THE San Francisco Giants Blog

I’m in a New York State of Mind

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 13, 2015

More fun games to watch yesterday. The Cubs banged out just shy of a billion home runs into the wind tunnel at Wrigley. The Mets came back from down 3 to destroy the Art Dealers 13-7. Now Two Trips is scrambling for answers and Kersha goes today.

I missed the first 2 games because of work but I can’t remember a post season not involving the Giants that I found so entertaining.

Let’s go Mets!

If you’re worried about Kersha pitching today, please refer to the POTD for re-assurance on a Mets W today……


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 12, 2015

I thought Kruk was gonna bust a gut this morning as he seethed about the Utley slide. Would he have seethed less if it wasn’t a Dodger? Doubt it. Kruk thinks he got suspended so that MLB can protect Utley from being attacked by a Mets fan. Kruk’s world view is skewed and dull.

Since he’s been suspended I don’t expect any retaliation. The only guy who deserves to get popped is Utley. What good does it do to hit A-Gone? The only time it makes even a little sense to hit a position player who didn’t have anything to do with a retaliation play is if it’s an AL pitcher who started it.

And there’s is NOW WAY Harvey hits someone today. He’d be tossed from the game immediately, as would Collins. The time for retaliation will come, Utley will get a fastball in the ribs, probably next Spring Training.

Either way, pretty excited to watch this game tonight……

Another Broken Leg

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 11, 2015

Tired of hearing about how Utley *plays the game hard* and how he brought a bunch of *Philly toughness* with him to LA. That’s all bs. Guys in the mob play pretty hard too, that doesn’t make what they do right. And something no one has been able to explain to me: how was Utley declared safe when he never touched the bag at any point during or after that assault on Tejada?

Krukow lamely explained away the Kang broken leg by saying Kang hadn’t played mlb long enough to know about jumping out of the way. I wonder how he would justify what Utley did?

Losing is Fun!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 10, 2015

What Dodgers blog do you guys go to when you re-post those sad-sack, depressing, nervous, angry posts from their fans? Because I can’t believe they were too stoked to see Kersha come out in the 7th at 113 pitches. Isn’t he your dominant beast? And don’t you have like the worst bullpen in the land?

DeGrom’s performance was *Timmy-like* vs Atlanta although incredibly he had 14 K’s, one more than deGrom, in his masterpiece. Lincecum had 43 strikeouts in the 2010 postseason and this image of him is my favorite from any sport, from any time period…..


just below him, Velez can be seen 50 years in the future on his front porch telling the neighborhood kids about the time he won a World Series and what a bomb-ass stud Tim Lincecum was……

The Road

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 9, 2015

All the road teams are winning. Can you imagine that happening in football or basketball? Why is it easier to win on the road in baseball than those other 2 sports? Is it because baseball is just a slower, quieter game where the fans don’t have the same type of influence as they do in football and basketball?

Anyone have thoughts about this?

The Pirates Goose Egged Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 8, 2015

Pirates fans have got to be getting a little tired of this. They show up positively bursting and for the second year in a row, they get utterly shut down.

I love the 1 game wild card and for those who think it’s unfair, don’t forget the Giants won 103 games in ’93 and never had the opportunity that the Pirates have had the last 2 years…..

Let’s see if the Blue Jays can keep their sphincter’s loose and their bats hot.

Yikes, I can’t believe I just wrote that.

My Thoughts on the DFS *Scandal*

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 7, 2015

Not much fun to be a Yankee fan these days, right? They looked old and disinterested last night. I wonder if CC saw the game? It was cool to see the Astros celebrate like kids on the field after the final out was secured.

Quick comment on this fantasy sports *scandal*. There is a lot of misinformation out there starting with using the term “insider trading.” I am familiar with Ethan Haskell (the draftkings employee at the center of this controversy). I’ve followed him on twitter for over a year and have had several exchanges with him on that site about various sports topics. Huge Boston sports fan. Has always seemed sharp to me, despite his dumbass appearance.

To win big in a fantasy sports tournament you need to have a bunch of low owned players produce big results. It’s really that simple. Any dipship can build a roster with an outfield of Harper, Trout and McCutchen. But those guys will eat up most of your salary. All the rest of your players will be bargain basement prices and those are usually the lowest owned players on a daily basis. And they have to produce as well. At issue is whether Ethan, a draftkings employee, had an unfair advantage by knowing who the lowest owned players would be on a given day and whether he began using them to score in big tournaments. A couple of weeks ago he finished 2nd in a big tournament at fanduel and won $350K. He also did very well this Summer in other large field tournaments.

