1. Moises Alou. Yes, I can find faults with him. Hes got some deficiencies defensively. Theres a legitimate worry about taking him out of that bandbox in Chicago and how well he could hit here. And, after hearing about how he prevents callouses on his hands, Im not entirely sure Id want to shake hands with him at a meetngreet. And Im not one of those people that believes that all itd take to end the endless walks to Barry would be a legitimate bat to bat behind him.
But dont tease us. Weve all seen the reports about an impending deal with the Giants. So finish it. We may find some faults with him, but hes a heck of a hitter, and wed all enjoy that next year.
2. Juan Pierre. Once Alou signs, Pierre would be the ultimate compliment. Hes an excellent defender with a lot of range, and hes an incredible leadoff hitter. He can get on base with the best of them, and the more runners who can get on base ahead of Barry and Moises, the better. We know the Marlins are shopping him. They cant afford him when his contract is up next year, and they want more than a compensatory draft pick in return for him. So send them some good prospects (see the rest of the list, though, before doing it) and get Pierre in the French Vanilla!
3. Eric Byrnes. Okay, so Im not so faithful that I think you can pull miracles out of your cap. So if Pierre cant be had, why not Eric Byrnes? Hes not the spectacular leadoff man, nor is he the best defender in center field, but hes a very fine player. The As are looking to trade him for mediocre prospects, so the Giants can definitely compete with those bids. But most of all, this kids got heart, and hes a lifelong Giants fan. He wants to play here. And he can. This kid hit the first ever cycle at SBC Park this past year. And his career numbers at SBC Park are spectacular! Hes hit .483/.517/1.034 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, and 3 home runs in 3 years and only 29 at bats when visiting his childhood favorite team. Sure, he wont do those numbers in an entire season, but hed be fired up playing for us, and us fans would love him for it!
4. No More SBC. Seriously. This corporation cant be getting good press from renaming our young stadium. And then, in last years media guide, they buy the advertising space on the back cover, and what do they put on there? Ebbets Field! The former home of the Dodgers!!!
This company obviously does not understand the Giants or their fans. Let them go like you did Cody Ransom.
5. Keep Matt Cain, Nate Schierholtz, and Eddy Martinez-Esteve. I know there are still deals to be made, and though the Giants farm system isnt the deepest around, it has some potential stars and solid players in it. As much as I like guys like David Aardsma, Merkin Snatchwig Valdez and Patrick Misch, if their departure can earn the Giants the final piece(s) of the 2005 puzzle, do it. But, this team is going to go into some major rebuilding around 2008, and with the Giants not having a first round pick last year, and not having first, second or third round picks this year, Id like to keep some of the young talent around to help with the rebuilding. Cain is an ace of the future, and he tore up the minors last year. He could be in the majors before 2007, but him having some experience would be a good thing. Schierholtz is a pure hitter, and a left handed hitter who doesnt crimple at left handed pitching. Plus, hes a local kid and a Giants fan, and hed be as thrilled to play in San Francisco as fans would be to have him, if he keeps hitting like he does. And Martinez-Esteve tore through 4 levels of minor league pitching in only 2 months of professional ball! It may be too soon to tell whether or not hes the real deal, but Id like to know before giving him away.
6. Barry Bonds in MVP Baseball 2005. Without me having to edit him in. I know, its not under your control, but surely you could convince him to talk with the folks at EA Sports to license his image and likeness for the game. EA Sports could even do a race for the record special feature in the game! Oh, but keep Barry off the cover of the game. Not that I believe in curses (Im not from either Boston or Chicago), but Id rather not take the risk.
7. An Atkins diet book, video, and computer program. Not for me I love my french fries too much. For Jerome Williams. The Giants need him in good shape for 2005 to compete for the championship. But then again, it is the holidays, and he can enjoy it. But make sure its delivered on January 2nd. That should be plenty of time before pitchers and catchers report.
8. A restaurant at the park that caters to the average Giants fan. You know, not the ones who need 5 star chefs and fancy sauces and sprinklings on their food. Something for the fans who call a steak a steak, like their meat raw, their potatoes non-Atkins friendly, and who can enjoy a big bar with a lot of good beer, and plenty of space to mingle with other Giant fans. Not that we dont like the Acme Chophouse. You dont have to change it. Maybe across the street. I mean, really, do we need a furniture showroom across from a ballyard?
9. Carlos Beltran. Hey, its a wishlist. Hes still out there. Hes still unsigned. And hed be decent enough defensively in centerfield. I mean, wed have to suffer through his hitting, and no one values players who can hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single year. Give him some love.
10. A ring. That says World Champions. This is a perfect compliment to a ticker tape parade, and a tear inducing 11th win in a single postseason at a renamed-SBC Park.
Hey, I can dream.
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