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Finishing STRONG

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 1, 2015

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

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

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

She’s Fat And She’s Singing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 30, 2015

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

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

So, boring week of baseball ahead.

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


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

One Day At A Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 29, 2015

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

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

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

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

My point with all this sitcom talk?

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

One Day at a Time……

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

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

One game at a time.

One day at a time……


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

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

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

What Will Jett Parker do Today?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 27, 2015

Sadly, I won’t see it. NFL today.

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

Jarrett Parker

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 26, 2015

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

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

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

24 Seconds of Nonsense

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 25, 2015

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

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

Game Time Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 24, 2015

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

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

Must have been a frustrating game to watch.

They Called Him Yogi

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 23, 2015

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

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

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

He’s a baseball hero. RIP.


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

DFS is Not Gambling and Other Thoughts

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

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


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

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

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

Where’s Mulder?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 21, 2015

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

00 000 000 000 000 000 000

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 20, 2015

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


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 19, 2015

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

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

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


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

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


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 17, 2015

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

His revival this year has been epic.

Zito vs Hudson looming?

Lost Opportunity

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 16, 2015

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

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

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

Game Time Thread!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 15, 2015

Why the heck not?

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

Giddy up

Ugly Everything

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 14, 2015

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

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

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

What is THIS?


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

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

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

Go Giants.

Game Day Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 13, 2015


But still….

Go Giants.

Game Time Thread Once the Game Starts

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 12, 2015

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


Big Big Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 11, 2015

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


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

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


Turn Out the Lights

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 10, 2015

This comment says it all:

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

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

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

we needed a new thread.



Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

Winding Down or Spiraling Downward?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 8, 2015

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

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

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


Labor Day–The Great Irony

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 7, 2015

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

Happy Labor Day? I think not.

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

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

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


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


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

Hope Posey got his 10 hours last night…….

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


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 6, 2015


Go get ’em……

Game Day!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 5, 2015

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


Bad Meets Worse

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 4, 2015

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

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

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

On The Ledge…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

(Ker) Shank Redemption?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 2, 2015

Sinking, sinking, but not yet sunk.

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

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

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

Death By GreinkShaw…

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 1, 2015

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

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

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

Game Time Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 31, 2015

Fuck the Dodgers.

LOL at the Dodgers and Me

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 31, 2015

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

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

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



Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 30, 2015

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

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

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

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


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 29, 2015

Another day, another W.

Specs makes good.

Day game today, Lynn v Voggy…….

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

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


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

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


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 28, 2015

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Raise Your Hand if you Want to Play

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 27, 2015

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

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

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

DL Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 26, 2015

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

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

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

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 25, 2015

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

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

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

Dark Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 24, 2015

Yesterday sucked. That was the first game in a while I felt like we just weren’t going to win. Too bad since Liriano was average at best. Everyone looked tired. Getting back to SF at 3am probably didn’t do them any favors but the day off couldn’t come at a better time. Re-charge, re-boot.

Still only 1.5 games out. Some how.

On the 7th Day, Voggy Rises….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 23, 2015

Sunday Night game on ESPN tonight. Voggy v Liriano. On the surface this seems to have all the makings of an embarrassing execution but Voggy has proven everyone wrong time and time again. I don’t know if it’s the enchiladas, the blow jobs, or divine intervention. Maybe a combo of all 3.

I can’t come up with a reasonable expectation for success tonight so I’ll just leave it to you guys to pump up the blog…….


According to espn/stats, 14.1% of the pitches Matt Carpenter has taken out of the zone have been called as strikes, highest in the majors. I’m envisioning a St Louis fan version of James doing the slowest of burns about this…….

When Everything Goes Your Way

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 22, 2015

Yesterday, wow, what a day. We won. Byrd hit everything. Bumgarner homered. The Dodgers got no hit. My recurring lifelong dream did not come to pass. I’m sure some other pretty rad stuff happened, too…..

All in all, a pretty spectacular August 21st…..

My expectations for Leake tonight: low. Besides keeping his hammy in order he’s probably going to be on some kind of a pitch count. And then there’s the issue of hitting Gerrit Cole. But you know what? He’s been pretty bad for the entire month of August so…..

Yesterday was the 7th time in baseball history that a no hitter has been thrown on the same day a dude hit 3 bombs. But 3 of those 7 have happened THIS YEAR. What are the odds of that?

Win Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 21, 2015

Doesn’t it feel like this every day that MudBum goes out there?

