It was just one game, but the Giants’ 2-1 loss to the Dodgers in the season opener in Los Angeles showed how difficult it will be for them to repeat, just as division champions.
New Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has his team playing up to its considerable ability. Center fielder Matt Kemp, the poster boy for sloth, hustled throughout and scored the run that put the Dodgers ahead in the seventh inning.
James Loney, another mine of unrealized potential, lined a double to right to give the Dodgers what became their winning run. Read More
One wonders if Giants closer Brian Wilson, who’s reportedly started taking hacks at The New York Times crossword puzzle when he was 12 years old, picked up a copy of today’s issue while down in Los Angeles for opening day.If the bearded legend did, he surely would’ve found it “sweet.”“I’d like to be a crossword clue one day,” he told The New York Times last October, just days before striking out Texas slugger Nelson Cruz in game five for the World Series win. “I want my clue to be down, not across. The down ones are usually harder.” Read More
Fans unable to make the 400-mile trek south to watch the San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers opening day clash can enjoy the game at AT&T Park via the multiple TV monitors and centerfield Jumbotron.The Guardsman, an all-volunteer Bay Area-based group is throwing the preview party with doors opening at 4 p.m. With opening day action televised via ESPN, partygoers will also get the chance to have their pictures taken with the 2010 World Series Championship trophy in between innings. Read More
As Joan Murphy’s 90-year-old father drifted in and out of sleep on his death bed 11 years ago, he tilted his head and uttered his final words.“Bye-bye, baby,” he said, voicing the late Giants broadcaster Russ Hodges’ famous home run call.“Did he really just say that?” Murphy, 65, thought aloud at the time. Read More
In the tradition of fueling one of the greatest baseball rivalries of all time, those who bleed orange and black can always rely on the simple two-word phrase meant to break every Los Angeles Dodgers heart in existence:“Beat L.A.!”So when a group of mystery men pitched the idea of raising funds for a “Beat L.A.” World Series-title banner to fly over Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, donations from loyal fans streamed in. Read More
Another season, but for the Giants, not another season. A season in which they are no longer misfits but winners. A season in which they are no longer unappreciated, but admired. A season to follow the season of them all.
Opening Day has arrived, a first game on the last day of March against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, the Dodgers, who for decades drew envy and enmity from fans of the Giants. Until 2010. Read More
Perhaps it is best left to Brian Wilson — who himself falls into the category of “is he fact or fiction?” — to summarize the life and career of the kid who catches his pitches. Read More
You realize all you can be is yourself. Barry Zito said that. The world swirls about him, the debate goes on, the arguments continue. But all Barry Zito can do is be himself.“I definitely have something to prove,” Zito conceded. Zito is not the Giants’ main man, not their No. 1 pitcher, not their best pitcher. He remains their most controversial, however, booed by some fans, questioned by some journalists, apparently doubted by some baseball people. Read More
He was the kid so poor he was forced to use cardboard for a baseball glove. Miguel Tejada excelled because he needed to excel. The other option was a life of struggle.So if along the way, Tejada may have played loose with the truth as well as playing some brilliant baseball, well, that could be understood, if not approved. He gave the wrong date for his birthday, wanting teams to believe he was younger. He gave Congress the incorrect answers in testimony in Rafael Palmiero’s steroid loose. Read More
The season after the season to remember is upon us.
And for Giants fans, the 2011 season should prove to be another ticket to postseason drama.
The formula in 2011 will pretty much be the same one the Giants mastered at the end of 2010, transforming themselves from a last-gasp divisional winner to world champions: outpitch everybody, play error-free defense and get some timely hitting. Read More