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THE REALISTIC GIANTS FAN: A Weekend at Fenway West

Red Sox Nation Swarms Like Wasps

I just spent 3 days at Fenway Park and I gotta say, despite what it may look like on tv, in person it looks exactly like AT&T. Did you know they even built it on a bay? Plus they have a giant Coke bottle next to a glove as well. Green Monster? It looked like a regular wall to me, only raised in one spot where a Chevron car advertisement is located. I didn't see what the big deal was.

Obviously, I'm being sarcastic. At times it seemed like I was surrounded by Red Sox fans. It was like feeling uninvited in your own house. They outcheered us too, but that was because they spent most of the time with the lead. You should have heard the roars over both the Kevin Youkilis and Mike Cameron homeruns. It really did sound like we were at Fenway. I will also say that the Youkilis homer was quite impressive. By the Big Papi homerun yesterday they had basically gotten used to it. It was still cheered loudly, but not like the other two. That last homer travelled a long way, but I guess it was the fact that you could see the flight and the landing of the Youkilis homer that made it stick out. It was hit really high, but it left quickly. I'm not much for praising the enemy, but I went into these games knowing the forecast was 1 win in 3, with a chance of sweep.

One thing I wasn't expecting was the Padres to stick it to the Marlins. They are winning games the way I thought we were gonna win them. Their bullpen has been pitching out of their minds. They all seem to be having Affeldt '09 type numbers. Not to shortchange their starters, as they are doing their jobs as well. They go 6, 7, sometimes 8 innings seemingly everyday. I thought we made Mat Latos look better than he was, but no, he is definitely a star on the rise and apparently can hit a sunroof from left field. I cannot believe they have the 4.5 game lead and I have been waiting all year for them to run out of gas, but they just keep winning. They are having the season I was praying for the Giants to have in any season '05 - '08.

Can we please have a line-up, just once, for poops and giggles, that doesn't involve either Molina or Rowand. Maybe that sounds like some sort of crazy experiment to you, but to me it makes so much sense it's stressing me out. I'm starting to think Sabean stays out of the daily on the field operation, other than to decide what roster Bochy works with, and Bochy is thoroughly convinced that they will eventually heat up and put up some assemblance of their usual numbers. I even said earlier that eventually Rowand would, but it is becoming obvious that neither of these guys is headed for a good year. Their starting jobs need to be taken away. Well, Rowand's has been for the most part, but he needs to start no more than once a week, if even that. Molina on the other hand has somehow held onto the starting catcher's job. I get if they think that Posey can't quite handle it yet, so start Whiteside. His offensive output can't possibly be any worse, and he would be an improvement defensively. I say these pitchers are for the most part calling their own games, so just start sending the kid out there already. Like I said, though, I'll settle for Eli.

The tough stretch continues now with 6 straight in the division, the latter 3 beginning an 11 day roadtrip, with no off days between now and the all-star break. We are 8-14 within the division, and I doubt highly we will be at .500 after the first 6, but 12-16 would be nice. I said in the last installment that we needed to go 8-9 at the worst on the 17 game stretch that began with the Red Sox. Obviously that now means we have to at least go 7-7 the rest of the way. 8-6 would obviously be better. That would put us at 48-40 at the break, but 47-41 is acceptable. This is definitely a challenging run we are on, so keeping our heads above water is very respectable. Easier stretches will be ahead, because that's how baseball works. Anything better than that should be seen as a big achievement, and celebrated accordingly.

The Dodgers are making their first visit of the year, and after taking 2 out of 3 from us at Cahevz Ravine, I say we owe them a sweep. 2 out of 3 will be fine. This will be Chad Billingsley's first game back from injury, and we should welcome him with a shelling. Zito is due for a good start as well. So let's go BEAT LA.

P.S. Bochy it seems has conceded to the idea that Posey should catch Bumgarner...it's a start.

(feel free to comment or email me directly at realisticgiantsfan@yahoo.com)


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