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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 24, 2014

Thought I’d pop one up there even though I’m not too partial to a new thought one way or the other. Not feeling real good about this one, Dozier and Parmelee are my picks for Twins who might go off tonight. But whatever, good luck Voggy…..

I had a long back and forth with a buddy at work this week about the best sports movie ever made. First of all, it’s almost impossible to pick just one. We battled over that for nearly a day.

Secondly, I discovered that your age will usually determine which way you go on “fav sports movies”. My buddy is about 12 years younger than me so he didn’t rank “Hoosiers” as highly as I did. I had that movie #2 behind “Let it Ride” which is in the top 5 of my all time favorite movies.

Feel free to share your favorites to pass the time if Voggy gets blasted tonight……

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  1. SanDawg said, on May 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I might go with “Bang The Drum Slowly.” Kind of an under-the-radar choice I know, but if you’ve seen it, you think its at least pretty good. Makes me cry every time.

    Going to the Pads game tonight and tomorrow. Retro brown jersey give-away tonight. The Pads are doing it right and distributing 5 different names on the backs of jerseys: Nettles, Gwynn, Whitson!, McReynolds, and Garvey. I hope they let you choose, but I’ll be happy with anyone but Garvey. I’ll make a scene if they try to give me a Garvey jersey. Kind of hoping for Nettles or McReynolds.
    Reminds me of bat day in the good old days. I have one of those bats left, a kelly green Joe Rudi bat and it is bad ass. The 70’s were awesome. You gotta love handing out 40,000 full size bats to everyone.

    • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      That’s a fantastic giveaway. I’d probably go *Whitson*. Some of the older guys probably remember the full sized bat days. I think that was just a couple of years before my time…

      • SanDawg said, on May 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        The giveaway is the whole reason we are going. I even went so far as to actually PURCHASE my tickets for this game—and that is a rare occurrence when it comes to me and Padre games.

      • WilcoJoe said, on May 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm

        That is an awesome giveaway. I would take that over a bobblehead all day long.

  2. Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Arenado hits the DL with a broken finger incurred by yet another head first dive into a bag.
    I’d stop worrying about Posey and his sissy-ass swipe tag and focus instead on outlawing the headfirst slide. Especially into first base. If I’m running the team, I fine anyone who slides headfirst into first base.
    And while I’m at it, any pitcher running balls out down the line, with no chance of being safe, would get hit with a fine, too.
    I still say that Casilla’s gag on that play was going to be running like a lunatic down the line–it was going to provide teammate shit talking fodder for weeks if not the whole season. That plan got ditched quick when the Hammy Sniper took him down……

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Arenado is on one of my FL teams . . . Sigh. Reyes is on another of my teams and was a one man wrecking crew against the A’s today, but I was gnashing my teeth on his head first slide into home. Dumb.

  3. WilcoJoe said, on May 24, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    My five and a half year old has been into the Rocky movies which seem like they play nonstop lately. I have to admit, I still enjoy watching them. I loved them as a kid, so it’s kinda cool to see my son with the same fascination….In fact were watching Rocky IV right now.

  4. blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    These are my favorite sports movies of all time:

    Best Boxing Movie – Raging Bull
    Best Basketball Movie – Hoosiers
    Best Baseball Movie (comedy) – Major League
    Best Baseball Movie (drama) – A League Of Our Own (it does have funny parts though)
    Best Football Movie – Brian’s Song
    Misc. Sports – Rollerball (LOL . . . I wish this game actually existed)

    • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      I just saw Rounders for the first time last week. Does that qualify as a sports movie? Cause it was rad……

  5. Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    just got a text from San Diggity who is at the Pad’s game angling for something other than a Garvey jersey. Word for word: “They were fucking sealed and I fucking got Garvey! I had to hustle but I swapped a guy for McReynolds!”

    • WilcoJoe said, on May 24, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      That’s hilarious!

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Agree. I can’t stand Garvey and I would be doing everything in my power to trade with someone . . . Last option before going home? Garvey jersey goes into the trash receptacle.

  6. DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Ignoring Nate Colbert is a travesty by the Padres…

    • salty said, on May 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      What about Winfield?

      • DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

        You’re so right, Salty. WTF is going on there?

      • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm

        Shit, didn’t think about that. If you were gonna put ONE Padre in that uni from back then it would have to be him, right? Musta had a falling out with the org. It happens.

