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Redemption vs. Padres?

The Giants play a short 2 game series with the Padres. I’m sure the Giants would love to get a little redemption since they Padres swept them in San Diego. It won’t be an easy task for the Giants. The Padres send Peavy to the mound tonight against Cain. Then tomorrow the Padres send Young against Zito. Cain should be able to make a good pitching match up tonight against Peavy. The big question is if the Giants can score any runs. Game 2 has Zito on the mound so I’m sure most Giants fans are chalking that up as a loss. I guess were just going for the split. lol I’m sure Zito will be fine. It’s just everyone expects him to fail since he hasn’t really shown anything in a Giants uniform.
 
Giants have been shuffling their lineup around trying to shake things up. Burriss and Ishikawa have been in a slump since the season started. Pablo Sandoval hasn’t hit like he can, but he does have games here and there where you can tell he can hit. I think he’s out of his slump and you should see the ball jumping off his bat. 
 
Tonight I will be switching back and forth from the Giants and Sharks games. It’s a must win for the Sharks tonight since they have dropped the first 2 games. I love when I can flip back from different games. It’s going to be a nice night. Go Giants and Go Sharks!
 
~ King of Cali

All Systems Go For Opening Day!

Today is Opening Day for most teams, and it’s obvious excitement is in the air. I have logged on to MLBlogs and seen so many new blogs in the most recent activity area. I have seen blogs that I never seen before. Everyone is pumped and wants to write about it. Today is the day that every team is still in it and has a chance to be #1. I really wanted to take today off to watch some games, but I decided to work today. I’m going to be off work tomorrow, so I can watch the Giants Opening Day against the Brewers.
 
As a Giants fan I was pretty damn happy watching the Braves game last night. It was nice because the season was finally starting. Just seeing how good Derek Lowe looked. That must make all Giants fans happy to see him pitching like that for any team other than the Dodgers. =) I can’t believe the Dodgers didn’t even try to get him back. Something else must have been going on. It was not even a question if he will return to the Dodgers once he became a free agent. Everyone knew he was going to end up pitching somewhere else.
 
Since I’m also playing Fantasy Baseball this year. I did have some other interest in the Braves game. I have Brian McCann as a player on one of my teams and he did hit a 2 run home run. My other player is Shane Victorino. He didn’t do anything last night, so thanks for nothing Shane! lol
 
Well all I can do today is check scores and highlights from teams playing. I might watch the A’s and Angels game tonight. Just getting myself pumped and ready for Lincecum and the Giants tomorrow. I heard there is chance of rain tomorrow. This game better not get cancelled cause then I might have to take another day off to see their first game. =) I get Lincecum tomorrow, Johnson on wed. ( my b-day) and then I’m going to the Sharks game Thursday night. Talk about a very nice week for me. =)
 
~ King of Cali

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

My 2nd Fantasy Baseball Team

Last Friday I did my 2nd Fantasy Draft. I had the 6th pick in the draft. My #1 pick of the draft was Josh Hamilton. I have never played Fantasy Baseball before so I’m still not to sure how everything works. I know I have two guys on this team that are injured. I decided to get Alex Rodriguez since I figured he would be back in May. I also got Troy Glaus. I had no idea he was injured. I think I seen on MLB. com today that he won’t be back till June. Grrrrrrreat (not Tony The Tiger Grrrrrrreat) now I need to figure something out. lol Well here is my 2nd Fantasy team. Let me know what you think and any suggestions would be nice. =)
 
Team – King of Cali

 
C                  Brian McCann
1B                Pablo Sandoval
2B                Howie Kendrick
3B                Alex Rodriguez
SS                 Rafael Furcal
OF                Josh Hamilton
OF                Alfonso Soriano
OF                Corey Hart
Util              Andre Ethier
Util              Jim Thome
BN                Delmon Young
BN                Orlando Hudson
BN                Troy Glaus
BN                Fred Lewis
 
 
SP                 Jon Lester
SP                 Matt Cain
RP                George Sherrill
RP                Chad Qualls
P                   John Danks
P                   Ryan Dempster
P                   Jered Weaver
 
 
~ King of Cali

Dodgers vs. Giants Recap – Today In Baseball History!

Giants #5 starter Jonathan Sanchez will miss his start today against the Dodgers. Sanchez burned his finger in the kitchen. I guess he doesn’t make enough money yet to have someone cook for him. He said he will pitch on Sunday against the Dodgers at AT&T park.
 
Madison Bumgarner is getting his first start of the Spring for the injured Jonathan Sanchez. Giants fans are excited to see him. He’s going to be a pitcher that we look forward to seeing in the pro’s in the next few seasons.
 
Bumgarner starts the first inning by striking out Juan Pierre, Getting Hu to ground out and striking out Manny Ramirez.
 
Winn starts the game off with a single and Renteria follows that up with a single. Runners now at 1st and 3rd for Fred Lewis. Winn scores on a RBI single by Lewis. After 1 inning it’s the Giants 1 and the Dodgers 0.
 
