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2.09.2005

Sabes and Stars 

The O-Trib's Andrew Baggarly got a nice scoop yesterday that the Giants had quietly extended Brian Sabean's contract through 2006 -- or perhaps beyond. The brass is being obfuscatory: "He is under contract beyond '05," Larry Baer told Baggarly. "He is going to be here for multiple years."

Remember, Baggarly was the the first reporter to expose the true feelings about A.J. Pierzynski in the Giants clubhouse with his story last spring about some pitchers (to be named later -- Brett Tomko was one) upset that A.J. was more interested in playing cards than preparing for upcoming opponents.

Also in the news is the long-awaited announcement that the Giants will host the 2007 All-Star Game. This is good news and bad news. The good news: in the first year of LAB (Life After Barry), the team will have a surefire way of selling season-ticket packages and generating other revenue (I'm already starting to save up for my Lou Seal plush toy with "All-Star '07" jersey). The bad news: in the first year of LAB, the team will have a surefire way of selling season-ticket packages and generating revenue...other than putting a competitive team on the field.

Now, whether you think Pee-Mag & Co. would truly abide by a tear-down, start-from-scratch rebuilding year as soon as Barry goes gently into his Big Balco Barcalounger, depends on your state of cynicism and/or your back-of-the-napkin calculations on all those backloaded contracts the old guys have signed this winter. (The Giants will be spending nearly $22 M on Vizquel, Benitez, Matheny, Bonds and Alou in 2007, according to this caluculation.)

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