We’re Still In This!

I asked them to take at least 3 of 4 from the Rockies.  They did that.  I hoped they could take the series from the Brewers, thinking this was a long shot as the Brewers were in first place in their division at the time.  They swept them.  THEY SWEPT THEM!!!  Is this sweet or what?  If they can keep this up, we can win the division, especially if the Dodgers keep losing.  But we can’t count on that – we just have to keep winning.  And I think they have all the pieces now to make that happen.  They have to keep taking series, from both good and bad teams.  They lost the first one to the Rockies today (even though they battled to the end), but they can still take the series.  They NEED to take the series.  We need to win the division – wildcard isn’t good enough.  It’s too scary – you play a one game to get in, probably using up your best pitcher to do it, then you are weaker when you start the division playoffs.  Not acceptable.  We have to win, and we can.

Why can we?  Again, all the pieces have come together.  We finally have a solid second baseman in Joe Panik.  We finally have a solid backup catcher in Andrew Susac.  We finally have a solid backup second baseman in Travis Ishikawa.  Jake Peavy, Ryan Vogelsong, and Tim Hudson are finally getting some run support.  All the starting pitchers have done an outstanding job lately, with 3 of them pitching near perfect games (Bumgarner, Peavy, and Petit).  We’ve got Angel back, and boy is he back!  All the bats have woken up.  In that Brewers series, they scored a total of 31 runs!  And that’s against a first place team!  And now that they can call up guys from the extended roster, the relievers can get some relief.  Today Hunter Strickland pitched, and granted he gave up some hits in his first big league game, but he didn’t allow any runs, and that is key.  Plus I love that kid – I met him at Spring Training and got his autograph.  He signed autographs for everyone who wanted one, and he was so cordial.  And he’s built like Madison Bumgarner – he’s a stud!  Plus he’s a cutie pie!  Word is that we’ll see a lot of him this September – hope he succeeds in the bigs (even though he did appear to be chewing tobacco today – hoping it was just gum – will have to investigate further).

I was lucky enough to go to two of the Brewers games this weekend.  Seriously, I assumed they would lose both (I hate to admit that):  the first one because the Brewers’ starting pitcher (Mike Fiers) had an ERA below 2 (which we proceeded to raise!) and the second because I thought there was no way we could sweep that team.  I should know better than to underestimate my boys!  What a fantastic time I had.  That one inning in the game on Sunday seemed to go on forever.  But I felt so great that the boys were getting hits and moving guys along.  Fantastic!  Plus there were so many beautiful defensive plays that they made.  Plus I almost witnessed a no hitter on Saturday.  Talk about heaven for me!!  My win-loss record for this season now stands at 7 – 4.  WOOHOO!!  Not bad!

Have to share this video of my boy Mike Morse that has been making its way around the MLB news.  Here you go.  He is such a crack up!  I hope he didn’t hurt his hip seriously today so that he can be back in the lineup tomorrow.  Love his energy.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but I have another baseball trip planned with my siblings.  We’re going to 2 Giants games in San Diego, then a Monday night Giants game in LA near the end of September.  I am so excited, and with the way things have been going, I’m hoping the games will actually count for something.  We’re only 2 games behind LA – we can easily make that up, even in the next few days as we are playing the Rockies and they are playing the Nationals.   Yes we can!  So go out there and take this series, Boys!  You can do it!  GO GIANTS!!  GET AHEAD OF THE DODGERS!!

*Sigh*

I was so excited this morning.  The Giants were leading 5 to 0, and I was looking forward to blogging about how they had finally won a series against a good team and they’d have a happy flight back home to us.  I thought my Vogey shirt was seriously working (I was wearing it during the game).  Then my hopes were dashed, big time.  How could that happen?  14 to 6??  Poor Vogey.  He finally had a game where he got some run support, and it was still 6 to 3 when he left the game.  What a shame.  The only consolation is that the Dodgers are currently losing to the Mets 9 to 2.  Not much consolation.  Even if they lose, we’ll still be 4.5 games behind them in the West.  Sigh.

There have been some rays of light for this team in the last few weeks, though (always try to remain positive).  One such ray is Joe Panik.  Man, that kid has risen to the occasion.  He’s done a great job defensively at 2nd base, and he’s batting .307 (.447 in his last 10 games).  Way to make a statement in the Bigs!  And Travis Ishikawa, who came up to replace Brandon Belt at first, has been doing great as well.  He’s been solid defensively and has hit .385 in the last three games he started.  Plus he hit that important homerun today (well, it was important at the time).  Even Andrew Susac has gotten more comfortable in the Bigs, hitting his first home run the other night.  He’ll be so important in that backup catcher role.  And lots of the bats of the veterans have woken up – including Buster, Pablo, and Mike Morse.  And considering the losses of Belt and Sanchez due to concussion and Cain due to his surgery, they’ve actually come together quite nicely as a team and battled.  But is it enough to make it to the post season?  I’m seriously holding out hope that they can come through for us.

I was thinking the other day about the sacrifices that some guys make in order to play this game we love.  I know – they make tons of money.  But besides not seeing their families much during the season and the constant traveling, it’s kind of crazy the lengths they will go to to stay in the game.  I was listening to an interview with Jeremy Affeldt on KNBR, and he was recalling a time when he couldn’t pitch because he was getting blisters on one of his fingers that were interfering with his delivery.  He ended up having three layers of blisters on that finger.  OUCH!!!  It got so bad that he ended up having the nail on that finger surgically removed to solve the problem.  The nail will never grow back.  He basically maimed himself so he could continue to pitch.  I find that fascinating.  Pablo had the hamate bone in each hand removed so he could continue to bat well.  Angel Pagan had one of his hamstring tendons removed – completely!  According to Andrew Baggarly, “Pagan’s left hamstring tendon wasn’t just fixed, he said. It was removed completely, and the structure of his left leg was altered as a result. He now has two tendons instead of three, and he’ll have to do extra rehab and strengthening work for the rest of his career.”  And how many pitchers have had Tommy John surgery in order to keep pitching?  And what about Brandon Belt and Hector Sanchez who both experienced concussions that have put them on the DL probably for the rest of the season?  To me, that’s pretty darn scary!  It just makes you wonder how far a guy would go to keep playing.

To get your minds off today’s game I have a couple of fun videos for you.  The first is an interview that Hunter Pence did on MLB.TV’s Intentional Talk.  You’ll notice some guest appearances by his teammates.  Fun!  Here’s the link.  Makes you love those guys that much more!!!  They also talk about the crazy Pence signs phenomenon.  Here’s an amazing video of a one-armed little leaguer.  Check it out.  What an inspiration that kid is!  And do you think it was destiny for that kid to play baseball with that name??  Speaking of little league, did you get a chance to see the first girl to pitch a complete game shutout in her team’s first game of the Little League World Series?  She’s Mo’ne Davis, and the kid is amazing!  Check her out.  What a great moment for women in sports!

