The San Francisco Giants face the Chicago White Sox today at 1:05 pm PDT in Scottsdale. It’s the first of two meetings between the two teams this spring. The White Sox roster includes former Giants Eric Surkamp and Jeff Keppinger. I haven’t seen their lineup yet, but Keppinger’s shoulder has been an issue this spring, so I’d be surprised if we saw him play today.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports did a fantastic piece on the evolution of Tim Lincecum. He did a nice job of talking about what everyone, including Timmy himself, is well aware of. Tim Lincecum is not the pitcher he used to be. At age 30, he’s redefining himself a pitcher who is going to have to fight to last in this game. I think he’s on the right track.
For two years, Lincecum resisted what deep down he understood: He needed to evolve. This offseason, coming off his second consecutive substandard year, Lincecum started that transformation. The mustache is merely a physical representation of something much bigger, much deeper.
If he no longer could be the pitcher he once was, he no longer could be the person he once was, either.
Perhaps one of the best parts is this quote and acknowledgement from Lincecum.
“That was never a question back in the day because I never had to answer it,” Lincecum says. “I could answer it with athleticism. Now, I’m not trying to get the 10 punchies. I want to get my outs and get through the game, and that’s just as gratifying to me as the days I would dominate. It’s a different kind of domination to me.
Read the full article here: How Tim Lincecum reinvented himself to stay ahead of the game
Barry Bonds spent a lot of time with Morse, who plays Bonds’ old position, at Scottsdale Stadium on Tuesday. Bonds is impressed with Morse’s strength and told Willie Mays about him.
It’s a good quick article by Shea and includes some new video footage of Bonds and Morse.
I’m not going to say more about this article from Alex Pavlovic except his tweet below and the quote from Sergio Romo below it to give it some context. Let’s just say the Giants had a lot of history, and power, sitting in their locker room yesterday.
Ten MVP trophies, 40 All-Star Games, 1,943 HRs. This morning the Giants had a “don’t-leave-it-over-the-middle table”: http://t.co/GkOeSn5nSE
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) March 12, 2014
From Pavs article:
“That’s the don’t-leave-it-over-the-middle table,” Sergio Romo yelled, laughing and shaking his head. “Don’t hang that slider! That’s a lot of homers right there.”
Read the full article: Barry Bonds stays busy at Giants camp
Heard this from #sfgiants minor-league camp: Dontrelle Willis sent for MRI after he felt something in his neck pitching. No results yet.
— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) March 12, 2014