  7. Bozo said, on May 24, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Like blade, I would have Hoosiers, Major League and Brian Song on my list. Why didn’t I mention Raging Bull? Because I happen to think it’s one of the greatest movies ever made (no Sports category needed).
    For football I’d add Rudy (the Rudy chant gets me going every time),
    Baseball I’d add The Pride of the Yankees (hey the Babe plays himself), Fear Strikes Out, Eight Men Out and Bingo Long Traveling All Stars & Motor Kings. I agree with SanDawg on Bang the Drum Slowly, hey De Niro is in it, say no more in my book.

    • Bozo said, on May 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Oh yeah, for Winter Olympics, gotta go with Cool Runnings. “Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time! Cool Runnings! “

      • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        there was a team USA hockey movie that came out. I’m not a real movie buff, I know it was super popular but I can’t remember the name and I haven’t seen it. Anyway, it was on my buddy’s list of top 5 so I’ll catch it at some point

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Eeeeeeiiiii . . . Forgot about Rudy. LOVED THAT MOVIE!

  8. Bozo said, on May 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    What’s this I see on my TV guide? The Giants game is showing on the tube out here? Fuck Yeah!

  9. willedav said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Flav, I think the hockey one was called “Slapshot” and it was pretty funny.

    Which reminds me of something else we talked about last night, and the guy who would know movies:

    Ted. Hope dude is well and he chimes back in here.

    • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      really? I don’t think this was a comedy, this one was more of a drama. But that’s just what I heard, maybe I’m wrong.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Another classic. Flav, check that movie out. Willie’s right, a great movie with Paul Newman

  10. Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    started doing a slow burn about why Winfield wasn’t a jersey tonight in SD (prompted by Salty above)- Texted San Dawg and he said it’s a celebration of the ’84 pennant winning team and Winny wasn’t on that. There is, he said, some grumbling in the stands about why Goose Gossage and Eric Show weren’t offered up…..

    • DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Or Kurt Bevacqua?

  11. DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds is pretty damn good. Love when he insults the “miniature cop” at the beginning.

    • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      I vaguely remember seeing that and I know it’s supposed to be great. Might re-watch it at some point.
      Loo, where do you stand with Let it Ride? Give it to me straight.

      • DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        Never cared for it, BF, but haven’t watched it in ages. I’ll give it another shot on your recommendation one of these days…

      • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:34 pm

        it was part of my teen years when I was just getting into the track. And I’ve seen it probably 100 times since and all the little nuances kill me. It’s probably too dated of a movie for you to just pick it up, watch it and enjoy it today….

  12. Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I wouldn’t have noticed that “Brandon’s together weekend” commercial except for the fact that I saw the outtakes about a month ago and they were hilarious. I think I posted it somewhere in a thread a while back.

  13. DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Pence lunging and squibbling, just like PaulinAsia said yesterday…

  14. blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Man, that pitcher was clueless. Probably the first time he held a bat since high school.

  15. Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Loo- because I love you and I fear the wrath of Buzzsaw, I emailed you a blueray copy of Let it Ride. Check your email. The download is like 20 minutes. My buddy sent it to me, I’m not real savvy with that stuff and don’t know if it’s still available. But when I downloaded it it popped up on my screen in about 20-30 minutes.
    I sent it to the *barn* email. Not sure if you still check that. Or if you ever have. lol.

    • DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you. I’ll see what I can do with that this week.

      • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        at the very least, rip a beat to Vickie’s sweet rack. I know I did back in the day. Porn has evolved over the years but Vickie’s rack was the best. Loved that chick.

  16. blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Add another $10 million to that Sandoval contract proposal

  17. Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Get that 40 million dollar contract offer over to panda fucking STAT!!!!!!!!!

  18. DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Enjoy the Panda while you can. Someone’s gonna give him 6 years/$ 120 million…minimum.

    • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      I’ve enjoyed the Panda long enough. Love him, Like him, hate him. If he goes, he goes, I’m fine with that as long as we have a contingency plan which we clearly don’t have in the minors right now. But hey, if Panda bolted for 150 mil and Sabes found the equivalent of Hicks at 3rd base (or just moved Hicks over to 3rd base) I’m not gonna sweat it much.

  19. Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Diggity is taking pics of chicks wearing Whitson jerseys and sending them to me. Hey, looks like he’s stumbled upon a sweet way to pick up women at a baseball game.

    • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      I popped a pic of one of the chicks Diggity photographed into the main thread. He seems distracted from the game, good thing he’s not a Padre fan.

      • DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 7:55 pm

        I’m not distracted enough to be horrified by the Padres giving Winfield’s number to Whitson.

      • DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 8:06 pm

        Looks good from behind, anyway. How easy would it be to snatch her purse and bolt?

      • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

        looking up chicks skirts on the stairwell and snagging purses? Loo, you’re incorrigible!

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      SD started playing FL with his son and he’s indicated that doing this has brought both of them closer together. Both of them are having fun with it. I’ve loved FL since Flav introduced me to it 5 years ago, so it always puts a smile on my face when someone else enjoys it as I do.

      • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 8:23 pm

        currently 5th out of 670 in a $5. Still have Panda going. Not much else happening so that place or better is reasonable thinking.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm

        Awesome!

  20. WilcoJoe said, on May 24, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    That’s not a bad looking jersey for a freebie. See if he can send one from the front side.

    • Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      that was the immediate text I shot him. We’ll see.

  21. Flavor said, on May 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    It’s hard to argue against anything other than Voggy is not done……

  22. Macdog said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    If no one’s mentioned this: The Bad News Bears. Glad to see Slap Shot get some love. Flav, My guess on the USA hockey movie is Miracle?

    • paulinasia said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Yeah, I think there were 2 films made about that 1980 gold medal team, and if I remember correctly, Herb Brooks was played by Karl Malden in the first one and Kurt Russell in the second one. Miracle on Ice, maybe.

  23. Macdog said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    And the Padres should hand out a Leon Durham jersey.

  24. snarkk said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Didn’t hurt eventually, but Voggy F’d up that routine throw to first. Is the Giants pitching staff the worst fielding staff in the NL? In MLB? If not, I’d like to know who’s worse. Every time one of our hurlers has a shot at fielding and throwing, I get prepared to throw an embolism…

  25. snarkk said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    On movies, I liked the recent “42” on Jackie Robinson. Nicely done, and the athletes actually looked like players, and none of the actors was a spaz on the field…

  26. snarkk said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    If someone gave me a Garvey jersey, regardless of team, I would burn it, then piss on the ashes for a benediction…

    • paulinasia said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      So, Snarkk, how do you really feel about Garvey? :-)

  27. paulinasia said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    “Watching” on Gameday on the Giants site.. love the little scouting reports they stream: “That was pitch number 15 for Jared Burton; his effectiveness may start slipping, as he holds opposing hitters to a .207 average in the first 15 pitches but they hit .375 off him after that.”

  28. DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I wonder if a play by play announcer has ever actually described a Bumgarner snot rocket as it was happening.

  29. snarkk said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    OK, I’m eating some crow dessert here with my one finger of Lagavulin with one small ice cube. Voggy was nails again tonight, for a 6th straight solid to fine performance. What he’s done to recover from a long period of crappiness, I have no idea. But, he’s righted the ship, and it’s a good thing…

  30. Bozo said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    The Padres should be giving away a Garry Templeton jersey. I’d think if you trade Ozzie Smith away for another shortstop that jersey should be celebrated, right?

  31. DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I think Chad Zerbe’s pitched more than Javier Lopez this season…

  32. snarkk said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Panda now has 96 career HRs…

  33. WilcoJoe said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I don’t like the idea of pulling your hottest hitter who holds his own at 3b for a PH in this close of a game.

    • WilcoJoe said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Defensive replacement not PH

  34. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Slapshot is awesome. Funny as hell. Caddyshack has to make the list. The original longest yard. Blind side was a good story told well. Le Mans. On Any Sunday (the dirtbike move,not the piece of shit by Oliver Stone).

    Red Line 7000 for you oldsters out there. Raging Bull.

    Fuck, Romo. You are getting lit up these last couple days.

    Let’d hope that’s a rally killer.

  35. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Fucking Romo just left another one up.

  36. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Posey haqs tovteach Sanchez how to frame oitches, That was masterful by posey there.

  37. WilcoJoe said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Nice win boys.

  38. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Yes! Ballgame!

  39. blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Little bit of drama, but Romo was Romo in the end.

  40. Bozo said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Yes, good game and very nice win.

  41. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Downhill Racefr for you (old) skiers out there.

    The Hustler.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Agree on both.

