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SF Giants v Texas. A WS Game and I have a Ticket…

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 18, 2011

Moments In Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 27, 2010

I’ve said this several times, I couldn’t be having more fun with all of this. I love what this has done to my community—everyone has come together in their own unique way but for a common reason. I never lived in a small town but it’s felt like a small town the last few weeks…….

But believe me, I get it,  there is a huge difference between me and 98% of the rest of these *giants fans*. I’m not hating on them or anything, it’s just a fact. There is the *band wagon jumper* who comprises about 75% of this current fan base. Then there’s a group of 23% who make up the real Giant fan base. Then there’s 2% of me. And all of you people……

I haven’t allowed myself to think about the outcome of this World Series for even one second. And it’s got nothing to do with fearing a loss. I’m a Giants fan, I can do torturous losing with the best of them. Bring it on, 24/7.  I can tolerate losing while standing on my head. While eating a sandolicious sando from The Cheese House. It doesn’t phase me in the slightest….

What I fear is winning this thing. I simply have no idea how I’m going to react or what I’ll do when the final out is secured. So I don’t think about what might happen. I think about the moment I’m in right now and the moment that’s coming right after it. And so on and so on….

All I know for certain is that I will stop to appreciate the moments I have today. They’ll be with me forever. I’ve been very good in my life at stopping time to appreciate something that is happening……. right……….then.

I remember with great detail all of my greatest moments of being a Giants fan. I remember the first game my dad took me to, the Ed Haliki no hitter, not really understanding what all the fuss was about when the crowd went crazy after the final out…..I remember the white specks of paint on Mr Lovell’s radio that broadcasted the giants games while we played a million hours of ping pong through most of the ’80′s in the Lovell’s backyard…..I remember the tie-dye tank top I wore to the Dave Dravecky comeback game…..I remember falling to the ground so hard when Scotty Garrelts came within one out of a no hitter, that my knees were bruised for weeks…..I remember that sign they had out in right field at Candlestick that would count down the days till Pac Bell Park opened and being so bummed one day when it said “937″. “Why couldn’t that sign say *37*,” I thought to myself…..I remember heading through a tunnel so clean you could eat off it, up a stairwell and into the brilliant sunlight of Pac Bell Park, stopping at the top and saying out loud to no one in particular “No fucking way!”–the older, female usher leaned close to me and said “I feel the same way, now let me show you to your seats.”….I remember every single rush of adrenaline that Barry Bonds *gifted* me each time he would send one of his lasers down the right field line into the water…… I remember every word of the 5 minute conversation I had with my friend Chris last week as he proudly told me “The Cody Ross Story”…….And I will never forget my daughter’s giggle as she helped me dye this absurd beard last night…..

I woke up this morning to the blue light of my alarm clock that indicated 2:33am. Never was able to go back to sleep after that so it’s going to be a long day. But one thing is for certain. I will stop and appreciate ever moment of this day: The stains on my train seat. The first words Pawlie says to me when I meet him for the first time later this afternoon. The color of the finger nails of the woman selling me my hot dog. The roar from the crowd after Timmy throws his first strike. Everything.

Appreciating the moments that will stay with you forever. THAT is what life is all about, my friends. I’m 10 years old right now…..


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  1. Nipper said, on October 18, 2011 at 7:58 am

    And now finally, the World Series. It’s like waiting a long time for a meal after hours of being hungry. Then the meal arrives and the appetite has vanished. I just hope it’s not a pitchers series, I want some action, some controversy, some anger and yes perhaps a feud. LaRussa can stir something up for sure.

  2. eddacker said, on October 18, 2011 at 8:03 am

    well, it has come to this – I must root for the Cards! Ouch.
    But I am a national league guy and therefore:
    I can find joy if Texas wins, proving the only team that can beat TX is SF
    wait till next year.

  3. eddacker said, on October 18, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Oh, and if there was ever a re-run that needed to be re-run today’s is it. many thanks Mega Big Flavor Shady

  4. zumarust said, on October 18, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I’m pulling for Texas to win their first World Series title.

  5. big flavor said, on October 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Yeah, rooting for Wash and Texas to win is a no-brainer at this point…..

  6. Bozo said, on October 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I can’t root for either of these teams. I’m hoping Selig pulls the plug on it at a tie, like the AS game. Neither of these teams win and as a bonus the Giants would still own the crown.

