Listen To Spring Training Games Without A Radio

Ladies, gentlemen, I’ve found a way to listen to Spring Training games online for those of you that can’t listen on the radio. What you’ll need to do is head on over to the link below,Image  and you’ll create an mlb.com account. Then you’ll need to head over to the second link, and find the Giants game on the scoreboard. Click the Listen icon, and you’ll be able to listen to the game. This only works for Spring games, which is good enough.

Register: https://secure.mlb.com/enterworkflow.do?flowId=registration.ajax.wizard&c_id=mlb
Scoreboard: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/scoreboard/index.jsp

Interview with Giants Second Baseman Brock Bond

Giants Nation

December 5th, 2012

Brock Bond is a second baseman in the San Francisco Giants organization who, in 2012, hit .332 in AAA Fresno. Needless to say, those are extremely impressive numbers, and at age 27, he’s definitely due for some time in the majors. We got the chance to ask Bond some questions on Wednesday, and he’s a good guy. Follow him on Twitter: @brockbond1

GN: So you’ve played well in AAA the past 3 years, including a monster 2012 season, how excited are you that you may reach the show next year?

Bond: Yes. That is my goal. I have worked very hard and I hope that I will get a chance.

GN: I’m sure Giants fans will be happy to see you in San Francisco when that day comes.

GN: What have you enjoyed the most during your time as a Giant?

Bond: It’s been fun being around all of the great players they have, and becoming good buddies with a bunch of them, as well as getting instruction from some great coaches like Joe Amalfitano.

GN: The last Giant to have Bond in his name hit 762 career home runs, how do you expect your MLB career to turn out?

Bond: I think it will turn out good. I play hard every game. I’m a little different than Bonds, because he hits home runs and my job is to get on base. I have been consistent in my minor league career and I hope that it will carry over to the show if I get a chance

GN: Favorite teammate from any season of yours?

Bond: Thats a tough question, I wouldn’t say I have a favorite but its been fun playing this past season with my old college roomate Ryan Lollis.

GN: Ryan Lollis eh? A couple of .300 hitters are sure to be buddies, I guess it’s fair to say.

GN: What was your favorite MLB team growing up?

Bond: I grew up in St. Louis as a Cardinals fan, I used to love going down to Busch Stadium with my dad as a youngster.

GN: Who was your favorite player growing up, and what was your best memory of his?

Bond: I don’t really have a favorite player, but I was born on the day Pete Rose broke the hits record and I have always admired the way he played the game. I obviously have not watched him much but from watching highlights of him running over catchers and diving into 3rd, it really motivates me to play the game hard.

GN: What do you prefer as a fan, a pitcher’s duel or an all out slugfest?

Bond: A slugfest of course.

GN: Your walk up music in 2012 was Matisyahu’s One Day, what led you to make this choice? Did it at all inspire your .332 batting average?

Bond: Yeah I think it did. I remember talking to our clubby about finding a walk up song with some substance, and I remember my older brother Brandon who is in the Air Force,playing this song a while back, and thought it was great.

Now it’s time for 2 hand picked questions from MLB Nation followers

Alex from Fresno, CA: What was it like to play in front of Grizzlies fans?

Bond: It was great. They were super nice and supportive through the ups and downs.

Charlie from CA: How much of an inspiration was Ryan Vogelsongs rags to riches story in ’11 to you?

Bond: Well he has quite a story, and a story like that reminds you that there is hope. Getting to the big leagues is hard, and on those days when your down guys stories like his helps you keep going and reminds you to never give up.

GN: Thank you for your time Brock, best of luck in 2013.

Bond: Thanks a lot, I appreciate it

What are your thoughts on our interview with the Giants middle infielder? How will he fare in 2013? Comment below.

Angel Pagan attracting quite a bit of attention this offseason

Matt Criswell

December 1, 2012

Angel Pagan after his stolen base in Game 2 of the 2012 World Series.

Angel Pagan after his stolen base in Game 2 of the 2012 World Series.

This offseason has had teams fighting for players, and it has only just begun. OF Angel Pagan has received two four year contract offers from the Phillies and the Giants. Of course the Giants would love to bring Pagan back to San Francisco especially after the 2012 season in which he batted .288/.338/.440 with 29 steals in 36 chances, 38 doubles and a majors-leading 15 triples, but that kind of season also attracts other teams that will be fighting for a title next season. The Phillies are motivated to put a hot bat in their lineup, especially after the Braves just signed a deal with B.J. Upton.

