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Will injuries defeat the Giants?

Baseball season is back in full swing and the 2014 World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants, are off to a tremendous start. The Giants just wrapped up a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong, and Chris Heston pitching the season openers. The Giants won the series, 2-1, and made a great start to the beginning of baseball season, but not all went as planned.

Hunter Pence, Travis Ishikawa, and pitcher Erik Cordier were all placed on the disabled list, DL, before the regular season even began. On April 7th, Matt Cain whose season ended early last year due to bone chips,was also placed on the DL with a flexor tendon strain in his right forearm. During Tuesday’s game, first baseman Brandon Belt had to leave the game during the bottom of the fourth inning after chasing a foul ball and straining a groin muscle. To top the injuries off, pitcher Jake Peavy has been suffering from back soreness. The Giants have not placed Peavy on the DL yet but after a bullpen session on Tuesday Peavy did comment that he felt soreness in his back.

With the season just beginning the question is, how are these injuries going to effect the Giants as they try to break the stereotype of only winning the World Series during even number years. Bruce Bochy said that he has never gone through such bad luck with injuries in the beginning of the season. Two of the Giants better at-bats are currently residing on the DL list which could effect them as they head into a three game series against the San Diego Padres.

But knowing the Giants, these injuries are just a bump in the road and they won’t let it get into their head too much. After Buster Posey’s season ending injury back in 2013, the Giants were shaken but still strong after losing one of their best players to a broken leg. And sometimes the injuries can be blessings in disguise, allowing minor league players to come up and play professionally, usually shining as they replace someone we believed couldn’t be replaced. Take Ishikawa for example, he was brought up after Angel Pagan was sent to the DL last season. Ishikawa played well but on a faithful Thursday night during a playoff game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Ishikawa hit a walk-off home run which sent the Giants to the World Series, which they later won.

It’s too early to tell where the Giants will be come October but hopefully things will be looking up when their plays get off the DL and back onto the field to chase their fourth World Series Championship.

Giants’ World Series Trophy Tour to Stop at SF State

The three SF Giants trophy will be at SF State. Photo from the Giants Twitter
The three SF Giants trophy will be at SF State. Photo from the Giants Twitter

The trophies commemorating the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victories in 2010, 2012, and 2014 will visit SF State on Wednesday as part of an ongoing tour.

The Giants spent more than fifty seasons without winning Major League Baseball’s top prize after moving to San Francisco from New York in 1958. They finally brought a championship to San Francisco by beating the Texas Rangers four games to one in 2010. The team followed this up with a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers two years later. Last year, the Giants won the World Series, this time in seven games over the Kansas City Royals. Between San Francisco and New York, the Giants have won eight titles.

The World Series trophy is the only piece of championship hardware in the four major American professional sports leagues not named for a specific individual. Its official name, The Commissioner’s Trophy, sets it apart from the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup, the National Basketball Association’s Larry O’Brien Trophy, and the National Football League’s Vince Lombardi Trophy. Tiffany & Co. builds a new trophy for each year’s top baseball team.

The San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour began on January 7th and will run through Opening Day at AT&T Park on April 13th. Most of the tour takes place in California, extending as far south as San Luis Obispo, though it will also make stops in Nevada, Oregon, and even New York.

All three trophies will be at SF State on February Four from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall. People will not be allowed to line up before 9:00 a.m. Each person may take one photo. Those in a group may either take separate pictures or one all together. A Giants representative may cut off the line early to ensure the trophies are able to leave on time and being in line during the scheduled time does not guarantee a chance to get a photo of them.

SF State graduation will be Giant

SFSU will hold their graduation ceremony at AT&T Park for 2015.
Photo by Tami Benedict/Xpress Magazine

This morning, SF State announced that they will be holding the 114th graduation commencement ceremony at AT&T Park for the first time since the ballpark was built fifteen years ago. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday May 22, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

In an email sent out by the university president, Les Wong, he stated that he wanted a place where graduates and undergraduates would be able to celebrate this milestone with their friends and family in one place.

