I am now going to say something I don’t think I’ve been able to say all offseason. So this is, like, history. Ready? Okay. Here ‘tis:
There is lots to talk about!
I know, completely gasp-worthy.
But with the arbitration deadline looming, Spring Training sneaking closer and today being Official Obsess About Yu Darvish Day (that is, Darvish Signing Deadline Day) it’s actually true.
It would also probably explain why I am in a very smiley mood right this second. People have actually quit talking about some madness they call “49ers” and are discussing our darling Giants.
Among a lot of people I have never heard of, some guy named Pablo Sandoval settled a three year extension with SF coming out to three years for $17.15 million as well as Nate Schierholtz and $1.3 million, Santiago Casilla at $2.2 million and Melky Cabrera at $6 million.
There was a study a while back that I am having no luck finding (probably because, yes, half the internet is blacked out and pretending to be censored) about how people spend more in the first few months of the year because they’re depressed by the cold weather and therefore reaching for their wallets for some impulse buys.
Let me tell you, we are having some seriously depressing weather in the Bay Area right now. Blue Monday was two days ago. It’s no wonder Sabes wants to do some retail therapy.
While he’s at it? He should, for pity’s sake, give Timmy what he wants.
Okay, fine. Just kidding. (Not about Timmy, about the other stuff.) I know he needed to sign these people. And aside from Casilla who I am no way shape or form sold on, I’m pretty good with all of the deals. There is, of course, the fact that the 2012 squad is liable to look a good deal like the 2011 squad, Andres Torres look-alike and possible act-alike (that is, Angel Pagan) in CF and all but it… could be worse than 2011, I suppose.
On the bright side, maybe the Diamondbacks will be terrible!
(Yes, I am being depressing. I know. Blame the weather, yo.)
As for Darvish, Jon Daniels announced that the Rangers and Yu have made a deal for six years, worth $60 million, and although JD basically looked like death warmed over (blame the late night negotiations, not the weather for that one) I was seriously stoked. For one, that’s a lot of boxes of pasta/BMWs Darvish can buy, right there. And also, I mean, there’s the little fact that the Rangers have a fabulous new pitcher for their rotation. Which is kind of good news. To brighten up the depressingness.
p.s. In case you were left at the edge of your seat from my last post, I will put you out of your misery now and inform you that I am indeed boycotting the Golden Globes for the next hundred years. Definitely. Probably. Maybe. We’ll see, actually. No matter what, Howard Shore is still God and still should have won.