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Giants Pitcher Matt Cain and Catcher Andrew Susac

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Welcome to the INSIDE CHINA BASIN Giants Podcast

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We continue our coverage in Scottsdale, Arizona chatting with two players who battled injuries last season, pitcher Matt Cain and catcher Andrew Susac.

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Cain tells The Sports Virus his injuries: “…are going to benefit me in the long run. It’s not something you want to go through, but it’s a part of the game. It’s a hurdle you have to go through. It shows who you are as person.”

Listen To Matt Cain and Andrew Susac

Come back FRIDAY for former Giants SS Rich Aurilia of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area

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Sponsor: Toscalito Tire and Automotive

 

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PROUD SPONSOR  OF INSIDE CHINA BASIN 

Collecting World Series titles is a new trend for the Giants, but at Toscalito Tire and Automotive, they’ve been winning since 1971 with quality tires and reliable auto and light truck repair at 6 Bay Area locations near you. They take care of you like family because, after all, this is a family business started by two nice Italian boys, Ken Toscanini and Vince Ippolito, who combined their skills, knowledge, passion for cars and their names to create Toscalito Tire and Automotive.

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Toscalito Tire and Automotive offers a nationwide warranty backed by the strength of the Goodyear tire and service network and unlike watching close Giants games, going to Toscalito equals a stress free life. No torture there.

TIREToscalito is more that just a tire store! Stop in to one of their four Marin locations or the Marina in San Francisco or Vallejo.

Here’s what folks are saying about Toscalito Tire and Automotive (courtesy of Yelp)
“I appreciate the fast and friendly service I have received in the past two years with Toscalito tire. The technicians and sales people have always made me feel comfortable. The maintenance I have received has keep me coming back. Thank you, Kevin.”

From Mark P.:”I’ve been going to this shop for a few years now … and they’ve been justyelp great. I brought my car in today for something that related back to an earlier repair … from maybe three months ago. They made the repair and didn’t charge me at all … Loren said “We stand behind our work”

From Franz T.:”I went here to get my tires changed and aligned and Alonzo hooked it up! The service was really fast and Alonzo told me what else needs to be done with my car without me feeling pressured.”

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San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea

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Welcome to the INSIDE CHINA BASIN Giants Podcast

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We go back to late September and hear our last podcast with San Francisco Chronicle columnist John Shea in 2015. Get ready because John will be joining us every other week on The Sports Virus.

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Shea called the late Hall of Famer Yogi Berra: “…a wonderful character…In middle of everything in NY.” Compared to ‪Buster Posey‬ “…3 MVPs not 1, 10 championships not 3. There was only one Yogi.”

Listen To September Interview With John Shea

John will join us in April as the regular season gets underway 

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Giants Pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Tyler Beede

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Welcome to the INSIDE CHINA BASIN Giants Podcast

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We continue our coverage in Scottsdale, Arizona chatting with a pair of right handed pitchers: Jeff Samardzija, who signed with San Francisco as a free agent this off season,

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and Tyler Beede, who was a 2014 first round draft choice out of Vanderbilt.

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Samardzija tells The Sports Virus about working on mechanics: “…the only way to get back to normal is to clean the slate.”

Listen To Jeff Samardzija and Tyler Beede

Come back WEDNESDAY for Matt Cain and Andrew Susac 

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Sponsor: Access Uniforms

 

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Sponsor: TPC Harding Park

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It’s the premier golf facility in San Francisco, offering golfers the opportunity to play “Play Where the Pros Play.” And the pros are coming to TPC Harding Park for the PGA Championship in 2020!  For more information click here: www.tpc.com/hardingpark

Since 1925, TPC Harding Park’s majestic layout and beautiful amenities have made it a favorite of PGA TOUR players, local residents (like Giants relief pitcher George Kontos and Inside China Basin host Joe Castellano who calls it his favorite course) and visitors alike. Golf Digest recognizes it as one of the “Best Places You Can Play” in America. From hometown favorites Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller to iconic PGA TOUR players Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, virtually every great name in golf has played at TPC Harding Park.

They have a Championship 18-hole course and a challenging 9-hole course. Other amenities include:

• A Practice Facility open to the public – full swing practice tee, chipping and putting greens along with instruction programs taught by a talented team of PGA professionals.

• The Cypress Grill, open to the public seven days a week – breakfast, lunch and light evening snacks.

• Meeting and Event Space – From intimate rehearsal dinners, holiday parties and charity functions to golf tournaments, business meetings and corporate seminars, TPC Harding Park specializes in creating memorable events for every taste, style and budget.

• Home to the First Tee of San Francisco.

TPC Harding Park is the only public golf course in San Francisco offering golfers the opportunity to “Play Where the Pros Play.” In addition to the upcoming Match Play tournament, it’s also been the home to other PGA TOUR events such as the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the 2009 Presidents Cup , the 2005 American Express Championship and coming in 2020 the PGA Championship! Additionally, they are home to the San Francisco City Championship, which is the oldest consecutively played amateur competition in the world.

TPC Harding Park Logo (300x300)If you are a San Francisco resident, you are in for a great deal! TPC Harking Park offers the Resident Rate – a discounted rate for golfers whom reside in San Francisco (Must have valid Resident Card issued by the City of San Francisco). They also frequently offer dining and golf specials. So, if you want consistent course conditions, great customer service and quality food at an affordable price, TPC Harding Park is the place for you! What are you waiting for? Book a reservation:www.golfnow.com or call the Pro Shop at 415.664.4690 ext.0.

 

Giants GM Bobby Evans and CF Denard Span

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We continue our coverage in Scottsdale, Arizona chatting Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans, and new CF Denard Span, who hit over .300 three times in his eight-year career.

