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Batten Down the Hatches, Hurricane “Welly” is closing in!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 9, 2010

my post from a couple of days ago…..

bigflavor said, on June 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm (Edit)

My gut is they go with Welly one more time. Martinez is the back up plan if they feel like they just can’t tolerate another shit outing from The Todd. I will be shocked if Bum is even on the board in terms of what they might do……

No Benjie or Rowand tonight. Sure seems like Bochy has turned a corner on those guys. Kruk said something interesting on his show this morning. “This team is starting to develop a swagger. You don’t ever develop a swagger until you start hitting. Pitching is great but it’s hitting that gives a team a swagger. I’m finally seeing that in this team, something I haven’t seen since Bonds was around”

I guess Bochy is seeing it too……

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  1. twinfan said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    It wasn’t a good AB-but he’s been a great pinch hitter this year.. not that time

  2. delmardennis said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Son of a bitch. This is gonna feel like a double loss with what they have in store for us tomorrow.

  3. twinfan said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    9 at bats? That’s hardly enough at bats to be posting that shit, “Maggie”..

  4. delmardennis said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Not that I’ve conceded tonight, mind you. Fucking frustrated as hell right now.

  5. giant head said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Send her to Room B Twin…

  6. alleykat said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Nice post Maggie! Pretty much tells it all.Shit they were giving up a run and Travis sits there with his bat up his ass.

  7. giant head said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Would have been nice to have seen Ishi actually swing at one of those pitches, but it was a good call to use him there…

  8. Unca Chuck said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Yikes. Well, depending on tomorrow, we’re lookiong at DFAing Affeldt, bringing up Bummie, and Wellie gets long relief.

    Jeremy can’t buy an out. . . .

  9. delmardennis said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    OK, how long to we stick w/ the Affeldt of this year, when I think they’re still praying/thinking its the ’09 version? We’ve got better option w/ guys who are having better season THIS year.

    Sorry JA, you were last years news.

  10. twinfan said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Dennis: He had to use him sometime, ferchrissakes. Give him a break, he’s been out awhile… you guys are a hoot. Burrell is Carl Crawford now and Affeldt is Pat Misch…

  11. Cal_Stim25 said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Classic Snarkk at 6:04. I’ve come expect nothing less.

  12. Cal_Stim25 said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    You forgot: Posey is Ted Williams/Pete Rose. Duh. Why wasn’t he up here from day 1?


  13. giant head said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    That is the reason it made no sense to extend Affeldt into next year. If he is still feeling the hammy or is just rusty, I think Affeldt will get better with more innings.

    But it was expected that we would go 2-2 in Cincy. Let’s hope we can pull out an 8-6 win tomorrow and Burrell, Huff and Uribe go deep…

  14. Nipper said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Well Cincy is playing at home so duh they are bound to at least win one. You rant and rave at Sanchez or the relief pitchers but heck they’re just doing the best they can. Posey’s HR was what I can take from this one. It was powerful and beautiful. Damn this Posey guy is gonna do it at bat, in the field, and on camera too. You gotta like it big time.

  15. twinfan said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    So, hell, I guess Wellemeyer can be Armando Gallaraga…

  16. Cal_Stim25 said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Only if he has a perfect game after 1 inning Twin. But as soon as he loses it: He’s William VanLandingham.

  17. twinfan said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    The extensions had more to do with sending a message to the team, not just the players extended. It sent a message to all the players that they’ll be taken care of if they perform. Sabean was thinking bigger than you boys do…

  18. delmardennis said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Wellemeyer’s first pitch will come around 9:45 PDT. You guys better have a light breakfast if ya know what’s good for you.

  19. giant head said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Twin, it is what we conservatives call pissing money away….

  20. Cal_Stim25 said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Give the guy a few outings before you throw him out with the kitty litter.

  21. Nipper said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I refuse to waste time getting sick over the fifth pitcher. It’s Bochy’s headache and he’s getting a fair wage to worry about.

