The 2016 World Series Started in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

On the occasion of the San Francisco Giants’ annual visit to Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the following regarding their victory in San Francisco last year in the National League Division Series:

“I’m telling you, man, Game 4 pretty much won the World Series. I did not want to see Mr. . . . → Read More: The 2016 World Series Started in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

A Valuable Discovery – The Spot For Autographs, by Chuck Strom

On my visit to AT&T Park last month, I was watching the Giants take batting practice when I noticed something important: players would come to the end of the dugout to sign autographs. Armed with this knowledge, I arrived early enough to be one of the first people in the gates when they opened . . . → Read More: A Valuable Discovery – The Spot For Autographs, by Chuck Strom

Two Games For the Price of One: The San Francisco Giants Play 17 Innings On Orange Friday, by Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto

Last Friday, the San Francisco Giants played the Cincinnati Reds in a game that went 17 innings and ended after midnight, when Buster Posey hit a home run and allowed everyone remaining to go home and get some much needed sleep. I stayed for 14 of those innings, leaving only because I . . . → Read More: Two Games For the Price of One: The San Francisco Giants Play 17 Innings On Orange Friday, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner in Dirt Bike Accident, by Chuck Strom

Just heard that Giant pitcher Madison Bumgarner just banged up his ribs and pitching shoulder on a dirt bike. Out six to eight weeks. A “What were you thinking?” moment if there ever was one. Reminiscent of former Giant second baseman Jeff Kent’s injury from popping wheelies during spring training in 2002. The Giants . . . → Read More: Madison Bumgarner in Dirt Bike Accident, by Chuck Strom

April Baseball: Life In The Club Section, and Matt Cain Lives For Another Day, by Chuck Strom

For those who like to attend professional sports, the world has become increasingly segregated, with stadiums featuring luxury boxes and exclusive club sections with comforts and amenities above what is normally available to the average fan. Fortunately, at least at AT&T Park in San Francisco, it is possible occasionally to crash the party . . . → Read More: April Baseball: Life In The Club Section, and Matt Cain Lives For Another Day, by Chuck Strom

The San Francisco Giants Pay Off Their Mortgage, by Chuck Strom

Found this item today buried in a Ringer article about the Oakland Raiders and their pending move to Las Vegas: the San Francisco Giants just sent their last mortgage check for AT&T Park without even issuing a new release to mark the occasion:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Giants-pay-off-AT-T-Park-prepare-for-another-10952512.php

The windfall isn’t expected to impact the Giants greatly. The . . . → Read More: The San Francisco Giants Pay Off Their Mortgage, by Chuck Strom

A Giant Collapse, And The Cubs Move On, by Chuck Strom

Buster Posey, 1st inning

The ninth inning of last night’s Game 4 of the recently concluded series between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs was as brutal a finish to a game as I’ve ever witnessed. Five Giant relief pitchers combined to cough up four runs and render what had been . . . → Read More: A Giant Collapse, And The Cubs Move On, by Chuck Strom

The October Giants are Back, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner

It’s a good thing I don’t make my living as a prophet.

I expected last night’s Giants/Mets game to go something like this: Madison Bumgarner would give up a run or two early, as he often does when settling into a game, and that would have been the difference as Noah Syndergaard . . . → Read More: The October Giants are Back, by Chuck Strom

The Even Year Magic Is Not Quite Over Yet, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner

The San Francisco Giants, as they did in 2014, managed to slip into the very last available postseason spot and earn themselves a road trip for a do-or-die playoff. With five wins out of their last six games, they are looking better of late than for most of the season since the . . . → Read More: The Even Year Magic Is Not Quite Over Yet, by Chuck Strom

Bay Area Sports Notes, by Chuck Strom

noah syndergaard

On Sunday, we got a definitive evaluation of Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers, and the news wasn’t good. Their loss to the Seahawks in Seattle wasn’t nearly as close as the final 37-18 score, since the Niners scored their two touchdowns in what was essentially garbage time in the fourth quarter. The . . . → Read More: Bay Area Sports Notes, by Chuck Strom

