Skip to content

Greetings from Giants camp in Scottsdale

Feb 28, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

Scottsdale Stadium, the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants, is pretty great.

source:

It just sits here nicely in the neighborhood. The scale is just right. The food is a cut above a lot of parks which means the smell is a cut above. Every time I’ve been here it’s been a gorgeous day. Unless you’re a Dodgers fan it’s just hard to not enjoy yourself when you come to see the Giants.

Personally, I’m just giddy. No, not because of the ballpark. Because, after being thwarted due to my late arrival yesterday, I was finally able to get an equipment bag shot:

source:

Ahhh. Sweet, sweet addiction.

I looked to the left and saw this:

source:

That’s Eric Byrnes interviewing Sandoval for MLB Network. I listened to the interview. You’ll be shocked that Sandoval, when asked how the Giants can turn two World Series titles in three years into a dynasty said “we just have to play our game.” Earlier Byrnes was telling his crew how he deals with haters on Twitter. He actually does it right. If someone insults them, he says “thanks for watching!” and basically kills them with kindness. Say what you want about Byrnes, but he doesn’t feed the trolls. Seems to have a pretty good head about him with that sort of thing.

Down into the clubhouse. You can’t take pictures inside, but just outside the door was the day’s lineup:

source:

 

Bruce Bochy is a wily devil. Gonna confuse the Mariners with the old “two catchers” trick. Which one is the pitcher throwing to? I don’t know! And neither do you! Bwahahaha!

While in the clubhouse I (a) made some observations about race; and (b) talked to Hunter Pence about some stuff. ┬áI’m going to have separate posts about that later.

In the meantime, I’m back up in the press box. Where, as evidenced by my computer logging on to the Wi-Fi automatically, the Giants have not changed the password in the three years I’ve been coming here. Good ole “AaronRoward4MVP,” you shall always be the key to the information superhighway.

Oh and for those who care, Pedro Gomez is at today’s game, and you can’t prove he isn’t. Jon Heyman is here too, sitting three seats down from me in the press box. ┬áInasmuch as we here at HBT are about to introduce a new Mystery Blogger, it’s quite appropriate for the master of the Mystery Team to be on site.

That’s serious by the way: come back here at noon. We have a genuine Mystery Blogger to unveil.

Latest Posts
  1. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2015

    Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles - Game One Getty Images

    Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.

  2. Fox’s World Series broadcast gets a low grade from The New York Times

    Oct 31, 2014, 8:33 AM EDT

    old TV

    And it’s hard to argue with any of what Richard Sandomir has to say about it.

  3. Joe Maddon’s pursuit of the Cubs job called “a classless act” by some in the game

    Oct 31, 2014, 6:27 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon AP

    Baseball people are saying that it’s one thing to go after a vacant job. It’s another thing altogether, however, to pursue a job someone — namely Rick Renteria — currently occupies.

  4. Statcast: A deeper look at Joe Panik’s amazing double play from Game 7

    Oct 30, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

    Joe Panik AP AP

    Giants second baseman Joe Panik started a key double play in Game 7. Here’s a deeper look at how it went down.

  5. Diamondbacks exercise options on Daniel Hudson, Matt Reynolds

    Oct 30, 2014, 9:47 PM EDT

    diamondbacks logo

    The Diamondbacks announced this evening that they have exercised club options on right-hander Daniel Hudson and left-hander Matt Reynolds for 2015.

  6. Padres decline $4 million option on Josh Johnson

    Oct 30, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres Photo Day Getty Images

    Johnson missed the entire 2014 season after the second Tommy John surgery of his career.

  7. Game 7 of the 2014 World Series was the second-most watched MLB game since 2004

    Oct 30, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    Giants celebrate AP AP

    The early television ratings for this year’s World Series were pretty low, but the Giants and Royals ended up going the distance and we witnessed a very compelling Game 7 last night. It turns out that a lot of folks tuned in to see what the fuss was all about.

  8. 2014 Fielding Bible Award winners announced

    Oct 30, 2014, 7:24 PM EDT

    Lorenzo Cain Getty Getty Images

    The Fielding Bible Awards are back. And they have an interesting wrinkle this time around.

  9. Orioles pick up options on Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O’Day; decline on Nick Markakis, Nick Hundley

    Oct 30, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

    orioles logo

    The Orioles announced their option decisions earlier this evening and there wasn’t a surprise in the bunch.

  10. Dan Haren exercises $10 million player option to stay with Dodgers

    Oct 30, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT

    Dan Haren Getty Getty Images

    Haren’s option vested when he reached the 180-inning mark in September, but he had the ability to decline it and test free agency. However, he has decided to stick around.

  11. Brewers exercise $13 million option on Yovani Gallardo

    Oct 30, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers Getty Images

    Gallardo posted an ERA above 4.00 last season for the first time in his career, but bounced back to throw 192 innings with a 3.51 ERA this year at age 28.

  12. Angels pick up Huston Street’s option for 2015

    Oct 30, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

    Huston Street Angels AP

    Street saved a career-high 41 games this season.

  13. Koji Uehara gets $18 million to stay with the Red Sox

    Oct 30, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox Getty Images

    Overall in two seasons with the Red Sox he threw 139 innings with a 1.75 ERA and 181/17 K/BB ratio.

  14. Athletics name new hitting coach, bullpen coach

    Oct 30, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    The A’s opted to stay internal in replacing Chili Davis.

  15. Nationals exercise Denard Span’s option for 2015

    Oct 30, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Denard Span Getty Images

    After a disappointing first season in Washington he bounced back to hit .302 with 31 steals and a .771 OPS, leading the league with 184 hits.

  16. Kevin Youkilis opts for retirement at age 35

    Oct 30, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    The Greek God of Walks retires to Olympus. Or maybe Ohio.

  17. Cardinals exercise John Lackey’s $500,000 option

    Oct 30, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    John Lackey Getty Getty Images

    He’ll play for the minimum salary at age 36.

  18. 10 nominees for Hall of Fame’s Veterans Committee announced

    Oct 30, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

    minoso

    Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva and Ken Boyer are among those back on the 2014 ballot.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. H. Pence (2162)
  2. M. Morse (2122)
  3. Y. Cespedes (2053)
  4. J. Panik (2030)
  5. M. Moustakas (1998)