Man, I'm all tuckered out tonight. Finally spring training is over for the Giants...they played the Oakland A's to an 8-1 loss at AT&T Park Wednesday in the last pre-season game of 2012.
To tell you the truth, I think the boys were ready a week ago! The Giants made their final cuts to reach the 25 man roster Wednesday, and my guy, catcher Chris Stewart didn't get the Posey backup spot.
The Giants traded Stew to the Yankees! So Stew will be wearing the pinstripes, and playing in the new Yankee Stadium. Congratulations Chris Stewart! Young switch-hitting Venezuelan slugger, Héctor Sánchez got the nod as Buster Posey's backup.
Finally the Giants brass read the tea leaves and went with the Young Guns instead of the creaky old veterans. Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, and Brett Pill all made the team.
Giants' pitching is largely unchanged from last season, Closer Brian Wilson is healthy and ready, only 2011 Cinderella Story, Ryan Vogelsong will be late to start with a back strain...he's pitching in Triple A Fresno for one more week and will miss one Big League start.
Last weekend's Tour of Flanders bicycle race was so good, that I did choose a Fantasy Bicycle Race Team for this weekend's Spring Classic, Paris-Roubaix. If you want to find out what all the fuss is about, you couldn't do better than watching Paris-Roubaix on NBCSN (used to be Versus) It's not called a Classic for nothin'!
The NBCSN LIVE coverage begins at 6AM PDT Sunday morning April 8th. They have a three hour recap at 4PM PDT that afternoon. Look for TeamCorduroyPlanet's Tom Boonen to win!
I'm going to bed now, smug and satisfied because we finally got COMCAST to fix the phones and internet at the Ancestral Digs! Ed the COMCAST Tech found what the last two guys didn't, and the VoiP phone works, the updated modem screams, and we're on the calendar for the Underground Crew to come out soon to pull 200+ feet of new R-11 under the street from their junction box to our house.
So, more than two months, three different techs, and soon a whole crew of conduit cable pullers, and we're back in the 21st Century. Hat tip to my Bro-Inlaw for ramrodding the whole shebang! My contribution was just opinions...and worth what they cost!