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Thanksgiving Week

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 19, 2018

A few years ago we’d talk about being thankful for those 3 beauties but I don’t hear much talk about those these days. Man, imagine being a Dodger fan and trying to remember that beauty from THIRTY freaking years ago. Most of the people that were there for that one are dead now or not born yet.

Still, as long ago as 2014 seems, I’ll never get tired of those flags flying true at good ol’ AT&T Park. Sometimes it feels like we paid quite a price for them though.

Have fun this week whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to go. If all you’re doing is walkin’ the earth, be thankful for that, too…..

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Slow Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 17, 2018

The weirdest part of this week: no wind at all. Not even a breath of wind. The smoke just came here and sat down on us. Another fire stirred up in Boulder Creek yesterday but I wasn’t worried about it. No way for it to move anywhere with no wind. There’s talk of rain next Wednesday but I’ll believe it when I see it….

With my Big Game plans torpedoed there isn’t much going on in the sports world around here. Dubs trying to rebound from that pathetic effort in Houston. They just aren’t the same without Curry on the floor.

Note to trolls who have nothing else to do with their lives except haunt a Giants blog: You can post here but you need to be creative. If you just post the same bland, boring stuff I’m banning you. I’m basically saying “Don’t be stupid.” If that’s too much of a challenge maybe it’s best if you stay at home at a Dodgers blog with like-minded fans such as yourself…..

Trouble in DynastyLand

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 15, 2018

Round these parts, everyone is taking sides. You’re either on Draymond’s side or you’re on Durant’s side. I’m on Getthefuckoverit’s side.

There’s no question that Green is hard to get along with. Bonds and Kent weren’t two picnics you’d like to spend an afternoon with, either. But Draymond did something those two couldn’t do: he has given the Bay multiple flags. So you put up with some stuff. Easy for me to say, I don’t have to work with him.

We’ve been on quite a run here in the Bay Area. 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018….Before 2010 we were just a bunch of dopes wandering around the wilderness. And you know what? We liked it. I watched Mets and Rays fans on twitter deliriously celebrating their Cy Young wins. Pffftttttt…..boring. I can’t go back to that shit. I’m a Pavlovian dog that only salivates when he hears a downtown parade a ‘comin.

The bottom line is that athletes play for money. We love them as long as they win. I’ve had some bad relationships in my life that were healthier than that. I don’t know what the Warriors are going to do with Draymond, I hope they figure out how to make this work. The only thing I know for sure is that this run is going to end sooner than I want it to. It always does.

Oh Screw It, Just Keep Him

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 14, 2018

Trading or keeping Madison Bumgarner is probably the most interesting topic we’ll kick around this off season. The dazzling idea of scooping up a bounty of prospects for Bum is alluring. But it’s also not realistic. I’ve held on to the dream that teams would want Bumgarner because of his legendary post season success but that’s not how players are evaluated anymore. The nerds with the calculators don’t have a button for “legendary”. They look at the peripherals and those are trending downward. OPS is one of the favorite stats considered here at the Flap. Opponents OPS vs Bum’s fastball has climbed from .619 in 2014 to a whopping .954 last year. Who is gonna pay up for that?

Sadly, I think Bum is worth more to us than anyone else just because fans love him and I can’t see Baer signing off on trading him for one decent pitching prospect–which is probably all we’d get offered.

Whatever, keep him, try to fill out the roster with a gaggle of Muncy’s and see what happens……

A Bet Making The Game Bigger

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 13, 2018
snarkk said, on November 12, 2018 at 7:02 pm (Edit)

OK, BF. After at least a decade, Cal has a shot.
You’re on — in this Bears v Tree “Tilt for the Ages” !
Screw the weenie spread.
It’s mano a mano, baby. Straight up or down. Bears to win outright !

Oh, and define drinks “all night”. I like the Bears, but I ain’t no simpleton; I ain’t talkin’ bottle service at the Bellagio if my Bears turn into widdle cubbles.

BTW, those “Cal” kids that yelled some shit at you — they HAD to be JC wannabes wearing Cal merch. Cal people can be boisterous, but in a very respectful ‘Ol Blue sorta way.
Bring it ON, Pee on the Tree!!!

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“Pee on the tree”??????

……Sorry, I’m back. Snarkk’s disrespect of The Tree sent me into a 12 minute blind rage. When I finally snapped out of it I had reduced everything in my living room to rubble. Now just doing a slow burn, I’m able to continue with the thread…..

“Drinks all night” can be translated into “beers for the event” of your choosing. A Giants game would be the most likely common ground for us but another trip to the Pleasanton track next Summer would work or if you’re into March Madness you can join me and San Diggity in Reno next March for a weekend you won’t soon forget. Regardless, the winner can put the “event of beers” in the bank to be cashed in some time in the future.

I’ll assume that qualifies as “bet on”. Down on The Farm we play for keeps, rarely lose, and I’ll cap Saturday’s beat down with a long, satisfying stream of urination that will cascade to the bottom of Tightwad Hill.

