THE LA DODGERS AND MIND CONTROL

“I had been aware for years that many pro players, particularly LaSorda’s Dodgers, were mind-controlled and triggered to win or lose according to their owners’ bets and favors. The Dodgers, Reagan’s “favorite American pastime” ball team continuously won, including the World Series during his Administration.”

I KNEW THEY WERE CHEATING!

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The fact is that I was raised as a SF Giants fan with the rivalry deeply instilled in my soul  but even if that wasn’t the case I would still feel the same about Tommy Lasorda and the Dodgers.

Even if my loyalty to the Giants didn’t drive my intense dislike and mistrust of the bastards in blue I would still know that these were not good people.

I wouldn’t put anything past Tommy Lasorda and apparently neither would he.  These shocking revelations about Steve Garvey, his wife and their two young daughters being involved in not only porn but perverted sex forced by non other than Lasorda?  Mind blowing but most likely true.

I realize that this stuff is too insane to be true but it has been verified.

 

http://earthsfinaldays.com/mind_control1.htm

THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA

BY CATHY OBRIEN

CHAPTER 9 – RONALD REAGAN’S AMERICAN DREAM: A PANDORA’S BOX OF NIGHTMARES

Dante’s Connecticut Italian roots are in the Mafia, and it was a well-established fact that organized crime and government had a close working relationship where criminal covert activities were concerned, I met many of Dante’s associates, and we already shared a few common contacts who were conduits between the Mafia and CIA. These included Congressman Guy VanderJagt, former President Gerald Ford, then Governor of Pennsylvania Dick Thornburgh, Congressman Jim Traficant, Congressman Gary Ackerman, and Ronald Reagan.
Dame related to me,

“When Reagan was Governor (of California), we went to Dodger (baseball) games together and sat in the Press Box. I got to know him real well and we got along. So, he and Tommy (LaSorda, Dodger manager and their mutual friend) and I would continue partying after the game. I brought him a few girls (slaves) and we did business. Really. Tommy LaSorda brought us together-you’ll like him. I’ll take you to meet him. We’ll go to games together all the time, every chance we get. You’ll love that, won’t you, Baby? You like a Press Box, Baby? Dick says you do.”

I wasn’t surprised that Dick Thornburgh had talked about his previous, perverse sexual activity with me at a baseball game back East any more than I was surprised to learn that Dante knew Thornburgh through their mutual political and baseball ties.

Dick Thomburgh was Governor of Pennsylvania during my tenure as a Presidential Model mind-controlled slave. He used his influence to bring Houston into Pennsylvania state and county fairs year after year for the purposes of cocaine and pornography distribution, as well as for prostitution of me to him on a regular basis. Thornburgh was a heavy cocaine user, and was deeply involved in CIA covert activities-particularly Project Monarch. He was a firm believer in mind control, not only for sex training and government operations, but for sports. An avid baseball fan, Thornburgh had much to share with Reagan, Dante and LaSorda,

I had been giving Handwriting Analysis lectures on NCL’s Norway cruise ship (my cover for covert operation) in 1987, and Thornburgh and his friend Chicago Cubs Baseball Scout Jim Zerilla were in attendance. Afterward, Zerilla offered me a job with the Baseball Commission analyzing handwriting of their “million dollar babies” baseball players before they were signed up. Thomburgh explained that the job may not fit into my schedule. Nevertheless, we met on several occasions during the course of the cruise, always for sex, but business was discussed as well.
My programmed mind contained a “baseball computer” that was created for Reagan, and used by many including Thornburgh, LaSorda, Dante”, and Zerilla.

 It was packed with the binds of statistics in which they were interested; the codes, keys, triggers and hand signals of certain mind-controlled baseball players. Zerilla and Thomburgh were cruising en route to the Dominican Republic to the CIA baseball mind-control farm to scout out new slaves. They talked excitedly about the prospect of winning large sums of money through gambling on rigged games. I had been aware for years that many pro players, particularly LaSorda’s Dodgers, were mind-controlled and triggered to win or lose according to their owners’ bets and favors. The Dodgers, Reagan’s “favorite American pastime” ball team continuously won, including the World Series during his Administration.

 The Mafia was in on the bet rigging, and information was passed to certain ones through Thornburgh and others as gleaned from my “baseball computer” programming.

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Los Angeles Dodgers

Extract: Thanks for the Memories: The Memoirs of Bob Hope’s and Henry Kissinger’s mind control slave by Brice Taylor

Chapter Twenty-six:

Dodger Diamonds The following information documents some, but by no means all, of the experiences I recovered in relation to my use with Tommy Lasorda and the Los Angeles Dodgers. I have randomly selected specific events I believe will aid you the reader in understanding just how far mind control, gone unchecked, has proliferated.

Tommy Lasorda gave a new meaning to the Dodger lineup. Instead of the Dodgers lining up, it was women and children lining up for the baseball team to choose from, for sex. A Dodger incentive to do better – to win more! If they won, they got to choose – if they lost, no women.

“Dodger diamonds” had a double meaning. In addition to the baseball diamond as on a baseball field, in my experience, it also referred to the “Dodger Diamonds,” the mind-controlled women the Dodgers could select from for sex. Lasorda often spoke in cryptic language, intended to manipulate and inspire the Dodgers. Here’s an example. One evening as he spoke to the team, he said, “If you play good on the Dodger diamond (the playing field), you will get in return a ‘Dodger Diamond”‘ (a sex slave). Presidential model sex slaves often wore diamonds as program identifiers. My daughter and I wore diamonds, as well.

Back in the men’s locker room when the women and children in the “Dodger lineup” were in their places, Lasorda would point to a woman or child who had been ‘chosen’ by a player and say, “he’ll take that one.” He never referred to anyone by name – always just pointed and said, “That one.” It was part of the “game” they played after a win. The Dodgers weren’t allowed to just go up and pick one of us. They had to tell Lasorda who they wanted and then he would make the announcement. We then stepped forward to the player we were chosen by and went with him to another room, corner or wherever he pleased. Sometimes the locker room was filled with Dodgers having sex with women and children at the 7th inning stretch, to “inspire and invigorate the team,” as Lasorda would say. But most of the time it was done after a winning game.

Sometimes I got stuck with that little short guy – the one that walked like a duck to first base. His name was Ron Cey. He would often pick me from the lineup. After I was chosen, he would lean against the wall with one arm and talk casually to me for a minute before he had sex with me. He was impressed with how well I could have sex standing up against the wall. He also liked my hair and the whole idea that I was married. He seemed to know all about me, while I knew nothing about him, except that he smelled like sweat and was really gross to the personality inside me who was created especially for this Dodger purpose.

Cyndy Garvey (Steve Garvey’s now ex-wife) was often part of the “Dodger lineup” of women and children to be chosen by the Dodgers for sex after a winning game. My daughter Kelly was also occasionally used. They usually put Krisha and Whitney (the Garvey’s young daughters) into the lineup. The players who performed the best during the game got to choose first.

One night when they put Krisha and Whitney in the lineup, it was Whitney’s first night. She was now “old enough” to participate, in spite of the fact that she was only four or five years old. Cyndy started screaming, “No, not Whitty!” (That was the nickname she called Whitney.) Two men stepped forward and grabbed Cyndy by the arms and whisked her away. They took her into the next room and we could all hear her screaming. It was awful.

“If you step out of line, you always pay the price, maybe with your life.” Lasorda said. Then they took Whitney out of the line and into a side room, and we could all hear her screaming and crying. Lasorda said to those of us remaining, “We won’t have that problem anymore, will we.” He was very brutal.

When they brought Cyndy back into the room, Lasorda said Cyndy’s behavior had caused Whitney to get hurt. He said, “If the mother had acted respectably, there wouldn’t have been a problem.”

When they brought Whitney back out, she could barely walk. She didn’t make it into the lineup that night; she was too injured.

I experienced and witnessed these types of horrors that kept me from ever interfering with what they were doing to my children, especially Kelly. I knew from experience that they would hurt her worse if I ever tried to protect her.

On nights the Dodgers lost, there was no Dodger lineup game and we would all go home, but not before the Dodgers saw us lined up and then leaving. Tommy said he wanted the boys to learn from their mistakes and to have incentive to win big. “Big wins equals big bucks,” Lasorda said.

Tommy Lasorda and others humiliated Cyndy. They brought me into the locker room and put me up against the shower wall. They put Cyndy across the room but close by, and they brought Steve in. He had sex with me standing up against the wall. Cyndy was forced to watch and then someone, usually Lasorda, would tell her she wasn’t good enough or enough of a woman for Steve. They told her she was stupid and backward. Then Lasorda slapped her across the face really hard. I don’t know why they did that, but they did it to me also and I watched other women get slapped often. While this was going on, Steve was laughing sadistically. Cyndy looked like she wasn’t really “there.” Soon after, Tommy Lasorda took her out and sat her behind the dug out where she usually sat during the games – being the dutiful and supportive Dodger wife.

On nights like these, Tommy gave the press orders not to talk to or interview Cyndy. He told them if they did he would have them thrown out of the ballpark and he would have their job. If they asked why, he would say, “She’s not quite herself tonight.”

In line with the information about Project Monarch, some rich people actually own certain Dodger players and their children. Often it’s cryptically called “sponsoring,” but it’s really ownership (much like owning a racehorse) because the owner makes all the decisions about the players life without the knowledge or consent of the player. When the player does well, the owner collects large sums of money from behind the scenes.

Steve Garvey, his (now ex) wife Cyndy, and their two children were “sponsored” (owned) by some wealthy person and from what I saw, the family was manipulated much the same way mine was, through mind control, for the financial benefit of others.

One night I watched, as I waited for the “lineup,” while Lasorda was coaching the team. He chalked a diagram of the field onto a large chalkboard. The Dodgers were all sitting on a bench in front of him. Lasorda spoke in funny rhymes to some of the players, rhymes that didn’t make much sense to me. It seemed that the players were like robots that were robotically manipulated by the words Lasorda spoke to them. I overheard him say, “Steve (Garvey), you will hit a home run. Ron (Cey), you will bunt since you’re a runt. Only runts bunt.” And he went on and on like that, seeming to program the plays into the players.

I never did end up watching much of the ballgames. If I tried I couldn’t concentrate to watch because I was programmed to not see the players or to recognize them if I should see them. I was pre-programmed to not look at the Dodgers with the phrase, “there will be blood everywhere, if you continue to stare,” or “you won’t recognize them anywhere, you won’t even know they are there.” People who didn’t know how I was programmed often teased me about my inability to follow or understand baseball games. One time, after attending games for a long time, I asked my husband and the couple that was with us, “Who are those men down there in suits?”

They looked at me like I was retarded and laughed in embarrassment for my question, and then explained, “Those are the umpires.” I didn’t know. I was just obeying program.

Craig took me to the Dodger games, but I never wanted to go. I hated to go, but had no reason I could “think” of for not liking or attending the games. Sometimes our small children would go with us, and then they would show up in the “Dodger lineup” to be used by the Dodgers for sex. I felt very out of control, despite the mind control I was under. Personalities inside of me didn’t know how my children got there or how they would get home or if they would be safe or killed. Craig stood and watched like a zombie and often had this strange, nervous laugh that happened when he was anxiously trying to be a part of things. We were both totally helpless to think or act in order to protect our children or ourselves.

Tommy Lasorda was connected to a lot of mob-type men. They were always around Dodger Stadium in their suits with concealed weapons.

At times there were secret, private meetings at Dodger Stadium during the games. Sometimes the meetings were between politicians and at other times there were meetings where drug deals took place, or meetings between mob members and other top leaders in politics and/or the entertainment field. These meetings often took place during the time the games were being played. In the early years, money was transferred for drugs, illegal stocks, bonds, or other investments. Money in briefcases was exchanged for something in another briefcase. In my experience, this could have been anytime from 1976 on. Bob Hope was limo ed in just for a brief exchange and then left quickly. He had a thing for Cyndy, always kissing her and touching her breasts while she just stood robotically.

Whoever owned the Dodgers at one time used to come into the big fancy restaurant there at Dodger Stadium or into the locker room. Many times Bob Hope would limo me in and give me specific instructions on how to seduce this man and ask him key questions or deliver messages. One owner had dark skin, dark hair, was average build, and always wore a suit and dark glasses. He liked it when I took his glasses off his face, laid them down and started kissing him. He wore strong cologne and black underwear, and had a holder for a gun he carried on his ankle. I was used to “disarming” men by “carefully” removing their weapons while I was seducing and disrobing them. I was instructed to do that sometimes for people who wanted others eliminated. They sent me in to seduce and disarm the person and then they would send in a hit man. I wasn’t functional for days after one of these events so they quit using me for that type of assignment.

This particular Dodger owner didn’t like to be seen in public. He didn’t operate alone and had a company of mob-type men who worked for him. One day Bob Hope sent me in to “console” him. He was sitting alone on a locker room bench. I walked up to him and put my hand on his back so as not to startle him. He knew me and thought I worked for Lasorda. So, he let me go through my routine as I kissed him, rubbed his neck, and got him calm and relaxed. Then he said, “Let’s get out of here.” And he took me to a room at the stadium that is plush with a big bed in it. He ordered a bottle of champagne and caviar from the restaurant and we got it quickly. I used the little white pills I was instructed to place in drinks to get the most cooperation when I was sent in to gather information. He had sex with me and afterwards I asked him questions about a Colombian drug connection. I asked him where the transactions were taking place and he said, “Jamaica.” Then I asked him when they were taking place and he answered, “in the spring when the apple blossoms are on the trees.” And I asked him “who” and he told me, “Tommy’s group and the Feds.” It seemed like everyone always knew everyone else.

