So, is it better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all? Probably depends on where you live.If you live in the Bay Area and you’re a die-hard Giants fans, it’s an empty feeling to know that your postseason chances have officially ended, but at least the pain was somewhat numbed by the fact that you knew weeks ago — if not months — that it just wasn’t going to happen this year. You never had a chance to have your heart broken with a stretch drive collapse. Read More
The San Francisco Giants are breathing a sigh of relief after a man known for greeting players as they arrived at AT&T Park was found safe in Los Angeles on Tuesday.For years, 43-year-old Billy Chamberlain was a constant presence at Giants games, greeting team members as they arrived at the ballpark’s entrance at Second and King streets, San Francisco police said.But after Chamberlain was not seen at any games for about a month, police launched an investigation into his whereabouts earlier this month. Read More
As the Giants grind out the final days of the season, hoping to make a near impossible rise from the scrap heap, most players quietly say they are just taking care of business one day at a time.
Not future-thinking Carlos Beltran. The free agent-to-be decided the stretch drive of a playoff race is a good time to publicly reveal he would consider returning to San Francisco next season if given assurances that the Giants would make certain improvements. Read More
Larry Baer is the perfect choice to replace Bill Neukom as CEO of the Giants, for several reasons.
He has been closely involved with the Giants since the fall of 1992, when he was part of the investors group that bought the Giants from Bob Lurie and kept them in San Francisco.
He worked tirelessly to secure the financing for AT&T Park, which has become a focal point for new development in San Francisco, as well as perhaps the most beautiful ballpark in the country. Read More
Just one season removed from helping bring San Francisco its first World Series championship, Bill Neukom is on his way out as Giants managing general partner and CEO.
After reports surfaced Wednesday that Neukom was being forced out over disagreements with the team’s ownership executive committee, the Giants issued a statement saying the former Microsoft lawyer would be retiring Dec. 31. Read More
There was little change in the Giants’ team that finished 2010 as world champions and the team that started the 2011 season, but there should be a wholesale shuffling of the roster in the offseason.
Those who should go: Read More
Bruce Bochy said all the right things about continuing to fight after the Arizona Diamondbacks crushed the Giants’ hopes over the weekend. But Bochy has to face the reality, even after Monday’s rare blowout win against the Padres: The Giants are done, and he has to look at what kind of team he’ll have next season.
That team should have more young players, instead of veterans who can no longer do the job. Read More
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