free agent after 1 year. This does make the Dodgers the favorite to win the NL West, but I wouldn’t say it’s going to be easy for them. They still don’t have the starting rotation that is going to blow teams away. They do need to score some runs to win some games, but they do have some good bats in their lineup.
Manny and Ned working on a contract.
Manny update – Scott Boras said Manny would except the Dodgers offer if they paid the contract and not defer money over a period of time. Sounds like this deal will be worked out soon. Manny is going to be a Dodger.
~King of Cali
and then Posey hits a bullet to the left center gap for a double. That was the only hit Johnson gave up in 2 innings. Zito gave up a couple singles and struck out one in 2 innings.
3Manny signing should be coming soon. Jason Schmidt is also trying to get the 5th sport in the starting rotation. When Jason was with the Giants. He was our ace and that guy would blow the ball by anyone. I think the Giants were smart to not resign him and let him go to the Dodgers. Schmidt hasn’t
pitched very Manny games for the Dodgers. He went 1-4 in 2007 and missed all of last season. I honestly believe that Jason is not going to be even close to the kind of pitcher he was before. The Dodgers are shaping themselves to a decent team. The only problem right now is their starting rotation. Which happens to be a big problem. If you’re counting on Weaver and Schmidt to try to win spots in the rotation. You know your starting rotation is going to be hurting. Plus you need Furcal and Hudson to try to stay healthy for the season. I love all this speculation. I can’t wait for the season to start. I love baseball! =)
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)
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.
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. =)
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?
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.
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.
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.
interview him for it. He agreed to let me interview him via email. I did get a chance to meet Damon when I was at the Giants Fan Fest. I walked up and introduced myself to him. Not only did he know who I was, but he obviously reads his own emails! He told me he would have all the answers to me by early in the week. It was great to finally meet the man behind the voice. (Picture to the right is Zito, Frandsen and Bruce at Giants Fan Fest.)
Thanks again Damon for taking the time to answer these questions and it was really nice to meet you at the Giants FanFest. Here is a picture of Damon and I at the Giants Fan Fest.
back. Gary asked him if he thought about retiring since the offers aren’t really there. He said he did not consider retiring and wants to play a few more years.
The Dodgers are close to signing Randy Wolf. The Dodgers really need to add a
starter or two. They have lost Brad Penny and Derek Lowe. Even though this isn’t a Manny signing. I’m sure they are really happy to at least have one starter spot almost filled. Maybe Wolf will say hold up. I’m not signing here unless Manny signs. =) That’s what us Giants fans would love. Once this deal is confirmed. I will say it’s a good move for the Dodgers. He’s not an ace but a good pitcher to have on your team.
Just had to update the blog to say it’s now a done deal! Wolf is a Dodger again.
~King of Cali