January 2013

Giants/49ers fans: Together, we are San Francisco; Who’s got it better than us?

The other day a friend asked me: “Have the 49ers ever won the Super Bowl the same year the Giants won the World Series?”

Well, since this is the first time the 49ers have made it to the Super Bowl in 18 years, and since two years ago was the first time the Giants had won the World Series in 56 years … um, no.

But there was one year when the Giants and 49ers both made it to the championship round of their respective sports. That was 1989, when the Giants reached the World Series for the first time in 27 years. They were eventually swept by the A’s.

That same season, the 49ers marched to their second consecutive Super Bowl championship in one of the greatest seasons in NFL history.

That season was capped with a 55-10 rout of the Denver Broncos at the Superdome in New Orleans, the same site of next Sunday’s Super Bowl between the 49ers and Ravens.

This season, the Giants and 49ers repeated the feat with a chance to take it one step better. The Giants won the World Series, this time being on the right side of a four-game sweep. And now it’s the 49ers now time to fulfill their end of the deal.

But there has been a lot of synergy between the 49ers and Giants this year.

It started back in September, when 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was threatened with a fine by the NFL if he wore his Giants cap during post-game interview, like he did twice during the 2011 season. Player are only allowed to wear NFL-licensed merchandise.


The NFL put in the rule several years ago after players were seen wearing caps of products that they endorse. But a GIANTS cap?!?! Pretty lame, NFL.

A few days later, Giants manager Bruce Bochy showed his support of Smith by sporting a 49ers cap during a pre-game interview session in the Giants dugout.


During the Giants’ World Series parade on Halloween, Smith and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh drove cars carrying Giants players down the parade route. Smith drove the car carrying Matt Cain; Harbaugh was behind the wheel of Brandon Belt’s ride.


We’ve also seen a Panda on the sideline of a 49ers game, when Pablo Sandoval sported a “48” 49ers jersey with “Panda” on the back. That game was against the Rams at Candlestick, when Smith got knocked out of the game with a concussion and Colin Kaepernick replaced him. We haven’t seen Alex Smith on the field for the 49ers since.


And then there was the classic goof as the Giants’ World Series celebration, when Tammy Nelson of the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon congratulated “Your San Francisco 49ers” for sweeping the Tigers.


Hey, she wasn’t confused. She was just four months ahead of her time. We just need another parade for her to get it right.

Go Niners!

San Francisco Giants agree to deals with Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, 2 others

World Series Tigers Giants Baseball

You remember the 2010 season when Buster Posey and the Braves’ Jason Heyward were hooked in a heated battle for the NL rookie-of-the-year award?

Posey went on to take the honor. In 2011, Heyward struggled through a sophomore slump, while Posey had his second season ended in May with a disastrous ankle injury.

In 2012, we all know Posey returned to start the All-Star game and went on to win the NL MVP. But Heyward wasn’t all that bad. He hit .265 with 27 home runs.

Well on Friday, when teams were scheduled to exchange arbitration numbers, Posey and Heyward both settled on one-year deals with their teams during their first go-round in arbitration.

Posey agreed to an $8 million deal. Heyward signed for $3.65 million.

It’s clear that Posey deserved to get more than Hayward. But more than twice as much? It makes you wonder how much Posey would have cost to sign this season if he didn’t miss most of the 2011 season.

MoreSplashHits projected Posey would get about $5.9 million in his first year. So the $8 million deal the Giants agreed to must have meant that Posey was prepared to ask for as much as $10 million in arbitration.

It also shows the need to get Posey signed to longer deal. He has three more years of arbitration after this year, meaning he could be looking at salaries of $12 million, $16 million and $20 million-plus in the coming years.

The Giants also agreed to contracts with reliever Jose Mijares and outfielder Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco.

Blanco signed for $1.35 million, which is just slightly higher than the $1.3 million figure MoreSplashHits projected.

Mijares signed for $1.8 million, again higher than the $1.6 million MoreSplashHits projected.

Pence agreed to $13.8 million, which was spot on with what MoreSplashHits projected.

The Giants haven’t gone all the way through the arbitration process with a player in several years, and it seems unlikely that they will allow any negotiation go to the arbitrators this year. Coming off a World Series championship that was won as much with team chemistry as talent, the Giants likely were willing to pay a little more to keep harmony in the clubhouse.

