Tagged: Brian Wilson

My Fantasy Baseball Team

Here is my fantasy team from the fantasy draft that I did with other fellow bloggers. I wasn’t able to complete the draft so the computer finished it off for me. I did make it thru 20 or 21 rounds then put it in auto draft for the rest of the draft. I did have the #3 in the draft and I picked Albert Pujols with my first pick.
 
BATTERS
 
C        Chris Iannetta,        Col
 
1B       Albert Pujols           Stl
 
2B        Robinson Cano       NYY
 
3B         Garrett Atkins        Col
 
SS          Derek Jeter            NYY
 
2b/SS    Miguel Tejada        Hou
 
1B/3B    Pablo Sandoval        SF
 
LF           Manny Ramirez       LAD
 
CF         Shane Victorino        Phi
 
RF         Bobby Abreu              LAA
 
OF        Alfonso Soriano         ChC
 
OF        Hideki Matsui             NYY
 
OF         Denard Span              Min
 
OF         Kendry Morales         LAA
 
OF         Felix Pie                     Bal
 
DH        Jeff Clement              Sea
 
UTIL     Edwin Encarnacion    Cin
 
Bench    Ramon Hernandez    Cin
 
Bench    Freddy Sanchez        Pit
 
Bench    Mark Ellis                  Oak
 
Bench    Joe Crede                  Min
 
PITCHERS
 
P            Chris Young                SD
 
P            Jesse Litsch                Tor
 
P            John Lannan                Was
 
P            Jeremy Bonderman     Det
 
P            James McDonald         LAD
 
P            Matt Guerrier              Min
 
P            Chad Cordero              Sea
 
P            Steven Shell                Was
 
P            Jorge Julio                    Mil
 
SP          Roy Oswalt                   Hou
 
SP          Rich Harden                 ChC
 
SP          Randy Johnson            SF
 
SP          Gil Meche                    KC
 
RP          Brian Wilson                SF
 
RP          Miguel Batista            Sea
 
RP          Juan Cruz                   KC
 
RP          Cory Wade                  LAD
 
Don’t forget to go to “The Max” blog and vote for me so I can make it past the first round at least. =)
 
~ 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
mecenterfieldjump.jpgheard the lady in front of us in line say the lines are shorter on the other side of the stadium. My girlfriend and I told our friends to wait in line and we will walk over and check it out. We ended up walking up to the side gate and there was a really short line that no one was in. Everyone got on the two outside lines, so we called our friends over and we got in AT&T park within a min  after the park opened.
 
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

 

Giants Mailbag 2/17/09

This is a start of a weekly blog that I would like to post. I will answer any questions that you have for me. I look forward to receiving your questions. 🙂
 
Giants Mailbag 2/17/09
 
Do you think players should be allowed to use HGH or steroids when recovering from a surgery/injury?  It may allow the player to heal quicker.  I know this would be a tricky issue, but it’s a thought considering all the talk around AROD right now.

 
Ron
 
 
Wow now that is a tricky issue alright. I would have to say no. There shouldn’t be anything that can be grey. It should be black or white. You either can use it or you can’t, so if baseball doesn’t want players to use HGH or steroids. Then no one should be able to take it even if it’s just to help recover.

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How do fans in SF feel about Bonds and the steroid issue?

Will Zito bounce back in 2009?

Where will the power come from in 2009? Will Sandoval make an impact?

Nathan (Foul Tip)

It seems like half the people care what happens to Bonds and the other half don’t. Now that he’s no longer in a Giants uniform it seems like fans don’t really care. I’m sure the Bonds fans like myself still care. I just think the whole steroid issue needs to end. Okay a lot of players took them. Now lets clean the game up now and move on. We can’t change the past.


Look below to the question from Jane/She-Fan to read my insight on Zito.


I really don’t see much power again this year. Our only home run pop is Bengie and he only gave us 16 home runs last season. Sandoval will have a few home runs here and there, but I don’t expect him to lead the team. I do see him as a great hitter and to have his bat in the lineup all year will add to the offense. The Giants still need to add another bat with pop. I’m hoping they will get Ramirez or Crede. They just need another guy to produce some runs.

