Tagged: Attendance

Earthquake Shook This Blog Out Of Me!

As I was thinking about what I would like to blog about today. I feel the ground shake a bit and think it’s someone walking by then it shakes a little more and it turns out we just had a little earthquake. This made me think back to our big earthquake in 1989. I was 9 years old and my dad had just dropped off my sister and I at home. We were just about to watch the start of game 3 of the World Series. It was the San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland A’s. The Bay Bridge Series. Well I know I didn’t care about the game once the earthquake hit. I remember the day October 17th 5:04pm. It was 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale (surface-wave magnitude 7.1). We ducked and got under the table and I just remember the ground was rolling under us. I would hate to have another one like that. I remember watching the news and seeing the Bay Bridge had a piece of the upper deck fall. I remember seeing players from both teams standing on the field. The Giants got swept by the A’s in that World Series and I just blame that on the earthquake. I need to have something to blame it on and that’s the only thing that makes me feel okay about that World Series loss. =) Our earthquake today was reported as 4.4. I think it’s the Baseball Gods trying to shake everything up for the NL West. Go Giants! 
 
Here is a picture of the Bay Bridge.

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The Day The World Series Stopped.

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Picture of Candlestick Park right after the earthquake.

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~ King of Cali

Giants vs. White Sox 3/20 recap.. Today in Baseball History!

Contreras gets the start for the White Sox and Zito for the Giants. Torres starts the game off for the Giants with a lead off walk. Emmanuel Burriss then gets a single to set up runners at 1st and 3rd with no outs for Schierholtz. The bases get loaded up by a wild pitch. Schierholtz gets hit in the back. The hot hitting Jesus Guzman cools off in this at bat as he grounds into a run scoring double play. Ishikawa grounds out to end the top of the first. Zito has an easy first inning. He gets the White Sox in order. After 1 inning it’s the Giants 1 and the White Sox 0. Rowand starts the 2nd inning with a ground rule double as the ball bounces over the fence. Rowand didn’t play in yesterday’s game against his former team. Rowand moves up to 3rd base on a pass ball. Juan Uribe gets a RBI single to score Rowand. Uribe would then score on a RBI single by Burriss. Torres and Burriss attempt a double steal but the throw down goes to the shortstop and he throws out Torres at the plate to end the inning. Zito gets Dye to hit a ground ball to 3rd and Guzman makes the play but air mails his throw to first. Thome then gets hit by the pitch to set up runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs for Paul Konerko. White Sox score on a RBI stand up double by Konerko. Thome scores on a RBI single up the middle. Stewart grounds into a double play but Konerko does score on the play. After 2 innings its the tied at 3. No runs for either team in the 3rd inning.
 
The Giants get on the board in the top of the 4th. Uribe and Frandsen steal 3rd and 2nd. The catcher throws the ball away so Uribe scores on the error. Burriss then gets his 3rd hit of the game with a RBI single scoring Frandsen. After 3 1/2 innings it’s the Giants 5 and the White Sox 3. The Giants and White Sox are held scoreless in the 5th inning. The Giants do score again in the top of the 6th inning. Frandsen scores on a RBI single by Torres. The Giants now have 10 hits and a 6-3 lead over the White Sox. The Giants get 2 runs in the top of the 7th by a Velez hit. Billy Sadler comes in to pitch a scoreless 7th inning. Buster Posey starts the 8th off with a single, but that’s the only action the Giants get in the top of the 8th.  White Sox have bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning, but still do not manage to get a run across. The Giants score a couple more runs in the top of the 9th. McBryde and Bowker score on a hit by McClain. Brian Wilson is now in to pitch the bottom of the 9th. He is yet to allow a run this spring and he throws up another 0 on the board to continue his perfect spring.
 
The final totals are Giants 10 runs, 17 hits and 1 error. The White Sox have 3 runs, 7 hits and 2 errors.
 
Highlights
 
The Giants have 3 players who have a multi hit game. Emmanuel Burriss went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s. Juan Uribe went 2-4 with 1 RBI and scored 2 runs. Kevin Frandsen went 2-3 and scored 2 runs.
 
Zito pitched 6 innings gave up 6 Hits, 3 Runs, 1 ER, 1 BB and 3 SO. Brian Wilson pitched 1 inning and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits and got 1 strike out.
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1989– The office of baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth announces MLB is conducting an inquiry into “serious allegations” concerning Reds’ manager Pete Rose and gambling.
 
~ King of Cali

White Sox vs. Giants recap.. Today in Baseball History!

