San Francisco giants in limbo. Not that kind of fun herbal skirt-mae-tai-loa- but that purifying torrent of incessant motion that goes nowhere.
Earlier this week, it was rumored that the front office was not interested in selling on the trade deadline, but over the weekend news broke that they were hearing offers about anyone other than his name Logan Webb.
While celebrating the legacy of Will Clark, the tenacious player who drew perennial losers in the mid-’80s into the national spotlight, these giants seem to have found their weight in a mid-range opponent in Chicago. Jock Pederson hit the wall at the left chasing the ball home on Thursday and Cero Estrada, who was hurt by Saturday’s ball break, found himself on the concussion list. Both games the Giants won – even their victories have a price.
Out of necessity for the short stop, the front office staged a deal hours before the premiere of Chicago’s Dixon Machado in exchange for bowler Raynell Espinal.
The Giants acquired Dixon Machado for Rennell Espinal. He’ll wear No. 49. He’s already here, so here’s a little pit stop for your night.
– Alex Pavlovic (PavlovicNBCS) July 31, 2022
We felt everything with this team. Week to week, day to day, sometimes from tour to first half – fans don’t know what club version they’ll get. We have questions, but no definitive answers. The front office works like the great wizard of Oz, telling us as we update our Twitter feeds if we want the news back tomorrow.
I did the maneuver on what I think we should do by this deadline. Look for Bullpen’s help. Trade for defense, fixed racket. Let’s trade our limbs for Juan Soto. Let’s go after Josh Bell. Let’s break the ban with Auckland. Have faith! Believe! Anything can happen in postseason. Why plan for tomorrow when all we have is today?
And on the same day, I swung with the pendulum of my heart to the opposite pole. Sell Carlos Rodon. Sell Jock Pederson. Love Yankees, Braves, Blue Jays or Cardinals with all their value. cash in. save save save.
Choosing one option over another does not guarantee a specific result. Purchasing does not promise decisive competition. There are ways to sell on the deadline that won’t spoil the 2022 season.
Pederson hasn’t hit a home run in more than a month. His OPS for July is .421. There is no dearth of left-handed players at this club. With Tommy Lastilla healthy and Lamonte Wade Jr back, the club has options off the bench. We all know Pederson can get hot with the bats, but other clubs like the Atlanta Braves know that, too. It might be a productive middle ground for the front desk to stock the future in a jock bargain without mentioning the white flag by trading someone like Rodon.
However, Rodón’s smart trade is an investment for the future. You know Farhan got a little dizzy when he saw the odds the Seattle Mariners had succumbed to to get Luis Castillo out of the Cincinnati Reds.
Why don’t we have everything? Why can’t we tackle all of our superstars, load up on chances with some major league players ready to fill in the gaps in our squad and still be competing?
My position on this issue changes within the paragraphs.
Right now – something in this team needs to change – but maybe it’s just an attitude? Or an approach? Finding a balance between patience and aggressiveness at bats? I think Mike Jastrzemski needs to swing first court in his next five games on the board. I think Brandon Bildt needs a little more beating against the leftists. I think Evan Longoria needs to not get injured anymore. I think Gaby Kapler needs another hand tattoo.
The probability that any of these options will result in positive results this season and/or upcoming seasons – *alert-bop-boop in the calculating device*-shrug shoulder.
We can also look at the saints.
Desperately in need of help, direction, and clarity, I pulled off my in-laws’ driveway in White Plains, New York this afternoon, and drove a ten-minute drive north to The Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne where George Herman Roth is buried.
The tombstone, decorated with an image of Christ blessing a young child, looks down from a gentle slope on Taconic Parkway. To his left is the name of Ruth and his wife; At right, an engraved quote from Cardinal Spellman: “May the divine spirit that moved Babe Ruth to win the decisive life game may inspire the youth of America!” The large patch of grass at the base of the grave is cleared, usually covered with the myriad offerings left by baseball pilgrims fans at the start of each season, but for the latest features: a Yankee hat, a plastic helmet bat, five baseballs and an unopened bottle of Michelob Ultra.
What was I doing there? I didn’t know – I would like a degree of control over an uncontrollable situation. It didn’t hurt to go in front of one of the baseball gods and ask for intervention, and offer Hail Mary in a confused one of secular prayer and metaphor.
Today, I put Brandon Crawford’s baseball card at my babe’s feet. modest presentation. It may help him recover. I hope he solves his swing.