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Winning, *Worst*press, Water, Wilco….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 26, 2015

Really impressed with how the Giants stepped up yesterday, tired as heck and down 4-1, and still figured out a way to gut out a win. I was driving home yesterday and got a chance to listen to the entire game on the radio. Realized I hadn’t done that in a while. Jon Miller is still the best radio guy in the business, in my opinion….

I’m going to take a time out from complaining about the shit service that is wordpress and give a shout out to my main man in Houston, Wilco Joe. I pray the worst of the weather is missing you, your family and your friends. Check in when you can and tell us everything is ok in Wilcoland.

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finally…..victory.

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Mighty Casey Has Been Designated

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 25, 2015

I always looked at Bobby Evans and kind of considered him Sabean’s butler. Or his *page*. How ’bout that, only 2 sentences in and I’ve already made a middle ages reference. But Evans boldly jettisoned McGehee yesterday in a move that Sabean never would have initiated. Maybe Evans still had to get approval from Sabes and maybe Sabes is feeding his baby bird with some autonomy. But letting a vet go (in May) who’s making 4.8 mil this year is certainly not “The Giants Way.”

McGehee said he’s going to think about reporting to Sac-town but if he wants to play again, why wouldn’t he? He’s not going to get a minor league opportunity so close to his family in Santa Cruz and he cited them as his strongest consideration. Who knows, maybe he retires, he’s made 9+ million in his career not counting the dough he raked in while in Japan. That scratch goes a long way in Santa Cruz….

Plus, it’s not like he’s got Cal Ripkin in front of him. If Duffy struggles and McGehee gets his knee straight and his swing straighter in the minors we just might have at least one more giggle in us this year.

I have low expectations for this game today. The team has got to be dragging hard from that long weekend and the altitude effects cannot be understated……

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regarding the impending doom of the Flap. Assuming I still don’t have this straightened out by the time the domain curtain falls on us, I recommend you guys go hit up Bagg’s blog at the Merc. It has way less trolls than the Splash, I think. If we do get shut down, I’ll sort it out but maybe Flappers bide their time with Baggs till I’m back up. May 29th is the deadline……..

Row-Away Day in Denver

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 24, 2015

I’m not gonna skewer Blanco for that bone headed play. Those guys had been at the park for 14 hours, one of them was bound to break down mentally over something stupid at some point.

Radar looks not so good. There’s definitely weather in the area around game time. Giving Denver a baseball team was the dumbest thing baseball ever did. Debatable, but still….

Got PK’s vm about the wordpress thing being a possible malware attack. It’s not that, these renewal dues are the same every year. It’s still saying on my admin page that I still own, by the way. I also owe for the custom design but as I said yesterday, there’s no way I’m paying for that till the domain issue gets resolved.

WordPress Sucks Balls

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 23, 2015

For those of you following the “wordpress scam” saga where they charge their customers twice but still say they owe them, here is the update:

I still haven’t head back from either email that I sent them regarding this clerical error. There is still a message that pops up (usually if you use your phone) that says the Flap’s domain is about to expire. The one piece of good news is that the second fraudulent charge they hit me with has come off my credit card statement. So maybe they are just horrible at customer service and plan on resolving this without ever communicating with me.

There is still a *custom design* fee that I need to renew but I’m not an idiot. I’m not paying for services and having them still tell me I owe them for services.

I’m out of town and I doubt I could reach anyone there on the weekend anyway (there is a 1-877 number next to the charge on my credit card that I will call on Monday if I have to). Hopefully this works itself out before the domain expires on May 29th.

Also: the pop messages are only going to happen to you if you’re an editor here at the Flap.

Double header today plus Game 3 of Western Conference Finals tonight. Wow, what a day of sports.

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and to trump Snarkk’s *for what it’s worth* stat on the last thread I give you this:

Steph Curry: 10.6 million

Andrea Bargnani (Nicks): 11.5 million

And if you don’t want to puke, please don’t go look at what Joe Johnson has made in his career…..

Was Yesterday The Best Day in the History of Bay Area Sports?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 22, 2015

A bold question, to be sure. Brazen, even. But let me take a shot at arguing for it….

I understand no championships were won. So right away, if that’s your criteria, there are at least 9 days that you’d say were better (3in5, 5 SB’s and an NBA Championship that I was too young to remember). And I don’t count championships that were won before I was born. I’m just THAT egotistical….. :) :) :)

The day began with the Giants beating the Dodgers. And not just the Dodgers, but the modern day version of Sandy Koufax. And the game winning run was a home run hit by our pitcher. And that win culminated a sweep of the Dodgers in a series where they failed to score a single run……

That’s a pretty good start to the day.

