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Taking a Break From the Blog……

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 27, 2011

It’s 4am and I woke up wanting to bash Scott Cousins head in with a 2 X 4. I’ve watched that replay like 40 times.  I’m sickened by it. There’s something about the immediate finality of his season ending that bothers me. Makes me not want to watch the game. No idea why. It’s like a death or a divorce…..

Anyway, I’m taking a break from the blog for a while. Maybe I need to go out to a game or something. I’ll try to monitor it but I’m not interested in managing it or updating it. Peace out……

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  1. blade3colorado said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Well, early here too (NOT THAT EARLY THOUGH . . . grin). Always happens when I make a time zone change, regardless of whether it’s one hour (CA) or 8 hours (London).

    Be well Flav 🙂

  2. Bozo said, on May 27, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Take care Flav and by all means go out to the yard when you get a chance, even if a game wasn’t happening, it always feels right to be there (it always worked for me anyway).
    Cheers man

  3. eddacker said, on May 27, 2011 at 7:27 am

    You can take all the break you need, Commish. You’ve earned it.
    be well and Cheers man.

  4. willied said, on May 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Road trip is probably the best thing right now…hop on a plane, get to the hotel, go the park, get the new guys in the groove…play ball. 17 days with no days off…put this stuff behind you and go out there and give your best effort, all hands on deck.

  5. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

    There was actually some good news in that medical report. It wasn’t his knee that was injured. An ankle will heal faster, and have a much shorter rehab time than an injured knee. There’s an outside chance Posey could return THIS season, but for sure the long-term outlook is very good.
    —-
    Yes, we’re feeling bummed out. The loss yesterday didn’t help. But this is EXACTLY the time the Giants need their fans pulling for them. The Giants are going into an obviously tough situation this weekend, on the road in Milwaukee. The players are going to have to dig deep and find a way to win. And the fans should buck up, and pull for these guys. And give them a big welcome back when they get back to SF. The Giants have had to open the first 1/3 of the season with a brutal schedule, and the injury has made it more brutal. If somehow the Giants can hang tough, the schedule goes to their favor in the second half of the season. The schedule has made it feel like the Giants have had to play the first half of the season going up-hill. Things will balance out in the second half.

  6. DJLoo said, on May 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Go to the track, Flav!

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 8:26 am

      And don’t go home till you’ve blown every last red cent in your name.
      That always seems to cheer me up.

  7. Kevin said, on May 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I don’t care what Cousins says he had a choice, go after Posey or slide to the back of the plate! with that said, we can’t change what happened, time to move on. What I hope for is for one of the young players to step up and do well. I am hoping that Miggy sits.

    • willied said, on May 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

      I don’t see how T sits; he’ll as least have to play 3b, right? He has picked up some at the plate (as opposed to others). I think part of what happens has to do with burriss (where can he actually play best?) and what they see in crawford, at least until Sando gets back (hopefully during the homestand).

  8. Macdog said, on May 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Flav, take as much time as you need, you deserve it. We’re obviously all bummed big-time over this injury. Hopefully the guys can get it together in Milwaukee just like last year, when they were coming off that brutal 4th of July loss at Coors.

  9. TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Take a break, Flav, you’ve earned it…and…what happened to yesterday’s thread?

  10. Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Shit, this is a short but tough little roadie staring them in the face.

    Timmy needs to be Timmy and the G’s desperately need a win. If only for their own peace of mind. No one said repeating would be easy, but Jesus, they’ve had more than their share of major injuries. And getting Pablo back soon would be very good news. This team is in a funk right now and they need to get going.

    Starting with Huff the Magic Rally Killer. . . . Drop his ass down.

    Cousins was apparenly in tears before the game yesterday.

    http://tinyurl.com/3ssj59q

  11. Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Or out . . .

  12. twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The proposed “McCarver Rule” states:
    “Any baserunner who goes after a catcher’s head at home plate should be automatically ejected and fined, his run taken off the board”
    McCarver says “What (Cousins) did, he replaced home plate with the catcher. He had no intent of going into home plate. And the rule says you can do that.’
    Hence the proposed “McCarver Rule”…supported by LaRussa and others. “Legal” and “Clean” are not synonyms.

  13. twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

    McCarver first proposed it to LaRussa a year ago. As Fox Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal says, it’s time to reconsider it. Not everyone agrees, of course.Scioscia said ” the reason he didn’t like it was that (blocking the plate) was the last vestige of courage the game has.”
    OK, back in the squat, Mike. Brace yourself, watch out for your head, dude.. oops.
    Nurse will be with you soon,old feller.

