For those of you who are not on Twitter (first of all, congratulations on actually having a life) things get a little crazy around the Trade Deadline. It’s very, very easy to start a rumor over there and significantly harder to prove whether or not it’s true. Also, us news-starved fans really want to believe that every Josh-Hamilton-to-the-Giants-for-a-minor-league-second-baseman rumor is true even if we know, not even that deep down, that it’s most definitely not.
So last night, the sports director for KPIX TV which is, apparently, our local CBS affiliate, tweeted that he had a source confirming a Hunter Pence to the Giants deal. CSN’s Andrew Baggarly retweeted it and the rest is history. Long story short, it appears that the story has no truth to it and no one was even sure, for a while, that the original Twitter account was legitimately connected to KPIX. It seems that the account was real, just the news was not, but the whole thing was infinitely confusing.
Looks legit, no?
It was also a bad cap to an even worse weekend for the Giants fandom. Being swept by the Dodgers is always bad, but at home, in the end of July, with a slim division lead is seriously pretty terrible. It’s also a matter of being so close to the Trade Deadline, I think, because this series is not indicative of the Giants in general, but this is a moment when everyone wants to gauge their team – the strengths, the weaknesses. Ideally, we’d look back over the whole season and get a sense of where we are and who we are, but the world is not ideal and the microscope naturally falls on what’ s happening right this moment. With so much up in the air and Pablo Sandoval and Hector Sanchez injured (by the way, my view on the impact of Sanchez being on the DL has morphed, because the repercussions have made it a bigger deal than I expected), it’s hard not to feel like the team has to do loads, right this moment.
Which is why “waivers” is rapidly becoming my new favorite word. Because the Trade Deadline isn’t the be all end all, remember?
Also, just like your Facebook friend who says her life is absolutely awesome, your Twitter friend who says the Giants are absolutely trading for completely-awesome player might just be lying. Or misinformed. But probably lying, because we’re baseball fans and we’re pessimists.
My advice is to get a hobby like tending goldfish or basket-weaving because this is kind of insanity-inducing if you get too into it. Goldfish, on the other hand, are lovely little creatures who are not concerned with CBAs and ownership approval.