Baseball Insider’s Jon Heyman reported Monday that not only was San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy in Atlanta trying to woo Jon Lester into the fold, but that Tim Hudson was also part of the effort, the two said to be close with one another in the city where Margaret Mitchell lived and penned, “Gone With the Wind.”
Much has been rightfully written about the corps of Giants originating in the South, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey being the two who come to mind most readily. Between them they represent the best that the San Francisco organization has to offer, and form the foundation upon which all three recent World Series titles have been built.
Add to that granite base Tim Hudson, Matt Cain, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence, and even Bruce Bochy who was born in France but raised in North Carolina, and you have the makings for what has resulted in the git-er-done mentality that does not accept excuses as a replacement for success.
The Giants are not bucking hay bales, but they are bucking the trend in the National League by gittin’ er done.
The thought that this group might be joined by Jon Lester, conjures up thoughts of a strengthened South rising up again to help the Giants claim yet another World Series ring for the Orange and Black.
What Heyman wrote was, “Not much is known about the confab, but one source said Giants veteran Tim Hudson is one key to the Giants’ recruitment of Lester, as the pair of Atlanta residents are said to be close.” Good old boys tend to stick together.
Sep 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jon Lester (31) throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of the 2014 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
There is a mindset which best defines the “farm mentality” and that is simply, whatever it is that needs doing, they git ‘er done. They don’t need bucket seats or four on the floor-or anything really, but maybe a little baling wire and duct tape and an attitude that bellows out simply, “Get out of our way.”
Three times Giants teams have done exactly that against clubs which consistently stacked up better on paper than the Giants. What’s this “on paper?” The “paper” may as well be lining the bottom of the birdcage, for all the difference it has made impeding the underdog Giants’ path to victory.
Three different teams comprised of an assortment of clutch players, some of them part-timers, have figured out how to git ‘er done, defying the odds and accomplishing something that has not been done since World War II. That is not coincidental and adding Jon Lester to the team enhances the possibility of extending San Francisco’s epic success at least one more season.
The Giants still have gaping holes in left field and third base, but there can be no denying how invaluable Lester would be to another march through the playoffs. Brian Sabean has got to find a way to git ‘er done. Even were he to argue, “What do you want me to do?” Giants fans everywhere would respond,
“Frankly Brian Sabean, we don’t give a damn.”