 

 

 

 

A Day Of Reverence And A Bet to Be Made

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 12, 2018

Happy Veterans Day. Two flaps up to any vets out there and any and all victims of war. My old man is veteran and I salute you, dad. And this is the first Veterans Day in a long long time without The Twinner…..

Fall is flying by. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The hot stove season should interest me more but it doesn’t. Even with the big brain on Zaidi crushing everything in its path it’s tough for me to envision any reasonable or interesting ways to fix this team. Besides that, the Giants are just so boring.

One thing I’m looking forward to: The 2018 Big Game. For the first time in years Stanford is going nowhere nationally so they might as well focus up on their next game. Oh, what do you know, it’s Cal; my fourth most despised team after The Dodgers, USC and Notre Dame.  Normally The Cardinal wipe out the Bears like an irritating bug stain on the windshield. I honestly can’t remember the last year Stanford lost. But the game is in Cal this year so they have a fighting chance to cover the spread. I’m smelling a looming bet between me and Snarkk who is awesome in every way except for his *odious* proclivity to supporting *them*.

Somehow Stanford is only favored by 2 over those shady bunko artists. Of course I will lay the points if you feel you need them but a more valid bet would be straight up, yes?

This picture is fantastic. Me and my dad are just off Moen’s left hand. The walk to the car that day was interesting. Scores of Cal fans screaming “Fuck you Stanford!!!” in my 13 year old face. Classy students…..

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Where There’s Smoke…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 11, 2018

I’m 200 miles away and yet that distinct smoke smell is everywhere I go. I’ve never been to Paradise, Ca but the last few days I’ve been struck by how many people know people who live up there. Or I should say “lived up there.” It’s just tragic that an entire town can get erased in less than a day.

This is an incredibly sad article:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/article/This-was-Paradise-How-do-you-quantify-13381061.php

If you look west from my house there’s 280 and the hills behind that. Everything is so dry. It could all go up today. I’ve always wondered why terrorists don’t target an area like this. Billions of dollars of residential real estate. What’s stopping them?

No Good News

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 9, 2018

Slow Zone for Bay Area sports right now. No baseball. Niners stink. I don’t know if hockey has started yet nor do I care. Steph’s hurt. California’s burning to the ground.

Bad mood today.

Saying Goodbye to McCovey

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 8, 2018

Now I’m thinking Zaidi keeps Bumgarner because the haul he’d pull back really wouldn’t be worth it. And don’t you think the plan is probably to go unearth a bunch of Max Muncy’s and Chris Taylors to platoon with Belt, Crawford, etc????? You don’t need to ditch our best pitcher to find those dudes……

If you guys want to watch the Willie Mac celebration of life there is a link in here that should work:

https://abc7news.com/sports/watch-live-tomorrow-sf-giants-to-celebrate-willie-mccoveys-life/4642219/

If you are going to the celebration you should take public trans. The Giants aren’t opening Parking Lot A for some unknown reason. Sounds like Unca Chuck is gonna be there, good for him. If anyone goes please email me some pics.

 

Farhan Zaidi

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 7, 2018

Come on down? The most encouraging thing about this is that they found someone nationally desirable to take this job. That tells me he thinks there’s something to work with here. If there is, I don’t see it. Old, slow, weak hitters, an average pitching staff, a terrible farm system, a bloated payroll….

Well, I guess that’s what he’s got to fix, right?

Baggs had an interesting comment in his article at The Athletic:

“You do not lure someone like Zaidi with money. You lure him with creative control. You lure him with intellectual freedom”

So that means change is coming. Though nothing is going to change immediately. We need a house cleaning, Zaidi knows this.

New School

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 6, 2018

Yesterday’s old school thread was fun, thanks to those who contributed. I was surprised no one mentioned “going to the library” but maybe literally nobody does that anymore. What’s going on down at the library these days?

Ok, today let’s springboard to the future. 50 years from now. Think of something that is normal now that you don’t think will exist or happen in 50 years. For instance, it’s unthinkable for segregation to exist today but a little over 50 years ago it still did.

I’m gonna go with watering your plants or washing your car. Water will be too valuable to waste on something like that in 50 years. Hoses outside your house will no longer exist. Does that sound stupid?

Stupid like this?

Regarding the Gray for Panik trade proposal: eh, I think the Giants are going to just DFA Panik so the Yankees can scoop him up for free. Panik is slow and weak and injury prone. What value does he bring to a line up?

Old School Behavior

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 5, 2018

Ok, let’s take a break from discussing anything baseball related and kick this around: What do you do that is still considered *old school*? For instance, I don’t read newspapers or magazines anymore but maybe you do? I haven’t used a home phone in years. Do you?

The #1 old school thing I do is listen to the radio in my car. Regular free FM radio. 1 station: 107.7 The Bone. Only not in the morning, Lamont and Tonelli are the two dumbest dunderheads on the planet. How do those idiots keep a morning show for all these years? It makes no sense.

If a song comes on I like, I turn it up. If it’s a song I don’t like I usually switch over to KNBR. Commercial comes on, I go back to The Bone. And that’s how I roll all day whenever I’m driving……

Don’t worry, I have a thread for tomorrow all lined up that pivots off today’s thread. So let’s go, what do you do that’s still considered *old school*?

