I wasn’t expecting any news so quickly after the Melancon signing, but Bobby Evans is definitely still at it. This time the news isn’t as jaw dropping, though. Chris Heston was traded to the Mariners today for a “player to be named later”. It sounds like this was done in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Melancon. I’ll never forget that no hitter he pitched 2 seasons ago, a prospect coming out of nowhere to help out in the rotation. But he couldn’t handle being in the bullpen last season, his numbers weren’t anywhere near what they were in 2015, plus he spent most of the year on the DL with an oblique strain. Hope he does well up there – apparently he’ll have a much better chance of getting on the 25-man roster in Seattle. Good luck, Chris. Thanks for the wonderful memories from that amazing game. Now we just have to wait and see who that mystery player we’re getting will be.
I got a little more insight into the character of Mark Melancon from an interview that Tom Tolbert and John Lund from KNBR did with him. That guy is definitely a thrill seeker! He and his wife came up with a mutual bucket list when they got married. Some of the things they have already crossed off are a safari, skydiving (only him), they rode down the most dangerous road in Bolivia on bikes, going in a shark cage, and a blimp ride. Another he hasn’t yet done is going backstage at a concert, and he asked Tom and John if they could help him with that one. He also mentioned that winning a World Series and meeting a president were also on there. Hey, he could accomplish both with the Giants in one season! And just in case you were wondering, his walk-up song is “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. He mentioned that Ryan Vogelsong helped sway him to join the Giants (they played on the Pirates together). In fact, he said Ryan spoke of the Giants so much he started to get sick of it! LOL! Really looking forward to getting to know Mark better and watching him pitch FOR US!!
Another rumor that I’m not really surprised about is that Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo, and Javier Lopez will most likely not be back next season. After last year’s bullpen train wreck, I can’t say I’m very upset about this. The blown saves killed Casilla’s chances of returning, Lopez’s ERA skyrocketed to 4.05, and Romo was starting to be predictable (plus his bad attitude and disrespect of Bochy started getting on my nerves). Changes had to be made, and the Giants are opting to go with the youngins. I’ll always remember the significant contributions that all three made to us winning those three rings. I’m pretty sure if they want to continue playing, they will be picked up by some other team. And when he retires, I’m sure Javi could easily slip into a broadcasting role – that dude is so intelligent!
The World Baseball Classic is back next season, running from March 6 – 22. Last time it happened, several Giants players were involved, and there was some discussion about whether it negatively affected their seasons because of the increased playing time coming off an already extended season. But they’re back at it again this year. So far Buster will definitely be playing for the U.S., Johnny Cueto will pitch for the Dominican Republic, and Albert Suarez will play for Venezuela. Brandon Crawford may also play for the U.S. I love the fact that these guys will be representing their countries, but please, please, please, don’t get hurt!! My favorite part of the WBC last time was watching the Latin fans in the stands – those folks love their baseball and show so much energy and emotion! Fun times! I hope some of the games are televised next year.
Will continue to keep you posted on the moving and shaking going on with my boys. Until next time, GO GIANTS!!