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A Bientôt, Mike Fontenot

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Another link to the 2010 World Series team is gone. Mike Fontenot got his release papers this morning, according to the beat writers. That leaves Ryan Theriot almost certainly as one backup infielder. We're not sure if non-roster invitee Joaquin Arias, who is reportedly the right-handed-batting mirror of Brandon Crawford (field first and carry a questionable stick) will be another, or if the Giants will try to stash him in Fresno for call-up purposes.

If Arias doesn't make the Opening Day roster, it would point to both Brandon Belt and Brett Pill making the team as two of the five bench spots (thanks to the decision to carry 12 pitchers on the first road trip). But that's fodder for the next few days of speculation. For now, let's remember a few choice Fontenotian moments, like this from the "Babe Fontenot" era of last May, when he was the Giants' only power hitter:


The phenomenon spawned fear throughout the league, resulting in at-bats like this, with San Diego's Greg Lukerson opting to pitch around Fontenot with the bases loaded:


Finally, this hit came just before the Brooks Conrad hi-jinks in the Brooks Conrad game in which the Giants beat Brooks Conrad to take a 2-1 lead in the 2010 NLDS:

So thank you, thank you, thank you Mike Fontenot. The raw numbers weren't beautiful, but you were a great Giant. We will sorely miss having a backup middle infielder whose batted balls can reach the warning track.


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