Here’s what no one is talking about: if you truly know how to play fantasy sports, it’s really not that hard to predict ownership percentages. It’s actually a skill you need to have to be successful. If Blade were still in the country he could tell you about a text exchange he and I had earlier this Summer. I told him that as a daily practice I pick 10 random baseball players and try to predict what their ownership % will be that day in a tournament. It’s something I got very good at doing, usually coming with 2-5% of the actual number, often nailing it cold.

Here’s another point: most players are low owned and it’s not that hard to figure out why that is or who they are going to be. It is much harder to play them and have them produce big results for you.

Final point is that if you CAN’T reasonably predict ownership percentages you probably shouldn’t be playing daily fantasy sports in the first place. And if I know this premise to be true, then Mr. Haskell didn’t really have the advantage that some people say he had. It certainly shouldn’t be considered “insider trading.” The truth is, like many professional daily players, he’s good at his job. And there are a lot of players making a lot more money than he is who don’t work at a fantasy sports site who are just very good at predicting ownership percentages on a daily basis. Also, and I can’t stress this enough, they are good at picking low ownership players who PRODUCE. Again, anyone could plug Kevin Frandsen into a line up and congrats to you, you nailed a low owned guy! Now watch your team finish last in the tournament you play…..

I do believe Haskell was using his knowledge of player ownership % to build his line ups but it guaranteed him nothing. Those players still had to perform. Additionally, I believe reform is needed and the easiest thing would be to ban employees from playing for money at any site. I think a lot of employees would quit because this is their livelihood but it wouldn’t be difficult to restock the industry with people who just want to work at the site and not play professionally.

Those are my 2 cents and believe me I know what I’m talking about regarding this issue…….

Playoffs? You Wanna Talk About Playoffs? Playoffs?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 6, 2015

Yahoo has a headline this morning that says “Who Is the Year’s Madison Bumgarner?”

Uh, yeah, good luck with that…..

I couldn’t be less interested in the mlb playoffs this year, for obvious reasons. Maybe I’ll peek in on them at some point and the juices will start to flow. Or not. We’ll see…..

“Who is this year’s Madison Bumgarner?”

I tell ya, Yahoo can crack a good joke, can’t they?


I don’t get this Sabathia thing, like, at all. How much was this dude drinking that he had to quit right this instant? Wait a week, maybe even just ONE GAME, then disclose it. Unreal, stupid timing. And I’m not trying to be insensitive, but this guy couldn’t be more selfish with the timing of this.

Who’s Got This?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 5, 2015

We could fire off our predictions for the post season but I also thought this was an interesting post last night from Snarkk:

narkk said, on October 4, 2015 at 9:37 pm (Edit)

Shocking. Pat Murphy will not return to manage the Pads.
There will be a good handful of manager spots open this off season. If Wotus doesn’t get one of those this year, it seems more unlikely he ever will. How much longer is Bochy going to manage? Who is on the short list to take over from him? Wotus? Decker? Rags wouldn’t get it, would he?…


I would guess that Wotus would get the job but that worries me since he’s been passed over so many times. I guess that’s not a major concern since GM’s make so many bad managerial hires. Still, I’ve listened to him for years on KNBR and nothing about him stands out. Marty Lurie calls him *the professor* on his radio show but he’s never taught me anything I didn’t already know……

Here are the current odds to win the WS (with my adjusted line in parenthesis).

Toronto 3-1 (2-1)

Royals 5-1 (12-1)

Cards 5-1 (9-1)

Shit Fucks 6-1 (2-1)

Mets 6-1 (10-1)

Cubs 12-1 (15-1)

Pirates 12-1 (8-1)

Rangers 12-1 (6-1)

Yanks 14-1 (20-1)

Astros 16-1 (20-1)

I think Toronto is too loaded offensively to not get past the boring teams that made the AL playoffs. And the bottom line is that the Dodgers have the 2 most dominant pitchers in the league. Arizona won a WS with that method. Odds will obviously change after the WC stuff gets sorted out. Pretty hard to predict any of them would win since the game they play to *get in* is a coin flip…….

Winding Down……

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 3, 2015

Here’s a lame stat to choke on while you’re eating breakfast this morning:

Only Duffy and Crawford have more HR’s at AT&T this year (7 each) than Nolan Arenado (6 in 7 games). That stat goes out to everyone who says it’s really, really hard to hit home runs at AT&T…

So where are we with Hesto Presto? Because I’m starting to think that the more expensive version of him (Leake) would be the better route to take next year. I’m kidding. Sort of.

