By now you’ve heard the story about Miles, a five-year old with leukemia, got help from the Make-A-Wish foundation and the City of San Francisco to make an epic dream of dreams go down by transforming San Francisco into Gotham City. Miles became the Bat Kid, or #BatKid/#SFBatKid, and helped defeat the Riddler, and a foul plot by the Penguin was foiled when the villain captured and tied up Lou Seal at AT&T Park. Want to know more about Miles’ story from the Make-A-Wish foundation’s site? Too bad!
For the plot that really only involves the Giants, we’ll start with the Penguin, whom I thought was being played by beat writer Henry Schulman at first, was caught on camera by the SFPD capturing Lou Seal:
The Penguin kidnapped Lou Seal! Bat-Kid help! pic.twitter.com/yoIiZFOfKY
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) November 15, 2013
Beat writers got into the action:
Of course the Giants had the coverage covered:
Miles saves the day!
Big day for anybody, much less a five-year old superhero!
The outpouring of support from organizations all over the place came in, and the Dodgers were early in line to show that the on-field rivalry is only that:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 15, 2013
Another division rival chimed in, giving their support to Miles:
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) November 15, 2013
The Padres tweeted out their cheers:
The new World Series Champs mascot, Wally gave his thanks to Miles for rescuing his friend while holding a Batman action figure. Pretty awesome.
All the way from Colorado:
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) November 15, 2013
Saw this picture and there was dust everywhere!
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) November 15, 2013
And then why not finish it off with a shoutout from the President:
— Make-A-Wish Bay Area (@SFWish) November 15, 2013
I wasn’t tracking this as it was going on, but I can only imagine what an experience it was for everyone involved, whether volunteering, cheering in the streets, or cheering from home. What a fantastic event put on for one human being.
You have your choice of whom you want to refer to for your coverage of the Damon Bruce “feminization of sports” saga: friend of the blog Bay Area Sports Guy has had the business covered, and he notes multiple sites have caught notice of the rant, including now ESPN sports journalist Keith Olbermann:
I know you’ve seen the title of the article, but let us not kid that we know the population that is being targeted with all this: women. Women will be in a fight for who knows how long just to prove the sports sandbox is not a “Men Only” sandbox, but that if you enjoy sports, or if you have an informed opinion about sports, you should be able to play in that sandbox, too. Women have had, have, and will have a hell of an uphill battle, and if the male gender can get over their insecurities of whether or not They Are A Man, that, I believe will decide how quickly women can be equals on the sports.
This idea of what it takes to be a man, thus, makes “sensitive males” or guidance counselors, therapists, psychologists, natural targets for the so-called “wussification” of sports. Let me begin with the sensitive males piece — I’m not one anybody would consider emotionally strong. With the spotlight on me at community events or family events I have been seen crying multiple times, a sign of weakness to A Man or those that have an idea of what A Man should be, no doubt. I take what people say personally, and I hold grudges against people that have made what I perceived as stupid, insensitive moves towards me, my wife, my friends, or my family. I believe that the sense of right and wrong should carry more weight than “the way it’s always been” mentality, and that irks a lot of people, mainly people that have problems with change. My sensitivity towards what’s right and what’s wrong will clash with sports world quite often, and if it were up to me a lot of times, people would probably hate me for coddling sports players from the dangers of the game. I issue no apologies for thinking about player safety.
As a guidance counselor, even in my first three months of work, I’ve received a couple complaints on bullying. There is a “snitches get stitches” mentality out there, and so students don’t want to turn into a kid that will be publicly shamed, and I can see where that comes from. I am not saying the rhyme isn’t true, but I will say that it is not helping, and it is something I am busy combating. The number one priority for a school should be that their students feel safe on their campus. If a student does not feel safe due to another person, I want to know that information, and I want to help intervene, since that process will normally get handed off to a vice/assistant principal. If students do not feel safe on campus, how can they concentrate on their work? How can they concentrate on their day-to-day life? Are they considering self-harm due to their feeling of not being able to tell anybody? If a student offs him/herself but never snitched, is there any reasonable human being out there that’s going to say, “At least s/he was not a snitch.” Absolutely not. It is rather, “What could we have done to help this student?” If a football player came to me and said, “Mr. Jones, student XYZ has been saying things comparable to Incognito,” I, and any other counselor that cares about their student, will stop what they’re doing to take record of the student’s complaint, and speak about ways of dealing with these actions if the school is unable to lay it down on student XYZ. I will not worry that football is a big money maker or that if you can’t handle a little hazing, get out of the locker room. So what if a student “can’t handle” what another kid is dishing out, does that take away what the student that issued the complaint can contribute to society? Sports may be life to some, but life should be above sports for all.
