SF Giants I’m playing hooky


My uncle (left) and my dad (right)

Today is the 89th anniversary of my dad’s birth. His brother and I have been celebrating it in his memory for years. This year will be no different.

So, instead of watching the Giants play, I’ll hoist a glass in memory of one of the best men I’ve ever known with the guy who comes in a close second.

Happy Birthday Big Tony. I miss you.

I will still hope for a win while I continue to appreciate Philadelphia.


Little Toni

22 June 2017

SF Giants what goes around comes around


I’ll have what he’s having.

Back on the L side of the board. Anyone else getting dizzy? I am. Maybe it’s the heat.

The Giants were the first to score in Wednesday’s game in Atlanta when Hunter Pence singled and Brandon Belt knocked him home with a triple.

Atlanta scored two runs in the fourth and added an extra run in the seventh. The Giants added on one run in the eighth after Denard Span tripled and snuck home on a wild pitch with Brandon Crawford at the plate. The Giants scored the tying run in the ninth on Hunter Pence’s solo home run.

The game went into extra innings and the Braves scored with a walk off two-run home run in the eleventh.

The final score was: Giants 3, Braves 5

The fact is nothing changed for the Giants. We stayed in the same spot in the standings. We’re just a few games away from being awarded the very first draft pick. It’s been awhile since we’ve done that. right?!

All things being equal, I’m still grateful for Philadelphia.

Toni Cecchetti

 21 June 2017

SF Giants Snap! goes the losing streak

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It was a good news/bad news game. First the bad news. The Giants didn’t play that great. The good news? The Braves were worse.

The Braves scored two runs in the third inning and one run in the eighth. All runs were charged to starting pitcher Matt Moore, who had a decent outing—he even got the W. He allowed the three runs, seven hits, one walk and six strikeouts.

Mark Melancon came into the game to close it out, and got the save for the first time since May 27th when the Giants beat the Braves, 6-3 at AT&T Park. Weird.

The Giants didn’t score any runs until the eighth inning, when the wheels came flying off the Braves’ bus. Hunter Pence led off with a single–it looked like the third baseman could have made the play, but he bobbled the ball. Pence reached second on an error but was called out on the play. Manager Bruce Bochy challenged and the ruling on the field was overturned. Brandon Belt reached first on the play. With two men on,  Austin Slater hit a three-run dinger to take the lead.

Kelby Tomlinson got a base hit and scored on Denard Span‘s RBI single. Span scored on on a throwing error when Brandon Crawford reached on a force attempt. Brandon Belt put the cherry on top with a solo home run in the ninth.

It was messy, loaded with missteps, mistakes and downright errors, but right now we’ll take what we can get. Clean innings are for other teams, other times. They’re over rated anyway.

The final score was: Giants 6, Braves 3

I hate to cheer for another team to bobble the ball and miss plays, but they’ll get over it and we can’t afford to be picky.

In the meantime, could someone please shut off the heater? It’s getting way too warm here and it’s making me cranky.

Toni Cecchetti

20 June 2017

SF Giants how low can we go?

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Happy Birthday Smoothie!

With 90 games left to play, I was tempted to calculate the trajectory of where we will end up if the Giants keep up this pace, but then I thought “why?” It’s not going to do any of us any good.

Tonight’s game was another offensive nightmare that turned into a pitching kerfluffle. Johnny Cueto managed to squeeze out seven decent innings, allowing two runs–one was a home run–five hits, no walks and four strikeouts. He held on tight, giving the Giants a chance to jump in and put up some runs.

The best opportunity for that came in the first with runners at the corners and no outs. Unfortunately, even our big bats had trouble closing the deal.

Josh Osich took over in the eighth and that’s when the wheels flew off the bus. Osich allowed three runs, one hit and two walks. Derek Law had a tough time in his attempt to put away the third out and ended up giving up four runs–one a home run–five hits and one walk before turning the ball over to Bryan Morris.

Adding insult to injury, the ump blew a call, calling Brandon Belt out at second, when he was clearly safe. To make matters worse, the call was upheld by the replay review. Boggles the mind.

The final score was: Giants 0, Braves 9

When the last out was called, I watched the guys packing up. Hunter Pence wandered around the dugout looking like he lost his best friend. After Law was finished pitching, he sat on the bench looking stunned and shaking his head. It looks to me like these guys don’t even know how to explain it.

We’ve been through worse. It’s just been a while.

As always, grateful for Philadelphia.

Toni Cecchetti

19 June 2017

SF Giants wow, just wow

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I don’t really know what to say. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where it’s so ridiculous, it’s laughable.

The Giants closer, multi-million $$ Mark Melancon, blew another save—tossing up a walk-off three run home run to the Rockies third baseman, who believe it or not, just needed a home run to hit for the cycle. You’re welcome, Nolan Arenado.

