Good morning, happy Friday, Happy May, insert NSYNC joke here.
Today I would like to talk with you about jerseys. This week has been jersey theme week at SB Nation, with each site taking that prompt in their own direction. You can click on the tag at the top of the article and see what other people are doing and saying, if jerseys are your thing.
I wanted to ask the simple, basic question: What is your favorite San Francisco Giants jersey?
I’m a sucker for the basic, clean, white home jerseys. They’re so beautiful. But my preference goes beyond just the color scheme. I think baseball jerseys look best on pitchers. Baseball jerseys are a little bit funny looking, and the pitcher mechanics — the long stride, the twisting upper body, and the torque generated — tend to make the jerseys look better.
As a result, my favorite jersey ever is Tim Lincecum’s home jersey. His ridiculous stride and gymnastics really pulls on the jersey, and both the letters and numbers look awesome when stretched from both sides. Add in the fact that 55 is an extremely aesthetically pleasing number (in my eyes), and you’ve got my favorite jersey ever: a home white Tim Lincecum jersey.
On a semi-sidenote, I found this picture while searching for the article photo:
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
What do you think?
May 1, 1996: Against the San Diego Padres, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning off of Fernando Valenzuela, scoring Mark Gardner. It gave the Giants a 3-2 lead, but they would lose 9-4. It was his 12th home run of the year.
May 1, 1998: Against Atlanta, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning off of Greg Maddux, scoring Bill Mueller. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, but they would lose 6-2. It was his 6th home run of the year.
May 1, 2000: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit a 3-run home run in the 6th inning off of Rich Rodriguez, scoring Calvin Murray and Bill Mueller. It gave the Giants a 9-0 lead, and they would win 10-3. It was his 11th home run of the year, and the first Splash Hit in the history of McCovey Cove.
- Alex Pavlovic, with a passage from Joan Ryan’s book “Intangibles,” about how Barry Bonds purposely hit milestones at home (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Bill Ladson on how Monte Irvin was almost the player to break the color barrier (MLB)
- Ian McMahan on the correlation between fastball velocity and Tommy John surgery, with a portion about Tyler Beede (The Athletic, subscription required)
- ESPN writers tackle the biggest debate about each MLB franchise (ESPN)
- Podcast: Alex Pavlovic, Joan Ryan, and Mike Krukow talk about Giants chemistry (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Podcast: Grant Brisbee and Andrew Baggarly answer questions about the state of the franchise (The Athletic, free)
Have a terrific Friday, everyone.