Au Revoir Gregor

by
Greek Giant

Au Revoir Gregor, We will always love you. Breaking up is oh so painful. Even when you find the new girl who makes you happy it still stings to see your ex hook up with another man…. When I read the news about the Diamondbacks signing our beloved Gregor Blanco my first reaction was: “What? How could you Gregor? Really? You mean you don’t love me anymore?” Even when you have moved on it is so perversely painful to see your ex moving on, especially if it’s with the Dbags!

It’s hard to believe Blanco was not valued more by the Giants. Perhaps they were concerned with his age or health.

Gregor occupies a special place in Giants lore for so many reasons: the perfect game, the 2012 World Series, the 2014 World Series, his excellent glove, his hard play, his gentle and admirable attitude. He was a fan favorite, at least, a Greek Giant favorite for many wonderful reasons and seasons.

He will be missed. I wish him well but I would feel a little better about those wishes if he signed with a team in the American League instead of one of our divisional rivals. That’s the equivalent of your ex shacking up with some idiot you both knew was a jerk but you secretly feared your ex found his jerkdom sexy… Your worst fears are realized!

Ouch.

Blanco’s Going to Dive… And He Makes the Catch!!!

 

That is Way Back!

Farewell my friend. We’ll meet again!

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Angels extend Kole Calhoun for 3 years, 26 mil. Giants don’t necessarily need to find an All-Star in LF, a guy that consistently produces, akin to Calhoun, would do the trick. The search continues, and possibly ends with the spring battle for LF, or maybe a guy like Austin Slater or Bryan Reynolds becomes the Giants version of Calhoun.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=11200&position=OF

    • GSDUbs

      You seem a bit understated regarding Calhoun. If Slater or Reynolds could be anything resembling him, that would far exceed any current year expectations, wouldnt you think?

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        Some pop defense walks respectable average…

        120 wrc+, 3-4 War would be sweet and quite a feat for a giants farmhand to meet

        • GSDUbs

          …and if so, an improvement over the current AAAA candidates IMO.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            The thing about Calhoun is that he was an 8th rounder that sort of shot up out of relative obscurity – kind of a Duffy thing I suppose, but once he was bangin’ the Angels promoted him aggressively.

  • Giants54

    In this case, Giants made it clear they no
    longer found Gregor sexy. Think for both, it’s time to move on. He was a good Giant for the time he was here but now they need youth and RH oomph.

    • Keep’n It Real

      Very good Giant.

    • DrLefty

      They were in an awkward position with him, just as with guys like Casilla and Romo. Blanco made almost 4 mil. last year with the Giants. He had a bad year, and they can replace him for one-eighth that amount. But it’s hard to tell someone who’s been a good Giant for five years that the best you can do is a minor league contract, like the one he signed with the Dbacks.

      • RobDeer

        Agreed. It’s like telling your partner, “Well, I still like you a lot but can we just see each other once a week?”

  • Norm McDonald —- One Funny Guy http://tinyurl.com/zjcx8ht

  • crawnik

    3 rows from the field during a Cactus League game at Camelback Ranch against the White Sox in 2016. Yes, he will be missed. Adios, Tiburones Blanco. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9fdd1c7c0627474dffdfbbf34d4898a7897cee6a2f6811c6f2c2c20ecd07a197.jpg

  • The lead throw that he made from the LF foul line to Scoots and then Scoots to Posey to nab The Prince was a key moment in sweeping the Tigers.

  • earlytimes

    Gregor has an opt out on April 1st. You never know….injuries etc…and he just might find his way back into the G’s system.

    • Anti-Lasorda

      If he doesn’t make the club and if Ruggiano is washed up, I could see it.

  • GSDUbs

    Blanco…maybe the best value signing of Sabean’s career

    • DrLefty

      Vogelsong was pretty good, too. And Casilla.

      • GSDUbs

        Yep…”maybe” left room for “maybe not” but still awfully good (maybe best position player signing?).

