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Au Revoir Brandon Crawford

At some point I need to write a Brandon Crawford Tribute post. It would begin with a video of his grand slam against the Pirates in the 2014 National League Wild Card Game. Then it will include a highlight reel of his defensive wizardry. Make no mistake: Brandon Crawford was the greatest shortstop in San Francisco Giants History. Heck, he may have even been the greatest shortstop in Giants franchise history. But that’s a discussion for another day. Why do I bring up BCraw, my dad’s favorite Giant, you ask? Because yesterday MLB and the Cardinals announced a one-year, $2 million contract for the former Giant who never had a proper send-off.

It’s understandable why the Giants front office let Crawford walk. I don’t hold that against them. Don’t make me cite Crawford’s offensive and defensive stats and metrics from last season! The Cardinals are going to employ him as a backup for their young shortstop. That’s Crawford’s new role: Mentor and Backup. Now, we may ask why he was not retained by the Giants for precisely this role. I know I can ask that question and the answer, I know, is that the Giants front office thinks they can find a player more worthy of that roster spot. We shall see.

In the meantime: So Long Brandon Crawford. You were and forever will be a Giant Legend, a #forevergiant. We will miss you.

Patrick Bailey Shines in Yesterday’s Cactus League Game

Patrick Bailey hit a first inning grand slam, Jung Ho Lee singled and scored and Jordan Hicks threw some serious heat in yesterday’s 10-10 tie with the Mariners in Cactus League action. Lee made his Giants debut after being unable to play due to some soreness in his side. He demonstrated his speed and is play-making abilities. Manager Bob Melvin was impressed. He is quoted below in the official MLB game report by Maria Guardado:

“To be delayed a little bit and then to go up there and get a hit in his first at-bat and score a run, looked pretty good to me.”

Lee grounded out in his second plate appearance and then struck out swinging against right-hander Carlos Vargas in the fourth to finish 1-for-3 at the plate. The 25-year-old batted an impressive .340/.407/.491 during his KBO career, never hitting below .318 in any of his seven seasons, though he’s still adjusting to the higher velocity from Major League pitching.

“Talking about the fastballs, for sure, there is a difference,” said Lee, who also logged four innings in center field. “But I feel that the biggest difference will be the breaking ball speed. Compared to the KBO and the Major Leagues, it’s different.”

How about Bailey!?

As for Jordan Hicks he hit 100 MPH on the radar gun, thanks to some adrenaline, and would allow two hits and two runs in 1 2/3 innings of work. He admitted to being both pumped up and a bit nervous in his Giants debut.

These guys are human, ladies and gentlemen. They get butterflies just like the rest of us!

Tristan Beck On the Shelf

Well all the hopes of a young and deep starting pitching staff are now in doubt. Yesterday the Giants sent Tristan Beck to see team doctors because of soreness in his right hand. It’s very concerning, particularly after Keaton Winn reported arm issues last week. No word yet on his prognosis. He was scheduled to start yesterday. The good news regarding Keaton Winn is that his MRI came back negative and he will resume throwing today or tomorrow.