Still can’t believe Duffy won the WM Award. And that Loo called it. 35 years, no rookies win the award. What must that say about how his teammates view him? The Duffman is a keeper……

A Flapper becomes a Clapper….

xoot said, on October 2, 2015 at 11:10 pm (Edit)

I was at the game tonight, early. Pretty good turnout for the Willie Mac Award ceremony, maybe 50% of the stands full. And Willie’s proud announcement of Duffy’s name sparked a genuine roar of approval. A bit of surprise and a lot of respect fueled that roar. We stood cheering for a long time.


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 2, 2015

The airwaves have been dominated the last 24 hours with Affeldt sound saying goodbye. Both Bay Area teams bent over backwards to say goodbye to Huddy and Zito. Saying goodbye is important.

So why aren’t we getting to say goodbye to Timmy? He’s in town. He’s in uni. Is it just because there’s a chance we re-sign him?

I’ve got both thumbs pointed down on signing Timmy. Enough already. Healed hip or not.

I just want to see him wave goodbye. Is that so wrong?

Finishing STRONG

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 1, 2015

That “gamer” Mike Leake is coming out of the fog he’s been in to finally start his free agent contract drive. Here’s hoping he gets all he can get….from the Dodgers. On KNBR this morning they played some sound from Leake last night. He kept referring to *them* and *the Giants*. Seems like a hell of a team guy. Not.

We won our 83rd game last night. Vegas had our over/under at 84 to start the season. Without all these concussions we likely would have blown past that number last week.

Checking the run differential, it’s hard to miss what Toronto is doing this year. +229 is the biggest diff I’ve ever seen. I’m sure it’s not a record, run diff isn’t something I pay a huge amount of attention to. But it’s still impressive……

She’s Fat And She’s Singing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 30, 2015

With 5 or 6 games left for most teams, I’m surprised at how quiet the races are. There really aren’t any. Houston is still fighting for the last wild card spot and if the Angels keep winning that race is over, too.

Regarding the division races, they’re all wrapped up unless you think the Angels can catch Texas. And if that happened, Houston would be out of the final wild card spot.

So, boring week of baseball ahead.

Maybe time to check out some old episodes of One Day at a Time on TV Land…….


I didn’t read this article but this might be the dumbest headline I’ve ever seen…..

One Day At A Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 29, 2015

Of course, I am talking about the 70’s sitcom. Remember that one? It starred Eddie Van Halen’s future ex-wife. It was about a divorced mother who was raising her 2 teenage daughters through all the grief the 70’s could throw at them. Truthfully, it was a below average comedy. Why did we watch it? Because it was on tv. And we had nothing else to do in the 70’s during prime time hours…..

The thing I disliked most about One Day at a Time was when they would try to tackle serious issues. Like one of the kids would get drunk and Bonnie Franklin would spend an entire scene crying her eyes out because she was a broke single mom and she didn’t know what else to do. Schneider, the affable, quirky handyman, would stand by, silent and awkward, watching her wail because this was something that a hammer and a nail just couldn’t fix.

I always felt worse after watching one of those serious episodes. Sad. Deflated. Wished I’d never seen it.

Of course, 3 decades later One Day at a Time was reincarnated in a new show called “Modern Family.” It had the same theme, a comedy about a family with an unusual family structure. The main difference between the two shows is that every scene in Modern Family is hilarious and they don’t spend a second tackling any serious social issues. Why? Because they’re all rich as fuck and they don’t have time for one-off serious drama scenes….

My point with all this sitcom talk?

I can’t bring myself to truly believe that the Giants have it in them to sweep the Dodgers. We simply don’t have the players to pull that off. But we do have the heart–something that beats much fainter in LA. These guys are playing with as much heart as any Giants team I’ve ever seen. So while I don’t believe we can sweep, I do believe we can win one….game…at…..a…..time.

One Day at a Time……

We’ve been gifted a surprise Game 7 today. If Bum can beat Kershaw we will have done the near impossible. We will have slayed their 2 headed beast back to back. And if we can do that, there is nothing to fear about Game 3 or 4.

So today is huge. And there is no other man I’d rather have take the hill for us.

One game at a time.

One day at a time……


here’s a very cool, detailed photo of this epic catch. 483!

So You’re Tellin’ Me There’s a Chance….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 28, 2015

We’ve got a 0.1% chance of making the playoffs this year. That’s better than I thought. If we were able to sweep the Dodgers that would rank as one of the best things I’ve ever seen this team do. Maybe ranked right below the 3 world championships. One game at a time. “You could be walking around lucky and not even know it…..”