  7. twinfan1 said, on October 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

    One of the great things about that WS title was how it galvanized the entire Bay Area- more so than many other teams because they were indeed such a band of misfits. There were men that any fan could get behind- my goodness, Andres could have been born on Valencia, he was such a natural hero for the Latino community. Huff, the fun loving scamp, the elegant Renteria, the “Kid”, everything a million kids aspire to be… on and on, those “bandwagon fans” are what seperate the victory from a private little party to a once in a lifetime EVENT.. and now as this year ended in disappointment with many of last year’s heros having been shown to be mortal after all, it’s a good time to celebrate the year that was and the men who made it happen- why not bask a little more, who knows when it happens again- and whenever it does, it will be wonderful- but like your SECOND kiss..

    • TedSpe said, on October 18, 2011 at 10:05 am

      In the words of Detective Nick Yemana, “Very well put”

  8. twinfan1 said, on October 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I have no problem rooting for the Rangers. Washington is a delightful man and rooting for his team is like rooting against Beane- who absurdly passed Wash over for the incompetent Geren. Ron has shown some deficiencies in pen management, but part of that is a league thing. And what a postseason for Cruz- after making the last out in 2010, this must be sweet for him…

  9. twinfan1 said, on October 18, 2011 at 10:38 am

    And my goodness, this handshake business, it’s been made out to be bigger than this one:

  10. twinfan1 said, on October 18, 2011 at 11:13 am

    And with those brilliant observations, good night to all. My hours are a might different these days.

  11. blade3colorado said, on October 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I’m not certain that my disinterest extends to all sports when my team isn’t in it . . . “it” being the playoffs.

    Perhaps, the intensity of rooting for the Giants during the season and the let down of them not making the playoffs expended any additional energy I had for the Playoffs and World Series. However, I think it’s the former reason, because in recent years, I haven’t been able to root for the 49ers and Warriors, mostly being due to my disgust at both organizations being so dysfunctional. Ironically, when the Giants laid a brick for a couple of years after Bond’s departure, I still rooted for them, albeit I was pained at their predicament. Of course, I knew that management would right the ship . . . This wasn’t the case with the 49ers and Warriors. However, things might be turning around for both teams, i.e., the 49ers due to Harbaugh’s steady hand and the Warriors new ownership team. We shall see.

    Regardless, for you diehards that enjoy the baseball playoffs – regardless of the teams playing – I admire you. Me? I’m taking a pass . . .

    • blade3colorado said, on October 18, 2011 at 11:43 am

      One exception to the above post and all props go to Flav (as I noted numerous times previously) . . . Specifically, I know more about baseball, basketball, and football teams and players than at any time in my life, with the possible exception of my adolescence. Why? Participation in Fantasy Leagues . . . You released a monster Flav 🙂

      • big flavor said, on October 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

        same way for me, but it’s still exclusive to baseball. I have no interest in NBA fantasy and I’ve always been so bad at fantasy football I just don’t do it anymore…

  12. TedSpe said, on October 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    And on another note, the 2010 NLCS got hella better TV ratings than the 2011 NLCS.
    So stick that in your veggie plate La Russa

  13. Nipper said, on October 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Rooting for the Rangers? What a difference a year makes.

  14. D. Trumbo said, on October 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Larussa bugs me and I haven’t gotten over 87′, but I can’t root for a red state, especially one that begat Gwb and then elected the lamebrain Perry.

    But texas will win it in 6.

  15. unca_chuck said, on October 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Yeah, Texas is easy to root for. Esp after testing positive for coke. Ron “first time I’ve ever tried it” Washington must have though, hey I’m 57 years old, this is a good year to get into blow. . .

  16. unca_chuck said, on October 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Yeah, I hate LaRussa. Didn’t like him as a player. Didn’t like him as the A’s (what steroids?) manager.

    Don’t like him as the Cards manager.

    • Nipper said, on October 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      What about ARF?

      • unca_chuck said, on October 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        Bleep ARF.

      • blade3colorado said, on October 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        Yeah, his only redeeming trait is that he does good works for dogs and cats. Good line Chuck, “. . . I’m 57 years old, this is a good year to get into blow . . . ” Grin.

  17. unca_chuck said, on October 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I’ll put the games on in the background. This isn’t riveting TV, just something to glance at from time to time.

    If Washington is on his toes, he’s teaching his pitchers to field bunts.

