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If It Were Up to Me…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 18, 2013

Today is Thursday July 18th and I thought baseball started again today. I just looked at the schedule to see if there were any day games that I could catch on my phone. Thud. No baseball today. If I was the baseball czar, my first decree would be that all baseball players would be required to take steroids and Adderall. No cycles, just take them every day. My second Β decree: They have to play every single day. 162 straight.

Day offs are bullllllssshhhittttttt………….

So now that we’ve all had a few days to properly reflect on the Tim no-no, I’m interested to know which of the 3 (his, Dirrty’s and Cain’s) was your most memorable? Mine is probably….jeez I just almost chose each of them…..I’ll say Cain’s because I had the predicted no hitter going and the Blanco play was so epic. Also, the last play by Arias was the most dramatic ending of the 3…

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  1. chipower9 said, on July 18, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Agreed. Days off are for pussies! They would probably find a way to institute the days-off in the Junior Circuit to go along with their panzy-assed designated dickwad rule, though.

    • Nipper said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Giants need a DH. They should move to the AL West Div. and join the A’s.

      • chipower9 said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

        No, our dickwad commissioner and all the other clowns with teams in the AL need to wake the fuck up and get the DH the fuck outta the game.

        Giants are fine right where they are in the NL West.

  2. willedav said, on July 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Listening to Woodson on way home from work last night, a caller took the *positive thoughts* approach. What he said was that we have basically the same team that won it all last year, and if guys get hot at the plate like they did second half last year then 2013 division title is certainly doable.
    Woodson’s response was on the order of yes but….they haven’t played near as well and they will have to pick it up real soon or it isn’t going to happen; therefore Sabes isn’t going to make a deal like he did in 2010 or 2012 until he sees more evidence of improvement in this group. Both agreed a rebound from Cain was of high importance.
    All that sounds like what most of us have been saying in one form or another. After 90 some odd games, I guess I’m just not sure this group can get it done, and I’m more in Woodson’s side than the other guy. Sabes stayed pat, resigned everyone, and there have been a lot of new guys get PT, such as Noonan Quiroz Abreu Perez Tanaka, but the regulars not named Pagan have pretty much stayed intact. I wonder if Sabes feels like the guy with the *positive thoughts* about what he has, or not.

  3. Flavor said, on July 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Someone just came into my office and gave me the SF Giants 2013 Official Yearbook as a gift. It is AWESOME. So many pics I’ve never seen before. Have any of you seen this epic book?

    • chipower9 said, on July 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Yep…I have a copy of it. I also have a copy of the 2010 yearbook (after they won the first WS title), and there is a “centerfold” in it that has a picture of me and my bud Mike (Demp28) taking pictures of the trophy in front of the State Capitol).

    • Nipper said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I tend to avoid anything that is “official.”

  4. chipower9 said, on July 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I voted for Cain’s no-no for the reasons you mention, Flav. And also the fact that it was a perfect game.

  5. chipower9 said, on July 18, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Agree WillieD, we have all been saying the same thing (about whether or not they can win the West this year). The keys to me are:
    1) Solid, consistent pitching, up and down the staff.
    2) Timely hitting (must improve w/RISP).
    3) Play solid D.

    They have done all of the above throughout the season to date, they just haven’t put it all together and done it all at the same time, consistently, over a long period of games. And that is what it will take to win the West, IMO.

    And to get into the post-season, they must win the West. No way in hell they make it as a wild card.

  6. chipower9 said, on July 18, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I also think this 10 game home stand is key to whether or not Sabes adds additional pieces. If they go, at a minimum, 7-3…then Sabean might just look to add-on. Personally I think they need to go 8-2, with 7-3 being the “minimum.”

    After that HS, we play a bunch of tough teams: Philly, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Boston, and Pittsburgh (and the Fish, who for some reason regardless of how badly they suck, play us tough).

    That leads into September, where outside of a series against each of the NY teams, all games are against West division foes.

    But again, I think this 10 game home stand will determine if Sabes buys before the deadline.

  7. chipower9 said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Basically what we have been saying for the last month or so, except Hank gets paid for it. πŸ˜‰


  8. SanDawg said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Hey Chi–you been to Poor Red’s recently?

    • chipower9 said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Not in a while San. Last I heard business was down (new owners had jacked-up the price on Gold Cadillacs, etc.), and said owners got arrested for tax evasion. I know there were a number of local folks who were looking to buy the place (needs to happen, it is a historical landmark).

      • SanDawg said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:35 am

        Thanks Chi. I went there a couple of times as a kid in the 70’s and later a few times as an adult and was always amused by the place. It has probably been 10 years since my last visit. I’d heard it maybe was not doing so well. Red’s came up in a convo I had with some Norcal buddies the other day and I’ve meaning to see if you had any local intel.

  9. eddacker said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I voted for Cain because of the same reasons, but the 148 pitches by TL, if he comes back well next start is certainly worth an asterisk.

  10. SanDawg said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I voted for Cain cuz a Perfect Game is another level beyond a no-hitter. If Cain’s wasn’t a perfecto, I’d go with Sanchez’ since it was the first one for SFG in such a long time. Like Snarkk or maybe Zum said the other day, Tim’s was cool as it puts a bow around an awesome run he’s had in a Giant uni. If this is it for him with us (and I hope it isn’t), that was very cool to see him accomplish that on top of everything else. I also totally agree with the suggestion one of them made to erect a Tim statue at ATT some day.

    PS I just busted out some Huevo Rancheros off the cuff that were pretty damn good. It was layered thusly:

    2 over easy eggs
    Flour tortilla w some mozz cheese melted on top, then schmeered w refried beans

    • chipower9 said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Love Huevo Rancheros…Gail and I have them pretty regularly…hell, we often have them for dinner, too.

