THE San Francisco Giants Blog

What’s Your Breaking Point?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 17, 2019

Updated odds. We went up 0.5% after last night’s win.

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Question for you (and some of you may already be there). At what point, percentage wise, do you hit the buzzer stopping Z from trading and force him to become a buyer? 5%? 15% 20%? It’s your buzzer and you control his fate. If we kept adding a half point each day we’d get very close to 10% by the day of the trade deadline…..I’m already on record yesterday saying that if you guaranteed us the 2nd WC spot today I’d still want Z to sell.

I’m not sure how we pass the Pads last night, leave the cellar for the first time all season, and yet San Diego still has double the chance we do of making the post season…..

 

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Climbing Everest, Rather Easily

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 16, 2019

Once again, my predictive powers were on full display, all you needed to do was take a look at that headline: Mile High Beat Down. Man, I know how to call ’em, eh?

It was high time to put that thread in the past. Possibly the most wrong I’ve ever been about anything in my life.

What is up with Brandon Crawford? The dude gets 7 hits in a game 2 years ago….then does nothing for 2 years….then hits 3 bombs and 9 RBI’s yesterday. He. Is. A. Weirdo.

There are nearly no words for what Smarge, DRod and the bullpen did. Without question the best pitching performance on a single day in SF history at Coors Field—more improbable than Zito’s complete game shutout back in 2012. Considering everything they had stacked against them that might be the most impressive pitching performance since Nomo threw his NoNo.

Freshly updated odds to make the post season/win WS

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Agree with Loo, how can we be 2.3% to make the post season but 0.0% to win the WS? That’s nonsense. Even if we snuck in as the 2nd WC we’d be listed at no worse than 20-1 at that point which is 5%. How can Fangraphs get away with 0.0%??????

Mile High Beat Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 15, 2019

A double header in Colorado. I can’t envision an acceptable outcome. I mean, mayyyyybe you say Smarge has been pitching well, he somehow keeps it going and DRod feeds off that in Game 2?

Also, the Rockies have been in Colorado playing. I always say they are most dangerous in that altitude when they’ve played a series or two there and are waiting for fresh meat off the plane. If Colorado and their opponent are STARTING the series together in Colorado (in other words, Colorado is coming home off a road trip) things are a little more fair. The visual memory index numbers I look at daily prove this. Granted, we’re just talking about one day and I guess anything can happen on a given day but……

We get blasted today and recovering from this day long shellacking might set them back 2 weeks making it a lot easier for the housewives on facebook to absorb the blows Z will be delivering them at the trade deadline….

Appreciating What We Have

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 14, 2019

While most of you have probably forgotten him, I still watch the daily videos put out by the Angry Tiger Fan. Every day he churns one of those out. The vitriol varies but the exasperation is constant. The Tigers are a terrible baseball team run by fools and owned by clueless elite. Not only do they get killed every game but all the young players they have up are bad and the ones down below can’t be much or they would be able to bump the current sad sackers they run out there. And they just gave their GM an extension! Talk about no hope and you are talking about what the Tiger fan base is mired in.

So from that standpoint I feel fortunate to at least get to watch Giants games this year that are in the realm of competitive. There are players I enjoy watching like Pillar, Panda, The Dick and Smith. And we do have some pieces down below, percolating, coalescing. Legit prospects are on the way!

So I’m not sweating losses like last night’s in the slightest. Our men showed moxie and verve. If they had just thrown in the towel when The Conner Joe’s from Kokomo showed up on Opening Day that would have made for a long season….

Black Shoes today! Another reason to watch the game…..

All Eyes On Bum

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 13, 2019

It seems we should have been aiming high all along. We’ve been sitting around here feeling sorry for ourselves and fucking off. That was the wrong course to take. Snagging the 2nd wildcard spot appears to be a mindset. Therefore….#AHOFO.

Really interested to see how Bum pitches today. The last thing we need is for him to come out and get blasted. At this point teams aren’t evaluating him on single games but they do need to know he’s healthy before they pay up. Whatever that payment will be.

I posted this on the other thread earlier this morning. This is just outrageous and I’m thinking about buying a bible later today. Where do you get one of those?

