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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cohn Zone: Brian Sabean turns out to be a ringer

Tanzania bias!

How have things changed now that the Giants are world champions?

Sabean: “We were joking, coming to camp, what might go on as far as extra media or what it meant to be looked at in a different light. It’s not all that different.

“It teaches us that the game is East Coast-centric. If you came in here after traveling on a year-long safari in Africa and knew nothing about the events of last year, you would not know there was any difference.”

East Coast-centric?

“We were joking about the Phillies’ press conference they chose to have, I guess, because of all the interest with their starting pitchers. Somebody told me they had 200 media people there. And they didn’t even get to the Word Series.

“That puts things in perspective. In some ways, that helps us, because again we’re allowed to go about our business. As offbeat as this group is, they’re low key. They’re respectful of what happened and how hard it was. They’re determined to try and do it again.

Repoz Posted: March 16, 2011 at 02:14 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: March 16, 2011 at 12:19 PM (#3771485)
I'd say that it has less to do with East Coast Bias™ and more to do with the fact that the Giants were really quiet this winter. The stories over the winter are all about accumulating shiny toys, and the biggest acquisition the Giants made was the remains of Miguel Tejada.

They're essentially returning with the same team they had last year, and while that pitching staff means they'll at least be in the race all year, they'd better hope they get a bounceback from Sandoval to cover at least part of the inevitable regression from Burrell and Huff.
   2. Cabbage Posted: March 16, 2011 at 01:49 PM (#3771516)
Brain Sabean is Walter Sobchek's dirty undies.

The whites.
   3. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: March 16, 2011 at 03:00 PM (#3771573)
I read this as, "Brian Singer turns out to be a ringer," and wondered WTF the author was talking about. Sure, Superman Returns was a mess, but the director of The Usual Suspects gets a lifetime pass from me.
   4. Steve Phillips' Hot Cougar (DrStankus) Posted: March 16, 2011 at 04:56 PM (#3771677)
They're essentially returning with the same team they had last year, and while that pitching staff means they'll at least be in the race all year, they'd better hope they get a bounceback from Sandoval to cover at least part of the inevitable regression from Burrell and Huff.


Their main competition from last year (SD) traded away their best player. Buster Posey will be with the team all year. Cody Ross is going to be a starting outfielder, not Pat Burrell...either of which is better than what they trotted out much of last year. And there is a chance that Belt will have a chance to do something with the big club this year.

Actually, this Giants fan is much more concerned about regression in the starting pitching than in the hitting.
   5. McCoy Posted: March 16, 2011 at 05:06 PM (#3771689)
How well did standing pat work out for the Angels?

I read this as, "Brian Singer turns out to be a ringer," and wondered WTF the author was talking about. Sure, Superman Returns was a mess, but the director of The Usual Suspects gets a lifetime pass from me.

I was all set to defend him and then I looked up his work and basically it is, meh, outside of The Usual Suspects. So I guess, I too, give him a lifetime pass because of that movie.
   6. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: March 16, 2011 at 08:30 PM (#3771910)
I was all set to defend him and then I looked up his work and basically it is, meh, outside of The Usual Suspects. So I guess, I too, give him a lifetime pass because of that movie.

I thought Apt Pupil was good, and the two X movies were solid if unspectacular. (Then again, can you make a bad movie with Ian McKellen?) Didn't like Superman Returns, and haven't seen Valkyrie.

So a very brief but terrific peak, but a very ordinary career.
   7. zenbitz Posted: March 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM (#3772024)
I have a buddy who teaching script writing in the bay area. He went to USC film school and used to pal around with Brian Singer and Ted Raimi and co.

He got into some spat with Brian about $$ (Brian was born rich, I believe), and ended friendship.

And then Brian directed "The Usual Suspects".
   8. zenbitz Posted: March 16, 2011 at 10:33 PM (#3772032)
Oh, and the Giants have a solid team this year - regression or no. They are a few wins behind the Phillies (with Utley) or Red Sox, but project to 90-92 wins or so.

Certainly in the upper quintile of the NL (Phillies, Braves, Giants, Rockies, Brewers, Reds)
   9. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 16, 2011 at 11:14 PM (#3772060)
Then again, can you make a bad movie with Ian McKellen?


You clearly didn't see the third X Men movie.
   10. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: March 16, 2011 at 11:47 PM (#3772077)
You clearly didn't see the third X Men movie.

Ooooh, good point.

I stand corrected.
   11. Greg K Posted: March 16, 2011 at 11:56 PM (#3772085)
You clearly didn't see the third X Men movie.

Is it really bad? I think I've seen all three...but they kind of all blend into one movie, I have no recollection of what happens in which one.
   12. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 17, 2011 at 12:08 AM (#3772093)
It's bad, but not really bad. There's a war . . . it's dumb.
   13. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: March 17, 2011 at 01:35 AM (#3772125)
Is it really bad?
It wasn't great, but it sure as hell wasn't X-Men Origins bad.

I mostly liked Superman Returns. The opening sequence with him rescuing the plane was terrific.
   14. McCoy Posted: March 17, 2011 at 05:40 AM (#3772253)
I would have said can you make a bad movie with Brian Cox in it but he wasn't in the third one which lends credence to the view that they all blend together.
   15. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 17, 2011 at 05:54 AM (#3772264)
I thought the first two X-Men movies were quite good. I agree that the third one was bad, but not horrible by comic book movie standards.
   16. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: March 17, 2011 at 03:42 PM (#3772449)
It wasn't great, but it sure as hell wasn't X-Men Origins bad.

I said a bad movie, not an abortion.
I mostly liked Superman Returns. The opening sequence with him rescuing the plane was terrific.

Yeah, but overall it felt very flat...not to mention a duplicate of Superman: The Movie. Only less fun.

With Singer directing and Kevin Spacey as Luthor, I expected a lot more, I suppose.

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