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Pummeling LA

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 24, 2015

So we’re back on the beam, right? Regardless of how this season unfolds, this sweep of the Art Dealers will go down as a highlight to remember. And it speaks to the heartbeat of the team that they were able to focus up at home, a place they don’t play very well, and sweep the Dodgers, who came into AT&T toting a 7 game win streak.

This Justin Maxwell thing is turning into a real thang, isn’t it?

Time to roust the Sherpa’s, we’re heading to Colorado.

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I could listen to this all day long. I love Tim Roye.

http://www.knbr.com/2015/04/23/tim-royes-knbr-call-of-currys-game-tying-3-pointer/

Lucky Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 23, 2015

Sorry, but I’m with the Dodgers on this one. Blanco absolutely should have been called out for interference by Kelly. He stood in the basepath and there was contact between him and Blanco. He was essentially holding up a human stop sign and how could that not be considered physically assisting a player back to the bag? He used his body, physically, to send Blanco back to the bag. I understand the rule is open to umpire interpretation, but the rule can’t be so daft as to only refer to a 3rd base coach who tackles a runner and physically drags him back to the bag, right?

There’s probably a better still shot than this but this is what I snipped off mlb.com:

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Now, the ump wasn’t even looking and apparently none of the other umps saw it either.

Kelly looked completely lost on that play. He obviously starts to send the “go” sign but then abruptly stopped and that’s when he went into “human stop sign” mode. There is no way Blanco could have run through him. He had to stop and go back to the bag.

I’m certainly not complaining about a win but we got lucky and the bigger issue to me is Kelly’s qualifications for the 3rd base job. Is he ready? If not, going with an in-house hire was stupid. Was anyone else even interviewed for the 3rd base job?

Doubt it.

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also, I really appreciated reading Snarkk and Xoot’s breakdown last night of the Bonds decision. Good stuff.

One Down, Two to Go

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 22, 2015

Apologies, late today. This Maxwell thing is only going to sustain itself if he’s in a platoon. Good thing for both he and Blanco is that they both need the same thing to succeed. So, let’s keep it rolling.

It’s probably time to give Timmy some credit. He’s been very reliable this year.

Kershaw is not an automatic loss tonight.

LA(me) In Town for Three Games

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 21, 2015

I’m not so sure that playing the Dodgers is what this team needs right now. But at least we got the day off that everyone has been fretting so hard. I don’t buy the desperate need for the day off but we’ll see what happens, right?

At least we don’t have to face Kershaw right out the shoot. But really, what pitcher DOESN’T shut us down these days?

Gonna need to see a competitive effort tonight before I feel like this team has a realistic chance to win a game in this series…..

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I enjoy looking at the evolution of the ring pics to the right of the blog. It goes from Timmy showing off the first one to the group sticking the ring out there saying “that’s right beatches! 2 in 3!” to Bumgarner giving his expected understated pose. All 3 pics are perfect.

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also, I think Bryan Price might need some anger management classes. lqtm. Or medication. Or both. What an embarrassment he is to the Reds.

Laughing at Stupid People

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 20, 2015

I listen to way too much KNBR. I can’t remember when my car radio was tuned to a different station. I guess I’ve just gotten comfortable with the hosts and even though they almost never give me any news that I didn’t already know, I keep listening. The callers are the best. As you can imagine, there is a swelling contingent of Giants fans who have had it up to here (I’m waving my hand over my head right now) with the 2015 season already. I guess they get themselves so worked up in a froth they have no other way to release it than to call into a radio station. And I’m not really knocking them, I’ve called into KNBR a half dozen times in the last year. But the things they say are just so….stupid.

Yesterday afternoon a guy called into Marty’s show, sounded reasonable enough in the beginning. He started by agreeing with Marty that the problem with the team is the pitching. He then went on to say he believes Sabean will *work his magic* and pull off a dynamic trade to turn this season around.

Then he went insane.

Here’s the very specific trade he *has a feeling* Sabean will pull off: Brandon Belt for Denard Span and Jordan Zimmerman. Marty gave this guy 7 minutes of airtime to repeat over and over that he’s just *got a feeling* that this is the trade Sabean will make this year. At no point did Marty ever ask, “And what would make Washington agree to this trade?” Marty just kept repeating that he was happy the caller agreed with him that it’s the pitching that’s the problem.

Anyway, it was fantastic comedy. Some people have their reality shows, I don’t really watch tv. I get my entertainment from the KNBR callers. There is no substitute for spontaneous idiocy.

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Winning!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 19, 2015

We won a GAME!!!!!!!! Yeah, baby!

I’m all over Hest-by-Hest just like the rest of you but one minor quibble: Some of those pitches he threw were right down the middle and just got flat out missed by the hitters. Still, he looks reliable and I’ll take reliable all day long right now.

I’ve been trying to find a good pic from yesterday’s ring ceremony to lock into the right side of the blog for eternity, but I’m having trouble. I can’t re-size the pic because wordpress demands that I use a link of a pic for their image widget. If any of you guys find one *worthy* on the internet, please send me the link and I’ll consider it.

