Getting Real

Sorry I haven’t posted for over a week.  Would love to do this full time, but alas, I do have a life outside of baseball.  So much has happened in the past week.  Starting on a positive note, my boys took 2 of three from the D-Bags.  Just shows that if they put their minds to it, they can still win games, and even against good teams.

Unfortunately after that they lost 3 of 4 to the Reds.  That team is really amazing.  I was lucky enough to be able to attend 3 of the 4 Reds games (Monday night and the Double Header).  Yes, lucky.  I know most people wouldn’t think so, but even if they lose, I just love being in that park and watching my boys in person.  Monday I went with the bobblehead crew, and Ginny tagged along with us.  That game was tough.  We were trying to find anything to cheer for during that 11-0 loss.  People probably thought I was a lunatic!  Brian the Cynic kept texting me that we needed to leave once it hit 10 runs!  Didn’t think that was really going to happen!!  Poor Timmy – he didn’t get to revel in the no-hitter glory for long.

Then I went to the double header on Tuesday with Dan, Nick, and Keen.  We actually were there for the entirety of both games.  We probably would have left early though had it not been for the fact that they did so well in the second game, and we desperately wanted to be there for a win.  It really didn’t seem that long to us (well, maybe for Dan who was a real trooper and stayed with me).  So glad they pulled off that one win and we got to hear Tony sing.  We all had a really great time.  And I feel like we were a part of history as this was the first time ever that the Giants batted first at home.  They even wore their away uniforms!

Foodwise, I discovered a new AT&T Park taste sensation.  The strawberry shortcake is fabulous!!  And Dan had a Greek salad that he said was very yummy as well.  Nick ordered a chicken pot pie from the pub, and it tasted weird – vinegary.  Vinegar has no place in a chicken pot pie!  I would avoid that one.

The Biogenesis suspensions are finally starting.  Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the season.  That’s 65 games without pay.  May sound harsh, but he got the usual 100 day suspension reduced because he agreed not to appeal.  Sorry, but I don’t get why they are bargaining with a liar.  He lied when he first tested positive, and that should not be rewarded.  He finally admitted that he had “made some mistakes.”  That’s not a mistake – you willfully took steroids to have an unfair advantage in the game.  Nick mentioned that the fans in Milwaukee will probably still adore the guy.  I just don’t get that.  Guess it’s like people in the bay area who still love Barry Bonds.  Crazy.  Apparently there are several guys who are in a lot bigger trouble than Braun because not only is there evidence that they took steroids, they also tried to cover it up.  We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.  Hate this part of baseball.  The players themselves are finally getting tired of how this is making them look, so maybe they’ll put pressure on the union to accept tougher penalties.  We can always hope.

Everyone’s been asking me about what has happened to Brian Wilson.  Well, he’s finally healed enough that he’s ready to start showcasing his stuff.  But what’s really exciting is that he pitched in front of Dave Righetti and Billy Hayes!  The story is that Wilson asked them as a favor to watch him and give their feedback.  But I’m sure they took notice as the session went really well.  He’s set to showcase for other teams in the near future, so the Giants aren’t the only ones interested.  Two things on this:  One, thank goodness the Giants didn’t sign him for this season as he is just now ready to come back.  What a waste of money that would have been!  And two, even with all his pouting, I’m still hoping the guy will come back to the Giants.  Guess we’ll hear something in the next few weeks.  Keeping my fingers crossed that The Beard will make a return.

I’ve got a new spit count for you.  Here you go:

July 19th

Giants:

–          Sandoval 11

–          Posey 8

–          Belt 4

–          Scutaro 3

–          Lincecum 2

–          Gaudin 2

–          Francoeur 2 (poop)

–          Casilla 2

–          Kelly 2

–          Lopez 1

–          Quiroz 1

–          Affeldt 1

Diamondbacks:

–          Montero 11

–          Kennedy 6

–          Kubel 4

–          Hill 2

–          Bell 1

–          ? 1

Game Spit Master General = Tie between Sandoval and Montero at 11

That’s a total of 64 spits during a 2 hour and 45 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 2.6 minutes.

Another one bites the dust – Jeff Francoeur logged his first spits.  This was no surprise to me as I’d seen him spit in previous games when I hadn’t counted spits.  Still so disappointing.  And even though he didn’t show up in this count, Brandon Crawford has been observed spitting on several occasions recently.  That one’s really disappointing.  Guess being around all those spitters has rubbed off on the guy.  Resistance is futile.  There is hope, though, as I still haven’t observed Kensuke Tanaka spitting.  I’m also heartened by the fact that Timmy has definitely been spitting less on the mound this season (still bad in the dugout, though).

Besides obtaining Francoeur, Brian Sabean hasn’t made any trade moves or acquisitions  – yet.  What do you think?  Will we lose anyone soon for say a bat in left field or a reliever?  I’ve heard all the theories, but I just don’t know what to think.  The trade deadline is nearing, so if anything’s going to happen, it will happen soon.  Will definitely update you of anything I hear.

So I have a plan for my boys for the remainder of the season.  Instead of the goal being to win every game (which at this point is unrealistic – gotta be real sometimes), just try to take or tie every series.  If they can do this, they can end the season with 84 wins and at least give a respectable showing.  Even Madison Bumgarner mentioned this goal in a recent interview.  That’s still a lofty goal, especially since they have one of the hardest schedules in all of baseball for the remainder of the season, but mindset is everything, and I think they can do it.  Throw in a couple of sweeps and maybe we can even make the playoffs.  Always thinking positive here!  Can’t let those pesky Dodgers take it this season.  That would be a tragedy!  Let’s start by taking this weekend’s series vs. the Cubs.  Love Nate Schierholtz, but still wouldn’t mind seeing him get whomped!  Until next time, GO GIANTS!!

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