    • James said, on May 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

      There was nothing courageous about that play on either end. A new rule is 100% appropriate. Bruce Jenkins, Mike Scioscia, et al, just a bunch of macho fools.

  14. stixwiz said, on May 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

    It all comes down to leadership. Right now the board is bereft of our Chairman, who needs a time out. Hope that it’s not for too long. Flavor has given much in his labor of love, much like a dairy farmer pulling teats morning and evening, every day, no breaks; also much like a mother, tending to children, household and husband; similar also to that father of the house, bringing home the bacon, keeping up the mechanisms of the place. In some ways it has to have been a thankless occupation, with the rewards mainly being that certain warmth which comes with centering and sustaining a close community of common interest.

    With the passage of Posey into that state of recovery and frustration in not being to contribute as team leader,there is also a huge void for the team to contend with. With guys like Huff and Burrell struggling, the secondary leaders are not in good position to motivate the squad. So there is a bit of a blank spot at the heart of the Giants order, just as one has developed on this blog.

    Perhaps tonight in Milwaukee, the slender little guy who has become in many ways the face of the franchise, will mount the mound with determination in his eyes and fire in his belly. It will take a lot to top the supreme effort made yesterday against Florida by the Little Birdie that Could. It will require a huge effort to top his own most recent outing. Could be, though, that Timmy will face those Milwaukee maulers with the kind of performance which will set a new personal hallmark and which will inspire his teammates to come through and produce some runs of support.

    It will take a mighty effort to pull this team out of its funk ~ particularly on the road and against a powerful offensive unit. Maybe Timmy’s the Man. And could be he will get by with a little help from his friends.

    Go Giants!

    • dirtnrocksnreno said, on May 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

      I’m just not seeing Flavor miliking cows. Having met him once it is a pretty funny mental image though.

      • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

        Although- he’s a big fan of teats.

  15. dirtnrocksnreno said, on May 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Obviously losing Poesy is a huge blow but I think the club can weather the storm. Sandoval coming back will be a big lift.

    Flavor, take your time man. Find one of those pasty undead chicks you are so fond of.

  16. eddacker said, on May 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I agree, the difference between legal and clean is immense.
    I agree, time to move on and let the healing begin.
    I agree, what has happened to Huff?
    and I really agree:
    Go Giants!

    • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 11:27 am

      By saying ‘I agree’ eddacker, you hereby attest under penalty of perjury that you are at least 18 years of age or older, or that you are of the age of majority in your jurisdiction, and that pornography is legal in your area, and that you are not offended by hot kinky porn, and that it is not considered obscene in your area, and that …

      • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

        Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

      • Nipper said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

        It’s nice to be agreeable.

  17. James said, on May 27, 2011 at 11:58 am

    “Go to the track, Flav!”

    “And don’t go home till you’ve blown every last red cent in your name. That always seems to cheer me up.”

    After attending yesterday’s game, Mrs. James and I went to the Stein Family Collects exhibit at SFMOMA. I was pleased that we were joined by a few other SF baseball cap wearing doofuses. It’s a terrific show. I noted that the one branch of the family that sold off nearly all of the Matisse’s etc. had to do so to pay for their son’s track betting debts.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      I smiled at this post.

  18. eddacker said, on May 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Maybe we should all go to Flavor’s house and give him a hug.

    well, not all of us . . .

    Giants game is the free one on MLB tonight, subject to blackout rules?

    • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      In Milwaukee, blackouts are generally alcohol related

  19. ewisco said, on May 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I don’t know flav, sometimes you just have to get back up on the horse. And that’s what the g’s have to do. someone on the splash mentioned that it’s to their advantage that they are NOT reliant on just one guy. that being said, they really need huff and ross and burrell to return to form. the pitching staff is still intact (knock on wood), they’re still in first, still over .500 and they’ve played the toughest part of their schedule. with the hitting in a slump, i would prefer to strengthen the defense, especially at ss. play the best defensive lineup and hope that a couple of the guys get hot. it’s what you’re hoping for anyway, so you might as well play good d.

    thanks for all the work you’ve put in Flav.

  20. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I don’t see a rule change anytime soon on this. I heard a replay of an ESPN interview with Joe Torre about the Posey situation. Torre is an ex catcher/3rd baseman. He was as against any rule change as could be, basically he wouldn’t even entertain the idea. He’s now in the MLB exec suite down the hall from the Budster…

    • twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Others do. And the McCarver rule will come to pass- as usual, after a catastrophic injury.

      • twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

        Many of the neanderthals like Ditka oppose the new head hunting rules in the NFL. Like the NFL rule, opinion of ballplayers, pro or con,should not be considered.It cannot be denied that Cousins’ action placed Posey in grave danger and that it was an avoidable action. The game would not suffer if the McCarver Rule were instituted and enforced.Buster is actually extremely fortunate that it was his ankle that suffered major injury, not his brain..

  21. PawlieKokonuts said, on May 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Magnus

    a magnum of silence

    harvest the hiatus

    peace

  22. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    The world must never forget Sausage-gate:

  23. Kevin said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Interesting take by Bruce Jenkins

    Here’s what everyone should realize above all: Home plate is baseball’s gold mine. That’s where the runs are scored, where money is made and lost. It’s a catcher’s duty to protect that plate, often at his body’s expense, and a baserunner’s code to score by force, if that’s what it takes. No compromise allowed.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/26/SP6J1JLDD8.DTL#ixzz1NaM1ljdg

    • Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      I am Spartacus ! ! !

      • Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

        It’s reall easy for Jenkins to say this from the comfort of the press box.

        This is baseball, not global conflict.

        Let’s say we put him in the tools of ignorance and send Albert Belle home on a sac fly.

        We’ll see what he thinks then.

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Is there a rule against using more than one guy to block homeplate? Why not have the whole infield block homeplate when the guy tries to score? Seriously, there probably isn’t a rule against that.

      • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

        … with tire irons, no less.

      • Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

        What was that movie? Basebrawl? Runners could keep their bats as they rounded the bases?

        Jon-a-than, Jon-a-than Jon-a-than . . .

      • blade3colorado said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

        Zum, I keep getting visions of Freddie Patek and Pee Wee Reese when you say the “whole infield” for some reason.

  24. mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Tonight’s LU, Crawford’s debut: Torres CF, Sanchez 2B, Burrell LF, Huff 1B, Schierholtz RF, Tejada 3B, Crawford SS, Whiteside C, Lincecum P

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      Gotta have SOMETHING from Burrell and Huff. They need to get things on track.
      (Pet peeve- when sportswriters say a player needs to get “untracked.” What does that even mean? The player needs to get “on track,” I would think, not “untracked.”)

      • ewisco said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

        I agree but you see it all the time. especially in blogs and posts.

      • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

        un·tracked [uhn-trakt] –adjective

        2. Informal. achieving a superior level of performance after a slow start: The team suddenly got untracked and began to score.

        http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/untracked

      • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

        That’s just a dictionary caving in. Sportswriters made up their own wrong word, so now that justifies using it? That’s circular logic. That’s the kind of thing Fox News does. It’s an outrage!

  25. Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Flav, even running my crap-ass blog is a pain in the ass most of the time. Take as long as you need . . . You do a hell of a lot more than I do. I’ll be moving to wordpress soon, as blogspot really does suck ass, so I’m sure I’ll be bugging you soon . . . .

    Huff is the biggest rally killer lately. They should get Belt in there just for shits and grins. Give Huffy some time to reflect as well. . .

    Untracked, on track. . . .

    If yer a train you want to get on track. If you are a car, you want to get untracked. It’s like ‘regardless’ and ‘irregardless’. Same meaning . . .

    • blade3colorado said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Preface this by saying I am not being critical toward you Chuck, since many people make this mistake – “irregardless” is not a word.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

        By the by, I was pitch hitting for Pawlie. 🙂

    • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Affiliated Sisterhood of Grammarians Local #347 would like to have a word with you. >>It’s like ‘regardless’ and ‘irregardless’. Same meaning . . .<<

    • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      “back in the day” makes me want to vomit. That never used to be an expression in common parlance. Seems to have barged into the language within the last decade. I also loathe the commentators’ horrendously common use of: “…well, like the Clementes, the Mays(s), the Ichiros, and the Guerreros, this guy Schierholtz has a gun for an arm.” No. There were not multiple guys named Clemente, Mays, Ichiro, and Guererro. Properly, “Like Clemente, Mays, Ichiro, and Guerrero, this guy Schierholtz has a gun for an arm.” Major pet peave….

    • Nipper said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      BLEEP Blogspot!

