I was going to say that Panda was not at all express and he took his sweet time, but look what happened when he finally did arrive but that seems in poor taste now. Seeing as the Cubbies won. After all that. Wilson blew the save and then Ramon Ramirez blew whatever else there was to blow in the 13th. The offense crossed the line from “sleepy” to “fast asleep” and Matt Cain’s performance of seven shutout innings was largely forgotten. Not to mention his 1000th strikeout. That was entirely forgotten.
There. Did I cover it all?
No, I think I missed this part: the Giants recently went on a seven game winning streak. As we end June and sneak up to the All Star Break, they’re in first place, two games ahead of Arizona with 46 wins and one of the best records in Major League Baseball.
Moral of the story?
Chill the heck out.
Yep, the game was basically terrible and your totally staunch closer blowing a save would make any division lead feel insanely tentative, I think. Don’t panic yet, friends.
Bochy promised “changes ahead”. I can’t decide if that’s a tactic to comfort the homicidal/suicidal Giants fans after a game like this or he really means it. I also don’t know whether I like it or not. If he means stirring the pot a little, mixing up the lineups, getting a few fresh faces in there and demanding an answer from Sabes about why he likes Bill Hall, I’m all for it. If it means mini-trades (not Nate! Not Nate! Not Nate!), acquisition of DFA’d players or something else like that, then I’d rather he just stuck with talking about it, not doing it.
By the way, the mini-Uribe drama the other day got me looking at his stats and… oh. I’m sad to see him in a, um, slump like that. But still glad he isn’t going to be back in orange and black in the imminent future, seeing as there’s a lot of money to be paid to him. Incidentally, I don’t think what Sabean said really totally shot down the rumors. He said he hadn’t spoken to Ned Colletti in weeks. But if it’s true that he doesn’t answer his phone, then maybe Ned left messages offering Uribe or something and he just hasn’t called back? Sorry. I had to throw it out there.
I have to check out now. I did the PA announcing for a Little League All Star game for the first time last night (yes, someone dropped Renel on me) and that somehow qualifies me to teach another person to do it tonight. Wish me luck with that. I am armed with a kid-friendly playlist featuring lots of Owl City and some other secret weapons in case things get ugly with the parents. I mean, how am I supposed to know there are that many ways to spell the name “Rider” and they’re all pronounced the same way?