Urban Blog: Arizona vs. Giants In-Game


Urban Blog: Arizona vs. Giants In-Game


UPDATED: 3:09 P.M.
Casilla, Romo Have Come a Long WaySAN FRANCISCO -- Santiago Casilla made a handful of appearances with the As in 2004, 2005 and 2006, then became a regular member of the Oakland bullpen for the next three years.The As gave up on him after last year, though, because he was a bit of a circus. You could trust him only so much, and if you trusted him to pitch in high-pressure situations, you likely would end up wondering how a guy with stuff that good could be that vulnerable.Ditto Sergio Romo, earlier this season. He has a slider that often defies physics, but in the first couple of months of the season his generally good work out of the Giants bullpen was obscured by a handful of high-profile failures.Sorry for bringing Manny Ramirez into this, but it serves to prove a point. The point is, Casilla and Romo are now two of the most trusted members of the pitching staff.Giants manager Bruce Bochy turned to Casilla today in the sixth inning, and he responded with two hitless, scoreless innings. Thereafter came Romo, who worked his way through the eighth in perfect style, striking out two of the three plugs he faced.Casilla walked off the mound after his second inning with the stoicism of Ben Stein. Romo punctuated his outing by bouncing off the mound and slapping his glove, getting the fired-up crowd further enflamed. Different ways to skin a cat, but the same paths into the hearts of Giants fans.UPDATED: 2:39 P.M.
Love Buster, Hate the Song
Its impossible not to dig Buster Posey. Hes just a good kid, and it pains me to no end to call him a kid because it reminds me that Im no longer even close to being a kid, and therefore totally irrelevant and old and the guy that hot young chicks mock after I innocently say hello to them in a grocery store.Whoa. Where were we? Oh yeah. Buster Posey.He just hit a bomb. A comic-book bomb. A how-can-you-not-vote-for-me-as-your-rookie-of-the-year bomb.Amazing player. Amazing kid. Level-headed, humble, gifted to the point of wondering why whatever forces dictate such things dont share the wealth a little more evenly.But can we please lose the song?You know the song. Who you gonna call? Ghost Busters!Were San Francisco, people. We have class. We have style. We dont rip off Harold Ramis in the name of honoring our stud ballplayers. Buster Posey? Love him. Love that he knocks balls out of the yard. Ghost Busters? Knock it off.
UPDATED: 2:17 P.M.
Torres Story Just Keeps Getting Better
Hey, forget about the ADD or ADHD or whatever it is that afflicts Andres Torrres medically. Even without that, hes a ridiculously good story, and it just got better when he homered to snap a 1-1 tie.I can dismiss the ADDADHD angle because I have ADHD, too. Its difficult, its a challenge, its not fun, its embarrassing at times. But its not something that stops you from living a normal life. I dont even take medication anymore; I make lists that help me keep my life on track.But this isnt about me. Its not about learning disabilities or chemical imbalances. Its about Torres. Its about a 30-something journeyman emerging as a key figure on a playoff team -- and yeah, I said it. The Giants are a playoff team. If they arent, I promise to eat six night-crawlers on the Public House patio, on camera, on Oct. 4. Theyre a playoff team in part because of Torres, who just electrified the crowd here with his 16th homer of the year. Think about it. Hes hit 16 homers. Thats three more than Pandoval!And whos more popular? Torres. Deservedly so.
UPDATED: 1:52 P.M.
Slip Slidin' Through Danger
MadisonBumgarner is trying to secure the first home victory of his career today, andit goes without saying that today would be a fine day to get er done.(Then why, if itgoes without saying, did I just say it? I didnt. I wrote it. Big difference.)Anyway, he justgave up the tying run, but if recent form holds, were but a Pat Burrell orJuan Uribe or Buster Posey home run away from the Giants reclaiming the leadand getting young Madison his long-lost first W at AT&T.If that happens,itll be because Bumgarner is throwing one of the dirtiest sliders Ive ever seen.There is aslurve slider, and there is a hard slider. The slurve is a little slower andloopier. The hard slider bites hard. What Bumgarner is featuring today is alittle bit of both.It loops hard,if that makes sense. Even if it doesnt to you, the important thing is that isdoesnt to the Diamondbacks, either. They look like one-legged pelicans withvision issues trying to catch flying fish right now. UPDATED: 1:38 P.M.
I wrote thismorning about Arizona starter Barry Enrights reluctance to pitch inside.Pablo Sandovaljust showed everyone why Mr. Enright doesnt like to go there.Enright tried tosneak a high fastball past the Panda, and the Panda pounced.A good 400-plusfeet later, the ball landed in McCovey Cove, and the standing-room-only crowd atAT&T Park went absolutely nuts. Fans have beenwaiting for six months for such a moment from the Round Mound of Very LittleSound, and they took the opportunity to get extremely loud. By the way,doesnt the name Barry Enright sound like the name of someone who grew upprivileged, in a silver-spoon type of way? Perhaps somewhere in the Hamptons,where he attended a super-exclusive private school that requires sweater vestsand extra-curricular activities such as rare-coin collecting?
And after that hewent to Brown, despite having crappy grades, because his Mummy used to date theheadmaster or something, and then he landed a role on General Hospital?Barry EnrightIII, Esq. Yeah, that sounds about right.
UPDATED: 1:22 P.M.
Huff's Dig Emblematic of Unexpected Giants "D"
Remember whenAubrey Huff dropped the very first ball thrown to him this spring? Remember howthat served as the jumping-off point to a lengthy discussion about how porousthe defense would be?Now look atHuff. He just dug a throw out of the dirt (low toss from Pablo Sandoval) to end the top of the second inning,and it should serve as the jumping-off point to a lengthy discussion about howgood the Giants defense has been this year.Im not sayingtheyre going to win multiple Gold Gloves. Fact is, they arent going to winany. But between Huff at first base, Freddy Sanchez at second, Andres Torres incenter field and Buster Posey behind the plate, theyve got four above-averagedefenders.Thats four morethan anyone expected.
UPDATED: 1:11 P.M.
Latest Rotation Change Fuels Pressbox Buzz
As Madison Bumgarner rolled through the first inning here, the pressboxremained abuzz over the Giants latest rotation change.Matt Cains beenmoved up to Friday, with Barry Zito bumped back to Saturday.If the Giantswin today, Fridays game is a potential clincher, so its understandable thatCain would be tabbed for that start. But part of the buzz is that the Giantsare putting all their eggs in the Friday basket.Bruce Bochy sayshes making the move to keep Cain on regular rest -- four days. But Cain hasbeen pitching on five days of rest lately because of all the Mondays off. The unspoken, ofcourse, is that Bochy doesnt trust Zito with Fridays game. But lets sayCain carves. He does that a lot. He has his whole career, and particularly thismonth. But hes also lost a ton of games in which hes carved, for one reasonor another.So lets sayCain carves and still loses. Now Saturday is by far the biggest game of theyear. Is anyone entirely comfortable with Zito making that start?And as good asJonathan Sanchez has been, lets say Zito loses Saturday. Sanchez, as we allknow, can be a bit of a mixed bag emotionally. Why not keepZito on the five days of rest on which hes been working recently and let himtake the rock Friday? If he loses, Cain is pitching the biggest game of theyear. Is that not more attractive?Maybe not.Obviously not to the Giants.Good thing theyhave Lincecum, on regular rest, ready for Monday. This could get dicey. --MychaelUrban

