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It’s Time to Find Darren Ford a Spot on the Roster

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 19, 2011

OK, I’m breaking my own rule right now. Spring training stats don’t mean anything. They just don’t. And yet, Darren Ford leads the majors in stolen bases, in only 20 at bats. I know he’s picked up a lot of those with PR opportunities and that’s the point.

What makes more sense, carrying a guy on the roster who makes a ton of money who’s largely worthless, or carrying a guy on the roster who makes nothing but can literally win games for you off the bench? Actually, forget Rowand, I’m tired of talking about his dumb ass. If Belt doesn’t make the roster it’s fairly well confirmed that Burrell will start in LF. The pattern last year was to give Burrell his 3 at bats and then take him out in the 8th/9th before he could fuck up anything in the outfield. Nate is loosely penciled in as the guy to do that. But why not have it be Ford? He only plays center field so it would have to be Torres who moves to LF, but I like the idea of using Ford off the bench every time we’re in a tight game and need a secret weapon as a PR. Then just send him in when The Bat gets ready for his early shower.

Look, it’s either Rowand or Nate that has to go. Nate’s fiddling around with his usual underwhelming Spring stats and Rowand is sucking hind tit as he will be doing for the rest of his time in the big leagues.

Darren Ford is more valuable than either one of them in terms of a guy who can win a game by himself literally any game he’s put into. If that’s not value I don’t know what is………

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  1. xootsuit said, on March 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I’ve been making that argument for more than a week, now. I would much rather have Ford than Nate.

  2. twinfan said, on March 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    As have I.

  3. Flavor said, on March 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    well then you have yourself a hellavu argument, Xoot. I think we all know Ford’s strength but when I saw that he was leading EVERYONE in stolen bases I finally just felt like we have to find a spot for this guy. the fringe guys in ST run wild on the base paths, trying to impress any way they can. And yet Ford is outrunning them all. That has to count for something, right?

    • xootsuit said, on March 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Ford’s doing in ST what we saw him do last year, at the end of the season. You can count on him to do what he’s good at doing. He’ll only get better. Opponents will flip out when he comes in to pinch run; opponents just calmly follow the scouting report when Nate steps into the box.

  4. Flavor said, on March 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    quick side bar: If Jalen Rose’s kids, who technically now come from money, meet the academic requirements to get into Duke and decide to play ball for them, will Rose call his kids “Uncle Tom’s?” That would be a weird interview…….

  5. willied said, on March 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Hey, what if Ford turned into a M. Bourn type of player? Someone who could play d, get on base and run the other team into trouble? Sure there’s a big learning curve, but when your options are rowand and nate, wtfn? Plus you can give Torres and Ross a day off once in a while. Again, wtfn?

  6. twinfan said, on March 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    The thing is,Ford doesn’t have to hit at all to be valuable. And he’s a great defender.

  7. Flavor said, on March 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Bourn is a total one trick pony, he does ONE thing well (at least in terms of fantasy value). Ford could be the same guy and obviously could be a defensive stud as a bonus.
    How about we waive both Nate and Rowand and keep Belt and Ford? Bold moves, but they would be the right ones…….

  8. willied said, on March 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I dissed Loo’s wisconsin pick, but they are putting up a great game vs. K-st.

  9. Flavor said, on March 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Baggs Blog is great but his bloggers are idiots. Some dumbass threw out the idea of trading Belt for Hanley Ramirez and some of them felt like Hanley made too much money for us to pull the trigger on that deal. If the Marlins agreed to trade Hanley for Belt their GM would be on a slow boat to Cuba strapped to a pole with a note shoved down his throat that said “If my dick was made of cheese, Fidal Castro would be a fine cheddar connoisseur”……..

  10. Kevin said, on March 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    What an ending to the Pitt game!!

  11. Kevin said, on March 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Best over the shoulder “I caught you looking at my ass” look BB

  12. snarkk said, on March 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    You guys are jizzn all over Ford for nothing. He’s not going north. Bochy is not the type to keep a guy at the beginning of the season just to be the Giants channeling of Herb Washington…

  13. DJLoo said, on March 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    That “super-moon” is sure bright here, but not as edgy and entertaining as the one back in 1993.

