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A’s Lose, Giants…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 1, 2014

I just watched the end of the A’s game this morning. WOW. What a resilient comeback from a such a young team. Didn’t see that in them. And a game like that is precisely why I love the wild card format. You START the playoffs with a *game 7* and there couldn’t have been a more exciting way to kick off the 2014 mlb playoffs. Congrats to the Royals, it’s not hard to root for them or enjoy their exciting brand of play. And those fans reminded me of me four years ago.

And for us, it all comes down to tonight. I have no expectations and no feeling for how this game will go. We’ve got the WIllie Mac winner pitching  and I’m confident he’ll man-child the mound tonight. I am less confident about who will get the important hits needed to win the game.

I hate having to wade through life’s responsibilities on days like this. Let’s GET IT ON!!!!!!!

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  1. paulinasia said, on October 1, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Agree, happy for KC and its fans, they deserve it. As for us…. I see MadBum dealing a gem, as he’s done when it has mattered before. And yet, agree, this could go either way. However, I see on my Yahoo page where it says “Trending now”, his name is… the 2nd one. Wow. MadBum, trending 2nd most on Yahoo. That’s gotta be a good sign, right? Right? One thing that kind of cracked me up: an article on MLB (I think it was on MLB) talking about the Bucs not being intimidated by the G’s playoff “pedigree”… Why? Because the Bucs won that first wildcard “play in” game, but the G’s have never dealt with that. Oh, but, by the way, they did face (and win) 6 elimination games in 2012. Well, that was then, this is now, but no matter that the G’s often seem to struggle in the Steel City, it just feels right that MadBum will deal, Pence will lead, and someone — a vet or one of the kids — will bring it home. Literally. If not, I’m gonna guess they will have given it their best. That’s all we can ask. “We score (first), we win”…..

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Paul – as I mentioned yesterday, our boys went 2-4 in the burgh this year, but three of those four losses were by one run. That is why I think it is so important to score first, and play solid fundamental ball. Giants cannot give up extra outs that lead to runs.

  2. blade3colorado said, on October 1, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Just read about this awesome seesaw game. I wish I could have viewed it. Sounds like the entire A’s organization and fans will gnaw this one over all winter. The biggest thing I took away from this game was the lack of a competent A’s catcher after Soto left the game. Seven stolen bases? WTF? Lqtm.

    • Flavor said, on October 1, 2014 at 6:13 am

      totally weird, especially with Lester being a lefty (not sure how many stole off him). But the Royals have been running wild all year on teams, last night was just them doing what they do best.

  3. pawliekokonuts said, on October 1, 2014 at 6:49 am

    I’ll tellya. I sure wouldn’t want to face KC right now, with or without the Sunshine Band.

  4. pawliekokonuts said, on October 1, 2014 at 6:51 am

    ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye. Strippers used to love that song. So I hear.

  5. blade3colorado said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Actually, I wouldn’t want to face the Nationals . . .http://espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs/2014/story/_/id/11611761/why-nats-win-world-series

    • blade3colorado said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Everyone has a chance . . . However, as I said last week, the Nats are peaking. As Stark points out, the Orioles are also in a “good place.”

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Shit, after reading this article, why even play the damned games (rhetorical question)? Hell, let’s just go right to the world serious and let the Nats and O’s (or Angels) duke it out. I mean really, none of the 15 execs polled voted for the Giants, so we have NO CHANCE.

      • blade3colorado said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:59 am

        Umm, we all know that isn’t true Chi. They were saying the same thing about us in 2010 and even more so, in 2012. Me? I am sort of pissed at Stark for not picking us as he did in 2012 (lone voice of ESPN that did back then).

  6. Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:22 am

    And as I have mentioned serveral times lately, the Nats have been the “darlings” and everyone’s picks a couple of times of late. And how did that all pan out? Fuck the Nats.

    I am with Flavor, my biggest concern is the O. I sure as hell hope they packed their hitting shoes.

    Score first and play solid fundamental ball both in the field and on the base paths. Those are all huge keys IMO.

