Perseverance

It was a quiet clubhouse last night, as you might imagine. To lose the fifth game in a row when we were so close after Aaron’s three-run homer – it’s incredibly frustrating. We were all very down and angry at ourselves for not coming through when we needed to. As frustrated as you are as fans, let me assure you we are ten times more frustrated as players.

What’s going wrong? A few obvious things.

We haven’t been putting the ball in play. You have to give a lot of credit to the opposing pitchers. They’ve been throwing great. That’s been a factor. Then the longer you go without hitting, the more you start pressing. And when you lose four, five games in a row, you go up to the plate trying to hit a seven-run homer with no one on.

Second, we haven’t been making our pitches. We’re not hitting our spots. We’re falling behind in counts. If we’re going for a fastball away, we’re leaving it over the plate. Curve balls are hanging. We need to hit the corners for strikes. Our poor hitting isn’t helping the pitchers – it puts even more pressure on them.

Last night was a killer because we were so close. Wilson came in in a tough situation – bottom of the ninth, tie game, bases loaded, no outs. He got a grounder to short – exactly what you want — but we couldn’t turn the double play. So with Loney up – who had hit a sacrifice fly on a high fastball earlier in the game – we wanted to keep the ball down so he’d keep it on the ground and we’d get a second shot at a double play.

Unfortunately, on a 3-2 count, the fastball was too low and Loney walked. Game over.

Like the other veterans on the team, I talk to the young guys and remind them that it’s a long season. We’re not even out of April yet. We have to stick together and work hard and make sure each of us does everything we can to be ready for every play, every pitch. That’s all you can do, and inning by inning, game by game, you rebuild.

The truth is, our young guys are handling this rough stretch really well – with much greater perspective than you might expect. Pablo Sandoval, who has really been struggling at the plate, is still really positive and energetic. His attitude is great – he lifts everybody up.

And Timmy’s another kid who has such a positive attitude no matter what’s happening. He loves the challenge of things. He knows what he’s facing, and he’s got that fierce competitiveness that gives you no doubt he’ll be absolutely fine.

I think returning home tomorrow and playing in our own park in front of our own fans will close the chapter on this awful past week and we can start fresh.

I know you’re disappointed and frustrated as fans. But it’s more important than you can imagine to stick with us. Don’t turn your backs on us in the tough times. We’re working as hard as we can to break out of this, and I know we will. We need you there with us in good times and bad – maybe even more so in the bad times.

I hope to see you this weekend when we play the Diamondbacks. This is a great group of players, and an even better group of men.

One thing I can promise: This team will never give up. I hope you won’t either.

16 Comments

We won’t give up. Let’s beat LA tonight. Were are still behind you.

Lots of teams have tough starts in April! Keep the faith and good luck!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I know lots of teams have the bandwagon fans that hop off early in the season at the first sign of a less then perfect season but please believe the majority of Giant fans will always be behind our team, win or lose. GO GIANTS!!

I’m not disappointed. It is frustrating, but I could never lose faith in you guys. I bleed orange and black and no matter what happens, that will never change. We’ll always be behind you and everyone else!!!
“Be strong now because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.” (That’s one of my favorite quotes =])

Much love to you all, Katie

A fan is a fan forever. A true fan doesn’t leave when times get rough. I’m praying for you all to stay healthy and wins WILL come.

I’m not giving up!! Every day is a new day!! Go beat Arizona!!!!!!!!!!! I will see you at the ballpark, Bengie!!
GO GIANTS!!
Lauren

I’ve been a Giants fan my whole life, and I have to admit that this season has gotten off to a frustrating start. But the reason that it’s so frustrating is because I know that the players we have now can and will be great. Getting through this stretch will be a test of mental toughness and patience, for the players and fans. I know the players are working so hard, and Bengie’s right, now its the fans turn to step up. Ill see you on Sat Bengie, Sec. 138 Row 4, right in your happy zone with my glove ready. And cuz you could use us on the road too, I see you next fri in AZ, for The Unit’s first start back there. GO GIANTS!!!!!

True Giants fans will never give up on you and the rest of the team. We have to think positive. Take it one game at a time. The wins will come — like tonight!! See you at the park this weekend. GO GIANTS!!

True Giants fans will never give up on you and the rest of the team. We have to think positive. Take it one game at a time. The wins will come — like tonight!! See you at the park this weekend. GO GIANTS!!

True Giants fans will never give up on you and the rest of the team. We have to think positive. Take it one game at a time. The wins will come — like tonight!! See you at the park this weekend. GO GIANTS!!

True Giants fans will never give up on you and the rest of the team. We have to think positive. Take it one game at a time. The wins will come — like tonight!! See you at the park this weekend. GO GIANTS!!

As a Soldier in the U.S. Army I don’t know what it means to quit and I am sure you don’t either Mr. Molina. True Gigante fans never give up on you gentlemen. I bleed orange and black and red, white and blue. You will always have my support especially when things go wrong. To me the Giants are like America, right or wrong I will always support, love and defend it until I can no longer breath. GOD BLESS THE GIANTS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Luis F. Morales
Sergeant, U.S. Army
GO SF GIANTS!

Hey Bengie!

It’s been a rough couple of games, but I’m not giving up. I know you guys are doing all you can do… there will be ups and downs. I’ll be here pulling for you through both. Hang in there and go get ’em tomorrow!

Hugs,
Sue

True Giants fans will never give up on you and the team. Yes it has been a rough start, but things will eventually work out in the end. I know you guys play hard everyday and will never give up. There will be good games and bad games, but I want you and the team to know that I will never give up on you guys. Go Giants!!

Not turning my back here and not giving up on this team. Tomorrow is another day! Go Giants!

Yes, it’s been a tough way to start out the season, but you know what, Bengie? You and all the rest of the guys are working hard and giving your all every night. I was lucky enough to be at the ball park on Saturday afternoon to not only watch Timmy pitch an amazing game, but you throw an awesome throw to second to get the baserunner out by a mile, and to see Aaron launch an excellent throw from right center to keep the runner from going TO second!

The season will get better, especially with leaders like yourself in the clubhouse. Sure, it’s frustrating as a fan to see the team lose, but those of us that continue to be faithful know that we have a team to be proud of, and will prove to be great as 2009 progresses.

Stay strong. You guys are doing what you need to do to stay healthy and keep keeping on! Good luck, and we are still here rooting. I was born and raised orange and black and will stay that way the rest of my life. Go Giants! =)

-Sara

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