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YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE. Skaldheim is reactivating for the following occasion:

The San Francisco Giants, masters of torture, are going to the World Series. Bruce Bochy has managed his ass off. Brian Sabean has done a masterful job of tinkering with pickups and trades. Cody Ross. Pat Burrell. Javier Lopez. All the rest.

This team has NO right to be in the World Series. And here they are. It's fucking destiny. And they will win. Sorry, Rangers. It's Giants time.

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I keep forgetting that I don't say much here anymore. Looking back at my last few entries, I see I've left some topics unfinished. Time to correct that.

In case you hadn't heard already, the NUMMI automotive assembly plant will be closing for good in March 2010. However, my employers will survive this. If NUMMI had closed in March 2009, we would have been doomed. Since then, our non-automotive business has rebounded nicely. We'll be able to continue on that basis, though we'll be a much smaller company than before. I am unhappy that so many good people here will lose their jobs (or already have), but my job is safe. Since this job fits me perfectly, there's no reason I'd be happy if I lost it!!

I'm still following the Giants. In fact, Dawn and I are going to tonight's vital game vs. the Rockies. Vital? Eh, I think they're still too far behind to make the playoffs. I'm not sure I need the added stress of having my hopes raised again, either. We'll have fun tonight, though.

At any rate, I don't really have anything interesting to write about baseball these days. I'm happy to let pros like Grant and Lefty do what they do so well, and concentrate my limited energies elsewhere.

This year has been draining in so many ways. I've been and felt much less creative than I'd like. This will pass when the stresses from this year fade, as they must. To anyone who's waiting for me to resume some of creativity (and there are several people), thanks for being patient with me.

If I forget to update this again for a long time, just e-mail me if you're wondering what happened to me. (If you don't have my address, just leave a comment here.) I wouldn't be surprised if I forgot to post again for months. :p

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If the season were to end right now, the San Francisco Giants would be in the National League playoffs as the wild card team.

Let's all enjoy this moment.

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Lost in the excitement the Netherlands' historic victory last night was how it ended two storied careers.

No Giants fan should need me to explain the significance of the name Alou. Four different members of the Alou family have played for the San Francisco Giants; one managed the team not too long ago. The Dominican team in the WBC boasted two Alous, Felipe and his son Moises.

Felipe Alou managed the D.R. in the WBC. After his stint as Giants manager ended a couple of seasons ago, Felipe took a job as a special advisor with the team. His managing days were done, except for this World Baseball Classic. While the manager's job in a tournament like this isn't quite as significant as it is during the long major league season, Felipe took to it with verve and energy. When the cameras cut to him in the dugout last night, he was positively animated. The sleepy Felipe of the Giants? Nowhere to be seen. Last night was probably his last game as a manager. Felipe is already 73, and the next WBC isn't until 2013. Even if his age wasn't a factor, the stunning defeat of his team means that the D.R. will likely want a different man at the helm.

Moises Alou played for the Giants for only two seasons. Sadly, his stay came towards the end of his career, and during one of the team's fallow stretches. He was never able to play for a Giants playoff team, but he played well. It wasn't Moises' fault that the Giants couldn't win while he was here. Last night, he pinch-hit in the 9th inning, grounding out. At 42 years of age, his body just can't hold up to playing anymore; that at-bat was the last we'll see of Moises, at least as a player.

So, as excited and happy as we are for the Netherlands, we Giants fans should stop and tip our caps to Felipe and Moises. Best of luck to them both.
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I wasn't around in 1967, when Mike McCormick won the Cy Young Award for the San Francisco Giants.

I was barely conscious when Juan Marichal didn't win it over and over.

I was a big fan of John Montefusco, but I didn't really know what a Cy Young Award was then, so I wasn't too sad when he didn't win.

I watched guys like Mike Krukow, Rick Rueschel and others put up great seasons for the Giants, and they didn't win the Cy.

I watched Jason Schmidt pitch like a diva, and come so close to earning a Cy Young, only to fall short year after year.

This year, I watched little Tim Lincecum, in his first full year, put up pitching numbers I had never ever seen a Giant do before. And today, he won the Cy Young Award. Now I know how it feels to have our guy win that, and I'm STOKED.

Probably not as much as he is, though.

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The San Francisco Giants toil in mediocrity and obscurity, and the very symbol of those traits, Mr. Pedro Feliz, has just won the World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Baseball is like life, and life isn't fair.

Congratulations, Pedro. Hope you feel all better about the Giants showing you the door now...

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No time to find the links, but remember how Pedro Feliz was butthurt that the Giants didn't want him back? Now that his Phillies are going to the World Series, do you suppose he's gotten over it finally?
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Can anyone out there explain why the Giants called up Conor Gillaspie? He was just drafted three months ago. His very brief minor-league stats don't scream "promote me now." The Giants are starting his service clock really really early. I'd gotten the idea that they liked Sandoval as a third-baseman next year.

Once again, the prospect management of the Giants puzzles me....

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Congratulations to rookie Scott McClain of the San Francisco Giants, who last night hit his first major-league home run.

Scott McClain is 36 years old, which means he's been playing in the minors for something like FIFTEEN YEARS. That's dedication. Way to go, rook!

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At the pub tonight, I saw Barry Bonds at AT&T Park. The sound wasn't on, so I didn't hear what he said until well after I got home. Nonetheless, I just wanted to tell him this:

We miss you. And thank you. For everything.

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