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Big Flavor’s Day Off

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 25, 2018

Yesterday was my first game of the year and lemme tell ya, I really needed that one to re-charge my batteries. Watching a game on the telly or listening on the radio is fine but there is really nothing like being at the yard.

You do all sorts of things at a game you’d never do elsewhere. Like sing with people. Look, Big Flavor ain’t no campfire jockey. Sitting around and singing songs with other fellows is not how I roll. But get me out to a game and I’ll belt out a few lines to something patriotic or something sappy like “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.

High fiving strangers and making small talk is also not on my usual list of activities but get me out to a game and I’ll high five the shit out of you if the moment calls for it and even act somewhat interested in convos you start…..

You’ve probably noticed a new feature at the blog. I’ve brought back the thumbs up/down ratings. They have been dormant for about 8 years ever since I added them and Twinfan emailed me repeatedly imploring me to take them down. He said they would encourage others to bully him. I know I said that like 5 times last night but it makes me lqtm every time I say it….

Have fun with the arrows and don’t take anything personally. I don’t foresee any problems. Although I am envisioning a scenario where I’m pitching a no hitter, I’m like 7-0, 10-0, maybe 12-0…all of a sudden some lone wolf fuck t-downs me late in the night and spoils it. Besides wanting to murder that dude I’m not foreseeing any problems…. 🙂

Some photos I took:

from our seats

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Willie

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lonely Cove

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Me and Dave, he grew up across the street with me, I’ve known him since I was 10.

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I Go, We Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 24, 2018

Well, if my first game of the year had to be a non-Bum start I am perfectly fine with it being a Baby Pudge start. I am still obsessing on why the Twins just gave up on this guy. It’s not like they (or any team) is so stocked with young pitching they can just cast off a dude with such limited experience, obvious potential and hall of fame lineage. So I will inspect him closely in between my knowing dude head nods this afternoon.

The Giants usually rake when I attend so this one is in the bag….

(Mac bomb also in the bag in El Paso at Raley Field today)

And……I’m calling a foul ball for me. Why not? Some day that has to happen and we’ve got the seats for plenty of opportunities. So my advice to anyone sitting near me: Practice your duck and cover routine now. There will be an unannounced stop by the Big Flavor train in your row at some point today….

The Bat

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 23, 2018

Twin sent me the bat in 2008. I don’t remember why he did it– Scott McClain was one of many things we *batted* around at The Splash and The Flap. He probably sent it to me as some type of gift/apology that always included a shadowy *you owe me* lol. I couldn’t remember the year he sent it so I checked in my gmail archives, always a fun trip down memory lane. Here was one email I sent him:

“I hope you aren’t giving this bat away because you think you’re getting close to “the end”. How are you doing? You seem to be mashing your keyboard with the same spirit. I’m giving you my work address cause we have a receptionist there 9-5 who can sign/pay for deliveries. Let me know what it costs and I’ll make sure she’s ready to receive it. I’m not sure why that bat means something to me, but it does. Thanks, Craig”
Anyway, the bat came around Christmas time 2008. It was broken at the handle rendering it nearly useless other than as a cool artifact to have around. Twin had wrapped a thin line of packing tape around it to keep it together. Frankly it was a half assed job so I re-taped it like a boss (or so I thought) with duck tape. I taped the shit out of that bat and made it *swingable* and that’s what I did with that bad boy for the next 10 years. I kept it in my living room and would get up and swing it gently while watching a game or just whenever I felt like it. About 5 years ago I brought it into my office and it just lay against the door or a wall or wherever. People who came in were drawn to it. I’d say 95% of the new people entering my office asked about it, picked it up and swung it while I told them the story about who McClain is and how the bat came into my possession. Everyone loved that story. “Really??? Some guy you’ve never met sent you this?!?!!”
Yup.
Anyway, when Twin died I was fairly remorseful about not calling him back when he wanted to talk one final time with me. I still am. I mean, I didn’t KNOW it was going to be the last time. To be truthful, he was hard to talk to on the phone, the strokes really took a toll on his voice. And I was busy at the time and I didn’t like the attitude he gave me when I told him something to the effect of “I’ll call you I just can’t do it now.” Obviously I regret how I handled that because he died and I was just left wishing I had called him back. “Cats in the cradle” shit I guess….
I needed to figure out a way to make it up to him and at the same time honor what he meant to me and all of us here at The Flap. One day it hit me clearly: send the bat to Loo. So that day I grabbed the bat, found a place that could pack it and I sent it on its way across the country.
After I saw this pic I was embarrassed at the pathetic duck tape job I did on the bat. Sadly, there is no *before* pic but look what the great DJ Loo did to fix it:
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He lizard taped that bitch back to respectability. I am positive that Twin appreciates what you did, Loo. Just as I am also positive that he signaled me to send it to you…..
There are no expectations for what he does with the bat, it’s his forever. He mentioned on his own that he might one day pass it on to another Flapper. I do think a tradition like that would be something Twin would love. But enjoy the bat, my man. I did. And I’ve never enjoyed it more than I do right this minute….