I am proud to waive a red flag more often than radio hosts like Damon Bruce when I believe something may not be right. I believe the profession I am in contributes to the advancement of society through the students on the campus I work at. If that costs the Man Card to take a hit every other day, so be it. I have no interests in your insecurities and douchebaggery. Everybody should be able to define being themselves in their own way — there is not a checklist for being A Man in character. I am sorry I’m ruining sports with my feelings, Damon Bruce, but I’m not going anywhere.
Oh, and, women aren’t going away, either. Let it be known that I will make it a point to smile when you, Damon Bruce, are replaced by a woman. A more than capable, more than competent, respectable sports fan with feelings woman.
Unbeknownst to me since I spend only a couple hours on the internet a day outside of my workspace, there is a garage sale of Astrodome materials and memorabilia going on at this very moment on Saturday, November 2nd. The cause, which can be read more about here, is to go to the Astrodome Renovation Project, and apparently Harris County is also voting on a $217MM renovation project this Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights already from this garage sale:
People have been showing up:
— Bun DBS (@deathbysexy) November 2, 2013
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) November 2, 2013
— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) November 2, 2013
— Chip Rives (@chiprives) November 2, 2013
Just from social media, though, it appears that people buying memorabilia as opposed to sitting in the auction seats may be experiencing some frustrations:
@AstrosCounty I gave up on seats. Been here five hours. Plus the checkouts are awful.
— Craig Hlavaty (@CraigHlavaty) November 2, 2013
— Matt Musil (@KHOUSportsMatt) November 2, 2013
On deck circles are cool, but $2,300 cool? Maybe it’s a good investment since the Expos don’t exist anymore. I do wonder how much that Giants circle will go for though…
— Phillip Mena (@phillipmenaKPRC) November 2, 2013
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) November 2, 2013
— Phillip Mena (@phillipmenaKPRC) November 2, 2013
So there’s a peek into what’s going on in one part of Texas today. The Houston Chronicle just published some photos from the event to take a look at the crazy that is taking place there. Good luck to everybody trying to buy what they did and didn’t go there for.
Sports fans trash talk, and one such fan of the Dodgers took aim at Brandon Belt a few weeks ago:
— Dodger Talk (@Dodger_Talk) September 11, 2013
Belt has been a little quiet on Twitter during the season, so why not start picking it back up again now that the season is over?
— Brandon Belt (@bbelt9) September 30, 2013
Well done, Brandon. Well done.
The Dodgers being their playoff push against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday in Atlanta, where I’m sure all bat flips and admiring of long balls will be ignored by the Braves.
Courtesy of Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins:
Visitor dugout in Oakland. Probably 4″ of standing water/potential sewage. pic.twitter.com/kAZGQx0cfr
— Glen Perkins (@glen_perkins) September 21, 2013
In other probably related news, the Oakland Athletics are scheduled to stay at O.co for the foreseeable future.
Courtesy of Darren Rovell, and the Minnesota Twins organization for this… thing:
More teams need to do the hunting hat giveaway that the Twins had last night pic.twitter.com/qUWIXe8vLo
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 14, 2013
Does this look cool for hunters? If so, really? I feel like this hat screams a lot of things, although none of them being, “I’m going to kill you and look good doing it.”
The credit to this goes to my mother. She enjoys making cakes for our family when there are times of celebration. Last year there was a Giants logo on my cake. This year, however, she may have outdone herself:
Since my birthday is during the week, my parents drove down to celebrate my 28th this weekend. They’re great, and I love them. If you can’t see what’s written on the side of the cake, it says “MVP.” On the back she also wrote “GO GIANTS.” My mom wins. I’ll have a hard time forgetting this one. The cake was also delicious.