NBA Gameday: Durant's debut the most anticipated in Warriors history

NBA Gameday: Durant's debut the most anticipated in Warriors history

OAKLAND – For a full two years, the Warriors fantasized and fetishized about this night. They analyzed and plotted and planned. They pinned their hopes on the probability they could bring it to life.

And now it’s here. Kevin Durant joining forces with Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and most of the core that only 16 months ago won an NBA championship.

In facing the San Antonio Spurs in the season opener Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, the Warriors raise the curtain on a new era of not only their organization but also the NBA itself.

The Spurs, though finally without Tim Duncan, are the NBA’s established elite. The Warriors are new wave. And about to get ever more cutting edge.

The league could not have scripted this any better unless the Cleveland Cavaliers were coming to Oracle.


Warriors by 9


Stephen Curry vs. Tony Parker. No matter what Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and newly acquired Pau Gasol can produce, it won’t generate much of advantage of Curry is roasting Parker. There was a time this was a marquee matchup. Curry now is primed to dictate the game.


Warriors: C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) is listed as out.

Spurs: G Danny Green (L quad strain) is listed as out.


The Warriors last season won three of four, and have won four of the last six overall. Prior to that the Warriors had lost 21 of 23. San Antonio has lost three straight in Oakland.


1) It’s two great coaches and a clash of styles, with the Warriors operating best with a relatively small lineup that speeds up the pace and the Spurs built to play big and control tempo. Which team will be able to impose its will?

2) Durant’s debut is the most anticipated in Warriors history; yes, even more than that of Chris Webber in 1993. The excitement level in the building will be ultra-high. How long will it take for Durant and his teammates to settle into the game?

3) Will the Spurs know how to act if Tim Almighty Duncan is not on the court or the bench or anywhere on the roster?

New York Giants release kicker Josh Brown

New York Giants release kicker Josh Brown

The New York Giants released placekicker Josh Brown, the team announced on Tuesday.

The NFL suspended Brown for the season opener in Dallas for violating the League’s Personal Conduct Policy.  That suspension was based on his May 22, 2015 arrest on domestic violence charges, which were dismissed approximately five days after the arrest.

Brown served his suspension, returned to the Giants on September 12, and subsequently participated in five games. 

Last Wednesday, approximately 24 hours before the Giants were to depart for London, new information was released by authorities in Washington State.  The new materials disclosed a history of alleged domestic violence by Brown.  On Thursday, the Giants announced Brown would not accompany the team to London, where they played the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. 

Last Friday, the NFL, at the Giants request and citing the documents released two days earlier, placed Brown on the Commissioner Exempt List. 

Today, the Giants released Brown.

“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” said team president John Mara. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided.  We accept that responsibility.

“We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father.  We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling, and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.

“We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter.  We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Statement from Josh Brown:
"The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life.  My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man.  I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way.  In the coming days and weeks I plan on telling more of the pain I had caused and the measures taken to get help so I may be the voice of change and not a statistic.  In the interim I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down."

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