Marlon Byrd flies into the starting line up tonight and one less hologram takes the field.

Remember the day Kevin Mitchell arrived? Day after July 4th, he shows up in Chicago and bangs out 2 home runs. Maybe Byrd only hits one tonight but I think we’d all take that.

Did it get any better than the Kevin Mitchell trade for the Giants? At least in terms of in-season deals?

Missed Opportunities

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 20, 2015

Three games v the Cardinals and only one win. All 3 games very winnable. The Cubs lost. AZ beat up on Pitt. And the lowly A’s exposed the Dodgers as what they are— a truly average team.

The division is RIGHT THERE for the taking. That is, as long as the Dodgers continue to ignore fixing their pathetic bullpen and continue to make pointless moves like adding Chase Utley.

Nothing else to do but take it one game at a time, starting tonight……..

Welcome to “Mixed Feelings Day”

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 19, 2015

On the one hand, man, what a great win. If you had told me that the bedraggled Voggy would have to hump up for another spot start and toss 30 pitches in the first inning and that we would go on to WIN 2-0, I woulda called you crazy. And yet, that’s what  happened. And then the lowly A’s manage to beat Kershaw and the Dodgers? Was that a dream?

Sadly, there is another hand. And that hand smacks us back to reality with the Hunter Pence to DL news. At some point, your team just takes too many blows to remain realistically in the race.

However, I absolutely think they are still in the race as long as Sabean puppeteers Evans into making a skilled waiver wire deal or two. We have experience and I don’t doubt a focused effort till the end, but we are not making the playoffs with Maxwell, Blanco and whatever hologram from AAA we might be shining into the final outfield spot.

So stay positive, but have it be contingent on the above mentioned moves that have to occur for us to pass the Dodgers in September……..

Is Leake a Hundred Percenter?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 18, 2015

You know, one of those players who’s only good to go if he’s 100%? Because something is not adding up here. The Giants put Leake on the DL on August 7th with Bochy saying that “if it were late September, he might have been able to push through the injury.” That was 10 days ago and he was scheduled to pitch today. Now we find out he’s being pushed back again?

Was there a setback no one is talking about? Are Leake and the Giants not on the same page? Word last night was that he can pitch fine but that he’s at 65% and he has trouble getting off the mound to field the ball. Why would the Giants say he’s scheduled to start if he can’t field his position?

I couldn’t trust the Giants medicos less when it comes to diagnosing an injury so maybe this is just another case of them bungling a case. Or maybe Mike Leake is A Hundred Percenter. Now we trot out the bedraggled Voggy again and hope he can gut out another good start.

At this point, I think I’d rather have a pitcher go out there who I know has the guts to be out there than a guy who, frankly, I’m not certain wants to be out there……

“Shoptalk” with Daniel

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 17, 2015

We play the Cardinals tonight and Daniel Shoptaw and I decided to keep our Q/A going since it was always so well received in the past. Here’s the email I sent him with his responses. He put a link to his blog in his question 2 answer.

Daniel Shoptaw

7:37 AM (45 minutes ago)

