Don't forget that Ryan Vogelsong starts for the U.S. of A. tonight against Italy. Sergio Romo converted his save against the U.S. last night, though I fell asleep while watching it and woke up at 3:00 not knowing where I was, so I didn't see Romo. I blame David Wright for being so damned uninteresting.
To the links!
Bay Area Sports Guy – Brandon Belt hits HR, cracks up rounding third (photos)
There isn't a lot of mystery in that headline -- it's exactly what it advertises. I thought that was more of a Bumgarner thing.
Team Mexico, including Giants star Sergio Romo, feels hostility amid Arizona's immigration battle - Yahoo! Sports
I know that Jeff Passan gets needled a lot around here for his baseball opinions, but the cat can write. He's one of the better baseball writers on the Internet when it comes to crafting a story, and he gets into Arizona hosting the WBC, even though everyone in that state hates the world. .
The New Springfield Nine - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Simpsons nerdity and baseball nerdity collide! They had the momentum of a runaway freight train, so you had to expect it at some point. Jonah Keri writes what an update to a famous Simpsons episode would look like today. Wish I'd thought of this first, dang it.
2013 San Jose Giants Season Preview: Corner Infield | San Jose Giants News
Sort of depressing! But before you get too down, note that the prequel to this preview was a masterpiece that will really make you think.
Baseball Prospectus | Baseball ProGUESTus: The Secret Life of the American Ballplayer
I love Michael Clair's fractured ideas for posts, and this is one of his best. If you want more of his stuff, visit Old Time Family Baseball.
Patience - Old Time Family Baseball
Oh! Here's a link to OTFB. And this is one of my very favorites. So good. So, so ... wait, I wrote this. And I've linked to it before, so there's no reason for it to be here. But hitting that delete key is so onerous and it's Saturday morning and I'm lazy, so it stays.
The time the Giants were too cheap to buy Hall of Famer Steve Carlton a uniform so they painted one on him
You'd think we would hear about this more.
Best of Mike and Mike - ESPN
Buster Posey comes on this podcast around the 53:00 mark, and while his answers are boring in that special Buster Posey way, at least check out the silky intro song
Bruce Bochy has a familiar face in camp: his son Brett. | SportsonEarth.com : Gwen Knapp Article
It is going to be quite odd to have a Bochy on the mound one day.
Baseball Prospectus | Pitcher Profile: Four Growing Giants
Although I thought he threw harder. Baseball Prospectus took a look at four Giants prospects when they played in SURPRISE, which is one of the only spring-training venues to have PITCHf/x, and Bochy was one of them. He topped out at 89 m.p.h.? I'll chalk that up to March rust.
2013 MLB Prospect Rankings - FantasyRundown.com
Nothing but a list of prospect lists. Sad that the Xzibit meme isn't around anymore because that was one of my favorites. I like all the old memes.
Conor Gillaspie chasing baseball dream with White Sox | whitesox.com: News
Conor Gillaspie has a meteorological side to him. I did not know this. Beats "golf," "hunting and fishing," "fishing and hunting," or "golf, fishing, and hunting" when it comes to ballplayer hobbies, I guess.
Chad Gaudin smiles when he pitches
That's creepy! Someone should talk to him about that. Actually, no one should talk to him ever until he cuts it out.
Harrison Ford Signs On for 'Anchorman 2' (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter
Cool scarf and earring, Han Solo.