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September 2007 Archives

Forget your Red Sox-Yankees, Mets-Phillies and Cubs-Cardinals rivalries. Forget even the Giants-Dodgers. The most fascinating series of the year takes place this weekend in Denver. The Rockies with 11 straight wins are the most improbable playoff contender this year and perhaps of...
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The SF Weekly cover story this week is all about new Bonds revelations. Authors: Nic Foit and Ira Tes. Get it? Try this. Not that you really needed confirmation. The story is so beyond the bounds of responsible journalism (the...
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Barry Blindness

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After last night’s profound disappointment — I’m talking about the absence of Barry Bonds, even as a pinch-hitter, not the final result of the game — the needle on my Barry-O-Meter twitched violently towards “Jumped the Shark.” Let me rant...
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Padres 6, Giants 4: How fitting that in Matt Cain’s last start of the year, he gives up two runs in seven strong innings, and the bullpen blows it for him. A guy behind me in the bleachers cursed Bruce...
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Barry Bonds is appearing next month for a Q&A at the Commonwealth Club in downtown S.F. His conversation mate is KGO’s Ray Talliaferro, who does the graveyard talk-show shift. According to his Web site, Talliaferro “literally owns” the overnight radio...
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Giants 9, Padres 4: Who got this party started? FreddieLew, that’s who! His team down 2–0, Lewis drew a two-out walk that sparked the Giants’ first rally. It was the key moment in the game. He extended the count against Chris Young...
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Giants 5, Reds 4: The last two games could be the main formulas for Giant victories next year. Formula 1: Young starting pitcher throws stellar ball, team scores just enough to eke out a victory. Formula 2: Young hitters look terrible...
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Bye Bye Barry

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It’s not a shock, but it still stings. Barry Bonds says the Giants won’t bring him back next year. The team will make an announcement in an hour. The weirdest thing about the decision: They decided to make it public now, two...
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Reds 4, Giants 2: I imagine this conversation taking place before tonight’s game.  Matt Cain: “I’ll hold the Reds to two runs in six innings, and you guys pound the crap out of the rookie with the nearly 7.00 ERA, OK...
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Race to the Finish

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Other than the Giants battling the D-Rays, Astros, Pirates, Marlins, Orioles, White Sox and Royals for worst record, there are a few interesting races left to follow. I’ve ignored everything non-Giants-related the past few days, so imagine my surprise to see: *...
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Argh!

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The Giants got it wrong twice. It’s “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” not “Play Like the Pirates Day.” And it wasn’t yesterday, it’s today. *** P.M. UPDATE     This show begs the question: If baseball is a dance, are the Giants...
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Planet Ecko

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You’ve heard by now that famous hipster fashion dude Mark Ecko* bought the Bonds 756 ball, yes? And that Ecko is holding a poll to determine the fate of the ball? The choices: 1) Give it to Cooperstown. 2) Brand...
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Post-Game 9/18: New Order

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Giants 8, D-Backs 5: Who would have bet that the day after being swept by San Diego, the Giants would win against Brandon Webb? They didn’t exactly beat Webb, but they hit him well enough to force him out after...
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Incumbents and Challengers

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The drumbeat is growing stronger: Vizquel in ‘08, Vizquel in ‘08. The Chron reports this morning that some of his teammates want him back, and the man himself wants to return. Questions to consider: Do the flashy plays he makes...
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Bumpy Sanchez

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There were a few positive things to take away from Jonathan Sanchez’s 80–pitch, three-inning start last night. He struck out seven, but I’m more impressed with how he struck them out. According to the TV radar gun, he struck out four on fastballs at 94...
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Good Things

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In last night’s woozy post I outlined two of the sharper moves the Giants braintrust has made this year: moving Correia to the starting rotation and giving Dan Ortmeier on-the-job training as a first baseman. Neither move will have Brian...
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Post-Game 9/11: Tonic Youth

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Giants 2, D-Backs 1: Four of the five Giant hits, both RBI and both runs were tallied by players under 27. The relatively young Kevin Correia pitched his fourth straight pretty darn good start, and closer of the future Brian...
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Post-Game 7/9: The Remarkables

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Giants 4, Dodgers 2: I asked for it, I got it. Three Giants-Dodgers games, two games for the ages. Today Ray Durham sang a little redemption song for his career-worst year, but here’s the secret key moment of the game:...
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Post-Game 9/7: Ort

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Giants 5, Dodgers 4: So, one of the most memorable? Ortmeier makes up for a couple mistakes during the game by pumping one out in the ninth, batting lefty no less, off Broxton, who had only given up two homers...
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Ankiel Biters

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In case you missed it, comeback kid and feel-good story Rick Ankiel was tabbed this morning in a New York Daily News story as a recipient of a 12–month supply of HGH in 2004. One reporter in the story’s byline,...
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Gonna Be a Big Man Someday

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A certain chant will be ringing off the faux brick this weekend at Mays Field. The Dodgers are in town, they’re miners for some playoff gold, and the Giants keep gettin’ old. You know what that means: Beat-L-A. Or as...
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I watched Tim Lincecum’s start last night, and the kid didn’t look sharp. Yes, Lincecum limited the damage with key strikeouts on nasty pitches in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Yes, the numbnuts home-plate umpire generally didn’t call strikes at the belt or...
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Matt Cain rocked, Nate Schierholtz hits well but fields poorly, Giants only score four at Coors, Labor Day loss. More interesting: five more players called up on the heels of Schierholtz and Saturday night’s losing pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. If you haven’t...
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No O

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In RFK Stadium, teams score about as often as Larry Craig in a men’s room. So with an offense already on life support, the result for the Giants — five runs in three games — was inevitable. Whether it’s Durham...
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