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Nate Saves the Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 20, 2011

I don’t know how they calculate a  *WAR* number but Nate’s should go up a tick or two after that performance. I don’t know many other players in the league who make that catch and NO ONE makes it without the shallow OF positioning. I’m certain that’s the first time I’ve ever seen a Giants game end like that. And I’m surprised no one has mentioned it, but he didn’t just dive for the ball, he had to move his arm out well to the left—I don’t think there was too much more *left* he could have gone to haul that bad boy in…….

Everything Wilson missed was up. That tells me that his ankle WAS bothering him since he was having trouble planting and finishing off his pitches. But in the end, who cares? Despite the unusual ending, it was a typical save for Bee-Wheezy….

Baggs noted another bomb by Belt for Fresno and wondered again if a call up was imminent. Listening to Sabean on KNBR, he didn’t sound too keen on bringing him up right now but he could have just been trying to diffuse the questions about it. Sabes also made it clear that Zito was several weeks away from returning. Really? From a sprained ankle? He’s obviously throwing because Raggs has him working on his delivery to re-capture the velocity that he’s lost. It’s actually the perfect scenario. They can warehouse him without any of the drama. Something tells me Zito is fine with it. He pitches scared and fearful of contact. Voggy pitches with focused determination. He’s been an unbelievable story this year and has developed into “This Year’s Torres”. In many ways he’s a savior of sorts. With all the fretting we’ve done about what to do with Zito, Voggy just comes in and poof Zito is gone and practice a new grip on the ball far away from a real-life game situation that he would normally be screwing up. Gotta love it………

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  1. snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Franchez — saves the run, and the ump crew’s azzz…

  2. Bozo said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Gotta love a guy named Ballfour. I’m thinking don’t swing.

    • TedSpe said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      ha ha ha

  3. Big flavor said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    The a’s do have a great bullpen put he burned his 2 best pinch hitters in the 7th inning. And he’s gonna need another one in the 9th. AL managers are out of their league trying to manage in an NL park

    • TedSpe said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      elitist

  4. TedSpe said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Damn! Ross got back to 1st base like one of the Nicholas Brothers

  5. zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Here’s one of the fake conversations on the Splash today. Obviously the same guy. How sad and weird is that? I’ll call them A and B.

    A)4:31 PM on May 20, 2011

    Those sausage races are so fun! I included Milwaukee on the itinerary for my great ballpark vacation next year. I believe the runners, however, are female :p So rat me out to Mr. MOB.

    Otherwise, I agree. Baseball should end in October, the way God meant Mr. Octobers to be.

    B)4:58 PM on May 20, 2011

    My buddy went to Miller Park late last year…he sez all of the seating has been angled to more or less face the infield and batters…

    Phalli running rampant around a stadium have seen some ugly incidents resulting this bumper sticker:

    “Don’t whack our wiener!”

    A)5:03 PM on May 20, 2011

    Didn’t some player intentionally knock over the Italian sausage? I remember something about a criminal investigation.

    I’d also like to see that person come down a slide, although maybe do it by mistake after Posey knocks it out of the park.

    B)5:10 PM on May 20, 2011

    Yes…but I don’t remember his name…I didn’t know there was a criminal investigation either…I just thought he had been suspended for a game…

    Do you know ‘Ruby Skye’ on Mason?…there is another club abutting it called ‘Slide’…I think you can ‘slide’ from ‘Slide’ into Ruby’s

  6. snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Tough chance for Tejada. Even if he gloves it, iffy to get Crisp…

  7. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Barton is a smaller version of Jack Cust. Just goes up there looking for a walk. Nothing more.
    Shouldn’t even bother bringing a piece of wood. Pussy.

  8. zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Miller can casually throw out a great line:
    “Schierholz at the entrance to Death Valley.”

  9. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Brew crew just beat Colorado.

  10. snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Who’s managing the A’s, Buttermaker?
    Crisp should be on second by now with a steal..
    That bunt/steal play was a total headscratcher…

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Busy day tomorrow, he’s got five pools to clean before game time.

  11. twinfan said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    There seems to an absurd protocol that if the ump doesn’t ask for help, he doesn’t get it. The crew chief should live up to his title- that call needed reviewing. The second base ump had to have seen it.

    • zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Yeah, I don’t get that either. In the NFL, the officials will run over to help, with the goal being that the most important thing is to get the call right. But I’m sure the NFL officials are considered lower on the food chain by the baseball umps, because the baseball umps are full-time.

    • Macdog said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      And heard it.

  12. Bozo said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Oh Yeah Romo.

  13. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Sit down! Frizzzzzzbeeeeeee! Now let’s score here in the bottom half. It’s not gonna be easy.
    I don’t need to remind you guys that we’re dead LAST in runs scored in the NL.

  14. Big flavor said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Agreed, wtf is the crew chief approaching him for? Does he say anything to him? If he saw it as a foul does he just keep that to himself? Stupid.

  15. Big flavor said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    How bout some Ford Time!

  16. DJLoo said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    “How could six of you miss a play like that huh? All six of you!

    Hank Stram (SB IV)

  17. stixwiz said, on May 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Why no double-switch when Romo came in?

    • TedSpe said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      cuz

  18. Bozo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Make em pay Buster, make em pay.

  19. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    WTF is Geren thinking walking Huff to get to Buster?

  20. snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    WTF? Huff has sucked all year, Posey has been hot…

  21. snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Well, it worked. I think the lefty righty thing is overblown. If a guy is in the middle of a slump, I’d rather pitch to him regardless of which side he’s hitting from…

  22. DJLoo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Happy to see BW, Dennis?

  23. snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    This ump suxxxx. A first pitch fastball, again, down the middle between knee and belt. Called a Ball. I don’t get it…

  24. zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Nate!

  25. xootsuit said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Nate is a helluva RF. Maybe he shouldn’t be DFA’d after all.

  26. Big flavor said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I’m not sure I can remember a 2 gm sequence of the kind of defensive brilliance we’ve seen from Nate the last 2 nights…

  27. xootsuit said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    And fucking stop whining about the umps. You sound like LLeague parents.

    • zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      They’re sucking tonight.

    • xootsuit said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      They’re no worse than usual tonight. They’re consitent. That’s the best you can get.

      • zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

        Actually, I think they’re sucking worse than usual tonight.

    • snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      Fuk you. The umps suck, and have an impact on the game. If Franchez doesn’t make that great play, this home plate azz costs the Giants the game…

      • xootsuit said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm

        No fuck you. You always go after the umps as if anyone could do better. Their fallibility is part of the game, like wind or gravel in the dirt. You seize on the superior view we get from HD slomo etc. as if that tech is YOUR accomplishment. All you’re doing is second guessing based on tv’s help. You’re a fucking asshole.

      • snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

        Going after the umps has been a part of the game since they’ve had umps. Bochy and the Giants bench have been on this clown’s case all night.
        What’s good for them is good enough for me…

  28. snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    If Nate could just hit about a nice .280, with his speed and super D, he’d be playing a lot…

    • willied said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      not to belabor the point, but we’ve been saying that for 2 and a half years now, right?

  29. Big flavor said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Specifically I’m talking about any right fielder we’ve ever had

    • zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Nate’s solidified his spot as a starter vs. righties.

  30. xootsuit said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Randy Winn played a brilliant RF for the Giants.

    • xootsuit said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      No, he did not have Nate’s arm. But he was quicker and smarter and covered as much ground.

    • Macdog said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Dare I mention Jose Cruz, Jr., at least for the regular season?

    • xootsuit said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Jose Cruz made one of the most amazing running catches in RF I’ve ever seen.

  31. zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    No laughing at the ump taking one in the throat. That would be wrong.

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      I haven’t stopped laughing.

  32. DJLoo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Jose Cruz, 2003?

  33. DJLoo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Miggy, Miggy Tejada…..very upset.

  34. Big flavor said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I’m talking about a 2 gm sequence. He wins last nights game and had two brilliant plays tonight that might have saved tonight’s gm

    • DJLoo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Bob Burda – July 8 & July 9 (1969) Unforgettable!

  35. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    That was a brutal swing from Tejada. I haven’t seen anyone strikeout like that since Chuck’s last trip to the Bunny Ranch.

  36. stixwiz said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Burning the bullpen doesn’t always work when your hitters don’t. Finger crossing zone.

  37. Big flavor said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Just say u can’t remember a 2 gm sequence like this from any of our right fielders and I can move on from this…..

    • zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      I can’t remember a 2 gm sequence like this from any of our right fielders.

    • Macdog said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      I can’t remember a 2 gm sequence like this from any of our right fielders.

    • willied said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      downtown ollie brown…i can’t remember it, but he was a cool player.

    • DJLoo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      In a couple of years you won’t remember this one…

  38. Bozo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Alright Loogy, now let’s get a run.

  39. twinfan said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    There’s still just not a big demand for corner OFers with Nate’s career offensive numbers.. Torres and Ross are set. Nate will play against RHers until Belt returns ( or Nate stops hitting )

  40. twinfan said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Gotta send him, eh?

    • snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Absolutely…

  41. DJLoo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Steal then bunt?

    • snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Maybe they didn’t like him stealing against a lefty, risk the pickoff? I dunno. Burriss was stealin ’em blind in Fresno. They got two shots now at getting him in, so whatever…

  42. twinfan said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    All those relievers and the A’s closer is the worst of them.

    • Macdog said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Ha!

  43. Bozo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Let’s go Huff.

  44. zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Chance for Huff to be the hero.

