knows when.

Thoughts?

(P.S. Until he’s in a Warrior uniform, we still officially despise Mr. Bryant)

Trade Machine [ESPN]

[Photo courtesy: BBC]


Whaddya Gimme For …

May 30, 2007

… Giants outfielder Randy Winn and midget-actor-man Tony Cox?

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Armando Benitez: A Rant

May 30, 2007

Last night, the Giants had a chance to pull off their biggest win of the year in a hostile environment against the best team in the league.

The crowd was dead.

It was late.

The game had “jumped the shark” after the Bonds cameo.

Once Omar Vizquel scored, the collective life of the crowd was sucked out of Shea.

Until …

Armando Benitez stepped out of the bullpen and onto the field.

New Yorkers went crazy.

They were cheering.

Amidst an impenetrable sea of enthusiastic high-fives and radiant smiles, they instantly knew the game was theirs. Shockingly, Armando walked the first batter–who happened to be Jose Reyes, the most dangerous baserunner … alive. As soon as the first balk was called, Armando threw up his hands like a 10-year-old version of Job, as if to say “God, why are you picking on me? I hate you!!! Phooey on all you meanies!!!”

Watching Reyes mess with Armando’s head was like watching Ashton Kutcher “punk” someone like Lindsay Lohan when she’s passed out drunk: it was just too easy. The crowd was relentless and it was only a matter of time until Reyes scored and someone else hit a homerun. That someone else turned out to be Carlos Delgado, the living embodiment of Pedro Cerrano.

Which leads us to our rant…

How is Armando still on the team, let alone our closer? He’s a misguided misogynist* who consistently fails his teammates and fans. In addition to his shortcomings on the field, his polarizing quotes have made him Public Enemy #1 in the Bay Area, a fan favorite in the greater tri-state area and a proponent of the Darfur genocide*.

The worst part about this situation is that as Giants fans, we were treated to years of Robb Nen, the ice-cold warrior who literally gave his career to the Giants when he threw out his arm during the 2002 World Series. Nen was a class act who was active in the community** and always said the right thing. Plus, for a solid five years or so, he was among the best closers in the game.

And now, there’s Armando.

As the above picture can attest, every time he steps on the mound, it’s just a matter of time before he bends over for the other team***.

*we made this up

**probably

***almost certainly


Barry Mania Goes To New York

May 29, 2007

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In New York, there are many papers.

It’s the media capital of the world.

This morning, just about every daily has an article about Senor Bonds and surprisingly, the media is kind of on Barry’s side. Mostly. A little.

Newsday points out how Bonds has never been pulled over for a DUI or anything of that ilk, and he has the opportunity to “win a measure of respect from society and the baseball planet, if not love” by making a heartfelt apology.

The Post highlights the hypocrisy of Mets fans, who will undoubtedly boo Bonds throughout the three-day set yet embrace Guillermo Mota, who–in a stunning stroke of coincidence–returns from a 50-game steroid suspension today.

Finally, the Daily News interviews the Mets’ elderstatesman, Tom Glavine. The always well-spoken Glavine had a pretty sensical take on the “cloud of suspicion” over this generation of players: “I guess because I know I haven’t done anything, and because I’m pretty certain 99.9% of the people who follow this game know I’ve never done anything, I’ve never really worried about it.”

Even ESPN.com got into the act with a disturbing article about Bonds’ safety during his quest. Let’s not talk about that right now.

Come clean with all-time apology [Newsday]

Hypocrisy: Booing Bonds as Mota returns [NY Post]

Tom delivers on Barry [Daily News]

So just how safe is Barry? [ESPN]


Giants Roundup: Bonds=Ornery, Durham=Hurt, Benitez=Bad, Pierzynski=Irritating … Not Much Changes ‘Round These Parts

May 29, 2007
  • The Rockies swept the Giants in San Francisco for the first time ever. [SFGate]
  • The Barry Bonds Show comes to the center of the media world tonight (more on that later). With #746 in the books and the Giambi-steroid scandal and the Mets clubhouse-trainer scandal both in full swing, expect some fun this week. Well, that and a lot of “No comments” from Mr. Bonds. But don’t worry: Bonds told his buddy Pedro Gomez that he’ll “let us all know” when he’s ready to talk about the homerun chase. Thanks Barry! [SFGate]
  • Guess who leads the Giants in batting average. [ESPN Player Card]
  • Barry Bonds on whether or not he will donate his mementos and souvenirs to the Hall of Fame: “I’m not worried about the Hall. I take care of me.” You stay classy, Barry. [ESPN]
  • Matt Morris: trade bait? Dave Roberts: old, overpaid version of Fred Lewis? These questions and more in the Mailbag. [Official Site]
  • It’s nice to know that the Giants aren’t the only team that hates A.J. Pierzynski. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Ray Durham might be headed to the disabled list. Now we’ve heard everything! [McCovey Chronicles]
  • Is Armando Benitez … good? [The Splash]

Nostalgia: The 2000 NLDS

May 29, 2007

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One of the Giants’ more heartbreaking yet forgotten playoff series in recent memory is the 2000 National League Division Series against the New York Mets. The Giants were coming off a league-best 97-win season that saw them win the division by 11 games.

