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The (Way Too) Long Hello

March 14, 2011

This guy was 16 when pitchers and catchers reported.

So yeah, earthquakes, tsunamis, potential nuclear meltdowns… but let’s get to the real news of the day:

As of this writing the Giants are 14-4 in the Cactus League. This is significant not because of the impressive but meaningless .778 winning percentage, but because they have played 18 exhibition games and they aren’t even halfway done. In fact, they’re barely one-third of the way done. Before a meaningful pitch has been thrown, the Giants will have played 51 preseason games. That’s at least 459 innings.

Now, I haven’t played baseball competitively in years (unless you count wiffle ball on the beach with my kid, which you totally should because he’s got a wicked cutter) and I’ve certainly never played at anything close to a professional level (though, again, you should see my kid’s brush-back pitch). I understand hitters need to find their timing, pitchers need to loosen up their arms, managers need to practice spitting from the top dugout step, etc. But 51 games? That’s almost a third of a season. Speaking of which: they play a 162 game season. Plenty of time to work out a few minor kinks.

I dunno — I’m sure there’s a reason for it, probably at least partially related to generating revenue. But as it stands now Spring Training is like that scene in Swingers where Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau get all excited for their big trip to Vegas (baby!), but by the end of the four-hour slog through the dark desert they’re slumped in their seats mumbling incoherently.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tito permalink
    March 14, 2011 11:26 am

    far too long but then again they have minor leaguers playing many of the innings and getting experience. How many at bats will Darren Ford have when it counts? Also you gotta see if Runzler can pitch more than 3 innings without his arm falling off.

  2. Travis Keenan Tiffin permalink
    March 14, 2011 1:07 pm

    I wish I was there to see that ‘wicked cutter’!!!

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