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

Take A Pill.. And Call Me In The Morning…

As the pennant chase takes a dark turn for the Giants, there’s a bright light on the horizon… or at least we hope there is.  And hope is a precious commodity now.  Giants minor league prospect Brett Pill, who will turn 27 tomorrow, finally made his Major League debut on Tuesday and hit the first pitch he swung at off the second deck of the Western Metal Supply Company.  Before Duane Kuiper got to “High Drive..” it was gone.  Then yesterday, ho hum…. he another home run. And he’s been in the bigs two days.  A lot of fans are wondering why he wasn’t brought up sooner….  he’s actually older than Matt Cain, Panda, Brandon Belt and of course Madison Bumgarner.  Guess he was biding his time.  It remains to be seen if a nickname will stick… “Pill The Thrill,” “The Pill-ager,” “Brett The Threat,”…..Well, if you keep hittin’, who cares?

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September 8, 2011 at 11:27 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Witness To A Meltdown…

Don’t blame Tim Lincecum for those gopher balls he served up.  Here’s my take on the situation… The Giants have had a first class pitching staff, and a last place offense.  Sooner or later, the bottom drags down the top.  You just can’t ask a pitcher to throw a shutout every single game.  Giving up one run is fine… but when it gets to two, the roof caves in. He’s thinking “Oh no… we’re sunk now..”  You can see it in the body language.  It’s happened to Timmy, to Cain, to Vogelsong and to Mad Bum.  The shocking thing is they haven’t snapped… thrown tantrums, taken hostages.  And Shawn Estes says “Well, you can’t think that way.”  Guess what Sherlock, they’re all thinking that way, ‘cuz they’re human.  I’d bet the Huntington Beach Little Leaguers could take two out of three from the Giants.  I wish I was kidding…

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August 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm | 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

Now I Have To Watch The All Star Game…

I guess the Major League All Star Game doesn’t carry the same weight as it did in the days of Henry Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays.  Some guys just don’t seem to want to play.  They need the rest instead.  I understand.  But this time, I’m gonna see FIVE Giants introduced, along with Giants skipper Bruce Bochy and his staff.  While it’s great to see Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson make the roster, last minute addition Pablo Sandoval has really got to be in seventh heaven.  The kid nearly ate himself out of a job last season, and rode the bench a lot during that memorable post season run to the Championship.  But I think the best story is Ryan Vogelsong, the washed up big leaguer who was cut, toiled in mediocrity in the Japanese League… and was a walk-on in spring training.  I imagine Giants fans will have goose bumps when he’s introduced tomorrow night.  Ryan Vogelsong is an All Star.

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July 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Why The D-Backs Don’t Deserve To Contend…

Kirk Gibson has the Arizona Diamondbacks playing well, and it looks like they’ll be a force in the NL West all year.  They come at you with solid pitching, speed and plenty of bats up and down that line up.  But there was a moment that gave it away.  A moment that screamed “We’re Not Worthy.”  The other night, Miguel Montero hit a monster blast off of Matt Cain… a three run homer that cut a 5-1 deficit to 5-4 in one loud instant.  Fans in the half-filled stadium cheered… then when Montero crossed home plate, everybody sat down and got quiet.  I couldn’t believe it.  Had Pat Burrell jacked one out in similar fashion at sold-out AT & T Park, the place would have levitated.  It would have been so loud, you couldn’t hear yourself think.  But not in Arizona.  You’re playing the World Champions for the NL lead… and half of beautiful Chase Field is empty?  What’s wrong.. is it too hot?  That’s no excuse… this is the Big Leagues.  And you’ve got air conditioning.  Oh, it’s a retirement community?  That explains it.  I guess the “early bird buffet” can really put a damper on attendance.  I can’t say as I blame you there.

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June 16, 2011 at 10:49 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Giants post ‘It Gets Better’ Anti Gay Bullying Video

The San Francisco Giants posted its ”It’s Get Better” video this morning, which is the first of it’s kind, by a professional sports franchise. It’s message is anti-gay bullying and homophobia, and features Giants pitchers Barry Zito, Matt Cain and Sergio Romo, centerfielder Andres Torres, and batting coach Hensley ”Bam Bam” Meulens.

June 1, 2011 at 11:54 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Giants News-Buster Posey Admits He Screwed Up With Matt Cain

Why is Buster Posey so likable? It may be for his cool demeanor, or it could be what he does behind the scenes without any publicity. I’m not talking charity efforts, or handing out free Giants tickets at Bank of America. Listen as I talk about how he fixed a mistake that he made during a game.

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May 4, 2011 at 10:52 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Think You Knew Everything On Brian Wilson?

ESPN.com is starting a new weekly series called “Curtain Call.” It’s a new baseball feature that will highlight a player or team every week. We are fortunate enough to have the debut feature Giants closer Brian Wilson. This goes beyond the beard, and his odd quirks. It talks about the three places he lives, the one mountain he always runs up in Arizona every year, his long relationship with Matt Cain, and his school background It’s worth checking out.

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April 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

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