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Bay Bridge Series Time!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 7, 2014

….and I’m home.

So, when you are an NL team having to play in an AL park, this is what the bottom half of your line up looks like:

Colvin, Blanco, Arias, Crawford.

That is just not that impressive.

Although the A’s bottom 4 goes Vogt, Lowry, Callaspo and Gentry.

Also underwhelming.

I’m going to bet that their bottom 4 out homer us 1-0 tonight with Callaspo getting the winning bomb (in this mini bet of their bottom 4 vs our bottom 4)

And no it’s not just you, we should all be very scared about what the A’s are going to do to us in this series—taking us out to the woodshed time….

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    • blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      That’s some funny shit.

    • chipower9 said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Fucking tool…not only do I hope he loses the lawsuit, but I hope someone kicks his ass.

  1. snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I’m kinda hopeful.
    I think the Giants should be able to get at least one game off the A’s. They may be tired from winning so much…

    • blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      “They may be tired from winning so much”

      Them or us?

  2. zumiee said, on July 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Here’s Grant Brisbee, expressing his feelings about the Giants games with the A’s this week:

    “What this series has, though, is potential. It has the potential to surprise us. Baseball is still a trickster coyote, and while we’re all expecting the A’s to win, maybe baseball slaps us upside the head and gives us hope. I’d like that very much. The Giants are the coldest team in baseball, and they have been for a while. They’re about to face the hottest team in baseball. You know how this is going to turn out.

    Except we never know how baseball is going to turn out. C’mon, baseball. Surprise us.

    Please.

    (Baseball will not surprise us.)”

    • salty said, on July 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Good one. I was thinking along the same lines.

    • chipower9 said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      I’m ready for a surprise (as long as it is good for us and the Giants).

  3. snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I’m thinking Casilla is going to be big in one of these games, best to be at the O.sheishole.
    Last time he was closer for SF, the A’s did a walkoff jack against him at that place, by some dude whose name I don’t even come close to remembering. He had a beard, I think. No longer there, in fact wasn’t the guy demoted soon after? Don’t most of the A’s have beards? That started his slide out of the closer’s spot, so Casilla will wipe out that memory with a dominating close of one of these games.
    Or, not…

    • DJLoo said, on July 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      I researched it, snarkk. It was Derek Norris. He just made the ASG this year. It was his first career homer. I have no recollection of it…

      • snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        I remembered it, but not him. Yeah, I’m pretty sure he’s got a beard, and he’s going to the AS game. Couldn’t pick him out of a lineup of bearded dudes…

  4. snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I heard Ray Fosse talking on the KNBR morning show today. He kept calling both Murph and Mac “Murph”. Not that that is too big a deal. But, add to that little bit of cluelessness when voices changed, he just droned on and on after being asked a question, seemingly not to draw a breath as the droning continued. He might be a nice guy, probably is, but there is no way I could listen to him on broadcasts without substantial bourbon or Scotch support…

    • chipower9 said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      I cannot stand to listen to Fosse.

      • DJLoo said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

        I wouldn’t mind seeing Pete Rose lay him out again…

  5. snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I am hoping Voggy gets through the A’s order the first time without throwing a thousand pitches. These guys take pitches like nobody’s business…

  6. DJLoo said, on July 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    There must be half a dozen All Stars I never even heard of. I’m just a Giant fan, not a baseball fan.

  7. salty said, on July 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    God how I loathe the A’s . I’d root for the Dodgers if they met in the WS.

    • snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Rooting for the Dodgers even in extreme circumstances — you may need an intervention… ;)

      • blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        lqtm.

    • chipower9 said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      I don’t know. I am hard-core NL, but I just cannot see myself rooting for the bums. I would probably root for the A’s. As mentioned on the previous thread, when they’re not playing the Giants, I actually like the A’s. This year’s version is fun to watch. And again…when they’re facing the Orange and Black…FUCK THE A’s.

  8. snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Arias with a surprise steal of 2nd, and no throw. Bochy is getting a little crazy (or Arias did it on his own).
    I like it…

  9. snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Nice escape by Voggy.
    Arias steal, hit and run try with Craw — looks like Bochy figures he may need to be a little aggressive to win against these guys…

  10. snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Bronson Arroyo to have TJ surgery.
    Who the heck would have recommended the Gyros pick up that washed up dude?…
    ;)

    • chipower9 said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Uh, I was one of them trumping hard for the Giants to sign him. Until this year, I believe he had never missed a start.

