April 25 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 April 25 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1960 at St Louis, wild one at Busch, the Cards were up 5-1 going to the 7th (Giant turned Cardinal Daryl Spencer hit a 3 run homer) we scored 3 to cut it to 5-4, but then gave up 2 in the bottom to hit the 8th trailing 7-4. It wasn't enough - Mays had just tied the game at 7 with a base hit when Willie McCovey hit a two out, two run homer off Bob Duliba.  We won the game 9-8.  It was McCovey's 17th homer of his career.

Walk off 1980 home vs Reds, Tom Seaver against Vida Blue on a Friday night at Candlestick (I think I was there?  Was I there?  I think I was there. I was 9, I may have been there) it took a Darrell Evans 7th inning two run single to tie the game at 3, and two innings later, still 3-3, another Evans single, this one off Doug Bair, scored Roger Metzger to send everyone home (including me?  was I as this game?).  1980 Darrell Evans did what he almost always did in 8 years as the Giants third baseman, 20 homers, about 70 RBI, an OPS+ of around 120.  Just solid work year in and year out.

1982 home vs. Dodgers, you'll like this one - 8th inning, Giants down 3-2, two out, bases loaded, pitching for the Dodgers is a 25 year old Dave Stewart - batting for the Giants is Jeffrey Leonard..Leonard hits a grand slam, the Giants go up 6-3 and that's the final score.  Leonard was a Dodger farmhand, signing with the Dodgers in '73, but only had 11 plate appearances with the big club before being dealt away in '78.  The Giants got him from the Astros for Mike Ivie in '81.  Leonard only had 9 homers in '82, but this one beat his old team.

1999 home vs Rockies, down 5-4 in the 7th, Armando Rios hits a 2 out, 2 run homer off Mike DeJean. We go on to win 7-6.  Rios hit the ball in San Francisco, he had an OPS+ of 145 in '99 and finished his Giants career averaging 123.  We moved Rios and Ryan Vogelsong to the Pirates in '01 for Jason Schmidt in what turned out to be a startlingly good trade, Rios fell apart immediately and was out of the league in two years.

2003 at Phillies, the Giants were 17-4 coming in - 8th inning, 2-2, bases loaded, 2 out - future Giant Pat Burrell's three base error on a JT Snow fly ball scored everyone, we went up 5-2 and took the game 7-4.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April, 2017 Athlete of the Month

Monday, April 24, 2017

March is here.

A'ja Wilson.  Runners-up: Joel Berry, Sergio Garcia, Eric Thames

One third of 2017 down.  Who is going to be athlete of the year for 2017?

January - Deshaun Watson
February - Tom Brady
March - Russell Westbrook
April - A'ja Wilson

April 24 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History


What is this all about?

Here are the Top April 24 Moments in San Francisco Giants history

Walk off 1958 home vs Cardinals, the first walk off in San Francisco history was the day before, here, in the 9th game since the move west, we do it again, and again, it was Daryl Spencer.  The Giants came into the bottom of the 9th down 5-4, we scraped across the tying run and with the bases loaded and two out, Spencer singled home Danny O'Connell off Billy Muffett to win the game.  Spencer was a New York Giant, signed in 1950, came up in '52, was in the military during the '54 Championship season, came back in '56 and made the move to San Francisco.  We moved him in 1960 with Leon Wagner for Don Blasingame.

1966 at Houston, down a run in the 8th inning, two batters before, Mays tied the game at 2 with a solo homer off Jim Owens, and here Jim Ray Hart did the same, putting us up 3-2 in a game we'd win 4-2.  In organizational history, only 5 Giant third basemen had more plate appearances than Hart.  Through 2016 he remains the 19th best player in San Francisco history.

1969 home vs Braves, scoreless game with an out in the 7th, Jack Hiatt hits a two run homer off Milt Pappas, we won 5-1.  Hiatt could help you a little with the bat, in 5 years with the club as a backup catche (we got him for Jose Cardenal in '64) his OPS+ was 112.  This was his last year as a Giant; we sold him to the Expos.