 
 
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Assuming Manny Ramirez re-signs with the Los Angeles Dodgers do you find it somewhat odd that Brian Sabean and the Giants improved the ball club by adding Jeremy Affeldt, Bob Howry, Edgar Renteria, and Randy Johnson but did not add a big offensive piece, which seemed to be their major need going into the off-season, that would have made them favorites to win the NL West? Unless Aaron Rowand, Randy Winn, and the youngster Pablo Sandoval are going to have all-star caliber seasons I do not see them having enough offense even with the strong pitching staff. I say sign Joe Crede to play 3B and swoop in and steal Manny from the Dodgers and really go for it.
 
 
Well I must say it seems like you and I are kind of thinking alike. If Manny signs with the Dodgers. Then I don’t know why the Giants would pay so much for Renteria to come play short. Just have one of the young guys play short that are battling for 2nd base. We have Frandsen, Burriss and Velez trying to win the 2nd base job. One of them can play short if you’re not trying to win and just develop young players.
 
Why would you sign Randy Johnson if you’re not trying to win this year? We have Lowry and Sanchez fighting for the 5th spot. They wouldn’t have had to fight for it if Johnson wasn’t signed. I can see signing Affeldt and Howry either way. The bullpen needed some help to get the ball to Wilson in the 9th inning. Johnson and Renteria just don’t make sense to me if they are not trying to win this year.
 
I do think the Giants will have a better offense this year with or without Ramirez. They will have Sandoval for a whole season. This is a guy who can flat out hit. He’s not Ramirez but he will get his hits and get on base for Bengie to drive in. I didn’t think Crede would be a good signing for this club, but now that everyone else is gone. I say go for it. Crede will give some pop in the lineup. Then Sandoval can move to play first base. Rather than using an unproven player at first base.
 
With the moves that Sabean has made this off-season. They should just go out and sign Manny and got for it this year. With Manny they will be the favorite to win the NL West. Then with the starting rotation they have. It would be scary to face them in the playoffs.
 
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AT&T Park is breathtaking.  Tops on my list to see…maybe as early as this summer.  What are some tips for visiting the park?  Must eat food?  Best places to sit?
 
Kathy

http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

I love this park! It’s just so beautiful to look at the scoreboard and see the Bay Bridge in the background. Just to see the boats in the bay right behind right field. It’s way better than going to to the A’s stadium across the bay. Every time I go to a game the first thing I have to get is the “Gilroy Garlic Fries”. I love them! Another really good place to eat there is “Orlando’s”. It’s the home of the Baby Bull Tri-Tip Sandwich and the Cha Cha Bowl. The Cha Cha bowl is really good! There is a bunch of other foods, but those are my two top choices. =)  

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I’ve read a lot of places that some Giants fans think Aaron Rowand isn’t worth the contract he was given. (5 years/$60 million, I think) Is this the general consensus among Giants fans or do they like Rowand? And do you think Rowand is worth that contract?

Jen

http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

I have heard fans say they are not happy with the amount the Giants paid him to come here. The Giants have had problems getting big name free agents to come here because it’s a pitchers park. The Giants always seem to have to over pay to get someone decent in here. I like Rowand but he’s not the big bat that the Giants fans wanted when we got him. He is a good player to have on your team. I just would have used that money on someone else. Fans expected him to come here and be an elite player.

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Is Tim Lincecum in danger of major injury this year? He pitched so many innings last season and has that violent delivery…What’s the inside word?
Ellen
 
It’s not earth shattering, but it’s a question
 
Tim Lincecum has a very strange delivery. His dad showed him how to pitch when he was a kid. He’s a small guy so his dad tweaked his pitching style to get every little bit of strength as he could out of that little body. Lincecum has pitched so good with that style that his dad wouldn’t let anyone tweak with it. Seems to work, so if it’s broke then don’t try to fix it! There has been no injuries reported for Lincecum, so lets keep our fingers crossed!
 
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I’ve got a question for you, King….

What kind of a season do you expect Barry Zito to have? Has he finally shaken off the pressure from the big contract? Is he healthy? I haven’t been following his career since he joined the Giants, so fill me in please.

Thanks.

Jane/She-Fan
http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

 
I honestly believe Zito is going to have a good year. I mean don’t expect him to be in the running for the Cy Young Award. He knows Tim Lincecum is the man now and the Ace. Plus they have signed Randy Johnson, so Zito isn’t feeling all the pressure anymore. He’s also moving from the Ace of the staff to the #4 starter this season. I think in that 4th spot is really going to help him. He’s not going to be facing other teams Ace’s night in and night out.
 