Reagan came to the Stadium on occasion. He often met with Hope. They met in the restaurant there when the restaurant was closed to the general public and made plans. I know because I was witness to their conversations as I sat with them. Sometimes my job was to listen and correct them if anything they said went against something in my data/mind files. These deals were connected up to whoever was in the White House at the time. Reagan, Ford, and Bush were all there at different times. With the Presidents, it seemed that there was already built into this corrupt drug/porn network a place or slot for the highest levels of government – the President – because the people who were Presidents came and went, but the job they did was always the same. It seemed like the stadium was a place where they could meet undetected or something.

On occasion I was flown away in a helicopter with Secret Service agents and taken to DC and debriefed or given new information to deliver somewhere else around the country. Then I was flown home.

Leaders from all over met at the Dodger Stadium. It was where the U.S. Government, White House level and state level, met with the Mob drug connections and made “deals.” These deals were made with people and leaders from all over the world. No one ever knew they were there as they were limoed or helicoptered in and out at precise times–carefully coordinated and timed by the Secret Service.

 

During the time Steve Garvey was playing for the Dodgers he had an office in Calabasas that was used by him and the group that controlled him for illegal activities and pornography-adult and kiddy porn. I was filmed pornographically in Steve’s so-called office with a variety of people, including himself, his wife, and his children. Even my own children were pornographically filmed there at different times.

Sometimes they filmed my daughter Kelly with Whitney and Krisha in kiddie porn. Lots of other children were filmed pornographically including our oldest son Kevin. But these weren’t filmed at Dodger Stadium; instead they were filmed in private offices or homes.

Cyndy and I were filmed together in porn, at Steve’s office. We both had little skimpy French maid aprons on and nothing else. Cyndy wore something like a black eye mask, maybe in their effort to disguise her. She had a bowl of whipped cream that she held and smeared all over her body and I was forced to lick it off of her while they filmed. I was told beforehand what to do and say. They took close up shots when I was commanded to perform oral sex on her.

There was other pornography shot during this time, beginning in the 1980’s. When my daughter Kelly was old enough (3 and up) they began filming Cyndy, our daughters, and myself. A title to one of these films was Mommy and Me.

Porn of Cyndy and I was filmed on a private beach in Malibu. I was picked up in a white van and at other times was picked up by a limo. Cyndy, some dogs, and I were running naked on the beach while they filmed us. Some of this was filmed in the “Colony” in front of one of Barbra Streisand’s homes. Barbra wasn’t home when they took us to do the porn.

“Our love must not be a thing of words and fine talk. It must be a thing of action and sincerity.” – I John 3:18

 

From “Greatest Dodger Brawls and Fights” http://www.dodgerblues.com/content/features_fights.html#marshall-sf

 

August 20, 1978

Don Sutton, the ace right-hander, and Steve Garvey, the power-hitting first baseman, were never close. Despite his outgoing personality that made him popular with the fans, Garvey wasn’t particularly well-liked by his teammates. Usually players kept quiet, but when Sutton criticized him in a Washington Post story that was picked up across the country, Garvey snapped. He confronted Sutton in the visitors’ clubhouse at Shea Stadium and Sutton confirmed he had made the comments. The argument escalated from there, with Sutton enraging Garvey by making a vulgar remark about Garvey’s wife.

Garvey recalled the incident: “It was, did you say this? And if you did, why? Then he started to bring her (Cyndy) into it. … He poked me in the chest and that was it. All of a sudden, we were pushing and shoving. I got scratched in the eye.” They were locked together, rolling on the floor for several minutes before teammates pulled them apart. As one player said, “Hey, this team is always hugging (after home runs). Those guys were just hugging on the floor.”

http://www.dodgerblues.com/content/features_moments.html#sutcliffe > Lasorda goes on Kurt Bevacqua tirade

According to some, it all began when Tom Niedenfuer was fined $500 for hitting a San Diego batter. Outfielder Kurt Bevacqua told the press: “They ought to fine that fat little Italian, too. He ordered it.” Soon Lasorda was asked his opinion of Bevacqua. The rest is history.

TL: BLEEPING Bevacqua, who couldn’t hit water if he fell out a BLEEPING boat.

TL: And I guaran-BLEEPING-tee you this, when I pitched and I was gonna pitch against a BLEEPING team that had guys on it like Bevacqua, I’d send a BLEEPING limosine to get the BLEEPER to make sure he was in the mother BLEEPING lineup because I’d kick that BLEEPER’s ass any BLEEPING day of the week. He’s a BLEEPING motherBLEEPING bigmouth, I’ll tell you that.

 

Tommy Lasorda — I Hope V. Stiviano Gets HIT BY A CAR

http://www.tmz.com/2014/05/07/tommy-lasorda-v-stiviano-hit-by-a-car-donald-sterling/

  1. Stiviano might wanna stay away from the Dodger Stadium parking lot … because Tommy Lasorda says he strongly believes she deserves to BE HIT BY A CAR!!!

Tommy did an interview with WPBF25 in West Palm Beach about Donald Sterling — his self-described “friend” for 30 years.

Lasorda says he wasn’t surprised by Donald’s racist comments but says, “He just hurt himself by talking too much.”

But the most shocking part of the interview came when he turned his attention to V. Stiviano — and #2 revealed his death wish for the woman who captured Sterling’s rant on tape. …

 

San Francisco Giants Wild Ride

What a wild ride we had! I stood my ground with all the doubters, never wavering I  said we were going to bring home another trophy and we did.

I also said it “wouldn’t be pretty” and it wasn’t. It was BEAUTIFUL!

Now they say we are dying to be a “DYNASTY” means nothing to me.  This is the Greatest Baseball Team Ever! Bar None!

Three World Series Wins! And they said it couldn’t be done. Well it’s DONE!

 

Some of my favorite moments from this season:

Amy G to Belt after Giants clinch wild card:
Amy: You’re going to go celebrate with the baby right?

Brandon Belt: Yup, pour some champagne on it.

The Magic Starts! Giants win Wild Card!

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Morse with his total absence of “Game Face” was trying out a different look last night but couldn’t hold out for long!

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morse hits winning run

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peavy losing it while a calm Lincecum tries not to notice.

Peavy panics while timmy stays cool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s not forget Timmy’s 2nd No-Hitter! June 25 2014

Just for fun! Bad Lip Reading With Will Clark

PANDA CELEBRATES WITH PANDA HEADS-Pay him what he’s asking he can’t be replaced!

 

 

 

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Ruined by a few unruly fans and some inappropriate Policemen with weapons!

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Obviously these Officers didn’t see the “Disclaimer Notice”

 

 

GIANTS SCOUTS FISHING IN FLORIDA

Are the San Francisco Giants getting serious about acquiring Ben Zobrist from Tampa Bay?
Well that’s what a very reliable source says and I am excited about the prospect. (see Chris Haft’s blog below)
 I am tired of the musical chairs we have had at 2nd base.  Let’s be honest, it’s not working!
Sure I was hoping Scutaro would be healthy but that was only after my hopes were dashed when Hicks, Panik and other “fill ins” failed to deliver.
Second base is the one position where we need help and I am looking forward to having a permanent starting player this season.  The statement about Zobrist possibly helping fill in for Pagan is also promising.
Status: Active
  • Bats/Throws: S/R
  • HT: 63
  • WT: 210 lbs
  • Debut: 8/1/2006
  • College: Dallas Baptist
DATE OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
07/13/2014 TOR 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 .266
07/18/2014 @MIN 3 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 .267
07/19/2014 @MIN 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .267
07/20/2014 @MIN 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .264
07/22/2014 @STL 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .260
07/23/2014 @STL 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .257
07/25/2014 BOS 4 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 .266
07/26/2014 BOS 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 .267
07/27/2014 BOS 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 .268
07/28/2014 MIL 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .269
TOTALS 34 7 9 2 5 9 3 3 .265

 

Giants’ interest in Zobrist could intensify

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SAN FRANCISCO — With Thursday’s Trade Deadline approaching, the Giants’ interest in acquiring Ben Zobrist from the Tampa Bay Rays could be deepening. The Giants’ no-risk investment in second baseman Dan Uggla has appeared to be a no-reward venture so far. Uggla has gone hitless in eight at-bats spanning three games and committed two errors, including one that generated an unearned run, in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Dodgers. With Marco Scutaro unable to play everyday due to his lingering back issues and Joe Panik experiencing a rookie’s growing pains, the Giants again may have to look elsewhere for help at second base. Landing Zobrist would end that search. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.com reported that the Giants had two scouts watching Zobrist this past weekend. Zobrist also could help in the outfield if Angel Pagan’s recovery from a back ailment continues to stall. – Chris Haft

Baby Baby Giraffe – Brandon Belt

Baby Baby Giraffe – Brandon Belt.

Gamer Babe Extraordinaire

Gamer Babe Extraordinaire

I “pressed” this post from Brandon Belt from late last month because I enjoyed reading it a second time and thought perhaps others might also.

We all miss our awkward and adorable “Adult Giraffe” as he recovers from a broken thumb so it’s nice that he was able to touch base with us.  Brandon is easy to love and he’s just a very real person which comes through in his post.

Congratulations to the Belt’s and the wonderful little boy who will soon bless their lives.  As a San Francisco Giants fan I too am feeling especially blessed this season.

 

“Thank you Brandon and all the 25 unique and amazing individuals that make

 SF Giants Baseball better than Regular Baseball!”

 

Pinch-blogging: Tyler Colvin

imyomamma2:

Lets love Tyler!

Originally posted on Brandon and Brandon:

My turn to fill in for Belt — a good day to do it because there’s no game. I’m hanging out here in Denver after a great weekend with my wife, Molly, in San Francisco. She flew in Friday from Arizona, where we’ve lived for the past four years. She couldn’t come earlier in the week — I was called up from Fresno May 11— because she was putting an offer in on a house in Charleston, S.C. We’re expecting our first baby in late October, so we are selling our Mesa house and moving back east to be closer to our families. My family is in North Augusta, S.C., across the border from Augusta, GA. And hers in in West Virginia, about an hour from Pittsburgh, PA.

We already know we’re having a boy. They can do DNA tests in the 10th week and find out. Pretty cool. We’re…

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Going, Going, Gone: An Essay-By Michael Vlastnik

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Going, Going, Gone: An Essay.

http://mikevlaz.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/going-going-gone-an-essay/

 

This is an assignment that happens to be on a topic of great passion for me. I felt like sharing it. Please enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Going, Going, Gone: Barry Bonds, Steroids, and the Love of the Game

“The rest of us should spend all of our time in the dugout bowing to him.”

- Former SF Giant Benito Santiago, regarding Barry Bonds

It’s a strange thing, as you grow up, watching your heroes become villains, but that is exactly what happened. The baseball players I pretended to be in the yard while playing catch as a little leaguers became people I was discouraged from supporting as I moved into the later years of high school. Players I admired for bringing life back to baseball and deemed sure-fire hall of famers, became disgraced and shamed in their own clubhouses. Raised in a household that seemed to work around the SF Giants and 49ers schedules, now I won’t even bring up the name Barry Bonds around my Dad, for a desire to not subject myself to his hateful spewing against my hero.

“He’s a cheater. A lier.” They proclaim, my Father and his like minded objectors. “He ruined baseball! He should never be allowed near a baseball diamond again.” I can hear it, every time it’s the same thing. “The guys an asshole. He’s a fraud. Nothing he did is worth anything. Barry Bonds doesn’t deserve to be in the hall of fame. He pumped himself up with steroids and that’s why he hit so many home runs. His records should be taken away. An asterisk by each of them at the very least. He lied to everyone. He’s a felon. A criminal. He should be put in jail probably! Barry Bonds intentionally defiled baseball, he deceived his fans. Plain and simple, he cheated to be famous.”

Thats the story of Barry Bonds according to so many people. He used steroids, he cheated, lied, and nothing he did in baseball should count. Many people who tell this story were at one time Barry Bonds fans, and are lifetime baseball fans. That they are so willing to judge, so willing to hate a player who did so much for the game is sad. That people pass such strong personal judgements on someone they’ve never met, never seen outside of the light of a Sports Center segment, well it’s part of the vicious circle of being a celebrity. Of hero-worship. How quick we are to love, and how quicker still we are to hate. Their Barry Bonds wasn’t a hero, he was a villain. A man who played in shadows, who used dirty tactics to deface the game they say he only pretended to love.

But that’s not my Barry Bonds, that’s not the guy I watched trot out to left field wearing #25 with a smile on his face, belting home runs, stealing bases, and setting records. When the so-called “steroid era” hit Major League Baseball, middle of the road players suddenly exploded overnight. Good became great and the show got bigger. Bonds, however, was great before performance enhancing drugs took center stage. And when good became great, great came under fire. When you dig deep enough into anything, when you look close enough, you will find a problem. Its at that point, where we ruin the people we made into heroes.

Today the sports media and baseball fans tell their horrible story of the bad guys posing as heroes. But there is another, possibly more accurate, story to be told. Barry Bonds was an all-star. He was an MVP. He was already a hero long before the history making records that so many question. But baseball wasn’t doing as well. The strike during the 1994 season had driven a lot of fans away, and had dulled the passion of a lot of players. The loyal fans, the diehard players, the owners and press looked for ways to bring the life back into baseball. And then in 1998 Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire set baseball on fire with their epic home run race. Suddenly the nation was swept up in the excitement of baseball, the thrill of a long home run. The eyes of the fans were immediately focused on any player that could hit the long ball. Not only was the focus on baseball renewed, but the pressure was on for the players. Bonds watched all of this from the left field of San Francisco, feeling the pressure, and realizing that whether legitimate or not the accolades of other players were diminishing his impact on the game. While already one of the best hitters in the league he knew he could be better. Like so many professional athletes his passion for the game and his drive to win left room for nothing but perfection. So he turned to his trainer, Greg Anderson, for help. Bonds wanted to reach the next level, he wanted to put on a better show for his fans, to be more productive for his team, to win. Athletes trust their trainers, they listen to them and follow their advice. When Anderson told Bonds that he was going to give him a supplement, flaxseed oil, Barry Bonds trusted Greg Anderson. To Bonds, his fans, the press and management the increase in his offense was immediately noticed. Over the next couple of seasons Barry Bonds was on top of the baseball universe. The San Francisco Giants christened a new ballpark built to cater to their superstar’s offensive prowess. Barry Bonds became the greatest show on earth, launching mammoth home runs into the San Francisco bay at an astonishing rate. He believed he had reached his pinnacle, he had worked hard for it, he had lived for and loved the game of baseball and everything it had given him.

We all wanted the show, we all wanted to be wowed by the dynamic action of powerful offense, and the players gave it to us just liked we asked. And one by one, we turned on them. Barry Bonds was one of dozens whose abilities and legitimacy were questioned. But Bonds was pursued ruthlessly because of the special things he had done. By the end of his career he had set records for most home runs in a single season, most home runs in a career, various records for slugging percentage, walks, intentional walks, consecutive MVP awards (he won 7 total), batting titles, and all-star selections. The ball from his record-setting 756th career home run sits in the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, but Barry Bonds is denied entrance. He is denied entrance by the people that cast allegations at him, that accuse him of tainting the game of baseball. These are the same people who cheered for him, who watched every at bat with anticipation and celebrated when he broke Hank Aaron’s home run record. Built up to heroic stature by them, Barry Bonds was broken down and beaten by the people that inspired, almost demanded, him to become who he had.

When people accuse Barry Bonds of using steroids and defacing baseball to a criminal level, they don’t consider the deeper side of the story. We are so quick to blame those with their faces plastered all over the place, no consideration is given regarding the people who helped them to get there. We vilify Barry Bonds and his peers for using performance enhancing drugs regardless of how inconsistent that details are, even in cases where players had admitted to using PEDs, details are incomplete and inconsistent. We blame the players, when we should be looking at who else is responsible, we should be crying foul at the owners, the commissioner’s officer we should be pointing the finger at ourselves, the fans. And the trainers. Greg Anderson. The man behind the man. What could he possibly stand to gain from Barry Bonds taking steroids? Well money, lots and lots of money. To become the personal trainer of all star athletes you have to know what you’re doing, but more than that you have to have some impressive references. How much would a player struggling with their offense pay to have the aid of the man who trained Barry Bonds to record breaking levels? Is it enough money to make Anderson lie to Bonds and give him PEDs without his knowledge to make himself, Anderson, look like the most amazing trainer available? It seems like the answer was yes, and even then that is a fraction of the money on the table for MLB’s 32 owners.

When we have spent so much time dissecting the use of PEDs in baseball, digging into stories to uncover which player used what to do which amazing thing, no one ever goes all the way to the top. Barry Bonds and his peers are not a group of idiots. These are world class athletes who are in tune with their bodies at a level most people can’t comprehend. When Anderson told Bonds he was giving him flaxseed oil time and time and time again, it seems inevitable that Bonds eventually wouldn’t have picked up that maybe something else was going on. No matter how innocent the initial use was (and I still choose to believe that it was innocent), what happened if and when he realized that maybe it wasn’t just flaxseed oil? Bonds couldn’t take the risk, he couldn’t just give up the home runs. He couldn’t just turn off the amazing offense. He was a man trapped. If he stopped using the potential PEDs and the home runs stopped with them, people would assume he’d been using, or worse, lost his edge and was no longer viable. The contract offers would end, the jerseys would stop selling, no more endorsements. No more hall of fame. But if he kept taking the shots and they were in fact illegal steroids, and he got caught, the results could be even worse. He was stuck in an impossible situation. His team needed to win games. He needed to prove to his fans he was worth watching. The owners needed to see that he was worth the contracts. The sports press needed highlights, Major League Baseball needed excitement and record breakers. The pressure was immense, and it came from all sides. In a world of bad options, how can you judge what was the right choice?

When the stories came out, everyone was being convicted of breaking baseball. It’s not called the steroid era because of one man. The list of potential hall of famers to have their names tarnished by PED speculation is not a short one. So why is it, so many years after the fact, that Barry Bonds is still the man, the bad guy, the villain of the MLB? Why do the press bar him from the Hall of Fame and the fans demand asterisks next to his records?Why don’t we stamp an asterisk next to Mark McGwire’s 70 home run reason? Or trivialize Roger Clemmon’s 20 strikeout games and 7 Cy Young awards. Is it because second place doesn’t matter regardless of how you got there? Maybe because we don’t think PEDs have that big of an impact on pitchers? Maybe our societal subconscious just finds it easier to blame the black guy. The black man who stood up for himself, who got angry when his family was made to suffer as a result of vague accusations. Barry Bonds, who pointedly told his attackers, the grand jury, that when their own dirty secrets were laid bare, then they would have the right to come after him and dig into his past. Despite his love for the game, his jovial personality when on the field, the endless praise from his teammates, we still see the shadowy hostile version of Bonds as the default image from the sports media. It took 7 years for Barry Bonds to be welcomed to Giants’ spring training. Is that ESPN’s fault, or ours?

I loved watching Barry Bonds hit home runs. I can remember how excited I was to watch Sosa launch home runs over the ivy of Wrigley Field. I idolized Ken Griffey Jr and his dynamic long balls. The home run derby (which Bonds only won once, while Griffey won it three times) was a national holiday as far as my younger self was concerned. I grew up watching baseball, falling in love with it during the steroid era. I was never inspired to cheat, never motivated to user PEDs by the record setting athletes. I was motivated to go out and play. I spent hours playing ball in the front yard with my younger brother. When I was young I defended Bonds and his comrades because I never wanted to admit that my heroes could do any wrong. Now I defend them because either intentionally, or naively, they took the steps to make baseball great again. You don’t need steroids to be an amazing athlete, to be an elite baseball player. But at the dawn of this tainted era, Major League Baseball needed a PED to get it’s own glory back.
Barry Bonds was a man who loved baseball, who achieved his dream of playing professionally. We made him into a hero, an icon, something for us all to aspire to be. But when he got too high, we tore him right back down. We want our heroes to inspire us, but as much as we like to create them, we love to have the power to destroy them. No matter what was put into a syringe, who injected it or what it did, if any fan of baseball who has cheered at a walk off home run, a tie breaking grand slam, or watched with wonder at the fireworks of a home run derby wants to cast blame at someone, they need to look at where the it all begins. If the effect is an exciting display of super human offense, the cause is the people who want to see it.

Giants Still Atop The Beanstalk

Last night “THE BEAST” went deep at AT&T Park to secure the defeat of the Cleveland Indians  in the first game of interleague play.

HUDSON Once again proves his stuff and The San Francisco Giants beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1

San Francisco Giants Michael Morse homered in the fourth inning adding to the three runs already on the board put there by the combined performance of Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence.

PAGAN had an MRI Thursday and verdict was a small tear in his right patella tendon, thankfully it didn’t keep him off the field yesterday.

GIANTS EXTRA

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Cleveland 1, San Francisco 5 at AT&T Park Cleveland Record: (11-12) San Francisco Record: (13-10)

Winning pitcher – Tim Hudson (3-1) Losing pitcher – Carlos Carrasco (0-3)

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HIGHLIGHTS

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Pictures provided by my son & his friend who will be enjoying todays 1pm game and sending me into a jealous fit. LOL :) Have fun kids. And don’t get my gloves dirty!

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Another Day at the Office – Brandon Crawford

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Note to an Original Brandon:

When you are replaying the video of your HR you will not be alone I know I will be watching it over & over along with thousands of other Brandon fans!

It was so perfect that you are the one that got that walk off today! It was meant to be.

The bat flip was very cool and well deserved.I know how exhilarating that game was for me so I can imagine you are going to tingle for a while.

I think what is making me smile right now is the fact that you had an epic day like that and you went home to write this blog. That makes a fan feel special. Like you couldn’t wait to share it with us.

I knew this was going to be a magical season but it is even greater than my expectations and they were high.

Couldn’t feel more love for a team and the individuals that make up the current roster are my favorite in 56 years!
I’m proud to be a BRANDON!

 

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I’m still a little damp from Angel dumping the Gatorade cooler on me. I think he got more water on Amy G. than on me.

I’ve watched the replay twice already, I’m not going to lie. I’ll go home and probably watch it again. I might keep it on a loop. Maybe make a GIF for my phone. These don’t happen to me every day. In fact, I have never hit a walk-off home run in my life. Little League, college, minors, anywhere.

I knew it was out as soon as the barrel of the bat hit the ball. You can just tell how it feels and sounds.

Did you like that bat flip? I learned it from Bum the other day on his grand slam. Seriously, though, everybody’s got a bat flip. We call it pimping the home run. (Is that politically incorrect to say?) You give it a…

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Enough with the Pinch Blogging – Brandon Crawford

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Giants defeat the Rockeys in a game that brings up that old slogan “A new hero every night”  Epic.

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Just in case Crawford wasn’t joking in latest Brandon On Brandon Blog-if by some chance the Best Brandon’s are feeling unloved, we better fix it.

 

 

 

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So Hicks and Hunter fill in for a couple days and suddenly traffic to the blog explodes. What’s that about? Hicks received 38 or so replies to his post, more than twice as many as my last one got! Hunter’s post yesterday got more than 60 replies in the last 24 hours.

            And his post started a Twitter trend — #TogetherWeAreBrandon.

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            I mean, I love the team unity and all that. But it kind of makes Belt and me feel like old shoes. Everybody’s getting their heads turned by the new guys. We weren’t enough?

            Believe, I’m going to count every reply. Not that we’re competitive or anything. The hitting groups Hunter wrote about in his blog are not batting-practice groups. They’re part of Bam-Bam’s new hitting game. Every player gets points for moving a runner over, RBI’s, extra-base hits, etc. The groups compete against each other…

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This just in- “Bumgarner’’ is Arabic for Brandon.

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I’m a Brandon, You’re a Brandon, Everybody’s a Brandon!

We like it like that. If Brandon doesn’t hit the ball then Brandon will! Brandon will back him up with the help of Brandon.

Not just another pinch-blogger! This guest blogger  is also top in his field (the baseball field) a renowned motivational speaker with an entire team of followers (a baseball team) he is a part-time Pirate (hook included) and now a comical MLB blogger (made me LOL) and this newest eye-opening discovery-He is also a BRANDON!

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I knew Hunter had a great sense of humor but he is also very serious about his job and the fact that he is giving 110% all the time is obvious from the first day of Spring Training.  In Scottsdale Pence is always making eye contact and smiling for the fans but he is always in motion with the love for the game shooting from those rockets he keeps in his shoes.

I love this guy and now I laugh at this guy. Hey, turns out BamBam is very very funny.

With an entire team of Brandon’s we will confuse the heck out of the other teams!

 

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Hello, everyone. This is Hunter Pence filling in for Brandon Hicks, or Brandon Crawford, or Brandon Belt, whoever’s turn it is supposed to be.

I’m filling in because — you probably didn’t know this — Hunter is a nickname for Brandon.

My middle name is Andrew, which is Swedish for Brandon. And Pence is English for Brandon. So my actual name is Brandon Brandon Brandon.

You also probably didn’t know that “Tim Lincecum’’ is Dutch for Brandon.

Buster is a nickname for Brandon. Pablo is Spanish for Brandon. Pagan is Puerto Rican for Brandon. Madison is Southern for Brandon. “Bumgarner’’ is — I have no idea what that is. I think it’s Arabic for Brandon.

Pretty much everyone is Brandon. We’re Team Brandon.

Kruk and Kuip have got to get with the program. Brandon’s throwing the pitch to Brandon. When anybody steps into the box, Brandon’s up to bat. The…

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THE KILLER BEE’S MEET THE KILLER SFG’S

PHOENIX APRIL 2-3 2014

Well guess you know how I’m feeling jubilant! If that is indeed a word.  Clam happy, ecstatic, giddy all that happy stuff that goes along with watching your beloved ball team fulfill your prophecy!

There is no stopping the San Francisco Giants this is my prediction! At Chase Field Thursday even the Killer Bee’s tried and failed.

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Wednesday was a beautiful debut for Tim Hudson with a little work from Javier Lopez and a perfect save for Sergio Romo for a win of 2-0 against the D-Backs.

We had a little rough go with the pitching in the first couple of games,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It was good to get on track.”

Thursday was even more beautiful with a first inning home run from Brandon Belt HIS 3rd for this season!  Makes  his goal of 74 home runs look very do-able!

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Yet another Brandon proves his stuff with Hicks homer.  Angel Pagan with his 3 run homer sealed the D-Backs fate and that fate is LOSER!