Kiss The Ring?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 18, 2015

9-0 defeat. Losers of 8 in a row. 0-5 at home.

The team has now dissolved into a group that’s teetering on the competitive axis. And really, if you look at all the injuries, all of the players Sabean didn’t get this off season along with the guys he brought back, it’s certainly not out of the realm of reality to understand how and why this is happening.

So naturally, we have the ring ceremony tonight!!!!! lqtm. Jesus. It almost feels embarrassing. But as usual, the Giants are doing it right again by giving a replica ring to the fans in attendance. My advice to each fan is to put the ring on and wave it methodically in front of your face, back and forth, while repeating “I am getting very sleepy” over and over. Hopefully you hypnotize yourself into a deep trance and don’t have to watch the loss that will occur shortly thereafter……

This night I spent alone in my car seems like a million years ago:

Historic Low?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 17, 2015

3-8 to start the season—worst start since moving to SF. Did I hear this correctly? Did they mean “since moving to AT&T?” Because I’m having a hard time processing this start as * the worst since moving to SF.* That’s a mighty long time with some awfully shitty teams sprinkled in over the years……

Ok, where does everyone stand regarding Brandon Belt? He’s been a polarizing figure here at the Flap over the years. My position, always, has been let’s see what he does beyond is sparkling OPS and OPS+. He’s been horrible this year but not noticeably more horrible than most of the rest of the hitters on the team. And we’re only 11 games into the season.

Bottom line is that I’m having a hard time getting too pumped up one way or the other about his slow start.

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Just in case you want something to distract you from the shit start to this season, let’s all take a moment to remember this fantastic moment. One of my favorite Giants photos ever:

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Not Sweating Colorado Static

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 16, 2015

A buddy of mine who lives in Colorado, Scott Lamm, texted me this yesterday: “Getting tired of my Rockies dominating you guys yet?”

I laughed out loud. I think a text like this would have bothered me pre-2010. But now? I’ll let Scott count regular season wins. I’m busy counting World Series trophies.

So as you can imagine, I’m having a hard time getting too worked up about losing to the Rockies.

Paul (not Asian but living in Asia) made a good point yesterday. What do these guys have to press about? They are world champions. They didn’t become the worst team in the league overnight. You could say they were never the best team and you’d be wrong. If you win it all, you are the best. End of story.

Pressing or Sucking?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 15, 2015

You don’t have to look any further than this stat to know our hitters are failing: Nori Aoki OBP .488. He has scored 4 total runs.

I think Bochy is planning on resting some guys today. An appropriate response: now the players can rest along side their bats. This is frustrating, especially for the paying customers, but not totally surprising. As we know by now, Belt always starts off like crap. Blanco just should be sent to the plate this often. Crawford is in a terrible slump. And the line up obviously misses Pence and, sadly, Casey McGehee.

Today will likely yield the same results unless you’re comforted by the sight of Jo-Arias with a bat in his hands……

Flag Up. Offense Down. RIP Lon.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 14, 2015

I still can’t believe this Butler kid got into the 6th inning with 6 walks, one measly K and we still couldn’t scratch even a run off him. Whatever. Turn the page. Chris Heston was impressive. I liked his balanced make up, the movement on his pitches and as I said yesterday, he reminds me a little bit of John Burkett. There are worse guys he could remind me of.

That was the first time we got shut out in a home opener since….wait for it….1953! That’s hilarious.

Weird weather today. It’s cold and very breezy. High wind, even blowing out at ATT, doesn’t necessarily mean a bomb fest. Same thing in Oakland, by the way. I’d like a meteorologist to explain that to me…….

Yesterday’s ceremony was great and the only thing I would have liked to have seen would have been MadBum riding that fine steed faster and further. Still, nothing beats Brian Wilson taking off on a solo mission to the flag pole. I might need to go find that on youtube later today just to feel the buzz again…..

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Pete Rose turned 74 today. That seems high.

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signing in to post: There are a few guys still having problems and for that I’m sorry. I needed to make this change to lock out the dickless piece of shit pussies who have nothing better to do with their empty lives than post nonsense on the internet. The problem for a few of you seems to be wordpress and I don’t know what to tell you. There are 2 other posting options: facebook and twitter. You will need a valid email addy to sign up for either of those sites.

Once Again Presenting, YOUR World Champions, The San Francisco Giants

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 13, 2015

Today is a day to celebrate. Don’t ever take a flag raising ceremony for granted. They’ll be flying long after we’re gone but only some get to see the short journey up the string for the first time. Today is a day to let go of all the bullshit in your life, about the team—all of it. Just enjoy.

I don’t think you could ever top the Brian Wilson flag raising ceremony. For so many reasons, that one will always be the best. How should they do it this year? Normally, I would say anything not directly spot lighting Bumgarner would be a travesty. But the dude is so understated, he probably just wants to watch.

I’m not frettin’ about the 3-4 start or the injuries or Crawford’s 1-13 in San Diego. None of it. Today is a day for the fans of this great franchise to embrace the team and salute their outrageous 2014 accomplishment.

