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Doing Just Enough

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 18, 2014

The Phillies stink but we seem to be slightly better than they are, at least at AT&T. I’m not sure how Lincecum managed to secure a W yesterday but he got it done. “The ultimate five and dive” according to Schulman. 

But you know the old saying, “ya gotta beat the bad teams to….prove you aren’t a bad team, too?” Something like that.

The Giants are off to Chi town, a place I’ve never been….

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  1. snarkk said, on August 18, 2014 at 6:17 am

    The hospital lab vampire just woke me up and took my blood, yet here’s BF already up before sunrise with the vampires. I’ll take a series win against any team, losers or vampires…

    • blade3colorado said, on August 18, 2014 at 6:19 am

      When do you get out Tom?

      • snarkk said, on August 18, 2014 at 6:35 am

        Hopefully today. A hospital is a bad place to be ill, and a good place to get sicknesses you didn’t have when you rolled in

      • blade3colorado said, on August 18, 2014 at 6:49 am

        Yeah, I agree. I have had a few friends go in for operations and it was exacerbated by infection, sometimes called Surgical Site Infections (SSI), including, a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) can happen when germs gain access to a person’s bloodstream by way of a central line tube; and, urinary tract infection via a catheter.

      • blade3colorado said, on August 18, 2014 at 6:54 am

        In short, get the f*** out of there as quick as possible.

  2. willedav said, on August 18, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Susac with another nice game, couple hits and a CS on Ben Revere who had been 34-2 on SBs. All this with Lincecum on the mound.
    Panik with a couple more hits too. He’s starting to drive the ball into OF gaps, really good sign.
    These 2 look like keepers who can help with stretch drive.
    Arias and Craw drive in runs with the SF, a fav stat of mine.

    Morse looks like he is laying off non strikes, esp the jam shots inside, and blasting anything within reach. About the only time Phils got him out was the one he crushed to deepest part of the yard that Byrd caught Friday.
    Hope he can stay hot for a while and power middle order run producers.

    There was a book I read that featured Bob Gibson and Reggie Jax talking about baseball, and Reggie said as he got older he knew he couldn’t get around fastballs inside from the young flamethrowers. His adjustment was to move a little farther off the plate so he could extend his arms better and drive pitches into opposite field gap.
    Of course, Gibson had an answer for those type of guys…

    • stickman said, on August 18, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Morse had that hot start and then came down with the “crud” and really lost it for a spell. After the infection or whatever dissipated it’s likely enough his approach and timing had to be rebooted. Should he keep this up a re-signing should be a no-brainer ~ particularly with someone like Blanco to step in around the 7th inning for D.

  3. salty said, on August 18, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Hopefully Susac will make them reconsider bringing Hector back.

    I think all three of these kids (Duffy inc) are going to be keepers. Something in their body language says so. They look like they have been around. And they didn’t spend too much time in the minors, unlike others. Upside is there. Let em play!

    • stickman said, on August 18, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Exactly. Scouting and player development re position players has taken a great leap forward (to cite Mao of all people). It’s not systemic yet. There is plenty of dead wood throughout the position player pipeline. But those higher draft picks are looking pretty good and if memory serves, Duffy was lower down in the selections. He really raked in that pitching dominated Eastern League. He could easily be a force by next season. Susac and Panik look totally solid.

  4. willedav said, on August 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I realize numbers don’t tell whole story, but Morse leads team in just about every offensive category, even down to SABR ones I don’t fully understand like w/oba and w/rc. He is tops in iso (except for small sample size of belt) power, second only to Pagan in BA and OB, tops by far in slugging OPS and OPS+. Streaky, sure, but he’s helped carry them when hot. At $6mil he’s half the salary of Alex Rios, who btw also has a minus WAR rating for defense, and is not having stellar hitting year either in a good park. Hmmmnn.

    Defensively he sucks, no question. Last night I saw the A’s start Brandon Moss in RF at ATL in NL yard where they can’t DH. They brought in Vogt to PH, and then stuck him in RF and moved Moss to LF. These 2 are both way over .800 OPS guys, and the A’s had 4 of those in LU last night. Morse is currently only Giant over .800, with Pence at .798 and Posey/Sando .760 ish.