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“It takes those comebacks to have a winning season,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, invoking the memory of San Francisco’s six-run surge in the final three innings of Monday’s season opener.

TOGETHER AGAIN ME + BASEBALL + HUNTER + BUSTER + PABLO plus…

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My Spring Training Videos

The sunshine spotlights my favorite team  performing the annual spectacular “The Flight Of The SFG’s”

Always makes me smile to see such awesomeness and such silliness combine into one hell of a great bunch of guys! And they can play ball!  Ain’t life grand?

CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE SF GIANTS!

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Ratto: “How do you get noticed by Bochy and the coaches in a full camp?” Kameron Loe: “Well, that’s why I wore Lincecum’s pants today.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OUR AMAZING SHORTSTOP!  PLAYS BY BRANDON CRAWFORD 2013 TO PUMP YOU UP!

I can’t wait until the opening series in Phoenix.  Certainly I would like to be by the Bay when the boys arrive once again in AT & T to a sold out crowd of the best fans in baseball-but at least I am hanging on to opening day even if it is in a snake pit. LOL

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@fangraphs: Crawford’s Best Defensive Plays, Statistically http://bit.ly/NAG7xD ” made me very emotional, good read

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Hair Club for Men – Brandon Crawford

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crawford mad at pitching machineThis funny and refreshing post by Brandon Crawford is a definate reblog! Brandon talks about hair, who’s is best and who primps over his. Surprising because they all have that casual, “I’m not tryinbelt flan crawford morse 22214g” look about them while being increadibly delicious! He mentions the great fit Morse is for the team, a fact that I picked up on my first day in Scottsdale. That is one attractive BP team!
No baby yet but the Crawfords are soon expecting baby number two and I am thrilled for them. Ok then…enjoy!

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Jalynne and I are back home. Everything’s fine. We’re hanging out with Braylyn and having a nice quiet day. I’ll take a few minutes for a short post.

We have a team meeting most days before practice. Bochy goes over the schedule and stuff like that. It is also the time we get to know guys who are in big league camp for the first time. Bochy summons two each morning to introduce themselves. They give their name, position, where they’re from and what they like to do.

Then they get questions from the rest of the team. You can’t imagine the ridiculous questions. They make me uncomfortable. Guys will bait the new player by asking him to name his current favorite song. The player will say what it is.

Then: “OK, now sing it.’’

That’s when I think, “Oh, I’m so glad I’m not up there right now.’’

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The Envelope Please . . . – Brandon Belt

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“Lost in space, mid-air crash and being burned alive. That’s my order.”

Originally posted on Brandon and Brandon:

(Sorry I didn’t get this posted until today. Pretend it’s still yesterday.)

I could talk about my two hits today in the first game of spring. That felt pretty good.

​But because the Academy Awards are on Sunday, I thought I’d share my picks so you can win the pool at your Oscar party.

Best Actor: No question it’s Matthew McConaughey. He was awesome in Dallas Buyers Club. It’s the best performance of his career.

Best Actress: I’m picking Amy Adams because I think she’s a really good actress but I wasn’t blown away by her performance in American Hustle. And I didn’t see Blue Jasmine or that Osage County movie because it looked stupid. And Sandra Bullock was being Sandra Bullock and I didn’t really like Gravity. Getting lost in space is my biggest fear. I would never go into space. I think Bam-Bam’s stupid if he does it. That fear comes just ahead of being burned alive. I heard it…

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Robbed by OAKLAND A’s in Today Opener

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The Oakland A’s beat The Giants 10-5 today in the Spring Training Opener at Scottsdale Stadium.

Winning pitcher for the A’s was Jesse Chavez our losing pitcher was Yusmeiro Petit.

Other pitchers we saw today were Gutierrez, Runzler, Romo, Loe, Dollis, Hembree & Machi. sergio chase 9113

Brandon Belt singled in the first but that produced nothing, in fact Belt hit the ball well today but was stranded more than once.

A’s batters shelled our pitching staff sadly resulting in 6 earned runs for Romo and 3 for Petit.

The Giants finally scored in the fourth but only after the damage was done.

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Despite home-runs by Duvall and Adrianza we came up short against Oakland although I see some promise of great things to come from Michael Morse who was robbed of hits more than once today by Reddick.

Sandoval and Duval both putting wood on the ball with ADRIANZA coming up with the big at bat in the 9th inning.  As exciting as it was, too little too late for today’s game.

Michael Morse is going to get us some hits this season, that is as long as Josh Reddick isn’t in the outfield!

Originally posted on Where Everyone's a Giant:

I haven’t had the chance to see all the highlights from today’s game, but let me tell you something: Josh Reddick made some pretty neat catches while climbing the right field fence in Scottsdale to rob Michael Morse of at least six total bases, maybe even eight. First, watch the videos so can get a glimpse:

Now, watch on repeat the crazy grabs that Josh Reddick made. First, the prayer backhand stretch catch:

and the second, the “thank goodness I didn’t have to climb as high this time” grab:

No, those were not the same catches, even though I wasn’t sure when I first watched. Hopefully that kind of stuff only happens to the Giants in Spring Training and not in the regular season. I mean, the bullpen was already tired of this happening after the second catch:

Well done, Josh Reddick. Do that to everybody else but the Giants…

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Another Day in Paradise

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Today was wonderful! I enjoyed my first day of workouts with the most awesome guys ever! The San Francisco Giants almost entirely intact and looking spectacular! Even though I did better than last year my pictures and videos pale in comparison to this blog. I intend to compose a blog but thought this was worth re-blogging. No fair comparing though, after all I’m just a blonde. sigh :)

Originally posted on @Cafe Blog:

It was Day 2 of the #SFGiants Full Squad workouts here in Scottsdale, AZ.  Not much to report, but some of the highlights include

The arrival of Brandon Belt

Live pitching from Matt Cain and Javier Lopez

Green Screen fun with Brandon Belt

Sit down interview with Hunter Pence

Some great Live BP sessions

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Spring Training – A Great Draft

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Brandon Crawford (Fourth Round), Buster Posey (First Round) & Roger Kieshnick (Third Round) – March 8, 2009

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SCOTTSDALE IS THE PLACE TO BE THIS SPRING

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I am SO excited!! Baseball is back in two (count them) TWO days!!

Spring is about to be “sprung” when the only baseball team that matters reports to Scottsdale AZ for spring training workouts.  A preview of what is going to be an epic season for the San Francisco Giants!

Pitchers and catchers arrive on Valentines Day February 14th with the rest of the squad joining them on the 18th.

There is nothing better than kickin’ it with the team in the beautiful Arizona sunshine at Scottsdale Stadium.  It is a relaxed and happy atmosphere with big smiles and goofing by our beloved team members who get playful just being with the each other again.  Hope to see you there.

I always enjoy being with my boys again as well as welcoming the new comers and hopefuls that are lucky enough to get a chance to play with the big boys! And it looks like we have some exciting fresh blood to look forward to reviewing.

Giants get 14 of the top prospects in top-14 list of Giants prospects

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ANGEL PAGAN very happy in Scottsdale

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PAGAN AND BLANCO HAPPY TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN

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The always pleasant HUNTER PENCE

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Some of the guys goofin’ in the Scottsdale sun

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ANDRES TORRES

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Spring Training – Bambi’s Bombers

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Can’t wait! Only 10 more days until Scottsdale and watching the best team ever in the Arizona sunshine!

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From The Archives – Candlestick Park

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Those were the days!

But these days aren’t too shabby either! williams clark thompson

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Latest Free Agent Rumors

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Nov 16th, 2013 at 2:25 pm by Denise Walos

MLBTR: Mutual Interest Between Yankees And Javier Lopez

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We’ve all been holding our breath the last few weeks to hear news about Javier Lopez and Ryan Vogelsong. But as many of you know, rumors are flying around about Tim Hudson and Ricky Nolasco coming to the Giants to help fill out the starting rotation next year. Here are the latest updates on Lopez and Vogelsong as well as other names being thrown around as potential new Giants in 2014. Javier Lopez (LHP, Giants) I’m pretending this is a joke.

Lopez’s primary goal, according to Meister, is to pitch on a contending team. “Of course, the Yankees are perennially that,” he told McCullough. As McCullough notes, the Yankees have a need in the bullpen with Mariano Rivera retiring and Boone Logan hitting free agency.

Of course, Lopez has also expressed interested in staying in San Francisco, and as said he’d give the Giants a last shot at keeping him. Lopez is looking for a multi-year deal. At age 36, I’d imagine he’s looking for a place to finish out his career. I personally hope the Giants go hard after keeping him, even if it means overpaying somewhat. That said, I’m sure he’d love a place where he is used more than for one batter at a time, like Bruce Bochy likes to use him. He’s quite good in that role, but I’d sure love to see more of him pitching in a San Francisco uniform.

And I too am hoping that the below is a joke! Javie to the Yankees!

I will look forward to new faces on the spring field soon but I am especially looking forward to those faces that I won’t have to miss!  Every year there is change and I always get over it but some of these boys are like family! You can’t replace them.  I’m counting the days!!!

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A Giant Thank You to our Fans!

imyomamma2:

I appreciate the “Thank You’s” from the franchise but I want to thank the San Francisco Giants! I don’t require a trophy every year. What I require is exactly what I got, great baseball, wonderful guys, tons of heart & TORTURE!

Originally posted on SF Giants Photos:

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I FEEL APPRECIATED BY MY BASEBALL TEAM

Chances are I won’t be attending Fan Appreciation Day Sunday and I am mournful.  But I am thankful for what the San Francisco Giants have given to me for the past 55 years!  As a Giants fan I have developed a “never say never” attitude that for me is imperative to survival.  After all things aren’t always easy and if you choose to believe that taking the good with the bad will pay off then you have won the battle.

The SF Giants have provided me with a team deserving of loyalty and in hindsight the 54 years of torture waiting for that first WS Trophy was worth it!

Thank you for loving me, or at least letting me believe that you do! :) HEART MY SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS FOREVER AND WHEREVER I MAY BE!

GIANTS APPRECIATE FANS

Bee Crazy?

imyomamma2:

An unhappy Wilson is exactly what I expected, and only an unhappy person would behave this way! At least we don’t have to waste any more time on bad thoughts for Bri Bri, he’s already miserable. Sorry Wilson, Once you go Blue, You aren’t welcome Back.

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Originally posted on THE San Francisco Giants Blog:

Here’s a pic from a fan who snapped this during Brian Wilson’s weird confrontation with Larry Baer after the game last night.

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Wilson was apparently airing several pent up grievances including wanting his 2012 World Series ring and demanding that the Giants stop using his images in stadium video. What a whiny little be-atch this guy is……

The Giants have reported tried to contact Wilson several times to give him his ring and were ignored every time. And if this d-bag thinks he owns the rights to the freaking videos of him that get used on the stadium screen then he’s got more hubris than I ever thought he had. I had wished Wilson well but after this girlish tantrum I say “good riddence.”

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WITH THE GIANTS IT JUST TAKES A LITTLE SUMPTHIN’ SUMPTHIN’

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The San Francisco Giants have so much heart and sincere soul that any little thing can make a difference with this team.

Whether it’s the return of a teammate or sadly but strongly rallying around an injured teammate, last night we had both-these guys will find the magic.
The welcome return of Angel Pagan was shadowed only by the sadness that Andres Torres may have seen his last days as an active SF Giant.
Angel Pagan off the DL leads off the 1st inning with a double and reminds us all just exactly what we were missing these past months.  He proceeded to score the first and only run of the game but I saw little sparks flying as he came across home plate.

Just the little sumpthin’ sumpthin’ that the boys needed to get a much-needed attitude adjustment.
Good news on the success of Andres Torres surgery to remove bone spurts from his foot was soured by the bad news that this may have been a career ending surgery for Torres.
The new healthier happier skinny Panda who has felt the magic back in his game makes the defensive play of the year to save Timmy’s ass in the 6th
as we held on to a 1 run lead.
Timmy who to many was “washed up” didn’t give up a run in 6 innings even though he didn’t have his best stuff.
Javi hangs on to the lead of 1-0 and Cassilla comes in doing no damage.

A magical play by Scutaro and we are going to the ninth. Incredible defense!  Finishing off the game our stellar closer Romo and the Giants plus a bit of magic triumph over the Arizona Diamond Backs 1-0 :)

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Building Future SF Teams–Does the Formula Need to Change?

imyomamma2:

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I like to think my team The San Francisco Giants, and everybody involved can do no wrong, or very little wrong.  Truth is something other then what transpired this season would do.

Anybody else have any thoughts on this?

Originally posted on THE San Francisco Giants Blog:

With the Giants winning a rare weekend series and the Dodgers losing one, it got me to thinking, what will Sabean have to do going forward to build a team that can compete year in and year out with the LA Art Dealers. After all, if you are competing against a team that cares not about a budget, it presents challenges to the builders of the teams trying to beat them.

Sabean built 2 World Series championship teams by putting together a rock solid pitching staff and making deft deadline (and pre-deadline) pickups along the way. Of course, both teams had to get hot in September and the playoffs and luckily, they did just that.

But does Sabes need a new plan? The payroll is already high, does it need to go higher? If the team gets younger, is Bochy the right man for the job? Or does Sabean just…

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Quick Hits for August 23, 2013

imyomamma2:

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GOOD THINGS STILL AHEAD FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS!!