If the Giants choose to not go with Pagan next season they have a few free agents to choose from, most notably Michael Bourn, Josh Hamilton, and Shane Victorino. The Giants will most likely not go with Hamilton because he is going to want a 4-5 year deal and they won’t want to be tied down to a player who has been injury prone. Shane Victorino is also a risk due to age, while Michael Bourn would definitely put more speed in the line up. His downside would be him not being as effective defensively or with the bat as Pagan. So overall Pagan is probably the best choice for a center fielder in the 2013 season.

The Life of Brian (Wilson)

Geoff Roberts

November 31, 2012

Twitter geeks, baseball nuts and rabid Giants fans alike were ablaze in the fires of fury and outright depression 53 minutes ago. The news of Wilson’s non-tendering spread across the vast interwebs faster than you could say “Tommy John,” with The Beard offering nothing but dead silence on his Twitter account. Not saying that a certain degree of discretion is required in the midst of contract negotiations, but Wilson hasn’t posted a single quote, wisecrack or quip since mid-October.Image

For those who haven’t been following this story, allow me to wind the clock back less than a week to the day when Wilson was faced with a (then) growing possibility of his non-tender status: Tim Brown quoted Wilson as stating that his preference would be to sign on with the Dodgers since his off-season home is in Los Angeles. His alternate choice would be the Red Sox, considering he grew up as a hardcore Boston fan.

Now allow that to settle in for a minute, perhaps go punch a pillow, grab a strong drink and breathe.

Better? Good. Now consider for a moment what the ramifications of making such a statement are considering the atmosphere between LA and San Francisco fans in the past few years. Not exactly pleasant, is it? It would be no stretch of the imagination to say that Wilson’s alarming preference for potential suitors has sent a proverbial tidal wave through the Giants’ fan base, although far too many individuals have taken up near-militaristic opinions in response. Ranging from “bye-bye, Bweezy” to “**** *** ******!!!” (expletives deleted), Giants fans have made no secret over their disdain.

Are these rabid fans correct in their assumptions? Should we consider this announcement as a monumental betrayal? The answer to both questions is a resounding “no.”

Let’s take a look at the knee-jerk reactions swimming around the web right now. Firstly (and there’s absolutely no denying this point), take into account that there are bandwagon fans coming out of both ears right now. That in itself immediately discredits at least 40 to 50% of the negative blabbering. Secondly, those SF fans who have been around longer than 2010 should understand that baseball–first and foremost–is both a corporatocracy and a business. Remember Will Clark heading to Texas after his injury-prone 1992-1993 stretch? He understands the business side of this game, and Wilson obviously does as well. I’m not saying that that fact exonerates him from some of the criticism he’s received, but searching for greener pastures in the midst of a somewhat hostile atmosphere is not only a player’s right, it’s their prerogative.

Regarding the betrayal aspect, the same fact comes into play regarding a player’s responsibilities to their fans: they have none! If a player chooses to approach a rival team, that is their decision and their decision alone. After giving their lives and often their health for the amusement of their fans, athletes hold no responsibility whatsoever to maintain a happy relationship with their fan base. They owe their fans nothing, and those fans should be ashamed at the amount of condemnation they are throwing at Wilson. The Bearded One will forever be a Giants franchise in itself, regardless of who he plays for. Enjoy the time that he was here and, should he be leaving the breezy climes of McCovey Cove, revel in the fact that we were privy to one of the most charismatic and off-the-wall players to ever grace a field. I wish him well whatever the eventual outcome may be.

Brian Wilson to LA?

By Giants Nation

November 28th, 2012

Giants closer Brian Wilson may not spend 2013 in San Francisco, Wilson, a guy with a fastball reaching 97, has said that his first choice should he become a free agent, is to sign with the Dodgers. That’s right. The face of the Giants franchise has publicly announced that his first choice would be to sign with the rival Dodgers. Here’s a picture of him in Dodger blue: Image

Hideous, isn’t it? Or at least it’s that way for Giants fans. What are your thoughts on this possible signing? Will Wilson be able to return to pitching like the dominant closer he was 2 years ago after back to back Tommy John surgeries? If you were an athlete, would you join forces with the rival? Comment below.

Marco Scutaro, the best free agent on the market?

