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San Francisco: The Cure for Whatever Ails You

April 9, 2007

Feeling a little blue, are you? Three days in Milwaukee not everything you dreamed it could be? Need a pick-me-up? A special elixir, perhaps?

Why, San Francisco, of course. The City by the Bay, the Jewel of the West, the Barbary Coast. All that crap. You know; go for air, stay for the Giants. You’re bound to leave in better shape than when you got there. Just ask the bounce-in-their-step Los Angeles Dodgers.

There’s nothing like beating the Giants in Frisco. Yeah, a sweep in Candlestick was cooler than just about anything that might happen in AT&T, but still. This was pretty damn fun. Watching Barry Bonds lumber around in left like it’s Oldtimer’s Day, and out standing on a close play at second. Right up there with Pete Rose doing that obnoxious snag at a fly ball thing he used to do, only to drop it.

And how ‘bout that Barry Zito, huh? Beat L.A., my ass. The Dodgers beat the bleep out of San Francisco. They smacked them upside the head; made them look like a bunch of old men, which, come to think of it, they are.

L.A. did it with the bats and the bench, with defense, and a team’s worth of pitching. While it was nice that Randy Wolf, like Nomar Garciaparra, went out of his way to express a desire to play for the hometown team, it's beating the Giants your first turn in Frisco that really makes you a Dodger.

But you might not want to listen to me on that one. I said the same thing about another guy who beat the Giants his first two times out as a Dodger pitcher. His name? Dave Goltz…

Talkback: Your comments are always encouraged…

On the flip side, a weekend in the City isn’t a 100 % cure-all. Juan Pierre sure looked confused out there, and like Luis Gonzales said about himself, he has lost a step in the field. But the man can still hit (lefties, righties, whatever), so the man plays. I’ve seen enough of Grady Little and Ned Colletti to trust their judgment on a bunch of things. I mean, this ain’t Jim Tracy and Paul DePodesta we’re talking about…

Media Savvy: Since the Main Squeeze and I relocated to San Diego during the winter, I pretty much had to spring for the Extra Innings package, in order to get the Dodgers telecasts. Rupert Murdoch had me by the balls, so forgive me. Little did I know that within minutes of my switching to satellite, Major League Baseball would cave, and give the thing right back to cable. Now I can’t get the bleeping Padres, which I only need for the blog, OK, nor will I get the games between the Dodgers and Pads. Thank you, MLB.

And dig this. Extra Innings features home team audio, which in and of itself isn’t all that bad. I mean, Mike Krukow at the Giants mike is pretty damn good, actually. Better than Rick Monday, anyway. Krukow and whoever the other guy was were recalling the opening of Pac Bell in 2001, another series swept by the Dodgers, and talking about Kevin Elster’s three homers in one game. Priceless stuff.

Plus there’s the trivia question (see below) we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. But two of the three games in Milwaukee aired with the Brewers announcers, neither of which featured Bob Uecker. Kinda defeats the point...

They're circling the wagons already in San Francisco. And this one was written before the weekend series was decided. Here's Dave Del Grande’s “Hope Giants are out of it early,” on InsideBayArea.com.

Trivia: What Giants left-hander holds the club record for wins over the Dodgers?

 Where Are They Now: “Luke Hochevar gave up five runs -- four earned -- in 4 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss for Double-A Wichita…Unusually poor command for the first overall pick in the 2006 draft Hochevar walked four and threw a wild pitch while getting outpitched by Corpus Christi's Troy Patton.” From Rotoworld.

Meanwhile, old friend J.D. Drew is hitting .391 and hasn’t missed a game as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Yeah, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place. Just be patient, please. It’s early…

Masters: Forget the golf. I still say the “Tiger Slam” sounds like a meal at Denny’s…

Angels? Don’t care…

Investors Wanted: Yep, we’re still looking. Invest a thimble full of venture capital today, major league minimum tomorrow…

Statue for Sandy: The Koufax in bronze campaign continues. Please Vote “Yes on 32.” And tell a friend…

Trivia Answer: Mike McCormick, whom you may remember as the NL Cy Young Award winner in 1967, beat the Dodgers 15 times during his Giants career...

Remember, glove conquers all….

 

 

 

 

 

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