The wind is blowing out today at a pretty healthy 15mph. Normally, that has me thinking about what it’s going to do to an airborne baseball. Today, all I can think about is how it’s going to make those three beauties dance….flutter….fly.

Forever.

Masters Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 12, 2015

Tough day for me to watch baseball with the Masters on. Even with Spieth’s big lead I would never miss a Sunday Masters. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m ready to get the hell out of San Diego. Doubt things change today with Peavy trying to nurse his back through 5 innings. And Ross is a beast. But hey, that’s why they play the game, right?

Grinding

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 11, 2015

Can’t help but appreciate how hard this team fights. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s not enough. Not being able to hit in San Diego isn’t anything knew, whether Pence and Belt are there or not. Timmy’s velocity is a concern but can’t really quibble with the results. It was just an L, there are going to be a lot of those whether you win 100 games or win 60 games. Go get ’em today….

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Winning Ugly is Still Winning Good

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 10, 2015

I missed the game but when you don’t score for 11 innings, an error, a walk and a fisted single up the middle must have felt like a grand slam. This is going to be another year where our odds to win the World Series get worse each time we win a game like last night’s. :)

Regardless, that was a great win, a grinded win. Watching Pagan pop up at 3rd base with explosive fire is what this team needs. I can’t wait till we get pence back.

So who’s got Timmy throwing a no no tonight? I don’t, just wondering who sees that happening.

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Ok, now on to more important thing: this “Hesto Presto” nickname is not working for me. At all. I’ve given it some thought and here are my two ideas: If he hits the bench press hard in the gym, how about “Chesty Hesty?”….lqtm….Or maybe an old school Splash ref? “Hest-by-Hest?”

These are mine. Yours?

Hesto Presto and on to San Diego

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 9, 2015

I’ve got a lot going on today so this thread will be short. Great game last night. Super quick turn around for a 3:40 game against a pitcher that usually shuts them down is probably not what the dr. ordered. But these guys seem to be taking the same mentality as all other recent Bochy-led teams so maybe they come out strong.

We’ll see.

When Correia and Heston Collide

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 8, 2015

Who thought we’d be talking about those 2 guys last week?

I was actually pretty encouraged by what I saw from our offense last night. The *old* way of winning isn’t going to work this year and the hitters are going to have to step up. Voggy did about how I would expect he would do and suddenly Tim Lincecum is going to be a central protagonist on this year’s team. At least there’s upside with Timmy. The idea of Kevin Correia pitching even as a spot starter gives me chills. But maybe that’s just because he brings back so many bad memories of the 2007-08 dark years.

Or maybe he’s a harbinger of things to come–an evil messenger from Hell walking among us, delivering the  news in the form of hittable fastballs. :) :0 :)

I am SUPER STOKED to see Heston pitch today. I think it’s a good spot for him against a collection of average hitters. The future is now, whether Bochy and Sabean are ready for it or not…..

The Rest of the Rotation

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 7, 2015

It was nice to see The Mad Snot calm the waters with an efficient W but now the fun really begins. Just as I still can’t understand how we won a freaking World Series with ONE competent starting pitcher, I’m not understanding who’s going to pitch for us on the days Bum sits. This “forearm tightness” thing that Cain is going through smells an awful lot like a UCL tear and if that’s the case we’re looking at best at a rotation with question marks. At worst, a rotation in shambles.

If the Giants call up one of the kids to pitch on Wednesday what does that say about their Tim Lincecum feelings? He’s getting paid almost 20 million this year, the Giants usually let those high priced players play until they’re forced to publicly *Rowand* them.

We’ll see, but I’m in full blown skeptic mode right now and there’s 161 of these bad boys to go.

Haters Gonna Hate

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 6, 2015

I can’t remember which rapper said that. Maybe it was all of them. But before our season gets underway there are a few things I want to get off my chest. And it has to do with the haters. Specifically, three kinds….:

1) The fans (non Giant). Mostly, they do their hatin’ on the internet. It’s one of the great failings of the internet–people get to say whatever they want nearly without consequence. It took me a while to develop the right mindset to deal with these numbskulls but I feel like I am much better equip to deal with them now than I was 6 or 7 years ago. I can thank my spam filter for that.

If you’re a non-Giants fan, your hate started with Barry Bonds. And I get that. His pompous march toward the HR crown had non-Giant baseball fans worldwide doing a slow burn. So by the time 2010 rolled around there was no way you were going to believe in this team. Three World Series wins later, I can only imagine how slow that burn must be now. And A’s fans have it the worst. This in all unfolding in their backyard. They’re almost forced to watch it. And look where they’re watching it from!    Let me ask you something Giants fans: If I told you that when you attend a game at AT&T Park, the Coke bottle would randomly fire off human shit fireworks in between innings all over the crowd, would that make you more likely or less likely to go to the game? Because that’s basically what’s going on over at O.Co. Human shit spews and oozes all over that place. It’s like Old Faithful gone horribly wrong. At AT&T we enjoy garlic fries and a tasty Sheboygan. At O.Co the vendors are literally selling frozen shitcicles in the stands. Those sound positively awful. I’m not paying 8 bucks for that. If I ever went to an A’s game I ‘d be sure to wear me galoshes and construction goggles. Throw in the fact that they haven’t won a world series in a quarter century and you can see how easily the haters be hatin’ in Shitland (I mean *Oakland*).