Twilight of a Dynasty: The Giants Approach That Good Night, by Chuck Strom

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

–Dylan Thomas

The San Francisco Giants’ even-year championship dynasty is coming to an end. It may seem premature to write their epitaph with two weeks left in . . . → Read More: Twilight of a Dynasty: The Giants Approach That Good Night, by Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto and the Giants are Rolling Right Along, by Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto, whom the San Francisco Giants acquired last winter, is the hands-down best free-agent signing thus far in 2016. Yesterday, he won his tenth game and reduced his season ERA to 2.10, which would actually be about half that total if you subtracted the five-run innings he suffered on two occasions in April . . . → Read More: Johnny Cueto and the Giants are Rolling Right Along, by Chuck Strom

April Baseball in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

I once heard a fan at AT&T Park say that he liked pitching duels when watching baseball on television, but when he was at the park, he wanted to see runs scored. I understood his perspective; hits and baserunners are a lot more interesting from the upper deck than a continual succession of pitches . . . → Read More: April Baseball in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

2016 Giants Fan Fest: The Future is Now, by Chuck Strom

Fan Fest

One person much on people’s minds at last Saturday’s San Francisco Giants Fan Fest wasn’t even in the house. For the first time since 2008, the Giants are beginning their season without one of the most iconic players in their history: Tim Lincecum. Questions on his status came up in several of . . . → Read More: 2016 Giants Fan Fest: The Future is Now, by Chuck Strom

A Farewell to Timmy? by Chuck Strom

This recent post in Grantland is a nice take on the news that Tim Lincecum may have thrown his last pitch for the San Francisco Giants due to his recent injuries.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2015-mlb-tim-lincecum-san-francisco-giants-career/

Lincecum 2012 NLDS

I would add that somehow the Giants should find a way to get him out onto the field at . . . → Read More: A Farewell to Timmy? by Chuck Strom

View From The Skybox: The Chicago Cubs Are For Real, by Chuck Strom

My brother, who works in San Francisco, got an invitation to see the Giants play the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night from a luxury skybox. The accommodations were nice: no standing in line for bathrooms or concessions here. The play on the field, at least for Giants fans, was not. Pitcher Matt Cain didn’t have . . . → Read More: View From The Skybox: The Chicago Cubs Are For Real, by Chuck Strom

Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom

Buster Posey RBI

Last Thursday was Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park. Before the game a cover band serenaded the fans from the top of the visitor’s dugout, and Bill Walton, the world’s most famous Deadhead, showed up to announce a $23,000 donation to Grateful Dead Charities. Lots of good feelings to be had, . . . → Read More: Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom

The Sacramento River Cats: 85 Miles From the Major Leagues, by Chuck Strom

Game Action

At the end of last season, the baseball Triple-A Sacramento River Cats changed their major league affiliate from the Oakland A’s to the San Francisco Giants. Naturally, this enhanced their appeal greatly for me, so I paid them a visit. Raley Field, a 10,000-seat ballpark, gets good online reviews, and I rated . . . → Read More: The Sacramento River Cats: 85 Miles From the Major Leagues, by Chuck Strom

Throw Day for Madison Bumgarner, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner

One of the benefits of arriving early at the ballpark is that sometimes you get treated to a little extra entertainment for the price of your ticket. Yesterday was Madison Bumgarner’s between-starts throwing day. There weren’t many fans in the park yet, but most of those who were crowded near the Giants . . . → Read More: Throw Day for Madison Bumgarner, by Chuck Strom

An Uncharacteristic Day at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom

James Shields

Lately, the San Francisco Giants have followed their usual script of good pitching and weak hitting, as illustrated by the last three starts by Madison Bumgarner, losses by scores of 2-0, 1-0, and 3-2. They are doing much better in the standings than they should, mostly because they have owned the NL . . . → Read More: An Uncharacteristic Day at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom