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CATCH IT! The Panda Left His Heart In San Francisco

Posted on November 25th, 2014 by TheSportsVirus

Welcome to CATCH IT!– My observations of the sports world. Basically it’s something to read and comment about in between podcasts. By the way, once pitchers and catchers report to spring training, INSIDE CHINA BASIN goes full throttle again with podcasts three times a week. Not only do we plan on having Jeremy Affeldt return as our regular player guest every homestand, but we will also once again feature San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea as an expert contributor along with many other pertinent guests. We will continue to bring you various Giants player interviews. Last season we talked to almost every player on the team.

 

Here’s my take on Pablo Sandoval signing with the Red Sox. I understand both sides of why Sandoval is no longer a Giant.

Let’s start with Pablo’s perspective. It seems to me that Panda was more than a little miffed that the Giants didn’t sign him before the season SANDOVALbegan. I believe that in his heart he wanted to stay in SF, but he didn’t want to be slighted. He saw that players like Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Matt Cain and Angel Pagan were fairly rewarded with handsome contracts after helping the Giants win titles.

I’m guessing that he was tired of hearing about his weight being an issue. He felt like he proved himself as a clutch performer, especially in the last two successful Octobers. He didn’t have a break-out offensive 2014 season, but he recovered from a terrible start at the plate and definitely stepped up his defense to become a Gold Glove candidate. We know the Giants don’t win the World Series without Madison Bumgarner’s performance, but they don’t win it without Sandoval either.

For the Giants to keep Sandoval, I believe that in his mind they were going to have to make an offer far above what the Red Sox were offering.

For those of you hating on Pablo and saying good riddance, put yourself in his shoes for a minute. You put all of your energy into helping an organization your whole career. When the club insisted that you lose weight you worked on conditioning. Your weight might have been fluctuating the last two years, but when it came time to perform in the clutch you did.

PANDA FANSThe fans absolutely love the Panda. But, did the front office love him 100%? Would you want to stay married to an organization that doubts you can keep the weight off? And, when you are being courted by another team, it’s easy to see the grass being greener. Both cities love their baseball teams so that is a wash. Both teams have a chance to win again this year and the resources to give themselves every opportunity to succeed every year. Boston offers an opportunity to hit some more homers over the Green Monster and get on Sportscenter more often. We all know there is East Coast bias in our sports world and ESPN and other networks love to show Red Sox games and highlights. Plus, an occasional turn at DH is attractive to any hitter.

Now for the Giants side. If it’s true that the Giants offer is similar to the Red Sox offer, Brian Sabean, Bobby Evans and company have to be shaking their heads. They feel like they made a fair proposal to a guy who said after the parade, “I want to wear that jersey for the rest of my career. I’m going to go from what my heart tells me.” Apparently Pablo truly did “leave his heart in San Francisco.”

Tonight on Comcast Sports Net there was a good round table discussion. Host Glen Kuiper suggested that maybe the Giants had a sense of relief that Sandoval is gone. KNBR’s Rod Brooks mentioned that the Giants look good since they made a similar offer and they were rebuffed. Columnists John Shea (SF Chronicle) and Tim Kawakami (SJ Mercury News) talked about the Giants moving on from it even though they will miss Sandoval.

I agree that they will miss Pablo, but the Giants had to be hesitant to give a $100 million contract to a guy who doesn’t put up spectacular numbers during the regular season. Weight is not hindering his performance now, but once he gets into his 30′s can he stay reasonably fit? I think the Giants were leaning towards answering no to that question.

If the last two Word Series titles are any indication, the Giants front office and the players they put in the lineup find a way to get it done even when a key piece leaves. Melky Cabrera? Angel Pagan? I have to admit, that in 2012 when Cabrera was suspended I did not envision a parade. Same in 2014 with Pagan missing at the top of the order.

So, where do the Giants go from here? As Shea (a regular on the “Inside China Basin” podcasts on TheSportsVirus.com) mentioned on JohnSheaComcast, the Giants have plenty of holes to fill. Left Field: do they bring back Michael Morse? How about a better defender like Torii Hunter? His numbers (.286, 17 HR, 83 RBIs) were slightly better than Sandoval’s in 2014. But, he will turn 40 in 2015 and he recently said he favors going back to his original team, the Twins.

Two rotation spots are up in the air. Edinson Volquez anyone? He had the best season of his career with the Pirates last year: 13-7, 3.04 ERA.

Plenty to think about, including whether or not to bring back Sergio Romo, who had a roller coaster season.

As far as third base? Chase Headley? Not exactly on a good career path arc now. Adam Duvall? I’m not saying he is the next Joe Panik, where you spend a lot of time and energy thinking about trading for someone when the answer is right there on your 40-man roster, but he might be worth giving an extended look. Sure he hit .192 in 73 Major League at bats, but he demonstrated big-time power at AAA Fresno that may or may not translate to the big leagues.

