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Day Game Thread!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 11, 2013

…for those of you in that 18-120 age range who are able to watch the game today.

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  1. twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Having worked all my life, being able to now enjoy all of the games is one nice reward.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Working at home has its advantages as well.

  2. eddacker said, on April 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

    UK fans love day games. And the team has delivered so far this month. woo hoo

  3. snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I went to a game in Wrigley once, late 80s. I think around mid-June. Was in Chicago to attend the wedding of a woman I met in first year law school that I was hopelessly head over heels for — but, alas, not reciprocated. The old “no chemistry” thing. Not only could she play guitar and sing, but drank Tequila shots and was smart as a whip and hot. Anyway, several years later she ends up marrying this putz that she divorced in less than five years. Luckily, no kids. Anyway, I digress. Wrigley was awesome, as was the surrounding area. Wrigley can be upgraded and rehabbed, OK. But, it must never be torn down or replaced. That place is the Chartres of baseball…

    • Yogi Barrister said, on April 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

      I visited Wrigley on my way to Ca. The neighborhood is charming, the view of the field is great, but the seats were uncomfortable. Plus it was really hot and humid. A few days later, I went to the Oakland Coliseum, pre-Mt Davis, for a mid-week day game. One of the most pleasant experiences I’ve ever had at a ballpark.

      • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

        One of the few A’s games i went to was vs Boston in the heart of the Bash Bros days. I had never seen a more disinterested or apathetic crowd in my life. There were about 35,000 in the stands, and it was a tense back-and-forth game. The 2,000 odd Boston fans were louder than the 33,000 A’s fans. Dot racing got the fans on their feet.

        The game? Nope. 90% of the folks could barely pay attention.

      • snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

        If it’s a weekday game at Wrigley vs. one at the ODotCo or whatever, is there really a choice?
        If you want solitude, I guess it’s ODotCo.
        Wrigley is on the Mt. Rushmore of ballparks, ODotCo is in the dumpster…

    • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      “That place is the Chartres of baseball…” I’d say that’s at least the thought of the day..

  4. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Yeah, been there 2x. Once in 1969, and once in 1995. In 1995, I was hung over as shit (wedding in Indiana), and it was 104º. Took a lot of beer to get out from under the heat and the hangover . . .

  5. Yogi Barrister said, on April 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Shit! My mechanic is too good, I was hoping it would take longer to fix my brakes. Now I’ve got to go to work on time.

  6. blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    New post on my blog. I have to stop putting out posts when the games start. Ha.

    Also, I am still processing Flav’s 18-120 year age thingy and wondering where I fall in (or out)?

  7. Macdog said, on April 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Ugh. Looks like I’ll be heading into work earlier than I wanted to.

  8. zumiee said, on April 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I’m fortunate to have a job that gives some flexibility in days off, but probably a goodly amount of folks at the Giants game yesterday got out of work or school because they had the “Giants flu.” I did also see a couple of big school groups. The group that sang the national anthem, some in orange t-shirts, and some in black t-shirts; and a group of students from a junior high school, wearing orange t-shirts with the name of their school on the shirts, and a picture of the World Series trophy on their shirts.
    I thought- what a cool field trip for students! Going to a Giants game!

  9. blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Unrelated to the game – Do any of you mugs like to fish? I just saw a clip on CNN (International Version in Greece) that showed some dude in Hawaii fishing in his small kayak and having a tuna on his line . . . Then KABOOM! CRUNCH! A large Great White Shark breeches the water near his kayak with the lined tuna in his mouth. Scared the shit out of the fisherman, but the idiot still kept fishing for a few hours per CNN.

    • snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      I fish in rivers, Blade.
      Rarely ocean fish, once in a blue moon off the Gate for salmon.
      Sharks hitting hooked fish is not unusual, the sound of the thrashing fish attracts them. Also, sea lions will hit a hooked salmon in the ocean or in a river mouth area, that’s common. Easy pickin’s for ’em, but very infuriating for the fisherman. Occasionally, though it’s federal crime, you’ll hear about a dead sea lion with a few bullet holes wash up somewhere. I would say that’s probably not a random event in a fishing area…

      • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

        I would have shit if this shark had breeched in front of my kayak. This was one big shark snarkk. You could see the fear written on the fisherman’s face. I kept on thinking of the Jaws line – We’re going to need a bigger boat.

      • snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        I’d rather be in a kayak than free diving in a wetsuit for abalone…

      • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        Abalone free diver? Did I already tell you about the Abalone free diver (a former president of the abalone free diving association in CA, who was a very experienced diver) who was killed years ago in Monterey by a great white shark that came out of the depths and kelp bed to sever this dude’s head? Wondering why you mentioned that????

      • snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        No, you didn’t tell me. That happens every once in a while out here.
        Free diving for abalone off the central and N Cal coast is NOT something I would recommend, unless you are a risk taker and have no family that depends on you. The risk is slim, but does vary from time of year. Tank divers are not nearly at such risk levels, they are on the surface only momentarily getting in and getting out of the water from a watercraft, or if they exit/enter via shore dive. Most shark attacks occur on the surface. A shark attack while a diver is in the water column is extremely rare…

  10. chipower9 said, on April 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Never been to Wrigley…it is on my bucket list. Day games suck…unless I am there. 😉

    Giants making some noise…another comeback in the works?

  11. Macdog said, on April 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    We got a game! I think the Chartres was built in less time than it takes these two pitchers to work.

  12. salty said, on April 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Pablo likes to fish and that was some serious angling. Beautifully done.

  13. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Walk!!

  14. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Sac fly!

  15. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Base hit! 7-5!

  16. salty said, on April 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Long year for rocky and cub fans. Posey needs to break this open.

  17. chipower9 said, on April 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Affeldt in – time for the bullpen to close this mother out! So impressed with the offense…coming back from 4 or 5 runs…wouldn’t have happened a couple of years ago…

  18. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Noonan, like me, had a great day with the wood.

    You see, my wife works at home too.

    • shaman138 said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    • snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      She whittles?…

  19. Macdog said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Just another come-from-behind win!

  20. chipower9 said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    WHOOT! Fuck Yeah…Giants win! Nice comeback from the 5-0 deficit!

  21. mrmrbill said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Craptastic day in Chicago — but Noonan delivers!. I sure hope that kid gets Judge Smails scholarship at the end of the tourney.

  22. zumiee said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Sole possession of first place. I like it.

  23. snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Looks like the yesterday’s delivered goat head did nothing to release the curse.
    Maybe it doubled down on it…

  24. twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    The only ocean fishing I’ve done was a party boat for rock cod, which is about as thrilling as fishing for T-Bones. I think someone lives under water and feeds them to you. It’s absolutely impossible to go 3 minutes without catching one…
    Now freshwater fishing is the way to go. Smallmouth bass, crappies, trout, pike.. Northern Pike will eat *you*…did a lot of fishing with my late Uncle Hal- we called it “drinking on a boat”… good times…

    • snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Fried crappie are downright “good eatin’ “.
      Pike are teeth with fins…

      • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        Right-o on both. I think of crappies as fresh water sand dabs. Damn, I want some.

      • snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm

        There’s a fairly upscale Italian place in SF called “Cafe Tiramisu” in a restaurant alley near the B of A building. Don’t remember if it was a special or regular item, but a few years back I had a sand dabs w/artichoke entree that was freakin’ amazing. One of the best fish dishes I’ve ever had…

      • snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        When I was a kid, I used to fish on some of the central Cal foothill lakes with my dad. You tie up your boat to the top of a big sunken tree in a little inlet, and then drop tiny little jigs (lures) in the underwater tree canopy, and just pop those little lures up and down. When you find a tree where the crappie are hanging out, you can catch a “mess” of ’em quickly. A big one would be as big as your hand, or a bit bigger. Fillet that “mess”, then drop those puppies into an herbed bread crumb mix and fry ’em up. Eat ’em plain, or with a hot sauce or mayo-type tartar sauce (“aioli” nowadays for the hoity toity). Holy smokes, eatin’ does NOT get much better than that…

      • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        Sand dabs at the old Cafe Rio in Rio Del Mar were the best . . . Haven’t been there since they changed owners.

      • snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

        The Fishwife in Pacific Grove near Asilomar has great fresh fish at very reasonable prices. Awesome deep fried oysters and clams, too…

    • snarkk said, on April 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      I fished for halibut once off of Homer, Alaska in the Cook Inlet. The captain of the party boat was the most creative user of four letter words I ever heard. He barely spoke without using a cuss word, at least one out of every five. Bringing up a halibut of any kind of size from about 200 feet down is like reeling in the “barn door”.
      I caught only a few “chicken halibut”, which is anything usually 30 lbs. or under, as their meat is considered more tender than the big boys. Of course, the oldest dude on the boat (mid 60s at least) caught the two biggest, one around 140 lbs, and the other maybe pushing 175. He begged the rest of us to take over after he fought each for about five minutes, as his arms were about to fall off. No dice. No real fishermen do that unless the guy keels over. He got ’em in eventually, and didn’t have a heart attack. He was happy we didn’t save his ass. When they’re that big, the deck boy takes a .410 shotgun and blasts the fish in the head before gaffing it in. Otherwise, the big ones flop around a lot when they’re brought on board, and can be a shin breaker. All the halibut party boats are not moored. They’re pushed down by tractors on their trailers from a long, slightly elevated sandy beach into the water. You get on the boat while it’s still on the trailer. When you come back in, the tractor comes down with the trailer and hauls the boat out with everybody still on it. These are not small boats, they’re 30 plus footers with powerful inboards or double Evinrude 250 outboards or similar. It’s the damndest thing. Never seen anything like it before or since. Everything in Alaska is outsized. Homer is beautiful country…

      • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm

        Shit, I caught a halibut on the cement boat at New Brighton beach, back when you could fish off the cement boat. That’s it for fishing stories. Well, that and catching a 25 lb rock cod in high school on a trip out of HMB. Some of the guys were bringing up the fish so fast, they were turning inside out by the time they got to the surface. The fish, not the fishermen.

      • xoot said, on April 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm

        Homer is a fantastic town. When I spent a year in Anchorage the best trip out of the city I took was down to Homer. Many years earlier, I worked one summer on a salmon tender boat out of Petersburg — in the evening we loaded up on all the fish the seiners caught and then hauled it back to a cannery in town, let the cannery workers unload, hosed things clean, then turned around and went back for the next day’s fishing. We’d anchor, sleep, and then wake late in the morning. Sometimes after breakfast, I’d row around in the skiff and drop a line. I have no idea how heavy the halibut were that I caught. They were about the size of a fairly full brief case. The skipper’s wife cooked chunks of the white meat in beer batter. Two years after that I got a job as a fishing guide at a wilderness river lodge a couple of hours from Anchorage by Cessna. It was the first lodge built on the Talachulitna. Had to fly in on ski planes before the river thawed and float planes thereafter. We caught as much grayling and rainbow trout as we could stand. Most of the tourists who came were after the huge salmon. Never understood that. By the time salmon get that far upstream they’re not really very appetizing.

        During the Petersburg summer, when in town we docked near a halibut processing plant. Dozens of bald eagles circled the pier, diving for scraps. Some of the halibut winched up out of boat holds topped 300 lbs.

  25. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Self-editing, Sham?

  26. Nipper said, on April 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Doesn’t anyone eat red meat anymore?

  27. twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I’m going to work on a fishing thread for my blog. I think I told about the “Trout Fishing in America” by Richard Brautigan “mishap.” One of the chain hardware stores purchased hundreds, maybe thousands, based on the title…. oops.

  28. Flavor said, on April 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Yogi— I’m at +\- right now to see you back. Some of your stuff just seems like it’s intended to score a big reaction.
    But I remember our back and forth on Bryce Harper 3 or 4 years ago. Well done on that prediction….,


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