Only two players were selected in this year’s baseball draft with San Francisco high school ties.
The first, former Washington High School and Sonoma State star O’Koyea Dickson, was a lock, but the second came from maybe the most unlikely source — Jewish Community High School of the Bay.
The Giants selected Jewish Community senior Benny Sosnick in the 49th round (1,497th overall) on Wednesday, marking one of the most noteworthy moments in the school’s 10-year history. Read More
A veritable laugher by those offensively challenged Giants. A win with only a few grimaces. A win manager Bruce Bochy said was “important.” A win without anybody in the lineup batting higher than .290. A win because of that old, reliable pitching.
Every day is a party at AT&T Park, where the stands are full — Wednesday was the 27th consecutive sellout of 2011 — the games are torture and the town’s team is almost immune to the consequences. Read More
Buster Posey is mature beyond his years. Sadly, he is also mature beyond Brian Sabean’s years.
Posey felt it necessary to issue a statement saying he didn’t blame Scott Cousins for his devastating season-ending injury after Sabean had unleashed a virulent tirade on KNBR (680 AM) against Cousins, hinting strongly that there would be reprisals when the Giants next meet the Florida Marlins. Read More
I’ve read the Giants’ obituaries born of the crash of Buster Posey, and I believe the news of their death is greatly exaggerated.
Oh, they’re going to sputter and have their tough stretches — they’re never going to be an offensive juggernaut — but they were built on pitching and defense, and that is what will carry them the rest of the way in 2011.
Nobody gave them much of a chance last year, and they wound up winning a world championship. Read More
June has arrived with promise and reminders. June rhymes with moon, spoon, loon and, as those who remember the Giants’ bad old days, swoon. A tradition presumably abandoned.
After a May in which San Francisco lost its star catcher and six games during the final eight days, the new month couldn’t be as troublesome as the past when a quick start became a sudden decline. Read More
It may be “wait till next year” for Buster Posey, but it doesn’t have to be for the Giants.
However, the worst thing Brian Sabean can do is fail to find an accomplished replacement for his best everyday player. One day after Posey got hurt, Sabean wisely brought up the organization’s top two prospects, first baseman-outfielder Brandon Belt and shortstop Brandon Crawford, to jump-start a sagging offense. Belt, 23, batted .337 in his month-long stay at Triple-A Fresno. Crawford, 24, is a career .270 minor-league hitter while averaging almost a strikeout per game. Read More
There has been much speculation over whether Buster Posey should shift positions to lengthen his career, and Wednesday night’s catastrophic collision that will likely sideline him for the season provides ammunition for both sides. Read More
Is it permissible to say something positive about Barry Bonds? Thank you. Bonds pledged to pay for the college education of Bryan Stow’s two children. That’s a splash hit of another sort.
Barry’s taken a lot of knocks, some of them deserved, certainly. So how about some praise? How about a high-five for someone who can use a few compliments?
Bonds took steroids. He admitted as much in that unneeded trial, said to cost $60 million, where he was convicted not of perjury, but of obstruction of justice. The verdict is being appealed. Read More
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has shown a remarkable ability to plug the right player into a situation, and now, he has more pieces with which to play.
The latest is Darren Ford, who is as fast as anybody I’ve seen on a baseball diamond. He may never hit enough to be a regular, but he has been a base-running dynamo. He scored the winning run in Sunday’s 11-inning win over the A’s despite a perfect throw from A’s right fielder Ryan Sweeney. Read More
The San Francisco Giants' long journey to win the World Series will be commemorated by a World Champions Walk, team officials announced Friday.
The walkway will encircle all four plazas of AT&T Park and contain granite markers that will highlight epic moments of the 52-year journey.
"The 2010 World Series title was the culmination of more than five decades of memorable moments, historic games and hundreds of legendary players who have worn the San Francisco Giants uniform," Giants president Larry Baer said in a statement. Read More