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Originally posted on SF Giants Photos:

TONIGHT’S GAME… The San Francisco Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight in the second game of this four game series… RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 3.67) is slated to face LHP Madison Bumgarner (11-7, 2.87).

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BRANDON BELTING…IF Brandon Belt has hit .351 (26-for-74) with ! ve doubles, three triples and five home runs in 21 games this month…his .351 average ranks as the ninth- highest in the NL…he’s also fourth in slugging pct. (.703) and ninth in on-base pct. (.429).

Click HERE for today’s complete game notes.

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JOAQUIN ARIAS… Is batting .173 (14-for-81) at home, compared to .386 (33-for-87) on the road.

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NICK NOONAN… Is hitting just .209 (19-for-91) with two doubles and four RBI in 53 games (13 starts) this season.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Has already hit a career-high eight HRs a# er hitting seven total in his previous two campaigns.

sf gaints, august 22, 2013, photo TIM LINCECUM… Has posted a record of 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA (18er, 37.0ip)

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Torture, Re-Visited

imyomamma2:

FORTUNA IS SPINNING DOWNWARD

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Seems nothing has gone right for our San Francisco Giants. Some of the plays made by opposing players have been “other worldly” causing me to shake my head rather than stomp my foot. Things have been supernaturally bad, only thing that makes sense is that Fortuna is not in our corner at this time.
Please Fortuna, hear my plea, spin upwards.

Originally posted on THE San Francisco Giants Blog:

Someone mentioned it last night and I agree–there wasn’t any pain felt (by me) after Span made that catch. It was more like a joke that was funny that I didn’t laugh at. Anyway, here are the 3 *hilarious* catches this year that ended with the Giants as the punchline each time:

The first one was Venable’s on 6/17:

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Next, we have Matt Kemp’s grab on 6/25:

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Finally, last night, Span takes a circuitous route to finish off the humor:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=29716503

I’m not sure which was the best catch or which one hurt more. Or which one was funnier.

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Also, here’s a tweet that I found interesting. I have said the same thing many times:

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Additionally, Brandon Crawford has negative defensive ratings in 4 of 5 categories at fangraphs. THAT is a joke.

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The Mystery of Hitting

Originally posted on White Shark:

It seems crazy that professional baseball players can go so deep into slumps. You’ve been playing all your life. You know how to hit. Then suddenly you can’t. It’s not like the game has changed. It’s the same game. But somehow you’re not the same.

How does that happen?

​I’ve been asked that question more than a few times during this bad stretch. I’ve asked myself that question a lot. I think it’s like handwriting. You know how to make your letters, right? You’ve been writing your whole life. But then sometimes maybe your hand gets tired or your brain is not sending all the right messages to your fingers, and you start writing different. The letters aren’t as neat and straight.

​So you have to clear your mind and get your focus and sharpness back. I’m in that process. It’s been hard mentally. It’s been on my mind so much — when I go to bed, when I get up in…

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Giants Are About To Make It Two In A Row!

imyomamma2:

 

Tonight with the return of Ryan Vogelsong and that fun victory last night I am looking forward to a great game!

LETS GO GIANTS

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Originally posted on THE San Francisco Giants Blog:

These men will lead us to victory. I guarantee it!

1. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B

2. Brandon Crawford (L) SS

3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B

4. Buster Posey (R) C

5. Hunter Pence (R) RF

6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B

7. Roger Kieschnick (L) LF

8. Gregor Blanco (L) CF

9. Ryan Vogelsong (R) P

 

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Cheese & Kieschnick

imyomamma2:

Last night was “MAGICAL”!

Originally posted on SF Giants Photos:

It was a great time at the ballpark tonight.  The Harlem Globtrotter’s “Cheese” threw out the first pitch and Roger Kieschnick continued the fun by going 2-for-5 with 2 RBI in his Major League debut.

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White House Visit

imyomamma2:

SLIDESHOWS of SF GIANTS photos every day?! Life is good!!

Originally posted on SF Giants Photos:

Today President Obama welcomed the San Francisco Giants to the White House to honor the team and their 2012 World Series Championship…the visit will continued the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to communities.

We have also included all the photos in a slideshow:

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BLACK SUNDAY-Mamma Talks Sense To SF GIANTS

June 30th 2013 Sunday 

Having just arrived last night I am back in Northern California where I was born and raised, but just a visit. I can’t stay more than a few weeks so my plan-spend as much time as possible with my son’s the rest at the ocean.  Not rushing off to AT&T to watch my beloved SF Giants even though that was naturally my first impulse.  I catch quite a few games between Phoenix and San Diego now my time is so short and precious I need my ocean fix!  So I was cool putting baseball on the back burner until after the All Star Break.

I planned on being out of range to view many if any Giants games during this trip but when I found my team spiraling down a losing streak of a length that shocked even me-I had to do something and quickly!

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Even in this modern-day there is still no internet where I  was going to be spending my time so I went old school!

First I removed the orange polish from my toes (something I never do during the season) and painted one big toe BLACK.  Put on a Giants shirt I had not worn before, also BLACK.  Then I got in my car drove from ocean cove to ocean cove listening to the game on the radio, quickly realizing how much I missed KNBR Radio “Home of your SF Giants” 

I never listened to another station until I absolutely had to. During my first months away from the bay area I kept trying to get even a static signal refusing to believe it was really gone, even going out in the desert trying to get a broadcast because someone said I could.  I couldn’t and finally gave up listening to the radio in the car all together. Once in range I turned KNBR on ecstatically hanging on every word uttered over the station.

 So I’m driving, chanting, jeering, cheering, and willing my team to victory.  Trying single-handedly to bring back the “Magic” that use to be all “up in here”.  There was no actual “ceremony” no sacrifices were made but it was “Baseball Voodoo” and it worked!  After losing six in a row we beat the Rockies that day and I am taking credit.

Silly me, focusing on just one game,  trying to break the streak, willing the Giants to win just one game-oops.  Just one toe, just one win.  What would have happened if I had painted them all black that day?  Well,  I think we can be pretty certain that with my voodoo powers we would be sitting pretty right about now.  Or not.  

The message here is…I can “will” the Giants to win!… No, that’s not the message here!  The message is… “BELIEVE” that’s the message.  ‘Belief’ is what created the magic and lack there of is what killed it.  

That and, of course, the PRESSURE.

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Lynch mobs were contained before they could string up the current scapegoat-our lovable first baseman Brandon Belt.  You would think that he was the first SF Giant to ever screw up and fact is, he is not.  Yes, he is struggling, brain explosion, the WHOLE TEAM is struggling!  Did his error cost us the game?  Maybe, probably but that was last night.  There has been much bigger uglier errors and such that he had no involvement in.  Last night was ugly and my heart goes out to Belt because unlike some, I know he cares, he didn’t want to make that error and he feels really bad about it. It was a loss for Cain and he deserved the win but Matt should be very understanding.  Why?  Oh you haven’t  forgotten already the disasters Cain and other starters have had on the mound this season.  Also ugly but it didn’t change who he is or what he means to this team and last night we saw our reason to support him, always!

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Bochy finally showing his frustration openly “This was a tough one,” he said. “It’s always hard at home when you lose a game like this.”

I wouldn’t want to be in that locker room! Now that’s pressure, from the start it has been pressure.  Pressure to play like champs, better than any other team.  

Until I have proof that these guys are going out there with the intention of playing poorly I will remain a loyal FAN-that means I will root for my team-for better or for worse.

If I were only capable of loving the Giants when they win then I wouldn’t be a FAN for two reasons;  1) You call that being a “FAN”?! What are you crazy?!  2) Out of 55 years in SF the Giants have only two trophy’s both won after less than perfect seasons.

So much for anger over a winning team reverting to a losing team-I’m still celebrating our first trophy that I waited a lifetime for-now they aren’t good enough?  Sorry, I don’t play that way, and the team shouldn’t have to go from having the best fans in MLB to having the…well, not the best.  They deserve better after all these guys won us two World Championships!  I think they are wonderful, now let’s remind them of that.

So to my team, the World Champion San Francisco Giants, a team that has kept my interest and my loyalty for 55 years I would like to say this and I’m saying it as yo mamma so listen up, k? :)

“A fundamental rule of life is that whatever you focus on grows.”  That said LET’S FOCUS guys!  Snap out of it! Focus on the positive.  And you positively better start winning some games!  :)

But if you can’t I know it isn’t because you aren’t trying.  Do the best you can and that is all anybody should ask of you.  If you try and fail, you won’t be the first.  The unhappy “fans” have forgotten the accomplishments of even our “star” players many questioning the abilities of Buster Posey! This is a guy who must wait for a new award to be created because he has won them all as a SF Giant.   There isn’t one player I can name off the top of my head that hasn’t been the target of these doubting, know it all, fair weather fan comments.  My favorite thing is when the player’s strike back turning those words into food to be eaten by doing something amazing, for instance pitching a no-hitter,  laying down a “fat” double, or making an amazing play out of nowhere.  This didn’t pan out for Belt last night but I was praying that redemption would be had in the 9th when he gave that ball a ride.  And just because it didn’t doesn’t mean it couldn’t or won’t so chin up.

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“Repetition cultivates belief. This is the basis of all conditioning, also known as brainwashing…When we create a disaster scenario in our heads…with every repetition that scenario becomes the irrefutable outcome of our efforts.”

I feel that there are too many disaster scenario’s being played out and its bad mojo! If you believe in Magic you gotta believe in Mojo-positive reinforcement is what you should be practicing and there are professional’s such as myself here to help you with that.  Real true fans that have experience with this type of situation.

We love you our SF Giants! Really, come on over to our place-we have your pictures, bobble-heads, jersey’s, signed balls, banners, blankets, shoes, jackets, ticket stubs and on and on.  We are proud, we bleed orange, together “we are GIANT”

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What are you focusing on today? Concentrate on everything good in your life and every possible fantastic scenario for the future. Pay attention to every thought in your head. What you focus on has the power to turn your days sour (like some fans)— or sweet (like sugar or like a SF Giants player) 

Remember why you are World Champions. Check out that ring! Not every one has a ring like that! You may even have two, in fact I’ll bet you do.  And they were EARNED not just gifted to you for being cute.  Perseverance, Heart, love of the game, love of your teammates, support from loved ones, those are the tools that contributed to amazing performance on the field.  Not one of you did it alone, it was a team effort.  Not one of you alone is responsible for the struggle of today, that too was a team effort.

I am not heartbroken over where we are in the standings. How foolish that would be for a fan who waited 54 long years for that one trophy and now we have two?!  I’m not greedy.

What breaks my heart is the idea of any one of you losing what makes you special-your heart, your grit, your ability to believe in yourself and your team.  We have clawed and scratched our way against all odds over and over again because we “believed” that we could!  Don’t stop believing now.  Hey, someone should write a song like that..! :)  I don’t want you to be sad or discouraged because I like you and I care for you with unconditional “mamma love”.  

Come closer…here is your big HUG.   Now, get out there scamps, bring mamma another trophy, I know you will if not this year than the next.

Your greatest comfort right now will probably be blind faith. I know mine is.

Even if things seem entirely hopeless, a willingness to BELIEVE can get you the rough spots. Go along with your life, knowing things will work out the way they’re supposed to, but remember, The DODGERS must be stopped! 

Everything is going to be alright. Baseball is your passion as well as your job so do it with a smile and no matter what the outcome, you will be okay.  We need some new magic to turn things around.  I hope it’s not too late to bring back the joy because I feel very strongly that it is the joy that will create the magic.  

Good times are only noticed becausee we have bad times to compare them to. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.  Blah blah blah positive comment blah blah uplifting thought blah blah, get it? 

I am one fan that will be here for the pain as well as the pleasure.  Didn’t anybody learn anything from “Chicken Little?” You can’t eat any of the pie if you don’t help with the baking.  

Now, let’s go get ‘em!  Let’s play some Giants Baseball!

And damn it, have fun even if it kills ya! :)

Step Up To The Camera

imyomamma2:

Ally did an excellent job making a not so pretty game look very attractive! Now let’s hope We can go “BIG COUNTRY” all over some Cubbies behinds tonight!! LETS GO GIANTS Always BELIEVE!

Originally posted on SF Giants Photos:

Greetings Giants fans from your SF Giants Photo Intern, Ally.  Tonight I was given the opportunity of a lifetime, photographing my first game.  I greatly enjoyed capturing every exciting moment, while doing something I love.  Go Giants!

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Puking During Puig At Bats

imyomamma2:

Although this may seem in direct conflict to my last post, as I said it’s a “rivalry” an on the field rivalry. I find this blog amusing and I think it mirror’s my thoughts on the past 2 games rather closely. Enjoy!

Originally posted on THE San Francisco Giants Blog:

“This guy Puig is gonna be a problem….” –San Dawg

I forget when he said that, probably during Puig’s first game up. It was a simple line, yet foreboding, and it gave us fair warning of what was to come….

*This guy Puig* is grinding on my patience. It’s not just the constant media jack off session that bothers me although that’s part of it. I thought it was complete BS that he was throwing sucker haymakers in the brawl with AZ and managed to get exactly zero days of suspension. Calls for him to be named to the all star game, after 60 at bats, was definitely irksome. And while I’m not doubting his talent for a moment, I was looking forward to Bumgarner knocking him down a few *puigs* in the game last night. So it was quite easy for me to go quickly and loudly into a…

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GET ON THOSE HITTIN’ SHOES

OK WE TAKE ON LA AGAIN TONIGHT, FRESH GAME, FRESH START, STILL GOT SOME ISSUES BUT ONE OF THEM SHOULD NOT BE THE RIVALRY AGAINST THE DODGERS! Let’s concentrate on gettin’ our bats on! 