  26. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Kruk remembered that Fielder bowled over Todd Greene of the Giants in 2006, and basically put him out of the league, ended his career with shoulder issues. I barely even remember that, so I doubt there was a huge uproar then. Todd Greene was a journeyman catcher, Fielder an upcoming star. Now that Buster the golden boy got smoked by a journeyman player, there’s a clamor for a new protective rule. Surprise, MLB is not particularly reactive to these things. Ray Chapman got killed by a pitched ball in 1920. Batting helmets weren’t mandatory until the ’40s. The minor league 3rd base coach Coolbaugh got killed by a batted ball in 2007, it wasn’t mandatory for baseline coaches to wear helmets until after that, though before that there had to have been hundreds/thousands of times that coaches at minor/major league levels got hit or suffered near misses with batted balls. Hell, Bowa was such a tool he semi-refused to wear a helmet at third even after the rule was made. Bochy essentially predicted this indirectly the other day — it will take somebody getting paralyzed or killed for there to be a rule change on this plate collision issue. And what about these bats these days? There seems to me to be far more bats breaking and splintering than ever before — sending potentially lethal shards shooting out towards the pitcher. Where’s the research on that? What about mandatory inside-the-cap protections for pitchers like Joe Martinez wears now? Nobody talks about that, either, at the MLB level, although there are various pitcher helmet alternatives gaining traction out there at various levels, particularly after the head injury to the high school player in Marin last year…

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Well said, Stix. Those exploding maple bats are a huge tragedy waiting to happen.
      Regarding the batting helmets, I could be wrong, but I don’t think they were mandatory until the ’50s or ’60s. They were offered as just an option before that.

      • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm

        You’re right.
        Wiki says the Pirates were the first club to require their players to wear batting helmets in ’52. MLB did not require it league-wide until 1971. 1971! I gave MLB far more credit than deserved. With that kind of snail’s pace, expect any new rules on catcher/runner plate collisions in about 2050. By then, we’ll have a colony on the moon, and the MLB office will still be tweaking how to use instant replay on foul ball calls…

    • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Further, the protective neck device below the catcher’s mask wasn’t introduced until after Steve Yeager almost died from getting pieces of bat shattering into his throat — while he was in the on deck circle, not even behind the plate…

    • ewisco said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      I also notice a big upswing in the number of bats sailing into the seats (buster a prime example). I know we try to coach a light upper hand but are they also coaching a relaxed grip all togther?

  27. mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    [August 5, 1927 (By John Drebinger): CLARK HALTS CARDS, ROBINS WINNING, 4-2] As might be expected, there had to be some peculiar baseball before the Flock family got itself untracked, and in the third it did the rather amazing thing of leading off with double and a single without scoring a run at all.

    [April 19, 1940: ROCHESTER VICTOR AT SYRACUSE, 6-1; Gornicki Restricts Chiefs to Four Hits in International League Inaugural Game ] The field was so heavy that several of the hits would have been easy outs if the fielders had been able to get untracked, and the deciding run, in the fourth inning, came as Crabtree tripled after Longacre fell trying to make the catch and Kurowski flied to right.

    http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002148.html

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Well, OK, a reference to getting unstuck from mud almost makes some quasi-sense out of the word.

  28. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    There are a lot of things that broadcasters do that grate on me. Fortunately, K&K, and Miller and Fleming don’t do a lot of the ones that bug me, like referring to individual players as plurals. “That Phillies starting pitching staff is tough, with the Hallidays and Lees and everyone.” Who STARTED that plural thing? Aaaargh!

    • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Who started that plural thing? The McCarvers, the Rosenthals, the Stocktons…

    • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      They’re seeing double from the pre-7th inning beers?

      • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

        Who was the old-timer player that said he played hung-over a lot, and would see two baseballs coming from the pitcher, and he always swung at the bottom one? I read that quote recently, and can’t remember who said it.

      • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

        Phil Cuzzi?

      • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

        Mickey Mantle would be on the short list of possibilities…

      • twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

        Don’t know about that, do remember Max McGee saying similar after the first SB- he wasn’t expected to play but an injury to Dowler got him the call. He had violated curfew the night before and was terribly hung over.He went on to be MVP.. seeeing two footballs and guessing at which to catch…

      • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

        Timmy is 4-0 when Phil Cuzzi is working the dish.

    • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      I wish the Giants had had multiple multiple “Mayss” back in the day.
      We would have won multiple multiple WS titles…

      • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

        The Giants had a chance to sign Aaron, and combine him with Mays, but the Giants hesitated, and the Braves swooped in and got him. The sticking point for the Giants? Teams were concerned about Aaron’s defensive skills! Like anyone would later care. But at the time, he was an infielder, and he had very rough defensive skills. He basically taught himself how to play, and had never gotten coaching. The Braves moved him to the outfield, obviously, and coached him up on how to play defense.