      • totalfan62

        For the whole package, it’s Vogey hands down. The Franchise series brought that home to us.

        • GSDUbs

          True…though Blanco wasn’t paid like Vogey was. Talking value ($$) here. Not necessarily disagreeing though.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Aubrey Huff, 2010?

      • GSDUbs

        Just mainly that one year though. Blanco had more staying power

    • We know it was not José Guillén or Dan Uggla

      • GSDUbs

        …or the third Brandon.

        • “Hicksie” had his Kershaw moments though?

          • GSDUbs

            Yep, his Andy Warhol

    • Anti-Lasorda

      Pat Burrell was purty good too.
      The real diamond was Huff in 2010. Now the 2011 extension is another story…..

      • GSDUbs

        Burrell…honorable mention for short term value. Huff? yeah, the extension blew his value year out of the water. But he did have that one year and that can’t ever be taken away. So an asterisk for him.

  • Another Dr. (not a doctor) Phil episode on the horizon http://tinyurl.com/ought-oh

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    I’m over The Hall and the accompanying controversies, but congrats Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez

  • The Battered Bastards of Baseball
    Pop some “Corn” and grab a beer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA76b5Hhvxg

    • Moooooooooose

      Good show

    • Anti-Lasorda

      Hey isn’t one of those guys Carney Lansford?

      • By George I believe it tis…

  • Always liked the sound of his last name

    Athletics Agree To Minor League Deal With Ross Detwiler

  • After we all weep and grieve for the past – present and OMG future – I hearken back to those of us who rooted so hard for Chris Dominguez and Thomas Neal – and thought they might be the answer. :-/

  • Gregor just can’t “get next to you babe” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RfGe6MvY84

  • Michael Scott

    Couldn’t resist this one. Blanco was the numero uno whipping boy here until mid-2014.(nobody else was close) If there were more than 3 or 4 who were on his side when I was being ridiculed for supporting him, I never saw it. Even in his best year- 2015, he never made those absurd and borderline racist “character guy” or “high baseball I.Q.” lists.
    “What? How could you Gregor? Really? You mean you don’t love me anymore?”
    Look, he wanted to stay here, so the real question is why couldn’t the Giants meet or match the DBacks deal? It would have been almost no risk and high reward. He deserved to have at least the chance to compete for a spot.
    So, back to my cave.Ta-Ta.

    • DrLefty

      I was #TeamBlanco before the 2012 season even started. I remember hearing when they signed him–he was MVP of the VWL that year. And he was so dynamic in spring training. I was excited when he made the team and really excited when, a month or so into the season, he got to play regularly. He was a big sparkplug that year and a real godsend after Melky got busted. Not to mention tied with Andres Torres for the Sweetest Guy Alive.

      I’m really going to miss him.

      • Michael Scott

        So you were one of the 3 or 4. But believe me, we won’t get past 3 more if we hear the truth. About the best thing was said about him was that he was an idiot.

      • And his romantic and heart felt Blog.

    • Michael Scott

      Just saw some earlier comments- of course they could have offered a minor league contract and of course he would have taken it. he had a bad year- mostly because he could hardly swing the bat or throw the ball after April. Like most players would, he played thru it- to the detriment of the team. That’s on Bochy and the training staff.

      • PerSpeier35

        I always liked Blanco as long as he didn’t play too much, they always had some reason to play him more than was ideal for his level of productivity. I did like to dig at you for your Gregor man-crush, all in good fun, I hope he does well in Arizona.

    • BOOM!

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Give Duterte hell for me, will you?

    • 2holehitting

      Yep you were one of the few defenders of Gregor that recognized that Gregors game and hitting had changed for the better while most were berating him

    • Bapah

      I remember your praise of Blanco before he made the team and how he played. His smoothness, his arm and easy speed in the outfield. You sold me on him very early and when he made the roster how enthused you were. I’ll always thank you for it.

