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All Star Out Takes of Chris Berman

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 15, 2014

Tonight is the Derek Jeter Game. At least, that’s how the media is presenting it. I can appreciate what Jeter has done in his career I just have absolutely zero emotional feelings about him. I’m not planning on watching the game but who knows, maybe I’ll click on it by accident.

Hey, if you’re tired of Chris Berman’s boring schtick you should check out some of these videos of him that ESPN has pulled from youtube. Pretty hilarious stuff.

http://tinyurl.com/mbpjdzu

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Also, congrats to BLADE who outdueled DIRT in the HR Derby Final last night. Blade, you are the Flap HR Derby Champion for the year! Celebrate!

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  1. zumiee said, on July 15, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Berman shamelessly stole Cosell’s “He-could-go-all-the-way.” That’s kind of a cheesy thing to do.

    • gianthead said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:13 am

      To be fair, I think that is Berman’s homage or impersonation of Cossell.

  2. Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I will say, this is a pretty rad commercial

    • Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 8:35 am

      That is very cool. Love the RedSox fans at about the 40 second mark. (The looks on their face…ok…fuck, if we have to)…

      I do respect Jeter. Just really strikes me as a classy stand-up guy, and I have always admired how he played the game.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Nice. I have always thought that the Paul O’Neil chant in his last game at Yankee stadium was pretty awesome too.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

      I think we all know why Tiger is tipping his cap.

  3. Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Didn’t watch the HR contest…had no desire. Congrats to Steve. First to pick yesterday, and Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

    I posted something on FB in relation to an AS game post. I can’t stand the break when it is this long. And ditch the HR contest, already.

    I would much rather see them televise this any day of the week…twice on Sunday (and Escobar from Fresno gets a little press…not glowing, but noticed).

    http://tinyurl.com/k6de9vd

  4. dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Yeah, congrats Blade. I only watched the end and man that was some terrible television.

    • Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Yeah, from the comments of others, including you Dirt, I am glad I missed it. I truly would have enjoyed watching the futures game. Not sure what the powers that be are thinking. They need to pull their heads out of their asses and make some changes. Doesn’t the view numbers (dwindling further into an abyss every year) give them a clue?

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2014 at 9:29 am

        Other than the obviously wasted people in the stands it didn’t even look like they were enjoying that much in person either.

  5. Nipper said, on July 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Get rid of Bud forthwith! Baseball week is a bore. Other sports are going to push baseball in the background sooner or later. National League thinks the horse and buggy is preferred transportation. Bowler hat anyone?

    • Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

      If noting the horse and buggy as preferred transportation is what it takes to keep the bastardization called the DH out of baseball, so be it. Fuck the Junior Circuit and its flawed brand of baseball.

      • zumiee said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:07 am

        MadBum’s 2 grandslams this season, and 3 HRs total, alone, are enough to keep the DH out of the NL for a long time.

  6. snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 9:59 am

    If Jeter plays in Milwaukee, he’s Paul Molitor. HOFer, but not a manufactured icon.
    BTW, the Yanks are struggling to stay at .500, and may not even be a WC team this season, especially with Tanaka possibly going down for the year. So, Jeter may get into the playoffs — from the broadcast booth…

    • wswins said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

      maybe so..but Molitor didn’t make that flip throw to the plate to get Giambi….

      • zumiee said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

        And if the doofus Giambi slides at homeplate like just about anyone else would have, then the flip is meaningless.

      • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

        The most overrated play in recent baseball history…

      • wswins said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

        ! !

      • Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        Maybe an overrated play, but still some heads-up baseball. Not a play that a lot of infielders would attempt/make.

  7. zumiee said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:04 am

    From the last thread:
    Chuck, the novel “Under The Dome” is good, but the TV adaptation is a complete mess. However, I don’t miss an episode because it’s so unintentionally funny. It’s a marvel how bad the show is in every possible way: writing, acting, directing, editing, etc.
    In a sense, the TV show gets the last laugh, though, because it gets good ratings. According to U.S.A. Today, it was the #2 rated show last week. And Dean Norris, the only good actor on the show, gives a good account of himself. He’s a veteran player, teamed with a bunch of rookies, and carrying the team on his shoulders.

    I didn’t see the “Fargo” mini-series, but I read a very positive review of it.

    • gianthead said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

      That is funny zumiee. Show was so bad last year that it was cant miss tv. But I have not seen an episode yet this year.