Then Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals happens. The fact that the Warriors are even in this is still something that blows the collective mind of the Bay Area. So bad for so long. I left the team for dead many times over my life.

That game could not have been more exciting. The Rockets fought like the beasts I didn’t think they were and with the clock ticking down and the ball in Harden’s hands as he crossed half court I could just feel the dagger coming. He inexplicably passes to Howard who kicks it back to him. That’s when Steph and Klay literally play patty cake with the basketball till time runs out. I exploded off my couch.

And hey, for those down with schadenfreude, the team with the worst record in all of baseball got shut out by The Rays in the worst, ugliest park in the league. The A’s, toiling away in last place. Love it.

So I’m not saying I’m right or you’re wrong or you’ll be right if you can produce a better day in Bay Area Sports history. But give it a shot it you like…….

Giants Win Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 21, 2015

Shutting out the Dodgers again….lqtm.

Great game, Timmy was the stud I expected him to be.

But did any of you see Bryce Harper get tossed yesterday? WTF was up with that? He mildly complained about a ball that got called a strike but he got back in the box ready to go. All of a sudden, dipshit Matt Williams starts barking at the ump who walks away from his spot behind homeplate towards the dugout and engages Williams. At that point, Harper steps out of the box to let those 2 argue. The ump comes back and promptly throws harper out of the game for not being in the box ready to bat.

I mean, that was just absurd. And Matt Williams is showing how far he still needs to come, in my eyes, before he’s even seen as a competent manager. It is a JOKE that this guy won MOY last year. He got taken to the woodshed by Bochy in the playoffs and this year he seems more interested in being a hot head and getting thrown out of games. His team, not surprisingly, has taken on his persona.

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What a day for Bay Area sports. Bum/Kershaw in the day, Warriors in Game 2 of Western Conference Finals tonight.

All We Do Is Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 20, 2015

Giants shut out the first place Dodgers and The Warriors win an exciting Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. I feel like I’m someone else typing those words. Winning 3 in 5 and now on the verge of an appearance in the NBA Championships is just so beyond foreign for this fan base I don’t even know what to say. There’s a sense of pride swelling in the community, you can feel it everywhere you go. It’s the greatest gift a team can give its fans.

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Timmy going tonight and, as usual, I feel confident with him going at home, against anybody.

Maybe a Game Time Thread?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 19, 2015

Why not?

SF LA

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 19, 2015

Dodgers/Giants. First place v second place. Don’t take games like this for granted.

This Frias guy could be a problem for us. He’s got good control and he doesn’t strike me as the type of pitcher we pound. Although after this past weekend, all pitchers look like guys we pound.

Huddy needs to keep the ball down tonight……

That Was a Lot of Runs

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 18, 2015

I’m going to need one of you to remind me of this past weekend when our offense goes back to “binary code”. But until that happens we can revel in the bounty of runs that Belt, Crawford, Pence and the rest gifted us vs the Reds.

I didn’t look before the series started against Cincinnati, but I’m assuming we were last in runs scored in the NL. A quick check of that stat shows us in 12th position with 145 runs only 1 behind the Pirates.

Art Dealers up next. Giants are 11-5 in May……

Rainbow Bombs > Warning Track Power

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 17, 2015

Games like last night’s sort of write their own thread the next day.

Welcome back Under Pants and we have scored 21 runs in the last 2 games. What I don’t get is this: The balls they hit off Voggy died at the warning track (except for Bruce). Same thing the game before v Lincecum. And yet we’re sending rainbow bombs well into the bleachers. How are the Giants hitters, supposedly worse than the vaunted Cincinnati offense, laying such prodigious wood? Especially when you consider that Lincecum and Voggy are “totally done”, at least according to Flappers far and wide……

Who Was Your Most Disliked?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 16, 2015

A great topic that mushroomed out of the middle of yesterday’s thread: what former Giant did you dislike the most? Some good ones got listed with AJP and Blownitez being the 2 most popular. I had a tough time going super historical. Sure, there were guys I didn’t like on teams 30 years ago but that was really more a function of frustration with entire teams. I had no problem coming up with *ugliest former players* deciding on a 3 (ugly) headed tie between Willie McGee, Julian Tavares and Darrell Evans.

