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‘The Franchise’ Episode 4: Carlos Beltran Joins The Show With Disappointing Results

And I don’t just mean the fact that Beltran went 2-for-17 in his first four games as a Giant. Overall, this episode didn’t give you much past what you could have seen/heard on MLB Network.

The episode focused on the Beltran trade and opened with a chance encounter between Beltran and Brian Wilson during the All-Star break. After Beltran walks out of the frame, Wilson turns back to the camera and says, “Are we getting him? We’re getting him and stuff? … We would definitely use that shot!”

I was looking forward to seeing how the show would present the Beltran acquisition. But it gave us nothing new. There was no insight into the negotiations with the Mets. We just got a bunch of clichés from Beltran and general manager Brian Sabean. Beltran saying he just wants to win, and it’s tough to leave the Mets; Sabean saying how it was hard to part with Zach Wheeler and how he hopes Beltran takes pressure off some of the other hitters, etc.

I am probably asking for too much. I understand that Showtime’s cameras aren’t privy to direct conversations between the Giants and Mets about trades, but if this show really wants to take you deep inside the team, I would have thought the comments from those involved on such a big issue would be more candid. Of course, this is all new to Beltran, so he gets a bit of a pass.

  • The Giants’ July 26-28 series with the Phillies is shown in detail. Two things that I took away from that footage: One, I forgot just how annoying Chris “Mad Dog” Russo really is.

And two, it was nice to see Wilson drop the shtick for a minute and speak honestly about closing — “My job description is not to come in and be awesome. It’s to get three outs.” The Giants’ bullpen gets a lot of TV time during the Phillies games, which is kind of neat just because you don’t get to see and hear a lot of what goes on down there.

  • After meeting President Obama, the episode devotes a few minutes to Emmanuel Burriss’ upbringing in a rough D.C. neighborhood. A very sad story is told about how Burriss’ best friend, DeLoren Young, was killed in a drive-by shooting while both of them were in college.  It was a poignant story — Burriss took the ball he hit for his first MLB home run and buried it at Young’s grave site — but it seemed out of place because, well, Burriss is not a real intriguing personality.

That is until we learned that the Giants had to send Burriss down to the minors to make room for Beltran. Then you understood why we had to get to know Burriss better in the first place. But I guess the emotion I was supposed to feel for him after his demotion ended up falling flat.

  • Of course, there was no shortage of good quotes, with the usual few from Wilson.

On meeting President Obama at The White House: “He closes deals, so do I. I think we’re one in the same. Just sayin’.”

On the weirdest thought he’s had on the mound during a game: “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes freggin’ awesome! It’s perfect.”

On Cholula: “I don’t even know if it was created or invented, it just happened. In a pool. And they’re like ‘Well, let’s collect this. What do we call it? Cholula.'” I like Cholula, but I just tried Pop Chips for the first time last weekend. Not a fan. It probably is because I can’t stand popcorn.

Bullpen coach Mark Gardner tells Guillermo Mota to say whatever he wants because Gardner is mic’d up. That leads Mota to shout in the bullpen, “AFFELDT’S A DOUCHE!”

Beltran presumably talking about Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick to his mates in the outfield: “He throws a lot of shit, you know? It’s like a sinker, cutter, shit, splitter, shit, whatever, you know?” So, you’re saying he throws shit? That point wasn’t really clear enough.

Aaron Rowand on the Giants’ trade possibilities: “Unless it’s a blockbuster-type move, I don’t see too many things being changed on this team.” Rowand has 12 at-bats in the seven games since Beltran made his San Fran debut.

The preview for next week’s episode mentioned the trade for Orlando Cabrera — meh — and Rowand’s adventures with the center-field fence, about which he said, “I can probably say that I’m the only baseball player in the history of the game to break his face twice.”

OK, I’d watch that.

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