Hey, whatever happens, at least we aren’t the Nats. We don’t have petulant children like Harper. We don’t have stranglers like Papelbon. And our manager isn’t….well, you know……

Funny note about Williams and his sinking ship: He said he didn’t know the severity of the fight because he was on the other side of the dugout. Just how big is this dugout? A mile long? Was Williams asleep during the fight? He was probably doomed before the fight but he will get his proper firing at the end of the season. Guaranteed…..

I’m no Harp fan but I support him, to a degree, on this. Pap didn’t yell at him because he didn’t hustle, he yelled at him for the comment Harp made to the press the previous day about questioning Pap hitting Machado. Pap was looking to embarrass Harp the way he perceived to have been embarrassed by Harp in the press the day earlier. That’s stupid. And what exactly did Harper do wrong? He was at first base when the ball got caught. This wasn’t a ground ball that could have been misplayed, it was a lazy pop up. How often do those get dropped? It’s September, everyone is tired, I don’t see the point in running like a maniac out of the box on a lazy pop up with the 0.1% chance that the left fielder drops it and you give yourself a chance to make it to second base……

What Will Jett Parker do Today?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 27, 2015

Sadly, I won’t see it. NFL today.

I am hoping we push our elimination to the Dodger series. Make them earn it. And if they win, so be it. It would have bugged me pre-2010 to watch the Dodgers celebrate a divisional crown at our expense but not anymore. #3in5 has everything to do with that. Good luck with their #1inlast27

Jarrett Parker

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 26, 2015

That bomb he hit to center field….you just don’t magically hit them there. That was a monster blast. I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with this guy. Drafted in the 2nd round of 2010, he’s 26 now, always shown good pop in the minors. And yet he’s just now getting a shot?

He’s tall and long, maybe that’s his problem. Easy to get inside on him? If he put on 20 pounds I wonder how far these monster blasts would travel?

Time to admit that we were all wrong about Leake. Everyone said that was a great pick up and he’s been a total dud—at least in terms of signing him to a big deal. Don’t want this guy. Already have him under control in the body of Heston…..

24 Seconds of Nonsense

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 25, 2015

In case you missed it, here is the 24 seconds of the stare down between Bum and Joe West. this is pure gold. I’ve never seen anything like this on a baseball field.

My favorite part is Posey punching his glove a couple of times and then just looking back and forth at West and Bum like he was the 3rd wheel on their blind date……

Game Time Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 24, 2015

Hey– meant to get a thread out. Actually thought I did.

Anyway, I missed the game yesterday but based off your comments from the last thread it sounds like it was less than optimal. Kuip was on the morning show and said he sat with Bochy for 15 minutes after the game and that Boch was straight pissed at how our relievers pitched some of the Padres.

Must have been a frustrating game to watch.

They Called Him Yogi

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 23, 2015

I’m 100% West Coast and nearly 5 decades younger than Yogi, but I know enough to tip a 2-Flap up salute to the life and career of this man. Most of what I know about him I learned from the radio driving into work today.

He was part of the Normandy Invasion. He won 3 MVP’s and 10 World Series. That’s Buster Posey X 3.

I read a tweet from his daughter earlier this year. It was a picture of Yogi dressed to the nines in his Yankee gear. He had a huge smile on his face. Caption read something like “Game doesn’t start for 7 hours but dad is dressed and ready to go as usual”.

He’s a baseball hero. RIP.


Also learned on the radio today: Giants were 6 out with 12 to play in ’51

DFS is Not Gambling and Other Thoughts

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 22, 2015
snarkk said, on September 21, 2015 at 11:49 pm (Edit)

You guys that play fantasy league ball — this is basically gambling gone legit, right?
What is the chance, if any, of the money in this driving some sort of player scandal? Can players be tainted or at least tempted to do something or stop doing anything (that is not legal) that some fantasy league players(s) would like to see to see happen or not happen?…


No, I don’t consider it gambling the same way I see poker as gambling. There is skill involved with poker but I think far more luck than in DFS. Regarding a scandal, Blade covered it at the end of the last thread. Looking at it the other way, DFS players influencing players in the game, I don’t see that ever happening. The risk would be too great for the player, the gain not enough.

