Well even though he didn’t come out on top tonight I gotta give props to Zito. He showed definite improvement. He went five innings with five hits, two runs, two earned, two walks and five strikeouts. That is probably the best outing he has had this season. What I am talking about “probably,” it IS the best outing he has had. And if I remember right he also set a personal season high in strikeouts. The only thing I really didn’t like about this start for him was the high pitch count. He threw 99 pitches in just five innings; he really needs to get that pitch count down. I didn’t get to see the game, since San Luis Obispo is almost in the dead center along the coast of California and they decided they would show LA games instead of the much better Bay Area games (if you can’t tell I’m really bitter about this), but anyway my dad said the ump had a pretty big strike zone goin’ but he also said that Zito’s command did look better. I just hope that Barry continues to improve and that we can start giving our pitchers some run support.
Whelp it looks like it wasn’t meant to be, Rajai Davis has gone to the A’s. I’m sad to see him go but I am also excited for him. Maybe now he can get the playing time he needs and show everyone what an amazing player he is. And I’ll still get to see him play when we play the A’s in June and maybe even sooner if I go to the A’s/Red Sox game over Memorial Day weekend like I want to.
So bye bye, Rajai! Even though you aren’t a Giant anymore I will still be rooting for you, well except of course when you play the Giants, I just can’t do that. 🙂
Over the weekend the Giants designated Rajai Davis for assignment. I’m really sad to see him go. We got him in July from the Matt Morris trade and I was disappointed to see Morris go and then I saw Rajai play one game and I was excited to have him. He was speedy and was gettin’ some good hits. At the time that was exactly what the Giants needed. And now there are just way too many outfielders and Rajai isn’t getting the playing time he needs. The Giants are hoping that he clears waivers and can go down to Fresno and get some playing time; which would be good for me because Chukchansi Park, where the Grizzlies play, is fifteen minutes from my house. I just hope it happens. If it doesn’t I wish him the best and hope he has an incredible career.
Yes, I know I know; I am an awful blogger, it’s been months since I have written anything. It has just been so crazy at school. The first week back from my Spring Break was also Opening Week and my teachers, who obviously aren’t baseball fans, decided it would be a good week to bombard me with a million assignments. I have been working non-stop ever since and this is literally the first time I have been able to sit down and really dedicate some time to writing something.
So let’s begin…what is there really to say about the Giants this season? No one is expecting much out of them. Everyone is expecting them to finish dead last in the NL West. But you know what I still love them. I am going to be completely honest; I don’t really expect the Giants to do that well this season either. I think they will win between 65 and 70 games and have a good chance of being 20 games or more back at the end of the season. But you know what? None of those statements make me any less excited for this season. I am so excited about seeing all our young players get some playing time and a chance to grow and become great over these next few seasons. Because I’m not delusional, I know that the next two to three seasons for the Giants are going to be rough but we have some really great young talent and once they get the chance to gain some experience they could be amazing! John Bowker, Fred Lewis, and of course Tim Lincecum are already showing great promise. So despite the very real possibility that the Giants might lose over a hundred games this season I will still love them next season, and the season after that, and every season for the rest of my life whether it be a losing or a winning season.
Don’t expect to hear too much from me in the next couple of months. I’m in school until June and already know this is going to be one of the busiest quarters of my college career so far.
"This is a very a sad day. For many years, Barry Bonds was an important member of our team and is one of the most talented baseball players of his era. These are serious charges. Now that the judicial process has begun, we look forward to this matter being resolved in a court of law. "
Barry Bonds was charged today with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying when he said he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs. Maybe now this can all be over, the truth will be revealed. Did he or didn’t he?
Being a Giants fan is hard, maybe not as hard as being a Cubs fan or a Mets fan this season but it’s still pretty freakin’ hard. I find that I always have to defend myself. People see that I am a Giants fan and the first thing out of their mouth is always, “Do you like Barry Bonds?” If I say yes, people criticize me asking how I could like a cheater and then they start lecturing me on how Barry has tainted baseball. To avoid this I usually just say that he’s not my favorite player and try to change the subject. Because you know what Barry isn’t the whole team, I know some people may think that, **** Barry himself probably thinks (thought) that, but I don’t! I bet a lot of the people who have criticized me for being a Giants fan wouldn’t even be able to name a player who was on the ’07 roster other than Bonds and Zito. They don’t know about the gold glove caliber third baseman or that one of the greatest shortstops of all time plays for the Giants; all they know is standing out their in left field is a guy who has hit a lot of homeruns and might have taken steroids. You can hate Bonds all you want I don’t care, but please stop giving me sh!t because I don’t.
I know Barry is an egotistical pr!ck but is he an egotistical pr!ck who took steroids and then lied about it? That’s all I want to know, the truth, so that for the rest of my life as a Giants fan I don’t have to continually defend myself for being a fan during the “Bonds Era.”
