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Big Win in Your Face

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 30, 2014

13-2? These threads just sort of write themselves, don’t they?

Panic 4 hits? He’s hitting .312 and doing a better impression of the best Scoots ever had to offer than Scoots himself.

Buster 5 hits? He’s as locked in as he’s ever been.

Hey, Milwaukee doesn’t suck and the Giants just took a 15 game winner out to the woodshed.ย 

The only thing I have to complain about is figuring out how to get to the game tomorrow. 280 is closed and I heard that fans at the game last night had a terrible time getting into the park on time. Could be a Caltrain game….

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  1. blade3colorado said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Won money last night, but pissed at myself. I missed inserting Wilson Ramos into my lineup by less then 30 seconds yesterday . . . Two bombs for him. Pfffttt! What’s wrong with 280 HW? Always like going by train (especially, if my cuz can’t provide a parking space . . . She oversees 2-3 condo complexes in that area).

  2. blade3colorado said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Vogy is MONEY right now. Quite a gem he pitched last night, scattering two runs on four hits over seven innings to improve to 8-9 on the season. He struck out seven and walked one against a very good team.

    Over his last four starts covering 23 1/3 innings, Vogy has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 3.73 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 27 starts (157 innings).

    Big, big test against Mike Fiers today. Once upon a time, you could expect excellence or mediocrity out of Fiers. However, since a stint in the minors, where he dominated, the dude has been untouchable, e.g., 14 SOs against the Cubs; 1 run allowed against the Jays (excellent hitting team); and, 2 runs, 7 SO against the Pirates most recently. Hope it ends at the Phone Park.

    • snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 10:42 am

      I wouldn’t go overboard on Vogey based on last night. The Brewers knew the game was out of hand by the top of the 5th at 8-1. Let’s see how he does this last month before drawing conclusions. Even if he does well, I’m leaning towards going elsewhere next season for a #5. Age is age (38 next July), and his fastball isn’t getting any faster, nor getting more movement. He scares me at that age way more than Huddy at pushing 40. And, I don’t think having two guys out of 5 starters pushing 40 is a great idea…

      • blade3colorado said, on August 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm

        The key words are “right now.” Frankly, he’ll probably get lit up in his next start. Why? Sherpaland. However, any of our starters (or any other team’s starters) are capable of the same result.

  3. DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I always take the subway to sporting events. No traffic or parking problems plus you can drink your all you want and vomit between cars on the way home…

    • blade3colorado said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:46 am

      While it’s moving? No restrooms?

  4. Phlabloxxxl said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:48 am

    As the great Hank Greenwald would have said, “You get Bill Laskey 13 runs and he can be tough.”

  5. paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

    If the G’s are starting their “peaking at the right time” stretch as we head into September, it’s gonna be a fun ride. As Steve asked, what’s wrong with 280? My last 2 years living in the Bay Area (left in ’04), I drove everyday from the Avenues near Ocean Beach in the Richmond district down to PA to my job at Stanford, and that drive down 280 was often the better part of my day. Loo, that reminds me of many very late night train rides from NYC back to Joisey in my high school years after concerts in the city, hanging out between train cars out of necessity.. Is this Labor Day weekend for ya’ll? If so, enjoy not laboring…

    • willedav said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:09 am

      It’s only the extension from 101 skyway to the park. They are retrofitting it, very slow process, and figure weekend better time than during the week…official line anyway.
      Used to use this all the time to get up 3rd St. to Mission when I was doing delivery work rather than fight through morning traffic up 101 to 7th St. exit.

  6. paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Hey Phlabbyass, loved that story about the Dodgers infield shift with 5 players between 1st and 2nd in the 12th inning against the sucky Padres to try to prevent SD from winning. Something your Diamond Dogs apparently have practiced numerous times. And they still fucked it up and lost. Story I read said something like it doesn’t matter that LA lost the game, what will be remembered was the innovative defense. Um.. yes, it does matter that they lost. Every loss matters from here on…

  7. willedav said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Boy, warts and all, and there are definitely a few plus some that were excised earlier, Giants are still in thick of pennant race.
    Petit may have short shelf life, but rotation looks really good right now. That newly added extra arm in the pen should help too.
    Posey Pagan sando and rest of regulars not named Crawford are all hitting, and Panik/Susac filling in nicely, Blanco doing good things in field and at plate off bench. Ishi too.

