The distance from 24 Willie Mays Plaza to Glendale, Calif. is 376 miles. Sanchez was obtained by the Giants at around 4 p.m. on July 29, and Google saw fit to beam this article to my inbox at noon yesterday (it should be noted that the reporter penned the story on deadline, back in July. I would never demean a well-run paper such as the Glendale News Press. I've even slept in the garage of its top editor. True story.).
So the news traveled 752 miles in 260 hours. That's 2.89 miles per hour. This is an improvement! That's nearly eight times as fast as the city's composting news moved when it went to Chico and back. The news about Freddy Sanchez traveled as fast as -- Freddy Sanchez! If the Giants' new second baseman took off on a stroll from AT&T Park and didn't stop until he hit Glendale, then wheeled around and returned north, it would take him just about the same amount of time. Now, 2.89 MPH isn't a particularly fast walking speed and Sanchez is a 31-year-old professional athlete. But he also has a little bit of knee trouble, so we think that's about right.
We can only hope the Giants continue to improve as rapidly as the speed of our Google alerts!