The San Francisco Giants again seem to be bringing out the best in the Cubs – or at least maybe sharpening their game and shaking them out of a World Series hangover. This isn’t as urgent as the dramatic playoff series that ended with a champagne-and-beer celebration in the Bay Area last year. It’s too early to tell if it will be the same spark as that four-game sweep in August 2015, when the Cubs caught fire, winning 97 games and two postseason rounds and fueling a free-agent spending spree that nearly totaled $290 million. More than 25 percent into the schedule, the 2017 team has already gone through several stops and starts without gaining a real sense of momentum. But the Cubs looked more
Remember Darren Baker, the son of Nats manager Dusty Baker? If you do, it’s because you remember him as a three-year-old bat boy for the San Francisco Giants who, during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series, was almost run over at home plate only to be saved by Giants first baseman J.T. Snow. Now Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, so father Dusty will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend the ceremonies and festivities. Baker will rejoin Washington when they begin a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday.
This might be just the thing to rev up the 10-games behind gang at AT&T Park. Peet’s Coffee has teamed up with the San Francisco Giants to introduce the 2017 Giants Clubhouse Blend, with sales benefiting underserved youth via the Giants Community Fund. The Latin American dark roast will be available at Peet’s locations, in grocery stores and on Peets.com while supplies last. Five percent of proceeds, up to $10,000, will be donated to the fund. To help launch the campaign, outfielders Hunter Pence and Denard Span will play the barista position Tuesday, May 30, in San Francisco. (This shouldn’t affect Pence’s troublesome hamstring, but let’s make sure Span doesn’t start pulling espresso shots with