Bum’s Back

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 22, 2018

MadBum goes 8 shutout, Melancon closes the door with a clean 9th–just how Sabes drew it up—15 months ago.

Low scoring, well pitched games as I thought it would be. Super insightful comment here:

snarkk said, on June 21, 2018 at 9:15 pm (Edit)

Hanson is the disruptive force that we thought Noonie should have been…

….a good reminder that…

No, you can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need……

I don’t know, but I am feeling it in the air. It’s coming….

I’m calling a Mac bomb tonight.

 

Bum Time?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 21, 2018

Are we in panic mode yet on Bumgarner? At what point do we say his *spring training* is over and it’s time to step up and pitch….well….ABOVE what they’re paying him? This should be a low scoring game by two dudes who usually dominant this particular opponent.

Great report by Dirt on the last thread, btw. Had me CTM (chuckling to myself) more than once…

Finally Beating Miami

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 20, 2018

With reliable pitching always so scarce around mlb I’m still trying to figure out why the Twins just gave up on Dereck Rodriguez. This is the only blub I can find and it falls short in explaining anything:

“Rodriguez took to his position change quickly and eventually reached the Double-A level with the Twins, but his time with the organization ended after last season.”

One thing we can say for sure: Lately, our fives have stepped up into plucky performing 3’s or 4’s. And if we are ever going to break free from the clutches of the .500 monster, we need these guys to keep pitching above their expectations.

If he’s in the line up today, I’m steadfastly calling for a big fly for Mac. Actually screw it, in OR OUT of the line up. I could see a pinch hit bomb out of Oaf today, easily.

Worst Loss of The Year

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 19, 2018

I had to get up at 4am today so I missed the end of last night’s game. Wow, glad I did. To me, it wasn’t the blown save that was bad, those happen, it was Strick’s reaction that has me worried. You can’t be a closer and melt down every time you blow a save. Here’s one take (and it’s spot on):

Of course, Bochy had this take (from Baggs):

“Bochy smirks when asked if the outing shortens Strickland’s leash any.

“There’s no leash on him,” Bochy said. “He probably would take a couple pitches back, but you got to stand behind these guys.

“He’s done a heck of a job in this role.”

The reality is, both of these takes are true.

What a shitty loss. Suarez pitched his ass off…..

Racking Up The Wins

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 18, 2018

EXTREMELY stoked that we get an opportunity to shitcan the Marlins so quickly. I doubt we blow them out tonight but, my flapping friends, a *Suarez Shut Down* game is on the horizon.

The Giants have played the most road games this year of any team in mlb. Any time SF wants to stop spinning its wheels and get fat and happy at home, they are free to start that ASAP….

I never liked Phil Mickleson. He was Denny’s favorite golfer, lulz. This weekend he exposed himself as the fraud I knew him to be. That was *muni golf* bullshit. I am loving watching him go down in the eye of the public….

 

1,1,0,0,7,1,6,6,8,4,2,1

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 17, 2018

Those are the number of runs we’ve scored against the Dodgers this year. Pathetic. Yes, we’ve had some guys out. But watching LA play last night, they were a step quicker, unquantifiably better. Did a 3-1 game ever feel further out of reach?

The only silver lining of Bumgarner hum drummin’ his way through this season is that maybe, MAYBE the Giants don’t do something stupid and extend him. Unfortunately that will torpedo his trade value next month. And then what if he comes back next year with something that passes as a *bounce back*? Will Sabean happily open up the vault? Ugh. So much negativity right now….

Happy Father’s Day though. This is a great day to stop and appreciate what you have, what you’ve been given, what you’ve given someone else. I know not everyone’s going to appreciate that, nor should they. I do.