  14. zumarust said, on March 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Unbelievable wind tonight. It’s super strong, and it’s coming from a weird direction- from the South.

  15. zumarust said, on March 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    The highwater mark of the Warriors in the last 35 years:

  16. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Is Bochy the kind of manager to leave Zits off the postseason roster? Is he the kind of manager to sit his 12 million buck CFer? Snarkk, you’ve been wrong about Bochy way too often to be talking about what he’ll do. Certainly Rowand’s contract status is a factor but I suspect it will come down to whether they can move Nate…

    • Nipper said, on March 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Blast away Twin!

  17. Flavor said, on March 20, 2011 at 8:21 am

    If they can move Lewis and Franny, they can move Nate.

  18. Flavor said, on March 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

    and leaving Zito off the PS roster was the simplest decision ever. He was pitching like shit and no one needs a #5 in the Post season anyway. Easy peasy…..

  19. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

    “leaving Zito off the PS roster was the simplest decision ever.” Doubt you said so at the time.
    And fact is, it was exactly the kind of decision the “Botchy” bashers claim he would never make, regardless of how Zito was pitchng. Ditto sitting Rowand the second half ( whic h I called)

  20. Flavor said, on March 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

    again, I don’t think those were tough calls. He gave Rowand a million miles of rope and finally something had to be done. And with Torres stepping up the way he did it was an obvious call to finally sit Rowand….
    And again, Zito was our #5 and pitching like absolute shit. Who needs a #5 in the PS?
    Easy calls…….

  21. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

    No fucking way Snarkkles would call sitting “Rohand”, stop defending him. He blew virtually every call last year. Anyone declaring what kind of manager Bochy was, blew it. Some of you got on board late but claimed that Bochy changed. He didn’t. He just had better tools..
    “Easy calls”-that you never made. Rowand sat because of Burrell, not Torres, BTW.

  22. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

    “And again, Zito was our #5 and pitching like absolute shit” No,again the Botchy bashers *always* claimed that the salaries of Rowand and Zito would be the determining factor, not performance..

  23. billy said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Gmornin’ flappers from sunny AZ. Not actually that sunny – mostly overcast, which is good since the only tickets I could scrounge up for today and tomorrows games are out on the center field grass. I’ll be at the Oakland half of today’s split squad – the one not televised on csn bay area. Looks like ill either get to see the bum or a series of new closer candidates. No official word yet on who is starting where.

    • Flavor said, on March 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

      that’s awesome Billy! Taker some pictures and send them my way.

  24. DJLoo said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

    If they can move Mays, McCovey, Marichal, Cepeda, Perry, Bobby Bonds, George Foster, Matt Williams and Kevin Mitchell they can move Nate.

    • twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

      But how can they top Charlie Williams?

    • willied said, on March 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

      Wow…there’s a list. How about all the rest of the good young OF guys: wags, cardenal, mota, all 3 alous, matthews and maddox…

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      And Rohand…

  25. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Gold, Loo, pure gold..

    • DJLoo said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

      More like zinc.

      • twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

        A 4th follow-up on your Splash post ought to get you Post of the Century…

  26. dirtnrocksnreno said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

    It’s all about making a decision with Rowand. Once that is decided everything else shakes out. I don’t see Ford sticking but the argument is more fun than recent years and which of the Bowker Gang would make the club.

  27. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Ford may not stick but it has shit to do with a misperception of Bochy..

  28. Flavor said, on March 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

    i clicked the “draft ready” button at Yahoo. Let’s see what happens. They’ll probably give us a heads up before they do the draft

  29. willied said, on March 20, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Bochy definitely took a lot of heat over the LU. This time last year lot of people were ready to dump him and Sabean. I think all year he gave a ton of players a shot, in different spots in the order, and then had the insight to realize that the more of some guys he saw the less he liked. And the end result was vindication for what he was doing.

