Chad attended SF Giants' Media Day at AT&T Park where a group of reporters huddled around newly acquired outfielder Andrew McCutchen. "Cutch" as he is often called, talks about Roberto Clemente, how he got his number 22, and the similarities and differences between PNC and AT&T Park, among many other subjects.
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Chad sat down for a one on one interview with San Francisco Giants' new third baseman, Evan Longoria. Evan answers questions about his new home, the new ballpark, and the new fans.
Look for additional interviews with Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Bruce Bochy.
It's true, the Giants' pitchers and catchers are reporting in less in a week. A few mere days until we can claim that we smell the fresh cut grass and hear the crack of the bat echo through our collective skulls.
Until then, Eric and Chad talk about Barry Bonds' #25 being retired in August, despite not being the Hall of Fame (a Giant requisite for a retired number), the clash between the MLB players' association and MLB about the lack of free agent signings, Chad will be covering the Giants at Media Day on Friday, and Eric has been writing a metric ton on torturecast.com. Seriously. Go there. Read it. It's good stuff!
What a horrendous day. Just coming off the news from Puerto Rico, then comes the Vegas shooting and now Tom Petty. Let's talk about baseball, shall we?
Chad, Eric and Willie reflect on the end of the 2017 season for the Giants, including what went wrong, how they may address it, Pablo's season-ending walk-off and how that affects the draft, and of course, Matt Cain's last start. Chad talks about covering Cain's last start and Eric shares a poignant moment he had with his father when they watched Matt Cain and Barry Bonds beat the Cubs in Chicago.
We also dwell upon the impending playoffs and offer up our predictions. Chad and Willie both predict Houston and Washington making it to the World Series with Houston winning it all, while Eric thinks the Dodgers will hoist the Tiffany trophy after defeating the Astros. (GOD I hope Eric is wrong)
That means it'll be the Twins vs the Rockies in the World Series, of course.
We'll be back in a week or two to reflect on the playoffs, then again after the World Series before we head into the hot stove season.
Although we didn't dwell on the hurricane in Texas, we wanted to mention that thousands, if not more, people, are being severely affected by this storm. Please, donate money, pray, do whatever you can to help those in harm's way.
As far as baseball, Chad and Eric reconnect with Ben to discuss recent developments in Giants-land from their earliest and official elimination from the West, being swept by Arizona, Kontos to the Pirates, Cain getting bombed...wait a minute, jeez, sounds like we didn't have fun! But actually, any time you get three guys talking baseball, no matter how depressing it may seem, it's actually quite enjoyable, because you know what, there's real life like in Texas.
We do also dwell on more positive topics like the player's weekend uniforms and the Giants mega-interest in Stanton (like that's going to happen).
So, we lost track of the number. 127, 128...it's about the same difference as in Matt Moore's expected and real ERA.
Speaking of Moore, we talk about the huge disappointment he's been, among other Giants. They are flirting with a 100 loss season, but are throwing in the towel with the youth movement, DFA'ing Connor Gillaspie, sending down Hwang, and calling up Suarez, Jones, Parker and others. If Beede and Arroyo weren't hurt, we just might have the RiverCats playing out the rest of the Giants' season!
And yes, we talk about the reunion with the Panda, and trading away a solid player in Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox for some pocket lint that may not amount to anything.
At least we can look forward to 2034?
Happy birthday, America!
To celebrate, the Giants have won six in a row, and have mystified some Giants' fans who seem to think "there's a chance" of making the playoffs.
No. That's not going to happen.
But, that's no reason to not celebrate this winning streak, the bullpen, and the timely hitting! I mean, even a guy who goes 1 for 10 with a homerun celebrates that dinger, right?
Eric and Chad talk about what's gone right for the Giants, why they should trade Cueto, Posey's selection to the All Star team, the homerun derby, and who's hot and who's not.
Stay safe out there! Don't blow off any fingers and don't drink and drive.