I think that it is really hard for me to talk about Bonds objectively because I am a Giants fan, so let me hear your opinions but please not too much Barry bashing it’s hard for me to handle. Trust me, if he played for your favorite team you would understand.
So in the past few years I have become extremely superstitious when it comes to baseball. There was one time this summer when I missed a few games in a row because of work and the Giants won both games so I decided that I couldn’t watch another game until they lost. They won eight in a row! I know, I know, it’s a bit presumptuous to think that the actions of little ol’ me had anything to do with that winning streak but a girl can dream can’t she? Anyway, the whole point of this is that I was putting off writing a post about the Rockies in fear of jinxing them. It looks like that didn’t really work. I knew it was going to be really hard for them to beat the Sox, especially after having eight days off but I didn’t think they would get swept. I thought for sure they would get at least one in Colorado but I guess it just wasn’t in the cards for them. But you know what? When I look back at the 2007 post season the team that I will always remember is the Rockies. If someone would have told me at the beginning of the season, **** in August, that the Rockies would be in the World Series I would have told them they were crazy. I went to two Rockies/Giants games over Memorial Day weekend this year and the Rockies were in last place and then I went to another Rockies/Giants game in September and they were in third place and closing in on second, it was like watching a new team. I don’t care what anyone says, the end of the ’07 season was all about the Rockies. For them to go 21-1 and make it to the World Series is simply amazing. I will forever remember October of 2007 as “Rocktober.”
So I know I have been an awful blogger these past few months but come on the Giants haven’t exactly had an inspiring season. Now don’t get me wrong I still love them I just haven’t had much to say about them. I know I know, how can that be when all the Barry Bonds hoopla was going on this season? Well, I don’t really like to talk about Barry that much. I think he gets talked about enough. I like the Giants as a whole, it’s not all about one player for me. So I guess I should get this out of the way now and say: Bye, Bye, Barry! It’s been great, thanks for all the great memories and I wish you all the best. And also I hope you get your World Series ring, I’m just sad that it couldn’t be in San Francisco.
So now that that is out of the way all there really is to do is look forward to next season and what it may bring. I know that these next few seasons are going to be building years for the Giants and that it is only going to start getting better. We have awesome starting pitching and some really promising young players. The Giants future is bright and I am looking forward to watching it. So I am going to leave you today with one of my favorite baseball quotes. Former commissioner Bart Giamatti said it and I think it is a perfect description of baseball. So enjoy the post season. Go Rockies!
“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone."
The Yankees are headed into Frisco today for a three game series against the Giants. The Giants have only played the Yankees once since interleague play started ten years ago so this should be a pretty exciting series. Cain is pitching tonight and it’s going to be his first career start against the New York Yankees so I’m thinking anything could happen. You never know. Morris is pitching Saturday and he has had only two starts against the Yanks and didn’t do very good either time. Then there’s Lowry on Sunday, another young pitcher who has never faced the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees just got swept by the Rockies and the Giants had yesterday off. Let’s hope a days rest helped some. They gotta get out of this rut, I’m too young for all this heartache.
The Giants have now been swept for sixth time this season and are now twelve games out of first place. What the **** is wrong with them? They are supposed to have one of the best starting rotations in the league and yet they just lost their seventh game in a row! Zito gave up a grand slam in the bottom of the first today. He allowed six runs in the first three innings! Is he really worth 126 million dollars? Based on his performance so far this season, I don’t think so. He’s now lost three out of his last five starts. Lincecum got killed yesterday, allowing six runs in the first two innings. Lowry didn’t do so hot Monday allowing five runs in as many innings. And Morris was killed Sunday…I could continue you but I think you get the picture. It’s a vicious cycle. The bullpen has been good though. Before today the relief pitchers hadn’t given up a run since Sunday and on Sunday they only allowed one. In the past it had been the bullpen that struggled and now that they are doing good the starters are struggling. And now the offense…what is with all these late game rallies?! Can they not get hits unless they are down by six or more or something? The past five games or so they have been close to coming back but fell short both times. Monday and today they were really close. After Molina’s grand slam I thought the guys would start making things happen but it didn’t turn out that way. I have really been trying to stay positive but it’s getting really hard. I keep telling myself it’ll be better tomorrow or the next game. I keep telling myself it’s just a slump they’ll snap out of it. But it has been getting harder and harder to believe that. And then yesterday there was an article in the Fresno Bee that said Sabean says that trading Bonds before the season is over isn’t completely out of the question! He also said that trading some of the Giants other veterans is also a possibility. I don’t think trading people is the answer. Some kinks just need to be worked out and the Giants could be back on track to a winning season. Well, at least I hope so. I’ve learned that when it comes to baseball you don’t know anything for sure. There is one thing that I do know, though; it’s going to be a really long summer.