Key Series This Weekend

Sorry I haven’t blogged for awhile.  Hubby and I went on vacation for a week, and I was pretty much off the internet.  Ginny was a true friend while I was away and gave me updates on the boys every day.  I was so bummed that I missed Angel’s inside-the-park-home-run.  That would have been amazing to watch.  Unfortunately, they went 2 and 5 while I was on vacation.  So I’ve got to get back to work and get them revved up for some wins so we can take back 1st place from the D-Bags.  This weekend’s series is so important in that respect.  Got to get it together and sweep those guys!

Noticed that Ramon Ramirez was back in the lineup magically when I got back from vacation.  He came up for the injured Santiago Casilla.  Hope he can help out the bullpen which has been pretty taxed of late.  Welcome back, Ramon!

The Giants chose Christian Arroyo from Florida as their first round draft pick the other day.  Here’s what Baseball America’s scouting report says about the kid:  “At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Arroyo has surprising pop and grades out as a solid-average hitter if not a tick better. He wants to play shortstop and has excellent hands, a quick release and instincts that allow him to make all the routine plays and some spectacular ones. Still, few scouts see him as a shortstop in the big leagues. Those who don’t think he can catch see him as a tweener, not quick enough for second and not powerful enough for third base. Arroyo is a Florida recruit.”  Doesn’t sound so spectacular, but you really can’t question the ability of those scouts to chose talent with the likes of Buster, Timmy, Matty, Brandons, Sergio, and Madison (did I forget anyone??) on their resumes.  Will be interesting to see how this kid works out if he does indeed sign with the Giants.

Learned something the other day from the game where Yadier Molina was out at first on a fabulous throw made by Brandon Crawford.  Molina proceeded to slam his helmet to the ground with both hands and was ejected from the game by the first base umpire.  The announcers were saying that you are not automatically ejected for throwing equipment (you usually only receive a fine), and they thought Molina threw the helmet in frustration over the fact that he didn’t start running to first immediately after hitting the ball, thinking (stupidly!) that the amazing Crawford could not make the play.  Lesson – don’t underestimate Brandon Crawford’s abilities!  It also looked to me like Molina threw the helmet in frustration over his mistake, not in protest over the umpire’s out call (instant replay showed he was definitely out).  I tried to find the rules for thrown equipment in the MLB official rules, but I couldn’t come up with anything.  I did, however, find this rule, Rule 9.01d:  “Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager or substitute for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language, and to eject such disqualified person from the playing field.”  Seems to me that this rule would allow the umpire to eject him whether he was protesting the call or not – he still showed unsportsmanlike conduct by slamming the helmet.  And really, it’s not the umpire’s job to decide what was going on in his head at the time.  He’s got to make that call.  Not only was Molina ejected from that game, he was also suspended one game and fined for contact with the umpire in the melee that ensued after the ejection call.  My comments on this – CONTROL YOURSELF!!!  Nothing justifies that sort of behavior, especially when you know there will be consequences that affect your team, and besides the fact that kids are watching, looking to you as an example of good sportsmanship.  Plus, he looked like a maniac!  Molina is appealing the ruling, and the appeal decision has not come through yet.

I have a spit count for you, in case you are having withdrawals.  Here you go:

June 1st

Giants:

–          Scutaro 4

–          Quiroz 3

–          Bochy 3

–          Bumgarner 2

–          Vogelsong 1

–          Sandoval 1

–          Arias 1

–          Posey 1

–          Lincecum 1

Cardinals:

–          Wainwright 18

–          Molina 10

–          Holliday 4

–          Beltran 3

–          Descalso 3

–          Matheny 1

–          Carpenter 1

–          ? 1

–          ? 1

–          ? 1

Misc.:

–          Umpire 4

Game Spit Master General = Wainwright at 18

Giants Game Spit Master General = Scutaro at 4

That’s a total of 64 spits during a 2 hour and 35 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 2.4 minutes.

Kudos to the Giants for a pretty low spitting game (relatively).  Lots of the Cardinals were caught chewing sunflower seeds and spitting them out (especially Beltran and Molina).  Guess that’s not as bad as chewing tobacco, but it’s still gross.  And I apologize for the 3 unidentified Cardinals caught spitting, but they kept turning the cameras to the Cardinals’ dugout and finding the newer players, and I didn’t recognize any of them.  Also, since it was a Bumgarner game, I did a snot rocket count – 4.  Pretty low for him.

Now I’m going to take a moment to speak directly to my boys.  OK, Guys.  This series against the D-Bags is BIG!!  Matty, Madison, and Chad – you really need to step up your game.  Chad – just continue the amazing work that you did last time you pitched.  You really came through for us!  Matty and Madison – please, try not to do that “one killer bad inning” thing!  Stay focused and crush those guys!  Know that I’m at home rooting my heart out for you, punching my rubber snake.  Please, all three of you – BEWARE THE GOLDSCHMIDT!!  And all the rest of you – please back up your pitchers with some runs!  I know the D-Bags’ pitching staff is pretty amazing, but you can do it.  You’ve done it before.  Now go on out there, and get a sweep!  That will put us back in first place!  I know you guys can do it!  GO GIANTS!!  BEAT THE D-BAGS!!

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