To sum up what our players, who stood along side Dodger players on the field one day after the horrible incident that resulted in the beating of Brian Stow, “This is a baseball rivalry, on field rivalry, it ends there.  After the game, off the field we are friends.”

We need to remember this.

Yes, BEAT LA! Beat them badly!

But on the field. Those people we call the “STINKING DODGERS” & THE STINKING DODGER FANS” well, darn it, they are people to!

Even when we haven’t been facing the Dodger’s the negativity from Giants “fans” has been overwhelming. It’s so bad on Twitter that I pray for the day these negative fair weather fans will jump or be pushed off the ban wagon and once again the SF Giants can brag about the tremendous fan base they have!  A team that doesn’t have to “freak out” because of fan negativity voice after every less than perfect performance, is going to be a more relaxed, happy, productive team. Lighten up people, this is our team!

In case you think this opinion is all mine, below from a seasoned SF Giants fan & real person, I share her thoughts;

“Hi there! I just had to talk to you via email…I hope that’s ok. Last night twitter was filled with so much negativity! And I’m no prude, but so many vulgar comments were made. I just was disgusted & I felt like it took away the enjoyment of watching the game for me. One of my best friends is a diehard Dodger fan & we’ve had a lot of good chats throughout last year & this… but all done in fun with consideration for each other. Maybe that’s what’s missing on Twitter. Since it’s such a public forum, and very few of us really know each other, that respect and consideration is missing. I don’t know…maybe I’m just too old for this kind of mindless chatter! I do enjoy talking to a lot of people, you of course, but some just seem to cross the line. So I’m thinking tonight I’ll just watch the game & chat with my Dodger friend, who calls her beloved team the “Cellar Dwellers!” Any thoughts? I value your opinion! :)

The SF Giants  are about to EXPLODE! Enjoy it every moment of it! After all it’s GIANTS BASEBALL! And there is nothing better! 

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Quick Hits for June 24, 2013

Originally posted on SF Giants Photos:

TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first
game of this three-game series…LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.96) is scheduled to face
LHP Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.25).

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HUNTER PENCE … Has hit a team-high 12 home runs…10 of his 12 homers this season have been solo shots.

Click HEREfor today’s complete game notes.

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PABLO SANDOVAL … Returned from his rehab assignment and reinstated off the 15-day DL today.

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BRANDON BELT … Is hitting .333 (17-for-51) against LH pitchers, the 11th-highest figure in the NL.

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JAKE DUNNING … Tossed 2.0-scoreless innings yesterday (1so).

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MARCO SCUTARO … Is four RBI away from 500 in his career.

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TONY ABREU … Has appeared in 12 games (FIve starts), going 9×32 (.281) with four doubles, a triple and two RBI.

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THEY MAY NOT BE MARLINS

TONIGHT THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TAKE ON THE MARLINS AT AT&T PARK.

UNABLE TO GO MARLIN FISHING I DID THE BEST I COULD TO SHOW THE FISH WHO’S BOSS!

Today Daddy and I took on the bass on Metri Lake Yuma Arizona. Eight fish in the boat just about guarantees a win for the Giants tonight!  Fishing  a drop shot rig with pumpkin seed colored Swirly tailed worm I managed to land 3 while Daddy did better bringing 5 into the boat with the same rig different plastic, purple Robo worm.

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LAST NIGHTS WIN OVER THE PADRES WAS VERY ENTERTAINING and a great game all around. Madison Bumgarner got the win with the help of Gregor Blanco  despite Guzman’s determination to add validation to the cocky showmanship he so loves to display on the field.  Our victory of 4-2 over the Padres would have been more valuable if the D-Backs had not also managed to ring up a victory, but we are very much “in this thing”.  Good luck bringing me down about our possibilities of another Championship.

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Blanco’s two-run triple in the seventh lifts San Francisco to series win
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Madison went “Big Country” all over Guzman in the second inning by throwing the ball behind him just to make him aware his “show boating” after going deep the night before was inappropriate behavior.  Both benches cleared and feathers fluffed but after it all our pitcher showed true Giants values by refusing to comment though the media did all they could to stir things up again.

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Tonight Chad Gaudin will face Tom Koehler who will be looking for his first ML win.

The Giants are still dealing with injuries. Outfielder Angel Pagan, out since May 25 with a strained left
hamstring, is slated to start a rehab assignment on Thursday. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, with a strained left foot,
is scheduled to start a rehab assignment on Saturday. Shortstop Brandon Crawford is doubtful for Thursday’s contest
due to a sprained right index and middle finger.

The Marlins and Giants have not faced each other yet this season. Last year the Marlins won five of their seven against the Giants but I think the fishing tells the story.

I’m not worried about tonight’s game or the series at all…

Fish in the boat, fish on the field.  I feel a victory for the SF Giants tonight!

Grabbin’ Some Pine 6/19

imyomamma2:

Don’t have a clue how he keeps coming up with these great “comics” but I enjoy every single one of them!

Originally posted on Communist Comics:

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Giants keep their cool after contentious series | CSN Bay Area

The San Francisco Giants once again make me proud by setting themselves apart not only with the way they play ball but with the outstanding sportsmanship they possess both on and off the field.

Let the Padres and the Dodger’s beat each other to a pulp if they want to without considering the fact that there are thousands of young people who are learning about sportsmanship, but certainly not from the behavior or those two teams.

Raise your kids to be SF Giants fans and you will be raising them right!

Giants keep their cool after contentious series | CSN Bay Area.

THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS ARE PEOPLE TOO

The San Francisco Giants have been my baseball team for 55 years and that is never going to change.

The men on this incredible team are not just ball players, they are actual people too!

Here are some things to think about next time you decide it’s your “job” to make public your frustration or unhappiness with a player’s performance by means of  harsh negative comments.

Players are people with families. Players are people so they are not perfect. Players take their jobs seriously and try to do them the best they can. Players feel bad when they make a mistake. Players hear what is being said about them and negative comments are harmful and hurtful to them and to their families.  No team win’s the Championship every year, that would be boring.

If you feel you can do the job better than why aren’t you? 

little hunter pencebelt and momcrawford and momguillermo and momtorres and mom1pagan and mom

vogie and momthe crawfordsguadin and familysergio and boystimmysergio and dad

I think sometimes there are those that forget that. They have feelings, hopes and dreams just as every person does.  They are doing a job and they are doing it to the best of their ability.  They are not going out on the field and trying to give a poor performance, they are trying to do their job as well as possible.  They want to win, they want to hit well, pitch well, field the ball well.  If they don’t manage to do that they are just as upset about it as any fan could possibly be.  So lighten up people, if you call yourself a fan don’t make things worse for a player who is already feeling bad.  Why would you kick somebody when they are down? Especially if that somebody is a member of a ball team you claim to be a fan of.

I waited 54 years for that first trophy and the second was the cherry on top.  Obviously I have known this baseball team long before they were ever World Champions and I think that is now having an effect on my attitude.  Not towards my team but towards my lack of tolerance for negativity from other’s that call themselves fans.

Oh, I can hear the growling now!  I expect it because most of the fan’s I am seeing and hearing think it is perfectly except able to share what they believe to be informed opinions whether they are negative or not.  True everybody is entitled to their opinion but to me being a  fan of any team means that you are going to root for them win or lose.  I believe in loving the players as people not viewing them as someone paid to entertain me.

When our team struggles there are far too many “fans” that throw their hands up in the air and say “well that’s it, the Giants stink”.  If a player has a bit of trouble with his pitching “let’s get rid of him” is their answer.  If a player is struggling at the plate they are obviously “in a slump” and should be benched.  A player commits an error “hang him” it’s all the talk of folks who either think they are smarter or more informed than those who manage the team.  Along with that it is  likely they lack the loyalty it takes to be a fan of a team that can’t guarantee a trophy every year.  No team, player or person is perfect all the time.  That’s just a fact of life.

I do not claim to know it all when it comes to baseball and it makes absolutely no difference in defining me as a fan.  Thank goodness I am not the one who makes the decision when it is time to “give up” on a player and I have seen many of my favorite Giants removed from the team over the years and it has never been pleasant.  I get over it, I move along and new players come and I learn to love them.  There are players on the current active roster that I just can’t imagine losing and if and when that happens I will probably not deal with it very well.  But that’s life and it’s going to happen year after year as it has in the past.

Until the day they are striped of the Giants uniform I will stand by them through their successful outings as well as their unsuccessful ones.  That’s my job as a fan and I do it voluntarily.  I don’t like to lose games and it frustrates me when we play poorly but it does not give me cause to attack them. Nobody is forced to be a SF Giants fan, it’s a choice you make and if you make that choice it is your job to support the players, their coaches, managers and owners.

After all let’s not forget that the San Francisco Giants are known for their incredible fan base and I truly believe the guys when they say they “are grateful” and that it “means a lot to them to have that support”. So let’s live up to that, let’s support them. a

Some games made you feel less than pleased? You felt frustrated? You were disappointed by a player or player’s performance? You were angry?

That’s your right and you are entitled to your feelings but how do you think the player’s themselves feel after such a game? They too have strong feelings about the game and their performances. I consider those feelings to be important- more important than a disgruntled fans right to rant.

“This is the group that’s going to be out there,” Bochy

“I knew out of my hand that it wasn’t right,” said Lincecum, who was caught on a television replay screaming in dismay as Freeman connected.

Said Lincecum, who found his equilibrium after issuing leadoff walks in the first three innings, “Every outing I know I can take some positives from it and not lean on the negatives so much.”

Lincecum  about three leadoff walks in the first three innings. “That’ll hurt you,” he said. “It’s just timing. You go up there and work on it between innings with your warm-up pitches, but it’s frustrating when you can’t repeat it. Then you’re grinding.”

“We always look forward to going home,” Lincecum said. “We’ll hit the reset button.”

“It says a lot about how he gutted it out,” Bochy said of Lincecum. “He kept us in the game.”

“ I feel terrible.We are human and we make mistakes.Things happen for a reason. But in my heart, I feel terrible, bad” Andres Torres  

“I’ve lost a few balls like that,” said Torres, clearly upset with himself.  “I have no clue, to be honest. But it was terrible,” Torres said when asked to explain the misplay.  “What happened out there?” he said, furrowing his brow. “I don’t know.”.

Bochy stuck by Torres, who now leads the Majors with five errors in left field. He made one in all of 2010

“He’s a gifted defender and had a couple of off nights. He came in the dugout and apologized. He was pretty upset with himself. But this is the group that is going to be out there, and we’re going to stand behind him.”  Bochy defending Torres.

SergioRomo “It’s baseball. You can only control certain things,” Romo said. “Went out there and tried my best.”

…to my wonderful wife for all she does for our twins! -Buster

Chad Gaudin ‏@ChadGaudin57 23 Apr
apparently my son wanted to say to y’all this morning “Greet mlsdawwwpspwwwqwpuQojhu”. & i want to say sorry for that tweet & the confusion

Nick Noonan ‏@Noonan_21 15 Apr
So pumped to be part of a great team with amazing fans !! Thanks for the support and warm welcome to SF… Lets gooooo!!!!

George Kontos ‏@G_Kontos 19 May
Time to get home and start over! “But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward;….

POSTGAME NOTES: Bochy stands by his left fielder; A tranquil Dunning debut

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/giants/2013/06/16/postgame-notes-bochy-stands-by-his-left-fielder-a-tranquil-dunning-debut/

The #SFGiants Draft Picks and their Twitter Accounts (that I could find)

imyomamma2:

This is something a little different than most SFG Blogs and I love different!

Spring Training Feb 2012

 

Originally posted on Where Everyone's a Giant:

A week ago today the Houston Astros kicked off the MLB Draft by taking Mark Appel with the first pick. The Giants, twenty-four picks later chose Christian Arroyo and then the continued rebuilding for the future officially was back on its way. In case you are hoping for news from the Giants draft picks and wondering where you might be able to hear them from, the prospects themselves are a great place to start. Keep in mind that eleven of the picks from 2012 did not sign, including their 7th, 10th, 11th, and 14th round picks. Nothing has been officially announced on the Giants website about picks signing, but slowly announcements of contract signings have been coming in. Picks are listed in the order they were picked by the Giants.

Christian Arroyo — @arroyo_c

Ryder Jones — @Jonesy_56

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Thumb Wrestling Contest Determines Name Of New CSN SPORTS SHOW Presenting “YUP! SPORTS TALK LIVE”

It was a fight to the finish between JIM KOZIMOR of CSN BAY AREA and ALEX PAVLOVIC Sports writer for the MERCURY NEWS but as Kozimor’s thumb went down the name of the new series which premiers on June 3rd will be…wait for it… “YUP! SPORTSTALK LIVE”

THE SHOW a collaboration of COMCAST SPORTSNET BAY AREA AND YAHOO!,  “YUP”‘S  name gives credit to Yahoo!SPORTS along with sports writer and new host of the show ALEX PAVLOVIC

OK so I’ve had my fun with that. The truth it was JIM KOZIMOR who successfully wrestled MR. PAVLOVIC’s thumb to the mat.
If you are a stickler for reality please find that information below.

