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Baseball and Rock and Roll

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 27, 2016

I tried to watch Game 2, I really did. But, I petered out. Heard the Cubs won.

#FreeStix! RPOTD. This one comes with a classic TedSpe reply.

stixwiz said, on January 27, 2011 at 10:31 am (Edit)

With precious few exceptions there has been very little good rock music produced since about 1976. From ’64-76 classic after rockin classic dominated the airwaves. Something happened after that. For one thing the FCC told a bunch of radio stations that they didn’t want so much of that sex n drugs n rock n roll stuff over the airwaves. Another thing was that the spirit of the times simply changed.

If you weren’t around for the Sixties and the first half of the Seventies, you missed out on the glory years. As far as i’m concerned there was very little music from the 80’s which could be and was enjoyed by anyone who did not grow up during that dreadful decade. Unfortunately, the decline has continued. My tastes lately have been running to the Bluuz.

  • TedSpe said, on January 27, 2011 at 10:35 am (Edit)

    I take it you’re not a big Christopher Cross fan, Stix

Indians Take Game 1

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 26, 2016

Cleveland: “Well, that was easy…”


Today’s #FreeStix! RPOTD is brought to us by the Jan 25th, 2015 thread. It’s short but I liked it because pitch forks and hoe’s are found in the same backyard tool shed and the image of him shaking a pitch fork is nearly as good as him shaking the hoe. I would have liked to have been a fly on the backyard fence as Stix was trying to decide what gardening tool to shake at the Feds……

stickman said, on January 25, 2015 at 5:36 pm (Edit)

STRIKE ONE on the new commissioner. If he backs the Dink Hitter rule for the NL that will be strike four and time for torches and pitchforks.

Awards vs Flags

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 25, 2016

Dave Roberts won the Sporting News Manager of the Year and that’s not a surprise. He deserved it. As a fan, I used to care about those individual awards a lot. Then 3 in 5 happened and I literally couldn’t care less about them.

World Series starts TONIGHT. No more false starts right? Tonight is the night?

I don’t want to send anyone (Loo) into an obsessive search but I am pretty fixated on finding that Stix post about *pussy all over his bed*. I am guessing it was in one of the Winter months but I don’t want to send anyone down the wrong path. Anyway, here’s today’s #FreeStix! RPOTD:

stickman said, on February 12, 2015 at 10:30 am (Edit)

28 below zero hereabouts at sunup this morning but only -2 now. So i’m basking, basking, basking. Opened up the monday sports section in the as previously unread October 27 edition of the New York Times. Their front cover story read “A Giant among Giants”, a very nice piece on Sabean and his trail of successes. They must have been reading tealeaves. Series was tied at 2-2 with Bumgarner going against that loser at San Diego, now.

Friend who did 22 heavy years time living in Manhattan still gets the NYT and i get them after a few weeks. Love the crossword puzzles ~ though Schortz should not ALLOW popkultch krap in the Friday and Saturday ones as they’re hard enough to do already without having to know the identity of some goddamn boobtoob booby starring in some 1986 mindrot. In any event, i saved up the critical mid-October and early November issues for pre-S.T. enjoyment. And man did i enjoy that October 27th one.

Indians or Cubs?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 24, 2016

World Series starts tonight if that does anything for ya. I would be rooting harder for Cleveland if it weren’t for 1) that stupid racist logo and 2) the bad taste still in my mouth from the Warriors incomprehensible meltdown after being up 3-1 last year. I still haven’t come close to letting that go….

But yeah, I’m rooting for the Indians. I liked the Cubs and their fans much more when they were losing every year.

How about a Retro Stix post? There is so much gold in this one I don’t know where to start:

stixwiz said, on February 27, 2014 at 10:33 am (Edit)

Easy to see why Spring training is not held here in northern Minnesota. Finally coaxed myself outta the sack upstairs at around nine this a.m. Heating stove got a refill. Ice floes atop the water buckets on the kitchen floor. Cat-water frozen almost solid.
Turned on this machine and hooked into Yahoo weather report for this area. Twenty-four below zero. It’s getting a bit old. Betcha if they were playing up here yesterday that Red Dick guy would not have scaled that fence even once. Not much bounce when there are two feet of snow on the ground and a howling north-northwesterly at about 30 MPH driving the one-below temp into a windshield factor i do not even wanna contemplate. That was yesterday afternoon’s lead-in to last night.
Looks like March is NOT gonna come in like a lamb. Not even a sour old goat. The original Frostbite Falls (aka International Falls) some 130 miles NNE of me set their all-time low for last night at -33. We probably did not bottom that, but probably neared -30. Saturday night, March 1st is projected for a comparatively balmy -26 degrees. Couple more cold ones after that and then we start getting more snow with the milder temps.
So my question is this~~ why do MLB schedule makers even consider early season starts in venues like Minneapolis, Boston. Chicago and Milwaukee when cities like Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Houston, Arlington, Phoenix, L.A., S.F., Dago and Oakland usually enjoy decent to fine weather in early Spring?


What A Moment

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 22, 2016

It’s no secret that during the off season it’s a grind to find things to *main thread* about every day. But this one is easy.

pawliekokonuts said, on October 21, 2016 at 7:14 pm (Edit)

I dialed the number someone kindly shared with me. [Long-ish story I can’t get into. The info was handed to me. My first thought was: What? No way I can call him. I was told I had to tell him about the book. I demurred. Until today.] I was that nine-year-old boy trying to call Willie Mays, as described at the outset of ‘Chasing Willie Mays.’

What would I say?

He answered right away. I knew it was him.

‘Hello, who is this?’
‘This is Paul Kocak. I wrote a book…’
‘Wait a second, I can’t hear you.’
His voice was high-pitched, almost plaintive, but calm, cordial, familiar. Comfortable and conversational.

As I was intoning the familiar ‘can you hear me now?,’ I realized it wasn’t just me or my phone, though I might’ve been mumbling a little from nerves. His TV was too loud. The curse of old people. He had left his phone to turn down the television. I could hear the volume receding.

‘I had to turn the TV down.’

‘What can I do for you, sir?’

‘I just wanted to let you know I wrote this book. It’s about you, and my love for the Giants. When I was nine years old I tried to call you, and here I am calling you now from Syracuse, New York.’

‘I heard about that book.’

‘Really? I…’

‘…yeah, it was on a New York station.’

I had yet to be interviewed on a NY station, though a station in Stamford, Connecticut, had interviewed me the day before. But who knows?

‘So, I was wondering if I could send you a copy.’

‘Sure, send it to the ballpark.’

‘Oh, okay. At 24 Willie Mays Plaza.’

‘Yes, sir.’

‘I don’t want to intrude on your day. Thank you so much, sir. Thank you, sir. Bye now.’

Clearly, my ‘thank yous’ extended over decades and went deeper than this call and far beyond me.

That was it, more or less. I cannot describe how welcoming, charming, easy, and gracious he was. If some stranger had called my number out of the blue, I would be more suspicious, apprehensive, annoyed. He left the feeling we could’ve talked longer. I didn’t want to abuse the privilege. It went easy once I made up my mind to do it. Oh yeah. There was a tiny voice in the back of my head saying: This is Willie Mays. You’re talking to Willie Mays. Live. This is your childhood reenacted with a different ending.

