Before we get into the notes, jokes and curmudgeony comments, it’s time to update your calendars with a cool event taking place in a couple weeks — Bruce and Kim Bochy are teaming up with Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria on Aug. 28 for the second annual “Dine and Donate Pizza Party.”
From 3 pm to 10 pm, Amici’s will donate 100% of sales from both San Francisco locations to the San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Program. In addition, Mom’s The Word Maternity will donate baby carriers for every table seated.
We were proud to take part in the event last year, and this one should be even better. There will be a raffle with prizes including Bruce’s personal seats for a 2014 Giants game (not in the dugout), autographed Giants memorabilia, wine packages from Kendall-Jackson & Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, a $500 electronics package from Comcast and much more.
Bruce and Kim will make appearances at both locations — the Giants play the Rockies at 12:45 pm that day, so I’m guessing it’ll be like last year, when they hung out with fans at the King Street Amici’s across the street from AT&T Park, then headed over to Lombard for the latter half of the event. Hope to see you there.
Skirting the issues …
— We all know Hawk “you can put it on the board … YES” Harrelson is a buffoon who takes homerism to levels Harry Caray never would’ve imagined. But his comments after yesterday’s game-changing play at the plate (Gregor Blanco was called safe after the replay guys in New York decided that White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers blocked the plate and in the process violated experimental rule 7.13) were especially moronic (and sexist).
“This rule is B.S., that’s what it is. Pure, simple B.S. It’s not baseball,” Harrelson said. “Next thing you know we’ll have catchers wearing skirts out there.”
— At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be that much of a problem. It’s become a baseball tradition to laugh and shake our heads when Harrelson lashes out at what he sees like a drunken fan having a bad day (just like we all cringe every time John Sterling comes up with another Yankees nickname). Most non-Sox fans don’t put much/any stock into what he says. But what about those Southside supporters? After all, fans often take cues from their broadcasters.
- Giants fans take Mike Krukow’s “grab some pine, meat” and create signs to display at AT&T.
- They hear Jon Miller create a new name for BABIP (the “Magic Wandoo”) and make t-shirts.
- Warriors fans cry about the refs during every loss because Bob Fitzgerald has raised a generation of Bay Area hoops fans to believe there’s a conspiracy against the Dubs.
- Sharks fans love their core guys and criticize them when warranted because Drew Remenda … well, I guess that’s over.
With Harrelson spouting his general idiocy, there’s got to be a little bit of a trickle-down effect leading *some* White Sox fans to sound similar. Good thing I don’t know any ChiSox fans, I suppose.
— What’s really crazy is that even with Hawk around, Damon Bruce somehow became a Cubs fan.
— Why do managers — like Robin Ventura — kick dirt on home plate? Kicking dirt on an umpire’s shoes: I approve. Kicking dirt on the plate?
“Oh no, now I have to pull out my little brush and sweep it off again, like it’s not one of my favorite things in the world to do.” – all big league umpires.
— I was preparing to go on YSTL’s “The Blitz” yesterday (which is why there was no recap of that rare home win) when that Flowers play occurred at the perfect time, once again demonstrating Lesson One of the Giants’ vaunted “ground attack”: if you aren’t hitting homers, hope the other team screws up.
— The Warriors schedule was released yesterday to much fanfare … but why? They play the same number of games every year (82). Games will be played at Oracle Arena (41). There are back-to-backs (19). There are a couple long road trips. Like last season, they open at home against the awful Lakers and play their biggest rival (the Clip Joint) on Christmas Day.
— All the leagues want to be like the NFL, where at least one “news” bit is strategically placed into every week of sports coverage throughout the year. But the NFL is the only league where schedules matter, because the teams don’t all play each other. And the NFL’s schedule release day doesn’t carry any weight either, because generally we know every opponent months earlier.
— Sometimes I start to think that all this time on CSN has me sounding like Ratto. I’ll be embracing chaos by Monday.
— Another Warriors non-story: Andre Iguodala might not start. Uh, OK. This is Steve Kerr trying to keep Harrison Barnes’ spirits up and maybe to encourage him to mix in a little hoops between Facebook internships and visits to Iowa golf courses. Barnes wasn’t one of the Warriors’ top seven players last year, and his numbers weren’t any better in his 24 starts (yes, he got 24 starts last year). He isn’t starting this year unless his ball-handling and overall court awareness have improved drastically since May.
— Stephen Curry called himself a better offensive player than LeBron James … easy for him to say, he doesn’t have to guard him. Curry owes Iguodala a beer for that one, and he better makes sure he brings his ID this time.
— Aaron Lynch is up to 276 pounds these days, up from 246 at South Florida (or as it’s known around here, the other USF). How did Lynch become so large? Beef.
“Like coach Harbaugh says, if you want two steaks, three steaks, take them home with you. I guess that’s how I kind of gained a lot of weight, eating nice steaks and thick salads and things like that,” said Lynch.
Sounds legit. I’m not sure what a “thick salad” entails (lots of ranch and cheese?), but something tells me Lynch is the kind of beefcake the Seahawks would snap up in a heartbeat if he somehow didn’t make the 49ers’ 53-man roster. His spot on the team is probably safe.
— Jed Lowrie is headed to the DL with a broken finger, as the A’s surely wish they could press fast-forward on the regular season. Let’s skip the dog days, skip the 10 games against the Angels, and just get to the postseason unscathed, shall we?