On a personal note, I entered the Call Kuip’s Shot contest that Comcast put on.  You had to video yourself calling Duane Kuiper’s only career homerun.  Here’s my call.  I ended up being chosen as a runner up winner!  I won a signed Duane Kuiper bobblehead.  Special thanks to my sister for filming the insanity and to my niece Rosey for being my teleprompter.  That was so much fun!

I’ve got a new spit count for you.  We’ve got a new spitter in our midst! :

August 23rd

Giants:

  • Murphy 11 (! – all seeds)
  • Sandoval 5
  • Susac 5
  • Pagan 3
  • Petit 3
  • Bochy 2
  • Lopez 1 (seeds)
  • Meulens 1 (seeds)

Nationals:

  • Zimmerman 2 (didn’t start spitting until the 8th inning)
  • Werth 1
  • Williams 1
  • Desmond 1
  • Thornton 1
  • ? 1 (one of the coaches)

Game Spit Master General = Murphy at 11

That’s a total of 38 spits during a 2 hour and 40 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 4.2 minutes.

Murphy = Mike Murphy, the equipment manager for the Giants.  Kruk and Kuip were talking about him while they showed him in the dugout, and he was eating sunflower seeds.  I can’t get totally upset with him as it was seeds and not regular spit, but unfortunately for him it still gets him into my count.  And if not for all the seed spitting, this would have actually been a pretty low spitting game.  Another unfortunate result from this game was that Andrew Susac logged his first spits, and the boy spits a lot.  I’m going to have to watch him more closely because he lifts his mask a lot while he’s catching, but I couldn’t always tell if he was spitting (usually this is a sign of spit).  It’s also curious how the Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman only started spitting at the end of the game.  What changed?  Did he save up all that spit ‘til the end?  Was he getting nervous?  Or tired?  Does being tired make you spit?  So interesting.

So the boys are on their way home to start a series against the Rockies tomorrow.  Time to take advantage of a team that has been struggling.  The Rockies are currently in last place in the West, so we need to take at least 3 of the 4 games we’re playing against them.  I’m throwing that out there to my boys.  This is what we need to do to take the division from the Dodgers – beat weaker teams.  And forget about the wildcard – that’s too scary.  We need to win the division.  We can do it with this team.  They can do it.  Yes, they can!  GO GIANTS!!!!  BEAT THE ROCKIES!!!

All Quiet on the Trade Front (For Now)

The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, yet no trades were made by the Giants besides the Peavy trade.  Thank goodness at least that one was made considering the news on Matt Cain.  It’s sounding like he will be out the rest of the season.  He has bone chips in his elbow that have been causing inflammation, and it’s been recommended that he have surgery to remove them.  There’s no real reason for him not to have the surgery now as he’s not going to be able to pitch effectively with his elbow bothering him anyway.  Plus Andrew Baggarly made the point that if he has it now, he will hopefully be available for the next three seasons, seasons where he will be paid $20 million each.  It’s predicted that if he has the surgery now he would be available for Spring Training next season.  The Giants want to get the most bang for their buck, and personally I think Jake Peavy is pitching better than what we’ve seen Matt do with his injury this season anyway, so it puts them ahead for the rest of the season.  On a positive note, at least Cain’s elbow ligament seems to be in good shape, so there’s no Tommy John surgery in his foreseeable future.  I also like Peavy’s spunk – did you see how animated he gets when he pitches?  Plus he’s definitely easy on the eyes and so freakin’ excited to be on our team and to work with Bochy again.  Check out this interview Mindi Bach did with him when he got to SF.  How can you not love that guy??

So what do you think about Sabean’s inactivity before the non-waiver trade deadline?  There was so much speculation as to who we could acquire to fill in at second and in the outfield.  I guess the cost was too high.  Hopefully the guys on the team will realize that management is putting its trust in them to come through and get it back together so we can make it into the post season.  The fact that Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan are scheduled to rejoin the team in the next few days is definitely a plus.  And there may still be deals in the future where we can acquire guys off of waivers.  Who knows what Sabean has in store??

There’s been a lot of movement on the roster besides just the Peavy acquisition.  Marco Scutaro was put on the 15 day DL with lower back strain on July 25th.  So frustrating that we can’t have him regularly in the lineup.  Just shows you what an important part good health plays in maintaining a strong, contending team.  That same day Ehire Adrianza went back on the DL with a strained hamstring.  They were replaced with Dan Uggla and Tony Abreu in an attempt at getting something going at second base.  We know how that went – awfully!  Uggla played in 4 games, had 11 at bats, no hits, one walk, and 6 strikeouts.  He also committed 3 errors.  Not much magic there.  Abreu had 4 at bats in two games with no hits.  This resulted in Uggla being designated for assignment and Abreu being sent back to Fresno.  Epic fail.  Hector Sanchez went on the 7 day DL with a concussion on July 26th.  That poor kid takes so much abuse in the head when he catches Timmy.  Sanchez was replaced with cutie Andrew Susac from Fresno.  Adam Duvall was optioned to Fresno on July 29th.  I liked that kid and wish he had gotten more of a chance to show off his stuff, but I guess they had to clear the way for Belt coming back.  Tyler Colvin was designated for assignment (spit counts will make a drastic drop now), and Juan Perez has made a comeback up to the bigs.  Travis Ishikawa has also come up with the big guys to cover for Belt.  He played yesterday at the end of the game, filling in for Morse.  Glad to see him back – Ishikawa played first base for the Giants from 2006 to 2010, earning a World Series ring in the process.

A couple of youngsters were added to the team yesterday – Matt Duffy and Jarrett Parker (Age 23 and 25 respectively), both coming from the Richmond Flying Squirrels.  Both had impressive records there, so it will be interesting to see how that translates to the big leagues.  Duffy will be covering 2nd base and Parker is an outfielder.  Guess the Giants are willing to try anything to get the team back in shape.  I remember both these guys from Spring Training – Duffy because he looks like he’s about 12 and Parker because he hit an amazing grand slam at Scottsdale Stadium over the tremendously high center field wall.  Hopefully we’ll see some of that power in SF.  Duffy already had his first start at second yesterday, and he did impress, both offensively and defensively.  He got his first big league hit, an RBI single.  He also turned a double play and made a beautiful line drive catch.  Welcome, Matt and Jarrett!  Maybe some youth is the secret to turning this team around.

For the second year in a row, Hunter Pence received the Giants Heart and Hustle Award.  The award is given annually to one member of each team to honor players who demonstrate passion for the game and best embody baseball’s values, spirit, and tradition.  That is the definition of who Pence is.  It is the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.  Congratulations, Hunter!  So well deserved!

