Mychael Urban

Do Nicole Vogelsong’s emoticons mean Ryan Vogelsong will be back?

In what turned out to be a relatively disappointing season for the San Francisco Giants, the story of Ryan Vogelsong was a welcome diversion from stuff like injuries and Orlando Cabrera. Vogelsong was drafted by the Giants, traded to the Pirates, tore up his elbow, struggled with his control, pitched in Japan and was released by the Phillies and Angels before the Giants gave him another shot in 2011.

Vogelsong and his wife Nicole were one of the main focal points of The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants, and his teammates voted him the winner of the Willie Mac Award at the end of the season.

As a result of all that (plus Vogelsong’s performance on the field, where he made his first All-Star team and finished eleventh in the Cy Young voting after winning his first Major League games since 2005), it’s been assumed by many that the Giants would look to sign Vogey to a multiyear extension.

Mychael Urban talked about the Giants’ interest in Vogelsong on 95.7 FM “The Game” today. (By the way: whether or not you care about “The Game” or KNBR, you should vote in our “radio wars” survey — and if you don’t care, there’s even an option to let us know that you don’t listen.) The information Urban relayed on the air led to this exchange with Nicole on Twitter.



That winking emoticon could mean anything. It could mean Nicole and Ryan had Mychael over for dinner last night and told him how the Giants and Vogelsong’s agent are currently negotiating a deal. Or, it could be that she just loves using that emoticon, as that exchange with Urban was followed by this one:



Since almost everyone already figured the Giants would bring Vogelsong back at least for the 2012 season, the only real suspense lies in how many years and millions the team and the Vogelsongs will agree to. In other words, how many shopping trips will Nicole theoretically be able to enjoy. Since the Giants set the bar for lefty relievers at around $4MM or $5MM per year, one would assume that by the time this offseason’s over Nicole can rack up some hefty credit card bills and her husband won’t even notice.


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