I do wonder about DFS cheating by trying to shut down entire games. For instance, a couple of years ago Fanduel had their million dollar baseball tourney (winner got a milly) and there was a water main break in Colorado. The guy that won that day faded all of the Colorado players and the guy that WOULD have won had the game played had like 4 Colorado players. He finished second. I always wondered about the chances of foul play that day. I don’t know how hard it would be to cause a water main break/problem but it stands to reason that if someone had the means and a shady side to him that he’d do it to win a million bucks. A more simple plan would be to call in a bomb threat or something like that. Because remember, if you could shut a game down then all the players that day do not accrue fantasy stats for that day. Still, you’d have to hit on all the other players you have who do play so there’s no *fix* there that I can see……

Regarding a player playing DFS and starting himself in a line up: What could they really do? Swing for the fences instead of taking a walk? Steal an extra bag? Even if they did that the stat bump would be pretty inconsequential to their *team*. They’d have to have other guys in on it and again, that would blow my mind if it turns out a bunch of players all get together to try to pad stats for a fantasy game they’re playing that evening…….

Where’s Mulder?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 21, 2015

Looking like Huddy vs Zito on Saturday actually might happen. Do any of you care even a little bit about seeing this come together?

00 000 000 000 000 000 000

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 20, 2015

The last time the Giants scored a run: Wednesday night against the Reds. 7th inning. For those not keeping score, today is Sunday. Way back when, according to the box score, 000 tripled to deep center and Specs came in to score. That was the same game Peavy hit a home run. His first in 9 years. Unconfirmed report: that is also the exact same amount of time that has passed since the last time we scored a run…..


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 19, 2015

I choose not to comment on losing 2-nada to the Dirrrrrrty Snakes.

Today is probably the first time in my life that I am going to watch a Cal game where they aren’t playing Stanford. I am legitimately interested in seeing how they do. Goff is the real deal, I think, and it’s time to find out where the Bears stand against real teams.

And then Stanford will be getting blown out by USC later tonight…..


Baseball question: Is there a team you are going to be rooting for in the post season? Or are you not interested if the Giants aren’t in it?

I’d like to see The Pirates play the Blue Jays in the world series. Two fun teams to watch…….


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 18, 2015

Last night I texted San Dawg that I get more than a little irritated if my can of Tinactin runs out….

I can’t even imagine if my home was destroyed in a fire…..

As most of you have probably heard, our Flap brethren Twinfan lost his home in the Valley Fire. He and his wife, as best I can tell, are staying in a shelter somewhere near Calistoga.

One day you’re living your life in your house dealing with day to day problems. The next day you have no house and no place to stay and everything you had is now gone. I just can’t even imagine what they’re going through.

Let’s hold them in our best thoughts and hopefully this some how works out for them.


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 17, 2015

What is up with all these pitchers hitting home runs? Bum you expect. But then Voggy goes oppo. Freaking Hudson hits one. And now Peavy rakes out his 3rd career bomb?

His revival this year has been epic.

Zito vs Hudson looming?

Lost Opportunity

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 16, 2015

The only good thing about last night was that we were all ready so far back in the standings it really didn’t matter if we win or lose. Because otherwise, that one would have hurt. But the Dodgers DID lose in 16 innings so it was a little irritating that we couldn’t close the gap.

Everyone talks about getting it to 4.5/5.5 games for the Dodger series but with 1/3 of our starters spittin’ seeds from the dugout that 4 game series would be more frustration than gratification.

Doesn’t matter. We couldn’t even put the Reds away. Still stuck a long way from first place……

Game Time Thread!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 15, 2015

Why the heck not?

Hest by Hest vs a lefty I’ve never heard of.

Giddy up

Ugly Everything

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 14, 2015

Back in the day, you’d root for your favorite players and you never wondered who they were you just looked at them and knew.

After free agency started revving up, the cynical fan talked about having to root for laundry. A’s fans are the poster fans for this.

But I’m looking at these new Niner uni’s and feel like I can’t even root for laundry anymore.

What is THIS?


Apparently I am rooting for the Texas Tech Red Raiders tonight……

Forget “red and gold till I’m dead and cold.” Now it’s “red and black and Kap just took another sack. I want the old uniforms back.”

After a train wreck off season and now these hideous uniforms to open 2015 the word “rooting” isn’t going to have the same meaning either…….

Go Giants.

Game Day Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 13, 2015


But still….

Go Giants.

Game Time Thread Once the Game Starts

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 12, 2015

Out and About today. You guys hold down the fort with the dignity and class that this place is known for.


Big Big Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 11, 2015

Oh boy, the college football and pro football come fast and furious this weekend. I’m bummed the Giants are out of it but what are you going to do? I’m happy to continue basking. Although you don’t want to bask too long, right? If you do, all of a sudden you look up and your last world series ring looks like this:


I know I posted this before but it still makes me laugh quietly to myself…..