I guess I’m not always on the forefront of Giants news.  I learned the news of Mike Krukow’s ailment from some national broadcasters as I watched the last Giants/Dodgers game.  I was texting my siblings at the time, and they said they all already knew about it.  How embarrassing!!  They referred me to Alex Pavlovic’s article about it in the San Jose Mercury news.  Kruk suffers from the degenerative muscle disease inclusion-body myositis, which causes progressive weakness in muscles in the wrist, fingers, thigh, and foot.  He was diagnosed eight years ago, but kept it private until now.  It’s not fatal, but he will eventually not be able to walk unassisted.  When asked by KTVU for an interview for a story they were doing on him, he said he didn’t want the attention focused on him.  Just like Kruk.  He just wants to try and maintain as normal a life as possible.  I know he’ll have the support of every single Giants fan.  Hang in there, Kruk.  We all love you!!

I’ve got two new spit counts for you.  The results should surprise you:

July 24th

Giants:

  • Sandoval 3
  • Posey 2
  • Adrianza 2
  • Scutaro 2
  • Hudson 1
  • Gutierrez 1
  • Duvall 1

Phillies:

  • Ruf 5 (all into batting glove)
  • Howard 3 (didn’t even play this game!)
  • Rollins 1
  • Byrd 1
  • Asche 1

Game Spit Master General = Ruf at 5

Giants Game Spit Master General = Sandoval at 3

That’s a total of 23 spits during a 2 hour and 45 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 7.2 minutes.

August 1

Giants:

  • Duffy 5

Mets:

  • Niese 3
  • d’Arnaud 2
  • Black 1

Misc.:

  • Umpire 1

Game Spit Master General = Duffy at 5

That’s a total of 12 spits during a 2 hour and 5 minute game (Vogey pitched a gem!) for an average of 1 spit every 10.4 minutes.

Duffy plays in his first game and wins the spitting crown for the day.  Granted the cameras were on him a lot as it was his debut, but still.  This is the first time ever only one player on the Giants has been caught spitting.  So interesting that these 2 games had some of the lowest spitting averages ever.  I’ve definitely noticed a downward trend in spitting recently, and I think it may correlate with the death of Tony Gwynn.  Will be interesting to see if this continues.  I hope so!!

I went to the first game of the recent Pirates series with my sister.  We had the best seats I’ve ever sat in – Premium Lower Box between home and third.  We had a great time as usual, but too bad the boys couldn’t win it for us.  My season record now stands at 5-4.  Gotta at least stay above .500!!  We’re off to a good start against the Mets, and we need to sweep them since they have a worse record than we do.  Have to keep doing that!  Hopefully Belt and Pagan coming back will make an impact, and the new energy of the kids will spark something.  We are still in this!!!  Always faithful!  GO GIANTS!  SWEEP THE METS!!

Much Happier Tonight

I went back and read my blog from yesterday and realized I was really ticked off.  Today is much better.  They won the first one against the Phillies, and it wasn’t that close.  This is the kind of game I love to watch (even though it was getting scary there for a while).  They lost the lead a couple of times, but they got it back.  That’s my team.  That’s what they need to keep doing – keep on battling, especially against weak teams like the Phils.  Not the greatest outing by Vogey, but in his post-game interview he mentioned that he has been battling a cold, so I’m going to let him off easy for this one. It seemed like everyone was contributing to the win tonight.   And wasn’t it great that the two guys who got called up today, Duvall and Kontos, were the stars of the game?  Duvall with his lead taking homer and Kontos with his win, coming in with guys at the corners but getting out of that inning run-free and then pitching another beautiful one after that.  Keep it up, boys!

There’s always something to burst my bubble, though.  Matt Cain ended up going on the DL today with elbow issues.  We all knew something wasn’t quite right with him, and now we know what it was.  Cain claims it’s a new thing, but Bochy says he’s had issues with bone chips ever since Spring Training.  It’s something he might have to deal with surgically in the off season because apparently they can continue to cause inflammation.  For now he’s on the DL, which was retroactive to July 11th, meaning that if he’s OK he could pitch Sunday against the Dodgers.  Tomorrow, Petit will pitch for him.  Hope they can pull of that game because Petit has been kind of iffy as a starter of late.  Get better and come back soon, Matt!!  We need you!

In other news, the Giants signed Dan Uggla to a minor league contract today in an inexpensive attempt at putting a bandage on their second base woes.  He was picked up off waivers from the Braves.  Tim Hudson (Uggla’s former teammate) may have swayed the Giants into taking a chance on Uggla.  I don’t get this move at all.  I know he’s a Giant now, and I should embrace him, but he really stinks.  This season, he had been batting .162, and last season he batted .179.  How is that supposed to solve the problem of run generation???  Also, the guy’s batting stance is really kooky – check it out.  Check out that front leg dance he does.  This video doesn’t even do it justice – it’s so much more goofy than this.  Will be interesting to see how he does in the minors and if he actually sees any time with the big boys.  Welcome to the team, Dan, but I definitely have mixed feelings about you!

So my husband enlightened me with some baseball trivia the other day.  Yes, my husband, the “are you watching another game” guy.  Everyone knows that Abner Doubleday invented baseball, right?  Well, IT’S ALL A LIE!!!  This lie was perpetuated for years.  The myth is that Doubleday, a decorated Union Army officer, invented baseball in 1839 in Cooperstown.  But it was later discovered that Doubleday was at West Point in 1839.  Also references to baseball date back to the 18th century.  It is now accepted that Alexander Cartwright came up with the rules that are the basis for the modern game in the 1840s.  So there.  You can toss that bit of trivia out and impress your friends.  Thanks, Dan!

I have a new spit count for you from tonight’s game.  Here you go:

July 21st

Giants:

-          Posey 4

-          Colvin 4

-          Sandoval 2

-          Kontos 2

-          Bochy 1

-          Vogelsong 1

-          Casilla 1

Phillies:

-          Brown 11

-          Rollins 2

-          Byrd 2

-          Howard 2

-          Asche 1

Game Spit Master General = Brown at 11

Giants Game Spit Master General = Tie between Posey and Colvin at 4

That’s a total of 33 spits during a 3 hour and 30 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 6.4 minutes.

So glad that I can go to bed tonight with happy Giants thoughts in my head.  Hope they can keep this momentum going and sweep the Phillies.  They have the ability, even though they are missing key guys.  Take advantage when you can!  GO GIANTS!!  KEEP ON WINNING!!

Belt Buckled

Due to a freak accident, Brandon Belt will be placed on the DL tomorrow, probably the 7-day concussion DL.  The plan is for Adam Duvall to meet the team in Philadelphia to replace him.  According to Andrew Baggarly, the incident occurred during batting practice on Saturday in Miami.  Belt was looking to center field for a throw when a ball came at him from second base (from either Joe Panik or Marco Scutaro) and hit him in the head.  Tests today confirmed a concussion.  Belt played in the game on Saturday for three innings, even hitting a double in the second inning and scoring a run.  But in the third he complained of an intense headache and nausea, so Bochy pulled him out.