  42. Macdog said, on May 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Well-earned win for Vogey.

  43. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Did someone say Brian’s song? My cousin was a huge Bears fan and was devastated when he died.

    • DJLoo said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      There’s a great clip in the movie of the real Sayers running back a kickoff for a TD untouched all the way with some kind of classical type of music playing in the background…

  44. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Yeah, that’s curious to me, DJ. The pen is short-handed and Lopez barely gets a sniff.

  45. blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Wow. Best record in MLB.

  46. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    The “Who’s Your Padre?” and the “Steve Garvey is not my Padre” bumperstickers that came out when Garvey got traded to the Pads were hysterical.

  47. SanDawg said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Was there not anyone among us who showed confidence in Vogelsong when he was going badly earlier in the year? I think there may have been one lone voice in the wilderness who had his back. I can’t for the life of me remember which poster that was that supported him, but somebody on here felt Vogy was gonna be fine while everyone else wanted his ass DFA’d. And yes Snarrk, you were the leader of the pitchfork and torch gang, so it is good to see you express some contrition. Are you able to do some consulting on the side? I think Ray Rice could use your assistance before his next presser!

    80’s night at Petco was a blast. All 80’s music for walk-ups and between innings. “Turning Japanese” was an especially big hit with the crowd, which was a rare San Diego sellout.

    Great call on Templeton. He was very popular down here, as was Flannery (San Diegans STILL love Flannery) and Bevacqua was actually a cult fan favorite as well. ’84 was my first year down here and we went to lots of games, so I remember that team pretty well. If I were in charge and it had to be 5 jerseys from 84, I would go:
    Gwynn, Templeton, Gossage, Flannery, Garvey (begrudgingly).

    The first 2 guys I approached to swap jerseys with ended up being from Germany. They had no idea who any of the players were, but just because I was so adamant about getting rid of Garvey, they wanted nothing to do with him either. It was actually pretty funny.

    • stickman said, on May 25, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Not one of those who jumped on Vogelsong, but was not a rah-rah supporter either. My perspective was the classic “wait and see”. “Let’s wait till mid-May or so and see where he’s at”. Well, guess we know now. His ERA is now down to 3.20 and if he keeps up the pace he may even get All-Star consideration. Vogie is a bulldog and he’s ours. Pretty not too bad for a #5.

  48. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Was it you? It wasn’t me . . . I thought he was toast on a stick.

    • SanDawg said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Yeah…….it was me. I think Chi had my back as well. It was Hangtown and Woodland against the world.

      • unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:48 pm

        I had more hope Timmy would get on track.

        Shit, speaking of hangtown I got to fix the dirtbikes . . . Broke the fuel line in the last move. Nd now we’re doing it again.

        uuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggg…………………….

  49. SanDawg said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    One of my brothers taught for several years at St. Elizabeth’s school in the Portola district in SF where all of my mom’s side of the family is from. (Fun fact: Dan White attended St. Elizabeth’s) The school closed a few years back and he went back there to pay his final respects. They were giving away a bunch of the library books and he grabbed several. They were mostly dated and one of them was “I Am Third” by Gale Sayers, that Brian’s Song was based on. My brother knew I loved that movie, so he gave the book to me. I read it and it was quite an interesting read, but not as PC as your typical sports star book would be these days. At one point, Sayers tells the story of the family dog being so critically ill and in so much pain that he took a knife and killed the dog with his own hands as his younger brother looked on. Yikes!

  50. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Read that when I was a kid. I forgot about that part!

  51. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Those times I talked shit about Vogelsong and said he was done? I’m eating all those words. Every one of them, and I am loving every bit of it. I bow down to the enchiladas…AND Nicole.

    Pablo is unconscious. Great manufactured second run. Romo with a dash of old fashioned torture…beauty of a game. This is the type of game your team has to win regularly if ya want to go deep in the season and post season…shows some kick-ass grit and determination…great fundamental ball. I love that shit.

    Happy Memorial Day, Flappers. Take a moment tomorrow to thank those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. All Gave Some. Some Gave ALL. Salute.

  52. dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 25, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Fat City, Breaking Away, The Natural, Bull Durham. I always liked those. Then the Bad News Bears of course. It reminds me of my latch key youth I suppose. If only mom would of let me have that dirt bike. What about The Hustler? Does that count as a sports movie? Personally I think pool isn’t really a sport but that is a good movie.