    Just saying, Giants are in bottom half of league in runs scored and OB as is, WITH Morse. Dump Morse and you better have a suitable replacement for those hitting numbers, esp if Panda leaves. Add healthy Belt to what you already have, I think you got something.

  5. twinfan1 said, on August 18, 2014 at 9:17 am

    * How to tell that replay requests are getting waaaaaay out of hand-
    “I want you to look at this. I have absolutely no idea if he’s out or safe. None. But you’ve got to look at it.”—Mets manager Terry Collins, asking the umpires to review a play at the plate during Wednesday’s game against the Nationals.(from Baseball Prospectus)

    *Jake Peavy goes tomorrow and he wants the guys behind him to know that if they screw up- “I’m mad as hell and packing heat”

    *Mike Morse had a stand up triple, reached base 9 straight times, made a nice play in the field and whaddya know- his WAR went down. ( kidding)

    *You think you’ve made a good trade to clinch the division and dagnabbit , a 10th grader beats your ace: “Minor outduels Lester as Braves sweep A’s”

    * You can’t say he doesn’t follow instructions: Blanco got to second base yesterday and he was still there this morning

    *Lucroy drove in 5 runs yesterday but that’s not the big story- he had a really good framing day.

    • Flavor said, on August 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

      are all these your material? Not bad, Twin

      • twinfan1 said, on August 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

        All mine. How can you miss with some of this? “Minor outduels Lester?” Pennies from heaven.

  6. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 18, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Hopefully Panik heals up with the day off. Maybe he takes a couple of more just so he doesn’t overcompensate with his swing. Just like pitchers shouldn’t punch someone with their pitching hand, middle infielders shouldn’t slide headfirst. Unless your name is Ricky Henderson just go feet first.

    Having only been through the airport in Chicago, I’ve always wanted to go to a game at Wrigley. That yard and Fenway are on the bucket list.

    • stickman said, on August 18, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Panik is in the fast learning-curve ~ sometimes the hard way as we saw yesterday. Looking more and more like he’s gonna be a good one. By his third year my suspicion is that you are gonna see some team leadership coming from him. Seems to be the take charge type. Smart enough not to push it when he’s a rook and probably not much as a soph.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

        I like what I’ve seen so far from Panik. He’ll benefit from somewhat limited exposure to the league. At this point I don’t see how he won’t man 2b going forward and into next season which was the FO plan. Even if the club turned to him out of desperation, good on him for forcing the issue. Same with Susac. I think Duffy needs more seasoning on the farm.

  7. paulinasia said, on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

    We all know that all of these “kids” were brought up because of injuries and/or non-performance by the previous starters. What we don’t know is that Sabean got sick and tired of hearing the lunatic fringe (and Flappers galore) lambasting the G’s farm system, minor league operations, and drafting, so he finally just said, ‘fuck it, we’re bringing up these kids NOW so they can show Giants nation just how good our minor league system really is…’ 🙂 You know, in years gone by, many of us here often cried out “play the kids!”. And here we are. It’s great these guys are getting shots at it now, instead of remaining rather largely unknown and unlikely possibilities down on the farm.

    • twinfan1 said, on August 18, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Talent and opportunity made for a perfect storm for the kids. Belt felled, Hector down, Scooter and Adrianza, Uggla ugh, fail to get Bonifacio or Zobrist…at least they bailed on Uggla quickly and didn’t search for a senior citizen to replace him.
      Soon we find out if they got a new influx of the Bowker gang or some real players.