Can you believe this luck???  He had just come off the DL with his broken finger and had started contributing and now this.  How often do you hear of something this freakish happening??  Almost as bad as Cain cutting himself with the knife while making a sandwich.  However the league knows to take concussions seriously.  And it’s an issue that hits home with the Giants.  Catcher Mike Matheny (now manager for the St. Louis Cardinals) had to end his baseball career due to too many concussions.  The 7-day DL was actually instituted in 2011 to address concussions, since teams were reluctant to put a guy who had sustained a concussion on the 15-day DL if they thought he could be back in 7 days.  So it’s good that Brandon will get the time off he needs to recover, but it stinks that this whole thing happened at such a key point in the season when he is needed so badly.  And he won’t be in against the Dodgers next weekend!!  Take it easy, Brandon, and get lots of rest.  You will definitely be missed.

Belt wasn’t scheduled to play today anyway since the starting pitcher for the Marlins (Brad Hand) is a lefty, so we can’t blame the loss today on that.  Kudos to Buster for stepping up and tying the game with his two run double, and Hunter got two hits, but it’s sad that other guys couldn’t step up and get things going.  I thought for sure they would win this one with Timmy pitching, but it just goes to show you that you never know what you’re going to get with this team (sad to say).  I’m happy that at least they took the series, but they really should take advantage of playing teams with records below .500 and sweep them.  That’s the only way they are going to be able to compete against the Dodgers.  Win series and sweep weak teams.  We’ll see later this afternoon if we can hold on to our spot at the top of the West after today’s loss (Lose, Dodgers, LOSE!!).

I did a spit count today while watching the guys lose (sigh):

July 20th

Giants:

-          Scutaro 5

-          Sandoval 3

-          Posey 2

-          Sanchez 2

-          Meulens 1

-          Hudson 1

-          Arias 1

-          Colvin 1

-          Lincecum 1

Marlins:

-          Hechavarria 3

-          Valdespin 2

-          McGehee 2

-          Hand 1

Misc.:

-          Umpire 6

Game Spit Master General = Scutaro at 5

That’s a total of 31 spits during a 2 hour and 40 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 5.2 minutes.

I have to applaud Timmy for only getting caught once during a game where he was the starter.  All the umpire spits came from home plate umpire Tony Randazzo.  Tony, you’ve earned the opposite of applause.

Now it’s off to play four games against the Phillies, another below .500 team.  I’m asking for a sweep.  I know we’ve got injuries to deal with, but this team should still be able to do it.  Everyone’s got to step up and contribute.  Do it for the fans that stand behind you!!  GO GIANTS!!  BEAT THE PHILS!

Two Grand Salamis in One Game!!

Were you as shocked as I was that day?  Not only did Buster hit a grand slam, but so did Madison.  It was the first time in MLB history that a starting pitcher and catcher got grand slams in the same game.  And it’s the second grand slam this season for Madison.  AND HE’S A PITCHER!!  That boy has a good chance to win the Silver Slugger award this year.  What a way to take the series from the D-Bags and go into the All-Star Break!  WOOHOO!!  Hopefully they can take that momentum into the second half of the season and get that beginning-of-the-season magic back.

Because of those grand slams, I learned the definition of “battery” as it applies to baseball.  It’s a term for the pitcher and the catcher.  Some new knowledge for me that I thought I’d pass along.  And thanks to Brandon Crawford’s blog, I also learned about the hierarchy involved in catching fly balls.  You know how you see guys run toward each other and call the other guy off when making a catch?  There’s actually a method to this madness.  Here’s how it works with respect to fly balls according to Brandon:  “The center fielder has priority over everybody — outfielders and infielders. Outfielders have priority over infielders. If there’s a popup between the OF and the IF, it’s an easier play for the OF. The shortstop has priority over all infielders. If the ball’s near second base and the shortstop is calling for it, he has priority. If it’s in shallow left field behind third base, and I’m calling for it, Pablo backs off. Infielders have priority over the catcher. And everybody has priority over the pitcher. A pitcher would catch a fly ball only if it’s a low pop-up that only he can reach. You don’t see it very often.”  I wondered how they don’t crash into each other more often.  Always learning here!

While watching a game last week, a hit and run play was put on.  My hubby asked me what that actually meant.  I kind of knew (the guy on base starts running assuming that the batter is going to connect with the ball), but I wasn’t totally sure so I decided to research into it.  Basically it’s what I mentioned – a sign comes from the coach, both players know it’s on, the base runner starts running as soon as the pitcher commits to throwing to the plate, and the batter makes contact with the ball.  But there’s so much more involved, like the best situations to use it and where the ball should be hit.  I found a great article explaining the hit and run play – you can find it here.  I learned a lot from it, and next time I’ll be able to impress hubby with my amazing knowledge!  Maybe I’ll dedicate a blog to it in the future.

Gregor Blanco made an interesting comment in one of his recent blogs.  He questioned the idea of making heroic plays, like catches where an outfielder crashes into a wall.  He made the point that this isn’t always a good idea.  If you get injured on the play, you might be out of commission for several games, so is it really worth it?  Sometimes you might think a guy is not hustling on certain plays, but maybe he’s just using his self-preservation skills and keeping himself in the game.  You have to weigh the importance of one play vs. losing a guy for several games.  Interesting perspective.

Wishing a big welcome back to Marco Scutaro.  Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that it would take over half the season for him to make his first start??  But I’m so glad he has.  He’s going to take it easy at first and only play a few days a week, but I’m sure his presence is going to make a huge difference in the lineup and in the clubhouse.  So happy I’ll be seeing your great at bats again!  And I love that he’s using AC/DC’s Back in Black as his walk up music!

Bruce Bochy made a change in the pitching rotation after the All-Star break.  It is now Bumgarner, Hudson, Lincecum, Vogelsong, and Cain.  It used to be Bumgarner, Cain, Hudson, Lincecum, and Vogelsong.  Bochy claims that Cain is fine and the change wasn’t made due to any illness, but that’s a pretty major change and it makes you wonder.  Glad that Timmy has moved up in the order since his recent starts have been amazing.  And congrats to Tim Hudson on being named to the All-Star roster as Madison’s replacement.  Very well deserved, and a nice 39th birthday present for him!