  30. Macdog said, on March 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

    It was easy bringing up Ford in September with the expanded rosters and using him strictly as a pinch-runner, and it sure would be exciting to see him continue tormenting opposing pitchers/catchers with his insane speed. But in a full season when there are situations in which he may actually have to hit, it’s unlikely the Giants are going to carry someone whose only real value right now is pinch-running.

    • Rough Trade said, on March 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

      Excellent post.

  31. Rough Trade said, on March 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Imagine the unpleasant scenario late in the game when Bochy has just Ford and Eli to PH?

  32. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Many say he’s the fastest player in the game, he’s not just any pinch runner. He’s also at least as good as Nate defensively. Of the 3 (Rowand, Schierholtz, Ford), I’d say he’s easily the most valuable.

  33. Flavor said, on March 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

    without question, he’s the most valuable……

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Bull. Ford doesn’t have the arm Nate has. Nate can play any field. No way they would play Ford in right other than an emergency….

  34. TedSpe said, on March 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

    best…bb…bb’s…ever
    (the first bb, in keeping with current events, stands for bracket busters. With an emphasis on bust)

    • Nipper said, on March 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

      SPE is busting out!

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on March 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Bracket busters. That shit is gold, Ted. Gold. Wait, that shit is better than gold. As Quark from DS9 would say, “that’s 50 bars of gold-pressed latinum.”

      BTW, the BB on the right (our right) appears to be wearing a wedding ring. Is that allowed? Maybe the BB acquired the wedding ring using one of the 285 Rules of Acquisition.

      188. Never bet on a race you haven’t fixed

      Goddamn Ferengi’s never told me that one.

      • eddacker415 said, on March 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

        She also looks like she has a Popsicle up her ass and she doesn’t like the cold.
        it’s all good

  35. eddacker415 said, on March 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

    AH! The smiles, the bikinis, a spot of colour in the man cave.
    ahh, game on telly tonight.
    watching Yankers v Phils and CC is trowing fastballs and a shutout through 5

  36. James said, on March 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I’m not sure why the basic laws of SB value would be suspended for Ford. The negative effect of the CSs late in a game should have just as much impact on W-Ls as SBs. Why should we assume he’s going to be more than 80% successful in those situations? His minor league success rate is 75%. If Ford takes 150 ABs instead of Schierholtz, why would the overall impact of Ford be any better than a wash?

    If Ford showed some potential that he could produce a 340-350 OBP like Bourn, if given enough time, then he seems worth a look.

    • Nipper said, on March 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

      I rather drive a Chevy.

      • James said, on March 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

        Me, I’m a Lincoln Cat.

    • xootsuit said, on March 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Because a pinch runner inserted after a hitter gets on base late in the game can be more than just an average base stealer. He’s disruptive. And he can turn what was a single into a game winning RISP. If he doesn’t make it, then they’re still w/out a RISP. I think the tactical value of such a player, game by game, is not something “the basic laws” encompass. You’re talking about the 25th man on the roster, not the starting CF and leadoff hitter. And, finally, as TF and others of us have been saying for some time now, Ford’s D value is at least very good. Nate’s no better, on balance, and he has peaked at Mt. Mediocre; Ford well may improve. His ST performance suggests so.

      • James said, on March 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        The loss of the runner to a CS, whether he’s in scoring position or not, is the problem. I do not see why the late inning effect of that CS does not grow in proportion to the value of the SBs.

        I realize we are talking about the players on the margin.

  37. Rough Trade said, on March 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    The bottom line is, Ford is the one with options. And needs to improve his hitting. Let him go to Fresno and play everyday, so he can develop into a more complete player. It happened with Rajai Davis and with Andres Torres, two other very fast and solid defenders.

  38. snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    If they take Ford north, I’ll tip my cap to the Sabes and the Bonehead and the soothsaying prognosticators here for taking a flyer. It would be a flyer at this point, that’s why I say he won’t. The kid doesn’t have enough game yet to take a spot at the end of the bench. And leaving Zitoid off the post season roster was really not that tough a choice…

    • twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      “Leaving Zitoid off the post season roster was really not that tough a choice…”
      So you called It? Actually, according to your take on Bochy, no way he’s left off…

  39. snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Huff scheduled to start in LF today for first time in ST, with Belt at 1b. Yeah, itz a split squad day, but still, this may mean a little something…

  40. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Nate has never played anywhere but RF. Ever…And pay attention- in a defensive switch,Ross stays in right, Ford plays center, Torres left.

