Great post Flavor – simple and to the point. By the by, the team tied with us, the White Sox, hit 6 of their dongs last night at Sherpa Field. HAHAHA!
Good morning Flap Nation. What a glorious opener that was yesterday.
Spent the day with my lovely daughter. Perfect weather. Libations with good friends. Packed house. Pre-game flyover by the Coast Guard with a Hercy Bird (C-130). Giants jumped to an early lead, and never looked back.
Hudson was nails! I am loving this signing more, all the time (I was in love with it when it was first announced).
Not only are the Giants hitting bombs, but they are 2nd in runs scored. Nice tidbit from Miller yesterday…either 32 or 33 of the Giants 47 runs scored has come with 2 outs. They are also killing it with RISP (hitting something godly like .450).
Flavor – I will send you a handful of picts from yesterday, and if you choose to post them in the Flapper Photo Bucket that would be cool.
I think I have mentioned before that I have been to every opener since 1979. My favorites:
1993 (first home opener after Magowan and crew saved our beloved Giants from moving to St. Petersburg/Tampa). That year (1992 and the announcement of the move) was probably one of the most emotional in my life (probably more-so than my divorce).
2013 – raising of the 2nd World Series banner in three years. I scored us seats in the Arcade, section 148. We were about 15 yards from the pole on which they raised the banner. It was bad ass!
2011 – home opener following the Giants first World Series win in San Francisco. We were in lower box…section 129. Should have had the forethought to get seats in the Arcade (to be near the raising of the banner). Made up for it in 2013.
And yes…I met up with Irish Kevin around the 5th inning. He too was with his daughter. Will include the picture of the two of us in the photos I send to Flavor.
And…I was rocking the Flap shirt. We Score. We Win! Fuck Yeah!
Also wanted to mention that I loved Stickman’s post at 6:48 last night. Good stuff.
One more thing. New addition to the yard this year (in addition to new sod all the way around that looks sweeet). They have put a huge orange SF behind home plate. It looks awesome!
Yes great intro BF, one of my best alltime movies… ” Who are those Guy’s”
Those guys are the “Orange& Black ” and don’t look back, mashing the long ball, cause chicks dig the long ball!
Any excuse to get dongs in there eh? Put some plastic wrap on it already.
I am looking forward to Lincecum’s start today. For all the talk of Hudson having an impact on Lincecum I think Bumgarner may benefit the most. They’re more similar with their approach and ability to control the ball IMO.
I agree Dirt (looking forward to Tim’s start tonight). I think Big Country (Bum) is fine, as is. I mean we all can learn and grow…so not trying to say that he cannot learn from Hudson. I think ALL of our starters could learn something from Hudson. But I think the one who “could” potentially benefit the most is Tim, and this is because we all agree that he needs to “reinvent” himself as a pitcher, and I think that Hudson could provide much in the way to effectively approach hitters when you no longer have “blow them away” stuff.
And I actually thought Tim, overall, pitched pretty good in his first outing. He threw 98 pitches, 71 for strikes. 7 Ks, NO BBs, 8 H, 4 ER. Outside of his two mistakes (pitching to GoldiLocks) and grooving a pitch to Trumbo…he looked good. Something to build on…hopefully starting tonight.
It may be wishful thinking, but maybe Hudson’s control and keeping the ball down will provide incentive to Timmy to do the same. Maybe he can teach Timmy how to throw that sinker, that thing is nails when he’s got it going. Hope so…
Operation Study Huddy.
Yeah, I heard Timmy after his 1st start and he was very happy with his pitching. He avoided the walks which were killing him, but left a couple pitches up. A team like AZ kills that shit (hello Goldie and Trumbo). He keeps the occasional slider down, and he’ll be fine. It was his fastball that used to get him into so much trouble. He’d be forced to use it, and die trying.
Haren pitched well for the Dodgers again last night. I was curious what his contract is and looked it up. He gets $10 million this season, and if he pitches 180 innings, he has a player’s option to get $10 million in 2015. So, that’s a pricey contract, as a #5, if that’s what he is. Compared to what the Giants paid for Vogelsong. Of course, the difference in performance is vast so far. The Dodgers are getting their money’s worth out of Haren so far. But it’s a long season, as we all know.
Haren, Arroyo, et. all. It doesn’t matter. I said at the beginning of the negotiations between Vogey and the Giants that they should go in another direction (not sign Vogey). I think Vogey is done (hope like hell he proves me wrong) and that the Giants should have bitten the bullet and signed one of the guys that were available in the 10/year range.