On the spit front, I’m immensely excited to report that we may be seeing a lot less spitting going on in the near future during baseball games.  The players are thinking about banning chewing tobacco during games.  This will be discussed when they negotiate their next labor contract in two years.  According to the players’ union leader, Tony Clark, several members quit “cold turkey” after the recent death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn due to oral cancer.  So it appears Gwynn’s outspokenness about the dangers of chewing tobacco is already having an impact.  You can read more about this here.  I love the fact that the initiative on this is coming from the players themselves.  One interesting note is that there is a rule already in place that states players cannot use chewing tobacco during pre- and post-game interviews, but in a post-game interview that Juan Gutierrez gave in June that I linked to in my blog (see “Rocked by Rockies, Socked by White Sox, Bitten by Snakes), he obviously has a huge wad of tobacco in his mouth.  Guess they haven’t been enforcing this one, but maybe they will now.  That will definitely be a day for me (and all the other spit haters) to celebrate if this all comes true!

On that note, here’s the latest spit count for you.  Are these results just a coincidence?:

July 12th

Giants:

-          Scutaro 2

-          Posey 1

-          Lincecum 1

-          Belt 1

Diamondbacks:

-          Hill 3

-          Inciarte 2

-          Miley 2

-          Parra 1

Game Spit Master General = Hill at 3

Giants Game Spit Master General = Scutaro at 2

That’s a total of 13 spits during a 2 hour and 45 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 12.7 minutes.

THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!!  That is the lowest spit average EVER RECORDED!!!  Can we attribute this to the effect of Tony Gwynn’s passing?  In honor of an amazing man, I am going to say yes.  Let’s see if this trend continues in the weeks to come.  Keeping my fingers (and everything else) crossed!  Maybe the goal of a spit-free game is within our grasp!!

So it’s a fresh beginning tonight as we start a series against the Marlins.  The guys should be refreshed and rested after their break and ready to cruise on into the second half of the season with a new intensity.  We’re only a game out of first place in the West after all, and I know we can rally the troops and get out there and win.  Do it for your loyal fans, Guys!  We’re still behind you through thick and thin, and we know the thick is coming back!  GO GIANTS!!  GET THAT MAGIC BACK!!

Two Wins in a Row! WOOHOO!!

I was so excited about my boys winning 2 games in a row that I just had to blog about it.  The last time they did that was two weeks ago vs. the D-Bags.  Isn’t it funny how your expectations change so much over a season?  Are they coming back?  Those bats sure woke up the last 2 days, even the long ball.  And the pitching has stayed stellar.  I sure hope they’re getting back to their winning ways.

Congrats to Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Pence on making the 2014 All-Star Team!  Both so deserve this.  I was disappointed that Tim Hudson didn’t as well, but hopefully he can take Madison’s place as he won’t be able to pitch that day (he’s scheduled to pitch the Sunday before the All-Star Game, and that wouldn’t give him enough rest).

Well, I guess Jeff Samardzija won’t be a Giant after all.  He was picked up by the A’s from the Cubs.  Wonder if the Giants had given up on him since the pitching has been pretty good lately.  Oh well, there is a bright side – at least I don’t have to learn how to spell that name (though they do call him “The Shark”, so I could have used that instead).  As the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline nears, I wonder if Brian Sabean has anything up his sleeve.  Seems like the biggest need is at second base (though Joe Panik had a really nice showing today) and more depth in the outfield.  We shall see.

Wanted to share a cute routine I’ve noticed lately.  Have you noticed that when Michael Morse reaches first base he head butts First Base Coach Roberto Kelly?  I even found a YouTube video of it - check it out (the head butt occurs at about 19 seconds in).  I love this!  Kelly doesn’t seem like the type who would go for this, but he plays along.  I think Michael Morse, with his never ending enthusiasm and energy, has become my favorite player on the team.  He did let me down today, though (details to follow).

I also noticed that Brandon Crawford changed one of his walk up songs recently.  He used to use Ellie Goulding’s Burn for one of his walk up songs and I would always rock out to it when I heard it.  Then at a recent game I noticed he changed it to something else, and I couldn’t figure it out.  Turns out it’s from Lady Gaga’s Applause, but it doesn’t start until part way into the chorus.  Here are the lyrics:

Give me that thing that I love (I’ll turn the lights out)

Put your hands up, make ‘em touch, touch (make it real loud)

I love his music choices, but I’m so curious as to why he chose this.  Does he like Lady Gaga, or does he want us to clap when he comes up to bat?  Or maybe just get excited?  I think I’ll ask him next time he blogs.  If you’re curious as to what each guy is using as their walk up music this season, here’s a link that has pretty up-to-date listings (even Crawford’s recent Lady Gaga change).  It’s not listed, but Santiago Casilla uses Cult of Personality by Living Colour.  I remember this because I love that song as well.

I’ve got 2 new spit counts for you from the recent Padres series (that we won!!).  Here you go:

July 4th

Giants:

-          Sandoval 4

-          Perez 2

-          Belt 2

-          Arias 1

-          Posey 1

-          Bochy 1

Padres:

-          Medica 5

-          Grandal 4

-          Smith 2

-          Amarista 1 (sunflower seeds)

-          Stults 1

-          Maybin 1

-          Goebbert 1

-          Headley 1

Game Spit Master General = Medica at 5

Giants Game Spit Master General = Sandoval at 4

That’s a total of 27 spits during a 2 hour and 35 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 5.7 minutes.

July 6th

Giants:

-          Belt 4

-          Lincecum 3

-          Arias 3

-          Affeldt 3

-          Posey 1

-          Meulens 1 (sunflower seeds)

-          Perez 1

-          Morse 1 (AAAAAAAHHHHHH!  But they were seeds)

-          ? 1 (one of the trainers)

Padres:

-          Hahn 4

-          Grandal 3

-          Denorfia 2

-          Goebbert 1

Misc.:

-          Umpire 1

Game Spit Master General = Tie between Belt and Hahn

That’s a total of 29 spits during a 2 hour and 55 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 6 minutes.

Both of these games had relatively low spit counts.  YAY!!  Keep it up, guys!  However, Pablo didn’t play in the second game (he got hit by a pitch on the arm), so that might have affected things.  Neither did Buster, but he showed up in the count anyway!  But alas, my boy Michael Morse showed up today for the first time.  I’m giving him some leeway because the spit I counted was sunflower seed expulsion, but I’m still disappointed.  Also the spit that the umpire logged occurred during a replay while he was standing there with headphones on.  Yeah, that’s a valid reason to spit.  NOT!!!

The boys take on the A’s this week.  Should be an amazing matchup as the A’s have the best record in baseball right now at 55 and 33.  I am so hoping that the momentum from the Padres series can fling my boys into a frenzy and they can bring it like they did at the beginning of the season.  Brandon Belt’s return has definitely made a difference in the offense.  And Hunter has done a great job at the front of the lineup.  Really looking forward to the next 4 games (and hoping I can make one of them in person somehow!).  Let’s hear that rally cry everybody!  GO GIANTS!  WIN THE BATTLE OF THE BAY!!

