Checking the Wire 4/28/09


The Sharks finished off the choke job last night, losing 4-1 and the series 4-2 to the Anaheim Ducks. Ratto has a message for Sharks fans, stop being such pathetic sycophants! The Sharks are over hyped every year and bow out in the playoffs in similar fashion, again and again.

The Sharks know the sound of silence, but someone should be talking, someone should be mad. But no, just silence.


Zito was ballin against the Dodgers last night and apparently it's taken two years for him to remember how to be himself. Really? Two years? It's not like I expect him to win 18 games, every year. Just give us league average.

From Schulman's post game notes:

Zito ended up throwing 109. He said he was upset he walked Mark Loretta to start the four-run rally in the seventh, and for not "bearing down" on Casey Blake, who then homered, but he also said, "I never got over 95 pitches all spring. Once I got into the 110 area I tired out."
Why didn't Zito throw more than 95 pitches all spring? This is exactly the reason why poeple think pitch counts are bogus. Just yesterday, Bruce Jenkins had this annecdote about pitch counts in his blog:
Thanks to Randy Johnson for the latest appropriate commentary on pitch counts. An writer noted that Johnson had a 150-pitch game at USC and wondered if that was a bit excessive. "I used to throw 135-140 in the major leagues," he said. "So when I see someone coming out after 100 pitches, I kind of laugh."

The Giants still need a Manny. I could not possibly write anything sarcastic enough to rebut this article.

In case you live in a cave, another Barry was at the game last night. What's Barry been up to lately? (via Baggs blog)

The A's have no identity and Bruuce Jenkins serves up a killer line about Matt Holiday:
Holliday is a living, breathing symbol of the Coliseum: sturdy and accomplished, yet somehow doomed.

Matt Maiocco is serving up 49ers draft leftovers.

Get your Raiders questions answered in the live chat with Jerry Mac at 1pm.


  1. Frisco Kid Says:

    I find it disheartening that you continually link to Jenkins' blog. That guy is the perfect example of why print sports journalism is dying. I hate him!!!!

  2. Koski Says:

    Stop living in the past, man. Print journalism is dying with or without Jenkins' blog. Acknowledge it. Embrace it. Love it.

  3. Frisco Kid Says:

    You missed the point. The point is: Bruce Jenkins is a fucking idiot and you shouldn't be upping his traffic count by linking to his blog.