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Winning Ugly

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 15, 2014

Yesterday, Daniel and I had this exchange:

winning

And while the end of the game certainly had a fortuitous feel to it, it wasn’t entirely “luck”. As I said after the game, when you drop down and rush a throw to first base like that the chances of it tailing on you is high. You might be able to pitch that way off the mound in your usual wind up,  but jumping on a perfect bunt and rushing a sidearmed throw to first base? Advantage: us.

Krukow said something interesting this morning on the radio: “Two World Championships has bought them ‘calm’.” And that’s a perfect comment. If you have good pitching and can maintain a sense of calm in a high pressure situation, more often than not good things will happen. You can call that luck if you want but I think there’s way more to it than that. The minidset of the team is, “keep it close, stay focused and calm and more often than not, it will work out in the end.”

And it works both ways. As the game creeps along you know it gets in the collective mind of the Cardinals a little bit. Like, “what new thing is going to go against us now?”  And I think the Cards are about as professional as they come. But this has become a way of life for the Giants this year. We score runs in the stupidest of ways.

It’s gotta have the opposition doing a slow burn. Again, advantage: us.

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  1. blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Stranger then fiction. 🙂

  2. salty said, on October 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Nail in the coffin, Pablo.

  3. paulinasia said, on October 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Sorry, at work now, no TV, how did Blanco “reach on fielder’s choice”?……

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Yes, Stl first baseman went home. Perez head first under/beat the tag.

    • Macdog said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Blanco hit it to 1B Adams drawn in, Perez went on contact, Adams went home, Perez beat throw, which AJerk dropped anyway.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm

        This

  4. Alleykat said, on October 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Patch Adams is a joke at 1B.
    2 bonehead plays, especially the 2nd one, now we’re cashing in big time!!

    • blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Fucker is a dufus.

    • blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      AL DH player all the way AK.

      • Alleykat said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        Agree for sure Blade😄

  5. Flavor said, on October 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Is Wacha hurt? Why didn’t he go to him early instead of blow through his bullpen in the 4th inning?

  6. wswins said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Big favor from Matheny not walking Posey with the lh and pitching to Sandoval as a rh

  7. DJLoo said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Matheny always looks a little perplexed to me. Like he’s not quite sure what he’s doing.
    Reminds me a little of Wade Phillips.

    • Flavor said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      100% totally agree.

    • blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Took too many shots to the head as a catcher.

  8. Macdog said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    The joint is absolutely rockin’, I can’t imagine what’d it be like if someone hit a HR.

  9. DJLoo said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Blast this fucker open, Pence!

  10. Flavor said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    nice catch by Adams to end that inning. lqtm.

    • blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Hilarious Flav . . . Yeah, dude’s team mates are on edge whenver the ball comes near him. Ha.

      • DJLoo said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm

        Guarantee Twin is having Dick Stuart flashbacks…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      well he looked like Keith Hernandez the inning or two before

  11. Alleykat said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Bochy “Schools ” Matheny again!

  12. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Joe must be drinking the pumpkin beer.

    • Flavor said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      none left. Loo drank it all.

  13. Macdog said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Perez and Craw get it going again.

  14. pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I enjoyed that. Caught it via Giants radio. May now try quasi-semi-porno-para-pirate feed.

    • blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      To Fox,

      We don’t need no stinkin’ hits.

      Respectfully, Giants Fans

  15. pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    We are Octobrists.

  16. salty said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Another great job by PETIT to keep this game close.

    • Macdog said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Yus! Yus! Yus!

      • salty said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm

        Yeah 🙂

  17. pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Gawd. This is not gonna be easy, is it? To tell you the truth, in game 7 in 2012 vs. the Cards I wasn’t even relaxed with a 9-run lead.

  18. Alleykat said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Geez we all know what a fuck up Buck is, but Verduzzi is truly an idiot too.
    Totally agree with Reynolds as far as you have to go home and atleast get in a run-down with Crawford, the lead run in late innings. Just a stupid decision by Adams,as well as Verdorkie!

    • blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Yeah, no idea what Verduzzi is smoking.

  19. willedav said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Just got in that was a great inning, nice singles and some help from Cards.
    Shut down right here for Lopez.

  20. salty said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Ah Fuck, lopez

  21. salty said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Whew.

  22. Flavor said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Macdog said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Loogy does it again!

  24. blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    You earned your entire salary there Lopez.

    • willedav said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Yeah, but don’t tell Snarkk.

  25. DJLoo said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Outstanding!

  26. willedav said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Yeah, dribbler right into the shift.
    Like some insurance the way Cards have hit HRs, esp late.

  27. Flavor said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    not a big fan of the GBA thing in the 7th but that was nails.

  28. Alleykat said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Getting closer for “”The Undertaker” to order extra coffins and nails as he buries Joe Buck and his Cardinals tomorrow night!

  29. eddacker said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Black Magic VooDoo Doll baseball juju

  30. blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Hot Damn!

  31. willedav said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    There’s your bats breaking out. How many hits last 2 innings alone?

  32. unca_chuck said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Morse ribbies would be here.

  33. unca_chuck said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Wow. Go the other way with that.

  34. Alleykat said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Belt whispers to Adams: Dude you are no 1B, thought about changing leagues and DH?

  35. unca_chuck said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Fuuck. Why go?

  36. unca_chuck said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    That’s fucked up.

  37. Flavor said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Morse is just worthless these days.

  38. unca_chuck said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    He shoulda bunted. That’s my answer for half the team.

  39. eddacker said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    he is all Giant – 2 on and nobody scores (for the third inning)

  40. blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Romo is dealing right now.

  41. pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I’m sticking with radio. KNBR. Feeling like a kid in the Fifties or Sixties. It’s cool how the crowd tells you what happened before the announcers. #getwongout

    • eddacker said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      got my transistor by my side

      • pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        got it

  42. blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Nice fielding too.

  43. snarkk said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    In brew pub sitting next to some giants die hards. Who threw out Fielder at home in the 2012 WS? I said Scutaro, they said craw, YouTube proves I win…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      but it was a relay, right? LF to SS to C?

    • Alleykat said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      If their true die hard fans they would of known the answer like you did Snarkk, their” bandwagonneers “

      • snarkk said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        Bingo…
        Yep, Scutaro relay from Blanco. Blanco overthrew Craw and Scoots caught the throw, then fired home…

  44. eddacker said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    That wong is a giant killer #rookieinfieldbattle

  45. pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Yoikes

  46. pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Isn’t Neshek famous in some Bible story with his brothers or something?

    • unca_chuck said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      No, it was Matt Cain.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

        you are so Able.

  47. pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Can someone tell me why they block out those seats in upper left? Today they have bunting over those seats. Clearly it can’t be to protect the batter’s sight line. It’s near the foul pole. What’s the deal?

    • Macdog said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      My guess is that’s for extra media.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:02 pm

        that many seats? wow

  48. blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I tried visiting the Card blog(s) and I went to 2-3 of the many under the same banner. No idea how they make that shit work. No comments I could see “live.” In effect, no idea what those guys are thinking right now.

    *By the by, I wasn’t there to “troll” . . . just curious about what they were saying.

  49. pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    This is what Neshek’s name conjures for me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadrach,_Meshach,_and_Abednego

  50. DJLoo said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Seems like it’s been Chevy Truck month since fuckin’ August.
    It’s getting more annoying than Lexus’ December to remember…

  51. blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Fox mentioning Rosenthall? Hahaha . . . Don’t want to give up the lead just to face that guy, but if it happens – I’m already salivating. Dude looked like a deer in the headlights last time we faced him.

  52. eddacker said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I feel a ‘WOOT!’ coming on 🙂

  53. salty said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    A beauty

  54. Flavor said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Carp, Jesus, sit down you woman.

    • Macdog said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      LMAO

  55. eddacker said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    and a ‘WHOA’ watta strike three curve.

