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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rando Grando goes for 301 this Saturday night at home.

I'm going to catch this game as they're also having the 1989 Giants 20 year reunion before the game. All the old guys from the 89 NL Championship team will be trotted out and introduced. Having gone to many Giants games that summer it should be enjoyable.

They did this 2 years ago with a 20 year reunion for the 1987 Giants who lost the NLCS to St Louis on a ball that Candy Maldonado lost in the lights in game 7. It was a big hit with Giants fans then. I only got to watch it on TV last time.

Maybe the D-Backs will do this and honor their 99, 01, and 07 teams with 20 year reunions.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No respect for the 2002 team? Laughing jk Seriously though, that would be cool.
Bell, Williams, RJ there for the first 3 teams. Brenly the manager of the last two.

Jay Bell and Matt Williams started the allstar game in '99, Gonzo in '01 as players. Schilling in '02 and RJ in both '00 and '01 SP. Maybe we can make a tribute to them or what not when we host the allstar game in a couple years?

the '89 Giants. I had always assumed Matty was the starting 3B, guess not. Chris Speier, Butler, Brenly on that team. Wasnt Speier a coach here in the early days? I seem to think he was.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SFG/1989.shtml
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris Speir was indeed a coach on the WS Championship team of 01.
He retired following that season to watch his son pitch. If I'm not mistaken, he got back into coaching ML ball after his son was drafted.

Matty was splitting time at 3rd base with Ernest Riles. Kevin Mitchell had a monster year converting to LF to make room for Williams development at 3rd. Willie Mays was brought into Spring Training for the Giants as a special instructor to tutor Mitchell in learning to play the OF. Makes you wonder how much they talked hitting that spring.

Watching these reunion games on TV has the added advantage that they bring one of the guys into the booth each inning throughout the game and its fun to listen to the stories they tell.

Also, Will Clark was in a duel for the Batting Crown that year with Tony Gwynn. Tony Gwynn gained an edge the final weekend when he refused to leave 1st base after being called out on a close play. Tony claimed Will Clark pulled his foot on the throw and flat out refused to return to the dugout. The umpire eventually changed his call and whether it got into Clark's head, we'll never know, because its not the type of thing Will Clark will ever use as an excuse. Will would say they both had good years and Tony got him on the final day by a couple hits.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm going to catch this game as they're also having the 1989 Giants 20 year reunion before the game. All the old guys from the 89 NL Championship team will be trotted out and introduced.


As long as the reunion doesn't include a reenactment of the Loma Prieta "event"...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Gorfo57 wrote:
I'm going to catch this game as they're also having the 1989 Giants 20 year reunion before the game. All the old guys from the 89 NL Championship team will be trotted out and introduced.


As long as the reunion doesn't include a reenactment of the Loma Prieta "event"...


As long as the '01 Dbacks reunion doesn't involve a reenactment of the bottom of the 9th in the Bronx Shocked
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As long as the '01 Dbacks reunion doesn't involve a reenactment of the bottom of the 9th in the Bronx Shocked


If it did, it wouldn't surprise anyone following the '09 season. We'd just wonder how one of the current bullpen arms got into the '01 reenactment game, and blew another lead...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As long as the '01 Dbacks reunion doesn't involve a reenactment of the bottom of the 9th in the Bronx Shocked


If it did, it wouldn't surprise anyone following the '09 season. We'd just wonder how one of the current bullpen arms got into the '01 reenactment game, and blew another lead...


I still have nightmares of Barajas looking to his left and Kim squatting...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do remember Thom Brennamens call when Kim got that save in Yankee Stadium in interleague play the following year.

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And Mark Grace (he might have said Rod Barajas) embraces Byung Hyung Kim in a far better way than he did in games 4 and 5 of the World Series....as Kim throws the ball into the stands, perhaps throwing away the demons of last October.



I got chills when I wrote that.
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I would have likely been at game #3 in the 89 series. Friend had 4 season tickets in the 4th row behind 1st base. When Byron didn't go to the games he usually gave his 4 tickets to a friend of mine and we always went. We went to many games that summer while I was off from the marina.

But when a hurricane nearly missed the island our marina was on, my dad suggested I return to work earlier than normal to calm things down.
I saw CNN footage of the earthquake a few days after arriving back at work. RBM

I dodged a hurricane, I dodged an earthquake, but I missed the Bay Bridge Series.

My dad walked around the house as it rocked back and forth. He was looking out of the windows to see what was going on around the neighborhood throughout it. The house here is built on poles. Sort of a rubberband design; bends but doesn't break.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Randy Johnson found a way to put 0s up on the board over his final 3 innings. It was just long enough for the Giants to support him with a 3 run bloop attack for a 5-2 win over the visiting Oakland A's at AT & T Park and Randy's 301st career win.

With a less than his best slider, Randy started leaving enough pitches up to yield the 2 run lead Bengie Molina spotted him in the bottom of the 1st with a 2-run homer to left center.

