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Derek Law: ’17 “Very Aggravating” Paul Gackle: “You Can’t Really Win A Job In September”

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Law and Order is still a popular TV show but how about Law and Gackle? That’s OUR show today as Giants reliever Derek Law and San Jose Mercury News reporter Paul Gackle join us from AT&T Park in San Francisco in conversations that we had on Sunday.

Law talked to The Sports Virus about this losing season for the Giants: “…Definitely very aggravating. Nobody wants to lose as many games as we lost so far. I could tell that the vibe definitely changed since I left (for the minors). When I left everyone was really down, everybody was kind of pressing…Now everybody’s just kind of having fun, trying to get the job done. If we can do a good job and put some wins together and take that into next year it will carry over for sure.”

The Sports Virus talked to Paul Gackle about September baseball evaluations: “…If somebody comes up and they have a nice September that’s a good start to next year, but I wouldn’t give a guy a job based on what he does on a September call-up. I think that has to continue into spring training and that’s where you really make your evaluation…You can’t really win a job in September.”

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Come back FRIDAY for our conversation with Giants rookie Ryder Jones.

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Scott Ostler: Giants “Magic Disappeared Like A Big Cloud That Just Got Blown Away”

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San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler has the solution to all of the woes for the Giants and Major League baseball! Just kidding. Actually, Scott does give us his takes on what the Giants might be thinking heading into the off-season and he tackles the MLB replay, pace of game issues.

Ostler talked to The Sports Virus about what happened to the Giants this season: …“There’s kind of a magic  that either happens or doesn’t happen. One year you’ve got Aubrey Huff as one of your team leaders. How bizarre is that? Nobody would ever figure that into any kind of equation. And yet it worked and it made the team better…It was a magical way that things fell together in each of those three (championship) years in a different way. This year that magic just disappeared. You can’t always put your finger on it. Sometimes it’s just like a big cloud that just got blown away.”

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Join us Wednesday when we hear from Giants RHP Derek Law and San Jose Mercury News reporter Paul Gackle.

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John Shea On SF Bullpen: “You Wonder How Much Faith They’re Going To Give These Guys”

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea joins us to discuss which Giants are making a statement heading into the final month of the season.

Shea talked to The Sports Virus about the future of the young guns in the Giants bullpen: “…You wonder how much faith they’re going to give these guys again next year because they gave them every opportunity this year and it hasn’t worked out…(As far as veterans) They could say we’ll have Will Smith, we’ll have (Sam) Dyson, we’ll have (Mark) Melancon and they didn’t have those three guys all season.”

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John Shea On Buster Posey: “You’re Seeing The Frustration Develop And Show On The Field”

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea joins us to talk about which Giants players should stay and which should go as tough decisions are on the horizon after a losing season. We also chat about how Buster Posey is dealing with not being on a contending team for the first time in his career.

The Sports Virus criticized Buster Posey for his comments after the hit-by-pitch by Phillies pitcher Hector Neris. Shea talked about Posey dealing with a losing year: “…(Bruce) Bochy really didn’t put out the flames the next day when he called Neris an idiot…That’s the epitome of frustration. Two guys who go out of character to accuse a guy of something that most people might think is an innocent act…It’s been a frustrating year for Posey. He is used to winning. This is Derek Jeter West. A guy who just showed up and started winning titles right away and a big reason the titles were won was because of him, just like Jeter. Jeter never went through a year like this…You’re seeing the frustration develop and show on the field and Posey’s always been reserved and constrained when it comes to showing emotion…This year is totally different.”

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Ray Woodson On Giants Injuries: “They’ve Not Been Able To Evaluate These Young Players”

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Ray Woodson joins us for a special announcement about a new podcast and to chat about the Giants future.

Woodson talked to The Sports Virus about how injuries to prospects have hit the Giants hard this season: …“They’ve not been able to evaluate these young players like they wanted to and that slows their development and it slows the clock getting them up here and seeing what they can do at the Major League level.”