1970 home vs. Expos, 4600 paid attendance for a night game at the Stick against the 1-9 Expos, 2-2 in the 7th, Ron Hunt hit a three run homer off Dan McGinn.  We won 12-3.  Hunt only spent three seasons with the Giants but they were solid years, his '68 remains (as of 2016) one of the 15 best seasons for a Giant second baseman in organizational history - Hunt's one of the rare players moved in a Giants/Dodgers trade, we got him for Tom Haller.

1975 at Houston, 5-5. two out in the 9th, Von Joshua singles home Derrel Thomas off of Ken Forsch and 6-5 will be the final score.  Joshua had been a career Dodger, waived after the '74 season; he had a bad career, Joshua was a sub replacement player in a 10 year career --- except for '75, it's not just his career year, '75 was markedly better than the rest of Joshua's career combined, his 120 OPS+ was 29 points higher than his career average.  He led off, he played center field - Willie Mays' position - and still had his best ever season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 23 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, April 23, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 moments from April 23 in San Francisco Giants history.

Walk off 1958 home vs Cards, the first walk off in San Francisco history - it's right here, the Giants were 4-3, playing at Seals Stadium, and came into the bottom of the 9th down 7-4.  A two out triple by Cepeda scored Mays and Davenport to cut it to 7-6, and the next batter, Daryl Spencer, hit a 2 run homer off Phil Clark to win the game. 8 days before, Spencer hit the first west coast homer in MLB history, on opening day against Drysdale.

Walk off 1997 home vs Braves, Giants came in 13-4, Braves were 14-4 having beaten us the night before, light Candelstick Park attendance for a midweek day game - bottom of the ninth, 3-3, one out, one on, Bill Mueller singled off of Alan Embree to score Dante Powell. The Giants move to 14-4.  Mueller's another guy who did two Giants stints, he left after the 2000 season but came back for the 2002 stretch.

2008 at San Diego, 1-1 in the 13th, just to get there took a Molina homer in the 9th off Trevor Hoffman - here it was Glendon Rusch giving up a single to Fred Lewis that scored Emmanuel Burriss to put the Giants up 2-1; we'd win the game 3-2.  Lewis was a perfectly acceptable 4th OF type, could hit enough, didn't kill you with the glove, we moved him to the Jays after the '09 season and he never played another big league game after 2012.  Lot of guys like Fred Lewis in MLB history. He got a thousand plate appearances, he was as good as guys who got more, no better than guys who got less.

2015 home vs Dodgers, trailing 1-0 in the 9th, Brandon Crawford triples home Matt Duffy off Pedro Baez to send the game to extra innings

Walk off 2015 home vs Dodgers, same game, 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, 2 on, 2 out - Justin Maxwell is your hero, singling off Juan Nicasio to score Angel Pagan with the winning run.   Maxwell's last ever big league at bat was at the end of August of  this same season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants.

April 22 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, April 22, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 moments in April 22 San Francisco Giants history.

1967 home vs Braves  8th inning, down 3-0, bases loaded with one out, Willie McCovey hits a grand slam off Ramon Hernandez; we won the game 6-5 on a Braves error in the 9th.  McCovey had 18 career slams, he remains the all time NL leader.

1989 at Dodgers 4-4 in the 9th, two out, Kevin Mitchell singles home Donnell Nixon off of Jay Howell for the last run of the game.  The best season for a Giants left fielder in organizational history who isn't Barry Bonds?  It's Mitch's 8 WAR '89.

Walk off 2009 home vs Padres, scoreless in the 10th inning,  2 on, 2 out, Bengie Molina doubles home Andres Torres off of Edwin Moreno to send everyone home.  Molina had 3 1/2 okayish years as the Giants starting catcher, getting dealt in the middle of 2010 to make way for the greatest catcher in San Francisco history.

2013 home vs Arizona down 4-2 in the 8th, Buster Posey, that aforementioned catcher, tied the game with a 2 run homer off David Hernandez.

