As long expected, Pablo Sandoval is leaving the Giants and accepting a five-year, $100 million offer by the Red Sox, basically confirming that the Giants never really were serious about trying to keep him, and that Sandoval actually never really intended to stay anyway, according to media reports. The rest has been p.r. fluff.
Behind the scenes, Panda was angered by the Giants' initial, shockingly low offer of a three-year, $40 million deal, which was made in spring training -- shock and disdain that never went away. In the end, the Giants only offered him $95 million, but reportedly agreed -- finally, at the last moment -- to raise it to being open to going as high as $100 million.
They refused to get into a bidding war that would have kept Sandoval, but would have also lowered their remaining budget for other players, which (please see below) they are well aware they will desperately need to retain some of their key players, even as others depart. It's also believed Pablo liked the idea of switching because of the location of the Sox spring training camp: Florida, where some Sandoval family members live.
With so many Giants players now free to cut their own, post-World Series deals as free agents, a number of them -- and the agents and advisors who represent and guide them -- love the idea of getting a huge pay increase. Most likely, this is just the start of the end of the dynasty team we've seen win three of last five World Series. A number of stars, including several top pitchers, are going to go.
What's the good news? The Giants aren't going to take their hefty, new $100 million and store it away in the bank. They're going to use it to go after some great new players. Who knows, they could be even better than the ones who are going.
Larry DeMartini caught San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and family shopping November 6 at Linda Mar Safeway in Pacifica. Bochy's team, as the world now knows, is officially a dynasty, with three World Series wins in five years.
Happy fall, all my aviation friends! This year's flying was great. I'm really enjoying working at San Carlos Flight Center. I've been way too busy with schoolwork and running on my school's cross-country team to do much else, but the season ends soon.
After that, I'll be concentrating on applying for flight scholarships because I want to start my PPL this spring! To help pay for my future flying, my dad wants to sell our Camaro. Here's a little video: Camaro
So if you or a friend is looking for a cool car, let us know! Speaking of videos, check out this one about my fellow pilot Jessica Cox or this one.
My dad and I went to a prescreening of the movie they're making about Jessica, which was great because my friend Nick T. Spark the director was there, and they need help to finish it. I think it's a really important story about Jessica and it needs to be shared with the world. Go to Right-Footed Movie and donate. I am!
Nick did the documentary about Pancho Barnes. You can read my review here. It's a great movie, and the one he's finishing on Jessica Cox will be really great, too! I hope you all have a great fall and winter. Watch the skies. I'll be flying soon!
This Jean Bartlett interview with Tom Lara ran in the January 5-19, 2013 issue of the Peninsula Progress. The article is used with the author's permission. PDFs of the article are linked below. Tom Lara Peninsula Progress_page4
On this perfectly drizzly coastal Tuesday, a gaggle of county park people and media types walked along the new Devil's Slide Trail to see the sights before the trail's official opening March 27.
Reporters interviewed rangers, with the beautiful backdrop of ocean waves and dramatic rock formations (like San Pedro Rock, above) below the formerly treacherous roadway, which now is transformed at a cost of almost $2 million into a 1.3-mile-long pedestrian/equestrian/bicycle path, connecting at both ends to the California Coastal Trail.
The trail opens from 8 a.m. to sunset, year-round. Limited parking is available at either end of the trail. Daily SamTrans #17 buses and weekend-only free Pacifica shuttles offer rides to and from the trail. All buses have bike racks on the front. For schedules and other information, see samtrans.com and cityofpacifica.org.
Viewing sites, benches, restrooms, bike racks, drinking fountains, interpretive signs, and pet stations are in place. Leashed dogs are allowed. For more information, see smcoparks.org.
Rock layers on mountainside (top), cave opening mistakenly believed to be one end of the old Ocean Shore Railroad tunnel (middle), Bunker Hill (bottom)
We just posted a video (below) that I'm really proud of. At today's media day for the new Devil's Slide Trail, we took a camera mounted on a bicycle and coasted from the north end of the trail to the south. As far as I know, this is the first such video of the new trail. The videographer was our 12-year-old daughter Julia Parr. The trail opens to the public on Thursday, March 27, at 1 p.m.