Because we love looking at old lineups, here are the lineups from the series opener:

   New York Mets                 San Francisco Giants

1. Agbayani            lf        Benard              cf

2. Payton              cf        Mueller             3b

3. Alfonzo             2b        Bonds               lf

4. Piazza              c         Kent                2b

5. Ventura             3b        Burks               rf

6. Zeile               1b        Aurilia             ss

7. Bell                rf        Snow                1b

8. Bordick             ss        Estalella           c

9. Hampton             p         Hernandez           p

The Giants dominated Game One at Pac Bell behind Livan Hernandez and Robb Nen. Barry Bonds stole bases and hit a triple while Ellis Burks went yard as the Giants won 5-1.

In Game Two, the favored Mets came out determined to make it a series. In a battle between two lefties (Estes and Leiter), the Mets held a 2-1 lead for the majority of the ballgame. After scoring two more runs in the top of the ninth off Felix Rodriguez (yes, shocking), the Mets brought in their intimidating closer, one Armando Benitez, to close out the game after Bonds hit a leadoff double off Leiter, who went eight-plus strong innings. Jeff Kent singled off Armando, setting the stage for JT Snow, who then hit one of the most memorable homeruns in recent Giants history to tie the game 4-4. Sadly, Rodriguez then blew the game in the tenth.

(Sidenote: undeniably, the most frustrating moment of Game Two occurred in the third inning. In the midst of a rally, Shawn Estes slid into second, somehow hurt his ankle on the bag and then got off the bag to be tagged out, killing the rally. Every single person watching the game simultaneously yelled "WHY DID HE GET OFF THE BAG?!")

Game Three at Shea was another heartbreaker. Benny Agbayani--yes, Benny Agbayani--hit a game-winning homerun in the bottom of the tenth.

Then some guy named BJ Jones tossed a one-hit, complete game shutout to polish off the season for San Francisco.

Most. Frustrating. Series. Ever.


Clip Of The Day: Patriotism Lives

May 25, 2007

Because it’s Memorial Day weekend, because it would be a shame to be anything less than patriotic and because it’s not a good day to sit in front of the computer all day, here’s a classic Borat clip that celebrates our national pastime:


Barry Zito Is Number One!

May 24, 2007

Our main man–and Hilary Duff “companion”–Barry Zito got ranked number one in an ESPN article!

Too bad it’s the list of most overrated players in the major leagues, according to baseball writer/god Jason Stark (we mean that literally–Stark knows his stuff). Here’s what Stark had to say on the matter:

As I said in the book, “overpaid” isn’t always the same thing as “overrated.” But it definitely works in Zito’s case.

Not that it’s some kind of disgrace for any team to say it employs this guy. Never misses a start. Logs those innings. Snaps off those picturesque curveballs. Leads the league in likability. And we admire him for all of those qualities.

But should he really be the proud owner of the most humongous pitching contract in history (seven years, $126 million)? For all those who think that answer is yes, better peruse these facts first:

Since his Cy Young season in 2002 (23-5, 2.75 ERA), Zito has a higher ERA than Carl Pavano, a lower strikeout rate than Mark Redman and a lousier WHIP than Odalis Perez. And his current 32-30 strikeout-walk ratio (143rd among the 155 starting pitchers with at least 20 innings this year) tells you he now does more nibbling than chef Paul Prudhomme. So why is this man making $18 million a year again?

Carl Pavano? Mark Redman? Odalis Perez? Make it stop! Make it stop!

We still have faith in our man Zito. We have every hope that he’ll finish the year with a sub-4.00 ERA and about 15 wins. Sure he hasn’t been great, but he’s had some starts where he’s pitched well enough to get a victory, but the Giants’ anemic offense just couldn’t get the job done. In fact, in his five losses, the Giants have scored more than three runs just once. Also, despite his troubles, Zito has been the inning-eater everyone expected, going at least six innings in every game except the Oakland fiasco and Opening Day.

We’ve got faith in you, Barry.

But there’s no reason you should be fourth in the league in walks allowed.

Most overrated — from Zito to Suppan [ESPN]


Meet The Warriors (And Rick Barry) At Carnaval

May 24, 2007

http://perso.orange.fr/nba-history/images/mascottes/thunder3.jpgThis weekend (May 26-27) is Carnaval San Francisco 2007, and it promises to be nothing like HBO’s creepy (but excellent) Dustbowl show. For one thing, sports fans will be flocking to the NBA Nation area, where there will be something for NBA fans of all ages.