Pfffttttt…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 16, 2018

I caught myself wondering how last night’s game would have gone had we had Belt and Longo in the line up. Taking out projected 50 bombs from your batting order is a killer. And what about Cueto pitching instead of our faux ace? I guess you could look at that the other way, what if they had Kershaw going instead of Stripling…..

Bottom line, our team is fighting hard but as we discussed pre-season, this is not a team built to withstand injuries, certainly not as many as they’ve incurred.

Of course we had the poster child for picture of health patrolling center field last night. And look how that worked out…

LA Bound

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 15, 2018

All I can say is, I hope our boys got some sleep on the plane. This is gonna be a tired group slogging out their today. But there will be electricity in the air and that can power them up a bit. I’m not expecting much. At least we have our ace going. If you’re playing daily fantasy I wouldn’t slur you for playing a Stripling or two……

Matt Harvey Day. He takes his 5.04 Cincy ERA out there tonight vs Pittsburgh. The silver lining for him is that the Pirates are unceremoniously the one team Harvey’s managed to cobble a quality start against. He’s made 14 starts this year.

The Reds don’t care about winning, this is just a stunt….

 

Let’s Get the Hell Out of Miami

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 14, 2018

I’m not that worried about the pen. I’m not a big fan of Moronta because he can’t throw strikes sometimes but look at the ERA of these guys. I trust all of these guys still. Sure there could be a burn out issue, that’s obvious with all the damage the five 5’s have been doing. But these guys are not the problem right now.

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Will Smith giving up that rocket to Bour was a huge issue but that was just one pitch. And I thought Strickland was decent enough, he got put in a tough situation.

Screw Miami. They aren’t playing well there. Last week they beat Stras and Scherzer, if they can do that they can beat anyone…..

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the Ohtani Tracker hasn’t been updated at espn since May 27th. Could be time to remove that tab. Who’s running that website anyway? Anyone home?

Trying To Ramp Up

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 13, 2018

Not trying to make excuses for them, but I wonder how the Giants are affected by playing in front of such a sparse, staid crowd. Miami is used to it, it’s almost part of their home field advantage. That’s pathetic.

This guy Caleb Smith is actually pretty good. Big K rate anyway. Our backs are up against the wall if we are going to even this series up by Thursday.

 

But This One Goes To Eleven

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 12, 2018

When Cory Gearrin is the player of the game, you probably didn’t win the game. And that’s disappointing and shouldn’t have happened. When you give Bum 5 runs you are supposed to win. When your first four hitters go 8 for 16, you are supposed to win. Cory Gearrin getting POTG when all that happens makes no sense….

Anyone going to parade today? I’m counting this one as my number 11. I got 5 SB’s, 3 WS and 3 NBA championships. I don’t count the ones when I wasn’t alive. I didn’t count the one the Warriors won in ’75, I wasn’t watching back then. So, mine go to…..

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Ranking The Studs

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 11, 2018

Brandon Crawford is hitting .338 this season. Let that sink in. Last night I listed off the four most important factors to the team’s success this year (Belt, Craw, bullpen, Holland) and I’m open to that list getting revised. Does Stratton and his 7 wins have to be included in there somewhere, maybe in front of Holland? And how can you not include Strickland? He hasn’t blown a save since April 18th! Now, he’s had some shaky appearances for sure. But is there anything more deflating than a blown save? And is there any love for Gorks or Hundley?

I’m still sticking to Belt and Craw at the top, without their offense we’d be in ruins. And the bullpen stands out for me, too.

So if you had to do it, with a gun to your head, who would be your #4?

Saturday Sucked

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 10, 2018

Now we finally got the answer to “Why did the Twins let Young Pudge go?” Even with his horribleness, we could have won the game with a little more hitting. Is Nick Hundley the best back up catcher in baseball? He has been one of our MVP’s this year.

Today could get ugly but I thought the same thing the night we faced Stras so who knows…..

my spam filter was funny this morning….

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Belmont Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 9, 2018

With starting pitchers dropping like flies all over mlb there is still every reason to believe that we are in a strong position to win the NL West this season. Obviously that assumes our health woes are behind us and who knows, maybe they’ve just begun…..

If I’m Bochy I throw everything at the Nats today. We aren’t winning tomorrow. Let’s claw for a win today…..

I made my feelings clear about Justify on the last thread. Loo and I seem to be in lockstep on this one. The horse we agree on is Tenfold. I also feel strongly about Vino Rosso and/or Hofburg blazing past a winded Justify in the stretch. Either way it will be an exciting day leading up to the race that will, hopefully, not see a triple crown coronation in the winners circle…..

