Brian Sabean and Giants ownership deserve credit for taking a serious financial hit to improve the team, as they designated Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand for assignment on the last day of August. Now, as the Giants start a critical series against the Arizona Diamondbacks today, it is up to manager Bruce Bochy to use current performance in making playing decisions, not a player’s history. Read More
It was here in the Big Apple 60 years ago that Chuck Dressen, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, declared in a statement that some English teachers defended on the grounds a team is a collective noun, “The Giants is dead.”
The New York Giants weren’t — coming back from a 13½-game August deficit to force a playoff with the Dodgers, which resulted in the “Shot Heard ’Round the World,” by Bobby Thomson.
The San Francisco Giants are.
Not that anyone back here cares. Read More
Here’s a sobering thought for euphorically optimistic Giants fans: Not only could your “Wait till next year” rally cries actually start next week, most of the current regulars won’t even be back in orange and black in 2012.
Unlike a year ago at this time, when the Giants catapulted to the NL West lead thanks to the San Diego Padres’ 10-game losing streak, the Arizona Diamondbacks come to town this weekend with a newfound swagger. Read More
Imagine the Giants as a fighter.
Early in the bout for 2011, they took a potential knockout blow when Buster Posey went down. They absorbed a stiff uppercut when Pablo Sandoval went on the disabled list.
But they kept punching, scoring enough late-inning victories to keep themselves ahead on points.
It was a solid right to the midsection when Freddy Sanchez went down. They took the worst of a counter-punch exchange when the Barry Zito-Jonathan Sanchez disabled list dance began. Read More
The headline wasn’t wrong. "Injuries Leave Big Holes for the Giants to Patch." That was in the New York Times. About the New York football Giants, not to be confused with the San Francisco baseball Giants, who have as many big holes because of injuries and virtually no time to patch them.
Different sports, same nickname, same problems. Too many missing pieces for the S.F. Giants. Too many missed chances. This is not a June Swoon, it’s an August Collapse. Read More
If Giants manager Bruce Bochy wants to extend his team’s season beyond the 34 regular-season games remaining, he needs to remind himself that he should play his best players, not those making the most money.
And that should start with Brandon Belt, who absolutely should be in the lineup every day, either at first base or left field. Read More
San Francisco Giants star closer Brian Wilson has been officially placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 16, due to right elbow inflammation.The Beard hasn't pitched since Monday when he gave up three hits and two walks in the ninth for his fifth blown save in 40 chances in a 5-4 loss to Atlanta."I lost the game," said San Francisco's star closer. "I blew it."Wilson first reported the elbow pain after blowing the save Monday night. Read More
The Giants have taken their tortuous season to a level that only the best Hollywood screenwriters could describe.
The sputtering, suddenly comeback-free, post-Carlos Beltran Giants take the field this afternoon against the Astros in Houston in clear danger of losing contact with the Arizona Diamondbacks, which would classify as a genuine disaster.
Earlier this week, manager Bruce Bochy tried to calm the masses by reminding everybody that this is August, and that there’s plenty of baseball left to play. Read More
Centuries ago, Sir Isaac Newton wrote that, in science, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Turns out that applies to sports, too. Just ask the Giants.
Everything went right for the Giants in the closing weeks of last season and the postseason. The San Diego Padres, who had been cruising atop the NL West all season and had a 6½-game lead, collapsed with a 10-game losing streak, giving the Giants a chance to win the division. Read More
Buster Posey, the injured San Francisco Giants catcher, is the father of twins, according to the team.Kristen Posey had the twins, named Lee Dempsey and Addison Lyn, on Sunday, the San Francisco Giants announced.Posey has been out for the season after a collision at home plate injured his leg. Read More