Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sons of Johnnie LeMaster t-shirt giveaway

This giveaway is an in-person event ... I have one men's XL shirt for the first person to spot me (in a LeMaster tee) at Pete's Tavern on Friday before the A's game. Individuals that have received shirts in the past are ineligible - you know who you are.

Disclaimer: if you appear psycho-ish, you're not gonna get one.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Photo Essay: Sons of Johnnie LeMaster at Wrigley Field

The Sons of Johnnie LeMaster were at Wrigley Field this past weekend to see the Giants for all three games. Unfortunately, Sunday's game was postponed, but we still had a great time. Pictured below are some shots we took while we were there. Enjoy!

Outside of Wrigley Field

Waveland Avenue beyond the LF wall, bleachers on the rooftops

Entrance to the bleachers

Murphy's Bleachers across the street from Wrigley Field

Old Style is to Chicago, like Anchor Steam is to San Francisco

The marquee at Murphy's Bleachers before Saturday's game

We got a ball during Friday's BP, Ryan Vogelsong tossed the ball up to us

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Commentary: Keenan Cahill and the SF Giants

Several weeks ago, the Giants released a promo video of YouTube sensation, Keenan Cahill with cameos by Brian Wilson, Cody Ross, and Lou Seal.

The "Dynamite" video was to promote the upcoming Cody Ross night at the yard, so we thought. In addition to that,  the Giants are raising funds for Keenan's medical treatment for Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, also known as MPS-VI.

This disorder, which affects one in 25,000 people, has no known cure. Those with the disorder usually stop growing at about age 8 and are characterized by a shortened trunk and restricted movement.

At first, we thought that was kinda cool, but then we learned Keenan is not from the Bay Area nor is he a true Giants fan. In fact, he's made quite a gig of having various recording artists and teams fundraising for him.

So our thought is this, aren't there kids in the Bay Area that are terminally ill that could use some support or financial assistance for their medical bills as well?

Raising funds for Keenan doesn't make sense when he's not a Bay Area resident or a Giants fan. We think other kids in the Bay Area would be far more deserving.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Where are they now ... Greg Litton (SF Giants: 1989-1992)

Utility man, Greg Litton, was drafted by the Giants in the first round (10th pick) of the 1984 amateur draft. Litton would spend the next five seasons in the minors before joining the big club in 1989.

Litton's career doesn't spark any Hall of Fame discussions, but he served his purpose as a spot starter and pinch hitter. His best year as a Giant was in 1990 when he batted .245, with one home run and 24 RBI. he also hit a home run in 1989 World Series vs Oakland.

Litton spent a total of four years with the Giants before being granted free agency. He then spent the next two seasons in Seattle and Boston before calling it quits in 1995.

All told, Litton spent six years in the Bigs and had a career batting average of .241, while belting 13 home runs and 97 RBI.

Where is he now?
After his baseball career ended, Litton went into the jewelry business. He received a post-graduate degree in diamond grading and appraisal from the Gemological Institute of America. Currently, he's the general manager of Meadows Jewelers in Pensacola, Florida. In addition, he's also a motivational speaker with the Studer Group.

Greg Litton - 1990 Big Topps

Greg Litton today