  18. twinfan1 said, on October 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    This is the first day or night in awhile that there are no sports that I’d watch. I might watch Game 7 from last year again. Yeah, i know I should get a life. I’m looking, I’m looking…
    Not being able to build PCs has been a big blow.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Have you considered phone consulting? (he said, semi-seriously).

      Or even remote management? It ain’t building, but it’s troubleshooting . . .

      A netmeeting connection, and you can take over . . .

  19. blade3colorado said, on October 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I was chuckling about the McCourts finally settling their divorce. Per the article I read, “Some observers said one of the reasons behind the settlement may be the legal bills that have amassed over the past two years. The former couple has racked up more than $20 million in fees, according to court documents. “This ends it,” said Los Angeles family attorney Robert Nachshin. “They stop paying divorce lawyers and she gets $130 million.”

    This reminds me so much of my divorce, which was quite amicable, except my “ex to be” did not believe me when I showed her all our assets (e.g., stocks, pension, mutual funds, bonds, property, etc.) on the Quicken software program I maintained for investments, taxes, expenses, etc.

    Call this a microcosm case study of the McCourt settlement . . . I still recall my advice to my ex on the day she asked for a divorce, “Hey, I have no problem with the divorce and here is what 50 50 looks like on the Quicken program I have maintained of our assets. I suggest we do this without attorneys, so we keep all the money . . .”

    Fast forward 3 months later after the settlement, it was exactly what I told her, except minus the 20k attorney fee. LMAO!

  20. Nipper said, on October 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    You guys should get on the Cardinals bandwagon……soon to be WINNERS! They have the best unis and who cares about Dallas? Texas just cares about H.S. Football and the Cowboys.

  21. twinfan1 said, on October 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I can’t get the image of LaRussa as one of Santa’s elves out of my mind, it was the tights. No, Texas in 5..

  22. unca_chuck said, on October 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

    You’ve mentioned LaRussa in tights a few times. No idea what in God’s name yer talking about . . .

    • twinfan1 said, on October 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Actually, Craig mentioned it, I never did. That’s what implanted the image. I’d guess it was in the clubhouse celebration. It’s a hauntingly disgusting image…

    • TedSpe said, on October 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      Actually La Russa and any player he can talk into it perform in the Oakland Ballet’s Nutcraker every year. Spear carriers, basically. At least he used to do it.

      • Nipper said, on October 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

        He’s a man for all seasons! GO CARDS!

  23. zumarust said, on October 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Chuck, one of the reasons I like the Texas is BECAUSE they stuck with Washington, when they easily could have thrown him under the bus. Sticking with him said something positive about Nolan Ryan and the Rangers. I’m not going to dig the insufferable amount of camera shots of Ryan in the crowd, mostly looking like he’s really constipated, but still- a class move giving Washington another chance.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Yeah, Zume, of all states to get a 2nd chance after a coke bust, Texas would be about the LAST place one would want to be. I guess Wash never really got busted, but that usually doesn’t stop the good people of Texas from railroading/executing folks.

      If he wasn’t their baseball coach, he’d be doing 10-20 hard time . . .

      Speaking of Marion Berry, iisn’t someone on here from DC? I’m going out there w/the family this weekend . . . Haven’t been since 1973. . .

      • blade3colorado said, on October 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

        Wear a hard hat if you’re near the Washington monument or Cathedral.

      • Nipper said, on October 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

        Chuck in our nation’s capital? BLEEP!

      • blade3colorado said, on October 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        Not to worry Nip, the Secret Service has just been appraised and the President will be fine while Chuck is in D.C.

  24. twinfan1 said, on October 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Renteria just hit his game winner again- I get chills every time. And Edgar acts like he just hit a sac fly to tie it against Houston in April..

    • Big flavor said, on October 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Ha, excellent point. He DID run the bases like it was sac fly. What a night that was…

  25. twinfan1 said, on October 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Update on the AFL:

    Crawford still hitting, 9 for 25, double, two triples, 3 RBI, .967 OPS
    Brown 7 for 29 .241. 1 double, 1 triple, .678 OPS
    Panik 5 for 26, no extra basehits, 1 RBI .442 OPS

    For what it’s worth, they’re all outhitting Bryce Harper, who’s at a robust .129 with no homers..

    • Big flavor said, on October 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      I’ll be surprised if crawford isn’t the starting as next year. Crisp, maybe a “willingham”, that’s gonna be the extent of sabean’s FA work. I also think our lefty specialists are gone. Nor affordable to pay for an our a game.

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