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USA Today’s Jorge Ortiz On Posey Outburst: “I Like Seeing That Spunk Out Of Buster”

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USA Today baseball writer Jorge Ortiz joins us in part 2 of our conversation to chat about Buster Posey’s comments after being hit by a pitch and the future of Johnny Cueto.

Ortiz talked to The Sports Virus about Buster Posey being upset after a recent hit by pitch: “…I like seeing that spunk out of Buster because Buster is a guy who keeps all his emotion inside and all the passion inside and you know he has it…It’s not going to be what Buster is going to do all the time, but I like it because this is kind of a lost season, it would be easy to kind of stop caring but you know guys like that still do care and I like seeing it with my own eyes instead of just assume he has that passion because of the terrific player he is.”

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Jorge Ortiz: Panda “Can Buy You Time At 3B So You Don’t Have To Rush Christian Arroyo”

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USA Today baseball writer Jorge Ortiz joined us from San Francisco. In part 1 of our conversation he chats with us about Jarrett Parker and the outfield situation as well as Pablo Sandoval.

Ortiz talked to The Sports Virus about Pablo Sandoval: “…(Bruce) Bochy said that he thinks his swing is really close. If they can get a semblance of the old Pablo they’re in a no lose situation with him because for one they wouldn’t mind giving Christian Arroyo more time to develop in the minors particularly since so much of this has been a wasted season. You have a guy who’s lively, who maybe can still swing the bat well and who can buy you that time at third base so you don’t have to rush Christian Arroyo.”

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Mark Purdy Reflects On Career And How McCovey Cove Got Its Name: “It Just All Fit”

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Mark Purdy recently retired after 33 years at the San Jose Mercury News. Today he reflects on his career and how the area beyond the right field wall became known as McCovey Cove. .

Purdy told the story of how McCovey Cove got its name after he suggested it in San Jose Mercury News columns: …“I got ahold of (Willie) McCovey and we ended up having lunch. I think he felt that he had been kind of relegated maybe to the background…(After McCovey approved of the name) I talked to JT Snow, I said what do you know about Willie McCovey? He said, ‘Not a lot.’ So, I wrote a column and talked to (Giants CEO) Larry Baer and said look, McCovey really deserves this and your own first baseman doesn’t really know a lot about Willie McCovey. This is a chance if you put his name on that body of water it keeps his name (out there). If Willie were playing there he would hit a lot of balls in that (water)…It just all fit…Shortly after that Larry Baer came to me and said, ‘You know what, we’re going to do it.’”

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Mark Purdy On The Panda’s Future: “Pablo Isn’t Perfect, But What’s The Alternative?”

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Mark Purdy recently retired after 33 years at the San Jose Mercury News. Today he joins us to talk about the Giants present and future.

Purdy debated withThe Sports Virus about whether or not Pablo Sandoval has a future in San Francisco: “…Pablo isn’t perfect, but what’s the alternative? If they can find a better alternative, they’ll go with that.  If Pablo works hard in the off-season and then shows that he can sustain this and he’s gonna be a really cheap guy because they’ve got a lot of money in at a lot of other positions, then you’ve got to at least consider it.”

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John Shea On Giancarlo Stanton To SF Possibility: “The Giants Sort Of Owe Their Fans Something”

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea joins us for part 2 of our conversation. Just prior to the start of the Giants/Marlins series in Miami we discuss the possibility of Giancarlo Stanton being acquired by the Giants. Plus, Mark Melancon’s goals for the rest of 2017.

The Sports Virus suggested that it might be far-fetched to think the Giants would have a chance to acquire Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Shea weighed in: “…Is it far fetched? Here’s a Giants team that will have Matt Cain off the books, $20 million…we don’t know yet about Johnny Cueto and whether he opts out or remains next year, that’s $20 plus million…There are players with big contracts that they may not necessarily appreciate anymore…The Giants sort of owe their fans something.”

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Come back FRIDAY when we talk with Mark Purdy, who recently retired from the Bay Area News Group.

 

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