  29. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    So Huff’s doing squadoosh hitting third and Bochy’s idea to help him break out of his funk is to bat him cleanup? More over Stephen Hawking. I’m sure glad we recalled Belt from AAA. Dude has an OPS over 1 at Fresno and we’re gonna put that to use by him riding the pine. That’s beyond brilliant. Wolf goes tomorrow so I doubt we’ll see him vs the lefty. Maybe Bochy’s big plan is to have Belt run in the sausage race. These moves have Polish written all over it.

      • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        Moe Drabowsky: lifetime 88-105 record as a pitcher.
        Henry Peploski: lifetime .200 hitter.
        Nap Kloza: lifetime .150 hitter.
        Johnny Reder: lifetime .135 hitter.

        And that ladies and gentlemen are the contributions from the players born in the great country of Poland.
        Archie Bunker was right. “Meathead”

      • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

        I didn’t say they were great. Poles are generally ambivalent about sports in general. Unless you count team competitive vodka drinking.

    • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Again with the Polish

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Hey, now, take it easy on the Polish. Copernicus figured out the Earth was going around the sun, just by using algebra and geometry. That counts for something.

      • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

        Also counts for something: Poland was the first Communist country in Eastern Europe to establish Little league Baseball!

      • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

        Whoa. Wait a minute. The Earth goes around the sun?

    • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      I luv a good Kielbasa at the ballpark…

      • twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

        Haven’t been to Miller Park. I was told the kielbasa are so popular, they sell them when the park is closed.

  30. ewisco said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    doesn’t make it right.

    i would guess it has a military root (tanks – tracked vehicle) or maybe horses. still makes no sense though.

  31. twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Huff and Tejada have raked Marcum. Miggy is 10-22 3 doubles 3 HR
    Huff 5-11 2 doubles 1 HR
    Don’t understand Burrell getting the start over Belt based on success-0 for 3. He does have 6 HR in 76 AB and a .974 OPS at Miller Park.

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      Some HRs today from the Giants hitters would be a very cool thing. I can’t even remember the last homerun I saw them hit. Ross’ ninth-inning 3-run homer several nights ago?

  32. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Question: Would you rather be “tracked” or “untracked”?

    1. You’re on a BART train in a section of elevated track.
    2. You’re Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis in The Defiant Ones…

    • Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Irregardless, ‘tracked’ and ‘untracked; means the same thing.

      Who knew the vocabulary police would come out in full force?

      As NWA said, fuck da po-lice . . .

      • Nipper said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

        BLEEP THEM!

    • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      flammable…inflammable

      • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

        Well, everyone caved in on flammable/inflammable in order to not have any confusion regarding fire. So it was decided they both mean the same thing- something that can catch on fire.
        But I’m holding tough on tracked/untracked. I won’t cave in!

      • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

        Actually, I meant “on track”/’tracked”.

      • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        Dr. Jonas Salk-Famous
        Dr. Jack Kevorkian-Infamous

  33. Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I don’t get Belt sitting at all. Either in LF or 1st.

    • Nipper said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Patience …. Chuck.

  34. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Wow- the big homeplate “collision” at homeplate in the Cubs game today looks like little league stuff in comparison to the Posey one.

  35. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    On track/untracked. Ha! I can’t even type it right.

  36. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    If Belt isn’t starting twice in this Brew series, I will fail to understand why he is missing ABs in Fresno. I don’t care who the opposing pitcher is or whether he’s L or R handed. SF hasn’t been hitting all year, and they’re facing a hot team that is a scoring machine at the Sudsdome. OK, we can go with Bochy’s hunch with the Huff history v. tonite’s Brew pitcher, but Huff is lost at the plate against everybody lately. And Burrell has been pretty much a given K, so why should Belt sit while BOTH of these guys play?
    As for Miggy, his history vs. any given pitcher now is worthless. His season OBP is at .242 with 175 ABs. I fail to find an adjective to adequately describe the shittiness of that stat as he closes towards 200 ABs. Unless he pulls out of the crapper during this series, I will officially lose patience with him…

    • twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Unless they move the nearly equally despised Huff, Miggy is the only third baseman…
      Don’t uderstand Belt not starting, either. This from Henry:
      “Bochy says Belt will be a bench guy. They’re gonna stick with Burrell and Huff, tho Belt will get starts in OF and 1B”
      And Sabean says he’s not looking for a catcher…
      The players love Vera’s Ambrosia Salad..

