Clip Of The Day: Do Not Bring Dodger Foam Fingers To San Francisco

July 31, 2007

Here’s what happens when Giants stop being polite and start getting real. You stay classy, Giants fans.

[Sidenote: The exact same thing happened to our friend in Dodger Stadium with a Giants finger. Those things are just conflicts waiting to happen.]


Giants Roundup: Adventures In Dodgerland Begin Tonight!

July 31, 2007

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Despite the Giants’ firm grasp on last place, the Dodgers’ success, Brad Penny’s 13-1, 2.51 line, the Bonds fiasco reaching its boiling point and Ray Durham’s reluctance to return our fan letters, we are really looking forward to this three-game set. Maybe it’s because we need a break from the Dog Days of Summer. Maybe it’s because the odds say the Giants gotta beat the Dodgers sometime.

Nah, it’s just that whole Giants-Dodgers thing.

  • On September 17, 1997, Barry Bonds’ now-famous “twirl home run” knocked the Dodgers out of the race and scarred them for nearly ten beautiful years. [LA Times]
  • Barry might not play tonight, which would really piss off Dodger fans. [SFGate]
  • On August 2nd, before the series finale, the Dodgers will hold a two-hour pregame steroid awareness clinic on the field for youngsters. Subtle AND classy, those Dodgers. [100% Injury Rate]
  • What if … the Giants had moved to Tampa in ’92? [The Sporting Orange, via Deadspin]
  • We’re not the only Zito Apologists out there! [El Lefty Malo]
  • Rod Beck’s family received a very warm welcome in the Bay this weekend. [ESPN]
  • A-Rod isn’t exactly a lock to break the record that everyone thinks he is. But he likes strippers. So he’s got that going for himself. Which is nice. [100% Injury Rate]
  • Even though the A’s and Giants appear to be in similar dire straits, Bruce Jenkins thinks Oakland is in a much, much better position. We’re inclined to agree. [SFGate]
  • An open letter to Jay Mariotti, who called Giants fans “unconditionally glorifying sheep.” [McCovey Chronicles]
  • On Sunday, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci wrote that hitting number 756 outside of San Francisco would be a disaster. So, about that … [SI]
  • Oh, and Buddy Boy will be in attendance tonight. [ESPN]
  • BREAKING: Matt Morris traded to Pittsburgh for speedy centerfielder Rajai Davis. [MSNBC]

Bill Walsh …

July 31, 2007

Before we share our own (brief) thoughts on Bill Walsh, we encourage all readers to allot some internet time to check out the Bill Walsh Tribute at SFGate. There is a plethora of articles, photo galleries and memories, all worth your attention and reflection.

You know, when growing up, you don’t really admire coaches.

They’re just there, in the background. In eyes of a starry-eyed kid, the Will Clarks of the sports world always seem to eclipse the Roger Craigs. It was the same with the Bash Brothers and Tony LaRussa. You just don’t appreciate the genius of the coach until you get older, start playing the sport, begin to understand the depth of the game and so on.

Obviously, with the likes of Joe, Steve, Jerry and Ronnie, the great 49ers teams of the ’80s had plenty of star power, but in retrospect, is there any doubt at all that Bill Walsh was the greatest member of that dynasty?

His accomplishments are staggering. I won’t go into them–others on the tribute page have been doing it better than we could–but, as a sports fan and a young professional, Bill Walsh was the epitome of everything right with the world.

It’s hard to put into words, but there’s a feeling I get when I see this old footage of Walsh on the news. It’s a flashback to the past, only this time, I have the ability to appreciate his greatness and humility, if that makes sense.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: in terms of sports and life, I can’t think of a better inspiration than Bill Walsh. On some level (or at some point), everyone likes to believe they are special, that they are an innovator and that they will succeed by doing things “the right way.”

Walsh affirmed those dreams. I can’t think of anything more inspiring.

[Sorry for the nonsensical reflections. Feel free to share your own in the comments section.]

Frank Gore Breaks Hand; Spirit Fortunately OK

July 31, 2007

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Well that didn’t take long, did it?

In the first padded practice of training camp, budding superstar RB somehow broke his right hand during a non-contact ball-handling drill:

… Coach Mike Nolan said he would not practice with the team for the remainder of the week. Gore will be re-evaluated next Monday, and Nolan expects him to return to practice then with a cast on his hand.

“He’ll be ready for the latter part of preseason, but his participating in the preseason, we’ll wait and see on that,” Nolan said.

Gore has a long history with injuries already (he’s had surgeries on both knees and both shoulders; heavens Frankie), but the bigger problem may be his propensity for putting the ball on the ground. He already fumbled six times last year, and this latest injury can’t be good in that department.

This can’t be a good omen for the trendy darkhorse pick to win the NL West. Is this a fluke accident that will be forgotten by opening day or the first indications that heavy expectations may weigh the Niners down?

Gore breaks bone in right hand, may miss preseason [ESPN]

The Loss Of A Legend

July 30, 2007

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“No man ever yet became great by imitation.”

–Samuel Johnson

“Anyone can make history. Only a great man can write it.”

–Oscar Wilde

Former 49er head coach Bill Walsh dies [SFGate]

Bay Area Stars Get Simpsonized

July 30, 2007

With the recent hubbub over The Simpsons Movie, we decided to take a page out of the Boston Globe’s book and applied the treasure trove of time-wasters, the Simpsonizer, to your favorite Bay Area superstars and ours, from Senor Bonds to Baron to Miss Jessica Alba and more…

Barry Bonds:


Nick Swisher:


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Nostalgia: The 1987 Giants And “Humm Baby!

July 30, 2007

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With Sunday’s 20-year anniversary celebration of the 1987 San Francisco Giants, we thought we’d revisit the division-winning team as well.

The ’87 squad was a fun bunch that came of age just two years after the franchise-worst 1985 campaign. Youngsters like Will Clark and Robby Thompson finally came into their own, and free agent additions like Jose Uribe, Rick Reuschel and Candy Maldonado solidified the team. But, as Rick Hurd writes, Roger Craig brought the team together in the friendly confines of the ‘Stick:

Then there was Roger Craig, the manager hired by Rosen late in 1985. He brought a relentlessly optimistic outlook to the manager’s chair. Craig instilled a unique rallying cry — “Humm Baby” — and sold his players that even if the home conditions were miserable, the home tenants didn’t have to be.

“Guys had always complained about how cold it was at Candlestick, how miserable it was,” Thompson says. “But Roger turned that into an advantage for us. He’d tell us to look at the other (team). He’d tell us they weren’t thinking about winning the game. It became kind of a rallying point.”

So, in the name of Mike LaCoss, here’s the Giants lineup, according to most games started:

C Bob Brenly
1B Will Clark
2B Robby Thompson
3B Kevin Mitchell
SS Jose Uribe
LF Jeffrey Leonard
CF Chili Davis
RF Candy Maldonado

SP Kelly Downs
SP Dave Dravecky
SP Atlee Hammaker
SP Mike Krukow
SP Mike LaCoss

Giants’ chemistry was ‘awesome’ [Inside Bay Area]

1987 San Francisco Giants Roster [Baseball Almanac]