Barry Zito

And This Was Supposed to be This Team’s Strength?

Noah Lowry not only hit the backstop with wayward pitches so many times in two Spring appearances that it looked like he was playing handball, he also suffered a rare and unusual injury to his pitching arm, possibly putting his career in jeopardy.

Barry Zito isn’t just trying out a new windup after a terrible 2007, his even-slower fastball has led to a monstrous 17.18 ERA this spring.

All right everybody, raise your hands. Who predicted the best lefty starter on the 2008 Giants may very well be Jonathan Sanchez?

Another Year for Nellie, Gaels Hope for Respect, “Gamers” Open Their Wallets

– The Warriors exercised Don Nelson’s option for next season, an absolute no-brainer. The best advice to Brandan Wright would be to spend the entire off-season pretending he’s a point guard. Unless he can pass, shoot and handle the ball better, he’s not going to play much next season either.

– ESPN and others have St. Mary’s penciled into the NCAA Tournament, but not so fast. Gonzaga has a lot of respect from the selection committee, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the West Coast Conference enjoys the same admiration nationally.

Unless there are very few upsets in the rest of the mid-major conference tourneys, St. Mary’s could be on the outside here. The Gaels wouldn’t be the first small school with 24 wins to get the “snubbed” label on a selection Sunday.

– The new “Gamer” commercials the Giants are using to sell tickets already sound ridiculous, not a good sign since the season hasn’t even started yet. The ads aren’t referencing kids who play “Halo 3” or “Guitar Hero,” the “gamers” in these spots are Giants players and fans.

In the latest one, the gravelly voiced, slow-talking narrator says that a “gamer” (we’ll assume they mean a fan this time) might even enjoy a “tasty beverage or two” during the game.

The Giants must have cut out the last line of the commercial: “Because a gamer knows that a beverage isn’t tasty unless it costs more than a six-pack.”

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