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One. More. Win.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 28, 2012

Two years ago, in this same spot, I was a blubbery mess. Here’s what I wrote the day we won the world series in 2010:

“I woke up this morning, rolled out of bed and noticed something unusual:

I was at the top of Mount Everest. I took off my goggles, looked around….It’s the biggest world I’ve ever seen. I would worry about sun blindness except for the fact that all the light is radiating from me, not towards me. So I’m just sitting here, quietly, writing the words that you’re reading now, atop this goddamn mountain. As a  Giants fan, I’ve been Sisyphus. And yet this morning, here I sit next to my boulder at the top of Mount Everest, unsure of what to do next. If any of you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them……..”

This year, I’m feeling none of that. There’s no mountain or sun blindness or metro-sexual *Sisyphus* references. There is just me making my coffee in the dark this morning and mumbling to myself about how freaking easy it is to beat this fat Detroit team.

And maybe this year I’ve just got too much perspective for my own good. I find myself focusing less on this impending accomplishment and more on my anger towards the national media. I’m not going to mention any names because it would be an indirect acknowledgment of their human existence and since I don’t think they deserve that I’m not going to go there. I have tweeted out my displeasure recently for at least one internet-media-whore.

I know why no one ever gives the Giants any credit. It’s for 2 key reasons.

1) Barry Bonds. There are countless writers and media people who will never let Barry Bonds stop them from carrying a personal bias against San Francisco. And they continue to punish the current team for their feelings about Barry Bonds. That makes no sense.

2) The Giants don’t have a bunch of players with standout saberstats. No one loves new numbers more than me. But the saber-stat world is not immune to a pendulum swing and that’s where we are right now. We’ve got lots of math-guys trying to force us into buying into every saber-stat out there. Go read articles at fangraphs for an hour and you’ll see countless examples of it. You feel stupid if you don’t just shrug and go, “Yeah boy, that x-FIP number really jumps out at you. That pitcher is SOOOOO much worse than his 15 wins were this year.”

Except for the fact that an xFIP number, just like almost every saber stat, has nothing to do with how many wins your team actually gets or how your team actually plays together. Saber-stats are good for one thing: possibly identifying a player who is either more or less valuable than the general population thinks he is based off the obvious stats that casual fans know about–HR’s, RBI’s, wins, ERA, stuff like that. This is very important in fantasy baseball and can make or break your season based on decisions you make to add/drop/trade/keep certain players. But in the real baseball world, saber-stats aren’t as important as wins or how a player will perform on a given day. The Giants don’t have too many fantasy studs on their team. And this concludes my second point for why the Giants so consistently get shit on by the national media.

The Chronicle published an article by Al Saracevic, who I suppose must be a writer in Detroit. It was a brilliant article that I read twice and it covers perfectly why we won last night, why we have won this post season and why we will be winning the 2012 world series. Here it is:

http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Ballgame-s-little-moments-equal-a-win-3987749.php

And you don’t need a calculator to figure out how the Giants are doing this. Just use your eyes. Momentum, confidence, cohesiveness, karma and a team performing successfully under pressure are the main reasons we are on the cusp of this great accomplishment.

I missed the parade in 2010.

I will not miss it this year.

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  1. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Told you all we were gonna get to Scherzer!!!
    James….Think Posey is fine now!!!

  2. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Hey Ed, my man . . . This is in regard to your 6:35pm post that I thought you might find funny. A younger friend of mine, Jeremy, met me for coffee the other day. This dude has been going through a separation with his wife, but had been working on getting back together. She is absolutely gorgeous and is model material, but unfortunately, she thinks her shit doesn’t stink.

    Anywho, while I was in California, his reconciliation with his wife went south. They were getting along and going to counseling and things seemed fine. However, she had an affair while he was working in Glenwood Springs (almost a couple of hundred miles away). She was quite cruel to him while he was gone on this work trip, i.e., ignoring his messages, phone calls and even stood him up for dinner when he got back from the trip. He finally sat down with her to discuss the last few weeks and he asked her point blank, “Are you having an affair?” She admitted that she was seeing someone.

    Here’s the kicker . . . He is a professional baseball player in Italy. Apparently, his wife thinks that’s a big deal and is impressed by this . . .