      Fargo was truly great. Must see it. There is one scene brilliantly linking the tv show to the movie. With that said, the ending was a bit of a let down like True Detective this year. I am enjoying this Tyrant show so far this year. Where else on tv can you see a guy’s dick being almost bitten off…ok lol that may sound a little strange…

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

        I liked True Detective but was disappointed how it went all Deliverance in the end. Thought it was sort of a cop out.

      • gianthead said, on July 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

        Agreed Dirt. It was like they came to the end of the season so had to throw an ending together. But overall solid performances. Plot could have been a lot tighter to keep the story focused to have a sensible ending.

      • unca_chuck said, on July 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

        Yeah, that scene was great, GH. I was watching with my son, and I told him “he’s gonna see the ice scraper.” Sure enough . . . He tripped on that pretty good.

        Started watching True Detective but it didn’t catch on. We’ve been going through all the Game of Thrones though. Almost caught up to the series.

      • gianthead said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm

        Chuck, there is an epic scene in true detective based around McConnaghey going undercover drug bust in a Houston ghetto. Worth it just to go watch that one episode. Probably 2/3rs into the season.

        Bridge could have been a lot better last season as well, but will give it a shot this season…the Mexican narco/vodoo cartel world is potentially rich material…

  8. unca_chuck said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Love the Berman shit. As far as the deification of Derek Jeter? Meh. Don’t really give a shit. Never liked the Yankees, and he was always surrounded by a ton of talent.

    Whatever. Did see him play in Boston in 2001. . .

  9. twinfan1 said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Baseball minor leaguers are among the working poor, lawsuit contends. “Most earn between $3,000 and $7,500 for a five-month season.”

    http://www.si.com/mlb/2014/02/12/minor-league-baseball-players-lawsuit

    • Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:42 am

      That’s crazy, I had no idea

  10. SanDawg said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I didn’t watch any of the HR derby, but I will watch the game tonight. From a like/dislike standpoint, I’m neutral on Jeter. However, I have a lot of respect for the guy and he is always seems to do the right thing at the right time. I predict he gets 2 hits tonight and is the MVP.
    I’ve been out and about quite a bit so not following the Giants too closely. Great win to end the break after such a tough stretch. My son Matt was at the game and sent me some excited texts after the 2 grand slams. I think Chuck’s daughter was there too. They have been to more than a couple rough games this year, so it was cool that they saw such an epic win live. They also got the Crazy Horse bobblehead depicting his walk off inside the park homer. That play took place on the same day Matt graduated from college, which is a cool side note.
    I haven’t read the last few threads real closely, but I agree with Loo’s concerns about having kids out in the outfield shagging flies. Only a matter of time before someone gets drilled. I used to watch Barry take BP occasionally and some of those liners he hit 10-15 feet off the ground had some wicked movement to them. I remember thinking I’d be mighty careful trying to catch one of those bad boys.

  11. gianthead said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Only part I watched was Adam Jones needing just one more bloody homer for the espn streak for cash contest. He had 3 with 3 outs in the second round and needed just one more with 4 outs to go and he frickin whiffed. I get to a 5 win streak in that game and always miss the next pick…

  12. blade3colorado said, on July 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

    “Also, congrats to BLADE who outdueled DIRT in the HR Derby Final last night. Blade, you are the Flap HR Derby Champion for the year! Celebrate!”

    Blade patiently waits by his front door for the PC prize to arrive . . . 😐

    • Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Might wanna bring a long book and a snack for that wait πŸ™‚

      • Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

        Yeah, and I would pack a flashlight and sack lunch, too.

  13. Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Those contests Twin used to run were cool as hell, weren’t they? Very generous of him

    • blade3colorado said, on July 15, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Yes, they were cool as hell; and yes, it was quite generous of him.

      Ironically, the PC I won from 2010 went kaput over the weekend. I tried fixing it (temperature problem that I addressed by using thermal paste on the heat sink and CPU). Unfortunately, I think the mother board got fried by static electricity. Anywho, I did 2 things: 1. I bought a top of the line HP computer and monitor; and, 2. Sent Twin an email telling him about what happened and thanking him again for the PC he gave me.

      That PC gave me 4 years of enjoyment and every time I turned it on, I thought about the 2010 World Series Giants and Twin.

    • twinfan1 said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      I enjoyed doing it. I still build PCs, mostly for old customers looking to upgrade. Takes me longer now, the screws can be hell. It’s a thousand curse job. Merna wheels out to the porch with “Meathead” trying to cram his way past her.

    • Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Yep. Those contests were cool as hell. And Twin was very generous in the prize allotment. Good memories…even though I never won one of the damned things!

      • blade3colorado said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

        It helps to know baseball Chi. LOL . . . πŸ™‚

      • Chipower9 said, on July 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

        Hey – I was in the running right up until the end on a couple of them. There obviously is an element of luck invovlved, too (those who won are a testiment to this). πŸ˜‰

  14. dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Congratulations to Cespedes. The only Oakland A to get through the first round of anything in over 6 years.

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Nice.
      Well, there may have been several guys that went through a round or two of penicillin?…

  15. unca_chuck said, on July 15, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Hey, Dawg! Yeah, Allison was there as well. Lucky girl. She sent me a pic of the bobblehead. Then very excited text messages re the grand slams. My son is in the same boat. I’ve taken him to 2 games. A 3-0 loss and a loss 2 games before Timmy’s no-no. like 8-1 loss? (with Allison and Matt). If you haven’t seen them, Dawg, I put some pics in the photo-bucket.

  16. twinfan1 said, on July 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

    If you need a Giants’ fix and don’t have this, the video is supposed to be the entire 4th game of the 2012 WS.

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      I cheated and scrolled to the end. Nice ending…

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      I had forgotten that at crunch time in the 10th, Leland left Coke, the LH reliever, in to face RHB Scutaro, while the RHP Benoit was up and warm in the Pen. Panda was on deck, a switch hitter, so I’m not sure of the manager’s calculus on that one. Not knowing any of the mano a mano splits, if any, on the players, I think I’d rather try a RHP to get Scutaro out right there and end the inning. Anyway, it worked out just fine — the slide by Theriot was cool. I wonder if he’s tired of wrasslin’ alligators — we could use him at second base…

      • twinfan1 said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        The slide has always brought to mind Calvin of Calvin and Hobbs. He’d slide exactly as Theriot did, with the same exuberant glee.

      • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        Yeah, that was a joyful slide. For me, that will be the everlasting memory of that WS win, with the stop action photo of his slide and grin. For 2010, it was the iconic photo on the field just after the clinch game in Texas where Timmy is held up by somebody and Timmy has his #1 finger raised high with long hair flowing.
        Sheez, those memories are getting me jazzed about the second half of this season…

  17. willedav said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Being surrounded by talent and being on WS winners are too way different things. How many for Mays, Aaron, etc.? Doesn’t diminish their careers, but I’m sure they wanted just one, desperately.
    Jeter is certainly past his prime, but I have ton of respect for the guy. And if you were to ask A’s I doubt they overrate his play. He was supposed to back up throw and be in that spot but obviously did way more than that.

    I think because we see Giants up close so often it’s easy to get down on players, mgrs. and FO, decisions etc.
    On other hand, these issues aren’t unique to the ballclub–every single one of them has them, most a lot more significant. I think 90% of baseball teams would love to be in Giants position right now. Seems like everyone is looking for offensive help in OF or 2b.

    The A’s, for all their success, have 2b that suck more than Giants do and have all season. The guy they finally gave the job too, Callaspo (who also sucks) pulled a hamstring so they had to recall a guy they sent down. Couple of their middle IFs are straddling Mendoza line and hit worse than Adrianza in way more ABs. They dropped 2 in a row to M’s and didn’t score for about 20 innings after first inning vs. King Felix. The guy they signed off season to close, Johnson, is a $10 mill bust they will likely put on waivers or DFA.

    *negativity* notwithstanding, Flap is always an enjoyable read and something I look forward too every day. The csn site is just awful–bloggers are flat ridiculous (except for occasional posts by Snarkk) and full of a lot of sophomoric name calling shit. Haven’t checked out Pav’s blog in a long time, but again except for Twin I didn’t notice a lot of intelligent life on that planet. And why do so many sites feature that annoying blurb in comments section about how much money someone can make at home off internet?

