Results tagged ‘ 2014 ’
A little over forty-eight hours ago on Thursday, the Giants did their annual press-release of their first-half promotions, all of which to hype you up to get that credit card ready for when single-game tickets go on sale on Friday the 29th. Like a lot of other years, I did not participate in many of the giveaways in 2013 due to my residence down in Southern California. Now being in a newer place further away from an airport, the likelihood of enjoying a bobblehead or magnetic calendar in 2014 has taken a bigger hit for me, which means there’s a better chance that you get to have some delight in some of these “here, just take my money” giveaways. Brisbee did a good categorization of the giveaways, and I was going to do a ranking, but instead I’ll provide commentary for each item in chronological order. The absence of gnomes brings me much satisfaction. An asterisk denotes the promotion is a special event and a separate category of tickets will have to be purchased. I believe the Giants are entertaining the idea of better accommodating season-ticket holders for these special events.
Wednesday, April 9th — Hunter Pence bobblehead
- Just wondering which Pence pose is going to be captured forever… hoping for this one
Thursday, April 10th — Farewell to Candlestick Night featuring a replica of Candlestick Park
- Wondering if the replica is going to be ice cold and will it come with a wind generator
Sunday, April 13th — Sports Sleeves for Kids 14 & Under
- I want these even though I will never have a use for them
Friday, April 25th — Duane Kuiper bobblehead
- Will it be skinny Duane Kuiper HR bobblehead or Winter League Doowanee Kuweepee bobblehead?
Saturday, April 26th — 1954 Replica World Series Ring
- Because you need another one
Friday, May 16th — Orange Friday Tim Lincecum Jersey T-Shirt
- How about a jersey next time?
Saturday, May 12th* — Filipino Heritage Night directly benefiting Typhoon Haiyan relief
- Hope every team does something like this
Friday, May 16th* — Metallica Night with the band in attendance
- I don’t know their music
Sunday, May 18th — Buster Posey Kids T-Shirt for Kids 14 & Under
- I already have one so you spoiled kids can have your own
Monday, May 26th — Memorial Day Beach Towel
- I never got my BEAT LA beach towel, so this brings back sad memories
Saturday, June 7th — Sergio Romo Super Hero Socks for Kids 14 & Under
- Every adult is going to try and get this, let’s not kid ourselves
Saturday, June 7th* — Heroes and Comic Night with Stan Lee in attendance
- Hopefully Damon Bruce will show up to this one to talk men and super heroes
Sunday, June 8th* — Hello Kitty bobblehead
- Celebrating 40 years of making you buy stuff
Friday, June 13th — Fireworks Night
- Pew pew
Saturday, June 14th — Madison Bumgarner Camo Cap
- Where every Giants fan will speak in a Southern drawl so awful they’ll sound like they’re trying to nail an Australian accent
Sunday, June 15th — Giants Father’s Day Necktie
- Another item on eBay I never won, so this also brings back memories.
- Featuring shoulders that slump or real comb-a-ble hair
Sunday, June 29th — Giants Growth Chart Banner featuring Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford
- When I think of Crawford I don’t think to myself that he’s three inches shorter than Belt, yet he is
Sunday, June 29th* — Pixar Day at the Park
- One of the few games my mom will try to go to
Friday, August 15th* – Filipino Heritage Night II directly benefiting Typhoon Haiyan relief
Fans that want another Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, or Angel Pagan bobblehead, there’s always the second half or 2014 for the Giants to take your money. I wonder if we’ve seen the end of Pablo Sandoval giveaways and said giveaway blowing a bubble. It is the only thing he is known for, after all. Really though, thank goodness the gnomes are gone. I hope that trend’s done with.
With the addition of nobody to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this year for Baseball’s Hall of Fame, we prepare for 2014, and if the voting rules stay the same, we are in for some very interesting ballots. Hopefully we will see less Morris-only ballots, and less blank ballots, because I believe even 2014′s choices will have at least one guy the people can believe in. My take on some of the storylines we will talk about in 2013, and then debate feverishly in 2014 right before the results get released:
Jack Morris‘ 15th and final year: He garnered 67.7% of the votes this year, and 66.7% in 2012′s announcement, so by all that logic, he’ll only get 68.7%! Shouldn’t be that simple though as traditionalists and those with emotional attachments to the mustached Opening Day Eight Inning Man will surely take their advertising to the next level for Mr. Morris.
Jeff Kent: Survivor of Hall of Fame ballots?: His character will certainly not be held to the same standard as PED users, but what will be interesting is his position most-377 HR. His advanced stats with WAR and JAWS, however, do not measure up as much, and he could be one of the guys that suffers from being left off the ballot in favor of other players that have been on the ballot longer than him.
Greg Maddux the ohmygoshplease One Year Only Necessary: He will be a hard one to keep out because both the traditionalists and the saber-folk will be cheering him on. If you’re a traditionalist, you tout the 355 pitcher wins. If you love your advanced stats, you’re going to love how he’s above average with the WAR and the JAWS (nom nom nom). The little accountant from San Angelo, TX will hopefully be the guy everyone can agree on.
If Mike Piazza comes out with a book, does it clear him?: Some unconfirmed rumors have speculated a book may be in the works, and although it shouldn’t be necessary for him to come out with a book, it may be something that’s necessary for him to add more votes (if it is an “I am Clean” story). He should be able to get in, regardless, but these are troubling times indeed.
Tom Glavine and the 300-win threshold: 305 pitcher wins, and the advanced metrics put him as “deserving” and right near the “average HOF” mark for those pitchers already in Cooperstown, so it would be easy to see how Glavine and Maddux become a Hall of Fame tag-team Atlanta Braves ticket for 2014.
Does Frank Thomas‘ size scare away voters: Hey, if you got scared by Jeff Bagwell or Mike Piazza, is The Big Hurt safe from their wrath? 521 HR, performed offensively well above replacement, but if there’s any suspicion that gets brought up, I worry. I could see him being a guy some of the writers say, “He’s not a first ballot guy, so I’ll just vote for him later,” and that might keep him out in 2014.
Mike Mussina, the ignored one?: Here’s your most under-appreciated 1st ballot guy for the 2014 class, and it’ll be interesting to see how he’s handled. Short of the traditionalist-important 300 wins, his peak years may not have been strong WAR-wise, but overall, he measures up.
J.T. Snow, the beautiful one: I’m just including him in here because swoon.
Initial 2014 Ballot looks like this (playing by the rules this time):
1. Barry Bonds
3. Greg Maddux
4. Frank Thomas
5. Jeff Bagwell
6. Mike Piazza
8. Craig Biggio
9. Tom Glavine
10. Alan Trammell
Prediction as to who will be getting the call in 2014:
1. Greg Maddux
2. Craig Biggio
Don’t think Morris gets the support he needs as long as the rules stay the same. Just too many voters out there, and people are getting smarter when it comes to pitcher wins and “pitching to the score.”