 

Ah, Sports…

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 8, 2018

Summer day, Giants baseball in DC, NBA championship to win in Cleveland….Stop and appreciate a day like this, the moments that make it up. There are a lot of shitty days in the year. Win or lose, today isn’t one of them….

Big Wins

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 7, 2018

With all the excitement the Warriors have been bringing to The Bay lately it’s been tough to stay focused on baseball. But yesterday’s game has been circled and will be remembered as one of the critical wins of the season. We simply have to find ways to get Hanson on the field more often. Screw this *secret weapon* crap. That shit is hit or miss anyway. He is ELECTRIC and for a team that lacks electricity he needs to be playing more often. The Giants should be working NOW on getting him more OF time.

This trip through DC is always my least favorite of the year. It usually happens a little later, right? Early July? It’s always hot as fuck, draining, we usually suck and this time we have to maneuver through Stras and Scherzer. The we have to forage through more road trip and the road has not been our friend this year. Whatever, gotta figure out how to win on the road at some point, might as well be now…..

Back in Black

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 6, 2018

Bum was ok last night. In fact, he could have used more *O’s* and *K’s*. But whatever, he’s back and he has to come back and pitch his ass off if we are going to do anything this year.

I’m not gonna freak out if the Dubs lose tonight. I want to see them win the championship at Oracle. Picking where you want your team to win it all is a pretty dangerous game to play, I know. The other thing I want: No crazy stuff with the Cleveland fans. They’re all nuts and the Warriors have gotten completely in their head. Tonight is going to be a crazy pressure cooker where deindividuation can occur and I am concerned for the safely of Draymond, Steph, KD, etc. Malice in the Palace type of stuff….

Let’s also see what kind of impact Bum’s return has on our Fives. I firmly believe it’s important to have an ace on the staff who can provide leadership that guides the rest of the staff. Stratton is the first man up to test that theory…..

Bum Returns, Dwight Leaves

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 5, 2018

Is there something the baseball Gods are trying to tell us with the Giants crawling back to .500 for MadBum’s “opening day?” That was the percentage most of us threw out there when we discussed what the Giants would have to do while Bum and Cueto healed their broken bodies….

“broken bodies.” That term is hitting me hard right now. Dwight Clark was one of my favorite players of my lifetime, easily top 5 with #6 and beyond well down the list. He and Joe made sure I wouldn’t have to spend my youth not knowing what it felt like to win a championship. I was 12 years old the day he left earth and refused to let that ball hit the ground. Two weeks later we beat the Bengals and literally the rest of my life I’ve known this feeling.

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RIP #87

 

Beam Me Up (2-0), Scotty…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 4, 2018

……Cleveland fans continue to weep about NBA officiating on Twitter. Bottom line: the Warriors are just much better. Their pussy fans need to suck it up and accept that…..

This is a pretty big series with Arizona. I’ve been hearing about how badly the D-Backs are under performing this year. Time to see it with my own eyes. They have good players on that team. I’m not confident, especially without Belt…..

Draft Day! I don’t really care who they draft as long as it isn’t the high school kid Cole Winn. Take one of the college players. We need help as soon as possible.

There’s been a fun game running on twitter lately: Without revealing your age, what’s one thing you remember that a young person wouldn’t understand?

There are obviously a ton of answers. The first one that came to me: a water bed.

Scotty, We Need More Power!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 3, 2018

Happy to get a win but this is all a mirage. You can’t win in today’s game, consistently, with dinky-dunky-bullshit. With Belt out some bats need to step up big time. Panik has been nice, getting on base, scoring a run. But we need more than that. It seems the 5 Fives need to be at home to do their least damage. So from that standpoint maybe all isn’t lost.

This series has been a great reminder about park factors. The Phillies blasted us to the moon in their ball park. Now they come out west and can’t score a run.

Dub Nation tonight. Rise up!!!!!!!

 

Shields Up, Scotty

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 2, 2018

Such a frustrating win. And doesn’t feel like the baseball Gods are trying to tell us something. So close to getting the squad back together and then something stupid like this happens to Belt.

But injuries happen to everyone. Baggs brought up a good point on why these types of injuries to our starters can be so devastating to a team like the Giants. Read on:

“The Giants have not drafted and developed a proven everyday player since graduating Panik to the big leagues in 2014, which is understandable to some degree. It’s an inexact science. It’s not easy to do.