The next group of Haters are the writers. Somewhere along the way, writers decided that their job was to predict what was going to happen. And because they get paid to write, they are probably pretty good at writing. Too bad that’s where their skill set ends. Again, I think a lot of the hate goes back to Bonds and the way he treated them. And to that point, I can understand it. But you’re a professional and are being paid to perform sans bias. It’s too bad the national media continues to fail at this.

The final group of haters are the analysts. The former players who get paid to babble into a microphone. These guys are arguably the worst of the 3. Whenever a former player barks into a mic “Listen, I played the game…” I know I’m about to be registered in a class I had no intention of taking. The fact that you *played the game* at the professional level means you understand certain nuances of the game better than i do. But it in no way legitimizes your predictions. These guys are wrong all the time. Guy like Erik Karros are so spectacularly wrong every time it amazes me that they have the balls to keep churning out their drivel publicly.

Now haters, I’m going to warn you in advance. Look away. Avert your eyes. Staring too long at what I’m about to show you could cause “Hater Blindness”. On a side note, I’d like to meet the dipshit that stared so long at the sun he finally went blind. Who does this? Who stares at the sun so long they actually go blind? Anyway…behold:

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These are the 3 main reasons that the haters gonna hate. And the best part (for us) is that these 3 reasons will never go away. We might never win another one again. Unlikely, but possible. Through whatever the future holds for the Giants and their fans, these 3 beauties will sustain us. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some knowing dude head nods to prepare for that I’ll  be doling out later today……

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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 5, 2015

That’s the numbers of days left till real baseball begins again.

Tonight we get to watch a game that counts. Personally, I’ll be looking to see how Matheny is doing. Last time we saw him he was doing that stone faced thousand yard stare we’ve come to know so well…..

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I have never spent less of a Spring on baseball. I’m not playing in a season long fantasy baseball league for the first time since high school so there’s been nothing for me to research, no drafts to partake in, and I’ve been consumed with NBA, CBB and golf—-100% into daily leagues.

But that’s all about to change. This morning I woke up at 2am wondering what A-Rod’s ST batting average was. Discovered it was .267 but that’s not the point.

The point is that I’ve gone from literally not thinking about baseball at all to obsessing on everything about it. Every player. Every statistic. Every at bat. Every moment.

The switch has been flipped within me. Baseball.

My Prediction Is….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 4, 2015

nothing. I don’t know if I’m burnt out on the prediction-side of blogging or maybe there are just too many question marks surrounding the 2015 Giants–but I don’t have it in me to predict how they’ll do. I was listening to a radio show out of New York this morning. Two complete blowhards trying to yell over each other who they thought would win the National Championship on Monday. They sounded like idiots. They don’t know who’s going to win and more importantly, who cares what they think? It’s all just a bunch of bullshit for them to use later (if they’re correct) to brag about themselves next week on the radio.

As it relates to the Giants the one thing I’ve learned over the last several years is that the team that starts the season is almost never the team to finish the season. So how could you ever make an informed prediction anyway? If they’re close at the trade deadline, Sabean will do something that has a much better than 50% chance of working. And don’t kid yourself, Bobby Evans is nothing more than Sabean’s boy toy. He’s a GM in title only. Sabes still calls all the shots for this team…….

“We’ll Drive the 7 Hours, it’s Worth it….”

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 3, 2015

That’s what some chick said on KTVU this morning when she was asked why she comes to the Bay Bridge Series every year.

Whhhaaaatttttt?

I don’t get the Bay Bridge Series. I don’t get why people would pay money to see a game at AT&T that doesn’t count. I don’t get why that chick drove 7 hours to see the game. I don’t get how that dude survived at sea for 66 days. But I digress…..

I didn’t watch any of the game last night. My main man on the scene in Houston, WilcoJoe, said Peavy looked 10-15 lbs lighter. Anyone else notice that? Why would Peavy lose 10-15 pounds?

There’s another game tonight but I won’t be watching it. Too busy still basking in the glow of yet another NIT championship for the Stanford Cardinal! Yeah baby!!!!!! We’re number 69? Chasson Randle, who by all accounts is a hell of a guy, will always be my sworn enemy. He passed the great Todd Lichti on the all time scoring list at Stanford and for that I will never forgive him…..

Guessing the Starting 8 HR Total

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 2, 2015

How many home runs do you think this crew will hit? 100? That’s what Kuip said on the radio today. Here’s my quick take:

Pagan: 4

Aoki: 2

Belt: 20

Pence: 20

McGehee: 7

Crawford: 15

Posey: 23

Panic: 12

Apparently, I’m going with 103

RIP Edilia Arvelo

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 1, 2015

Great post by Twin at the end of the last thread. Very weird that the Cardinals will be honoring this guy who basically murdered himself and his girlfriend last year in a horrific drunk driving crash. Six times the legal limit? I don’t know if you guys have ever blown into a straw. I did once and I came up .11 BAC and I was actually pretty surprised it was that low. I felt pretty hammered. I can’t even imagine what .28 (or whatever he was) must feel like and the fact that he thought it a good idea to go blazing around in his car with a passenger is just unreal to me.