to me
1) Flavor: The Cardinals are piling up the wins this year. Giants fans have learned to not get too caught up in regular season wins and losses. Just make the playoffs and then let Hunter, Buster and the rest of the gang take over. Is there a sense in the Cardinal fan community that winning just shouldn’t be this easy? Like the team is peaking too soon? Aside from your team, who do you think the best team in the NL is? Who would you least like to play in the NLCS? Feel free to say the Giants for obvious reasons. :)
Shoptalk: While the Cardinals may have 75 wins so far this season, to say it’s been easy is probably a bit of a misstatement.  There are a lot of 1-0, 2-1 type games in there, a lot of close games that require much more stress on pitchers and fans than would be preferable.  The Cards have been blessed with almost historic levels of great pitching, but the offense just isn’t generating that much.  I can think of some Giants teams that might have followed that formula a little bit!
I don’t think anyone is worried about peaking, but there are always concerns that the offense won’t be enough or the pitching will wind up finally stumbling in October.  On the flip side, we both know that postseason baseball is so often close and low-scoring, so this St. Louis team will have plenty of practice in those sorts of games, so much so that October may not feel much different than June or July.
Honestly, if I wasn’t picking St. Louis as the best team in the NL, I’d probably go with the Pirates.  Maybe that’s because we see them all the time, but they have a very strong pitching staff and some potent bats, plus at least three Cardinal killers in Pedro Alvarez, Aramis Ramirez and Francisco Liriano.  That’s a team I don’t really want to see, but there are a lot of teams that I’m not excited about either.  The Giants well could be one of those teams–I’m interested to see how the two clubs stack up over the next couple of weeks.
2) Flavor: You recently inherited your father in law’s 1962 Topps baseball card set. First of all, my condolences for your family’s loss. But regarding the cards, was this inheritance surprising? Why 1962? It looks like a complete team set, did he have other years/teams? If so, where are those sets? Was your father in law a big collector? Here is a pic of part of the set that I snagged from Daniel’s twitter feed:
Shoptalk: Thanks for your sympathy.  My father-in-law passed in April–here’s the post I put up at the time–and my wife just went back to Ohio this weekend to bring home some of his effects, including that 1962 set.  I’m not 100% sure why 1962, but my guess is that’s one of the first years he started collecting cards, as he would have been 10 at the time.  I know that he showed me that set the first time I ever met him and we talked about how he filled out the collection at card shows and the like over time.  I want to say he didn’t finish it until the early ’90s, though I couldn’t swear to it.
That’s the only complete set that he had, at least that I’m aware of.  He was a huge baseball fan in general (the Reds in particular) and he a number of unopened packs and baseball cards around.  He even had a poster up in his store of a card show he helped organize in 1990 that featured Jeff Montgomery, a local guy that had made the majors.  He sold baseball cards for a long while in his store, so while he wasn’t necessarily a big collector, he was appreciative of cards and what they meant.
Flavor: Sorry, we just had an earthquake while I was writing this….. but I’m back, everyone/everything is ok.
Shoptalk: (Glad to hear it! That’s one way to wake up in the morning!)
3) Flavor: I check out the Cardinal line up everyday (I play a fair amount of daily fantasy baseball). I have noticed that the St Louis LU changes A LOT. Grichuk and Piscotty, for example, seem to bat all over the line up. Do Matheny’s LU’s make sense to you? Or does it feel like he’s over-managing them?
Shoptalk: It’s funny, we as Cardinal fans sometimes complain about the Matheny lineups but when Tony La Russa was making out 155 different ones over a 162 game season, it was his way of playing all the percentages.  
I don’t think Matheny’s over-managing, at least not in this regard.  (Honestly, for the most part, I think Matheny’s improved as a manager this year, though he still has his faults.)  Matheny’s hampered by the fact that his regular #3 hitter, Matt Holliday, is out and has been out a good portion of the season.  Without having that bulwark, it allows and almost requires some experimentation to see how best to fill that gap.  It’s also a fact that the offense really has struggled, even though there’s plenty of talent up and down the lineup, and Matheny seems to be trying to find the best fit that will create a spark.  You could argue that he should leave them alone for a few days instead of shifting almost daily and that’d be a fair critique, I believe, but at least there’s some reason behind what he’s doing.
Hope that’ll work for you!  Let me know when they go up and I’ll link at my site.  I dropped a link to the site in general in today’s post.
Daniel sent me some questions too, I’ll get to them as the work day allows this morning and will re-post here if he writes a thread about it.

The Difference Between Winning and Winning

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 16, 2015

I follow Bryce Harper on Twitter and a lot of his off season tweets are about *greatness* and the what it takes to dedicate yourself to greatness. It’s got a *Tony Robbins* tint to it. Colin Kaepernick tweets the same kind of stuff. Neither one of them seem to understand that their goal of achieving *greatness* has everything to do with themselves and nothing to do with the team. That’s one of the reasons I love guys like Pence and Buster. They understand that real goals in sports are team goals. Team wins. Championships.

I don’t like Harper or any other Nat. I don’t think Matt Williams deserved that MOY award. I laughed quietly to myself watching McCatty get thrown out of the game last night. Can you imagine Dave Righetti getting thrown out of a game on a visit to the mound?

The Nats are a joke and I am enjoying these games where the question isn’t are we going to beat them it’s by how much……

National Beat Down Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 15, 2015

I’ll take Voggy and Cain, you take Strasburg and Scherzer. What kind of odds you give me that I go 2-0?

Nice, hot day here in the Bay. Get the ball up in the air and watch ‘er fly, high, HIGH.

After the first 2 games, it kinda feels like we’re playing with a little house money. Keep the pedal on the floor, there is no number of wins against the Nats and Williams that I would declare “too many.”

Game Time Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 14, 2015

Why Not?


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