But who did I dislike the most? Honestly, it was probably Rowand. And certainly not because of his effort or commitment to the game. I have no doubt he was trying his best. He came to the Giants in a dark time for the franchise. And those 10 million slowly rolled balls to the left side of the infield finally got to me. His batting stance was a turnoff, man. I also didn’t care for the amount of time he spent in the batting cage. Perfecting a shitting swing was not the answer, dawg. Laying off the slider once in a while might have been the way to go.

He did make a great catch to save, I think, Dirrrrrty Sanchez’ no hitter. Ah, suddenly a new candidate emerges…..

Anyway, not the sexiest pick but that’s mine: Aaron Rowand. Somewhere I bet he’s still practicing that swing……

One Run Short

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 15, 2015

I’m actually surprised we were able to keep it to a run in the opener v Cincinnati. The team was on no sleep facing Cueto, Timmy historically sucks balls against the Reds and then to watch Lincecum slip slide around on that mound, it seemed like it should have been a 10-1 type of game.

Still, another loss versus another team we should be beating in a park we should be scoring lots of runs in. Tonight we face off against Jason Marquis who is not a very good pitcher. Bumgarner should dice up the Red hitters and we should slap up some crooked numbers in this hitters park against a bad pitcher.

That’s the script, right?

Road Trip Moves to Ohio

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 14, 2015

Frustrating game. If the Giants are up 3-1 they need to put that shit away. But we got out-homered 3-1 and it didn’t appear that this smaller park helped our power much. And Brandon Belt….. never mind….

Now we have 4 in Cincinnati and I have no feel for how this series will go but the Giants didn’t get into town till 4am this morning and they’ve got Cueto tonight so I think I know how Game 1 will be going.

Houston, You Suck

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 13, 2015

How about a massive shout out to Chris Heston who is turning into John Burkett before our very eyes.

And Matt Duffy, what else is there to say? My main man on the scene in Reno, Dave Anderson otherwise known as “Pa Salon” and/or “Fingers” and/or “Pee Pap” and/or “Pa Dingle” and/or “Pappy” and/or “Pa”, predicted in spring training that Duffy would have a huge year. I mockingly responded “yeah, in Sacramento.” And while that was quite the witty burn back then, I must admit that Duffy has run with his opportunity and my hat is off to DAVE for his bold pre-season foreboding. He and his buddy ERVIN read the blog daily (though doesn’t post) so I know DAVE will appreciate this prop. And while I’m at it, I want to thank ALL of you who take the time to read the blog even though you don’t post!

Probably the only downer was the trifecta of strike outs for Belt last night. Looked like his family enjoyed the game, though. His wife appears to still be regularly fed…….

Houston, We Might Have a Problem

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 12, 2015

Ah, the Astros. No longer the (L)astros. In fact, they’re in first place and I’m not really sure how they’re doing this with that pitching staff.

I’m mostly interested in seeing how Hest-by-Hest performs tonight. Coming off the worst outing of his short career and now having to pitch on the road in a small park is probably not an “all systems go” moment for him. If he can contain Altuve, he’ll probably be all right. “If”…..

Houston leads the AL in home runs with 45…..

Singling Our Way to a W

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 11, 2015

After listening to us dink ‘n doughnut our way to another improbable victory it got me to wondering, when was the last time we hit a walk off HR? I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of minutes and still can’t come up with much–recent or ancient. Ishikawa? That’s the only one that’s coming to mind.

Without googling it, name off the SF walk off HR’s in your memory. Either best or most recent. If you can’t remember what a walk off HR feels like just go to mlb.com, click on Must C and there are tons of them. Hit by players on other teams…….

Great resurrection by Voggy, of himself…..

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Panda finally gets his ring. He looks good in this pic, too

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Big Game for Voggy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 10, 2015

For me, this is a real big start for Voggy. All the praise he got for “pounding the strike zone” last time will be balls sent the other way by Stanton deep, deep into outer space if he tries that same approach today. But he can build off his last start if he pitches smart and gets lucky.

If not, NASA could have their hands full trying to track all those balls the Marlins will be launching today……

LU– no Stanton

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Timmy, McGehee, Belt

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 9, 2015

Timmy dropping his ERA to an even 2.00 had me lqtm last night. You could easily make the argument that he’s been MVP of the staff this year. But really, the staff has been outstanding. Better than I thought they would do coming out of spring training. I don’t know if it’s the collective group that pushes itself to greatness or if this is all the product of Raggs. Either way, we continue to ride our starting pitching as far as it will take us.

And big props to McGehee for his perseverance. As Kruk said, “Welcome home Casey McGehee.”

