Thursday Linkin'

In which Melky Cabrera gets courage from a few pints and tells his manager how he really feels about him.

Matt Cain, Ace - Bay Area Sports Guy
Bay Area Sports Guy does great recaps of Giants games, and where I pound something out from my couch so I can get back to playing Final Fantasy VI, he goes into the locker room and records interviews with his video-interview-recording machine recorder. It's always worth checking out.

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Phillies lose to San Francisco Giants, 1-0, in 11 innings - Philadelphia Inquirer

He did not win, and neither did Lee. But Cain could smile.

Matt Gelb is one of my favorite non-Giants beat writers. Here's his take on the best game in a long, long time. Spoiler: Matt Cain triumphs in the end.

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Matt Cain: From 2005 to 2012 - Baseball-Reference.com
If you don't know what Game Score is, it's a handy-if-imperfect way to slap a single number on a start and give you an idea of how good it was. According to the metric, last night was Cain's fourth-best start of his career. His best? The one before that, of course. Thinking it's a good time to sign him to an extension that takes him beyond the six years he's signed for already. You can never be too proactive.

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Brandon Belt Singles Past Straw Men - FanGraphs Baseball
Friend of the program Eno Sarris makes too much about a single at-bat in the best way possible. Brandon Belt being a cause célèbre must drive Bochy mad, especially because everyone's just guessing if he's Chris Davis or Freddie Freeman at this point.

Also of note: Chris Davis is hitting .351/.368/.541, and Freddie Freeman is hitting .222/.250/.356. I'm sure that's where they'll both be in July.

I'll just leave this here.

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Brandon Belt meets Brandon Baby Giraffe at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - YouTube
It's old, but it's worth watching once every six months. D'awwwwwww.

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Interview: Andy Skeels - Bay City Ball
The Baron sits down with the manager of the San Jose Giants. Or maybe they were sitting. Or maybe it was a phone interview, and she was pacing nervously while he was on the toilet. Look, I don't know, people. I'm not on trial, here

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Lefty Malo - The Future of Brian Wilson As A Giant

Here's a suggestion: Brian Wilson loves San Francisco. San Francisco loves Brian Wilson. Why not release him, technically make him a free agent, but re-sign him to a low base salary (say, $1 or 2 million) larded with tons of incentives, including a lucrative second-year option triggered by reachable milestones. If he refuses and thinks he can get a Papelbonian contract from someone, more power to him.

When Lefty first posted this, I was like "TOO SOON!", but that passed quickly. It's a pragmatic solution, alright. It's gross to think about, but Wilson's elbow might have donated $8 million or so to the Get a Hitter Fund.

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Field Guide To The Magical Powers Please Bestowed On You By Come Way Of Rhapsodic MLB Authentic Jerseys - Baseball Nation
Hilarious piece by a handsome chap on a totally different blog. Isn't it weird how people in different countries speak different languages? lol

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San Francisco Giants - SI Vault
A collection of the San Francisco Giants-related covers from Sports Illustrated.

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