Walk off 2013 vs. Arizona, same game, now tied at 4 in the bottom of the 9th, 1 on, 1 out, 1-1 count from Tony Sipp to Brandon Belt - he singles home Andres Torres to win the game.  Belt's had a terrific Giants career, through 2016, he's one of the 30 best players in San Francisco history.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 21 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, April 21, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 April 21 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1974 at Dodgers 8th inning, down 4-1 - bases loaded, Mike Phillips doubles everyone home against Mike Marshall to tie the score.  Phillips just couldn't hit at all; had an OPS+ of 45 in 301 plate appearances in '74.  No, you should not give someone with an OPS+ of 45 301 plate appearances, no, no you should not.

1974 at Dodgers same game, same inning, 4-4, Phillips got taken down for a pinch runner, and he would score the go ahead run on a Steve Ontiveros single.  We'd win 6-4.  Ontiveros was 22 years old in '74 and got 403 big league plate appearances as the Giants starting third baseman.  By the time he was 29 he was out of the league.

1975 at Cincinnati, 3-3 in the 10th, Chris Speier singled home Gary Matthews off of Pedro Borbon to put the Giants up 4-3, the final margin of victory.  Speier was a good Giant, particularly valuable with the glove, an All Star in '72-4 (his '72 season is the greatest year for any Giant shortstop ever) he got dealt away (for Tim Foli) in '77, but (like Rich Aurilia would later do) came back to finish up his career (and played well in a backup role) from '87-9.

Walk off 1991 home vs Astros, scoreless, bottom of the 9th, the Giants had only 4 hits (matched by the Astros) when Steve Decker came to the plate against Curt Schilling - and hit a walk off homer to beat him.  Giants pitchers ended this game with a 23 inning scoreless streak.   Decker never really hit big league pitching, he had a career OPS+ of 68, but we've never been able to get enough of him, he did two stints with the club and upon his retirement has been a part of the organization since 2001.  Schilling was 24 in '91, this was his only year with the Astros, it is unclear how he felt about Muslims at the time.  Schilling appears to have been, like many of his race and gender, radicalized as he's aged.  Sad!

2009 home vs Padres, 4th inning, down 2-1, Edgar Renteria hits a 1 out grand slam off of future Giant Jake Peavy.  Giants go on to win 8-3.  It was Renteria's first Giants homer and the first grand slam Peavy had ever allowed.  Renteria was a disasterous free agent signing for the Giants, right up until he was MVP of the 2010 World Series.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 20 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, April 20, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the Top 5 April 20 moments in San Francisco Giants history

1964  home vs Reds 8th inning, 2-2, bases loaded, 2 out, Reds left fielder Bob Skinner misplayed a Tom Haller fly ball, allowing Mays to score the go ahead run in what turned out to be a Giants 5-2 win. Haller was the starting quarterback for the University of Illinois when he signed with the Giants in '58; three years later he was catching for the big club.  Haller could hit, except for his rookie season and the last year of his career his OPS+ was over 100 each year.  We moved him to the Dodgers in '68, it was the first west coast trade between the two organizations.  He came back as a bullpen coach in '77 and worked his way up to VP of Baseball Operations until being let go in '85.

1976 at Atlanta, we were down 8-1 after 3, but 3 in the 6th, 1 in the 7th, 1 in the 8th had us down 11-10 in the 9th inning, Dave Rader doubled home Chris Speier off Elias Sosa to tie the score.

1976 at Atlanta, same game in the 10th, Sosa's still in the game for the Braves - he gives up a 1 out homer to Gary Matthews for the final margin of victory.  A year later Matthews, who came up to the Giants when he was 21 and won the rookie of the year in '73, would be a Brave, signing with Atlana after the season as a free agent.

1984 home vs Reds, down 4-2 in the 8th, 1 out, bases loaded for Scot Thompson - he pinch singles home 2 off Tom Hume to tie the game - we'd go ahead on a Hume wild pitch and win 6-4.  Thompson was an actively bad major league player, sub-replacement for his 8 year career (so, of course, why not sign him as a free agent).  This was his first of two Giants seasons, his second ever Giants hit.

