Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Something to Get Hung About

"Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. 
It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out, it doesn't matter much to me.
Let me take you down 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields,
Where nothing is real and nothing to get hung about."      the Beatles

With the deadline to offer contracts ending on December 12, 2011, the San Francisco Giants chose who they felt would better serve them. Keeping Mike Fontenot for his ability to play a respectable shortstop over a clutch-hitting somewhat suspect fielder in Jeff Keppinger.

Remember always that the Giants are a team built around pitching. Catching the ball and making accurate throws is essential to maintaining a pitcher's confidence. Therefore, allowing them the choice to make any pitch necessary to get the batter out.

Around the league, there were a few names of players, not offered contracts, that raised my eyebrows solely because of what they did versus the Giants or the occasional ESPN cred afforded them. But only one name made me gasp for air because the thought of adding him to the Giants' pitching staff  would be like getting a Christmas gift I never could have imagined getting from someone not on my shopping list!!

The player is former Los Angeles Dodger, Hong-Chih Kuo.

Add this guy to a staff that already includes southpaws:  Madison Bumgarner, Dan Runzler, Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez and Barry William Zito and you have an assortment of arms all coming from the port side that have the capability of creating the illusion that the Giants' offense are one of the more productive in the league.

Kevin J. Marquez