  45. Bozo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Oh Yeah.

  46. DJLoo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      I’ll second that.

  47. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Huff Daddy!

  48. Macdog said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Huff-ster!

  49. James said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Bob Geren was right!

  50. Bozo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Quarter to two here, y’all have a good night. Fuck Yes.

  51. zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Another walk-off win at home.

    • zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      And a 1 1/2 game division lead now.

  52. snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Sweet.
    Looks like we’re going to have a season of these heartstoppers…

  53. DJLoo said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Cause I told you once,
    Now I told you twice,
    We gon’ light it up,
    Like it’s dynamite!

  54. Big flavor said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Another walk off. I can get used to this…

    • snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      They’re fun. But, I wouldn’t mind a 5-2 or 6-1 winner once in a while…

  55. twinfan said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Swell game. Great AB from Burriss. Night all.

    • zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      Fun hanging out with y’all tonight.

    • snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      Yeah, I can’t remember much of his stint up in SF a couple of years ago, but I gotta believe that was one of his best clutch ABs as a Giant…

    • stixwiz said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Right now Manny has the highest B.A. among those Giants who played tonight. Of course he has had all of 15 A.B.’s, though this one has to be huge for his confidence level. Winning can get to be a habit. Burriss may be nothing more than a utility infielder but sometimes those are the guys who help you win games.

  56. stixwiz said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Aubrey reverts from Huff n Puff to Huff the Magic Dragon. Maybe the hometown crowd, remembering his heroics for the World Champs, collectively wished him into recovering his pride and coming through with the game-winner. Our nifty lefty loogie Lopez is a winner tonight too. Great staff effort by the bullpen and especially by the Little Birdie that Could. Giants have won all of Vogelsong’s starts. When this team’s #5 starter can face the opponent’s ace and the team ultimately wins it says something.

    Yowwwza.

  57. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Preface this by saying, yeah, Nate is a very, very good right fielder, but we did have a dude by the name of Bobby Bonds, who could play an outstanding right field too . . . at Candlestick no less . . . and before they enclosed it (in other words, non-stop swirling wind). Not saying who was a better fielder, but I saw Bonds and he was simply amazing, only outshined by a guy named Mays.

    • snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      Well, needless to say we’d take Bobby over Nate. I think Nate’s arm is a little better, but Bobby kicks his rear in every other department. Any ball hit from center to right at the Stick in those days of the late 60s had an excellent chance of getting caught. As a kid I saw Bobby play A ball in a few Fresno Giants games back in ’66 or something like that. One look at how he played and you knew he was headed ASAP to the bigs…

    • Bozo said, on May 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      True that Blade.

  58. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Almost forgot – Bobby also won 3 gold gloves (all in SF playing right field).

  59. twinfan said, on May 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I liked us to win it as soon as I saw Fuentes..

    • snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      I can still see Tito doing that little bat flip thing when he’d start to get into the batter’s box. Did it help him hit? I dunno, but it was kinda cool…

      • zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

        Wrong Fuentes, Snarkk. Although Tito was a favorite, definitely.

      • snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

        There’s no other Fuentes for me ‘cept Tito. I don’t pay attention to a Fuentes if he’s on the A’s 🙂

  60. TedSpe said, on May 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I think the town drunk in BLAZING SADDLES said it all when he said….
    REVRETT!!!

    • zumarust said, on May 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      That’s genuine frontier gibberish!

  61. snarkk said, on May 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    I’m getting way too nostalgic after Blade brought up Bobby.
    This was a good game tonight, in the present.
    Bone suwar, schlaff good, gents…

  62. Unca Chuck said, on May 21, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Great game long drive. Completely shitty crew calling the game.

    I’m surprised Buster didn’t get tossed. The defense was outstanding. . .

    Nate keeps doing some good shot out there. Hard to figure how to keep him in though. Esp with 2 lefties next . . .

  63. blade3colorado said, on May 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    If you wish to arrange for post-Rapture care, I can take care of and find loving homes for your four-legged animal companions for a $500 fee.

  64. TedSpe said, on May 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Sorry. I’ll go away.

  65. blade3colorado said, on May 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Don’t even think about Ted . . . Same goes for all the regulars here.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      “it”

  66. blade3colorado said, on May 21, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Probably talking to myself here, but thus far, my trip out to California has been very relaxful.

  67. blade3colorado said, on May 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Heading out to the game tomorrow and it will probably be my last Giants game in the SF bay area until next year . . . Same bat channel, same bat time.

    Actually, I’ll be able to catch a few more at Coors, but obviously not the same. Is anyone out there? Have you all been lifted to the heavens????

  68. blade3colorado said, on May 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Is Loo still up? Soph? Hello? Damn . . . I do indeed think that everyone has been lifted up to that field of dreams in the sky. How lovely 🙂

    ‘Nite all . . .


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