  53. willedav said, on May 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Dawg, I’ll give you Vogs, but only for now. He was awful all of last year and the start of this one. He’s rolling last 6 starts. I’m still skeptical on Giants SPs not named Bumgarner. And I’ll give Blade props for warnings about Ubaldo as FA, getting his ass kicked in Balt, who owe him big bucks long term.

    Pads of 84 had a great rotation as I remember…including guy from WhiteSox, right? Templeton helluva talent tho as I recall things didn’t end well for him in SD. Funny that getting to STL Astroturf was best thing that could have happened for Ozzie Smith, a .220 hitter for Pads.

    I have pics of my godson throwing out a first pitch from Petco couple weeks ago. Snarkk talked about how nice park and surrounding area are. Might be a move to stay in hotel near the Airport and check that out…

    • SanDawg said, on May 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

      “Only for now?” Yer killing me Willie D!!! It’s darn near the all-star break and he has been our best starter! Ok, ok, I exaggerate a little, but I still say he deserves an unqualified endorsement at this point.

      • willedav said, on May 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

        “Unqualified” lol. Reminds me too much of Rueter, another classic nibbler I couldn’t stand.

        Saw Byron Scott may be in mix to coach Lakers. I always dug this guy going back to Arizona State. He avg 18 or so as a frosh then had to sit out for academics, I think the term was *Prop 48 casualty*. Traded from Clips who drafted him for Norm Nixon (another guy I liked on Lakers), and the rest was hist as Showtime took off.

  54. stickman said, on May 25, 2014 at 8:10 am

    We currently do have a couple warts for the worriers in the bunch. Romo has been slipping in his last couple appearances. By July or August we may see the Brass lay down the Law. Second candidate is Buster. Somebody here mentioned it in recent postings. He’s not going the other way much any more and he has been slapping a lot of grounders to the left side of the infield ~ as in last night’s GDP. Something he’s gonna need to work on.

    • SanDawg said, on May 25, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Sounds like we could have another Buster Bash on the horizon. Lord knows, we all love a good Buster Bash on here! What’s he ever done for this team anyway? JK…he’s been off with the bat lately, but I’m not worried about him. Romo does concern me a bit more. Seems like he’s serving up gopher balls at a pretty good clip this year.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 25, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Yeah, Buster has been scuffling lately (I know – as I have him on one of my FL teams . . . sigh). He needs to start hitting. Today would be perfect as he has a .400 batting average (8 for 20) against frickin’ Nolasco (another guy I am glad we didn’t sign Willie).

      By the by, if I take credit for my hits, I also need to do a major mea culpa on my misses. No way, no how, did I see Voggy righting the ship. I had him DFA’ed seven ways from Sunday before the season began. Wow! What a turn around. Anywho, I love being wrong about him. Tiny Tim should be taking copious notes, as he has waaaaaaay more talent then Voggy and coupled with what Huddy is teaching the entire pitching staff, Tim should be able to benefit. In short, still on the fence about Tim and still believe he is a “match up” pitcher.

  55. WilcoJoe said, on May 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I wonder if Posey’s back is worse than people are letting on.

    • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Nah, Giants would never mislead on a player’s medical issues….

  56. Nipper said, on May 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Salute

  57. ewisco said, on May 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    i much prefer the sandlot to bad news bears. also like remember the titans more than the blind side. Kurt Russell did a great imitation of Brooks. I read ‘i am third” back in the day, checked it out of the library of all things, but don’t remember the dog scene. I hope you are all enjoying the day. Great indy 500, a family tradition, although we were almost always camping somewhere and trying to pick up the voice of the 500, paul page, on radio somehow.

    • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      I like Sandlot. The kids are are fun in that one. The scene where the little kid w/glasses fakes drowning to get mouth to mouth from the hot lifeguard is hilarious…

  58. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Year ago today was the Pagan inside the parker walk off game, which basically was the start of the Giants season slide. Bochy apparently recognizing that and starting Blanco, not risking a redux … ;)

  59. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Somebody mentioned the Indy 500. When I was a kid, the “voice” of the 500 was Sid Collins. He did the radio thing for years. That was before they televised it, so radio was it. And, they didn’t have 20 guys or whatever it is sprinkled around the track talking constantly, as they do now. It was Sid, the irreplaceable Chris Econamaki in the pits (I think he did radio then), and a coupla other dudes, and that was it. Those were the days of Foyt, Mario, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney, the Unsers and Andy “STP” Granatelli…

  60. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Pence with another dinger!…

  61. dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    This keeps up and dude needs to start going by Gerald.

    • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      If his back is hurt, they should DL him. Why is the #3 hitter not swinging w/bases loaded and nobody out at a pitch close enough to be a called strike?…

      • zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm

        He thought it was a ball. :)

      • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

        Sheez, zum, why didn’t I think of that?… ;)

  62. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Morse with the 3 RBI double! Saved Buster and Panda’s bacon. It’s sweep time…

  63. Nipper said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    SWEEP!

  64. salty said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    One reason they are winning…the 2 out hit.

  65. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Giants apparently prefer to knock runs in with 2 down…

    • WilcoJoe said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      They have to lead the league in two out rbi’s. It wasn’t long ago, you could go to the bathroom with men on base and two outs and you knew you weren’t going to miss anything.

  66. zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    LOL Phillies. Stick a phork in the Rollins/Utley era of the Phillies.
    The Giants changed a lot of players since 2010, and it ended up keeping the Giants from turning into the Phillies.

    LOL Dodgers. Throw a no-hitter and gain no ground on the Giants.

    • WilcoJoe said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      It’s funny you mention that Zum. I remember posting on here a few years back that the Giants should follow the model of the Phillies. My point being that you had to ensure a winning club which would lead to a packed house, which would lead to a winning club…The Phillies now have neither.

      • zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        It’s like the Phillies never recovered from the Giants beating them in the playoffs in 2010. The Phillies started those playoffs with a no-hitter against Cincy, and it all looked like it was going to be great for the Phillies. And then the Giants derailed them.

  67. zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Beautiful camera shots of the Bay and the ballpark all game long. Game well in hand. Very nice and very relaxing.

    • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      What’s not to like so far about interleague? — Giants now looking at likely 6-0 in interleague (Cleveland and Minny) ball so far this season… :)

      • zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        The Giants have turned AT&T into an awesome homefield advantage again this season. I love it when a visiting team comes in and never looks comfortable the whole series playing in this ballpark.
        Last season was so weird. The Giants got swept at home by the Cubs and the Mets. How to explain that?

      • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        Counting today, they’re scoring so far at just above a 4 rpg pace at ATT, whereas they were around 3.5 rpg last season at ATT. Big difference, and I would offer that as a major reason for the better home performance. Also, all last season they hit 44 HRs in 81 games at ATT. So far as of today’s game in progress, the Giants already have 23 HRs at ATT in just 25 games…

      • zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        Cool info, thanks!

  68. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Like Pence just did, why do guys slide into home despite their teammate(s) that just scored on the foul side of the plate clearly holding up their hands with the “no need to slide” sign?…

  69. zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I’m not a big Kontos fan. I hope he does well.

  70. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Why not spell Pence now in the outfield? 8th inning, up by 6, put in Colvin? Does Pence really have to play all 9 frames of every game? I guess the Twins could come back, but Hector just came in for Posey, so why not give Pence a break?…

    • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Never mind, I just realized Colvin’s been in LF. Sheezus, our bench is short…

  71. zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    A Giants sombrero-sighting in the stands! 1 of the 20,000 of them out there in the world! I have one of them, too. 2013 Flapalooza!

  72. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Same deal with Panda, he just singled in bottom of the 8th. 6 runs up, why not PRun Arias for Panda, avoid a needless injury risk…

  73. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Morse is En Fuego — 3 straight doubles. If he continues that, and Panda is feelin’ it, and Pence is strokin’ it now — look out, even if Buster is hurt or whatever is going on with his batting…

  74. zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Have a day, Morse!

    • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      And, a beer! IMO zum, Morse has been a huge diff for this team, certainly one of the reasons for the better home record. Really extends the lineup. I give Sabes credit when he’s due it, and he did a fine job grabbing this dude to shore up LF with some power. I think he’s a smart player, too. Morse was on second on that Colvin sharp grounder to first that Mauer knocked down in the bottom of the 8th, and Morse didn’t try to go to third on contact. That would have been an unnecessary risk of an out and of getting hurt when you’re up by 6 late in the game. He had a .506 SLG heading into today’s game, so it’s above that today…

