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Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 6, 2014

Anyone else have a bad feeling about today’s game? Does that feeling even matter? If I told you that Pablo and Pence have a combined batting average of .294, would you be bummed? There’s very little to quibble with as we focus up on a possible 6-1 road trip to start the season.

So no matter what happens today, we head for SF in first place.

And yes, I am very greedy, I want to see the Giants pummel the Dodgers on national tv tonight.

I just don’t think that’s going to happen……




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  1. Bozo said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I got to watch yesterday’s game on TV and today’s game too? How sweet it is. Sunday 8:00 start is kind of weird, but I’m good to go. Cain going for us and we have this new found love of hitting with two outs. What, me worry?

  2. Bozo said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Off topic. I used to like John Shea even though he seems to be an A’s fan, I thought he covered the games in more detail than Henry Schulman, but with this one question he makes himself a huge idiot in my book.
    “A big test comes in late August when the Brewers visit San Francisco. Will those who cheered Barry Bonds boo Braun?” Dear John Shea, Braun is on the opposing team you stupid fuck. He will be booed the same as he always has. I assume you are trying to make some point about PEDs, but trying to shame Giants fans who still root for Bonds shows me what a true needle dick that you are. Go back to covering the A’s in the river of turds they call the Coliseum.

    • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Fantastic point. Some dipshit was on CBS radio this morning admonishing Brewers fans for cheering for Braun. Wtf are they supposed to do? They’re stuck with him for a long time. They don’t really have too many options unless they chose to pick a different team to root for– unlikely

    • blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Bonds is an asshole, but he is OUR ASSHOLE. Same deal with Braun. The Brew Crew fans heartily welcomed him back – as I think they should have. I think it would be ludicrous for Brew fans to boo him. I could give a rat’s ass about Bonds doing PEDs for 3 reasons; 1. Everyone else was doing it; 2, He got us to the World Series; and, 3. As I said earlier, he was a Giant – that forgives a lot of sins brother. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I agree with you John about our fans. What the fuck is Shea talking about? We boo everyone on the opposite team, with possible exceptions of giving an opposing player who is retiring from a great career, a standing ovation in their first at bat. Otherwise, they are all just pieces of meat to boo and jeer. By the by, do you have a link for Shea’s column where he said that? This is so far out in left field that the dude must be off his meds or something.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Thanks John. Still scratching my head over that line. I agree he must have something against Bonds to put out BS like that.

  3. Nipper said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Too early to be worried. Too early to get mad or be upset. Let the rage build within and simmer to a red hot eruption later when the games really mean something.

  4. willedav said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:20 am

    The 5 PM start will be in the sunshine, so first few innings will be rough for hitters. Hope Cain can find early rhythm and keep it going. Nice to see all the pop and RISP hits and getting to Dodgers pen.

    Saw this one in transactions, where an NBA guy got suspended for violating drug policy. In the NBA? What, was he on acid or peyote?

    As far as Dubs go, yes you don’t want disruption of routine even if it’s only assistants and their roles, but the club claims it was no going back type of move over unpardonable sin (likely a backstab on Jax to media). Jax might miss and X and O guy but I really don’t think players care one way or another who the 2nd 3rd 4th 5th assistant is. And it’s players game, to win or lose I still think Dubs are in tough first round match up regardless.

    Much as I dislike Calipari his team plays their asses off for him. Big O had an interesting take on 1 and Dones too, saying college and coaches only care about them for their own gain, and if NBA owners were handing out big contracts you can’t blame the kids for signing them.

    • zumiee said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

      What I don’t like about Calipari is that he uses “one and done” as a recruiting tool. And obviously it works, so it’s a grotesque situation when you have players helping a university win a championship and some of the players aren’t even students for one whole school year. The ones that are going in the NBA draft can stop going to class now, if they ever bothered to show up much to class, anyway.

  5. twinfan1 said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Pablo and Hunter have made good contributions to the early success.They’ll hit, that’s a given and some others will have slumps, that’s also a given, After opening day both have played GG defense and Pablo smoked 5 drives in the last two games. Hunter has also looked like he’s close.. I know that Craig isn’t saying anything different than that -I’m just reiterating what we all know, that good players contribute even when they’re not hitting.
    If I have a concern, it’s the starting pitching. I’m not one to freak after a few games but so far it’s a little too close to last year for my liking. And after last year, ST, and his first start this year, one more poor outing for Vogey, and I’d eat 6 mill and let him go. Nicole can stay..