Friday’s deal leave the Giants with two unsigned arbitration-eligible players: reliever Sergio Romo (projected at $3.6 million) and infielder Joaquin Arias (projected at $800,00).

105 reasons to celebrate: Recapping every Giants win of 2012

Giants reliever Sergio Romo is one of eight players who will be eligible for arbitration this offseason

Giants reliever Sergio Romo is one of eight players who will be eligible for arbitration this offseason

No. 1, Mon., April 9 — Giants 7, at Rockies 0

Zito stuns everyone with a shutout of the Rockies

No. 2, Thu., April 11 — Giants 4, at Rockies 3

Wilson gets saves, but loses rest of his season

No. 3, Fri., April 13 — at Giants 5, Pirates 0

Single by opposing pitcher prevents perfecto by Cain

No. 4, Sat., April 14 — at Giants 4, Pirates 3

Burriss scores on error in bottom of the 9th for Giants’ first walk-off of 2012

No. 5, Tue., April 17 — at Giants 4, Phillies 2

MadBum solid for six and Casilla notches first save of post-Beard era

No. 6 , Wed., April 18 — at Giants 1, Phillies 0, 11 inn.

Cain and Lee deal up zeros into the 11th when Cabrera’s single scores Belt for 2nd walk-off win.

No. 7, Fri., April 20 — Giants 4, at Mets 3, 10 inn.

Sanchez singles home Cabrera in 10th after Mets rally to tie in 9th.

No. 8, Mon., April 23 — Giants 6, at Mets 1 (Game 1)

Schierholtz offensive star (3B, HR) as Lincecum gets first win in sketchy five innings of work

No. 9, Mon., April 23 — Giants 7, at Mets 2 (Game 2)

MadBum keeps rolling with another stellar outing as Giants complete sweep of DH

No. 10, Thu., April 26 — Giants 6, at Reds 5

Pagan’s 3-run HR in ninth helps avoid three-sweep to Reds

No. 11, Sat., April 28 — at Giants 2, Padres 1

First sign of hope for Lincecum as he holds Padres to one unearned run on 3 hits in 8 innings.

No. 12, Sun., April 29 — at Giants 4, Padres 1

It’s MadBum again as Panda belts fourth HR of season in last game before DL stint (hammate bone)

No. 13, Sat., May 5 — at Giants 5, Brewers 2

Bumgarner to the rescue again, halts 4-game skid, even adds RBI double

No. 14, Sun., May 6 — at Giants 4, Brewers 3, 11 inn.

Casilla blows first save, but walk-off No. 3 comes when Hector Sanchez singles home Burriss

No. 15, Tue., May 8 — Giants 2, at Dodgers 1

Kershaw, Shmershaw. Vogelsong outduels Dodgers’ ace thanks to Pill’s two-run homer.

No. 16, Sat., May 12 — Giants 5, at Diamondback 2

Giants FINALLY beat the Snakes behind Cain, who also addes two hits and two RBI

No. 17, Sun., May 13 — Giants 7, at Diamondbacks 3

Cabrera’s 4-for-5 day helps Giants win series in Arizona

No. 18, Mon., May 14 — at Giants 3, Rockies 2

Posey and Pill single home runs in 8th.

No. 19, Thu., May 17 — at Giants 7, Cardinals 5

Crawford, hitting in No. 2 hole, goes 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI.

No. 20, Fri., May 18 — at Giants 8, Athletics 6

Zito beats former team as Giants draw NINE walks.

No. 21, Sat., May 19 — at Giants 4, Athletics 0

Vogey, Lopez, Hensley combine on one-hit shutout

No. 22, Mon., May 21 — Giants 4, at Brewers 3, 14 inn.

Sanchez’s lead-off homer in 14th wins it.

No. 23, Tue., May 22 — Giants 6, at Brewers 4

Posey launches one to Kenosha as Cain picks up win.

No. 24, Thu., May 24 — Giants 14, at Marlins 7

Giants turn 1-1 game through 5 into blow with 13 runs in final four frames.

No. 25, Sun., May 27 — Giants 3, at Marlins 2

Cabrera goes 4-for-4, including first-inning home run.

