It WILL Get Better

It’s inevitable.  Every season seems to have a dry spell.  We’ve got one going on now.  The boys have been struggling this last week.  We all knew this was coming due to their tough schedule, but I don’t think anyone thought it would be this bad this soon.  That sweep by the Cubs was brutal, especially since we’re in a Wild Card battle with them.  Since I last blogged, we’ve gone 3 and 7.  Ugh!  But as we try to keep things positive here, at least all those games were close ones.  And we have had our share of injuries.  Angel Pagan has been struggling with lots of physical ailments, including bad knees.  He just doesn’t seem to have the hustle he usually does.  I’m kind of confused as to why he’s not given a rest and replaced by Gregor Blanco – maybe that’s coming. I’ve even heard some talk about Mac Williamson possible being called up.   Joe Panik is out with a bad back.  I really miss having his bat in the second spot in the lineup – he always keeps things moving.  Then the guy we just got to solve some of the pitching problems, Mike Leake, ends up pulling a hamstring after his first start as a Giant and lands on the DL.  So maybe if you keep all this in mind, things aren’t so bad.  They’ll get better once everyone is healthy, right?  But it’s so tough right now to be a Giants fan.  And having an off day after that sweep is making it even tougher.  Can’t wait for the next game to get that rotten taste out of our mouths.  We’ll all get through it together.  Gotta hang in there and keep the faith.

Speaking of the DL, did you see Nori Aoki get hit in the head by that pitch yesterday?  That was wicked!  On a positive note, it doesn’t seem to have been bad enough for him to go on the DL, though.  That guy is tough!

If you need something to cheer you up while we’re waiting for the boys to make a comeback, check this out.  It’s the video of Kelby Tomlinson getting his first Major League hit during his first Major League at bat.  I’ve been pulling for the guy all season as he was one of the kids whose autograph I got at Spring Training.  He came up when Joe Panik was placed on the DL.  I got to watch it all play out live.  What a beautiful moment.  And the best part of the whole thing was when they pulled away to the shots of his wife and his father-in-law in the stands while it was all playing out.  Plus I love how into it Kruk and Kuip got.  I can only imagine the emotions that were playing out – to work so hard all your life for one goal, to sacrifice so much, to struggle so much, to wonder if it is all worth it, then to have your dream finally come true.  You could almost feel all that through the TV set.  I love his wife’s comment about the whole ordeal:  “I’m still in disbelief.  It was all the emotions all at once.  It was so exciting.  I wanted to throw up.  I’m just so proud of him.”  I felt so bad when I heard that his parents couldn’t share in the moment in person at the park because they had such short notice of his call up and they couldn’t get off work in time.  But I’m sure they were watching at home showing similar emotions (probably making the neighbors wonder what all the ruckus was!).  I’m sure they’re also proud of the fact that Kelby dedicated his first hit to Kaiser Carlisle, the 9-year-old batboy for the Liberal Bee Jays, the collegiate summer league team that Tomlinson had played for.  Kaiser was struck in the head by a bat at a game and later died of his injuries.  Here’s the video dedication.  Very classy move by Tomlinson.  Looking forward to seeing all the Kelby “Clark Kent” glasses at AT&T Park soon.

In an attempt at continuing to keep your mind off of the last week, did you see Matt Duffy’s appearance on Intentional Talk?  If not, here you go.  What a total crackup!  But seriously, couldn’t they think of anything else to ask him about besides his cat?  The guy really gives a great interview, and they blew their chance at really getting to know more about him.  I did love his comment about how the cat “made a life decision and is losing some weight.”  Such a great sense of humor.  Matt also received more national recognition in a USA Today article about why he should be considered for Rookie of the Year over Joc Pederson and Kris Bryant.  Here’s the article.  I like it!  Boy’s finally getting the press he deserves.  What an amazing year that kid has had.  So glad he’s one of us.  And so glad Skeeter’s finally shedding some pounds!