AHOFO

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 12, 2019

We’ve got 7 games right out of the blocks that should quell the swell of enthusiasm for the Giants big move on the last wild card spot. Milwaukee AND Colorado. This should actually be very interesting. The Giants have played better on the road this year than at home. But The Brewers are better than we are and Sherpa Town always sucks for us. Regardless, there can be no more long losing streaks this season. It starts right now and continues on through September. Play .700 ball.

Let’s see if they can do that.

 

The Game Must Go On

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 10, 2019

When you *stare at a pool up above* for too long one of 2 things can happen: 1) you can let the weight of the failure consume you. Paralyzed by this, you realize your game is doomed and your life’s work effectively ends. Or, 2) you pull yourself up by your boot straps and find a way to fix the problem.

Luckily, my main man Loo is a #2 guy.

 

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With that problem now solved what else do we need to knock out of the park today? Because that home run was a walk off, well done Loo. Honestly, when this is all over and we’re toasting the greatest game to have ever been played on a blog, I think we’ll have finally found something to replace The Masterpiece over here to the right >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

When The Young Take Over The Earth

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 9, 2019

The HR Derby was fun to watch but it also made me a little sad. One by one a young stud strode to the plate and blasted ball after ball deep into the night’s sky. Where is our Alonso? Our Vlad Jr? Our Acuna?

This is one reason why being a buyer at the break is such an idiotic idea. You have to DRAFT these guys or trade your “Bum’s and Smith’s” for them. Baseball has changed dramatically in many ways over the last few years. Young players dominate the landscape. Some fans don’t like that because they don’t know who any of these players are.

I’m far less interested in the all star game than I was the HR Derby. I fired up several teams at draftkings just to niggle up some interest.

And now to more important things. Loo’s contest is closed. Here are the entries.

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A Mirage of Wins

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 8, 2019

True, we are 5.5 out of the 2nd wild card spot. I guess that looks exciting to the *facebook* crowd. The problem is that there are 8 teams in front on us. It is nearly mathematically impossible for 8 teams to tank when they are playing each other regularly  throughout the rest of the season. Maybe 3 or 4. But not 8. I suppose if we played .700 ball the rest of the way, as we did for the first time this season over the last 10 games, we could do it. Does anyone see us going 51-22 the rest of the way? At best we can rip off a 7-3 stretch once or twice a year (even the Tigers did that once earlier this season). But to do that the rest of the way is just not realistic. We need to not get emotional about this, accept that the only way to fix this massive shitstorm caused by Sabean and Evans is to trade away anything of value by July 31. And if we can somehow dump some salary along the way that’s a great move, too.

Look, we were two lucky at bats away from being swept by the Cardinals. It was nice to get those 2 wins but we’d be better off losing more than we win and getting a top 5 pick in this years draft. That is absolutely still the most likely outcome this year especially if Z does what he needs to do which is to trade Bum, Smith and anyone else of value.

We’re on pace to win 75 games (for the first time this season) and that would be bad for the future of the franchise if we hit that number. Win 68 or so, we’re golden…..

Relax

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 7, 2019

So I’ve collected myself a bit since last night realizing there are still 3 weeks of games to go before the trade deadline. Maybe Bum misses a start? Either way, he has to come back and show he’s healthy or no team is going to offer shit for him.

Slater, Pillar and all the Dick you can handle. That outfield might not produce too many wins but it’s the outfield I’d like to see trotted out there for a few weeks straight. Three hungry, fast dudes. Why not?

Doubled Up Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 6, 2019

The bright shine from last Friday’s Flap supernova is gone. Dimmed and diluted, we are back to the reality of this hopeless season. You know, watching PomPom get blasted might not be so bad if he didn’t take a 30 minute dinner break in between pitches.

Anyway, none of this is surprising. Tonight is our best shot at snagging a victory but a sweep is still the most likely outcome.

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House of Cards

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 5, 2019

With the Cardinals in town, good ol’ Daniel is back and he’s created a *guessing game* of sorts, I encourage you all to fill this out:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecXxkWb7-ZksJ594MottSjFgGdLYZda4CR8jCfpnExm42Jsw/viewform

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Loo’s contest is ending soon, please enter it. Guess where Bum and Smith will end up and a tiebreaker guess of a 3rd player’s destination/fate.