By Giants Nation

November 24, 2012

Marco Scutaro. When fans of other teams hear the name, they think of his World Series clinching RBI single, his .500 NLCS, but most baseball fans forget that the man hit .362 during his time in San Francisco in 2012, .302 overall. So why is he not a more sought after free agent? He’s arguably the clutchest hitter out there, and with only 14 strikeouts in 268 plate appearances, we already know he doesn’t strike out much.

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Other ballclubs are licking their chops at the thought of signing slugger Josh Hamilton, but the Giants second baseman is without a doubt the better investment in my eyes. Whichever team inks him to a 2 year deal(which looks like it’ll be the Giants at this point) will surely enjoy his services.

 

Now, I’m going to make this a bit simpler to those who didn’t have the privilege of seeing him play all year. Because to those of you who haven’t, you probably think I’m insane for taking a 37 year old second baseman over a former AL MVP, but Scutaro can do a lot of things that Hammy simply can not. Scutaro hit .362 in one of the most pitcher friendly ball parks in the majors. Defensively, Scutaro is also the better option. He only made 2 errors at second base in his time with the Giants. Scutaro also can play short and third, not to mention having experience in the outfield and first base. But if you’re into missing out on that but getting some power in your lineup while spending an extra $150M in the process, be my guest.

 

So that explains why there’s not a doubt in my mind that Scutaro is the best free agent on the market, hopefully after reading this, you’ll think the same. This is my first article, so I’ll improve in time, and maybe they’ll be a bit longer. Hope you enjoyed.

Panda Power Packs Punches in Post-Season

  • By Geoff Roberts, Published October 25, 2012

    Let’s admit it already: these guys are having a blast in the post-season. Being in the drivers’ seat after being written off for so long must be undeniably gratifying to a team of what Mr. Sabean so lovingly referred to as “cockroaches”) due to their apparent inability to kick the bucket in the face of adversity). After performances like tonight, it wouldn’t be farfetched to say that a 2012 Series victory would be in the bag. After all, with the Panda belting out 3 taters against one of the best pitchers to ever step onto the mound (after an inspiring regular season total of TWELVE home runs!), who’s to say that we can’t enjoy a little preemptive celebration? Well, allow me to add a little liquid propulsion in that carnivalImage

    – The Giants currently sit pretty as holding the second-most post-season appearances of any team (#1 being held by the beloved New York Yankees). Obviously this doesn’t apply to the same people involved in said post-season appearances, but a solid record bodes well when it comes to managing the ups and downs of a World Series-bound team.

    – The Giants hold a 6-0 record in elimination games this year which, provided the series actually gets that far, bodes very well for the black & orange. These guys know how to play with their backs against the walls, and have proven their resiliency time and time again.

    – Verlander was quashed in game 1. Yeah, this might seem slightly skewed and/or biased, but considering that Detroit’s best starter held a 1.07 ERA in the 2012 post-season until he stepped on the bump by McCovey Cove, this statistic is probably the most indicative of things to come.

    – Zito and Vogelsong both coming into their own at the same time. Now there’s a statistical improbability that any Giant fan is NOT inspired by this…Vogie, who had been facing a hardcore slump in the last 2 months of the regular season, and Zito, who had a fairly typical Zito start to 2012, both pitching with fire and brimstone at the same time?! Now that takes some intervention from the Baseball Gods, if it’s not too bold to say.

    – Pandoval….er, Sandoval joined the likes of the Babe, the Reg, and the Pujols in being one of these select few to knock 3 taters out in a World Series game…but you already knew that, right?

    – I digress, though. People may argue the semantics of quality pitching or quality hitting being more integral to a post-season victory, but I tend to lean toward the offensive side of things (which this team has certainly lacked at times this year). Going into game 1, the Giants held the MLB record for the least number of home runs, and, although Pagan does hold the record for triples this season, the G’s weren’t exactly known for their offensive prowess until the All-Star Game. The Panda Triple (which, ironically, also came courtesy of Justin Verlander) seemed to rally the Giants in a way that wasn’t possible with your everyday bases-clearing blast. Teammates began picking each other up if another was having difficulties. Hits began to string together and become timelier. Purpose began to sink back into everything that the Giants did, and it showed in their gameplay and on their faces.

    – Either way, it’s late and bed is beckoning. Whatever the outcome of game 2, nobody can deny that this has been one hell of a post-season on all accounts, and there will be a ton of quality ball-play left to come. Good night, good luck, and go Giants!