    • Wilcojoe said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Completely agree.

  6. zumiee said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Before the series, we’d have been happy with 2 out of 3, but when you win the first 2, losing the third one would be disappointing, and not feel the same as if you lost the first one and then won the next 2.
    Probability is against the Giants tonight; sweeping a good team on the road is very difficult, but one of the greatest things about sports is that no one really knows what’s going to happen tonight. The awesome feeling of anticipation is one of the beautiful aspects of sports.

    • zumiee said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:57 am

      But, yeah, 2 out of 3 is still very good. ๐Ÿ™‚
      But, hopefully we get the sweep.

    • James said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

      As long as the sense of anticipation doesn’t get quashed in the first couple of innings, I’m good.

      • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

        If Belt keeps raking, please start preparing Mrs James for an upcoming internal plastic wrap of all the inanimates inside Casa de James

      • James said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:18 am

        Once Belt draws his first walk, our circle will be unbroken.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

        What happened to the pitching mantra James? Specifically, it works both ways doesn’t it? The Bums have used quite a few arms in the bullpen this series (especially yesterday) and as a result, I would think you’d be saying the Giants have a good chance to get the sweep?

      • James said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:40 am

        Blade, I was mostly concurring with Zumie and BF here about the fan psychology of heading into a game like this. As far as the pitching goes, I usually pay attention to macro trends. Kershaw being out is a big deal.

  7. James said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Ditto to TF’s observations. For Zumie, I’d just add that good players who aren’t hitting well now would eventually do so in the number 2 spot in the order or where ever you put them. Pence had a 365 OBP against lefties in 2013, and as you’d expect, his career numbers are also better when facing them. To the extent that “platooning” him in the 2 spot reflects Bochy’s willingness to reject old school (isn’t it about time for that phrase to become irrelevant in baseball, at least for a time?), I think it’s a good sign.

    • twinfan1 said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:53 am

      “Ditto to TFโ€™s observations.”
      About fucking time ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • James said, on April 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

        Ha, there have been more than a few “what he said” posts that I haven’t commented on. Saves on the typing.

  8. SanDawg said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I’ve never rooted for the blue blood programs like Kentucky, but this year I’ve enjoyed watching them play. Its a unique Kentucky team, coming in as an 8th seed. The all freshmen lineup thing is amazing and I like the 6′ 6″ point guard who is kind of out of the mold of your usual elite point guard.
    If UConn wins, people better start including them in the conversation of best programs of all time. IF they win, they’ll have the most titles since 2000 (3), be tied with Florida for most titles since 2010 (2), tied with Duke for most titles since 1990 (4), and tied with Duke and UNC for most titles since 1980. again with (4).
    That would be damn impressive. I don’t think its gonna happen though. Kentucky is on a roll and I don’t see anyone stopping them.

    • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:40 am

      And you’re too modest to say it, but when we were down to 8 and I asked you who you liked to win it all, you said “Kentucky”. That’s some impressive handicapping to get a #8 seed this far.

    • willedav said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Local kid there too, Malcolm Lee of Deer Valley Antioch. Roy Williams alleged to have watched the 6-10 Ivan Rabb kid out of Bishop O’Dowd, a junior who led his team into State Open division championship game and might be No. 1 recruit in whole country for 2015. They lost to Mater Dei, whose best player is going to Arizona. Ouch. If Gordon stays and I don’t think he has NBA level offensive game, they return entire starting 5.

      Zum, I’m not on anyone’s side in 1 and done debate, but UK I doubt is any different than other big time programs. No one is turning talented players away. Kids at Carolinas of the land aren’t there for an education, only to further their b-ball careers. I’ve seen a couple stories about a whistle blower gal there who claims some football athletes are at middle school reading level.
      I remember when Corey Maggette left Duke after his freshman year and Coach K threw a fit claiming he was sabotaging his program. What’s happened since? What does K really care about except his own success rate?

    • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      The seeding this tournament was terrible. Upsets weren’t really upsets. Just as in college football. Do we really think that when they start the 4-team playoff, the “best” 4 teams will be the ones selected? All that the NCAA football playoff of the “top 4” does is just reduce by 2 all the fan bases that will scream how they got screwed out of the title game…

  9. Raymond said, on April 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I agree, it’ll be close, especially with Greinke pitching. I’d like to see Cainer go deep into the 7th and give just a couple up. he hasn’t impressed yet…need matty of ’12 back. 3-2 Gmen!
    btw, flav, you going opening day?!

  10. paulinasia said, on April 6, 2014 at 10:02 am

    dot dot dot notes… agree that even though Pablo and Pence aren’t hitting, they’re contributing, as they will all year. Big testament to the make-up of this team that they’re winning without those 2 hitting much yet… As for Voggie, he seems good for a few innings. Perhaps it will evolve that he’ll head to the pen as the mid to long reliever and Huff or Petit will take his place. If either one can handle that, that’s cool…. Early, but love seeing Belt hitting well, may it continue. James and I (and a couple others) were his biggest supporters early on…. Yeah, also agree that winning the first 2 makes a non-sweep disappointing. They’ve often seemed in previous years unable to close it out with a sweep. Would be great to see Cain come up big. If he doesn’t, right again, Flappers, the starting 5 is a concern…. and finally, the Giants whipped LA’s ass these first two games. For some reason, they often seem to screw the pooch on national TV. Really would love to see that not happen this time. It’s 1am in China, time for bed, catch you here game time……

    • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I hadn’t thought about that but you might be right—Voggy coming out of pen could be in his future—that is, if it’s a fatigue issue. He thinks it’s 100% screwed up mechanics and I would expect him to say that whether he believes it or not. But, he was sailing along the other day until it all fell apart— so is that a mechanical flaw that popped up or endurance issues? Nicole is screaming in the background that it’s the former!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm

        Mechanical my ass. He’s done the same thing now for over a year. Coupla innings in, he gets smoked and can’t get anybody out…

    • paulinasia said, on April 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Funny, Craig… is Nicole still with him for his salary or his endurance? ๐Ÿ™‚ He said himself it was mechanics because he loses focus. Um… if you’re losing focus after 3 innings, you’re not a starter.

    • James said, on April 6, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Better credit Snarkk for the early Belt love, too, or he’ll remind you. Must be on a Sunday drive.

      • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 11:58 am

        Do I get credit for early Belt hate?

      • James said, on April 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm

        Absolutely, our love burned all the brighter for your cruel contempt, villain!

      • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

        well, as you said, the circle is now complete (or close to it with Belt’s next walk) ๐Ÿ™‚

      • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

        Danke, James. I was at my health club doing some yoga. Yes, yoga. I’ve started it now because my muscles are about as loose as high octaves piano wire. My back is actually feeling looser and better already after about 3 sessions in 10 days. Doesn’t hurt that I’m usually the only guy (maybe 2) in these classes, and there are usually some pretty nice females in there wearing tight leggings, etc., doing weird stretches and “poses” with their body that is worth the price of admission. And, BTW, Oracle was an early and still is a strong “Belt supporter”, too. Sounds a little salacious, or something for a sports hernia…

  11. stickman said, on April 6, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Today’s game could tell us a lot with Matt the Horse going up vs Greinke the Grouch. If Cain is solid for 6-7 innings the Giants would look to stay in the driver’s seat, what with the prospect of sporting three solid starters. Timmy could take half the season to flop one way or flip the other. Always hard to tell with starters going into a new mode. So today’s game should be an early clue to the overall status of the Giants Rotation.

    Flipside of Cain’s to be or not to be is whether or not our hitters can continue in their merry ways and get through to Greinke. LaBumbos are down (particularly with Kershaw out for a spell and for the team not jelling early on) but not out. Greinke now figures as their stopper. If he cannot quell the SF hitters, the Bums are looking at 2.5 games out, only 3 series into the season. Giants prevail today and we will be in their heads for the rest of the year.

  12. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

    If any of you care about up to the moment home run reports on your twitter feed I encourage you to follow @dongreport. I’ve got it going directly to my ph, too. The dude is hilarious. And he tweets out home runs within seconds of them happening–something any heavily involved fantasy player is interested in.