He couldn’t have been sweeter or more hospitable.

So, aside from a nap or two on a day with torrential rains, that was my day.


If you want to read Pawlie’s book “Chasing Willie Mays” you can find it online here:

If you want to read another retro post by Minnesota’s #1 hoe-shaker you can find it here:
Denny was whining about the length of Timmy’s hair and Stix had had enough. Bonus post today. Two for the price of none.
stixwiz said, on July 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm (Edit)

FU haircut Dennis! Stooooooopid retro attitude. Timmy’s problem is not his hair. It’s an inability to come up with a killer out pitch after getting two strikes on a batter

stixwiz said, on July 25, 2010 at 2:06 pm (Edit)

Dennis. You are stuck in sixth grade with the nun threatening to whack your wrist outta general principles. Timmy represents SAN FRANCISCO, not friggen Okrahoma City.

(L)ost (A)gain Time?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 21, 2016

Well, all that jizz the networks blow on eachother’s faces when they get to broadcast a Kershaw game is going to get tested on Saturday. He’s the greatest pitcher of all time, right? Nobody even a close second, right? Dodgers backs against the wall and their guy has to come through or it’s another lost season and the dealin’ is DONE in LA for the year…..


#FreeStix! RPOTD!

This one came from this year. He and I nailed it, didn’t we? Here was the end of my thread on on February 24th:

“I like our bullpen a lot. Nice mix of experience and young flame throwers. And hey, if the bullpen falters the one thing I KNOW the Giants will do is go get help. They aren’t spending 165 million on 2016 salaries and complement it with a leaky bullpen that gives away games. So, nothing to stress on here. Cautious optimism warranted…….”

And then Stix response….

Carstie Clausen said, on February 24, 2016 at 8:40 am (Edit)

Appears that Derek Law has come back strong from an injury situation. Smith, Romero and Gearin are also champing at the bit. In other words, the pen has not only excellence from the outset but also plenty of depth in the pipeline with a combination of quality experience and young flamethrowers. Bullpen is the least of our worries going into the season.”

Double lulz……

Big Game in Art Dealing Land

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 20, 2016

Tonight is the first post season game (non-Giant) that I’ve looked forward to. This pivotal Game 5 in LA will determine the NL rep in the World Series and all the pressure is on….both teams? Lots of second guessing of Roberts who is starting the underwhelming Maeda instead of the short rested Kershaw. I actually think it’s the right decision. If Maeda cobbles together a serviceable outing and LA scratches a win off Lester you have to think the lights get blown out in the windy city this weekend.


#FreeStix! RPOTD!

stixwiz said, on December 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm (Edit)

Joyeaux Noel et un Bon Anee’ pour mes Amis de le Flap. God Jul og Nyt Aar, ogsa. Okay, so we got now German, Spanish, French and Norwegian greetings of the day and season and, oh ya, Bon Voyage Aeriel for Blade and “Muchos Garcias” as some southeast Texans sometimes say in describing south Texas to Flav for his long-running labor of love in keeping this happening happening. No white Christmas up here in the far flung fringes of Minnesota’s Northwoods, but i guess they got em around Denver and Santa Fe. Go figure.

Looking forward to a Giant 2012, making a matched set with 2010. Already champing at the bit to salute the Champs of the new year.

Buckling To The Pressure

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 19, 2016

The Cubs are proving once again that a team that coasts through the regular season is never a lock to succeed in the post season. Some of the Cubs players complained in September that it “felt like Spring Training.” There is something to this. It’s a challenge to go from not feeling pressure for months to suddenly being thrust into the knuckle-gripping stress of the post season. Adding the additional pressure of “Are they really going to lose this?”  is probably making it that much worse. ESPECIALLY for a young team. The Cubs can dig themselves out of this because they are better than the Dodgers. But right now it’s clear which team is handling the pressure of October baseball and it’s not the youngsters from Chi-town.

#FreeStix! RPOTD! (this is a good one that gives a quick glimpse into his *disgust with the corporate crap*. I feel like I am getting to know Stix better as I sift through his repetitive yet introspective posts….)

Carstie Clausen said, on June 25, 2015 at 10:32 am (Edit)

Chi: As much as i admire Belt, i do get the feeling that he may be past simple disgust with ATT. I’m disgusted with the owners for going along with that corporate crap, but they are greedy fuckers so it’s just fine with them not to dump the phonebill and go with Willie Mays Field. So it could just be that BB9 is quietly plumping for a trade.

Houston? They are swamped with prospects, both outfielders and starters. Thing is, SF does not have to trade Belt. They could hold out for one helluva package. There is no clearly dominant team in the Junior League, unlike with StL in the NL. The Stros haven’t been to the dance since long before they switched leagues. They could be hungry enough to make quite an offer for a guy who might well be the next Dave Kingman in their venue.

With some financial considerations added, Philadelphia might get a bite on a Cole Hamels offering. Problem is, they might want to add Howard as well.

Unshackle The Cubs Bats (And Stix)

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 18, 2016

Ok, the time for the Cubs to stop screwing around is right now. They are hitting .193 as a team this post season. That is a batting average the Giants should be checking in with, not the stacked Cubs. Enough fiddling around. It’s time to pound the Dodgers into the ground and out of the post season. And that starts tonight.

Even though they’re still playing baseball, for me, it’s basically the off season. In the past I’ve entertained myself with digging up retro players of the day. The BBOTD was born in, I think, the first year of the Flap. This year, to honor and support our ensnared Flap buddy Stix, I am going to try to upload a #FreeStixRetroPostoftheDay! every day this off season. So without further ado, here’s one from 2013 when he went by the handle StixWiz:


stixwiz said, on December 31, 2013 at 2:40 pm (Edit)

Greetings and salutations on the pending New Year. It IS an even numbered one. Those have been good for SF of late. Also greetings from the Icebox of the Nation as my HIGH temp today was Twenty-frogging-TWO degrees below ZERO. I really feel sorry for those poor Canuckle ballers less than 100 miles north of me. For them below zero = -1 Celsius, which is something like 30 degrees in real temps. Now i can understand Celsius for some little place like Belgium or the Netherlands where neither 90 degrees nor ten below are often encountered. Places like that it does make some sense to get all laboratory scientificalatious about measurements and such ~ But Cana-frozen-duh? Give me a break.

Olney MIGHT be right if Cain does not show the uptick he provided in the latter part of last season; if Bumgarner suddenly and unaccountably slips; if Hudson starts showing his age; if Timmy’s resurrection was a flash in the pan and IF Vogie’s bad season was not a one-off. Looks like a lotta IFs to me. We are not even talking bullpen yet.

Even year, gang. It starts in less then 8 hours here in the Icebox of the Nation.


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 17, 2016

AL game tonight, if anyone is interested. Today is the 27 year anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. I was in Portland, Ore attending the esteemed Lewis and Clark college. Where were you?

I’ve been keeping loose tabs on our Flap-buddy in the clink and came across this article from Oct 6. I’m no lawyer, but representing yourself and ordering the court to do something is probably not the fast track to freedom. Maybe Snarkk or Xoot can chime in on this.