  56. unca_chuck said, on October 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Casilla with the uncle Charlie working to perfection.

  57. willedav said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Love Casilla’s breaking ball, really fools guys when he can get it down.

  58. unca_chuck said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Somebody shoot that guy. Jeeezuz,

  59. unca_chuck said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Oh scheistakovitch.

  60. salty said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Gotta love Giants playoff baseball!

  61. Flavor said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I sense another World Series coming on! Yessssssssssssssssssssssss!

  63. salty said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Santiago is a stud!

  64. willedav said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Yeah! Couldn’t happen to a better f-wad.

  65. eddacker said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    WOOT!

  66. Alleykat said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    ONE MORE TO GO!!!!!!
    Orange&Black going Back!!!
    Casilla just Filfthy stuff!!
    Undertaker will nail the coffins shut tomorrow!

  67. Macdog said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Casilla ends Long Holliday’s Journey into Night, One to go.

  68. blade3colorado said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    This is mind-boggling considering the season’s up and downs. Wow! I need a massage . . . Later Flappers! 🙂

  69. snarkk said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Most impressive come back win. Dang, this team is resilient…

  70. gianthead said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    The Cards’ pen continues not to impress…

  71. snarkk said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Giants really “lucky” to comeback to win from 4-1 down…

    • Alleykat said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Not really Snarkk, we had the Brooks Conrad clone with Matt Adams, so I was confident.

  72. stickman said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, i luv it. 3-1 and the Undertaker tomorrow. Line up those coffins. Halloween nears and the Halloween Machine is in full gear.

  73. gianthead said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Pawlie, they have done that for previous playoff series in basically taking that whole section from fans and using it for media…males little sense to me…give them an outhouse

    • snarkk said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      And very few media use it. Crazy…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      ah, tnx

  74. pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Just stunning that this team has achieved this.
    We ain’t there yet, but getting there. (to paraphrase Bob Dylan)

  75. zumiee said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    So what’s going on over at the True Blue L.A. blog?:

    Why does everyone play scared against the damn Giants?

    by bstirrat on Oct 15, 2014 | 7:44 PM reply

    because they are evil

    by arbfuldodger on Oct 15, 2014 | 7:52 PM up reply

  76. pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I apologize if I messed up the sequence somewhere. I had spelled the name of Keith Hernandez wrong and corrected it. G’night, girls, and TedSpe.

  77. zumiee said, on October 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I was driving during a chunk of the game, and caught Krukow’s reaction to Pierzynski’s flop-job. Krukow’s visceral dislike of Pierzynski just oozed through the car speakers.

  78. Bozo said, on October 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Dinks and dunks, drinks and drunks, whatever it takes because you know, the NLCS is not team Giants destination.
    Bum to close this leg of the journey out. I do like our chances.

    I’m going to Kansas City
    Kansas City, here I come

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      are you? maybe I should join you

  79. zumiee said, on October 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Trying to listen to the top of the ninth inning was almost unbearable. Miller is so good that the tension level just goes off the charts. His strike calls on Casilla’s pitches to Carpenter were as good as baseball radio broadcasting can get.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 15, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      yessireee

  80. snarkk said, on October 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Just one more game to get the Pennant.
    WTF Not?…

  81. snarkk said, on October 15, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Very good analysis by a St. Louis writer on why the Giants are winning, not just his postseason, but the 2010 and 2012 years.
    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie-miklasz/bernie-giants-not-cards-doing-the-little-things-right/article_e50611f9-f399-5887-983c-089076cd912b.html

  82. zumiee said, on October 15, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    And more from the Dodger blog:

    It’s been a crummy month.

    by Catherine the Blue on Oct 15, 2014

    Come on! We’ve had way worse Octobers. Many of them.

    by Franklin Brock on Oct 15, 2014

  83. Nipper said, on October 16, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Win ugly ……win tonight…..grind out another one. Go Orange and Black!


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