Guys, the Giants only have an 8.5 game lead in the NL West. I'm getting pretty worried here.
Michael Morse is ‘living the dream’ in San Francisco
Michael Morse seems like a very pleasant person. Not in a Buster Posey "I'm better than everyone at everything but I'm cool about it" way or a Brandon Belt "Every aspect of my personality is more charming than the last" way, or even a Hunter Pence "EEEEeeee SkreeeEEEEEEEeee thumpthumpTHUMP EEEEEEEE" way. No, Michael Morse is just a guy who you see at a bar who always tips well, gets dorkily excited when they play good music, and he also happens to be like 12 feet tall and could rip the roof of the building with his bare hands. But he doesn't! Because he's good people.
Top 25 most awesome names of the 2014 draft
CBS Sports ranks the 25 best names from MLB's draftees this year. Sadly, Handsome Monica was not selected by any team, but this is still an important resource for future draft name scholars.
Of course, they got the rankings ALL WRONG. Onas Farfan is too low, Dex McCall is too high, and by any objective measure Nigel Nootbar should be number one. Do these errors make the whole article worthless? I can't answer that, but I did raise the question, so I get to imply a yes without taking an overt stand. Everyone wins!
Matt Williams: Before the Washington Nationals, two jarring blows altered his path
The 1996 offseason was not good to Matt Williams. First, he was traded from the Giants to the Indians. Then, his wife left him. But, as often happens in human interest stories about people who go on to be successful, he bounced back. This is a good article to read if you want to know about his life, or you could skim it, grab a couple of facts to remember, and act as if you read the whole thing. Oh, who am I kidding? This is the Internet. No one here would do that!
Can you name the San Francisco Giants all-time home run leaders?
Let's all waste some time on Sporcle! One word of warning: One of the names is misspelled. HOWEVER, the misspelled last name is the same as the actual last name of another guy on the list, which is also the same as a third guy who is not on the list but who you might guess because a bunch of his teammates are on the list and you were kinda in the zone and figured "Hey, why not?"
If you don't get 20 out of 20, you are Not A True Fan and will be shunned by the community, so you should probably lie about it.
The Day The Series Stopped
There's an upcoming 30 For 30 documentary about the Loma Prieta earthquake, and the producers want to hear your story. Mine is pretty scintillating stuff: I was almost four years old, my family had just moved to Massachusetts, and I don't remember anything about it. How much camera time will that get me? 20 minutes? More? Probably more.
Hard Work, Attitude & Decaf
Gregor Blanco blogs about the attitude of the team, and how he reacted to his own slow start. If he's like the rest of us, he probably wildly overreacted, declared he was utterly terrible like the rest of the bench, and when he started hitting again pretended that never happened.
Also, it would be nice if Gregor Blanco stopped getting thrown out at third base.