I don’t blame Melancon. I think they must have given him Casilla’s old locker. I think there is something wrong with the door.  Casilla couldn’t close it either.

The Giants scored in the fifth, but I didn’t see it because Comcast chose today to remove my subscription from their database. My husband–who loves his TV more than life itself–thought it was some sort of conspiracy to ruin his Father’s Day. “Toni!” he bellowed. “Did you pay the bill?” What??? We have to pay for this sh∗t?

I downloaded the NBC Sports app to watch the game on my iPad, and that was ok. Finally, after quite some time, the channel line up came back on my TV.  By then Anthony was playing with his new Father’s Day toy—some kind of assault rifle that kills flies with table salt. I didn’t see him again until dinner. Luckily we didn’t have to eat what he killed.

Although I missed Brandon Crawford‘s two-run home run in the fifth,  I tuned back in just in time to see Hunter Pence hit his first career pinch-hit homer in the ninth–scoring two–followed by Joe Panik‘s single and Crawford’s double, plating Panik. A little insurance.

We should have gotten a bigger policy. But ain’t that always the way?

The final score was: Giants 5, Rockies 7

Monday we head to Atlanta to play the Braves. They are in their new stadium and =they seem to be having a better year than anyone thought they would. Peachy.

It could be worse. All things considered, I’d rather NOT be Philadelphia.

Toni Cecchetti

18 June 2017

SF Giants so flip the switch, already

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There have been more than a few theories about what’s happened to our Giants. A team–with fairly the same players–that went from first to worst, all in the second half of last season to the first half of this season.

This is going to be my Pollyanna, looking at the world through orange rose colored glasses—but what if the switch gets flipped back after the All∗Star break next month? I could live with it, how about you?

I’m not even sure I care if they make the postseason. Although, let’s face it, I would prefer they make the postseason always, because it means more Giants baseball. I’m just saying I could go without the postseason–because unless someone pulls off a miracle, that’s exactly what’s going to happen–if these guys would play like they played last year before the All∗Star break.

Saturday’s game wasn’t like the first two in the series. There wasn’t a lot of fight in our offense. Kuiper said it best as the game ended: “this is a game where the Rockies hit with men on base and the Giants didn’t.” It’s as simple as that.

All things considered Matt Cain had a decent outing. In five innings he allowed two runs–one earned, nine hits, two walks and three strike outs. The Giants run came in the fourth when Nick Hundley hit a double and scored on Gorkys Hernandez‘ single.

The final score was: Giants 1, Rockies 5

The only way we avoid the sweep is to win Sunday’s game. It’s Ty Blach‘s turn to pitch and he grew up near the friendly confines of Coors field. Let’s hope his familiarity with the atmosphere gives him an edge.

We could use one.

Toni Cecchetti

17 June 2017

SF Giants switch it up

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Friday night the Giants surged in the ninth, catching up to the Rockies who won only because they managed to score a walk-off to give them the lead and the game.

Saturday night, the Giants switched it up—scoring early, and perhaps for the Giants, often.  Joe Panik hit a solo home run in the first, Denard Span hit a solo shot in the third,  and in the fifth, Austin Slater drew a walk and Jeff Samardzija helped his own cause with a two-run HR. And if that wasn’t awesome enough for you, according to Statcast, it was the longest projected home run hit by a pitcher at 446 feet.

Things were surely looking up. The Giants had four runs on the board after the top of the fifth. The Rockies limped into the bottom half of the inning with just one run. I got a little cocky with my attitude, thinking we just need to keep the lead, maybe even widen it. We got this.

That’s what happens when you get cocky. The Rox took that lead, narrowed it, closed it and then passed it up like a dirty shortstop’s jersey. They were quick about it too. By the time they got out of the bottom of the fifth, they were two runs ahead.

We scored another run in the top of the sixth when Panik led-off with a double and came home after two productive outs. The Rox snatched it right back in the bottom of the inning. then went on to score three more runs in the seventh.

The Giants got back to work in the eighth with Denard Span hitting a triple and scoring on Panik’s double, who scored after Brandon Belt‘s sac fly advanced him to third, and from there Hunter Pence‘s single got him home.

The Giants were still three runs back, but in the ninth, Gorkys Hernandez hit a triple and scored on Austin Slater’s single. Unfortunately, three outs were recorded before the Giants could get everyone home. They stranded two to end the game.

The final score was: Giants 8, Rockies 10

The Giants looked good out there tonight. I know the Giants lost two games so far on this road stand, but I like the fight I’m seeing. They are not giving up.

That’s what hope looks like.

Toni Cecchetti

16 June 2017