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Giants fan first knew about Bryce Harper meeting with team in free agency

Giants fan first knew about Bryce Harper meeting with team in free agency

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants fans have been waiting all winter for news that team executives had finally set up a meeting with Bryce Harper. Confirmation finally came Wednesday, but a full day earlier, the scoop quietly came from … a Giants fan.

Ronny Cobb, a lifelong Giants fan and former season ticket holder, was the first to connect the Giants and Harper this week, although it took a while for anyone to notice. Word that the Giants were in on Harper came from a reporter in New Jersey at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday morning.

By 8:42 a.m., NBC Sports Bay Area had reported that Harper met with Larry Baer, Farhan Zaidi and Bruce Bochy this week. 

But more than 24 hours earlier, Cobb had figured this out for himself. How?

He ran into Baer late Monday night while strolling through the Bellagio in Las Vegas in search of a late-night snack. 

As Cobb explained it, he took a trip from Sacramento for a weekend vacation. In search of dessert, he saw someone that looked familiar. 

“I think that might be the Giants’ CEO, I’m going to approach him,” Cobb told his friend, Candace. 

Baer started chuckling when Cobb approached and asked, and he shook Cobb’s hand. Baer was wearing a World Series ring, of course. Cobb thanked Baer for all he had done for Giants fans and asked to take a photo. He told Baer that he was able to send his dad to a World Series game, and Baer thanked him for his loyalty to the Giants.

“(He mentioned) how they will be back to prominence soon,” Cobb recalled. 

Cobb knew right away what that might mean. The Super Bowl was over and Baer certainly wasn’t there for the fashion convention that had taken over town. Cobb exchanged “Harper-to-the-Giants?” texts with his friends all day Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning, the rest of the baseball world caught on. 

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Cobb, an East Bay native who has since moved to Sacramento, said this is the second coolest thing to happen to him during his time as a Giants fan, which stretches back to the Candlestick Days. 

“Chasing down Robby Thompson’s car for an autograph after a game has to be up there too,” he said. “My dad nudged me to the front as fans surrounded his car leaving the parking lot. Him waiting to sign my silly roll-up hat stuck with me forever.”

Eduardo Nunez DFA'd by Red Sox while Shaun Anderson thrives for Giants

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Eduardo Nunez DFA'd by Red Sox while Shaun Anderson thrives for Giants

On July 26, 2017, the San Francisco Giants traded reliable infielder Eduardo Nunez to the Boston Red Sox for two low-level minor league pitchers.

It was a rental trade at the time with Nunez headed into free agency. He eventually re-signed on a two-year, $9 million contract and helped Boston win the 2018 World Series.

But nearly two years later, Nunez's time with the Red Sox is up. On Monday, the 32-year-old was designated for assignment.

Meanwhile, the Giants are quite pleased with the two pitchers they got in return.

The main piece of that trade, Shaun Anderson, has reached the major league level and has a 4.48 ERA in 60 1/3 innings for the Giants. At 24 years old, he's shown flashes of brilliance and looks like a part of San Francisco's rotation for years to come.

The other player in the trade, right-handed pitcher Gregory Santos, was just 17 years old at the time of the trade and was playing in the Dominican Summer League.

Now, Santos is finding success stateside. In 34 2/3 innings for Class A Augusta, Santos has a 2.86 ERA. MLB Pipeline has the 19-year-old ranked as the Giants' No. 7 overall prospect.

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The Giants liked Nunez's versatility, but they made the smart move to trade him for prospects. Two years after that trade, they are reaping the benefits and are the clear winners in that rental deal.

The Nunez trade should serve as a roadmap for the Giants as the 2019 trade deadline approaches. They still can get valuable pieces for players that are seen as rentals. It might take a few years for the major league team to see the benefits of trades made over the next two weeks, but the Giants are playing the long game. They can afford to take on lower-level prospects and let them develop.

Giants, Dodgers score 16-plus runs on same day for first time in 123 years

Giants, Dodgers score 16-plus runs on same day for first time in 123 years

The Giants and Dodgers' franchises have been around for a really long time.

A REALLY LONG TIME.

On Monday, the two teams scored at least 16 runs on the same day for the first time since May 20, 1896.

EIGHTEEN NINETY-SIX.

In 1896, they were the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Yes, Bridegrooms (According to Merriam-Webster, a "bridegroom" is "a man just married or about to be married").

On this day in 2019, the San Francisco Giants scored 19 runs in the first game of their doubleheader in Colorado against the Rockies. They would add two more runs in their Game 2 win. As for the Los Angeles Dodgers, they beat the Philadelphia Phillies 16-2.

Brandon Crawford led the offensive outburst for the Giants as he homered three times and drove in nine runs in the doubleheader.

In Philadelphia, Cody Bellinger crushed two more homers and now has 33 this season.

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Considering how long the Giants and Dodgers have been around, and how much they've accomplished, it's pretty impressive that there was still something they hadn't done over the last 123 years.