As Punky G. sits here looking at the rain out the window in the middle of winter.. thoughts turn to Spring Training. No one knows where the Giants’ 2016 season will end. But the journey starts in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 19th when pitchers and Buster Posey report. Can you say, “road trip?” Humm-Baby!
The All-Star break is a good time to remind Giant fans with four legged companions of 8 simple ways to beat the heat this summer:
1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car;
2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;
3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;
4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;
5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws;
6. If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;
7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;
8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it’s appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if she or he has a thin coat.
Thanks Amy G. & Emmitt.. And GO GIANTS!
Nancy passed away before the 2015 Giants season started, but I know she’s watching games with Zuni from the big sky box above. I should point out, Nancy grew up in Southern California and was raised a Dodgers fan. But once she moved to San Francisco, she became a Giants fan forever.
We attended our first Giants’ game together on October 3, 1982. That was the game Joe Morgan’s HR ended the Dodgers season and had 50,000 fans rocking at The Stick. In 1985, we took our son Jared to his first game on August 18, and again the Giants beat the Dodgers.
Over the years, we went to many, many more Giants games with family and friends. We even caught the Giants on the road in LA and San Diego. Nancy loved going to Opening Day. And she had this amazing white sweater with baseball buttons, red seams, hot dogs, cracker jacks, and bats. I can honestly say when she wore that sweater to a game the Giants never lost!
Nancy and I also went downtown for the Giants first World Series Championship Parade in San Francisco in 2010. All I could say was, “Pinch me, I must be dreaming.”
Thank you Nancy for sharing so many great Giants’ memories with me. ❤ John
Nancy Jo Griffin (1953-2015)
Ask any ball player and they’ll tell you the respect of their peers is more important to them than anything generated by baseball fans, reporters or analysts. In terms of respect, the Intentional Bases on Balls statistic is as good a measure of respect as any in the game. Say what you will about Barry Bonds, but for four straight years he was the most feared hitter in baseball. Period. Barry holds not only the Single Season record for Intentional Bases on Balls with 120 in 2004, but he also owns the top three slots in the IBB category: (68 in 2002 and 61 in 2003). Willie McCovey is fourth (45 in 1969) In addition, Bonds also holds the career record for IBBs with 688 and Hank Aaron is a distant second with 293.*
Bonds may never get into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but when it counted on the field he was the most respected hitter of all time.
*IBB was first tracked as a statistic in 1955.