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An Unexpected Outcome

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 9, 2012

I was staring at this pitching line earlier today. It’s like it’s come from another planet or another time continuum. I’m not into astrology in the slightest but trip out on that pitching line.

1 “9”

4 “4’s”

9 “0’s”

And now for some weird fun with numbers:

It’s April 9th— “4/9”

Today was Zito’s 44th win as a Giant

Had he lost, we would have started the season “0-4”

There are probably other bizarre 4-9-0 connections that I’m missing……..

I mean, am I being too weird0-girly to get the heebie jeebies over this pitching line?

The same way I’ll never forget Rowand for his no-hitter saving catch to preserve Dirrrrrty’s no-no, I’ll never forget how huge Zito was today. He was a man-child today. After all of his ant-small performances, especially the 2nd to last game of the 2010 season, I still almost can’t believe what he pulled off today.

And that pitching line is down right eerie……….

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  1. DJLoo said, on April 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I’m 4’9″.

    • TedSpe said, on April 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Huh. How proud you must be

      • DJLoo said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:35 am

        Better than being an old homo…

  2. DJLoo said, on April 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Your football team is the 49ers.

  3. DJLoo said, on April 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Giants scored 7 runs today which amazingly is the square root of 49.

  4. paulinasia said, on April 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Cosmic numbers, all. It’s fitting. We were all living in Bizarro World yesterday, courtesy of … no, I can’t say it. Bizarro World is a fine place to visit now and then, a peak at a wrinkle in the cosmos. Now back to our regular programming….

  5. twinfan1 said, on April 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I barely watched the game. Unlike my younger days, I hate day games. I didn’t predict anything for him other than that he would continue his despicably evil ways, so I nailed that. He can now suck with immunity for the rest of the month..

  6. Alleykat said, on April 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Damm nasty .044 WHIP as well.

  7. snarkk said, on April 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I saw and heard none of the game. I did hear the post game highlights, which I find still unbelievable. This is either a Twilight Zone performance that is the Zito Zenith of his stay with the Giants that portends for the next start and beyond a nasty fall over the precipice back into the reality of pitching Hades, OR it is the start of an inexplicable ascent back to respectability. For now, I can’t say which; I fear the former is truth, but hope for the latter. Regardless of the future Zito, I drink in congratulations tonite my one finger of Bulleit to the present Zito, he of the former and perhaps future bad karma, who for at least today, made a pact with Rod Serling, and Rod performed his part of the bargain — beyond all human and earthly expectation….

  8. TedSpe said, on April 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Don’t get caught up, gentlemen(?)

    • TedSpe said, on April 9, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Granted, I first thought it was Robert Pattinson

    • gianthead said, on April 10, 2012 at 6:34 am

      That would be Tebow…

  9. Nipper said, on April 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

    The bases loaded double by Crawford was a nice bonus.

  10. gianthead said, on April 10, 2012 at 6:29 am

    We have discovered the formula for Zito….have him pitch with a 4 pm start every time! They control the schedule, just do it Giants.

    Also, it seems that zito pitches better on the road than at home. Anyone have the breakdown with his road starts and how about road day games versus night games???

    Can we get a couple good months out of Zito and then someone like the Red Sox panic and make a desperate move to get him????

    • gianthead said, on April 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

      4 pm east coast:)

      • PawlieKokonuts said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

        someone should check; betcha the game started at 4:09 EDT

    • willieD said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

      this cannot possibly be filed under anyone’s “just as I predicted” posts. Tremendous lift for the team, bochy, rags et al. And of course complete day of rest for the pen as well as Posey, while Hector gets 9 innings of shut out ball to his 2012 debut. this stuff is all good, and whatever happens later no one knows.

  11. twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Since Zito’s day will ultimately just be a bizarre curiosity, there are more important thing things to take from the game: Hector’s performance, Melky and Pablo continuing good starts, Huff on base 3 times.. negatives: still nothing from the lead off spot, and nothing from our second basemen..Crawford had a big hit but needs more consistency.
    Next: Tim’s poor Sempteber of 2011, poor spring, and poor first start is only a mild concern, we can ratchet it up a level if he doesn’t have a good outing tomorrow.

    • snarkk said, on April 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Hoping for a bad Timmeh outing?…

  12. Bozo said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I don’t recall EVER saying that the Zitman made my day, yesterday he did.

