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Giants mascot Lou Seal, A's mascot Stomper have heated Twitter battle

Giants mascot Lou Seal, A's mascot Stomper have heated Twitter battle

A seal and an elephant walk into a bar. No, no, that's not how the joke goes. 

A seal and an elephant log onto Twitter. Weird, but true. 

The A's had a simple question for fans on Tuesday as part of their Week of Giving: If you could play catch with three current or past A's players, who would they be? And from the top rope came the snark of Giants mascot, Lou Seal. 

Corny hashtags aside, not a bad burn. Barry Zito, Yusmeiro Petit and Tim Hudson all spent time with the A's, and each won a World Series for the Giants. 

Speaking of World Series rings, A's mascot Stomper chimed in and brought it all the way back to 1989. But Lou Seal had to send the mascot a reminder -- Stomper wasn't even created yet when the A's swept the Giants in the '89 World Series. 

Lou Seal became the Giants' official mascot in the summer of 1996 while Stomper was first featured at A's games in the 1997 season. 

In the end, Lou Seal got the last laugh by reminding Stomper that the Giants won The Bridge trophy last season, by winning three of four games from their rivals across the Bay. 

The A's took home the trophy in its first year (2018), taking four of six games from the Giants. Between the regular season and playoffs, the A's hold an all-time 77-67 record over the Giants in head-to-head battles. 

The Battle of the Bay still is going strong into the offseason.

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Giants' Logan Webb believes Seth Corry's prospect ranking is too low

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Giants' Logan Webb believes Seth Corry's prospect ranking is too low

Giants pitching prospect Seth Corry isn't getting enough love, and fellow pitcher Logan Webb is not happy about it.

MLB Pipeline released their Top 100 prospects for the 2020 MLB season, and they have Corry ranked as the No. 99 prospect in all of baseball.

By most projections, that ranking appears to be high for Corry, but Webb thinks otherwise.

In case you're wondering who Corry is, he was the Giants' third-round draft pick in 2017. Selected out of Lone Peak High School in Utah, Corry had a breakout season with the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets in 2019.

Corry went 9-3 with a 1.76 ERA and a whopping 172 strikeouts in 122.2 innings for the Giants' full-season Class A affiliate. Those numbers helped Corry earn South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year.

Before returning from a PED suspension at the beginning of the 2019 season, Webb made a pair of rehab starts for Augusta. That's likely where he got a good glimpse of Corry's potential.

While MLB Pipeline slotted Corry into their Top 100, Baseball America did not, so Webb should be happy that at least one publication is giving Corry some love.

[RELATED: Will Webb make opening day rotation?]

Corry is one of five Giants' prospects in MLB Pipeline's top 100, along with catcher Joey Bart, shortstop Marco Luciano and outfielders Heliot Ramos and Hunter Bishop.

Regardless of Corry's prospect ranking, he is part of a group of prospects that will try to steer the Giants back to the postseason.

If Webb is right, one day Corry will be part of a Giants team full of stars.

Dodgers getting Astros' titles still wouldn't match Giants' decade

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Dodgers getting Astros' titles still wouldn't match Giants' decade

The outrage continues in Tinseltown.

As the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal continues, many have called into question the Astros’ 2017 World Series title, a thrilling seven-game series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With the championship appearing to be tainted by Houston’s systematic tracking of pitching signals, the Los Angeles city council unanimously passed a resolution last week urging Major League Baseball to rescind the victory from the Astros and award it to the runner-up Dodgers. The resolution also included the 2018 World Series, which the Dodgers lost to the Boston Red Sox in five games. Boston remains under investigation for similar allegations.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred pushed back on the idea, pointing to the MLB’s history with not altering the past.

“Whatever the impact of the sign stealing was, it could have changed who was in the World Series,” Manfred said earlier this week on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria." “It’s absolutely unclear that the Dodgers would have been the World Series champion. I think there's a long tradition in baseball of not trying to change what happened. I think the answer from our perspective is to be transparent about what the investigation showed and let our fans make their own decision about what happened.”

Followers of the Giants’ archrival definitely made up their own minds, as they flocked to Dodgers FanFest on Saturday.

Pantone 294, one of the Dodgers’ fan groups, also has organized an outing to the Los Angeles Angels’ home opener against the Astros. The group’s website wants LA fans to flock to Anaheim and “support the team that's playing the game we all know and love the right way!”

Even if by Manfred pulled a complete 180 and decided to not only take away championships from both Houston and Boston, but award them to the Dodgers, they’d still have fewer rings than the Giants have won over the past 30 years.

Nothing got the fans in LA more fired up than watching the Giants bring home three World Series titles over a five-year stretch, firmly cementing them as the NL West's team of the decade.

We all know this isn’t emblematic of every Dodgers fan, as many have voiced their opinion that being awarded two championships doesn't mean anything after the fact, especially when everyone watched them get obliterated by the Red Sox in five games and only score one run in Game 7 against the Astros in 2017.

No matter how many signs might have been stolen, only scoring one run in a World Series game isn't going to get you a win in almost every situation.

Some players, including third baseman Justin Turner, made it clear they aren't interested in receiving a ring that doesn't feel earned.

Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling, however, is cheering on fans choosing to waste their time and money heckling Houston.

“I like it,” Stripling said (h/t Los Angeles Times). “The Dodger fans are fired up. If they want to do their part, and they think that is what it is, then kudos to them. Go do it.

“I know that they’re passionate, and they wanted a championship as much as we did. Obviously, they have still got some fire in their belly to go fight for us.”

[RELATED: Mailbag: Will Beede, Webb be with Giants come Opening Day?]

While the official punishments likely are over for the Astros, it appears they still will be living rent-free in many Dodger fans’ heads all season long.

Meanwhile, Giants fans can sit back and enjoy three, controversy-free World Series trophies residing inside Oracle Park.