      Fucking Vogey keeps playing with fire. Not sure how much longer this dance can go on…

      • snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm

        I was w/you on Arroyo, and also on Voggy’s potential arson. A’s have power, so, much longer with this constant trouble and someone might pop one…

  11. salty said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Yeah a lot of bemoaning when they signed Voggy instead of Arroyo

    Got excited when I heard Scutaro was playing, then read his back hasn’t improved and he’s just going to play through the pain. How can he even be an effective pH sitting around with a sore back, then jumping up in the 8th to take a crack at a 97 mph fb?

    • snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Yeah, sounds like a dubious proposition. Guess they’ll try it for as long as he can go, and is contributing. If it doesn’t work, he’s probably done…

  12. chipower9 said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I hear ya Salt re: Scoots, but WTF…let’s roll the dice and see what “Blockbuster” can do. He may surprise us, just like we all hope the Giants surprise us in these two series (nice post on surprises and baseball, Zumiee).

  13. salty said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Fuck…hit the battotql bullshit

  14. zumiee said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    The A’s going anti-SABR small-ball this inning. Stolen base, and a bunt.

  15. pawliekokonuts said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Regarding the Stupid Sleeping Fan Lawsuit, I tweeted that next up is a lawsuit from someone who was caught with a *secret* scandalous companion in front of 44,559 people and millions of viewers.

  16. blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Jesus H. Christ! About ready to fly out to Oakland and shoot the MOFO pounding on the drums and the other MOFO on the friggin’ horn.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Imagine how enraged someone [this is not directed toward the actual Bladeness] would have to be to actually SUSTAIN the pissed-off-ness through: ticket purchase, booking, security clearance, taxi to O.gasm Stadium, buy ticket, find culprits, etc. Wait. Wait. We actually live in such a world, don’t we? On a related matter, I hear some of the ghetto trash down the block erupting into a very heated exchange. Maybe I had better lie on the floor, below the windows.

      • blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        lqtm

      • blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:11 pm

        I have my pc connected to my fairly new big screen tv with MEGA sound system. Even on low, it sounds like those fuckers are in my living room. :-)

    • chipower9 said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      No shit!

  17. unca_chuck said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    No shit…

    Poor Vogie has nothing to show for some good outings lately.

  18. zumiee said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Wow, what an amazing coincidence that the Giants have faced great pitchers for about 30 games in a row.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      That is (at least my) POTD.

  19. pawliekokonuts said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I have a sheepish confession to make: the one game I ever attended in OAK, the day Petit was going for the perfecto, I found the fans in the cheap seats in back of the plate decent and refreshingly loyal and down-home. My shocking confession is this: I mused silently to myself: IF I lived here, I might very well identify more with these blue-collar fans than the smarter, richer, fancier folks at AT&T. Of course, that IF would be a huge contingency; that IF would have to wipe away all personal fan memory, all connection to my NY-SF Giants past. That IF would need to erase the existence of Willie Mays, etc. etc. ad nauseam infinitum. In other words, I’d be in a psychotic fugue.

    • unca_chuck said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Strange. The games I’ve been to, about 8 over the past 45 years, the fans were very blase. Rowdy in the bleachers? Sure. But the better the seats got, the more disinterested they seemed. I’m talking 35,000 watching Boston during the Bash Bros days, and Dot racing got the biggest crowd response by far. Or being outcheered by Yankee fans.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        Since the game is so slow-assed, dare I (dare I?) reignite the firestorm over “disinterested” from a few years back? Naw. (Throws grenade over transom and walks away.)

  20. unca_chuck said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Shit. What a slow=ass game.

    • chipower9 said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      What…what…I fell asleep. Fuck…I’m going to sue the A’s announcers…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      I’ve always wondered: what exactly IS a slow ass?

  21. chipower9 said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    It is absolutely painful listening to the Giants/A’s TV feed. Listening to, as Steve mentioned, the drums and horn, the lame-ass A’s announcers, and the stories about the fucking A’s is just painful.

    Well, the kid (Panik) looked just a tad overfaced there.

    • zumiee said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Miller and Krukow are on the local TV channel broadcast. Channel 31 in the Sac area; and local NBC station in the Bay Area.

      • blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm

        Ahh. Thanks Zum for the clarification (we have the same feed and Chi must have the A’s feed that they are sending via tin cup and string.). :-)

    • blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Chi, I have a question – I have Miller and Krukow announcing the game on my pc feed (to my tv). Who do you have announcing the game? Wondering if it is different for the guys in the SF bay area (I know you are in Sac).

      Fucking Callaspo. Shit.

      • zumiee said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm

        Because the A’s are the home team, the Comcast broadcast is the A’s guys tonight. Miller and Krukow are on the local channel broadcast.

  22. OBD said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Baseball is a cool sport.

  23. blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Blanco, swinging for the fences (all 160 lbs of him). Dumb.

