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Basking, Nodding, High Fiving

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 19, 2014

Still enjoy the break from baseball–been basking my ass off. I swear to God, it feels like we already won the World Series. Ishi’s bomb was that powerful. The game was that intense.

I’ve taken the “knowing dude head nod” up a notch. I’ve added a high five. I still don’t say a thing. Occasionally I’ll grunt out a “yep” or something with a single syllable.

Today is for football. Niners vs Denver—easily my most despised NFL franchise that goes all the way back to my college days and the non-stop shit talking one of my Denver buddies would engage in.

Anyway, I need at least one more day before I can talk about baseball again. But feel free to kick it around today. Or whatever is on your mind.


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  1. Nipper said, on October 19, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Manning should win tonight. Their offense will just out score the Niners effort. Sniff……

  2. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 19, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I hear you about Denver fans. They talk endless smack. I just can’t get into football anymore but I’ll probably watch the game today.

    I’m still pumped on Ishikawa’s bomb too. It was so awesome but I’m slowly getting into 4 more to go mode.

  3. blade3colorado said, on October 19, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Immediately following the Giants clincher over the Cards, I had much to do, e.g., book a flight to Jakarta, Indonesia; hotel room in same place; prepare for a short trip (3-4 days) to Dalat, Vietnam; and, another short trip for SCUBA diving in Nha Trang, a seaside resort in Vietnam. Fast forward today . . . I finally had an opportunity to catch up with the 2 days of awesome Flap comments and an email thread going around regarding a possible World Series Flapalooza. Comments were outstanding and before I forget, I echo what everyone else said about Daniel Shoptaw – gracious and outstanding Cards fan! I really enjoyed your insights regarding the Cards specifically and the series as well.

    I hope I read about a “Flap meet” at one of the games. That would be wonderful. I just wish I could be there. Sigh. Some how, some way, I am going to catch at least one of these upcoming WS games on CommieCast or the Indonesian Broadcasting Network (or whatever they call it). If not, the Flap is always the perfect fall back Plan B.

    Go Giants!

  4. gianthead said, on October 19, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Needing the mental break as well, only thing on my mind is teasing the Niners to +12.5 and the over to 43:))))

  5. sfsarge said, on October 19, 2014 at 8:34 am

    The break is welcome for me as well, I’m smack in the middle of mid-terms so I really should be studying and writing all these papers I have due next week. My passion for the Niners has cooled off considerably. The whole Aldon Smith fiasco, the poor handling of the Ray Macdonald situation, the way they priced a lot of fans out of the new stadium, and just the overall sleaziness of the NFL. I’ll still probably watch a little bit though.

  6. twinfan1 said, on October 19, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Video deleted, it offends Salty’s tender sensibilities.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Lordy. That is perfect. Thanks.

    • salty said, on October 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Proof Giants fans can be just as obnoxious as any other. Plenty of boorish types needing to proclaim themselves the baddest giant fan ever.
      But I’m curmudgeonly about this topic, as I am one of those old school types who miss the quiet at games and now actually prefers watching from home. No traffic, no lines, no one running into me. Drinking a well crafted beer for $2 apiece. With the mute button handy. And I’m hearing impaired. (Probably too many rock concerts).

      Oh, I can get loud and boorish myself. Cat is usually in the closet early on. Girlfriend has to remind me to pipe down. Or to take a walk between innings.

      I just have little tolerance for others screaming in my ear. Last game I went to I brought ear plugs. Still could hear the high pitched voice of a wannabe Krukow and some women talking on her cell the entire game.

      • twinfan1 said, on October 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        I just think the guy is happy as hell and everybody else is enjoying the moment and also enjoying the fan. But what fucking whatever, I’ll delete it so you celebrate with a spot of tea with Granny.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on October 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        I surmised the guy was sober but wildly exuberant. He wasn’t spilling drinks or expletives. I sure would not be Stoic at that moment.

      • salty said, on October 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

        Ha ha…. sorrry you took it the wrong way….you can delete mine….;)

      • twinfan1 said, on October 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        I don’t fuck with other people’s posts. Enjoy your day.

    • salty said, on October 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      I had no prob with you posting that. Zero. Sorry my post offended you and ruined your day.

      Someone please delete my post so as to not upset anyone else.

      Have a nice day.

  7. pawliekokonuts said, on October 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Done. Coming out. Fellow fan here suggested I try for a press pass. OK. What’s to lose?

    • DJLoo said, on October 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      That’s very disappointing, Pawlie. I just reserved 5 inches of standing room for us midway between the bar and the men’s room at Finnerty’s…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on October 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm


  8. Macdog said, on October 19, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Anyone wants to give it a shot, the Giants are having a sweepstakes for World Series tix. I tried, but it’s for Cali residents only.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

      still thinking we can get together in Philly, unless I am overcome by exhaustion by then, which is certainly possible; my flight is from Ithaca…good memories for you!