  13. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    How about Mattingly’s idiot move in the 7th inning yesterday (mighta been the 8th, I can’t recall)? Out of challenges, he told the next hitter (can’t recall who it was) to wait in the on deck circle in the hopes that the umps would decide to have a play reviewed. The umps aren’t going to do that without being prompted, especially in the 7th inning. Mattingly’s best chance was to go out there and ask them to review it, not tell the hitter to wait in the hopes that they would do it.

    • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Yep, I didn’t get that at all. Hicks was about 6 inches above the 2nd base bag when he caught the throw, and then stepped into his relay to first. He never touched the bag. The runner was out at first, so IMO he’d have had 2 outs with a guy on second instead of inning over. Maybe Donny’s replay guy was hanging with Dunston at Carlito’s Way over in Van Nuys…

  14. snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I’m for replay review, I know a lot of your aren’t. I heard Buck Showalter say something on radio this morning about replay with which I heartily agree, and wish I had come up with it. With respect to replay, he said something close to this advice for baseball fans to be patient with it: “don’t confuse change with disrespect for tradition”…

    • Bozo said, on April 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Like others, I have made some arguments that point out problems with the new replay rule, None of my arguments have anything to do with tradition. So to Buck Showalter I would say “Don’t mistake replay with getting the call right”.

      • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        Nobody ever accused MLB of being brilliant with most things. But, I’m giving replay time to get the bugs out. We’re only one week into it. If the DH didn’t destroy baseball, this won’t come close. They’ll make it better. I’m for getting the call right, too, and the old way wasn’t getting that done…

  15. snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Did anybody know that Kurt Manwaring is the Giant’s “catching coordinator”? I did not…

  16. blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Does instant replay mean the end of “Kill the umpire?”

  17. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I’m fine with the way replay is right now. Look, if you are right then throw the challenge flag and win. If you aren’t sure, don’t throw it. I was looking forward to replay because I thought it would put an end to the stupid arguing that managers do whether they are right or wrong. It hasn’t really done that since so many managers are throwing the flag and losing so they’re still arguing later in the game on other calls.
    The only thing I’d like to see changed is that every scoring play at the plate go through a review. Obviously, they would only need to stop the game if it was a play that was bang bang. Otherwise, they could just green light it through before the runner hits the dugout.

  18. ewisco said, on April 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    i have said this before, i’ll probably say it again, but replay should be just like any other appeal in baseball. This process already exists and has been used sort of successfully for decades. when you feel it’s close and you want someone to take another look, you do just what you would do when you appeal a check swing but instead of pointing at the first or third base ump, you come out and point at the booth. the reply goes up on the scoreboard: safe/out, fair/foul, homerun/basehit (you could say single or double here perhaps). no stupid flags, no limit (there’s no limit on appeals for check swings, touching the base, leaving early etc.). you step out and point. And if it can’t be decided in less than a minute, they need to hire me to review. not some coach or former ump who are used to watching the game live, but a bonafide couch potato (like me) who’s been watching games on tv for life and can make a call damn near instantly and be right 98% of the time on the initial call and 100% correct given a couple of different looks. Part of the hole this is the word “conclusive” you can tell almost immediately if there’s even a camera angle that is going to give you that look. The other thing to look for is, where is the umpire positioned. if he has a good look, it better be damn conclusive to overturn it. if it’s even close you stick with the guy on the field. if he’s out of position or blocked, now it’s really up to you to get it right so you would take a little extra time. i would be available for interviews (and book signings) after every game to explain my decisions. it is NOT DIFFICULT. which i think drives us all nuts. it’s just not difficult. If anyone in giant management ever reads this blog they should try to get in touch with me and get dunston back to what he is good at. This is a job for a professional tv watcher.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      When you’re running errands or at the bar, I’ll fill in. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • ewisco said, on April 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm

        Heck, i don’t take the job without you!