    Epic game last night. I watched it start to finish, but admit I semi-checked out when the A’s had their big lead. Congrats to the Royals.

    Bring on the Bucs. Let’s Roll! GO GIANTS!

  7. paulinasia said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:26 am

    The Nats are good. I hate the Nats. I hate their announcers, and their fans. And DC sucks too (actually, I like DC, just not the government, any government). They will be tough. Would love to see someone knock them off. Oh, wait… that would be … the Giants after this next game. Hey, if the Giants beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, I’ll believe they can take the Nats in DC, even though it’s pretty much been a hell hole.

    Hey, I’ll be “watching” the game on Thur. morning in China; Steve will be “watching” it on Thur. morning in Lao; and then Steve and I will be lauding and toasting the Giants’ victory in Saigon on Thursday night…. in between massage gigs….

    • blade3colorado said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:56 am

      I know. I am still cracking up about the serendipity of you arriving 2 hours before I do in HCM city. Looking forward to our massages and happy endings (especially).

      • paulinasia said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:38 am

        Right, just to clarify, that would also be “separately”….. 🙂

      • blade3colorado said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:39 am

        Ewww. Of course.

      • Flavor said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:43 am

        lol

  8. willedav said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Royals sure looked good when Giants were in town. SF was floundering then and Royals used speed timely hitting and flamethrowers out of the pen—good looking group and rough weekend for SF. Took perennial division favs Tigers to last days of season and without any big time MVP type position players.

    Not really his fault imo (players lost it), but hopefully this will end deification of Beane once and for all.

    “The F.U.” I like it, gotta show up on next round of tee shirts.
    “Where you from?”
    “The F-U. You don’t like it? then uh…”

    When did Miami Hurricanes become “The U” anyway? I still hear NFL guys use that on those TV intros, and they haven’t been any good in a long time.

    • paulinasia said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

      I somewhat enjoyed House of Cards, had some issues with it, but definitely liked Frank Underwood’s FU embossed coffee mug…. 🙂

  9. gianthead said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:44 am

    One good sign…weather will be low to mid 60 tonight. Just keep the Pirates and their speed off the bases and the Bum just needs to deal. Unlike last night, this could be a 2-1 game.

  10. gianthead said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Hey I am running errands, are there any roster changes of note for tonight? Morse, Strickland?

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:03 am

      I still have not seen the 25. I did read an article that one of the Flappers shared yesterday that said Morse is doubtful, and Bochy is debating between like 10 and 12 pitchers. Geez…one game winner take all, you would think 10 would do it. Maybe 11. And it is not like we have any barn-burner bench players that make those types of decisions tough.

  11. Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Well, even with Ed back in the states from the U.K., we still have Blade doing his Around the World Part Deux, and Paul (in Asia) bouncing from brown body…er, country to country. So, it was only natural that our band of brothers be referred to as the Flap Universe (and I love the FU noted by Loo on the previous thread).

    I agree…I think it would be cool to work it into the next Flap/Flapalooza shirt.

    I am besides myself. Cannot wait for this fricking work day to end so that we can get to the REALLY IMPORTANT things in life…Giants and Buckaroos. Let’s GET IT ON!

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

      you have to wait 3 fewer hours than East Coasters, right? or 3 more? or divide by two?

      • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:47 am

        Not sure. All I know (believe) is that first pitch is at 5 PM, Pacific.

  12. pawliekokonuts said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I was impressed with that kid Finnegan, the reliever. I mean, he was just in the College World Series!

    • DJLoo said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Jints should pick him up and change his name to Finnerty…

  13. blade3colorado said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I want to see plenty of Flap comments on the ebb and flow of the game. It’s a bitch to wake up on the other side of planet Earth and not see detailed and numerous comments about the game. So, get those keyboard keys tuned and ready to sing come game time Flappers. 🙂

    • eddacker said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

      now you know how I felt the last 5 years. was a sleepless bitch to follow my team.
      but most of the time it is worth it to be on the road enjoying other climes.

      • blade3colorado said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

        Yeah, for both you and Paulinasia.

