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John Shea Part 2: “By The Time (Bumgarner) Gets Back He’s Not Going To Make A Difference”

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We get an update on Madison Bumgarner’s rehab with SF Chronicle columnist John Shea. Plus, we chat about trade possibilities.

Shea tells The Sports Virus how Madison Bumgarner is dealing with being out of action: “… He’s kind of a bulldog. He doesn’t like this business. When (Bryce) Harper and (Hunter) Strickland went at it, he wanted to be out there protecting and bumping heads, maybe throwing punches if need be. He couldn’t go on the field or else he’d be suspended. So, he just walked away and that was hard for him. He’s been a leader of this team. A physical, emotional, spiritual leader…This is all new for him and he’s just trying to adapt, but it’s really effected him and the team.”

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea Part 1 On Losing Streak: “How Can It Get Any Worse?”

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The Giants are experiencing a low point in franchise history, on pace to lose over 100 games. SF Chronicle columnist John Shea puts it all into perspective after their current losing streak reached 7 games with the Monday night loss in Atlanta.

Shea describes the scene for the Giants right now to The Sports Virus: “…(after being swept in Colorado) How can it get any worse? Then you come to Atlanta and the first game (Johnny) Cueto throws an amazing game and he leaves trailing 2-0 and then in a matter of moments the bullpen turns it into 9-0. It doesn’t matter what they do, in terms of good defense, well somebody else will blow it, good starting pitching, somebody else on the team on the team will blow it….so, they never do enough to win.”

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Come back WEDNESDAY for Part 2 of our conversation with John Shea.

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NBC’s Ahmed Fareed Part 2: Johnny Cueto At His Best “When He Is Having a Fun Time”

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Ahmed Fareed from NBC Sports Bay Area joins us to talk Giants baseball in part 2 of our conversation.

Fareed talked to The Sports Virus about Johnny Cueto: …“He’s at his highest performance level when he is out there enjoying himself and having a fun time…It’s hard to dig yourself out of a hole when you show up to work and it’s not a fun environment.”

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Join us next week when we get updated on the Giants road trip to Denver and Atlanta with John Shea from the SF Chronicle.

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NBC’s Ahmed Fareed: Giants “Have To Look Towards The Future…Can’t Be Stubborn”

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Ahmed Fareed from NBC Sports Bay Area joins us to talk about the Giants heading into their road trip to Denver and Atlanta in part 1 of our conversation.

Fareed talked to The Sports Virus about why the Giants should play their younger players: …“The offense is just so inconsistent and just not producing that you have to look towards the future and you can’t be stubborn. The danger for them is you don’t want to turn into the Phillies right after they had their run and then tried to hang on for one or two more runs with some aging veterans like Ryan Howard and some of the pitchers and it set them back…They gotta be smart about it.”

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Come back FRIDAY for part two of our conversation with Ahmed Fareed.

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Former Giant Will Clark: “We’ve Got To Get This Thing Turned Around Pretty Soon”

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Former Giants 1B Will Clark joins us to talk about the current team, the number 22 and Christian Arroyo.

Clark talked to The Sports Virus about Christian Arroyo: “…He was putting too much pressure on himself and then once he sorta calmed down, things started happening a little bit better for him, but then the organization made a change and sent him back to Triple-A. Since he’s been down in Triple-A he’s been swinging the bat well. It seems like he’s calmed down and relaxed a little bit more.  So now when you see him come back for the second time hopefully that little experience that he had will provide him with a little benefit and he’ll be able to take advantage of it a little bit more.”

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Come back THURSDAY for an interview with Ahmed Fareed from NBC Sports Bay Area.

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SF CF Denard Span Says Eventual “Full Strength” Giants Will Gain Confidence

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Giants CF Denard Span is our guest, explaining how the club is trying to get out of its first half funk. We also talk about his role as the leadoff hitter and even get his thoughts on the NBA Finals.

Span talked to The Sports Virus about why the Giants are optimistic despite a rough start: …“we just got Hunter (Pence) back off the DL and we’re still waiting on the big fella (Madison Bumgarner) to come back…once we get full strength it will be good and just give us some confidence knowing we have our opening day roster in tact.”

On his DL stint earlier this season: “Whenever you’re on the DL it’s kind of like a sad, lonely feeling, especially when you see the team not doing as well. The main thing you want to do when you are activated is try to bring some energy. That was my main focus.”

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Join us Monday for a conversation with Will Clark.

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Sacramento River Cats Voice Johnny Doskow Updates Us On Future Giants

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Sacramento Play-By-Play Announcer Johnny Doskow joins us to talk about Tyler Beede, Christian Arroyo, Chris Shaw and the rest of the River Cats, the Giants AAA affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.

Doskow talked to The Sports Virus about Chris Shaw: …“His swing is so fluid. You don’t miss watching him take BP…He’s such a humble kid, but a confident kid. He uses the entire field,  great swing. He’s got a great future. He’s fun to watch.”

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Brewers Voice Brian Anderson: Posey Low RBI Total Due To “Not Getting Hittable Pitches”

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The Giants are in Milwaukee for a series and Brewers TV Broadcaster Brian Anderson fills us in on what’s happening with his club. Brian also serves as play-by-play announcer for TNT.

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Anderson weighs in with The Sports Virus on Buster Posey’s low RBI total so far: “…He’s not getting the hittable pitches that he would normally if he had a series of really big weapons behind him. No offense to Brandon Belt, they’re all having down years. So, right now the Giants are a team that you’re going into it saying, ok, by no means is Buster Posey going to beat us and we’re going to take our chances. So, then if you’re Buster Posey what’s the next level for you? You’re gonna expand your strike zone, you know you’re being counted on, that’s going to effect your run producing story. So, it’s just kind of a perfect storm of just lack of production offensively around Posey…he’s still elite in every perspective. My guess is he’ll rally up and he’ll have a good year.”

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Mark Purdy On Giants Becoming Sellers: “I Don’t Think They Should Rule Out Anything”

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Bay Area News Group Columnist Mark Purdy joins us in the aftermath of the Hunter Strickland/Bryce Harper fight to talk about Buster Posey’s role. We also tackle the difficult question of whether the Giants should be sellers sooner rather than later after a terrible start to the season.

Purdy talked to The Sports Virus about the Giants possibly becoming sellers before the trade deadline : …“you have a plan that’s like two or three years out. I don’t think the Giants are in a market where you want to go through a full three, four, five year rebuilding project like some teams do …you have to decide which of those (core) guys you want…I don’t think they should rule out anything. You don’t just break up the team to break it up, you’ve got to have an architecture in place…I love watching (Johnny Cueto) pitch and he’s maybe their best guy right now, but if he has value that can get them where they want to be in two or three years then you’ve got to make that move.”

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SF Chronicle’s John Shea: “Maybe Trading Johnny Cueto Is The Way To Go” If SF Is Out Of Race

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea is our guest. In part 2 of our conversation we chat about whether or not Johnny Cueto remains a Giant and Dusty Baker’s kid Darren going from the cute World Series bat boy to a Major League prospect.

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Shea tells The Sports Virus about Johnny Cueto’s status a Giant: …“It’s not the same old Johnny Cueto (5-4, 4.37 ERA). But, I think he’ll still be a popular figure come the trade deadline whether the Giants want to unload him or not, whether they think he’ll opt out and they would get nothing for him because he would be a free agent…If you’re the Giants and you’re still 10 games back at the deadline and you pretty much know you’re not going to make the playoffs, maybe trading Johnny Cueto is the way to go. ”

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Come back FRIDAY for Mark Purdy of the Bay Area News Group.

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