  19. Bozo said, on April 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Major League Baseball exceeded 8 billion dollars in revenue last year. They could have spent some bucks to do this right. For example, all MLB had to do is put the same replay camera system in every park, multiple camera angles at the bases, at the plate and down the foul lines. Add an additional ump to every crew. Have a booth in every park for that additional ump who sits in the booth and watches every close play, the same way we all do. That ump is the only one who can reverse the calls, no managers involved and no inning restrictions. The Umps are happy because more are hired and they still get to call game without being challenged. Using the additional ump would also reduce the vendetta type calls that are probably more prevalent than actual blown calls. It seems to me this process would be quicker, it would be closer to getting it right, eliminate the arguments and it would also be easier for MLB to monitor bad umps

    • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Larussa said on KNBR the other day that they originally wanted to do it similar to what you describe, but there weren’t 17 “MLB ready” umps to add to the headcount. Do what you will with that description and explanation of why it didn’t happen. Oracle recommended waitresses as the additional umps, I recommended Hooter’s girls — they’d be fine and ready to go with a morning’s ump training, at most…

  20. zumiee said, on April 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Out and about today, I see a definite up-tick in Giants enthusiasm in the community. Morale is up in Giants Nation!

  21. zumiee said, on April 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Grizzlies lost in the bottom of the 9th today. Affeldt pitched well, though: 1 inning, no baserunners, 2 strikeouts.
    Brown and Panik each had 3 hits:

    • zumiee said, on April 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Kontos gave up the winning run.

  22. sportdude said, on April 6, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I like the fact that replay is available, but they don’t seem very good at changing things. Dodger guy looked safe yesterday. A’s homer last year, among others. MLB umps too full of themselves, so some calls will remain unchanged to save face. Different than football, where I see the call right after reply almost all the time..

  23. zumiee said, on April 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Trumbo with 5 HRs already. He’s gonna like the desert.

  24. Macdog said, on April 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    No bad feelings whatsoever. Although I’m not a fan to these Sunday night games, I’m very much looking forward to watching the Giants after a hectic, soccer-related day. And Pagan with a first-pitch single!

  25. Wilcojoe said, on April 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Did the Dodgers lose a bet with the Giants? That sounds like Renel doing the PA?

    • DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      They just said it’s Mary Hart on the radio. Seems like their doing some kind of dumb-ass celebrity thing every day.

  26. Macdog said, on April 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Not sure if anyone’s mentioned this about replay, but why is Replay Command Center in NYC? As Pawlie, Loo, Bozo and myself can attest to, it’s not easy staying up late for these west coast games that often go past 1 a.m. I can just imagine some 60-year-old bleary-eyed ex-ump struggling to stay awake while deciding on a crucial replay in the 9th inning.

    • Bozo said, on April 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Good point Mac. Hell I’m usually bleary eyed by the first inning, and I’m only 59.

  27. DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    That’s good thinking, Mac.

    Cain is starting to remind me of Schmidt in a couple of ominous ways. They both became less effective after noticeably losing weight and reaching that 1,500 or so career IP mark…

    • Wilcojoe said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      You might be on to something. I am getting tired of this long ball shit he keeps giving up.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Not disagreeing with you Loo, since this season will reveal if that is true; but how do you explain Cain doing a face plant at the beginning of last season, yet pitching like the Cain of old in the 2nd half?

      • DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

        I don’t explain my comments, Blade.
        I just make them and assume that no one actually reads them.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

        Good policy Loo.

  28. Wilcojoe said, on April 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Greinke is flat out dealing.

  29. blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Pagan is GOLD when he is on the field. No surprise to me that our team was rudderless last season.

  30. DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Krukow: “Pagan is the best player in the National League right now”

    • James said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      They have an award for it, too: Player of the Week.

  31. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    did that fuck eye goggle the sky when he hit home plate? I think he did.
    I still don’t know what that means….
    But I am standing by it being a diss…….
    Gonna have to come back tonight, as usual……..

  32. Runnittt said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I am a fucking idiot.

  33. Wilcojoe said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm


  34. James said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Shit, the first couple of innings includes the 4th in my book.

  35. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    not much of a diff between Cain and Zito, at least when you look at their production after they signed their big deals…….

  36. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I think I read somewhere that Cain hasn’t won since mid August of last year.

    • DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Well in his defense, he didn’t pitch from October through March…

  37. John said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Cain got the big bucks and hasn’t done squat since.

    • DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      He was great in 2012 – the first year of the mega-deal.

