Giants notes: Without Lincecum, the show goes on


Giants notes: Without Lincecum, the show goes on

July 26, 2011


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Mychael Urban

PHILADELPHIA -- Shortly after emerging from the visitors' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, Giants manager Bruce Bochy stood on the top step of the stairs that leads from the dugout to the field and scanned the other side of the diamond, a mask of focused concern covering his face.Told he looked a little lost, Bochy winced and said. "Not lost. But looking."Turns out he was looking for his counterpart, Charlie Manuel, to inform the Phillies manager of the news he'd delivered to Barry Zito only moments before.With Tim Lincecum suffering from debilitating flu-like symptoms, Zito was bumped up from his scheduled start Wednesday to take the ball Tuesday for the opener of a three-game series that doubles as a rematch of last year's National League Championship Series and could serve as a preview for this year's playoffs."He looks pretty bad," Zito told during batting practice. "There's no way he could go today."RELATED: Lineups: Giants vs. Philadelphia -- Fontenot at SS
Bochy didn't rule out Lincecum for the entire series; with Zito bumped up, it's possible that Matt Cain, the scheduled starter for Thursday, could be moved up to Wednesday to give Lincecum another day of recovery. If Lincecum is not ready by Thursday, Ryan Vogelsong could be bumped up.As Manuel noted, either way, the Phillies will be facing nothing but All-Stars andor former Cy Young Award winners in this series."They're known for their pitching, and we'll see some of their best," Manuel said.Big day for Belt: Rookie first basemanoutfielder Brandon Belt was thrilled to be part of the proceedings at the White House on Monday, and that he wasn't a part of the World Series team being acknowledged didn't feel awkward at all."That never really crossed my mind, to tell you the truth," Belt said. "I was just like, 'I get to go to the White House!' Who cares why?"Another highlight for Belt, a 23-year-old native of Nacogdoches, Tex., was the train ride from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia after the visit with President Obama."I'd never even been of a train before," he said with a huge smile while grabbing a bat in the dugout for his round of BP. "Very relaxing."No trade talk: Bochy gets asked about trades every day, and every day he makes it clear that it might be his least-favorite subject.He conceded that he and general manager Brian Sabean have a running dialogue about the team's present, future and needs, but asking him about the latest rumors is the quickest way to get him to clam up."It'll be nice when that July 31 deadline passes, I'll tell you what," Bochy said. Then we can go back to just talking about the game.

Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered


Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

Firing a manager is easy, and there are lots of ways to do it.

Dusty Baker, for example. He worked this year on the last year of a contract, which usually means there won’t be another one, and he relied on his players to deliver the goods.

Which, as we remember from our reading, they didn’t do. Again.

But Baker was marked for the chop unless those players did deliver, and when they didn’t, general manager Mike Rizzo did the expedient thing.

He fired one person rather than several. And changed exactly nothing.

Baker’s managerial career is probably over now, as most teams don’t look at 68-year-olds to fix their teams. He will never manage a  World Series champion, something he ached for, and he was always be caricatured in part as the guy who didn’t speak metric, and who believed in players as men whenever in doubt.

And the Nats didn’t betray him, either. They were always not as good in the big moments because someone else was, and they became part of Washington’s new fetish – Why Can’t We Win One? It’s as if having a cringeworthy President isn’t good enough for them.

So the time came, and he will be replaced by someone who will either win and get credit for work that was largely his, or he won’t win and the town can continue to wallow in its tedious We’re-The-New-Cubs pity. It is the circle of life.

At least it is for groups of people. For individuals, the circle of life is actually nothing more than a straight line that ends abruptly. For Dusty Baker, as it did for Tony La Russa in Phoenix two days earlier, that day came today. He deserves to be remembered as a very good manager who won a lot more than he lost, made more friends than enemies, and was honest from Day One until the end.

Which, as we also know, doesn’t matter a whole lot on days like this.


Draymond originally concerned his knee injury was more serious


Draymond originally concerned his knee injury was more serious

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

On Friday morning, the Warriors announced that Draymond Green is going to play on Friday night against the Pelicans.

After shootaround, Draymond talked about the left knee strain he sustained on Tuesday.

"It didn't lock up. I tweaked it. I was concerned. I honestly thought it was my meniscus. It was a big relief," Draymond told reporters in New Orleans. "The next day when I woke up, the pain was a little better.

"As that day went on -- once I got the MRI, I got it early - -and then I went and got treatment and it felt a lot better.

"I hadn't even got the results but I was pretty confident at that point."

Draymond sustained the injury late in the third quarter against Houston and did not play in the fourth quarter.

He registered nine points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before exiting.