Clausen Pushes To Drop Charges In Helicopter Shooting

Lights Out

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 16, 2016

Watching the Toronto hitters flail meekly away at the filth from Andrew Miller just reinforces our need for a lockdown bullpen. And I’m not talking about a very good bullpen like the one we had in our World Series runs. I’m talking about secret weapon shit. I know Miller is getting used differently because it’s the post season and some managers (unlike the by-the-book Showalter) play to win NOW in the post season. I’m talking about scaring teams into knowing they are playing a 6 inning game. Score runs by the 6th inning or you’re done. That’s what I want. And that’s completely doable if Evans decides to go this route…..

Finding Meaning in the Remnants

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 15, 2016

I grinded through that AL game last night. Zumiee is right, that logo is just awful. It’s like they intended to go out and be as racist as they could possibly be. Regarding the Cubs, I don’t like them much either the way the media is fawning over them. But they fawn over Kershaw 10 times harder, I’ve actually never seen such adoration of a sports figure before (from the media).

I support the Dodgers getting kicked out of the post season at any point so I will be rooting for the Cubs.

Part of the problem (for me) with gearing up for the rest of this post season isn’t just *the Giants aren’t in it*. It’s how they were ousted. It was so fast and so unexpected. Even doubting their bullpen I really thought they could hold a 3 run lead. I still can almost barely believe they lost that game.

It got taken from us too quickly.


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 14, 2016

The lead story on KTVU this morning is the rain that’s coming through the Bay Area today. It’s not very much rain. But that’s the lead story.

And there’s an AL game tonight if that does anything for ya.

It’s hard for me to really start gearing up for next season, but I was kicking around the prospects of the 3 available stud closers. Seems like a no brainer right? The Giants won’t sign Chapman because he’s a lunatic, they won’t sign Jansen because the Art Dealers wouldn’t ever let that happen. That leaves Melancon unless I’m missing something.

I’ll watch the rest of the post season because I like some of the Indians hitters and can get behind rooting for them a little bit. I was fine with the Nats getting eliminated. I don’t like most of the Nats players or Dusty. Dusty is great at connecting to the players but he’s pretty lame as a tactician and he lost another series last night. He seems to have lost most of his edge anyway. Harper can now spend the off season sculpting his hairdo.

Cubs should smash the Dodgers, that will be fun to watch……


Addressing This Mess

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 13, 2016

24 hours later, I am looking at this a little more rationally. Jettisoning the entire bullpen is probably not going to happen. Even though part of me still wants to see them all erased from the planet. Before we get started, here is the contract situation for everyone going forward:

Realistically, who stays and who goes? Romo, Casilla and Lopez are all coming off the books. Fun fact: That trio made a cool 21 million in 2016. Gnaw on that as you commute to work today. I will assume Evans isn’t insane and won’t bring any of these 3 back. They are all DONE as major league players. I don’t care what Casilla says or how bendy Romo’s slider can still get on occasion. All 3, ba-bye.

3 guys who will be back: That fucking lefty reliever, Kontos, Strickland. They are all arb eligible through 2019 (at least), they all have good stuff, they have all been successful at different points in the season. And we paid up the ass for TFLR so as ant-small as he usually comes up, he ain’t going anywhere. And maybe Strickland takes some anti-stupid pills this off season. He dumb.

Law: Obviously stays, will probably be the 8th inning set up guy.

Okert, Osich and Gearrin: I could see the first 2 guys coming back, not the 3rd. The first 2 are young, controllable with great stuff. That has a place in anyone’s bullpen. Gearrin was never one of “my guys” and I hope he’s gone.

That leaves 2 spots, at least, for Evans to go both fists into the free agent market for a closer and another stud set up guy. He cannot half ass his way through this. Or it will be his full ass having to answer to the fan base. Someone needs to be held accountable for this absolutely shitly constructed bullpen and I put that squarely on Evans and Sabean. They have to fix this.

Matt Cain makes 40 mill over the next 2 seasons if that does anything for ya. If you go back and look at the contracts Timmy and Cain got and look at their production post-deal you can see clearly how much more productive Barry Zito was > both of them during his time here…..



Bullpen Nightmare

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 12, 2016

Once you get past the maddening decision to pull Moore and dive into that pathetic excuse for a bullpen, it gets a little easier to tolerate the insanity that unfolded after that. Look, I wanted him to leave Moore in too.  But 120 pitches is a lot of pitches. Bochy might be the only manager in baseball to even CONSIDER leaving him in.

If you can’t hand your bullpen a 3 run lead in the 9th and still win the game you simply have no business being in the post season. None. What was the plan? Pitch our starters 9 innings every game? That’s just not realistic. Sure, he could have left Moore in last night and probably would have gotten the win. But then what? We still had a Game 5, an NLCS and a World Series to go. At some point you have to use your bullpen.

So in one way we got put out of our misery a little early and that’s better than a long, slow painful death. I think. I’ve never died before.

No, I’m not going to fault Bochy too much on this one. Yes, he looked like a doddering old man shuffling back and forth in that 9th inning. But the guys he brought in were paid to do a simple job and they didn’t come close to performing. Law looked scared as fuck out there. He threw one ball nearly over the batter’s head, another ball yanked left in the dirt. And then a hard hit base hit. Lopez? I mean, he’s there to do one thing and he couldn’t do it. I’m actually surprised Rizzo didn’t blast that swing and miss strike two deep into McCovey Cove. That was a straight up cookie he missed. Romo’s pitches looked worthless. He finally had to come in with a nothing-slider and it got belted. I wouldn’t have left him in either, lol. What was Bochy supposed to do? Use Casilla? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

At least that fucking lefty reliever got them to hit a ball on the ground. I don’t know what was going on with Crawford last night. It’s like he was channeling the ghost of Steve Sax or something.

Yes it was a disgusting way to lose. It reminded me of the Roger Craig fumble. Or more recently, the Warriors collapse against the Cavaliers. But there was really no where to go with this. Winning would have just delayed the inevitable. The bullpen is incompetent. This morning, they are ALL that fucking lefty reliever to me.

This is more on the front office than anyone else. They built a 200 million dollar team and a 10 cent bullpen. That’s indefensible.

Tough way to be forced into the off season but we were not winning a World Series with that ‘pen. It was never going to happen.

Time For 2002 R(even)ge?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 11, 2016

Ashamed to admit I didn’t make it to the end of that game, not by a long shot. I did what I normally do when I don’t see the end, I opened up my lap top and went to the Flap.

590 comments. Either something really good or something really bad happened.

Or both….

I read through the highs and lows, then went to to see it for myself. I don’t really think you can understate this Gillaspie thing. For starters, I can now spell his last name without having to look it up. That in itself is a miracle. Driving down the hill to Safeway this morning I was listening to the KNBR guys jizzing the radio waves and heard that lefties are hitting .122 off Chapman in his career. He had never given up a triple before last night. And had that been a park normally configured his no-triples record would still be in tact (cue: Diggity’s grass roots effort to get the park changed).