“Commencement Day is one of the most important milestones for our students, but in recent years it has become clear that the event has outgrown our current facility,” said Wong. “It’s important that we ensure family members and friends can be there to witness this special moment, and I’m thrilled that they will have the opportunity to do so in what has become one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks.”

Having the ceremony at AT&T Park will help SF Stare save money in the long run, because AT&T Park already has the amenities needed for the ceremony. This means SF State won’t be putting out any extra money to be getting Cox Stadium ready like they have in the past.

“Nothing can describe the excitement you feel watching our graduates and their families gathering for Commencement. So many emotions are in the air: pride, joy, relief, and anticipation. Our students have worked so hard and many have sacrificed much and overcome great odds, in order to get to this day,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Luoluo Hong. “Hosting one large ceremony emphasizes the significance of our students achievements and honors the fact that it took an entire ‘family’ to get there: parents, friends, siblings, children, mentors, faculty and staff among them.”

AT&T Park is the home to the San Francisco Giants, three-time World Series Champions. The stadium can hold over 40,000 people, offers numerous ways to enter and exit the ball park, and there are several different ways to get to the stadium, with ample parking nearby, and Bart and Muni easily accessible. AT&T Park is located in the South Beach district, right on the waterfront by the Bay Bridge.



And this is how the riots start

A fan gets fired up after the Giants win the 2014 World Series on October 29th.  (Matthew Roth/ Xpress Magazine)
A fan gets fired up after the Giants win the 2014 World Series on October 29th. (Matthew Roth/ Xpress Magazine)

The bus was filled with a tense, overwhelming excitement. The once light air was now dense, thick, and the typical smells of the street and sounds of cars making their way through the intersection are amplified to an almost unbearable extent. Even traveling down the road in a vehicle with the windows rolled up, you are pretty sure you just heard what you think a bomb would sound like going off down the block, followed by a band of car alarms sounding off as if there is no tomorrow—and all you can see is orange.

If you have lived in the Bay Area since at least 2012, you can probably recognize this scene from last night. If not, this is the view from a Muni bus at Geneva and Mission Streets less than half an hour after the Giants won the World Series. And honestly, it looks just like a huge group full of excitement at this point with only a hint of chaos, but that was because the night was still young.

Two years ago when the Giants won the World Series, I passed through the exact same intersection about an hour after the victory, and the streets were full of people—people on top of the intersection’s light posts, people sitting on cars, people on the street, and people screaming, hitting cars as they ran by.

You want to know how I found out about the Giants winning? I stepped off the M-line and heard a girl screaming bloody murder from behind me, multiple times. It sounded like someone was getting beaten to a pulp behind the old Geneva powerhouse—and it was absolutely freakin’ terrifying.

And honestly, when the fireworks started and sirens began to go off all around me, I wanted to find the quietest place ever and hide because I knew just how insane it was about to get.

People are celebrating and excited—I get that. What I do not understand is why it has to lead to fires, broken windows, shootings, and arrests. According to the San Francisco Police Department, more than forty arrests were made last night. Two people were stabbed and two more were shot in separate incidents.

I think the moral of the story here is simple—“it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.”



The Giants are your 2014 World Series Champions! Photo by Katie Lewellyn/Xpress Magazine
The Giants are your 2014 World Series Champions! (Katie Lewellyn/Xpress Magazine)

Through trials and tribulations, through blood and tears, the Giants and their fans have waited for this moment all season long. Through amazing wins and tough losses, the Giants have worked towards this one game, Game 7 of the World Series, a make it or break it game. After tonight, only one team will go home a winner. The Giants defied the odds, being the underdogs from Game 1 with the Pirates, they proved they are a force to be reckon with and tonight they are your 2014 World Series Champions. The Giants beat the Royals 3-2 in the last game of the season.