    Hey, I don’t know for sure, but I would imagine playing professional baseball in Italy is comparable to being the night shift janitor at a hotel. Oh, he’s also 31 (which is like being almost eligible for social security in baseball terms). In short, this guy has no prospects.

    You had to be there, but both Jeremy and I were cracking up so much, that I almost spewed my coffee through my nose when he told me this story. Anywho, he has moved on and is trying to figure out the financial split with her.

    • James said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Playing professional baseball in Italy? Sounds like a dream job to me, especially if you can afford to line your cellar with Barolos and Brunellos.

      • blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

        That story totally went over your head . . . Go to Italy and play baseball James. I’m certain that you’ll be in MLB in no time.

      • James said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        Blade, I got the story. Sorry for the orthogonal post.

      • blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        De nada . . . I don’t imbibe anymore, so wouldn’t be a biggie for me. 🙂

  3. twinfan1 said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I’m telling you right now- there’s a dog, a cat, and 7,000 fleas who can tell you I called that HR..not going for it? I’ll get a note as soon as I teach one of them to write…

  4. James said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Ha, sit down fat man — here’s hoping Trout wins the MVP!

  5. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    tough luck losing a wife, nothing he will not get over. I have been to Glenwood springs, lovely area.
    Most Euro/World players are like good college players, ex-mlb minor leaguers. They do not make as much money as Euro league basketball players, but Italy is nice and he should have enough money to get by. In the recent qualifying tournament Spain came in-between an Israeli v Germany final. hehe

  6. James said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Why the fuck do you throw anything over the plate to a guy with 20 walks?

  7. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    pussy tigers, hitting with the wind. takes a real man; a giant to hit it out to left

    • Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Thinking the.same thing Edd.Real men like Posey smashes them out to LF.Pussy’s like Cabera&Young need to ride the wind.

  8. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    bullpen battle, Detroit?

    like I said
    left field men

  9. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I didn’t catch if they said rain or snow there????

    • eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      I got rain and 39F

  10. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Don’t get me wrong,cause i love and respect the military.
    But Jesus fucking Christ,The Blue Knights were “Horrible” singing,God Bless America.

    • blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Yeah, unlike that Air Force woman that sang the other night, that was a horrible rendition.

    • James said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      It was those Chief Master Sargeants.

    • eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      I liked that Irish SF Cop, he was manly man singer

  11. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Leylands an idiot to leave Dotel in to face Panda,with the lefty Coke ready to go.

    • eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      unless panda hits it right at someone

    • Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Guess i am now,but Coke seemed liked the logical move.

  12. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Nasty pitching to Carbera and Fatso by Affeldt!!

  13. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Ks another fat ass!

  14. James said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    The 3 piggies just got taken to market.

  15. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Heart of the order…no problem says Affeldt…K K K

  16. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Let’s end this facade right here. Base hit Pence!

  17. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Belt needs to belt one!

  18. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Coke is the deeroid reliever I worry about the most

  19. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Coke can sure bring the “Country Hardball”…Might have needed Roy Hobbs up there.

  20. James said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    That was impressive. The 2-1 pitch to Belt was the one shot we had.

  21. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Was hoping the Giants would have a Coke and a Smile and tell the Tiggers to Shut the Fuck Up!

  22. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Affeldt is dealing.

  23. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Fuck. My heart stopped when Pagan was almost “circling” for that Peralta drive. No need to call 911 . . . this time. 🙂

  24. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Gail had the paddles ready….CLEAR!

  25. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Man that had see you tomorrow night swing by Peralta all over it.Great pitching by Affeldt!!!

  26. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Oooh, that sucker has broken wrist written all over it.Infante is hurting bigtime!

  27. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Let’s win this fucker in Extras and break their hearts!

  28. Irish Kevin said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Crap, if I never see Casilla pitch another game it won’t be soon enough!!

  29. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Extra innings…great, Chi or Blade can you reset the paddles?
    Clear…Oh shit…I said Clear…..

  30. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    End it Angel. You can do it.

  31. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Coke self destruct? We’ll take that too. Come on Gmen!

  32. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Give me a Scoots&Coke basehit please.

