Cody Ross: Who loves ya, baby?
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wanted or not, outfielder Cody Ross joined the Giants on Monday, arriving in the clubhouse at 6:10 p.m. and cracking his first base hit and scoring his first run for San Francisco about three hours later.
This keeps up, maybe the Giants really will want him.
The odd spot in which Ross finds himself is that the Giants already had five outfielders and the speculation is intense that they claimed Ross off of waivers solely to block NL West rival San Diego from claiming him.
When Florida didn't pull him back, Ross became property of the Giants. And San Francisco is on the hook for paying the remainder of his $4.5 million salary for 2010 -- approximately $1.1 million.
Ross, 29, grinned when asked whether he really feels wanted in San Francisco.
"When I heard, I knew the situation over here and how many outfielders were here, but that's something I can't control," he said. "I'm not going to try to play manager or GM. I'm just going to go all out and when they tell me what I need to do and when I'm going to play or where I'm going to play, I'll just do it. And I'll try to be a good teammate."
Likes: Nice pre-game tribune to the late Bobby Thomson and his famous home run -- The Shot Heard 'Round the World -- before Monday night's game in San Francisco. They replayed the clip on the big scoreboard (yes, complete with Russ Hodges' famous call, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!") and there was a moment of silence. The Giants, the franchise for whom Thomson hit the homer to win the 1951 pennant, had not been home since Thomson passed. ... Nice to see how healthy former infielder Aaron Boone is following open heart surgery little more than a year ago. Boone was here in his capacity as an ESPN broadcaster and looks great. ... No question Texas manager Ron Washington did the right thing in removing Rich Harden after 6 2/3 innings Monday despite the fact that he was no-hitting Minnesota. He had thrown 111 pitches and it wasn't too long ago that he came off of the disabled list. The guy has a history of arm trouble and you simply cannot crush him, even for a no-hitter.
Dislikes: I know it's a chance to play in meaningful September (and possibly October) games, but if Johnny Damon goes to Boston, he's the ultimate sellout. And I don't think he is. I think there's more depth to Damon than people think. ... Finishing Pat Conroy's Beach Music, and while his writing remains superb, the plot in the second half of this book unravels badly, in my opinion.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
" On the road again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We're the best of friends
Insisting that the world be turnin' our way
And our way"
-- Willie Nelson, On the Road Again