I’m just glad we got at least one. I watched the Red Sox game and as it wound down you could just see how desperate and disappointed all those players were. Swept out of the post season at home. Screw that.

I’d like to lather up the hate for Lackey tonight but I just don’t have it in me. That 2002 game wasn’t won by him it was lost by Dusty for starting Livan. And do you remember who are two pinch hitters were that game?

Shingo and Tom Goodwin. We never stood a chance in Game 7.

Instead of talking about tonight’s game I want to bring back and old quote from the past. It was 2012 and the Giants were down 2-0 to the Reds. Hunter Pence gathered the team around him. Retold by Tim Flannery, I’ll let The Reverend take it from here…..


Now go out there and do what you do with your Even Year Bullshit……

We Score We Win Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 10, 2016

Slam dunk. Lights out. Win day. I’m not worried about Mad Bum but I am wondering about the rest of the team. I’m not doubting their collective effort but I do wonder how badly they really want it. Many of those guys have rings already and the dude who doesn’t (Span) might not have enough magic to join that party. There was no clearer sign of this being a no-magic season than the ball that Pence dropped in Game 2. In 2014 he was “Pence on the Fence.” Last game he was “Hunter the Punter.” Or something else that rhymes with his name. That was all I could come up with pre-coffee.

Either way, we have an elimination game pending and that’s when it’s usually duck and cover time for our opponent. I have no idea why that is but apparently we have the Cubs right where we want them.

Backs Up Against the Wall, Our Baseballs Not Going Near It

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 9, 2016

Down 2-0 is not good. Not only is it the score of the series it reminds me of the score of every goddamn game we’ve played this year. But we are in these games. The mlb dyed hair jobs were noticing that the Giants don’t have a hitter who can carry the team. Wow, that’s some sweet analysis.

The argument that we are up against it because our hitters have to face lights out pitching game after game in the playoffs doesn’t even wash because we got Hendricks out of the game and then couldn’t hit their bullpen. And having their relief pitcher hit a bomb was just good comedy in our sad faces.

This tweet from Kuip’s son is good comedy too. I was thinking the same thing. Cubs fans over-celebrate lazy fly balls like each one is a game winning Super Bowl touchdown.

The Cubs fans and batters get fooled by outfield fly balls more often than my dad does on radio.

Less Zeros Please

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 8, 2016

Pffffttttt…. If not for a lone Coner Gillaspie swing, we’d be working on 18 straight zeros. I guess that would have been impossible since we don’t play the Cubs if we don’t score a run in New York. But even for an offense that showered us with impotency all season, this is a little surprising. KNBR gives away 5K if a Giant hits a grand slam in, I think, the 5th inning. They should offer up 50 million for that to happen. 5K should be the payout for an extra base hit….

Speaking of Gillaspie, he’s our third baseman for the rest of the season. Nunie couldn’t beat Posey in a sprint right now. I’m actually a little surprised that Bochy used him in a PH role last night. He doesn’t play for 2 weeks, he’s cold on the bench all night and you send him up there to face Chapman? If he had crumpled to the ground running to first would it have been a surprise? I suppose when you’re travel 2mph there’s little chance for a crumple.

Even with this almost unreal inability to score runs, tonight isn’t a must win game. It’s awfully close to a “pretty please, with sugar on top, win the fucking game” game but with Bum going in 3 and then another home game with Matty Moore, tonight isn’t mandatory. Nobody needs to tell these guys how to come back from a 2-0 deficit anyway…..

So let’s see them loosen up a bit tonight and have some fun. Contrary to what those 17 zeros suggest, this team can score runs. Just go out and do it.

27 Years Later…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 7, 2016

This series vs the Cubs is bringing back a lot of memories for me. 1989. Just starting out Lewis and Clark College. I remember a surprising number of Giants fans attending that tiny school in Portland.

I looked over the ’89 roster just for some better recall. Some of these guys weren’t on the post season roster:

Best player name: Ernie Camacho

Best horse racing name: Kelly Downs

Best Ex Cardinal: Ken Oberkfell

Best clutch hitter I remember with no stats whatsoever to back it up: (tie) Greg Litton and Ernie Riles

wait…2 guys named *Ernie*? Whoa…..

Guy I Thought was too old to be on that team: Chris Speier

That team also had Yan Gomes future father-in-law on it….

Draveckey, Bedrosian, Reuschel….

The Thrill.


In hindsight, the clear problem with that team not winning the World Series was chronological. 1989. Odd year. They never stood a chance.

Four in S(EVEN)?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 6, 2016

Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to get my hoot and holler on. But last night, when Gillaspie launched that “even shaped” ball deep into the night, all I did was raise my left hand, make a fist and smile. I never made a sound, didn’t even utter a “fuck yeah.” My days of jumping out of windows (college after Will Clark’s grand slam) are over. We’ve been gifted too much by this team over the years for me to act like this is all brand new. I advise you to click on “POTD-best of” and read #35. That’s what’s up.

Madison Bumgarner is just a man, man. He’s the man I wish I was. The man we should all strive to be. A winner. A closer. A starter and a finisher. An understated, respectful celebrator. Rock solid reliable. Is there a straighter or truer post season bullet ever fired in the history of baseball? Bumgarner makes me look at Joe Montana and say “Is that all you got?”

The best part of EYB is that it’s already happened. I guess you could also say it’s “happening”. But really, it’s happened. Once again we have been absolutely gifted with an unbridled joy that you don’t get from just walking the earth on a random Wednesday. Who knows what’s going to happen, we all know there is still a long road to travel.

I continue to force myself to appreciate the moments in time that we get with this team. We are so so lucky. Don’t ever forget that no matter what happens from here on out.

Engage Operation EYB

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 5, 2016

I loved last night’s game. Even the strikeouts. As the game wore on it became a game to watch within the game. Good thing I wasn’t playing a drinking game. All those k’s would have sent me to the ER. And who doesn’t enjoy a walk off? There are critics of the wild card format but I’m not one of them. An instant Game 7 to kick off the post season? That is fantastic. And if the WC teams or the fans grouse about only getting one game here’s an idea: win your damn division.

My A’s fan buddy, The Boney One, texted me at 4:32am today looking for my prediction on the game tonight. I just texted back “excitement” and left it at that. It’s the bare minimum of what we all get today and into tonight.

Even if they lose, I’m pretty content just getting to this game. How did the worst team in baseball make the post season? Think about that. And it’s not even arguable, with stats or your own eyeballs, that we weren’t the worst team in all of mlb in the second half of the season.

But here we are. I’m down with a crazy 3 week run. I don’t expect it but I also didn’t expect the 2014 flag and that’s flying like a boss right now.

So whatever, no expectations. But I’m confident because of who’s taking the hill. Excitement is definitely in the air. On the east side of the Dumbarton Bridge there are salt ponds. Savy locals know when it’s time to roll up the window. I hope NY fans know what’s up but there’s only so much they can do to withstand the EYB that’s wafting towards Citi Field right now. It’s coming and it’s even and it’s bullshit and so far (engage knowing dude head nod) no one has been able to stop it……



Mere Mortals vs A Baseball God

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 4, 2016

One thing we have going for us, and I think we forget this a little bit, is the absolute mystic of Madison Bumgarner. To us, he’s still human, we watch him all the time. He’s not a machine, he gives up runs. He even loses games. But to the rest of the baseball landscape, he’s a living legend, a character out of Greek mythology. How perfect is it that he gets to go up against a pitcher with the nickname of a God from Norse mythology? I don’t know about you guys, but I go Greek > Norse all damn day long. Always have, always will.