Bumgarner has another perfect inning to retire the Dodgers in order in the top of the 2nd inning.
 
Doug Mientkiewicz hits a 2 run home run off of Justin Miller to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead in the top of the 4th.
 
Emmanuel Burriss led off the Giants bottom of the 5th with a triple off of ex-Giant Shawn Estes. Aurilia hits a RBI single scoring Burriss to tie the game at 2.
 
The Dodgers get the bases loaded in the top of the 6th inning, but are unable to get any runs across.
 
Fred Lewis hits a triple in the bottom of the 6th inning. He then scores on a sac fly by Matt Downs. Travis Ishikawa hits a solo home run to give the Giants a 4-2 lead.
 
The Dodgers get the bases loaded in the top of the 7th inning. The Dodgers score 3 runs and take a 5-4 lead over the Giants.
 
The Giants answer back in the bottom of the 8th. Andres Torres hits a solo home run to tie the game at 5. The Giants then load the bases for Matt Downs and he hits a bases clearing double. The Giants now have a 8-5 lead over the Dodgers.
 
Juan Castro hits a 2 run home run off of Alex Hinshaw in the top of the 8th inning. The Dodgers end up getting another run and the game is tied going into the bottom of the 8th inning.
 
The Giants answer right back in the bottom of the 8th scoring 2 runs to take a 10-8 lead into the 9th inning.
 
The Cactus League finally comes to a end. The Giants hold the Dodgers scoreless in the 9th and win 10-8.
 
Totals
 
  • Dodgers get 8 runs, 10 hits and 0 errors.
  • Giants get 10 runs, 14 hits and 1 error.
 
Multi Hit Game
 
The Giants get 3 players with a multi hit game.
 
  • McBryde goes 2-2 with 1 RBI and scored 1 run.
  • Lewis goes 2-3 with 1 RBI and scored 1 run.
  • Holm goes 2-4 with 1 RBI and scored 1 run.
 
Pitching Highlights
 
Bumgarner pitched 3 innings giving up 1 hit and striking out 4 Dodgers including Manny Ramirez.
  
Side Notes
 
This was the final cactus league game for the Giants. The Giants are flying to San Francisco after the game and will be playing the A’s tomorrow night at AT&T Park.
 
Giants lead the National League in home runs this spring. The #1 team in home runs is the Kansas City Royals.
 
Randy Johnson will pitch Friday against the A’s and then his first start of the season will be on Wednesday (my b-day) against the Brewers.
 
Today In Baseball History
 
1997 – Setting a record for the most runs scored in one inning of an Opening Day contest this century, the Padres score 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 12-5 rout of Mets. Chris Gomez, Rickey Henderson and Quilvio Veras lead the attack with a back-to-back-to-back home runs.
 
~ King of Cali

Rangers vs Giants (new style) Recap – Today In Baseball History!

Today I decided to listen to the Giants and Rangers but not recap it like I usually do. Just thought I would point out a few highlights from the game. Just figure readers get bored of reading plays from every inning if nothing exciting really happens. Let me know what you guys think of my recap this way.
 
Texas scored 7 runs, 10 hits and 0 errors. Giants scored 5 runs, 10 hits and 1 error.
 
Hot hitting Jesus Guzman hit a Pinch Hit home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
 
Giants #3 starting pitcher Matt Cain pitched 7 innings. He gave up 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 8 strike outs. Cain at one point sat down 11 Rangers in a row.
 
Pablo Sandoval who seems to always have a multi hit game let us down today. He only got 1 hit today. His off day is still a 1-3 day at the plate. =)  
 
7 Home Runs in the game. 4 home runs for the Rangers and 3 for the Giants. 
 

Multi Hit Game
 
The Giants only had 2 players that had a multi hit game. Fred Lewis went 2-4. Juan Uribe went 2-5, 3 RBI’s, 2 runs and hit a 2 run home run in the 3rd inning off of Kris Benson.
 
Giants Side Notes
 
Buster Posey has finally left the Giants spring training camp. He will be playing for the San Jose Giants this year. They want him to get a year of catching under his belt in the minors. He will most likely be brought up in Sept. If Molina gets traded you may see Posey up sooner. Posey looks like he’s ready to play in the Majors now, but when you have Molina there you want to make sure Posey isn’t rushed. They want him to get comfortable behind the plate.
 
Randy Johnson is pleased with his 7 inning performance against their minor league team. Johnson wasn’t overwhelming but was glad he got his work in. Johnson will make his first start of the season on my B-day April 8th! He’s the Giants #2 starter this year.
 

Giants have 2 more games in Arizona before coming back to San Francisco to face the A’s Thursday night.

 
Rangers Side Notes
 

The ex-Giant Omar Vizquel gets a start at 2nd base today for the Rangers.
 
Catalanotto and Andruw Jones are battling for the final roster spot for the Rangers.
 
Today In Baseball History
 
1992 – The White Sox trade Sammy Sosa and pitcher Ken Patterson to the cross-town rival Cubs for slugger George Bell. Sossa will pass Erni Banks as the franchise’s all-time home run leader.
 