  8. paulinasia said, on August 18, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Oh, and, if you’ve never been to Chicago, it’s a good thing to have on your list. Great food. Great bars. Great little smoky basement blues clubs for after hours. Horrible winters. One of my favorite American cities, actually. But wouldn’t want to live there… 🙂

  9. blade3colorado said, on August 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Per Yahoo, the Giants have one of the easiest schedules (ranked 15th) . . . However, the Dodgers schedule is much, much easier still (ranked 19). I cut and paste the 2:

    15. San Francisco Giants
    Record: 65-58, second place in NL West by 3½ games, lead second wild card
    Run differential: +30
    Opponents’ winning percentage: .480
    Home/road: 17/21
    Off-days: Aug. 18, Sept. 4, 8, 18
    Games vs. teams .500 or better: 15 of 38
    Key series: at Los Angeles Dodgers, Sept. 22-24
    Overview: At first, they were ranked even lower, thanks to their division looking like haves and have-nots, with no distinct middle class. Two series against the Rockies, two more against the Diamondbacks, a pair with the Padres and even a soiree this week with the Cubs: those are the dreams of which stretch schedules are made. Except the 15 games against .500-plus teams the Giants do play are chores: Washington, Milwaukee, Detroit and then a pair of series against the Dodgers. The Giants must use their off-days wisely, keep playing as well on the road as they have and take advantage of those games against bad teams so the good ones don’t force any more distance between them and the …St. Louis Cardinals.

    19. Los Angeles Dodgers
    Record: 70-56, lead NL West
    Run differential: +50
    Opponents’ winning percentage: .465
    Home/road: 21/15
    Off-days: Aug. 18, 25, 28, Sept. 4, 11, 25
    Games vs. teams .500 or better: 9 of 36
    Key series: vs. Washington, Sept. 1-3
    Overview: Lowest winning percentage among remaining teams? Check. Second-highest percentage of home games? Check. Most off-days? Check? Fewest opponents at .500 or better? Check. If there were any question that the Dodgers have the moistest of cake walks, leave them at the valet stand. The worst part of their September is a three-city road trip, and those are in San Francisco (where they’re 4-2 with a pair of one-run losses this year), Colorado (the dregs of the NL) and Chicago (working valiantly to secure a top-five draft pick). One series against the Nationals and two against the Giants represent the hardest challenges for the Dodgers. The next-best teams: the Padres and the Mets. It’s a dream stretch, one for which the …Yankees (most difficult schedule) would pay anything if scheduling were a commodity.

    If you want to read the rest . . . http://sports.yahoo.com/news/10-degrees–breaking-down-the-schedules-for-all-19-mlb-playoff-contenders-052528011.html

  10. pawliekokonuts said, on August 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Never been to Chicago? Here’s a redacted [to protect the guilty] morsel from my book-in-progress of my first visit there. Feeling positively chirpy today because I’m sending the MS to my friend Dan Valenti, author and editor. I have been ensnarled on this project. It is devolving. I need his help. I feel free just printing all 200+ pages. So, here’s a worldwide Flap exclusive sneak preview for an off-day:

    “Midnight (And Later) Run

    Alcohol is a strange fuel, and an even stranger GPS.
    “Let’s go to Wrigley Field.”
    “Okay. Why not? Let’s go.”
    Who cares if it’s the middle of a booze-sodden night in a bar in Dayton, Ohio? Who cares whether the Cubs are even in town? What does it matter whether we have money, tickets, hotel, or brains? Worst of all, who are we to let a nearly catastrophic mishap hold us back? (More on that in a bit.) We are young and invincible. And we are baseball fans.
    We in this case are your author, his brother just graduated from the University of Dayton, and his brother’s Jersey friend, Steve. We did at least have a car, my (and my wife’s) little green Subaru, in 1978, when most Americans barely knew how to pronounce the automaker’s name.
    Earlier in the evening, a celebratory and under-the-influence Jersey Boy had commandeered some of Dayton’s municipal signage to play drunken warrior with. He uprooted a street sign and made believe it was a lance, maybe a javelin. Boys will be boys. When you are young and drunk, this strikes you as hilarious if for no other reason than that it’s outrageousness. Plus, he looked like a young Elvis Presley, so that made it more incongruous. Worst of all, in the post-graduation romp, my brother mistook a cellar door for another door and hurled himself down a flight of stairs to the basement, cutting his head and probably suffering a concussion. To this day, I regret I did not insist on a visit to the hospital, yielding to his resistance. The nasty injury was not enough to wave off a middle-of-the-night barroom plan to head off to Chicago to watch baseball the next day.
    Jersey needed money. On second thought, I’m sure we all needed money, but I was content to live on plastic and borrowed time, as suited the nature of my life then.
    “Wait here,” Jersey Boy instructed us as we sat in a parking lot near an all-night eatery and near Jersey’s place of employment, a Hess gas station.
    “I’ll get some money. I have the keys.”
    Great. So, now I’m an accomplice, a driver in a getaway car. Perfect.
    After too many minutes – was it five? ten? fifteen? – we see Nolfi come running in the night, laughing and frantic. He jumps into the car.
    “Hurry. Let’s get the fuck out of here.”
    “Are you kidding?”
    “No, the cops came, but I told them I had the keys and needed to get this jacket. Come on, let’s go.”
    How did we find the highway? Did we have a map? Did it matter? Our adventure was now both funny and dangerous. Onward to Wrigley Field! None of us had ever been to Chicago, except for a layover at O’Hare, which could have been anywhere.
    The humor began to wear off in Indiana as not-yet burgeoning cornfields and silos sailed past us in the May night. It was no longer a novelty, and we were not in manic phase of inebriation anymore. But let’s be honest. We had a few six packs accompanying us, despite the danger, the foolishness, the recklessness, and collective self-will run riot. We had an inanimate companion on the journey, The Sporting News’s latest edition of The Complete Baseball Record Book. It helped to keep us awake. It was a fantastic conversation aide. Maybe it saved our lives by keeping us alert enough to drive.
    Catching the first hints of dawn somewhere in Indiana, as I was pretzeled in the back seat of the two-door, my sane self shouted: what the fuck have we done and why? We’re going to a game in Wrigley Field? The one in Chicago? Today? This afternoon? Are you shitting me?
    Gary, Indiana, looked smokey and menacingly industrial, wrought of iron and hard work. Odd that such a machinery-ish and metallic place would have the name “Gary,” but it did and it does. (It reminded me of my life-long friend Gary Velez, a baseball fan who was with us in spirit., but back in stamford corporeally.) As we entered its environs, the Windy City lived up to its name, rocking the car with gusts as we came down the Loop.
    So this is Chicago.
    Here we are.
    Is the wind blowing out or in?
    I think it’s in.
    No, maybe out.
    What the fuck do you know?
    The intellectual conversation of hung over, actually still drunk, white boys in their twenties.
    We took to singing Sinatra over and over. “CHIC cah go, my kind of town.”
    We found a motel, in downtown, not far from the elevated train. It offered a scenic panorama from the window on the ground-floor room. A beautful view of . . . a Dumpster. It was in the morning. We took a nap. How did we sleep? Three to a bed? Two beds and a cot? You might wonder how we checked in before noon without paying for two nights. Let’s merely note that we discovered later our half-star motel seemed to feature hourly rates for select clientele.
    The train to Wrigley was abuzz with fans parading to the afternoon game. (This was ten years before the Cubs surrendered to Modern Life and put in lights.) We walked around the hallowed grounds of Wrigley, busy and loud with fans. I had not yet developed my habit of buttonholing fans wearing Giants gear in strange cities. If I did, I don’t remember any incidents from this voyage. We were hungry. We entered Ray’s Bleacher Bums restaurant. I would have to classify this as my first sports bar. There were no franchise sports bars in every American city in 1978. The place was like spring break in Daytona Beach (I guess). A loud, raucous carnival atmosphere rocked the joint. We may have eaten a hamburger. More likely, we just resumed our drinking. It was easy to meet other partying drunks. Babes, lots of babes. (Isn’t everyone a babe when you are drunk?) We had a camera. We took pictures of the three of us in alternating poses with party-animal ladies. Tourists outside the gates of baseball’s Mecca, partaking of the fleshpots. Nothing “happened” at Ray’s. No indictment-worthy infidelities, beyond those of the will. But the capturing of photographic evidence of our antics was not smart. Less smart was my propensity to share these images with my wife, in my allegedly more sober moments, weeks later, not having fished out the accusing photos. Worse yet was sharing these with family and friends weeks later.
    “Look at these pictures from our trip to Wrigley Field!”
    “Oh.”
    And then for me to wonder at the awkward response of those viewing this booklet of developed carnage.
    I was married nearly a year at the time. This is not the sort of bedrock on which to build marriage number one.
    The grounds around the stadium and within looked worn and littered and dingy. These were harder times for baseball. Then again, maybe it was merely the fact that we were dingy and littered with the detritus of a night’s drive from Dayton.
    We sat in the bleachers, either by choice or necessity.
    The bleachers did not disappoint as a venue of unique perspectives and atmosphere. One regular bleacher bum roamed his kingdom, standing on the wall, juggling, and chanting like a shaman. He repeatedly yelled out the name of the Cubs’ (and later the Giants’) second baseman, Manny Trillo: “Tree oooh. Hoooooh. Treeee ooooh. Hooooooooh. Tree ooooh. Hooooooooh. Tree oooooh. Hoooooooh.” This was a few years after outfielder Rick Monday, then with the Cubs, famously rescued an American flag from being burned by protesters on the field during a game at Dodger Stadium. Monday was now with the visiting Dodgers. (Monday reportedly still owns the flag he rescued.) Our juggling high priest of the bleachers added to the canon of his litany “Hey Monday hey Monday hey Monday hey Monday hey Monday hey Monday” in staccato fashion.
    All right.
    But all was not holy, by a long stretch, in the bleachers of the Friendly Confines on that afternoon. It was wickedly cold in early May. There was sleet or snow mixed in with cold rain. It was teeth-chatteringly cold, with or without Jersey’s Hess jacket. Not having planned this trip in the least, brother and I were lucky to be wearing sweaters, never mind winter coats and gloves. Some of our fellow bleacher denizens sported t-shirts or no shirts. That’s what you did. Although we were on a drunken binge, I have a distinct memory of succumbing to reason and buying a cup of coffee, just to keep the hands warm. (I wasn’t a coffee drinker then; strictly tea when not imbibing alcohol.)
    Tell me again: why were we doing this?”