Tim Hudson has waited 39 years for this moment, a moment that not many pitchers get to see, an opportunity to pitch in the World Series. Although Hudson only pitched 1.2 innings, he had three hits, one ball, one strikeout and two runs. He was able to pitch a flawless first inning which led the Giants into their second inning rally. Jeremy Affeldt came in to relieve Hudson in the second and pitched 2.1 innings with only one hit, no walks, and no walks. Affeldt now has 23  1/3 scoreless postseason innings, a record that goes back to the 2010 World Series. Affeldt got the win for the Giants, and even teared up in his post game interview.

With Hudson and Affeldt holding the Royals to only two runs, they allowed Madison Bumgarner enough time to rest and enter the game. Being one of the best World Series pitchers, Bumgarner pitched an amazing five innings with only two hits, no runs, no balls.

The Giants got their rally started early when Pablo Sandoval was hit by a pitch in the second inning and became a lead-off runner. With Sandoval and Pence on, Micheal Morse hit a sacrifice fly ball to right field, scoring Sandoval. Brandon Crawford followed Morse’s lead and hit another sac-fly to center field, allowing Pence to score. The Giants were the first to score in the second, leading 2-0.

With the game tied in the fourth, the Giants knew they had to score more runs. With Sandoval and Pence on base again, Morse singled on a line drive to right field, scoring Sandoval and giving the Giants the lead once again, 3-0. During the third inning, Joe Panik made a beautiful, diving, belt breaking double play. After catching the ball and belly flopping onto the ground, Panik was able to flip the ball to Crawford, without taking the ball out of his met, and get a play at second. After Crawford threw to first, the play was initially ruled safe but Bochy called a review and found that Panik got the double play.

Madison Bumgarner is your 2014 World Series Most Valuable Player. Bumgarner pitched 52.2 IP, with 45 SO, 28 Hits, 6 BB, 6 ER 1.025 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and a 5-1 record, 3-0 in World Series.

The Giants won their quest for three, getting their third World Series victory in five years.

A Giant celebration

It is a sad reality that because the city of San Francisco has a team competing in the World Series of Baseball they have to think up new ways to control fans. A victory could lead to rowdy celebrations and, dare I say, a loss could result in angry pissed off fans taking their anger out in a variety of ways.

In 2012, the San Francisco Giants were triumphant over the Detroit Tigers ending a seven game series in a swift four games. In some areas, celebration turned violent when fires were started and windshields were broken. Reports of the destruction and consequent arrests made headline news. Police and city leaders have made it clear on social media that they do not want a repeat of that and police presence will be heightened.

Let us stop and think about this logically – sports teams are an extension of a city; they are something that brings people of all walks of life together, something everyone can rally around, something that gives a city hope. So, it is safe to say that when rooting for your “home team,” you are rooting for your home. Why then should your “home team” winning result in your home dishing out time, money, and effort to repair itself?

The fact of the matter may simply be: people have forgotten that sports teams are a privilege given to them by the cities they play for. Although the city generates great revenue from their sports teams, they also pay a hefty price to get them and keep them.

That being said, San Francisco fans may have this year to redeem themselves since the Giants will be playing in Game 7, a do or die game against the Kansas City Royals.

There will be a viewing party at Civic Center to watch Game 7 unfold and there will be police ready to impede and disturbances before, during, or after the game. According to officers at the Southern Police Station, the viewing party is not the main concern. “I am worried about the people watching the game in the bars,” says Officer Wong. “The viewing party at Civic Center gets its fair shard of drunk fans but there are also families and there isn’t alcohol constantly being consumed.”

What happened to the good ‘ole days where a victory celebration consisted and after party with high-fives and hugs, a glass of champagne, and some classy jazz music in the background? Nobody seems to know when the acts of vandalism, such as throwing a police barricade through a Muni windshield, becomes the optimal way to show your happiness and pride.

This year, no matter the outcome, let us try to keep the headlines about the game and not about arrests being made around the city.

Go Giants. Go San Francisco.