  37. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Yeah, Ted, that “in-” prefix was the problem with “inflammable,” though. People might think that it means NOT flammable, although it does mean flammable.
    One of those unfortunate quirks in the English language.

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      Like the word “niggardly.” Do NOT use that word.

  38. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Snarkk and I both get peeved by the name-plural thing. Should I be concerned?

    • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      You should be elated.
      I am slightly perplexed, but nonetheless pleased at the share “peavery”…

      • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

        Ah, now you’re going to tell me that the singular RBI, like “he has 50 RBI” bugs you, too. That one bugs me, too.

      • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        Everyone knows they’re ribbies!

      • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        I’ve found my lost twin!…

  39. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    It’s a just a difference of opinion on whether RBI means “run batted in” or “runs batted in.”
    It means “run batted in.” Case closed. (grin)

    • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      So is it earn run average or earned run average?

      • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm

        “There were thousands of POW during World War II.” We wouldn’t say it that way.

  40. dirtnrocksnreno said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Baggs and Schulman posted an interview with Posey that happened today via telecon. My personal favorite was Buster’s Poseyspeak basically calling Cousins a punk ass bitch.

    • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      No one quite says punk ass bitch with the same pinache as Ice-T

      • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        True. But I’d give the nod to Ice Cube in the acting dept. Plus his original name is better.
        He’s the only O’Shea I know.

    • dirtnrocksnreno said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Can’t argue with either point. Always like Dre myself.

  41. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Brew Crew have won 6 straight and are 19-6 at home. And we’re, uh, well, we get first ups.
    We’re avg. a pedestrian 3.47 runs/gm. That would set the O/U for this 7 gm roadie at 24 1/2.
    Somebody call the UNDERtaker. This offense is dead.

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      The opponents have been quite niggardly about allowing the Giants to score. Oh wait- I said don’t use that word. Sorry.

    • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Yeah, zum, it may end up being the chink in your armor

      • Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm

        Don’t get gypped in the usage department . . .

  42. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    When can we get back to insulting each other?…

  43. Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Now. Fuck you, asshole . . .

    These kind words brought to you by the Fuckernator . . .

    Long live Ahhhnuld . . .

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Speaking of politicians….the Tea Party is all gung ho about Chris Christie. Seriously, would the American people elect a president that looks like Norm from Cheers?

      • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

        Don’t TeaPartyers mostly look like Norm?…

      • Unca Chuck said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

        Mitt the shit kinda looks like Sam Malone. Why not?

      • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

        Michelle Bachmann is going to declare her candidacy next week.
        If she and Palin ran in tonight’s sausage race, I’d vote for the Polish…

    • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Chuck. I feel better already…:)

  44. twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    It’s “brussels sprouts”, not “brussel sprouts” and don’t argue it, fuckwadzz.
    Not “Brussel’s sprouts” either. They don’t belong to Myra Brussels..

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Not the best-smelling food item ever when they’re cooked.

      • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        The key is not to overcook, leave them a little crunchy.
        My mother used to cook the suckers until they were mush. Horrific…

        Cut them in half.
        Then steam them for 2-3 minutes.
        Immediately transfer the little buggers to a hot skillet that is lightly oiled with 1/2 olive oil, 1/2 butter mix.
        Cook for another 2-3 minutes, or a little longer to your desired level of crunch.
        Add chopped or minced garlic the last minute in the skillet, if U like garlic.
        Remove, immediately salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy…

      • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

        Thank you Julia Snarkks

      • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        Snarkk’s right, you gotta use the right method. Old-school boiling them whole doesn’t let the sulphurous compounds endemic to cabbage relatives, adequately dissipate. Half or quarter them, and to Snarkk’s method, I would saute a little pancetta and red pepper flakes with the sprouts.

      • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        Thank you Julia Mrmrbills

      • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        Pancetta sounds like a winning addition, too.
        Pancetta would make cardboard taste good…

    • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      You think *they’re* bad, my ex was frying up some Pilipino salted fish one day in our apartment. Damn near got us evicted

  45. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Kristen Wiig’s take on Michelle Bachman was pretty good:
    http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/05/kristen_wiig_michele_bachmann_snl.php

  46. stixwiz said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Polish: Awright, not born there but got the heritage: Minnesotans Moose Skowron with the 50’s Yankees and Rip Repulski, same vintage with Philadelphia. There gotta be plenty more, but my memory glands took some hits a bit ago from vodka and that stuffing in the pipe.

