Chicago treated us awfully well. (And San Diego scored 10 runs today, so although they lost, the Jed-Hoyer-ditching-the-Cubbies-for-a-West-Coast-vacay theory still seems increasingly likely.) He was probably all, “I miss you, I’m going back home to the West Coast!” and the Padres were all, “Yay! Come! We’ll make you cupcakes!”
I’m a good hipster. That was the first thing I thought of when I wrote that.
So he did (go back home to the West Coast, that is). He also snuck some magic potion in Xavier Nady and quite probably Matt Cain, too. In case you’re wondering, that’s not a doping reference. It was a reference to the greatest series of comic books that have ever been created, Asterix and Obelix. They’re French comics, but they’ve almost all been translated into English and if you haven’t read them, you seriously need to go do it now.
Alternately, read all the statistics about the records the Giants and Dodgers would have to have to end in a tie for first place. It’s a little mindblowing. In a good way. A very, very good way. Additionally, the A’s have the same record as the Yankees now and Bud Selig is more in love with the second wildcard than ever. Needless to say, he and I are going to have a little talk.
But I admit it: this second wildcard is a lot of fun, even if it’s kind of morally abhorrent or whatever.
Anyway, have a lovely Labor Day, peoples! The Diamondbacks will be in town tomorrow and over in Oakland, Billy Beane is in a fabulous mood. (But he still looks nothing like Brad Pitt.)
So first Xavier Nady cleared the bases with a three-run double and led the Giants to a victory against Chicago the very day he was brought up and then he said this: “I grew up more liking SF. Probably went to A’s games more because they were cheaper tickets.” (Quote courtesy of the Chronicle’s John Shea.) I don’t know what “they were cheaper tickets” means, but no matter what, he’s basically my new favorite person because that is the story of my life. Although his first name still makes me choke a little when I say it out loud, I am rooting for him to have the greatest September in recent memory.
Another person who is going to have a fabulous September is Tim Lincecum, at least according to himself.
He totally reads my blog, because I said as much yesterday. And it’s not an obvious point or anything, so coincidence is out of the question. I’m flattered and all but a little footnote thanking me for my original thoughts might have been nice. Additionally, while he’s taking advice from me, he could work on the hair and the unfortunate fashion sense but, really, if he wants to just pitch fantastically, that’s also okay, I can live with that too.
By the way, while I was writing that, I kind of had an epiphany. My hair is shorter than Tim Lincecum’s. That may not seem like a big deal to you, but it is to me. Give me a moment to let it sink in.
p.s. The Padres are 9-1 in their last ten. Maybe Jed Hoyer took pity on them and snuck back to San Diego to be their good luck charm for a while. It was really a situation of killing two birds with one stone because by leaving the Cubbies, he gave the Giants a golden chance. Isn’t Jed just the best?