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Yeah, willie, the csnba blogs are a wasteland. I drop a note every now and again when there’s really a stoopid thread going on — more than the usual stoopid. Unfortunately, I think Baggarly going to TV for the money (I assume), has somewhat wasted his talent as a writer. I don’t think near as many people read his stuff anymore compared to being on the Merc. Compared to when he was the beat guy for the Merc, I believe his writing definitely takes it somewhat easier on the team now that he’s with csnba, partially owned by the Giants. Still, I think his writing is the best amongst the rest. If I had to rate the other beat guys, Pavlovic tries, Haft is average, and Schulman’s occasionally got good insight and critiques the most, but seems the laziest in getting info…

      • willedav said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

        Baggs shows up regularly on the cbs site game tracker, where you can follow tweets on left side while game is going on. Their site gives a lot of interesting info on each batter/pitcher match up–spot in the LU, day/night, home/away/ late inning, runners on,current month, and a bunch on the pitcher too.
        Baggs is often joined by Henry and Amy too in posting tweets. He can often be quite brutal too, like when Arias got his first XBH, Hicks last hit, etc. It’s like he’s let out of being locked into corporate speak.

      • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        Yeah, you’re right. If I check on Baggs’ twittershit, he sometimes will let fly a zinger on a player or a play that you’ll never see in his CSN articles. The other day one of his tweets really banged on Arias, in a direct but gentle sort of way…

  18. twinfan1 said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Have you read Carl Steward’s stuff when he fills in for Pav? He’s far and away the best, IMO. I can alert you when he does a thread. Pavlovic is good at zinging the posts out, sometimes he steps on his last post. But I like how he keeps up and responds to tweets and Email.

    • Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I agree – Steward does a nice job.

    • Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      I really like Steward a lot. He’s not afraid to call someone out. He’s older, right? Maybe he’s at that age where he just doesn’t give a fuck anymore. Anyway, I really like his threads and he’s very good at basketball, too…….

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      I admit I don’t read Pavlovic all the time, so I’m missing mostly the Steward stuff. Older writer, not the regular beat guy, so he can afford to be more critical, I suppose…

  19. Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Regarding Ryan the Riot’s slide (discussed above), here is the clip. I love the slo-mo of the slide at about the 1:40 point.

    http://tinyurl.com/m3a83pr

    • Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      awesome vid, thanks for sharing. The Must C vid that follows this one was the Bum/Posey grand slam vid and it is so clear in that how much better Kuip is than Flem at a homerun call. The two aren’t even in the same ballpark…….

      • willedav said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

        I was listening on radio on the way home for the Posey one that Kuip called. He was fired up as soon as it left the bat and just exploded his call. We need to hear him say, “OUTTA HERE” way more often.

        Bum is f-ing funny. He said afterward fastball is the only thing he can hit so that’s what he was looking for
        I think Posey said he’ll be a handful in clubhouse now.
        Marichal used to take similar cuts, and expression was “If the ball happens to wind up where he’s swinging, look out.”

      • Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        Agree WillieD – Bum is funny as hell. One of my favorite clips was a post-game interview (I believe with our beloved Amy G). This was after Puig had just taken Bum deep, and was taking his sweet-assed time prancing around the bases. Bum came towards the 3rd base line and you can tell the two exchanged words.

        When asked by Amy G what he said to Puig, Bum totally straight-faced tells her “oh, I was just telling him what a nice swing he has.” I have seen other tongue-in-cheek comments by Bum. I would love to kick back and have a few beers with the guy.

        Also loved his comment right after the Giants won their WS in 2010. Asked what his plans were, he said he couldn’t wait to be in his barn mucking (cleaning) stalls. Now that’s a country boy through and through.

  20. Chipower9 said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Giants ink their second round selection from the draft this year.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/giants/report-giants-agree-terms-second-rounder

  21. snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Since I’ve been breathing on this earth, the SF Giants have won 2 WS titles. Same period, the Yanks have won 10. If you’ve won that many, and were old enough to have been a fan during each winning season of the 10, could you remember at least one key moment in each WSeries like we surely remember a special moment from each of SF’s recent 2? I’ll say it’s better to just bask in the 2 for the Giants than glaze over for 10 of the Yanks…

  22. unca_chuck said, on July 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Well, that being said, I sure remember the heartbreak of a lot of the seasons gone past. From Kingman butchering plays in LF in game 2 of the ’71 playoffs, up to and including Cruz forgetting how to catch, Maldonado’s ill-fated slide, 5 outs away, the slowest guy on the team getting thrown out at home, Jose fucking Okendo and Atlee Hammaker, Dave fucking Stewart, and the rest.

    So many close calls that I was getting to the point of thinking it wouldn’t ever happen. Well, me and millions of others. . . .

    It made it all the more sweet when they did it. And the gravy was #2. But hey, might as well play it like the Niners and go for more.