    • Anti-Lasorda

      Two words. Mac Williamson. Evans wants him to play. He will not be Schierholtzed. Put up or shut up kid.

      Now Jarrett Parker on the other hand is in line for the full Schierholtz treatment. It would be nice if he could bring the next Pence in return.

    • dgg

      I know I was one of the 3 or 4. I’m still in that small group actually.

    • Walter Guest

      Blanco collected over 6.9 million dollars playing in the majors so far. So I’ll just pass the collection plate along. For the record, I was a big booster of Blanco when he played in the Venezuelan Winter League before he joined the Giants.

  • Bapah
    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Come up for a Tuesday taco if you’re hambre, hombre. We could use a few “bad hambres” like you in town.

      • Bapah

        Have they served tacos at that ballpark before?

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          Out of trucks, believe it or not.

    • Anti-Lasorda

      Does the team take the field to La Cucaracha? Those hats redefine minor league hideous.

  • DrLefty

    I love the Spanish language call on that Must C compilation of the catch. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear Erwin say “Superman”!

    • doobieibood

      I liked the “wow” as well.

    • SurfCity

      Yeah, as I recall he said (paraphrasing) ” Wow! Blanco flies like Superman!” (in Spanish of course)

  • Larry Baer and his Marketing Dept needs to drop one of his 12 Italian-Irish and/or Filipino Nights and have something for my Bandito Friends like a Wolfman Jack Night.

    No queremos ninguna de tus insignias apestosas

    • Alvise Contarini

      Ma non stare a scrivere stronzate, per favore!

  • Alvise Contarini

    I will never forgive Evans and Bochy for letting Gregor out of the team. Hope they will get busted ASAP.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      I’m still upset they let Dan Gladden go.

      • Alvise Contarini

        Bochy & Evans in SF in 1987? Try one other a little bit smarter, dude.

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          Can’t slip anything past The 108th !

    • Anti-Lasorda

      Don’t worry like Torres and Morse before him he’ll come back in two years when there is absolutely nothing left and after other clubs over paid for the clubhouse presence.

      Nothing against Gregor, but this in my mind is Evans telling Bochy in no certain terms he is going to find out who and what Mac Williamson is. If Gregor was around, Boch may never get there. It makes me sad, but it had to be done.

      • Alvise Contarini

        It had to be done NOT !

      • John Myhill

        I agree. In general it seems evans is taking matters into his own hands in terms not letting bochy refuse to give younger players a chance.

        • DrLefty

          I really think it matters that Evans was director of player development for years before getting into the GM track. He was heavily invested in those young guys, so it makes sense that he’d be committed to giving them a chance and not blocking them forever.

          We’re seeing the same with the bullpen–much more homegrown than it used to be–and, maybe, if Blach (or Stratton or Blackburn or Beede) gets a real shot in the rotation soon.

    • Bapah

      Can a doge be impeached?

      • Alvise Contarini

        Yep and executed too. Beheading.

        • Bapah

          Have there been any in the family? Any beheaded?

          • Alvise Contarini

            Dunno but maybe.

          • Alvise Contarini

            Andrea Contarini del Naso (of the nose) so called for having punched the Doge on his nose. Beheaded on 21st march 1430.

  • 2holehitting

    Good luck Gregor, you were a good Giant that can be proud and hold your head high for what you helped the Giants accomplish 2 more times.

  • cabbie

    So, uh… this outfield we have now. Super exciting. Right?

    • DrLefty

      Austin Slater is the sleeper here. You’ll see.

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        Totally agree. He may not be able to hit the ball as far as Mac or Park, but the mechanics of his swing are superior and geared for higher average than they. Perhaps he can become the Kole Calhoun caliber player and that would be something – kind of like an outfield Duffy for SF.