Matt Cain gets the start for the San Francisco Giants. Cain was the #1 pick by the Giants in 2002. Owens gets the game started for the White Sox with a lead off walk and then steals 2nd base. Jermaine Dye hits a RBI double. Nate Schierholtz tried to make a diving catch in left field but didn’t come up with the ball. Paul Konerko follows up Dye and also hits a RBI double. Giving the White Sox a 2-0 leading going into the bottom of the 1st. John Danks gets the start for the White Sox. He does give up a lead off single to Randy Winn. Danks gets himself out of the inning by striking out Edgar Renteria and getting Aurilia to ground into a inning ending double play. The White Sox do not score in the top of the 2nd. Giants go 3 up and 3 down in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Carlos Quentin hit his first home run of the spring in the top of the 3rd inning off Cain. After 2 1/2 innings it’s White Sox 3 and the Giants 0. No offense for either team since the White Sox scored their 3 runs. Heading into the 6th it’s the White Sox 3 and the Giants 0. Paul Konerko hits a home run off of Cain in the 6th inning to give the White Sox a 4 run lead. Nate Schierholtz hits a RBI double to get the Giants on the scoreboard. Emmanuel Burriss scores on the hit. Giants now have runners on 3rd and 2nd with 2 outs. The Giants only get the 1 run. The Giants do score again in the bottom of the 7th on a RBI double by Velez. After 7 innings it’s the White Sox 4 and the Giants 2. Merkin Valdez gets the White Sox 3 up and 3 down in the top of the 8th inning. Giants continue to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the 8th. Scott McClain gets a RBI single scoring Ryan Rohlinger. The Giants now have bases loaded with 1 out. Jesus Guzman hits a ground ball to the 3rd baseman but he throws the ball away trying to turn a double play. The Giants score 2 runs on the play. The White Sox do get Frandsen out at 2nd base. Guzman does get 1 RBI out of the play. The Giants take a 6-4 lead over the White Sox. The Giants once again get bases loaded after Burriss getting hit by a pitch. Rohlinger does strike out with bases loaded to end the inning. The visiting White Sox are now down to their final 3 outs. Jeremy Affeldt comes in to try to close out the game. Jesus Guzman makes a diving play at first base to end the game. If the ball would have got by him the White Sox would have tied the game. Final score is White Sox 4 and the Giants 6.
 
White Sox score 4 runs on 8 hits and 1 error. Giants score 6 runs on 11 hits and 0 errors.
 
There is only 1 Giants player with a multi hit game. Randy Winn went 2-3 with 0 RBI’s and 0 runs scored.
 
 
Side Notes
 
Barry Zito will pitch tomorrow for the Giants against the White Sox. Yes the Giants and White Sox play again tomorrow. They have a home and home series these two days.
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1989 – Hoping to replace the injured Dave Winfield, the Yankees trade catcher Joel Skinner and a minor leaguer to the Indians for outfielder Mel Hall. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will miss the entire season due to back surgery.
 
~ King of Cali

Who would you build around?

This is just something I have been thinking about and I’m curious as to what other bloggers think about this. If you could start your with one player. Who would be the guy you would build your team around? Would you start off with a young Ace like Tim Lincecum. Somebody that can start every five days and shut the other team down. Maybe you want a star shortstop like Derek Jeter. Someone that can hit and give you a 100% day in and day out. Maybe you want a centerfielder like Aaron Rowand that goes balls out on defense. You can even go with a monster swinger like Ryan Howard. He can spark your offense and get a ton of RBI’s. There is so many ways you can go with this. I’m just curious to see what bloggers would go with what guys to start a team and build around them. I look forward to your comments.
 
~King of Cali

D-Backs vs. A’s recap 3/12/09

The Diamondbacks got 2 hits in the top of the 1st but did not score. Dan Haren gets the start for the D-Backs. He did get Rajai Davis to fly out and then walked Travis Buck. Matt Holliday then grounded into a fielders choice. Forcing out Buck at 2nd base. Haren then faced Jason Giambi and fell off to the side of the mound which caused some concern to the D-Backs, so they came out to check on him. He said he was fine and stayed in the game. He then walked Giambi, so runners on 1st and 2nd. He then got into a 3-0 count and Ellis then hit an RBI single scoring Matt Holliday from 2nd base. Haren then struck out Powell to get out of the inning. After one inning it’s the D-Backs 0 and the A’s 1.
 
