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Across the Seams

A S.F. Giants blog fighting premature Brennschluss.

Published: 2008-07-30T14:59:37-07:00


Leave No Stone Turned


I spent much of Tuesday afternoon fretting about the general brainlessness that passes for sportswriting (I'm looking at you, Buzz). In the end, I decided I had wasted enough time just thinking about it. Then I watched the Giants-Dodgers game. Specifically, the postgame show on Comcast, with Greg Papa, F.P....

Lie Because You Must


The Chronicle's Henry Schulman, with what I hope is a generous dose of understatement: "But with Vizquel hitting .166, he might be difficult to trade." You think? Fans don't like to think about it, but team executives don't gain a whole lot by telling the truth. Would you like to...

Tall Order


After Tuesday's punchless performance against the Mets, the Giants are 39-51. That's third place, six games out, good enough for some to call the Giants "contenders." Clearly, my quotation marks indicate that I disagree. Since the institution of the three-division league in 1995, the worst record for a division winner...

The Tender Difference Between Pre- and Con-


Andrew Baggarly writes about Sabean's trading plans: Sabean sees his situation as more closely related to 2005, when the Giants were 13 games under .500 - yet just 5 1/2 games out of first place - on July 31. They acquired outfielder Randy Winn from Seattle for pitcher Jesse Foppert...

Putting the Zero in Omar


I was at the game Friday, which is probably best forgotten. But if you want to remember, there's oh so much to choose from. Let's see ... how about Bochy keeping the rookie pitcher in there long enough to let the game get out of hand? How about Lewis doing...

Sabean's History


Stall long enough and someone will do your work for you ... All year long I've meant to dig into Brian Sabean's track record. I wanted to create something that detailed how the current team came to be. I still haven't done it, but MLB Trade Rumors has done something...

Cover Boy


I rarely read SI these days, but I still get a kick when one of "my" guys is on the cover. This time it's Tim Lincecum, and the story is pretty good. It moves from Lincecum to the problem teams have figuring out what a good pitching motion is. It's...

Before You Panic About Maple Bats


Some things to consider about maple bats before screaming for a ban: Are there enough non-maple bats available to get through the major-league season? (The answer seems to be no, but given that information, five seconds later ESPN's Steve Phillips said he'd ban them right now.) Maple bats have been...

It's So Ridiculous That It's True


Headline on Giants developing big league talent Subhead: Fresno alum Giese most recent to make Major Leagues The story goes on to say how Giese's being in the majors illustrates the Giants' commitment to developing talent. Problems: 1) The Giants outrighted him to Fresno in October and he subsequently...

Soon He'll Be Managing, Too


Channel 3 is running a promo for the upcoming Giants-Royals series. At the tail end of it you see a Giant taking a swing at the plate. It's noted slugger Tim Lincecum. I really don't know what to do with this. Was that the best swing they had on file?...

I Was There


It was great.



All right, Marlins pitchers. What story are you going to tell your grandchildren? That with the greatest home run hitter of all time on the verge of history you went the way of all mediocre pitchers and simply walked him? Or you manned up to the challenge and got him...

Valued Lineup


I was curious about the Giants VORP, so I looked a few things up at Baseball Prospectus. Here are where the Giants stand at each position in the National League (actual figure in parentheses, followed by the positional leader, except for Bonds, who has the second-place guy): c Bengie Molina,...

Let's Get Some Runs


The Giants offense looked bad Monday night -- again -- but there was the saving grace of having the Cubs offense looke equally bad, thanks to Tim Lincecum. Plus both looked marvelous compared to Aramis Ramirez's stylin' admiration of his, uh, double. The Giants haven't won since the All-Star break,...

Say It Isn't So, Neifi


While I was writing an e-mail about Barry Bonds to a Phillies fan, Jon tipped me off to the hottest news yet in the PED universe. Yes, Neifi Perez tested positive. My world has been torn asunder.