Put Us Out Of Our Misery…

Of course it’s a dagger in the heart of the ever loyal Giants fans, who’ve grinded out every at-bat, every heartbreaking loss.  But come on, it’s been damned entertaining.  With the absolutely woeful, impotent offense… these guys should have finished in the cellar.  Only the pitching has kept them in contention for this long.  I mean, it seems like they’ve lost 100 games 2-1 or 1-0…. It happened over and over again.  I know, if Tim Lincecum had been with the Yankees, he’d be 21-6.  Same with Matt Cain. We get it.  But it’s a tough game, and there’s a fine line between an empty stadium and a packed house.  You played your asses off, and it didn’t work out.  So hold your heads high.  All in all, it’s been quite a ride.  Can’t wait for spring training.

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September 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Panda-monium…

As the Giants’ season comes to an end, those of us who’ve lived and died with every pitch know the highs and lows of trying to do the near impossible… repeat as World Series Champions.  But they sure have been fun to watch.  There are new kids coming into their own.. Brett Pill, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Madison Bumgarner.  And Ryan Vogelsong has been the feel-good story of the year.  But I don’t think I’ve seen anyone play the game with more joy, more enthusiasm than the Panda.  Pablo Sandoval. He looks like he embraces every moment of every inning with a free-spirited, unapologetic love of the game, and it infuses those around him with the same spirit.  The other night, I saw his reaction when a teammate hit a home run.  With legs that must be bone-weary, the Panda jumped so high, his head hit the top of the dugout.  Watching Panda.. has been a joy.  Now, Brandon Belt?  He’s kinda dour.

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September 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

The Day It Ended…

Sunday was a Ryan Vogelsong gem.. maybe his finest performance of the year.  In front of a packed house (as every home game is), the series clincher with the D-backs was a microcosm of the season of 2011.  A Giants pitcher puts it on the line and gets absolutely no support when he needs it most.  When you’re last in just about every offensive category, what do you expect?  Pathetic, heartbreaking… and hard to watch.  So what now?  Well, suck it up… give the youngsters some experience, play your ass off and hold your head high.  It’s been a hell of a run.

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September 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Giants Tie Phillies.. Of 1914…

In the midst of this feeble stretch of excruciating Giants losses, they actually tied a home run record. Well, it’s not one you’d want to brag about.  When Pablo Sandoval cranked one out yesterday, it was the 19th consecutive SOLO home run the club has hit.  Way to get on base.  No Major League team has had that many solo shots in a row…  since the Philadelphia Phillies of 1914.  Their star pitcher that year was Grover Cleveland Alexander. As a matter of fact, if the Hall of Famer were still around, he could have entered the game for Jonathan Sanchez.  Although he’d be 124 years old, I still think Mr. Alexander would have had better command of the strike zone.

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August 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

The Barry Zito Saga…

Wealthy beyond most people’s dreams, he’s been humiliated, vilified and blamed for every major disaster including the Lindbergh kidnapping.  Okay, it hasn’t been easy.  Barry Zito’s never whined, cursed the media or played the diva.  But it’s becoming increasingly clear that highest paid guy on your team can’t get anybody out.  This just in that’s hard to do with a belt high change-up or an 82 mph fastball.  He’s not a criminal.  He’s just not getting it done on the mound.  No matter how much money you have, that’s tough to swallow.  If I’m Bruce Bochy, I’d invent an injury and put you on the DL until September comes.  Oh wait… I guess that already happened.

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August 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Giants Land The Biggest Fish…

The speculation was mind boggling.  Oh, it’ll never be Beltran… It’ll be Cuddyer… no BJ Upton… no Hunter Pence…And when the tweets were coming in yesterday, they literally were changing by the moment.  The Giants are giving up Gary Brown… no, it’s Brown, Jonathan Sanchez and Zack Wheeler.  No, they’re giving up 4 blocks of Chinatown and Lombard Street… But it’s over.  Six time All Star Carlos Beltran will be in the lineup today as a San Francisco Giant.  I can’t wait until he returns to AT & T Park.  Jeff Keppinger got a standing ovation when he came out of the dugout for the first time.  Keppinger!  When Beltran strides to the plate… there could be a police escort, fly-over… and a parade.  Does this guarantee that the offense will improve?  No.  But I like our chances.

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July 28, 2011 at 10:52 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Giants On A Roll…

The Faithful got through the All Star Break… and you’ve got to admit, we’re feeling pretty good.  Ryan Vogelsong was introduced as an All Star (unthinkable in the spring), Panda ripped a solid double to drive in a run, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain got to rest…. and The Beard slammed the door.  Props to Bruce Bochy for runnin’ the show his way.  Oh, and the Giants, even with their impotent offense….. still lead the NL West.  And if you need a little more excitement, don’t forget tonight’s premiere episode of the Giants docudrama “The Franchise” on SHOWTIME.  Get an inside look at some of the young season’s highs…. and lows, including one of the most talked about incidents of the year, the devastating injury to Buster Posey.

July 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Is .250 The New .300?

Has it really been that long ago that the big hitters hit like men?  I mean didn’t guys in the heart of the lineup have averages like  .317 or .331?  Tappers who were struggling to hit .245 rode the pine or were farmed out to the minors.  Of course I’m probably overreacting because the Giants are so anemic in this critical area.  I know, they’re near the bottom in average, runs scored, runs batted in…. and are nearly impotent with runners in scoring position.  And they’re battling for first place in the division?  Hilarious.  If they didn’t have decent pitching, they’d be six games behind the Padres, who are now in last place.  I don’t have an explanation for this, but I’ve gotta believe that .250 is the new .300.  The Giants actually have starters who are hitting around .200… and worse.  If they could acquire someone who could hit .255, he’d be called a “slugger,” and he’d bat in the four hole.   How about .275?  That’s Hall of Fame material.  I kind of miss Jim Ray Hart

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June 23, 2011 at 10:42 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Make Your Catcher Proud…

The furious, dramatic rally the Giants pulled off to tie the game seemed like an afterthought.  The soul of their team, young Buster Posey, was writhing in pain after a devastating collision at the plate.  The sellout crowd fell silent, as if a black cloud had descended on the park…as if Buster was the only thing that mattered…. because he was.  As someone in the clubhouse was heard to say..”It’s way serious.”  There’s no denying it… Buster Posey won’t be catching for the Giants any time soon.  So what now?  Do you kiss off the rest of the season?  Only losers do that.  It’s time for the players… and the fans… to suck it up.  Panda will return soon… maybe he continues to pound the ball.  Brandon Belt has to contribute, just as Buster did exactly a year ago as an unproven rookie.  Better at-bats… clutch hitting… keep the line moving.  No time to hang your heads.  Rededicate yourself.   Win this for your catcher…. the soul of your team.

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May 26, 2011 at 11:51 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Bruce Bochy/Ron Washington Name Staffs For All-Star Game

Baseball’s All-Star Game is just a couple of months away now. Giants manager Bruce Bochy has named his staff, as well as Ron Washington from the Texas Rangers.

Joining Bochy will be Arizona Diamondbacks skipper Kirk Gibson and Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman for the National League. Also Bochy will bring his entire Giants staff with him. Tim Flannery, Mark Gardner, Roberto Kelly, Hensley Meulens, Dave Righetti and Ron Wotus.

Washington’s AL staff includes Cleveland Indians skipper Manny Acta and Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell, and his entire coaching staff.

May 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

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