    This is money time, and lot of guys are stepping up. Might give Sabes quite a bit of pause if it continues, and he winds up bringing most of them back. Add Belt to the mix and it’s a solid LU going forward.

    Quick rant: the 15 yr old home schooled tennis girl from Atherton, in 3 quotes from AP story after losing the day before, could not complete ONE sentence without using the word *like* in it. Yeow, it drives me crazy to hear kids talk that way. 2 sentences in a row she starts with, “Like…” and the other it’s there in the middle,,”It’s been,like, the best couple days of my life.” Best seen and not heard.

    • Nipper said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

      You show your age.

    • paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Willie, I remember sitting on a beach in Falmouth on Cape Cod one fine summer day a whole bunch of years ago, and nearby a small group of college students were hanging out (loads of Boston uni students would get summer jobs down there), and their conversations were completely incomprehensible (to me).. “And, like, we were like, you know, and then, like, she said, like, you know? and like, we, like, just laughed our asses off because, like, you know, ha ha ha…”… I swore I was witnessing the beginning of the end of intelligent life as we knew it…

  8. Nipper said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:06 am

    You the train to get up there.

    • Nipper said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:07 am

      I mean “use the train.” My bleep!

  9. stickman said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Posey was not on fire last night. That’s too light a description. More like one of those volcanos which hiss and fume for a long time, spewing a bit of lava and popping an occasional hot rock and then…Kaboomba! After a (for him) sluggish summer he’s headed into September like a steam-roller in heat. He has carried the team in their nice little four game run.

    Milwaukee hadda been shocked outta their shorts last night. This Posey-Panik-Pence outburst, congruent with Vogelsong tough is something we all knew the Giants had way down inside and last night they let it show. Could be Paulinasia is right about the team “peaking at the right time”. The fact that last night’s victim was 15-gamer Wily Coyote may have been the most amazing thing about this blowout.

    Another good pitcher for the Brews tonight. A second eruption may not be likely. But Peavey should have him up his usual good head of steam and with even moderate run support he may come off that mound with a big smile on his face.

    Could we be looking at one of those book-end seasons ~ miserable in the middle but sterling early and late? A Giants win tonight and there will be a bad case of nerves down in LaLaLand.

    • paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:22 am

      And I do believe that’s true, down there, in LaLaLand, Stix… they can get nervous. The G’s were in their heads earlier this season; when we go up against them for 6 more games, need to stay there. That 5-player right side of the infield shift thing last night is just so f-ing funny and they still lost the game. And they PRACTICE that… nice job, Dee Gordon, to not make it happen “as practiced”…

  10. blade3colorado said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Here ya go Willie . . . Classic nails across the blackboard, idiotic response from an air head (albeit, this broad can put her shoes under my bed any time she wants . . . as long as she doesn’t talk).

    • paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Oh, come on, Steve, you’ve seen better any time of day or night at Lido Massage at Liberty 4 hotel in Saigon…. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • blade3colorado said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:49 am

        No comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:56 am

        Like, smart man, like, you know? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • blade3colorado said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:57 am

        Wait, I thought about this and you would know this as well – at least they can speak English and they aren’t even from this country. Ha.

  11. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Shouldn’t you be on the plane to Milwaukee by now?

    • Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:04 am

      I know, that was stupid of me yesterday. As I said, going to the game tomorrow, not sure what I was thinking

  12. Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:02 am

    even my old man has decided the season isn’t over yet:
    “Dad
    To Me Today at 7:36 AM
    FE-FI-FO-FUM doggs hear the cleats of GIANTS MO-men-TUM!”