  22. twinfan said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    “Twin, it is what we conservatives call pissing money away….” Is that what you’re doing with your toes in the next stall?

  23. bigflavor said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Who knows, Welly could bring it on tomorrow, he’s done it before. Either way, will be fantastic theater, I’m bummed I can’t watch it. But when he brought up that “dead arm” shit after his last start that was the prelude to the excuses coming down the pike. He talked that shit up last year. If his arm is dead again just shoot this poor bastard already and bring up Bumgarner for the next start……

  24. xootsuit said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Shit, my kid says they showed a replay of Buster’s moon shot while I was out of the room. Man. It has been that kind of day.

    “Sabean was thinking bigger than you boys do…” Now that has to sting, boys.

  25. delmardennis said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    ” Either way, will be fantastic theater,”

    If you’re looking for a Greek Tragedy, you’ve come to the right place.

  26. bigflavor said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    that’s a brutal 0-5 for Sanchez. I only saw two of his at bats but both of them shoulda been hits/runs. 2 more hits for Torres. Posey HUGE bomb. Neither one of those guys are going anywhere except straight out to the starting line up every day. And Renteria isn’t going to get more than a week out there before Uribe takes over at SS (unless someone else gets hurt or unless Renteria is scalding the ball)>………

  27. giant head said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Extending Cain, Wilson and Linceum smart, extending an older reliever that has been around a while while there are many other potential lefty bullpen options next year while we have no idea what Affeldt’s true value in the marketplace will be next year… simply stupid.

    Twin knows it is stupid management decision as well, but he has to play his contrarian Brian Sabean is my alter-ego card…Room B for you Twin with that illogical defense!!!

  28. xootsuit said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    “[Some philosopher] remarks somewhere that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.”

    We’re WELL into the time of farce.

  29. bigflavor said, on June 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Affeldt got extended for 2 reasons: 1) bonus for his kick ass year last year and 2) he signed in the “dead zone” where no one was getting shit. After a chump like Brandon Lyon got 15 million it was the right thing to do to drop a few more duckets Affeldt’s way. And it doesn’t hurt our bottom line in the slightest. Affeldt will sort himself out…..

  30. Maggie said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Or was Sabean seduced once again by the ‘one’ big yr?

    Affeldt had been pretty ordinary prior to FA. The one decent yr in Cincy. Otherwise, he was Romoesque. Career whip is 1.45 for chrissakes.

  31. xootsuit said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Well, I finally got to see Posey’s HR. Amazing, in a way. The swing didn’t look all that much different from some he used to smack ground balls into the OF.

    Did I hear the comcast cretin nesxt to FP refer to him as “Busty”? IF so: Fire that asshole, now.

  32. bigflavor said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Affedlt isn’t fucking God, he’s just a reliable late inning guy. Reliable relief pitchers are a GOOD thing. Some of Affeldt’s career stats were muddied by his closer job which didn’t go well. Anyone who can pitch well in Cincy can pitch. And while he was a little lucky last year he still had a very solid, reliable year. He’s hurt this year. Let him get straight before you execute him. He can still be an extremely important part of the bullpen this year……

  33. twinfan said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    MagFuck: I know who you are so best STFU, OK? He deserved what they gave him, period.