2012 at Mets, 3-3 in the 10th, 2 on, 2 out, Hector Sanchez singles off Frank Francisco, scoring Melky to give us the 4-3 lead, which would be the final score.   Sanchez had an OPS+ of 75 in five seasons as a backup catcher in San Francisco; my bet is no other organization ever gives him 600 PA.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 19 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 April 19 moments in San Francisco Giants history

1966 at Cubs, 9-9 in the 8th after a game tying Mays single - he and McCovey were both on with two out when Don Landrum, who pinch run for Cepeda earlier (Cepeda had less than a month left in his Giants career) doubled both of them home off Ted Abernathy. We won 11-10. This was Landrum's only season as a Giant (this was his first Giants hit, he wouldn't have another for a couple weeks, he hits .186 for the season) and his last year in the bigs.

1986 home vs Padres, down 5-4 in the 7th, one out, one on - Chris Brown hits a 2 run homer off Lance McCullers, we go up 6-5 and that's the final score.  Chris Brown was a hard deal, drafted as a 17 year old in '79 - Chris Brown played rookie ball in the Giants organization at 17 years old; came up as a 22 year old in '84 and hit right away, finished 4th for rookie of the year in '85, had a 125 OPS+ in '86 and made the All Star team.  You know about this '86 team - 22 year old Will Clark, 24 year old Robby Thompson both come up to become the cornerstone of a resurgent franchise.  Brown was right with them, 24 years old, starting third baseman, had the highest OPS+ on the club.  A year later he was gone, dealt to the Padres on the fifth of July in a 7 player deal that brought us Michell/Dravecky/Lefferts.  Brown never played a big league game past the age of 27 and died in 2006.  2006!  Just 20 years after he beat Lance McCullers he was dead.  Brown wound up working for Halliburton driving a truck in Iraq for three tours; he died as a result of an apparently suspicious house fire.

Walk off 1987 home vs Braves - the day before, we walked off the Braves, here, in a game where we only got 5 hits, we do it to them again. 3-3 in the 9th, 2 out, runners on the corners, Matt Williams, (who homered in the 7th to tie the game; it was his first, that's right, his first ever big league homer as a rookie shortstop playing his 7th MLB game) grounds to second - but a fielding error by Glenn Hubbard allows Chris Brown (who hit a one out double) to score, and we win it 4-3, moving to 10-3 on the season.  This was our best start since '71 built on the back of an 8-0 record in one run games.

1997 home vs Marlins, we'd won 7 straight coming in but were down 2-1 in the 8th, 2 on, 2 out, Glenallen Hill plates them both with a double to right, that 3-2 score holds up.  Giants move to 12-3 on the season.  Hill played for 7 teams in his 13 year career, he had significantly more plate appearances as a Giant, who got his aged 30-32 seasons, than anywhere else.  He was a productive bat, particularly in 95-6; this was his final year in San Francisco, he went 0-7 in the NLDS against the Marlins and left as a free agent. Prior to coming to San Francisco he was once traded for a familiar name to Giants fans, Candy Maldonado.

Walk off 2013 home vs Padres, bottom of the 9th, Angel Pagan doubles down the right field line off of Luke Gregerson, scoring Andres Torres with the winning run.  This was a 10K, no BB game for Madison Bumgarner.  Willie Mays's wife died earlier that day.  Pagan's best year as a Giant was his first, 2012, he never quite got back to that level, he was limited to 71 games in '13 with hamstring injuries.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 18 - Top Five Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 April 18 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1968 at Mets, 7th, down 3-2, bases loaded, two outs, 22 year old Danny Frisella came out of the pen to try to hold the lead against Willie Mays.  It went the way you'd figure, Mays cleared the bases with a double for the final margin of a 5-3 Giants victory.  This is post-prime 37 year old Willie Mays, who still had an OPS+ of 156 in '68 and was a 6+ WAR player.