But their struggle to draft and develop replacement-level players? Someone who could play a serviceable shortstop behind Brandon Crawford or catch at Triple-A Sacramento or fill out an affiliate’s rotation better than someone rescued from an independent league? A team needs contributions from those players over a 162-game season, too. A car without an engine doesn’t get out of the parking lot. Neither does the car without $6 spark plugs.”

Belt going down has just about broken my spirit about this season. They can’t withstand this many injuries. They just aren’t built for it…..

1-0 and Time For Some Philly Revenge

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 1, 2018

What an incredible Game 1 that was. If I didn’t hate Cleveland fans I would feel some sympathy for them. That dope @vernthompson was rage tweeting last night. Lots of capitals and exclamation points. But hey, JR Smith is a known dunce, that’s gotta get old to deal with all the time. And that reversed call? Man, that was a gift. I can’t remember a reviewed call on charge that got changed to a block. Certainly not in a situation like that….

Hoping Philly plays a little differently in our yard. That’s a reasonable hope. Pivetta has been very good this year but not nearly as good on the road (2.20 ERA at home, 5.82 ERA on road). Stratton (who sucks) might be able to keep us in this game if he has begun recovering from his battle with postpartum.

You know the drill, we need to count on our bats again….

Picking Up The Pieces And Moving On

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 31, 2018

Ok, thankfully that is over. They won two, probably should have won 3 since Monday’s game was right there for the taking, but the bottom line is that they played like a .250 win percentage team. No game today, as God intended, and now all our energy and focus turns to Oaktown where the Dubs begin their brilliant march back towards glory. I know we will all stand as one Flapping Nation as their destiny unfolds. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Derek Holland is a fine #5. But when you’re #1 of the Fives you have a problem. This season that looked doomed after Bum, Smarge and then Cueto went down is realistically in grave danger if we don’t get get one or two of these fivers to start going 6 innings. That may be too much to ask.

Winding Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 30, 2018

Last night was just a bad game. Wash it off and move on. One thing we all agreed on was that this was going to be a brutal road trip. So we should have all built up a resistance for this stretch. I actually think Bum returning could have a more positive effect than just one start every 5 games. This staff needs a leader badly, he will make them all a little better. And at this point who wouldn’t rather see Dereck Rodriguez in for Smargerine? Because that’s probably the newest member to The 5 Fives.

Besides the loss, Longo studded out. Posey finally hit a ball out. Today isn’t going to be any better with Flyball Holly pitching but if we don’t play defense and only hit solo bombs it doesn’t matter who’s starting for us in Colorado.

Good And Bad in The Bay

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 29, 2018

Tough loss last night. Any game we have a chance to win on this brutal roadie we need to close the deal. Smarge in Nepal? Yikes. At some point this guy has to get back into the strike zone (although you could argue that was actually his problem last season).

Dubs/Cavs finals again. Four straight years. Is that a problem? Not if you’re a fan of one of those teams, I guess. But this is probably not ideal for the NBA if they are looking to keep fans buying season tickets to teams that apparently have no chance of ever seeing the finals.

I’m going with Dubs in 5 (assuming Love comes back). If he’s out I think we sweep them. Lebron can’t win a game completely alone against this stacked squad. I hate Cleveland fans and look forward to this wipe out.

Putting An L On The Board

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 28, 2018

Friends, prepare for annihilation. Total wipe out destruction. Look away, this one is going to be hideous.

I’d like to say, “hey this is baseball, anything can happen.” But I don’t really believe that anything can happen. About the only thing I can think of to hold on to is that Colorado is only 9-12 at home. But that’s obviously a freak stat that will correct itself starting tonight.

Thank God we have The Dubs to distract us from this nightmare.

Hopefully bad things don’t come in twos.

Giants calling up Derek Rodriguez (Pudge’s son). These jokers with the hair, Jesus.

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Winning Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 27, 2018

Tyler Chatwood is beatable if we are patient with him. He has an unseemly 41/40 SO/bb ratio. Seriously, how can you start games and walk that many dudes? Anyway, if Blach can *five* his way through this game I like our chances.

My buddy asked me last night “Isn’t it less satisfying to beat the Rockets without Chris Paul?” And I was like “uh, no, are you an idiot?” Tough luck for them but winnings championships is a long journey that is always worth it no matter how you get there. It’s so hard to get to the top of the mountain. I don’t have any idea what will happen tomorrow night but it’s Game 7 and there isn’t a more fun moment in sports. I can’t decide who I want to win tonight. On one hand I’d like to see Boston stick it to Lebron and watch Cleveland fans weep in unison on twitter. On the other hand, the Cavs would be a cakewalk in the Finals.

