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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria Optimistic About 2019

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The Gold Glove left side of the Giants infield is back healthy and ready for a productive season. After injuries derailed SS Brandon Crawford and 3B  Evan Longoria in 2018, they are poised to produce at previous career levels both at the plate and in the field.

Crawford told TheSportsVirus that a knee issue hindered his swing in the second half of last season and he had other problems:

“The biggest thing was swinging at good pitches…When you’re going through a little bit of a dry spell you start getting a little more anxious and you’re swinging at pitches that you that you don’t necessarily want to be swinging at and getting yourself out because of it.”

Longoria has developed a strategy for hitting at Oracle Park:

“You’ve just got to take your base hits here. It is a tough ballpark to leave the yard and it’s just an overall more difficult ballpark to hit in with the weather. I think it’s more about trying to grind through at bats here and hit line drives. It took me probably three quarters of the year to get into that mind set…I’m positive that I’ll be more comfortable stepping into the box in game one this year than I was last year and I think that will translate into some better production.”

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Join us again next week when we hear from pitchers Chris Stratton and Mark Melancon.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: USA Today’s Jorge Ortiz From The All Star Game In Washington, DC

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USA Today reporter Jorge Ortiz is our guest from Washington, DC prior to the 2018 All Star game. We chat about Brandon Crawford’s first half success that led to him getting the nod as the starting shortstop for the National League. Jorge recently did a piece on Crawford’s NL double play partner Javier Baez.  We also discuss the impact of the young players for the Giants so far this season. After the All Star game, Ortiz is moving over to the news department at USA Today. He spent 31 years as a sportswriter and the Giants celebrated his time covering the team with a tribute that included a cake and jersey (courtesy of Giants Senior Director of Broadcast Services Maria Jacinto).

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Join us again later this week when Ray Woodson joins us to talk about the All Star game.

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Giants Guests: Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik, Cory Gearrin and Aramis Garcia

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For our final spring training podcast of 2018 we hear from the Giants double play combination of Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik at media day prior to the Cactus League. Plus conversations with RHP Cory Gearrin and C Aramis Garcia from Scottsdale, AZ.

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Join us next week for our final spring training podcast!

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SF Chronicle’s John Shea On “Wrong Time” For Crawford, Cueto Injuries & Vin Scully

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We talk about the Giants struggles against the Padres, dealing with injuries to Brandon Crawford and Johnny Cueto and the end of the great career of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully with SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea.

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 Shea talked to The Sports Virus about the injuries to Brandon Crawford and Johnny Cueto against the Dodgers:

… “It’s just the wrong time for this to happen… It’s just not great for moral, not an emotional boost when you lose two key figures like that. But, on the positive side, neither is supposed to miss much time.”

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Come back SATURDAY when Steve Bitker from KCBS in San Francisco is scheduled to be our guest.

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SF Chronicle’s John Shea:”The Frustration Angle Is Hitting Everybody On This Team”

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We talk about the Giants offensive frustration with our regular guest SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea in part 2 of our conversation.

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 Shea tells The Sports Virus about anger on field:

… “They’re not handling it well because they’re not bouncing back from being in a hole. They’re not digging themselves out…(Eduardo) Nunez just rockets a ball to third base for the third out. So, he throws down his helmet. He kicks his helmet…(Buster) Posey threw a bat about 30 yards late in the game Sunday. He grounded sharply to shortstop, right at the guy and he just fired it towards the Giants dugout. The frustration angle is hitting everybody on this team.”

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Come back FRIDAY for another special guest as the Giants road trip continues

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MLB Official Scorer Michael Duca On Giants Newcomers

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Major League Baseball Official  Scorer Michael Duca  joins us to analyze the Giants trade deadline moves and what they need to do to win the NL West.

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 The Sports Virus talked to Duca about the Giants acquiring Matt Moore from Tampa Bay:

… “When the Giants go shopping at the trade deadline, while everybody else heads off to Macy’s to see what’s available, the Giants go down and shop on Rodeo drive. They are only willing to look at young, proven talent that is under contract for an extended period of time or old guys who are cheap two month rentals. In Matt Moore’s case he’s under control for three more years at team prices or options that are very friendly.”

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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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