Walk off 1973 home vs Atlanta, 3-3, bottom of the 11th, one out, Bobby Bonds homers off Tom House to take us to 10-4 on the young season.  We hadn't had a hit since the 5th before Bonds' game ender.  

Walk off 1993 home vs. Atlanta, 20 years later we did it to the Braves again, this time it was 12-12 in the bottom of the 11th, we had to score 4 in the 9th just to tie the game, and like Bonds in '73, Matt Williams homered (off former Giant Steve Bedrosian) to send everyone home.  Helluva game in what would be a helluva season for these two teams.  Braves got 5 in the first off Dave Burba, but 3 in the second and then again in the third put us up 6-5.  That lead lasted all of no innings, Bryan Hickerson and Kevin Rogers combined to give the Braves a half dozen in the 4th and we were down 11-6.  Williams homered in the fifth to pull us to 11-7, and we were still down those 4 runs, 12-8, headed to the bottom of the 9th against Mike Stanton:

Darren Lewis led off with a walk.
Will Clark singled him to third.
Matt Williams, who, as you've noticed, had a game, singled home Lewis to cut it to 12-9.
Barry Bonds doubled home Clark, chasing Stanton and cutting it to 12-10,  Still no one out.
Sacrifice flies by Robby Thompson and Todd Benzinger off Jay Howell tied the game.  That's where it stood for Williams three innings later.

Walk off 2007 home vs Cards, 5-5 in the 12th, 2 on, 2 out, Rich Aurilia singled home Randy Winn to win it 6-5 for the good guys.  This was Aurilia's return to San Francisco, he originally came over in the winter of '94 in a deal with the Rangers for John Burkett and spent most of the next 9 seasons as the Giants starting shortstop before leaving as a free agent after 2003.  He returned as a 35 year old backup in 2007 and retired as a Giant after the 2009 season.

Walk off 2012 home vs Phils, scoreless in the 11th, this had been a Cliff Lee/Matt Cain duel, Lee going 10 shutout innings and Cain going 9 while just giving up 2 hits, Here though it was Melky Cabrera beating Antonio Bastardo with a single that scored Brandon Belt for the game winner.  This was Melky's career half year, he had a 157 OPS+ and 5 WAR before a PED suspension.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

This is (Not) a 2017 NFL Mock Draft

Monday, April 17, 2017

I do this every year; not a prediction, I'm selecting for each team. There's no bad pick for the Niners, I'm really hoping for a trade down.  Time permitting, I'll revisit this before the draft.  Rounds 1-2 of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Browns are going to pick Garrett.  Beyond that, beats me.