Peep this. Lowest Road ERA, Post Season history:

Bum: 0.60

Bob Gibson: 0.97

Mariano Rivera: 1.02

Sandy Kofax: 1.04

So if you find yourself at work shitting your slacks trying to figure out how we are going to hit Thor, just remember that Mets fans and very likely Mets players are probably shitting themselves twice as hard worrying about how they are going to hit Bum. And that mental mind bending snot rocket in their faces is as real as it is powerful. That’s our “10th man”. Thor was good in the post season last year. 26K’s, 19 innings, 2 wins, 3.32 ERA, blah blah blah. The bottom line is that he’s more cute nickname and flowing locks than he is true legend. Legend status is real and it’s earned and it’s Bum. It could literally be the reason we win that game tomorrow…..



Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 3, 2016

In honor of all that is competitive and right with baseball, the Giants have to win this wild card game. Even though you know the Cubs are rooting hard for the Mets. If you were Chicago, you would too. If Syndy beats us the Mets get a day off for travel and then have to lock the kitchen up and ask “Two Slices” Colon to open the NLDS on Friday. And for Game 2? Freaking Lugo? The guy who’s last name starts with “G” that I can’t spell? After Thor, they literally have zero starting pitching left. The Cubs would destroy them.

Meanwhile, if the Giants win it’s not like they burned their only ticket to the dance. Cueto and Moore loom largely and I love the idea of Smarge out of the bullpen if needed. And by Game 3 Bum is back. SF vs Chicago is set up to be an epic battle.

The only reason I think we can pull this off is because our pitching is right there. It’s been rock solid for 2 months. If we didn’t have 4 stud starting pitchers all geeked and peaked I would worry since pitching doesn’t just all of a sudden come together.

But hitting can. You can be in a hitting slump and all of a sudden spring out of it. In fact, it’s probably nothing that some wild eyes from Pence shooting around the dugout couldn’t fix.

First things first, Thor is going to be a problem. He pitched against us twice this year. We hit him some in May, not at all in August. He’s a total stud.

Right now I’m having a pretty hilarious vision that would likely involve some NYPD activity. Palwie is humping his book outside the stadium. Loo is right next to him waving one of those giant-ass cardboard signs of Stix face– you know the type of sign those Jesus freaks wave around? A sign that big.

A game this big.



A Win And We’re In

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 2, 2016

A loss, and we have to deal with an irritating trip to St Louis (if they win tonight). Although I have to think that if it turns out to not be a Matty Moore Sunday, and we lose, Voggy will be all out to take care of business in the night cap.

I can’t say enough about Cy Blach. The dude toils in the minors all year while Bochy mindlessly trots out Cain and Peavy over and over. Do they Giants know how to scout their own players? Because this is the second year in a row that a guy has come up and been lights out (Chris Heston in 2015).

The Dodgers have to unfurl the lamest of line ups today, right?

Down to the Wire

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 1, 2016

The Giants, with their limp and lifeless Summer, have pretty much doused out any fire I had left in me for this season. But I’ll tell you, seeing those orange towels getting whipped around by 40,000+ was fun to see. Did a little rekindling, so to speak.

Taking the first game was critical. Had LA won it would have been a deflated attempt vs Kershaw today. I still don’t know how we coax a win out of this day but hey, EYB right? So Ty Blach v CK today, no pressure there. The Pirates are pitching Chad Kuhl vs Wacha. A lot of that is going to come down to how much of a shit Pittsburgh gives. At least we’ll likely know the outcome before our game.

And then tomorrow is a Matty Moore Sunday. If it ends up mattering, and you know it will, we have Voggy pitching the Sunday night game for us. I am 100% certain he gives everything he has in that start.

So, an interesting weekend set up at least…..

Did We Really Get Screwed There?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 30, 2016

The St. Louis Cardinals need to reconfigure that left field wall. It’s absurd that Molina’s ball was ruled a GRD. Price is whining about only having 10 seconds to decide and I agree with him about that. But he’s the manager, he’s supposed to know the rules and the configuration of the park. That ball CLEARLY hit up against the advertisement wall, anyone could see that. I’m not sure how all the umpires missed it when the announcers caught it right away (as well as Duvall, more on him in a moment). I’m assuming this happens a lot is St Louis because of that inexplicably configured wall. How is everyone playing and/or umpiring not critically aware of this?

And again, why would the Cardinals even be so dumb as to set this up to be so controversial? We’ve got ads out in left field, if the ball hits an ad it’s just part of the field of play. The way it looks to me, there is about an 8 inch (or so) break between the wall and the the ad wall above it. It may be set back slightly too, I can’t tell. But why create such a muddled situation? They are both walls, if a ball bounces off either one it should still be considered in the field of play. At the VERY least, paint a giant yellow line at the bottom of the ads to distinguish between the two walls.

A ground rule double is a ball hit fairly that leaves the field of play. Did Molina’s ball look like it reasonably left the field of play to any of you?

Duvall was interviewed after the game. Nobody had a better look at where that ball hit than him. He said “I definitely knew it hit the sign but I wasn’t sure if that was a ground rule double or not.” Look, the Reds deserve major blame in this, too. When we would play away softball games the first thing everyone did pre-game was walk the field with the ump and he would tell us what was considered a home run and what wasn’t. How, at the major league level, do you not inform your freaking left fielder about that stupid ass ad wall being a ground rule double? Shouldn’t their version of Wotus have gone over that with him? That’s just incompetence as far as I’m concerned. Duvall could have started screaming for their to be a protest/review but he just walked off the field because he didn’t know the rule…….

If you feel like laughing about this instead of steaming, this is a pretty funny tweet.

Hey Cards, Giants see your Devil Magic and raise you some Even Year Bullshit

No Jizz For You!!!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 29, 2016

Looking back on it, I never really believed in my heart that they had a chance to string together two days of hitting. We were jizzing on ourselves after Tuesday’s 19 hit outburst. But just like the *No Jizz Area!* sign that Stix scrawled out on a piece of cardboard and tries to strictly enforce daily in his jail cell, the Giants hitters were intent on not letting us jizz ourselves again last night.

Baseball has the funniest effect on fans. If your team does something ONE DAY the fans start tricking themselves into believing that’s the way things are. Any bad team can hit one day in a row. Some bad ones string together nice stretches of hitting together, just as we did in the first half of the season.

We just don’t have the hitters this year. I think some guys are having bad years (Panik, Belt and Span), some guys are probably hurting because they played the game too hard for too long (Pagan, Nunie, Pence, Posey and also maybe Panik) and some guys might just be worn down (Crawford). Take Span for example. I would bet ANYTHING that Span would be having a better year if he had Kent and Bonds hitting behind him. He’d be scoring more runs. That would probably create less pressure for him. Good things would unfold from there. And forget Kent and Bonds since that’s an unrealistic example. How about just Pence and Pagan in their prime? Pat the Bat? Uribe? What would I would give for an Andres Torres atop this line up…..