Upton led off the 2nd inning with a single off of Mazzaro. Mazzaro gets Reynolds to strike out. Upton tried to steal 3rd base but got thrown out by A’s catcher Landon Powell. Snyder then strikes out and Skelton grounds out to end the top of the 2nd inning. Bobby Crosby then led off the bottom of the 2nd. I really want this guy to do good. I like him and feel bad that the A’s went out to get Orlando Cabrera. I’m sure they are looking to trade Crosby. He didn’t help himself off because he struck out to start the 2nd inning. Dan Haren retired the A’s in order going 3 up and 3 down to end the 2nd inning.
 
Dan Haren reached his pitch count after walking Giambi in the bottom of the 4th. He pitched 3 innings allowing 1 hit, 1 run, 3 walks and 4 strike outs. Going into the top of the 5th the A’s are still clinging to a 1 run lead. In the bottom of the 5th the A’s got 3 straight hits off of Qualls. Giambi got an RBI single. After 5 innings its the A’s 2 and the D-Backs 0. The A’s add on to the score in the bottom of the 7th inning. Doolittle hits a home run to make the score 5-0. The A’s would add one more run before the inning ends.
 
The D-Backs did load the bases in the top of the 8th inning, but couldn’t get any runs in. A double play ball ended their chance to score. The D-Backs finally scored in the 9th inning, but to little to late.
 
The D-Backs score 1 run on 10 hits with 0 errors. The A’s scored 6 runs on 12 hits and 1 error. There was only 2 players who had a multi hit game. The D-Backs Frey had 2 hits in 5 AB’s with the only RBI of the game for the D-Backs. The A’s Mark Ellis was 2-16 coming into this game. Ellis went 2-3 with 1 RBI. That was his first RBI of the spring.
 
Side Notes
 
One good thing about listening to the A’s -D-Backs game on the radio was they did a lot of talking about the Giants. I guess cause the Giants and A’s are in the bay area and the D-Backs are in the NL West with the Giants. They also think Zito will have a decent year because he’s going to be the #4 starter. They also think the Giants still need one big bat to add to the lineup. They are saying the same stuff I have been blogging about this whole off season. Does this mean I should work in baseball too? I wish!
 
 
~King of Cali 

I’m #9 on the leader list

This is the highest I have ever been. I just want to say thank you to everyone
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Reggie has made the All-Star team 14 times. He has been a world series champion 5 times, Silver Slugger Award 2 times, World Series MVP 2 times and the AL MVP 1 time. His induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame was 1993. He did receive 93.6% first ballot votes. Jackson’s career statistics were AVG .262, home runs 563 and RBI’s 1,702.
 

Today in Baseball History
 
1903 – The New York Highlander franchise (to be renamed Yankees in 1913) is approved as a member of the American League.

 
~King of Cali

Just some quick thoughts from 2 Spring Training Games…

Yankees – Astros
 
Russ Ortiz pitched 3 solid innings today for the Astros. He’s trying to win the 5 spot in the rotation for the Astros. He did have one bad pitch. That turned out to be a home run for Angel Berroa. I was listening to the game online and I heard a name that sounded so familiar. It was Cody Ransom. He was a Giant a while back. He never really made it big, but I was glad to hear he’s still playing. I don’t think he will make the Yankees opening day roster but he did play 33 games for them last season hitting .302.
 
Mike Hampton got lit up today. He gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 2 innings. He did manage to get 2 strike outs.
 
Giants – Royals 
 
I love listening to baseball on the radio and I must say Giants fans are really lucky to have the guys we have on the radio. Today KNBR the Giants flagship station is not doing the game. I had to listen to the game with the Royals radio guys. All I can say is I feel sorry for Royals fans that have to listen to the games on the radio. These guys were just so blah. I mean I don’t want to say they were bad, but they were just so boring compared to Jon Miller, Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow and Dave Flemming. They did make me laugh one time. One of the guys told the other one that he’s already in mid season mode (the way he was calling the game). Then the other guy says why cause of all the (Royals) errors. It just made me laugh out loud.
 
The Giants didn’t play that great today.  Matt Cain gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in 1.2 innings. I didn’t really get much better for any other Giants pitchers except the Giants closer Brian Wilson. He 1 inning allowing 0 runs. The Giants had 8 different pitchers in this game. Dave Roberts had an 0-3 day and still hasn’t managed to get a batting average yet this spring training. Burriss went 2-3 to to help his battle for the 2nd base job. The only other Giants player with 2 hits was Torres. The final score of the game is Royals 14 and the Giants 5.
 
The other Bay Area team.
 
