After a disastrous and demoralizing 2-5 road trip thus far through Pittsburgh and Atlanta, it's time for Los Gigantes to snap out of their funk.
It took Barry Zito's gem and bad Braves D to get us a win in Atlanta, and these next few games in Colorado are huge.
See... in case you didn't realize. The Rockies are now leading the Wild Card and we are in 3rd place in the NL West. Yeah, not winning will do that to ya...
Anyway, let's hope Matt Cain can throw some Southern Heat up there in the mountains and keep us on track. It'll be the hitting that determines our fate.
Fear not Giants fans, we are a streaky team. We got spoiled there for a few weeks and it made us forget about the disastrous early part of the season. We'll be back. Don't worry.
Some notes: Rich Aurilia quietly may have strapped on his jock for the last time as a Giant. In order to re-call The Big Sadowski, we had to put Richie on the DL with a bogus toe infection.
They really didn't have any choice. He was hitting .210 with a ghastly .545 OPS in only 105 at bats. Juan Uribe took over his job, and despite his maddening defense, is a much better player at this point. It is a much better way of handling it than outright releasing him, a la Kirk Rueter a few years ago. It's a way for Richie to fade into the night and keeping his dignity intact.
Rich is the last Giant left over from our hayday, and is the link to happier memories. However he has served us well as a link to brighter days as well. I will miss his entrance song, the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Till Brooklyn", and I will miss his enthusiasm and professionalism that he brought to every game.
You are a true Giant among men Richie A, and I for one, loved watching you play.
(God this is getting emotional... I'm practically tearing up)...
Responses from the last entry:
I got a lot of positive reviews on the last blog entry, as ridiculous as it was. If you'd like to read it, it should be directly under this post, or click here.
I know it was definitely weird at first, but once you get into it, it sparks arguments over which woman is which player. Here are some comments from McCovey Chronicles readers as well as from this site's comment section... almost like a Bill Simmons mailbag! Wooohooo!
Some decent ones, namely Zito, Sanchez, & the AA boys, but Brian Wilson = Megan Fox?
by NeifiChicken on Jul 22, 2009 7:33 PM PDT
I agree, Brian Wilson is a tease.
by MonkeyChow on Jul 22, 2009 7:34 PM PDT
Agree that wilson shouldn’t be fox. And I don’t really like the lincecum-heigl comparison either.
by Natto on Jul 22, 2009 8:06 PM PDT
At least the author admits to being a big time sleaze.
by BaronVonCurrentEvents on Jul 22, 2009 11:25 PM PDT
I like the concluding “No, we’re NOT re-imagining these athletes as women so we can safely speculate about sleeping with them aieee noo!!!” disclaimer.
by Evan on Jul 23, 2009 6:35 AM PDT
I always thought of Matt Cain as the Rachael Leigh Cook type in “She’s All That.” Not quite up to par with those hot cheerleaders, but then when she takes off the glasses you’re like “Hey, she’s hot too!” (glasses being an analogy for wins of course)
by SeeingStars on Jul 22, 2009 9:09 PM PDT
This makes me embarrassed for our blog
by hairball on Jul 23, 2009 9:08 AM PDT
Even though its blatant Simmons-style writing, its pretty funny.
by Kestrel76 on Jul 23, 2009 6:02 PM PDT
Lincecum - Jessica Alba
Matt Cain - Jordana Spiro
Jonathan Sanchez - Christina Hendricks
Barry Zito - Paris Hilton
Ryan Sadowski - Tara Reid
Randy Johnson - Sharon Stone
Sergio Romo - Drew Barrymore
Jeremy Affedlt - Jenniffer Aniston
Justin Miller - Amy Winehouse
MadBum & Timmeh 2 - Miley Cyrus
Merkin Valdez - ?
Brian Wilson - Angelina Jolie
July 23, 2009 6:16 PM
And my personal favorite...
I found this hilarious at many points. Mostly because I love women and baseball, but never thought the two could be related. Now my life is complete.
by jnormous on Jul 23, 2009 9:41 AM PDT