At some point James has to slow down. He HAS to. Dude is a machine. He’s better than Jordan the same way Brady is better than Montana.

When Elite Spin Rate Is Not Enough

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 26, 2018

Stratton’s wife gave birth on 4/24. Check out what happened since:

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He seems to be welcoming walks and home runs to the family as well. But he’s placed strikeouts up for adoption….

Jose Quintana is ok. He can fire up a good game now and again as well as a “5 Five” type of game. Actionless and Longo have had decent success vs him. Hoping we see Mac instead but Jackson can’t just sit on the bench in perfect health all the time. He needs to play now and again, maybe Gork’s sits today. Actually, he’s one of our main power hitters and he did hit a bomb yesterday so he and Willy probably play, Actionless sits; collecting dust and hording perfect health…..

Five years ago….

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Sucking On The Dock Of The Bay

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 25, 2018

Trying times in the Bay these days. At least we have our *ace* going today. Holland (who sucks less than the other 4 guys) is faced with a task today for sure. And for added fun the wind is blowing out.

Whatever, we just need to hit the ball. Forget the pitching, hit the damn ball. Win a damn game.

Speaking of *five guys*, the Warriors have become the ultimate front runners who can stroke it when there’s no pressure on them. But lately, when the moment arises and we see who stands tall and who falls there has been a lot more *falling* than *standing*. These guys are coming out of time outs in critical situations and it’s like they’re playing basketball for the first time in their lives….

 

I got 99 Problems And These 5 Guys Are 5 of Them

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 24, 2018

The Houston series went pretty much how we thought it would go. I had hoped they’d take the first one but losing both was hardly a surprise. For *fun* I checked the collective ERA of our 5 Fives and was secretly hoping it would zero out exactly at 5.00. It didn’t. 5.22. The question is whether they could whittle that down to an even 5 by the end of this roadie and I think I’d take the “hell no” on that bet. But who knows? Anyone see these five fellows whacking their number down to 5.00?

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Now That Was a Bad Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 23, 2018

Yesterday was just one of those days in sports you just gotta wash off. Everything went wrong. I should have known it was going to be a bad night after Matt Harvey cobbled together his first quality start of the bet. Embarrassing for Pittsburgh. And for me after I talked a bunch of shit about him.

The Giants are going to continue to get killed if they can’t outhit the damage the Five Fives will be causing. And really, if they get blown out in all 8 of these games it’s a solid indication that this isn’t their year, that even with a strong streak of resiliency, they couldn’t overcome the devastation to the starting pitching staff. Smarge has a large start tonight. Maybe The Panda gets in Verlander’s head. He’s just a man…..

The Warriors flat out choked. No other way to put it. Houston deserves credit for playing hard and not giving up but you don’t blow big leads like that in the playoffs in your house. That was awful. And I don’t even know what that was at the end of the game. What was that?

Bad day. But it’s cool because you don’t get to know what a good day feels like without some of the shit ones thrown in there for reference…..

Rough Patch Starts Tonight

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 22, 2018

If we are going to take one in Houston, today is probably the day. I’m gonna have to see this new and improved Gerrit Cole for myself before I believe he’s the AL CY leader. His K’s are up, his walks are down and he’s dominating in a hitters park. It doesn’t usually work that way.

Personally I’m more worried about one of our unfab five taking the hill. Suarez? Against these guys? Pfffttttt….I think we’ll hit Cole but this could be a high scoring game….

Tomorrow? Verlander is the best pitcher in baseball. Maybe he’ll have an off day or something…..

The Problem of The Five Fives

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 21, 2018

What we know for sure: There are five of them. And they aren’t very good. If they were hitters they’d be snapped up by The Bowker Gang in an nanosecond. Their ladies are big as houses….

Actually I don’t know about that last one.

But there is definitely a problem with these 5 sordid soldiers. Their ceiling is low, their floor so far down I can barely see it.

But we need these 5 felicitous fellows as there are not 5 better chosen to do this type of shit job…..

The bullpen is ragged. The bats are tired. But it’s all hands on deck until we get Bum and Cueto back and Smarge stops slumming with these dudes….

This road trip is gonna be….my advice is to look away. Just look away….