After giving up a leadoff triple to start the 3rd, Randy got a pair of infield grounders keeping the runner stranded at 3rd. On the verge of escaping trouble, Randy yielded an RBI single to Adam Kennedy before retiring the side.

Randy gave up a game tying home run to Kurt Suzuki in the 4th.

Randy then morphed into his crafty veteran disguise and just continued to find ways to keep the game tied by mixing his pitches and letting his team mates get him the outs he needed with some solid defense.

Randy finished with 7 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs both earned, on 3 strike outs and 1 walk. He threw an economical 91 pitches, 61 being strikes, while lowering his ERA to 4.89 for the year. It was good enough for career win #301 at AT & T Park before 37,874 Bay Area fans.

Going for 301
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 1989 Giants team 20 year reunion was pretty fun. One notable no-show was Matt Williams. Aside from that, most were in attendance.

Sitting behind the backstop screen made it difficult for a novice like myself to keep the camera focused, because I foolishly left it on auto focus/auto zoom. A few turned out ok.

1989 Giants reunion

Robby Thompson

Mike Krukow

Dave Dravecky

Clark, Mitchell, & Krukow

Randy On Deck

The Oakland A's will follow suit next weekend in Oakland honoring their
1989 World Champions.

If the Diamondbacks do this someday for the 99, 01, and 07 teams, I promise you that have a chance to go that you will have one memorable day at the ball park in Phoenix. These nights are fun.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's odd that Williams wasn't there. In his last days as a Dbacks, he was saying he wanted to be traded to SF.

In 1989, Williams started the season at third. He stunk at the plate and came back to Phoenix. At the end of July, he was brought back up and played third fairly consistently (some time at ss) from there on, including the playoffs and WS. Riles wound up with about 40 more innings at third so is shown as the regular 3b.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matty is at some summer baseball camp or league with his kids.

Either that or visiting his dentist in FLA Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE SHADOW wrote:

Either that or visiting his dentist in FLA Laughing Wink


Trying for a comeback attempt Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In 1989, Williams started the season at third. He stunk at the plate and came back to Phoenix. At the end of July, he was brought back up and played third fairly consistently (some time at ss) from there on, including the playoffs and WS. Riles wound up with about 40 more innings at third so is shown as the regular 3b.


He just could not hit the curve ball and he could not lay off of it. Pitchers were making him look sick at the plate with it(sound familiar). The trip back to the minors wasn't a cure all. He still had difficulty with curveballs after being called back up. He just wasn't a sure strike on every one any longer. He improved over time.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Williams hit 218/257/500 for the second half which works out to a 113 OPS+ for the second half. The point is that even if you have a weakness (and Williams struggled with the curve even at the end of his career) is to do some damage on the pitches you can hit. You can't let the weakness destroy the rest of your game.

I wonder if Montero is having this problem.
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Williams hit 218/257/500 for the second half which works out to a 113 OPS+ for the second half. The point is that even if you have a weakness (and Williams struggled with the curve even at the end of his career) is to do some damage on the pitches you can hit. You can't let the weakness destroy the rest of your game.

I wonder if Montero is having this problem.


Excellent point stu. I agree 100%.

Gotta feed when the meat is on the table.
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Randy pitched better tonight than his final line shows.

He just was starting to run out of gas in the 6th. Bochy opted to lift Randy after he battled back from another 3-1 count to record a much needed K for the 2nd out.

Medders produced a bit of a flashback moment coming in to relief Randy.
He grooved his first pitch down broadway for a bases clearing double.
2 runs scored and Randy's 3-2 lead was blown. At Chase, the ball would have landed in the seats reminiscent of Ryan Howard's PH slam.

The Giants came back to win on a Fred Lewis 2 run homer to right in the bottom of the 6th. Travis Ishikawa added an insurance homer in the 8th to make it 6-4.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are showing the 20k game on mlbnetwork right now. Its kinda nice to hear Thoms voice call a game again.
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Randy went 7 tonight. Giving up just the 1 run in the 1st inning tonight.
Giants leading Oakland 6-1.

#302 is in the books.

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Thats OK we got Garland going tomorrow night for a rare series win at home and with our offense I know we can do it. Rolling Eyes

I wonder if the roof will be open or closed Rolling Eyes

Whooooo Hooooo I cant wait. Wink
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Randy wins again.

Pujols hammered him twice.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorfo57 wrote:
Randy wins again.

Pujols hammered him twice.


3ERs in 5.1 Innings.
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The hazzards of making mistakes to Albert Pujols when he is locked in.

Those 3 ERs came on 2 swings of the bat by Albert.

Classic "hang 'em and bang 'em" results.

The first was a hanging slider and Albert hit it a long, long way.
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The hazzards of making mistakes to Albert Pujols when he is locked in.

Those 3 ERs came on 2 swings of the bat by Albert.

Classic "hang 'em and bang 'em" results.

The first was a hanging slider and Albert hit it a long, long way.


Sure - getting through that linup with only 3 runs wouldnt be bad at all if he didnt leave after 5.1.
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