Thursday, March 13, 2014

Introducing our 2014 Sons of Johnnie LeMaster Shirt

Finally, the day has arrived. Today, we received shipment of our 2014 shirts. In years past, we created the "LeMaster" shirt, the "BOO" shirt, and an ill-fated "Sign Melky to a Contract" shirt. This year, we wanted to mix things up, and chose the legendary quote by Bruce Bochy when he informed Brandon Belt that he had made the 25-man roster in 2011. For those of you that don't remember, the scene was captured from the TV series, "The Franchise." In Bochy's office at AT&T Park, Bochy informed Belt that he made the team. Overcome with emotion, Belt started to get a bit watery-eyed and was lost for words. It was that moment, that Bochy said, "You need a beer? Grab a beer." Voila, TV gold was instantly made. So, to honor that moment, that quote is on the back of our 2014 shirts! Also new for this year is the shirt itself. In years past, we chose the Hanes 100% cotton tees, but this year we decided to support California-made tees, so we had them printed on American Apparel shirts. Slightly lighter, a bit more stylish, but still the cool Sons of Johnnie LeMaster shirt!

In accordance with our policy, NONE of our shirts are for sale. We simply give them away to deserving and like-minded diehard SF Giants fans. As usual, we have a limited supply of shirts since we flipped the bill for them, so we're gonna be picky on who gets one. Do you deserve a shirt? Tell us why? (at bare minimum, you should be following us on Twitter and Instagram)

Good Luck!

Close up of the back of the shirt

Back of the shirt

Front of the shirt

Thursday, March 06, 2014

SF Giants' Albatross - 2nd Base

Are the Giants cursed at 2nd base? Consider this, the GMen have had a different starting second baseman since 2008 (Ray Durham, Manny Burriss, Juan Uribe, Freddy Sanchez, Ryan Theriot, and Marco Scutaro). In all likelihood, we may see a different guy starting at second base too when opening day arrives.

As each day of spring training goes by, it becomes apparent the weakest link in our lineup is second base. As of date, Scutaro still has not swung the bat. And while we like Joaquin Arias, and are intrigued by Ehire Adrianza to play second, this is like putting the Gregor Blanco/Andres Torres LF platoon strategy to second base. It will simply not work to sustain success at the position.

If Scutaro's health doesn't improve in the next two weeks, the Giants must make a trade to get an everyday second baseman. Plain and simple. Now, we know what you're thinking … who can we possibly get now? This one is easy, Danny Espinosa from the Washington Nationals. The Nats are ready to move on past Danny, and quite honestly, a change of scenery could do him some good too. Espinosa will turn 27 years old next month, but he still has the skills set to excel at second base. Plus, his career batting average at AT&T Park is .304.

The Giants can't afford to have legit starting position players start the season, and if Scutaro isn't ready, the club needs to move on too.