1.       Cleveland   M.Garrett DE A&M 
2.       San Francisco M.Lattimore CB Oh St  (okay, I'm good with Lattimore, Adams, Hooker if we pick in this spot, I don't want anyone else here. If we deal down, that opens it up a little bit)
3.       Chicago M.Hooker S Ohio St
4.       Jacksonville D.Cook RB Fl St
5.       Tennessee C.Davis WR WMich
6.       NY Jets M.Trubisky QB UNC
7.       LA Chargers J.Allen DT Ala
8.       Carolina M.Williams WR Clem
9.       Cincinnati D.Barnett DE Tenn
10.   Buffalo J.Ross WR Wash
11.   N Orleans S.Thomas DE Stan
12.   Cleveland  D.Watson QB Clem
13.   Arizona  P.Mahomes QB TTech
14.   Philadelphia T.White CB LSU
15.   Indianapolis  C.McCaffrey RB Stan
16.   Baltimore R.Ramczyk T Wisc (Adams has fallen too far, I'd expect someone like Tampa to move up to get him no later than here)
17.   Washington M.McDowell DT Mich St
18.   Tennessee  C.Lawson OLB Aub
19.   Tampa J.Adams S LSU
20.   Denver OJ Howard TE Ala
21.   Detroit R.Foster ILB Ala
22.   Miami F.Lamp G WKy
23.   NY Giants L.Fournette RB LSU
24.   Oakland M.Humphrey CB Ala
25.   Houston O.Melifonwu S UConn (just desperate to get one of those 3 quarterbacks, it's too early for Kizer)
26.   Seattle  C.Robinson T Ala
27.   KCity Z.Cunningham ILB  Vandy
28.   Dallas J.Lewis CB Mich
29.   GBay G.Bolles T Utah
30.   Pittsburgh T.Williams OLB Ala
31.   Atlanta T.Moton G WMich
32.   N Orleans J.Davis ILB Fla
       Rnd 2
33.   Cleveland G.Conley CB Ohio St
34.   San Francisco T.Charlton OLB Mich
35.   Jacksonville D.Njoku TE Mia
36.   Chicago A.Jackson CB USC
37.   LA Rams K.King CB Wash
38.   LA Chargers D.Kizer QB ND
39.   NY Jets TJ Watt DE Wisc
40.   Carolina C.Harris DE Missouri
41.   Cincinnati D.Feeney G Ind
42.   New Orleans T.Tabor CB Fla
43.   Philadelphia Z.Jones WR ECU
44.   Buffalo Q.Wilson CB Fla
45.   Arizona S.Jones CB Wash
46.   Indianapolis T.McKinley DE UCLA
47.   Baltimore C.Samuel WR Oh St
48.   Minnesota T.Taylor WR WKy
49.   Washington J.Mixon  RB OU
50.   Tampa A.Kamara RB Tenn
51.   Denver E.Pocic C LSU
52.   Cleveland J.Peppers S Mich
53.   Detroit E.Engram TE Ole Miss
54.   Miami C.Brantley DT Fla
55.   NY Giants G.Everett TE S Ala
56.   Oakland D'Onta Foreman RB Tex
57.   Houston N.Peterman QB Pitt
58.   Seattle D.Tomlinson DT Ala
59.   KCity  K.Hunt RB Tol
60.   Dallas D.Rivers OLB Young St
61.   GBay  C.Godwin WR Pen St
62.   Pittsburgh D.King CB Iowa
63.   Atlanta C.Wormley DT Mich
64.   Carolina S.Perine RB OU

April 17 - Top Five Moments in San Francisco Giants History


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 April 17 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

Walk off 1960 home vs Cubs, 5th game of the third season of San Francisco Giants baseball, this was a 14 inning 4 hour game, with the score 3-3, Billy Loes, three innings into a relief stint, stayed in to hit for himself, led off the 14th with a single, was bunted over - and then scored on a Jimmy Davenport base hit.  Good guys win 4-3.

1964 home vs St Louis, 4th game of the season, down 3-1 in the 6th, Willie Mays hits a 3 run homer off of future Giant manager Roger Craig. It was Mays's 4th of the season (he hit two off of Spahn on opening day, I mean, it's Willie Mays). This was Mays's 410th career homer.

Walk off 1964 same game, now 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th, bases loaded, 2 out, Chuck Hiller with the literal walk off - he draws the walk off Ron Taylor to score Davenport with the winning run. Hiller was basically just a guy as the Giants starting second baseman, but even that totally collapsed in '64. He hit .180, he had an OPS+ of 37, it was really dreadful.

1988 at San Diego, 5th inning, down 2-0, 2 on, 2 out, Will Clark hits a 3 run homer off Andy Hawkins to put the good guys up 3-0.  We'd win this one 9-4.  It was Will's 50th career home run, he'd hit 126 more as a Giant.

2005 at Colorado 7th inning, down 5-3, two out, bases loaded - how about a Michael Tucker grand slam off of Byung-Hyun Kim.  We'd win the game 8-6.  Tucker was a bad Giant, a negative WAR player in over 800 plate appearances who earned 3.5 million and cost us a first round draft pick.  We moved him to the Phillies before the end of the season for a prospect who never made the bigs.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 16- Top Five Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, April 16, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 moments on April 16 in San Francisco Giants history.