Quest for Three: Giants will see Game Seven

The Giants couldn't hold onto the lead and will face the Royals in Game 7. Photo by Katie Lewellyn.
The Giants could not hold onto the lead and will face the Royals in Game 7. (Katie Lewellyn/ Xpress Magazine)

Hopes were high and fans were on the edge of their seats as the Giants faced the Royals today in game six of the World Series. If the Giants could pull it out today and get a win, then they would be the 2014 World Series Champions. Sadly, the Giants could not hang on and showed this series would be getting the best of them. The Giants lost 10-0 tonight against the Kansas City Royals and will play a make it or break it game seven, the last game of the World Series.

Jake Peavy took the mound for the Giants and early on you could tell that Peavy was not in a good place. Peavy only lasted one and a third inning, giving up six hits, one ball, one strikeout, and five earned runs. Peavy was taken out of the game in the second inning with bases loaded, being replaced with post season stud Yusmerio Petit. With bases loaded, Petit was not able to defuse the situation, adding two more runs for the Royals.

With the Royals leading 7-0, Jean Machi entered the game but the Royals did not let up and scored another two. With a 9-0 lead, things looked bleak for the Giants. Hunter Strickland tried to relieve some pressure off of the Giants bullpen and in typical Strickland pitching, the Royals were able to hit a home run off him, extending their lead 10-0. Ryan Vogelsong came in to end the game for the Giants, a weird time for him to pitch but in Bruce Bochy’s mind, a perfect time.

To get a look into Bochy’s mind this is what he did. After having such a big deficit in runs, it was pretty evident that the Giants were going to play tomorrow. Instead of using his relievers and trying to stop the Royals from scoring, he save his best pitchers for tomorrow to help get the win. Knowing the Strickland and Vogelsong will not be used tomorrow, he was able to use them today to get the Giants through the game and onto tomorrow.

The Giants looked off today, not only in pitching but in defense and offense as well. The Giants could not score a single run in today’s game and only a few of them were able to reach base. The Giants more than once left runners in scoring position and just did not look like their normal selves. Costly mistakes helped the Royals get the win today. In the second inning, Brandon Belt caught a ground ball and instead of seeing the signal and throwing to home, he fumbled around and tried to make a play at first but was too late to get the runner out.

Posey went 0-3, Sandoval was 1-3, Pence was 1-4, and Belt was 1-4. Knowing that the game was over, Andrew Susac, Joaquin Arias, Matt Duffy, and Juan Perez entered the game to try and give the Giants starters a little rest and prepare them for tomorrow’s game.

The Giants will play game seven tomorrow in Kansas City in the final game of the World Series. Tim Hudson will be on the mound and do not be surprised if Madison Bumgarner makes an appearance also, leading the Giants in their quest for their third World Series win. Tomorrow will be an exciting, fun, and heart-wrenching game.

Quest for Three: Giants headed to Kansas City with the Lead

A sea of orange at AT&T Park where the just took the lead in the World Series. Photo by Katie Lewellyn.
A sea of orange at AT&T Park where the just took the lead in the World Series. (Katie Lewellyn/Xpress Magazine)

Giant’s ace Madison Bumgarner was on the mound tonight to inch the Giants one step closer to a World Series win. Bumgarner dominated at pitching, giving the Giants a 5-0 win over the Royals. The Giants now lead the series 3-2.

Bumgarner pitched a complete game shutout, something that has not been done in the Giants franchise since 1962. With nine innings pitched, no earned runs, no walks, four hits and eight strikeouts, Bumgarner is the MVP of the World Series. Currently, Bumgarner has a 0.69 ERA for the World Series, which is almost unspeakable for a pitcher.

The Giants helped their ace early in the game. After Hunter Pence reached base in the second, he moved into scoring position when Brandon Belt laid out a beautiful bunt. Brandon Crawford was up with two on and hit into an RBI ground out, scoring Pence.

In the fourth, Crawford hit another RBI, this time a single to center field scoring Pablo Sandoval and giving the Giants a 2-0 lead.

With Sandoval and Pence on in the eighth, Juan Perez hit an RBI double, adding insurance runs for the Giants. Crawford hit his third RBI of the night, after singling and scoring Perez. The Giants had the lead 5-0.

