Do You Pay Property Tax On This Park Bench?
I love San Francisco. It’s a city full of great views, great food and great beer. Alcatraz is really cool. And it’s only a short drive to Napa or Monterey. But there are also some negatives, first of which is the ridiculously high number of homeless people. The city almost has as many homeless as New York City even though the size and population of San Francisco is considerably smaller. You can’t really enjoy the parks in the city because they are basically “homes” for the homeless. One Saturday at the small park where Market St. meets the Embarcadero, every single bench was adorned with at least one shelterless ex-hippie. I would call it a homeless problem but I don’t think the residents of San Francisco think it’s a problem. Hell, at one time the city was giving the homeless cash handouts. Food? Water? Clothes? No, straight cash homey! They had to create a program, "Care Not Cash," to stop giving money handouts to the homeless. Not to be completely insensitive to the plight of the homeless, but these acid wasted hippie freaks ruin the city in many ways, almost worse than the flocks of transvestite hookers that crowd the Tenderloin.
Aubrey Huff Might Be Special
“It makes it even more amazing what Barry Bonds did. I just can't believe someone can hit 73 homers here. It's mind-boggling.” Mind-boggling? What, you can’t comprehend how massive amounts of steroids can make a guy so strong he could hit a ball 600 feet? Every time I hear quotes like this I’m amazed at how quick people forget, or want us to forget, about how all those home runs were hit. I wish he would have said, “I’m going to do a hell of a lot of steroids to hit homeruns here."
If You Live Here, You May Be An Asshole
I’m know this is a drastic generalization and completely unfair to the majority of people in San Francisco that I’m sure are very nice, but I’ve never encountered as many assholes as I did in my two visits to the Bay Area. And I visit Long Island like seven or eight times a year.
Team Stat Comparison
SF - .270-15-70, .803 OPS, 5 steals
Phil - .279-20-99, .747 OPS, 5 steals
SF - 2.78 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, even Luck
Phil - 3.85 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, -2 Luck
Surprisingly, the offensive stats are fairly even. You would expect an decisive Phillies advantage but some power bats have been relatively quiet (Howard, Ibanez), Rollins has been on the DL, and the Giants have gotten homers from eleven different players. Given how hot the Phils were to start the season, this offensive comparison shows you how much they've struggled recently.
It's not surprising that the Giants have better pitching numbers. They've built their team around pitching while the Phils are content to trade away Cy Young award winners. However, if you look closely, the Phils have a -2 Luck Factor, so as soon as their luck changes, they'll have much better numbers...
We love advertising on this blog: gambling websites, books, DVDs, t-shirts, etc. We usually get paid or compensated in some way but there is a place in San Francisco that I’m going to advertise for free because it is that awesome – Boccalone Salumeria at the Ferry Building Marketplace. The sign above the store says “Tasty Salted Pig Parts” and that's exactly what it is. Just the absolute tastiest cured meats and sausage. If you like pig meat, please visit this place if you go to San Francisco.
The good news for the Phillies is that they avoid the two hottest pitchers on the Giants, Lincecum and Zito. The bad news is that Cain and Sanchez are also pitching very well.
Halladay is pitching this series, right? They'll win one then.