The 2016 Giants put way too much pressure on themselves individually by sucking collectively. You can’t win consistently like that. Being 0 for 5 billion when losing after 8 innings is evidence of that….

Stretch Grind

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 28, 2016

You know how sometimes we hear a players name and somebody says “Remember when he was a Giant?” and everyone is like “No. Absolutely no recollection.” That’s what you’ll say 10 years from now when somebody says “Remember when Gordon Beckham was a Giant?” Rich Rodriguez’s only at bat at the triple A level must have been a good one. Anyway, he’s a Brave now and we get Beckham and if I’m Specs I’m wondering just how much the Giants actually hate me.

All of a sudden, they started hitting. Let’s see if they can cobble together 2 games in a row. Someone needs to tell the Giants, before tonight’s game, that it’s ok to hit 2 games in a row…..

Somewhere is a dimly lit cell in the Clearwater county jail, Stix is whispering to himself “to get Belt in the 2 hole, I’d do it all again, I’d do it all again….”

Signs . . .

Posted in Uncategorized by unca_chuck on September 27, 2016

I’m not one for omens signs or superstitions. Well, not lately anyway. Not with the weird and awful year it has been for Bay Area sports teams, and sports and rock & roll icons in general.

Anyhow, I found this moth on my doorstep yesterday night. An omen of good things? 6 games, 6 days, 3 teams, 2 spots.

I’m of a mind that we just need to get in. Even losing the one-game play-in means we made it to the playoffs. I’d rather lose the play-in game that be labeled the biggest fail in baseball history. At least since the playoff format started.


Bigger Picture

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 26, 2016

We get to take a day off from losing or sucking, whichever you pick to take the day off from. Marlins game tonight should be sold out. I woke up this morning marveling at the fact that Arnie and Fernandez died on the same day. Two guys who personified unbridled joy and happiness in the sports they played. One of them packed as much life as you could pack into a lifetime. The other one didn’t get a chance to do that.

I hope this video loads properly. I’ve watched this several times and it just makes me feel good. Don’t spend even a second today bumming out on the Giants. It’s a waste of time. Go do something that makes you happy. Finite number of day, you know…..


Sliding Doors

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 25, 2016

Very sad news about Jose Fernandez. His start had gotten pushed back to Mon. Just wonder if he would have been out on a boat speeding through the night at 3am if he had to pitch today. One minute you’re shaking a hoe at the feds the next minute your boat is crashing on rocks. Life is precious. Don’t fuck it up.


Staggering to The End

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 24, 2016

8 games left….

Getting It Done

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 23, 2016

Well, we did it. We were all out to do it but we ultimately ended up beating the 2016 PCL champs, the El Paso Chihuahua’s who were, coincidentally, wearing San Diego Padre uniforms last night. But who cares? A win is a win. Always looking for a proper measuring stick, I think it’s safe to say that we would have been good enough to take down the PCL this year if not for the biased rule against us being allowed to play for that certificate. I blame this on the ghost of Bud Selig….

Big Al Suarez is going tonight and me-thinks this won’t be his first rodeo with most of these fellers.


Dead Team Losing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 22, 2016

Agent 000 hit a bomb and we lost. That barely computes. But hey, no worries, the Mets and the Cardinals lost, too! It’s embarrassing being in this wild card race. I am not on board in the slightest with the take of “hey, if we can get in, anything can happen!” That’s a perspective for a team that’s at least half way decent. We suck. In literally every aspect of the game except starting pitching. In that area we have 2.5 solid starting pitchers as long as the first one isn’t getting stared at, the second one isn’t getting bitten in the balls by a crab and Mr. 0.5 is pitching in an easy, breezy pressure free game.

Do I think we could win a wild card game? Sure, anyone can. Do I think we could beat any other post season team in a 5 or 7 game series? Haha, no chance in hell. Just kill this season already. Pence is playing the OF like he’s half awake. If the Reverend is shutting it down it’s time we do, too. I don’t remember much about the ’85 hundo loss bunch but it has to be worse being a fan of this year’s team than that team. It HAS to.

Smarge going tonight in SD.

He’s Got Crabs

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 21, 2016

Cueto says it felt like his groin got bit by a crab and I have to believe there’s another way to let us know what that felt like. Kruk was gushing about Okert but this is the same guy who served up a fatty to Shimpf and now we’re supposed to trust him? Our bullpen has got some great arms but most of them are connected to some 10 cent heads.

Matty Moore Wednesday and I’ll be interested to see how he does. As far as pressure goes, this is one of his bigger starts as a Giant.

That Bullpen

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 20, 2016

MadBum would be a big hit in prison. “Don’t look at me. Did you look at me? Stop disrespecting me!” It’s just such a simpleton approach to interacting with other humans.

Nothing to say about last night except the Giants learned a valuable lesson this season. You can’t build a 200 million dollar team and have it backed by a 10 cent bullpen. I like a lot of the guys in our pen, believe it or not. But collectively, they are not the right mix. The sad thing is that I am worried about management’s ability to build a bullpen for *today’s game.” I get that they built one that worked for the WS years. But frankly, I think that was lucky. The bullpen of today is stacked with dudes who throw gas. We have like one dude who throws gas and his location smokes copious amounts of pole. Plus, he doesn’t have the right make up for this job.

This is the same brass that thought that fucking lefty reliever was worth Bickford AND Susac. And he couldn’t be any more non-descript.

So don’t be surprised if this happens again next year…..

Kershaw! Bumgarner!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 19, 2016

…..and cue Romo’s laugh track. I really need to see a video of this. I’d settle for a gif. I watched it live but now that I can’t find it anywhere on the internet I feel like I need to see it again to really let the *mosaic* of it wash over me. At the very least I’d like to get a Romo laugh track and play it whenever I see something stupid or absurd unfolding before my eyes…

Five back of the Dodgers. One back of the Mets. One UP on the Cardinals. About the only thing that’s remotely plausible is that the Cardinals go into Nepal and get blasted and watch their pitching staff implode. Even if that happens we still have the ongoing problem of sucking and even if we get a lead Bochy will just give it to Santiago GasCan and up in flames we go.

This is the worst September for baseball I can ever remember. Total let down.

Regarding the Crue….Kickstart My Heart is far and away my favorite Crue song. I’m not sure how anyone could listen to that and not get stoked to go do something.

Managerial Meltdown

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 18, 2016

With three World Series beauties in the bank since 2010, I really don’t have a problem with losing. It washes off me so easily I almost feel guilty. It’s not that I don’t care. I care. But I don’t understand some of these fans who are rioting on the KNBR airwaves about not getting Cespedes or losing a series to the Padres. They act like those pathetic losers in Willy Wonka who didn’t get all the candy they were promised. Winning a World Series is hard to do and you should spend your time celebrating those rare victories, not whining for an entire year when you don’t win.

While I don’t have a problem with not winning a World Series every year, I have a HUUUUUUGE problem with how we lose individual games. And we have reached a form of losing I don’t think I can ever recall experiencing as a Giants fan. Bruce Bochy has paralyzed his ability to manage successfully with his bizarre obsession with Santiago Casilla.

