So that was quite an exciting Trade Deadline! (Phillies firesale did not include any designer handbags, sadly, but they sold pretty much everything else under the sun.) It was also quite a stressful one over here. I’m equal parts sad and relieved that it’s over. Actually, three quarters relieved and only one quarter sad. It was starting to drive me crazy(er than I usually am, which is saying a lot).
The Giants went out and proved that we were all being unfair, ripping on Dennis O’Donnell, because he was absolutely right: Hunter Pence is on a plane to San Francisco and will be donning the orange and black tonight or tomorrow. Catching prospect Tommy Joseph and second-longest-tenured Giant Nate Schierholtz are heading to Cheesesteak Land—I mean, Philadelphia. I liked Schierholtz all along and am somewhat disappointed that he’s leaving, especially when I was just figuring out who to spell his name, but he did request a trade and things between him and the Giants have obviously not been working for a long time now. Also, Hunter Pence is pretty awesome. After the initial shock wears off – and I know I’ve had a few days to get used to this idea, but when it comes down to it, trades always still surprise me – I think I’m happy with it. What are you all feeling, fellow Giants fans? Happy with this trade deadline?
Payroll is the one lingering concern, seeing as opinion is divided on whether or not this will impact the possibility of signing Melky to a long-term deal. Only time will tell on that, right? I’d be happy to donate my paltry savings or the Giants could hold some bake sales. If they start now, you know, they might have enough for a few Chipotle runs by the time the offseason rolls around.
Alternately, we could just take all the money that would be going into those guys and sign Scott Hairston. We’d probably be buying, oh, 90 wins right there because seriously, that guy proves himself to be more of a Giant-killer every time we face him. He had two homers last night, two. The sociologist in me really wants to disguise this Giants team as, say, the Dodgers and then have Hairston face ‘em and see if he still does well, to demonstrate if it’s a psychological thing or a physical thing. Of course, the Giants would know who they were, so that would kind of mess with the study because I would guess, that at this point, that they’re a little psyched out by him. But still, it could a pretty fantastic study. Um, Bud Selig? If you ever have a down moment and want to organize this… after you, y’know, deal with unimportant things like the A’s new stadium and expanded instant replay or whatever.
Anyway, last night’s game might have felt like rock-bottom, in a season where there’s a competition for that. (And yes, I’m aware that we’re tied for first place. Many things have gone really well, but you can’t deny there have been a lot of seriously down moments, too.) Eventually, the Giants lost their fifth in a row to the Mets – the Mets, peoples – with Eli Whiteside facing Manny Acosta, who is rocking a 10.30 ERA, in the 10th. That moment will go down in history. I can’t quite decide who it was sadder for.
Tonight will be better, though, because there’s no way it can’t be, right? Things are even looking up for Acosta – his ERA is down to 10.25!
p.s. Gutted about the news that Neftali Feliz will be undergoing Tommy John surgery and obviously out for a good long while. Wishing him a speedy recovery.