  41. snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    If that’s a way to say that they’d play Ford in right in a close game late, fuhgeddibout it. For all the dumping on Sholtz, the guy has been a major leaguer for 3 years now. I haven’t been keeping him on the roster, Bochy and Sabes have. Ford has proven nothing at the MLB level. For that matter, he hasn’t proven much at AA. He’s fast, he plays good D, and maybe he can steal at the MLB level. That’s it…

  42. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I just said Ford plays center-are you into the scotch already ?
    As I said, Ford may not go north but it would be because they couldn’t move Nate (or Rowand) for satsifactory return. Nate’s production is hardly enough to offset Ford’s upside.What’s funny is that most of you nimrods wanted Ford playing last year, when he clearly wasn’t ready.

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      All you’re saying through your gibberish is that if Ford stays in the minors, he’s not good enough. That’s what I’m saying. If he were that good, they’d find a way to take him, Rohand or Nate or anybody else be damned. Approaching 26, it’s debatable he’s good enough to be a 25th man on a good team. He’s probably good enough to get onto a 25 man on a bad team. That’s all this is about…

  43. James said, on March 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I think the point is that Torres is a better bet to make a critical defensive play in LF than Ross. The question then becomes, is Nate a better bet to track down a drive in the RF gap than Ross. Seems like splitting hairs.

    If they keep Ford over Nate, it will hardly be cause for any of hand wringing. Nate hasn’t been a very good player. But, with that 267 BA in 3000 minor league PAs, I doubt that Ford’s going to add anything to the W-L bottom line.

  44. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Left to right for defense,pay attention his time: Torres, Ford, Ross.

    • willied said, on March 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      solid.

  45. snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Whatever. We’ll see soon enough whether Ford is on the 25 man. It’s a long shot that he stays with the big club. He’s got options, he can try to improve his hitting at AAA, and keep his nose clean for a while after that thing in Jersey. Nobody’s pointed out that he’s pushing 26, that ain’t young for an OF that has had no more than a call up sniff in the majors. He may be as good as he’s going to be offensively. If it were him vs. Rohand, of course I’d say Ford, he offers more value as the last guy. If they keep Rohand, I take Nate over Ford if that’s the choice. In the end, I’m more concerned that Rohand is off the roster since keeping him is a waste of a spot…

  46. Bozo said, on March 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I just got back from Richmond. Stopped by the Diamond where the Flying Squirrels play and was talking to a staff guy there. On Belt he said the guy could just flat out rake. Apparently Clark worked a lot with the kid and would jump in the cage himself.
    When I asked him about Ford he told me in the twelve years that he’s been involved with minor league baseball, he had never seen anyone as fast. He said his defense is amazing to watch. I asked him why the Giants didn’t have a spray type hitter working with Ford. He told me the kid knows how to use his speed to get on but he thought his main problem was he waited to long on pitches. When he attacks pitches, he hits.

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      So if he doesn’t attack, he’s doing what?…

      • Bozo said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

        He didn’t say. I assumed if he was waiting to long to read the pitches, he was either popping up or striking out. He felt that Ford was about there and I think management has shown they think more about this kid than just speed.

  47. willied said, on March 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    We’re talking about Nate and Rowand, and people complain Ford needs to improve his hitting.

    • twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      POTD.

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      He’s never hit in the major leagues, because he essentially hasn’t played in MLB. At least the others have. If you think that doesn’t count for something with Bochy and the Giants brass, you’re wrong…

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      People talking about Nate and Rowand was fun and exciting 3-4 years ago.

      • Del Mar Dennis said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        I hope you people realize the exquisite use of timing in that post as it falls perfectly in the timeline when Nate, Rowand AND Loo’s Splash was fun and exciting 3-4 years ago.

