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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson Assesses Giants Playoff Push, Risky MLB NLCS/WS Fan Plans

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Former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson joins Inside China Basin to give his thoughts on the Giants outlook for the post season with six games to go in the regular season. We also discuss MLB’s plans to have fans in the stands at the NLCS and World Series.

Woodson on Giants pitching during the final playoff push: “They’re going to have to cobble it all together with the bullpen because it really is all hands on deck now. You’re going to have to manage like it’s a playoff game and I think you’ll see that reflected in how Gabe Kapler gives starting pitchers a much shorter leash.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Mariners TV Voice Dave Sims on Smoke and Smoak, Seaver and Brock

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Seattle Mariners television play-by-play announcer Dave Sims joins Inside China Basin to talk about the mid-week series against the Giants which was moved from Seattle to San Francisco due to unhealthy air quality in the Pacific Northwest. He gives tells us a bit about new Giant and former Mariner Justin Smoak and reminisces about Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Lou Brock who recently passed away.

Sims on new Giants acquisition Justin Smoak who played for the Mariners 2010-2014: “For a big man he’s got good hands and good feet around first base…His deal is power. He’s going to swing and miss and he’s not going to hit for much of an average (career .229 batting average), but he can run into some fastballs.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson On Giants Final Month Outlook, Joey Bart’s Progress

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Former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson joins Inside China Basin to give his thoughts on the Giants outlook for the post season as they begin the final month of the regular season. He also evaluates rookie catcher Joey Bart and discusses who should be the closer.

Woodson on Joey Bart: “There’s no doubt that when he makes contact that it is loud contact to all fields. He’s got impressive power…It’s just going to take some time. He’s a smart player. He’s definitely coachable. You’ve got to have him go out there and learn the hard way.”

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Bart photo courtesy:  SF Chronicle

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Bob Nightengale/USA Today: Gabe Kapler is “Perfect” for SF

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USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale joins the Inside China Basin podcast to share his reaction to Giants manager Gabe Kapler and some players kneeling during the national anthem before the exhibition game Monday against the A’s. As we approach the regular season opener Thursday, he gives his thoughts on the Giants chances in a short season without All Star catcher Buster Posey.

Nightengale on new manager Gabe Kapler, who made headlines on Monday when he knelt during the national anthem: “I think he’s the perfect manager for a city like San Francisco. A very liberal guy. Very wide open. Introspective. I’m not sure Gabe Kapler could have (knelt during the national anthem) in Philadelphia to tell you the truth. I’m not sure the fans would have gone for that, but I think in the Bay Area, perfect.”

Bob on the Giants chances to contend in a 60-game season: “It’s going to be a fun team to watch…I think the Giants could surprise people. The fact they have these veterans and everything else. I like the veteran teams rather than the young teams in a situation like this.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson Reacts To Buster Posey Opting Out Of 2020 Season

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Former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson joins us as we get ready for the shortened 2020 season.

Ray reacts to the news that Buster Posey has chosen to opt out of the Giants season. We discuss the impact on Posey’s legacy and how Major League Baseball might be effected as it attempts to play through a pandemic.

Ray on Posey’s decision: “He showed where his priority is and I think it’s a message to all of us of what’s most important here, it’s safety and especially those who are more vulnerable in our population. Care about them first, we can deal with others later on, but first you have to live to fight another day…That statement he made yesterday is the most important as far as the Giants season, but also the most important as far as his career because he’s setting an example. The stuff he’s done on the field of course has made millions of people happy over the years…Those games were great moments in a lot of people’s lives, but in the end it’s about saving lives and Buster is making a strong statement about that. I think that’s something that will resonate as part of his legacy a long time after his playing days are over.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Travis Ishikawa Reminisces About 2014 NLCS Game-Winning HR

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Giants post season hero Travis Ishikawa joins us to reminisce about his game-winning home run in game 5 of the 2014 NLCS that sent San Francisco to the World Series.

“It was just one of those moments where I was able to tune everything out, kind of like Kevin Costner in that “For Love Of The Game” movie where he was able to silence it…When I first hit it, just looking at the trajectory of the ball I said dang it, I hit it good but it’s going to be right at him (the right fielder). I can still remember that moment like it’s in slow motion. I can remember the crowd getting louder and louder. They knew it was game over.

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Photos courtesy of Around The Foghorn and Bleacher Report. Play-By-Play calls courtesy FOX Sports and KNBR.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Former Giants Reliever George Kontos Reflects On His Career In SF

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George Kontos joins the SF Giants Inside China Basin podcast to talk about his 8-year Major League career which has included 300 appearances over 6 years with the Giants. His journey is a story of perseverance which includes Tommy John surgery and surprisingly getting selected on waivers by the Pirates. In this podcast, Kontos talks about the thrill of being a 2-time World Series champion and the emotions of playing against his favorite childhood team, the Chicago Cubs. 

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ahmed Fareed From NBC Sports Reminisces About His Bay Area Days

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Today we catch up with former NBC Sports Bay Area Giants pre-game/post-game host Ahmed Fareed, who is currently with NBC Sports Network.  We talk about his career and his San Francisco memories. “I really miss” covering the Giants, says Fareed. 

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Author Joan Ryan and Ray Woodson Talk Baseball Chemistry

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Today we talk about baseball team chemistry with Joan Ryan, who authored the book Intangibles. Ryan is a former sport columnist who interviewed a lot of players and managers on the subject and drew some interesting conclusions. We discuss how team chemistry had a great impact on Giants teams over the last 30 years.

Former KNBR Radio Giants post game show host Ray Woodson also gives his take on the subject. 

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Shawn Estes (NBC Sports Bay Area), Michael Duca (Author)

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Today former Giants LHP Shawn Estes joins us to talk about his career as an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area and he tells some great stories from his playing career. Michael Duca, who is the co-author of the book The Baseball Codes is also our guest.

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