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Glory today, But Destiny Awaits…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 24, 2010

The plan was to run down to the end of the street…..

After Uribe hit that bomb and I hit my daughter in the eye with an errant high five (fixed with an ice cream sandwich), I decided that we needed to dial this down a bit and an end-of-the-game celebration needed to be choreographed. I was thinking quickly but not skillfully, so if the Giants won the Pennant, THE PLAN was: Tear ass out of the house and run down to the end of the street. We took off our socks since only a fool would run in the rain with their socks on…..

Despite the two walks, I felt like the first two outs came rather easily…..

Ryan Howand……

I watched the game at a friend’s house–great guy but he’s not really a baseball fan. As Howard came to the plate and the homerless stat came up he commented, “Why worry about this guy?  He hasn’t hit a home run in 54 at bats.” I didn’t have time to explain to Dave the actual concern that Howard presented. So there we stood, three sockless chumps, praying for one more precious out. I don’t remember how many pitches it took, it’s all kind of a blank moment. But I do remember the most perfect pitch I’ve ever seen leave Bee-wheeezy’s hand….head toward the batter…..bend dramatically near the finish….and end up in Posey’s glove……

I didn’t see a second of what happened after that, I bolted out of Dave’s house, my daughter trailing  behind me, running in bare feet through the rain down to the end of the street. I’ll never forget that moment, it was a release I’ve never felt before. I can’t even describe what it felt like. It was like I was experiencing every moment of the 2010 season with each stride I took. I was re-living every hit, ever win, every loss, just….everything.

As I held Katie’s hand on the way back to Dave’s house (Dave broke our fellowship and didn’t join us in successful execution of  *THE PLAN*) I was thinking about Keith Law. If you’ve never read KLAW or listened to his live chats you should give it a whirl some time. He’s unbelievably smart, knows every stat imaginable, and translates the game brilliantly to the common fan. He’s also completely full of shit. He hates the Giants and has spent the last 2 years telling the world how bad they are and what a horrible GM Brian Sabean is. So as we walked back to Dave’s, I was wondering what KLAW was doing at that moment. I was fairly certain he wasn’t running through a nighttime storm in his bare feet. Has he finally accepted how wrong he was about this team? KLAW and all his national cronies have piled on the Giants and Sabean RELENTLESSLY for years now. Yet here we are, going to the World Series. There has never been a greater feeling of satisfaction than I had last night, celebrating my team’s victory in the rain with my daughter and knowing that the “KLAW’s” of the world had nothing but boring, dry feet to walk with……

We did it, my friends, we got here. Here we are. We are here. Don’t forget how you felt in the moment last night. When life sucks, people are pissing you off, nothing is going right…. take yourself back to that moment. No matter what happens next week we will always have that moment. It’s attached to my soul. There aren’t words invented that can explain how proud I am to be a San Francisco Giants fan this morning…..

My friend Shannon took this photo after the game

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  1. Flavor said, on October 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Lee is gonna get a ba-trillion dollars from the Yankees this off season. That’s cool, buy high as usual for them. He’s got a balky back, I’m sure the Yankee fans will love that flaring up on him more frequently as he gets older. At 20 million a year. Hilarious……..

    • PawlieKokonuts said, on October 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm

      yeah, don’t rule out the Rangers giving Lee the cities of Del Rio [been there], Austin, and Waco, plus all of Mexico [annexed].

  2. Flavor said, on October 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    and fuck Cliff Lee, he’s hardly unbeatable. Go check out his game stats for 2010. Outstanding. Most of the time. Not all of the time. He was god awful in August (again, because of the back). But here’s the deal: it doesn’t matter how good the pitcher is. We score 3 runs or so off EVERYONE. If we can beat Halladay and all the other NL studs as we’ve done this year we can beat Lee. Can he shut us down? Sure, so can Jack Shithead. It’s a fucking coin flip……..

  3. twinfan said, on October 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Juan and Rowand have had good success against Cliff. I can see Rowand , Burrell, Ross for Game 1. Question at home is whether to go with Panda. I’m awfuly tempted by Burriss now. Speed, decent defense at short, Juan can play third.

  4. Flavor said, on October 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I think they just go with the exact same roster— unless there’s injury or something. They had the chance to do a “Burriss add” or something going into the Philly series and they didn’t do shit. But who know? Whatever Bochy does I will deem as “dick-suckable” (just not by me)….

  5. twinfan said, on October 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I think they’ll use the same roster as well, just tossing a crumb. Who the hell can argue about the Bonehead’s decisions any more? Whitey at short? Bring it on…

  6. ewisco said, on October 24, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    the flav hits a point that i was pondering. this team has beat all of the good pitchers, jimenez, oswalt, halladay, etc. it’s the journeyman free agent, rookie, recent call up from AA that kills them. Playing down to the competition? Playing up to the competition? who the heck knows. The point at the start of this season was that they were going to have to win close ones to get to the post-season. and if they did that enough to get there, they were going to give people fits. You can NOT demoralize this team. you cannot make them doubt or wonder or hesitate. they’ve learned/shown that they can handle devastating defeats and come back and beat you tomorrow.