  14. unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I think if Bummie gets a 0 in the 1st, we’ll be alright. He seems to give shit up early sometimes. That Dogger game being a prime example. No foot-hunting.

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Zero in the 1st and the Giants scoring first are big, IMO, Charlie.

  15. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I’d feel bad for the A’s if their fans weren’t so lame.

    Here’s something about offensive production that I found interesting.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/01/baseball-teams-arent-scoring-runs-and-it-isnt-just-about-steroids/

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:49 am

      I don’t feel bad for the A’s or thier fans. The A’s need to lose those goofy-assed white shoes. If they went solid white home and solid gray road uniforms, with black shoes, it wouldn’t be too bad.

      • Fettmucke said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

        .

  16. paulinasia said, on October 1, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Of the many keys to the game, that IS the key to the game: score first and shut them down early. Now, that doesn’t mean we should “panik” if the Bucs go up first, but… nonetheless. What the fuck. We score (first), we win. Jumpstart it. Kick it. Wind it up, baby. Whatever works.

  17. stickman said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:13 am

    It’s October. Isn’t this the month where the colors orange and black predominate?

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Orange and Black are my colors ALL YEAR LONG.

  18. zumiee said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I won’t be on the blog tonight; I’ll be at an Emmylou Harris concert, tickets were purchased many months ago.
    Hopefully the Giants get the win and move on to the next round. I’ll catch the game on DVR later.
    Have a great game, Flappers!

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Love Emmylou. One of my all-time favorites. She have anyone with her, tonight, Zumie? Enjoy the show (I have never seen a bad show by her, and I have seen many).

    • Fettmucke said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Why miss the last game of the season when Emmylou’s playing for free on Sunday at http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2014/schedule/

  19. Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Both teams were required to set their 25 man rosters by 7 this morning, but I will be damned if I can find anything.

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Was just sent the link to this by a good long-time friend, and getting ready to read it.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:11 am

      I saw that too. Great story.

    • WilcoJoe said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Tear jerker for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  20. gianthead said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I would like to see a surprise out of Bobby with the lineup and surprise the Pirates with Crawford or Panik leading off. Thoughts?

    • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Bobby won’t surprise. Don’t know about Bochy, though…

      • gianthead said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

        Damn new spell check on these Galaxy phones:)

  21. snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

    By all rights, the Bucs should win this game. At home, wild crowd. Giants regularly crater there. Ishi in LF, Blanco in center, Pagan somewhere laying on his stomach after back surgery, Pence 4 for his last 6 weeks. But, hey that’s why they play the game. WTF not the Giants?…

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Not sure I would say they “crater” there. The went 2-4 this year, but three of the losses were by one run. Margins are tight…that is why I said they need to play stellar both in the field and on the basepaths.

      Score first, and have MadBum pitch the game of his life.

  22. snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Yeah, last night’s game was a great game. But, it didn’t convince me one bit that this one game WC is a good idea. Tonight’s game could be a blowout, what would that prove? Both WC fan bases deserve at least one home game. The idea of the WC is to keep multiple fan bases involved and paying money into their team’s coffers down the stretch, and keeping TV ratings up on more “meaningful” games, where previously those teams would have been out of it the last month. So, a home game reward for that is just the way it ought to be. Otherwise, it’s a big “thanks for your attention and cash, and BTW, screw off”…

    • gianthead said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Totally agree. They could have played first game Monday and played the second tonight and could have forced a game 3 on a Thursday (especially if you started the first game with the road team and then played back to back at the home ream) and started the division series on Sat, which would have only been one day later than what is scheduled this year.

  23. Flavor said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

    playoff roster set for tonight. Brown made it. So did Timmy. No Morse or Kontos. Giants carrying 10 pitchers and 3 catchers.

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:10 am

      You have a link, Craig?

  24. unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I thought all along that this would morph into a 3 game series. Which makes more sense to me. But that would make all the other teams wait and get stale.

    3 div winners and a WC. To me it’s another case of Selig fixing something that wasn’t broken.

    • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:14 am

      It’s all about the Benjamins…

  25. Macdog said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:15 am

    From Pav: Giants going with 10 pitchers: Affeldt, Bumgarner, Casilla, Lincecum, Lopez, Machi, Peavy, Petit, Romo, Strickland.

  26. Macdog said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Wild Card Bench: Susac, Quiroz, Arias, Duffy, Duvall, Brown, Perez.

  27. DJLoo said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I hope Brown leads off.

    • Macdog said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Or maybe MadBum.

  28. unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Quiroz?

    • Macdog said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

      From Baggs: As expected, Quiroz joins Posey and Susac on roster. Third catcher allows Bochy to use Susac’s bat off bench at any point in game.

  29. Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I am down with the one game play-in (if they are going to continue with two wild cards). I originally thought a 3 game series would be good, but after last night’s game…I dig the “elimination game” as the gate to the NLDS.

  30. wswins said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:35 am

    snarkk, I hate to say this but actually the G’s are the favorites to win this game in the sport books. However the price was -116 yesterday and at this moment it’s -113.

    • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

      For once, I hope the sportsbooks are right. I haven’t seen or heard any of the so-called expert pundits pick the Giants. And, that’s a good thing…

  31. twinfan1 said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Full Roster..
    The complete roster for Wednesday night’s winner-advances game against the Pittsburgh Pirates:

    Pitchers: Jeremy Affeldt, Bumgarner (starting), Santiago Casilla, Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Peavy, Petit, Sergio Romo, Hunter Strickland.

    Catchers: Buster Posey, Susac, Quiroz.

    Infielders: Joaquin Arias, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Duffy, Duvall, Joe Panik, Pablo Sandoval.

    Outfielders: Gregor Blanco, Brown, Ishikawa, Hunter Pence, Perez.

  32. snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I don’t see anything much controversial, other than Timmeh. I just can’t see him coming in to pitch in a key situation, and that’s hard for me to say that. The 3 catchers is a good idea, Susac has to be available to hit, if needed, with Quiroz as an emergency catcher if something happens to Posey or Susac. Expected, and smart to have Peavy there, in case Bum gets hurt early or something. Brown must be there mainly as a PRunner. Just wish Bochy had gotten him more playing time, if he’s going to be on the 25 tonight…

  33. Alleykat said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I like the roster Mike..
    Plenty of bench strength.Some speed, some power,extra depth at Catcher
    10 pitchers more then enough especially after” The Undertaker” gives them 6-7 strong and saves some bullets for the next round.

  34. snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I hope the Giants win, not just to win and move on. But, also because if they lose, that’s it for the season. All of a sudden, the ebb and flow of your team’s journey is snatched away, and it’s over. Like a friend moving out of town. Like turning out a light. Poof. That’s it. Not something I want to deal with right now. If they lost a series, well, OK, I’d deal with that much better…

  35. snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Here’s another reason I don’t like the one game WC. Last night, everybody agrees it was an instant classic. What if that thing goes another 3 innings, and you start running out of players? You already had Gomes last night playing LF, and he’s a butcher out there. Should you really decide a playoff berth in an extra inning game where you have guys playing out of position. In a vacuum, it’s great theater. In reality, its odd determining something that important in baseball with a one shot deal. Kinda like the AS game deciding WS home field…

  36. wswins said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I love the 1 game format for the WC game…if we win. If we don’t, then of course it should be best of 3.

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Me too. Insert gas-ass smiley face, here.

  37. unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Yeah, Snarkk. Too much can turn on a single fluke play.

    I mean, an entire season out the window on a passed ball.

  38. San Dawg said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Agreed Royals win was impressive as hell. 29 year drought and it looks like it is slipping away and they fought back repeatedly. Happy for them. NEVER thought I’d say this, but I actually feel a little bad for Billy Beane. It bugged me how much everybody worshiped him during the Moneyball craze and I have always rooted against him, but he is obviously a great GM and I thought his trades this year were gutsy and smart. I don’t know what else the guy can do to bring a winner to Oakland.
    I feel good about tonight’s game. Bum is our guy and I respect Volquez, but he is not a dominant guy like a Kershaw or Wainwright who you might often encounter in a one-off game like this. Plus, I think we are still owed some good Wild Card Karma. We won 103 games and didn’t make the playoffs (that still really bothers me) the year before the wild card came into existence. I think the Marlins knocked us out as the wild cards themselves on 2 different occasions. Not sure if that is all accurate, but I think it is at least close.

