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.

Comments (18)

  1. Has Parkes been banned from writing about the Giants? They do get alot of coverage on here. the giants are one of his favorite teams and since he is the editor he gets to choose what goes on here. This is not DJF and as far as I can tell Getting Blanked can cover what ever it wants. I like ribbing him for being a giants fan as I am from SoCal and it is my duty to give any giants fan a hardtime.

  2. His fandom sometimes gets in the way of logic, but he’s a great writer. I just wished he put his talents to covering other teams.

  3. fewer post bowt good team pls i only read blu jay hipster bum kthnxbai

  4. Parkes is salivating over the Giants again. Ho hum, nothing new to see here folks, move along.

  5. Parkes has a boner for the Giants again. Ho hum, nothing new to see here folks, move along.

  6. “there is a lot of resentment directed towards the conspicuous Giants fandom of some Getting Blanked contributors”


  7. I have no strong feelings one way or the other.

  8. Here’s the deal: you have to primarily be a fan of your local team. You can’t just go around being a fan of a team just because they’re good. It makes you stupid asshole.

    And, so as to show I’m not a total homer here, I do enjoy watching games that don’t involved the Jays. Today, for example, I watched the Yanks v. Rangers. Why? Because they’re both a whole hell of a lot more entertaining to watch than my Toronto Shit Birds.

    I respect the Rangers, Yanks (sort of) and the Giants, as they are all very good teams. I like watching them because, again, they are a lot better than my Shit Birds. But I hope they all choke on dick. I am not Rangers or Giants or (especially) a Yankees fan.

    Because I am a Blue Jays fan. Because I have no choice.

    • egads…many typos.

    • To assume that anyone is a fan of a team solely because they’re good is awfully presumptive on your part. For me, the Giants were a fun team with a great ballpark, great fans, great uniforms, and a great broadcast which won me over a few years ago: before they won the World Series. Trust me, their front office is ridiculous enough that no sane person would select them willy nilly.

  9. As a Giants fan, I appreciate the fandom. Keep it coming. I’ll be reading your blog regularly now.

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