Jul 30, 2013, 9:46 AM PDT
The leader of the free world still thinks the San Francisco Giants have a chance to contend. That has to count for something right? President Obama met with the current Giants roster at the White House on Monday to honor their 2012 World Series Championship. The face time with the president couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Giants have slipped 10 games behind in their division and are 12 games under .500.
According to our Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly, Obama offered some encouraging words to the team’s front office behind the scenes.
“One of the things the president said was, ‘I’ve been following you guys and you’re a second half team, and I expect you to be a second-half team this go-around,’” Giants CEO Larry Baer said. “So we like the enthusiasm.”
Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is Wednesday, and the Giants will have some big decisions to make in the next 24 hours (if they haven’t been made already), and President Obama will be watching.
These White House visits always have some researched and well-thought-out quips. Here are some of the president’s highlights as documented by Baggs.
President Obama saluted Giants manager Bruce Bochy on his 1,500th victory, proclaimed the “Say Hey Kid” looks younger every time he sees him, referenced Sergio Romo’s beard, Buster Posey’s comeback season, Matt Cain’s perfect game, Pablo Sandoval’s historic three-homer performance, and of course, Tim Lincecum’s haircut.
“Where’s Tim?” said Obama, scanning the risers behind him to laughter from the dignitaries on hand. “There he is. See, you don’t even recognize him anymore.”
Encouraging? You bet. In fact, encouragement seemed to be the theme of the day for the Bay Area’s sports teams. You’d have to look no further than the Oakland Athletics for proof. The A’s clobbered the Jays on Monday and now sit a season-high 20 games over .500 and lead the American League West by six games. They’ve managed to achieve this high watermark with several key players struggling, and those guys all busted out of their slumps at once.
– Yoenis Cespedes crushed a home run to end a career-worst 25-game homer-less drought.
– Seth Smith went 2 for 3 to snap out of an 0 for 30 skid.
– Josh Donaldson snapped an 0 for 16 slump.
Cespedes has registered back-to-back three-hit games and has driven in seven runs over that span. If he starts heating up again, the A’s could be exchanging pleasantries with President Obama at this time next year.
In other encouraging news:
The San Jose Sharks have signed Joe Pavelski to a five-year contract extension. According to our Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz, Pavelski’s deal matches the five-year, $30 million extension Couture agreed to in June. Our Raiders Insider Scott Bair says first round pick D.J. Hayden is ready to rip off his non-contact red jersey. And our 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco says outside line backer Aldon Smith is healthy and ready to challenge the NFL’s all-time single-season sack record. Yup, encouraging.
Field of Links:
— With the trade deadline looming, Royals pitcher Ervin Santana decided to blow up the roster in advance.
— The nerd movement in Oakland keeps getting, well, nerdier.
— Brett Lawrie broke out his ballerina moves in Oakland last night.
— For Guillermo Moscoso, timing is everything.
Field of Teams
Join us on the Field of Teams as we cover the fun, viral, sometimes even downright weird aspects of Bay Area sports, powered by Casey Pratt and the CSNBayArea.com staff.
Do you have a nugget for our Field of Teams staff? Is there something about Bay Area sports you've always wanted to know? Email us and let us know -- if we use it, we got a t-shirt in it for ya.
Top Posts & Pages
- Stanford Student Drugged at Campus Party: University Police
- California Governor Ends Legislative Session With Vetoes
- Patrick Marleau tears up after warm welcome from Sharks fans in return home
- Why it's time to recognize undefeated 49ers as an elite NFL contender
- Watch Sharks' Patrick Marleau receive huge ovation in first home game
- Two Small Earthquakes Strike Southeast of San Jose
- Robert Saleh's fiery personality rubbing off on dominant 49ers defense
- WATCH: Flames vs. Sharks
- 49ers report card: Grades on offense, defense in 20-7 win over Rams
- How 49ers' defense locked in after allowing early TD to Rams
|louiecarmae on Field of Links: Kings’ I…|
|louiecarmae on Snoop Dogg: ‘Raiders are…|
|louiecarmae on Case of the Mondays: Seahawks…|
|louiecarmae on Field of Links: Seahawks fan g…|
|louiecarmae on Johnny Football vastly outdraw…|