Timmy Logs Another No-No! (Accentuate the Positive)

OK.  What would you rather have first?  The good news or the bad news?  Personally, I like to end on a positive note, so let’s get the bad stuff over with and move on.

My boys are now tied for first place in the NL West with the Dodgers.  First place doesn’t seem that bad, but it seems like yesterday we were living it up, enjoying a 9.5 game lead.  Where have those days gone??  I went to the game on Sunday with my brother, my sister, and my niece, and I have to say I was depressed from start to finish (my record is now down to 5 and 3).  And I narrowly missed attending a no hitter FOR THE OTHER TEAM!!  Of course, we always manage to have fun at AT&T (and the crab sandwich and Ghirardelli sundae I had helped), but I couldn’t shrug the feeling that they weren’t going to win it, even before the game started.  I hate that!  Even though Matt and Tim Hudson had amazing starts the last two games, they just couldn’t get any run support and ended up losing.  It’s that same familiar story – like we’re going down the same path as last year.  We start slipping and the Dodgers gain momentum.  There are so many depressing statistics to share.  They were swept in a 4-game series for the first time ever at AT&T Park.  Sunday was the 12th loss in their last 14 home games.  What’s up with that???  They’re supposed to win in front of us!!  They’ve won only 4 of their last 19 games.

So what’s the deal?  Why has the same team that was doing so amazingly been struggling so severely lately?  For a while it was the starting pitching, but at least that seems to be back on track.  The bullpen has had some major issues.  Jean Machi, who had been doing so amazingly well that he even received a midseason award from Sports on Earth for his near zero ERA (you can read the article here), has fallen back to Earth, and big time, giving up 4 earned runs (including one homer) in his last two appearances.  Sergio Romo blew another save on Saturday, which finally prompted Bruce Bochy to take his closer position away from him.  Jeremy Affeldt also gave up two earned runs in his last appearance.  HELP!!  But it’s not just the pitchers – the bats have died.  The only one who’s been hitting consistently lately is Buster.  The fire we had from Michael Morse, Hunter, and Pablo has died out.  Plus two of our major offensive contributors, Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan, have been sidelined with injuries.

Do we have any hope to put the pieces back together?  Of course we do!  Never give up that Giants faith!  The starting pitching has shown significant improvement.  Hopefully that will rub off on the relievers, and someone will establish themselves as a new closer.  And the two guys who seem to light up the offense are on their way back – Pagan is supposed to start the game tomorrow and Belt is supposed to start the series with the Padres next week.  So at least there’s that.  And there’s been some crud making its way through the clubhouse, with guys succumbing to it, so maybe that’s why they’ve been off.  It must have run its course by now.  And the team we have now is still the same team that wowed us at the beginning of the season.  They just need a little of that Giant magic to come back.

OK – so no more negative.  On to the positive!  TIMMY!!  He did it again!  He pitched his second no hitter in less than a year!  And he did it this time with only 113 pitches (he needed 148 last time).  The kid’s still got it!  He became only the second pitcher to no-hit the same team twice (the San Diego Padres).  He’s also only the second pitcher to have multiple Cy Young Awards, multiple World Series Rings, and multiple no hitters (the other is Sandy Kofax).  But the sweetest thing is that he prevented the Dodgers from having the only no hitters this season (Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw each have one this season – I actually have to thank my Dodger-fan coworker for sharing this information with me.).  Timmy was named National League Player of the Week this week because of his feat.  And this joy-bringing event couldn’t have happened at a better time – when this team was in a true funk and needed something to celebrate.

I got to see the majority of the game at Ginny’s house with her, but I had to leave for work at the end of the 6th inning.  I listened to the 7th on the way to work on the radio, then my Giants fan coworker and I were following it on our phones.  We were both in shock when it happened.  So excited for Timmy and the team to have a moment to celebrate.  And my lucky brother Nick and my nieces Rosey and Elizabeth got to be there!  What are the odds??  Actually I know this because my brother looked it up – the odds of attending a no hitter are 1 in 1500!  My nieces said they were getting really nervous at the end.  My brother shared a video he took of the last inning with me.  It was hysterical!  As soon as the last out was made, the camera starts to pan everywhere but the field because he was so excited!  What a crackup!  Nick said it was his best day EVER!  What a thrill!

In other news, Adam Duvall came up from Fresno to help out the struggling team, and proceeded to hit a homerun in his first game.  Plus the day he came up to the bigs was the day Timmy pitched the no hitter.  Keep that kid around for luck!  He hasn’t been as hot lately, but hoping that we’ll see more offense from him.   Plus he seems like a really nice kid.

I’ve got another spit count for you.  Yes, even during slumps, the boys continue to spit:

June 27th

Giants:

-          Colvin 9

-          Posey 6

-          Bumgarner 5

-          Duvall 3 (sigh)

-          Sandoval 3

-          Hicks 2

Reds:

-          Cueto 13

-          Frazier 5

-          Bruce 5

-          Phillips 2

-          Cozart 2

-          Mesoraco 1

-          Chapman 1

-          ? 1 (one of the coaches)

Misc.:

-          Umpire 3

Game Spit Master General = Cueto at 13

Giants Game Spit Master General = Colvin at 9

That’s a total of 61 spits during a 2 hour and 45 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 3.7 minutes.

Johnny Cueto sure can pitch, and that boy sure can spit as well!  The new kid blew it already – Adam Duvall logged three spits today.  Also Tyler Colvin was the Giants Game Spit Master General, and he didn’t even play the entire game!  Since this was a Madison start, I also logged his snot rockets – he only launched 4 today (on the low side for him).

Something happened during this game that I thought was worth mentioning, especially since I had never seen anything like it before.  Adam Duvall was playing first base, and he was attempting to tag first to get the hitter, Zack Cozart, out, but the throw to him pulled him off the base.  The weird thing was that the runner  RAN OVER THE BAG AND NEVER TOUCHED IT!  Here’s the video.  Craziness!  What a Peewee league move!  The Giants reviewed the play, and everyone wondered why it was taking so long because on the replay you could see that the guy totally missed the bag.  The weird thing was that Duvall did indeed get pulled off the bag but never went back and tagged it after Cozart ran by.  Cozart came back to the base so he was safe, and that’s what the ruling was.  So strange.

So Timmy’s pitching the first game after his no hitter tomorrow.  He’ll be facing the Cardinals who are coming off of a 2-game losing streak against the Dodgers.  Maybe the Dodgers actually helped us out with this one by roughing them up.  I’m anxious to see how Timmy does this time.  After his last no-hitter, he didn’t do so hot, but last time he logged a bunch more pitches.  Come on, Timmy!  Come through for us!  Start this series off with a win!  And Angel, show us your stuff again!  Get the team going like you always do!  GO GIANTS!!

