For reasons that are both obvious and mystifying, there is a lot of resentment directed towards the conspicuous Giants fandom of some Getting Blanked contributors. Parkes, in particular, catches hell in the comment sections of anything Giants-related he writes. Some might sight an over-abundance of Giants coverage on GB but, hey, sue us. The team is competitive and compelling, a combination made in blog heaven.
Lots of people who read Getting Blanked don’t agree and that is okay. We get it, I suppose. You are in good company. Take Alfonso Soriano, for example. The starting left fielder for the moribund Chicago Cubs is a potential trade piece, as his considerable contract ($18 million per annum through 2014) all but ensures unclaimed passage through waivers.
After something newsworthy happened yesterday to a member of the San Francisco Giants outfield, they are suddenly in the market for a new left fielder. Might Sori fit the bill? Not if he can help it.
Despite a contract that all but screams “no trade clause”, Soriano double-bagged his future by getting full no-trade protection written into massive deal he signed in 2006. While the prospect of joining a competitive team deep in a playoff run might appeal to some people, the thought of moving cross country to play in chilly SF is less than inviting to some. Like Alfonso! From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Soriano, who has veto rights in any trade, already turned down overtures from the Giants before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. He has cleared waivers now, but he repeated Wednesday his reluctance to go to the West Coast.
‘‘San Francisco is not good weather to play in,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve never played on the West Coast, but we’ll see what happens. I want to talk to my family and see.’’
All things being equal, that is a pretty neutral comment regarding the prospects of joining the Giants. Some suggest Soriano is reluctant to subject himself to the power-sapping ocean air and spacious dimensions of AT&T Park, but to what end?
Does Soriano fear the park will sap any potential earnings on the free agent market? This contract surely represents the last go for Soriano, who will be 38 when he becomes a free agent. If anyone should be wary about playing Soriano in AT&T, it is the Giants. Soriano’s numbers in 2012 look okay if you disavow any knowledge of his pay packet. He could certainly help but for two years…
Right now it looks unlikely that Soriano will join the Giants this year or at any time in the not-too-distant future. Like many GB readers and toleraters, Soriano has heard enough about the Giants to know he simply isn’t into it.