        • DrLefty

          It would be nice to have a Stanford guy in the house. Ryder Jones was also committed to Stanford but signed with the Giants out of high school instead. He was the first player in ten years to de-commit from Stanford for the pros.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Another Stephen Piscotty would be nice.

            Still early but it doesn’t look like the Jones pick will pan out. Not much trade value either. But maybe finds a way to clobber 25 HRs in AAA.

          • Anti-Lasorda

            I hope his career goes well, but I think that was a bad life move….

    • dgg

      Of course!

  • Ham & Egging It

    The Ws have no shot tonight. Mr. triple double will have a game for the ages. As long as no Ws are injured tonight everything will be fine.
    Best wishes to Gregor Blanco. Thank you for wearing the uniform with class and distinction.

    • Moooooooooose

      I see what you’re doing there!

    • DrLefty

      RIP Warriors. 💀😢

    • cynic

      You meant quadruple double.

  • channelclemente

    Springsteen gave a private concert at the White House on the 12th.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi0kWe2ixzU

  • John Myhill

    Just a great guy to have on the team. His attitude was so good that it neutralized the effect of Pagan.

  • Bapah

    “Divided States of America” Part 2, is now on PBS down here. Might be where you are too.

    • 12xu

      Thanks for the programming note. It’s on channel 9 here in the bay area, I’m checking it out now. I love that Frontline narrator’s voice and delivery. I have a documentary on DVD on the “liberation” of China (as the Chinese call it) and the Mao and post-Mao years that he narrates.

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        That guy’s voice just has a way of conveying that “not everything is okay” :-/

        • 12xu

          So true. “After the failure of The Great Leap Forward, Mao thought up his next radical social program: The Cultural Revolution.”

      • GSDUbs

        Looking for documentaries about Watergate and impeachment/pending conviction for inspiration.

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          While any potential replacement would be less absurd, the rollback to more ignorant times would still be in place.

  • SurfCity

    I don’t hold anything against Blanco at all. I wish him well.

  • cynic

    Blanco never got a fair shake but still found a way to help the team.

  • cynic

    How did Bagwell avoid the steroid cloud?

    • 2holehitting

      how did Pudge avoid the steroid crowd?

      • Anti-Lasorda

        how did Piazza avoid the steroid crowd?

  • crawnik
  • Bapah

    What is the policy with dogs at Scottsdale Stadium?

    • Bapah

      Lola really wants to go.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Mr. Wonder, you and your canine are always welcome.

    • Surf Maui

      The Dodgers dont play in Arizona

  • Anti-Lasorda

    I understand the business, but I am still sad. Gorkys better be all Gregor was….
    Jus’ Sayin’

    • DrLefty

      I think Blanco’s pretty unique–really had his breakthrough with the Giants at age 28 and made a substantial contribution for five years as a fourth OF. Put up a 5.7 WAR over those five years.

      The Giants have tried to recreate what they found there with Blanco–think Tyler Colvin, Justin Maxwell, etc. I don’t think you find that everyday. This is to say that it seems more unlikely than not that Gorkys will be Blanco 2.0, but we can hope.

      • DrLefty

        So Angel Pagan’s five years with the Giants? The guy who got the $40 million contract, the guy who always was the default starter?

        Total WAR of 4.9 from 2012-16 (nearly all of it in 2012), compared with Blanco’s 5.7 in the same time period with the same team.

  • DrLefty

    Nice comments about Blanco in an Ann Killion Chronicle column:

    Farewell to one of the most underrated Giants of recent years. Gregor Blanco, who has agreed to a minor-league contract with Arizona, was forced into being a starting outfielder, into batting lead off, into being a big factor because of injuries. And there’s a decent argument to be made that the Giants might not have won two world championships without the sweet-natured, low-key player, who didn’t publicly complain, invariably had a smile and was always at the ready.

