Last night, the San Jose Sharks took it to the Los Angeles Kings, winning the first game of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (which could end up with San Jose facing the Anaheim Ducks in the second round).
Starting tomorrow, the Golden State Warriors will face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, in what could be the most interesting first round...
This comic comes with an asterisk: It was finished long before the Giants won. Why? Because zzzZZZzzz…. It takes a while to get these done!
But even with a win….the Giants had five at-bats with the bases loaded and got zero runs out of them! What the heck?
At least they won. And they beat the Dodgers, again. I could get very used to this.
Seriously, Brandon Belt better have earned a gold watch, a medal and a car for how much Belt has saved Panda’s throws.
Sandoval’s throwing ability was always a strength. He had good arm strength, but was usually very accurate. But this year, he’s airmailed a few throws, including one that was the major piece of costing the team a win, and has been chucking several in the...
I’d rather be angry about that, than the very real defensive and pitching problems that actually led to the loss… Damn, I miss those pins.
It always feels right to be back at AT&T Park when the Giants win the season opener….
Note: Don’t understand why Barry Zito has a chauffeur in a tank? It’s a reference to the old days of the Lunatic Fringe, when we were in black and white and all!
Okay, it wasn’t the best series ever. But I’ll take two wins out of three in Los Angeles every time.
Sure, Vogelsong looked like he had problems keeping his velocity up after a few innings. Cain still is giving...
You knew it wasn’t going to be perfect, didn’t you?
You knew they were going to blow a call at some point, right?
You knew it’d be the theory of allowing less bad calls through, but still some, at the risk of not blowing the game, right?
Of course you did.
The first case of this was supposed to happen to the Indians, though. Or the Blue Jays.
Nearly everyone is picking the Dodgers to win the N.L. West.
Hell, 11 ESPN baseball writers picked them to win the World Series. But out of 44 ESPN writers, 38 picked the Dodgers to win the West. The Giants got picked three times…which is as many as the Diamondbacks and Padres combined. That’s not something to be proud of.
Fox Sports had only five writers make picks. ...
I’m just going to ignore the actual game, and focus on this…
I always enjoy my first game at AT&T Park (I don’t go to Fanfest), and see what, if anything, new is at the stadium.
This year, the big thing was supposed to be the organic garden. The renderings were…interesting. If the wall had been lowered, and people were back there, it wouldn’t have been allowed under...
Other legitimate answers:
• A chance to check out the garden in center field without fighting ridiculous crowds walking to center field.
• To see the Fresno Grizzlies without the pleasures of Fresno.
• Conditioning for baseball games that won’t have Marco Scutaro playing second base.
• Scientific test to see that, if there’s enough open room for the seagulls at the start...
No, I don’t think I’m going to come up with anything better than “Porky Puig”. At least the Giants and Pablo Sandoval have long accepted his roly-poly cartoon comparison.
In case you didn’t hear, Puig’s actions during the Dodgers’ short roadtrip to Australia prompted some rather sarcastic comments by Don Mattingly. Puig showed up to camp overweight, hit just .122...
Isn’t that always the way?
In case you didn’t know, SF Lunatic Fringe is a part of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance. Yes, really. I take the blogging side of this pretty seriously, and we’re trying to bring legitimacy to a field that still includes Rob Neyer for some reason.
One of the nice things about the alliance is that it gives us a chance to interact with other blogs. And for the second year...
It’s hard to get too upset about Spring Training losses. Sure, one would rather see them win, but losses in Spring Training come in many forms that won’t bother a fan. It might be given up by the minor leaguers who weren’t making the team. It might be half a starting lineup. It might be a pitcher who was purposely working on something, and not using all his stuff (such...
Anyone who’s gone to a Giants Spring Training game in Scottsdale (and other assorted Arizona games) knows exactly who I’m talking about here.
It’s always the joke at Spring Training, that you never know half the guys names. That your scorecard will become a scratchpad of substitutions. That half the guys wear numbers better suited for offensive lineman and wide receivers.
I’ll probably re-use those jokes for strips in the future.
The truth is, this spring is less confusing than most. The majority of the team...
Well, I used to love the lawn seats. Going out and playing catch, having plenty of room.
Now, at Scottsdale, it’s only fun to walk around and people-watch. And then return to my very reserved seat in the shade.
Hope everyone is enjoying Scottsdale!
Getting ready for Spring Training?
Hope you already made reservations for dinner. Tickets to games (other than at Scottsdale) are plenty available. But you might be stuck having dinner at a theme restaurant if you aren’t careful.
It’s one thing if you’re an east coaster enjoying an In-N-Out because you’re unlucky enough to live on the east coast…but not if you’re from California.
So, on one hand, there’s the three-year stint he had in Washington starting in 2009, where he had OPS values of .870, .910 and .791. Not bad at all. However, he only exceeded 102 games once in those three seasons, with 146 being a career high.
On the other hand, you have the .651 OPS last year, mostly with the Mariners, though he still hit 13 home runs. That’s...
Well, I suppose there’s always Mark Minicozzi…
The three Giants home runs this spring belong to Minicozzi, Adam Duvall and Ehire Adrianza. Only Adrianza has even the barest chance of making the team. And, well, no one should count on him as a source of power, considering his power set.
This isn’t to say that there isn’t some good signs this spring. All spring stats...
It might happen. It could happen, right?
The dream is, going down to Arizona for a few days, watching some stress-free baseball, and partying with the ASU girls who didn’t go away for Spring Break.
The reality is being stressed just paying for the trip, dealing with worse parking situations than AT&T Park with no mass transit, and all the ASU girls flee the wave of tech businessmen on holiday who can actually afford...
Yes, Jim Harbaugh came into a good situation with up-and-coming players.
Yes, Trent Baalke deserves some credit for (mostly) picking up good players in the draft and some savvy free agent moves to build the roster.
Yes, the Niners have had times where the team is frustratingly inconsistent, or occasionally comes off flat in big games (like the Super Bowl).
I still don’t believe...
Seriously, folks, this isn’t much of a big deal.
Barry Bonds is back with the San Francisco Giants as a hitting instructor. For, like, a week and a half.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Bonds, and steroids or not, he knows more about hitting than just about anyone else in baseball, now or ever. His batting eye was uncanny, and steroids don’t do that. I’m glad he’s back...