    Warning, non baseball story and a tragic comedy at that. I think a lot of you know what kind of year I had last year. The little village I live in was threatened by a wildfire and hit heavily by huricane Irene. My wife and I have been going through paperwork with insurance companys, FEMA, our Bank etc. Beside repairing our house we decided to have that bad boy raised eight feet (our house is up three feet right now and we took just under two feet of water in the house). We took the offer from some friends to live in their little fishing cabin across the canal ditch from us for the few months that the work to our place is going to go through. Now, this cabin also took on water and the neighbors had stripped this place down, I mean way down. We put in a new water heater, a stove, had the phone and cable hooked up, did some painting and cleaning (while we are tearing out kitchen cabinets and doing what repairs at our place that we can do). Moved a bunch of stuff that we’d need for a couple of months, got all our animals over here and life was good, living in something akin to a very cheap motel. So the other night we had the stove on, TV, two computers and we get a brown out thing. The electric company comes out and tells us that half of the main switch to the electric panal has burned out. We are talking about a 100 amp panal that was probably put into the place in the 30s (I said into but the panal is actually outside). So no stove but a couple of outlets still work (kept the fridge, some lights and the computers running). An electrician comes out and says repairs are going to be more than a grand, bear in mind we are having a shit load of work that’s scheduled for our own house and our budget is very tight. So the guy starts looking around and telling me all this place will need when he notices that the cabin may not be be to code on the cement pillars/foundation that it’s on.He says he will have to tell the building inspector about it and possibly have the place condemed. I’m freaking out, our place is scheduled to go up next week, I don’t know where we will be able to stay with our animals, how I’m going to tell the wife or even how I’m going to tell the neighbors that are letting us use their, ah, cabin what is about to happen. Well the electrician calls me back and says he dropped the dime on us to the county building inspector and the inspector told him that there are a lot of places down in this village that are probably not up to all building codes and the only thing he will come out and inspect is the elctrical work that this guy does. So I have a reprive, turn on MLB.com and watch the game. The wife and I are to the point where we can only laugh at this shit now, I mean what else can you do? The Giants win and soon after all the power goes off here. We packed up the animals and some overnight stuff and head back to our place (we still have power and gas for the next couple of days). This morning I strung a 100 foot extension cord across the canal to keep this fridge, internet and phone working in the ah, cabin.
    Zito pitched a CG shutout at Coors field, I think the wife and I can find a way to survive and hopefully keep on laughing. Thanks Barry.

    • PawlieKokonuts said, on April 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      you and Stix are Co-Chairmen of the Proto-Uber-Primitive Survivalists Society

      • Bozo said, on April 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

        Yeah Pawlie, I’m 20 miles from the nearest anything. I’ve got water on one side and a 150,000 acre wildlife refuge on all others. A huge change from Potrero Hill in SF.

  13. twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I was freaking out with you as I read your post, John. Thank goodness it won’t be as bad as thought. You’ve had quite a time, my best to you..

    • Bozo said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Thanks Michael, it hasn’t been anything close to what you’ve been going through but I gotta tell ya, yesterday about sent me over the edge. We are going to fix the electrical and in the meantime I’m still going up to DC for the Nats opener while the wife and dog stay at a friends house for a couple of days. We are also going down to New Orleans for a couple weeks at the end of the month so those things are a big help to our frame of mind (in my case there probably isn’t much left to frame).

  14. unca_chuck said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    0 walks has to be the most inexplicable thing about all this.

  15. unca_chuck said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

    He was walking high schoolers/A guys his last ST outing. . .

  16. wswin said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Love the “unknown comic” like picture of Zeke Twin….My best friend of almost 14 years Maggie the hound went to heaven Easter sunday nite, after they blew a 6-0 lead. I’m giving her the credit for Zito’s performance yesterday…

    • twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Well, it was supposed to be a Rockie fan’s dog after the disgrace of losing to Zito. Chuck renamed it “Zeke”. Anyway, my sympathies to you, losing a pet can be devastating. I just teared up a bit thinking of it.

    • PawlieKokonuts said, on April 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      little doubt in my mind that vet undertakers see more grown men cry than funeral directors

  17. unca_chuck said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Yikes, Bozo. Real nice of that electrician to fuck with the people who are trying to stick around . . .

    You got Yelp down there? (insert winky face thing . . .)

    • Bozo said, on April 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Yeah Chuck, after I paid the guy 100 bucks just to come out here he asked if I needed a receipt. I told him yeah, we’re keeping track of everything. That’s when he told me that since this was an official visit that he had to report it. So I handed him back the receipt and said now it wasn’t official. As he was driving away, he leaned out the window and said he still had to report it. Luckily the county inspector knows what’s going on. I’m sure he also knows that the people in this little village have a motto that it’s easier to ask for forgivness than it is to ask for permission. So I know the guy has seen a lot of buildings that bypass a shit load of codes.

