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south·paw (southpô) n. Slang A left-handed person, especially a left-handed baseball pitcher.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004  


While Pittsburg gets its second All-Star Game in 12 years, San Francisco is still waiting. Apparantly, a lower capacity similar stadium in a town that previous hosted only a dozen years ago is a better fit than Pac Bell, er SBC Park.

At least ESPN lists PBP as a likely candidate for an All-Star game . . . even if Selig won't. Unfortunately, it looks like Bonds may not be a Giant by the time SF gets the honor.

12:49 PM

Tuesday, July 20, 2004  

"Gamers", Vengeance, and Thoughts

John Perricone over at OBM has his take on John Olerud vs. JT Snow. He also comments on "gamers" . . . which oddly enough Peter Gammons just headlined his latest column with.

Meanwhile, Bill Simmons (a.k.a. The Sports Guy) posted his Vengeance Scale . . . primarily influenced by the recent Shaq trade in the NBA. There's a few baseball references in there.

And now for some random thoughts, while not posting in months...

  • With Bonds breaking the all-time walk record BEFORE THE ALL STAR BREAK, isn't this "Walk Barry" strategy going too far? It's not like the G-men have been in a free-fall with Bonds getting walked so much, so how is this still an acceptable strategy? I think this links in with John Perricone's "gamer" theory.

  • Seeing Bonds go 0-2 in the All Star Game, I wondered if it would cause Managers to realize that they could get him out if they just TRIED. Time will tell, but I'm not holding my breath.

  • Southpaw Jr. can roll over on his own already (shattering all published timetables). No solid indication of his "southpawness", however.

  • I look at the Giants roster, and look at the standings . . . can anyone explain this to me? Can we stop the whole "Bonds doesn't make his teammates better" argument?

  • If the A-Rod/Maggs deals had gone through for Boston, and they were still 7 games behind the "Empire" . . . would Boston turn on A-Rod like Nomar, or is it just Nomar?

  • PREDICTION: Randy Johnson will not finish the season in the AL East (unless a third team gets involved)

  • PREDICTION: Larry Walker, Kerry Wood, and Mark Prior will NOT be traded.

  • PREDICTION: The Giants will win the NL West (barring a major trade by SD or LA). BOLD, I know.

  • Question: Who told Carlos Delgado that it's NOT a good idea to be on a contender in a contract year? Toronto's NOT resigning him unless he's taking a 3/4 paycut, so it's not like he's doing this to finish his career in Canada. I just don't get it.
More to come.

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