Chris Quick, who runs the ESPN-affiliated Bay City Ball, has invited me to write for his site and I’ve accepted. Needless to say, I’m very excited about the opportunity to start writing over there. My first post, on the Angel Pagan signing, is already up.
Anyway, this also means the end of Giants Nirvana. I’m not good with good-byes — and besides, this isn’t entirely good-bye, as I’ll still be writing elsewhere — so I’ll be brief…
To anyone that’s ever stopped by here to read anything of mine: Thank you. It’s been a fun ride.
On June 13th, Matt Cain threw a perfect game. Thanks to A+E Home Entertainment/MLB Productions, it’s now on DVD. I was contacted by an A&E Networks Home Entertainment representative the other day, and she was kind enough to offer a couple copies of the DVD to give away through the site.
First of all, here’s a description of the contents of the DVD (BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS FIRST PERFECT GAME):
June 13, 2012, AT&T Park Pitching ace Matt Cain threw the first perfect game in franchise history when he overwhelmed the Houston Astros with a masterful performance at AT&T Park. Cain dominated with 14 strikeouts to match Sandy Koufax (September 9, 1965) for the most ever in a perfect game, while tossing only the 22nd perfect game in Major League Baseball history. San Francisco Giants fans marveled at Cain’s 125-pitch classic on this historic night. The defense made several terrific plays, and he otherwise scattered six groundball outs and seven flyball outs to shut down Houston. The impressive performance further links Cain to the franchise’s proud heritage as Christy Mathewson spun a Giants no-hitter in 1905–on June 13th no less. Direct from the Major League Baseball archives, this extraordinary television broadcast includes every pitch of Cain’s historic and masterful performance. A special audio feature allows fans to watch the television broadcast and listen to the Giants Radio Network announcers!
Now, here’s how you can win a copy…
Today, the Giants begin a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers. You will need to correctly predict the following:
1) Which team will win the series.
2) How many games in the series the Giants will win.
3) How many runs, in total, the Giants will score over these three games.
4) And finally, how many hits Brandon Belt will have in the series.
The two winners will be determined by the first question. In the event of a tie (three or more correct answers), question #2 will serve as a tie-breaker. In the event of yet another tie, question #3 will serve as a tie-breaker. And so on for #4.
As a final tie-breaker, the winners will be determined by priority based on when their comment is posted. (For example, if three people answer the first three correctly, but miss the fourth question, then the winners would be the first two to post the correct ones.) In order to enter, just leave a comment with your four predictions. It’s that simple. Although I’m sure I made it sound a lot more complicated than it is.
After the series is over, I’ll announce the winners in a post on this website and on Twitter as well. Oh yeah, and the contest closes once tonight’s game starts, so — what are you waiting for?!
In a surprising move today, the Giants cut 2B Mike Fontenot. Fontenot came over in an August trade with the Cubs for OF Evan Crawford. Last year he hit .227/.304/.377 in 252 PA’s. His release likely solidifies Ryan Theriot’s roster spot as well as gives Joaquin Arias and Brett Pill an easier path to a spot on the opening day roster. Were it up to me I would have started Fontenot on opening day and platooned him with Ryan Theriot until Freddy Sanchez was healthy. I find this move to be a bit odd, but given the lack of depth among middle infielders, Philadelphia or Atlanta may end up bringing Fontenot in.