For today’s youth, there will be a plethora of the newest NBA video games. For the testosterone-infested fan, the Warrior Girls will be on hand. For the francophiles, Mickael Pietrus will be sipping lattes. For the middle-aged fan who constantly waxes poetic about the NBA of yore, Hall of Famer Rick Barry–fanny pack and all–will be meeting and greeting.

In all seriousness though, it should be a great event with plenty of Warriors personnel on hand. Here’s the most updated schedule for the celebrity appearances:

*Saturday, May 26*
11am-12pm: Thunder, Warriors mascot
12pm-3pm: Warrior Girls, Dance Team
2pm-3pm: Mickael Pietrus (Golden State Warriors)
4pm-5pm: Matt Barnes (Golden State Warriors)

*Sunday, May 27*
11am-12pm: Thunder, Warriors mascot
12pm-3pm: Warrior Girls, Dance Team
2pm-3pm: Rick Barry (THE Hall of Famer)

Also worth noting: NBA Nation will host a Skills Challenge Competition (like at the All-Star Game), and the winner will travel to Philadelphia in July to represent San Francisco. For more info, check out the official websites.

The festival takes place all weekend (11am-6pm) on Harrison Street, between 16th and 24th.

NBA Nation [Official Site]

San Francisco Carnaval 2007 [Official Site]


Clip Of The Day: “Hi, My Name Is Jerry Rice. Please Don’t Try To Guard Me ‘Cuz You’ll Pay The Price!”

May 24, 2007

Back in the 80s, every team could be counted on to make a cheesy rap video. The Niners’ version includes stellar solos by the likes Roger Craig, Jerry Rice (1:30 mark) and Ronnie Lott (2:20) , among others. Sadly, Joe Montana did not partake in the festivities.
It’s really just a gold mine. In so, so many ways.

“We’re unstoppable! Re-markable!”


Giants Roundup: Brooms Busted Out

May 24, 2007
  • With Condi Rice and Willie Mays chatting in the stands, Barry Zito bounced back from his wretched weekend performance against Oakland to notch his fourth win of the year. To add to the weirdness, fatty Bengie Molina somehow stumbled his way to a triple. All in all, the win capped off an impressive sweep of the Astros that saw Houston score just three runs in three games. Up next: the Rocky Mountain State Rockies. [SFGate]
  • Barry Bonds hoopla: to watch or not to watch? [CC Times]
  • Not everyone has that dilemma though. When asked if he’d reconsider his decision to boycott Bonds’ record-breaking homerun, Hank Aaron responded thusly: “I will never reconsider my decision.” [AP]
  • Speaking of old-timers, Ernie Banks said that Mays and Aaron will accompany him at Wrigley Field when the Cubs unveil a statue of Banks: “We all came into the National League around the same time and we established great friendships with each other. Our kids knew each other. We have held onto that friendship through the years. I want them all to be there with me.” We’d give anything to be a fly on that wall; it’s like the Rat Pack of baseball. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Fresh off a 20-game hit streak, Randy Winn now thinks Joe DiMaggio’s 56-gamer can be broken. Good luck with that, Randy. [SFGate]
  • Hey! Did you guys know that people wait in McCovey Cove with the hope of catching a Barry Bonds homerun? Wasn’t this story done like five years ago? [ESPN P2]
  • For some reason, the following line in an article about Kevin Frandsen’s recent college graduation made us chuckle: “The Giants have more college graduates on their roster than most teams: Mark Sweeney (Maine), Dave Roberts (UCLA) and Vinnie Chulk (St. Thomas) also hold bachelor’s degrees.”[SJ Merc]
  • The Giants need bats. The Yankees need pitchers. Hmmm … We’re gonna think about this. [The Splash]

Let’s Start Calling Him “Jesus”

May 23, 2007

DE_3975.jpgThe Giants are now 3-1 [fixed] in games that Tim Lincecum starts. In last night’s victory against the Astros, the G’s got yet another stellar effort from their starting rotation as Lincecum Jesus pitched eight strong innings as he squared off against one of the best pitchers in the league (Roy Oswalt). Armando Benitez even capped off the victory with a perfect ninth inning (gasp!). Barry Bonds continued to mire in a slump, though his two intentional walks led to Giants runs.

But the story was–and continues to be–Mr. Lincecum. In his three starts, the diminutive 5-foot-11 rookie has gone seven, seven and eight innings, respectively:

“That’s impressive what he’s doing,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Gave up two, but regrouped and kept pitching. At his age and with as little professional experience as he has — it’s obvious he has great stuff — but just his poise out there and mound presence is very impressive.”

To make things even more impressive, Jesus dominated the Astros for the second time in a week; when major league hitters still can’t solve a pitcher after seeing him for 15 innings in a week span, you know you’re good.

Hallelujah.

The Rookie Does It Again [SFGate]


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