Yesterday was a terrible day for me and I’m fairly certain that other SF Giants fans weren’t doing any happy dances either.
I won’t bother to do any “play by-play” stuff because there are plenty of more qualified writers that have done so, you will find those links below.
As a fan of 56 years I am not all “shaken up” by the struggle the SF Giants are having right now along with that comes the loyalty that keeps me from slamming them when they don’t perform perfectly. I take the good with the bad and keep positive ever rooting them on.

True I didn’t enjoy spending the entire day in my recliner watching my team get pummeled by STL however what really made it a bad day was the experience with people who chose to go out of their way to be unkind to me.

I am not here to whine about that after all this is the “LIGHTER SIDE OF SPORTS”
Today I would like to take the opportunity to mention some of the people involved with the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS who have recently gone out of their way to be kind to me.

DAN FARETTI-Thank you for all you did for me and Michael! You provided him with a unique one of a kind experience on his birthday!

Behind the scenes most of the time heading security for the Giants while at AT&T you will find him chatting with fans while on the field of Scottsdale Stadium during spring training.
Dan is one of the most charming an personable people I have ever met. From the interactions I have seen between him & fans I don’t seem to be alone in my admiration for this man.

ALEX PAVLOVIC-Thank you for your kind and unexpected willingness to do what you could to make Michael’s day special! I admire you for your accessibility!
On May 21st of this year Alex was at AT&T Park covering the game for “ChronLive”. But still took the time to invite my son to the Press Booth.

Alex PavlovicALEX came to the Mercury News in 2009 and contributed to the Giants beats. He is a 2008 graduate of UC Santa Barbara, where he was the Daily Nexus sports editor and did radio broadcasts for literally dozens of listeners. Alex grew up in Cupertino.

Mr. Pavlovic currently a writer covering bay area sports in the MERCURY NEWS :apavlovic@mercurynews.com
also does an excellent job with his blog GIANTS EXTRA about the San Francisco Giants
http://blogs.mercurynews.com/giants/author/apavlovic/ MORE BELOW

MYCHAEL URBAN-Another well-known sports writer who was willing to go out of his way to show kindness to me and my son. Thank you so much for your unselfish willingness to contribute your time.

Mychael UrbanMYCHAEL writes for The SF Examiner and is married with two adorable daughters.  MORE BELOW

 

 

 

DANIELLEY-   @bleacher_creech 

A favorite tweeter follower who goes out of her way every day to be kind. Thank you creech :)

BOTH ALEX PAVLOVIC AND MYCHAEL URBAN were contributors to a must have book for all SF Giants fans “ONE COMMON GOAL” If you don’t have it you must get it.

By:Mychael Urban | 03/24/13 1:26
Concerns about Pablo Sandoval, Bartolo Colon are justified

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sports/columnists/2013/03/concerns-about-pablo-sandoval-bartolo-colon-are-justified#ixzz2V3DvYaK9

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sports/columnists/2013/03/concerns-about-pablo-sandoval-bartolo-colon-are-justified

By Alex Pavlovic
POSTGAME NOTES: The ugly numbers behind a doubleheader sweep(50)

INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN

http://www.dailybulletin.com/california/ci_23370891/san-francisco-giants-suffer-doubleheader-sweep-st-louis

Giants Extra
A blog about the San Francisco Giants

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/giants/author/apavlovic/

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/giants/2012/08/30/thursdays-giants-lineup-but-more-importantly-hensley-bomb/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitte

COMCAST SPORTSNET BAY AREA AND YAHOO! SPORTS COLLABORATE TO PRESENT “YAHOO! SPORTSTALK LIVE”

YSTL

Andrew Baggarly

http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/andrew-baggarly/extra-baggs-giants-add-injury-insulting-play

SF Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Giants-swept-in-DH-with-top-2-pitchers-4568864.php

YAHOO SPORTS

http://sports.yahoo.com/

Jim Kozimor
http:/A/www.csnbayarea.com

LET’S BREAK THIS TIE TONIGHT!

Today’s home game #26 (17-8) vs the Colorado Rockies

That’s right it’s “Timmy Day”

Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.70) will go up against Tyler Chatwood (2-0, 2.55) also a right handed pitcher.

THE GIANTS...Have lost six of their last nine games…however,they still enter tonight’s game in a three-way tie for first place in the NL West with Arizona and Colorado.

Giants have gone 10-2 at home this season vs NL West teams and have swept 3 or their 4 series.

Even though Scutaro’s 19 game hit streak came to an end Wed. his streak was the longest hitting streak in the Majors so far this
season. Good job Marco!

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One streak that hasn’t ended for Scutaro is against Colorado, he has hit in every one of his last 15 games against the Rockies since
he left that team to become a Giant.
Nice for him to do so well against his former team who I am assuming would love to have him back. Keep it up tonight Marco your bat
may be the one that is the factor in us taking game one of this three game series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON THE MOUND

Timmy Leroy Lincecum
Born on June 15 1984 he made his Major League debut may 6, 2007

In that same year a the age of 24 years old he became the youngest Cy Young winner in either league, since Roger Clemens was 24 in 1986.

Lincecum also became 13th pitcher to win honor with team having sub .500 record.

Only three pitchers had as many strikeout in their sophomore season as Timmy

Lincecum is Giants franchise record holder for number of games pitched with 10-or-more strikeouts (32)
Unfortunatly in 2012 he had just one double-digit strikeout game.

And the most important “SUPPORT TIMMY” stat tonight

Tim earned his 1st Major League victory May 11 in Colorado, defeating Rockies 8-3.

SFG have gone 11-4 in Timmy’s last 15 outings. The Giants 6-3 record behind Lincecum’s start this season BEST among any of our other
starters.

Tim is 65-7 with run support of 3 or more so our bats know what they have to do tonight!

Speaking our our BATS

GOOD NEWS:
SF GIANTS offense goes into the game tonight LEADING the NL with a .272 average.

BAD NEWS:
SF Giants have errors galore! 14 in their past nine games and now with 18 in the past 15 which lead to the unhappy and surprising
stat: 35 errors have tied us for the 3rd most in the league! Screwing up just slightly less than the Cubbies & the Nats.

IN SUMMARY:

LETS GO GIANTS
RUN SUPPORT FOR TIMMY
LET’S BREAK THIS TIE!

Grabbin’ Some Pine 5/20

imyomamma2:

RYAN VOGELSONG’S INJURY TONIGHT WAS TRAGIC BUT HE WENT OUT WITH A 8-0 WIN OVER THE NATIONALS THAT REFUELED HIS TEAM AND I HOPE THAT ACCOMPLISHMENT WILL HELP WITH THE PAIN.

THE SF GIANTS WILL PLAY HARDER FOR THEIR FALLEN TEAMMATE AS ALWAYS TOGETHER THEY WILL BE GIANT.

GET WELL SOON VOGEY!

vogelsong 4172013The rest of the team had an amazing night at the plate Belt with a 4 hit night pounding his 6th home run of the season! Torres long overdue had a 3 hit night driving in the Giants first run of the game.  Scutaro despite an error lengthened  his hitting streak to 18 games.  Total hits for the San Francisco Giants tonight-17! The offense also turned 2 double plays and after Vogelsong left the game with his injured hand our bull pen kept the Nationals scoreless.

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MATT CAIN SCORES A BIG ONE AND SO DOES DADDY

THE SF GIANTS BEAT THE BRAVES tonight by a score of 8-2 behind the pitching of our “Horse” the amazing MATT CAIN!

Matty did a bang up job earning him the first effortless win of this season. He looked mahhhhvelous!

http://sfgiantsphotos.mlblogs.com/tag/matt-cain/

Matt did more than pitch well; he helped himself out with RBI’s giving us all back the faith in our “veteran” that may have wavered a bit recently. With only one previous win this season it’s been an unusual start for “THE PITCHER” of our team.

Matt did pitch games that he either “deserved” to win or won out-right had won until a “reliever” screwed it up for him. But that’s then and tonight’s tonight!!

This tweeter follower and fellow SF Giants fan puts it well:


RideTheNightTrain@SFGiantsMadBum

Damn proud of Cain. Limiting an offensively potent team like the Braves to two runs is great! Way to go! #RallyHorse
#SFGiants

For complete game recap please go to www.sfgiants.com

And now for the fishing report:

METRI LAKE

A missing fisherman’s body was found yesterday off the east end of Metri Lake, Yuma AZ yesterday by divers who had been searching for days.

The California man’s submerged boat and abandon pick-up truck had been found earlier this week after friends reported him missing almost a week ago. The police and divers have been searching the lake for days for the missing man.

This was tragic and the first death of a fisherman on this quite lake that anyone can remember. Metri Lake is where I was first introduced to Largemouth Bass fishing and since it’s a short drive from my house I fish there often.

Even though dad and I had talked about going out today, I was not anxious to go out until the body was found so I was relieved last night, as I’m sure the man’s family was, when he was found.

Last spring a month or so before I attended the fateful opening series in Phoenix where I watched my beloved SF Giants get swept by the AZ D-Backs, I cracked my ankle after rescuing a man from drowning in this same lake. As we were headed back to the dock that day I noticed a man floating in the lake while holding his arm, up much as if he was skiing and was waiting for the boat to circle. He was not skiing, in fact nobody skis on Metri Lake, I don’t even think it is allowed.

This guy had a rope in his hand which was attached to his totally submerged flat bottom aluminum boat and he was struggling to stay above water. I put daddy behind the wheel of the boat and went to the back to try to help the guy in the boat. Well, this guy was big! And exhausted, and couldn’t pull himself into the boat. Well with the adrenaline I am assuming that those mom’s get when they lift the car off of their babies, I reached over the edge of our boat, grabbed this very large man by his belt and heaved him into the boat.

Long story short we towed him and his boat to shore and even though I think he was still in shock dad and I went home with quite the experience under our belts.

Any whooo…I was a bit worried that given our history we would be the unfortunate fisher persons to find the body of the poor soul. Thankfully not, but Daddy did catch a fish that could have swallowed us both whole!! Whopper!

Over 6 lbs and 23 inches long with the biggest mouth I have ever seen on a fish, this beauty was caught this morning before 9 am on a “drop shot”- tequila-sunrise worm with a chartreuse tipped tail.


SF GIANTS GET BOTH CHEEKS INTO IT

ANOTHER AMAZING WIN LAST NIGHT BY THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS!

Making it even more beautiful is the fact it was against the LA DODGERS!

Saving us from another boring baseball game our team provided the torture once again. I loved it!

Here is how I saw the game:

POSEY – 2 X RBI Ground-rule double! Got both his “cheeks into it” says Krukow and it was almost OUTTA HERE!

BLANCO- RBI

POSEY-RBI without swinging the bat

BLANCO-RBI

TORRES- HOME RUN His first of the season!

Something about the Dodgers scoring 7 runs in the fifth inning.

“Providing some much-needed therapy” for the struggling LA Dodgers. Krukow is right so, you’re welcome LA.

MORE SF GIANTS RUNS!

Wild pitch scores POSEY.

PABLO – Sac Fly

*PEGUARO- Double! I witnessed this guy first hand in Scottsdale and have been waiting to see him in the line up!

THEN the last guy on the bench comes to bat

Guillermo Quiroz- WALK OFF HOMERUN WINS THE GAME!

You just can’t ask for better baseball than that!

ZITO LEAVES SF GIANTS TO JOIN METALLICA

JUST KIDDING! Got your attention though didn’t I?

Barry Zito visits Metallica in the studio on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Only re-hashing old news because my beloved son SF Giants fan and Metallica fan worked last night during “Metallica night”.

Sure you’ve seen it all in re-plays by now, but just in case…

Metallica on SFG Live

http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=26810125&topic_id=22048014&c_id=sf

Barry Zito visits Metallica in the studio on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Your mamma loves you!

 

 

 

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As I Was Saying . . .

imyomamma2:

Daddy's little girlGREAT to hear from one of the guys!  Enjoyable musings by Daddy Crawford.

Looking forward to February even though I will be another year older Scottsdale is my carrot, the get away that keeps me going during the scorching summers and snow bird ridden winters of the Arizona desert.

Sunshine- Baseball players- feet up, smile on-watching the 3 time World Champions frolic like little kids. That is my idea of BLISS!

Originally posted on Brandon and Brandon:

So where was I? Oh, right. August 13. We were 4.5 games behind the Dodgers. We had lost five in a row before finally beating the White Sox.
A lot has happened since then.
You might have seen it.
Belt, Gregor Blanco and I stopped blogging when the team was struggling so much mid-season. And then we started to win. Not that blogging had anything to do with anything. But we figured we’d just focus on winning and, well, you know the rest.
Now that the season is over, and I’ve had a month to rest — sort of (more on that later) — I’m blogging again.
First, I’m really happy for Bum getting SI’s Sportsman of the Year. I haven’t read the story yet, but I hear he sounds a bit like Paul Bunyan. Bum apparently tells the tale of hacking up a snake during spring training last year…

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Huddy: 2014 Reincarnation of Billy Swift?

imyomamma2:

As a member of the Swift Family and a huge fan of Tim Hudson this blog made me smile real big! :)

 

Originally posted on THE San Francisco Giants Blog:

Tim Hudson: he never had an inning where he threw more than 12 pitches. Padres suck? Or Hudson does not?

Posey: “I catch that many pitches in 4 or 5 innings sometimes…”

It’s only May 1st, but would Hudson win the CY if the season ended today? Since Jesse Chavez would probably get some CY votes in the AL, it’s probably a bad idea to give out Cy Young’s on May 1st….