Incomplete Independence

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 4, 2019

If you want any more evidence that the powers that be in MLB don’t *get it* any more, look no further than the schedule today: No Giants baseball. In fact, there are only 12 measly games scheduled for today, probably the best day of the year for baseball in America. Freakin’ pathetic….

Anyway, I’ve got DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince rockin’ Summertime in the background as I type this and then will get ready for the Palo Alto Chili Cook Off, Spiderman at 6:15 and fireworks at Shoreline to finish the night off.

On second thought, who has time for baseball?

Happy 4th, ya’ll.

Still in Second to Last Place in the NL But Feelin’ Good!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 3, 2019

We don’t have the horse power to keep this offensive machine revving like this for long but it’s fun for a little while, right? Longo showing off why he’s our team WAR leader with two bombs.

Our boys have scored 42 runs since Flappers descended upon Oracle last Friday demanding MORE from the team.

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Ok, we have a new contest. Loo declined the $25 Amazon gift card he won last Friday night and chose to put it up for grabs with the following game:

“Pick the teams that Bum and Smith get traded to. Simple as that.
Tiebreaker: Pick a 3rd Giant who will get dealt (or waived, DFA’ed whatever) and the team he lands on.

Picks must be in before Bum throws another pitch in a few days, so nobody gets too influenced by rumors as the deadline nears.”

Loo, can you manage the picks as they come in?

I am going with Bum to Astros, Smith to the Rays, Tie breaker: Tony Watson to the Dodgers

Flexing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 2, 2019

Bombs away last night in San Diego, something they almost never do down there. Good to see them playing the game the way it has to be played these days to win consistently. Lots of of jibber jabber on twitter about what to do with “our glut of outfielders.” lol. Seems to me it’s rather simple. Pillar plays every day all the rest platoon their way into the line up. Very nice to see a good Stanford man paying dividends as soon as he gets here. More #slatertaters please.

Re-Load with D-Load?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 1, 2019

While I’m not certain how this is all going to fit together once Klay comes back, I was excited to see the Warriors pull the trigger on something bold. THIS is how you stay on top, not re-signing all your old guys over and over again (Sabean and Evans never learned this).

Meanwhile, even after a someone decent month of play, the Giants remain the 2nd worst team in the NL. I’m not sure how it’s possible that the Mets have a better record than we do but that’s our reality. Time to hit the road down in San Diego. I see there is another rookie sharpening his knives, waiting to take us out to the Padre Woodshed.

Sunday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 30, 2019

Another late rally with nothing to show for it except a plucky spunk ending. Melancon terrible as usual. Pom Pom gonna start getting a little love around here? He’s competing and striking guys out and we could use more pitchers like that.

Sometimes In Life You Only Get One Shot. Don’t Blow it.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 29, 2019

My shame is that I’ve never caught a baseball at a game. Not a home run. Not a foul ball. And not a ball tossed into the stands by a player…..

As we took over the Public House, many things were discussed. I made a bold claim: I flat out guaranteed that if a home run ball got hit in our direction I would catch it. I said, repeatedly, there is a 100% chance I would catch the ball. I also sent out a half joking warning to my fellow Flappers that they’d be wise to “get out of the way” if a ball came in our direction.

I was joking of course. Baseballs never come my way. What kind of luck is it to never have a baseball hit to you at a baseball game if you’ve been to hundreds of games? Anyway, I forget the inning, it was early in the game. I’m not even sure if it was our outfielder, it might have been Yaz. Warm ups ended and he turns to the crowd and lets loose a high arching, easy to catch ball in our direction. And that damn ball starts honing in on me. It got bigger and bigger, it looked the size of a beach ball. I could see the laces on this bitch. Oh my God this is really happening! I’m going to catch a ball at a game!!!!!!!

To my right was San Dawg. As I promised earlier, I jumped in front of him. I stretched out my right arm as far as it would go….the ball hit me square in the right hand!

…and bounced harmlessly to the ground. A little boy in front of us picked it up. I instantly threw my head in my stupid worthless hands and the weight of my failure sunk in immediately. I heard San Dawg loudly admonish me “Flavor, that was coming right to me!!!”

All I could do was shake my head and say over and over again “I can’t believe I dropped it…” As a self punishment I went and bought my fellow Flappers 4 beers ($60).

