The Giants gave me reason to surf that site, just after they awarded general manager Brian Sabean a two-year contract extension.
"We need to do more development with younger players," Sabean said during Friday's acceptance speech.
Out with the old, in with the new? All hail the Little Giants?
The David Beckhams of the baseball world -- sorry, Beckham sounds a lot sexier than Shea Hillenbrand when naming a past-his-prime player -- won't be stopping through AT&T Park for a quick paycheck anymore.
The Giants now say they're all about AYSO, which, for the purposes of this exercise, stands for Any Youngster Scouts Ogle.
"The emphasis is changing, but we're still trying to win," Giants managing partner Peter Magowan said. "But to win, we're probably going to need the pleasant surprises, which we may get, given our pitching."
Magowan envisions his hotshot, under-30 pitchers -- Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Noah Lowry -- to lead the Giants' youth movement. In other words, "Buzz off!" to those clubs ringing Sabean's cell phone daily in quest of those live arms.
Yes, Sabean gets to stay at the switchboard, at least if Magowan and executive vice president Larry Baer indeed give him that power. He can trade -- preferably old guy for young, promising hitter -- knowing he'll still be handling the Giants' stock portfolio in a couple years.
He presumably gets a crack at building a Barry Bonds-less roster. (We presume because we can't truly predict who on the Giants will prolong themselves with Barry 1; Sabean's deal isn't as long as that of Barry 2, whose surname rhymes with Tito.)
Sabean said he's "deeply flattered" by the Giants' renewed commitment, one that "will be cherished."
But flattery won't get the last-place Giants to the 2007 postseason. Or perhaps the 2008, 2009 or even 2010 playoffs, either.
If Sabean -- yes, Sabean, and not Magowan, Baer or other suits -- builds it right, the playoffs will come, as they did under Sabean's watch in 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2003. He must take a different approach post-Bonds, though.
"By making the decision now, it puts Brian in a much better position to do what he needs to do in terms of making trades and making assessments," Magowan said. "We can get a running start on the '08 season by making moves now."
Said Sabean: "We've fallen off the wave that we've ridden a long time. We're going to have to reinvent ourselves, find another wave to ride as long as we can."
Surf's up, dude. Start trading. Log on to MiLB.com. Call in the reinforcements. Do something, because this year's show soon will lack drama once Barry 1 passes Hank 755.
Sabean vowed not to leave any base (or stone) unturned. He'll search near (say hello to Triple-A Fresno and Single-A San Jose) and far (good evening, Double-A Connecticut and Single-A Augusta, Salem-Keizer and Arizona).
Other franchises' farm systems -- 29 of which have produced more major-league position players in the past decade than the Giants -- also will be on the radar, as will the increasingly popular "international" bazaar.
Surely we'll also see more of Fred Lewis, Nate Schierholtz, Kevin Frandsen and Dan Ortmeier.
You get the sense the Giants are done shopping in the old-and-wrinkled section (as well as the overpaid free-agent department, courtesy of Barry 2).
That's why I hit the Web. I scoured their minor-league affiliates to see which prospects might be headed sooner than expected to 24 Willie Mays Plaza.
Might be time to Google -- or MiLB.com -- first basemen Tyler Von Schell and Brett Pill; third basemen Tomas De La Rosa, David Maroul, Ryan Rohlinger and Angel Villalona; shortstop Emmanuel Burriss; and outfielders John Bowker and Clay Timpner.
Sad, isn't it? We're just past the halfway point of a season, and our focus soon (once Bonds hits No. 756) will shift to Fresno's Chukchansi Park, Connecticut's Dodd Stadium and all the way down to Arizona's Indian School Park.
But don't be sad. It's not status quo. Sabean may be staying put, but the roster isn't.
"If you look at teams like Los Angeles, San Diego, Atlanta and even the New York Mets, in all those lineups there's a good blend of players developed by their system and free-agent players," Magowan said. "We don't have that kind of balance on our team and we have to strive to get a better one in the future."
Striving to be like the Dodgers? Doesn't he know they've taken a back seat in Los Angeles to Beckham?
Speaking of seats, you should take one, too. A Giant rebuilding effort is about to get started.
Contact Cam Inman at firstname.lastname@example.org.