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Former Giants LHP Jeremy Affeldt Analyzes Current Pen

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We talk about the state of the Giants bullpen with former Giants lefty Jeremy Affeldt who now serves as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

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 The Sports Virus talked to Affeldt about late inning relief for the Giants this season:

… “Because of the youth of the pen you don’t know your identity. Are we going to get a shutdown game? Are we going to get a panic scenario?… It’s about walking out and knowing who you are and saying to yourself, ‘I’m a Major League bullpen backend guy. When I go out you’re not supposed to beat me.’ The game is supposed to be over. That’s why you throw your 7th, 8th, 9th inning guys because it IS over…These guys are just missing that because they lack the experience.”

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USA Today Reporter Jorge Ortiz On 2016 All Star Game

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Our special guest to talk about the All Star game and the Giants is USA Today Reporter Jorge Ortiz.

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 Ortiz talked to The Sports Virus about Santiago Casilla:

… “If they don’t pick up an elite closer he’s going to be a critical guy so (Bruce) Bochy needs to keep riding him because what are his options otherwise? You could go matchup, but Javier Lopez has not had a good year, (Sergio) Romo just came off the DL, (Josh) Osich is very young-sometimes good, sometimes not so great, Hunter Strickland throws gas but he is a home-run-giving machine.”

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Come back WEDNESDAY when former Giants reliever JEREMY AFFELDT is our guest.

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea, Part 2

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We talk about the second half of the season for the Giants as our regular guest SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea joins us from San Diego in part 2 of our conversation.

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 The Sports Virus talked to Shea about San Francisco bench players coming through this season:

… “When (Hunter) Pence was lost last year the Giants were done. It was over. They never recovered from that. This year they lose him and don’t miss a beat and just roll into the All Star break…I think (Bruce) Bochy has a lot to do with this. It’s one of his best managerial efforts.”

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Come back MONDAY when JORGE ORTIZ from USA TODAY is our guest. Then on WEDNESDAY, we’re scheduled to chat with former Giants LHP Jeremy Affeldt.

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea, Part 1

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We talk about the 2016 All Star Game as our regular guest SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea joins us from San Diego in part 1 of our conversation.

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 The Sports Virus talked to Shea about the All Star Game winning league getting home field advantage in the World Series:

… “I asked Buster Posey, if there is one thing you could change about this All Star Game and it’s process what would it be? He said, ‘We play our tail off for 162 games and you’re giving home field advantage for the World Series to the league that won an exhibition game back in July when most guys are playing no more than 3 innings.’ … “Once the game starts who knows if anybody thinks, ‘I’ve gotta get this hit’ or ‘I’ve gotta make this pitch.’ It’s ridiculous.”

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Come back FRIDAY for part 2 of our conversation with John Shea.

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Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Anchor Ahmed Fareed

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Our special guest to talk about the All Star game and the Giants first half is Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Studio Host and Reporter Ahmed Fareed.

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 Fareed talked to The Sports Virus about Brandon Crawford not making the All Star team:

… “This is the shortstop that won the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove last year. It really is a very big oversight not to have him there. I don’t know how you can have Brandon Crawford in the prime, top defensive shortstop and a guy who’s knocking in runs every day (not on the team). He’s gotta be there. You’ve got to find a way to get him there. He’s an MVP candidate. I think he would be a top 5, top 6, 7 guy in the National League and you don’t have that guy on the All Star team?”

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Come back WEDNESDAY when John Shea from the San Francisco Chronicle joins us from San Diego.

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Former SF SS Rich Aurilia & Colorado 3B Nolan Arenado

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Our special guests from AT&T Park in San Francisco are  Former Giants All Star shortstop Rich Aurilia and Rockies All Star third baseman Nolan Arenado.

