Tagged: Fan Fest

2007 Home Run Derby Pictures…

I have never posted a blog about this, but I did go to the Home Run Derby when it was at AT&T Park. I just wish I would have took more pictures. The battery died on the camera so I knew I only had a few pictures in it. It really was a cool experience to see all the booths and stuff they had set up outside of the stadium. Right when I walked in the stadium I went straight to the field. The National League team was having batting practice and the American League team was starting to stretch out in front of me. I got a couple pictures of some of them up close. It was just really cool to see all these players from different teams up close. These players seemed so loose and were just joking around. You knew they were all having a blast.

 


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Here is a couple of pictures from my seat view. I never sat this high before but these were the only tickets I could find for the Home Run Derby.

 

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DSC00521.JPGThe winner of the 2007 Home Rub Derby was big, bad Vladimir Guerrero from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

 

~ King of Cali

Giants vs. Rangers (game 2) Recap – Today In Baseball History!

The Giants get an early 2 nothing lead on a 2 run double by catcher Steve Holm. Scoring on the hit was Uribe and Horwitz. The Giants end up with a 5 run 2nd inning. Pablo Sandoval gets a 2 run single to knock the starter Matt Harrison out of the game. Burriss and Velez scored on Sandoval’s single.
 
Josh Hamilton (on my 2nd fantasy team) hit a home run off of Zito in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The score after 3 innings is Giants 5 and the Rangers 3.
 
Torres hit a solo home run off of Jennings in the 6th inning to give the Giants a 6-3 lead. 
 
Giants have runners on the corners for Pablo Sandoval. He hits a RBI stand up double off the fence. Burriss scores from the 3rd and Aurilia moves to 3rd base on the hit. Going into the bottom of the 7th it’s the Giants 7 and the Rangers 3.
 
Giants score more in the top of the 8th. Torres scores on a RBI single by Wald. The Giants get another run on a RBI single by Velez. Aurilia follows up with another RBI single scoring Burriss. The score is now Giants 10 and the Rangers 3.
 
Totals
 
Giants win on 10 runs, 14 hits and 0 errors. Rangers get 3 runs, 6 hits and 2 errors.
 
Multi Hit Game
 
The Giants have 4 players to have a multi hit game.
 
  • Emmanuel Burriss went 2-5 scoring 3 runs.
  • Rich Aurilia went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s.
  • Pablo Sandoval went 2-5 with 3 RBI’s.
  • Andres Torres went 2-5 with 1 RBI and scored 2 runs.
 
 
Pitching Highlights
 
Barry Zito had a very solid game. Zito went 7 strong innings. He gave up 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 strike outs and a solo home run to Josh Hamilton.
 
Giants two new relievers Howry and Affeldt both pitched a perfect 8th and 9th inning.
 
Giants pitching Zito, Howry and Affeldt sat down the last 12 Rangers in order.
 
 
Giants Side Notes
 
One week from today the Giants will have their opening day with the Brewers.
 
Fred Lewis is only going to play Left Field this year. Lewis has heard a lot of stuff yelled at him while playing Left Field. Last season at Wrigley Field and Dodgers Stadium he heard. “Hey Barry, you look skinny.” Lewis said “I got that one all the time. I’m not Barry. I’m Fred Lewis. The name and the number on the back say it all.”
 
Today In Baseball History
 
1961 – The Pacific Coast League’s proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher is rejected by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee by a vote of 8-1. The first use of the DH will occur in the American League in 1973.
 
~ King of Cali

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

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

Giants vs. Team Japan – Giants Fan Fest video

The first batter Tim Lincecum faced was Ichiro and he got him to ground out to 2nd base. Lincecum then gave up a single and struck out the next 2 batters to end the top of the 1st inning. Randy Winn led the Giants bottom of the first off with a walk. Then on a hit and run Renteria got a hit and go Winn to 3rd base. Pablo Sandoval came up with runners on 1st and 3rd and got a RBI single up the middle to score Winn. Renteria then scored on a fly ball Travis Ishikawa. After one inning the Giants lead 2-0 over Japan. After 2 innings of work. Lincecum has given up 1 hit, 1 walk and has 4 strike outs. In the 3rd inning Lincecum did walk Ichiro Suzuki. Lincecum only pitched 2.1 innings giving up 1 hit, 3 walks and 5 strike outs. He did not allow a run.
 
Edgar Renteria gave the Giants another run by hitting a solo home run in the top of the 3rd and Pablo Sandoval got his 2nd hit of the game with a double right after Renteria’s home run. Sandoval would come in to score. After 3 innings the Giants lead 4-0. Team Japan did scrape a run in the top of the 4th inning off of Jack Taschner. Japan got another run on the top of the 5th inning, and on the bottom half of the inning the Giants went 3 up and 3 down.
 
Team Japan got the sticks rolling in the top of the 6th. They got 5 straight hits scoring 4 runs and taking a 6-4 lead. The good news for Giants fans is the runs were scored off of Miller, Ju. I’m not sure who that even is. I have never heard of him and I know he’s not going to make the team at the end of spring training. The Giants bats remained silent in the bottom of the 6th.
 
