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  • Posted New Flags, New Giants: Thoughts on Opening Day 2015 to El Lefty Malo
    You've probably seen this by now: Home opener lineup: Aoki LF, Panik 2B, Pagan CF, Posey C, Belt 1B, Blanco RF, Duffy 3B, Crawford SS, Heston RHP-- Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) April 13, 2015 I start with today's lineup to...
  • Posted Chris Heston and the Mischaracterization of Stuff to El Lefty Malo
    Just a quick note after catching a few minutes of today's KNBR morning show, against my better judgment. The jabber I heard revolved around Chris Heston, and the fact that he did very well but he's not a guy with...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30-Something Days: The Normcore Four to El Lefty Malo
    I've gotten a bit off track in my quest to mini-profile every Giant on the 40-man roster. But the start of the real festivities last night -- and the way the Giants nearly coughed up their cozy madbummish lead --...
  • Posted Goodbye Lon, and Hello Baseball to El Lefty Malo
    A moment of silence, first and foremost, then a few words for the great Lon Simmons. He was my first Giants broadcaster. I began this unhealthy obsession nearly 40 years ago when Simmons had returned for his second stint behind...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Question-Mark Returnees to El Lefty Malo
    What if.... Peter Parker had been bitten by a radioactive lemur instead of a spider? What if.... Daredevil had lost his favorite toenail clippers instead of his eyesight? But most of all, what if Angel Pagan and Matt Cain return...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 40 Days: Justin Maxwell Alert! to El Lefty Malo
    Just as we suspected. It was Colonel Maxwell in the batter's box with the wooden club. Seize him, constable!So now that the 31-year-old major league vagabond Justin Maxwell is on the 40-man roster and on the Opening Day roster... who...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Middle Men to El Lefty Malo
    As with the backup catchers, the weekend's cuts drained some of the suspense from the middle relief competition. The two owners of fastballs that can hit 100 MPH are no longer in the running. Hunter Strickland will start the year...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: Buster's Backups to El Lefty Malo
    Sunday afternoon we learned that Hector Sanchez would be the backup catcher on Opening Day, ending one of the few open roster questions one week early.  Ending it for now, at least. In his brief time with the large squad...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Newest River Cats to El Lefty Malo
    If you've ever had the dream, there are certain players you should always root for. First, here's the dream: the lights are on, the stadium is packed, the bullpen phone rings, and the coach points at you. You're in. Forty...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Boys on the Bubble (Part 1) to El Lefty Malo
    Heroes, I tell you. Made a great catch in Game 7. Hit a double off the previously unhittable Wade Davis. Hit in the pinch to start a World Series comeback. Scored from second on a wild pitch. If you followed...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Long Men to El Lefty Malo
    When life gives you long men, make longmenade. The Giants will have to hire extra vendors to patrol the bleachers on hot days, because they have two long men. Most teams have one, and it's not unusual for him to...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The New Guys to El Lefty Malo
    Even for a team known to cherish stability, this was kind of ridiculous. Over the winter, two big free agents left. To replace them, the Giants brass made one trade and signed one free agent. And one of those free...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Brandons to El Lefty Malo
    Last year on Opening Day there were three Brandons on the roster. The Giants were multibrandoning. April was a fine month to multibrandon, with 12 home runs combined and ironclad infield defense, which made everyone think about franchising this thing:...
  • Posted Welcome Back to Giants Baseball: The Poster Edition to El Lefty Malo
    If this doesn't get your orange-and-black champion blood pumping, go stick your head in a Cha-Cha Bowl. Thanks to the brilliant CorwinatorX for the art....
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days, More or Less to El Lefty Malo
    Greetings. Say, apparently I have a blog. I'm crawling out from under my rock, squinting into the sun, and shivering in the early-morning desert air. Metaphorically, that is. I'm not really in the desert, but the Giants are. And I'm...
  • Posted Making Peace With The Giants' Three-Headed Left Fielder to El Lefty Malo
    So there's, like, this: #SFGiants' priorities: 3B and SP. Blanco, Ishikawa, Perez all can play LF with Pagan returning. But team not ruling out signing a LFer.-- Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2014 Forget the last sentence and focus on...
