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Matt Cain sort of apologizes

The Chron published an article on the biggest water guzzlers, swillers in the East Bay. Matt Cain and Adonal Foyle made the list. The Chron wrote about them using a subhead “Foyle, Cain Contrite.”  According to the Chron, Foyle took questioners on a tour of his grounds and showed how he’s cutting his water use. He certainly seemed contrite. Cain used another strategy. He issued a statement through his agent. He said he takes water conservation seriously and will cut… Read More »

The end for Cain and Lincecum?

Here is a link to my Wednesday column. The full text runs below: This isn’t the saddest story ever told. But it’s sad, anyway; It’s the Saga of Timmy and Matt — better known to the world as Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. The saga was supposed to have a happy ending, a heroic ending, frankly, with these two Giants pitchers right now in the full flourishing of their prime and their greatness. It was supposed to be Tim and… Read More »

Cain’s non-progress

In his pregame presser, Bochy just said he has no idea when Matt Cain will throw again or be ready to pitch in a game. The Cainer is a big question mark. Can someone figure out how much Cain has earned for each of his two wins so far this season? FYI, Rich Lieberman just wrote me an email saying Cain so far has earned $10 million for each of his two wins.

Lincecum, Cain — what gives?

Here is a link to my Friday column about Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. The full text runs below. So, how do you like Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain now? It was all praise about them in spring training. How they were throwing the ball great. How they had lost speed on their heaters but that was a natural evolution in the career of every elite pitcher. Speed loss was strictly no problem because they had learned how to pitch,… Read More »

Rain in St. Louis and what Bochy will do with Cain.

It is starting to rain in St. Louis. It may be a whopper, I don’t know. Players are still warming up on the field. In his pregame presser Bochy spoke about what he will do with his starter Matt Cain in light of possible rain. I quote him from a transcript courtesy of MLB. BRUCE BOCHY     Q.  Obviously with the weather forecast, how much in contact are you with the League?  When are you going to hear like… Read More »

Giants win home opener — Lowell column

I attended the Giants home opener on Friday and I enjoyed it very much. There is nothing in sports like a baseball team’s home opener, especially if that team is the San Francisco Giants. It helped that Matt Cain threw a one-hit shutout and looked like Juan Marichal, and it helped that the Giants seem to be able to hit and now they seem to be able to pitch. As openers go, this was promising, even though the Giants still… Read More »

Barry Zito — the key question

I was contemplating Matt Cain’s new and very big contract while eating breakfast. That led me to think about Barry Zito’s old and very big contract. “Do you think Zito’s contract is the worst in baseball history?” I asked Grant. “In sports history,” he said, “unless there’s a worse contract in soccer, but I wouldn’t know about that.” So, Dear Reader, do you think Zito’s contract is the worst in a) baseball history, b) sports history?

Giants keep Matt Cain

I wrote my Tuesday column on the Giants and Matt Cain, how they gave him a whopper extension, and why that’s very very good. In a way, the Giants defined their franchise once again as a team that keeps its key players and competes with other teams in terms of contracts. It would have been very bad for the Giants to lose Matt Cain to, say, the Red Sox or Yankees or Dodgers. To read my column on the importance… Read More »