The score is still Japan 6 and the Giants 4 at the start of the bottom of the 8th. Bocock got a hit and Sandoval followed him with a walk. Gillaspie enters the game as a pinch runner for Sandoval. Williams does a sacrifice bunt to get the runners over to 3rd and 2nd with one out. McClain then walked to load the bases for Matt Downs. Downs hits a smash to the short stop who makes a diving catch and throws to 3rd base before Bocock could get back. That ends the inning and the score remains 6-4 Team Japan going to the 9th.
 
The final totals are Team Japan 6 runs on 11 hits and 0 errors. The Giants 4 runs, 8 hits and 1 error.
 
There was 3 Giants players who had 2 hits each. Renteria went 2-3 with 1 RBI and scoring 2 runs. Renteria did hit his first home run in a Giants uniform. Pablo Sandoval went 2-3 with 1 RBI, scoring 1 run and also getting 1 walk. Emmanuel Burriss went 2-3 with 0 RBI’s, and 0 runs scored.
 
Ichiro Suzuki went 1-3 with a walk, scored 1 run and had a couple stolen bases.
 
Here is a video from Giants Fan Fest that I found on youtube.
 
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1933 – After a six year absence, Rogers Hornsby returns to the Cardinals as a player. The ‘Rajah’ was fired as the Cub’s manager last August.
 
1933 – American League batters this season will be required to wear batting helmets.
 
~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

 

Q&A with radio host Damon Bruce from KNBR

I would like to introduce all of you to Damon Bruce. You can hear Damon on KNBR, the Giants flagship station. Where he is the nightly host of “Sportsphone 680”, which is heard from 7-10pm Pacific Time. You can also stream his show online at www.knbr.com. You gamers out there might recognize his voice, he does the play-by-play for the video game “The Bigs”. One thing I love about Damon is that he’s very passionate about the Giants and what they should be doing to improve the team. Damon was born in Chicago. You would never know it from hearing him on the radio, but he’s a Chicago Cubs fan! I know that his second favorite team is the Giants! Damon does a “Giants Hot Stove League Show” where he interviews players, coaches and broadcasters.
 
I recently contacted Damon, told him about my blog and asked him if I could
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(Picture to the right is Zito, Frandsen and Bruce at Giants Fan Fest.)
 
 
Here is a Q & A with sports host Damon Bruce from KNBR.
 
 
King: Since it’s known you’re a Chicago Cubs fan and you cover the Giants. Who would you want to win in the NLCS if they played each other?
 
Damon B: Cubs vs Giants – Lets hope, and it’s a sfe bet… that’s not going to be a problem for me. Personally, I would love to see the Cubs in the World Series in my lifetime, but not at the expense of me getting to cover a World Series in my lifetime. I would likely have to take the series off, and just start drinking heavily.
 
King: Who is your favorite player current and all time?
 
Damon B: Favorite Player All Time – Mark Grace… if we’re talking current Giants: Lincecum or Cain
 
King: What’s your best Giants memory?
 
Damon B: Covering Bonds the night he tied Hank Aaron in San Diego. It was surreal to watch him do that in another team’s ball park. Padres fans didn’t want to applaud, but they couldn’t stop themselves. It’s covered in scandal, but it was quite a moment in time.
 
King: What’s your opinion on Manny Ramirez possibly being a Giant?
 
Damon B: Sign him before the Dodgers do… are you even serious with this question? This guy is a proven winner, and the best post-season performer in ML history. I can’t belive the Giants are just watching the Dodgers take their time with this guy.
 
King: I like adding Renteria and Johnson if they add a clean up hitter. If they don’t then I don’t see a point if they aren’t trying to win. What do you think about those signings?
 
Damon B: Both are stop gaps… Renteria will be an offensive upgrade over Omar, but not 1/2 the defender. It really show’s they don’t have a player in their minor league system ready to go at SS. It’s a C-plus signing, maybe a B-minus… lets see how he plays and adjusts to NL pitching again. Johnson is a sub-plot to the season which will be cool to cover. 300 wins is special, and hopefully it gives the Giants incentive to deal some pitching for a bat.
 
King: If you were the Giants GM what moves would you have made this off-season?
 
Damon B: Manny… Manny… Manny… trade some pitching for a real bat if he didn’t sign. I like the Affeldt signing, would have tried to deal for Holliday instead of letting the A’s do it. Would have never inked Zito for that cash… I could go on & on… but I’ll spare you. Oh, I would have made a move on Dan Uggla.
 
King: Has there been a recent move by a team this off-season that you’re impressed with and didn’t see coming?
 
Damon B: I think every off-season needs to be spent addressing major issues… there is a major lack of major league bat in the middle of this line-up, and until that’s fixed, they’re just painting a rusty car, not treating the rust.
 
King: What’s your prediction for the NL West?
 
Damon B: D-Backs, Giants, Dodgers, Rockies, Padres.
 
King: What’s your take on the Barry Bonds issue?
 
Damon B: Should have come clean a-la A-Rod and this would have been over years ago. His ego was his greatest asset and worst enemy at the same time.
 
King: Is there anything you want to let people know about you that they might not know?
 
Damon B: I’ve written a book about Bay Area Sports Lists… will be out near the beginning of baseball season. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this, so I’m excited, and hope people dig it.
 
I hoped you guys really enjoyed getting to know a little about Damon Bruce.
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~King of Cali