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Span tells The Sports Virus about playing in the spacious AT&T outfield with his new teammates: “…It’s going to be big that we’re all on the same page.”

Listen To Bobby Evans and Denard Span

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Catch It: Back in SF After Spring Training

BALL, GLOVEWelcome to CATCH IT! — Joe Castellano’s personal observations about what’s going on in the world of sports.

Spring Training 2016 for me was brief and hot, but special nonetheless.

The Giants players were relaxed and confident and why wouldn’t they be? High priced acquisitions Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija (Listen Here to Podcast with Samardzija) should pump life into a rotation that outside of Madison Bumgarner was subpar in 2015. Denard Span is the perfect lead-off man. Can he stay healthy IMG_HUNTER PENCE 2 FROM NOR CAL PHOTOthough? Can Hunter Pence have a healthy season? It didn’t start out well for Pence with achilles tendinitis right off the bat. It also was a bummer for Matt Cain to have minor surgery to remove a cyst before he could even throw in a spring game. How is Joe Panik’s back? Andrew Susac’s wrist? I saw Susac hit a bullet to left field for a homer. (Listen Here to Podcast with Cain and Susac). That’s a good sign.

As I was leaving Scottsdale Stadium on a 90-degree day last week I got to the centerfield bleacher area on my way to the parking lot. Suddenly I heard the PA announcer, “…now batting for the Giants, WILLIAMSONMac Williamson!” Ok, I’ve seen the kid in San Jose and briefly with San Francisco. Gotta watch this AB before I head to the airport. Well, Mac, I was getting nervous about making that flight. You had quite an AB. I couldn’t just watch one or two pitches. Had to see the whole drama play out. Nasty slider, he lays off, ball one. Blazing fastball, fouled straight back, one and one. Curve, taken outside ball two. Fastball in, and Mac lines a bullet to left field driving in a run. Nice job.

I made the flight fine despite the car rental being in a different zip code than the Phoenix Airport and long lines at security.

This time of year fans and media are making predictions and wondering who THE key player or players are on a team. “If Cain can bounce back that will be the difference,” I heard someone say. “The lineup is solid, this team is going to the World Series,” said another fan.

The talk of the spring were the great arms in the Giants pen. No more Jeremy Affeldt. Can the young fireballers like Josh Osich and Hunter Strickland handle the late game stress if Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla fade? What about this kid Ray Black who throws over 100 mph? Jake Smith anyone? He throws in the high 90’s. I saw them pitch in San Jose and it is highly entertaining. Even Javier Lopez told me he is fascinated by hearing the pop of the mitt when these guys warm up (Hear entire interview with Lopez on March 30).

I was walking out of the dentist office today in San Francisco and chatted briefly on an elevator with an elderly woman who was wearing a spring training 2012 shirt. Her kid used to go every year and got her a shirt every year. I told her I just got back from Scottsdale and it was great. As we opened our umbrellas to walk out into the rainy weather she said, “I knew in 2012 we were going to win every even year. This is the year again!” I said, “Yeah, no pressure.”

Crawford jerseyThis city has been awash in Warriors fever all winter and with good reason, but now it’s time for baseball too. After my encounter with the even year prognosticator I walked into Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco and there were Warriors and Giants shirts everywhere. They have a Giants Dugout store in the mall filled with Posey, Bumgarner and Crawford jerseys. Even a single Joe Panik jersey hung in the middle of the store. What, no Matt Duffy? (Listen Here to Podcast with Duffy and Posey) Don’t these people know that he’s going to be a regular guest on my Inside China Basin podcast? Soon enough they will be clicking on the new Duffman’s corner tab and hear him all season.

Later in the day, I stopped at a Starbucks in Union Square. Grande, black, iced tea. Unsweetened. I am such a creature of habit. Can’t wait to read my SF Chronicle to see what John Shea and Henry Shulman are writing today. I look around and everyone is on their phone. They must also be reading John and Henry online. This city isjohn shea hey podcasts obsessed with the Giants. Soon enough, the Shea Hey podcasts as part of Inside China Basin will begin again (Listen Here to 2015 Podcast with John Shea). In the meantime, if you aren’t enjoying the Sporting Green newspaper, I encourage you check out John’s columns: John Shea on SF Gate

One topic I’m looking forward to chatting with Shea about is the new rule regarding slides into second base. You already heard Posey talk about it being a good move to eliminate the unnecessary rolling block slides like we saw from Chase Utley of the Dodgers in the NL Division Series last season against the Mets.

I like the rule, but the additional elimination of the neighborhood play actually worries me. That was another way to protect these middle infielders and I think it was ok as long as they didn’t miss the bag by more than a couple of inches. Former Giants SS Rich Aurilia will give his views on the subject on Inside China Basin on Friday so don’t miss that podcast.

There goes a person on Sutter Street wearing a Giants cap. Opening Day can’t come soon enough for a lot of people.

But, as I’m about to leave Starbucks, another San Francisco native puts it all in perspective in a city that has so much going on. “I don’t follow the Giants,” she said. “How are they doing?”

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Welcome to Your Podcast Home of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, Golden State Warriors… and More

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49ers Extra With Steve Bono, OT Win In Season Finale, But Lights Turned Out For Tomsula

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Every Tuesday this season we chatted with Former 49ers QB Steve Bono. Today we close out the 2015 season and talk about the Niners 5-11 season and what the team needs to do going forward in the wake of the firing of Head Coach Jim Tomsula. Bono spent 14 seasons in the NFL. He had a 5-1 record in his 6 Niners starts and finished his career 28-14 overall.

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Bono talked to The Sports Virus about QB Blaine Gabbert: “…”the problem is they couldn’t get a receiver to get open…“he deserves to go into off season thinking that he’s the starting QB going forward.”

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