    • willedav said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Good one. Brews starting to hear footsteps too, and Cards just activated Molina.
      Unfortunately, Hanley’s back and Ryu any day too.
      Might come down to how well SF does vs. teams like Rox and DBacks, whom LA seems to own.

      • Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:56 am

        Ramirez got hurt last night on a hard fall when he slipped rounding 1st. He stayed in and hit a HR, but didn’t look too good rounding the bases and finally came out of the game.

  13. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Paul, I hate to give the Bums credit for anything, but the shift did work. Pads had bases loaded 1 out when Seth Smith grounded to Gordon, who was second in what Scully described as a chorus line between 1st & 2nd, for a force at home. With 2 outs, I’m pretty sure Bums went back to a regular D when Grandal hit the game-winner.

    • paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Yeah… well, it sort of worked. They got the force at home just barely on Gordon’s poor throw, shoulda also been a DP to 1st. I won’t give LA credit anything on that one; I give even less credit to Seth Smith; how stupid are you to hit into that kind of shift? A bunt to the left side wins the game. I guess that’s a sign of why the Pads ain’t in it this year.

    • paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Meaning… shifts only work because the batter hits into them. Really. Why aren’t teams countering these shifts by telling the hitter to, you know, like, just lay the f-ing ball down where there isn’t a fielder? Macho baseball thinking doesn’t always work.

      • Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:37 am

        You’re right about Gordon, that should’ve 2. Did you here Scully at the end? “Wouldn’t it be a shame if the game ended on ball 4?” I’m thinking (or, I’m like), “Speak for yourself, Vinny!” Anyway, all’s well that ended well.

      • salty said, on August 30, 2014 at 10:39 am

        Bonds always claimed it would mess up his swing if he tried to counter the shift they threw at him.

  14. tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Had he not been cryogenically preserved due to congestive heart failure, today, August 30th, The Splendid Splinter, The Thumper, The Kid, yes Teddy Ballgame would be celebrating his 96th birthday

    • paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Good reference, Ted. As in… Ted…. In his later years, he was a crusty old bastard, but damn, in his younger years, could he hit the ball. I didn’t realize he was actually 2 years younger than my Dad, who’s still sittin’ in his recliner rooting for the Phillies. Will there ever be another .400 hitter? Likely not. I remember him showing up at Fenway now and then during my Boston years…. also remember as a kid buying a basketball from Sears because he was their sports equipment endorsement guy. Ah, Teddy Ballgame. What a sweet swing.

      • DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 10:01 am

        Williams’ swing always reminded me of a barber pole or maybe I heard it described that way.
        Only saw him in films.

        I once saw McCovey bunt a double down the LF line vs. the shift. It was an NBC Game of the Week – probably 1969. Maybe I can find the box score for a goof.

      • DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 10:13 am

        Here it is (May 1970). Not a game of the week. Must’ve been listening through the static of WCAU in Philly.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN197005032.shtml

      • pawliekokonuts said, on August 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

        Loo. Email coming to ya. Re: games on the radio.

      • snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 10:53 am

        Ted Williams was actually a better fisherman than a baseball player. He was a periodic appearance on the old American Sportsman TV show on ABC, usually with Curt Gowdy, fishing somewhere, probably on a river up in the Canadian Maritimes after Atlantic Salmon on a fly. Here’s a long, but super article on Ted…
        http://www.esquire.com/features/biography-ted-williams-0686

  15. pawliekokonuts said, on August 30, 2014 at 10:47 am

    The NL West. That’s what we need to win. The WC is odd. You can be 10 games up on the second WC team and what’s if get you? Home field for one game? If that. Definitely want to win the division. And we can.