Zito is going into the season in really good shape. He has had Brian Wilson (the Giants closer) stay with him this off-season. Wilson has had Zito doing his workout and eating right. I’m actually really excited to see how good Zito will be this year.
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Hi King,
 
Here’s my question – the Giants seem to have pinned a lot of hope on Edgar Renteria filling in at SS.  There had been issues about his weight & general physical condition last season in Detroit.  Do you think he can over come those issues and be effective for the Giants?
 
Julia
 
 
I think Edgar Renteria is a good pick up. I think he’s overpaid for this off-season market. He is a decent bat to put in the #2 spot. Renteria is a big upgrade with the bat compared to Omar. He’s not going to make all the great plays that Omar made on “D” but he will make the plays he should make. His range isn’t as good either, but the Giants need offense so that’s why this move was good. I have heard that Edgar is going into spring training in better shape. I guess we have to wait and see when he reports this spring.
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It’s Brian from Fish Bites  I read how the commissioner is debating whether to reinstate Hammerin’ Hank as the home run king. I’m sure as a Giants fan, the organization is upset about this, and I can see why. I guess I’m wondering what your take is as a possible fan of Barry Bonds and since you were lucky enough to watch him for so long.

Hope this idea catches on with the other bloggers.
Brian
http://florida.mlblogs.com/ 

 
I don’t think there is any way he will reinstate Hammerin Hank. He can’t just take away everyone’s stats from this steroid era. Plus no one even really knows who did take steroids during this era. Hank has already came out and said the record is Bonds.
 
Even with all of the steroid issues it was awesome to watch the Home Run Chase! No matter where I was at I knew when Bonds was coming up. I was either in front of a TV or listening to every at bat. A lot of people don’t know this but Bonds just didn’t go up there hacking. He only would swing at strikes. He could be 0-2 and still walk cause pitchers wouldn’t want to come back over the plate. Barry was the man and I’m glad he was playing in this era cause I think it was really a treat to everyone who got to really see him play day and day out.
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-Who will win the N.L. West the Dodgers, D-Backs, the Giants, or whoever gets Manny.
-Where will Manny go?
-What you think about pitcher and catchers reporting (is it overrated, underrated, stupid to have pitchers and catcher be there before position, players etc.)

 
 
It all depends where Manny (he will end up a Dodger) goes as to how the NL West will go. If Manny signs with the Dodgers this is what I think. Dodgers, Giants, D-Backs, Rockies and Padres.
 
If Manny signs with the Giants…. Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers, Rockies and Padres.
 
Now If Manny doesn’t sign with either Giants or Dodgers.  It’s really a toss up with the D-Backs and Giants. I think it will probably be Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers, Rockies and Padres.
 
The Giants already made it known if they are in it they will make a move at the trading deadline. I’m sure this will be enough to win the NL West.
 
I think it’s cool that Pitchers and Catchers report early. Just gets baseball started a little earlier than waiting longer for position players. It’s also cool to see what position players show up early. Just shows who’s committed to the team. I love the smell of Spring Training in the air!
 
 
Thank you for your questions. I would like to do this weekly. Please send me any questions that you would like me to answer for you.
 
~King of Cali

Giants Fan Fest

fanfest.gifGiants stars from past and present will be at the San Francisco Giants Fan’s Fest at AT&T Park. There is a list of players that will be there. Will Clark, Tim Lincecum, Bruce Bochy, Jeremy Affeldt, Vida Blue, John Bowker, Emmanuel Burriss, Matt Cain, Orlando Cepeda, Kevin Frandsen, Bob Howry, Randy Johnson, Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, Fred Lewis, Brian Sabean, Dave Roberts, Jonathan Sanchez, Nate Shierholtz, JT Snow, Brian Wilson, Barry Zito and others.

 

Fans will have the opportunity to go “behind the scenes” with self guided tours of both the Giants and visitors clubhouses, batting cages, dugouts and press box. Interactive games and activities, a Kids Zone and access to the fields warning track also will be offered.

 

Fan Fest will feature the KNBR live (radio) broadcast stage at homeplate, providing fans the opportunity to watch the broadcast from any Lower Box or Club Level seat in the ballpark. Giants players, coaches, broadcasters and alumni will sign autographs and pose for photos throught the event, participate in Q&A sessions, and be interviewed live on KNBR, with the broadcast aired throughout the ballpark on flat screen TV’s.

 

16th Annual KNBR 680 Giants FanFest
Saturday, February 7, 2009

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at AT&T Park

 

I will be at this event and will take some pics so you guys can see what’s it’s like.

 

~King of Cali