  24. zumiee said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Apropos of nothing, I started the first season of “West Wing” today. I’m liking it a lot. I also like Sorkin’s “Newsroom.” I didn’t like his “Studio 60″ show. And I haven’t seen any of his “Sports Night” show. “Sports Night” was a take on ESPN, I think. I’ll check it out at some point.

  25. OBD said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I have brain damage.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Well, I certainly am not gonna get on my high horse over WABOC! Brit newspapers would put it on page 1 without blinkin’ a bloody eye — and not just the tabloids.

  26. OBD said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I am an idiot.

  27. OBD said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I wish I understood it.

  28. unca_chuck said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Soooo, 5th shitout in 13 games?

  29. blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Looking like it Chuck.

  30. unca_chuck said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Shitout, shutout. Ooooh, the ball rolls all the way to China after that throw. Surprised he didn’t score.

  31. unca_chuck said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Fuck, Crawfish. 2 errors in 2 plays.

  32. unca_chuck said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    How’s it hanging, hanger? Still crazy after all these years?

  33. zumiee said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Wagon. Wheels. Off.

  34. snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Apparently Gutierez muffed yet another easy chance, keeping the Giants pitcher’s crap fielding record intact. Followed by a comedy of errors by Craw. How accommodating.
    I did come back in time to hear Blanco strike out. After bluffing a bunt and taking a called strike one for the umpteenth time. I’m at a loss to figure out what that is supposed to do to the pitcher and the defense, since if they’ve been paying attention to scouting reports, Blanco does that all the time, yet doesn’t bunt…

    • unca_chuck said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Yeah. Crawfish compounded it by throwing the ball away.

  35. unca_chuck said, on July 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Yeah, what kills me is the stubborn refusal to change anything for some of these guys. Blanco’s hads weeks and weeks to change his approach but doies the same shit over and over. Take the strike, swing at the ball, take a pitch, swing and miss.

    • snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Well, he does get caught looking on called third strikes fairly often. That’s a bit of a twist.
      If Gutierez actually fields that ball and makes a play, maybe none of that Keystone Kops routine happens, and it’s still 3-0, within reach. Do Giants pitchers ever take an infield? As a staff, particularly the relievers, they seem near incapable of making all but the easiest of defensive plays…

  36. snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Flemm and Kuip — not good.
    Talking about Harbaugh and the Niners, they didn’t even notice the A’s put in a pinch runner for Callaspo or whatever his name is. Even they are mailing it in here…

  37. Macdog said, on July 7, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    How the hell were the Giants ever 21 games over .500?

    • snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Good question.
      After essentially a month of suckage, it’s hard to fathom.
      Could be that this Giants team just isn’t very good this year…

  38. blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Normally, Doolittle closes, but he pitched last night.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Then again, no need since the game is beyond closing.

  39. blade3colorado said, on July 7, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Sheesh, the only Flapper that had any sense tonight was Bozo – He probably got a good night’s sleep.

  40. snarkk said, on July 7, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Hmmm.
    Giants have been shutout in 4 of the last 8 games. But, it’s the pitching, right James?
    Well, now the Giants can take 3 of the next 4 — got ‘em right where we want ‘em. Oy.
    G’nite Flappers…

  41. Nipper said, on July 7, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    American League is superior. Giants not up to the task. Lets hope for one win at least in this series.

    • zumiee said, on July 8, 2014 at 12:05 am

      Yeah, the AL has won 2 of the last 6 World Series; clearly it’s the superior league.

  42. willedav said, on July 8, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Ugly. Vogs was actually not that bad, hitting the 2 guys that both wound up scoring. After Gutierrez (ugh) gave up Callaspo double, I couldn’t watch or listen anymore. Seems every time I watch A’s they win.
    Other than Arias, not many bright spots. Panik’s K on the breaking ball close as they got to scoring.

    Sidelight, I finished Nate Jackson’s book about pro football, “Slow Getting Up.” Definitely a good read. He describes training camps, locker rooms, coaches (Shanahan in Denver, etc) assistants, endless positions meetings, downtime (and strip clubs and Vegas) and medical treatment. And Bill Walsh.
    He’s a real guy who just wants to play, not a Keyshawn “Throw me the damn ball” entitled celebrity who ghost writes his stuff. Most interesting take was his one on weed, which he said NFL should just stop enforcing bans on. While talking about passing the mandatory preseason piss test, his comments on reef were along these lines–pain is a way of life in NFL, and smoking weed gave his body a chance to relax and rest, as opposed to all the other brutal stuff (injections etc) he had to go through to get on playing field.


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