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Farewell Arizona – Thoughts and Notes

March 27, 2011

The Cactus League is over. The team flew back to San Francisco tonight. Tim Lincecum will face off against Clayton Kershaw in four days. Baseball, meaningful baseball, is almost here. Finally. Everyone’s ready for it: the players, the coaches, the announcers, the beat writers, the bloggers, the stat nerds in their mothers’ basements, the people following all of the above on Twitter, and the folks wandering around San Francisco with Panda hats and bullpen beards. Spring Training was fun, but there are only so many times anyone wants to see Ryan Rohlinger, Juan Perez, Jackson Williams, and Mike McBryde in the same line-up.

Here’s a final list of bullet points before the Bay Bridge Series kicks off tomorrow:

  • We might have thought Timmy’s Fu was bad at the time, but that was before Barry Zito decided to go without shaving for a while. I’ll just leave this here. Try not to scream, you’ll worry the neighbors. I don’t think he’s actually about to go on a homicidal rampage.
  • I’m calling Gary Brown‘s walk-off hit as the best Spring Training moment. It was against the Dodgers. The game was televised. The crowd went nuts. The players got into it. He’s a first-round pick. And it produced this interview. Sure, the game might not have mattered, but spring baseball just doesn’t get much better than that.
  • Poor Travis Ishikawa isn’t making much of a case for himself. We’ve spent all our time complaining about Aaron Rowand, but Ishi is actually hitting worse. Its looking more and more like he’ll be cut or traded sooner rather than later, even with Cody Ross on the DL. Sad day.
  • Speaking of Ross on the DL…it opens up some interesting possibilities. The chances are up again that Brandon Belt will be with the big club on Opening Day. Its still not likely, but we can’t help but hope. Just a little. Via Baggs…”Bochy also said he’s still considering Belt on roster, pointing out club will be missing a big bat while Ross is on DL.”
  • Guerillmo Mota has supposedly been told he has a roster spot. We aren’t particularly happy about this. Ideally, we would have liked to have seen that spot given to Ryan Vogelsong or even Marc Kroon. Dan Ruzler has minor league options left, so we’re less concerned with him. But with Vogelsong already having said he’d be willing to accept a job in Fresno, Kroon waffling on whether or not he would, we aren’t demanding blood yet. The decision makes some amount sense, we just don’t like it.
  • Its Buster Posey‘s 24th birthday (for another uh, hour and half)! In honor of the occasion, you should watch this. And this, this, this, this and this. Oh, and this (at :12).

That’s all for now. I had more to type, but my computer is throwing fits and its been a long day. We’re a little closer to Opening Night though.

3 days, 18 hours, 39 minutes, 24 seconds and counting.

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