  11. paulinasia said, on August 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Whoa, Pawlie, how cool that you give us a sneak preview of your next masterpiece…. a Flap exclusive 🙂

    • pawliekokonuts said, on August 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Nothing that anyone here could not do just as well, likely better, with their own story, as proven here every day. Yet, thanks, Paul. and to all. We are family here….even with our own brand of family dysfunction sometimes.

  12. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Great stuff, Pawlie. Chicago is a great party town. From Rush St. to the blues bars to Wrigley. My family’s all from the North side, and my uncle (Uncle Chuck) still lives right off Lakeshore Drive.

    But the weather is a total crapshoot. Summer and winter are O-U-T out, Spring and Fall are a possible with outliers being way too hot or freezing your ass off. I was there (Wrigley) in August of ’68, and it was ungodly hot. Thankfully we sat in the shade.

    Went in early June of 95, and again, it was over 100º with 80% humidity. Sat in the bleachers, and it was pretty much unbearable. Most of us that could huddled under the shade of the scoreboard and drank lots of beer.

  13. blade3colorado said, on August 18, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Fantastic story! I can relate.

  14. Chipower9 said, on August 18, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Just caught up (reading yesterday’s thread from the point at which I had to leave). So first, to snarkk – hope you are doing better. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery, Tom. Did you get any sponge baths from hot nurses? (We can only hope.) Seriously…feel better soon.

    Sure, it was the Phillies from whom the Gigantes got their first back-to-back wins in over two months. But WTF, the way this season has gone (and with that season winding-down quickly) I’ll take it.

    I too have never been to Chicago, and like Dirt, Wrigley and Fenway are on my bucket list.

    Nice win yesterday. As others have mentioned, it is nice to see the production from the kids. Reminds me of the early Humm Baby days with Craig at the helm (The Thrill and Thompson had just come up the previous year), and the mantra for that following year (I still have my pin): “You’re Gonna Like These Kids.” I am thinking the same will hold true with the current Three Muskateeres (Duffy, Panik, and Susac).

    It is also great to see Morse getting hot. Now if Pence, Posey and Pablo can do the same for the stretch run, it will all translate to good things for our boys in the Orange and Black.