The Oakland A’s have signed Orlando Cabrera to a one year deal. They signed him for $5 million less than what he was asking for this off-season. Orlando signed for $4 million. This means Bobby Crosby will no longer be the starting short stop. He will play a utility role or be traded. I was actually excited to see how Crosby would do this season. I’m sure he will have a fine season in whatever role he is playing this year. I guess this signing means Nomar might be retiring. He said last week it was the A’s or retirement.
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1927 – Babe Ruth becomes the highest paid player in major league history when the Yankees announce the Bambino will earn $70,000 per season for the next three years.
 
~King of Cali 

Giants, Dodgers and Manny! Oh my!

I heard from A-Rods cousin that Manny will be signing with the Dodgers. Word on the street is that Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers are close to announcing they have reached an agreement. This is still at the rumor stage, because I haven’t heard any official announcement or anyone confirm it.
 
Everyone knows he will go back to the Dodgers. There is a lot of Giants fan that still have hope that Manny will sign with the Giants. I was listening to Larry Baer (Giants President) on the radio last night. He said that the Giants have still been talking to Manny’s agent Scott Boras. He said they haven’t made an offer cause Scott hasn’t asked them to. Plus they don’t want to make an offer, so he can just go right back to the Dodgers with it. Sounds like they are just going to wait around and hope Manny and the Dodgers just cut off contract talk.
 
The Giants are pretty low-key when they go after a player. Just like the Zito signing. No one knew the Giants were really in it to try to get him and then they signed him out of no where. A lot of Giants fans are hoping the same thing will happen with Manny.
 
The Dodgers have way more to lose if they don’t sign Manny. They have had Manny and know what he can do to get them in the playoffs. If they lose his bat then that means they will have lost him and pretty much they whole starting rotation. I can’t see the Dodgers at the top of the NL West without Manny. This is going to be the weakest division but can’t still go anyway. All the NL West teams have their weaknesses which means it’s still anyone’s division.
 
~King of Cali

Thoughts on A-Rod

Sorry I haven’t been able to post a blog since the middle of last week. I went
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~King of Cali

Giants Fan Fest!

I went to Giants Fan Fest on February 7th. I had a blast and I didn’t even walk all over the stadium to all the different booths and stuff they had set up. I got there about 20 mins before the gates opened at 10am. The lines were crazy long! I couldn’t believe how many people were there before 10am. I
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I had no idea that I would be able to actually go on the field. I mean the field didn’t look like a baseball field cause they had a motor cross event there the weekend before, but the outfield walls were up. I was like a kid running to where the pitchers mound would be. Then ran to center field and even jumped up against the wall like if I was stealing a home run away. From there I walked over to left so I could walk around the area where Bonds played. Bonds is my favorite Giants player of all time.
 
After that I walked over to the home plate area. The Giants flagship station KNBR had a stage set up. They were going to be interviewing players for the radio right there. When I first walked up Damon Bruce was interviewing Barry Zito and Kevin Frandsen. One cool thing about that was it was still early so most of the fans went to the autograph lines. There wasn’t very many people by the KNBR stage at that time. I wanted to get a picture of Zito looking at the camera. I told my girlfriend to get the camera ready to snap a picture. Then when I seen Zito stop talking. I yelled as loud as I can “Zitooooooooo” and had my hands up in the air so he would see I said it. He looked right at me and smiled. The picture of this is below.
 
 

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We decided to lean on the fence to listen to KNBR and people watch. The stage was still right in front of us, so we could see the different players walking on stage to be interviewed on the radio. Well the spot I leaned up was right next to a walkway to the stands/clubhouse area. I had no idea that I was so lucky when  I decided to lean there. It turns out that all the players that came on the field would come thru there. I had Will Clark walk by and even get pushed into me while he’s trying to sign autographs and walk to the KNBR stage. Other players and Giants staff that went right by me was Bengie Molina, Kevin Frandsen, Brian Wilson, Jeremy Affeldt, Jesse English, Sergio Romo, Keiichi Yabu, John Bowker, Emmanuel Burriss, Fred Lewis, Dave Roberts, Aaron Rowand, Nate Schierholtz, Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy, Roberto Kelly, Carney Lansford, Larry Baer and Bill Neukom. I’m sure I left a few players out that past by me. Here are a few pictures below.
 
I got Brian Wilson and Jeremy Affeldt to pose for me.
 

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Bengie Molina was talking to my girlfriend in this picture. Should I be mad? lol

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Brian Wilson posing for me.

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Me and Jeremy Affeldt snapping a quick pic.

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Will the Thrill Clark seconds before he was pushed into me.

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Brian Sabean walking by while I was in line for the Giants Clubhouse tour.

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I will add more pics from Giants Fan Fest on future blogs, so read my next blogs to see more pics from Fan Fest at the bottom.

 

~King of Cali