A few innings later Adam Jones tossed a ball at us. I was too despondent to even try for it and besides it was right to the dad of the boy who got the first ball. Effortlessly, he caught it and casually handed it to his other son. His family now had 2 balls. Two balls. One game.

This picture will haunt me for the rest of my days on this earth….

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The Crew:

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As The Losses Pile Up, Flappers Unite

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 28, 2019

Sure enough, shut down easily by a AAA pitcher. Happens all the time. But you know what? Who cares, this is what happens when you are the second worst team in the National League. Normally I’d be doing a slow burn over last night’s impotent showing. Not today. For another Flapalooza awaits.

If history is any indication I will chronicle our rise to power at Oracle this evening on twitter. You can follow the coup in all it’s glory @1flapdown77

 

Flapalooza,Coalescing, Slowly

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 27, 2019

As we inch closer to The Storming of Oracle, I can’t help but be a little sad for Diggity who is missing his favorite Black Shoes pitching tonight. To me, those shoes don’t shine as brightly. I’m more worried about this Alex Young guy who is sharpening his triple A tools and preparing us for a trip to the woodshed.

Due to some, uh, *technology deficiencies* I still haven’t connected to everyone attending Flapalooza 8.0 (I guessed on this version, I’m counting some NY hook ups, 8.0 is probably close). Assuming Earthlink is revved back up we might confirm one more today. As far as WillieD goes, you will not get left behind, my man. No FLAPPER LEFT BEHIND!!!!! But I will need your email and I am praying it’s not earthlink :). There’s probably still enough time if you want to pen me a letter and overnight it with more info about when and where to meet on Friday.

Shocking Suckitude

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 26, 2019

When I looked at this team last Spring, objectively, it was painfully obvious that this was going to be a last place team. Now nearly 3 months into the season, it’s amazing to look at just how many of our players played down to my expectations. Every single hitter who started the season with us has sucked. Except the Panda but he’s not in the starting line up.

On the pitching side, it hasn’t been quite as bad. Will Smith is the only player we have who has exceeded expectations. All the starting pitchers have under-performed but they have at least had their moments of respectability. And actually the relievers other than Smith have been good, they just haven’t been as dominant as Smith has been. Few in the league have.

Pillar, Dickerson and Yaz have been bright spots. I guess that’s what you look for in a lost season. That, and the trade deadline. Our World Series starts and ends July 31st…

 

 

 

Flapalooza Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 25, 2019

The good news: we keep getting shutout and those Friday ticket prices will just keep dropping like a rock, baby.

Jon Gray has been painfully average this year, borderline bad on some of his starts. But not last night. Pom Pom was actually the dominating one but Gray had no trouble neutralizing our weak hitters. Someone named Chi Chi Rodriguez or some shit is scheduled to dominate us tonight….

I do think we could use a Flapalooza. Hell, I think our team could use one. But since they are integral to the entertainment process they will have to take the field this Friday while Flap Nation takes over Oracle Park.

Today is all about the RSVP. We need a head count. Right now, I see me, San Dawg, Snarkk, Zumiee and Unca Chuck as definites. There are cheap seats literally all over the park so we’ll sit where we like but we can decide on a block of seats after we nail down the crew.

Game time: 7:15. I will be “housing myself in public” at 5pm.

Pop Flies And Pom Poms

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 24, 2019

Did you guys see that Will Smith game winner? He just kind of fisted an opposite field fly ball that just kept going and going and going. It didn’t have the look or the sound or anything. And it was gone, just like that.

Pom Pom tonight. Yikes. Our grip on 14th place in the National League is still safe for another couple of games but after that…..

 

All In On Dick

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 23, 2019

I can’t be a hypocrite. I can’t like Yaz who is turning 29 in August and not at least give Dick!Dick!Dick! a chance. So I’m on board and happy to be there. That guy has infused some much needed energy into this last place season….

Beede, however, continues to be terrible. 25 walks in 32 innings is a man sans control. I’d like to see someone else get a chance.

Dicky Does It

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 22, 2019

Honestly, I had no idea who Alex Dickerson was. He’s played in the big leagues too, I usually have a pretty good recollection of everyone if they’ve played a recent full season and he played a halfway decent half a season with the Padres in 2016. In one game he did more than Duggar has ever done in his career. That’s quite the indictment of Duggar. He and Pillar were easy co-players of the game….