    Pawlie – thanks for the excerpt. Have not read it all yet (busy as hell at work today), but will later. Appreciate the early preview for Flap Nation.

  15. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Pawlie, I have a similar story, although not nearly as far, driving from Pine Mountain Lake to Reno to satisfy a gambling jones at about 1:00 am one bleary Saturday night after spending 3 days on the lake.

  16. Macdog said, on August 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Hey Pawlie, say hello to Nate for us (and I’ll check out your excerpt later): WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league deal with Nate Schierholtz and assigned the veteran outfielder to Triple-A Syracuse.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on August 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      I saw that. I mean, Manny Burriss and Nate, reunited. And the Chefs are hot, heading toward playoffs for first time in about 20 years. I’m sure Nate is thrilled. Or not.

  17. DJLoo said, on August 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Why is everybody making such a big fuckin’ deal about run differential this season?
    All of a sudden it’s everywhere, like it was just invented.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on August 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      The projections at Coolstandings.com, which ESPN posts in its standings, rely heavily on it, best I can tell. Too heavily.

  18. snarkk said, on August 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I saw where Hector took another shot off the mask last Sat night. When are they just going to shut him down behind the plate this year? I think it’s near criminal they keep him out there catching…

  19. Chipower9 said, on August 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    How goes it Tom? You out of the hospital?

    • snarkk said, on August 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Looks like later today…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on August 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        easy on the Maker’s when you first get out; give it at least a day [goofy grin]

  20. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Cost vs risk is all I can think of, as terrible as that sounds. If it was Posey, he’d have been shelved early in June.

  21. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Good to hear, Tom. The faster you get out, the better.

  22. paulinasia said, on August 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Not that ya’ll really care all that much in this digital online world of ours, but just thought I’d summarize my situation, as paulinsonoma for the past 6 weeks is about to become paulinasia once again. It was a much needed summer holiday for me in the US, as the past year in China seems to have done a number on me health-wise (heavy metals poisoning, etc., on we go). Sorry some of us couldn’t meet up while I was here for a mini-Flapalooza, but we’ll try again next time. Leaving Wednesday for a special 6-week university teaching gig up near Beijing, finish by end of September, and that’ll likely do it for China. Got a job lined up in Saigon starting around mid-October, so I’m really looking forward to going back to my real Asia home, Saigon. Looks like Steve (Blade) will be out that way for a few months as well, so we’ll be sure to meet up at a lively bar and post pics here from our own Flapalooza East. I’ll even let one of the local lovelies wear my Giants t-shirt and pose for the Flap…. Go Flap, go Giants, peace out…

    • DJLoo said, on August 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      I wonder if Saigon has a song that equates to “My Old Kentucky Home”.
      Where did you get heavy metal poisoning, at a Slayer concert?

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

        I was thinking Tesla or Winger.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Happy flight, paul.

      • paulinasia said, on August 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

        Thanks, Dirt….

  23. paulinasia said, on August 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Yeah, well, I wish it was that kind of *heavy metal(s)*……. except Slayer, Loo…. not ready to die quite yet.. :-p

  24. WilcoJoe said, on August 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I thought only old, fat women had their gallbladder removed? 😉

    I actually had mine taken out last month. Woke up at 3am with sever upper ab pain. It felt like the worst heartburn one could imagine. Tried to vomit thinking that would help but nothing helped. I too thought I might be having a heart attack as the pain began to radiate to my chest and back…At 3pm, I drove myself to the ER, five hours later they ran a CAT scan and bingo, it was the gallbladder. That was my first overnight stay (actually three nights because I was running a fever due to the infection) in a hospital and my first surgery….Not as bad as I thought, and yes the Dilautid morphine was pretty nice. I can see why they say it’s more addicting than heroin….I lost about 10 pounds in the first week and have since kept the momentum going by watching what I eat and getting back to the gym on a daily basis…So all in all not a bad kick start to healthier lifestyle…Make sure you do your breathing exercises and the more you get up and walk, the better you will feel. I was pretty much back to normal about two days after I Got home..Oh and most importantly, stay close to a toilet at all time. The first few weeks you will be shitting water.