Rocked by Rockies, Socked by White Sox, Bitten by Snakes

Ugh!  Swept by the Rockies and the White Sox and starting with a loss against the D-Bags.  Talk about June Swoon!  The last game they won was the one that Nick and I attended on June 12th (which was amazing and a ton of fun – even got to see a balk!).  And they’ve lost 9 of 11 since my sister left for France.  I think this means that my sister can’t go to Europe any more during the season, and I need to attend more games (my current record is 5 and 2)!  This is just awful!  And those blasted Dodgers are quickly creeping up on us!  We’ll see if anything changes today as my sis is due back in town right before today’s game starts.

Lots of roster moves since last I blogged.  David Huff was traded to the New York Yankees for cash.  He had ended the 2013 season with the Yankees, so at least he’ll be with guys he knows.  The Giants signed free agent Daniel Carbonell, a Cuban outfielder.  He’s not expected to reach the majors this year, but shows great potential as a 5-tool player who can give them some depth in the outfield.  My boy George Kontos was sent back down to Fresno when Santiago Casilla came off the disabled list.  I’m so glad to see Santiago back, but sad to see George “Cutie Pie” go.  He had done pretty well while up this time, but he had one horrendous game against the Nationals where he gave up 3 runs in 1 inning.  That may have left a sour taste in Bochy’s mouth.  Best of luck to George and David, welcome back Santiago, and welcome to the team Daniel!

In addition, it was announced today that Joe Panik will be called up from Triple A Fresno and added to the 40-man roster.  He may get some play at second base, a position where my boys have struggled recently in the offense department.  I can’t even imagine what that kid feels like today – finally getting called up to the big leagues.  WOOHOO!!  Congrats on finally making it, Kid!  Looking forward to seeing what you can do for this struggling team.

I was surprised that Marco Scutaro was in the clubhouse yesterday and took batting practice with the boys.  Word is that he may be back with the team sometime soon.  However I think everyone is resigned to the idea that he will be playing from the bench, not the starting second baseman.  And Brandon Belt may be back sooner than expected.  He also took batting practice yesterday, and remarked that with his changed grip on the bat, his thumb doesn’t get much bat vibration and isn’t causing him any pain.  Hooray for that!

I had a friend ask me why I thought the Giants might be struggling the past few weeks.  Tough question.  Injuries?  We did have Casilla out for a bit, and Cain was out for a couple of games, then there’s Angel’s back issues and Buster’s back issues as well.  But none of this was major and for an extended period of time.  Can it be the loss of Brandon Belt?  They were doing fine at first without him, but possibly putting Morse at first and having to put someone else in the outfield has been an issue.  Belt’s bat was also pretty hot when he left.  Or could it be the loss of Angel?  He hasn’t played for a while, and we all know what effect that had on the team last year.  Or is it the starting pitching?  All of them have had their issues this season, and even the guy who I thought had been the shining light, Tim Hudson, has fallen off a bit lately.  Or is it the relievers?  Romo’s two consecutive blown saves were so depressing.  Or is it the defense?  There have been so many more mental errors made lately.  Or did they come out so strong at the beginning of the season that they are all exhausted now?  Maybe all of these things together?  What do you think?  Or is there just something about the month of June??  Do they all just need a big hug??

There have been rumors that Brian Sabien may be considering a trade for Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.  They would probably have to lose some high level prospects in order to do this, but the Cubs might be willing to trade as they are at the bottom of their division so far with a 31 and 40 record.  Samardzija   currently has a 2.78 ERA in 97 innings with a 90 to 29 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  I was rather surprised at this trade talk, though strong pitching would definitely be a help to this team right now.  Whose place would he take?  Timmy “The Franchise” Lincecum?  Or Ryan Vogelsong?  Will keep you posted if I hear anything.  Would hate to lose either of those guys, but I guess desperate times call for desperate measures.  Maybe I should start practicing spelling that last name (and pronouncing it correctly)!

I’ve got two new spit counts for you.  They are dedicated to the memory of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn who lost his battle with mouth cancer at the age of 54 this week.  Gwynn believed he developed the cancer as a result of using smokeless tobacco.  He’ll feature in an informative spot being developed by MLB to share the dangers of smokeless tobacco.  He wanted to keep the same thing from happening to other guys.  Class act.  Such a tragic loss of an amazing player and person.  Rest in peace:

June 14th

Giants:

-          Pagan 6

-          Colvin 4

-          Hicks 3

-          Posey 2

-          Sandoval 2

-          Romo 1

-          Bochy 1

-          ? 1

Rockies:

-          Barnes 6

-          Morneau 5

-          Tulowitzki 3

-          McKenry 3

-          Le Mahieu 3

-          Blackmon 3

-          Bergman 2

-          Weiss 2

-          Ottavino 2

-          Dickerson 1

-          Wheeler 1

-          Rutledge 1

-          ?1

Misc.:

-          Umpire 1

Game Spit Master General = Tie between Pagan and Barnes

That’s a total of 54 spits during a 3 hour and 25 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 3.8 minutes.

Colvin came in as a pinch hitter and still managed to log 4 spits.  Tulowitzki of the Rockies didn’t even play today but logged 3 spits.  They kept showing him in the dugout because he was injured yesterday.

June 15th

Giants:

-          Colvin 19

-          Bumgarner 5

-          Sandoval 4

-          Lincecum 3 (all seeds)

-          Gutierrez 2

-          Perez 1

-          Hudson 1

-          Lopez 1

Rockies:

-          Blackmon 6

-          McKenry 4

-          Tulowitzki 3

-          Rosario 3

-          Morales 3

-          Le Mahieu 2

-          Culberson 1

-          Barnes 1

-          Nicasio 1

-          McKenry 1

-          Hawkins 1

-          ? 1

Misc.:

-          Umpire 1

Game Spit Master General = Colvin at 19

That’s a total of 64 during a 3 hour and 45 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 3.5 minutes.

I remembered Michael McKenry from previous spit counts – he has the talent of being able to spit through his catcher’s mask.  He logged one of his spits today that way.  Also, as Madison pitched today, I also did a snot rocket count – he blasted 9 today (a season record).

Juan Gutierrez was interviewed after this game, as he gave up his first runs at home this year (sigh).  The reason I mention it is that during the interview, Gutierrez obviously had a huge wad of tobacco in his mouth.  Check out the video (at the top of Baggs Instant Replay).  Really?  I love the guy and he’s doing wonderful things for the team, but you can’t spit out your wad before an interview?  So disgusting.

One ray of sunshine during all this misery – Buster shaved off that goatee.  It looks like he’s trying to grow something in again, but at least the baby face is back for now.  Hope the guys can get out of this funk and win some.  Will be watching this evening (may have to watch on Gameday as the TV is being dedicated to a Game of Thrones marathon this weekend!).  Come on, Guys!  We know you have it in you!  Take this series and get back on track!  GO GIANTS!!