      • Nipper said, on July 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

        Yeah I’m ready for some right now!

  11. xoot said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Lincecum’s no hitter thrilled me the most. His pitch count got large early, when he was letting the FB fly up and outside; he tamed that problem and started dealing; then the hitch hit again in the 6th inning. But he pulled it together. He got one lucky line drive right at Crawford, one beautiful diving grab from Pence of what would’ve been a cheap hit in short RF, and one excellent play behind 3B by Pablo. Otherwise, Lincecum did it all on his own (although Buster was great, too).

    I’ve watched Cain’s perfecto a few times. That Astro’s CF hit a screaming LD past first base early in the game that was foul by a single grain of sand. He’s the guy who hit the big drive later that Blanco tracked down. Two bullets dodged. And if you’ve watched the game a few times, I think you’d have to agree that the ump’s strike zone was huge, high and wide. Cain, however, did pitch beautifully.

    Both Dirty’s no hitter and Cain’s perfecto had the drama of family members in the crowd, watching and hoping along with the rest of us. That’s heart warming, of course. Meanwhile, Lincecum’s no hitter had two guys warming up in the bullpen and Bochy on the edge of yanking him early. That was blood chilling. Crazy, improbable no hitter, which Lincecum won, in an epic struggle.

    • snarkk said, on July 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Well said. Ditto on all of it for me. I voted for Timmeh. The 148 pitch thing was added drama as the count went up. Two generations ago, nobody would have raised an eyebrow at 148 pitches. Now, we’re watching to make sure his arm doesn’t fall off…

  12. zumiee said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I was also surprised there are absolutely no MLB games today. When did that change? There used to always be some games on the Thursday after the All-Star game. So now ALL the teams are off until the Friday after the All-Star game. That’s a bad idea. One of the strengths of baseball is its everyday-ness. The long 3 day break is bad enough, and 4 just seems like a big middle-finger of indifference toward the fans. The fans who are the ones who completely fund the sport. Hey, how about all the fans take an extra day off, too, and not show up to the Friday games or watch them on TV? How about send a little shiver of fear throughout MLB. Hey MLB players and administrators- without us, you’d all have to get REAL jobs.

    • Nipper said, on July 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Lucky for you as you still read books. I wish I had the patience.

  13. blade3colorado said, on July 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Being in the land of the Sherpa video feed high on the “Eagles Dare” mountain top, we don’t get regular Giants coverage. I only saw the Dirty no no, so I voted for that one. As others have pointed out, the scene where his father is looking at his son and the game is classic. The background story on his father visiting the U.S. is heartwarming.

    • chipower9 said, on July 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Steve – that’s what happens when you live in a fricking Siberian outpost! πŸ˜‰

      • blade3colorado said, on July 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

        No shit. You end up watching Sherpa games on TV and following Giants “dots” on the PC’s ESPN Gamecast.

        I would move back to the SF bay area, but I have gotten use to not relying on welfare. πŸ™‚

      • eddacker said, on July 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

        Hey! Mabe you and I (and 7 other guys) could rent-share?

  14. unca_chuck said, on July 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Yeah, Bud seems hell-bent on making the season last as long as possible. Which is flat stupid. Games in 30ΒΊ temps are so much fun for fans and players alike.

    • Nipper said, on July 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      BLEEP’IN BUD! He should retire ASAP!

      • blade3colorado said, on July 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

        He is 79 and if not for the “Reagan” chicken neck, the dude doesn’t look a day older than 70. πŸ˜‰

  15. Ryan said, on July 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Dirrty Sanchez got my vote! C’mon, his old man was in the house. A real pithy moment. And it was Jonathan Sanchez!

  16. twinfan1 said, on July 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Fresno and/or San Jose games can be watched at http://www.milb.com. It’s just 10 bucks a month. Richmond games are not shown. You can catch Surkamp tonight.
    Quick note- I’ll be getting an MRI Monday and we hope it will shed light on my worsening motor skills and the latest seizure.. I’ll try to post a non-controversial comment or two daily in the meantime. I haven’t followed the blog much but enough to see your well wishes. Thanks to all.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Good to hear from you Twin. Please be controversial . . . Until the Giants wake up from their comatose state, we need some action in here. πŸ˜‰

    • Alleykat said, on July 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Yes Twin,Really good to hear from you.My good thoughts are always for you.
      And call me “FOS” anytime.Cause most times I probably em. πŸ™‚
      Keep positive my Man!

  17. eddacker said, on July 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Well, it is the ASBreak but it seems my sleep patterns haven’t changed. Ready for a game and VERY glad my boys in Orange and Black are getting a well deserved rest.
    Go Gigantes!

  18. Macdog said, on July 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Good to see Twin back.

    I voted for Cain’s, but they’re all special. Dirrrrrty for being the first one since The Count’s in 1976 and for having his father at the game; Matty’s for being a perfect game, highlighted by that amazing catch by Blanco; and Timmy for doing something that absolutely no one saw coming and needing a mind-blowing 148 pitches to do it. That image of Timmy getting bear-hugged by Buster will last in the memory for the remainder of the season no matter what the Giants do from here on out.

  19. xoot said, on July 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    giants comcast is replaying the Lincecum no hitter tonight. It’s great. I’m watching it with my younger kid, however, and I’m amazed. He remembers every play, every pitch. (“Oh, here come’s Pence’s triple.”) I remember a bunch, but not nearly as much. (“Is this the AB where Lincecum walks?”) Hmmm. Wonder why.

    Uh oh. Gotta go. The treacherous bottom of the 6th is coming on. (So the memory’s not completely gone.)

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