  9. pawliekokonuts said, on October 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I just finally went through the 22 pix at McCovey’s Chronicles. Man. It just reinforces that it was one of the greatest moments in Giants’ history. It’s gotta be. Ishi’s fist pump and especially his helmet toss. Whew. You know, the helmet throw is fierce triumph. It’s like a cancer patient saying to the disease, Hell no, you can’t have me. I am alive. Fully. Take that. Or a fired employee or a loser or ex-con or alkie or druggie or anyone given a Blessed Second Chance. Man.

  10. DJLoo said, on October 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    A nice cup of tea with granny would go great with Zumiee’s famous rally yogurt…

  11. pawliekokonuts said, on October 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    “…it feels like we already won the World Series.” That is countercultural. And true. May I borrow that theme?

    • DJLoo said, on October 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      That’s probably how Giant fans felt in ’51…

    • DJLoo said, on October 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      The team better not feel that way…

  12. SanDawg said, on October 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I finally talked to my son and got more details on how it came to pass that he met Panik and got that bat. It was actually my nephew Joe who told him that Panik would want that ball and he might be able to meet him and trade for a bat or something else. After the game, they agreed to go down to some fan-accessible area nearest the clubhouse to try to make it happen. He says it was quite a scene down there and he was very open, showing everyone he had the ball from Panik’s homer. He says a police officer then told Matt that he was worried about his safety with so many people around knowing he had the ball. I guess he was telling Matt he needed to get the hell out of there. Apparently, Joe stepped in again and explained to the cop that they wanted to return the ball to Panik and could he help make that happen? The cop agreed to give it a shot and eventually Matt alone was escorted into the clubhouse, where he said he got to express congratulations to Bum and Morse while waiting for Panik. He says Panik was super cool and thankful to have the ball. Then some good Samaritan who had been hanging around with them at area near the clubhouse entrance offered to give all of them a ride home.
    I can’t wait to get my hands on that bat.

    • zumiee said, on October 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Very cool!! Thanks for sharing the story.

    • Flavor said, on October 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      I was thinking about that. Your son isn’t that big of a fan so the main beneficiary here will be The SanDiggity.

  13. zumiee said, on October 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    “A nice cup of tea with granny would go great with Zumiee’s famous rally yogurt…”

    (knowing dude head nod)

  14. zumiee said, on October 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I usually like for the next round of playoffs to start pretty quickly; but I agree with those that said that it’s nice having this break after those intense games with the Cardinals. A chance to bask and savor the moment.
    One of the many cool things about this trip to the World Series is that it’s brought national attention back to the ’10 and ’12 World Series, also. For Giants fans, it’s all one big bask again.
    There’s some games to get nervous about in a couple of days, but I’ve really enjoyed the break.

  15. WilcoJoe said, on October 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Having gone to Game 4 of the 2010 Series in Arlington, I was able to cross the whole World Series thing off my bucket list. But going to a World Series game in SF and more importantly, being able to treat my dad is something entirely different…That being said, I just did a double take when I noticed on the Giants site that face value bleacher seats were $400 and club level seats were an astonishing $650 per seat!!!

    I get that everything is more expensive out west, but that is absolutely ridiculous. If I was a season ticket holder, I would be forced to either give up my post season ticket options or try and sell them on the secondary market and be forced into only attending one game a series.

    • WilcoJoe said, on October 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      If I recall, the upper reserved seat that I bought for the 2010 Series in Arlington was face value $175. I paid $300. Of course the Game 5 clincher, at which point the Rangers were done 3-1 could have been had for less than face value. The Rangers fan that I sat next to basically was willing to give me her seat for free for that game. Biggest regret of my life was not taking her up on that offer…

    • willedav said, on October 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Story out here was biggest beneficiaries were season ticket holders who recouped like mad selling their NLCS tickets.
      Also goes for guys with parking, adding zeroes to normal charges.

      At the same time there was report I heard earlier in week about hotels in Santa Clara being at record occupancy and sometimes full during weekdays in September. Mo money for everyone in right place/right time. Friends of mine who own property across fwy from google thinking about building a hotel in that area.

      Next week will be tough for me to connect on a meet up in the ATT area. Saturday only, and not sure I can get off work in time to take train up there, yada yada. First 2 FU meet ups were way fun; enjoy all who can go.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 19, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      I paid close to 8 bills per in 2012. We were out by the bricks down the first base line. We ended up in a section near the Tiger’s players families. Leyland’s wife was right in front of me. Talk about long faces :). I saw Sandoval’s 3 bombs on my bday with my pops so looking back it was worth it but still those prices are nuts. I had season tickets this year but am sort of far removed from the original group so who knows what those are going for in section 112.