Tonight was the final game of the season at AT&T Park. The Giants will travel to Kanas City tomorrow and resume their efforts of winning a third World Series on Tuesday. They only need one more win to make that happen.

In unrelated news, today was a sad day in Major League Baseball when word came in that St. Louis Cardinals top prospect, Oscar Taveras, was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Just two weeks ago, Taveras hit a game tying home run off of Giants pitcher Yusmerio Petit during the National League Championship Series. Taveras was just twenty-two years old.

Quest for Three: Giants own Game 4

Fans pack AT&T Park in hopes that the Giants can pull off a win. Photo by Katie Lewellyn.
Fans pack AT&T Park in hopes that the Giants can pull off a win. Photo by Katie Lewellyn.

Game 4 of the World Series wholeheartedly belonged to the Giants. After a crazy first couple innings, the Giants surged forward and never looked back. The Giants beat the Royals 11-4 and tied the World Series 2-2.

Ryan Vogelsong had a solid first inning but quickly got himself into trouble in the third when Eric Hosmer started the Royals rally with a single. Vogelsong pitched 2.2 innings with seven hits, one ball, two strikeouts, and four earned runs.

The Giants started their rally early in the first when Hunter Pence hit into a fielder’s choice scoring Gregor Blanco. Things started to look bleak for the Giants though when Salvador Perez hit a single RBI extending the Royals’ lead 4-1.

In the third, Buster Posey hit an RBI single, scoring Duffy and shortening the Royals’ lead 4-2. During the fifth, Pence hit another RBI single, scoring Panik and inching the Giants closer to a tie. Pence was able to score after Juan Perez hit a sac fly, tying the game.

The rally really begun in the sixth when Pablo Sandoval hit a line drive single, scoring Posey and Blanco. Brandon Belt then singled on a ground ball, allowing both Pence and Sandoval to score. The Giants were in the lead 7-4.

Blanco continued the rally in the seventh after bunting, and Crawford was able to score on the bunt when Tim Collins overthrew the pitch. Joe Panik then doubled, scoring Morse and Blanco, extending the lead 10-4. Pence backed Panik up with another double and the score was 11-4.

The Giants came back from the dead and blew the Royals away in an amazing display of teamwork. They will play their last home game of the season tomorrow at AT&T Park with Madison Bumgarner on the mound.

Quest for Three: Giants drop the ball in Game 3

The Giants return home in hopes of getting the lead in the World Series. Photo by Katie Lewellyn.
The Giants return home in hopes of getting the lead in the World Series. Photo by Katie Lewellyn.

The Giants returned home to the Bay Area for Game 3 of the World Series, but after the Royals got an early jump, the Giants could not catch up. The Giants lost 3-2 and are now behind in the series 1-2.

Tim Hundson made his first ever World Series appearance but was quickly hurt by the Royals. In the first inning, Lorenzo Cain hit an RBI single off Hudson, giving the Royals an early 1-0 lead. Hudson pitched 5.2 innings with four hits, one ball, two strikeouts, and three earned runs.

In the sixth inning, the Royals extended their lead when Alex Gordob hit a line-drive double to center field. Eric Hosmer followed up by singling, giving the Royals a 3-0 lead.

The Giants did not give up hope though, and in the sixth, Michael Morse doubled on a ball to left field, scoring Brandon Crawford. With Morse on, Buster Posey hit into a ground out allowing Morse to score. The Giants were on the board 3-2.

The Giants could not make a comeback though, losing 3-2. The Giants will play again today at AT&T Park, hoping to turn this series around and get a win.


Quest for Three: Peavy, Giants get beat up by Royals

The Giants drop game two of the World Series and will return home Friday. Photo by Tami Benedict
The Giants drop game two of the World Series and will return home Friday. (Tami Benedict/ Xpress Magazine)

In Game 2 of the World Series, the Giants saw how hard they were going to have to play in order to claim their third World Series win. The Giants lost to the Royals last night, 7-2, tying the series 1-1.

The Giants started off on the right foot when Gregor Blanco, the leadoff hitter, hit a solo home run, giving the Giants an early lead. But after Tuesday’s game, the Royals were set on vengeance.

