Happy birthday to Justin Knoedler! Uh, the pickings were a little slim today.
BASGcast (Ep. 100!): All-Star Break Giants check-in with Grant Brisbee
The Bay Area Sports Guy podcast talks to Grant about trade possibilities for the Giants, and as any longtime reader would expect, Grant waxes poetic about Ben Zobrist. He also discusses other second basemen too, like Martin Prado, some Murphy (Daniel, I think, but it might be Donnie or Davey or Dale), and Chase Utley, but let's not be fooled. Zobrist is the apple of his eye.
There's a lot of interesting reliever talk too, with Grant predicting a Chad Qualls trade, and one of the BASG guys casually mentioning that Javier Lopez has an elbow thing. At least we can blame his terribleness on injury, I guess. So, yay?
Agent: Dodgers' Kemp open to trade if not playing every day
I will make this offer, Agent Ned, and I hope you take it seriously: Gregor Blanco for Matt Kemp. The Dodgers need a role player. The Giants need a starter. It's win-win!
Money's a little tight over here, though, so you'll have to pay his salary. Small price to fill a need, right?
The 10 storylines that made the first half of the season so great | MLB.com
We're here at the midway point of the year, so it's a good time to reflect on the first half of the season because GAWD WHAT ELSE ARE WE GOING TO DO WHEN IS BASEBALL BACK? I understand that it's good for teams to have four days off instead of three so they can get healthy, and come back stronger, playing at a higher level, but it's insufferable. C'mon MLB, let's focus on what's really important here: Me. More baseball, forthwith.
Inside Pitches: The 2014 New York Yankees Clubhouse Survey
In many places, this was a charming survey where players on the Yankees got to show their personalities while answering frivolous questions about their teammates. But for me, the main point was how few Yankees I've heard of. I have no idea what a Dellin Betances is, and that's after his job was explicitly mentioned after the first question. In fact, I just wrote that sentence and I already have no idea how to spell his name. Now I've totally forgotten what I was talking about.
I sure hope the next link doesn't involve a subject that will enable people to make easy jokes about my memory.
Consuming legal marijuana, enjoying America's pastime, and searching for Sasquatch
Not everyone is a baseball fan, you know. It might seem like heresy to us, schooled as we are in the myriad differences between Ehire Adrianza and Ivan Ochoa, but there are people for whom baseball genuinely isn't their thing, and that's totally fine. It's especially fine when they get really high, go to a Rockies game, and write an article about it. There is, sadly, no information about whether or not lots of marijuana is the thing that can make Dinger tolerable.
Finally, a baseball jersey with a big chihuahua face on it
I demand as many pictures of Jeff Francoeur wearing this uniform as can be stored on computers.