I feel the need to comment on the bench clearing event that happened on July 31st during one of our games against the Rangers.  Here’s the video of the incident.  It’s not the first time Madison Bumgarner became incensed over a bat flip. The flipping this time was by Delino DeShields.  I always hate when guys’ tempers get the best of them.  But I’ve come to learn that it’s always the same thing that sets Madison off – a young rookie flipping a bat not because he hit a homerun off of Madison but because he didn’t launch a pitch he thought he should have.  Madison feels it’s disrespectful for a kid to do that to a veteran, and he lets guys know it.  Pretty old school of him, but I still hate to see him lose control.  Not a good look for us.  At least there weren’t any punches exchanged during this one.

Continuing with the diversion, I’ve got two new spit counts for you:

August 1st

Giants:

  • Sanchez 6
  • Duffy 5
  • Strickland 4
  • Wotus 2 (seeds)
  • Meulens 2
  • Bochy 2
  • Pagan 2
  • Casilla 2
  • Affeldt 1
  • Panik 1
  • Petit 1
  • Maxwell 1
  • Belt 1

Rangers:

  • Beltre 8
  • DeShields 4
  • Hamilton 3
  • Wilson 2
  • Banister 1
  • Odor 1 (what a tragic last name)
  • Moreland 1

Misc.:

  • Umpire 3

Game Spit Master General = Beltre at 8

Giants Game Spit Master General = Sanchez at 6

That’s a total of 53 spits during a 3 hour and 45 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 4.2 minutes.

I made a couple of interesting spit observations during this game.  Neither Cole Hamels nor Chris Heston, the two starting pitchers, logged a single spit today.  IT IS POSSIBLE, GUYS!!  Also, Hector Sanchez, today’s Giants Spit Master General and starting catcher, didn’t start spitting until the 10th inning.  What does this mean?  I know the trend is for spitting to increase as the game goes on, but why would you start that late?  And it was hot, so you would think he would want to conserve his fluids.  I don’t get it.  Do you spit more when you’re tired?  At least it did appear that Hector was not chewing tobacco during this game.  Hoping it’s the start of a trend.

August 3rd

Giants:

  • Belt 9
  • Leake 6 (seeds)
  • Cain 3
  • Duffy 3
  • Posey 2
  • Aoki 2
  • Romo 2
  • Tomlinson 2
  • Vogelsong 2
  • Meulens 1
  • Adrianza 1
  • Strickland 1 (*see below for a detailed description)
  • Wotus 1
  • Maxwell 1
  • Sanchez 1
  • Casilla 1
  • Petit 1
  • Bochy 1

Braves:

  • Pierzynski 7
  • Markakis 5
  • Peterson 5
  • Garcia 4
  • Johnson 3
  • Perez 2
  • Maybin 2
  • Detwiler 2
  • Gomes 1
  • Marksberry 1
  • Ciriaco 1

Game Spit Master General = Belt at 9

That’s a total of 73 spits during a 3 hour and 55 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 3.2 minutes.

Mike Leake logged his first spits as a Giant during this game, but all were captured while the camera was on him in the dugout and he was spitting out sunflower seeds.  Kelby Tomlinson also can add another first to his first Major League hit – his first appearance in my spit count!  When you join a team, beware of the camera in the dugout!  I’ll be watching!  Two of the Braves players have some disgusting spit habits:  Perez spat into his batting gloves and Pierzynski spat into his catcher’s mitt.

*I feel that the “spit” logged by Hunter Strickland during this game needs further explanation.  I have never experienced anything like this before.  The way the saliva exited his mouth was reminiscent of the most amazing spit take I’ve ever seen.  The notes I took that day on this one spit read “spray explosion”.  I have never seen spit travel and create such a wide, voluminous spray.  How can you have that much liquid in your mouth without drinking water (this particular spit occurred while he was on the mound)?  Incredible.  And disgusting.

Tomorrow brings us to the Astros series.  We’ve got to beat another playoff contender.  Hoping the rest and the trip home will do my boys some good.  At least the Dodgers have been doing their part and choking.  Still only 2.5 games behind them.  Sending positive thoughts to my boys so they can win some at home.  Until next time, GO GIANTS!!  WE KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!

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