Monday, November 1, 2010

       Certainly, with its history of having the most users during
the Steroid Era, you’d think the Giants powers-that-be would  at least check out their new ‘castoffs’ better.  Wait, they knew.   Jose Guillen, who we now learn
was having HGH circumvented to him through his wife at the end of this season,  is a classic case of a guy other teams don’t want
that the Giants   pick up, i.e. damaged
goods.   Same management,  same scenario involving   at least six Giants players later implicated
for using steroids  (MItchelll Report)  during the 2000′s,  including   Barry
Bonds and Marvin Bernard  who,  by the way,    just   personally admitted to using steroids while
helping the Giants to their 2002 entry into the World Series; the Giants had
the moxie , the nerve to invite these guys back to help them celebrate the 2010
version of the world series in San Francisco  . Call it the steroid reunion, not a great tradition the Giants have brought back
on themselves while they  trying to win
its first World Series in 56 years.
                Do people care?  Certainly
the Giants management doesn’t seem to,
while even bringing back   former players who were known steroid users to help celebrate WS; Bonds threw out
the first ball in game two of the series, while suggesting he be the new
hitting coach. Certainly the fans in San Francisco have never cared and would
probably be delighted to see him coaching.  Witness the ovation for Bonds at the game,
only months before his perjury trial for lying about using steroids.  But, around the country and world  we’re not so sure the others don’t care. The
Giants are probably the most disliked team in
the majors , perhaps largely for leading the lead majors in ‘roided and illegally

drugged  players – which continues to
this day.
            The Giants were well aware that
Guillen was a twice fingered steroid user (Mitchell Report), in 2002 and 2005
when they acquired him for their stretch drive in August. When he was  mysteriously
 left off the team playoff roster,
the Giants  said it was due to a neck
injury.  We now learn , through the
diligent work of New York Times reporters, that Major League Baseball pressured
the Giants not to use Guillen in the playoffs and World Series.  Giant’s
head men Larry Baer and GM Brian Sabean
have  come up some great excuses
as they continue to  win at any cost, pursuing  the ‘rare window of opportunity’ this year.    Guillen
had been a significant factor in bringing the Giants to this year’s   WS ,
with a number of key hits in September.
            Now, eight years later the Giants haven’t
learned. For them, its ‘win at any cost.’
And,  it may not be over.  ‘ The feared beards’ of 2010 may be fun, but
there may be more serious stuff lurking
behind them .    As a result of the new Guillen allegations we
decided to look more closely at some
other numbers – and players.  Two
cases in point, to go along with Guillen:
             Giant shortstop Jose Uribe,  who in May, 2009  defended Latin players for using steroids, has
himself hit more homers this year (24), at age 33 in a large, cold homer-unfriendly  ball bark ( San Francisco’s AT&T) than
at any other time in his career.
           Newly acquired cast-off, veteran outfielder
Cody Ross,  who only hit only 11 homers  in 487 at bats with the Florida Marlins, has   hit 8
homers with the Giants in roughly 100 at bats since coming to the Giants; that’s
homer for roughly every 12 at bats, 
Bonds territory.  His remarkable 3 homers
in his first 6 career playoff games puts him in a rare class achieved by only a
handful of big time players and a number
of known and suspected steroid users. Since then, he’s hit another   homer  in game three    World
Series games and his last out, a half hearted swing against reliever Felice
nearly went out of the park. Ross’ .288 batting average since coming to the Giants,
is the highest in his career other than 2006 when he played in only 66 games.
This for a guy in his thirties, playing in
a large , cold, hitter-unfriendly
           As a team,  the Giants have gone from a .500 plus team at
All Star Break to having the best record in baseball the past two months,
finishing twenty games over .500.  It’s interesting that sudden upsurge has
happened  after the additions of Ross  and   Guillen .  
            Certainly it is without   intent  to convict  anyone in the media, however, we feel it’s
important to at least  bring up
questions.  That’s what the media is
for.  People can do what they want with
this information.  For us, it brings up
new concerns about the Giants – especially when
they can influence, and probably already have , something as important
as  the world series  . Baseball itself, led by commissioner Bud
Selig, who   may still not be doing enough to clean up
remaining drug tracks.  (As an aside,   Selig
has said nothing on the Guillen issue; he’s been more intent on congratulating
baseball and FOX  for the  25% drop in TV viewership  during the first two games of the series.
                 I’ve been a long-suffering
Giants fan, too, since 1962. I went to that series but don’t remember anyone
using steroids.  But, I have trouble
following them anymore, especially with this latest news.  Some may turn a blind eye , but  we
remember and prefer a more natural style of  honest,
old-school baseball and we hope there are others out there that are just
as concerned as we are. May some  investigative reporters dig into this story to
bring out the real truth about the Giants and Steroids in 2010 , just as those
two Chronicle reporters broke the Bonds story some years ago.  More info at


Time to let Geren  go.
Just on tonights and last nights performance alone… not to mention the rest of
1) Did you see what the As manager did tonight? He walks
Morneau, pinch hitting with no outs and nobody on base!
On top of that , Morneau was under the weather and Ziegler doesn’t give up many
home runs.
Ziegler walks the next guy (probably still in shock for being asked to walk a
guy with nobody on base) which puts Morneau in scoring position and next guy
hits base hit to score him…
You don’t walk a batter whoever it is when no outs or even one out and nobody
on base, even Barry Bonds…
Rediculous. Unbelievable. Plus Ziegler doesn’t give up homers anyway so worse
that would have happended is Morneau gets
a hit , no different than a walk. If a guy on second base I could maybe
2) they’re was another controversial call Geren didn’t react to in the
fifth, which I missed… people talking about…
3) Plus they’re letting Raj Davis try to be a homerun hitter instead of
building runs, which he’s meant to do… he’s not a
homer hitter. He’s supposed to just get to first base so he can steal.
4) Geren has no consistent plan with the bullpen.
He left Ziegler in to face four lefties in alone for example.
5) No lineup tonight. If you want to rest one of the top three players
(eg Sweeney hurting) but all three?
Especially against a top pictcher like the Twins’ Luriano. Why are Fox and
Patterson playing with .200 averages?
Any number of others could do much better…
Let them go to options if they have to… Tonights lineup was pathetic. Even
Jack Cust is a improvement
over those guys… Geren just about gives up the game before its started.
Somehow the A’s stayed close so Geren
gets another chance to give up the game in the 9th by walking a hitter with
nobody on base.
6) Injuries – no excuse. Tired of As using the injury excuse. The lineup
was not injured , only some pitchers…
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Last night there was no reason to play Patterson shallow in the 9th. . You never
do that in a close game, late innings..
If Beane keeps Geren around this will be a reflection on Beane. Geren simply
puts players like Patterson in a position
to fail.
No wonder more people aren’t coming to the ballpark. I desperately want to go
but when the A’s keep pulling this stuff I can’t take it.