Incidentally, I was watching Fox Saturday baseball last week and saw the recap of the Tampa Bay Rays game. I immediately spotted my new dreamy team guy: Sean Rodriguez, second basemen. He’s not replacing David Wright but maybe… some sort of backup?
On the postgame show yesterday afternoon, Mychael Urban said he couldn’t think of anything good about yesterday’s Giants/Red Sox game except for the bullpen. So I say: What about Aaron Rowand? He did not start yesterday, but he did pinch hit and get on base. And the past week or so, he’s been showing some encouraging signs. He may never be the clean-up hitter we signed or the lead-off man Bochy envisioned at the beginning of this season, but honestly, if he’s a solid number 6 or 7 hitter, that’s fine with me. Interestingly enough, these signs come shortly after his two hour stint as a bagger at Safeway in San Francisco on June 15th. That job was promptly followed by a one hit game, a three hit game, etc. Rowand may still be slumping, especially compared to his outstanding spring training performance, but there’s definitely hope when he comes up to bat these days. Especially, since the 15th. I can’t explain this, but I had to put it out there. Phil Coke, of the 2009 Yankees, now of the Tigers is coming off an offseason of working as a chimney sweep and he’s 5-0 with a 2.90 ERA. Interesting?
Despite all the sad things from the games today and yesterday, I want to note that Jeremy Affeldt and Dan Runzler both pitched outstandingly. The good news is, they may be on their way back to being strong relievers. The bad news is, I owe everyone in the room with me during Saturday’s game five dollars. Because yeah, I predicted Affeldt wouldn’t get too many batters (i.e. any) out. I was pleasantly surprised. Good job, Jeremy.
News of the day… vote for the All-Stars! I won’t tell you who to vote for, but I urge you to exercise your right as a baseball fan to vote. Only three days left!
Who heard about the Yankees v. Dodgers game last night? A dramatic come-from-behind win, making up a 6 run deficit in the 7th to go to the 11th, where the Yankees eventually won. Extremely encouraging for Giants fans, with the Dodgers coming to town tonight. I think the moral of that story is: Go for their starting pitchers who are spotty, and then try to get into the LA bullpen, because they got nothing. And I’ve done my research on this, because my grandfather tried to convince me for a very long time that Broxton is a better closer than Wilson (false).
And the rivalry is renewed. Loving the video. Tonight I am asking everyone to lean out their respective windows and scream, “Beat LA!” We may need the good luck.
I’ll start by screaming into blogsphere: Beat LA!