Hello and happy Sunday. I hope it’s just tremendous.
The MLB trade deadline is on Monday. I don’t expect the Giants to sell, but it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if they did. Which means you should have just a little shred of dread — even if you advocate selling — that the team will get broken up.
Not because they look destined to win their fourth World Series in 11 years. Just because they’re fun to watch, which is something I didn’t really anticipate.
I was looking forward to the year, because I thought it would be fun to see the development of players like Jaylin Davis, Mauricio Dubon, and Joey Bart. What I wasn’t expecting was to so greatly enjoy watching Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Evan Longoria, Wilmer Flores, Kevin Gausman, Trevor Cahill, Tyler Anderson, Tyler Rogers, Donovan Solano, and yes, of course, Mike Yastrzemski. And others!
I’m not going to proclaim that the Giants are good, but they’ve been good lately, having won eight of their last 11. But perhaps more importantly, they’ve just been a fun thing to put on every day.
I’ll take it. As will you, because you don’t have any choice, do you.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
August 30, 1998: Against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bonds hit 2 solo home runs off of Curt Schilling. A 4th inning shot gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, and a 7th inning blast cut their deficit to 5-2. They would lose 5-4. They were his 29th and 30th homers of the year.
August 30, 1999: Against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bonds hit 2 home runs. A solo home run in the 1st inning off of Robert Person tied the game 1-1, and Jeff Kent would make it back-to-back dingers. A 2-run shot in the 10th inning off of Billy Brewer scored Bill Mueller and walked it off for the Giants, giving them a 6-4 win. They were his 27th and 28th homers of the year.
August 30, 2000: Against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Jimmy Anderson. It gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, and they would win 2-0. It was his 39th homer of the year.
August 30, 2003: Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Randy Johnson. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, and they would win 2-1. It was his 40th homer of the year.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
City of San Francisco planning World Series Game 6 broadcast at Civic Center Plaza (Oct. 27, 2014 — Grant Brisbee)
- Jesse Sanchez on Gabe Kapler and the Giants being proud to honor Jackie Robinson (MLB)
- Kerry Crowley on the curious case of Chris Shaw (Mercury News)
- John Shea on why the Giants should go all in on trades this year (SF Chronicle)
- Mark W. Sanchez on the belief that the Giants players have in their playoff run (KNBR)
- Ali Thanawalla on how Evan Longoria isn’t thinking about the end of his career (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Jessica Kleinschmidt on why ex-Giant Cameron Rupp thinks Buster Posey is an ‘unbelievable human’ (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Steve Kroner on Gabe Kapler’s confidence in Alex Dickerson (SF Chronicle)
- Kerry Crowley has a trade deadline primer (Mercury News)
- Brian Witt on Farhan Zaidi’s reason for adding Chris Shaw to the player pool (NBC Sports Bay Area)
Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone.