THE San Francisco Giants Blog

“Niners, Come Out and PLAAAY”

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 13, 2019

Focus is on NFL today. We are in “rare”-charted waters out here. The Niners had their run with Harbaugh but that feels like a million years ago. And the Super Bowl era feels like a billion years ago. It’s fun to get excited about football again….

Stud alert in Houston. Verlander vs Big Maple. Will watch if I’m not too worn out from football….

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The Aged Rise Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 12, 2019

Old man showdowns today. Scherzer/Waino, Grienke/Tanaka–this is what baseball was like in the olden days like 3-4 years ago. Obviously it appears St. Louis is up against it but this is why baseball is awesome. Wouldn’t surprise me at all in Waino stepped up with a man-like performance. And Grienke is a weirdo but he’s still got something left in that tank. Think both of these games will be super competitive today….

Final Step To The World Series Awaits

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 11, 2019

Bummer about the Rays, they have great heart and are easy to root for with that low payroll, but there was just an inevitability about this you could see from a long way off—Cole’s game 5 start was always lurking, he’s the best pitcher in baseball this year, they just couldn’t fell him.

But did Tampa soften the Astros up at all for New York? I just want to see a good series, I don’t really care who wins although I guess I’m rooting a little bit for Houston.

In the NL this one is easy. Let’s go Cardinals! It’s funny how liking ONE of their fans has me able to support their team. I used to hate St. Louis, man. They also have some easy to like players. And with Washington, I still haven’t expelled the bad taste of Harper. How funny is it that they got RID of that guy but got BETTER? Bryce Harper is a loser, a look-at-me guy, he says he cares about the team and winning but this year was proof that the Nats were better off without him…..

Like Clockwork

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 10, 2019

It started with just a harmless comment on the blog….

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Shortly after, Soto sends him to his familiar crouch….

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….he peeks back to see if the horror is true…

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it ’twas.

After that, you just knew…..

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Choked again, dem boys in blue….

(L)osing (A)gain?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 9, 2019

Big game in LA tonight. Dodgers will probably win but you know what? This is doable. Think about it. All the pressure is on the boys in blue. And it’s not like they care that much about the next round, did you see how many pics they took after they clinched the NL West? They acted like they won the World Series–which, for them, they did. That’s their World Series. Now we just wait to see which round they inevitably get knocked from. Could be tonight though…..

Niners Beat Cleveland Down. Again.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 8, 2019

After living through decades of success with my Niners it was shocking to hear that this is the first time they’ve started a season 4-0 since 1990. Twenty nine years? How old am I?

The Minnesota Twins are just an embarrassment. I didn’t think pitching would lead them to advancing, their pitching is bad, but where were the bats? All season long they blast the ball out of the park and then they get on the national stage and do THAT? Crazy.

I hate to admit this but I’m starting to like the Cardinals. It felt dirty just to type that.

Weekend Over But Games Have Just Begun!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 7, 2019

Back to a 4-load of games today. Awesome. And Niners on MNF! Oh how I hate Cleveland and anyone associated with that cow town. But this is a good test for SF. They haven’t exactly been beating up on the NFL’s elite. And while I think the Browns are definitely overrated they do have some big names on that team. Interesting to see how it all shakes out.

Disappointing that Washington came up *nat-small* but not completely surprising.

“Cole’d Dissed”

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 6, 2019

If you were watching Gerrit Cole last night and thinking to yourself, “Man, this guy is dominant” you were right:

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What is the deal with the Twins? They look like the worst team in the league. How the heck do you lose 15 post season games in a row? You have to be at least better than decent to make the post season. And then you lose 15 in a row? That is, consistently, a weak minded team….

L(OL!)A

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 5, 2019

Oh man, though I always expect the Dodgers to lose in the post season because that’s just how they roll I didn’t REALLY think the Nats would be the one to fell them. But sure enough, Kershaw came out and laid another post season egg and Washington is now in position to do this. They’re the ones playing with house money. They’re the ones that are now at home. And LA is back on their heels AGAIN. Lol, man watching their dumbasses lose in the post season is nearly as good as watching the Giants win.

Two more intriguing games today. Great baseball is just coming at us in waves right now, it’s awesome….

Lots Of Questions, Answers Pending

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 4, 2019

Four big ones today. Bummed that work is getting in the way of me partaking. Can Tampa Bay shock the world? Can Atlanta rally and take down the best pitcher in the NL (second half)? Will Minnesota ever break the spell the Yankees have on them? Finally, can Kershaw finally step up and pitch well in the post season? I’m talking about the entire post season, not some one-off game here and there…..

 

Oakland Ants

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 3, 2019

Mid way through last night’s thrashing I texted my A’s fan buddy and said “A’s coming up ant-small.” He texted back, “smaller.”

If you’re an A’s fan you have to be getting tired of this stuff. They have legit talent sprinkled up and down the line up. They have some of the livest arms in either league. And they get to the post season and it all goes out the window.

Again, we don’t spend enough time thanking the baseball Gods for what they bequeathed us in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Never the best team…..until the end.

Trent Buckner

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 2, 2019

Wow! What a way to kick off the post season. I feel horrible for Brewers fans who now have their very own Billy Buckner moment to carry with them for eternity. Between Hader overthrowing everything and Grisham acting like a little leaguer it was a great reminder that the pressures of tournament baseball are enormous and can take down anyone at any time……

Tampa Bay and Oakland should be intriguing just on the small market match up alone–although hearing the A’s whine about being a small market team is a bit of a joke.

Melvin will try, I suspect, to string Manaea, Luzardo and Hendriks together into some type of dominating 3 headed monster. Luzardo is one of the most fun pitchers to watch in all of baseball. Electric only begins to describe his stuff. He’s working with damn near sorcery out there. I suppose Fiers could follow Manaea but if I were Melvin I’d roll Luzardo out there and save Fiers for Houston.

I’m expecting a low scoring game so that means it will probably be 10-7….

One Season Ends, Another Begins….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 1, 2019

The Wild Card games are both exciting match ups. Twin used to hate the 1 game WC format, I have always loved it. Kicking off the post season with two game 7’s? Yes please. It sucks for the fans of those teams only getting one game but if you don’t like it get a GM that can build a team to win your division. The WC format is also a good reason AGAINST buying at the deadline. Buying for what? You mortgage possible future stars for a 1 game crap shoot? It’s stupid.

But also awesome…..

On paper Washington looks to have the advantage tonight with the beastly Scherzer going up against an opener. But with the way the game has changed I doubt it plays out that predictably. And tomorrow Oakland has the crafty old vet *Undecided* going for them. He’s tough.

I’ll say Milwaukee and Oakland advance….

And I did this bracket to support our main man Daniel and also because I think I’d be the only bracket out there to hit. You should see how I answered the questions to supplement the bracket, oh my!

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Turning The Page? More Like Finishing The Book….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 30, 2019

I was definitely caught off guard by the Bochy farewell party. I was glad to just be listening on the radio as I drove around doing errands. I was already tearing up like a girl, it would have been worse had I been watching it.

We had quite a ride, that 3 in 5. Each year truly had its own magic. The only real constant was Boch and his staff. I’ve accepted I might not see another SF World Series title in my lifetime. And that’s ok. Living in the Bay Area, I have been blessed with more championships than I deserved.

And now it’s on to the post season–it is stacked with teams I like and/or riveting story lines. I remember the nervous excitement I felt in the Fall of 2010 as everything was beginning. Me and my buddies were growing beards and dying our hair black. Man, seems like just yesterday.

Goodbye, Captain….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 29, 2019

Finally, mercifully, this day is here. Yesterday Zumiee asked for any memories from the 2017/2018 season. I struck out as I’m sure all of you did, too. But 2019? Maybe it’s because it’s still so fresh (or raw depending on your attitude) but this season will leave (the stain?) of many memories. The Yaz bomb in Boston has to be at the top.

