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Dave Righetti On Former Umpire Steve Palermo: “I Was Real Proud To Be A Friend Of His”

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Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti joined us during the last home stand to talk about the passing of former umpire Steve Palermo, who was behind the plate when Rags threw his no-hitter for the Yankees in 1983 against the Red Sox.

Righetti gave The Sports Virus his thoughts about Palermo: …“To see him fight, fight, fight, fight (after he was shot and paralyzed) all his might to get back on his feet, get back in the game and do all of the different things he did in this game, I was real proud to be a friend of his… I’m going to miss the thought that he’s out there somewhere. I’ll always remember him with a lot of fondness.”

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Former Giant Andres Torres On 2010 World Series Impact: “I’m Very Proud Of What We Built”

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Former Giants outfielder Andres Torres joined us during the most recent home stand.

Torres talked to The Sports Virus about winning the 2010 World Series: “I’m very, very, very proud of what we built…That moment was so special. First World Series, fans deserve it and really great memories. I still go down the street and people talk to me about how incredible it was to win that World Series.”

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Come back FRIDAY when Giants pitching coach DAVE RIGHETTI will be our guest.

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Author Tabitha Soren: Fantasy Life, Baseball And The American Dream

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Journalist, photographer and pop culture icon Tabitha Soren joins us to talk about her book, Fantasy Life, a heartfelt portrait that presents a unique perspective of minor league baseball players pursuing the often elusive goal of making the Major Leagues. Plus, we chat about an upcoming Giants exhibit at City Hall in San Francisco.

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Come back WEDNESDAY for an interview with former Giants outfielder Andres Torres.

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Justin Ruggiano On Giants “Great Clubhouse…Going To Turn Season Around”

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Giants outfielder Justin Ruggiano joined us during the recent homestand.

Ruggiano talked to The Sports Virus about the Giants clubhouse: …“You’ve got to have the young kids who we get to pick on here and there and old salty vets. I guess that’s me, I’ve got to accept that role now. This is a great clubhouse. The chemistry in here is well thought out from the front office perspective. I think we’re going to gel and turn the season around.”

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Join us MONDAY for an interview with author Tabitha Soren.

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Gearrin Calls Crawford’s Defense “Best In The World…Doesn’t Get Enough Credit”

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We make a call to the Giants bullpen and chat with valuable member Cory Gearrin about how the season is going and his appreciation of the defense Brandon Crawford plays at shortstop.

Gearrin talked to The Sports Virus about Brandon Crawford: “I really don’t think there’s anyone else like him in baseball. I think he’s the best in the world at what he does. He doesn’t get enough credit in my opinion for how good he is, the detail he puts into the work that he does…to watch him play every day you start to notice the little things that I’ve never seen before professionally or just in my life in general, what he can do, how easy he makes the game look out there. It takes a lot of pressure off the pitching staff knowing that we can allow the ball to be put in play and he’s going to make that play.”

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Come back FRIDAY when Giants outfielder JUSTIN RUGGIANO will be our guest.

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Dodgers Beat Writer Bill Plunkett Says Giants “Look Like A Mess Right Now”

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The Giants are hosting Los Angeles for three games this week and Bill Plunkett from the Orange County Register gives us an inside look at the Dodgers.

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Plunkett gave his impression of the Giants early season struggles: “It looks like a mess right now… So many injuries, so many pieces of their plan that are just not there. I think Christian Arroyo’s arrival is a big plus, but everything else you see is just minuses and subtractions.  Maybe the depth is just not there in the same way as it is with the Dodgers. Blame it on the payroll or whatever you want to blame it on but they have not been able to absorb all the hits that they’re taking.”

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Come back WEDNESDAY for an interview with Giants reliever Cory Gearrin.

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Dave Righetti: “It’s Really A Different Touch…Different Look” For Matt Cain

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Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti joined us Friday before the Giants opened their series with the Dodgers in part 1 of a 2 part conversation.

 

Righetti talked to The Sports Virus about Matt Cain reinventing himself: …“He was going to get hit this spring (training) but I didn’t care. I didn’t want him walking people, I wanted him get used to his 2-seamer…(After Arizona spring training) where the ball won’t move at all, his stuff was going to be a little bit better once we hit San Francisco, I knew that for sure. You still need success when you’re trying something, in his mind it was new. You still want to see something positive out of it so he can build on that and he did…It’s really a different touch. A slower curveball, more separation in his speeds, movement on his fastball on both sides of the plate. He’s giving these guys a little bit different look.”

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Join us later tonight when we hear from Orange County Register Dodgers beat reporter Bill Plunkett.

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John Shea From SF Chronicle, Part 2: Bobby Evans Optimistic, “There’s Plenty Of Time”

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Our regular guest John Shea from the San Francisco Chronicle joins us to talk about his interview with Giants General Manager Bobby Evans in part 2 of our conversation.

Shea revealed to The Sports Virus what he learned from an interview with Bobby Evans on the recent road trip: “The answers basically came down to listen, it’s May, there’s plenty of time, we have core players in both the lineup and the rotation that got us multiple championships and the anticipation is these people who might have started slowly, their numbers are eventually going to hit their career norms and that will get them from an also-ran to a team that could get to .500 and then from there, who knows.”

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John Shea From SF Chronicle: “Arroyo Is The Real Deal…Does All The Right Things”

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea is our guest. In part 1 of our conversation we chat about the Giants road trip including the Wednesday win over the Mets in New York.

 

Shea talked to The Sports Virus about Christian Arroyo’s game-winning three-run double in the 9th inning on Wednesday that beat the Mets: …“Arroyo is the real deal. Yeah his average is low (.242 after he went 2 for 5 in Wednesday’s game), but he always seems to get the right hit at the right time…He does things that help a team win. As his teammates said, the best compliment you can give him is he’s a ballplayer. He’s a smart, intelligent, wise man of 21 going on 28. He does all the right things on the field as if he’s been playing the game at this level for a long, long time.”

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Come back THURSDAY for part 2 of our chat with John Shea.

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