  38. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Yes, you are.

  39. willedav said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Man, looks like flav might have called this one too.

    • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      it wasn’t hard to see coming.
      But now let’s see if we get our rally caps pulled on right.

  40. Macdog said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I think Kemp’s matched his entire HR output from last season.

  41. blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Cain was Cain in the 2nd half last season. For the most part, he was shitty in the first half, not the 2nd half.

  42. DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Seems like the Giant pitchers rarely help themselves offensively in recent years.
    Wasn’t Bumgarner supposed to be a great hitter?

    • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Defensively they usually suck, too, at least last year. Maybe they practiced a little in AZ this year…

  43. Bozo said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    See ya.

  44. blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Well, if Pagan is the best player in the NL, then Belt is easily 1a.

  45. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    plastic wrap. Everything. Now. #CasadeJames

  46. Bozo said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    See ya II.

  47. blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm


  48. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    monster bomb

  49. Wilcojoe said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    There we go, right back in it! Speaking of backs, I thinks Greinke’s is getting a little cranky.

    • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      in college, we had a buddy we called BODBA–“big ol double back”. He had like 2 backs, it was a scene, man. Anyway, he should loan one to Kershaw or Grienke, whoever needs the spare one worse……..

  50. Wilcojoe said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned the resemblance between Morse and Jack Clark.

    • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      not bad. I’ll fiddle around with some comparison photos later and get back to you. If you’re right, I’ll pop it in tomorrow’s thread.
      My favorite Giants player, ever, in a uni—Jack Clark–just from a vanity standpoint.

      • Wilcojoe said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

        He was my first favorite Giant as a kid…That would change a few years later when another Clark sporting the number 22 would come along.

      • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm

        as a kid, probably the same with me.

    • DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Reminds me more of the infamous boxer, Antonio Margarito…

  51. willedav said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    If you’re gonna go inside on Hanley, make it so the only thing he hits is the dirt.

  52. Macdog said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Here comes Kemp. @dongreport better get ready.

  53. DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I have a hunch that Ehire is about to get Efired…

    • Wilcojoe said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Loo is on fire tonight!

  54. blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    How embarrassing (despite what Kruk says). The wave is so 80s.

  55. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    “Now it’s time for pitchers to adjust to what Belt is doing….”– Kruk
    And the unplanned, disorganized assault on the inside inanimate objects at Casa de James continues to be planned, at an organic level……..

  56. IH1979 said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I am afraid of women.

  57. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    IH1979 needs to go find a new blog to post at. But if he wants to keep posting here, I’m down, keep ’em coming bitch.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Ahh, you just jogged my mind (I must have been distracted by one of Kemp’s bombs earlier this evening) . . . Anywho, who is this guy?

      Runnittt said, on April 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm (Edit)
      I am a fucking idiot.

      • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:24 pm

        different guy, same moderated comment.

  58. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    and to be clear, I reserve the right to moderate your comments to anything. I almost never do this, except to troll pussies. Also, you will be banned. IH1979 doesn’t have the brain capacity to remember this.This is probably the 6th time I’ve banned him.

  59. Bozo said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Damn, this isn’t looking that good.

  60. Wilcojoe said, on April 6, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    This Dodgers pen is nasty.

  61. Macdog said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    The Giants would’ve lost to The King and His Court with all the strikeouts they had tonight.

  62. Bozo said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Well that game really IH1979ed, don’t ya think? I’m sure the guys can’t wait to get the IH1979 outta LA. Ah, IH1979 it.

  63. IH1978 said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I continue to be a huge pussy

    • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      But, I’ll bet his paycheck is bigger than yours…

    • Bozo said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      And you are a IH1978, IH1978face little IH1978.

  64. snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Speaking of Cain, it’s time he start taking some criticism as much or more than Timmy. Cain used to get away with pitching with high strikes. No more…

  65. snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    BTW, re: Belt. BF, I’m taking vitamins and GNC fake testosterone now, getting ready for that visit to James’ place. If only I can get some of those blue pills on the cheap from the snarkkdog’s Canadian online pharmacy, I’ll be ready…

  66. snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Doghairs to Giants for the seaon: Game ON. And, their Pen is tough tough at this point…

  67. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    He’s just another loser internet troll. He’ll go away like he always does.

    • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Apparently he’s got edit ability per his changed 8:11…

      • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        I know, right? He’s really good at expressing his true, inner, untold to the world feelings, lol. Maybe he’ll post a selfie later.

  68. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    his 7:36pm is his best admission eve.r

  69. snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    The HRs for Giants are really encouraging to me. HRs keep you in games, especially if your starting staff is mediocre. I’ll take 5-2 roadies any time, especially against division opponents…

    • DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Gotta feeling those HR numbers might take a little nosedive at ATT…

      • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm

        No doubt. But, it looks like this lineup has more HRs in it than last year, and Panda hasn’t even cut back yet on swinging at 59 foot changeups…

  70. Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Mickey Rooney died. I swear to god I saw someone the other day in Los Altos that looked exactly like him and I was gonna look him up when I got home to see if he was still alive. Forgot to do it. He’s got a lot of kids, adopted and otherwise (per wiki).

    • DJLoo said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      This is devastating news…how old was he, 148?

      • Flavor said, on April 6, 2014 at 8:48 pm

        close. lol. I honestly wasn’t sure if he was still alive last week. he could have died 20 years ago for all I knew. Anyway, how about the character “Bill”? He nailed it right?

      • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:16 pm

        Mickey was best friends, and I believe there WERE just friends, with Judy Garland. They both got abused as kid stars by the Hollywood system, and shared lots of bad experiences. He was also very good friends with Liz Taylor, for the same reasons. I give him major props for being married to Ava Gardner, his first wife. Predictably, it was a disaster, lasted a year or so, but nailing Ava Gardner when she was about 21 had to have been incredible for at least a little while — she was a stone fox, maybe the most beautiful Hollywood starlet in the Golden era. Sinatra, who nailed anything that moved, was married to her ’51 to ’57, and she drove him absolutely batshit crazy — the only woman that ever had him by the balls. His entire epic album Only the Lonely was essentially about her, after they broke up. Listen to his rendition of the track “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)”, and tell me that’s not a guy that just got kicked in the ‘nads by some smokin’ broad, and hasn’t recovered. Incredible…

  71. snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I’d give the starters now a 2 alarm fire. Full one for a Voggy brush fire, and one shared by Cain and Timmy, both smoldering, no flames. Lurie on KNBR says the rotation so far is getting hit at a .285 clip, 3rd worst in the NL. That’s not a recipe for a division win…

  72. willedav said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    The real bad news for me was seeing Kemp. They won division without him last year. While he might not be able to run like in past, if his bat is healthy they will score plenty of runs, and they already have plenty of pitching. With the added depth they can always dump off Ethier to fill a hole or plug him into LF if Crawford gets hurt, and play him in RF when Mattingly is pissed at Puig.

    • James said, on April 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      The second one was a Scioscia special. Inside pitch to right center — and it wasn’t a strike.

    • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      Agreed. If Kemp is back to even close to his form in Braun’s MVP year, look out…

  73. James said, on April 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Mickey Rooney, so many credits, such name recognition, so few films I’m interested in. “Baby Face Nelson,” an early Don Siegel, is one I still have on my to watch list.

    • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Have you seen National Velvet? Seriously. If you roll with the time in which it was filmed, not bad. Sugary, sure. But, he does a pretty decent turn in it…

  74. willedav said, on April 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Watched parts of Stanford-UConn women’s game, but Huskies much the better. Cards had early lead but UConn ended half on 12-2 run to go up by 4, then second half Stanford made 1 hoop in first 7 minutes, a 3 that banked in. At that point lead was double digits and they got no closer.
    Their D frustrated Chiney O, and the white girl outside shooters got no room, while getting worked over at other end. Huskies have more better players that provided balanced scoring. My guess is the annoying Geno wins another one, and Stanford has to contemplate life without second high vote getter for POY that has always bailed them out and been stand out at both ends..

    • snarkk said, on April 6, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      I watched about 7-8 minutes of the first half, especially when UConn went on its run. Stanford didn’t have the athletes to compete They just went into that kinda stolid offense every time down, and drove me crazy watching that end up in bad shot clanks…

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