This blog started as an outlet for me where I could talk baseball. My life isn’t one where I am surrounded by people that actively talk baseball with me all hours of the day. Maybe that’s my fault, maybe it’s just who I’m around. Still, this blog has become a consistent Top 30 MLBlog, and I wouldn’t have come to this spot without my wife, for she was the one that encouraged me to do this in the first place.
Fansided contacted me shortly after I begun my hobby of writing and invited me on as a contributing writer at their Giants branch of “Around the Foghorn,” and I’ve been contributing four posts a month to them for a little over a year. The former head of the site has moved up within the organization and the most two senior writers after him decided to team up to become co-editors. One of those two peoples is me. The requirements for receiving compensation (which will probably amount to a couple beers a month) is to write at least one post a day, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to do any Giants posts here on this site when I can add up pennies and nickels over time at AtF. Therefore, any Giants baseball-related posts will be posted at Around the Foghorn until further notice.
I am very excited for the opportunity to be one of the heads of a blog that is run by an organization. I’m not sure where this will take me next, but Aaron Somers and the good people at Fansided have chosen to believe in me, and for that I am eternally grateful.
My general MLB material will still show up on this blog, be it MLB debuts of players, brawls of teams, or general opinion pieces that aren’t directly related to the Giants, I still want to keep this blog active because of the support it has received. Fansided has a site dedicated to their MLB-related material (that is not AtF), and while I contributed to them for a few months, I have been allowed to step down to focus on these two blogs.
Without the readers — loyal, first-timers, and everything in between — this blog doesn’t receive the small recognitions it does from MLB.com/blogs, or even that one time I was linked in a sports column of USA Today. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope you will continue to read my material on AtF, and will still stop by this blog when I decided I haven’t had enough of blogging for the day.
To give you some background on why I traveled from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest, my wife and I began an annual tradition that started a few years ago where we would go to a new MLB stadium every year. Just one, not a bunch, because we are not rich. For this year, we decided that Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington/Warshington would be where we’d head, and I have friends in the area, so I knew it would make the trip more enjoyable. In a rare move, I am doing a post not about baseball, but a little bit about what I did in Seattle with my friend and my friends of the Seattle area.
Before booking a hotel in Seattle, it would be best to consult with a local and figure out how close you are to public transportation. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where most people fly into, has a lightrail that connects from the airport, though you’ll have to walk a bit from the South Terminal. The hotel I booked was about 15 minutes south of the airport, so I wasn’t near the lightrail, but I was near an Amtrak. Definitely not the same thing, especially in terms of frequency of trains coming by.
By the way, we flew Virgin America to Seattle from Los Angeles, and that’s my new favorite airline because the ambiance and they have SFG TV on it, which shows features that the San Francisco Giants have produced, whether it’s specials on the 2012 postseason, or the Town Hall meeting before the 2013 season. There’s about 2.5 hours of programming, so if your flight is longer than that, you might want to have another channel ready to go. I did not like that E! was included, because my wife watches Keeping up with the Kardashians, and that show makes me vomit. Overall though, very happy with Virgin America.
Obligatory picture of the Space Needle. We didn’t ride the elevator to ride to the top, but you can go to the Seattle Center if you feel like you want to experience that. I’ve done it when I was much younger, and remember thinking it was cool.
These are pieces at the Glass Museum and this place was absolutely fantastic. Really, can’t say enough good things about this place, and I’m really not a museum/art type of person.
Here’s a picture I believe my wife took. This is a public park not too far away from a community college near Seattle University. We would hang out near Seattle University for much of Saturday after the game. Went to a restaurant called “Poquitos,” and the beer I had was good. If you go to that place, you go there for the social atmosphere, not the Mexican food/drink… or at least if that drink is a horchata. We’re spoiled down here in Southern California.
That area near Seattle University though, cross streets I’d say around 11th and Pike let’s say, is a place for young people, LGBT-friendly peoples, and is pretty hipster-y. We tried hitting up 8 Oz. burgers, but they couldn’t accommodate a group of seven. Next time. I also heard of other solid spots in the area, and so if we go back, I hope we can spend more time there. We would end up having a great grilled cheese at a place called Skillet Diner, I believe.