 

Say Goodbye to the Past and Hit the Reset Button

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 4, 2018
djloo27 said, on November 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm (Edit)

We owe Mad Bum big time…

Sure….give him a percentage of the team when he retires. I’d be down with that. But a big contract? No way. PLEEEEEASE don’t do it. Waste of money. He’s past his prime. Even if he bounces back a little, what good would it do to have a 20 million dollar a year pitcher on this team? Not to mention the fact that his main worth has always been in the post season. You think the 2019 Giants are headed to the post season? How about the 2020 team? Maybe 2022. MAYBE.

The Giants are the WORST at this but they have to learn when to cut the cord. Holding on to fan favorites makes some of the fans feel good but it does nothing for the record of your team.

I wouldn’t want this gig if I were a GM looking for a job. Saddled with a mountain of future payroll, aging players and a shitty farm system, what is there to work with? A ballpark that still looks pretty good?

Being a GM for the SF Giants would be one of the worst jobs you could get right now…..

San Francisco’s Giant

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 1, 2018

McCovey did most of his damage before I was born. By the time I was paying attention he was into his second stint with the Giants and obvious not the force he once was. I missed watching the greatness with my own eyes.

My last memory of watching Mac play was during the end of his final season very close to the end of the year. My dad took me to a game and we were sitting along the right field line. McCovey slowly ambled to the plate as a pinch hitter. He ended up lining a ball into the outfield and I remember 2 things: 1: how big the finish of his swing was. The bat seemed to wrap all the way around his body twice on the same swing. 2) how loud the crowd got when he got the hit. They knew what was up.

Fair winds and following seas, Stretch. You earned it.

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DJLoo said, on July 29, 2012 at 11:02 am (Edit)

I share all those awesome childhood memories of Stretch that you guys have the ability to lay out so eloquently. So as always you can count on me for a less cheerful one.

Mays & McCovey came to a card show/autograph signing thing in 1985. I was stunned to hear about it – the memorabilia craze hadn’t really taken off yet. It was held in the gymnasium of a Catholic School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Another hero of mine, Joe Pepitone was also there. Autographs were cheap – maybe $20 for Mays, less for McCovey, and way less for Pepi. Laughed it up and took a great picture with Joe. Got to the M & M table where they were sitting side by side. Mays was somber and wouldn’t even look at me. McCovey was pleasant and shook my hand. I asked if they would allow my friend to snap a picture of me standing behind them. McCovey said sure and Mays grunted something. In the picture Stretch has a big smile. Mays looks like he’s getting a colonoscopy. Later on I was just hanging around outside across the street. McCovey came out (all alone!) limping visibly. I was struck by his outfit. Looked like he picked it up from the Salvation Army. An ill-fitting red checkered sport jacket and bright red pants that were at least 3 inches too short. I yelled out, “need a ride, Willie?”. He waved and said, “I’m alright, man!”. I stayed where I was and watched him slowly hobble down 65th Street. To me, it was the picture of a man down on his luck. He turned left at the corner and disappeared from my view. I have no idea how he could’ve had any idea where he was going around there.
I remember hoping that the neighborhood Guinz-aloons wouldn’t give him a hard time…

Hiring Yes Men

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 31, 2018

KNBR yesterday, they were discussing the high number of new, young managers in the game today. They argued that there are so many newbies because the owners can pay them less than the “Bochy’s” and the “Scioscia’s”. And if you’re not making much money you can basically turn your manager into a butler for the numbers fellas upstairs. If you look at the managing landscape you can’t really argue with that take…..

Happy Halloween.

A Perfect Ending to The 2018 MLB Season

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 29, 2018

As an autumn moon begins to light my way, it’s time to shut down a few peripheral wings of Big Flavor, Inc. Let’s look back on this incredible year….

It began with the sad news of discovering our old friend Twin had passed away. The season always felt a little incomplete to me knowing that for the first time ever that damn bastard wouldn’t be stopping by the Flap to tell us all what’s up. I’m guessing he enjoyed last night’s outcome but maybe not. He was never really a vindictive guy when it came to the game. He loved it too much. He probably would have spent last night spouting off flowery bullshit that would have been fast tracked to the POTD Hall of Fame…..

Soon after we found out about the news of Twin passing I sent McClain’s bat to Loo in New York because I thought it was a tribute Twin would have liked. I’d rank that move as one of my best of the year and I did a lot of rad shit this year so that’s saying something. 🙂 And if that was the best gift I gave, the best gift I GOT was the framed picture of Zenyatta and her brilliant past performances. Thanks again for that, buddy.

There was an ongoing dispute about Matt Harvey that led to a bet that led to me losing a bet that I won back in precisely 36 hours courtesy of the Boston Red Sox. Diggity worked methodically all Summer to win those beers. And it was wiped out in a single weekend. Kenny Rogers once wrote a song about that, I think…..

Let’s see, what else? Oh, in August, I picked up some free swag from AMPM…..