  75. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    SWEET SWEEP!…

  76. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Kontos looking very solid over 2 innings. He had an interview with Marty Lurie earlier today, said in Fresno he’s developed a cutter, is now throwing a changeup that moves away from LHBs, and his slider has bite back. Said he wasn’t ticked off about going pogo up and down, but also looks forward to being out of options next season – with a not so subtle meaning that he figures he’s good enough to stick with a major league club, not necessarily the Giants…

  77. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Baggs commenting on twitterfeed that Morse’s 3 doubles today compare to Buster’s 3 doubles so far ALL SEASON. That’s just crazy. Is Posey hurt?…

    • Flavor said, on May 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      His 2nd half of last season sucked, too…

      • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 4:16 pm

        I think the explanation is that Posey’s hurt. They’re not saying. That’s why he’s getting the kid glove treatment all the time. You don’t have an MVP season in 2012, then drop off the hitting planet in the second half of 2013, and now just 3 doubles 51 friggin games into 2014. I really had no idea — 3 doubles? If he’s not hurt, he’s way overpaid. Friggin Adrianza has 2 doubles…

    • willedav said, on May 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      It ain’t from catching Lincecum.

      I know Flav doesn’t care for Morse at 1b, but dude is raking and provides serious middle order pop. If you put him in LF, then who plays 1b while Belt is out?

      Gimme some more AL central too. NL central up next, and I don’t think last year vs. those teams was good. Time for some payback, starting with Cubs.

      • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm

        WSox and Royals might be a little better than the Twins. Tigers? I dunno, I figure they’re overrated by the ECoast media untill they prove otherwise…

  78. Flavor said, on May 25, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    When you lead the team in RBI’s you are allowed to be a bit of a menace at first base…

    • willedav said, on May 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      sorry, didn’t see yours…but yeah, agreed. Colvin looks OK too, and even Blanco starting to hit.

    • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      I’m diggin me some Morse. Give me More Morse. I hope they put him in LF every once in a while so he doesn’t forget how to play out there…

  79. WilcoJoe said, on May 25, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    The Giants bullpen is so strong and deep that I don’t think we will miss Casilla as much as we think. They might be the only club that has three guys in Fresno that would probably be late inning relievers on nearly every other club in baseball (Hembree, Runzler and Dunning). Not to mention Law at Richmond.

    • stickman said, on May 25, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      D’accord completely. Giants current strongest suit is the depth and the overall excellence of the bullpen. This one hasta be the best in baseball. Even Romo, who has shown signs of being mortal lately, is second in saves, while a few by other bullies make us tops in the league in that critical category. When the starters go long, as all three did vs the Twins, those bully boys get plenty of rest and stay fresh.

      With Bumgarner having thrown a passel of pitches after 7 i figured the call had to go to Kontos, cause for all practical purposes he’s slop man right now, pitching in blowouts. One hit in two IP. Not exactly shabby, even if the Twinks may have been a bit demoralized after going down by six runs ~ultimately seven. So we’re deeper than the Marianas Trench and stronger than the Atlas Mountains.

  80. DJLoo said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Best record in the game and although you can make a good case for several guys, they don’t have a sure fire All Star representative. I guess Bum’s the best bet at the moment.

    • stickman said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      No need to fret over All-Star representation. It is entirely possible that our current best record in the game will maintain. Should that eventuate, it would be a stretch for SF to get only a token presence in mid-July. In addition to Bumgarner, Hudson and Crawford would be good bets to win the honor. There’s also the possibility that one of Morse, Pence and Panda will manage to stay hot. Anyway, the real deal happens in October, I like our chances.

    • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      The AS Game is near meaningless. Get into the playoffs and let’s see what happens…

      • DJLoo said, on May 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        Not quite true, Snarkk. Besides home field in the WS, don’t you think it would mean a lot to guys like Crawford, Morse, and Pagan to be there?

      • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        It’s near meaningless to me. I haven’t watched it now for several years. I’d rather our guys have the rest, to be honest. The WS home field advantage depending on the AS game winner is an abomination that I hope is changed by a new commissioner…

  81. stickman said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Fifty games into the season with a baseball best 32-18 record. Are we looking at the melding of a monster? Best bullpen in baseball and all five starters can go 7 frequently. Defense keyed by CrawDaddy had the attention of Dan Gladden broadcasting for the Twins this series. He described our SS as one of the best in the game, also raving over his improved hitting. Seven of our position players are likely to finish well into double figures this season~ likely half of them getting more than 20 dingers. In that category SF is second
    only to Colorado, who, playing in the Box of Rox, should get an *asterisk*. Clutch hitting? We got that too. Chemistry? Don’t even ask.

