Who Told You So? Burrell, Posey Help; Bowker and Co. Could Not
Offering opinions in print, particularly on the Internet, curses the writer to be haunted by his opinions forever.
Oh, it must be nice to be in the electronic media where you can offer an opinion and have it just disappear into thin air.
It's hard to deny having opined that the San Francisco Giants would finish 75-87 once the opinion appears in print. Say it on TV or radio and ... "Well, I mentioned that they COULD potentially finish 75-87, but I think I made a bit larger point and, really, I'm not surprised to see them in the thick of the NL West race."
When a writer offers a suggestion that might help the club or offers an opinion of how the club operates, it mostly comes back to haunt the writer.
Here's to the suggestions and opinions mentioned here that turned out to be on the money. It's rare to predict what will happen, then see it actually take place.
It's time to celebrate.
To the folks who threw metrics and Bruce Bochy's unwillingness to stick with young players at me—note that John Bowker is back in the minor leagues, and that Nate Schierholtz lost his right field job to Aubrey Huff.
It was written here that the Giants had to sell the importance of playing defense in AT&T Park, when Randy Winn wasn't hitting and the club needed to justify keeping him in the lineup. Huff hasn't done anything wrong in right field and, frankly, how many games have turned on misplaying a carom in right field over the last 10 years?
So, yeah, Bowker's back tearing up Triple-A and Schierholtz is batting barely .100 in his last 40 at-bats or so. He's a pinch-runner and late-inning defender. The hitter got the gig in right field—Huff.
I'm not the type guy to say, "I told you so," but ...
And, is that Pat Burrell in left field? The guy who was too old (at 33) and a complete defensive liability? The guy who flopped in Tampa Bay in the American League, who was supposed to be the single worst free agent signing the Giants could make with all those promising young outfielders?
Wait, I am that type of guy!
I told you so!
Burrell's hitting .341 entering Wednesday's game for the Giants. He's slugging .614 with three home runs. He's the big, strong guy who works the count and, apparently, doesn't play left fielder as though he has two left feet.
Well, after I was run from my suggestion that Eugenio Velez play full-time, people were insisting that there was no reason to claim Burrell off the scrap heap. Velez and Andres Torres—and Bowker—deserved a shot in left with Mark De Rosa out.
Oh, it's fun being right!
The first piece that I wrote here mentioned that Bowker, Kevin Frandsen, and Fred Lewis were completely without value.
Frandsen's bounced from the Red Sox to the Angels. He's doing well for the Halos, but there's no place for him in the Giants lineup anyway.
Lewis had those who blame Brian Sabean for the sun rising in the east chirping when he was hitting and doing some things for the Blue Jays. Then, he misplayed a gapper and dropped a fly ball that killed Toronto when San Francisco was up there over the weekend.
Did I mention that Bowker took his .200 big league batting average to go rip up Pacific Coast League pitching?
Being me isn't bad. Not bad at all. (Until I call for Eric Hacker to get the No. 5 rotation spot and he gets shelled).
And, it seems as though I mentioned that the Giants would benefit from recalling Buster Posey and putting him at first base...or anywhere that his bat would be a benefit to a struggling attack. He started with a bang in San Francisco, has fallen off some—but, clearly, people who got the vapors over the notion of the Giants catcher of the future not catching everyday in the minors have realized—they were wrong.
That would make me...right. Right?
Tim Linecum's dead arm isn't dead. The symptoms indicating Tommy John Surgery might be in order have disappeared. Lincecum's winning, pitching well, like he will win and pitch well for as long as he's in the big leagues. And, for the dead-arm theorists, he hit 94 mph on the radar gun on Tuesday.
Who told you so?
Oh, right...I did!
In lieu of laughing out loud at know-nothings who called second baseman Freddy Sanchez a malingerer, I'll be kind and admit that I was as right about him returning to star as I was wrong about whether the Giants could win with Juan "Big Poppa" Uribe at shortstop.
I don't know everything. In fact, I know very little. When I manage to write down things in advance that turn out later to be true, well, a guy likes to crow sometimes.
Ted Sillanpaa is a Northern California sports writer and columnist. Contact Ted at: email@example.com.
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