Monday, April 24, 2017

6-13 Don't Look Good!

The San Francisco Giants have returned home from a road trip that they wished they hadn't made.

It all started with the second game of a two game series against the Kansas City Royals.  Madison Bumgarner, the team's ace, once again pitched well but once again got no run support.  His record on the season is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA.

The following day, an off day, was bad for Bumgarner.  He injured himself in a fall while riding a dirt bike and sprained his pitching (left) shoulder and bruised some ribs.  Reports say that he will be out anywhere from six to eight weeks, and perhaps longer.  Bumgarner was placed on the 10 day disabled list last Friday.

And if this was bad enough, the Giants were swept in a three game series by the Colorado Rockies over the weekend.  With Sunday's loss, the Giants are now 6-13 on the season which ties their record for the first 19 games done in 1983!  Right now, they are on pace to lose over 100 games.  The most they lost in San Francisco history was 100 back in 1985!

They have returned home, only to face their arch rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first of a four game series on Monday night. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Golden Glove Awards

Though the San Francisco Giants were shutout from winning their fourth World Series championship in the city's history, they haven't been shutout in the post season awards category.

Catcher-Buster Posey, second baseman-Joe Panik and shortstop-Brandon Crawford won the Gold Glove award.  For Crawford, it was his second award in a row while Posey and Panik won their first respectively.  For Posey, it broke a string of eight consecutive years in which Yadier Molina of the Cardinals has won.

Also, in the Wilson Defensive Player Of The Year awards, both Posey and Crawford won there.  The defensive team of the year was the San Francisco Giants. The team committed just 72 errors in 162 games and their fielding percentage was .988.  That was number one in the National League.    

Friday, November 4, 2016

Remembering My First World Series Parade

Manager Bruce Bochy with the 2010 World Series Trophy in the Financial District.
I know well what the Chicago Cubs fans are feeling right now...
It was six years and one day ago when the San Francisco Giants had their first World Series victory parade.  After winning four of five games from the American League Champion, Texas Rangers, the Giants had a "parade for the ages."
The route began in the city's Financial District on Montgomery Street.  I arrived on Pine and Montgomery Streets about two hours earlier.  It was a very festive and happy atmosphere.  Being a Giants fan since 1962, fans such as I wondered if the team would ever win a World Series.
They were very close in 1962.  Very close and inches away were in Giants fan's vocabulary.  The line drive that Willie McCovey hit in the ninth inning was inches away from a hit that would have been San Francisco's first world title.
They were very close in 2002, some 40 years later.  What Giants fans thought was a bad decision to remove Russ Ortiz from the game in the bottom of the seventh inning turned out as a bummer.  The Angels came from behind to win game six and eventually, game seven.
In 2010, very close and inches away were eliminated from the vocabulary.  Our local team had heroes such as Lincecum, Ross, Bumgarner, Uribe, Posey and Renteria, for example.  It was the beginning of, so far, a seven year run where the franchise won three titles.
While watching the Chicago Cubs and their parade this morning, I thought it was time to do this post.  The Cubs were a founding member of the National League in 1876.  The Giants arrived in the National League, seven years later in 1883.  The Cubs have won three World Series titles (1907, 1908 and 2016) while the Giants have won eight (1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, 1954, 2010, 2012 and 2014).  Both teams ended droughts to win titles with the Cubs having to wait 108 years and the Giants with 56.
The interesting thing about both franchises is that there are positive vibes towards 2017.  The Cubs have a great future, no question.  The Giants are definitely not far behind with a reliever and an outfielder away from a post season appearance again.

One thing about baseball is that, especially today, it's difficult to win a World Series title.  It's been awhile since a team has won back-to-back titles.

There's no question that the off season will see changes to the 30 MLB teams.  It should be interesting to see who will shine in 2017.  I can't wait.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Chicago Cubs Are The 2016 World Series Champions!

This historic 112th and 2016 World Series is now history.  Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on winning the best-of-seven series, four games to three.  The Cubs won a wild and crazy Game Seven, 8-7 in 10 innings over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night at Cleveland's Progressive Field.  Ben Zobrist's double in the top of the tenth inning put the Cubs ahead for good.

It ended a drought of 108 years for the Cubs without winning a World Championship, while Cleveland's streak of 68 years continues without winning a World Series.

On Thursday, all players who are free agent eligible can file for free agency.  That includes the San Francisco Giants, who at last count, have seven players as free agents.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Congratulations Chicago Cubs

Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on their NLDS series win against the San Francisco Giants, three games to one.

The Cubs will go on to face the winner of the Los Angeles-Washington series that will begin on Saturday at Wrigley Field.