    Blanco cemented his place forever in my household when he rushed from nowhere to save Matt Cain’s perfect game on June 13, 2012. My defensive-minded soccer-playing daughter had found her favorite, and for years she drew odd looks from fans when she cheered loudest and hardest at games, not for Buster Posey or Brandon Crawford, but for Blanco.

    • GSDUbs

      She’s a bruin and didnt vote for Barry, though. So 1 ball and 2 strikes for her.

  • dgg

    Since the Giants couldn’t/wouldn’t keep Blanco, I’m very, very, very glad that a team in the NL West recognized his worth and offered him a minor league deal. I hope Gregor makes the Diamondbacks out of spring training and has a grand year. If he does, we’ll get to see him more often than if he signed way across the country or with a team in the American League. It’s only fitting that he gets the chance to play with a divisional rival. Only a divisional rival who lost games due to Gregor’s spectacular plays and smart hitting knows his true value. All the best to Gregor Blanco and his family.

    I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss reading his White Shark blog. Perhaps he will write a blog for the Diamondbacks? That would be cool.

    • DrLefty

      I’ll miss seeing video of clips of little Gregor Jr. (total live wire) after the games. I also remember him coming on CSNBA during spring training two years ago and, beaming, telling us that he and his wife were expecting another baby. Then on his blog, he wrote about how excited they were to find out they were having the daughter they longed for. He treated us all like family.

  • Surf Maui

    Is there any truth to the rumor that the Russians hacked the HOF vote to keep Barry out?

  • dgg

    Hey Mooooooooose! wherever you are. Since I retired, I’ve been watching Nature every Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock on PBS. Last night I watched a show I saw part of back in February 2016. Moose: Life of a Twig Eater. It’s about two Moose moms and their newborn calves through the first year.

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/moose-life-of-a-twig-eater-full-episode/13815/

  • Keep’n It Real

    I’m not sure if people have seen/read this, but Russell Westbrook is saying he’ll get Zaza back for his hard foul. I’ve seen the replay (was driving during the game), but I also heard Tim Roye saying that Russ threw some arms/hands up in Zaza’s face during the previous sequence. I always get a kick out of reading comments on ESPN, but people are comparing Russ’ reaction (acting?) to LeBron’s the night before.

    Perhaps Charles Barkley should spend more time talking about the softness of some of toady’s players (softness = the need to act hurt) in today’s game…since he played during the 1980’s physical period…and get away from worrying about the Warriors jump shooting.

    • DrLefty

      I’m a bit amused by all this. How many times have we heard “the Warriors are soft”? (Or “too nice, having too much fun,” etc.). So now we get a couple of hard fouls–and I don’t know that either should even have been called as flagrants–and people are whining that they’re playing too rough? No one was injured or even at risk of an injury, no matter how much LeBron and Westbrook tried to milk it.

      Haterz gonna hate, I guess.

    • Yea, the sound byte is comical and when the reporter asked if he (Westy) knew that Zaza was standing over him – Westy says “NO but I just saw it now” and I don’t “play that mess” so I will get him back.

      Me: Jesus Mary and Joseph. Zaza was standing over him because….wait for it….because that’s where he was after it happened…..and…..No Westy was not shooting.

      * It was a pick and roll that ZaZa *distruped*.

      • DrLefty

        He absolutely was NOT shooting, and I was surprised the ESPN announcers kept insisting that he was. The refs called it right (that part, anyway).

        • Matthew

          That crew has turned into a comic troupe of Bad

  • steve k

    there aren’t many as talented as dolly. happy birthday

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1zJzr-kWsI

    • channelclemente

      So you weren’t a Porter Wagner fan?

      • steve k

        i was late to the party when it came to country music. didn’t even realize dolly had talent, other than her 2 obvious ones..

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Italian student at our lab loves himself some Dolly and Porter. It’s uncanny how much affection he has for Nashville.

      • Alvise Contarini

        Get him to translate this:
        So cose ‘e pazzi;
        Xe robe da matti;
        El xe forse fora dei copi?