Between Huddy, Morsey, and Hicksy I’m not sure if Sabean could have hand picked any better 3 free agents for the overall price he got them for.

Now, about the other guys who were already on the team…..

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Opening Day Festivities

imyomamma2:

Nobody does the photos better so sit back and re-live SF Giants Opening Day!

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MY COMMENT on Brandon Belt’s Blog Post- “Alarming First Night”

imyomamma2:

Belt showing love to the fans Feb 2012

Belt showing love to the fans Feb 2012

This is my “comment” on Brandon’s post.  I have a lot to say and fortunately for me this is my blog so I can go on and on and on…

Dear Brandon,

I love that you and Brandon Crawford are doing the Brandon’s blog it is my all time favorite Giants read always enjoyable!  You always mix it up and that keeps it interesting and real. Thank you for that.

I am so proud of the role model you are, not only for the children but for everybody. You are a good person with good values.  Your love and respect for your wife, family and friends is admirable and it shows.  I hold the Giants in high regard and thank you for proving that the players that make up the team I adore ARE better than the rest.

Am I surprised that the way to your heart is through salad dressing?  Absolutely not!

I must admit that I thought the alarm story was leading up to “oops wrong house” but not disappointed.

I am still amused at the image of you in Yoga pants but I think your teammates were having more fun with you attending then you were and I doubt if your busy schedule would allow for regular classes.  Haley may want you to take class with her over the off-season and you don’t want to be too advanced.

I am sorry that some make you feel as though you are just a “baseball machine” that isn’t a mistake I make but I have been a fan for 56 yrs. and I regard the players as people first ballplayer’s second-and I take plenty of flak about it.  I love this team like a mother and I am old enough to do so.

My thoughts get no respect most don’t agree with me when I preach unprofessional things such as “They can’t win if they aren’t having fun”  “There is something bothering him, I can tell by his face”  “Not just anyone can be a Giant the guy has to ‘click’ with the team”  “If you say slump he will hear that and it will get in his head and THEN we have a slump!”  It just so happens that some who know, Alex Pavlovic,  for example, that agree with me and I would show the articles to prove it if anyone cared.  I get a kick out of being the Rodney Dangerfield of MLB.

The San Francisco Giants are my boys.  I raised them from pups. 

You were one of my first posts on my blog due to the attention you paid to the fans in Scottsdale spring of 2012. I had the orange beard shirt on and even though I am not usually an autograph hound I was really hoping to have Wilson sign it. Well, that wasn’t going to happen as I watched Bri Bri run to his car and then burn rubber out of the parking lot and away from his fans.

So…Now he has to be a Dodger which can’t be pleasant-even though I wouldn’t normally wish that on anybody-maybe he should have been nicer.  He can act all he wants to but he’s not happy as a rival of the team that made him…whatever it is he has become.

Belt signs Wilson's face

Belt signs Wilson’s face

You on the other hand you came and heaped love on us adoring fans before you left the stadium lot.

When I told you I wasn’t able to get Brian to sign you said something like, “shame on him” at least that’s the way I remember it. You then signed the shirt right in the middle of what would have been Wilson’s face inspiring the blog “Belt gets in Wilson’s Face” and with that gesture you won my undying loyalty and became my favorite  player.

You signed and posed for pictures for everybody which I am certain took a chunk out of your personal time.  (Thank  Haley for sharing your time.) The only regret I have about that day is that I took pics of you and many other fans with their cameras but failed to get one of my own.  I was so thrilled for the others it took me a while to realized that “Hey, I would like my picture with Brandon Belt too!”  But it was too late you were making your exit and not wanting to take up any more of your time, I didn’t ask.  I will be sitting right by the visitors dugout at Chase 4/2 and 4/3 of the opening series-hint hint. :)

 

I am used to losing players that I am seriously attached to-after all guys come and go-however for the first time since the team came to San Francisco there were players I simply refused to say “byebye”  to.

I worried that if you and Timmy were “let go” that my unconditional love for my team may be tested.  I’m not totally unreasonable and I usually adjust to whatever decisions are made but this time I just wasn’t feeling flexible.

 Thankfully that did not happen I  breathe and bleed (orange) easily for another season.

I am at Scottsdale Stadium every February watching you & the other guys work out and practice.  This is what I love to do most of all and I wait not so patiently for spring to arrive so that I can spend my birthday with my team.

I don’t need the commercials to show me your humorous side (hands down your gamer babe is the funniest commercial) however you did clear one thing up-thankfully-I thought you were mad at me! 

I was relieved to see you practicing in Scottsdale but my joy was dampened in the glare of the “stink eye” you were giving me.  I tried to relax but was  wracking my brain-“What could I possibly have done to make Belt so mad?  Actually I’m sure there are plenty of things I could have done but now way never, not intentionally. Turns out you weren’t mad at all.  Silly me!

Actually my foremost thought as I watched you this spring was “I swear that boy has grown another  foot!”  I speak of your height and not any extra appendages.  Hmmm?  Nope I would have noticed.

Your appearance doesn’t read “angry” to me it reads concentration and tells me that you take your job very seriously.  Important trait one I admire.

I occasionally take in a pre-season game but I prefer the more intimate crowd and the relaxed demeanor of the practice sessions.  Dealing with the crowds is something I am willing to do only for regular season games.   I watch you more closely than most of the others because as I said, you are my fav also you play 1st base  and I practically have my feet on the bag.

Charlie Culberson spring 2012

Charlie Culberson spring 2012

I don’t think you are a germaphobe.  It is true that we get sick from other’s germs but I hate for Charlies child to get the blame. He too made a very good impression that spring of 2012 and inspired a blog post. I wish he was still with the team. I hate that you have been sick and I hope you are feeling better and continue to be well.  I hope you don’t get paranoid about interacting with the fans, it sets you apart & it is important.

Not all fans are “cray cray” some of us are adults and have respect for your personal time and space.  It would be nice if as a mature lifelong fan I would not be lumped in with the “Prom?” crowd but that is a dream.  After  all my first spring training in 1986 I could walk anywhere, watch everyone, talk to any player.  Willy Mays standing next to me asked me if I would like his autograph, naturally I cherish that day.  I didn’t try to hug him though and  I would never ask you for a hug HOWEVER I am still hoping to get that picture. :)

The Lighter Side Of Sports apologizes due to the length of the previous post there is not room for the re-blogged post from BRANDON BELT’S published on  “BRANDON ON BRANDON”  LOL

Originally posted on Brandon and Brandon:

I thought spring training was just for my baseball stuff. Apparently it’s spring training for my living arrangements, too. When we got into San Francisco Wednesday night, I drove to the house Haylee and I rented in the East Bay. The lady we’re renting from told me how to work the alarm system. I had it all written down.

So I unlocked the door, and I punched in the numbers. And the alarm went off. I punched in the numbers again. The alarm kept blaring. I called the alarm company and was shouting over the alarm.

Then the police showed up. I was telling them I was doing the exact thing the landlord told me. I have an alarm system at my own house, so I know how they work.

It kept ringing and soon 30 minutes had passed. It’s after 10 by this point. I decided just to leave…

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A Bucket by the Bed – Brandon Belt

imyomamma2:

Brandon Belt with what you need to know. And that’s what’s happening!

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Originally posted on Brandon and Brandon:

I was home sick today with a stomach virus. It came on all of a sudden last night and I’ve been sleeping on and off most of the day. Not fun. But I thought I’d get a post out while I can.

On Monday a lot of reporters asked me about Barry Bonds because I guess he mentioned me by name at his press conference. I haven’t talked to him yet. I just introduced myself at the batting cage. I’m shy by nature so I’m not going to go up to him and start asking questions right away. I listened to him talk to other guys during BP and picked up a few things. Nothing too specific.

But I’ll definitely talk to him. You’re always figuring out some kinks during spring training, so that’s what I’d want to talk to him about. And I’d like to talk to him about how he minimized the down times so you get out of them…

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Family, Then Baseball – Brandon Crawford

Originally posted on Brandon and Brandon:

It’s nothing serious – dehydration from a stomach bug – but Jalynne had to spend last night(Tuesday) in the hospital. She’s less than two weeks from giving birth, so the doctors are being extra cautious. They hooked her up to an IV, and she told me to go home.

​“You have a game tomorrow,’’ she said. “Go home and get a good sleep.’’

“It’s a spring training game,’’ I said.

Even if it were a regular-season game, I’d still stay, especially knowing that Braylyn was in good hands with our close friends. Family comes first, no matter what you do for a living.

I slept on one of those hospital cots next to Jalynne’s bed. They are not the most comfortable things. Even so, I know I slept better being there than going home and worrying about her. This morning, the doctors said she was doing well but they needed to continue the IV drip.

I went to the ballpark, which happens to be right across the street from the hospital, and…

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ADDICTED TO SPRING TRAINING? GO TO REHAB!

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Robin with a birthday surprise!

welcome giants fansTHERE ARE A LOT OF PLACES TO STAY IN SCOTTSDALE however for me I prefer to be in walking distance from the places I intend to spend the majority of my time.

SCOTTSDALE STADIUM

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REHAB BURGER

The stadium is where I spend time welcoming baseball back while watching my SF Giants skip, hop, toss, hit and just generally enjoying being back with the team  in the Arizona sunshine.

When I am not at the Stadium I am at Rehab Burger-my second favorite thing about Scottsdale!  This is not just any burger joint or sports bar this the only place you can add to the Spring Training experience that does it justice.  Scottsdale is a beautiful place to watch your San Francisco Giants in the springtime and Rehab Burger is the best way to fill in the moments without baseball.

I discovered this funky friendly one of a kind establishment while walking from Scottsdale Stadium to my hotel last February and found it rounded out my birthday trip in the most fulfilling way.  Rehab Burger is where I eat too much and smile a whole lot while watching sports on several big screens.  Decorated with surf boards and music from Slightly Stoopid playing through the speakers this place feels like home to me. I couldn’t wait to get back this year and was delighted to find the staff that I fell in love with were still here this February.  These are really good peeps who will make you feel special because they want to.  The food that Chef Ken creates is served in large portions each dish makes you want to try another.  The full bar has all of the finest and newest components which is why I prefer to stay within walking distance!

Day one the “Pigs Wings” one of my favorite spicy crispy delights was what I buried my face in but I was back daily to chow on others.  There are many “must have” dishes in the menu naturally the burgers are amazing (you have to try the PBJ or Mac & Cheese Burgers)  however pasta, salads and to die for deserts are there for further therapy and Rehab does them best!

Walking distance from the SF Giants, old town Scottsdale and some fine hotels Rehab Burger is the place to be this spring, next spring and the next and…

Another good place to eat and watch sports is DUKES with amazing sandwiches and an entire room of screens to watch any sport you can imagine.  The 022114 dukes sandstaff is friendly and the food good but it is further from the stadium and lacks that something extra that makes REHAB BURGER hard to leave!

Tim Lincecum

imyomamma2:

Lincecum short hair pastI am pleased to re blog this pro-Timmy post. It is refreshing but unfortunately rare for a “sports blogger” to write in support of the re-signing of Tim Lincecum. I feel that he is more than just an important part of the San Francisco Giants, he is the heart as Matt Cain is the soul. I hope to see them both finish out their pro ball days on my forever passion, my SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS!

Originally posted on THE San Francisco Giants Blog:

The Giants gave Tim Lincecum 35 million this off season and were derided by many. I wasn’t one of the *deriders*. I happen to think Timmy is going to be very good in ’14/’15. His lost velocity is well documented but you don’t need velocity to pitch well. And he’s on record as saying he’s taking a new approach to pitching now and how  he had been stubborn about trying to re-capture his lost mph’s. Plus, everyone thinks Tim Hudson will be a great mentor for him now that they’re on the same team.

The thing Lincecum needs to figure out is how to stay out of the big inning. His W/L splits are ridiculous.

Last year:

wins: 1.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, .155BAA, .505OPS

Losses: 6.53 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, .306 BAA, .844 OPS

If you remembered Lincecum having rough starts to his outings, you aren’t imagining that. In terms of…

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Old Man Scutaro

imyomamma2:

Chuckles courtesy of Marco Scutaro who remains the “Hardest Player To Strike Out” in MLB!

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Originally posted on SF Giants Photos:

During a recent game Marco Scutaro demonstrated what he will look like as a 90-year-old second baseman.

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Quick Hits for August 27, 2013

Originally posted on SF Giants Photos:

TONIGHT’S GAME…Th e San Francisco Giants visit the Colorado Rockies tonight in the middle game of this three game series… RHP Chad Bettis (0-2, 4.50) is scheduled to face RHP Yusmeiro Petit (0-0, 3.38).

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TONIGHT’S STARTER…RHP Yusmeiro Petit is slated to make his 38th career big league start tonight and his second in the last four seasons…he had pitched extremely well at triple-A Fresno this season, allowing three earned runs or fewer in each of his last seven starts, fashioning a 2.30 ERA (12er, 47.0ip) during that span.

Click HERE for today’s complete game notes.

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KEEP IT GOING…OF Hunter Pence has started 140-consecutive games, the longest streak in the NL and fourth longest in the Majors.

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GREGOR BLANCO… Is 11-for-35 (.314) in his past nine games… Has appeared in 114 games, making 93 starts (57 in center field and 36 in left field).

2013, sf giants, photo, MARCO SCUTARO… His .318 avg. (41-for-129) vs. left -handed pitching ranks as the…

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