    Al Hrabowsky was not Polish, though. Think they called him the “Mad Hungarian”

    Met a customer at an antique show i was doing in suburban Chi-Town. He told me he was a P.F.C.

    Mentioned my dad was one in WWII.

    “Not the same”, he said. Polack from Chicago.”

  47. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    “Belt will get occasional starts in the outfield and first base, but he’ll be used most often off the bench, in double switches, etc.”

    This organization really does have an aversion to scoring runs.

    • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      I don’t understand that at all.
      When they brought Belt north outta Arizona, they said they would not do that unless he started every day.
      Now, with the team desperate for hits and runs, they bring him up to be a spot starter and PHer? They could have brought Pill or Ishi up to do that and leave Belt in Fresno to get more ABs.
      Who is hitting so well at Belt’s positions that he should not get a shot at them?…

  48. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    “Sabean said Eli Whiteside deserves a chance to play everyday.”
    “Sabean said Whiteside has done as well as anyone they could acquire.”
    “We thank our lucky stars Whitey is in that position,” Sabean said.

    Aversion.

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Man, Dennis, you sure are niggardly when it comes to Whitey.

  49. twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Virtually no one liked Brussels Sprouts before “California Cuisine” developed edible recipes. This made them the ideal restaurant veggie as they could be re-used over and over and… 😉

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Their slogan could be: “Brussels Sprouts- they don’t have to smell like feet!”

    • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      The “boiling them whole till they’re army-green mush” thing was from the English. B-Sprouts have had a difficult time living down the bad rep ever since.

  50. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I believe Snarkk is on record for a 2-5 road trip. I’ll do him one better; 1-6.

    • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      Dennis, I figured I’d leave room for you to maneuver…

  51. stixwiz said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Personally, i kinda like brussels sprouts ~on occasion. My Dad’s 29th Division landed in England in ’42. Rationing was extreme as food was lower priority in the convoys than munitions and ended up in the slower vessels. Many were sunk. Almost no fresh greens. Very little meat. One thing in abundance was/were brussels sprouts. He was unable to even be in the same room as them. He said it was about all they had to eat some days.

    The 29th was stationed in S.W. England, mostly around St. Austell in Cornwall. They were, early on, insurance against a German invasion. June of ’44 and they were first on the beach at Omaha on the Sixth for D-Day. Some months before that a traveling preacher gave a talk/sermon to the boys who had been so long in the Sceptered Isle and were not seeing action. He asked them where they thought they would spend Eternity. From the back ranks one Kilroy piped up: “England”.

  52. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Seriously, why the fuck did they bring up Belt if the plan is to sit his ass on the bench?
    Fucking ridiculous.

    • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      I’m sure Bochy has a plan rumbling around in his big head. He just hasn’t sent us the memo yet. Prob’ly first thing on his list tomorrow.

  53. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Speaking of sausage races.
    How about chopped Kielbasa pieces cooked on the skillet for a bit, then drop in the lightly steamed sprouts to bathe and crisp up in the Kielbasa drippings?
    A twist on the pancetta thing…

    • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      … drain, add cream, white pepper and a slight bit of fresh nutmeg.

      • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm

        I’d be up for that, no problem.
        Dang, Brussels Sprouts — the Flap’s Favorite Veggie…

  54. stixwiz said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Yeah, i’m not with the Belt on the bench crowd either. Totally with the notion that he should be starting regularly, either here or with Fresno. Yes, it would be nice to have a viable Huff and a fully contributing Pat the Bat. It hasn’t happened yet, though, so some pine is in order, even if it needs to be gone over once by a belt-sander.

  55. twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I think they’re keeping Pat happy,they’re afraid of what he’ll do if benched. They plan to drop him from the plane on the way out of Wisconsin

    • mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      At least he’s bound to hit something that way.

      “They plan to drop him from the plane on the way out of Wisconsin”

  56. blade3colorado said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Not certain this is the right veggie or TV show . . . But Stix mentioning Brussel Sprouts, reminds me of “the beav” stuffing them in his shirt pocket. Not certain, but Ward ends up disciplining Beaver by sending him to his room. Sheesh, I did the same thing and I get the belt.

