What’s the big deal? It all seemed so easy from where I was sitting. After all those weeks when the Giants made winning at AT&T Park look more difficult than commuting in the Bay Area between the hours of 3:30 and 7:30 pm, they finally cracked the code on Tuesday night. Why didn’t they think of this before? If the pitchers don’t allow runs, and Buster Posey hits a grand slam, and the team picks up another couple of runs, winning at home is a total cinch.
Thanks to AT&T (the communications company, not the park), I was able to watch the Giants beat the Padres by the score of 6-0 from about 100 feet away from home plate. They invited me and some other media folks to take a behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Park, which ended in a room near the Giants’ clubhouse with a bunch of servers and wires. The gist: they’ve put a lot of money into making sure fans can do cool stuff with their phones while watching Giants games. Also, they gave us field level tickets. So I took advantage of the ticket and their network tonight during the Giants’ first home win since April (give or take).
For instance, I was able to post Buster Posey’s grand slam as a vine and as a full-fledged video:
I feel like I’ve had a good run of luck with sports videos lately. I caught up to Draymond Green’s bus right before he hopped off and gave thousands of fans a memory they’ll never forget. Last night, I was mostly shooting photos (a couple are included in this post), and I got an inkling that Posey might do something special. So I put the Canon T3i down, and started shooting video with my iPhone instead.
Posey was hitting something like .440 against Ian Kennedy before that blast. It was mostly singles with a few doubles, but I had a feeling we’d see a ball go over the wall since the conditions were friendly (it was in the low-60s, which pretty much constitutes a balmy night in San Francisco these days), and Kennedy struggled to get guys out throughout the third inning.
Posey’s second grand slam this week was set up by Matt Duffy’s full-count walk to load the bases. I’m pretty sure Duffy is my dad’s new favorite player, and dads everywhere are probably hopping on the Duffman bandwagon with the way he’s hitting (and walking).
Ryan Vogelsong wasn’t exactly Bumgarnerian, but he pitched six shutout innings at a time when every starting pitcher but Bumgarner could lose their jobs with one or two bad outings.
Bobby Evans mentioned on KNBR before Tuesday’s game that Chris Heston has options, and how that could work in favor of the Giants (but perhaps not Heston). Heston will pitch tomorrow, and if he’s dominant he’ll stick around. Vogelsong isn’t leaving the rotation, not with his record since May started and his inability to pitch in middle relief. It would appear that if/when Jake Peavy and/or Matt Cain come back, Tim Hudson will land on the disabled list (not a bad thing at all for Huddy at this point of the season), and Tim Lincecum might end up taking over the “supersub” role in the bullpen that he probably should’ve had since 2013.
— Andrew Susac threw out some really nice at-bats, and in the process he reminded the world that the Dodgers totally hosed the Padres in that Matt Kemp trade. Kemp plays an Aubrey Huff-esque right field.
— Weird, Gregor Blanco was one of the team’s most valuable players in this game, with a nice catch and two hits. If I really wanted to lay the sarcasm on super-thick, I’d say that’s never happened before … other than every season since Blanco joined the Giants.
— Javier Lopez probably isn’t getting the credit he deserves for how he’s pitched this season.
— Ditto for George Kontos.
— Speaking of guys benefitting from a disabled list stint, check out Jean Machi!j
— If you have a spare moment, go ahead and watch that Posey grand slam again. I’m probably never going to film another video with contact that loud and pure for the rest of my days. I’ll probably never have field level seats in Row A, either.