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Episode #182: Thank You Boch

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Thank you, Boch.

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Thank you, Boch.

There’s no other way to put it. 2003 wins. 3 World Series Championships. Innumerable memories.

Bruce Bochy managed his last major league game on Sunday, and we were witness to one of the greatest send-offs a manager could ever have.

He is forever Giant.

Check out episode 183 for a summary of the last week in Giants’ baseball, our playoff predictions and more, but episode 182 is all about Boch.

Enjoy.

 

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Last Time Yankees Visited San Francisco: A Photo Walk Down Memory Lane

I promised during our last podcast that I would post photos that I took when I attended the Yankees vs. Giants game on June 24, 2007, the last time the Yanks visited SF before this past weekend series. But, then I took the family to Tahoe, we saw Endgame, and life happened.

I finally dug out those old photos from the dusty Drobo and have posted a selection below. My god. I have photos of not just Bonds and Clemens, but Hideki Matsui, Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, Jorge Posada, Omar Vizquel, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Mussina, Joe Torre and others. A who’s who of Hall of Famers and should be Hall of Famers.

The Giants won that day, 7-2. Roger Clemens came in for relief and ended up walking Bonds. It was a very rare relief appearance for the Rocket.

Anyway, I’d like to remember this day over the past weekend sweep. Box score is here. Revel in the recent history of Yankees vs. Giants baseball!

 

Below is a 7 photo series of a single hit by Barry Bonds in his first AB against Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees on June 24, 2007. Photos by Chad King.

 

 

Below is a 3 photo series of a swing by Derek Jeter against the Giants on June 24, 2007. Photos by Chad King.

 

Below is Roger Clemens delivering a pitch in a very rare relief appearance. Photos by Chad King.

 

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Barry Bonds catching a fly ball in left field in front of his tribute fence marquee. Omar Vizquel is in the foreground. This photo was taken by Chad King on June 24, 2007 when the Giants faced the Yankees.

 

Unfortunately, my telephoto lens couldn’t quite fit both Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds completely within the same frame, so here are a few shots that you can piece together in your mind during their historic meeting. Bonds ended up walking.

 

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Joe Torre coming to the mound to take out Mike Mussina when the Yankees faced the Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Joe Torre leaving the mound after taking out Mike Mussina when the Yankees faced the Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

 

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Alex Rodriguez swings at a pitch against the San Francisco Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Mike Mussina of the Yankees delivers a pitch with Alex Rodriguez ready at third on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King

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Hideki Matsui of the Yankees bats against the SF Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Jorge Posada of the Yankees bats against the SF Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Bobby Abreu of the Yankees bats against the SF Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Mike Mussina of the Yankees delivers a pitch against the SF Giants on June 24, 2007. Photo by Chad King.

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Barry Bonds had 749 homeruns on June 24, 2007 when the Giants faced the Yankees. Photo by Chad King.

 

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Episode #150: #25 is Retired

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Barry Bonds finally had his number retired on Saturday. Photo: Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

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Eric and Chad talk about Barry Bonds’ #25 being retired (Willie Mays’ and Barry Bonds’ speeches are at the end of the podcast) and all of our memories watching him as fans before we started this podcast. We also review the split of a four game series with the Pirates and focus on the emerging star of Dereck Rodriguez, whose name, if you Google it, still comes up with his dad’s picture first (Pudge)!

The Giants need to play with some sense of urgency right now. Sitting 6 games back of Arizona with 43 to play, they need to do well on this 10 game road trip, starting with 3 in LA. Tonight, it’ll be a classic matchup: MadBum vs. Kershaw.

It’s a tough road, but stranger things have happened.

Enjoy episode #150!

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Episode #133: Pitchers and Catchers are Reporting…Soon!

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Photo via @SFGiants Twitter account.

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It’s true, the Giants’ pitchers and catchers are reporting in less in a week. A few mere days until we can claim that we smell the fresh cut grass and hear the crack of the bat echo through our collective skulls.

Until then, Eric and Chad talk about Barry Bonds’ #25 being retired in August, despite not being the Hall of Fame (a Giant requisite for a retired number), the clash between the MLB players’ association and MLB about the lack of free agent signings, Chad will be covering the Giants at Media Day on Friday, and Eric has been writing a metric ton on torturecast.com. Seriously. Go there. Read it. It’s good stuff!

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25 Giant Facts and Figures about Barry Bonds

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Photo via @SFGiants Twitter account. 

The San Francisco Giants announced yesterday that on August 11, before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, they will finally retire the number 25 in honor of Barry Lamar Bonds. This video is so cool, I wish it were longer.

 

The Giants usually only retire the numbers of players who made the Hall of Fame. After 6 years of the greatest hitter any of us has ever seen getting shut out of the hall, the Giants decided to make their own decision.

 

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Episode #132: Hot Hot Stove: Longo and Cutch!

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Andrew McCutchen has joined the Giants via a trade last week. Last month, they acquired third baseman Evan Longoria via trade, and this week, they signed outfielder Austin Jackson.

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In episode 132, Eric and Chad talk about the big signing for the Giants this off-season. We also talk potential lineup options, pitching rotation, and Hall of Fame results.

 

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Can The Giants Come Back And Make The Playoffs?

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Sitting at just 17-25, the San Francisco Giants are a long shot to make the playoffs in 2017. Even after their wonderful 5-2 home stand, the Giants are in 4th place in the NL West, around 9 games behind the first place Rockies.

A week ago, Chad an I recorded a podcast in which the basic theme was, “now or never”. Since the Giants recently reeled off a 5-game winning streak, and seem to be playing better ball, it got me wondering if they could possibly rebound from their bad start and make the postseason. I’m going to try to some answer some questions and see if we can look into the future and predict if the Giants can make it. All stats are from the Wild Card Era (1995-present).

Has a team in the Wild Card Era started this bad and still made the playoffs?

Yes. There is hope. Continue reading

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The Friday Five: Barry Returns

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Are you ready for an old friend to drop in?  I am. This 5-game losing streak sucks and the San Francisco Giants could use some inspiration. The Giants are 7-10, barely ahead of the Padres for last place in the NL West. There’s six games left in this homestand, it’s time to kick it in to gear.

1) The Miami Marlins are coming to town for a 3-game series at AT&T Park this weekend. You may have heard, Barry Bonds is their hitting coach. It will be the first time Bonds ever steps foot in AT&T Park in an opposing uniform. It’s not going to be weird though, right? It’s going to make sense seeing Barry standing next to Don Mattingly in the visitor’s dugout wearing a Marlins uni. Sure, why not? Nope, still weird. It’s going to take an adjustment. More on Barry later. Continue reading

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