No. 26, Mon, May 28 — at Giants 4, Diamondbacks 2

Three-run rally with two outs in first helps Zito get win.

No. 27, Tue., May 29 — at Giants 3, Diamondbacks 1

Theriot walk, Cabrera single, Posey sac fly in 8th produces go-ahead run

No. 28, Fri., June 1 — at Giants 4, Cubs 3

Lopez comes in to get final two outs after Cubs rally for three in ninth.

No. 29, Sat., June 2 — at Giants 2, Cubs 1

Giants score two runs in sixth on bases-loaded walk by Huff, groundout by Arias

No. 30, Sun., June 3 — at Giants 2, Cubs 0

Zito with 8.1 shutout innings

No. 31, Mon, June 4 — at Giants 3, Cubs 2

Giants complete four-game sweep of Cubs despite scoring just 11 runs.

No. 32, Wed., June 6 — Giants 6, at Padres 5

Shutdown innings? Bumgarner wins despite allowing Padres to score in every frame after Giants score.

No. 33, Thu., June 7 — Giants 8, at Padres 3

Petco can’t contain Giants as Pagan, Posey, Blanco go deep.

No. 34, Sat., June 9 — at Giants 5, Rangers 2

Vogelsong pitches Giants to win sandwiched between first two shutout losses of the season.

No. 35, Tue., June 12 — at Giants 6, Astros 3

Belt hits first homer of the season, but only after Bumgarner smacks his first

No. 36, Wed., June 13 — at Giants 10, Astros 0

Cain tosses first perfect game in Giants history.

No. 37, Fri., June 15 — Giants 4, at Mariners 2

Posey, Cabrera homer in support of Vogelsong

No. 38, Mon., June 18 — Giants 5, at Angels 3

Loux, Romo, Affeldt, Casilla combine on four perfect innings in relief of Cain

No. 39, Fri., June 22 — Giants 5, at Athletics 4

Giants tally four runs in the top of the ninth to win it.

No. 40, Sat., June 23 — Giants 9, at Athletics 8

A’s tally four runs in the bottom of the ninth to make Giants sweat

No. 41, Mon., June 25 — at Giants 8, Dodgers 0

Giants tally seven in first two innings, and Zito does rest

No. 42, Tue., June 26 — at Giants 2, Dodgers 0

Cabrera homer in the fourth is all Vogelsong needs

No. 43, Wed., June 27 — at Giants 3, Dodgers 0

We got your Magic Johnson! Lincecum completes sweep at Giants catch Dodgers in the standings

No. 44, Thu., June 28 — at Giants 5, Reds 0

Bumgarner pitches Giants to fourth straight shutout win as Giants take over first in NL West

No. 45, Sun., July 1 — at Giants 4, Reds 3

Pagan gets credit for double as Jay Bruce drops fly ball in right for walk-off win No. 4

No. 46, Fri., July 6 — Giants 6, at Pirates 5

Zito picks up win in lone Giants victory in ugly 1-5 East Coast trip.

No. 47, Fri., July 13 — at Giants 5, Astros 1

Bumgarner shines as Giants come off All-Star break with win

No. 48, Sat., July 14 — at Giants 3, Astros 2, 12 inn.

Casilla issues continue as he blows 2-run lead in ninth, but another Sanchez extra-inning hit produces walk-off win No. 5.

No. 49, Sun., July 15 — at Giants 3, Astros 2

Astros manage five hits off Cain, which they consider a moral victory

No. 50, Tue., July 17 — Giants 9, at Braves 0

Giants’ 11th shutout win of season, fourth with Zito on the mound.

No. 51, Wed., July 18 — Giants 9, at Braves 4, 11 inn.

Casilla blows another two-run lead in 10th, but Crawford and Blanco go deep in 11th for fifth straight win.

No. 52, Fri., July 20 — Giants 7, at Phillies 2

Crawford grand slam in sixth helps Lincecum get victory

No. 53, Sat., July 21 — Giants 6, at Phillies 5, 10 inn.

