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Pence and His Monster Bomb

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 28, 2013

Hunter Pence hit the longest home run of the season last night: 476 feet. That’s a foot further than Mark Trumbo hit one back on April 29th. I’ve always wondered how they calculate a *true distance* bomb. It shouldn’t be that difficult, especially with today’s technology. ESPN has now partnered with someone named Greg Rybarczyk–anyone with a last name so difficult to spell is probably very good at math and other calculations, right?

Anyway, I’ve never been to this website  but it’s very cool. They calculate the distance of every home run hit in the major leagues. There’s more info than you could possibly ever want to process. And if you want to process none of it, they just give you the link to the video.

Here’s the link:


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  1. willedav said, on August 28, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Interesting to see what happens with Petit, who gave them 6 solid and worked out of some jams. After tmw off day Sf plays 17 days straight. I can’t see Z starting again, and by then surkamp should be up, so see what happens. Groper and Cain due back soon?
    Missed Pence’s bomb but did see Sando drive one on a hop over the CF wall; he had 3 hits and an HR and Belt had 4, good to see some non humidor like blasts. Highlight of the night tho was Lopez striking out Helton…pls, keep this guy.

    • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2013 at 7:56 am

      I seriously don’t think Lopez is going anywhere. Bochy said that while they put Tim, Lopez, and Pence on waivers, that all three are really in their plans for next year, and that they will make every effort to sign them.

  2. chipower9 said, on August 28, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Holy Shit! I had no idea there was this much on tracking HRs. Shouldn’t be surprised, but still.

    Yeah, that was one fricking bomb by Pence. Damned near took out the vendor at the Blue Moon beer cart.

    Was great to see the Giants go “back-to-back” for the first time this year, and sweet to get a divisional win. At this point I simply want to see the team perform well and get out of the fucking cellar. We’re tied with Dago and two back of the Rox, so today’s game will be key in that regards. 24 of the 30 remaining games are divisional. Time to put the pedal to the metal!

  3. blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Dear Santa,

    My only Christmas wish is that the Giants finish ahead of the Friars and Sherpas. Not much to ask for Santa. Plus, I have been a good boy this year . . . sort of.

    Best regards,


    • PawlieKokonuts said, on August 28, 2013 at 8:38 am

      a good boy? in all world-traversed countries?

      • blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        That’s why I fudged a bit. By the by, aunt Mary said hi (I saw her today – I took her to visit her sister and my aunt Rose in Petaluma . . . long day). She was also glad to hear that you scored a place to stay in San Francisco. Die versaute deutsche Austauschstudenten sagte hallo ❤

      • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Steve – if you are ever in Petaluma with someone who wants to have a really good beer, make it a point to stop at Lagunitas Brewery.

    • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2013 at 9:32 am

      That has been my wish, too (well, at least since it was apparent that they are out of the NLW race). That and to just play some fundamental, clean baseball.

  4. Nipper said, on August 28, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Happy for Pence. He’s one of my favorites. Also glad Pablo is rounding back into playing shape.

  5. PawlieKokonuts said, on August 28, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Pence is a warrior, a gladiator — a word that lends itself to naughty puns, which I will forgo, for now. Speaking of naughty, just imagine if the adult-film industry were to employ this homer-distance technology. (I don’t even know what that might mean.)

    • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Me neither, Pawilie (what this might mean if the porn industry were to employ the HR technology). But I am sure that John Holmes would be happy! 😉

  6. zumiee said, on August 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Nice to see some homeruns last night. A couple of games ago, Kuiper was gushing about how Pence gets infield hits because of his speed. As if Sabean or Bochy had said during Spring Training: “I hope Pence gets lots of infield hits this season.”

  7. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I’m amazed Pence ever gets a pitch to hit.

  8. gianthead said, on August 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

    My bad…forgot to send in my farm report from the Richmond Flying Squirrels game from last Thursday.

    Joe Panik looks legit. Line drive hitter. He hit second and had a base hit in his first at-bat right up the middle. Looks like he has above-average bat control. He was thrown out at home that inning on a sac fly, but was a hell of throw from center. He looks primed to replace Scutaro in two years if he can hit in Fresno, which likje is not happening for Gary Brown.

    We actually got a look at Angel Villalona. My kid and his two friends started chanting Assasin in Spanish every time he got up to bat and I told the story of his murdering ways to the people behind me (does not look like anyone in Richmond knows the back story) and they started a Killa Villa chant!

    He looks absolutely awful. Incredibly slow bat speed. He got the bat on the ball in the bottom of the first with bases loaded to get what should ahve been a sacrifice fly until Panik was thrown out at home by that great throw.

    No one else in RIchmond looked like a legit prospect. LF Herrera went 3-3 with two walks, but did not look any better than Peguero.

    Their best starter pitched that night, Jack Snodgrass, who was 11-3 going into the game. He proceed to start the game giving up 3 straight hard hits, single-double-smash for a sac fly that could have been a double if not for a good play in right by Lollis (lead-off hitter who went 2-4). He settled down, but I dont think he threw anything above high 80s. He will probably get bumped up to Fresno next year and get hammered as Heston did after he lead Richmond last year in wins and I believe he was recently let go by the Giants.

    Lone other bright spot was a lefty side-arm reliever Phil McCormick. Pitched in the upper 80s and with real big side-arm delivery could be good enough to get to the big leagues.

    We left after they the Squirells got up 7-3 in the 8th and they ended up holding on 9-7 after giving up 4 in the 9th…

    • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Nice recap. Always great to get first-hand info on the Giants farmhands.

    • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

      And yes, Heston was DFA’d by the Giants when they signed Frenchy. Here is an article on that move…


      • gianthead said, on August 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        Thanks I thought that was correct. And now Frenchie is gone…off season is going to be a crucial one for our Giants…I still want Ellsbury:)

    • zumiee said, on August 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Nice report, GH, thanks.
      Although I don’t get the fun-factor of taunting one of our players. But, whatever.

    • snarkk said, on August 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Good report, thanks.
      Reality bites, however. Not a ringing endorsement of what’s in the pipeline. I think we need to face fact that there’s basically squat in the Giants system except for at A ball. Hembree, Escobar the exceptions, maybe. What the heck ever happened to Runzler down below?…

  9. chipower9 said, on August 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    1. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
    2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
    3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    4. Buster Posey (R) C
    5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
    6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
    7. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    8. Roger Kieschnick (L) LF
    9. LHP — Madison Bumgarner (11-8, 2.84 ERA)

    Rubber match – let’s get the series win, Giants!

    • Flavor said, on August 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      I picked up 2 tickets today for the Flap party just cause they were so far below what others were selling them for–club level section 233 ($28 each). I had previously decided to wait till the day of and buy all 6 on craigslist (preferably from my ph a few hours before the game). But $28 each is a very good deal and it will probably make some of the other Flappers flying in for the par-tay a little less nervous knowing we now have at least 2 of the 6 I promised to secure, lol.

      • James said, on August 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm

        Damn, I just looked yesterday, and didn’t see anything below $46. Right now, $38, but section 203.

        No WillieD to talk jazz with me, so I may just be wandering around forlornly spouting stats to any of you who’ll listen . . . .

      • blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm

        I. Am. Bringing. A. Gun. If. You. Do. 😉

      • James said, on August 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        I’ll have all those gun control debate stats ready for you, Blade.

      • blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        Arrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhh . . .

  10. Flavor said, on August 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Puke getting pulled by 2-trips today mid game for not hustling. I love it. Between him shining on Luis Gonzalez, him big-timing A-Gone and getting majorly stank eyed by the vet, and now getting pulled MID GAME by 2-Trips for half-assing it, I think a pretty clear picture is starting to get painted about who this dick really is. I didn’t see a replay. Did 2-Trips let him run out to the OF before he yanked him (ala Billy Martin/Reggie Jackson?). Aw man, I hope he did. That would be delicious……

    • blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Your post made my day. Going to search the web for a video link (if it’s out there).

  11. blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Wainwright got tagged for 9 runs in 2 innings thus far. He’s on one of my FL teams, so this will take about a week’s worth of excellent pitching to recover. 😉

  12. manny said, on August 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Why wasn’t that fat fuck running on that missed third strike? No excuse for that shit.

  13. blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I’m quite impressed with Oakland and how they are completely dominating the Detroit Pussies.

  14. James said, on August 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    No Giants pitcher has an HR this year. In fact, their collective OPS has fallen from 330 to 230 so far. Their decreased productivity has probably cost a win or two this year 🙂

  15. chipower9 said, on August 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Hard to believe the G-men are getting no hit by Chacin…there…hope I jinxed his ass…

    • blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Chi, you sure you used the right spell? Next time sacrifice a chicken.

  16. blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm


  17. Macdog said, on August 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Halla-fuckin-lujah. Crawford seemed the least likely to break up the no-hitter after his first two swings, but whatever.

  18. sportdude said, on August 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Hard to see us lose but..there is am upside. We are in a huge pack of shit, as in teams. A bad September and we get to pick 4th maybe 5th or 6th. A good Sept and we still suck. Still have a lousy season. 6 vs 15th pick is a big difference..

  19. sportdude said, on August 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    A tale of strange Giant stats..How much Money would you have won in a bar bet? At the Allstar break Posey is on the cover of SI and touted again as the most valuable player in baseball. By August 28th BRANDON BELT would have 47 Xtra base hits to Poseys 46.
    Pence 52
    Belt 47
    posey 46
    Sandoval 34

  20. zumiee said, on August 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve learned a basic truth about Bad Teams this year. There may be like 10 incredible truths about Bad Teams that could be listed, and I wouldn’t claim to know them all, but I definitely know one now for sure. It’s like you could take this truth and carve it on a mountain somewhere, or launch into a space on a space probe to educate aliens. And that truth is this:
    Bad Teams are forever chasing mythical double-plays, like someone chasing unicorns. And in chasing the non-existent double-play, they screw everything up and don’t even get ONE out.
    The Giants have done that about 50 times this year it seems like. There’s always that key player that RUSHES things to try to get the double-play, and looks to the other base as the ball is coming his way, and oh-what-a-surprise, misses the ball. That trying to “steal a look at the other base” is just crappy baseball. It’s as much a mental thing as a physical thing. It’s something Bochy needs to address next year in Spring Training. How about a special point of emphasis on “be sure and get at least one out” next year.

    • blade3colorado said, on August 29, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Add this one as well Zum . . . Last night with runners at 1st and 2nd, we had our main man up from last year – Scutaro. He gets what looks like a sure hit, but the frickin’ French 2nd baseman (Lehamuhfuck or whatever) makes the play of his life and nails Scoots for the last out. Get in your Way Back Machine and last year, Scoots has a hit and the Giants go onto win.

  21. eddacker said, on August 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Giants fans rally as team aims for a .500 season.
    Giants don’t cave – will claim third place in west.
    AT&T Park still beautiful as faithful find the joy of empty seats allowing more room to party, cheaper entry.
    Oakland fans surprised – ESPN has an east coast bias – while team continues to win.
    eddacker not looking forward to September; considers left-nut market to fund ticket home.


    Go Gigantes!

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