Monday, April 4, 2011

A Case of the Mondays

Aaaaah... baseball season... how I've missed you.  Like a soul crushing round of Craps, you are enjoyable and massively defeating at the same time!

The Cubs should be 3-0.  I know it doesn't work that way.  No team deserves victories unless they actually win, but in looking at the three games thus far, I'm so disappointed in their 1-2 record versus the Pittsburgh Freakin' Pirates.

On Friday, Dempster gave us his patented 5th inning by giving up a grand slam to Neil Walker.  The Cubs weren't able to recover.  Saturday, the game they probably shouldn't have won, they did.  Carlos Marmol looked sharp in relief.  Unfortunately, Marmol was anything but sharp on Sunday and blew the save with a little bit of help from Starlin Castro's defense.  I can't criticize the kid too much as he is clearly the Cubs' best offensive player already, but his defense leaves A LOT to be desired.  I'm sure he'll improve, but until then, it's a weakness.

Now, quickly to the Giants.  I watched a fair amount of their games and a few things jump out at me.

1) Brandon Belt is awesome.  The kid is impressive and will be a big piece of the puzzle if the Giants are to be successful this year.

2) Unfortunately, Belt's presence has moved Aubrey Huff to Right Field.  It's just embarrassing.  His defense is worse than the last five Nicolas Cage movies combined.  I know the Giants want Huff's leadership and bat in the line-up, but where in holy hell will they put this guy once Cody Ross comes back?  They better not move Belt to the bench- that would be a mistake.

3) When opposing pitchers get wild- DO NOT HELP THEM BY SWINGING AT BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot stress this enough.  I'm fairly certain Andres Torres cost the Giants the Opening Day game by swinging at a ball after Hong-Chih Kuo had thrown 6 consecutive balls.  Torres ultimately had a decent at-bat after swinging at ball 7, yet in the end, he got out.  Allowing Kuo to get that first strike allowed him to re-focus and get out of the inning with limited damage.

Yesterday, Miguel Tejada did the same damn thing.  After a four pitch walk, Miggy came to bat with the bases loaded and swang at the first pitch.  He popped out.  It's an epidemic.  Get it under control, Giants!


On a musical note, I had two great shows this weekend.  First, I filled in for my friend Adam with a different karaoke band on Friday night.  Check out their song list HERE.  It's quite impressive.  So impressive, in fact, that I don't actually know every song.  Luckily, they not only have lyrics for the folks singing, but chord charts as well for the band.  It was pretty easy for me to get caught up- especially since they guys in the band are excellent musicians.  It was a blast and I'm looking forward to filling in again, if I'm needed.

Saturday, I played for the first time at EJ Phair in Concord.  It was a great time.  I really appreciate all the folks who came out.  I had a pretty nice little crowd up front near me and it seemed like folks all throughout the restaurant were having an excellent time as well.  The staff was great (which eases any musician's mind when playing at a new place) and so was the food and beer.  I'm hoping to play there again soon, so check my SHOW SCHEDULE to see when I'll be back there. 

As always, let me know what songs you want me to learn.  I have a few requests for Justin Bieber that I really, really, really don't want to do, but I may get it done when I'm in the mood to listen to terrible music.  We'll see what can happen.  I mean, I learned "Poker Face" so what's stopping me from learning other candy-coated pop music?  The answer is: nothing at all.


GMoney said...

I found out that I get FSPittsburgh this weekend so now I have access to all the Pirates baseball that I can handle! I watched your game Saturday...I don't know if I'll be able to stomach another Cubs game the rest of the year. Just...blah.

Brandon Belt is so awesome that he's hitting .200! But I did just pick him up in my fantasy league since homo Brian Matusz went on the DL.

I think it's funny that 2 Dodger fans tried to kill a Giants fan. Talk about a rivalry that I just gained a shitload of respect for!

Tony B. said...

Oh man, the Cubs are picking right back up where they left off last year. Losing 2 of 3 to the Pirates hurts me in my plums.

Brandon Belt has over a .350 OBP, which is second on the Giants.

Yeah, Giants/Dodgers can get pretty heated around her. Going to those games can be like going to any Raider game and cheering for the opposition (disclaimer: DO NOT DO THAT!)

Brandon said...

Ugh, one of the worst attributes the Giants have had over the past couple years is swinging at the first pitch against a pitcher struggling with his command. It's like Barry Bonds used up the Giants quota for walks, and now they have to ration them out.

I think Aaron Rowand is the goddamn king of this. Seriously, they should give him a crown and make him supreme ruler of a small country out in the ass end of the middle east called Fukyuistan. Their main exports: impatience and douchey goatees.

I like "True Love Waits" by Radiohead and "Two Headed Boy" by Neutral Milk Hotel. The vocals might be difficult, since Jeff Mangum has kind of a rough voice, and Thom Yorke is...Thom Yorke.

Tony B. said...

I actually used to know how to play "True Love Waits." Maybe I'll have to dust that one off.