  34. PawlieKokonuts said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Strasburg Chronicles (In-Person Edition). Weeks ago, I had arranged to extend a stay at a conference so I could add to my list of ~17 MLB ballparks dating back to Billy Pierce vs. Whitey Ford, Yankee Stadium, 1958. When I knew I could do that, I went online to buy a $10 ticket ($17 with fees; I hate that; just call it a $17 ticket) mere hours ahead of the official announcement that Strasburg would start. Providential coincidences. Early yesterday at the Foggy Bottom Metro station, I encountered some young fellows all jazzed up over this; one had driven down from the Boston area. I bragged to them about seeing Stras Wars three times. I got on the Orange line at Clarendon wearing a black and orange Giants t-shirt and Giants hat (not the green one), always alert to SF fans. This was around 5 p.m. The trains were aswarm with red W hats and some with the alternative DC. I struck up a real friendly conversation with a guy in maybe his 50’s. Matt. Goes to maybe 15-20 games. Knew his stuff. Passionate. He said he’d show me where to switch trains, etc., though in this case it was the wisdom of crowds. Switch to Green line at L’Enfant Plaza. Two sullen homeboys with bling and sunglasses sitting, texting, Yankees caps. I lay off the comments. One gregarious-looking brother looks at me. “What? Wrong hat?” “No, you’re aiight,” he says. “Tell you what. If it weren’t the Pirates, they wouldn’t even be pitching that dude. I’ll watch it later.” “I don’t know.” “You know they wouldn’t let him pitch to my Yankees.” The sullen ones nod. Exit the train. I find my new buddy Matt and relate my conversation using a noun for a homosexual act to describe the Yankees to Matt’s hearty agreement. Up the stairs into the circus sunlight. Carnavale at Dusk. Matt points me to the Will Call window and we exchange email addresses. Fortunately, I brought the right CC and photo ID and got my ticket to section 232, row X (X!), seat 26. Right by the Center Field Gate statues of Frank Howard and Walter Johnson and Josh Gibson. I ask a stranger to take a picture of me. A young guy in his 20’s energetically comes up to me and asks, “Are you from the Bay Area?” “No, I’m just a Giants fan. They were the New york Giants.” “That’s cool. We’ll see you in July,” he mystically says. [contd.]

  35. twinfan said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Affeldt didn’t have a “solid, reliable” year last year, he had a fanfuckingtastic year. Maggie, you’re an idiot. And I’m being nice..

  36. dirt said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Coors Field. 2-2. Fuck the Rockies!

  37. Maggie said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I said ONE BIG YR MORON.

  38. bigflavor said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    twin, even you have spoken to the luck that played into last year’s ERA. I think it was you. Anyway, he had a fortunate year, that’s not a fucking put down, you need some luck in baseball sometimes, both as a hitter and a pitcher…..
    Pawlie, I’m looking forward to the rest of this, you’ve hooked me with the first chapter….

  39. PawlieKokonuts said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    . . . or maybe that was later. I’m tired; 2+ hours on the tarmac at JFK. The Racing Presidents were migling. Every fifth person young and old sporting a Strasburg shirt but no STRAS WARS shirts from my laughorism dot come store. Mostly white crowd, lots of chatter. Upstairs on the terrace a band played, with an area for people to sit on couches. I like it. A kid with #10 on his Nats jersey doing acrobatics to the music; later I noted he was on the field during the Four Presidents’ Race. Teddy Roosevelt never wins, I’m told. I get in line to buy an Italian sausage. The line does not fecking move. Kid in back of me went to SU’s Maxwell School. Or his brother or girlfriends cousin’s friend. I debate: get fries now or hope for something exotic like pierogies in Pittsburgh. Sausage, Coke — no ice, fries. $16.50. I find the signs for 232U. U must stand for up, as in Way Fuckin Up. Climbing the stairs row x, I see a guy with a Giants hat and we exchange some Timmy Lincecum comments. Row X is against the chainlink fence. I’m practically on top of the Anacostia River. Ken Burns throws out the first pitch. Sax solo for Natonal Anthem. From my perch you can see the Washington Monument, Smithsonian (top), and the Capitol. Sun still up. [contd.]

  40. PawlieKokonuts said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    migling? no, mingling and posing

  41. twinfan said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I “heard” what you said, MagFuck. What I said about “luck” was regarding the double plays- of COURSE there was luck involved. It was still one of the great relief years in baseball last year. He was rewarded and that reward doesn’t impact anything other than his pocketbook and team morale. You dumb fucks criticizing it don’t even have a point. Did your taxes go up? Eat it, Magpie…