  48. Del Mar Dennis said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Only 2 innings today for Farmer John. I’m sure that a lot to do with his 41-pitch effort in the second. He didn’t help his cause any with an errant throw to third. I don’t know what the hell he was thinking in the first place. Runners and 1st and 2nd, NO Whitey outs. The play’s at second base you dumb hayseed.

    But I’m not bitching, really I’m not. We’re losing 4-0 today. Just the other day I was bemoaning the fact that we were winning too many games this spring. I can’t complain today.

    How many other guys do you know that complain about winning too often?
    That’s what I thought. You gotta love me for that one.

  49. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    “He’s never hit in the major leagues, because he essentially hasn’t played in MLB. ” Good one, one of your best. That eliminates every would be rookie…

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Again, you’re missing the point. As James aptly posted, the kid has tons of PAs in the minors. He’s nearly 26. This is a WS winner squad. If he’s not knocking socks off with his play, he’s just another OF wannabe in camp, only on the old side, and with better speed. It boils down to will the Giants take a 25th man because he’s fast? I say no. If it’s the Dbacks, Mariners, Royals, whoever else, maybe…

  50. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    “Again, you’re missing the point” It was YOUR point, pal. State it better…
    Just another OF wannabe? Actually, if you pay attetion to how he’s used, that’s obviously not the case. He’s being used as he would be in the regula season..

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      I state things just fine, PAL. The fact that your closed mind doesn’t get it, ain’t my problem…

      • Nipper said, on March 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

        Lets have some bitterness here! Getting hot over ST is great!

  51. snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Only a few innings in, and Byrnes seems better than JT as a radio color man. Of course, that ain’t saying much. Maybe sitting next to John Miller, an adult, instead of FP, helps…

  52. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Jon Miller is there too.

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Even for you, ST just hit “too long” territory…

  53. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Jon has only been doing this for decades. Understandable not knowing his fucking name.

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      I didn’t hammer you yesterday on your screw up on the TV v. KNBR and Byrnes yesterday. I let it go. So, don’t push it with a typo…

      • twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

        That’s hardly a typo. It is a misspelling. And who gives a fuck what station Byrnes is on? He’s terrible.

      • Nipper said, on March 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        Fight, fight, fight!

      • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        I know itz Jon. I’ve known itz Jon. Typo. BFD. And, way more people Do give a crap who does the Giants post game and Sportsphone on KNBR alll year long than whether Ford is the 25th man. If you don’t care or know about who is on KNBR outside of the gamecast, fine, then don’t make mistaken comments on it…

      • twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        Snarkk reminds me of the morons who brought their radios to the game so they’d know what was happening.

  54. eddacker415 said, on March 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I am watching the cubs game Kroon pictchin and Eli throws out a young cubbie tryin for second. Kroon pitched the whole inning with the windup: not like a guy trying for the closer spot.

    and yes I love HO HO Kam park lots of childhood – high scool memories from there.

  55. eddacker415 said, on March 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Font doing great today at SS

  56. snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Dennis, we lost today, and to the phuckin A’s. Can we win one tomorrow?…

    • Nipper said, on March 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Snarkk is concerned about practice wins.

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      In importance, yeah, I’ll put a Giants practice win ahead of keeping track of Soph’s latest exploits…

  57. eddacker415 said, on March 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Cubbies win in the bottom of the 10th
    more Giants playing that I never heard of
    bob brenly colour man for the broadcast adding some class to the booth

  58. DJLoo said, on March 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    If Bochy keeps experimenting with lineups and babying the starting staff, he’s gonna blow the Cactus League title and put his job in jeopardy.

  59. stixwiz said, on March 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Two losses in one day. How we gonna handle it. Amazingly and amusingly, the Giants D team took the Cubbies A squad into the tenth and the L.P., Josh Banks, had slipped waaay under my radar screen to date. NBFD.

    More of concern was the MadBum meltdown in his stint against Oakland. It also looks as if Javier Lopez does not pitch well in desert conditions. Most of the regulars contributed something and ya know what? I think Huff the Magic Dragon likes being a Giant.