Bunt single by Blanco in the 10th gives Giants the win

No. 54, Mon., July 23 — at Giants 7, Padres 1

Just another quality start by Vogelsong

No. 55, Tue., July 24 — at Giants 3, Padres 2

Crawford singles home Belt in bottom of 9th for walk-off win No. 6

No. 56, Tue., July 31 — at Giants 4, Mets 1

Lincecum delivers gem to snap five-game skid that put Giants back in sole possesion of first in NL West

No. 57, Fri., Aug. 3 — Giants 16, at Rockies 4

After dropping seven of last eight at home, Giants get first win since Hunter Pence joined the club

No. 58, Sat., Aug. 4 — Giants 11, at Rockies 6

Pagan goes 4 for 6 with homer and stolen base

No. 59, Sun., Aug. 5 — Giants 8, at Rockies 3

Giants complete the sweep and tally 35 runs in three games

No. 60, Tue., Aug. 7 — Giants 4, at Cardinals 2

Posey belts three-run homer in first inning as Giants start unlikely win streak in games started by Zito.

No. 61, Wed., Aug. 8 — Giants 15, at Cardinals 0

Rockies starting to think they maybe got fleeced after Scutaro drives in seven runs.

No. 62, Sat. Aug. 11 — at Giants 9, Rockies 3

Every Giants starter, including Cain, gets at least one hit.

No. 63, Sun., Aug. 12 — at Giants 9, Rockies 6

Hunter Pence Coming Out Party: RF belts three-run homer to cap five-run eighth inning

No. 64, Tue., Aug. 14 — at Giants 6, Nationals 1

Cabrera’s final game as a Giants and only game to feature Pence, Cabrera and Sandoval (fresh off DL) in same starting lineup.

No. 65, Fri., Aug. 17 — Giants 10, at Padres 1

Melky Schmelky! Giants pound out eight runs in third inning

No. 66, Sat., Aug. 18 — Giants 8, at Padres 7

Giants hang on after Affeldt gives up two in bottom of the ninth. Hensley comes in to get final out and save.

No. 67, Mon., Aug. 20 — Giants 2, at Dodgers 1

Kershaw loses again to Giants (with little support), Sandoval single in sixth produces go-ahead run and Giants reclaim half-game lead in NL West — a lead they would not surrender.

No. 68, Tue., Aug. 21 — Giants 4, at Dodgers 1

Another solid outing by Lincecum

No. 69, Wed., Aug. 22 — Giants 8, at Dodgers 4

Big game by Arias (3 for 4, 2 doubles, HR, 5 RBI) officially triggers panic mode in Dodgertown.

No. 70, Thu., Aug. 23 — at Giants 5, Braves 2

Sanchez double caps four-run fifth as Zito wins again

No. 71, Fri., Aug. 24 — at Giants 5, Braves 3

Pagan goes 4 for 5 in Giants’ fifth straight victory

No. 72, Tue., Aug. 28 — Giants 3, at Astros 2

Double by Arias, single by Sanchez drive in runs in two-run ninth-inning rally.

No. 73, Wed., Aug. 29 — Giants 6, at Astros 4

Pence’s three-run homer caps four-run first; bullpen makes it stand up as Zito struggles

No. 74, Thu., Aug. 30 — Giants 8, at Astros 4

Giants rally from early 4-0 deficit as Vogelstrong struggles; Belt goes 4-for-5

No. 75, Sat., Sept. 1 — Giants 5, at Cubs 2

September call-up Xavier Nady delivers three-run double in first at-bat as Giants.

No. 76, Sun., Sept. 2 — Giants 7, at Cubs 5

Pagan and Scutato deliver RBI singles in ninth to win it

No. 77, Mon., Sept. 3 — at Giants 9, Diamondbacks 8, 10 inn.

Giants score two in 8th and one in ninth to tie; Mr. Clutch Marco Scutaro delivers game-winning single in 10th for Walk-Off win No. 7

No. 78, Fri., Sept. 7 — at Giants 5, Dodgers 2

Note to Don Mattingly, don’t walk someone to face Marco Scutaro in a clutch situation.