  42. PawlieKokonuts said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Four college kids, male, to my left, three, older, drunker, to my right. Young chick walks in front of us with little covering her blue-veined ample breasts. I look at Rico (I’ll call him that; he looked Latino, a little stocky like Benjie; actually an O’s fan; how’s that for demographics.) Some fun in our “bleachers”: after first hit, yells of, “yank him,” “send him back,” “it’s all hype.” In the 3rd I say to Rico, “What’s he got, 4 or 5 K’s?” He had six by then. The boys on my right louder and shirtless. When STRAS WARS clearly could’ve beat out a well hit ball in the hole at short, I said, “He looked like Benjie Molina.” “We ain’t paying you $15 million not to run,” someone yelled. We laughed. We also laughed when a lady down 8-10 rows turns around and says, “Girls, stay in your seats. You are not going anywhere.” Taunts from us of “oooh, we’re afraid, teach” and “mommy’s mad.” Later, when the girls cheered at the name of their middle school on the scoreboard, I said, “Now, guys, aren’t you just embarrassed to discover they’re in middle school?” [fading; gone]

  43. xootsuit said, on June 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Pawlie, just a guess, but sounds like a few beverages of some sort, beer, wine, boiler makers, whatever they serve in DC, got poured and imbibed during the epoch covered in Chaps. 1-3. Am I wrong?

  44. xootsuit said, on June 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    To clarify: just seeking some context. The better to enjoy the fine account. (Seriously.)

  45. PawlieKokonuts said, on June 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Xoot, moderate drinking by my neighbors, less moderate to my right, no booze for me; nothing compared to Yanks or Bosox, I’m sure. I forgot a line: when the nearly-bare-bosomed young woman walked in front of us (no, she was not from the middle school group; Gawd! I honestly hope not), I mumbled to Rico, “Don’t say it” to check his impulses at the door. He did me a doubletake and laughed.

  46. wswinb4igo said, on June 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    congrats to Chicago…what a series ending shot

  47. macdog said, on June 9, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Congrats to the Blackhawks, their 49-year Cup drought is over.

    Great stuff as always Pawlie.

  48. dirt said, on June 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Talking mad shit pro-Astros. LET’S GO ASTROS!

  49. dirt said, on June 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Lee went yard! Let’s throw some green paws!

  50. snarkk said, on June 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Cal must be taking the Oracle’s online course in Sabes’ bootlicking. So far, a B. To get a higher grade Cal, gotta study up on the 4 letter insults…

  51. snarkk said, on June 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Pawlie, nice scene set on the Strasburg experience. Well done. You should see if MLB.com or similar can use another contributor. Some of your stuff puts the local media scribblers out here to shame….

  52. mrsprtdude said, on June 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I know I’m late, but yesterdays Nats game was so fun to watch. Great for the fans. Even Pudge looked like he was grinning behind his mask..

    Nats Stadium is great, with the cool views of the Capitol Pawlie alluded to…

  53. willied said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    SanDog, I never saw Morton play in SF…I did used to watch Lowell, coached a couple Asian guys that played there. Otherwise I only get to SF to coach couple times a year. I used to know D. Yoshikawa, asst. to Jose homeboy Rex Walters at USF. Walters is an Asian club team legend, who made it all the way to the NBA.

    Pawlie said in his thread they had a guy play the Anthem sax solo…I remember in Philly the Sixers used to do that with one of my all time fav musicians, Grover Washington Jr.. His live shows were really good, CDs kind of over arranged. That’s his sax solo on Bill withers’ “Just the Two of Us”.

  54. snarkk said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Willied, aren’t you in Houston? I was there about 10 days ago, was freekin ridiculously hot/humid…

  55. bigflavor said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    PAWLIE– I know it’s late but finish this at some point (tomorrow?) and I will put it all together and post it as a *page*– either that or do it and send it to me. I am so jealous that you got to take all this in. Watching on tv 3000+ miles away from it felt like a treat, I can only imagine what being there was like….
    He threw 94 pitches. If they sent him out for the 8th he could have struck out the 8th and 9th and executed 20 hitters on the night. I know, pitch count etc…But how crazy would that have been>>>>>>>>>??????

