Sunday’s San Francisco Giants game against the Colorado Rockies was a bit of a nail biter. On one of the most beautiful Bay Area Sundays we’ve had in some time, fans enjoyed a somewhat explosive first inning… followed by six innings of sleepy offense.
Barry Zito was… Barry. He blew a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and with the help of George Kontos and Clay Hensley the Giants were losing 6-4 by the start of the eighth.
Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled with Zito’s improvement this season. I could be a twitter hater — wringing my hands and gnashing my teeth about the size of his contract. But you know what? It’s a sunk cost. Why not just be satisfied when Barry gets a win, even if it’s largely thanks to Hunter Pence? Even better, let’s celebrate when he actually does well. Why the hell not? It’s better than the alternative!
That said, I love this revisionist quote from Barry after his shaky game. It was like the kid who takes a face plant off his bike, and tells everyone who rushes to his aid, “Oh don’t worry, I MEANT to do that.”
“We needed something like that. We’ve had a lot of wins by sizable margins and lost some tough ones in-between there. Having come-from-behind wins is important going down the stretch.”
So you think we needed that, Barry? Did we really? My cardiologist says no.
After all that torture, the Giants won 9-6 thanks to a three-run homer by newly acquired Hunter Pence. So far, I like that trade.
I was again in Larry Baer territory with my trusty Canon. A few of the keepers:
I love this photo because it looks like these two guys are holding hands. Like maybe Giants’ veteran Zito is looking out for relatively-new-to-San-Francisco Theriot. Taking him under his wing. “Listen little buddy, nobody here calls it ‘Frisco’. I’m just saying.”