On Sunday, we walked from my friend’s boyfriend’s place in that aforementioned area down to Pike Place and that was a good 20-30 minute walk to/from the area, but a solid bit of exercise. Going to the market is downhill, and going back is… not. This is a view under some of the area of the Seattle Convention Center.
This was one of two places my wife really wanted to see (the other being the Glass Museum), and so she was stoked to be here. We strolled through the marketplace, lots of expensive things, the fresh flowers smelled great and were priced pretty low, so that would’ve been a good purchase had I been courting someone that day. We also checked out the very first ever Starbucks even though we don’t drink coffee because we’re tourists, after all.
Pike Place Chowder. This place is the business. Holy moly this chowder was so good. Best I’ve had, and the bread was delicious as well. Wife says $20 in total for two bread bowls, and they have four different chowders you could have decided from on that day, and I think that’s the normal number.
I really wish we would have had a week to play in Seattle, but that probably would have required complimentary lodging somewhere, and asking for that makes me a little uncomfortable sometimes. Anyway, should you make your way over to Seattle, I hope you get to check out the Glass Museum and Pike Place Chowder at the very least (and Safeco Field, of course). Very fun weekend, and the weather was pretty great, with Saturday being absolutely beautiful. Thanks to everybody that provided suggestions or hung out with us that made our weekend what it was.
Baseball Reference has a nifty tool where you can check out how Draft Picks rank based off positions, names, years, rounds, franchises, and you can sort it by hits, home runs, stolen bases, whatever. I’m going by BR’s version of Wins Above Replacement, or what some call “bWAR” or “rWAR.” BR has data from 1965, which is when the Draft was first implemented, so I’m going to go as far down as I can to see how high overall Giants Draft Picks have performed at the MLB level, which is difficult to reach itself. I’ll start from the first overall pick and tell you some of the notables and progress all the way to the 30th pick. The Giants will be selecting 25th overall, then 64th overall on Day One of the MLB Draft, which you can see on MLB Network. Their coverage of the Draft will begin at 3PM PST.
1st overall pick — Never picked 1st overall
3rd — Matt Williams (3rd overall, 43.5, 1986)
5th — Buster Posey (8th overall, 14.4, 2008)
6th — Johnnie LeMaster (last place of players that made the MLB, -6.8, 1973)
**The Giants signed a pretty good 6th overall pick once upon a time, he wore the #25 for them, you’ve probably heard of him?
7th — Calvin Murray (down the list, 1.9, 1992)
8th — No 8th pick made the Majors
9th — Alan Cockrell (0.0, 1984) had 8 AB in the bigs
11th — Steve Stanicek (-0.1, 1982) had 16 AB, but it wasn’t for the Giants since he was traded to Milwaukee for Rob DeWolf
12th — Never picked 12th overall
13th — Never picked 13th overall
14th — Al Gallagher (2.2, 1965 — the Giants’ first ever amateur draft pick!)
16th — Mike Remlinger (9.5, 1987), though he was traded for a pitching package of names with an old star to the Seattle Mariners in ’91
17th — Gary Matthews (3rd overall, 27.3, 1968)
18th — Dave Rader (3.5, 1967), and two other guys were just above 0.0.
19th — Rob Dressler (2.0, 1972), though he wasn’t with the professional club long
20th — No 20th pick made the majors, though 2012 pick Chris Stratton hopes to change that
21st — Brad Hennessey (2.3, 2001)
22nd — David Aardsma (1.7, 2003) whom is still active, and only pitched in 11 games for the Gigantes
23rd — Never picked 23rd overall
25th — Matt Cain (2nd overall, 31.5, 2002) and might get his spot taken by the AL Rookie of the Year some day
26th — Never picked 26th overall
27th — Never picked 27th overall
28th — Never picked 28th overall
29th — Ted Wood (near the bottom, -1.1, 1988) didn’t do so well, but hopefully Joe Panik (2011) and Wendell Fairley (2007) do better, though the public really never hears anything on Fairley from scouts
30th — You remember Noah Lowry, don’t you? (9.5, 2001)