Bochy seems to have camped out in 2 defenses of the indefensible decision to use Casilla: 1) Casilla’s *stuff* and 2) his 31 saves. What Bochy doesn’t value: 1) Casilla’s mental state 2) the fact that the fans are booing him before he throws a pitch and the pitcher he is replacing is literally laughing out loud. Numbers 1 and 2 of *The Things Bochy Doesn’t Value* absolutely matter. You can’t just gloss over that like they don’t. And #2 sustains and worsens #1. And you cannot be a closer at any level of baseball if #1 is fucked up. Finally, this isn’t about the fans booing although they have every right to question Bochy’s decisions. Romo’s hee-haw all the way to the dugout showed what the players think of this shit….

Every single decision you make in your life comes down to risk/reward. The higher the risk, you better see a potential higher reward. Or you shouldn’t do it. That’s the poker player in me talking but if you think about it you can apply it to every decision you ever make. Since Bochy began this obsession with bringing Casilla into high risk situations I keep trying to figure out what his reward is. It doesn’t seem to come close to matching the risk. I’m assuming he’s trying to #1 win the game and #2 get Casilla’s confidence back. But at this point, Casilla has no chance of stringing the several successful outings together needed to rebuild his confidence. So one save is great but it will all soon be undone, exponentially, with the next impending implosion. And each blown save at this point in the season far outweighs any small bump to his confidence that a save might give him. I will cue up Romo’s laugh track if you tell me I’m wrong….

So none of this is making any sense unless #1 Bochy is trying to lose these games or #2 Bruce Bochy is suffering from a total breakdown to his own level of confidence. And if that’s the case our season is doomed and if he can’t figure #2 out in the off season it is time for him to go.


Improbable Happenings

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 17, 2016

Maybe the Padres have just had the worst luck of any team in the history of baseball? The most potent 62 win team in the league?

Is it possible the Cardinals are worse than San Diego? Of course not. I think I am being too linear with everything. “This team lost to this team so they are worse than this team…” That doesn’t work in baseball. Any team can beat any team in a series for a variety of reasons.

And for whatever those reasons are, we are beating St Louis rather handily right now.

I saw something last night, didn’t understand it, maybe you guys could help me out. It was the 4th inning and Buster Posey hit a ball in the air (no seriously, he did) and it flew and kept flying and it ended up going over that wall that separates the fans from the field. Then for some reason play just kinda stopped. Buster was running slower than usual around the bases and the fans were cheering. Cardinals were standing around, nothing was happening and the ball he hit was never returned to the field of play. What exactly happened there? Did the Giants or Buster get penalized because Buster seemed to have inadvertently lost the ball they were using?

It’s Saturday. Go dominate this great day….

We Won? Huh?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 16, 2016

So sticking Nunie and Span at the bottom of the LU turned out to be the trick. Interesting…..

Matt Moore has been dominant in 3 of his last 4 starts. He’s been the anti-Leake. I don’t see any reason why he can’t keep that going tonight. Whether we can string together 2 good hitting games in a row is definitely in question. Luke Weaver isn’t like those 3 bad Padre pitchers, he’s actually pretty good. And we don’t know him. Uh oh.

Wonder what it’s like to be a Cardinal fan this morning. Losing to the Giants has got to be an ignominious defeat. Those fans have been going through a pretty parallel year with us. Disappointment, frustration, being let down time and time again. Just like Giants fans, right?

It’s probably almost easier to be an A’s fan. You know you’re going to suck, there are no surprises when you ultimately do.

ShopTawk, With Daniel

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 15, 2016
Once again our Cardinal friend (@C70 on twitter) has come up with a series of thoughtful questions that I have answered and encourage you all to do the same. I know he reads the comment section so don’t hold back, let ‘er rip and get ready to get smacked down by St Louis this weekend………
1) So, in a nutshell, what the heck has happened out there?  This was a team playing in the Cubs neighborhood around the break and now they are, well, where the Cardinals are.
Flavor’s Response: If you talk to some of the folks here, the theory is that Duffy getting traded caused this epic meltdown. I don’t happen to buy that. I think Bochy has stuck with his guys too long and they’re all either dinged up or having bad years. The bullpen blowing all these second half saves has probably had a lingering effect on the team, too. 
2) Is this wild-card “race” the National League’s way of rejecting the expanded playoffs?  Doesn’t seem like anyone really wants to win either slot.  If you were to guess, which two teams will finally make it in?
Flavor’s Response: I’m assuming the Mets roll into the top spot of the WC race and the final spot comes down to us and the Cardinals. And come on, we are probably the worst team in the league right now. I fully expect the Cardinals to destroy us this series and end this farce of a race by the end of this weekend. 
3) (I know you and I have talked about Bochy, but I want to get this down for Cardinal fans to see it!) We do plenty of complaining about Mike Matheny, but I am starting to hear some rumblings about Bruce Bochy as well.  Is he less beloved than he was a couple of years ago?
Flavor’s Response: Bochy is who he is. Dirt said it the other day, “People don’t change, man.” Bochy is gonna play *his guys* till they drop. Since 2010 and his obsession with playing Aaron Rowand regularly, it’s worked. Now, it’s failing and he looks like an idiot. And maybe he is. But now he’s an idiot because his decisions aren’t working out. 
4) What is going right for the Giants right now, if anything?  What do you feel like you can rely on even if something else contributes to a loss?
Flavor’s Response: I guess some of our starting pitching has been ok. 
5) Mike Leake goes for the Cardinals in this series.  Is there any other pitcher this weekend that you want to beat more than him?  I know he didn’t leave a great impression during his short time in SF.
Flavor’s Response: First of all, we won’t be beating Mike Leake. We suck. But to be honest, I barely remember any of Leake’s starts except the one right after we got eliminated from contention–he was 8 innings, lights out. Too little too late from a guy who is an ant-small competitor. 
6) What’s your feeling about the rest of the Giants’ schedule?  Is this a must-win series or can they split and still have a chance in the next two weeks?
Flavor’s Response: You can’t win a series if you can’t win a game. That’s my skilled take on this season. 

Stop Comparing this to 1993

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 15, 2016

Probably the worst part of KNBR , besides the commercial of the woman who starts off by saying “My number 2 doesn’t look like a number 2 is there a number 3?” is how dumb their callers are. Multiple fans have called up this week relating the 2016 collapse to the 1993 season. They’re calling it the same thing. This is just like ’93, they say.

Do these dipshits even listen to the words coming out of their mouth? And the hosts are only mildly denying them.

2016 and 1993 have literally nothing in common. For starters, the ’93 team was actually good. Their winning % in by month in July, August and Sept: .692, .577, .571. The Giants winning percentage in 2016 (by month): .458, .407, and (my personal favorite) .385. The Braves in ’93 winning % in those 3 months: .679, .731, .704. The Dodgers winning %: .625, .536, .667. This Dodger team would have gotten killed by that Braves team…….

