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Shaq’s a Celtic, How Bout Dem Giants!!?? and the Soon To Come Debut of Something…Cool

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Greetings from the Cave de Los Livingston Brothers. Pete has been doing boyfriend stuff with his girlfriend, meaning I have to pick up the slack. So here I am! And here’s the slack:

-I have discovered the greatness that is Mumford & Sons, an English Americana band (yep, that’s correct). They’re basically a folksy band that plays a lot of uptempo stuff, and feature some awesome bluegrass staples that make them a great band for a guy like me, who has fallen in love with bluegrass over the last couple of years. They came out with their first major release last year, “Sigh No More” was a big hit in Australia and I found them the old-fashioned way: a VH1 music video.

In the mornings on VH1 and MTV, they (shockingly) still show music videos. I was flipping through the channels one morning last week when their video popped up and I heard the bridge to their first single “Little Lion Man.” Usually, it’s the beginning of a song that gets you hooked, but the bridge, which was an awesome build to the final chorus, got me going to the computer immediately to download their album. “Little Lion Man” is the gem of the album, a mix of up-tempo bluegrass and folksy slow numbers, but overall, it’s a good enough album that makes me want to seek out more.  One of the few times recently where a song really hit me. Probably the first song since “Catalina” by Ghostface Killah, which was produced by Dr. Dre and got me absolutely juiced for the still-not-released “Detox.”

-It was announced on Tuesday that the Boston Celtics were close to signing Shaq, and it was official on Wednesday. Not the biggest fan of this signing. If Shaq is someone who comes off the bench, sure, why not. But at the same time, he can’t be depended on like he was even two years ago in Phoenix. He’s a body who can take over the game for minutes at a time, not quarters, and if Doc Rivers uses him correctly, he’ll have his time to shine. I hope Danny Ainge knows what he’s doing here. Maybe this brings Sheed back…who knows.

-Don’t look now, but the San Francisco Giants are the hottest team in baseball (best record since the All-Star Break) and are doing it with OFFENSE. They are led by Rookie of the Year candidate Buster Posey, who was promoted in June as a first baseman from Triple-A before being put behind the plate after Bengie Molina was traded to Texas. Don’t believe anything that was said in the media about why Posey was held back because of him needing to learn the position more or what not: It was because the Giants wanted to save money by holding back his arbitration clock, starting his time to receive an increase in salary in 2013 instead of 2012. By doing this, the Giants probably saved themselves about $8-10M by the time he became a free agent in 2017.

Doing some quick sabermetrics, a win above replacement level (your bench player who could be replaced by anyone at Triple-A) has been valued at about $5M. Since coming up, Buster has been worth 2.3 WAR according to FanGraphs and 3.7 WARP according to Baseball Prospectus. Since the two metrics are based upon different defensive principles, let’s split the difference and say that he’s been a 3 win player. That means his value to the team is worth $15M, which is roughly 30 times more than what he gets paid at the yearly minimum salary (what he’s earning right now) and if you prorate it, it’s over 50 times more value for what he gets paid.

The Giants are in a dogfight with the Padres right now and wins are crucial. Bengie measured out to be worth about -0.3 WAR this season with San Francisco (meaning he could have been replaced by anybody behind home plate worth a damn and it would have been an improvement). Since he and Buster have played about the same with the Giants this season, if you had Buster from the start of the season instead of paying Bengie $4M to catch, he would have added approximately 3 wins to the Giants total BY HIMSELF, at the cost of 1/8th of what Bengie cost. And the Giants would be in first place in the NL West right now, as well.

Brian Sabean’s signing of Aubrey Huff aside, the Bengie Molina signing was a $4M waste in lieu of a player who could have given him that value  four times over if he played from the beginning, saving Sabean the money that would have been given to Posey in free agency in 2016 and then some. Sometimes, it’s not about saving the money when you need the talent to win a race (see Hayward, Jason), and even though the Giants are a Top 10 payroll in baseball, Sabean was cheap in the wrong area here, and he better make sure the team makes the playoffs, or he’ll have to answer the question of Molina over Posey all his way out the door in San Francisco.

-Finally, I want to announce the start of a liquid feature here at Los Livingston Brothers, something that will last for a long time to come and will be completely interactive: El Cool List. It was originally thought up by myself and Blake Hritz, where I made a joke about him being as cool as Miles Davis, a reference to “Billy Madison.” From there, it became a race to see who the coolest people in the world were, and whether or not they deserved to be mentioned in the same breath as Mr. Davis. The first edition of the list will be coming over the next day or two, and when it comes out, you will see exactly how it works and how it can be a part of it. So stay tuned for what should be a pretty fun time at Los Livingston Brothers, your source for everything having to do with…well, Los Livingston Brothers.

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