I heard an inside-the-park-homerun for the first time on Sunday. I was in the car coming across the bridge from San Francisco (not from a game, unfortunately) so the reception was bad, but I heard it. And that was the first back-to-back homer and inside-the-park homer for the Giants since 1966, Mays and McCovey. It was a bit of heartbreaker at the end, but who really thought we’d get out of bases loaded, no outs twice? Notwithstanding, the Giants gave a real fight and have taken two out of four from the Brewers so far. So things are looking slightly rosier.
Now for the advice. The Giants pitching has been doing much better lately but this advice is really for any struggling pitching staff and their pitching coach. You know when the coach goes out there to talk? Righetti seems really good at calming pitchers down. I don’t know what he says, but it generally works. So though Righetti may be more qualified to give advice than me, I’m going to take a shot. What if they went out there and told jokes? Example: Lincecum is on the mound, having let in one earned run. It’s the seventh and it’s 2-1 Giants. Lincecum loads the bases with one out. No room for error. Righetti visits the mound.
“Hey, Timmy.” He says. “A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says, ‘Why the long face?'” Righetti leaves and… bingo. Two backwards K’s. Can’t you just see it happening? The other possibility is hiring a professional joke teller to come out. Or maybe we should have a clown in Death Valley, juggling away. They hardly ever hit it out there, anyway.
It was put out there that theoretically the BrewCrew would want something like J. Sanchez and a top prospect for Prince Fielder (though maybe they changed their minds after seeing him pitch the other day…?), who currently has 17 home runs on the year. So I think we should totally go for something along those lines and then trade a few prospects for Roy Oswalt, who is dying to be traded anyway. I really want Oswalt on the Giants and he could take the empty #4 spot, left by Sanchez. Sounds perfect to me. So, what do you think? Any other trade thoughts (not limited to Giants, all of MLB)?
p.s. Um, did I die and go to heaven? It’s currently 11-1 Giants.