Well, so, yes. My crystal ball is a lemon. My prediction that Matt Cain and the Giants would not be able to reach a deal before Opening Day was flatly wrong.
Then again, when life give you lemons, you are supposed to make lemonade. I’d say Matt Cain’s brand-new extension with the Giants, worth 100 million+ and stretching over five years, is some pretty fantastic lemonade. Take that, crystal ball. The timing, of course, was also rather impeccable. If Giants fans were not already completely amped to have the team back home, we are now completely completely amped. I am mixed up in a mash of work/write/pack/other assorted random things and cannot make it to AT&T Park tonight, but I can feel the orange-and-black love in the air and it is wonderful. Matt Cain deserves some pecan rolls and a big ovation. I can get the pecan rolls out of the way right now, but the ovation may have to wait a bit. Stay tuned.
Speaking of packing… I am roadtripping in honor of the springtime tomorrow and will be holed up in Dodger-land for Opening Day. I appreciate your sympathy. It’s going to be pretty horrible to be surrounded in Dodger Blue all the time, even if it is on a fabulous Malibu beach.
Also, may I just say one quick thing about Ubaldo? I’m honestly not on either side here, because I have an irrational distaste of Tulo (not completely irrational: remember when he had Party in the USA as his walkup music?) and as much as I do like Jimenez, I think throwing at someone is just bad sportsmanship. So it’s sort of a pick-your-poison thing for me. But if Jimenez had to throw at Tulo for some ethical reason that I am unaware of, then I don’t get why he did it at a game when Bud Selig was in attendance. I mean, was Selig there for the March 29th Rockies-Indians matchup? Somehow, I doubt it. (Rockies-Indians in that fascinating, y’all.) And purely from an evading-justice perspective, I would have suggested to Jimenez that he suggest subtly to his manager to be put in in that game and I suspect he might have gotten a much lighter punishment. Not that I am aiding and abetting or anything.
Sure, Indians manager Manny Acta said, “Guys do not play different if the Commissioner is at the game. The majority of the guys didn’t even know he was there,” but I can’t say I believe that. Who could miss the President-style motorcade and the Brewers pride, radiating all over the stadium?
I kid, I kid…