In the first inning, Billy Butler singled, allowing Lorenzo Cain to score, tying the game early. The Royals’ revenge did not stop there though. In the second inning, Alcides Escobar doubled, giving the Royals the lead.

The Giants came back though, and tied it up in the fourth when Brandon Belt doubled on a line drive to right field, scoring Pablo Sandoval.

Jake Peavy was roughed up by the Royals and saw his final pitch in the sixth inning after allowing two runners on base with no outs. Peavy pitched five innings with six hits, two balls, one strikeout, and four earned runs. The torture continued for the Giants when Jean Machi entered the game. With two on and no outs, Machi gave up one run when Billy Butler singled on a line drive to left field, giving the Royals a 3-2 lead.

Later in the sixth Hunter Strickland entered the game and the torture continued. Salvador Perez doubled and after, Omar Infante hit a two run homer off of Strickland, giving the Royals the lead by 7-2.

Tim Lincecum finally made his post season appearance in the seventh inning of tonight’s game. Lincecum pitched 1.2 innings giving up no hits, no walks, and two strikeouts.

As for batting, Posey and Sandoval went 1-4, while Michael Morse and Blanco went 1-3.

The Giants could not catch up to the Royals in the last few innings, dropping the ball and tying the series with the Royals. They will return home to AT&T Park on Friday night for Game 3 of the World Series with game time at 5:07 p.m. Tim Hudson will start for the Giants in their quest to win their third World Series title.

Quest for Three: Giants Prove They are not Underdogs

Giants win game one of the World Series. Photo by Tami Benedict.
Giants win game one of the World Series. (Tami Benedict/ Xpress Magazine)

Game one of the World Series belongs to none other than the San Francisco Giants. Being the underdogs since day one, the Giants showed that experience, determination, and believing in yourself is just some of what you need to make it in the World Series. The Giants beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-1, tonight and lead the series 1-0.

Madison Bumgarner started things off right for the Giants, pitching seven innings with three hits, one walk, five strikeouts, and giving up one run. Besides pitching flawlessly, Bumgarner assisted himself when two balls were hit directly back to him and without missing a beat, he was able to get each one out. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Bumgarner’s domination came to an end after Salvador Perez hit a solo home run off him, ending his thirty-two inning road shutout streak.

James Shields, the ace for the Royals, struggled tonight against the Giants. Shields only pitched three innings, giving up seven hits, one walk, and five runs. The Royals relievers were not able to help either with the Giants getting two more runs off of Danny Duffy.

In the first inning, the Giants started dominating early. Blanco and Posey were on base when Pablo Sandoval doubled on a line drive to right field. Blanco scored easily but Posey was also sent home, causing him to be tagged out. Hunter Pence then hit a two run home run, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead. The Giants runs did end there though, in the fourth, Micheal Morse, the designated hitter, was able to single on a line drive to center field, scoring Pence and sending Brandon Belt to second. Later in the fourth with bases loaded, Blanco took a walk, scoring another run for the Giants.

Joe Panik made his World Series debate today and continued his amazing rookie year with a triple to center field, scoring Blanco and extending the Giants’ lead 6-0. Panik scored after Sandoval singled on a ground ball to left field.

Javier Lopez entered in the eighth and helped preserve the Giants lead by getting only one hit and quietly ending the eighth. In the ninth, Hunter Strickland came in to close the game and get the Giants a win. Strickland pitched amazing, getting two strikeouts and no hits, putting the Royals down easily and ending the game.

As for hitting, the Giants did fairly well, with Posey going 1-5, Blanco 1-3, Sandoval 2-5, and Pence 2-3.

In a post game interview, Hunter Pence says that the Giants needed to get as locked in as they can to get another win tomorrow. He continued to say that there was no key to the win tonight, just a collective effort.

The Giants will face the Royals tomorrow in Kansas City at 5:07 p.m. with Jake Peavy on the mound against Yordano Ventura, to help Giants get one game closer to their third World Series win.