For me, the Pillar grand slam vs the Padres, even in a game they horribly ended up losing, was a huge memory. I was sitting in the SF airport waiting on a late plane and doing a slow burn at the *masses* of Flap Nation who loathed 1.0 and all of a sudden he…..hits a grand slam. The next day he had 4 more RBI’s and his march to the top of the leader board of nearly every SF offensive category had begun….

My favorite Bochy memory? Probably his greatest move as a manager was turning Timmy into a reliever in 2012. That was a watershed move at the time and the risk of disruption to the team was enormous. But Lincecum accepted the role and the rest is history. Bruce Bochy is the greatest and most decorated manager we’ve ever had. I love him and will salute him whenever I see his big head pop up on my tv screen. But it’s time for him to go. There’s nothing wrong with that, everything ends sooner or later.

Anyway, this season was rough. It sucks because baseball is so long and if you’re not going anywhere it just feels like a waste, another year away from the glory of 3 in 5 and another year closer to…..who knows what.

I need the winter to kick in so that I can get romantic about the game again. The months will tick off, Chi will post that poem about that dude staring out the window waiting for the snow to melt or the leaves to bloom or some shit and I’ll get excited about the season starting. But this morning, right now, I’m choking on the *dreck* and drowning in the misery.

End this season already.

Ouch

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 28, 2019

That was a predictable woodshed ass kicking that a below average team usually gets from a team that is significantly better. Seeing the Dodgers up close and personal like this will be a good reminder for Young Z about the task that lays before him. He can’t honestly think trotting out the Belts/Craws/Poseys next season is going to get us anywhere close to LA. He knows this he’s just trying to figure out a way to jettison them without the facebook housewives throwing themselves off the ledge.

Kevin Pillar was a worthy WM winner but I’m surprised Vogt didn’t get it. Even Yaz wouldn’t have surprised me. I’d definitely bring him back next year. He doesn’t take walks. Boo fucking hoo. Give me an entire team of Kevin Pillar’s and I’d be proud to charge into battle with that group of men….

 

Final Series

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 27, 2019

I am really looking forward to this season ending and we can get on to the post season. I guess I enjoyed this season more than last because of Pillar, Yaz and some of the new pitchers who weren’t terrible. But this season was still a grind. Not Orioles or Tigers-grind, but it was long and the ending was predictable and lame. Now, I did say “last place guaranteed” and that didn’t happen. But when you’re 21-26-33-35 games out of first place, man, that’s all the damn same. The team did get better after the beginning of the year with all the new blood. The old blood was what they thought they were—slow and weak…..

Still, Young Z is in charge and I trust him. He’s got the team headed the right direction.

Can’t wait for us to take the next step…..

Finally, There Was Carry

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 26, 2019

Gotta love Kuip after Davis hit that walk off: “On a night we knew the ball would carry….”

Uh, the game ended 2-1. Before that bomb in the 9th there had been zero extra base hits. All singles. There were more SB’s than extra base hits.

Jaylin Davis looks like a ball player, he walks like a ball player, I hope he gets a legit chance to play next season….

Bombs Away!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 25, 2019

Even though it ended with an L, you have to think Boch looks back on last night’s game as memorable. Posey AND Bum homering in the same game? And in the last game Bum pitches for him? That’s awesome.

Of course, Bum was not awesome. He was just ok. Maybe that’s his new awesome? Even pitching in his preferred, protected yard he gave up 3 bombs. I’m not gonna kill myself if we offering him (and he accepts) a 3 year deal. I still think he’s going somewhere else….

Concerning Splits

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 24, 2019

Bumgarner back home in his preferred venue. I didn’t realize his home/road splits were so wide. He’s got a 2.80 ERA at Oracle but a 5.29(!) on the road. That’s an ominous sign. Additionally, his WHIP is under 1.00 at home (0.91) but 1.41 on the road.