“Done to the Nines”

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 21, 2019

One of my favorite British sayings. Well, that went pretty much as we expected it to go. Looking back it’s amazing we won a game. I missed the comeback last night, I guess there’s something to be said for not getting “9’d* to death every game. “Death by Nine-ing” lqtm. They made it interesting at least.

I wonder what number Arizona will relentless pummel us with? 9 seems so dated and played out. And AZ is a more friendly hitters park. Maybe they reign 12’s down on us?

The sadder theme playing out is the dwindling worth of Bumgarner. Nobody pays up for what a legend used to do. Ghosts are worth nothing…..

Bum Finale vs The Bums

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 20, 2019

When Hill went out early I thought, “hey maybe we have a chance tonight.” Sadly, it was not to be and we’ve now been outscored 18-2 in our last two games. If we keep this up our wild card chances are going to take a serious hit. 🙂

Tonight is the last game we see Bum pitch against these jokers. There are a number of side stories brewing. Would it really be the worst thing if Muncy cranked another one off Bum in his first at bat? I’d be fine with that just to watch the story unfold.

If Bumgarner is ever going to do something other than bark at these guys maybe tonight is the night. I wanna see punches thrown.

Hey, why not?

You Need Two To Rival

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 19, 2019

It appears the *rivalry* took a night off. But come on, this should happen every time we play them. Their line up is dominant, the starting pitching rock solid. When I saw *Solano* leading off I just shook my head. Is there a  more forgettable Giant? He’s old, slow and weak. What he’s even doing on the roster baffles me and the fact that Bochy decided to lead him off is an indication of where Bochy is at these days.

Hill vs Pom Pom tonight. BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! I hope the *rivalry* fuels us a little or this one is going to be another 9 zip wipeout.

(L)osers (A)gain

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 18, 2019

After The Yankees snagged Encarnacion they should have become Z’s prime trade target for a blockbuster involving Smith and Bum. Seriously, it makes too much sense. They are loaded with bats but have massive holes in their pitching staff. Shore that up, coast to a World Series title……

Watching LA lose to the worst team in the NL West might be more satisfying than beating them in a September race. LA’s got no heart, man. Never had it, never will. They could add 50 Bellinger’s to the team. Won’t matter. Tin fucking men, every last one of them…..

SF vs LA

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 17, 2019

Tonight the question is, can a rivalry propel a team to performing something supernatural or beyond their normal human means? A more pressing question: does this rivalry still even exist? History is vast but so is an ocean. You want it?

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yeah, fuck these guys….

Take It Easy on Will Smeezy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 16, 2019

Will Smith closed out the game yesterday. He was a little shaky. I wonder if that had anything to do with pitching for the 6th time in 9 days. Z is gonna have to grab Bochy by the ear hole and explain to him that Smith is one of our two golden gooses and that if he blows out his arm saving meaningless games there’s gonna be hell to pay.

Vogt gets the 1.0 for his two triples and overall stud game…..

Bezos Goes Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 15, 2019

The Panda hits 3 home runs in a 2012 World Series Game. Two years later he catches the final out for the 2014 World Series win. Then 5 years after that he hits a bomb off Zach Davies and Mac Dog wins a $25 Amazon gift card. This dude just keeps bringing it at the highest level for us, eh?

All the hoopla of the gift card win overshadowed a 1 bomb/2sb game from Mr. 1.0 himself.

Mac Dog shoot me an addy and I’ll send this bitch out on Monday. bigflavor77@gmail.com

Dynasty, Finally, Done

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 14, 2019

Watching Klay Thompson hobble back on the court and drain those 2 free throws is something I’ll remember the rest of my days…..

Losing in Oakland wasn’t the worst thing. It robbed those shitty Raptor fans the opportunity of celebrating on their home court. And the Warriors would have been blown out in that game.

And what’s left? Baseball. Lots and lots of baseball. Pom Pom tonight vs a stacked Brew Crew. This will get ugly early. Might as well fire up the contest again. $25 amazon gift card if you can correctly name the first Giant hitter to hit a bomb. Tie breaker is hits and K’s for the 2 starting pitchers. I’ll stick with my main man Pillar and 20.