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 Aurilia talked to The Sports Virus about Brandon Crawford having an All Star season, but not being named to the National League team today:

… “We  get spoiled watching that guy play every day. A lot is being made of his offense the last two years and that’s not even the best part of his game. The defense is fun to watch. I think he has fun playing defense. He has a lot more All Star games ahead of him. So, if this doesn’t happen for him (could get added if there is an injury), good for him, he goes to get three or four days rest somewhere.”

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 Arenado also talked to The Sports Virus about the NL All Star roster, which includes him as a reserve:

… “It’s an honor just to be a part of it. Obviously you would like to start, but at the same time that’s the last thing that’s on my mind. I’m just happy I’m going. I know my parents are happy so that’s nice. It’s a big deal. If you had told me I’d be a ball boy at the All Star game I’d be just as happy.”

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Dan Dibley from 95.7 The Game, Part 2

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Dan Dibley from 95.7 The Game joins us in part 2 of our conversation from Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley

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 The Sports Virus asked Dibley about replay in baseball:

… “The real problem is nobody can handle getting screwed anymore. Even today with all of the video review that goes on there are still times that the call is wrong. So people are still getting screwed. We as American sports fans can’t handle that so we think the technology and instant replay is the cure-all and it’s not.”

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Dan Dibley from 95.7 The Game On Site at Looking Glass Photo

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Dan Dibley from 95.7 The Game joins us in part 1 of our conversation from Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley

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 The Sports Virus asked Dibley about the current state of the Giants:

… “You’ve got a nice lead. You’ve stolen games maybe you didn’t quote deserve to win because your offense has been extraordinary. (Brandon) Belt has been terrific, Buster Posey a likely all star again, (Brandon) Crawford took that next step. So many things have gone your way. The injury bug has hurt you and now the cross town rival is getting you, but you’re just one win away from righting the ship.”

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Coed Professional Baseball Comes To Sonoma, California

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For those of you who watched the San Francisco Giants Comcast broadcast on Sunday and saw this shot on television, this may not be such a far-fetched statement anymore!

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Sonoma Stompers, in Association with Coppola’s Virginia Dare Winery, to Introduce Two Female Players in History-Making, Coed Game on Friday, July 1st

Game to be Live Streamed on Bay Area Online Sports Network

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GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (June 28, 2016) – In an effort to promote the recruitment, development and advancement of women in baseball, virginia dareFrancis Ford Coppola’s Virginia Dare Winery in association with the Sonoma Stompers have been actively searching for the best women baseball players in the United States to come andStacy pitching1 join the team. It was announced today that 17-year-old outfielder/pitcher Kelsie KelseyWhitmore from Temecula, California and 25-year-old pitcher/infielder Stacy Piagno from St. Augustine, Florida have been recruited and will play with the Stompers beginning on Friday, July 1st when Sonoma hosts the San Rafael Pacifics.

FRANCIS use for quote“My family would play coed baseball games and inevitably the star player would always be an aunt who could run and hit and that made the games so much more fun,” said Francis Ford Coppola. “When watching major league baseball, I always wondered why there couldn’t be a coed team. It’s the one major sport in which weight and strength come less into play. So when my Sonoma winery became involved with the Stompers, I had the opportunity to turn this thought into a reality and recruit these amazing women capable of playing alongside men.”

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The Stompers, part of the independent Pacific Association mamie peanut johnsonof Professional Baseball Clubs, will be the first coed professional toni stonebaseball team since the 1950s when Toni Stone, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and Constance Morgan achieved the distinction of becoming the first women to play alongside men in the Negro Leagues.

In September, Whitmore and Piagno are also slated to play for Team Kelsey pitching3USA in the Women’s Baseball World Cup in South Korea. Whitmore, who recently graduated from Temecula Valley High School, will attend Cal State Fullerton on a softball scholarship next season. Piagno, who threw a no-hitter for the United States team when they captured a gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada, played softball at the University of Tampa.

