Monday, April 01, 2013
With the success of the San Francisco Giants, it might be tough to get SF Giants Tickets. They are coming off of another World Series, and have a lot of talent in place to make another run. They are anchored by their pitching staff. Their ace is Matt Cain, who continues to be a great starter for them. He has great stuff, and is one of the best strikeout pitchers in the game. Madison Bumgartner is another guy that has a very bright future for them. Their work in assembling a quality staff is one of the biggest reasons they have had so much success over the past few years. If Tim Lincecum can regain his form, the rotation will be even better. He was a Cy Young winner earlier in his career, but struggled with his control and velocity last season. He is a big piece for them, and they hope he can bounce back. He helped their bullpen in the postseason, and that area should remain strong for them. Guys like Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla are two of the best out of the pen for them. They also have a great position player in Buster Posey, who was the NL MVP last season. Even though he is a catcher, he was one of the best hitters in the league, in addition to being very good defensively. He looks to build off his great season, and if he does, he could win another MVP award. The Giants have a lot of other really good young hitters, such as Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval. Both guys are capable of hitting .300, and they can hit with some power as well. Sandoval was a guy that was one of their World Series heroes last year, as he hit a bunch of homers in the Series. Another reason it's tough to get a ticket is because the Giants play in one of the best ballparks in the MLB. Right on McCovey Cove, it offers great surroundings and a great experience in the ballpark. It is a must for all MLB fans to go to a game there. For all of these reasons, you want to get your tickets early if you are going to go a Giants game. They are one of the premier ballclubs in baseball, and they will be a tough ticket this year. Out of all major league teams, they have to be one of the most fun to watch in person, both because of their team and because of their ballpark.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
This book review was originally posted on Reed Reads. I got the chance to read The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First by Jonah Keri and thought this it was a fantastic book. The book begins by talking about the early parts of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays franchise - how they came to be, and how they first ran things under the initial owner and general manager. It was a period marked by futility, alternating strategies, and a lot of losing. Fans lost interest, and the D-Rays were a joke of an MLB franchise. Around the mid 2000s, they were sold to a buyer that had a history on Wall Street. The people he hired to run the team also had extensive experience on Wall Street, which is where the title of the book comes from. It talks about some of the areas where the Rays looked for inefficiencies in the market to build the baseball team, since they knew they would not have the financial resources to compete against teams like the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. The book's most obvious comparison is Moneyball by Michael Lewis. It wants to be like that, and reaches out for the same fans that liked Moneyball. It is not that good - the detail into what makes the Rays successful is not shown in nearly as much detail as Lewis' famous book, but it is a great look into an MLB franchise.