The Cards say they’re doing it to educate young ballplayers about the dangers of drinking and driving but I would think at this point everyone knows about that. To me it looks an awful lot like the way Darryl Kile was *honored* and I those 2 deaths aren’t even in the same ballpark.

If you are drunk off your ass and you decide to drive a car you’re a freaking idiot. Come to think of it, maybe people this dumb do need to be educated……

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On a separate note, I’d like to encourage all of you not to participate in what is far and away the dumbest day of the year……

How Worried Are You About The Starting 5?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 31, 2015

Right now, that 5 goes Bum, Cain, Peavy, Huddy, and Timmy. I think it could be argued that either Voggy or Yuzzie=Pet should be in that 5 but for the start of the season, those are your 5.

Bum: No worries here, moving along to….

Cain: I was worried about Cain until I heard Kruk discussing him on KNBR yesterday. As we know, Kruk’s assessments can be dangerous to the ears if not listened to carefully. For instance, I never look directly into a Kruk assessment, at least not long than a second or so. But he made an interesting point when he said that Cain can finally extend his arm without restriction and that his curve ball is back and it’s deadly. Cain’s biggest hurdle is probably mental but I’m fairly confident he’ll get over that and start to let the ball fly…..

Peavy: This will be the same comment for Huddy. I think that if Bochy manages Peavy’s innings this year, and if it were me this is where I would use Petit and Voggy most aggressively, Peavy will probably be productive. I wouldn’t let him go past 5 innings. This would take a different mindset by everyone but it was clear that both he and Huddy were out of gas at the end of last year. I’m a big believer in limiting innings of your old starting P’s and in theory the Giants have 2 guys in the bullpen who could piggy back a game with Peavy and Huddy.

Huddy: read above

Timmy: he worries me the most. I’m not buying this “Daddy fixed everything” story. Having said that, Kruk says Timmy is light years ahead of where he’s been in previous springs. Kruk, Jesus….I guess the only thing to do is hope Kruk’s correct and that Timmy will end up having a solid 2015. Maybe not Cy Young-like, but something productive. That would be quite the turnaround but weirder things have happened in baseball…..

Three Outrageous Predictions

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 30, 2015

Marty Lurie does a bit on KNBR every Spring called “Three Outrageous Predictions.” Callers call in and make “three outrageous predictions” for the upcoming season. It’s not as bad as it sounds. The goal is to predict something that *could* happen though is not likely to happen. Before you decide this is a stupid thing to do, if I had predicted last July that the Giants would beat the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series that year you would probably declare that an outrageous prediction….

#1: Tim Lincecum will throw another no hitter in 2015. Hey, he just needs to cobble it together for one game and we all know he’s got no-no’s in that arm…..

#2: Hunter Strickland will be the closer by Aug 1 and he will dominate. Lots of things will have to happen/fall apart for this prediction to come to pass.

#3: Matt Duffy will garner some rookie of the year votes. Like prediction #2, some things will have to fall into place for him to make this happen. But I really like Duffy and if he gets a shot at an infield position for an extended period of time in 2015 I think he’s going to run with the chance……

What are your *Three Outrageous Predictions?”

Steve Young Standing in the Rubble

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 29, 2015

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Bring Back Nate!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 28, 2015

Looks like Nate the great Schierholtz isn’t going to make the team in Texas. Why wouldn’t we bring him back to play for a month while Pence heals? He knows right field as good as anyone. He knows the team, uh, he knows where the stadium is located….reaching here.

But I’d rather let him play than Maxwellwhoever….

Not Ready For a Title Defense

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 27, 2015

Serious question for Flap Universe: If you hadn’t paid any attention to ST what would you say if one of your buddies said, “Hey, the Giants are 19-6!”

You’d probably be pretty stoked. Maybe fire off a knowing dude head nod to the nearest stranger.

But then you remember that your buddy is dyslexic and the Giants were actually 6-19.

Now how would you feel?

For those wondering about Timmy’s game yesterday it was a lot like last year and the 2 years before that. Low velocity, no command, 7 k’s in 5 innings.

So there’s that……

We’re Number 30! Yeah!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 26, 2015

At this point, I’m hoping we maintain our last place finish in the spring training standings all the way to Opening Day. If you’re going to fuck something up why not go all the way with it? And if I truly don’t care about spring training stats, and I don’t, then why not have some fun with it?

So while I want to see sharper fundamentals on defense, line drives that are caught off the bats of our hitters and a .350+ BABIP for our pitchers, I’m going to give myself a knowing dude head nod every time we lose for the rest of the spring.

