You’d better get to AT&T Park early tonight. Before the Giants-A’s Bay Bridge Series opener, Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco will be taking part in a home run hitting contest taking hacks against Roger Clemens. Yes, the old outlaws of baseball’s wild, wild west will lock and load for one last time in an event being billed as the “Sock it to the Rocket” show. Proceeds go to their legal defense funds. Read More
It is a baseball axiom not to get worked up about what happens individually in March, or if a team is out of a pennant race in September. So we exhale after reviewing Tim Lincecum’s spring.
But then how do we react about Jonathan Sanchez?
On Monday, Sanchez struck out 11 in six innings of the exhibition game against the Milwaukee Brewers. What does that tell you? More, the Giants hope, than Lincecum’s rather perplexing statistics. Read More
In signing Matt Cain, Brian Wilson and Jeremy Affeldt to contract extensions, Giants general manager Brian Sabean said the Giants have another “window of opportunity,” as they had in the Barry Bonds era.
Let’s hope he does a better job of filling in around the edges than he did with Bonds. Read More
If the Giants score more runs this year, they’ll win the NL West.
I heard this somewhere deep down there on the television remote earlier this week. It made me wonder what line the sports prognosticators expect us to draw in the sand of delusion, one that would set some standard for sports predictions.
If Alex Smith could throw more touchdown passes next year. ...
If the Warriors could play defense (or had a coach better at evaluating talent). ... Read More
Unless Tim Lincecum and the Giants can reach a last-minute compromise settlement, they’ll go into an unprecedented arbitration hearing today. Read More
The Giants’ expanded dynamic ticket pricing plan for 2010 is pure marketing genius. Making fans pay more to see Tim Lincecum pitch against the Dodgers on a sunny Saturday during a playoff chase in September simply follows the basic economic law of supply and demand.
But as ticket scalpers and stock traders know all too well, past performance is no guarantee of future results. Besides, the sliding scale ticket program could set a scary precedent. Read More
Baseball circumstances and their own lack of fiscal restraint have caused the Giants to take the path they should have taken years ago: going with players and pitchers from their farm system.
Their early success in what was then Pacific Bell Park misled the Giants because it was a team built around Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent. Bonds was such a force that he could have hit the ball out of the Grand Canyon and Kent had developed into a power hitter from the right side. Read More
Tiger fever is all over the place this week. Unfortunately for the ex-Stanford star, it is not the type of fever he wants. We all know the details of what has transpired. Tiger Woods gets into an accident and a stream of rumors that could fill a Dean Koontz novel has followed. Every media outlet in the nation has chimed in with its own research and opinions. Well, here are mine. Read More
Jaws dropped when Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum won another Cy Young Award — the fourth player to win the title back-to-back in National League history — and smiles were plastered on fans’ faces.
The reactions were about the same: “He won?” supporters asked while they raised their eyebrows in suspense, waiting for the official answer.
Yasuko Takada, 31, had just taken a break from work when she heard the news. Read More
Giants ace Tim Lincecum has won the NL Cy Young Award, becoming the first repeat winner in the major leagues since Randy Johnson was voted the prize four straight times from 1999-2002.
Lincecum led the NL with 261 strikeouts and tied for the league lead with four complete games and two shutouts.
Only 10 points separated the top three in one of the closest ballots in the award's history. Read More