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Giants not planning payback in rematch vs. Marlins

Aug 12, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

Scott Cousins, Buster Posey AP

The San Francisco Giants take on the Florida Marlins in a three-game series beginning Friday.

At first glance, this might not seem like much of a series, what with the Marlins entering the weekend on a seven-game losing streak, and the Giants preparing to face the talented Atlanta Braves early next week. But then we are reminded that this is the first meeting between the two teams since late May, a fateful series that saw San Francisco lose star catcher Buster Posey on a controversial play at the plate.

When Scott Cousins barreled into Posey, it knocked the young star out for the season, effectively changed the Giants’ season and also caused Brian Sabean to lose his mind.

So much has changed with these two teams, though. Jack McKeon is running the show in Florida and Cousins has been out since June with a back injury. And the Giants have replaced Posey’s bat – if not his leadership – with Carlos Beltran (who is also now hurt).

So now, with the teams meeting for the first time since then, should we expect some fireworks? In a word, no.

“We’ve moved on,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggerly of the San Jose Mercury News. “We have bigger things to be worried about. That’s trying to win and get to the postseason. What happened is behind us.”

More from Baggerly:

Posey, after two surgeries to repair torn ankle ligaments, isn’t looking back, either. He declined multiple interview requests as the Florida series loomed. Posey is only now beginning to put weight on his left foot, but other wounds haven’t healed. He still hasn’t reached out to return Cousins’ apologetic phone call.

“Buster wants to move forward, and I’m proud of how these guys have not dwelled on what happened,” Bochy said. “When you lose your starting catcher and cleanup hitter, it’s devastating.”

In truth, the Giants have a lot more to worry about than the Florida Marlins. With a dramatic victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night, the D-backs have taken a full game lead in the NL West, and they don’t appear to be going anywhere.

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  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    So, having your star catchers ankle taken out on a questionable play is not worthy of retribution but stealing with a 6 run lead in the top of the 6th inning is?

  2. bleedgreen - Aug 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Do you really expect them to say ‘Hell yeah, we’re planning payback!’

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:34 AM

      You are right…threatening then following up would garner a suspension. Now, they can just hit somebody and claim it was an accident and suffer no significance consequences. After all, since no warnings were issued it is fair play.

  3. FC - Aug 12, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    At this point, payback would hurt them more than the Marlins; the fish are out of contention. Any shady playing on the Giants part risks suspensions they can ill afford at this time being 1 game behind Arizona and playing the Braves early next week.

  4. FC - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    In truth, the Giants have a lot more to worry about than the Florida Marlins.

    Yeah they’ve got bigger fish to fry!! Or snakes, as the case may be.

  5. kellyb9 - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    As long as the Marlins don’t retaliate to Giants pitching throwing a 95 mph fastball at them intentionally, they should be fine.

  6. Old Gator - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Since we’re due for yet another night of monsoon conditions here in Macondo, it’s highly unlikely that there are going to be any fireworks. Mud wrestling, maybe. No fireworks. And the way the Feesh have been mailing it in for the past week, it’s likely the Brobdingnagians will enjoy humiliating them even more by putting up lots of crooked numbers, deliberately loading the bases with walks and infield rollers that stall in the muck en route up the baseline and then laughing their asses off as the Feeshs’ fearsome patchwork lineup of Mendoza Boys delivers their now-traditional strikeout, a popup and a strikeout than by dotting their touchases and setting off counterproductive wet wimpfests in the middle of the infield. I mean, imagine having to face a middle of the lineup consisting of Kindly Uncle West, DeWayne Wise and Mike Cameron with the bases loaded! All that veteran leadership is enough to give any peetcher an endorphin rush!

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    I was thinking the same thing as dr, but I also agree with bleedgreen…it’s not like the Giants are going to come out and say “Yeah, it’s payback time!!!” They will simply do what those weasels do…hit someone on purpose for a good CLEAN play at the plate. And then when the guy who gets hit moves toward the mound, it will be his fault for “starting everything” when he should have just took his intentional lumps and went to first base. And then Whiteside can again jump up and down waiting to tackle someone from the Marlins. I bet he has been running 5 miles a day and hitting the speedbag for an hour a day to get ready for this series.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      “I bet he has been running 5 miles a day..”

      Maybe he can take Joe Blanton with him on his runs. God knows he can use the exercise.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM

        Rumor has it that Blanton started out on the job, but quickly realized that they weren’t going to KFC or Dunkin’ Donuts and immediately hailed a cab back home.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:33 AM

        jog, not job….seriously, edit function already.

  8. Phillies Homer - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Since when has Carlos Beltran been considered a “leader”?

    They guy is a soft spoken loser. If that is “leading” the Giants… then we should crown the D-backs the NL West champs now.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM

      The only time Beltran was considered a leader is when he signed his huge free agent contract with the Mets. The Players Association hailed him as their leader for stealing from the Mets.

  9. halladaysbiceps - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    I was going through Phillies withdraw yesterday. Sure, there was an Eagles preseason game to watch. But, really, who wants to watch a game where you see a bunch of scrubs out there for 3+ quarters? Anyway, I’m glad they are playing tonight again and we get a chance to see Hamels win his 14th game tonight. Run production for Cole Carlton, Phillies. Give this kid a shot at winning 20 games for the first time in his career. This is the guy that won us a ring.

    • cleverbob - Aug 12, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      “But, really, who wants to watch a game where you see a bunch of scrubs out there for 3+ quarters? ”

      Redskins fans? I assume they leave halfway through the 4th…

  10. delawarephilliesfan - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    I’ll remind everybody that A) the Giants insist they didn’t throw at Victorino, so why are we to believe them here, and B) this was the quote a few months back “We’ll have a long memory. Believe me, we’ve talked to (Mike) Matheny about how this game works. You can’t be that out-and-out overly aggressive. I’ll put it as politically as I can state it: There’s no love lost and there shouldn’t be.”

    We will not know what the Giants have in mind until after this series, period. I don’t know what will happen, but a quote from Bruce Bochy means nothing. We will have to wait and see

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