After you win another World Series and then follow it up with a 6-18 to start the spring, this is really the only way for me to make it to opening day without breaking something……

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For those of you who enjoy Shop Talk with Shoptaw, here’s the article he wrote about the Giants after interviewing me and a couple of other Giants bloggers.

http://www.cardsconclave.com/2015/03/26/playing-pepper-2015-san-francisco-giants/

Dub Nation Unite!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 25, 2015

The Warriors winning the Pacific Division, for the first time in 39 years, should be jazzing me up a little more than it is. I’m stoked but I feel like kind of a fake-o fan having not been into NBA for the last 10 years or so. I was a big RUN TMC guy. But then years of sucking combined with incompetent ownership saw my allegiance dull a bit. Plus, I got tired of NBA dudes doing nothing but jacking up 3’s and/or guys waiting till an entire side of the court was cleared out before they could go play 1:1 over and over. The NBA game, to me, is a lot worse than it was back in the day. The product sucks and a big part of that is the “1 and done” game getting played at the college level. Most of these kids aren’t ready to play in the NBA. But I digress because……

Steph Curry brought me back. He does things on a court I’ve never seen done, certainly not around these parts. I’m a little too young to remember Rick Barry. Outside of his unusual free throw style, I hear he did some things never seen before, too.

But it’s impossible to not like this Warriors team. Draymond Green is a throwback in every sense of the word. And for guys like David Lee to lose his starting gig and not even play a min some games (like last night) and be cool with it because he’s a total team player–well, you just don’t see NBA players act like that anymore.

Still, in terms of me being a fan of the team, this is a full-on bandwagon jump. It’s a Nestea Plunge into a sea of “We Believe’s”. And it’s still an exciting time for me to be a Warrior fan.

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And don’t even get me started on the highest high I’m currently riding with Stanford heading to the semifinals of the NIT (said with heavy sarcasm).

Does Anyone Care What Baseball Players Think? If You Do, Read on….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 24, 2015

There was an anonymous poll of mlb players recently conducted by ESPN. I’ll post the link at the end of the thread but here were some things that stood out for me:

Regarding PED’s: AL slugger: “I think the number is probably about 10 percent, but that’s not counting Adderall as a PED. If you included guys who are using Adderall, wow, that number would be through the roof.”

Who’s the most overrated player in MLB?
AL All-Star: “I like Bryce Harper. I think he’s going to be really good. But the attention for him — and for Puig, to a certain extent — is overkill. It’s just been hype so far.” Puig was voted 2nd most overrated.

65% of players dislike the new rules eliminating home plate collisions.

The players predict the World Series will most likely be the Cardinals or Detroit

Here’s the link:

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10647688/anonymous-mlb-players-strong-opinions-rule-change-espn-magazine

Playing For Peanuts

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 23, 2015

If you were wondering about MadBum’s feelings about the contract he plays to, well, you shouldn’t wonder anymore. He was asked about in the San Jose Merc yesterday and his comments, if genuine, makes me think he really is fine with his team friendly deal.

Check it out:

“You know, that was life changing money for me.”

“Now that things turned out the way they are it’s easy to ask these questions. But you know what, that’s good. I want to be asked these questions. It’s a lot better than the other way around.”

“I grew up poor. I don’t need a lot of money to get by. I mean, I ain’t playing for money, I guess.”

I could understand if this is how he felt as a rookie country bumpkin, but after years of living the life of a pro ballplayer it’s a little surprising that he still feels this way. And hey, don’t forget his world series bonuses. I mean, that’s how El Presidente gets by. No reason Bum can’t feed his family that way, too. :) :) :)

What Will This Year’s Ingredients Look Like?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 22, 2015

While basking in the glow of yet another World Series supernova, I think it’s easy to forget how bad we were last year for nearly 3 months. But we started the year well, got enough wins to make the playoffs and then our experience took over. Will that be the same recipe in 2015?

I’d like to think we take a different route this year. Yes we suck in literally all aspects of the game in spring training so far. But I don’t feel confident that we can turn it on and off so easily as we did in 2014.

I think the plan needs to be letting the offense suck shit until we find out if the pitching holds together. If the pitching staff performs in April, May, June…..then I think Sabean will have to go out and find a bat or two. Otherwise, I can already hear “bad penny year” coming from his lips some time before July 4th…..

Reality Hits: We Suck

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 21, 2015

Those were some awesome posts by you guys on the last thread……

And now for some negativity.

At this point, it’s not outrageous to consider that Pagan is going the way of Glass Sanchez. We are now forced to consider an outfield of Ishikawa, Aoki and Blanco. I suppose Perez could fit into that mix. Unless Maxwell does something, anything, to distinguish himself I have to hope he’s not in the mix on Opening Day. If they all suck, I’m inclined to go with the guys who suck and yet still contributed to us winning a World Series :)

But truly, this is one of the worst teams, as presently configured with healthy players, that I’ve seen the Giants put out since maybe 2007 or 2008. Guys like Maxwell were on those teams.

Argue me wrong.

Just Kill Her Already

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 19, 2015

I’m glad I don’t work in The City where I’d have to drive by this slow death everyday. I wish they’d just pulled it with one big BOOM and all we would have had left is some rubble barely visible through the smoke.

