Posts Tagged ‘San Jose’

Bochy-ing That One…

March 9, 2012

Jamblinman’s the name, being punny’s my game! As much as I just want to sit here and absolutely tear the San Francisco Giants’ manager a new one…I can’t. I respect Bruce Bochy. And I’m tired of being so angry all the time.

Okay, that second part isn’t true. But still, I’ll quash the little devil in a Dodgers jersey whispering in my ear and try to be fair and sensible in today’s blog. That being said, what Bochy did at Spring Training this week was absolutely ludicrous and wrong.

Oh, you haven’t heard yet? Here, let me help you out. Don’t scoff at this – it IS news (for once…way to go, Yahoo!). Pete Rose is banned from baseball for violating what amounts to an unwritten rule; a silent code if you will. A-Rod almost got his face ripped off by Dallas Braden for breaking an unwritten rule. And now Bochy has joined a club he doesn’t belong in.

Luckily, the Giants quickly rectified the situation and did solid damage control. But it worries me that Bochy even went there in the first place. I could understand someone like Ozzie Guillen pulling shit like removing another team’s scout from the stands during practice, but not Bochy.

Why is this a big deal, you ask? First of all, because you just don’t do it. This isn’t Rajon Rondo listening in on another team’s huddle. This isn’t a Patriots employee video taping the Jets’ walk-through. This is not immoral or illegal in any way. It’s a scout, well…scouting.

Unless Bochy and the Giants were working on a super secret new hit-and-run play that is going to revolutionize the game as we know it, there is no violation here. And no, they weren’t doing that. Mostly because the Giants couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn so they won’t worry about hit-and-runs. ZING had to do it.

As the Yahoo! article states, anything that has to be secret in baseball is done in the clubhouse. Nobody stands on an open diamond and yells, “HEY GUYS! LISTEN UP! THIS YEAR, WHEN I TOUCH MY BELT, THEN MY NOSE, THEN MY BELT AGAIN, IT’S A DELAYED STEAL! DON’T TELL ANYONE!”

Plus, did Bochy not realize that his shenanigans might get his own team’s scouts some rough treatment when they try to scout other teams? Oops.

The disgraced scout told Yahoo! that he was there to scout the Giants’ outfield arms. Chances are, that’s exactly what he was doing. And even if he wasn’t, so what? Baseball is the most simply complicated game in the history of the world. There are strategic intricacies to every pitch and every play and that’s why I love it.

But, everyone knows the same strategies and how to execute them – it just comes down to who does it better.

Between the A’s-to-San-Jose fiasco and now Bochy being a bum, the Giants are really starting to rub me the wrong way. And if I’m getting that feeling one week into Spring Training, you can imagine how fiercely I’ll take this rivalry in 2012.

Let’s just all make sure that if we watch the Giants warming up this season, to warn Bochy ahead of time that you come in peace.

Bay Area Battle

March 8, 2012

Let me get this out of the way: I hate the San Francisco Giants. More than war and famine (if you haven’t seen this movie, you’re gonna think I’m a horrible person…). More than Hitler. Okay, that’s messed up. But I really hate them. And their seemingly endless scuffle with the Oakland A’s over property rights in San Jose isn’t making things any better.

The poor A’s just want to get out of arguably the worst professional sports venue in America. If you’ve never been to o.Co Coliseum (they’ve changed the name a million times in my lifetime, but this is the longest-standing one I can remember), consider yourself lucky.

My high school field had more charm to it than o.Co. Well, my high school team might also have been better than the A’s will be in 2012, but that’s besides the point. Back in the 80’s, the Giants were in the A’s situation and Oakland very graciously gave them the rights to San Jose. As a kind gesture.

Now the Giants organization is holding those same rights hostage against the A’s. Who cares if it’s the best thing for baseball? The Giants must have that extra television market, apparently.

The only way in which the A’s are competition to the Giants is in interleague series and the television market. The fact that they won’t give the A’s the rights to San Jose and are dragging the entire ordeal out for so long just further proves the point that baseball revolves around money in an evil way.

Right now, as much as I hate to say this, the Giants ARE the Bay Area’s baseball team. But if the A’s are good too, it’s still good for business. Even better, it’s good for baseball. The A’s are an iconic franchise with a fantastic GM, but they can’t afford to even put together a contending team for more than a couple of fluke seasons at a time.

I just hope the Giants and Bud Selig come to their senses soon and get this thing taken care of. The longer they wait, the angrier I get, the more likely I am to march into San Francisco and do THIS. Yup.

 


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