    Is this the first time the Giants and the Dodgers have both made the playoffs in the same year?

    • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Yeah, both times Fla won the World Series, they went thru us. Pisser.

  39. Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Seriously, if they are going to continue with two WCs (and I don’t see them changing it back at this point), then I prefer the one game over a three game. I just think a three game play in series would bog it all down too much.

    And I do like the excitement of the elmination game. Strap it on and giddy up!

    • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Yeah, that’s the only problem I have with expanding it. If you win the division, you wait a week to play your games. I just think the old way was fine. 3 division winners, one WC.

      • Rooster said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

        With 3 division winners and one WC, there was no disadvantage to being the WC winner.

      • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:51 am

        So? Once this is decided tonight, there still isn’t.

      • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

        The “disadvantage” was playing the number 1 seed. Which the Giants will do if they win tonight.

      • DJLoo said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

        Unless you were coming out of the same division, right?

  40. Rooster said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Sure there is – the WC winners are forced to burn their ace.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      It smacks of the stupid-ass NCAA b-ball play-in games for March Madness. 2 teams that are going to get mutilated anyway get a shot to play in.

      Hokey ass bullshit that is very used-car-salesman-ish. Creating a fix for something that isn’t busted.

      • Rooster said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm

        Well, I get where you’re coming from, but I wouldn’t go THAT far – I think the winner of the one-game one-off WC has a hell of a lot better chance of winning the WS than some podunk school playing-in in the NCAA Tourney.
        Sounds like you’d maybe like to go back to having NO WC? I’d be cool with that. Either no WC, or two, but not just one – if you have to have a WC, then better to have two – makes it tougher for the WCers and rewards the divisions winners more.

  41. unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I think both the NFL and MLB should reseed for the playoffs based on record only. Why penalize a team from a stronger division if it has a better record than the winner of another division?

    Like the year Seattle ‘won’ the NFC west at 7-9. They had a home game against the 11-5 Saints. Where the Saints promptly threw up on their shoes and lost.

  42. Alleykat said, on October 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Yeah kinda of agree Chi.
    The Extra revenue of course that a 3 gamer creates the league would dig, but the extra travel back and forth if you tie it up,back to the team with the W/C advantage really can be tough on players switching time zones that quickly.

  43. Irish Kevin said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    It is a good day to be a Giants fan. Baseball is still alive and well in the Bay Area and beyond. I didn’t mind getting up at 6:00 AM this morning, it is the waiting till 5:00 PM that is a bitch.

    I ask this question only because I am not a manager of anything. Should the A’s have burned another Starter rather than bring in a reliever. I ask this cause this is a do or die game. Why not bring in a starter? Is it the whole not use to being a reliever? Timmy did okay in 2012. Just my thoughts.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Definitely worth a shot. Might as well go outside the box to get that win. I didn’t see the meltdown in the 8th so I don’t know how the pitching went. I didn’t see the 9th either. Turned it on in the 11th.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      I’m not familiar with how they filed out their roster. Did they have another starter on the WC roster? I really thought they had it when they went up 7-3 or 4 or whatever. That loss sucks for A’s fans.

    • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I don’t see the point of bringing in a starter mid to late in a game. They aren’t used to it, Timmeh being an exception, maybe. You have used 7th, 8th, and 9th inning Pen dudes all year, they know their roles. Why would you mess that all up and bring in a starter mid to late innings? IMO, that’s nonsensical. He’s not warmed up per usual, out of routine, etc. The only reason Peavey is on the roster tonight is if Bum gets hurt early. I don’t see Peavey used at all, unless the thing goes 15 innings and there’s nobody left to pitch…

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      I agree with snarkk. I’m not changing horses mid-stream. I’m riding those ponies who got me there in the first place. If you do bring in a starter and he implodes, then you have all the second-guessing.