Salad Days, Overflowing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 13, 2019

Today is truly a great day in sports—We get to revel in another Giants win. Hockey is OVER! And tonight the Dubs get a chance to keep this improbable season alive.

Honestly, as a Warrior fan, this feels like house money. I still can’t believe they won Game 5. Mentally I had already prepared for a loss and an end to the season. In a way, it was the reverse of the World Series run in 2014. I refused to let myself get caught up in the hype of the run until they won the pennant. I just didn’t think that team was good enough.

Now that we know for certain this is the last game in Oakland I hope the fans bring it. Bring it loud, bring it hard. Just please bring it. I know people are paying $50K for floor seats and at that price you can be as dumb as you wanna be. Sit, stand, beat off, it’s your seat.

But this franchise has gifted us so much. If you can’t do loud and proud just go out thankful. Show the world what this team has meant to us. Nearly 50 years deserves some respect.

The Trade Deadline

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 12, 2019

Since April 28th Will Smith has walked one batter. For the season he’s walked 5 (against 37Ks).  That’s poor man’s Dennis Eckersley territory. In ’89 The Eck walked three. In ’90 he walked four. We simply have to maximize the haul we get for this guy and I still think the best way to do it is to package him with Bum. A desperate team shoving all their chips in the pot would pay up monster booty for a post season legend and possibly the best closer in the league, right?

Depending on who we flip Smith for, sending 2 time drug loser Bickford to the Brewers for Smith may go down as Sabean’s best trade ever.

Nice to see Young Beedah improve his bb/k ratio a bit (2/7) and maybe going 5 innings is all this dude is ever going to do consistently. In today’s game though, there is a place for that. One thing to consider: after we tear down our solid bullpen for new players I hope Z can build it back up again……

 

Bombs, Bad Breaks and Beatles

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 11, 2019

They hit 13 home runs in the AZ/Philly game last night. THIRTEEN. In a 9 inning game with the wind barely blowing out. Nearly half their total hits were bombs (13/27). This has gotten beyond stupid. The game has been changed to unrecognizable. The Giants are light years behind how baseball is played today and there’s a weird part of me that’s cool with that…..

As I suspected when it happened, it now looks like KD has torn his achilles. That is terrible. This guy comes back with what we now know was a badly injured leg and literally blows his career. I know it was KD’s decision to play but I hope the Dr’s warned him of the risks and didn’t say anything like “you can’t hurt it more than it’s already hurt.”— by the way, that is one of the dumber things I’ve ever heard. Of course you can hurt something worse. If you weaken  or injure a muscle or tendon it puts all the muscles and tendons around it at risk. Achilles are especially vulnerable.

My top 5 worst Beatles songs:

5. Strawberry Road

4. ObLaDi, ObLaDa

3. Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts

2. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

1. Love Me Do. Nothing but word salad nonsense. They should change the name of the tune to “Love Me Do Not Play That Song On The Radio Ever Again”.

Feel free to list your TOP 5, I know there are people out there who like the Beatles and maybe I’ll gain some perspective on the reasons why if I hear about some of their good songs.

 

Getting Better

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 10, 2019

If Booby and Sabes were still at the helm I would have absolutely zero confidence that they could work the mid season trade scene. Not only do they have no understand of what their players are worth I’m not sure they even knew who all the other GM’s were. But Zaidi, until he shows he can’t do it, gets my full and total endorsement on trading anyone on our team that anyone else might want.

The question that will be fun to watch unfold is, does he package Bum and Smith in a blockbuster or will he get more value by trading them separately. Outside of those two I’m not sure if we have anyone worth anything. Maybe Belt. Maybe a couple other relievers. But if you’re talking about trading for a stud blue chip or two—Bum and Smith are the golden gooses.

Anyway, the trade deadline is our world series this year. There is enough demand, Z will not get hoodwinked or taken for a ride by another GM.

Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 9, 2019

Can’t remember a Sunday game vs the Dodgers with Bum pitching where we weren’t on ESPN. A good reminder of how inconsequential the Giants have become. We’re 17 games out of first place, I guess that’s the reason.