So, I had heard a few days ago where the negotiations were on again with Pablo and his agent. Then I heard prior to yesterday’s game in an interview with Bobby Evans that the talks will probably be shelved until after the season. How does that sit with you all? If Pablo stays healthy and rakes…the number will be huge (much larger than what has been discussed, to date). If he has a mediocre year, the Giants will have leverage. I would prefer they just get the damned thing done…5/100 or something in that neighborhood. Thought?
I agree with you Chi. I would even be fine with 5 years.
My point earlier wasn’t that the whole staff could stand to learn from Hudson. It’s that I think his and Bumgarner’s stuff is most alike and advice would translate better.
Chi, Baer was doing his usual smoke &Mirrors approach about Panda and figuring they will get it done.
Then Sabes did an about face approach and said: We have a figure in mind,Panda an his agent have another and we’re not crossing the line in the sand to meet his demands!
Of course Panda will come back with “Who’s gonna play 3 rd for ya next year!
I’ve read a couple of articles that indicate both Baer and Sabes are being given specific negotiating parameters/marching orders by ownership. These parameters may change going forward, but right now ownership wants to see a little bit more of Panda before committing more money. In effect, they don’t trust him and more important, they want to see a bit more of the season unfold before bidding higher.
I totally agree with the Giants approach regarding Panda. Show us a great year and we’ll show you huge dough.
Me too. Fairly certain that the principal/value of “merit” is how most people were raised.
“Give me money; that’s what I want.” For all the major leaguers: :) here’s an awesome cover of that song:
I think it is a mistake not getting the Panda deal done now. I see the Yanks ans Red Sox both without legit 3B next year…yes especially with ARod. They will throw a lot more money his way than the Giants and probably more than he deserves. I hope this does not come back to bite us…
On again, off again. I heard if Panda doesn’t sign by the ASG, he’ll go the FA route. IOW, bye bye.
Giants said 3/$40. He wants Pence (5/$90) numbers. As a starting point. Good luck with that.
If Sabean figures he can’t/won’t sign Panda, they’ll trade him before the deadline. I see no other choice, regardless of the team’s position in the race. You can’t give up a starter like that and get nothing back but just a high draft pick…
If they are in the hunt, I definitely don’t see them trading him. They will take their chances on signing him after the season or gladly win a WS with him and take the draft pick.
They won’t get what he’s worth as a pending FA. So more likely I see him staying– like we saw with Lopez and Pence last yr.
as usual, i’m kind of excited about a timmy start. actually it kind of reminds me of zito. i was a big fan of his and i was always ready for him to do something good instead of stinking up the joint. and now i find myself feeling that way about timmy. ready for him to do something good but not sure he isn’t going to stink up the place. at least it shouldn’t be dull.
Bruce needs to think long and hard about how to protect pagan’s legs for the season. that guy has one speed and it’s pretty clear that we need him on the field.
I’m leery of him trying to steal or legging out a triple instead of just sitting on a double. Hammy surgery gives me pause in terms of him going balls out to get an extra bag. Not worth it if he’s lost for a few months. He’s streaky, but when he’s on like now, he really energizes the whole offense…
Eric, your post regarding Pagan reminds me of what Tulo said after tweaking his quad yesterday . . .
“Maybe on opening day in Miami I was feeling a little too good and got away from myself,” he said, referring to his lunge at the first-base bag. “I want to stay at a good pace, where I’m under control, but I think I get caught up in the game sometimes. I want to go back to those days when you play the game all out as a kid. Sometimes that hurts. It’s still an adjustment that I have to make to sometimes tone it down.”
No way, no how was I or was ever going to be a Tulo, but it reminds me of playing in softball leagues in my 20s and especially, my 30s, where it seemed like I was always dealing with leg injuries (quad, calf and shoulder mostly). Shit, I would start off the season playing shortstop and by the end of the season, I would either be at first base or pitching. Getting old is a bitch. :-)
By the by, Zumiee I have been listening to Beatle songs for the last couple of hours online since you posted that video. :-)
my stepfather decided to downsize and wanted to get rid of his collection of LP’s. I now have the complete collection of beatle albums along with 4 linear feet of other incredible things from the 60’s and 70’s. The man had the most ridiculous collection of sound i’ve ever come across and i got half of it. The garage, where i have my turntable, has been rocking!
Snarkk, that’s exactly the type of thing i was thinking about. when he pulled up at second yesterday i said “whew”!
I was sure Pagan had an easy triple on that gap shot yesterday. Looks like they are gonna play it smart with him. I’m all for that.
I do respect Tulo’s remark — and his attitude toward the game, from all indications.
How’s this for a bet…Giants vs Rays in the World Series pays 60-1. $25 pays $1500:)
Are those odds current or from the winter?