  18. irishman5574 said, on April 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Gwen Knapp article on SFGATE

    Barry Zito can write sequel to Alex Smith’s story

    No, no, the only way Zito does that is if he has a better than .500 winning record.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/09/SPDK1O0ST3.DTL#ixzz1resUfsO6

    • unca_chuck said, on April 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

      We are a LOOOOOOONG way from redemption in Zito’s case. Bubbles goes 18-4 and wins a couple playoff starts, and it’ll come close.

      • Nipper said, on April 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

        So demanding Chuck!

      • J-Bone said, on April 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

        At this point, they would be happy as a dog with two dicks with 9-13. Maybe the kid Sanchez will help. Nothing else has.

  19. twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Well, let’s see- 18-4 as Chuckles points out. Wins the division clincher. Wins the NLDS clincher. Loses the NLCS 7th game when Theriot lets a grounder go through his legs, letting two runs to score as they lose 2-0 in the 9th.
    And he’s still hated…

    • irishman5574 said, on April 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I have to say my dislike of Zito, while it is border line hate. it does not match how Dennis feels about A Smith.

  20. twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Smith was getting ripped by many on the Insider for volunteering in the search for missing Sierra LaMar, he went himself initially, then brought several teammates along.BTW, he originally volunteered anonymously. Mark Klaas eventually convinced him that celebrity participation was helpful in the effort.


  21. gianthead said, on April 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Bozo, where is your place again? We were just in Duck last week freezing our butts off…

    • Bozo said, on April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      I’m closer to Manteo and Manns Harbor, the inland side of the Sound. We did have a bit of a cold spell which gave us a few days off from the fucking mosquitos.

  22. Chico said, on April 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I deal with contractors/subcontractors and building inspectors on a daily basis and that’s almost unheard of Bozo. An electrician, who runs off of a private business license rats on a piece of property that might not be up to code? If that happened here, that dude wouldn’t get any work (he’d be finished) because word would spread. Any chance you can get another bid/electrician out there? That’s the ultimate dick move right there.

    • Bozo said, on April 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Chico, we’ve got another guy coming out who’s more used to dealing with some of these older places. We will be telling the contractor who is handling the repairs on our place NOT to use the guy I had out here yesterday.

      • ewisco said, on April 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        go on Yelp and rat the guy out.

      • Chico said, on April 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        Good move. When I read what you wrote my jaw dropped. Good luck to and yours Bozo..

        +1 on what ewisco said.

      • Bozo said, on April 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        From what we’re hearing the county inspector wasn’t to pleased with the guy. I guess he tried to write off the whole thing saying he was worried about his own liability and the inspector told him his liability ended after he told me what electrical work needed to be done.
        We’ve been pretty stressed and this guy just about broke me down. I’m just glad the inspector knows what we’re all going through out here (the first inspector the guy called actually lives in the village and told him flat out he wasn’t inspecting anyone’s temporary home).

  23. ewisco said, on April 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Too early for an off day. I need a game! I need my FIX!!

    withdrawal. Maybe I’ll watch the A’s game.

    oh, the humanity.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Sorry, that’s not baseball . . .

      • ewisco said, on April 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

        I don’t know, that cespedes kid looks pretty exciting.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Personally I’m gong to watch game 1 of the Atl series where Timmy struck out 14 and out-pitched Derek Lowe 1-0.

    • willieD said, on April 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      last night you could have had your own personal vendor…could not have been 5K there. anyway, only thing to watch is cespedes in BP. If the A’s had any sense, they’d let people in just for that, with side option to stick around and watch the game.

  24. PawlieKokonuts said, on April 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Magnus, exactly what are you trying to imply with the “weirdo-girly” comment in your post? Because obviously that makes me a skirt-wearer around these parts. But, hey, the Giants ARE in San Francisco. [If this isn’t leading with one’s chin — the putative title of my autobiography — I don’t know what is.]

  25. St said, on April 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    The word on Freddie S is encouraging, although Baggs says he still hasn’t made the “tough” plays. Anyone buying he’ll contribute again? Does anyone believe Theriot or Burriss is the answer? Got me looking at Culberson (turned 23 today!) again and wondering…

    • blade3colorado said, on April 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      No, no, and maybe.

  26. willieD said, on April 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    realize too, with B and T not doing anything to write home about as twin mentioned earlier, craw’s job should hold up for at least another month regardless. Right now he has more rbis than anyone on the entire team not named Pablo, so he could survive some offensive suckitude as long as he continues to play D. And if SF continues to score runs, it ain’t gonna matter what he does at the plate, job will be his.

    • DJLoo said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      I think there was a year when Gene Michael was leading the Yanks In RBI’s into June…

  27. paulinasia said, on April 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    About 2B, I had hoped that Burriss would see more action, give him a chance to see if he could carry over his good spring. If Theriot is the guy at 2nd, ugh ugh and triple ugh (ok, I’ll stop saying that, I’ve said it too many times, about both the ‘Ot’s, and of course the other one is gone already). But, not much to complain about the offense so far, very exciting.