You guys really want this guy back? Even on just a 3 year deal?

I am 100% against signing any free agent pitcher for any high dollar amount. Until they fix the free agency rules you’re just paying for what the guy did and awaiting his ultimate, unavoidable TJ surgery……..

 

Back Home

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 23, 2019

Been out of the loop, haven’t seen a baseball game in a few days. I see we won yesterday though. Everyone still in on Logan Webb?

One thing we can say about the Niners: they tried hard till the end. They could have packed it in after all those turnovers.

Winding Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 20, 2019

Feels like we should be able to knock Atlanta around a little, right? They’ve clinched, besides Matt Joyce trying to settle a score, what do they have to play for? And the Giants? Add on to that 2K baby.

In Reno this weekend for the annual Stanford/Oregon game. Don’t ask why we meet there, that’s just what we do.

Cardinal in a shocker?

2000

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 19, 2019

Well, he got there. 2 big ones. Auto HOF. His boy Posey has a lot more work to do to get there.

Bum today.

Sweeping these guys would be great, let’s do it.

Wild Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 18, 2019

Incredible game last night. One we will never forget. Yaz bombs. Giants use 13 pitchers including 2 Smith’s. I can’t even begin to wonder what happened to Gail. Her current mental and physical state may be in jeopardy. Chi, please check in with good news about her.

Fingers crossed…..

Yaz Overload

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 17, 2019

It’s too bad this series doesn’t mean anything. Can you imagine if this were 2010 and we were storming Fenway Park with Huff, Torres, Timmy and the gang? As it is, we have to settle for Yaz cheering his grandson from a luxury box. Those tv shots will be dramatic, won’t they? Eh, I’d rather have the games matter…..

Big BIG start for Webb. It doesn’t get much bigger than The Green Monster and Co.  He’s got the composition for a task like this. Let’s see if the stuff and the location is there.

Regardless, this is far more interesting than the Marlins or Pirates in San Francisco……

Dubon and Yaz

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 16, 2019

Yesterday, Marty Lurie was debating with his harem about who might be the starting second baseman next season. They all seemed to circle around the idea of it being Dubon. This took a few minutes for them to all sign off on.

Seriously, who else would it be? They never even mentioned Solano but I guess it could be him. Why wouldn’t we just trot Dubon out there? There’s literally no reason.

Exciting set of games in Boston, probably more exciting for their fans then for ours. Yaz returns, in a sense. I hope his grand dad will be at these games though I haven’t seen that confirmed yet.

The Game That Started It All

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 15, 2019

Lots of interesting NFL games today. Of course out here we have a re-match of Super Bowl XVI. That was the game that took me to the promised land. And really, I’ve never looked back–at least in terms of taking down championships. As a fan of Bay Area sports, I recognize the fortune that has been sprinkled upon my life’s timeline.

I remember Super Bowl 16 well. Still to this day that was probably the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. Quarantined in my mom’s room (the only other room with a tv) I watched that game alone vomiting into a green bag. What a glorious day that was. Where were you guys for XVI? What was going on in your life back then?

I would love to get an accurate attendance number for today’s Giants game. If any of you watch an inning of that you are a better baseball fan than I am.

Feed The Beed

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 14, 2019

Beede getting into the 7th was a nice ceiling for him to break past. I haven’t checked, but I’m guessing that’s the first time he’s done that at this level. Five strikeouts and only 1 free pass. That will be the key for him and will determine his future success at this level.

I can’t watch these games. Sorry. Not all the way through. An inning here and there. Pittsburgh and Miami in September? I just don’t have it in me and it’s boring ball to boot. I am excited for the mlb post season though. I miss being a part of that but there are definitely story lines all over baseball that will be exploding this October.

Fire that shit up already.

Tedious Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 13, 2019

The Marlins. Ugh. This is definitely not turning into a September to remember. How many more wins till Boch gets to 2K and GH creams himself? Five?

