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I'm a Giants' fan and my response to the loss of Wilson was the opposite of what you you've heard and read. I'll miss Wilson's personality, but I won't miss him going 3 and 2 on every batter with 90% fastballs away. Fact.
MLB Extra Innings has shown me how much I don't like Scully. I don't mean to be a jerk here. I respect your opinion and I think I understand why you like him. For outsiders though, he sounds like he's just reading out of a baseball program for half the game. I need the back-and-forth or two people talking with each other, not not one man talking to me.
Don't forget the in-game commercial which was the interview with the Taco Bell exec. And what about the interview with the young lady who won the MLB Fan Cave prize? I yelled at the TV during the latter and I still want to yell now. Who the eff cares about you quitting your job to watch baseball!!!
Sorry to jump on you here, but I think you're also giving to much credit to the gods of luck here. Pagan would likely have been safe on the slow, high bouncer even if Cabrera had been able to field it behind the bag.
The only corner liability the Giants would seem to have is Sandoval. Belt is a strong defender and Pence seems to be too. I keep hearing mixed reviews on Pence from those who are paid to talk about baseball. By my eye test he seems to be an above-average right fielder.
I haven't read the rulebook, but it seems that you are saying that a slide is considered legal if you can reach the bag at the completion of it. Do you know why Holliday could have easily reached back and touched second base? Because he collided with Scutaro and grabbed onto him. If he didn't grabbed Scutaro he would have been been five feet past the bag.
This decision seems to to be clearly about team chemistry as a rusty Cabrera has to be an upgrade over Nady.
I wonder if part of the move to add him to the 40-man rosters is to keep him as an option if they are fortunate enough to advance to the World Series. As it stands now, their DH options are ugly.
We would have to take away the Pads' 1998 playoff run and WS appearance due to Ken Caminiti's involvement, but I'm sure they'd take that trade.
Not to bash on Jay Jaffe b/c I have nothing against him personally, but maybe you could have somebody else write the pieces regarding SF Giants players (M.Cabrera)? His points may be valid, but I didn't even read the piece after learning of his dislike for the Giants last week. Thanks.
Thanks for the explanation Jay. I'm sure to remember your name now.
"JJ: The thought of the Giants with a ring makes me retch."
"JJ: A shame, except that it's the Giants. So screw 'em."
I don't always pay attention to who is authoring the BP pieces so I don't have a preconception of Mr. Jaffe's bias. Where's all the negativity coming from? As a subjective Giant's fan it's off-putting and as a objective reader I don't really like the axe being ground. It makes the whole piece rather worthless to me.
drmorris very well may be right in his overall point, but illustrating the 10 game losing streak and the margin of divisional victory are irrelevant. Both of these points speak more to how the Padres performed in 2010. The 10-game losing streak is part of their cumulative season in which they won 90 games. It is only magnified because it happened at the end of the year. Also, what day the Giants clinched on is off point. They finished with the NL's 2nd best record and it is illogical to discount their success because the 2nd place team in their division won 90 games. Is Texas a better team than SF simply because they finished with a 9 game division lead? That speaks more about the A's/Angels/M's than the Rangers.
I think you'd be better off saying that the Giants' template is flawed because you cannot successfully count on journeymen to perform the way the Giants' signings did. Huff, Uribe, Renteria, and Ross all came through just enough to win a championship. I think that would commonly be referred to as "catching lightning in a bottle".
Nothing personal, obviously. I'm a Giants fan and I've listened to and read a lot of material over the past couple months. I'm sure there's a better forum to post this in, but your points have always irked me when I've heard them coming from other. Just getting it off my chest. Thanks.