Also, if you ever find yourself looking longingly back at the 70’s, check out this ad….


Turn Out the Lights

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 10, 2015

This comment says it all:

Macdog said, on September 9, 2015 at 9:33 pm (Edit)

Noonan, Williams, Perez = easiest save in MLB history.

When you’re running those 3 chumps out there, either strung together or spread out across baseball time continuum, your team is in trouble. I’m not really down on this year, but the reality is we just don’t have enough major league players to make a run in September. Not news, I know, but…..

we needed a new thread.



Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 9, 2015

So of COURSE Huddy pitches a gem and hits a bomb (4th of his career). Why wouldn’t he? This team plays backwards. Wins when you expect it to lose, lose when you expect it to win. Glad I don’t bet on baseball.

Unfortunately, the Dodgers also get to play bad teams right now and they aren’t missing.

So games like last night are fun and to be enjoyed. And Huddy, that’s your big send off, ok?

I thought it was funny when Angel Hernandez and all the umpires forgot the count. I’m fairly confident that a robot umpire would have gotten that call correct. We are so far past due robot umpire time it’s getting silly.

Winding Down or Spiraling Downward?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 8, 2015

Boy, if we could all have as nice of a Labor Day as the Giants, right? Show up to work, get paid, but do no work. That’s how the true wise guys stay ahead of working stiffs like you and me…….

Leake came up ant-small but it didn’t really make a difference since we continue to have trouble driving runs in. When Jackson Williams is your starting catcher, otherwise known as “The Human White Flag”, you know your season is toast.

Who wants to get a look at Clayton Blackburn? I do. He’s got a tidy 2.84 ERA in AAA this year, impressive considering all the bandboxes and altitudes that come into play in that league. Well, you don’t get to see him. You get fucking Huddy. Apparently, his is a tale that has yet to be told…….


Labor Day–The Great Irony

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 7, 2015

In San Francisco they worry about whether or not Buster Posey is getting enough rest. In New York, Matt Harvey and his snake agent huddle together wondering if he’s going to turn into a Spinal Tap drummer once that 180th inning falls.

Happy Labor Day? I think not.

Let’s rewind to 1976. Tommy John just came off the surgery he’d become famous for. Now, obviously there have been some improvements over the years in how that surgery is done. That first one was probably done with a rusty butter knife and a half a bottle of cheap whiskey to kill the pain.

What did John do his first year back? He went 10-10 and pitched 207 innings. That was for a Dodger team that finished 10 games back in the standings to the Reds. Four of the 5 LA starters went over 200 innings that year….

I picked a random year (1970) and here were the top 10 innings leaders:


With a few starts left for each, here are today’s leaders:


We all know it’s a different game today with pitching specialists and pitch counts and nervous managers afraid to leave anyone in for too long. But being Labor Day I thought it would be nice to give a shout out to the pitchers from back in the day who, you know, pitched. Today’s pitchers have every advantage imaginable over guys who pitched in the 70’s—Technology. Diet. Conditioning. They have like 10 new pitches to throw. They have it all. And yet not a single one of them would be able to crack that list I posted from ’70.

Hope Posey got his 10 hours last night…….

Harvey is now saying he’s going to pitch in the post season (assuming the Mets make it). Why didn’t he just say that in the first place? Public pressure is probably not the best guide for your career. If I was Gaylord Perry I would be laughing long and loud at guys like Harvey…….


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 6, 2015


Go get ’em……

Game Day!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 5, 2015

Pretty locked in with college football today. To be honest, watching all that scoring will be a welcome relief from having to watch the Giants offense operate at glacial pace.


Bad Meets Worse

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 4, 2015

Last night didn’t surprise me at all. Coming off an emotional beat down, the team didn’t get to sleep until 5am Denver time. Their VMI number was terrible and they were facing a team that had the luxury of having been in Colorado acclimating for at least the previous series. Sprinkle some Voggy in there and you get an 11-3 drubbing…….

Today might not be much better. Chris Heston is going to get pummeled. And while De La Rosa is no Kershaw, he definitely knows how to pitch in Denver. Glimmer of hope: this is the 3rd straight left hander we’ve seen. Can we finally get to one of them today?

What am I missing? Why isn’t Petit starting today? Is he hurt? If he fails THEN you can bring in Heston or Huddy for mop up duty. But it seems to me that you go with the guy who doesn’t rely on his ball to sink for success. At least in Colorado.