 

Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 20, 2018

Congrats to the Rays for having the balls to let Yarbrough pitch to two batters three times. He faced Pujols and Simmons 3 times. Wow. I can’t believe he made it through such a grueling task.

Here’s a cutting edge idea: how about you just never pitch your starting pitcher at all? Yeah, announce him as the starting pitcher….but just start Romo every game….at some point….warm him up 2 or 3 times….then….never….bring…..him….in.

That would trick the shit out of the opposition, eh? Saves wear and tear on that arm, too.

Cautiously optimistic about Blach today. He’s from Colorado and has pitched well against them in the past. Today is a pretty critical game. We are about to embark on a most difficult stretch of the schedule. Two in Houston, three at Wrigley and then three in Nepal. If we went 3-5 I’d be ecstatic but feel like it’s going to be worse than that…..

Negativity

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 19, 2018

Our ace let us down last night. He brought home the bacon, he just couldn’t fry it up in the pan. And if the reliable Holland has left us, we are in a pretty dark place, my flappin’ friends…..

Not being able to hit continues to be a problem. We can’t just be a better hitting team than we were last year. We have to be SIGNIFICANTLY better. And we aren’t.

Jon Gray is a stud who should shut us down. The Royal Wedding has ended with their first glorious kiss as husband and wife. And Pimlico is under water.

Lame weekend….

Stuck On Top Of The Hump

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 18, 2018

Colorado has done a very nice job of building an A+ bullpen. It will be interesting to see if these guys can keep it going this year with all the wear and tear on the body and the arm they have to deal with way up there…..

I’m trying not to be down on Pierce Johnson. He’s given up no hits in 11 of his 18 outings this year. He’s really only had 1 horrible game. Bottom line is that we didn’t get enough hits, bombs or singles, last night…..

Lame weekend coming up. Pimlico track likely to be screwed up with water. I still like Good Magic but won’t be surprised if this is an easy win for Justify. And then we have to deal with the idiotic Royal Wedding on Sat, too. All those people just need to go away.

On Sunday, Dubs rolling at Oracle. Three more at AT&T and I don’t feel good about any of these games.

At least we have our ace going tonight…..

Bad Night

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 17, 2018

Man, that turned quick. We went from a “Perfect Night” with the Dubs rolling and the Giants winning to…I don’t know what that was. Just like I’m still processing that video I posted of the “little incident down at the Starbucks.”

Colorado isn’t hitting. They are leading the NL in bombs (always expected) but they’re 10th in team OPS. That’s wild for a team that gets to play half its games in Nepal.

So as long as Smarge can keep his pitches from leaking right down Broadway we should be ok tonight.

Right?

Question posed on Tolbert’s KNBR show yesterday: Would you rather have a player hit a homerun every single game (and strike out in his other 3 at bats) or would you rather have a player go 4 for 4 with 4 singles every single game? Explain your answer. And don’t ask me any questions about the question, that’s the only info you have to make your choice.

Looking forward to your responses on this one…..

Finally, this…..

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Matt Harvey Beat Down Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 16, 2018

Great job connecting a couple of wins off this bad team. There’s a little extra in today’s game with Matt Harvey making his second start for the Reds. As you know, I have a bet with the great San Dawg on how many quality starts this chump will stagger through this season. We settled on 4.5 as the number. That could also be the number of beers he has before first pitch. But I digress.

I will be catching this one on the radio today. Pound this drunken has-been into the ground….

did Belt go crazy about the called 3rd strike? He should have, look where it was (#7).

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Perfect Night

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 15, 2018

Great day for Bay Area sports last night. Dubs rolled. Giants won. Stratton was pretty average. Man though, he was one clean inning away from a quality start. If Harvey shakes his way through 6 innings/4 runs (in 5 starts) I gotta pay up to San Diggity? Eh, I’m still not worried. Harvey (who sucks) will come through for me in the end….

Unseasonably cold, lame weather day today. Check out the ticket prices according to espn. We are the one at the bottom. ATT is no longer the place to be.

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Go out and beat the Reds (who suck). I have no idea how this team swept the Dodgers. LA has flat out given up and it’s a glorious, wonderful thing….

The other take is that LA has just been ravaged by injuries and just WAIT! till they get their guys back. You know what? Screw that. We lost our top 3 starters this year, we’ve been sending out pole smoker after pole smoker to the mound and yet we have stayed competitive on the year sitting only 3.5 games out.

Resilient….

