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Why We Need Braun, not Fielder

Well.  Not sure whether fluke is really the right word at this point.  Gigantes have had a pretty bad skid the past week or so.  Giants pitchers have struggled with command and hitters have struggled to get on base, but the bottom line is that the Giants aren’t driving runners home. 

Prince Fielder trade rumors are flying and the Giants are a good candidate, if the Brewers do give him up.  One of the best pitching rotations in the Majors looking for just that bat and a team with some nasty hitters, looking for just that pitcher- what better trade?

I actually am totally in sync with the people saying a trade with Milwaukee is in order, except for one little thing: I say we need Ryan Braun, not Prince Fielder.

By the stats:  Fielder is 97th, batting .271 on the MLB batting list, with 7 homers and 19 RBIs.  He has 166 plate appearances this year.  Braun is 14th on the list, batting .324, with 7 homers and 30 RBIs.  He has 170 plate appearances.

And!  While first base has hot-hitting Aubrey Huff, left field is empty due to Mark DeRosa’s wrist issue, which will have him out for a little while more, at the least, and may plague him throughout the year.  Schierholtz has battled an injury leaving the Giants with an empty left field if they replace him with Torres, or a slumping Bowker. 

Additionally, Fielder is a home-run hitter and there’s frankly no guarantee that he could hit home-runs at AT&T Park.  More useful for the Giants would be a strong hitter, who does hit homers, but is also fast and gets plenty of base-hits (aka: Ryan Braun).

Not to mention that fact that since Fielder will likely be one of the only power-hitting first basemen on the trade market, he quite possibly will be in high demand.  Braun does appear to have a no-trade clause, but if we made a nice enough offer…?  And included some homemade brownies in the deal?  What guy would refuse homemade brownies?  And what fashion-designing, So  Cal guy would refuse a chance to play in San Fran?

Who else is convinced?

If you’re out there Bruce Bochy/Brian Sabean/Ryan Braun…

Diamond Girl

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Meet the Freaky Franchise

Tim Lincecum has been called The Freak and The Franchise.  In this ad for ESPN, he calls himself The Freaky Franchise.  I have to disagree with him.  I think the Giants organization is the Freaky Franchise around here.

The only thing you can say after a game like Wednesday’s is:  fluke.  Sure, we got creamed, 13-1 (letting in 6 homers, which we haven’t done since the 90s), but we had also just come off a spectacular 12th inning win against the NL West leaders.  It happens.  What I actually want to talk about is the weirdness we’ve been seeing all season from the Giants.  And I’m going to single out Brian Wilson.

Let me preface this all by saying I am a serious B-Weezite.  (I know what B-Weez is, to start with.)  He’s my favorite Giant, hands down and I cheer every time they put him in the ‘pen.  But there has been some serious weirdness from him this year.

How about two days in a row, with two outs, bottom 9, he faces the same person with the winning run on base?  Granted, the fact that it’s the same batter is not his fault (I think the Astro’s were trying to psych him out) but he did put the winning runner on.  And then letting in the two insurance runs against SD in the 12th?  (Secretly, that made me a little happy because it made Velez, my second favorite Giant, a hero, but that’s beside the point.)  The weirdest thing about this all is that Wilson has pitched over 100 pitches in the past week or so and not blown a save.  Now is that making things hard for yourself or what?  Wilson is walking a fine line here, but he hasn’t fallen on the wrong side yet.  And when it matters, he gets the job done.

I honestly have no explanation.  I just had to put it out there.  Thoughts, anyone?  Comment and let me know.

In the meantime, show some orange and black pride in Oakland this weekend, if you’re in the area.  We’re having a Bay Bridge series.  I’ll be rooting for Zito tonight, as he takes the mound of his old home, and thanking my lucky stars he won’t be in an orange jersey.  Orange is just not his color.  (Have you heard about the thing with the orange retro jerseys on Friday night home games?  More on that another time.) 

I love you, Brian Wilson.  Work it out, for the sake of my poor, over-stressed, over-Gianted heart.  Thank you.

Diamond Girl

 

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Positive Vibes from San Fran

I was born and raised directly opposite the Golden Gate Bridge and I listen to KNBR 680 every day.  My favorite colors are orange and black.  You could say I’m a little biased.  But hear me out.  I have a good reason for you to root for San Fran v. LA. 

 

So you know the whole rivalry thing?  Check out their cheers:

 

1.       Giants Suck!  (LA)

2.       Beat LA!  (SF)

 

What is the first difference you notice?  Let me tell you what I notice.  “Giants Suck” is a negative, “Beat LA” is a positive.  I was at the game down south when LA was losing 9-0 (Timmy was on the mound.  Life was good.) and Dodger fans were still cheering, “Giants Suck”, which sounds a little silly when they’re not just losing, but being shut down by the two year, reigning Cy Young Award Winner.  Because, well, evidently, Giants don’t suck.

Now turn the tables around and say Giants are losing 9-0 to the Dodgers, and we’re cheering “Beat LA.”  That’s a positive message for the fans to give the players.  We’re saying, Come back, win this thing.  We believe in you.  We’re cheering on our own team, not bashing the other, which is way classier, by the way.

 

In San Francisco, we do have a nice positive vibe, you know.  With a competitive streak too.  And I choose “beat” over “suck” any day.

 

Gigantes are in San Diego today and we’re gonna win.  We’re not going 0-8 against them.  Let’s all channel some good, positive karma to the team.  I did it with Barry Zito in LA.  And it worked.  (Well, they lost, but that’s a different story.  He pitched amazingly.)  7:05 gametime.  So pumped.  Will be glued to my radio.

How about we make it “Beat SD”, just for today?

 

Love you, Giants.

Emily

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