    • snarkk said, on August 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Thanx for the tips, Joe… 😉
      Wow, you waited 12 hours, that was pretty rough with that kind of pain. I lasted about 4, and said to hell with it, get me to the ER. Dilautid is nice, yeah, but morphine itself is bliss. I had a night and a day of that pure stuff 5+ years ago when I had major jaw surgery. I totally understand getting addicted to that stuff…

  25. zumiee said, on August 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    All the best on your recovery, Snarkk.
    There have been many many great chapters in the Book of the Flap, but your posting from your post-op hospital bed ranks up with the highest echelon.
    —–
    And thanks for the book preview, Pawlie. Very cool stuff. I’m a huge fan!
    —–
    Sorry it didn’t work out for a mini-Flapalooza, Paul. It seems like the Giants’ struggling time in the last many weeks sucked some of the energy out of Flapalooza-izing. Maybe the team has now (hopefully) turned some kind of pivotal corner on the season, and it’ll be onward and forward to a run in the playoffs.

    • paulinasia said, on August 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Yeah, Zum, I agree, I think the losing trend kind of dampened things but that’s fine. I would trade a mini-flapalooza for a playoff slot any day, so hopefully the trend is up up up from this point on. Next time.

      • blade3colorado said, on August 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

        See ya on the other side of Earth around October Paul. 🙂

      • paulinasia said, on August 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm

        You betcha.

  26. James said, on August 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Fewer whiskies and less wine? Surely, they don’t really mean it.

  27. snarkk said, on August 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Out of the hospital, and back home. Phew.
    People with chronic illness that are in/out of hospitals all the time, I don’t know how they do it. I tip my cap to them. 5 days and I was more than ready to scream and run the hell outta there with my hospital gown flapping in the breeze. Most of the nurses were great, they made it tolerable. Generalization sure, but doctors are often glorified plumbers, the nurses are the healers. The Giants need to heal up their mojo somehow — maybe a few nurses would help…

  28. snarkk said, on August 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I’m pouring myself two fingers of non-fat milk in celebration — woo hoo!…

    • Flavor said, on August 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      lol. party on. Glad to hear you’re outta there.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on August 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

        go for it

  29. gianthead said, on August 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Snarkktacular to be out of the hospital…

    great chapter Pawlie. My dad is from Dayton and the road trip reminded me of one late sunday night in grad school that we just had to make the drive right then to see Graceland….well we made it about an hour out of Lexington and hit horrible fog and were already out of beer. So we turned back. I find out the next day we were going the wrong way heading south instead of the more direct direction to the southwest. Probably would have killed ourselves if we kept going. How the hell did my Kentucky fraternity brothers not know how to get to Memphis????

    But the next summer, made it to Chicago and Wrigley. Summer ’91 and we saw the Braves and was the year they went on that great run and then managed to blow the word series…Chicago was incredible. We had one of the best weekends of my life. Reggae club north side Friday night, shooting pool all saturday morning across the street from Wrigley and drinkingatt opening. Did not get bleacher seats and was candlestick cool for a July game in frickin Chicago. So we had to walk around to get in the sun and after the game ended we figured where the Cubs radio box was located and started yelling up for Brenly from behind home plate. He stuck his head out of the box (I failed to have my Giants cap with me) and I managed to scream the one instant memory I had of Brenly live and that was him hitting a grand slam against Mike Scott. So I yell, “Grand Slam Mike Scott!” And he broke out a huge grin.

    Hit Ditka’s steakhouse that night and the great Chicago Fields museum on Sunday if I recall the name correctly and then the long drive back to Lexington!

    I think that is the best part (and maybe only part) living east of the Mississippi. You can drive to all these places and new parks pretty easily. Only stadiums have not been to yet are the new Yankees stadium, Comiskey, new Reds stadium, Tiger’s stadium and Cleveland….

    • pawliekokonuts said, on August 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Great story!!! I too have not been to Detroit, new or old Comiskey, and new Reds. Yet. Thanks to all the great stories, and encouragement, above.

      • SanDawg said, on August 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        Totally agree-great story. The bit about Brenly referencing Mike Scott is awesome!

        Good on ya Snarkk!

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