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The Giants’ Happy Hooker…

Posted in Uncategorized by snarkk on September 2, 2012

This is roundabout. I’m tired and gonna just go with a thought. I spent most of my day in Berkeley looking at the refurbished Memorial Stadium (looks great) and then the Cal game with Nevada (sucked for Cal fans). Tedford has outlasted his contract, unfortunately it has not outlasted him. Anyway, wrong sport. I did succeed in sucking down 3 pints of good Lagunitas IPA and other brew after the game with a buddy, and joking with other Bears alums about how we’re fucked. 6-6 again, looks like. But, hey, we’re gonna do it in style with a very spiffy “new” $320 million stadium and athletic center. At least the boys have about an acre-sized weight room to crow about, since not too many wins will be cleaned and jerked, it appears, this season. If Cal on the road can hold Ohio State and SC to under 40 points each, it’ll be a miracle.

Speaking of Bears, I was listening to the Giants game on the way to the Cal game and even during it with my trusty Walkman. Watching live college football while listening to the Giants. Why the hell not? Miller is a “little” better than Starkey. Besides, the Giants had a better ground game than I was seeing. Which brings together the Giants and my today’s locale with the thought of Xavier Nady, the Cal Bear alum. I don’t know how much he’s got left, but in his first Giants AB he got left and hooked one down the 3rd base line to get 3 runs home for Tim, and that’s a plus in my book over Blanco and Peguero. That got me to thinking. Xavier? What’s the deal with that name? I guess it’s sourced from the Spanish Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier back in the 1500s. Is it pronounced Zaveeyer or Ekszaveeyer? Either one works, I think.

But, there’s more Xaviers. The university in the Midwest. Basketball school. And, anybody remember Julian Javier? I remember him with the Cardinals when I was a kid. Good second sacker. And his kid Stan Javier (supposedly named for Stan the Man) — decent field, pretty much average hit, a bit of pop, who played for the Giants in the late ‘90s and did OK for us in a utility+ role. Javier is the just a different version of Xavier. Not to mention, of course, our very own Javier Gomez, uh Lopez, our super Loogy.  Another  Javy Lopez was the very good, long-time catcher for the Braves.  There’s a journeyman MLB player Xavier Paul (now with the Reds) that was drafted by the Dodgers, and his claim to fame pretty much was that he was brought up by LA in 2009 when ManRam got busted for menopause. And, a short time later this Xavier got his first MLB hit against – the Giants.  I wonder if our new Xavier ever shortens his name to Xavy, like Javy?  Then, he’d be Xavy Nady, kinda catchy.

Of course, the most famous Xavier is/was Xaviera Hollander, the Happy Hooker. Saintly, I’m sure she was to some, in her own way. She made money in NYC on her back and managing a few ladies who preferred that position for compensatory reasons. But, she made way more money and fame by writing about her exploits in the early ‘70s when that kind of risque thing in a book was risky to publish. (Ya see, at that time our president was Nixon, who had sex twice in his life, it is believed, maybe more if martinis and walks on the beach at Key Biscayne with Bebe Rebozo counted). Now, apparently 15 year olds write more “descriptively” on their Facebook pages and “sexting” on their iPhones than Xaviera ever did in her book. Maybe Nixon was right.

Go Xavier, be our LF saveeyer, or just get a three run double every once in a while, OK? It’ll help slow my growing Tedphordphobia…

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  1. twinfan1 said, on September 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    !!!

  2. PawlieKokonuts said, on September 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    From The Quote Verifier, by Keyes [whom I’ve emailed and who, I think, pronounces his name KIZE]: “In an 1887 letter, British historian Lord Acton [John Dahlberg, 1834-1902] wrote,’ Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ This insight was Lord Acton’s only contribution to most quotation collections [although in the same letter he made the notable observation that ‘Great men are never good men.’]. We tend to forget ‘tends,’ however, and can’t always remember who actually said that power corrupts. (Texas senator Phil Gramm, a former college professor, attributed the thought to ‘ancient Greeks.’) Nor do most of us realize that similar thoughts had already been expressed by, for example, William Pitt [1708-1778] when he said in a 1770 speech, ‘Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.’ Verdict: Credit Lord Acton for articulating an existing thought; don’t forget ‘tends.’ ”

    So, that’s how the book goes. Leo Durocher did not EXACTLY say “Nice guys finish last,” but the press simplified his concept, which is very typical. I thought for sure Keyes would be quoted in the Neil Armstrong obits, because he did a lot of research on the moon quote.