Black Shoes goes tonight.

I think.

 

Why We Lose

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 12, 2019

Yesterday Jonathan Villar’s blast set the MLB all time HR record for a single season! Of course, that just broke a record set 2 years ago. And there’s still 3 weeks left to add on to it….

Look, in today’s game this shit ain’t gonna cut it:

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You wanna win consistently in today’s game? Have some decent starting pitching, a dominant bullpen with guys throwing 100 and dudes who blast the motherfucking ball out of the park.

Sabean and Evans never caught up to this concept and that’s why they’re gone. Hopefully by next season our weak and slow core will be gone, too.

Young Z, make it so……

Johnny Cash Money, Baby

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 11, 2019

Cueto returns and locks down a W. I lock down another 10 spot from Diggity. Lots of lockin’ down going down last night.

All eyes on Logan Webb tonight. Can he be a piece next season? Why not?

Here is the first part of the letter Stix wrote to Chi. I only snipped it because it’s long and I don’t really know how this is going to show up in the main thread. It was cool reading what he wrote. He and Twinner have something in common, they both just disappeared one day. But with this letter it kind of brings Stix *back to life*. Can’t ever have that happen again with good ol’ Twin. Anyway, the rest of his letter he breaks down the Giants in some detail. If you want to read the whole thing email me and I’ll forward it to you.

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The Return of Cueto

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 10, 2019

Sounds like things kinda fell apart for our men in orange and black. I mean, come on, we literally have no bullpen left. In some ways this is a sadly ironic way to play out the Bochy string.

But good news Flap Nation, we have an exciting game tonight! As long as Cueto doesn’t get hit by a bus or a train he is scheduled to start tonight earning me a cool ten bones from Diggity and saving me from paying out 40-1 or whatever it was I offered up.

So let’s go Cueto, toe that rubber and sling one in the direction of Buster. That’ll do, my man, that’ll do……

Bochy’s Last Moves

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 9, 2019

The Pirates? In a meaningless September game? Gonna be a grind to watch even a little bit of this.

Regarding the move by Bochy to bring in the core to replace Slater and Solano: It was known Urias was only pitching a couple innings, I have to assume he kept all his players informed of the move pre-game. It was unnecessary and I want to watch the younger guys play too but this was classic Bochy. All season long, everyone kept telling me about this wistful September send off that was coming. Well, it’s here,  this is the kind of shit you should be eating up. To me this is massively underwhelming and his last month of managing does nothing for me but if there is a crowd out there for it, by all means, enjoy it…..

Redeemed

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 8, 2019

Black Shoes Beede has gotten a lot of shit thrown his way lately, almost all of it deserved. But he pitched like a man last night and he gets a knowing dude head nod for that. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the fact that Ty Blach once shut out the Dodgers, too. But let that not take away from what Black Shoes did.

NFL @draftkings today! Hope you’re all playing.

Overrated

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 7, 2019

I agree with what Blade said at the end of last night’s thread: this Dodger team is just not that imposing—they can hit, don’t get me wrong. But so can pretty much every team. Kershaw is not the same dude. Ryu crashed back to earth a while ago. Maeda *ain’t cut from that cloth* as Draymond liked to say…..Buehler, ok he’s a stud. A Young MadBum blossoming before our eyes. So they have ONE guy? Come on.

They don’t have the pitching  to compete with the Astros. And isn’t winning the World Series the only thing that should matter to them?

Ha, they’re going to lose again this year and Flavor Nation will continue to laugh quietly to itself. Three decades and counting……

Bum Taketh, 1.0 Giveth

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 5, 2019

Bum basically gave up 2 big leads yesterday. A four run lead and a 3 run lead. I know Gustave technically gave up the actual 2nd lead but he was only in there because Bum couldn’t shut the door after he was gifted ANOTHER big lead. At that point I figured we were done—even basically waved the white flag to Daniel on twitter….

