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Visiting the Trophy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 16, 2011

At the beginning of the day I didn’t think I was going to make it down there till 5ish. But I hauled ass and cut corners to get down to Lytton Plaza by 4pm. When I got there, I was in a pretty shitty mood but as soon as I turned the corner and saw a sea of orange and black balloons flapping in the strong wind, it all just sort of melted away. There were maybe 300 or so Giants fans lined up and fired up for their moment with the trophy. It was a winding line so at least twice I was led directly by the trophy, maybe 10 feet away or so, but really still 30 minutes away from taking the picture. While in line I decided that I’d seen enough and didn’t really need a picture with it. But, I ran into a few people that I knew so I stuck around to talk to them. Even when I was next up I wasn’t that jazzed, I felt like I’d seen it, done it, the picture was kind of a gay idea anyway. The usher directed me to the trophy and  I handed my phone to a police officer and asked him to take a picture of me (since the pic they were taking of me wasn’t going to be available till it was uploaded online). I got to it and stood behind it, the photographer told me to lean in. At this point I was about 8 inches away from it and I looked down. Then I looked up at the long line of people, every one of them so happy to be there. I swear to God, I couldn’t have been happier in that moment. I had kicked around different ideas of what my pose was going to be. One buddy wanted me to take my two foam fingers and do a Brian Wilson impersonation but that idea got nixed for obvious reasons. I had planned to do a “bask” pose but that didn’t really feel like the right thing either. All I could muster was a dumb-ass grin and a #1 sign with my index finger almost touching one of the flags. The photographer said “Ok, that’s it, hey that one was perfect”. I just nodded and walked away, dumb-grin in check, knowing that I’m never going to have that feeling again, no matter how many times we win it……

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  1. zumarust said, on February 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Awesome, dude!!

  2. Kevin said, on February 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

    No matter how dumb the grin you look as happy as can be! And the 44 days pic…cool

  3. Bozo said, on February 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Very cool Flav. Pretty nice of the cop as well.

  4. zumarust said, on February 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

    And your pose is NOT gay. Well, PARTIALLY gay, yes. But not COMPLETELY gay.

    • TedSpe said, on February 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Not that there’s anything wrong with that

  5. zumarust said, on February 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I have to laugh- the woman in the middle of that picture is wearing possibly the least amount of clothing in the history of clothing. I’m not sure by the definition of “clothing” that she is actually wearing clothing.

    • TedSpe said, on February 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

      And your issue is….?

    • ferrethead said, on February 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      I’ve seen bigger band-aids!

  6. eddacker415 said, on February 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

    da trophy! I think that is the pose Timmie took glancing over the top of it.

    Baseball tonight is back on UK telly and ESPN has noticed the Giants.
    First teaser – panda’s weight and Bruce Botchy Stadium
    First story – from Scottsdale your defending World Series champions (got some goose flesh off of that)
    First fluff piece: Cody Ross in the new ESPN bus
    Also a 60 second montage to the WS win ending with Timmie looking out over the trophy.

    Arizona ST has to be glorious within a 20 minute car ride you can see so many greats of BB
    Giants, As, Angels, Cubs, Brewers, Seattle, KC, Indians, Reds and more.

  7. Decap said, on February 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I saw all those Giants pieces on ESPN yesterday…. Nice to see some acknowledgement…. Going to Spring Training March 3-6. Gonna catch two Giants games and a Padres vs Cubs game (several Padres fans in my group) …. Can’t fucking wait….

  8. TedSpe said, on February 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I see in today’s Chronicle Lt. Dangle will be joining the Giants in ST for two weeks as a special instructor

  9. Unca Chuck said, on February 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Yeah, saw that, Ted. Still got the porn star ‘stache . . .

    Barry Bonds not far behind?

    • Bozo said, on February 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

      Apparently BB talked hitting with Panda this winter.

  10. twinfan said, on February 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Bonds was a revelation in the broadcast booth- the man is a true student of the art of hitting the little white thing..
    And I loved his genuine joy for the men who brought home the trophy.

  11. Unca Chuck said, on February 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

    According to Barry, he was willing to talk hitting to whoever would ask (during his playing days). Everyone else seemed to have a different take. Good, bad, or indifferent, most said he was barely approachable on a good day. Andthese were his teammates.

