Freddy Sanchez. Pablo Sandoval. Mark DeRosa. Aaron Rowand.
Every season, the first few weeks are when a team begins to cement its personality. It’s becoming obvious the Giants are going to rely on the quartet mentioned above if they are going to successfully defend their world championship.
After a shaky start with the Giants, Sanchez has turned out to be a pro’s pro. He proved it in the postseason, and he’s proving it again this year. He can hit. He plays hard. If his body holds up, he’ll be a key ingredient to the Giants’ success in 2011. Read More
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is visiting two Bank of America branches Thursday to hand out free tickets and promotional items.The event is a promotion by Bank of America to show customer appreciation, bank spokeswoman Gita Chandra said. Posey visited a bank branch at 345 Montgomery St. first, then planned to stop by a branch at 1640 Van Ness Ave. from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.He is giving away two pairs of Giants tickets at each location, as well autographed Giants gear including hats, Chandra said. Read More
As I sit out on the back porch, looking out at the backside of Twin Peaks, my thoughts creep back to the trial of Barry Bonds.
I’ve been trying to come to grips with what was proven at the trial that last week found Bonds guilty of obstructing justice.
I rooted for Bonds. I took my son to root for him, and we rooted together. I don’t remember talking about drugs. We talked about baseball. Read More
Freddy Sanchez doubled in the tying run in the sixth inning, then put San Francisco up for good with a two-run single in the seventh and the Giants won their fourth in a row by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Saturday night.San Francisco starter Barry Zito sprained his right foot lunging for a bunt in the second inning and left the game. Replacement Guillermo Mota pitched a career-long 4 1-3 innings to get the victory. Mota (1-0) allowed one run on three hits, fanning four with no walks. Read More
The real losers in the Barry Bonds trial are you and me and all the U.S. taxpayers who have had to pay for the $6 million attempt by the feds in this travesty.
Aren’t you glad that crime is at such a low level in the country that federal law enforcement officers can afford to spend so much time and money on this?
To this point, all they’ve achieved is to get a guilty plea for Bonds on obstruction of justice in the BALCO case, which wasn’t even part of the original prosecution. Read More
Giants pitching ace Tim Lincecum posted a Facebook message Thursday saying he will donate $25,000 to the Bryan Stow Fund, to help the comatose fan who suffered a skull fracture after he was brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium March 31 after the first game of the season.
“I encourage Giants fans to support Mr. Stow in a positive way and hope there is not any more unfortunate acts between fans in this great rivalry,” Lincecum wrote. Read More
The numbers are not going to change, and neither are most opinions. Barry Bonds will keep the home run records he set, even if everyone from Cooperstown to Candlestick knows he used performance-enhancing drugs.What everyone didn’t know was he could be convicted for previously testifying before a grand jury that, in effect, he was a celebrity child. That was his defense 7½ years ago. Read More
As one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived — with or without doping — Barry Bonds’ career can only be properly assessed with statistics.
And as usual with Bonds, the numbers are eye-popping. The U.S. Attorney’s Office spent upward of $6 million, almost eight years and used enough lawyers to bring down the mob in New Jersey. And all Bonds got was the legal equivalent of a knock-down pitch.
Wednesday, the man who set the record for intentional walks got one last free pass. Read More
So right field has turned into the Magical Mystery Tour. And as with last year, the offense seems to be a mystery of its own. Still, the season is not quite two weeks old, and if Giants fans seek a sense of perspective they are urged to check out the disaster that is the Boston Red Sox.
The great thing about baseball, as proved once more Tuesday night at AT&T Park, is that you’re only one game away from satisfaction, especially if Tim Lincecum is the starting pitcher and Brian Wilson is the closer. Yes, it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out at the old beardgame. Read More
Giants fans polled outside of AT&T Park had two words for Wednesday’s verdict in the Barry Bonds trial: Over it.
For many Giants fans, the conclusion of the trial didn’t justify the time and expense of the case, in which jurors convicted the 46-year-old former home run slugger on just one of four charges he was facing.
“I’ve been a huge Bonds fan ever since he came in ’93, but it’s all in the past now,” said Bill Mullen, 32, of Elk Grove. “It was a huge waste of taxpayer money.” Read More