“The Stompers, thanks to the vision of Francis Ford Coppola, are dedicated to the advancement of women in baseball,” said Theo Fightmaster, VP & General Manager of the Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club. “While many believe it’s only a matter of time before we see a woman playing in the MLB, we’ve learned over the past several months that there are many steps in between where we are and where we should be in terms of woman in this sport. We hope this sends a message to the rest of the baseball world that there is room for women and girls in this game – from Little League to the Major Leagues.”

The Stompers have always looked to push the envelope since their inception in 2014 when former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos left-handed pitcher, Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee, became the oldest player to win a professional baseball game. In 2015, the Stompers agreed to STOMPERS BOOKlet nationally acclaimed baseball writers, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, implement a data-driven approach to evaluating and signing players. Lindberg and Miller chronicled their experience in the New York Times best-selling book, “The Only Rule is it Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team.” Also in 2015, the Stompers made international news when pitcher, Sean Conroy, became the first openly gay player to ever play at the professional level.

The July 1st game from Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field in Sonoma, California will be available via a live streaming broadcast on BAOSN.TV (Bay Area Online Sports Network) 

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JOEWITHHEADSETVeteran announcer Joe Castellano will call the play-KATE ROONEYby-play along with reporter Kate Rooney and Stompers broadcaster Tim Livingston. The broadcast will begin at 5:45 pm PT with a special pre-game show prior to the 6:00 pm PT first pitch.

As the premier sponsor of the Sonoma Stompers, the Virginia Dare Winery in Sonoma County is partnering with the team over the next three years. The Stompers opened the season May 31, 2016, and started their home season in Sonoma on Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. against the Vallejo Admirals. Full Season tickets, mini-plans and partial season tickets are on sale at www.Stompersbaseball.com.

ABOUT VIRGINIA DARE WINERY 
VDW_101915_041Virginia Dare Winery, American wines since 1835, pays tribute to America’s wine growing heritage. The existence of the 400-year-old scuppernong “Mother Vine,” a variety of muscadine, growing on Roanoke Island, North Carolina is intertwined with the story of one of the first English settlements in the New World, which later mysteriously disappeared without a trace, leaving nothing but a spellbinding story of mythical and mysterious characters – each of which grace the labels of our wines. Crafted with grapes from the finest viticulture regions in California, our wines are rich with characteristics befitting an American legend: Pure. Natural. Distinctive. Learn more by visiting Virginia Dare Winery located at 22281 Chianti Road, Geyserville, CA 95441.

ABOUT THE SONOMA STOMPERS
The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club was founded in STOMPERS TEAM PHOTO2014 and is a member of the Pacific Asssociation of Professional Baseball Clubs. It plays its home games at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field, just a block away from Sonoma’s historic plaza. The independent baseball club has had two players in its history signed by Major League Baseball organizations, as Sonoma’s own Jayce Ray was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2015 and Santos Saldivar was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers shortly before the 2016 season. For more information on the team, visit StompersBaseball.com or visit the team’s Fan Shop located at 234 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.

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SF Assistant GM Jeremy Shelley and Trainer Dave Groeschner

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Our special guests from AT&T Park in San Francisco are  Giants Vice President and Assistant General Manager Jeremy Shelley and Giants Head Athletic Trainer Dave Groeschner.

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 Shelley talked to The Sports Virus about 2015 1st round draft pick RHP Phil Bickford:

… “He did a great job in Augusta. He’s a guy who’s got a swing and miss fastball. I think of those 13 strikeouts (in his recent Cal League debut), 12 were swinging. Hitters don’t seem to pick him up. He’s got good size, I think he’ll continue to add strength as he goes through our system and we think he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

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 Groeschner talked to The Sports Virus about working with an anxious-to-return Hunter Pence:

… his enthusiasm to get back “is good and bad. It’s good because he wants to get back to help the team so badly and he’s going to do everything he can, but it’s our job to pull the reins in once in awhile so he doesn’t overdo it. We’ve been compromising here and there, but he’s getting a lot of work in. We’ve been able to temper him on certain days to let him recover as well.”

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