Let's face it. Smack in the middle of election-season crunch time, a budget crisis, and a hundred other highly impactive events, the big buzzing Bay Area topic of the day is the Giants. NL Division Series Game 1 vs. the Atlanta Braves starts tonight at 6:37 p.m., at AT&T Park. (For the ticketless, you can watch it on TBS.)
Today's news stories:
- Barry Zito left off playoff roster (San Jose Mercury News)
- San Francisco Giants, Braves, are mirror images rivals (San Jose Mercury News)
- As Lincecum goes, so have gone the Giants (SF Chronicle)
- GM Brian Sabean's critics are converts after a season of award-worthy work (SF Chronicle)
- Beware of the West Coast curse (San Jose Mercury News)
- Giants-Braves prelude: Lincecum’s game face, Zito, Rowand and more (Mercury News Talking Points blog)
- Follow the game via live blog (Bay Area News Group)
And from the enemy...
- Punchless Braves face formidable task, but it’s doable (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
- Breaking down the Braves vs. Giants (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Some commentary from the blogs:
I’m not even sure what to say at this point. I mean, first off – the Giants made the playoffs but now you tell me that both Barry Zito and Jose Guillen are left off the 25 man roster?! It’s a trick right? It has to be. I’m waiting for the Easter Bunny and Santa to pop out any time and yell “GOT YA!!!”… Frisco Fastball
Is it overkill to start quoting The Art of War in regards to the NLDS? Possibly…I don’t know, I was watching The Last Samurai again last night, so I could just be in a mood. Golden Giants
Here's our Giants Fever! Flickr pool from KQED Radio:And finally, Cy Musiker will chat with Bay Area-based sports columnist Ann Killion at 5:30 p.m. today. if you miss it live, you can listen to the show archive afterwards.