And then like he’s done for most of the year, sans fanfare or accolades from most in the Giants community, our trusty 1.0 stepped to the plate and delivered.

A fun win that keeps our 0.1% post season hopes alive.

lqtm….

I Hate Alex Dickerson

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 4, 2019

I feel like Alex Dickerson was sent from the future to destroy us. This dude shows up out of nowhere raking everything in sight. The Giants go on a tear fueled nearly completely by him and win enough games to convince Young Z not to trade Bum or Smith. Then the trade deadline passes, he gets hurt, comes back, he’s 1 for his last 21. And the curve of our season mirrored nearly exactly his production. It’s like this was all a big joke played on us by some shithead Dodger Baseball God….

Bum vs Wacha today. That sounds like a match up from post seasons past. But the only thing Wacha ever did in the glorious run of 3 in 5 is give up the bomb that Ishikawa hit.

What a hit that was…..

“Back In My Day….”

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 3, 2019

Beede yanked at 72 pitches. This was one of the many reasons this fake wild card chase was never going to work out. Our young pitchers were going to either run out of gas or have their arms protected as their innings rose to *dangerous* levels in September. I’m not sure what qualifies a young arm to approach *dangerous inning levels* but it’s probably an underwhelming number….

And now D-Rod. Ugh. Make it stop…..

Cardinals

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 2, 2019

Heading into St. Louis and I think, I THINK, Tyler Beede is pitching. I guess I’ll find out when someone with an SF hat toes the rubber. Surprise me.

Had to chuckle at Kat’s comment about Kent. “The $ lies in the RBI’s” was a great line. Nowadays it’s more like “the $ lies in the wRC+” –doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

How is Adam Wainwright still pitching? I would have thought age and injuries would have ended him years ago. Good for him that he can keep on plugging away at this level.

September Blues

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 1, 2019

Hey, at least Logan was good. I am cautiously penciling his name into next year’s rotation. After the way D-Rod fell off the map though, it’s tough to pen anyone’s name into toeing the rubber next season…..

Young Beedah goes today and I have zero faith that a competitive effort is in the offing.

Winning

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 31, 2019

Nice little win last night. I’m more interested in tonight’s game. We get to, once again, glimpse into our future. Do we turn away from the hideousness of it like when D-Rod or Beede pitch? Or will we give a knowing dude head nod in the direction of young Logan?

DO the Padres regret the Machado deal? They stink, just like us, but they’re now saddled with a 300 million dollar guy. I don’t understand why it’s taking GM’s so long to figure out that the way to long term success is to draft and trade, not sign guys to 300 million dollar deals……

I’d Rather Watch His Dad Pitch For Us

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 30, 2019

With conditions nearly perfect D-Rod still laid a huge egg. Giving up bombs to Margot and Hedges? Come on man, even with the juiced ball that’s lame. One under-the-radar problem Young Z needs to solve: Going into 2020 with Smarge the ace of your staff is probably not the way to avert the cellar. I certainly don’t want him signing anyone to an enormous FA deal but he’s going to need to turn over some rocks and find something better than PomPom for next season. Smarge, Cueto and…..I mean it’s a bad look, man.

No Cole

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 29, 2019

The Giants were listed as one of 9 teams Gerrit Cole will be considering this off season. I can’t think of a worse decision than the Giants signing this guy. He’s still throwing damn near 100 in his final inning. Think that’s an arm that’s gonna last through his next contract? Ludicrous. He’ll get a TJ within a year and that’s if his arm stays attached to his body which it might not as hard as he throws. He’ll be 29 next week. NO THANK YOU.

Signing big money free agents is a completely antiquated, lazy way to GM a baseball team. I trust Young Z to do the dirty work in the trenches to bring this team back to respectability and relevance….

DRod pitching tonight unless I’ve messed it up again…..

Leaking Into September

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 28, 2019

MIke Leake stinks. He’s The Human White Flag. When THWF white flags you, that’s the signal. Your season is toast.