  16. snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I am vigilant about correcting the snarkkettes using the “like” word as a crutch. They actually are pretty good about it, at least around me and Mrs. snarkk. When they get together with their girlfriends, I notice that their friends are far worse using it, so our vigilance may be paying off some in spite of the peer influence. We actually mock them personally when they say “like” so much, and ask them how they’re going to do in a job interview if every other word they use is “like”. “Like”, sorry like, you don’t, like, get the job. I always tell them it’s actually “like” that old radio commercial for that vocabulary service — “people judge you by the words you use”…

  17. snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Last night was last night. Great win, but today’s another game. Focus must be on day to day, and winning series…

  18. Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Puig’s only hit 2 measly HR’s since May 28th? That’s amazing (and rad).

  19. snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Today, Cal enters season 2 of the Sonny Dykes “era”. Cough. Spread is at 9, as they play Northwestern in Chicagoland. I have no clue on this game. Bear defense should be better this season (how could it not be?), with a new D coordinator and few injuries (yet), but as usual, the Dback unit looks problematic. This is one of the few games the Bears have a shot at winning this year, but until proven otherwise, and even figuring in the overhyped natured of Big 10 ball, I figure the Bears are going down, and not covering. An upset win would be a huge boost, that’s for sure. As for Stanfoo, they’re playing the great Aggies of UC Davis down on the Farm. Seriously? Only question is can they cover the meager 43 point spread? These warm up games for the top programs are as much a joke as NFL pre-season…

    • Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      I’m fine with a game or two that are gimmies. Get your timing down at game time speed, try some things out, it’s all good with me.

      • snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

        I think the kids play too much already, especially with this concussion knowledge increasing seemingly all the time. Cal plays Sac State next week at Strawberry Canyon. Just a payday for both squads…

  20. James said, on August 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    More fun with Fangraphs’ defensive numbers:

    According to the UZR ratings, the Royals are the best defensive team in baseball and the Indians the worst. The team UZR stats seem to claim, if I am interpreting correctly, that the Royals have given up 125 fewer runs this year than they might have had they been stuck with a defense as hapless as the Indians’:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=fld&lg=all&qual=0&type=1&season=2014&month=0&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0,ts&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

    Yet, when you look at the actual number of runs given up by each team, you see this:

    Royals 527 total allowed, 482 earned
    Indians 550 total, 484 earned

    If you take 25 of the unearned runs away from the overall differential, you are still left with a 100 run gap. In other words, the defensive stats claim that if only the Indians had defensive players with the range, arms, etc of the Royals, their pitching staff would have given up 100 fewer earned runs. Here is a link to that mind blowingly great staff that has been so let down by its defense:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CLE/2014.shtml#team_pitching::none

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 30, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      It doesn’t make much sense to me but I just took a cursory look. What do you make of the Giants position there in 18th? Sounds about right.

      Oh, btw. Agree with you on Morse. Only on a one year deal though and he’ll likely find better. I think part of Sabean’s plan is to try and keep him and let Sandoval walk.

  21. Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Ty Montgomery is such a fucking stud.

  22. James said, on August 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Dirt, the most interesting Giants defensive stat is that they’ve given up 36 unearned runs, while the league avg. is 46. The range for NL teams is about 30-60, so even the crappiest defensive team by the old school numbers is not being impacted that much by its defense when you consider that every team is also the beneficiary of on average 46 gifted runs.

    Funny about Morse — he’s a hacker, and I actually prefer the Adam Dunn’s of this world ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    my buddy (a ticket broker who hooked me up with 6 tix for tomorrow’s game) said tomorrow’s game is HOT. See, win a few games and it’s all good again at AT&T.

    • DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      What are they giving away?

  24. Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Ty Montgomery is a beast.

  25. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Cubbies take down the Cards again. I know we’re gunning for L.A., but every little bit helps.

    • DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      A once great rivalry, believe it or not…

  26. snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Knock me over with a feather. Cal ahead in late 3rd quarter on the road over Northwestern 31-7…

    • Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      I love that you’re a big Cal fan. Nice balance here at the Flap.

    • snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Bears win! 31-24.
      Almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, but hung on in the 4th quarter. This spread offense isn’t good if you need to run out the clock. Wideouts look to be strength of the squad, very quick. As I thought, Dbacks look like work in progress, at best. Running game looks iffy. Have no idea how bad/good Northwestern is, probably a team that might barely be bowl eligible at the end of the season. Still, a great win for a Bears team that needed a win desperately against anybody, let alone on the road against a decent team. Go Bears!…

  27. DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    San Francisco Giants (72-62)

    1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
    2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
    3. Buster Posey (R) C
    4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
    5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
    6. Michael Morse (R) 1B
    7. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
    8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    9. Jake Peavy — RHP (3-13, 4.34 ERA)

  28. DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Well, I knew it. Tomorrow is a hot ticket because it’s fuckin’ Star Wars Day.
    Darth Flavor?

    • snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Morse can play Chewbacca…

      • DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        Crawford could play R2-E6…

    • Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      I hated Star Wars. True story.
      I don’t think so, my buddy who pedals tickets as a side job (it’s crazy, he’s at work refreshing craigslist like every 30 seconds, lol) said it was totally quiet all week until today. I’m sure it has a little to do with that stupid beanie I’m getting tomorrow, but I think the winning has more to do with it than anything else…..

  29. Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    didn’t factor the start time into my games today, Peavy woulda been a great start against a team that can’t see his pitches.

  30. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I did not know this: According to a graphic just shown on Mets-Phillies game, the Giants have the 2nd-oldest team with an average age of 30.4. The Yanks are first at 31.0.

  31. paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Morning in China.. game underway… so, gents, how’s this game going? I can’t tell by your posts, no F-bombs and no woo-hoo’s…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Fuckin’ A. I put on MLB Network expecting to get Giants game, and I get goddamn Nats-M’s instead.

  33. Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Pence 3 inches behind Pablo. That was fantastic. How could Pablo think that ball was getting caught?

  34. Flavor said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Craw got him by two steps on that? You see shit like that and wonder how the fuck does Craw lead the NL in errors?

  35. willedav said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Hella play by Craw right there and a nice stretch by Morse. Maybe Craw tired of hearing about Duffy.
    Hey I give the guy nothing but credit for doing what the team asks him to do. He ain’t here for his glove but gives a good effort and seems like great teammate.
    And good luck finding a replacement in LF with an .800 plus OPS, even if his salary doubles next year. Imo, dumping this guy, esp since you could also lose Sandoval, is not a good move.

    • willedav said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Morse, not Craw, is who I mean there about not being here for his glove, just worded that in wrong order.

  36. stickman said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Nice fourth. Pablo providing the ignition, Pence picking it up, Morse plating em with that 2Ble, Blanco advancing him on a fly-out and CrawDaddy showing why he is the starting SS most games. His 52nd RBI is not all that far behind Morse’s 60th, particularly when you consider their respective places in the lineup. Nice to have Duffy around for one and maybe two starts per week, though. I think Brandon gets physically a bit gassed over those 162.

    Other nice thing about that inning is how they stretched out the lineup to plate those three. Wears down the opposing pitcher so nicely. It was that failure to keep the line moving is what brought SF’s offense to a near halt mid-season. Looking more and more like they are over that hump and getting their second wind. This could might turn into another memorable season.

    • DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      The recent hitting is great but it’s mostly about the SP.
      Bochy’s been saying this since the day he was hired.

  37. DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    How many pitches will they let Mr. Tantrum throw as long as the no-no is intact?

    • willedav said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Yeah, good question.
      There have been combined guys no hitters of course.
      Imagine Peavey being yanked with one…I’d give him pretty wide berth in the dugout.

  38. paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    And, Peavy continuing the recent streak of not just good but great pitching. We could get used to this…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. zumiee said, on August 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Loo and others that were talking about Ali/Frazier being on pay-per-view back in the day….I was wondering how that was done. Cable TV existed that early? I can’t remember exactly when cable TV came to the Calif. Central Valley, but I think it was towards the late 1970s. The Calif. Central Valley didn’t have a history of being on the cutting edge of culture.

    • DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      In Brooklyn it was shown in a few movie theaters, Zumie. Not on home TV. It wasn’t called PPV back then. They used to call it closed circuit or something.

      • zumiee said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm

        Thanks; I was wondering about that, and meant to post the question earlier.

      • DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

        Most reports were that you could barely see the fight on the movie screens – the quality was horrendous.

  40. zumiee said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    We rag on the Giants pitchers for their fielding, and rightfully so, but there’s a lot of bad fielding by pitchers in baseball. That throw by Fiers to first went about halfway to the base. That’s pretty bad.

  41. zumiee said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Ah, you gotta love how un-superstitious Jon Miller is. He just tells you exactly what’s happening.

    • tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Yup

  42. tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Snarkk, you mentioned earlier that Ted Williams was a better fisherman than a baseball player. I did a little googling (is that a word?) and you may be right. He was inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 1995.

    Also, just a sort of FYI and BTW, today is also the birthday of Tug McGraw. But seriously…does anyone really give a shit besides paulinasia’s dad?(insert gay-ass smiley face)

    • paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Funny, Ted! Actually, I think my Dad, despite loving the Phils, didn’t care much for McGraw. A bit of an ass (McGraw, not my Dad). He used to call him Smug Tug…..

      • tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        hahaha

    • zumiee said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      I admire how un-bitter Williams seemed to be about losing five years in his baseball career to serve in WWII AND the Korean War. It’s remarkable the sacrifice he made. But he would have never said that. He would have said those who didn’t return paid the sacrifice. He had great perspective on that.

      • tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        Amen, zumiee. The weird way to think about this is, yes I know it’s not the most important thing but it’s cool to theorize, how many homers Williams would have hit if he hadn’t served his country and even how many homers Willie Mays would have hit if he hadn’t served his country *and* played at Candlestick.
        Williams was an almost perfect hitter but his HR totals (matched by McCovey) have been questioned due to “Williamsburg” rumors that claim the bullpens in Fenway were put in his first year to shorten the outfield and make it easier for Teddy to hit dingers

  43. tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Crawford!!

  44. DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Wow!

  45. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Wow, just saw that on MLB Network.

  46. unca_chuck said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Wow,!!,!

  47. willedav said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Man what a play!

    I’m trying to think who Morse batting style reminds me of, RH hitter, bat held away from body arms extended and mostly pointed straight up. Gary Carter? Hawk Harrelson?

    • tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Lucy Ricardo?

    • DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Cepeda? Carty?

  48. stickman said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Seven under the belt. Nice pitching.

  49. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Whoa Pablo!

  50. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Well-deserved standing O. Helluva start by Peavy.

  51. tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Not a no-no but fuck it. Great performance

  52. salty said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Think Peavy will remember this night when comes to signing next yr? He has A 15m option–I could see Giants going for that if he has a good Sept.

    • tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      If he doesn’t, his agent will

      • DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm

        I think it’s a little steep. He’s gonna have to waive that and sign for less, wherever.

  53. paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    On the heels of MadBum’s similar outing, it’s pretty cool.

  54. paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Ted, not sure about that story about the bullpen and Williams, but there always was talk about if Williams and DiMaggio had switched teams, both woulda hit a ton more HRs considering the dimensions of Fenway and the Stadium and lefty/righty….

    • tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Absolutely right,. I wasn’t claiming it as a fact. It was just what a lot of journalists were saying at the time

  55. willedav said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Man hope this works out. I’m surprised with 2 outs/PH up he yanked Peavey.
    I wasn’t that pissed as others when he pulled Hudson the other night for Casilla, but Peavey was still locating down and away.

  56. snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Hey, BF, when you go to the game tomorrow, make sure he say hello to Beercan…

  57. paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Gotta give the Padres some love… they’re fighting LA pretty evenly. Extra innings again…

  58. snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    BTW, when’s the last time Affeldt actually got somebody out?…

  59. SanDawg said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    As for Morse, I think he not only looks a bit like Jack Clark, but his stance and swing are similar as well. Could he be your guy Willie?