  44. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I haven’t really been on board with the WC elimination game but that game last night was intense. I don’t see how you can make it best of 3. The road should be harder for WC teams. Good thing the Giants have that championship blood cause this is going to be hairball.

  45. snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I guess I’m in the minority wanting 2 outta 3 for the WC. I just see it as unfair to the fans of the roadie team, and tantamount to almost just flipping a coin to see who moves on. If it would make the division winner wait another day to play, BFD…

  46. zumiee said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Chi, I don’t know what Emmylou’s band configuration is on this tour. I usually know that sort of thing, but I didn’t find it online anywhere. I’ve seen her use a wide variety of band configurations, all of them very cool in their own way. The last time I saw her in concert was the tour she did with Rodney Crowell, and that was a lot of fun. It was in a venue that I’d never been to before, the downtown civic auditorium in Santa Cruz.
    I’m seeing her concert tonight in Modesto, at a place called the Gallo Center, a beautiful venue that was built a few years ago with help from the Gallo wine family, who are from Modesto. Ernest and Julio learned how to make wine by going to the downtown Modesto library and checking out a pamphlet on how to make wine, in the 1930s, I think.
    We’re not going to make it to Hardly Strictly this year. It’s one of the few times we’ve ever missed the festival.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      From the folks that brought you Thunderbird and Night Train . . .

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Yeah, last time I saw Emmylou was with Rodney Crowell, too. It was a damned good band she had. I recall the guitar player who played a Strat being very good (but seriously, you wouldn’t expect anything but the best with Emmylou). Enjoy my friend.

      • WilcoJoe said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

        Your probably thinking of Buddy Miller as the guitar player. He played with her on several tours in the last 5-10 years.

  47. zumiee said, on October 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I’m in favor of a 2 out of 3 for the Wild Card. After the wild game last night, wouldn’t it be fun to see the A’s and KC rematch? The great thing about a series is that it can build up interest as it goes. The world of mouth about the first game would have been such that more people would have watched game 2. Plus there’s several days from the end of the season until the divisional series start anyway.
    That’s all just my opinion on that. I think both sides of the discussion have their merits.

    That ESPN article about Krukow is an awesome thing, and a must-read, IMO, for all Giants fans. I hope everyone reads it. It goes into much more detail than the Chronicle article. Thanks for posting the link, Chuck.

    • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Agree, zum. There’s plenty of time built in to play 3, if needed. Sunday the season is done, and Friday the division series starts. Hell, during the season, teams sometimes play 14 days straight. These teams have charter jets….

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Agree re: the ESPN article on Kruk and Kuip. Great read. Thanks for sharing, Charlie.

  48. Alleykat said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Well I didn’t agree agree with idiot Yost bringing in his kid starter Ventura after Shields and watch Moss hit his bomb off of him. Just a dumb move,when he had leftys Holland or Finnigan (?)he could have went after him with.

  49. twinfan1 said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    My “Dead Wrong as Always” Match-Up picks:

    C- POSEY/MARTIN- Martin had a big year but Buster is the man again. Solid edge Posey.
    1B- BELT/SANCHEZ- BB got hot right on time-8 for 21 in last six. Big edge to Brandon
    2B – PANIK/WALKER- toughie. Vet with power vs. .300 hitting rook. I’m calling it even
    3B-PANDA/HARRISON- Harrison had the better year but the Panda Is a .325 Postseason hitter. Slight edge Harrison
    SS-CRAWDAD/MERCER- same guy. This one is even
    LF-ISHI/MARTE- This goes to Marte but I’m calling an Ishi dinger. Solid edge Marte.
    CF-BLANCO/McCUTCHEN- Love my Shark but big Edge to Cutch
    RF-PENCE/SNIDER= no contest. Pence with huge edge.
    BENCH- with Ishi and Blanco starting, our bench takes a hit. Edge Bucs
    STARTING PITCHER- MADBUM/VOLQUEZ- Volquez had a solid year after a terrible 2013. MadBum is nails if he can eliminate the occasional concentration lapse. But he’s the better pitcher. Solid edge MadBum
    PEN- Watson gets the edge over Romo as the set up men. Rest is even. Watson gives the Bucs a slight edge
    CLOSER- CASILLA/MELANCON..Melancon has been almost untouchable at home. He gets the edge.
    MANGER- BOCHY/HURDLE…Both share the “Smarter than he looks” label- and it’s true. Slight edge Bochy