    The rangers do not have that track record. A Lee defeat could really mess with their heads.

  7. delmardennis said, on October 24, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Congrats to Mr. SportsDude on winning Twin’s latest computer contest. What was the winning score, 19? Me of all people gave our shitty lineup too much credit and went OVER (25) with my guess. Going OVER on the Price is Right is an instant loser. “The contestant closest to the actual retail price without going OVER will be our winner…” Fun little piece of trivia that might win ya a beer on a bar bet; What four letters have appeared together the most on a license plate? Ans: “TPIR” That show’s been giving away cars for damn near 40 yrs. now. That’s a boatload of cars…show sucks now with Drew Carey hosting. He’s terrible. I miss old Bob Barker. The old guy was getting a little senile towards the end, but he still had more spunk and charisma than Drew. Even the models today don’t cut it. I like the girls from the old days better. What was that red-head’s name, Holly? I always had a crush on her growing up.

    Jesus, I went off on a TPIR tangent and I forgot what the hell I was talking about re the Giants. Oh yeah, congrats once again to MR. SD for winning Twin’s contest. I hope you enjoy your new prize. And just a reminder…”have your pet spayed or neutered.”

    • zumarust said, on October 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      That was pretty funny, Dennis.

  8. delmardennis said, on October 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Can someone please explain to me why NO Whitey will be on our WS roster? He didn’t play against Atlanta. He didn’t play against Philly. And he sure in the hell won’t play against the Rangers unless if, and only IF Buster has a goddamn massive myocardial infarction and falls flat on his face. God forbid he does, Taco Boy can catch the remainder of that game, and NO Whitey would be added as an injury replacement the next day. NO Whitey is a goddamn waste of space. Wouldn’t we be better served with a speed guy coming off the bench late in the game? I thinks so. Having NO Whitey on the roster is nothing more than a life insurance policy for Buster. Just asinine if ya ask me. Speaking of asinine…Brett Favre. Time to go Brett, time to go.

    • delmardennis said, on October 24, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      As soon as I had #4 retired, he leads the Purple down the field and hits Moss for a TD. I’d make one helluva talent evaluator. But I’m rooting for the old fart tonight. I’m tired of Aaron Rodgers and GB. Maybe because they have an offense and the Niners do not.

      What was that joke this morning from Frank Caliendo? The Niners are worse on the road than Junior Seau. Ouch.

  9. snarkk said, on October 24, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Well, from the club house celebration last night, I guess it’s clear the cortisone shot(s) worked on Franchez.

    His moves are kinda OK, but I can dig #21’s moves WAY more…

  10. stixwiz said, on October 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    One and only one of the eastcoast major sportswriters has turned in a truly admirable piece of coverage of the Giants Pennant-winning victory last night. Dude’s name is Stark (Jayson, if the ol’ memory glands aren’t sagging too much) and you can find his log on ESPN’s baseball site. Check it out. It’s a damned good read. Looks like the Giants may have made a believer outta one of em.

    • ewisco said, on October 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      turns out you gotta pay. ah well.

  11. twinfan said, on October 24, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    There are SF supporters out there. Pitching is still an undervalued commodity, “year of the pitcher” or not. I think it’s still a fallout from the steroid era. Look where the hell the Pads got with some young arms, a pen, Gonzales, and 7 Joe Pettinis.. Giants don’t have speed or range in the field but they don’t make the catastrophic fuck up, the pitchers keep the ball either out of play (K) or in the air…and they added WINNERS…

  12. twinfan said, on October 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I nominate the third inning last night as the greatest clusterfuck inning of the year. Two on, no out, Utley stirring the pot, benches cleared, Dirty outta control, that was a 4 run inning. Bonehead and Affeldt made it ZERO and that, my friends, won the pennant right there…

  13. delmardennis said, on October 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    A couple of noteworthy quotes from Can Inman’s piece in the Merc:

    • General manager Brian Sabean called Bochy “the most understated, most underrated manager in baseball. This guy is aces.”

    • Sabean’s closing line: “I’m a little frustrated we didn’t get more credit in this series for pitching well and having that be the compliment, rather than ‘What the (heck) happened to (the Phillies’) hitting?’ We shut ’em down. That’s the bottom line.”

    I like it. Sounds like the general lack of respect and blatant media bias got to Brian as well. You’re goddamn right our pitching shut ’em down. And the better team won. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

    This final snippet needs NO (Whitey) commentary. Let’s just say I still haven’t stopped shaking my head in amusement.

    • Guess who stormed into the Giants clubhouse with the Warren C. Giles Trophy, which goes to the winner of the NL pennant. Hint: He is the only position player who didn’t play in the series. Answer: backup catcher Eli Whiteside. The surprises never stop with this team.

  14. twinfan said, on October 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Good night all. Bring me the head of Toby Dammit…

    • TedSpe said, on October 25, 2010 at 6:29 am

      Can’t argue with a John Huston reference

  15. xootsuit said, on October 24, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    What’s the drill if thurs rains out. Will SF still get the two opening games? Will everyone just wait for dry sky in SF?

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