  57. PawlieKokonuts said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Regarding “irregardless,” “untracked,” “ain’t,” et alia, pretty much since Webster’s Third International Unabridged (Webster’s III, to lexicographers), and even before then (circa 1961), dictionaries have tended to be descriptive rather than prescriptive. This gets balanced by devices such as the Usage Panel employed by the American Heritage Dictionary (AHD). But for the most part lexicographers list words by citations of common use, not perceived wrongness or rightness. (In the 1980s, I worked on the 16th floor, at Random House, in the School Division; on the other side of the 16th were the dictionary folks. Became friends with word expert David Grambs [avid Cards’ fan]; got to know slang expert Stuart Flexner a bit. In those days, it was pretty much slips of paper; I myself even did citations for a slang dictionary by Dr. Chapman and am so acknowledged.) So, although I cringe at “impact” as a verb or “irregardless” as an adverb, these things end up getting listed, as they have for many years. And keep in mind this is how we get words like “newt,” a mistaken elision from “an ewt” that became standard. (Mr2Bill, great cite from Rochester-Syracuse, Int’l League!)

    • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      An Ewt Gingrich?…

  58. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Who is currently the Giants’ Brussells Sprout?
    The player that has to be big-time dressed up to mask the stink?
    I’d go Huff or Burrell need to be swinging a Pancetta bat…

  59. mrmrbill said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    This thread is getting a little too edjucated n’ stuff.

  60. Sierra Nevada said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I am feeling down too, flavor.

    After watching the play on Posey and the replays, I just have tuned baseball out for a few days. Blogs, tv, radio, all my normal baseball obsessions just didn’t seem like much fun.

    It was a legal, but dirty play. In my mind, Cousins will always be a headhunting scrub douche. He made a play that will define his career, and how he is remembered after he retires. Fuck him.

    I’ll try to return to my normal Polly self tonight. Listening to the game with the kids.

  61. TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I can only eat brussels sprouts if it’s with hollandaise sauce

  62. PawlieKokonuts said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I only eat sprouts in Brussels, and only if a stripper (female) is wearing them.

    Is that too “edjucated n’ stuff” for y’all?

  63. twinfan said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    “Team and pitchers love Whiteside and want to give him a shot.”
    4-3 road trip. Fueled by Whitey love and Vera’s “Brussels Sprouts Divan”, the boys surprise…

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      1-6. Say hello to your first place Arizona Diamondbacks. You better hope 84 wins is good enough to win the West.

  64. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    “Leave it to Beaver” did an entire episode about Beaver not eating his Brussels sprouts.
    Larry Mondello ate his. That’s why he always had a tummy ache. Just wait till his father comes home…

  65. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Next time we procure some Sprouts, I swear I’m going to try some of these Flapper ideas on ’em. But, I’ll larder in some good Fume Blanc just in case they flop…

  66. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Great way to start off the roadie, Gomez.

    Easy way to spot if Timmy has the “Buster hangover.” If the Brew Crew run wild on the base paths it’ll be because he’s not focusing.

  67. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Again, speaking of sausages. Cal Osha has proposed regulations requiring condoms for all porn productions in California. The producers are threatening to leave the state if the proposed regs become law. Chatsworth could become a ghost town. No wonder we have such high unemployment and budget problems in CA — the gov’t is screwing employers right out of the state….

  68. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    NO Whitey’s 162 gm avg. .229/9/31. Sabean could not have said that shit with a straight face.

  69. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Fielder’s got 41 RBIs.
    Huff + Franchez = 39 RBIs…

  70. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    It shows the Giants brass puts a lot of stock in the team chemistry of this group, and why not. They’re going to give Whitey a shot at the starting job. And if he fails at it, then all the guys know Whitey had his chance. How big a chance? Who knows.

  71. snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, Crawford looked good on that play. If he can hit .240 and OBP at .290, sign me up…

  72. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Hey, the kid looks pretty smooth over there at SS. Very nice. I see he’s wearing Richie’s old number 35.
    I wonder if it comes along with a hot wife for him as well?

    • zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      I doubt it. I’ve heard it’s difficult for pro athletes to get attractive women to hang out with them.

      • TedSpe said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm

        hahaha

  73. PawlieKokonuts said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Kevin Correia wins seventh game. He is either on track or untracked. Or trackless, but not feckless. Regardless. Or irregardless. And do not get me started on “hopefully.”

  74. PawlieKokonuts said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I know this is ultra-weird, but I’m thinking of filling my new eyeglass prescription with these black & orange babies:

    http://bit.ly/lykLxm

    My Euro-gay-creative-geek-Giants fan-Flapper look.

    • snarkk said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      While you’re at it, get a pair for Huff…

  75. zumarust said, on May 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hanging slider. Bad pitch.


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