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What Pat Burrell remembers most from Giants' 2010 World Series run

What Pat Burrell remembers most from Giants' 2010 World Series run

This season was supposed to help vault the Giants into the future, but it was also going to celebrate a huge part of their past.

The organization planned to spend much of the summer looking back at the 2010 team that finally brought a World Series title to San Francisco, culminating with a weekend reunion in the middle of August. The Giants planned to hold the reunion August 16 and give out replica rings to the first 30,000 fans to stream through the gates. 

That's all up in the air now, and while games that far ahead haven't been canceled yet, nobody can imagine a situation where fans are able to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of that team in person anytime soon. On this week's Giants Insider Podcast, Pat Burrell, an integral part of the lineup that year, said he's hopeful the organization still honors that team at some point. 

"I hope we get a chance to do something and it's not like a Zoom reunion," Burrell said, laughing. 

The Giants certainly will find a way when baseball gets back to normal. They do ceremonies better than anyone, and the 2010 reunion was going to be a big one. Many of those players returned last September for Bruce Bochy's final game and talked about how much they were looking forward to the 2010 reunion, and even the elusive Tim Lincecum was expected to be back. 

When Burrell, now hitting coach for the San Jose Giants, was asked what stood out about that team, he mentioned that pitching staff that included Lincecum. But the first thing that came to mind was something else.

"The momentum. If you were close to that team or around it, there was such a sense that there was something special there," Burrell said. 

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Burrell, a Bay Area native, signed with the Giants in late May of that season after being DFA'd by Tampa Bay. He provided a needed dose of power, hitting 18 homers in 289 at-bats. That was one of several significant under-the-radar moves that general manager Brian Sabean made to bolster the lineup, which didn't need to do much. The pitching just needed a little help.

"The pitching was so next-level and I don't think a lot of people realized how good the pitching was," Burrell said. "I did because I had come from other places that were heavily loaded offensive teams and always searching for the pitching. When I got to San Francisco, to see the arms, the starting pitching, the bullpen -- the bullpen, I don't know that they could ever get enough credit for what they did for those block of years with the three championships -- that just doesn't happen a whole lot.

"You can interchange offensive parts like they did and be successful, but it's really hard to lose pitching, and they were able to keep those guys around. Once we started scoring a little more runs, once our offense got into sync there, we started gaining momentum, and it just didn't stop." 

That staff was led by Lincecum, the two-time reigning Cy Young Award winner, and Matt Cain, who had a 3.14 ERA in 223 1/3 innings. Jonathan Sanchez had his best season in 2010 and a 20-year-old Madison Bumgarner bolstered the rotation down the stretch and in October. The bullpen was brilliant, with Brian Wilson backing the Core Four. 

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The lineup skewed much older, and Burrell remembers a sense that everyone was coming together to take one final run at big league success. 

"It was kind of the last chance for us to do something," Burrell said. "We couldn't have asked for a better environment. As an offense, we really weren't asked to do so much because the pitching was so good."

Giants vs. Rockies live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

Giants vs. Rockies live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

The Giants are set to begin a daunting 10-game road trip Monday that could dramatically alter their 2020 season, as they will square off against the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros away from home over the next week and a half.

The Giants (5-5) start their trip at Coors Field against the surprising Rockies (6-2). The Giants are coming off a series win against the Texas Rangers, while the Rockies most recently took two out of three from the San Diego Padres.

Here's how you can watch the Giants play the Rockies online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Monday, Aug. 3

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Tuesday, Aug. 4

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Wednesday, Aug. 5

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Thursday, Aug. 6

When: Giants Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m. PT -- First pitch at 12:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Why Gabe Kapler sees signs of life with Pablo Sandoval's latest swings

Why Gabe Kapler sees signs of life with Pablo Sandoval's latest swings

It was just a single, and Pablo Sandoval ended up standing on first and watching three straight teammates strike out. But his hit in the second inning Tuesday might have been one of the more well-timed ones of his second stint with the Giants. 

All MLB teams have to cut from 30 to 28 players on Thursday morning, and with that deadline looming, it was not hard to look at Sandoval's stat line and see a potentially tough decision coming for the front office. Sandoval still has just three hits in 26 at-bats, and he's not being used in a versatile role. Regardless, manager Gabe Kapler stuck him right back in the lineup, noting that there were signs of life in Tuesday's loss. 

"Last night was a really good signal with respect to his swing," Kapler said on a Zoom call Wednesday morning. "He really crushed some balls, crushed them on the ground, and ultimately in a perfect world you're able to elevate the balls that you hit hardest, and when he's at his best that's exactly what he's doing. What we've seen with Pablo has been a slow progression towards his good swing."

Sandoval is working with the new staff to get his legs more involved, and on Tuesday he certainly looked more like his old self. In that first at-bat he pulled a 95 mph pitch from German Marquez into right field at 109 mph. He flied out to deep left in the fourth, and then grounded out twice, including a double play. But those two grounders left the bat at 104.7 mph and 108.7. 

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It's hard to tell what the Giants will do with Thursday's moves, especially since their need for 15 pitchers is still there, but it can't be a comfortable time for players who are slumping or pigeonholed, as Sandoval has been. He has not played third base yet, with Donovan Solano a preferred option as Evan Longoria's backup. He also has just five plate appearances against left-handed pitchers. 

"We have a lot of options to hit lefties, from Solano to (Wilmer) Flores to Darin Ruf to (Austin) Slater to (Mauricio) Dubon," Kapler said. "We've got a lot of guys who are really equipped to take down at-bats against lefties. It's a little bit thinner when we're facing a right-handed pitcher."

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Kapler still believes Sandoval is one of his best late-game options against tough righties, and on Wednesday he should get three or four more at-bats to prove if his swing is coming back. He is the DH against hard-throwing righty Jon Gray, and Kapler sounded confident in the choice. 

"We kind of evaluate Pablo very similarly to the way we evaluated him when we came out of our secondary camp," Kapler said.