Belt’s props will be flowing in the comment section below, I’m sure…..

Game Time Thread!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 8, 2015

Go get ’em
LU123And here’s tonight’s Rivercats LU. I’m not so sure our leadoff hitter has the name of a can’t miss MVP in the big leagues……..

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Same Old Marlins

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 8, 2015

Not much to say about last night except that it was another Miami smack down. Taken out to the woodshed again by the Marlins. Had our hides tanned. Beatch-slapped right across the…..whatever, you get the idea.

And tonight, the show stopper. The loss ender. Mr No Hitter himself! Be careful with those fastballs in the zone to Big Mike.

Miami

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 7, 2015

Maybe it hasn’t been this way in recent years, but it always feels like we play our worst baseball against the Marlins in San Francisco. Rickey Nolasco is pitching today in Minnesota and I can feel his longing westward stare. His ERA is 10.12 this year but if he had been allowed to pitch against the Giants all season you could subtract the 0.

Still trying to figure out why the Dodgers let Dee Gordon go……

As usual, watch out for Stanton.

Giddy up.

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no better example of the vast chasm between Baggs and the rest of the SF Giant beat writers. Haren gets a hit and these are the near simultaneous tweets from one guy who pays attention to stats and one guy who eats lots of hot dogs and fights with his twitter followers:

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Kicking the Shit out of the Padres

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 6, 2015

Happy 84th to Willie Mays!

Wither Voggy? Heresy….

I’m going to enjoy the slow Summer decline of the Padres who I never thought would do much this year. You can’t round up a bunch of glitzy hitters, especially nearly all right handed hitters, and expect it to come together like magic. Matt Kemp has 1 home run this year and once he quits the healthy Upton bro might not be far behind.

I’d have some fun talking shit to Padre fans, the problem is, I don’t know any. Not a single one. My main man on the scene in SD, San Diggity, might be able to tell us what a Padre fan is like. Assuming he knows one down there. He can chime in once he reads this……

Winning Sandwiched By Sucking

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 5, 2015

After the way this season started, .500 feels like 5000.

For all the talk about the Padres *all star* line up, they have 1 win more than we do. That number is expected to rise to 2 after they tee off on Voggy tonight.

Speaking of Voggy, my thoughts about him are similar to my thoughts on Belt. Yes, he’s sucking but who do you want to have replace him? And all this *trade Belt* stuff is funny. If WE don’t want him, why would anyone else? His value is in the tank right now and if it started to rise none of you would want to trade him.

And McGehee sitting only works if you think Duffy is ready to play full time, out of position. Not sold on that yet.

25 Games in the Books. Who is Our MVP?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 4, 2015

Five starts into the season, Tim Lincecum has the lowest ERA of any of the starters on the staff (2.40). While not the strongest of sample sizes it’s certainly not the weakest. It got me to wondering who are MVP is so far this year. Timmy would and absolutely should get a few 2nd and 3rd place votes. But who is #1? Aoki? Heston? My dark horse: Pagan. Or does Brandon Crawford strike your fancy? He leads the team in home runs and RBI’s. Who called that?

I’d probably go Heston and Pagan tied for first place…

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interesting news clipping someone found—25 years ago, top salaries at each position. I find it hilarious that the Brewers and A’s made up 33% of the list.

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To celebrate Steph’s MVP win I thought it would be fun to go back and look over the players picked ahead of him. Favorite thing: Minnesota took not one but TWO point guards in front of him. Hilarious.

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Flapalooza Brings Home Yet Another Victory

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 3, 2015

Casey McGehee began his assault on May player of the month honors by banging out 3 hits yesterday. And while that’s an award that will likely allude him, it was nice to see him start to snap out of whatever it is he’s been in this year. This dude had 177 hits last year. That’s a lot. Pablo has had more than that in a season once and last year didn’t come close with 164. Will Clark, my favorite player of all time, eclipsed 177 hits in a season but a single time. McGehee is not some chump off the street. He doesn’t have to be Panda or Clark. But I’d settle for David Bell. I think we all would.

My phone got inundated with Flapper photos around the 4th inning yesterday. Looks like everyone had a great time. Steve et al, feel free to dump as many photos as you would like in the Photo Bucket. If you don’t know how to do that, please don’t guess, just email them to me. I’ll be out all day, though.