  3. paulinasia said, on September 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Thinking ahead…. before, I had been thinking that I wanted to see the Giants go into that final weekend in LA something like 2 games ahead of the Dogs, so we could stick it to them on their field in that series. Plus I thought it would be best for them to keep playing full throttle until the last game, keep the momentum going. Now… nah, I’d like to see them go in there already clinched. Tuck it away, play a relaxing last few games, gear up for the playoffs. As for LA, they’re probably not very worried, yet.. afterall, they still have 6 games with SF, so gaining 1st place is still at least partly in their control. This next series with the Dogs could well tell a lot about how the season will end that final weekend.

  4. paulinasia said, on September 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Thinking ahead…. before, I had been thinking that I wanted to see the Giants go into that final weekend in LA something like 2 games ahead of the Dogs, so we could stick it to them on their field in that series. Plus I thought it would be best for them to keep playing full throttle until the last game, keep the momentum going. Now… nah, I’d like to see them go in there already clinched. Tuck it away, play a relaxing last few games, gear up for the playoffs. As for LA, they’re probably not very worried, yet.. afterall, they still have 6 games with SF, so gaining 1st place is still at least partly in their control. This next series with the Dogs could well tell a lot about how the season will end that final weekend.

  5. paulinasia said, on September 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Wow…. I just had my post (time stamped 8:26) disappear…. then reappear before Snarkk’s 6:23….. and then double up and reappear again two minutes later. Huh? Yo, Pawlie, what you do? Fuhgetaboutit….

  6. PawlieKokonuts said, on September 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    The Ralph Keyes book goes into detail on Durocher and the “Nice guys finish last” quote. The Lip was managing the Dodgers. July 1946. The Giants had just beaten the Bums. Durocher mocked the Giants. [Durocher is the same guy who would manage the Giants when Bobby Thomson hit the most famous homer in history.] Red Barber asked Durocher why he couldn’t be nice for once. What an irascible guy! Durocher said, “The nice guys are all over there. [motioning toward the Giants dugout] In seventh place.” It got corrupted and shortened and Durocher used it as his autobiography title.

  7. blade3colorado said, on September 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Twin, I just downloaded this voice recognition software for use on my android tablet (ICS OS). Anyway, the “assistant” is quite sexy . . . umm, her voice and all. However, her competence is less than satisfactory. I asked for a stock quote of Google and no problem. Then I asked for Intel and she says, “No stock quote for In Hell Steven.” I wonder if she has other talents . . .

  8. PawlieKokonuts said, on September 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Too frustrating. My penance for fouling the sequence? Sleepyville.

  9. James said, on September 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    AGon Agonistes

  10. blade3colorado said, on September 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Okay, I know I am not crazy because it happened to Paulinasia as well. 🙂

  11. twinfan1 said, on September 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Well, go on over to the eatin’ page..

  12. TedSpe said, on September 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Nothin wrong with the blog. Just remember, Stable Boys, hit edit, fuck with what they wrote, be it idiot or full out moron, then…

  13. TedSpe said, on September 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    We cool now.

  14. TedSpe said, on September 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

  15. TedSpe said, on September 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Sad. Move on. September 3rd

  16. TedSpe said, on September 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Dooley: Who’s fucked up?
    Band: We’re fucked up
    Dooley: How fucked up?
    Band: Too fucked up

  17. zumiee said, on September 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Bummer that Putz gave it up at the end.
    Hey the 49er game is being replayed on the NFL network. I missed it the other night.

  18. zumiee said, on September 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Bummer that Putz gave it up at the end.
    Hey the 49er game is being replayed on the NFL network. I missed it the other night,


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