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Yeah, I’m up for more than 2. I think #3 may be hard to get in the near future…

  23. unca_chuck said, on July 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I forgot Salomon Torres and the misbegotten 1993 season . . .

    • DJLoo said, on July 15, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Ever hear the theory that championship # 2 so soon after championship # 1 made the first one just a little less special in hindsight?

      Is that possible? It’s a little off the wall, but I wouldn’t completely discount it.

      • Alleykat said, on July 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

        Not really Loo, since I wasn’t born yet in 1954 when Mays and the boys swept Cleveland and even then it was the NY Giants, so 56 years later felt pretty sweet to win one as The SF Giants!!!

      • zumiee said, on July 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm

        I would say there’s something to the idea that it takes many years to fully appreciate multiple championships that came in a short span. It’s taken me a long time to fully absorb and appreciate 5 Niner championships in a 14 year span, and I’ll still probably haven’t.

  24. zumiee said, on July 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    “How many for Mays, Aaron, etc.? Doesn’t diminish their careers, but I’m sure they wanted just one, desperately.”

    Allow me to get my “nerd on,” and say that they both got one. Mays ’54, Aaron ’57. πŸ™‚
    But you’re point is well taken, they badly wanted to win one for SF and Atlanta.
    Mays, of course, came close with the Mets in ’73.
    Mays had a bunch of frustrating second place finishes in the NL in the ’60s with the SF.

  25. zumiee said, on July 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    We’ve talked (and/or debated) about this before on the Flap, but one of the big things about the SF Giants finally winning a championship was that it gave the fans a feeling of, for lack of a better word, legitimacy. The Dodgers and A’s fans had that over us for so many years. And then to win it again in ’12 was just adding swagger. πŸ™‚
    Yeah, it’d be nice if there was more national media appreciation of the accomplishment, but that’s part and parcel of being a west coast team. The Dodgers are different in that they are a big part of the nation’s media empire. When the Dodgers are doing well, they get national media attention.
    That’s the way it goes. The Spurs just won the NBA title, but a lot of the NBA talk afterwards is about LeBron, a player for the team that lost to the Spurs. The Spurs seem OK with that. Sometimes it can be helpful to be a team that’s always flying a bit under the radar. Maybe lots of national media attention isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      I get the East Coast bias, but I really don’t quite understand the depth of the short shrift the Giants and A’s get from the national sports press, particularly the Giants during and immediately after their WS runs. The Bay Area is probably the #5 biggest metro area in the US, maybe #6. SF is a very high profile international city. Detroit, a craphole of a city and not that big, gets its Tigers more pub than SF. When the Niners were rolling in the 80s and 90s, they seemed to get a lot of pub with the media, they were constantly on Mon night football, too. Of course, the Niners had huge star power with Joe, Jerry, and Ronnie, et al, maybe that was the difference…

  26. unca_chuck said, on July 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Yeah, winning 2 that close together makes me seem to expect more from them going ahead. Not to think any less of the accomplishment. Not that it’ll happen again, and it may, but it sure beats being a one-year wonder like the White Sox or Angels. Teams that hit it and quickly faded away.

    But, I can’t even yell you how galling it was to watch the expansion D-Bags win a championship, and Fla win two, when the Giants had been struggling for so long.

    In fact the bigger pisser was losing to Fla both times in the playoffs and then watching them go on to win the WS both years.

  27. Nipper said, on July 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I don’t like to look back but a lot of you old timers do. Lets face it, June was a pisser and this team cries for another bat. There’s too many light hitting hitters with a lot of poor at bats on this roster. Some guys bat as poor as a pitcher. Sorry BUM not you. Fans pour into ATT for the food and the park’s enjoyment rather than the poor play of late. Otherwise they would be storming across the BAY and see a team worth supporting! Sabean better make some moves or the second half will be a long fade to black. I hope things turn around and yes we’re still basically playing as well as the Dodgers. Big deal! The Giants should set their own standards and then exceed them.

    • Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Nip you’re in all star form, that’s a month’s worth of words from you. What got into you, my man?

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Nip’s War and Peace…

  28. zumiee said, on July 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Starting Wainwright didn’t work out so great.

    • Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Matheny fucked this game up already just based off his relationship with his pitcher. I don’t fault him for starting Wainwright because he’s got to play with him for the rest of the year, but Kershaw was the obvious choice to start.
      If St Louis somehow makes it to the world series I wonder if he’ll regret his decision if the NL can’t comeback

      • Alleykat said, on July 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

        True BF, but these starting A/S managers always goes with their extra players, hell Bochy added Voggy 2 years ago just cause he could.