A-Rod Ties Mays

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 2, 2015

A-Rod with a pinch hit home run at Fenway to finally tally 660 was fantastic theater, in my opinion. The pinch hit part was the best because the fans who hate him didn’t have time to *cover and protect* since they didn’t think he was even going to play yesterday. Anyway, I am in the camp that says pay ARod his bonus and even a PED-aided 660 is an awesome accomplishment. Bonds and A-Rod: PED’s. Hank Aaron and Willie Mays: amphetamines. Babe Ruth: only playing against white people. Put a * after all of them and at the end of the day you’ve still got 5 dominant beasts who mashed and blasted the ball deep into the night better than any other player of their time.

Today is a jam packed day. All day volleyball tourney for me. Plus the Derby. The fight tonight. And there is a Flapalooza going down at AT&T. Send updates boys!

Sports Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 1, 2015

Angels are in town. Kinda bummed we didn’t get in on them paying our players to beat them the way Texas did. Between CJ Wilson, Pujols and Hamilton (who am I forgetting?) the Angels pick up some of the worst free agents available.

Pretty incredible weekend of sports lined up. What event are you most interested in? Giants baseball? The Derby? The Warriors? The Fight? It’s almost too much to consider….

Wither Voggy?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 30, 2015

Watching Voggy get treated like a human pinata was tough. But remember, he’s been buried by everyone for most of his career. That chip on his shoulder has been the thing that’s fueled him. And he HAS proven his critics wrong for most of his career.

Having said that, nobody has a career that lasts forever and watching those bombs sail off into the night to be forever tracked by NASA might finally signal the end for the beloved Voggy.  But as I asked last night, who do you want to replace him? Yuzzie-Pet has been been pretty awful this year and frankly, outside of some unreal performances last year, when has this guy looked like a reliable SP that’s gonna take the ball every 5th game and work deep? Having said that, if he keeps his WHIP under freaking 2 I’ll take it……

Regarding McDeePee, there isn’t much more to say. If he’s hurt, DL him. If he’s not, he clearly can’t play baseball at this level right now. Duffy needs to be playing every day until he proves he’s not ready or McDoofuuus shows Bochy he can play baseball.

Weirdness, Winning

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 29, 2015

Dan Uggla hit a 3 run home run to propel the Nats to a W after they had been down 10-2. Madison Bumgarner beats Kershaw for the 3rd straight time. The unpredictable quirks of baseball are heard to see coming. And with the Braves still paying Uggla’s salary (roughly 78K last night) that Atlanta loss probably couldn’t have stung more….

The Giants, as usual, are near the bottom of the league in runs scored. They’ve squeezed out 63 runs which is tied with the Brewers are just ahead of the Phillies.

But when you score two and the other team scores one, 2 is all you need, right?

Dodgers Take Opener

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 28, 2015

Andrew Baggarly, easily the best beat writer in the Bay Area, noted that Timmy only threw his fastball 36% of the time, an absurdly low percentage. Is he afraid to throw it? Or does he just not have it to throw? Regardless, he can’t win pitching the way he did last night.

Sad images coming out of Baltimore. Surreal to see all this happening with Camden Yards in the background.

Baseball Musings

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 27, 2015

Just a couple of post-rain out thoughts before we play the Art Dealers again:

The Nats, who everyone predicted would win the NL pennant, have a worse record than we do. That’s hard to do. Matt Williams never caught on for me as a manager. I didn’t get that MOY thing. He always seemed like more of a guy to just keep the boat afloat—not a guy to sail you to the promised land. And now they come out of the gate 7-12? With that roster?

The Cardinals losing Waino is a big deal but they lost him in 2011 and still won the World Series so…..

Sherzer is spouting off about the NL needing to go to the DH. “Would you rather see me or Big Papi hit?” That’s a dude that doesn’t really get the game. I don’t know too many NL fans who want to see the DH come to the NL. Doesn’t that say a lot?

The Houston Astros and New York Mets are leading their divisions.

That is all.

Winning….and a Loss

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 26, 2015

That win last night felt like we just won our 4th in 6. Shit, beating the Rockies? You know what they say, “once you display a skill, you own it for life.” I’m hoping we display that skill again today.

And on a more important note, Paul in Asia, I give you my most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dad. Two Flaps Up isn’t enough, but it’s all I got. I know your friends here will surely show you the love in the comments below when they read this post. Hang in there.

Colorado, Game 2

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 25, 2015

Not a huge surprise that we lost the opener. That sweep of the Art Dealers was emotional, probably took a little out of them. Plus, no day off.

Looks like a lot of rain in Colorado today.

De La Rosa was absolutely lit up in his first start of the season so maybe we get to him, through the raindrops.

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.

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