On The Ledge…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 3, 2015

I woke up this morning and smelled smoke. Not real smoke. Metaphoric smoke. I had hoped it was just Mike Winters smoking copious amounts of pole again. Unfortunately it was a fire and it had burned completely through. Nothing left standing. On the ground, smoldering ash. Not sure if we can rebuild.

Remember this epic movie line? “Her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase….” You can draw a jagged line from that quote to how I feel about this season. How I miss the “salad days”…..

It would be easy to target my venom at guys like 000 who seems to think tagging helmets with no heads in them is sound, fundamental baseball. And while he didn’t directly cost them the game, all I have to say is FUCK MIKE WINTERS. You’d think that after his obvious horrible call on DeAnza from Game 2 he would be a little remorseful, maybe even sheepish. But nope, there he was again making a horrible call and looking directly into Bochy’s eyes waiting for him to flinch before tossing him again. Seriously, is there ANY recourse to get this clown punished by the league?

Gonna hear a lot about *odd years* and *bad pennies* over the coming weeks. That’s misguided. Sabean got caught with his pants down this season. The roster was poorly constructed nearly from the beginning and now we are stuck with guys like 000 flinching at *Noonan!!!!* from the dugout and tagging headless helmets. He’ll now spend eternity being haunted by ghosts from basepaths past……

That is your 2015 Giants. Consider it an early epitaph.

(Ker) Shank Redemption?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 2, 2015

Sinking, sinking, but not yet sunk.

Sure, the umps didn’t do us any favors but the bottom line is that Greinke was better than Bumgarner and even with that, this game was there for the taking. We simply didn’t get it done.

Kershaw is just a man, he can be beaten. I have decent confidence in Leake to make a game of it. Dodger hitters don’t scare me. I could easily see the Giants winning today. They almost have to.

It’s irritating that we aren’t pummeling a bullpen that everyone else pummels.

Death By GreinkShaw…

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 1, 2015

Not really sure what to say about that game except to honor those of you who stayed up to watch it.

Krukow said something interesting yesterday on KNBR. When asked about Agent 000 he said “Look, he’s not a major leaguer.” That’s a pretty blunt statement in public about a guy who has been a major leaguer for so much of the season. And look, he’s right. I’m going to try to remember that the next time 000 screws something up. It’s not his fault he’s on the team.

Somehow they have to win the next to games. Maybe *have to* is overstating it. But the calendar is dusty and worn. There are only so many games left in 2015……..

Game Time Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 31, 2015

Fuck the Dodgers.

LOL at the Dodgers and Me

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 31, 2015

What a fabulous Sunday evening it was. We had barbecued salmon and I did it brilliantly. Nice Pinot to go with it. And hey, the Dodgers got no hit again. I guess that’s not really news. First Mike Fiers *Adrianza Cubed* them, then Jake Arrieta did it. There is debate about the second no hitter. The official scorer gave a error on ball hit in the 3rd inning that was probably a hit. But hey, after reading about how Halicki got his no hitter I suppose you just go with whatever an official scorer says about it. They are *official* it says it right there in the name….

Something I wish a reporter would ask these no hitter pitchers: How many does that make for you? Go all the way back to Little League. Ballpark it if you don’t know exactly. I’d be very interested in the answer and yet no one ever asks that.

Without question this is the biggest series of the year but we have played LA well this year and you’ve got to think that taking 2 of 3 is a possibility. Instead of stress out on what happens if they take 2 of 3 from us (or worse) here’s a pic for you to laugh at of me and my sister in front of the Birge Clark my parents owned in the 70’s. 1440 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto. I posted it on facebook yesterday and it got some pretty creative comments. Feel free to fire away here too. Life is too short, laugh at yourself as often as possible. But remember, that dork dressed like a clown has thrown a no hitter before…….



Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 30, 2015

Oh goodie, Jaime Garcia Day. Never liked this guy.

If we trot out the same line up as yesterday, the same line up that Bochy basically HAD to write up, I don’t see how we do anything other than 000 000 000. I call that box score “Adrianza Cubed”.

The Cubs are worthless trolls who we can’t be counted on for anything. Even with Arrieta going tonight, I bet they find a way to screw up.

Gotta just win for ourselves and not worry about the stuff we can’t control…….


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 29, 2015

Another day, another W.

Specs makes good.

Day game today, Lynn v Voggy…….

Sure, the Dodgers won, Kershaw went bananas with his k’s, but unless LA’s game plan is to have each of their starters go 8 innings and then hand the ball to Jansen, they still have a bullpen full of problems.

