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San Francisco Giants Link Dump, 8/5

The same year, the same Earth, only different link dumps

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"Nice center fielder. It'd be a shame if something happened to him solely because I'm a dick"
"Nice center fielder. It'd be a shame if something happened to him solely because I'm a dick"
Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

It's a big birthday here at McCovey Chronicles. Giants legend Travis Denker turns 29 today. You know, he has a career OPS+ of 111. Take a flier on him. He might still have something left!

93-year-old man and his wife traveling to all road San Francisco Giants games
At the beginning of the season, CSN would show these two multiple times per broadcast. As I'm naturally resistant to things being shoved down my throat (TWSS), I got tired of them very quickly. Fortunately, the video and commentary on them seems to have abated, so I can go back to thinking it's a nice story and a fun thing for a 93-year-old to do. The only drawback is that it's strongly implied that one of them has a negative opinion of Barry Bonds, which cuts into my enjoyment of the story, since now I can obviously only the other one.


The Diamondbacks’ Disgrace, or: A List of Things Kirk Gibson Can Kiss
Am I going out of my way to link things about how awful the Diamondbacks are? Yes! Yes I am. After all, Andrew McCutchen is hurt now, and he'll be out for several weeks, and that little incident where Kirk Gibson really wanted everyone to know what a big man he is might have had something to do with it. There's no proof that's the case, but I'm ignoring that, because it doesn't fit in with my narrative. You might think that's dickish of me, but Kirk Gibson ignored all rational thought when he decided to plunk McCutchen, so I'm still coming out ahead here.


Your Body on Brain Doping
A new advance in medical science could mean that the next frontier in performance enhancement will be altering your brain so that you don't know your muscles are tired. I foresee only positive results from this possibility; professional athletes will undoubtedly sense their physical limits and stop working out before they hurt themselves. If there's one thing these guys are known for, it's knowing when to stop.


Controversial Sabermetrician Posits That There Is No Such Thing As Baseball
We've all suspected this for a long time, based on factors like Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and the improbability of a person actually being named Goose Gossage. And now, finally, the science is catching up to our hunches. Just goes to show that sometimes you don't need stats.


The Coen Bros. Game - Baseball Style
Nothing more foolish than a man chasin' his hat