Giants Nation? 2014-15 Winter Hibernation.

Somebody toss a Paloma or a M-80 into Sabean’s cave, make sure he awakens in time to get to Fan Fest, where he’ll likely see a park full of puzzled, but respectful, looking fans.  The return of Cain and Pagan = two major off-season moves?  Hudson’s ankle’ll be ok?  In any event, I find it difficult to whine or complain about the Giants these days.

Maybe this is what it’s like to be a Giants fan in 2015.  Great writer Robert Stone, who died a week ago, told this story on NPR. I heard it rebroadcast the other night while I drove home. During his days with Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, Stone (like everyone else) had to endure huge surprise doses of LSD that Neal Cassady slipped into food and drink. Stone thought Cassady was committing “acts of violence,” because acid is strong stuff. You never know how an individual may react. Stone gave as an example a time when he knowingly dropped acid. He said that he peaked for a very long time. He finally got to sleep after collapsing from sheer exhaustion. When he woke, his lower jaw hurt like hell. Afraid that he’d somehow seriously injured himself while he’d been tripping, he ran to a mirror. He flexed his jaw and so forth, inspected everything inside and out, and finally realized what had happened. He had spent 12 hours smiling.

So that’s sort of where we are, isn’t it? Personally, I spent many weeks smiling about the Giants’ triumph and now, waking from hibernation, I find my jaw hurts. No big deal. It may take me a while to get used to the new lineup being the old lineup, with a guy from Santa Cruz playing 3B. But it’ll be fine. At least I’ll have baseball games on the radio while I drive home from work.

PS–just after I wrote the above, the Giants picked up Nori Aoki to play LF. I like that move, right now anyway.

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15 Responses to Giants Nation? 2014-15 Winter Hibernation.

  1. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    A nice, pleasant piece, xoot. Unlike a runner’s Marathon, the ever unpredictable, day to day, ebb and flow of baseball is like no other on the face of the earth. I love it. Have missed the game for too long already now. And, this despite all the more hopeful distractions of the commercialized holidays, terrorist attacks emanating from the hallowed halls of a new, corporate bought and sold Congress, an arctic ice shelf threatening to unleash a planet load of methane gas upon all life, and still no sign of Justin Bieber for a blissful couple weeks now.

    But, you’re right, of course. It all will be fine. somehow. someway. And, I admittedly / wishfully still expect to see Sabean make a couple more ‘contingency’ moves early prior to Spring Training breaking out. In fact, given the Giants let Morse go and always continuing concern about Pagan’s durability, I would be shocked if Sabean doesn’t bring in another OF – ideally one that could play CF just in case. But, clearly, the Giants OF is observably shy of a full complement heading into 2015.

    As for another starter, it looks like Sabean has no interest in bringing Vogey back; and Sabean’s heart doesn’t appear to be into adding Shields (RH, 33 yrs old, $13.5M in 2014 with the Royals) to the rotation, especially since Lester (LH) appeared to be the best fit for a team fielding only one lefty starter. Still, I would be a bit surprised to see Sabean head into the season without adding another ‘contingency’ starter, given some lingering questions about Cain, Hudson, Peavy, and Lincecum.

  2. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    … and no sooner, Sabean signs Nori Aoki – an OF, who could lead-off when Pagan might not be available. excellent.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Can’t say I haven’t been there xoot. In more rays than one, Nice thread.

  4. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    And here’s an announcement that I’m sure will be applauded by all who work for a modest, minimum wage living no doubt.

    AP source: Scherzer, Nationals agree to $210M, 7-year deal

  5. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    1. Heard Vogey mentioned in passing on KNBR this morning. Wasn’t aware of til now that he is close to signing with the Astros to fill Houston’s #5 slot in their rotation. I like Vogelsong; but I can only imagine the uproar at SFGiants.com if it was announced that the Giants just hired another 37 year old pitcher, despite the fact that over the course of the 2014 season, Ryan proved himself more often better than his scant run support, not to mention all the pre-season SFGate naysayers and trollers. Vogelsong was a key cog in the 2012 WS Championship team. I’ll be rooting for him, even if he’s an Astro.

    2. Hey, since the Dodgers “dumped” Brian Wilson – forced to “eat $9.5 million in 2015” as a result, I haven’t heard a peep from him or his agent. No doubt some team willing (or needy) to gamble will pick him up sometime just before spring training?

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      epilogue. Brian was one hell of a (i.e., terrific) Giant team player. He gave his all, including a 2nd TJ to make the 2010 magical season a dream come true. Hard to harbor any grudge – I only wished he had not signed with that team not to be named. If / when he sees to retire, perhaps, the Giants could bring him back to the city to announce his retirement as a Giant. (No doubt, ‘Prosser’ and aaa’s trolls back at the Gate would lobby to make his retirement annual holiday.)

      • xoot says:

        Wilson’s near assault on Larry Baer, who was in his China Basin box seat before a dodger game in 2013, sort of strains the relationship. Some dust up over formal notice about receiving his 2012 WS ring or something?

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Yeah. I suspect we’ll never know for sure what transpired between Baer – who represents the employer holding the money strings, and the employee, Wilson. Wilson gave his arm for the team and may have felt Baer may have proved less moved to say “thank you” in a way only an employee rightly recognizes: a fair contract renewal offer?

  6. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Rumors of Ryan Vogelsong’s ‘demise’ may have been greatly exaggerated. If the Giants can resign him for a modest contract, his arm is added insurance. Maybe, Bruce is entertaining the possibility of a 6 man rotation – which might help all the pitchers over the course the season?

  7. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Off Topic, but I just saw this at the Daily Kos this morning, which is a most impressive / instructive way that one determined woman chose to honor MLK Day through a series of exchanges between her and an anonymous Twitter Troll. Well worth the read, imo.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/20/1359055/-An-amazing-woman-feeds-a-troll-on-MLK-Day-and-it-was-nothing-short-of-inspirational?detail=email

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Concluding observation rom above link:
      ——————————————-
      “It is hard to say whether or not this Dildo Baggins person really is a 14-year-old kid working through the pain of losing his mother. It is hard to say whether the person behind this moniker really did learn something here. I would like to believe that this was the case, but it really isn’t the point. Ijeoma Oluo’s boundless capacity for love and wisdom is the point.

      “I never advocate engaging trolls on social media. This is what they want, to inflict pain for the fun of it and rarely have an epiphany about the destruction of their behavior. But if you do decide to feed one, Ijeoma Oluo has just beautifully shown you how it’s done.”
      ——————————————-

      Lesson #1

      Maybe, a “boundless capacity for love and wisdom” won’t work vs aaa’s trolls back at SFGiants.com, a hit n’ sideswipe n’ run motorcyclist (see Anna’s blog today), or even between the lowly New England Ball-Deflaters vs the Sewarttle Sawhawks in the coming Super Bowl XXXXXXXXXXLVIII, but internet chat halls across the nation could surely benefit from the higher minded, non-violent teachings of Jesus, Gandhi, and/or a Martin Luther King.

      Lesson #2. I once had a Pipe Dream ….

  8. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    I believe William Barret Travis was misquoted in the news of the day. What he really said was, “Give me Baseball or Give me Death!”

  9. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Speaking of Patrick Henry, he too was likely misquoted during the lead-up to the Revolutionary War. What he really was said to have said (according to at least one unidentified Fox News ‘journalist’ of the day, William O’Hoolihan) was,

    “I regret that I have but one Louisville Slugger and Spalding glove to give to my country.”

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