Taking Candlestick apart piece by piece is just agonizing for me. And yet I can’t stop watching these drone videos that are getting posted. I never, EVER hated The Stick. I remember laughing out loud when it would get super cold.

Without question I miss the left field bleachers the most. I had so much fun literally growing up out there.

And now they’re gutting her like a dead fish. Some sadistic fuck is slicing her into pieces.

The Madness

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 19, 2015

As Spring Training rabbles in the background, today begins the start of one of the top 3 sporting events of the year. Two billion dollars will be lost in unseen work productivity today. Here at The Flap, that number could soar even higher…..

I’ve got no idea how many brackets I’ve filled out across the internet. Fanduel, Draftkings, Yahoo, Espn, CBSSports, private work bracket, family and friends bracket……It’s probably around 100.

I’ve got Arizona winning it all on just about every ticket…..

Your pick?

So Far, The Giants Suck

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 18, 2015

If Bochy isn’t worried about his team right now, he’s definitely frustrated with it. They have the worst SP ERA in spring training and they’re hitting .235 (which I haven’t looked up but it doesn’t sound good).

He went off on them to the media yesterday in an effort, I’m assuming, to wake their asses up.

Pagan’s back is hurting again, by the way.

Borland’s Brain

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 17, 2015

I find it ironic that yesterday’s thread was titled “Fragile Arms” and on the same day promising 49ers linebacker Chris Borland retired from football citing a possible “Fragile Brain” as the reason. He was 24.

The day after Patrick Willis retired I was consoling a friend who was distraught with the news of his favorite linebacker leaving the game. I told him, “Hang in there bro. We’ve got Chris Borland waiting in the wings.” He perked up.

And now this? I was expecting to read that Borland had suffered several concussions in his career but according to him he’s had 2. Two. TWO. And he’s never been diagnosed with one in an NFL game.

Whatever, no one’s holding a gun to his head, so to speak. He can do what he wants. Later Borland, good luck with that history degree from Wisconsin or whatever you received (or studied while you were in college).

I’ve felt for a while now that football is going to have a tough time succeeding in the next decade or so if the league continues to enforce rules that belong in flag football, not NFL football. But if the NFL is going to start losing young studs like Borland in preemptive attempts to protect their brains then the NFL is FUCKED.

Why not just choose to be a baseball pitcher instead of a football player (when you’re in high school). Risking a possible TJ surgery sure beats risking having your brain scrambled. This is what we’re going to start seeing.

Fragile Arms

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 16, 2015

Brutal break for Zach Wheeler who was diagnosed with a torn UCL. The spike in major arm injuries to pitchers in the last 5 years is shocking. How can teams feel confident in giving a starting pitcher with 1500 innings on his arm a 150 million dollar deal? And those are just major league innings. Think about how many innings those arms threw in the minor leagues? College? High school? Babe Ruth? Little League?

Sabean’s approach to go draft heavy on pitchers always seemed like a strange move to me. I’ve always felt he should have drafted more hitters and they’d be forced to play at ATT till they could bail as free agents. Then you sign pitching free agents who would WANT to come pitch in our park.

Clearly, my approach was incorrect. Whether Sabean did this on purpose or not, we’ll never know. But he must love the fact that he gets the best years of the arms of his pitchers while almost never having to go pay a pitcher big bucks to come to SF and break down……

Here’s a graph that shouldn’t surprise anyone. It only goes to 2013, I’m sure it spiked again since. mlb pitchers only

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Aubrey Huff v. Panda

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 14, 2015

I didn’t hear the interview with Huff on 95.7 but I read the Facebook post. I’m going to stand behind the Panda on this one. And not just because I don’t trust guys who use that many exclamation points to make their *point*. Huff is talking about the Sandoval he knew in the 2010 world series run. Panda had pretty much eaten his way off that post season starting line up. And while Huff was around for one of Sandoval’s revivals in 2011, he was gone for most of 2012 and a dim shell of his 2010 self in the 2012 world series. I wonder how Pablo’s teammates felt about him the night he blasted 3 bombs off “That Damn Pitcher?” The 2010 team was filled with crusty old vets who probably didn’t take too kindly to Sandoval’s fat and spotty production. I chose to believe that Huff was long gone by the time Panda turned a corner in his career by refocusing on what it takes to be a winner and believe me, his teammates know they don’t win ’12 and ’14 without him. Maybe he wasn’t as beloved as we thought in the clubhouse but Aubrey Huff squawking from his Facebook account is just static to me.

You Are So Good Looking

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 13, 2015

The Will Ferrell thing was fantastic. I can’t imagine anyone who didn’t enjoy that. And I’m not a big Ferrell fan. He’s ok. Does some things epic. But all in all, I don’t go out of my way to see him in a movie. But what a treat he gave the fans and the players yesterday. And it’s tough to go against anyone raising money for anything that has to do with cancer.

Check out all the highlights at mlb.com if you missed any of it.