We have another day off for some reason.

Probably for the best.

Smarge Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 27, 2019

Ok, let’s see if I can get this one right. Jeff Samardzija is pitching tonight, right? Has everyone admitted they were wrong about him? He’s checking in with a 3.44 ERA/1.08 WHIP and after watching everything our underwhelming youth be toeing the rubber with, I for one appreciate this dude.

Look, baseball is stupid the way they reward free agents and until that changes we’re going to always get overpaid free agents who aren’t worth the paper their contract is written on. Guys like Belt, Crawford and Posey, hey, I think they’re trying their best, I don’t think they mail in their effort. But they are the weakest links on our team, by far.

A guy like Smarge who has struggled with injuries and now is showing up every 5th day pitching like a man, I can dig that, man. You can’t fake a 1.08 WHIP this late in the season. He’s pitched very well this year.

D-Rod Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 26, 2019

I’m certainly no D-Rod Truther, but I’m giving him a pass for his last start. There was a pretty good wind tunnel at Wrigley and for a dude with marginal talent and suspect location that was likely gonna be a problem. Back in the friendly confines of Oracle I’m hoping he gets his shit together. I hate his hair. I don’t have anything against dudes with long hair but he looks incredibly un-imposing with his locks.

I wonder if there’s a psychological let down for the rest of the team every time they see Posey in the 3 hole. He knows it, they all know it, he can’t swing the stick like a 3-hole hitter anymore. Actually maybe that’s why Boch keeps him 3rd. If he moved him down with Belt, Crawford and the pitcher, man that’s 44% of straight up outs, dawg.

Silencing The Dumbs…I mean Drums

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 25, 2019

What a wild game last night. I picked it up when it was 4-4 and Pillar laced a clutch double down the right field line to put them ahead 6-4–this dude has been money with runners-on all year for us. And how good must that 3 run oppo bomb felt for Voggy? My text line was suspiciously quiet last night. My A’s fan buddy, The Boney One, didn’t have much to say.

Truth be told, I kinda like the A’s. They’re young with tons of power and dynamic gloves (and arms). I hope they can snag a wild card spot.

But it would be fun to drop another 8 spot on them in some random inning today just to remind them who will always own the Bay Area–at least until the A’s win 3 in 5 and we know that ain’t happening any time soon……

Bay Bridge Series

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 24, 2019

I guess tonight qualifies as a big game. Bum toeing the rubber. Our *arch rivals* in the box. The haunting beat of the drums in the distance….

Runs will probably be pretty scarce tonight.

Pour one out for my homey Dick VanDyke whose name, while never uttered here before, shall never be uttered here in the future……

Most of these are just terribly unoriginal.

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Friday Night No Lights

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 23, 2019

Friday night, no baseball. Why? So the Giants and A’s can finish off this ridiculous rivalry series that nobody except the guy who wears the split Giants/A’s cap cares about? I couldn’t even guess what the series is at now or how many games are in the series. Anyone know the answer?

Not much left to do except evaluate talent and have some dudes dig a ditch all the way to the ocean so the facebook housewives can have somewhere to send their tears. Or are they still all in on this team? Zumiee you seem to take that pulse pretty accurately, if Posey dropped to 8th in the order would there be outrage? If he was released, would the tears flow freely? Or are they smart enough to see the value in him leaving?

Losing End Of A Fun Game

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 22, 2019

Can’t hate on last night’s game, slugfests can be coin flips and frankly it was just nice to see us be able to compete with those Cubs bats and not embarrass ourselves. And we came back against a damn good pitcher in Darvish. Watching Dutch Oven Fire toast himself was enjoyable as well.

Sure, it’s over but it’s always been over. The wild card race allows fans to keep believing longer than they should and there’s really nothing wrong with that. The good news is that we are going to get to see a lot of young players in September. Again, nothing wrong with that.

Let the torch be passed swiftly yet respectfully…..