  56. wswinb4igo said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    funny line from Baggs post game notes…

    With their 35th round pick, they took Stephen Shackleford, a right-hander from Savannah College of Art and Design. As my beat colleague, Chris Haft chirped up, “He really paints the corners.”

  57. San Dog said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Just put the kids to bed. Came back to peacefully read Pawlie’s Strasburg account. Good stuff as usual. StrasWars went to high school about 5 miles from my house and pitched at my alma mater (SDSU), yet I’m sorry to say I’ve never seen him pitch live.

    Willied-good to hear from you. I think Morton played at Balboa and later Cal-State Fullerton. Rex was a player. I’d love to see him elevate USF back to the glorious Marlon Redmond/Chubby Cox/Doug Jemison days.

  58. willied said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Dog, I’m probably 20 minutes or so south of Flav, couple exits from SJ Mineta airport heading toward the Santa Cruz mtns. There was a guy who used to post here a lot that I haven’t heard from much lately “wilcojoe” who is from Houston I believe.

  59. TedSpe said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    When you’re ahead 2 to 3
    In old Cincinnati-he
    Wellemeyer, Wellemeyer
    They got Leake, we got spunk
    B. Phillips’ a big punk
    Wellemeyer, Wellemeyer
    If we split, what the fuck
    Go to Oakland, hope they suck
    Wellemeyer, Wellemeyer
    He’s the dude, he’s the man
    Leaves the lid up on the can
    Wellemeyer, WELLEMEYER!!
    (Just trying to get the old rah-rah going. Like I wrote on Monday, I’m good with a split in Ohio and at least that’s a lock)

  60. bigflavor said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I’m looking for a Wilco sighting soon. He’s abandoned his fantasy team too, though he had mistakedly drafted all DOdgers so maybe he just couldn’t carry on with those chumps 🙂
    SanDiggityDog–how the hell did you miss him pitch in SD???
    I’m out for the night you guys, don’t sweat this loss for a second. The line up is coming together, we are headed in the right direction. 162 games sorts out a lot of things including the most important thing about your favorite team: the truth……

  61. snarkk said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Sorry willied for the mixup. On the old blog, I would’ve checked profiles, but on this one I can’t even figure out how to put in my avatar yet…

  62. twinfan said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I’m not myself lately, whatever that is. Check with you all in a few days…

  63. snarkk said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    BF, in a paean to the not late and not lamented Joe Angel, this one tonite just gets tossed into the “can’t win ’em all” category…

  64. San Dog said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I don’t follow high school sports super closely, but I do pay attention some. I never heard of Strasburg when he was a prep and my son’s school is in the same league. He went to West Hills High, which is not a powerhouse baseball school. I don’t think his freshman year at SDSU was anything special, but then he absolutely blew up as a sophomore. Funny thing is, he got hit a little bit in some big games for SDSU and I’ve been telling everyone that the hype was getting out of control and to not expect the second coming of Tom Seaver. Then he goes out and does that…

  65. San Dog said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Peace, Twin.

  66. zumarust said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Picture Bochy and Sabean as characters in a cheesy war film.
    -“Major, starting Wellemeyer tomorrow is crazy.”
    “Yeah, so crazy that it-just-might-work.”
    Well, hang on everyone. Should be wild tomorrow. And you know what- it’s so crazy it just might work.

  67. zumarust said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    But probably not. (grin)

  68. delmardennis said, on June 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Any chance after Wellemeyer’s start tomorrow Joe Angel might say, “Put this one in the win column!”

    Fat Chance!

  69. snarkk said, on June 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Just announced USC football to get 2 year ban on bowls, and big scholarship hit for the Reggie Bush shenanigans, and maybe some wins washed out of the record. Nah, Pete didn’t see anything nasty comin when he left for rainy Seattle. USC sucks — and cheats while doing it. Go Bears!!!!!!…

  70. Unca Chuck said, on June 10, 2010 at 8:26 am

    And people wondered why Pete Carroll bailed.

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