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buddy just walked into my office, he’d been at spring training. Dude likes to get his hats signed. Here’s how Miller signs his autographs now. Pretentious? Or is that how you’d sign a hat if you were in the HOF?

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Hector Olivera, Don’t Come on Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 12, 2015

Hector Olivera, the latest Cuban to hit the market, is said to have 6 teams interested in him. You guessed it, the Giants are listed as one of the six.

He’s 30 and wants a 5 year deal. I’ll put him closer to 33 and I don’t want this guy on anything more than an invite to camp.

So I will be happy after Sabean gets outbid on another foreign player.

Now watch us get him.

Sifting Through the Numbers

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 11, 2015

For those of you wondering……

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What do we glean from this? Someone named “Lollis” is on the team. Our HR leader is Gary Brown (1) tied with Duvall, Carbonell and Quiroz. Brown is also the SB leader with 2. So clearly, we’ve found a short term replacement for Pence, right?

Man, Gary Brown must really not be able to hit a breaking ball.

Who Misses Who?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 10, 2015

Snarkk’s 10:15 post from last night was a good way to end yesterday’s discussion of Sandoval. It’s important to note that The Panda didn’t say anything bad about the SF fans, he just didn’t say he missed us. And really, who cares if he didn’t say he missed us? First of all, this is his job, we are far more emotionally involved in the players than they are with us. Secondly, he just left, if he’s ever going to miss SF fans he has to have time to know what he’s missing.

Regarding his comments about missing Bochy and maybe Pence, that’s just too weird to even take seriously. Literally EVERY SINGLE dugout video shot that I ever saw of Sandoval was of him yucking it up with fellow players. It’s not like he sat exclusively next to Bochy (and occasionally Pence). The dude was routinely the life of the clubhouse. He had very strong ties to his fellow players. I don’t care what he says now.

Anyway, I’m not gonna get caught up anymore in all this “who did he miss? who didn’t he miss?” This non-story is starting to read like a really bad romance novel. I’m going to focus on who are 3rd baseman is now, not the guy who’s gone……

Winning It All. Again.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 9, 2015

How badly do you think they want it? I’m talking about The Repeat.

In 2011, I remember them being a little overwhelmed by what they had done. The team partied hard. The only thing that stopped Huff’s party was a problem with anxiety. And then Buster’s ankle blew and the season went with it.

In 2013, I vaguely remember wondering where the emotional fire was on the team. I’d have to go back and look, but I wrote at least one thread about it appearing that the team was struggling to find that internal drive to win it all again. I also recall lot of people blaming the WBC and a short off season on the Giants troubles in 2013.

And now here we are on the cusp of another title defense. I don’t remember another spring training that I was less into. I’ve enjoyed hearing Jon Miller on the radio and I’m exciting about baseball starting again. But honestly, my internal drive for what might become of the 2015 season is rather low.

Maybe this will all change when real baseball starts. We’ll see.

Counting the Hours to Opening Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 7, 2015

Draftkings has their mlb contests up for opening day and I’ve spent the last 2 hours looking at what each player costs. This probably doesn’t interest any of you.

But at the top right of their homepage there’s a box that says “Contest Goes Live in:” and next to that it says 717:59:03

So we’ve only got 717 hours to go before real baseball is back and all is right again in the world.

Corey Black Sucks…….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 6, 2015

But he’s no Scott Cousins. He’s not a malicious idiot. The reality is, this was just an unintentional mistake. An unfortunate fallout of spring training. I gave this guy shit on twitter last night and was blasted by Cubs fans and Black’s old college teammates. I could care less what twitter idiots think of me, I mostly use it just as a news source. Honestly, I’ve been more pissed off at some shitty rides Corey Black used to give me down in Southern California. lqtm

I get it, poor Corey Black feels bad. But this guy hit 14 hitters last year in only 124 innings (while also tossing 15 wild pitches). That ball he threw Pence? He can say he was trying to go inside but the fact is, he had no idea where it was going and if you saw the video, Hunter had no where to go. That pitch probably hit 14 other guys last year.

So whatever, he feels bad, he didn’t do it on purpose. It’s baseball, shit happens. But we’re now missing one of our best players because of this guy–so, fuck him.

I think we’ll be fine covering this internally. Blanco can cobble together a decent enough month. It would be a major problem if we asked him (or Perez) to handle the job for an entire season.

So this really isn’t that big of a deal…..

El Presidente Keeps Plugging Along

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 5, 2015

Eli Whiteside has lived the life, hasn’t he? His peripheral major league career has now mercifully ended and yet he’s still in the game. As many of you know, he’s the bullpen catcher for the Giants now. Here he is displaying his multi-layered skills by throwing BP today:

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His transaction log reads like the stamps at the back of Blade’s well-traveled passport:

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Somehow, he made 2 mil in the major leagues. Throw in the bonuses from those 2 world series’ he watched from the bench and he’s probably over 3 mil.

I have no idea what he’s making as the BP catcher. With his luck, he’s probably pulling down what Bochy is making…….

King of the Block

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 4, 2015

Sometimes a thread just kinda writes itself….

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