All in all, a very typical, predictable year. The Giants stunk and will continue to stink for many years. The Dodgers fell apart again, as they always do. They are the easiest of teams to dislike. Take your pick. You’ve got Puig licking his bat like a fool and running around the bases kissing his biceps in a game they ended up losing. The rest of them are constantly grabbing old coaches by the neck and smothering them with kisses and punches them in the arm. Hey Manny, why don’t you go find that lady and have her braid your fucking hair again, idiot. What a fun group of guys they are. lol.

A more modest, more honorable man might take the high road and congratulate the Dodgers on a season well played. But I am not that man. You can’t win it all without a heart. You cannot have a heart without a soul. LA is a barren wasteland. I choose to celebrate their misery and toast to 30 more years of upcoming failure for them. Join me in this toast…..

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Red Socked in the 7th

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 28, 2018

Our idiot Liar in Chief decided to chime in on baseball last night:

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Look, fans always want to have it both ways. And if Trump is saying it you know it’s a fools take. But when a guy has pitched 10 innings in 4 weeks you don’t just leave him out there until it all falls apart. Cora took a ton of shit for leaving Rodriguez in TOO LONG. And Roberts literally just watched that blow up in his face. Hill had thrown more than 100 pitches 3 times all season. They had a commanding lead. To top it off, Hill literally told Roberts he was nearly done. And while the bullpen was gassed from the night before, if you had told Roberts before the game he was going to get Hill into the 7th inning he would have thanked God and confidently gone to his bullpen. Now, you can argue with his bullpen choices I guess, but that’s lame. The bullpen is there for a reason. You have to use it and these guys either perform or they don’t. That’s not totally on the manager.

Ugh, defending Roberts just took a lot out of me. Time to wrap this thread up (as well as the series later tonight).

My favorite image from last night:

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Fuck LA. #4lyfe

Non-Preferred Outcome

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 27, 2018

I’m honestly not even disappointed about the LA win. That was one for the ages. Cora trying to break the neck of the Dodgers by burning up Eovaldi is the type of ballsy move I like to see a manager make. Unfortunately it didn’t work out and now that may have cost him today’s game, too. We will see.

At this point in the series the thing that pisses me off the most is having to watch so many Dodger fans celebrating and whipping their dumbass blue towels around. I don’t like seeing people in LA happy, ever. And then I remember that despite what I see no one is happy in LA, ever.

And that makes me happy….

Another Beat Down?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 26, 2018

Look, this series is over. But if LA is going to dodge the embarrassment of getting swept they need to win tonight. And it’s not a crazy thought to think they could niggle a win out of this back of the woodshed treatment. They are at home with their best pitcher going. Of course, the pin heads puppeteering Roberts might still screw this up.

It must stink being the Dodgers manager. You’re nothing but a message carrier. A butler. A yes-man. Did he know what he was getting into when he took the job? Probably. Baseball really has gotten worse when the manager is too scared of his own shadow to make actual in-game decisions.

 

Dodgers Doing What They Do Best: Lose When It Counts

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 25, 2018

The expected beat down of this second rate franchise is unfolding predictably. The Red Sox aren’t the Brewers and LA is getting spanked. Again, this is what always happens to this team—a team that likes to celebrate early, usually looking like jackasses on the base paths, when they have won precisely nothing.

If you are want an early celebrator or an over-celebrator, LA is your team. If you want a team that actually wins a championship first and then celebrates, look elsewhere…

LA Begins It’s Typical Face Plant

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 24, 2018

There are a lot of things I don’t like about how baseball is played today but the main one is that post season stud pitching performance seem to be a thing of the past. What has happened to the dominant starting pitcher? Last night was absurd. And the Dodgers are finding out they aren’t playing the Brewers who had about 20 holes in their team. The Red Sox aren’t fucking around and LA is screwed.

Hank Greenwald. He is, without question, my favorite team announcer of all time. I loved his voice, his sense of humor and he was a part of the first wave of winning Giants teams of my lifetime. I was so sad yesterday when I heard the news of his passing….

I Am A Red Sox Fan And This Feels Weird

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 23, 2018

Sale and Kershaw certainly don’t have the post season record or the greatness of Madison Bumgarner but this is still a match up of 2 excellent left handers. So Game 1 is kicking off with a bang.

The over/under is 7.5. That’s pretty high considering who is pitching. But I guess the boys in Vegas couldn’t ignore Kershaw’s weakness in the post season. Probably a smart move. With a gun to my head I’d take the over.

Anyway, for the first time ever in my lifetime, I can honestly say LET’S GO BOSTON!

Set Up For Another Fantastic Loss

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 21, 2018

“People who don’t know baseball say if they don’t win it all it’s a wasted year.”— Rooster

Now that’s an epic spin job.

It’s been so long since you guys have won anything reality is starting to peck away at your brain. Loser fans grasp on to bullshit like that. They get giddy if one of their players wins an MVP award. They try to invent ways to remember the season as a success even though they didn’t win, same as 29 other teams.