Let’s do the contest! Pick the first Giant to homer (hahahahaha) and the tie breaker is total hits and strikeouts for Bueler and Bum.

I’ll go with Pillar and 17.

 

Facing Facts

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 8, 2019

Obviously disappointed with the 3-1 deficit in the Finals but can’t really complain. Toronto has pretty much beaten the Warriors in nearly every quarter except Game 2 third Q and last night’s first Q. Bottom line: Without a healthy Durant they aren’t good enough to beat the Raptors in a 7 game series—or maybe even a 5 game series. Yikes.

Giants beating LA AND Kershaw went a long way to salvaging the evening.

Today, The Belmont. I will spare you all my horse racing takes, I know only a few appreciate them.

Joker Home Runs

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 7, 2019

MLB is in a bad spot. They changed the game forever with their juiced balls and now they seem to have jumped the shark with them. The Frazier bomb yesterday was an absolute joke and this can’t go on. Or can it? How does MLB get out of this? If they went back to normal balls all these launch angle fiends would be sent to the brink of insanity. MLB is already having massive problems with ratings, they know that a 20% increase in fly ball outs will not help with that.

Why can’t the Giants hit one legged off balance half swing bombs? Part of it is their park. Park of is that they have stubborn old vets who shunned the launch angle generation because they had just won 3 in 5 and didn’t see the need to do it—hitting the ball the other way seemed the way to continue to go. Wrong. Finally, their young guys are just awful. Changing their launch angle wouldn’t help. They would need MLB to tighten up that ball even further, or maybe turn it into a golf ball and then probably go to a suped up fungo bat, too….

Trouble Brewing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 6, 2019

If a dodo head like Vargas can complete game shut our asses down, what will a guy who actually has talent do to us? Sprinkle in a chip on his shoulder for getting traded away low those many years ago and you’ve got the makings for another embarrassing effort for the Giants.

Wheeler’s busy sharpening his knives, he’s just got a short, simple prediction for this game today….

1000

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 5, 2019

Congrats to Bochy for nailing down win number 1000 as an SF Giant manager. I had to re-write this thread because I had a brain fart on it being for his career. Pre-coffee move on my part.

This is a great ending to last night’s natty softball championships. But watch it carefully, where is the love for the girl with the great slide to avoid the tag? lol, the entire team ran past her to get to the girl who drove her in. I get that she should get mobbed but the runner got absolutely zero props here.

Drafting Sticks

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 4, 2019

Michael Holmes, Director of Amateur Scouting, said this about drafting Logan Wyatt with the second round pick: “Having too many bats is never really an issue.”

BahahahahaAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! Holmes is also Director of Amateur Comedy, too.

Well, the did take two left handed bats with their first 2 picks so I think that is an obvious tell that the fences are coming in—certainly by the time those 2 studs make it to the bigs……

Ok, it is CONTEST TIME! For today’s game, just pick the Giant you think will homer first—forget the inning—-caveat: because there’s only one gift card to win we will need a tie breaker: Guess the total number of hits allowed and strikeouts between Bum and Thor.

So your guess will look like this: “Kevin Pillar and 22” with Kevin Pillar being the main guess and 22 being the tie breaker should all of you pick Pillar as your first hitter to bomb (a solid pick BTW).

Congrats to Stanford, easily disposing of Fresno State last night and moving onward to more interesting challenges.

Sunday Wins

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 3, 2019

I get that most of the world hates the Warriors, that comes with the territory when you’ve been dominating for as long as they have dominated. But they really should be getting more credit for their resiliency. Cousins injured, KD injured, last night Thompson and Loon go down. Steph has had his fingers taped for 3 weeks. And then Iggy with the dagger 3.

The Giants, meanwhile, proved they aren’t the worst team in the league. While I knew they’d finish last in the NL West it’s nice to know there is at least someone below us.

Draft today. We pick 10. Just get the best player. We need guys at literally every position except catcher…..

A Boy Who is Now a Man

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 2, 2019

Almost nine years ago I wrote a thread about this little guy:

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If you don’t remember it, take a moment to read it here:

https://oneflapdown77.com/2010/10/19/great-cody-ross-story/

Yesterday that kid pitched in the Oregon high school state championships. He took the ball in the 5th, the game went 13. He pitched 8 2/3 of relief. Unfortunately, his team lost. But I was told he pitched like a man. And today’s thread is a salute to you, Clayton. What a way to end your high school career. Yesterday will always be one of the great memories of your life.