Larry Krueger made an interesting suggestion on KNBR about moving Andrew Susac to third base. I like the idea because it looks like his bat is for real, but it would probably take more than just one spring training to be serviceable at the hot corner.

That takes us back to what I think Giants fans will miss most about Sandoval in 2015. Believe it or not, I think it will be his defense. He sandoval at 3bwasn’t the greatest right handed hitter (.199 in 2014, yikes!) and he didn’t put up clean-up-hitter-type numbers. But he was really picking it at third and was fun to watch over there.

Thanks for the memories Pablo. From your three homers in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series to your catch and tumble for the final out in 2014 we will never forget you.

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PODCAST: World Series Game 7, Giants Are The Champs!

Posted on October 30th, 2014 by TheSportsVirus

Welcome to the INSIDE CHINA BASIN  GIANTS PODCAST

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In our final baseball podcast of 2014 we talk with San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea about the Giants 3-2 win over the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series to win their third title in the last five years.

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Check out our other Podcasts all year long. INSIDE CHINA BASIN is also available on ITUNES. PLUS YOU CAN NOW FIND US ON PLAYER.FMSTITCHER and our STITCHER WIDGET.

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PODCAST: World Series Game 6, Royals Blow Out Giants, Force Game 7

Posted on October 29th, 2014 by TheSportsVirus

Welcome to the INSIDE CHINA BASIN  GIANTS PODCAST

JohnSheafor the 2014 WORLD SERIES

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Tonight we talk about the Royals 10-0 win over the Giants in Game 6 with San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea. We also look ahead to Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City with Tim Hudson on the mound against Jeremy Guthrie.

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 Come back WEDNESDAY NIGHT AFTER GAME 7 for complete analysis with John Shea.

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Tonight we talk about the weekend at AT&T Park which saw the Giants take a 3-2 lead in the Series with San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea. He also sets us up for Game 6 on Tuesday night in Kansas City.

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PODCAST: World Series Game 3, Royals Take A 2-1 Series Lead

Posted on October 25th, 2014 by TheSportsVirus

Welcome to the INSIDE CHINA BASIN  GIANTS PODCAST

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Tonight we talk about the Giants 3-2 Game 3 loss at AT&T Park with San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea, who joins us for the entire World Series. We will set you up for Game 4 and discuss the benefits of sticking with Ryan Vogelsong.

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 Come back MONDAY for analysis of Games 4 and 5 of the World Series with John Shea.

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PODCAST: World Series Game 2, Royals Even It Up

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 by TheSportsVirus

Welcome to the INSIDE CHINA BASIN  GIANTS PODCAST

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Tonight we talk about the Giants 7-2 Game 2 loss in Kansas City with San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea, who joins us for the entire World Series. We will set you up for Game 3 at AT&T Park as well.

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 Come back FRIDAY for World Series Game 3 analysis with John Shea.

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PODCAST: World Series Game 1, Giants Win in KC

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by TheSportsVirus

Welcome to the INSIDE CHINA BASIN  GIANTS PODCAST

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Tonight we talk about the Giants 7-1 Game 1 win in Kansas City with San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea, who will join us for the entire World Series. We will set you up for Game 2 at Kauffman Stadium as well.

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 Come back WEDNESDAY for World Series Game 2 analysis with John Shea.

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PODCAST: Bobby Evans, VP and Assistant General Manager

Posted on September 26th, 2014 by TheSportsVirus

Welcome to the INSIDE CHINA BASIN Giants PodcastEVANS2

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Today’s guest is Giants Vice President and Assistant General Manager Bobby Evans, who joined us Thursday prior to the Giants game against San Diego. We chat about the season, Tim Lincecum’s status for a post season roster spot and pending free agents Pablo Sandoval and Sergio Romo.

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 Come back MONDAY for a Giants playoff preview.

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PODCAST: Jeremy Affeldt, Giants Pitcher

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by TheSportsVirus

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Today’s guest is Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt, who joined us Thursday prior to the Giants game against the Padres. We chat about the Giants clinching a post season berth and what to expect in a one game wild card playoff game Wednesday. Our thanks to Jeremy for being our regular guest throughout the season.

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PODCAST: JT Snow, Former Giants 1b, Part 2

Posted on September 21st, 2014 by TheSportsVirus

Welcome to the INSIDE CHINA BASIN Giants PodcastJTSNOW

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Today’s guest is former Giants 1B JT Snow, who joined us recently in Part 2 of our conversation. We talked about the 2002 World Series team and Barry Bonds. Snow had a 15-year Major League career which included 9 seasons in San Francisco. He won 6 Gold Glove Awards at 1B.

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 Come back THURSDAY for our next interview from AT&T Park.

Check out our other Podcasts all year long. INSIDE CHINA BASIN is also available on ITUNES. PLUS YOU CAN NOW FIND US ON PLAYER.FMSTITCHER and our STITCHER WIDGET.

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