SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Hunter Pence still hears about that wacky hit, when the ball came off his bat three times in a single swing.
Pence broke the bat making contact for a key double in a 9-0 victory against St. Louis in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series in October.
Not that anybody’s too surprised when something like that happens to Pence.
The Giants right fielder is quirky, just plain odd if you were to poll some of his pals — like second baseman Marco Scutaro. Read More
An important part of the puzzle for the Giants as they aim at still another World Series championship will be the continued development of their Brandons, Belt and Crawford.Belt’s road has been especially bumpy, starting with the awful nickname given him, “The Baby Giraffe.” Please. Read More
As the last team standing in 2012, the Giants already had a short offseason. Cutting even further into that break is the World Baseball Classic, which nine Giants players will be participating in.
The WBC, which was played for the first time in 2006, then again in 2009, will hold the semifinal and championship games at AT&T Park in March after pool play takes teams all over the world, from Japan to Puerto Rico. Read More
Tim Lincecum endured the worst season of his career last year, posting an NL-worst 5.18 ERA. However, he shined out of the bullpen in the postseason with a 2.55 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17²/³ innings. All eyes will be on his right arm this spring as he enters a contract season. Read More
If the past truly is prologue, you better have your tickets in hand already if you want to be a part of the Giants’ spring training party. Read More
You gotta love a bar whose menu board on the street says “Soup of the day: Whiskey.” This proudly self-proclaimed dive bar in Lower Pacific Heights is known for good “drunk” food, such as chicken strips. But I was lucky enough to enjoy delicious sauteed Brussels sprouts during a restaurant pop-up featuring A16 cook Chris Norton. Read More
A lawyer for Barry Bonds urged a federal appeals court on Wednesday to toss out the slugger’s obstruction of justice conviction, saying a rambling answer the ex-Giant gave while testifying before a grand jury was not a crime. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barry Zito scurried from drill to drill on Day 1 with a smile and a pep that showed he’s a new man heading into the final year of his mega contract.
He even seemed to enjoy the simple process of shadow throwing, with only a towel in hand and no ball, as Giants pitchers and catchers began spring training on a gorgeous, cool day in the desert at Scottsdale Stadium. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Andres Torres checked out the banner at the main entrance to Scottsdale Stadium blaring “2012 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS” and knew he was back in the right place. Read More
For years, this was the season frustrated Giants fans had counted down to. The final year of the albatross of a contract Barry Zito signed prior to the 2007 season.
All these years later, it’s still tough to mention Zito in any sentence without also bringing up the hefty $126 million deal he inked.
And as Zito piled up disappointing year after disappointing year, it seemed inevitable his Giants tenure would be over the second the clock struck midnight after this season. Read More