NEW YORK (Aug. 24, 2011) – Entrenched in one of the tightest pennant races in all of baseball, the Giants are keeping pace despite an ever-growing disabled list and a struggling offense. This week’s episode of The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants focuses on the effects of these injuries and how that has contributed to the team’s inability to score runs.
The team’s struggle to score runs has increased the pressure on the Giants’ starting rotation. Notably absent from the mound is Barry Zito. Taking fans beyond his performance and much-discussed contract, camera crews capture an emotional visit to the home of Zito’s father Joe, who nearly died last October due to a cardiac condition. Joe discusses his son’s upbringing, baseball career path and how the professional composer passed on his love of music to Barry.
Months after a home plate collision ended his season, The Franchise checks in with Buster Posey and his wife Kristen, who is expecting twins at the time of this interview. Kristen shares her perspective on watching her husband get hurt and the silver lining of his stay at home during her pregnancy. The episode also reveals insider footage of Posey’s first steps without crutches.
Up and down from the minors multiple times this year, Brandon Belt talks about his season in flux. In his first game back in the bigs, he hits two homers, providing a much-needed boost to an offense that ranks last in the Major Leagues. Belt hopes this most recent call-up from the minors is permanent.