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Seven Days to Go…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 7, 2011

7…….d…..a………y……….s

Ugh, seems like forever…..

I like that Sandoval is hiring a chef to cook all his meals this year. Dropping 30 lbs is great but it won’t mean a thing if he just packs it back on. I’m trying to figure out what took Sandoval so long to figure this out. Did it REALLY take Sabean’s threat of an AAA demotion to get him serious about his trade? Maybe he had planned it all along but didn’t think he could get serious about weight loss until the off season. Either way, we should all be optimistic about where this is going…..

Ostler’s suggestion that Buster take over 3rd base as a secondary option is a joke. At least I hope that was supposed to be a joke, you can never tell with that dude……

All right guys, long week coming up (in more ways than one). Stay outta trouble……..

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  1. Billy mays said, on February 7, 2011 at 7:18 am

    7 days bitches !!

  2. Rough Trade said, on February 7, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I’m confident Pablo has his act together and will be the player he was in 09. It was just one yr and he’s just 23. Success came quickly and with it a lot of expectations and attention. I think he’ll be fine.

  3. zumarust said, on February 7, 2011 at 9:26 am

    There were two things that Pablo said that shows that he totally “gets it.” He said he needed to grow up, and that he needed to act like a pro.
    Last year was probably the first time in his life that he wasn’t real good at baseball.

  4. Bozo said, on February 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I’m thinking that benching during the post season might have gotten his attention a little bit. Besides the weight, being a year removed from his divorce might assist in getting his head together. Panda talking hitting with Bonds was also nice to hear.

  5. 3bagger said, on February 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Hello Flavor Nation! Gllad to see you all here. I took a peak at the Splash last week and saw something about Twin’s surgery. Does anyone know how he’s doing?

  6. 3bagger said, on February 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Saturday was my third Fanfest in a row. For my fam, it’s become the unofficial start to the season, but man what a difference this year. We had the early season ticket enterance at 9:30, but even that line stretched around to Red’s. It was an unbelievable scene. Many reporters claimed it was an extension of the parade, but since we didn’t get the WS clincher at AT&T, it felt more like that to me. And it was a beautiful 73 degrees by the bay. We’re so lucky to live where we do, with the crown jewel of MLB stadiums and of course…the World Champions themselves.

  7. Unca Chuck said, on February 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Yeah, I went to the last 2, 3 bager, but didn’t make it this time. My daughter went, and I’m still waiting for the pics. Said it took 45 inutes to just get in to the thing. The last 2 years it was walk-in. The lines last year were long, and my daughter said they were 2x worse this time around. She didn’t even bother trying to get anything signed.

  8. 3bagger said, on February 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    My older son’s girlfriend has a walking cast, so luckily we were able to skip the line in. But even getting through the gate at about 9:45, there was still about an hour wait for autographs. We skipped it and through the ball around in the outfield, took some batting practice and hung out with Ashkon. He even intereviewed us for some Comcast Bay Area web video.

  9. PawlieKokonuts said, on February 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    In Philly this weekend (not for the traffic-tying-up Auto Show but to see my daughter shine in a ballet), and caught this in Sunday’s Inquirer. Major respect for our Gigantes, and in particular from Cliff Lee. You will like this:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20110206_Inside_the_Phillies__Giants_have_aces__too__and_a_quality_bullpen_.html?viewAll=y

    • 3bagger said, on February 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    • TedSpe said, on February 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Fair enough article

  10. stixwiz said, on February 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Yes, the Philly Inquirer article was quite fair and pretty accurate, so far as their current estimation of the Giants offense goes. They obviously do not reckon with the possibility of a Pablo reversion to Pandaform and at 30 pounds less and better muscle-mass and a year away from his divorce and from his San Bruno neighborhood blowing up due to that faulty gas-line. A season similar to his ’08 and ’09 performances, plus, as the article noted, the Phillies’ lineup weakened and Werth-less and the offensive throw-weight shifts by at least 30 pounds from advantage Beast of the East to Best of the West.

    From the Beast’s perspective, the scenario would go from awful to dreadful if Brandon Belt arrives sometime between March 31 and mid-July with an OPS even at 200 points lower than the one he sported in three levels of the minors in his first year in OB. At better than 1.000 against those three levels of stepladder pitching, Belt combining an OBP and SP in the .800+ range, added to the current SF lineup would be bad news for the NL East favorite.