1970 at Houston, top 9th, tied at 9, Willie McCovey hits a two run homer off Jack DiLauro - we finish them off in the bottom to win 11-9.  '70 was McCovey's age 32 season and the end of the 3 year stretch that is obviously the heart of his prime, Most of his career best offensive numbers were the year before, 1970 was his second best OPS+ season, top season in walks, third in homers, tied for second in RBI. McCovey hit 39 homers in 1970 and never reached 30 again.

1996 home vs Dodgers, 7th inning, down 3-0, two on against Tom Candiotti, Mark Carreon clears the bases with a triple that cuts the lead to 3-2.  Steve Scarsone hit next, he doubled Carreon home to tie the game and would eventually score on a sac fly.  Tack on a Bonds homer in the 8th and we win 5-3.  Carreon (who sort of looks like Michael Pena, right?) was a pretty good bat, 117 OPS+ in over a thousand Giants plate appearances.  This was his last season in the bigs, the Giants moved him to Cleveland for Jim Poole before the deadline and he was in Japan in '97.

1997 at Philadelphia, 8th inning, Giants down 4-2 with a man on and 2 out - Glenallen Hill hits a game tying homer off Ricky Bottalico, his second homer of the game. The Giants would win 6-5 in the 10th (where we scored twice without getting a hit) to move to 10-3 on the young season.

2011 at Arizona, 7th inning, tied at 3, bases loaded, two out, Freddy Sanchez singled off Sam Demel to score DeRosa and Belt, that 5-3 lead held up as the final score.  An inning before, a Sanchez double had tied the game.

2016 at Dodgers, up 4-3 with 2 outs in the 9th, tying run on third, Santiago Casilla gets Yasiel Puig to fly out to the left field track and we win the game.  This turned out to be Casilla's last season as a Giant, he left as one of the 50 best San Francisco Giants ever.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 15- Top Five Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, April 15, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 moments on April 15 in San Francisco Giants history.

1971 home vs. Astros down 2-1 in the 8th, Bobby Bonds hit a 2 run homer off Larry Dierker to put us up 3-2. The best RF in San Francisco history is Bonds, in '71 he hit 33 homers, had a 144 OPS+ and finished 4th in the MVP voting.

Walk off: 1971 home vs. Astros, same game, we walked off the Astros the day before, here, we move to 7-2 on the season when Fran Healy breaks a 3-3 tie in the 10th with a pinch homer off Jim Ray.  Healy had 3 homers in his 2 seasons as a Giant.

1972 at Houston, Opening Day, Willie McCovey breaks a scoreless 6th inning tie with a 2 out, 2 run homer off Don Wilson.  We win the game 5-0.  Three games later McCovey breaks his arm in a collision at first.

2014 home vs. Dodgers down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Brandon Belt doubles off Kenley Jansen to score Angel Pagan and tie the game.  Less than a month later Belt breaks his thumb, and a concussion at midseason costs him much of the second half.

Walk off: 2014 home vs. Dodgers, same game, still 2-2, now in the 12th, Hector Sanchez singles home Brandon Crawford off of Brandon League to win the game 3-2. Sanchez got 637 plate appearances in 5 Giants seasons as a backup for Buster Posey. His .301 OBP in 2014 was the lowest of his career to this date.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 14- Top Five Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, April 14, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 moments on April 14 in San Francisco Giants history.

1970 at Atlanta, a wild one, the Braves scored 8 in the second - here, it's the 9th, 11-11 after a McCovey homer tied in the game an inning earlier, bases loaded, Ken Henderson hits a grand slam off of Milt Pappas for the final margin of a 15-11 win.  A 4-4 day for Henderson in his best offensive season as a Giant, with a 130 OPS+

Walk off: 1971 home vs Astros, 1-1, two out in the 11th, Tito Fuentes singles off George Culver to score Frank Johnson with the winning run.  In 13 seasons Fuentes only broke 100 OPS+ once, this was not that year.  In 672 plate appearances he only walked 18 times.