Hey, I used to be the same way. I got all excited about Barry’s bomb crowns. I’d beam at the single all star game rep we’d have. But then we won 3 in 5 and I realized all of the moral victories, the individual medals or how hard my team tried, none of that shit mattered. There is NOTHING like winning it all. For Giants fans it’s the only barometer remaining. And it should be the only thing a Dodger fan cares about, too.

Don’t listen to any bullshit from Dodger fans about how many flags they fly in The Latrine. 80% of the people alive in the world today weren’t born the last time LA won a World Series. Nobody remembers anything about 1988. Seriously, go think about that year and see what you can remember–nothing but a few hazy memories—dreams of things that may or may not have happened. The mind can play tricks, you know.

If they win this year it will be amazing for their fans. If they lose it will be crushing. Another loss on top of so many recent losses—failures in the highest leverage games in front of the most people watching.

And make no mistake about it, they will be losing again. Dinner is coming. And it lasts all Winter…..

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A Perfect Friday Night

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 20, 2018

I don’t know about Craig Counsell or any of you guys, but I think it’s high time we see how many innings Josh Hader can pitch.

How bout those Brewers, eh? They give up a first inning bomb to post season magician Freese, and come on had that been the Giants giving it up it would have been game fucking over, and then they storm back and STOMP Loser Angeles.

Anyway, Game 7 let’s Go!!!!

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When your 12th guy is tipping in the game winner it’s a sign that another flag is flying your way. Jonas Jerebko, COME ON DOWN! Screwing his old team too, that had to have felt good…

Boston vs ????

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 19, 2018

Well, my team is out. Not *my team*. The team I picked. I don’t care anything about the Astros. It is easy to like their good young core of talent. It’s almost like they have a different species playing for them. We have….old, slow, weak…..nevermind, it’s too depressing.

Are you guys lit on the NBA yet? LeBron in LA has got me goin’ more than I thought it would.

Dodgers lose tonight, then see what happens. The question tonight: Does Miley face more than one hitter? I dunno, he might be pretty taxed from that last one he pitched to. Counsell rolling the dice….

Bad Luck

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 18, 2018

I mean, to me, it looks like those fans are crossing the line.

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I love the dude all the way to the left in the red shirt, Houston cap. He just missed that bad boy, eh?

But to the larger issue…..their hands definitely look past the fence line. And even though Betts’ glove closes immediately before the ball gets there, it’s clear that a fan’s hand touches the glove and with the force he’s traveling I can see how that would cause the glove to close.

In this shot you can clearly see the dude on the right is IN the field of play, his hand is on the fence. And the 2 guys who interfered with the ball look to have hands just past that guy.

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To me, these fans were all in the field of play. They had all crossed that imaginary line. This sucks for Houston but I think West got the call right and there wasn’t anything in replay that supported reversing it.

I don’t think those fans were as bad as Bartman. He’s farther into the field of play and fucks with the ball more.

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I’ve never been in a situation like this, I’ve never even caught a foul ball. But I really truly believe I would have the presence of mind and body awareness to stay clearly back from the play. I might be yelling like a motherfucker for him to drop it but I’d stay out of the play.

That’s my take anyway….

Milwaukee Loses, Dubs Win!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 17, 2018

I’m assuming that if you bullpen a game you’re praying it doesn’t go extra innings, right? They could have gotten more than 6 innings out of the first 3 guys but Brewer bats couldn’t hit so they got stuck with Guerra for infinity and while he pitched well it’s always just a matter of time before he settles into the losing side of a game.

The story right now: ice cold bats. Cain, Yelich, Mousy, these guys are coming up ant small.

Dubs taking care of business and making me feel ok about The Bay for just a minute….

(L)osing (A)gain

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 16, 2018

It would be more fun to watch LA fall apart in the World Series but I guess this will do. Another long winter of pecking away at his feed is awaiting The Rooster. He knows it. He’s ready for it. It happens every single year…..

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I would be sweating the Niners epic loss last night a little more but there is something else to focus on. Something else on the horizon. No, it’s not the mega millions jackpot.

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

Strange Choices

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 15, 2018

I must be some kind of a sicko because even with the option of watching an mlb post season game I’m still gonna choose to watch the Packers dismantle and embarrass the 49ers.

Tough loss last night for KC. You can’t really blame that loss on Brady brilliance. He got the ball back with 3+ minutes to go against a bad defense. Of course he was going to niggle it down the field and set up a game winning field goal.

KC is like mlb Brewers. New, fun, exciting…..everything our Bay Area teams aren’t….

MLB Amidst NFL

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 14, 2018

They’re gonna squeeze a baseball game into a tiny window of no football this afternoon. Still, there is football still going when they start and a new game beginning while they’re playing. Does that matter to you football nuts? I admit having a hard time gearing up for baseball if there’s a prime NFL slate in full swing. I prefer baseball to football but it’s a mood thing. Just as it’s impossible for me to watch football in the Summer it’s difficult for me to *rev down* to watch baseball when football is on. Dig?

But it’s a good one, Cole vs Price.

Not Enough Out Getters?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 13, 2018

I caught a lot of that game on gamecast and missed most of the commentary. So….what are the Brewers doing? Are they really gonna try to bullpen their way straight through the post season? Who’s available today? Everyone? No one?