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Clayton’s 2019 stats:

6 starts, 2 relief appearances, 48 innings pitched. 1.15 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 4 wins, 1 save, 1 loss (state finals), 0 HR’s allowed in his entire career as a pitcher at any level……

Outrageous Ineptitude

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 1, 2019

After those 2 dunderheads threw a combined 90 pitches in the first inning I started diddling around google trying to find out if that was a record for the first inning, or any inning, by 2 pitchers who didn’t have anyone relive them. I came up empty but I am positive that is some type of record. Just because I couldn’t find a record doesn’t mean they didn’t set one….

Even more shocking than their 90 combined pitches is that one of those dopes was somehow less dopey than the other because he got the W. Zero strikeouts, 5 walks, 8 hits and 6 earned runs. And he got the W! That is amazing!

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Ok, maybe because I used the word *dunderhead* I’m in a Twinfan kind of mood today. Let’s do a contest! Admittedly this one is pretty hard but go ahead a take a stab at it. I’m ripping this off from Marty Lurie, it’s his contest question on twitter today. Predict the final score of today’s game AND the inning that the Giants hit their first home run. You have to nail it cold, unlike Marty’s contest. I’ll pop a $25 Amazon card in the mail on Monday if you can do this. 🙂

My pick: Orioles win 12-3 and Giants hit 1 bomb, Longo in the 2nd inning.

If this is too daunting for you I will also accept an alternative answer: guess the Giants player who will hit the first home run as well as the inning they hit it.

When A Win Feels Like Nothing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 31, 2019

I didn’t watch the game but I saw the final score. 3-1. I stared at it, scoped the box score a bit. Looking at it was boring. Some dinky hits and 12 walks. Pffftttt. The Giants remind me of the Dubs from like the 80’s till We Believe years. Or the Giants in the early 80s. Completely irrelevant. When an equally irrelevant team is your opponent and nobody is at the game I wonder what it’s like for the players. It can’t be like Giants games from the early 80’s. All the guys today are getting paid, that’s gotta ease some of the pain.

I shouldn’t complain about a win, but in yet another *down the drain* season it just doesn’t do much for me.

Looking Northward

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 30, 2019

It’s nice to know that we can still run out our ace, our rock, our legend and still keep the loss deferential to less than 3 runs. I hope Z doesn’t lead with that fact when he opens up trade negotiations for Bum….

Anyway, screw the Giants. We have bigger birds to bake, my friends. Tonight we’re serving up some northern Raptor. There should be plenty to go around, see you at Casa de Flavor for dessert and a toast to true greatness…..

When Champions Champion

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 29, 2019

I’d like to think it happened like this: down 10 to the woeful Marlins headed to the top of the 9th, the vets gathered the team into the tightest circle they could and put out the call for a rally.

Belt spoke first: “We can’t lose by double digits to this team.”

Buster: “Exactly. We are world champions. Losing by 10 or more, again, that’s not in our championship DNA.”

Crawford: “Yes. Losing by 10 again is not in that book Bill Neukom wrote.”

The team emerged from that inspiring meeting as 1 unit and began the 9th inning with the eye of the tiger in…….all of their eyes. Knowing home runs were the most unlikely source of production they fell back on what they know. A single, a double, a sac fly and an infield single. But when Duggar popped out to third it felt the same as when Salvy Perez popped out to third and The Panda did this:

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Well, ,maybe not completely the same. But goddammit they whittled that loss down to less than 10–The vets put out the call, the rest of the team knew what was in front of them and they made it so.

Will they build statues of this 2019 team? Unlikely. But they’ll go down in our history because of valiant efforts like last night. How lucky are we? I’ll leave that to others to decide……

 

Miami

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 28, 2019

Brandon Crawford returns to the site of his greatest solo achievement, The Seven Hit Game. Man, how long ago does that feel? A shell of his former self, he’s been battling pink eye for the last few days. Did they have pink eye in the 70’s? I feel like that’s a newer thing, yes?

Guys like Crawford and Belt, man, they are snake bit aren’t they?

Or is it something else?