What we are dealing with today is light years away from ’93. Our 2016 team sucks. And the Dodgers aren’t much better but they are definitely better. And this wild card race (something that wasn’t even around in ’93, the callers might want to recognize that) is completely misnamed. What is the opposite of a race? It needs to be called something that is monotonous, pathetic and without an actual celebration for whoever backs in as the ultimate representatives……

How Could This Be Happening?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 14, 2016

Do any of you guys believe in signs? Stuff that happens to you that ends up foretelling the future? Yeah, that seems like a stretch right?

And then I looked back on my day in Oakland yesterday. Signs that lead to nowhere. A woman dropping a deuce right there on the sidewalk in front of me.

And this morning it’s hard for me not to think that those fake signs and that woman and that damn sidewalk weren’t trying to tell me something about the 2016 Giants…..

The good news is that I’m headed back to Oaktown right now. As I dodge 880 potholes at a solid 5 mph clip I will keep my eyes peeled for indicators of what today’s game might bring……

But I Had Faith and I Had Hope…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 13, 2016

…and then Paul “Small” Clemens said “Nope!”

Loo covered last night loss succinctly and as Flap-accurate as possible:

djloo27 said, on September 12, 2016 at 9:38 pm (Edit)

No pole left unsmoked…

Nothing about last night’s pathetic lay down surprised any of us (or the VMI guys). We’ve seen this type of limp performance out of the Giants before. To be truthful, I watched almost none of it except some quick glimpses during 49er time outs. Even then, I just had to look away. Bad baseball seems to be all the more boring and maddening if you trying to watch it in between a pro football game. I don’t know what that’s all about. I don’t find baseball boring unless I am watching a football game at the same time and that makes no sense because I greatly prefer baseball to football.

But regardless, we got beaten by arguably the worst current starting pitcher in the National League. At home. In a game we really needed to win. Versus a team that is flat-awful….

Enjoy your day. I’m in fucking Oakland all week at a conference and it sucks here…..




“But I Had Faith And I Had Hope…”

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 12, 2016

….”thankfully the Padres choked.”

That was the line in Ashkon’s brilliant Don’t Stop Believing video that made me first take notice. I have a vague recollection of the Padres choking so it must have happened. I dunno, 2010 was a long time ago.

Anyway, the Padres are in town and this time they don’t need to choke. They just need to keep on suckin’. This is a moment for Smarge to rise tall and meet the expectations of that contract or fall ant-small and turn in one of his confounding efforts. Kruk will boil it down to one thing: will Smarge use that breaking ball sensi Raggs methodically taught him throughout the year or will he try to blow every Padre away with gas?

How about we watch this one more time just to get some of the old juices flowing….


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 11, 2016

One of the few days of the year where baseball isn’t going to be on my radar….

After watching Bochy trot the tired and bedraggled Span up to the top of the line up once again yesterday, I finally realized what we’ve all known for so long: Bochy has his guys and those are his guys. Period. I don’t think it even matters if he likes them or not (and that’s a good thing). I mean, there’s no way in hell he likes Casilla with the repeated stink eye he gets from him every time he removes him from the mound mid-blown save.

And that’s not a bad approach for a manager to take. There are ebbs and flows throughout 162 and if a manager jerked around players the way bloggers would they’d probably finish in last place every year.

But Bochy is critically lacking the ability to act in a timely manner when a player is either done or it’s just not going to happen for them with games dwindling down. There are countless examples of this, we all know them.

Hey, other guys might step up and fill the gaps of guys like Span and Casilla. And that might be enough. But it doesn’t mean Bochy is perfect, it doesn’t mean he’s impervious to second guessing. Old dogs know old tricks. That’s what makes them old……

Winning in Spite of Your Leader

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 10, 2016

“It’s all good baby, baby….it was all a dream…..”
But it wasn’t a dream, Biggie Smalls. All that stuff really happened. Gearrin was in left field. Casilla was allowed to pitch again and blew another save. And yet somehow, at 12:05am, the Giants won the game. A strange number of Flappers including those on the east coast were here live as human confirmation of all of it.

Question: Has Bruce Bochy gone mad? Or senile? Or does he just give 15 fucks less than he gave the day before? Maybe he’s now controlled by the mob and he screwed up losing last night’s direct order.

Another consideration: Bochy is trying to stick it to Casilla. Teach him a lesson. But would he do that at the expense of the season?

How about this one: Bochy hasn’t changed at all. Sobering thought…..

All I know is that a bunch of Giants fans are walking around tired today because Bochy is managing games like a quick pick lotto machine spitting out losing tickets. The pattern is now undeniable.

He seems to have lost his edge…..

Arizona in September

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 9, 2016

Some solid words at the end of yesterday’s dark day thread: Red Rocks and Star Trek are two topics I could discuss forever.

Now, it’s back to reality. On the surface, it’s a nice looking match up against a bad team in a hitters yard. Sadly, we have the worst VMI for hitters on the board and if you think that’s a joke take a look at what happened to Colorado yesterday when they toted the worst VMI on the board into San Diego. I played Clayton Richard blindly and was rewarded.

Plus, Ruby de la Rosa is back and I seem to remember her shutting us down at least once last year….

But whatever, when faced with adversity Kirk would just bang the shit out of some green chick and let Spock figure out how to fix that episode’s conundrum. There has to be some type of analogy we can take from that and use in a positive way in today’s game……

What Should Bochy Have Done?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 8, 2016

I’m as pissed off as anyone about last night’s game but I just want to defend Bochy for a minute. Who was he supposed to bring into the 9th? Casilla is still the closer and he did save the game the night before.

And Bochy DID remove him mid inning. There doesn’t seem to be much angst directed at Osich but there should be. This guy was brought in to do one job and he fucked it up. I hate Osish. He seems to do one of three things: walk a batter, strike out a batter or give up a bomb. He now seems to have added beaning batters to his “repertoire”.

So after that dumbfuck move, Bochy brings in Nathan and he does what he’s supposed to do. He gets a lazy fly ball hit to left/center field. You can question where Pagan was playing. You can question his bizarre, meandering route to a ball that HAD to get caught, but you can’t question the job Nathan did. He started Hundley off with 2 teaser breaking balls. When that didn’t work he challenged him and he got a ball hit that should have been an out.

Once the bases were loaded the game was pretty well lost. Nathan got down 1-0 and had to throw a hittable ball and it got blasted to the wall.

Now, if you say “Well Bochy should have brought Nathan in to start the inning” I am with you but that is total hindsight. Casilla had just saved the game the night before and closers don’t typically lose their gigs right after they successfully do their job.

It was a terrible inning and Casilla sucks. On that we can all agree. But I am wondering what Bochy should have done that won’t just look like you’re just “Monday morning QBing” the move last night. Ok, go….


Now, for a little perspective. Let me take you back to 2009 (morning KNBR guys reminded me of this game). Kuip’s  “this is not good, folks” game. Giants are tied with the Rockies 1-1 headed to the 14th. We go up 4-1. In the bottom of the 14th, Ryan Shitborghs I mean Spilborghs hits a grand slam to beat us 6-4. In 2009 we had nothing. At least now we have 3 in the bank. Don’t forget that when you’re walkin’ the earth this morning mumbling to yourself about Casilla.