I took my own advice and hibernated through the rest of the winter. I am certain it was the right call.
I slept through Fanfest. There was a motocross event at AT&T Park the week before. I could and would not allow myself to see the playing field soiled with dirt mounds.
It would have caused great psychological harm. I would have had nightmares of Pablo searching for a ball hit into one of the dirt mounds allowing multiple runs to score along with Timmy’s ERA rising high enough to knock on the door of the Father of Jesus.
You think I am joking.
I do not need another reason to see a therapist.
I did wake up in time for the birth of my Sister’s (Tawni) first child. Welcome to the world Landen Sawyer Tilden. You are now forced into being a Gigantes fan. Enjoy it, embrace it, and hopefully we will win a World Series in your lifetime.
I gave the kid a good look through. Ten fingers and toes, actually the kid has exceptionally long fingers which naturally prompted me to think the kid is going to have a filthy change piece.
Congratulations Jason and Tawni.
Please teach him to throw lefthanded.
Spring Training is here
I got to hear a little Flem and the Famer Wednesday afternoon. What a wonderful gift we all have in the Bay Area. We are spoiled. Everything in the world now seems right.
I love spring training (If you don’t love spring training, then I hate you and we can never be friends). I can watch the games without giving a hoot if los Gigantes win or lose. I have a month of stress-free games to look forward to.
Spring training is time for:
1. Get back into game shape (Pablo!!!!!).
2. Implement new things into in a game situation (#55 is trying to re-involve his deuce into his arsenal).
3. Young players get evaluated in game situations with other major leaguers.
4. Position battles.
5. Settling scores from the past year.
Barry Zito made sure #5 happened today.
In response to “The bomb exploding/bowling ball/team celebration exercise” A well deserved and placed pitch was delivered by Singer/Songwriter Barry Zito to the back of Prince Fielder.
I do not care that S/S Barry Zito had the third slowest average fastball in the big leagues in 2009 at 86.7 MPH or that Prince Fielder probably has enough back fat to absorb a Smart Car at 45 MPH.
I liked the old school message, although it would have been better delivered from Brian Wilson.
I called KJ to tell him the good news.
SLY: Zito drilled (drilled sounds like it would leave a bruise) Prince.
KJ: Boooyeaah. Zito seems to have that attitude this spring.
SLY: I hope that attitude gets some extra wins.
This is my third favorite Barry Zito moment as a member of Los Gigantes.
1. Hearing Zito sing.
Like I slept with your mother
Don’t judge me
Cause I could be your brother
And we could be a family
2. My invention of the Barry Zito Drinking Game.
3. Zito drilling Prince in his back fat.
Does it suck that none of my favorite Zito moments have happened in a game that has meant anything in the standings yet?
If looks could kill
If GMs were contestants on Survivor, Sabean would be one of the first voted off.
Tim Marchman of si.com ranked all 30 GMs in baseball. It was an interesting article. Yeah, Sabes was ranked 28th of 30. Ned Colletti was 27th. I am glad Sabes taught Colletti so well.
Here’s the blurb of Sabean:
Sabean’s skeptics were driven insane for years as no matter how many terrible, decrepit players he signed to absurd contracts, he always had Barry Bonds to make everything right. Once Bonds retired, the Giants immediately fell apart, and the skeptics gloated. Now they’re a decent team again because they’ve developed a pair of aces in Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. It doesn’t matter; the skeptics are still right.
ORANGE FRIDAY TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Los Gigantes unveiled new alternate uniforms for Orange Friday this year. The jersey’s are… very Orange.
I am deathly afraid of a cross promotional night involving anything with Cinderella. The Fairy Godmother will attempt to turn Pablo into a carriage to bring Cinderella to the ball. Yes, Pablo is going to look like a friggen Pumpkin.
The alternate hats are awesome. They are an updated version of the 1982 hat. I will purchase one and proudly wear it all year.
My Spring Training trip is all booked. I’ll be there in three weeks.
I cannot wait for all the alcohol and baseball.
I am glad hibernation is over.