    Who knows what the real story is, but the guy’s knowledge of hitting is off the charts. He tells stories of he and his dad going over pitchers, situations, tendencies, counts, and all that stuff to the point of being able to predict what guys were going to throw in any given situation.

    • Bozo said, on February 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      I seem to recall your guy Ray Ray saying Bonds gave him some tips to get him out of a slump.

      • Billy mays said, on February 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

        Ray ray and his biggest ass i the league !

    • PawlieKokonuts said, on February 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Just before one of the All-Star games (2005?), somebody (ESPN??) interviewed Bonds about hitting, and it was classic, much like an article in SI in the 1970s when they had Boggs, Rice, and Teddy Ballgame (and maybe George Brett) talking hitting. The most fascinating thing Bonds said, and illustrated, about his hitting: he somehow compared it to catching a baseball. Hard to explain, but he showed how he reacted to the ball coming to him, waiting for the precise moment, and swinging. He compared it to playing catch (called “having a catch” in our ‘hood). This reminded me of David Falkner’s superb Saddaharu Oh bio. Oh would practice in the basement with a string tied to the ceiling with a tissue attached to the bottom. Using a samurai sword (!), Oh would wait for the perfect moment to slice the tissue in half. And he would practice like that even if he went 5 for 5. So, I do give Bonds appropriate respect in that respect: as a zen master of hitting, he too practiced, practiced, practiced. (Speaking of hitting, I hereby echo what a said before last season: Henseley Meulens is very critical to our success.)

  12. PawlieKokonuts said, on February 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Magnus, what a great narrative. A perfect retelling of your pilgrimage. It’s stuff like that that makes this blog great. Thanks.

    • TedSpe said, on February 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      True that

  13. xootsuit said, on February 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Remember in 2001 when Bonds slipped into a mini slump? The Padres came to town and Tony Gwynn talked to him about an issue of mechanics. He’d noticed Bonds messing something up. Bonds’s HR pace picked up again. And remember that report from the AS game durgout, where Bonds was in calling FB or slider out of the pitcher’s hand. All the other AS’s were saying, how’d you know that? The spin. Didn’t you see the spin? Bonds replied.

    There’s only so much the great ones can teach, and they’re all their own best students.

  14. Rough Trade said, on February 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    If that 300 is an accurate est, that must be the smallest crowd yet. They even had a couple of thousand in Monterey last wknd.

    • Flavor said, on February 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      I’d say they never had more than 300 in line. And I was out of there at 5 so they probably ran another 300 through, at least.

  15. snarkk said, on February 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Apparently Bonds did some long distance consulting with Panda on pitch recognition and strike zone management. Dunno how you do that without personally coaching it next to the guy, but whatever. The point is that however svelte Panda may get, he’s still gotta stop swinging at shit. Bonds had the greatest eye for pitches of anyone in the last 50 years. Surely he could impart a number of keys, tips, techniques etc. onto Panda to help him recognize bad pitches, and lay off them. If they don’t want Bonds in ST, fine. Panda could do it some more in Bonds living room, for all l care. But, its seems a waste to not mine Bonds’ hitting knowledge for a guy who desperately could use more than just a drop of it. For me, an afternoon with Bonds is worth a season of Bam Bam…

  16. Unca Chuck said, on February 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Snarkk, Panda has to be a LITTLE more selective, but he’s a bad-ball hitter. Like Vlad Guererro.

    Panda swung at bad shit when he hit .330, hit 25 dingers, and drove in 90 in 2009. Bonds was never a bad ball hitter. Sure, they can talk, but they are night and day in how they approach hitting.

    Taking away Pablio’s aggressive approach likely hurts him in the end.

    • TedSpe said, on February 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      That is exactly right. It was the lack of aggression, not the swinging at shit. There’s nothing worse then tentative shit

    • snarkk said, on February 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Chuck, Meulens had Panda all season. He was still swinging at shit in his eyes and at his shoelaces in October playoffs. I say Bonds could help him stop at least THAT. I’m not saying give him a total makeover. Just that would tighten his zone up 20%, give him way more pitches to drive, instead of dribbling grounders into DPs like Rohand’s fatter cousin. If Bonds can’t help him do at least THAT, then Panda needs to go to Fresno for a long summer’s lesson…

    • xootsuit said, on February 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      Pablo started the season last year wearing prescription goggles, then he switched to ONE contact lens (I forget which eye). According to an article I read the other day, he’ll be wearing two contacts in ST. Let’s not overlook the elephant in the room. (Pablo: “What elephant?”) (Just kidding.)