BREAKING NEWS: Michael Morse Has Achieved Rock Star Status

I’ll start off with the spit counts today as I teased you with them last time, then I’ll fill you in on why Michael Morse is a rock star and has moved up even higher on my list.  So if you don’t care about the spit, scroll on down.  Though you might be surprised!

I actually have three new spit counts for you (forgot about one I did a couple of weeks ago).  Here you go.  Get ready for some surprises!:

May 23rd

Giants:

-          Sandoval 6

-          Sanchez 6

-          Lincecum 1

-          Affeldt 1

-          Posey 1

-          Hicks 1

-          Belt 1

-          Arias 1

Twins:

-          Hicks 5

-          Gibson 3

-          Mauer 2

-          Escobar 1

-          Colabello 1

Misc.:

-          Umpire 1

Game Spit Master General = Tie between Sandoval and Sanchez at 6

That’s a total of 31 spits during a 2 hour and 45 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 5.3 minutes.

We had a guest snot rocket during this game.  Chris Parmelee of the Twins got caught blowing a snot rocket in the outfield.  At least it was just one.

June 7th

Giants:

-          Colvin 14 (!!!!)

-          Hudson 6

-          Sandoval 5

-          Hicks 4

-          Posey 3

-          Pagan 2

-          Righetti 1

-          Bochy 1

Mets:

-          Colon 7

-          Duda 4

-          den Dekker 3

-          Tejada 2

-          Young 1

-          Wright 1

-          Mejia 1

Misc.:

-          Umpire 2

Game Spit Master General = Colvin at 14 (new Giants season record)

That’s a total of 57 spits during a 3 hour and 35 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 3.8 minutes.

This was the first spit count I did of a game where Tyler Colvin played.  I knew this was coming as I had observed him spitting up a storm on days where I didn’t do spit counts.  The reason his count is so high:  he spits into each batting glove before every pitch that is thrown to him.  So totally disgusting!  I think he will probably take over the lead in spit counts this season from Pablo.  And he seems like such a nice boy!

The two umpire spits in this game were both from the first base umpire, Pat Hoberg.  Yes, I mentioned your name.  Umpires have no business spitting.  Wear it.

June 8th

Giants:

-          Colvin 27 (Double !!!!!)

-          Gutierrez 3

-          Hicks 3

-          Sandoval 2

-          Sanchez 2

-          Meulens 2

-          Kelly 2

-          Arias 2

-          Pence 1 (NOOOOO!  Not again!)

-          Lincecum 1

-          Wotus 1

Mets:

-          Duda 2

-          Wheeler 2

-          Tejada 1

-          Young 1

-          Granderson 1

Game Spit Master General = Colvin at 27 (season record for all players)

That’s a total of 53 spits during a 3 hour and 25 minute game for an average of 1 spit every 3.9 minutes.

So now Colvin has the record for the season, passing Dodger Matt Kemp’s spitacular effort of 23 on April 5th.  Sigh.  Wonder if he knows how gross that is.  And is it really helping him grip the bat??

And we received some disappointment again this season from Hunter Pence in the spit category.  He definitely spat after reaching second on an overthrow during this game.  Sigh.  No certificate for you this season.  Still love you though, Hunter.

So now that you’ve gotten your fill of spit, I’ll solve the other mystery.  Why do I think Michael Morse is even more marvelous than before?  Well, the other day I was watching a game with my hubby and noticed once again that Mike definitely has something in his mouth during games.  However, he as of yet hasn’t logged a spit in any of my spit counts.  How can you chew tobacco and not spit?  I asked this question out loud, and my wonderful hubby responded, “Why don’t you ask him on Twitter?”  DUH!!  Why didn’t I think of that?!  So I did.  I tweeted to him, “Hey Mike, just curious – what do you have in your mouth during games? Would guess tobacco, but somehow you never spit. I’m confused” (Note the missing period – ran out of characters.  The grammar Nazi in me had to let you know that.)  And he actually tweeted back, “@getGRINDS #tobaccofree”.  So the mystery is solved!  He uses Grinds, pouches of coffee grinds that give you energy without using tobacco.  I actually blogged about these last year – Bochy uses them as well.  That’s why Mike doesn’t spit – it’s just like drinking coffee.  Love it!  Just one more reason to love the guy (besides the fact that he responded to me!).  Gotta love the Twitter!  Keeping my fingers crossed that because of this, Mike ends up getting a certificate from me at the end of the season!

I have just a couple of other things I forgot to mention in the last blog.  How could I forget that George Kontos came back up with the big guys after Santiago Casilla went on the DL.  Once again making use of the Twitter, I tweeted to him, “Welcome back, George! Knew it would happen eventually. YAY!! Enjoy the fog!” and he favorited my tweet.  He’s been doing a fantastic job (well, except for the game on Monday night) and I’m so glad I get to look at that face regularly again.  Also did you notice Buster’s goatee??  Never thought he would join the facial hair bandwagon.  I’m not a fan.  It takes that baby face thing he has going on away from him.  He was even stroking it the other night.  What do you think?  Also made an interesting observation about Jean Machi.  On the mound before he pitches, he takes his gold chain off and puts it in his back pocket.  Smart guy.  I’ve often wondered how guys can play with chains around their neck.  Doesn’t that bother them?

Also forgot to mention previously that I was disappointed by Mike Krukow a few weeks ago.  I know – hard to believe as I love that guy, but it happened.  He was on KNBR during the Rockies series, and he was suggesting that Troy Tulowitzki could not possibly have as high a batting average as he did at home without getting signs for pitches.  When I heard him, I didn’t think he was kidding.  He kept emphasizing the fact.  You can decide for yourself – here’s the KNBR podcast (advance to 2:00).  That’s a pretty serious thing to accuse someone of.  Troy Tulowitzki got wind of this and was understandably not pleased.  He then proceeded to change his walk-up music to I Saw the Signs by Ace of Base.  So funny!  But the let down from Krukow was that he was asked about his comments later and said that he was just kidding.  Really?  You are someone who people respect and you outright lie like that?  So disappointing.  Kruk, I still love you, but next time watch what you say, and if you mess up, take responsibility for it.

Will close with a fun Taylor Swift sing-a-long that several of the MLB teams participated in through the Twitter.  Check this out.  So much fun!  Especially happy that the Giants were a part of it.

I hope I didn’t jinx things in my last blog, but since then the boys have lost two games to the Nats.  I know they have an amazing pitching staff, but I think we can pull off these next two behind Matty and Huddy.  I’m going to the game tomorrow with my brother Nick so I can cheer them on in person.  We’ll both be wearing our orange and black bracelets to bring them some magic.  Come on, Guys!  You can do it!  GO GIANTS!  TIE THE SERIES!!

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