sfgiants:

Happy 104th!

When this lady was born, the Giants were in New York, their leading hitter was Fred Snodgrass (.321) and Christy Mathewson went 27-6. The team finished second to the Chicago Cubs who won 104 games, coincidentally.
(Baseball Reference for stats)

sfgiants:

Happy 104th!

When this lady was born, the Giants were in New York, their leading hitter was Fred Snodgrass (.321) and Christy Mathewson went 27-6. The team finished second to the Chicago Cubs who won 104 games, coincidentally.

(Baseball Reference for stats)

Pirates’ Jordy Mercer hit a homer at AT&T Park…which wasn’t even the coolest part.

(Courtesy SBNation.com)

Pitchers with 2 or more no-hitters, Cy Young Awards, and World Series rings:

Sandy Koufax
Tim Lincecum

That’s it. That’s the list.

(Randy Johnson has one World Series ring with his multiple no-hitters and Cy Youngs.)

Matt Cain walking Batkid to the mound at AT&T Park to throw out the first pitch at today’s Giants-Diamondbacks game.
(In case you don’t remember Batkid.)
Image courtesy of @SINow

Matt Cain walking Batkid to the mound at AT&T Park to throw out the first pitch at today’s Giants-Diamondbacks game.

(In case you don’t remember Batkid.)

Image courtesy of @SINow

Tim Hudson is now a SF Giant

2 years, $23 million

Zito and Hudson - back together in the Bay Area.

October 3 should just be re-named “Bobby Thomson Day”

62nd anniversary, jump to 1:25 if you are impatient

Note: Sonny Corleone was listening to the game that day.

Travis Wood and Tim Lincecum are a combined 4-4 in the Cubs-Giants game. (Wood put the only run on the board with a HR in the top of the 5th)

The rest of the two lineups have one hit  (Anthony Rizzo)

h/t @EyeonBaseball

Home Opener Stat of the Day

sportscentr:

Including the 2012 playoffs, the Giants have won the last 14 games that Barry Zito has started.

mightyflynn:

“The Big Speech” (2013 San Francisco Giants ad)

So brilliant.

Now that the ALCS and NLCS are set baseball fans are looking at quite the history represented by the four teams. In fact it may be the most successful foursome since the LCS began in 1969.

Between the Giants, Cardinals, Yankees, and Tigers they have earned 48 World Championships, 93 pennants, and made 114 playoff appearances.

They have played a total of 74,878 games with a combined winning percentage of .515. (The Cards started playing in 1882, the Giants in 1883, the Yankees and Tigers in 1901.) The Giants have more wins than any other team in MLB history (10,616); the Cardinals are 4th (10,283). The Yankees are 8th overall and 1st in the American League with 9,318 wins. The Tigers are 12th with 8,828 - oddly enough 4th in the AL behind the Red Sox and the Indians (!).

The teams have had 12 of the 16 Triple Crowns in MLB history. They have won 22 Rookie of the Year Awards, 64 MVPs, and 14 Cy Youngs. (The Tigers have two pitchers who have won both in the same year - Justin Verlander in 2011 and Willie Hernandez in 1984.)

Combined the Giants, Cardinals, Yankees, and Tigers have 62 Hall of Famers (based on HOFers who most identified with the teams)  - which is about 20% of the total. The Giants have the most with 23. The Yankees are only 3rd.

So these are old and good teams. And have been for over 100 years. Baseball is wonderful.

[If you can’t get appreciate the history, here’s one hater fact for you: all four LCS teams have payrolls over $100 million. (This is the 2nd time this has occurred. The first was 2009 with the Yankees, Angels, Dodgers and Phillies.)]

Images:

Christy Mathewson - 1915 Cracker Jack - courtesy of vintagecardprices.com

Buster Posey - 2010 Bowman - courtesy of sfweekly.com

Stan Musial - 1953 Topps - courtesy of whig.com

Chris Carpenter - 2010 Sports Illustrated for Kids - autographsforsale.com

Babe Ruth - 1933 Goudey Gum - vintagecardprices.com

Derek Jeter - 2002 Topps - halloffamememorabilia.com

Ty Cobb - 1914 Cracker Jack - vintagecardprices.com

Justin Verlander - 2005 Bowman - monstermarketplace.com

The San Francisco Giants became the first team in MLB history to win a best-of-five postseason series after losing the first two at home. (They were also the first to win the final three on the road.)
The Giants beat the Reds 6-4 led by Buster Posey’s grand slam off starter Mat Latos.
Image copyright MLB and courtesy SBNation.com

The San Francisco Giants became the first team in MLB history to win a best-of-five postseason series after losing the first two at home. (They were also the first to win the final three on the road.)

The Giants beat the Reds 6-4 led by Buster Posey’s grand slam off starter Mat Latos.

Image copyright MLB and courtesy SBNation.com

The Giants have scored 1 run so far…

which is not cause for news, except that they have less hits than runs.

Baseball unwritten rule #10,351:

Must post video of Bobby Thomson’s home run every October 3rd.

And for a added bit of film/baseball trivia…Russ Hodges is calling the game on the radio in this scene from The Godfather.

Melky Cabrera Suspended 50 Games by MLB

According to @KenRosenthal the Giants’ Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games without pay for testing positive for increased testosterone.

Let the “I knew it”s begin!

It’s obvious now that Jordan Noberto Tonya Harding-ed Brian Wilson in order to claim the rights to “Best Beard in the Bay Area, 2012.”
(Image copyright MLB and YES Network)

It’s obvious now that Jordan Noberto Tonya Harding-ed Brian Wilson in order to claim the rights to “Best Beard in the Bay Area, 2012.”

(Image copyright MLB and YES Network)