      • snarkk said, on February 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

        Xooty, I agree that the Pandavision thing is a head scratcher. How can an organization that put so much pre-season faith and marketing effort in this kid not be able to get him world class vision diagnosis and the proper treatment so there’s no question that at least he’s seeing the pitches? I don’t get it…

  17. macdog said, on February 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    It’s most refreshing to read these reminiscences about Bonds and what a remarkable hitter he was as opposed to all the other garbage. This might be the only place where that happens, but it’s still refreshing nonetheless.

    • xootsuit said, on February 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      I wish the man nothing but the best. I hope the jury decides his alleged perjury was nothing more than immaterial evasion, and so sets him free. With less certainty in the outcome, I also hope the writers are smart enough four years from now to put him into the HOF on his first ballot.

    • snarkk said, on February 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Perjury is a very technical allegation. Not just falsehood need be proved, but materiality, etc. Bonds needs only one juror to hang up the case, and I’d think he will probably at least get that. His representation is top notch. I would love to see a federal jury come out of the jury room at the end of deliberations all wearing SF logo caps. No need to read the verdict….

    • TedSpe said, on February 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      I can imagine more than one juror coming in with a Dodgers cap just to get out of it

  18. ferrethead said, on February 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Flav – I saw your pic on FB last night. That is so awesome! I missed the trophy when it was up here; glad you made the trip. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  19. Unca Chuck said, on February 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    What’s yer FB id, BF? There’s way too many craigs and no big flavors out there.

  20. Unca Chuck said, on February 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Nikolai will be 40 before the damn triial starts.

  21. PawlieKokonuts said, on February 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    This rather stunner of a quote from Chris Haft, moments ago on MLB.com, on Mark DeRosa:

    [Freddy] Sanchez recalled DeRosa’s behind-the-scenes influence as the Giants surged to their World Series triumph last year.

    “I’ve never seen a guy who had more of an impact on a team while he wasn’t playing,” Sanchez said. “It was truly unbelievable. You can’t put a finger on what he has, but he has that ‘it’ factor. I think he was the glue who kept us together. I don’t feel like he got the recognition that he deserved. He was such a big part of our team. I’d say he was our team captain last year — which is crazy, for him not playing. You had veterans, young kids, everybody going up to him. I can’t imagine the impact he’s going to have this year while he’s playing with us.”

    • snarkk said, on February 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      Fuk, Pawlie, if he’s that good, keep him on the permanent DL….

      • zumarust said, on February 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        Sound like DeRosa became basically another coach during last season. So he did end up giving the Giants some value for the $6 million they paid him last season.

    • Unca Chuck said, on February 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      Any word on DeRosa’s health?????????????

    • TedSpe said, on February 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      I’m sure he contributed but…I don’t know, that sounds a little too…I don’t know

  22. snarkk said, on February 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Schulman on KNBR right now from Arizona…

  23. zumarust said, on February 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Different angle on things. I think I actually see some Texas fans applauding in tribute.

    • Flavor said, on February 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      that’s cool. Posey looks more like a little leaguer in this clip

  24. Flavor said, on February 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    today’s two favorite search engine terms used to find the Flap:
    wig torture
    college experiment hotties

  25. Unca Chuck said, on February 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Too funny! A friend of mine was in a punk band called Wig Torture.

  26. PawlieKokonuts said, on February 16, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    that’s odd because in many ways college for me was twat torture, but that’s my problem — or was

  27. Flavor said, on February 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Pawlie, some dude on facebook who i don’t know just sent me a message trippin out on the fact that I know you and Ken Johnson. His name is Charles Selden. Know him?

  28. Flavor said, on February 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    psychology is a trip. I know Jeff kent played for the Dodgers, I remember the general image, but I have very little recollection of details, anything he ever did as a Dodger, almost like he never played for them, like it was a bad dream or something. Very weird.

    • DJLoo said, on February 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      I recollect him beating the shit out of us on a regular basis.

  29. unca chuck said, on February 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    What about Houston?

  30. sj_news_reader said, on February 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    you lucky bastard. The freaking trophy isn’t coming to Idaho-land so you are super fortunate to have posed with it. I’m jealous!

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