With Eduardo Nunez, Hunter Pence, Buster Posey and Joe Panik all resting and out of the starting line up, Bruce Bochy bascially sent out his “F*ck You” crew in the rubber game of the series agains the Indians. I always wondered why the skipper decides to mass pool his starters’ rest days. I honestly don’t get it unless it’s some psychological ploy to motivate the back-ups. Yesterday, behind a gritty effort from Matt Cain and a dramatic 2-strike, 2-out, 2-run pinch-hit double by Buster Posey the Giants were able to squeeze out a gratifying win.
One doesn’t expect the Giants to score three in the bottom of the 8th when they’re down 2. It’s just too much to ask in 2017. But on this day, thanks to the best catcher in baseball, the Giants sent home a big crowd happy on a beautiful afternoon that also happened to be my father’s 80th birthday.
Thank You Giants.
Matt Cain walked an American League pitcher who, of course came around to score. That was going to be my headline if the Giants lost.
The Giants are supposedly signing Pablo Sandoval. There are some contractual formalities but it looks like the Panda is back. At first I was non-plussed by this decision thinking the Giants have nothing to lose. Upon further reflection I am not sure this is a good direction for the Giants who need to get younger and more athletic. Pablo is neither of those and he did not exactly leave under good circumstances.
Don’t get me wrong. I will always love Pablo for what he has accomplished but the negative energy of this move outweighs (no pun intended) the potential benefits because in all seriousness, does anyone expect the Panda to hit .300 and play a solid third base anymore?
I wonder what player Pablo will prevent getting a chance at third base (Arroyo?, Hwang?, Jones?…)
The Giants are making moves this past year that make them look like a bottom of the barrel-scraping team struggling to get by.
This all smacks of desperation and a team without a vision for the future.
It looks gauche and a bit tacky.