    • Alleykat said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Theriot is not the answer anywhere on the infield,his D sucks donkey dick.But Boch will always want a Vet guy around.Still alittle stunned he didnt keep Whitey,but Sanchez is making that point mook.He’s Zito’s personal Catcher now as it should be.

      • twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm

        That vet nonsense has been totally shot down, get over it.

      • twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        Haven’t checked the whole league but Giants position players are youngest in the division at 27.8
        28.9 dbacks
        30.3 bums
        30.2 rockies
        28.3 Padres

      • DJLoo said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

        Pretty meaningless……One or two roster moves and it probably turns upside down.

      • paulinasia said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        That’s true, Loo. Replacing Theriot with Arias would make them even younger. (I think. Actually, I don’t know how old Arias is)…

      • twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        Yeah, I hear they’re looking at Jim Kaat… It’s not meaningless at all, they have 3 position players over 30… in 2006, at one point 7 of 8 starters were over 30, plus 5 who played at one time or the other. The change from Alou’s last year is dramatic and signifant..

      • DJLoo said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        Why are you blaming Alou for the 2006 geezer squad?. He wasn’t the GM.

      • twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        Didn’t “blame” Alou, it was just to delineate the change. But Alou had plenty of input. And he’s the one who played 7 vets in the starting LU while the “kids” sat. But the blame thing is for others.

    • paulinasia said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Good stuff, a rather amazing turnaround in average age. AND offensive performance, so far…

      • twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm

        2006, Alou’s last year, average age of the position players was 33.6. Pitching staff is a little older today-29.5.

  28. twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Arias doesn’t like Fresno, I hear the Dominican food sucks. 4 games 2 HR 11 RBI… he wants the big time…(4 errors, though)

  29. blade3colorado said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Per the SF Gate, “According to a report by Sports Illustrated, 78% of former NFL players are bankrupt or near-bankrupt within two years of retirement. In the NBA, that number is 60% within the first five years out of the league.”

    Wow! I wonder what the percentage is for baseball??? Lenny Dykstra sticks out in my mind and there are probably quite a few more . . .

  30. paulinasia said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Agree that the Bochy vet stuff is done at this point; starting Theriot over Burriss 3 of the 4 games is the only example of going with “the vet” in this exciting lineup this season. And I do think that if Burriss does get more starts and does his job, he will supplant Theriot there (unless it’s time for Freddy to return, which, obviously, is less than a sure thing)…. And, good to hear that Arias is tearing it up in Raisin Town. Could possibly replace Theriot when they dump the other ‘Ot’… 🙂

    • Flavor said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      I’m sure Arias gets a chance after Freddy comes back and breaks/blow out something……

      • paulinasia said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

        And/or if Theriot can’t break .200 …..

  31. blade3colorado said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I read an SI article today, while on an elliptical at the gym, and I can’t recall the average age, but KC was the youngest in the league.

    • Nipper said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      That means they’re going to lose a lot.

  32. Alleykat said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Some Monday night Minor League Highlights…
    Fresno beat Vegas 9-3.
    LF-Christan 4-5 HR
    2B-Culberson 3-4 HBP
    SS-Arias 3-4,2HR’s 6 RBI’s
    SP-Petit 6 IP 7 H 2Runs 1BB 4K’s
    AA- Richmond Secret Squrrels defeated Bowie (Jim?) 5-4
    CF-Gary Brown 0-5, still batting .333 however
    LF- Chris Dominquez 4-4 HR,2B,SB now has 4 doubles for the season already
    C-Johnny Monell 2-3 2B,SB

  33. twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Brown is actually .261.

  34. twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Another 5 shut out innings for Vogelsong, BTW.

  35. DJLoo said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Alou was on his way to winning a pennant going 74-40 with a young Expo team before the strike in ’94. I guess management wouldn’t give in to his demands for a bunch of over the hill vets.

    • twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      No doubt.

      • twinfan1 said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        For some people, information is some kind of blame. It’s a fact that Alou at one time had 7 of his 8 starters over 30. I didn’t make a value judgement about that, most of the kids sucked. The point is to note the dramatic change from then. And 5 years younger is indeed dramatic. And while Sabean may have final say, Alou and now Bochy have input. Bochy’s team is much younger.

  36. DJLoo said, on April 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    David Wright has a broken pinky. Definitely out for the Giant series next week. Everybody pretend to be sad.

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2012 at 5:03 am

      why? Did he die? 🙂

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