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      He didn’t really meltdown. He issued a coupla walks, but he was getting squeezed. The hits were dinks and dunks and jam shots. He threw a force out away with a bad throw. No biggie, learning experience, and move onward to the next start…

      • Del Mar Dennis said, on March 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

        Snarkk, not only did we lose to the phucking A’s, we lost to Shcago shitty Cubs.
        Good day to be me this spring.

      • Del Mar Dennis said, on March 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

        Who do we lose to tomorrow?

  60. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Amazing how many of you really are taking ST numbers so seriously. And talking heads- FP, Snow, Bip, Razor, Byrnes, etc.- clue: they’re all bad. The women on Comcast are better than any of them..

  61. Del Mar Dennis said, on March 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Hey, Flav. Not a complaint, but more like an “I liked it the old way better.” Over on the right side of the board under “Recent Post,” you now have links to your older thread topics. IFRC, it used to list the most “Recent Post” of each of us commentators.

    It would depict the name and avatar pic of the last three or so posters. Say for instance though if Chuck made the most recent comment but it wasn’t the last one on the page, instead he was responding to an earlier post. With the knowledge of witch avatar to look for, I could scroll back for his particular avatar of his dog Josie. If his comment was made in response to a post made many hours earlier it might even be on a previous page OR even a previous thread. It’s just a lot easier scrolling back looking for a particular poster and their indistinguishable avatar knowing what to look for.

    Now that I think about it. Why the hell would I want to go back and see WTF Chuck had to say in the first place.

    • Flavor said, on March 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      haha. I’ll get the old widget back up so you can choose to ignore Chuck’s last post. Thanks for your email, by the way, I appreciated it.

  62. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I’m running ComboFix on an idiot’s PC now.This is the tool of last resort before you wipe the hard drive and start over.Anyone can get a virus, only morons continue using the computer until it’s non-functional.

  63. snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    What happened to ChiPower — haven’t seen him here in a while…

    • DJLoo said, on March 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      That’s who Twin’s talking about, Snarkk.

  64. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Gringo too.He totally bailed on Giants talk as they did better and better.He tried to say he was busy with a life but all he did was switch to the Niner blog to rag on Singletary..

  65. DJLoo said, on March 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Gloating Rooster…..another goner.

  66. twinfan said, on March 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Rooster was OK, a few of the Dodger fans were cool. Our very own home grown doomers are far worse.

  67. Flavor said, on March 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    ChiPower and Wilcoe Joe are two guys I hope make it back for the season opener. Last year, I held out hope (in vain) that Loo would make it back for the opener. Sadly…….

  68. Flavor said, on March 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    anyone getting the early addition of Baggs’ book? Zumie?

  69. snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    How the fuk do I get my doggie back as my avatar? I’ve scope it out and supposedly uploaded the jpeg and hit the buttons, but it still doesn’t work. It doesn’t help that I take a finger of scotch while doing it…

  70. Flavor said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    that gravatar thing is a trip to work. There’s like 5 steps to it. And they never tell you when you’re done. I’ve got 2 uploaded and I’ve got no idea how I got them uploaded, I tried to upload about 10……

    • snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Awright, from that helpful hint, I guess I need another scotch to make it work…

  71. snarkk said, on March 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Damn, I got it to work! It wasn’t the scotch. A little “Small Batch” Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon cleared my mind, and I hit the right buttons. My mutt is back in time for the Opener…

  72. zumarust said, on March 20, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Yeah, BF, I’m going to get Bagg’s book. I was pleased to see that there will be a Kindle version available. I’ve gotten into the e-reader thing. They’re pretty cool. I’ll always still like paper books, but new book purchases will be for the Kindle now.

  73. zumarust said, on March 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I was watching some of Detroit’s game on MLB network. Verlander had no-hitter type stuff in that game. It took the Giants of the last few years to get me to finally really understand and see the beauty of dominant pitching. In the past, I was one of those that just wanted to see lots of runs scored in a game. The sport, as a whole, got sucked into that during the steroid era. But now we’re back to “real” baseball, and it’s great watching a pitcher really dealing out there, making a baseball do unhittable stuff. The defense playing well. And the games decided on clutch hitting. It’s winning baseball, and the Giants were the best at it last season. Hopefully, we see more of the same this season.


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