Sep 25, 2013, 9:05 AM PDT
Welp, it finally happened. Brian Wilson pitched at AT&T Park in Dodger blue. He was met with a smattering of boos. As jarring a scene as it was for true Giants fans, the boos don’t make much sense. It’s not like he wanted to leave. The Giants just didn’t want him that bad and they didn’t need him.
“It’s not the first time they booed with the Dodgers in town,” said Wilson, after a perfect eighth inning.
It’s actually good the Giants avoided signing a guy for marketing reasons. Their focus is building a team that can rebound next season.
With next season in mind, the Giants are shutting down Madison Bumgarner a start early and giving Barry Zito a farewell appearance. It’s a classy move. Zito’s tenure wasn’t exactly terrific, but he contributed in the postseason in 2012 and was around for two World Series titles. He’s also a charity superstar.
Marco Scutaro is also calling it a season. He battled through a disfigured “mallet” pinky that produced pain with each swing.
— A’s starting pitcher A.J. Griffin reached the 200-inning mark on Tuesday night. He is 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA this season. Even though he has allowed a league-leading 36 home runs, it’s hard to believe the A’s won’t put him in the postseason rotation. He has playoff experience that Dan Straily and Sonny Gray simply don’t have. Bartolo Colon and Jarrod Parker are locks to start Game One and Game Two.
“You don’t really get to choose when you pitch,” Griffin told CSNBayArea.com A’s beat writer Joe Stiglich. “Just being able to start a major league baseball game is a blessing. I just wanna start as many of them as I can for as long as I can.”
— The Sharks hit the ice at
H.P. Pavilion SAP Center the Shark Tank on Tuesday. While it was merely preseason hockey, our Sharks insider Kevin Kurz reports there was a lot to like about their 5-0 win over the Canucks. It’s just nice to see flashes of teal slashing across pristine ice.
— If you haven’t been watching the America’s Cup, now might be a good time to check it out. Oracle Team USA was on the verge of elimination and have now won seven races in a row to tie New Zealand for the lead.
It’s also a good time to check out some links.
Field of Links:
— Was he safe or out? Even the umpire doesn’t know.
— In Shaqramento, all your wives belong to Shaq. This was the wife of the governor.
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