I fully expect the Cubs to tee off on Latos and anyone else they pitch tonight.


really enjoyed this quote by Peavy which some of you have probably already read:

The Giants pay attention to advanced analytics, but only to a point, relying mostly on instinct, visuals and character. “Some of these front offices crunch the numbers and they think they’ve got it all figured out,” Peavy said. “I don’t know the formula for winning, but I do know what it means when teams are inseparable and play for the higher cause. Until you get to know what’s inside a player, you don’t really know him.” On the subject of “Moneyball,” Peavy remarked, “How about let’s make a movie about the good old-fashioned baseball people, and how they judge team chemistry to put together guys that fit in? How about a movie about a team that actually wins in the end?”


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 28, 2015

Snarkk’s POTD brilliantly tied together a thought I had while driving home yesterday. Someone on the radio was wondering if Kris Bryant had jumped ahead of Matt Duffy for ROY award. I was having a hard time caring about his point. And I thought, I don’t give a shit if Duffy wins the ROY or not. What has happened to me? In the past that would have been an award that I really would have wanted him to win. But since those 3 beauties have conga-lined their way into my life, I’ve have a hard time getting worked up about individual awards for my Giants. Awards like that are for fans of teams who never win anything. It’s like a consolation prize for not winning the World Series. Again.

The Tomlinson story is something that we have the luxury to sit back and truly enjoy. It is, as was said by a few last night, the reason baseball is our favorite sport. But what if we don’t win it all this year! Are we somehow less entranced by the magic of the Tomlinson moment? No chance. If we don’t win it all, so be it. And I will be able to look back on days like yesterday and truly embrace them in my memories. And I didn’t even see the game! But with posts like this, I FELT like I was at the game, baking away on Summer’s Warning Track. I can put my hand out and almost feel the wall:

zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm (Edit)

I did! Great game, great weather.
Great moment when Tomlinson ran onto the field after the Giants were finally retired after his grand slam. The other Giants, unbeknownst to Tomlinson, slowed down and stopped, leaving Tomlinson to run out there by himself. The crowd gave him a huge standing ovation. He stopped and turned around at second base and just marveled that the whole ovation was for him.


Who didn’t love the Brian Dallimore grand slam moment of 2004? But a guy like Dallimore wasn’t ever a part of taking us to the promised land. Had he been, or had we had some recent trophies in the *fan bank* I might have been able to enjoy his weird, short ride in the major leagues a little more.

And I’m not trying to compare Tomlinson to a flash in the pan like Dallimore. I think Specs has a chance to easily turn into the next Joe Panik, possibly reincarnating himself as one of our starting outfielders next season……

Today’s POTD was also entered into “POTD-best of” which is, without question, the best part of the blog. Years from now I should turn this into a poetry book about baseball……

Raise Your Hand if you Want to Play

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 27, 2015

If you’re Dan Haren, you’ve got to be pretty stoked today. I’ve got no idea what the Giants LU will look like but Haren will probably feel like he’s on a rehab start in AAA.

Of course, I thought the same thing about Hendricks yesterday and that game finished with an 8 pitch, 2K 9th inning gem from Casilla……

But it’s a day game and it’s going to be pretty warm today. Get the ball in the air, let ‘er fly…..

DL Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 26, 2015

It’s time for Cain to hit the DL after he tweaked his knee playing with his kids. Oh, can’t use that one? Right, that’s what *happened* to Affeldt. I’ve never heard of a team getting busted for DL’ing a guy for a fake reason. So it’s time for Cain to hit the DL. For whatever reason they can come up with.If it was me, I’d have fun with it. “Matt Cain was DL’d after he sprained his labia skydiving.” See if you can come up with one better than that…….

Bagg’s put it best this morning, “The Giants don’t have time to wait for Matt Cain.” He’s pretty consistently our worst starter every week. And while I don’t share the love for Petit that our esteemed colleague James shares, he certainly couldn’t be any worse than Cain, right?

The Difference Between Winning it All and Saying You can Win it All

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 25, 2015

A lot is being written lately about teams that CAN make it to the World Series. Tweets giving fan bases hope. “The Cubs can win it all this year.” “Toronto can make the playoffs.” It all seems like so much BS to me. There’s a dozen teams that COULD make the playoffs. But saying that a team has what it takes to win the World Series, without having done it, just seems fake and baseless.

All of those same internet scribes who are enlightening us about all these teams that *could* win it all were the ones telling us that the Giants had no chance in 2010. 2012. 2014.

Truth is, no one knows if the Cubs can win it until they do it. Same with the Royals, no matter how many wins they pile up in the regular season.


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