The First Annual Say Hey Awards

January 5, 2008

So apparently, the cool thing to do on the interblognets around the turn of the calendar year is to look back on the year that was. Thus, we’re proud to present the first annual Say Heys, est. 1959.

The “One Shining Moment” Award for the Best Montage: the new pre-game introduction video at the Warriors games

The 2 Girls, 1 Cup Award for the Most Cringe-Inducing Moment: 756!

The Max Power Award for Best Nickname: Stephen Jackson, aka Captain Jack

The Baron Davis Award for the Best Beard: Baron Davis

The Rod Beck Award for Most Lovable Giants Pitcher: Matt Cain

The Atlee Hammaker/Salomon Torres Award for the Most _____ Giants Pitcher: Barry Zito (Runner-up, somehow: Trent Dilfer)

The Teri Schiavo Award for the Most Overexposed Vegetable: Barry Bonds

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The Bay Area Did Not Win A Professional Sporting Contest In October

November 5, 2007

Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please. After this past summer of painful baseball at Pac Bell and the Coliseum, we really didn’t think it could get worse.

We were wrong.

During the month of October, not one sports team in the 415 or 510 area code won a single game. (And November ain’t off to such a hot start either.)

  • A’s: n/a
  • Giants: n/a
  • Warriors: 0-3.
  • 49ers: 0-4.
  • Raiders: 0-4.
  • For the heck of it, we’ll even toss in Cal football: 0-3.

Conclusion: it’s time for the San Francisco Rumble and the ABA. That, or hockey.

Rod Beck, Remembered.

September 20, 2007

This is probably the best tribute to Rod Beck we’ve seen. It’s just from Fox Bay Area’s feed from the Giants’ own tribute earlier this summer. Watching those highlights makes us feel warm and cozy. Seems like a lifetime ago.

Mike Krukow said it well: “A good friend, a great Giant.”

Of course, then Duane Kuiper chimed in: “Rod Beck! No longer with us.”

Yes, Shooter was certainly one of a kind.

Leah Garchik Loves Barry Zito

September 19, 2007

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… Or Barry Zito has a very good publicist.

To wit, here is part of the Chronicle columnist’s article today:

Meanwhile, photographs by pitcher Barry Zito (quickly becoming a boldface regular) are featured in the first issue of the Men’s Book, San Francisco magazine’s new periodical offspring. Two of the pitcher’s shots are of himself, one’s a woman pulling down her dress and the third’s a teammate in what appears to be the bathroom. “If his pitches miss the mark on game day, he has the lens to fall back on,” says the magazine.

And the following excerpt was in yesterday’s column:

Montblanc is making a series of special edition pens, the sale of each (for $615) to include $149 to be donated to UNICEF. Famous individuals from all around the country are donating their signatures to be engraved on these pens. The Bay Area’s chosen personality – drum roll begins here and gets louder – is Barry Zito.

And two weeks ago, during the Barry Bonds ceremony, guess who had a cameo?

Despite this season’s showing, the honoree’s teammates, who arrived together in a bus, strolled in to awestruck gasps, and Barry Zito was immediately surrounded by admirers. I asked if he minded that by the time he’d become a Giant, the team, the “Bar-ree, Bar-ree” chant had been taken. “I think I got Zito,” he said. “Two syllables, that works.” That “admirers” is meant literally; he’s rock-star handsome with a kind of mane of shiny brown hair. “Great use of gel,” I said to my pal S.C. “Great use of genetics,” she said.

Conclusion: Barry Zito is a PR machine and Leah Garchik hearts him.

And here we thought that he had shed his “Rick Vaughn from Major League 2″ status. Is it possible that we were … wrong?

Nick Swisher Is Awesome.

September 18, 2007

During the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Rangers, Nick Swisher showcased one of the better mound assaults we’ve ever seen.

The background: Swisher hit a home run in each of the first three games of the four-game series. When Vicente Padilla hit him in his first at-bat on Sunday, it was the third time in the last three games that Swisher had been hit, so Nick being a real man, he charged the mound like no other.

The dropping of the shoulder really makes it special.

UPDATE: Padilla suspended seven games; Swisher three.

Nostalgia: Whatever Happened To … Brian Johnson?

September 14, 2007

It seems like yesterday, but Brian Johnson’s epic game-winning homerun took place nearly a decade ago, almost to the day. Has it really been ten years?

Johnson grew up in Oakland, attending Skyline High School. He lettered in the three major sports, and was even Gary Payton’s backup on the hoops team. Interestingly enough, his best sport was probably football, as he earned a full scholarship to Stanford, where he was the starting quarterback during his first three seasons. In the meantime, he led the Cardinal baseball team to a pair of College World Series championships. The fun part: he played seven positions–all but catcher and second base.

Johnson was drafted by the Yankees in the 1989 Draft. He soon returned to catching duties, despite not playing catcher since high school. He cracked the big leagues in 1994, with the San Diego Padres.

But his moment in the sun was September 18, 1997. We’ll let the Giants official site do the honors:

After more than four hours of baseball, the teams were still stuck at five runs each when Johnson came to the plate to lead off the bottom of the 12th. Reliever Mark Guthrie threw one pitch, and Johnson clobbered it. It rode toward the wall in left, but having already seen an earlier Dodgers blow to nearly the same spot look like a sure home run, only to be knocked down by the Candlestick Park wind, the 52,140 in attendance held their breath.

When the ball cleared the fence and landed in the left-field bleachers, the ballpark erupted. It’s possible cars on nearby Highway 101 thought an earthquake was happening as the frenzied crowd celebrated wildly while Johnson circled the bases. The catcher later said he didn’t even feel his feet hitting the ground as he ran, and when he crossed the plate, his teammates mobbed him. The scoreboard itself almost seemed alive as it displayed the current NL West standings, with the Giants and Dodgers in a flat-footed tie.

That was the season of Dustiny. And no one epitomized that feeling more than Brian Johnson.

Giants Roundup: Rebuilding Edition

September 13, 2007
  • With last night’s loss to the Diamondbacks, the Giants were officially eliminated from the playoffs, about three months after they were unofficially eliminated. Of note: Jonathan Sanchez had some bright moments in his start and hard-throwing rookie Erick Threets made his major league debut in the ninth inning. [SFGate]
  • Rajai Davis keeps going and going and going and going … [SJ Merc]
  • Nate Schierholtz is hitting .391 since being recalled from Fresno. The Danville native and San Ramon Valley High alum doesn’t even wear batting gloves. The funny thing is that he has an endorsement with Franklin batting gloves. That Nate: he’s cah-razy! [SFGate]
  • Jonathan Sanchez: our Little Unit? [McCovey Chronicles]
  • The Giants could certainly look to Arizona’s successful rebuilding project. [Giants Talk]
  • Looking back on the season, here are some of the good moves made by the Giants’ braintrust: the Morris-Davis move, sticking with Hennessey as the closer, signing Molina and the handling of Tim Lincecum. [El Lefty Malo]
  • Ex-Giant Todd Linden notched the winning hit for Marlins in yesterday’s game against the Nationals. 76,000 empty seats and 375 fans were in attendance. [The FanHouse]
  • A whole roundup talking about the young guys…