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Defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants 2011 Season thread

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  • #91
    the big men break out the broom, taking yet ANOTHER one-run game (always the sign of a solid ballclub.)
    "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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    • #92
      rtgf: 6 K's, actually, and two of those were in the 9th...

      lincecum humped it up to mid-nineties for both k.
      yet another dominant performance.
      "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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      • #93
        Originally posted by west coast orange and black View Post
        the big men break out the broom, taking yet ANOTHER one-run game (always the sign of a solid ballclub.)
        Suprisingly they were "only" 28-24 in them last year. Seems like 50 of their wins will be that way this year don't it?

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        • #94
          ^
          absolutely.
          the giants rank near the bottom of the league in runs scored.
          they might even have given up more than they have pushed across the dish.
          "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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          • #95
            of their most recent 13 wins at home, 10 have been one-run wins.
            "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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            • #96
              through the first 45 games last year they had scored 182 runs and were 23-22.
              this season: 158 runs, but sporting a smile-inducing 26-19.
              Last edited by west coast orange and black; 05-22-2011, 06:57 PM.
              "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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              • #97
                the giants went 5-1 against the hated dodgers and a's, who featured kershaw and billingsley, cahill, anderson and gonzalez.
                next up, the marlins, including nolasco (3-0, 3.32) and sanchez (3-1, 2.90).
                good stuff.
                "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                • #98
                  The Giants record and the standings make you wonder, with the relatively sub-par competition this year in the NL West, where SF would be with a couple of guys hitting the ball on a consistent basis. Lincecum has what, four losses already, and his ERA is just above two? Yes, the Phils have been good, I think the Giants would have as good or better a record with one or two of their hitters. I mean, I like Torres and Huff and yes, even Tejada a little, but I'd sure take Victorino/Howard/Rollins in a heartbeat. Well, stay close, have a couple of guys heat up, Belt come up and hit a little, pretty good outlook. They are a cardio-challenge to watch, though.

                  I still have hopes that Cain will have a great and maybe CYA year, yet with the way things have unfolded thus far, I'm seeing a no-hitter this year for Lincecum as perhaps more likely.

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                  • #99
                    So Brandon Crawford, an unremarkable Single A SS, comes up and his first major league hit is a Grand Slam????? I wonder when the last time someone did that? Wags? Bueller? Shades of the Thrill off of Ryan in '86

                    It's all down hill from there kid!
                    “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes friggin’ awesome!"--Brian Wilson

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                    • I believe the last Giant to hit a grand slam in their first game was Bobby Bonds in 1968!
                      Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                      • Brandon Crawford? Is that Broderick's son? Whoa Nellie, with Wilson closing it out and Lincecum getting a W, a SS that can hit as well? Maybe just luck, but maybe it's watch out, Cal Ripken. Is that Wally Pipp in the background, muttering?

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                        • Was lucky enough to have just tuned in long enough to register it was bases loaded before he hit it out. ZOWIE!~

                          Burrell's grin alone was priceless. The pieface afterwards and the interview with it on him was pretty darn good as well.

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                          • Missed the interview, but just imagining how it must feel to be Brandon Crawford right now puts a big grin on my face. How great for him. That's one to tell the grandkids in 50 years or so. Maybe Lincecum will take him to In 'N' Out for some double-doubles.

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                            • Originally posted by Sirmudgeon View Post
                              Maybe Lincecum will take him to In 'N' Out for some double-doubles.
                              Hah, you know you've made it to the big leagues when you share burgers with Timmy! I'd love to do that myself.
                              “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes friggin’ awesome!"--Brian Wilson

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                              • All in all, these Giants are a mighty fine and fun team to root for: older veteran cast-offs (Burrell, Ross, Tejada, even Huff) doing well with a new lease on careers (I guess the jury's out on Tejada but he's making the effort); young stars on the ascendance (the whole pitching staff except Zito, Posey, Sandoval); would-be phenoms (Belt, and let's add these guys Crawford and Brown for good measure); interesting role players (Fontenot, Shierholtz, DeRosa); some solid veterans contributing (gotta put Rowand and Zito here, along with Sanchez, Torres, even Whiteside); a wily manager in Bochy and a decent-as-of-recent GM in Sabean; a great ballpark; no obvious malcontents/no big off-field problems- it's a team you can get behind. Even the possible additions (maybe Ivan Rodriguez or Molina in the Round) would be easy enough to embrace.

                                Yeah, the games are nail-biters, that's part of the charm I imagine. Some great images (Wilson's Beard on the ESPN spot, that shot of the pitching staff looking like the Beatles in the confessional, general funkiness), this is just an enjoyable squad.

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