I don’t like this mostly because it’s new and I don’t like change. But just from a tactical standpoint this isn’t making sense.

Lotta pressure on Ryu today…..

NL Pennant Chase Begins

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 12, 2018

Very interesting game tonight in Milwaukee. One outcome sees Kershaw and his experience shutting down a Brewer team that’s been off for a while and don’t have any players with experience in games of this magnitude. And I’m sorry but Gio starting Game 1?

Another outcome sees Kershaw tossing another one of his patented post season clunkers and the Milwaukee bullpen shutting down the Dodger hitters.

So I could see either team winning 8-1.

You?

The Winner Will Be…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 11, 2018

Well, now that it’s been mostly agreed upon that Harper would be a terrible mistake for us, let’s move on to the next topic: We’re down to four teams left. Pick one. Who is your lock to win it all?

I’m going with the Astros because someone has to take the boring pick….

I Don’t Want Bryce Harper

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 10, 2018

With no baseball and no football and no real NBA yet….I thought we could kick around Bryce Harper….

sandog said, on October 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm (Edit)

I dunno man, a lot of times these deals simply come down to who offers the most money…and I think we’re gonna offer him a boatload.
Would it be so terrible to have him in orange and black?????? We’re a horrific offensive team and we’d be adding one of the very best offensive players in the game. Of course he’s not gonna solve all of our problems, but it would be a helluva step in the right direction wouldn’t it?

“Would it be so terrible to have him in Orange and Black?”

Considering nothing else, of course it would be fine. He’s a semi-prolific power hitter. The more of those the better. But there are giant flashing warning signs. He hit .249 this year. I think that is directly related to banging the ball into the shift over and over. And the only way for a LH hitter to beat the shift is by hitting the ball over the wall. Bryce would do that at an alarmingly lower rate in our joke ballpark.

So let’s say that instead of 34 bombs (which isn’t even prolific if you look at what the other monsters are putting up) he hits south of 30. And still hits .249. Does that seem like a guy we should be giving 30 million dollars a year to?

Next problem: As our only legitimate power threat he wouldn’t ever see a strike. He led the NL in walks this year with 130. Barry Bonds thinks that’s cute. In 2004 Barry walked 232 times. He walked more than 130 in seven seasons. But Barry had the temperament to deal with that. He’d wait for the one pitch he’d see every two at bats and launch it. And I’m sorry, Bryce Harper is no Barry Bonds.

Besides being frustrated by balls constantly thrown out of the strike zone, Harps would be turned off by how hard it is to hit bombs at AT&T. I can already see him blast one, he goes into a trot, and….. the ball lands harmlessly in a glove in right center. He’d take off his helmet, toss his locks high in the air and think to himself (again): “I came here because The City is pretty? What the fuck is wrong with me?”

Finally, everything I’ve read about him is that he cares about his stats and wants to climb the HR ladder as high as he can. He’s gonna need a lot of help to make that happen. He won’t be signing for a team who might as well be playing their home games at a high school field with no fence line……

And FINALLY finally where exactly would they come up with the money for him? I’m assuming the could cobble together the dough but then say “that’s it, we’re tapped out.” And the new GM would continue to paste together a roster with as many Gorks and Blanco’s as he could find on the bottom of the scrap heap…..

It all adds up to a huge NO for me. We need so much more than one Bryce Harper to become competitive again. Hell, he was on a team THIS year that dwarfed the Giants in terms of talent. And they won 82 games. Simply put, Harper ain’t enough.

Milwaukee Hits The Wall?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 9, 2018

Not feeling real good about the Brewers chances in this one. Everyone is calling them the hot team but all I’m seeing is a team that beat a completely done Rockies team. Milwaukee doesn’t have the starting pitching to continue this streak. I suppose they could keep their epic bullpen running shit through the post season. That wouldn’t be a shock. But if LA jumps out 3-0, 4-1 what good is the bullpen? The Brewers don’t have a single starting pitcher worth a damn.

Sadly, I think we are looking at LA in the World Series again and that’s only cool if you’re into watching them blow it again. And since I’m into that sort of thing, I’m ok with the Dodgers rolling the Brewers….

Atl Still In This

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 8, 2018

Good to see Folty getting the ball tonight. I don’t know what happened in Game 1 but he’s a stud and he deserves another chance to show the world what he can do.

Let’s go, win tonight and then put it all on Kershaw’s shaky shoulders in Game 5.

Four Big Games, 8 Big Pitchers

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 5, 2018

Finally we get some games without any bullpen bullshit. Four contests today. Interested to see how Sale does, he’s been carefully protected the last month or so.

I’ll say the games go Cle, Milw, NY, LA. Feel free to parlay the four teams they’re playing for a nice score. 🙂

Madness

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 4, 2018

The A’s laid an egg last night and that’s a bummer for them but I still love the wild card format. Give me two Game 7 sudden death games to start the season and if a team like the A’s have to gimmick their way through the game then they have to suffer the consequences when it doesn’t work out. Bullpening the game was the best chance they had. If they couldn’t set it up to have one reliable starter take the mound then they really didn’t deserve to go much further than they did anyway. In the off season they should focus on building a legitimate pitching staff.