Home Before The Storm

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 14, 2018

We have a 7 games at home and it would be a good idea to win as many of them as possible. After that we go on the road for 8 against Houston, The Cubs and Sherpaville. I’m not one to sweat the schedule but that is a killer 8. If we burn up the bullpen early in that stretch I don’t know if I’ll be able to bring myself to watch the Colorado massacre.

Our plucky, average starting pitchers should appreciate being back at home. If they can’t do it here, they can’t do it anywhere….

Harvey goes against Suarez on Wednesday….Extra excited for that one.

Dubs tonight….

LLLLLLosers

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 13, 2018

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Finally we get some relief as we get our best fucking starting pitcher back today. Derek Holland had the best line of all these chumps. Way back in the 4-2 L he went 5 and only gave up 3. All 5 other SP’s did worse than that. Can’t win with starting pitching like this.

I was going through an old box and found some journals I used to write in. Here’s a snippet from one related to our Giants. The first part is about a gun shot exchange I witnessed, not something you typically saw in Palo Alto, then or now.

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Not Rock Bottom

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 12, 2018

Another *fun* day of baseball where we get Smarge throwing his 96 mph heater at the Pirates and them sending it right back up his ass at 115 mph. He pitched a game in Pitt a couple of years ago, it’s stuck in my mind for some reason. Gave up a lot of bombs. That was the game where I was like “man, this guy can really serve up the homers.” And he’s been serving ’em up like flapjacks at IHOP ever since.

I don’t know what to say about this road trip except that it can probably get worse. I mean, why couldn’t it?

Hitting the Re Set Button

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 11, 2018

So what’s gonna happen in Pittsburgh? Are we going to compete as we did in Atl or get taken to the woodshed as we did in Philly?

Somebody is stoked to be in Pitt:

I wonder how guys like ‘Cutch, Longo and Jackson feel about their first couple of months in SF. All 3 certainly had better results in their last stop. Is it a total grind to be a San Francisco Giant now? Do they hate it?

I’ll tell ya one thing, with all these damn K’s the team is piling up I’m definitely gonna have a few “Taillons” at draftkings today….

 

At Least Boston Beat Them

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 10, 2018

Don’t watch the game today. Besides not having to watch another shellacking, it’s unacceptable that online is the only way to watch this game. Listen to it on the radio if you have to keep up. The game is better enjoyed that way anyway.

Facebook is stupid. Watching this game just feeds into their stupidity.

Also, we suck right now. I’m still not sure why this is happening. If we were this bad we’d be getting crushed every game. Think about it. If me and 8 other Flappers took the field, we’d get mercy-ruled every game.

The “mercy rule”. I always lqtm when I hear that term, it’s a great term……

Weaklings

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 9, 2018

Holland was who we thought he was. He got through 5, he gave up home runs. But he kept the team in the game about as well as any #5 can do.

As usual, you can look to the power production to see how the Phillies are doing this. They’ve hit 7 bombs we’ve hit 1 (a pinch hit bomb). You cannot compete in a bandbox by striking out a billion times and not hitting at least a few bombs.

Philly pitching has been good, that obviously has something to do with it. But even good pitching understands they’re going to surrender home runs in dumb ass venues like Citizen Banks Park.

Two young pitchers going at it today. Let’s see who sacks up and leaves the yard….

A Wow! Loss

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 8, 2018

Not a good night for Bay Area run differential. -25 for the both of them. I wonder if that’s some sort of modern day record or something. Gonna have to check with Elias Sports. How do you do that? When I was a kid I used to think it was some dude named Elias who had all the stats on everyone. He was a freaking genius. Anyway, shout out to that company for staying relevant despite the internet taking over…..

Today could be another rough one. I hold out more hope that Smarge can recapture the magic than I do that Derek Holland is useful.

I don’t sweat big losses like last night’s. It looks bad, it’s just one loss. They had a let down, they’re traveling on the other side of the country, not a huge deal…..

Phace Off With Philly

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 7, 2018

I’m not going to look ahead at the pitching match ups anymore. It just kinda bums me out. The mindset has to be, keep wielding the bats like men and hope the pitching stays out of the way.

We’re 13-5 over our last 18. Don’t fear any team, any park, any pitcher. The only danger we face comes from within…

I love the Joe/Brady arguments. There’s no way to prove any of these generational comparisons and yet they seem to inspire some of the most spirited debates. I may be able to finally admit that Brady has had a better career than Joe but if I needed to win one game there’s no QB I’d even consider starting. Joe forever.

Also….Happy Birthday Ferrethead.