  29. Alleykat said, on July 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Agree Z…Wainright looked scared shitless out there throwing Batting Practice pitches.

  30. Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    It’s a dumb reward, but it does give me extra interest in rooting for the NL to win this thing. Normally, I don’t think I’d care….

  31. Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Surprised Trout’s nifty WAR number didn’t get him to that ball…….

  32. zumiee said, on July 15, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Puig: 2 strikeouts. See ya.

  33. zumiee said, on July 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Alright, let’s get some Giants in this here game; come on now.

  34. Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    between the HR Derby and that Miggy bomb, I declare Minnesota fans to be the WORST catching fans in the game. Either that or the drunkest…..

    • DJLoo said, on July 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      I don’t think anyone caught Mary Tyler Moore’s hat either…

      • Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm

        I heard that it cut the eye of an unsuspecting youngster standing nearby. Shoulda brought his glove to swipe it away. :)….

      • snarkk said, on July 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm

        It WAS an iconic show starter…
        http://tinyurl.com/pln75be

  35. Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    new ballgame. Not a bad all star game at all

  36. SanDawg said, on July 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    3 strikeouts for Puig!

    • DJLoo said, on July 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Nice follow up to his HR Derby performance…

      • Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm

        Except for his 3K’s tonight and no HR’s in the Derby, he’s dominating…..

  37. Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    these walls in the Minnesota outfield are fucking ridiculous……

  38. Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    with that weird-ass delivery, I predict Neshek blows out his elbow before Aug 1st…..

  39. Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    If Matheny would stop bringing in his shitty Cardinal pitchers the NL might have a decent shot of winning this game

  40. DJLoo said, on July 15, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Was there any kind of significant tribute to Tony Gwynn, pre-game or otherwise?
    If not, they should be ashamed.

    • Flavor said, on July 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Great point.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      I’ve also wondered about reaction from Bochy having coached him and all. I haven’t seen anything.

  41. stickman said, on July 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Was the fix in tonight? Seems mighty convenient that the media made such a big hoopla over Jeter’s swan-song and then he goes two for two and scores the first run of the game. Baseball may not be as clean as we wanna think it is. Remember who the Commissioner happens to be. Consider New York media. Consider teevee revenues. Consider that Jeter is the icon for the Evil Empire.

    Try and convince me that i’m just blowing smoke.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 16, 2014 at 6:27 am

      Good call Stick.

  42. snarkk said, on July 16, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Maybe “the fix” WAS in, Stix.
    Wainwright tweets that he grooved pitches for Jeter, including the one he got a double on. WTF? Why would Wainwright do that — since that helped the AL win the game (Jeter scored) and insure WS home field advantage for the AL — and the Cards, oh, I dunno, just might be in the WS.
    And, why would he make it public, if he did groove it — that taints the double Jeter got — which defeats the PR purpose of the “pipe job”. Upshot: Wainwright is a two-time dope and the AS game is a joke…
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2014/07/15/adam-wainwright-says-he-gave-derek-jeter-easy-pitches-to-hit-in-all-star-game/

  43. DJLoo said, on July 16, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Favre laying down for Strahan was nauseating. McLain grooving one for Mantle was kind of cool.

  44. blade3colorado said, on July 16, 2014 at 6:23 am

    The car salesman probably will not do anything about this. I didn’t think my opinion of the All Star game could go any lower. However, after what Wainwright did, I have less respect for this idiot, Bud Selig, and the so-called All Star game.

    Thomas Boswell βœ” @ThomasBoswellWP
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    Wainwright says he grooved a couple to Jeter. Maybe ‘bush’ to do it. But worse to SAY you did it. Ruins moment you conspired to create. Dope
    7:40 PM – 15 Jul 2014

  45. unca_chuck said, on July 16, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Right. What’s Jeter supposed to say?

    Micah, Bochy made an excellent speech the before game when they unveiled the #19 on the RF wall against the Padres. Can’t find it anywhere.

    One thing that was cool was Bochy gave Bud Black a base that Gwynn had signed after his last game in baseball, which happened to be at AT&T in 2001. The Giants had it on display somewhere.

    Here’s something . . .

    http://m.mlb.com/sd/video/v33800257/bruce-bochy-discusses-tony-gwynns-legacy


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