~ King of Cali

Bruce Bochy Interview Recap

This is just a recap of a Bruce Bochy interview that was done this morning on KNBR the Giants flagship station. The interview was going to be at 8:30am but didn’t happen till 8:55 which is 5 mins before Murph and Mac are off the air. It was a speedy interview that only lasted like 3 mins if that.
 
Bochy said he will announce who wins the 2nd base job within the next couple of days. Both players (Burriss & Frandsen) have played well this spring. He will get with both players and let them know before he makes the announcement. He thinks whoever doesn’t win the job will likely be on the bench to help out coming off the bench and will be on the 25 man roster.
 
Bochy was also asked about guys like Guzman and Torres who have been outstanding this spring. He wouldn’t say any names, but did say he thinks the Giants have multiple non roster guys who have a chance to make the team’s opening day roster. Giants are going to cut 4 guys tomorrow to bring the roster down to 30 players.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants Pablo Sandoval – Injured

In yesterday’s game in the 5th inning against the Cubs. Giants 3rd baseman
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took a bad hop groundball off the face. Then ball hit him in the mouth. Sandoval tried to backhand the ball. The ball hit him right in the face, drawing blood. It turns out the ball hit him in the mouth and chipped a tooth. Sandoval does wear braces so his lips got stuck in his braces. The Giants trainers had to pull his lips out of his braces and then they rushed him to a dentist. There hasn’t been any other updates, but he’s expected to sit out a few games. Sandoval is the projected starting 3rd baseman for the Giants. He has had a great spring. He’s hitting .450 with 2 home runs, 6 RBI’s, 18 hits in 40 AB’s. Giants fans are really excited to have him in the line up for a full season. Last year we got to see what he can do in 41 games. He hit .345, with 3 home runs, 24 RBI’s, 50 hits in 145 AB’s.
 
~ King of Cali

Angels vs. Giants recap….Today in Baseball History…

Tim Lincecum is scratched from making the start. He has the flu, so Jeremy Affeldt gets the start. He’s not a starting pitcher. He’s going to be a reliever this season for the Giants. Figgins did lead the game off with a hit. Affeldt then struck out Kendrick. The next hitter is Matthews.  Figgins then stole 2nd base and then stole 3rd base. Matthews then walks to make it 1st and 3rd with one out. Torii Hunter then hit a double to get 2 RBI’s. Kendry Morales (who also is on my fantasy team) then hit a double to get an RBI. Juan Rivera grounds out to end the inning. Eugenio Velez starts the Giants first off with a single. Rich Aurilia then walked setting up 1st and 2nd. Bengie Molina then hit a 2 run double. The guys on the radio said if anyone else would have been running for Molina it would have been an in the park home run. Everyone knows Bengie is the slowest guy in baseball. He still did his job driving runs in though. After 1 inning it’s the Angels 3 and the Giants 2. The 2nd inning was 3 up for the Angels and 3 up for the Giants.
 
No scoring in the 3rd inning for either team. The Angels also didn’t score in the top of the 4th. Nate Schierholtz strikes out swinging but gets to first on the wild pitch. Juan Uribe then gets an RBI double to tie the game at 3. Kevin Frandsen gets a RBI single up the middle to score Juan Uribe. This giving the Giants a 4-3 lead. The Angels answer right back in the top of the 5th by score 2 runs off of Bob Howry. Bengie Molina gets an RBI single in the bottom of the 5th inning to tie the game up at 5. Nothing exciting in the 6th inning offensively for either the Giants or Angels. No runs scored in the 7th inning either.
 
The Angels take the lead in the top of the 8th inning by scoring 2 runs. Then two wild pitches by Luis Perdomo scores another Angels player giving the Angels a 3 run lead. On Perdomo’s 2nd wild pitch he walked the batter and the batter ran all the way to 2nd base. Perdomo then tried to pick him off and threw it wild again. This allowing the runner to get to 3rd base. The Angels end up with 3 runs in the top of the 8th and the Giants have no answer back this time and go scoreless in the 8th. Now it’s the 9th inning. If we (Giants) were up. I would call this the Nenth inning. I always called it the Nenth inning for Rob Nen. Man this guy was a great Giant closer. Well the game is now over and the Giants wouldn’t get another run. Out of the last 9 Giants to bat there was 5 strike outs.
 
Angels get 8 runs, 10 hits and 1 error. Giants get 5 runs, 8 hits and 2 errors.
 
There was only two Giants players with multiple hits. Rich Aurilia went 2-2 with a walk and scored 1 run. Bengie Molina went 2-3 with 3 RBI’s.
 
 
Today In Baseball History
 
After watching Ty Cobb quarrel with a black grounds keeper and with teammate Charlie Schmidt, Tiger manager Hugh Jennings tries to deal him to the Indians for outfielder Elmer Flick. The Tribe’s manager Napoleon Lajoie turns down the deal for the ‘Georgia Peach’.
 
~ King of Cali