I hate flyovers. They are stupid and annoying. And like balldudes, they put people’s lives in danger…
Good Lord, there went another one.
Feckinmuthafeckin Goldilocks. Timmy’s gotta go all-Bob Gibson on him. Or Juan Marichal. Or Gaylord Perry. Something. If we traded for Goldie and benched him, we’d still be better off, fer feck sake.
speaking of ‘flyovers’
Might as well have put it on a tee ferchrissakes.
A few more ABs, and Timmy and Goldilocks may make Loo’s comparative research irrelevant.
I had a foreboding about this game and although I hate to admit it, I dropped Timmy from one of my Fantasy League teams yesterday and streamed Brandon Morrow (who had an easier row to hoe in Houston). In short, I have no confidence in Lincecum right now.
well, this Goldshit thing is just a weirdo aberration, I’ve never seen anything like it in baseball. He DID throw 7K’s and no walks last outing, that’s nothing to give up on, it’s nothing to have no confidence in.
Who was that dipshit from last night who said TImmy should keep firing away, mindlessly, at Goldshit? Unfuckingreal. I just got home, had to catch this one on MLB and the D-back announcers were laughing like hyenas. One of them called Timmy “Pink Slip”
Timmy’s choices in lingerie are his private business and have no bearing on his pitching anyway.
Take that, motherfucker!
Morse Code: dah dit dit dit DAH.
Lincecum looks like Hitler…
…played by Jeff Kent…in a porn movie…circa 1970.
Why is it that every random citizen who throws out a first pitch is an uncoordinated doofus?
Timmy still has the best K/BB ratio in the league.
Hey Chi, I also dig the big orange SF behind the plate.
Flav, the TL with guys on base this year is eerily similar to last 2, which is something to seriously avoid, not build on. Yes he’s fooling some of them some of the time, but other guys are onto him. He’s missing location big time and leaving hittable pitches in guys happy zones to dangerous hitters–he isn’t being dinked and dunked or giving up bloops and bleeders. His ERA is freaking 9.00 in 2 outings.
Giants could well come back and win this, but he ain’t making it easy.
Just very sad . . . .
I am a shit.
This is not fun to watch.
O Holy F…Arroyo singles and Parra takes him out the yard.
Line drive rocket to end the inning. Sorry, but this is $35 million BP.
I am my ass and stache.
No doubt Tim’s still capable of striking out nearly a batter per inning while overpowering weaker lineups. However, that’s the rub, i.e., he is closer to a matchups pitcher versus the ace he was. In short, no problem going against the San Diego’s of the world, but I think he is going to continue to have outings like this against stronger hitting teams. Yeah, it’s sad alright.
It was better when he was wild…hitters look very comfy against him now
No movement. No velocity. How the hell did he pitch that no-no last year?
I am an idiot.
Computer say yyhhesss.
I’d like to see Tim back in that super-reliever role he excelled in during the 2012 post season. I understand that it would create a void in the rotation, but I’m sure they can figure something out.
For $35 mill that ain’t gonna happen.
Good evening, well good is relevant depending on how you look at it, any way, read the morning posts, yes it was a beautiful opening day! Even though 75 degrees in the upper decks felt like 90! It was great to see Chi , good times all the way around.
As far as tonight goes not so good, TL…don’t know if he can learn how to pitch. Yes it is sad. As far as the dongs go, I will leave that to the beach babe to comment on, she would know more about those than I
Petit would look good in right about 5 days.
Yeah, maybe he’s still feeling his way around not being a power pitcher anymore, but shit, that was BP.
MIssed the entire game. Good thing. Saw highlights. Tim’s mistake to Parra looked like a lazy slider thigh high over the plate. The Goldy dinger was a straight hit-me fastball on the outside half of the plate, just above knee high. This looks like Groundhog day every time he starts against the Dbacks. WTF, seriously, WTF? Why does Tim keep pitching this hit-me shit to Goldy? Yeah, I guess Tim wasn’t a pussy tonight, was he? But he was a dumbass, like the poster last night. Goldy 13 for 24 with 7 HRs and 16 HRs against Timmy. That is INSANE. BTW, the SF bench is now hitting 9 for 60 per Lurie…
Giants smart with Pablo. Mediocre year? Let him go. If he fails this year that means 1 good year in 6 years in majors? The next level not gonna happen. Sad cause I love rooting for him, but no way we should pay Pence numbers for a guy who has NEVER been Pence.
Is it possible that the smaller belly has messed up Sandoval’s swing?
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unca_chuck said, on January 26, 2015 at 8:50 am (Edit)
My first thought on this was, why the hell should I care what the lead singer for Judas Priest thinks about baseball?
My next thought was, he’s the commish???