Winning the division should be a big reward. I like that the division winners get to kick back like kings and watch the surfs battle it out in the streets. The other option would be to realign the divisions to 4 in each league but you’d need to add a team to each league. Then you would have two leagues, 4 teams in 4 divisions. I actually would be fine with that. Get rid of the wild card that way and just go back to winning your division like men to make the post season.

But since that isn’t going to happen….

Dynasty Averted

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 3, 2018

Some mentions at the end of the last thread on the difficulty of winning 3 in 5 and how quickly it can all start to slip away. I still don’t understand what happened to Chicago. That line up is stacked and yet….they really can’t hit. The Cubs have a lot of guys who over-clap loudly after getting a walk or a basehit and they have guys who have gold chains flying all over the place after they strike someone out. But after that….

Regardless it’s nice to see a new team strutting their stuff. Good luck to the Rox.

Tonight we get a bullpen game! Lot’s of complaining about this on twitter, I think it’s cool. Look, the A’s starting pitching sucks. Why not go with your strength to get to multi-game series. THIS is the best *guy* they have. THIS IS their best shot.

Sadly, we’re going to pay the piper for a long, long time for our incredible 3 in 5 run. Time to watch other teams chase the dream that is our forever reality. I’m not bitter about it, actually it’s the opposite. I’m incredibly thankful for the run we had and if that’s the last time I get to watch the Giants in the World Series I’m ok with that.

Post Season Madness

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 2, 2018

Idiot Puig predicted the Dodgers will win the WS this year. That’s awesome, his dumbass just confirmed their 3rd straight decade of losing…..

Thirty years since those dopes won anything. What were you guys doing 30 years ago? I was traipsing through a Parisian meadow with the fair Dawn-Marie. That was another lifetime ago.

How great is it gonna be when the A’s slap the Yankees around tomorrow? Gotta think the Rockies lose today, right?

Exciting Times (For Some)

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 1, 2018

While the Giants have been left for dead for what looks like many years of wandering in the wilderness, the rest of the baseball world is humming along at an exciting rate. We get not one but TWO epic Game 163’s to determine the NL Central and West division crowns.

I see the Dodgers and Brewers both winning but I want to see Milwaukee’s pitching plan first before going all in on them. If I were them I’d go bullpen game, they have the arms to do it. Starting Chacin doesn’t feel like they’d be firing their best bullet…..

Shutting the Door on a Shit Season

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 30, 2018

It’s funny, the Giants have won 9 games more than they won in 2017 and this year feels infinitely worse. Not sure what that’s all about. Recency bias?

A one game Monday playoff for the west crown looks quite possible. The Dodgers will dismantle us today and the Nats have pussed out and decided not to start Scherzer.

Niners 10.5 dogs? Beat Hard might be better this year after more time to season. With a gun to my head I’d probably take San Die…LA. Although the better bet is the over (46). The game to watch is the Raider game. Looking forward to watching Bake play.

Losers Losing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 29, 2018

The Rockies must look at us and just shake their heads, “What a bunch of pussies.” I’m sure Colorado has given up counting on even a single win from us and will now just try to fend off the Dodgers by winning out.

Will Smith winning the Willie Mac award is cool, I guess. I clearly don’t understand the criteria or what it takes to win. I mean, what did Mark Carreon do in ’95 that moved his teammates to vote for him? Who knows.

How many runs do the Giants score off Kershaw today? Their customary 1?

Let’s Roll

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 28, 2018

Our post season begins tonight. Sadly, it could turn out to be just a one game playoff if Bum can’t cobble together a good start. Gotta win this first one if we’re going to gather any momentum at all to take one this weekend.

The Giants really could do this. They’re old enough to care about their place in the season’s history. They’re old enough to muster up the old man strength needed to accomplish the task.

Do I think they’ll do it? Hell know. But at least we get some semi-meaningful baseball before we shut down the peripheral wings of Big Flavor Incorporated for the Winter. I’d actually love to see Pence lead off every game and be instrumental in winning 2 of these games. He’s one of the greatest Giants we’ve ever had and I am rooting for him to win the Willie Mac Award. But, it’s time for him to go. I think Tenacious D said it best about the great Ronnie James Dio with this epic tribute:

Dio has rocked for a long, long time,
Now it’s time for him to pass the torch.
He has songs of wildebeests and angels,
He has soared on the wings of a demon.

It’s time to pass the torch,
You’re too old to rock, no more rockin’ for you.
We’re takin’ you to a home,
But we will sing a song about you.

And we will make sure that you’re very well taken care of.
You’ll tell us secrets that you’ve learned. Raow!

 

Win Friday Night, See What Happens

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 27, 2018

Gotta admit, the Giants did a fantastic job of setting up the last 3 games of the rotation. If they are going to have any chance of taking 2 or 3 you need Bumgarner to come up man-strong tomorrow night. Hopefully he didn’t injure a finger turning away Hanson’s attempt to *gatorade* him. Lqtm.