    Current pace projects to 100+ wins. Even with Belt, Scutaro and Casilla out and others having missed play due to injuries, this team simply keeps on keeping on. Could be last season was a bit of an outlier, what with Zito finally hitting the skids pretty hard, Vogelsong not quite back to par after an injury and the long absence of our Angelic sparkplug. This is a squad which has been the big winner in half the last four seasons. This cast of characters is melding into a monster. Sabean pickups such as Monster Morse and the Hudson Terraplane have been key additions. And don’t forget that our GM and his scouting and evaluation staff are dumpster divers deluxe with recent adds including Hicks, Colvin and Guttierez, each of whom have contributed considerably. This bunch of winners is not built on big bucks. It is the result of superb management and wise choices of players who are meshing into a monster.

    • DJLoo said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      I wish I could write something like that.

  82. DJLoo said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    They did the Mesh – They did the Monster Mesh…

  83. willedav said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Everytime Stick references Hudson with *Terraplane* I’m reminded of my all time fav Robert Johnson song, “Terraplane blues” with those awesome slide moves at end of each verse:

    “Gotta woman that I’m lovin/ way down in Arkansas”

    • DJLoo said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Speaking of Hudsons, Willie, did you know that the great Lou Hudson unfortunately passed away last month?
      A terrific ballplayer…

      • willedav said, on May 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        yeah, saw that. One of premier mid range shooters, another lost art. One of best all time for Hawks.
        Guy who coached friend of mine’s son’s JV boys team couple years ago TOLD them: shoot 3’s or layups, only. unreal.

      • willedav said, on May 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

        You enjoying rangers/canadiens series? Great O-6 match up. As long as bruins are out I don’t care who wins.

      • willedav said, on May 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

        wow helluva play to win it too. 20 yrs for both these teams; Rangers look good.

  84. zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    KNBR’s Bryan Murphy posted something after the game.
    I read a lot in general, so I like to think I know how to read; but I’ve read this several times, and I still have no idea what he means:
    “You could’ve packaged the Twins’ offense this weekend and sold it with soup and nobody would’ve said, “These are exceptional saltines!” they would’ve said, “Why did I ruin this soup with saltines?”

    • zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Maybe he was drunk.

      • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:44 pm

        Distinct possibility…

      • Nipper said, on May 26, 2014 at 8:48 am

        He’s a dope.

    • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Let’s see. Twins = saltines. Soup = ? Huh? Murphy’s being hanging around his usual non-sensical buddy Mac (his radio buddy) too long…

  85. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I enjoy HRs and scoring runs way more than the “torture” stuff…

    • zumiee said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      The ancient book “The Art Of War,” by Sun Tzu, says “You must fight the battle you are in, not the battle you WISH you were in.” The Giants won in 2010 and 2012 with the weapons they had.
      But having said that, I agree, I LOVE winning 8-1; it’s AWESOME.

      • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm

        I love the WS wins, but I love me some HRs and some scoring. I even said back in those days I preferred a balanced team, I think it is more sustainable. This team does not have the dominant starting pitching as 2010 and to a lesser extent 2012, but it has good starting pitching so far (James – 2nd in NL with ERA of 3.05, 6th in starting ERA at 3.48), a very good Pen, good but not great D, and better scoring (so far) than the recent SF teams. Balanced. The only big weakness is the bench. There’s no substitute for power…

  86. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Giants so far in the NL:
    2nd in overall ERA at 3.05
    6th in starters ERA at 3.48
    3rd in reliever ERA at 2.23, 1st in reliever WHIP at 1.03
    8th in BA
    2nd in HRs
    4th in runs
    4th in SLG, 4th in OPS
    9th in OBP
    IMO, you combine 4th in scoring runs with 2nd in overall ERA, you’re going to win a lot of games…

  87. snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Cubs are ranked 10th or worse in most NL offensive categories. They are middle of the road in most pitching categories. Giants should take the series, but Samardzija is a tough nut tomorrow…

    • paulinasia said, on May 25, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      I’m impressed you can even spell the guy’s name… :-)

      • snarkk said, on May 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        I looked it up, it could still be wrong… ;)

  88. zumiee said, on May 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I took the liberty of posting a new thread. :)


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