No. 79, Sun., Sept. 9 — at Giants 4, Dodgers 0

Kershaw missed start because we was hurting; so were Dodgers’ hopes after this Zito gem

No. 80, Tue., Sept. 11 — Giants 9, at Rockies 8

Second time this season that Bumgarner and Belt homer in same game

No. 81, Wed., Sept. 12 — Giants 8, at Rockies 3

Scutaro, Arias, Sanchez, Crawford RBI hits in Giants’ five-run first

No. 82, Fri., Sept. 14 — Giants 6, at Diamondbacks 2

Pence’s grand slam capps five-run third

No. 83, Sat., Sept. 15 — Giants 3, Diamondbacks 2

Posey two-run homer in fifth big blow as Zito wins again

No. 84, Mon., Sept. 17 — at Giants 2, Rockies 1

Pence RBI single in sixth helps Bumgarner get win

No. 85, Tue., Sept. 18 — at Giants 6, Rockies 3

Scutaro 3-for-5 vs. former team; Lincecum throws 6.1 scoreless

No. 86, Wed., Sept. 19 — at Giants 7, Rockies 1

Panda’s two-run homer in first get Giants rolling

No. 87, Thu., Sept. 20 — at Giants 9, Rockies 2

Rockies finish 4-14 vs. Giants on season and trade Scutaro to SF. Thanks Rox!

No. 88, Fri., Sept. 21 — at Giants 5, Padres 1

Panda goes 3 for 3 with two-run homer in sixth to seal win for Vogelston

No. 89, Sat., Sept. 22 — at Giants 8, Padres 4

Wave the flag! Giants clinch NL West!

No. 90, Wed., Sept. 26 — at Giants 6, Diamondbacks 0

Cain throws 7 shutout innings and goes 2-for-2 with run and RBI

No. 91, Thu., Sept. 27 — at Giants 7, Diamondbacks 3

Pence and Scutaro homers book-end six-run second inning in regular-season home finale

No. 92, Fri., Sept. 28 — Giants 3, at Padres 1

Vogey 0 earned runs in six innings. He’s ready for postseason

No. 93, Sun., Sept. 30 — Giants 7, at Padres 5

Nady, Pence homer in ninth for victory

No. 94, Tue., Oct. 2 — Giants 4, at Dodgers 3

Posey and Arias homer as Giants stick a fork in the Dodgers.

No. 95, Tue., Oct. 9 — Giants 2, at Reds 1, 10 inn.

Elimination Game No. 1: No hits through 5 2/3 innings, one hit through nine, Posey scores go-ahead run in 10th when Arias reaches on Rolen error.

No. 96, Wed., Oct 10 — Giants 8, at Reds 3

Elimination Game No. 2: Pagan, Blanco, Sandoval homer as Lincecum leads bullpen effort after Zito falters

No. 97, Thu. Oct. 11 — Giants 6, at Reds 4

Elimination Game No. 3: Posey’s grand slam gives Giants 6-0 lead, then Giants sweat it out as Reds bring potential tying run to plate in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

No. 98, Mon., Oct. 15 — at Giants 7, Cardinals 1

Scutaro gets two RBI on single as Giants score four unearned runs in the fourth; Vogelsong does the rest

No. 99, Fri., Oct. 19 — Giants 5, at Cardinals 0

Elimination Game No. 4: Zito delivers masterpiece in clutch; sixth time this season Giants won by shutout in game started by Zito.

No. 100, Sun., Oct. 21 — at Giants 6, Cardinals 1

Elimination Game No. 5: Scuatro again delivers big hit in four-run second; Vogelsong does the rest … again

No. 101, Mon., Oct. 22 — at Giants 9, Cardinals 0

Elimination Game No. 6: Cain, Cardinal pain and Giants are dancing in the rain

No. 102, Wed., Oct. 24 — at Giants 8, Tigers 3

Panda joins historic club of Ruth, Jackson, Pujols with three-homer game (including two off Verlander)

No. 103, Thu., Oct. 25 — at Giants 2, Tigers 0

Redemption for Bumgarner as Giants win for second time in the postseason with benefit of an RBI hit.

No. 104, Sat., Oct. 27 — Giants 2, at Tigers 0

Fourth shutout win in past six games … with four different starting pitchers: Zito, Cain, Bumgarner, Vogelsong

No. 105, Sun. Oct. 28 — Giants 4, at Tigers 3, 10 inn.

Classic finale: two-run homers by each league’s eventual MVP, back-and-forth affair decided by another clutch Scutaro hit in 10th to score Theriot. Romo ends it with K-K-K.