    The word- The Pirates have the edge in most position by position matchups but we have the upper hand in the key match ups ( Pence, Belt, Posey for us) (McCutchen, Marte for the Pirates)
    Most importantly we have the best pitcher. 5-3 Giants.

    • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Good analysis.
      My concern is HRs. We don’t get any, and they get a couple off of Bum. If he settles in without an early hiccup, that’s the best scenario. Giants need at least one dinger to win this. Maybe Bum can get one himself…

      • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        Exactly. A clean 1st and I think we win.

      • twinfan1 said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

        As we all know, anyone can rise up- or down, and be the difference maker. So I’m going to pick an unlikely hero or two from each team. For the Giants who could be more unlikely than the guy who blog folks DFAed a dozen times. He’s hot now- Arias with a big hit off the bench ..and there’s our triple digit dude, Hunter “Big Cheese” Strychnine. He finishes the 7th and then turns it over to our Torture Twins- Romo and Casilla.
        I’m not picking a hero for the Bucs, screw that- their Buc Bummer will be….drum roll…Tony Watson, who gives up the lead hit to Arias..

    • gianthead said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      I like it Twin. ..very fair analysis.

    • Fettmucke said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Well, Martin can actually play his position.

    • Flavor said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      great analysis Twin.

  50. wswins said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Pirates are being bet, right now it’s Giants -108 Pirates -102

  51. DJLoo said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Have Steve Blass throw out the first ball.
    Where it lands, nobody knows…

    • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Dock Ellis?
      Pre-game he could give out sample tabs to get the Bucs loose…

      • DJLoo said, on October 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm

        He passed away a few years ago, snark. Giants are fortunate to have most of their golden oldies still around. Clemente, Stargell and Clendenon are long gone…

      • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

        Oh, sorry to hear that…

    • Macdog said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Maybe they’ll get Bob Robertson.

  52. gianthead said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Wild Card debate…did you all forget the Giants Head plan????

    Add two teams and go 4 divisions of 4 teams in each league. Only division winners advance…F the Wild Card and this one game sideshow…

    My change is in location for one of the expansion sites. Instead of Mexico City, I would go with San Antonio and I think Nashville could still support an expansion team.

    People argue that there is not enough talent, but I think every organization has players like Strickland who teams don’t realize are big – league capable. A draft that allows two players to be taken from each organization and elimination of the DH (that in itself allows 14 big – league hitters) would create a pool of 60 players for two expansion teams. Add in the flood of Cuba and other Latinos coming up, I think we have enough potential talent for two expansion teams.

    One division would be Texas, Houston, San Antonio and Kansas City. They would be in the AL Southwest and my new NL Southeast Division would be Miami, Tampa, Atlanta and Nashville.

    I would move Pittsburgh into a new NL East with Philly, Washington and NY Mets.

    NL Central of Cubs, St. Louis, Cincy an Milwaukee.

    AL East with NY Yankees, Boston, Toronto and Baltimore. AL Central of Detroit, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland and Minnesota. AL West of Seattle, Oakland, Angels and Arizona.

    • DJLoo said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Which of these new franchises would the Easter Bunny manage?

    • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      So NL West of SF, LAD, Diego and Colorado? Why Colorado there instead of AZ in the NL West? Colorado is a joke to play there, it should be an AL park…

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Miami cannot even support a team with a new fricking ballpark. Between that and a lack of talent (I still see this as an issue), I just don’t see expansion as a viable option.

      • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:43 pm

        Well, after one year of going for the post-season in the new place, Loria sold off all the good players and pissed everyone off in Miami.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      I remember you proposing this. I think it is a reasonable idea. Like Snarkk, I’d like to see CO in the AL West and either Arizona or Seattle in the NL West. Preferably Seattle. They have more of an NL yard and it would be a better rivalry.

  53. DJLoo said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    In 1970, as a Met, Clendenon had 97 RBIs in just 396 official AB.
    That has to be one of the best ratios ever, I would think…

  54. unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Or Dock Ellis with a side of microdot.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Damn, I hate it when I post to an unrefreshed page. The whole Dock Ellis thing is old news . . . Didn’t hear he passed away. I always thought, how crazy to pitch while tripping balls?

      Can the day go any slooooooooooooooower? Fuck me.

  55. snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I hope we head into the 8th and 9th with a lead, obviously. If we do, I’m going to be worrying about dingers off Romo and Casilla. Pitt had 3rd highest HRs in the NL this year, 24 more than SF. Posey or Pence or Panda or Ishi or somebody has to hit at least one tonight. Belt?…

  56. Nipper said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Giants better win or this team will be forgotten. Fans are fickle.

    • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      I could see a guy like Morse being forgotten in a decade, as a one year mercenary.
      Of course, by then, I may have forgotten that the Giants play baseball…

    • Chipower9 said, on October 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Wake up, Nip. You need to brew another pot of Yuban…

    • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Nippy’s getting edgy. Did he reach puberty?

  57. unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Looks like the natives are getting restless . . .

    This day is dragging on like a . . . a . . . uh, a slow thing.

  58. unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    We didn’t forget Pat the Bat. His tenure was similar. Esp. if Morse heals up in a couple weeks for the World Series and dings a few.

    • DJLoo said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Cody Ross was even less, Unca Chuck…

      I’ve known you on this thing so long, I almost feel like you really are my uncle…

      • unca_chuck said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        I’m honored, sir.

        Wish I coulda been out there in NY to meet you guys.

      • DJLoo said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        You would’ve liked MacDog.
        Me……you might’ve tossed off the upper deck.

  59. wswins said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    To pass the time…I know you guys were talking about this recently. Have you seen this?

    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/97181194/pace-of-game-initiatives-to-be-tested-at-afl

  60. Alleykat said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Man, “Let’s GET IT ON”
    I’m so bored I’m blowing up Chuck’s Avatar to see how funny his dog looks with 3 tennis balls shoved in his mouth!!

  61. salty said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    How about the lineups and a new thread??? Go get em boys!

  62. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Nice touch on the merc blog

    Blanco CF — 5 for 19, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts
    Panik 2B — Never faced Volquez
    Posey C — 5 for 9, 2 walks
    Sandoval 3B — 6 for 13
    Pence RF — 7 for 36, 3 HR, 16 strikeouts
    Belt 1B — 8 for 18, 4 strikeouts
    Crawford SS — 3 for 20, 7 strikeouts
    Ishikawa LF — 1 for 4, 2 walks
    Bumgarner LHP 1 for 4

  63. snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    If all goes well, I’m watching the game at a brew pub with edd…

    • WilcoJoe said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      You’re in England?

      • snarkk said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm

        Well, I might have an English ale. Close enough…

      • blade3colorado said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        Quasi POTD WilcoJoe. That was funny. 🙂

    • Flavor said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      awesome.

  64. WilcoJoe said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    These damn allergies in Texas are killing me. If not for this game, I would be hitting the sack early tonight. I am hoping for a quick two hour game, say 2-1 Giants…Lets do this already!

  65. blade3colorado said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Ok, 6:45am in Luang Prabang, Laos . . . LET’S GET THIS GAME STARTED!

    By the by, I like the analysis Twin. Disagree about HRs being a factor. PNC is a pitcher’s park. Dirt, thanks for providing context with the lineup and past results.*

    *Of course, the adage for the stock market applies here, i.e., “Past results are not indicative of future performance . . . “

  66. Flavor said, on October 1, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    NEW THREAD!


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