  33. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Serious BassBall

  34. Macdog said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    MARCO THE MAGNIFICENT!

    • blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Glad to see you’re still up Mac. 🙂

  35. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Fucken ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    that theriot for DH is working out

  37. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    RIOT!

  38. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Scoots with the big hit again!

  39. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Fuck Yeah!!! A Scoots& Coke special!!!!!!!

  40. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Time to close this mother fucker out!!!

  41. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    OH SHIT! If they win, do we have permission to call it a dynasty???????

    Fuck ya all . . . Going to call it that anyway! 🙂

    • Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      You betcha Blade!!! Fuck anybody back East that can’t admit it!!!!

      • blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm

        Damn straight kat. With ya all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    just a little early off of second

  43. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Scoots hitting /700+ w/RISP. UN-fucking-BELIEVABLE!

  44. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    will eddacker be able to get the celebratory brandy out?
    will eddacker have a hangover monday morning?
    will the parade be epic?

  45. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I WILL make the fucking parade this time!

  46. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Romo Time to wrap up.”OUR FUCKING 2nd WORLD SERIES in 3 YEARS”!!!!
    Theriot another unsung hero!!!!!

  47. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    We got those MOFOs were we want them.

  48. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Yeah baby…2 more outs!

  49. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Damn, soaking this shit in. Hot damn! One more out and we are World Champions again.

  50. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    ONE more! Go Romo!

  51. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    One more Baby,Romo dealing K’s

  52. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    A strike out would really put the exclamation mark on this win.

  53. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    our game did not leave us tonight, still in this.
    too bad it had to be Omar, but let’s make sure the Tigers know we were in town
    battered bruised broken and embarrassed

  54. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  55. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Flappers, we are the Champions again.

    Giants rule the World once more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    TWO TIME World Champions in the last three years!

  57. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    We Are The World Champions!!!!!
    Nothing better!!!!
    Dynasty!!!
    Nobody has it better then us!!
    Black&Orange Forever!!
    Swept their Asses!!!!

  58. twinfan1 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Miguel meet Howard. Miquel meet Cruz,,,,

  59. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    GLOAT – /GLOAT
    BASKING FULLY ON

  60. Macdog said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    We score, we SWEEEEEEEEEEEP!

    WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!

  61. willedav said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    somebody had said the riot was gonna do something, dont remember who. Scuts with the GWRBI, nails.
    I was waiting for romo to come in–unbelievable cojones.

  62. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT
    GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT
    GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT
    GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT

  63. James said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Dynasty!!!!

  64. willedav said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    campiones mundial…otra vez!

  65. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    so nice to see theriot get some game action
    romo-freakin-lights-out and I mean out

  66. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    AWESOME to share it with you guys! I hope to see a number of you at the parade!

    World Fucking Champions! AGAIN!!

  67. eddacker said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    flavor is somewhere quietly weeping with total knowing dude heart

  68. Alleykat said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    God.this team is “Awesome”!!!
    Thank you Bruce Bochy,Sabes,and every Giant player and Flapper,im in tears.of joy right now!!
    Love all you guys/gals…And a Hollering out WOoooooHoooooooo! to you Ferrett!!!!!

  69. Irish Kevin said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Grab some pine triple crown chump

  70. Bozo said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

    Every two years like clock work – Fuck you, all and GO GIANTS

  71. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Flavor is not the only one weeping…I am crying like a baby! So proud of this team. Six elimination games could not stop destiny!

  72. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Who is series MVP? Posey?

  73. blade3colorado said, on October 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    All you Flappers going to the city parade – HAVE A BLAST! Flav told me last night he is definitely going. Chi, have fun there buddy! Ted lives there, so he’s probably at the Civic Center watching all this. So happy for all of you actually being there and soaking this in. Wow! 50 plus years of futility and now 2 of these frickin’ World Series in the last 3 years. I wish my grandfather was here with me to see this. Unbelievable! 🙂

  74. Irish Kevin said, on October 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    What a pitch by Romo, I wonder who called that? Posey,Bochy, or Romo??

    • James said, on October 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      It was a mistake down the middle of the plate!!!

  75. chipower9 said, on October 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Yeah, Steve…definitely going to the parade. You NEED TO come out for it, dude! Seriously!!!


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