Hello everybody, Happy Friday. I hope getting to the end of the week feels nice.
On Thursday, Barry M. Bloom of Variety reported that the San Francisco Giants have finally — and quietly — broke ground on their Mission Bay real estate project.
The $2.5 billion project across from McCovey Cove has been in the works for a very long time, and figures to make the organization a metric [redacted] ton of money. It’s one reason to be optimistic about the Giants future — they’ll have so much money coming in outside of baseball, that they have no reason to not just go crazy on free agents (spoiler: they won’t).
From the report:
While MLB has remained idle because of the Coronavirus, the Giants have been working on the mixed-use development project with the City of San Francisco and Port of San Francisco. The process was born in 2005, five years after the ballpark opened. Since then it has navigated a maze of public referendums, approval processes and financing models.
On a 27-acre lot of flat tarmac and home to 2,000 parking spots will rise 10 buildings accommodating retail space and apartment rentals, a parking garage and a five-acre park during the next seven- to eight years. The Giants and New York-based development firm Tishman Speyer are 50-50 partners on the project.
And we’re off.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
May 22, 2001: Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 9th inning off of Russ Springer, scoring Rich Aurilia. It cut the Giants deficit to 12-7, and they would lose 12-8. It was his 24th homer of the year.
May 22, 2002: Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 6th inning off of Eddie Oropesa, scoring Ramon Martinez. It gave the Giants a 7-4 lead, and they would win 12-5. It was his 16th homer of the year.
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- Alex Pavlovic on how the Giants are open to using prospects given the expanded rosters in 2020 (NBC Sports Bay Area)
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- Keith Law looks back at the first-round busts from 2010 (The Athletic, subscription required)
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Have a great Friday, everyone