1978 at Padres, 9th inning, down 2-1, Jack Clark doubles off Rollie Fingers, scoring Skip James - the Giants go on to win 3-2.  This was the 22 year old Clark's breakout year, he slugged .537 with an OPS+ of 152 and finished 5th in the NL MVP Award.

1997 at Mets, 8th inning, down 2-1, Jeff Kent hits a 2 run homer off Greg McMichael to give us the final margin of a 3-2 win.  This was Kent's third home run as a Giant.  He'd hit 172 more.

2013 at Cubs, 9th inning, down 7-6, Hunter Pence ties the game with a 2 out, 2 strike homer off Shawn Camp.  We go onto win it 10-7.  This is Pence's first full season as a Giant and remains his best with the bat, he had a 133 OPS+.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

It's a Golden Age - 2017 NBA Playoff Predictions

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I'm a lifelong Golden St Warriors fan, as you might know - a Todd Fuller, Joe Barry Carroll, hey, we got Ralph Sampson Golden St Warriors fan.  This is easily the greatest stretch of Warriors basketball - by significant magnitudes the two greatest teams in Golden St history were the last two years and then we get to the 2017 team...



And it's better.

By Simple Rating System, this Warriors team (11.35) ranks as the best GSW team yet and the 4th best in NBA history ('71 Bucks, '96 Bulls, '72 Lakers) it would be a significant upset for them not to win the NBA Title.

Now, that was also true the last two years, at least by the time the Warriors got to the NBA Finals, where they faced a clearly inferior Cavs team.  So, were you looking for a precedent, where a team this good lost to a team that was not of this caliber, there's one available.  But it's the only one - in NBA history every team with an SRS over 10 either won the title or lost to another team with an SRS over 10 in the playoffs.  Until last year.

So - could happen again.  But don't bet that way.

Rnd One: Warriors over Blazers
                 Spurs over Grizzlies
                 Rockets over Thunder
                 Jazz over Clips

Semis:     Warriors over Jazz
                Spurs over Rockets

Western Finals   Warriors over Spurs

Rnd One:  Celtics over Bulls
                 Cavs over Pacers
                 Raptors over Bucks
                 Wizards over Hawks

Semis:      Celtics over Wizards
                 Raptors over Cavs

Eastern  Finals   Raptors over Celtics

NBA Finals Warriors over Raptors

April 13- Top Five Moments in San Francisco Giants History


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 moments on April 13 San Francisco Giants history.

Walk off: 1988 home vs. Reds, 4-4, bottom 11, 2 out, Will Clark beats Pat Perry with a homer to right center and the good guys send everyone home happy 5-4.   Will led MLB in walks and RBI in '88 and finished 5th in the NL MVP Award race for the second consecutive year.  Will Clark made $320,000 in 1988.

1993 home vs Marlins, up 3-1 in the 9th, bases loaded, Rod Beck gets Benito Santiago (who hit the first homer in Marlins history the day before) to go 5-4-3 to end the game.  A decade later Beck faced Santiago again, Santiago was a Giant, Beck a Padre - Beck struck him out.

Walk off 1996 home vs Cubs, 2-2 in the 10th, 2 outs, 2 strikes, Shawon Dunston beats his old team, pinch singling off Rodney Myers to score Matt Williams.  We win 3-2.  Dunston had spent a decade as a Cub, this was his 4th RBI as a non-Cub and it walks off his former team.

Walk off 2003 home vs. Dodgers, okay, you know how the Giants were crushed at the end of 2002? It's the following year and we're about to go 11-1.  4-4 in the 12th, Marvin Benard hits a 2 out double off Andy Ashby to score Grissom and beat LA 5-4.  Benard was a Pureblood Giant, playing his entire big league career with San Francisco.  This is his last season, he only has 3 RBI left in his career.

Walk off: 2014 home vs. Rockies, 4-4, Brandon Crawford leads off the 10th inning by homering off Rex Brothers to give us a 5-4 win.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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