When you are a clown in the Auguste “my appearance and behaviour is bizarre and meant for your entertainment” sense, it is difficult to flip switch and be taken seriously as a Professional Baseball Pitcher. When you are coming off a full year away from the game after your second Tommy John surgery and with a minimum guaranteed pay day of $6.8 million coming up, stuff gets serious in a hurry.
Such is the situation of Brian Wilson, annoyer of most and former closer of the San Francisco Giants. Wilson faces an old fashioned non-tendering by the San Francisco Giants as he is indeed owed at least $6.8 million after earning $8.5 million in 2012. Wilson signed a two-year, $15 million deal after the Giants 2010 World Series triumph. The Super Two player still has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining, thus the guaranteed figure (the Giants cannot pay by less than 80% of his previous season’s salary as per the CBA).
With large arbitration raises due for fellow Giants Hunter Pence and Santiago Casilla, Wilson figures to be the odd man out. Should the Giants non-tender Wilson, he becomes a free agent. The Giants can then re-sign him unless another team steps to the fore…
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The San Francisco Giants won the World Series, you might be shocked to recall. It is true, they totally did. As much as fans like to think players take the field and give it their all for the good of the game and America and the fine city of ________, there is actually a lot of money in professional sports.
Players compete for more than the intrinsic value of a win. They get paid more when their team does well. It is science. Or accounting. Either way, all the ticket receipts are counted and the playoff shares are in: all members of San Francisco Giants just scooped a cheque for a cool $377,002.64.
Brian Sabean knows better than you. As ludicrous as a three-year deal worth a reported $18 million dollars seems for a lefty-only reliever nearing his 34th birthday, one may not proceed with scorn for the deal without proper reflection. “What Would Sabes Do?” is officially a thing one must heed before leaping forth in judgement.
Turns out they would do just what old Buster says above: Brian Sabean and the Giants will re-sign lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt to a three-year deal with a reported $18 million dollars because Sabean knows. Why fight it?
With nothing, at all, going on in the baseball world right now, thank heavens for Melky Cabrera. No, Melky hasn’t signed or committed any crimes against humanity this week but he is certainly here to help the beleaguered bloggers and news editors of the world.
The San Francisco Giants hosted their World Series victory parade yesterday and it went pretty much as anyone would expect. The parade — staged on Halloween in San Francisco — featured all the requisite weirdness, from the Beach Blanket Babylon hat lady to Tony Bennett getting photobombed by a zany reliever wearing a t-shirt of mild political protest to the mayor of SF sporting an orange nehru jacket because why not?
Grant from SB Nation attended, submitting this breathless/claustrophobic recap which sums the event up nicely. All you really need to see is the above chill dude soaking up the scene for the second time in three years. Seems like a pretty good time to me.
Because it wouldn’t be a World Series victory without the fine folks from Next Media Animation giving us their interpretation of the events that transpired. And accordingly, those events are sensationally awesome.
As the dying medium with which news is delivered continues its decline into irrelevance, the last part of a newspaper to go gently into the good night will be the iconic status which we give to a front page after something on a large stage occurs.
Here are the front pages from newspapers across California.