    • sandog said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Not so much the stance as the way he attacks the ball that reminds of J Clark.

      • willedav said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm

        maybe. whomever I’m thinking of held the bat really high and out away from him…
        Yeah, props to Pads.
        Meanwhile, guy they traded away, Street, finishes off A’s as Halos win 2-0. 22 consecutive scoreless innings for Beane’s boys, who are now 4 out… Hmmnn. Btw, Angels used record 8 pitchers in 9 inning shutout.

  60. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    5 in a row!

  61. salty said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Casilla bringing back the T.

  62. Manny said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Stick another one in the bank. The boys are playing some good ball lately

  63. DJLoo said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    And Bums lose!

  64. salty said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Rollin Looking forward to the sweep.

  65. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    And Pads win again!

  66. paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    And it looks like the Pads just won again in extras… can I get a woo hoo out of somebody? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      woo hoo

  67. mannyman46 said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Dogs lose another.

  68. snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Keep winnin’ series, and you’ve got something going on…

  69. gianthead said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    And a nice walk-off for the Padres again!

  70. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Isn’t this the first series win over a team with a winning record since maybe spring?

    • snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Yeah, since early June I think…

      • Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        May 29-June 1 in St. Louis.

  71. snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Giants keep winning, and Donny Two-trips and the Doghairs may start feeling some heat…

  72. Macdog said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Giants are now closer to first place than the A’s.

    • snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Trading Cespedes looks right now like a huge screw up…

      • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 6:28 am

        Agree. Last 7 games, Cespedes is hitting over .400 and last 15 games, over .300, with a bomb, 12 RBIs, and 7 runs.

  73. paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I wasn’t sure I was ever going to be able to get over that horrible stretch of baseball in June/July. Nor did I think the team would. At this point, sandwich that puppy in between a hot start and a hot finish, I have no problem with that….

  74. stickman said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Yeah! Peavey. Think he’s a happy camper now, pitching at China Basin and for his old Skip, BB15? This is another one for the memory banks. Giants now exactly tied with the Brew-Crew and just 2.5 behind the current division leader which may well be looking over the shoulders while hearing footsteps from the north.
    Bullies bent but did not break. Worst case scenario did not happen with two on and Reynolds at their last at bat. That would have happened, though, in June or July. Giants seem to be taking things seriously now that dog daze are dimming and callups happen Monday.

    Milwaukee must be collectively scratching their heads tonight, what with a pretty good offense and their two best starters going down to Giants bats. Vogie and now Peavey and then Snot Rockets tomorrow. This race could get interesting real soon. Five game run and momentum is the word. Should Bumgarner have a for him normal start tomorrow we just could witness an appearance from Broomhilda and a team all ready to take on the road.

    Plenty of high-fives in the dugout and a bubbly clubhouse tonight as the Giants revert to form.

    • paulinasia said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      “Real soon” has arrived already, I think… ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. tedspe said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Swiiiiiiing Batter Swiiiiiiiing
    Great game. Goodnight, gentmen (?)

  76. snarkk said, on August 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Giants can’t complain about the recent starting pitching.
    Pretty much lights out in this homestand. Now, SF has won last 9 of 11 at ATT…

  77. James said, on August 30, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Mrs. James and I made a last minute decision to go to the game tonight. Section 107, 1B side, great views of the two Crawford plays. This one made up for a lot of disappointment at ATT over the last two seasons, big time.

    • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 6:25 am

      Fantastic that you were able to be there for a great win. Missed the game last night (sigh). Understand Peavy was outstanding.

  78. chipower9 said, on August 30, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Five in a row and getting hot at the right time. Keep the pedal to the medal. Two back in the loss column.

    If you have not seen them, and get a chance, definitely go see the Eagles. Spectacular show at the outdoor arena at Harvey’s last night.


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