  • DrLefty

    This is big news–in-market streaming of Giants (and A’s) games will be available starting this season. Specifically, this means that if you have cable or satellite that gets the CSN Bay Area channels, you can log in and watch the games through the NBC live app on your phone or tablet, even if you’re local (no blackouts).

    This does not help cord-cutters, but it does make me wonder if I should re-up my MLB.TV subscription, which I mainly keep so that I can watch Giants games when I’m traveling. (Also, for those of you out of the area, if you had a local friend who would let you use their log-in information to access the app and watch the games, you’re in business.)

    http://awfulannouncing.com/mlb/nbc-regional-networks-will-now-stream-mlb-games-online-for-the-first-time.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • One of the beauties of Gregor catching the fly ball above in the lead photo gives credence to the real truth – when people who go to 5 games per year – turn to their friends and say “he did not keep his eye on the ball”.

    The fact is that hitters and fielders (save maybe an infielder following ground ball into his glove) cannot physically keep their eyes on the ball. Hitters try but settle for “keeping their eyes in the hitting zone and at the point of contact” – and – the rest is all god-given hand-eye ability – although – it is really Eye-Hand ability.

    • Keep’n It Real

      Seriously…that was funny!

    • channelclemente

      I’d say it was the “This is Why We Play” sign under the backboard, next to the Jerry West logo.

  • John Myhill

    Apropo nothing quiz: Which pitcher (on any team) has the best career contact control (lowest line-drive%+hard-hit%) in high-leverage situations (when the game is most on the line) since leverage statistics started being kept in 2002, out of 181 pitchers with at least 100 high-leverage innings pitched? #2 is Mariano Rivera (17.2+18.2=36.0), but someone is lower.

    • GiantFrog

      John — I defy you to write that again without looking. I’m a big Giants fan (since the 70s), could read a box score before I could read, but I have no idea what you just asked.

      • John Myhill

        Intuitively, the question is ‘which pitcher is the best getting the other teams to hit the bad badly when the game is on the line?’ You can check out the details of these stats here:

        http://www.fangraphs.com/library/offense/batted-ball/
        http://www.fangraphs.com/library/offense/quality-of-contact-stats/
        http://www.fangraphs.com/library/misc/li/

        • GiantFrog

          It’s still fuzzy to me, John, but what the heck. I’ll take a shot: Robb Nen.

          • John Myhill

            He pitched too early. Leverage stats didn’t start being kept until 2002.

          • GiantFrog

            I thought he was on the WS team of 2002. No? OK. I’ll go with Trevor Hoffman (still jousting in the statistical dark).

          • GiantFrog

            Got it. I missed the minimum number of innings to qualify. I wasn’t a math major, but normally scored well in reading comprehension. I know, prove it, right?

          • John Myhill

            Hoffman gave up 18.5% line drives and 27.1% hard-hit balls. Much too high.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Billy Wagner?

    • John Myhill

      Hint: He is/was on our favorite team for a while.

    • Bapah

      It seems to me that if there is any metric that should be used to be determine hard hit balls, it ought to be Exit Velocity.

      • John Myhill

        Yes but we only have data from like 2 years for that.

    • John Myhill

      Zach Britton is about to destroy this record next year when he gets to 100 high-leverage innings, so I better ask this now.

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        Dude’s a beast. A beast that Showalter was afraid to unleash last October.

        How did Wade Davis do over his run of dominance?

        • John Myhill

          Career he’s average (19.6+29.5=49.1). 2014 25.6+33.3=58.9 (20 innings). 2015 28.6+11.1=39.7 (17 innings). 2016 15.8+26.3=42.1 (16.2 innings). Lousy in 2014, quite good but not great in 2015-6.

          • John Myhill

            Britton is off the charts. 12.8+17.4=30.2 (96.2 innings), and that’s for his career. He’s generally great, but in high-leverage situations there’s no one even close to him.

