Bumgarner & Co. Making Giant Statement

Just a pinch over a fortnight ago we all popped champagne bottles because this happened. That was fun. We should do that again sometime. I digress…

On a night dominated by the NBA Draft, something equally awesome occurred at 3rd & King for the San Francisco Giants. Fresh off of sweeping skunking the Los Angeles Dodgers in shutout fashion, Madison Bumgarner took the hill and spun a gem against a potent Cincinnati Reds lineup:

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‘The Little Tank That Could’ Looking to Draft Basketball Jones

During their 2011-2012 season, the Golden State Warriors might not have bought into a quality defensive team effort but they did manage to execute Operation Tank to near perfection. Outside of a hiccup win against the Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio-less Minnesota Timberwolves, the Dubs really poured on the losses at the end of the season. Sitting at a pedestrian 18-21 on March 14th, the Warriors dropped 22 of their final 27 games to help accomplish their ultimate goal: retain their Top-7 protected 1st Round draft pick owned by the Utah Jazz.

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The Texas Cainsaw Massacre

There’s something indescribably romantic about baseball. And Tony Bennett. Even if you go see the Houston Lastros take on the offensively challenged San Francisco Giants, you just might see something you can tell your grandchildren about. And tonight that happened in the form of Matt Cain: the class of the San Francisco Giants organization.

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Revisiting The Melky Trade

Over the hills and far away there’s a Kansas City Royals fan in a Jonathan Sanchez jersey sobbing. And he/she has every right to be for their team was robbed.

Fresh off a typical 71-91 season last year, the Royals were ripe with young offensive prospects but virtually no starting pitching depth. After trading 2009 AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010, the Royals were desperate to make a move for a talented starter. Heck, their best hurler last season was Luke Hochevar who rocked a 4.68 ERA. Yikes.

Stepping back, there were five players in all of Major League Baseball to hit for 200+ hits in 2011. One of those studs happened to be Melky Astacio Cabrera. The best part? Nobody saw it coming. Alas, the Royals have a trade piece.

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The Best Story Going on in Sports Right Now

Everybody loves an underdog story, unless you’re a Dodgers fan. Thankfully I’m not, and I assume you’re not either. So please allow me share with you the Rolls Royce of underdog stories. You’d be surprised to hear that this anecdote is not only one of the best stories going on in sports right now but also has Bay Area roots. In fact, it all started just down the street from where I grew up in Redwood City…

Back in 1997, a freshman standing just 4’8’’ and weighing 70 pounds enrolled into Saint Francis High School (Mountain View, CA) in hopes of making the baseball team. By his senior year, this Ecksteinian young man was still only 5’5’’ but beefed up to 140 pounds. Saint Francis, always a high school baseball powerhouse, penciled the switch-hitting senior outfielder into the very bottom of the order (9th). He would finish his high school career with 1 HR and no athletic scholarships to college. You think the story ends here? Heck no.

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Making Sense of the 49ers’ Draft

With the 30th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select, Rashaun Woods, I mean, A.J. Jenkins. Wide Receiver, Illinois.

You’ll have to forgive me for not posting sooner regarding the 2012 NFL Draft. I was in Santa Barbara for Alumni Weekend and let’s just say there were some non-curricular activities.†

The only thing harder than guesstimating who teams will draft is grading the players drafted and analyzing how said draft picks will contribute to their new team. That is really difficult. But you know what, let’s give it a shot with the 49ers.

†Notable alumni: Jim Rome, Barry Zito, Chris Speier, Michael Young, Ryan Spilborghs, Skip Schumaker, Johnny Tsunami, Michael Douglas, Brian Shaw, Josh Elliott, Jason Lezak & Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Pigs Airborne and Maintaining Altitude at Coors Field

Like I always say: when the $#&% hits the fan, send in Barry William Zito for a complete game shutout. Seriously, nobody could have forecasted his role as stopper after 14 earned runs in 3 games from Lincecum, Bumgarner & Cain. Zito flat-out shoved. And that’s just what the doctor ordered for the winless San Francisco Giants.

After being swept in Arizona in demoralizing fashion, the blue skies and brisk air of Colorado’s home opener proved welcoming for the orange and black. However, let’s try not to put too much stock in just one measly start in Zito’s illustrious career. It’s just one game. But no matter how you slice it, this was a much needed win and there’s good reason to be optimistic moving forward.

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