  • Posted The Greatest, Pt. 2: MadBum's Marvelous Month to El Lefty Malo
    Let's take a Hot Stove break and revisit Madison Bumgarner's October. I decided to let it all settle in for a few weeks, like that all-day meal you once had at your cousin's Greek wedding, before writing. Now's the time,...
  • Posted Pablo Sandoval Is An Ex-Giant to El Lefty Malo
    Nothing official as I post this, but let's just assume all these professional baseball writers are hearing the right information: Pablo Sandoval is going to be a Red Sox. Sock. Stocking. So Big. So Red. We all haz a sad,...
  • Posted The Greatest, Pt. 1: Panik to Crawford To Belt to El Lefty Malo
    Your browser does not support iframes. This was the best defensive play the Giants made in 2014, and not just because it likely saved a run or more in the seventh game of the World Series. And not just because...
  • Posted WS Game 7: Madison Bumgarner And The Champion Blood to El Lefty Malo
    Congratulations, Giants. Congratulations, us. For all of you fans who were there in mid-July  and kept showing up when things, frankly, sucked. For all of the coaches and trainers and everyone who got Mike Morse -- The New Guy! --...
  • Posted WS Game 6: Jake Peavy's Biggest Mistake Wasn't A Pitch to El Lefty Malo
    Let's get this on the record right away: Jake Peavy pitched well tonight. Walk with me on this. In the first inning, he nibbled against Lorenzo Cain with two outs and walked him. After a Hosmer single, Peavy threw a...
  • Posted Memories of Game 6, But Not The One You're Thinking Of to El Lefty Malo
    As Grant duly noted yesterday, "Game 6 of the World Series" has some chilly connotations for Giants' fans. I remember sitting in my apartment, surrounded by friends, none of whom were on the same level of fandom as I. By...
  • Posted Into Games 6 and 7: Until The Last Out Is Made to El Lefty Malo
    I'm back after a non-blogging weekend. I'd like to start with two points of important order: Thank you to the San Francisco Giants, whom we won't see in person again until next spring. Whatever the outcome of the game, or...
  • Posted World Series Game 2: The Old Exploding 'Pen Trick to El Lefty Malo
    Now we have a Series. I might have actually rubbed my hands and giggled like a mad scientist, or at least a mad scientist living vicariously, when both starters came out and it became a bullpen game. This, I thought,...
  • Posted World Series Game 1: Big Game Bum to El Lefty Malo
    Madison Bumgarner won his first World Series game four years ago on Halloween. Tonight he pulled another ghoulish trick: He used his 93-MPH death ray to suck the soul from James Shields and usurp his nickname. Not that Bumgarner needs...
  • Posted We're All Here Together to El Lefty Malo
    Why, hello, my San Francisco Giants. You're still here. So are we. How nice!We didn't expect you here. Angel Pagan is not here. Marco Scutaro...nope. Matt Cain isn't here... well, not on the field at least. (photo credit: Beck Diefenbach/Chronicle)Tim...
  • Posted It's An Even-Numbered Year. Do You Know Where Your San Francisco Giants Are? to El Lefty Malo
    So many names from the past five years bring tears to my eyes when I think of them doing things no one expected them to do in October. Andres Torres. Santiago Casilla. Ryan Vogelsong. And now, Travis Ishikawa. People who...
  • Posted NLCS Game 2: Missed Chances and Bad Pitches to El Lefty Malo
    You won't find any errors on the Giants' side of tonight's box score, but they made plenty of mistakes. Four of them in particular: Every home run the Cardinals hit tonight was a bad pitch.And it really shouldn't have mattered....
  • Posted The Giants, The Cardinals, The NLCS: How Is This Possible? to El Lefty Malo
    Did you notice? When Mike Matheny was being sprayed with champagne, the cameras caught a glimpse of a home-sewn Clayton Kershaw doll in Matheny's locker? With tiny pins sticking out of it? Rewind the DVR. Look again. Otherwise, I have...
  • Posted Giants-Nationals Game 3: A Few Impertinent Questions to El Lefty Malo
    I spent half of Saturday's game listening to the radio in my dining room. I walked out the door after the first half ended, stunned and elated, although I didn't realize---no one realized---we were in fact at the halfway point....
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