  • When did HIS teammates tell Russell that he cannot Travel without a few pieces of luggage?

    https://www.facebook.com/perry.fox.14/posts/10210024734913387

    • Keep’n It Real

      Kanter should pull the “I’m a grown-a$$ man” card on Russ. Ridiculous…coming from a guy that dressed up like a photo journalist prior to meeting #1, in an attempt to make fun of KD.

      OK…triple-double machine…that’s leading the league in shot attempts per game (23.6) by a wide margin…averages 5.5 turnovers a game (second to Harden’s 5.7)…and has an assist/TO ratio that doesn’t sniff the elite PGs in the league. MVP of the NBA? More like a guy that is on a team that allows him to do whatever he wants…which will never result in a NBA Championship.

      • OMG – one of my favorites. Yes Kanter should back-hand-slap the little Diva

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoMmbUmKN0E

      • DrLefty

        That game was a great case in point for why having a bunch of triple-doubles doesn’t make you an MVP. Westbrook was 8-23 shooting and 1-6 from three. He had 10 turnovers, 5 fouls (should have been more–he got away with at least two), was -20 for the game, and his team got blown out. Yet he padded his triple-double totals some more. So what?

        • Keep’n It Real

          It was the same thing watching Harden against the Miami Heat the other night. He gets his stats, but they lost.

          • Efrain

            While it’s fun to poke fun at players who do a great deal without much around them, imagine is Curry didn’t have the players he has had over the past 3 seasons and was asked by the team to do everything.

            Take a moment to compare what Westbrook has around him and then Harden.

            Then tell me how the team around those players comes anywhere close to the team built around Curry.

          • I watched Curry at Davidson with very little surrounding him. Enough said.

  • GSDUbs

    Is it really possible that Oakland will be left with no – as in zero – professional sports teams in the not too distant future? Does the Coliseum/Arena follow Candlestick to dust? At least the restaurant scene there has been picking up the last few years.

    • GiantFrog

      Well, I’ve heard “there’s no there there.”

      • GSDUbs

        Gertrude never told a lie

        • GiantFrog

          I’ll lift a Stein to that astute reference.

          • GSDUbs

            Nothing better to wash down an Alice B Toklas cookie.

          • GiantFrog

            Just don’t store them in the Bell Jar

          • GiantFrog

            Did I take this down the wrong Plath?

          • Bapah

            You guys are very funny, but none of this is literature.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            This sounds like a moveable feast.

          • GiantFrog

            Only to be held in a clean, well-lighted place.

          • GSDUbs

            From here to Paris

    • Keep’n It Real

      I’m a Raiders fan and really dislike the A’s on many levels, but if I’m Oakland…I’m keeping the A’s. Lots more home dates (revenue and jobs) and a new venue could hold some outdoor concerts ala. AT&T Park.

      Until the NFL approves the move to Vegas, I’m just ignoring the whole thing. One person tweeted that he got a “reminder” phone call from the Raiders about season tickets yesterday…and today they filed for relocation to Las Vegas.

  • DrLefty
  • DrLefty

    Saw a couple of spring training related tweets from Giants’ minor leaguers and wondered if the non-roster invitations are going out. Not that I can find officially, but I did find where on the Giants’ website the information will be. So far, there are just two guys with spring training invites. Of course, anyone on the 40-man roster is automatically invited.

    http://m.giants.mlb.com/sf/roster/nri/

  • “Eye Chart” Federowicz happy for an Opportunity
    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/csn/giants/Ex-Dodgers_catcher__excited_about_new_opportunity__with_Giants.html

    Trumbo and the O’s are flirting again.

  • More on the White Shark http://tinyurl.com/zodfptr

    • John Myhill

      When you look at Blanco’s career, it does seem possible that Hernandez could do the same kind of thing. 28/29 isn’t that late to put in a pretty decent couple of years. And he did have 39.5% hard-hit balls and slug .463.