They’re just a baseball team this year, the Giants, not the champions, not the club with the attention, baggage and impossibility of doing what nobody had done for more than a decade — repeat.
“I don’t think any of us knew what was coming,” Tim Lincecum said. He meant about the season of 2011, disappointing mainly because understandably it couldn’t match the season of 2010, the championship season. Read More
The hero passes, the moment lives. In photos on the club level of AT&T Park. In recordings played a thousand times. “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant.”
One swing of the bat, and ecstasy. And agony.
The greats keep leaving us: Warren Spahn, Dom DiMaggio and now at age 86, Bobby Thomson, who hit the “Shot Heard ’Round the World.” Read More
It’s been an unpredictable season for the Giants, but of this I’m certain: They won’t make the playoffs unless Tim Lincecum returns to his 2008-09 form.
It’s easy enough to see what’s wrong with Lincecum, but not so easy to correct. He has a complicated pitching motion and right now, it’s out of whack. Everything bad that’s happening to him flows from that. Read More
Allowing the designated hitter for all All-Star Games, regardless of which league is hosting it, should re-ignite the DH debate.
Actually, there’s little debate, except by a relatively small group who agree with the National League’s decision to refrain from using the DH, while the American League, minor leagues, colleges and high schools all use it.
Hint: If everybody else believes one thing and you don’t, you may be wrong. Read More
And now the Dodgers, the hailed Dodgers, the despised Dodgers, the “Beat L.A.” Dodgers. And now we find out if these 2010 Giants, who have started so well, who have begun so encouragingly, are able to do what Giants teams of late have been unable to do, beat the Dodgers. 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