And if we win Friday, who knows?  D-Rod vs Kershaw on Saturday? Shit, I might even have to go to that game. Either way a Bum win would bridge us to Sunday where it’s a one game extravaganza! That would be our *wild card* game. We might lose that one 10-1 but at least the final game of the season would hold some interest.

But it really all comes down to Game 1. Bumgarner, do you still have it in you? Rooster, will you be  a squawkin’ or will dinner come a ‘callin?

One Last Stand?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 26, 2018

You know, it’s still shaping up to be a an epic weekend if Colorado can keep winning. I suppose we could beat LA in one of these games, maybe 2 if all hell broke loose. How great would it be if LA didn’t win the NL West again?

See, if we had rooted harder for Colorado 10 days ago maybe we wouldn’t be in this position. 🙂

But whatever, the Niners season is over, Dubs haven’t revved up yet, Bum’s hitting game winning singles, why not have some fun this weekend and screw the Dodgers a bit? We really need Grienke to step up big tonight….

This pic wins a Flappy nomination for best pic of the year

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This Will Stay Bad

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 25, 2018

Gonna have a hard time hitting the coveted *six win* number if we keep getting shut out……

I’m still not sure what the point was of firing Evans and keeping Sabean. And whoever the new guy is will report to Baer? Baha, only if you can fit your meeting time in between his shopping mall rose garden meetings. And with Sabean’s hulking shadow lurking in the background spouting off his nonsense about “2 run singles” and “professional hitters” it will be impossible for anyone to do anything of substance.

Warriors can’t start soon enough…..

Bad Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 24, 2018

The Niners got killed and we are back to focusing on Draft Pick Watch. Just an utterly frustrating outcome. I figured they’d get killed but that was just going to be one game. Losing our starting QB, especially on such a dumb play that he did to himself, was tough. The Chiefs have so many offensive weapons they are going to be fun to watch this year. We are no longer going to be fun to watch this year. The upside to the weekend was Tom Brady finally smoking copious amounts of pole. I am calling it right now. HE IS DONE THE PATS ARE DONE. Hey, it happens to everyone. Not sure why it took so long for it to happen to him but it couldn’t happen to a more pompous guy. I’m gonna enjoy watching New England miss the playoffs this year…..

Holland going tonight in another snoozer. I’d love to pick the collective brain of the fans who hit this game tonight. They’re certainly better fans than me, I couldn’t do it…..

September Win Watch: We’ve won 4 with 6 to play. I still feel like my *September 6* call is going to be nailed cold. Some of you are out of it. Should be a fun final 6 games, eh?

Niner Wipe Out Game

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 23, 2018

It’s days like this that I’m glad I don’t live in an area that allows for sports betting. I’m not sure I could stop myself from the free money that appears to be offered on the Niner game. And no, I don’t have a problem betting against my team. Technically I do it fairly often in daily fantasy. If there’s an angle to make money, why not? Playoffs are off limits. It’s hard to explain if you don’t play but it’s easy for me to separate my fan interest from my DFS interest. Fan interest always comes first, DFS interest is more of an *insurance policy*.

Anyway, the Niners secondary looked like absolute shit to me last week. Matt Stafford, who sucked, missed at least 6 deep balls to wide open receivers. And that was our defense AT HOME. I expect them to perform much worse in that country fuck corn field out in the middle of nowhere. I doubt the return of Foster will matter much since he’ll be limping off the field by…..I’ll set the over/under at *mid way through the second quarter*. And the “KC Defense Sucks” argument doesn’t hit too hard with me if Jimmy G is just gonna stand in the pocket like a statue begging to get sacked. I’m guessing he’s been told to get the ball out quicker this week and on the road in a loud ass stadium that can lead to mistakes and interceptions.

I actually didn’t play the Chief players too hard this week because ownership % matters and they are the heavy chalk this week at both draftkings and fanduel. I can’t play the heavy chalk in DFS, you can’t win anything that way even if you hit. For my teams it would be fabulous if the KC D scored a pick 6 or 2 and kept Mahomes and his weaponry off the field. Of course I’m not playing the KC D, get it?

Before he hit the poker table my main man in Reno, PaSalon, texted me this late last night and I signed off on it. If it were me I’d add a 0 to that ticket. Loo, enjoy the W today, you Chief fans deserve something to be happy about for once…..

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Anyway, GO NINERS! My doubts are strong but of course I want them to win the game….

 

Another L

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 22, 2018

Sure we lost again and the cancerous Melancon was the one who lost it. But as usual, it came down to us not being able to hit. Our runs were scored by way of a walk, a single and a ground out to first base. Not good enough and pathetic when compared to the way baseball is played today.

I know you’re going to get lucky and win some games now and again playing that limp brand of baseball. Hey, the Cards didn’t hit any bombs either. But they had better pitching, at least after that ball-machine got removed. Pitching still matters but to win consistently you have to have big power, too. We have no power and no speed. Weak and slow.

Bumgarner now pitches like a reliable #3. What do those guys go for these days? That’s what he should get paid.