After a charmed first half of the season, the San Francisco Giants stumbled badly from roughly June 9 until the All Star Break. They have played reasonably well since the All Star Break, winning three of four and are now back in first place in the NL West.
With the season only half over, the Giants still could end up with a playoff spot, but if they continue their losing ways for another week or two, even that will be unlikely.
Throwing a no-hitter has long been one of the most coveted feats in the entire world of sports because of its rare occurrence. However, this significance has been lost in recent years. Let that soak in for a second.
Over the last five years, no team in baseball has been more successful than the San Francisco Giants, who have won two World Series. The Giants have done it in a strange way, winning the World Series in 2010 and 2012 while missing the playoffs entirely in 2011 and 2013. 2014 is another even-numbered years so Giants' fans expectations are high.
When it came to deciding the weekend birthday destination there really wasn't much debate. It would be San Francisco, an unparalleled carbohydrate sanctuary, and, more specifically, home to sublime sourdough bread.
Peter Frampton: It all started a few years ago when the Cincinnati Ballet asked if they could do choreography to four of my songs; three instrumentals from Fingerprints and then "Not Forgotten" from the Now album.
Although there will never be another Don Zimmer with his unique collection of baseball memories and experiences, baseball itself will go on and 20 years from now it is possible that few fans will remember baseball without people like Bochy, Righetti, Hurdle or other newer baseball lifers.
It is, of course, not fair to blame the Dodgers' and Reds' shortcomings entirely on their leadoff hitters, but it is also unfair to overlook the player who has been the leadoff hitter on the team with the best record in the National League thus far.
San Francisco won the 2-1 decision over the Twins and improved to 5-0 in Interleague play this season. They clinched the three-game series and won six of their last seven games against Minnesota. The Giants now own the best record in the Majors.
Because of his age, and his sometimes surprising defensive ability, the team that signs Sandoval will not have to plan on using him as a full-time DH at any point during his potential five-year contract. Sandoval is far from a gold glove third-baseman, but he is not terrible at the hot corner.
The Colorado Rockies scored three runs before Madison Bumgarner's grand slam gave the Giants the lead and the 6-5 win over the Rockies. The southpaw got off to a rocky start and later settled in for one of the most memorable games of his career.
It's MLB opening day: another glorious beginning to the baseball season, another time to reflect on the old clichés and new life lessons we glean from America's pastime.
He tainted the game, and badly, and his presence anywhere near the Giants continues to taint the organization as well.
"What is really certain in this world? We could get bigger than ever or fall apart. But as long as we are a band I know we'll bring it as best we can."
When faced with a tough decision following MLB's celebration of the steroid-laden feats of Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire in 1998, Bonds made the wrong one. That reality cannot be ignored or changed, but it also should not be overstated. At a time when cheating was rampant and all but encouraged, Bonds cheated too.
Removing the collision at home plate, takes a tactic away from base runners with the intention of making the game safer, but it does not change the overall dynamic or balance of the game.