I think Johnny Cueto is now officially my favorite guy on the team. I’m seriously considering buying a Cueto jersey. Isn’t this guy amazing?? I love the crazy way he pitches. So much entertainment value there. And even with that crazy, ever-changing delivery, he is so accurate. He had a perfect game going into the 5th inning today and a shutout into the 7th. And guys are always laughing when they try to bat off of him. And he’s always smiling. How could you not love this guy?? Then today, I realized that I enjoy his at bats just as much. He tries really hard. Mike Krukow mentioned that Roberto Kelly was giving signs, but Cueto wasn’t looking! And did you see him run out that bunt attempt today? Plus he got a hit! So much fun in one package! I can’t wait until he pitches again. I am so thrilled that he has joined OUR team!
OK. I’ll stop with the Cueto gushing. Other guys definitely contributed today to his win. Panik, Crawford (thank goodness you’re back), and Span all had amazing plays defensively. And we were able to score 4 runs off of Kazmir by keeping it moving. And even though Lopez gave us a scare in the 8th (it’s OK, Javi – everyone’s entitled to a bad game once in a while), the other relievers held the dreaded Dodgers so that we could log a win. So there’s that. That game definitely got rid of the sour taste in my mouth from the game yesterday. What were they doing yesterday? So much sloppy baseball! But today was great. I did a spit count during the game today, and usually when I do that I make notes at the bottom of my tally sheet on interesting things that happened during the game. Well, today’s had tons of notes on it, so I think I’ll put them all into one of my famous lists. Here you go:
- Cueto was wearing high socks today. I hadn’t noticed him do that before. It definitely worked for him, so I hope he continues.
- The broadcasters mentioned today that more Giants fans are being brave and wearing orange in Dodger Stadium. Maybe the fans there are starting to act more human. That would be nice. I’m still afraid to attend a game there again.
- Why do Dodgers fans boo Buster? I noticed it when I attended a game in LA and I’ve noticed it in every game televised from Dodger Stadium. He gets really loud boos compared to anyone else. Are there any Dodger fans out there who can comment on this? Is it because he’s so good? Is it because he’s too innocent looking for Dodger fans? I’m confused.
- Tim Lincecum’s name came up during the broadcast today. Mike Krukow mentioned that he keeps in touch with Dave Groeschner, the head trainer. They didn’t say what his status was, though. He still hasn’t had the pitching showcase he was supposed to have in January that keeps getting delayed. I’m hoping for the best for the kid. Opening Day without him was really strange. Sigh.
- There was a great Krukow quote during this game about how Cueto changes it up on guys: “Jam sandwich – thanks for stopping by!” Love Krukisms.
- I’m really enjoying Jeremy Affeldt in the pre- and post-game shows. It’s great to get a reliever’s perspective, and he is so entertaining and kooky. Love how they were blaming all the scuds during the game today on him. Even though he’s not on the team any more, he’s still the butt of all the jokes!
- I love that the outfielders are doing the jump again when they win. They meet in the middle of the outfield and jump high toward each other. They had stopped for a while last season when Aoki joined the outfield, and they were shaking hands instead. Jumping > handshake. Span really gets into it.
Here’s another spit count for you. So far all three this season have been against the Dodgers:
- Cueto 26 (!!!!)
- Span 4
- Belt 2
- Wotus 2 (seeds)
- Strickland 2
- Panik 1
- Posey 1
- Casilla 1
- Seager 4
- Thompson 3
- Kershaw 1
- Pederson 1
- Culberson 1 (into batting glove)
Game Spit Master General = Cueto at 26
That’s a total of 49 spits during a 3 hour and 30 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 4.3 minutes.
So my boy Cueto may unfortunately be the overall Spit Master this season with that outing. His spit output definitely increased as the game wore on, especially after the 4th inning. Thankfully he doesn’t appear to be chewing tobacco, though. Hope he switches over to gum – I noticed that after he started chewing gum in the dugout he didn’t spit as much. Still no spits from Gregor, Brandon C., Hunter, and Javi. Hope they can all make it to the end of the season spit-free.
I’ve got all the spit certificates ready to send out this week – Spit Master General Award for Andrew Susac (will have to send his to Sacramento) and Thank You For Not Spitting Awards to Javier Lopez (hope it makes up for the game today), Jake Peavy, and Gregor Blanco (for the 5th time). Hope Samardzija can carry the Cueto momentum into tomorrow and get a win for us. Looking forward to finally getting a chance to watch him pitch. Until next time, GO GIANTS! TAKE THE SERIES FROM THE DODGERS! PUT US BACK IN THE LEAD OF THE NL WEST ALONE!