    Very possibly destined to become something quite better than “J.T. Snow-lite”, Belt, though like most rookies likely to start in something like the 7 or 8-hole for his first couple sets or more of games, might ultimately make a near-ideal #2 hitter because of his slash power; his decent turn of speed and his patience at the plate resulting in a nice share of bases on balls.

    Proposed August 1 Giants Lineup:
    1. CF Andres Torres
    2. 1B Brandon Belt
    3. C Buster Posey
    4. LF Aubrey Huff
    5. 3B Pablo Sandoval
    6. RF Cody Ross
    7. SS Miguel Tejada
    8. 2B Freddy Sanchez

    Find any holes? Inquiring minds in Philadelphia would love to know.

    • TedSpe said, on February 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      If all listed here can play to their potential, that’s a pretty damn good lineup

  11. stixwiz said, on February 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Hey Flav! Remember a couple weeks ago when i predicted the Giants would win a hundred games and you noted that it was a pretty bold forecast?

    Well now i got company. Seems there’s this freaky pothead from suburban Seattle, Bellevue, or something like that. Well, he’s got him another new puppy and is also trying to grow a ‘stache’. Hell, that little move made him look at least sixteen. If he adds some Miracle-Gro or something maybe he’ll be able to start going to bars. Don’t know whether he’s been reading The Flap or what, but he says with the pitching staff the Giants have the team should have a hundred victory season.

  12. Flavor said, on February 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Well Stix, when you say “find any holes” I think the answer is, possibly, MANY. Andres Torres? Absolutely no lock to repeat last year. Belt? Might not be ready. Pablo? Let’s see if he picked up any plate discipline with the lost lbs. Cody Ross? Next. Freddy Sanchez? Stay healthy for a year, then we’ll talk…..
    Sorry, but that line up is not exactly a guarantee lock for anything in 2011….

  13. DJLoo said, on February 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Can’t see Huff in LF on a steady basis. Kind of amazing that their questionable defense last season at SS and LF didn’t bite them in a big spot.

  14. DJLoo said, on February 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I can’t remember a team ever standing so pat. I think something’s brewing -most likely involving Rowand.

  15. Flavor said, on February 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    We won the World Series. How much was there to do? And the FA market this off season was a joke, there were like 5 studs and 50 duds. I’m fine with what Sabean did this Winter, especially when you consider that between DeRosa, Pablo and Belt, only ONE of them have to work out………

  16. stixwiz said, on February 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Flav: Two things: It is pretty much unarguable that SF will field a far more talented and loaded lineup on March 31 down in LaLaLand than they did last April. The outfield is not Bowker, Rowand and company. The slowest player in the Majors is not behind the plate. It goes on. Secondly, no team is without ifs, buts and question marks. What happens to St. Louis if Pujols gets a bad injury? Where would the Rox be without both CarGo and Tulo in their lineup? How bout the Phils lacking either Rollins, Utley, or Victorino?

    True, the Giants are not a lock to repeat. Consecutives is a bit of a rarity, but it does happen. The key currently is in the lock. It also, however, is attached at the other end to a Goldengate chain and it is being tugged a bit.

  17. Sportdude said, on February 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks for Philly link Pawlie..

    Anyone besides me think our left fielder will be Burrel? No way Giants start with Belt. Huff had a great year, and improved on Defense compared to what every projected. Don’t be surprised if rowand contributes too. Sabean like him, and Torres is VERY old to have a breakout season. Wildcard is Derosa…

    • PawlieKokonuts said, on February 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      you’re welcome, Sports. I rather like our wild cards and I’ve said all along I don’t count Rowand out at all.

  18. PawlieKokonuts said, on February 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Michael Young now wants out from the Rangers, and Nolan Ryan and Company say they are willing to oblige. Want him? For whom?

    • DJLoo said, on February 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      Since you asked, I’ll take Young, Torrealba, and Murphy for Zito, Runzler, Burriss and either of Schierholtz or Ishikawa.

  19. Sportdude said, on February 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Dloo,

    What do you really think? Surely you can’t be serious…:) and dont call me shirley


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