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Those Exclusive GM Clubs

The Giants finished up the roadtrip yesterday at 4-2 and are 7-3 in their last 10.  They’re still in first place, by one and a half games, and Nate Schierholtz came out of nowhere, starting three days in a row in Philly and absolutely tearing it up.  All in all, things are looking quite good.  But it’s a bit overshadowed by the first base situation which is not good.  Not good at all.  Brandon Belt was 1 for 20 on the roadtrip and to say he’s looking lost would be understatement of probably devastating proportions.   He’s a bit beyond lost and his backup by the name of Aubrey Huff suffered a setback with his knee injury in a Minor League rehab start the other day, so… the trade deadline is looking awfully interesting, if you ask me.

There are a handful of first basemen who could be on the trading block – obviously the biggest one, Youkilis, is gone from the market – but as they proposed over at Bleacher Report, Justin Morneau could be an interesting fit and then again, they could go all internal-options on us and shift Sandoval over to first for a while.  With Hector Sanchez on the DL, the Posey at first option is not as much of a possibility, but when he gets back, that could happen to some extent as well.

If Schierholtz continues to look good, with a few opportunities, of course, he could look attractive to someone looking for a quick fix (seriously, the Quick Fix GM’s need a whole club of their own) and he seems anxious to be traded.  Which is understandable, because his whole Giants career has been oddly handled, really.  Not unlike Brandon Belt’s – because as much as Belt is just having issues of his own, the whole disaster of how the organization sent him up and down last year certainly didn’t help.  Anyone seeing a pattern here?  The GM’s Who Don’t Really Have a Clue about Handling Young Players could also have an exclusive club.

Let’s hope they have a clue about the trade deadline, hm?

The 10 game homestand starts tonight against San Diego who are very simply toast.  Mike Adams pitched last night for Texas and I had some nasty flashbacks about what he did to the Giants when I tried to cheer for him.  Still, without him, them Padres do not stand a chance.   Not to mention that it’s Vogelsong, who has the fourth best ERA in the National League, for Pete’s sake.  I’m feeling pretty good about it.  No cupcake ingredients in sight.

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Why I Think AJ Preller is in Mongolia and Baby Giraffe Refers to a Viral Video of a Yawning Giraffe

I decided it was time to escape from the torture and I was missing my Texans terribly, so I snuck off to the O.Co Coliseum this morning and spent the day there.

It all started off very well, blow-out style, with the A’s walking in a run in the first and I was perfectly prepared to sit back and eat french fries that, yes, tasted a bit like gasoline. Then things got a li’l tense. Make that very tense. Eventually, the Rangers untied it in top of the 9th and after an iffy bottom, I went home with a heart rate slightly elevated and a 7-6 victory. They won and the Angels lost, which is the bottom line, but couldn’t they have just done it 10-0 or something, for this long-suffering San Fran’er?

I do have to the give the Rangers credit, though. They were the sweetest away team I’ve ever seen and I got an autograph from the former Best Hair in the MLB King, CJ Wilson (he might get that crown back, because now I’ve seen the hair up close) and their adorable pitching coach, Mike Maddux, the owner of a rather impressive mustache. Josh Hamilton also gave a bat away to a kid (the word is that he does that at every game) and signed for nearly 20 minutes, which is not exactly easy with the A’s dugouts. He was totally personable and nice to everyone. Love that guy.

The Maddux ‘Stache

I was secretly sneaking glances around, trying to spot AJ Preller (Rangers Senior Director, Player Personnel and former frat brother of Jon Daniels) but I figure he was probably on the Mongolian planes or something scouting around for awesome talent, not hanging in Oakland so I didn’t spot him. Better luck next time, when the appeal of throat singing has worn off, maybe.

Anyhow, I got home and saw a lot of things about a “Baby Giraffe”. At first I thought it was a viral video of a baby giraffe yawning or something (not irrational of me, there are loads) and then I realized that it actually had to do with one Brandon Belt. He, eh, hit two home runs. I don’t need to explain what that all means. Belt has been mismanaged this year no question, I think, but what’s done is done. I want to see way more out of him like that. The Giants are still very much in contention and if Brandon can help out with that, fabulous. I, for one, or maybe one million, am very glad he’s here. And glad to have a taken a series. (Taken a series! How foreign and fantastic that feels to type.)

And I finally got to test out a line I’ve waited a long time for. When the A’s mascot walked by, I was all, “Can somebody get this walking carpet out of my way?” Just, you know, channeling my inner Princess Leia.

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p.s. When Alexi Ogando walked by, I nearly fainted. And when Mike Adams walked by? My mind screamed, “Giant killer!”. But my face just smiled politely, in case you were wondering.

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