      Edit. I also met pawlie and big flav prior to the game which was pretty cool.

  16. zumiee said, on October 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I’m less than in awe of Peyton breaking the TD pass record. His 1-2 record in the Super Bowl is much more important. Or as many have pointed out, he has less Super Bowl wins than his brother Eli.
    The pregame interview between Peyton and Costas is pain-inducing.

    • DJLoo said, on October 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Now we fought hard for this turf and we ain’t just gonna give it up…The Rangers claimed it. We shut ’em out. The Tigers, remember, they tried to take it away, and we knocked ’em down to the cellar. So what are we gonna do buddy-boys? I’ll tell ya what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna speed fast. We’re gonna move like lightnin’. And we’re gonna clean them Royals up once and for all so they ain’t never gonna set foot on our turf again. And we’re gonna do it in one, all-out fight…The Royals want a piece of this world too. And they’re real down boys. They might ask for blades, zip guns…I say this turf is small, but it’s all we got, huh? Now I want to hold it like we always held it, with skin. But if they say blades, I say blades. If they say guns, I say guns. I say I want that just to be the number one – to sail, to hold the sky…OK cats, we rumble.

      • LurkerMike said, on October 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm

        When you’re a Gi’nt you’re a Gi’nt all the way.

      • SanDawg said, on October 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

        Nicely played—both of you.

      • DJLoo said, on October 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        Riff was the Hunter Pence of the Jets…

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      I don’t think Manning’s record in the SB means shit. It’s hard to make it that far and only one team a year wins. Dude is no question a great in my book. On the other hand, had he not won at least that one I probably would feel different.

      • willedav said, on October 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm

        And once he finally retires he’ll likely be on more commercials than ever…so he and his supremely annoying family will probably be unavoidable on tube for a long time.

  17. paulinasia said, on October 19, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Was just reading an MLB story that seems to want to give KC an edge both at home and on the road, because their young fast outfielders will know how to handle the spacious OF at China Basin. What’s more, and I didn’t know this until now, their OF coach is the infamous Rusty Kuntz. “Rusty is really diligent with all the angles”, so they say. I guess we’ll see about that……

    • snarkk said, on October 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Speed helps playing OF at ATT, but nothing substitutes for experience playing it. Which they don’t have…

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Well, it is true. Kuntz like all the angles.

  18. SanDawg said, on October 19, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Rusty Kuntz is the pride of Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo)—one of my alma maters.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 19, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      I went to Questa too, Dawg. Live at StennerGlen for a stint. Played on the Questa’s Men’s soccer team. We had an annual intramural game with the Men’s colony (jail) on hwy 1. Strange time in my life.

      • zumiee said, on October 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

        Kuntz then transferred to Cal. St. Univ. Stanislaus, my alma mater. That college is in Turlock, just a couple of miles from Pitman High, where Kaepernick went to high school.

  19. unca_chuck said, on October 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Rusty or otherwise.

  20. unca_chuck said, on October 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Super Bowl record notwithstanding, Manning’s playoff record is pretty mediocre. Not that he’s all of the issue, but he brought some good teams into the playoffs and didn’t do a lot.

    • zumiee said, on October 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      In the Peyton love-fest tonight, Michaels and Collinsworth found a way to avoid talking about Manning’s playoff record.

  21. zumiee said, on October 19, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I read an article that looked closely at those 3 games the Giants had vs. the Royals this season. Lincecum started one of the games; that ain’t happening this Series. And in another of the games, Morse made a big error playing firstbase. That ain’t happening this Series either, probably. The Giants did get shut-out by Shields in one of the games. But the Giants didn’t have Belt or Panik in those games. Plus, the Giants are playing much better ball than they were at the beginning of August.

  22. willedav said, on October 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Never been into the royals, and did not like the Willie Wilson era teams at all. (They did have U.L. “Toothpick” Washington tho. Was Hal McRae, a hitter I did like, on them when he did that famous rant?).
    Now all of a sudden they are baseball’s darlings…love to send them packing, something O’s Angels and Beane’s A’s could not do.
    I could easily see Ned Yost channeling Ron Washington vs. Bochy.

    • paulinasia said, on October 20, 2014 at 1:41 am

      Absolutely could see that happening.

    • DJLoo said, on October 20, 2014 at 4:22 am

      I think at some point we will hear the Willie Mays/Willie Mays Aikens story…

  23. paulinasia said, on October 20, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Now that Jeter has retired, the NY Post has a story sort of nominating Buster Ballgame as the new “face of baseball.” That assumes, of course, that everyone had agreed that Jeter was the former face of baseball. Uh, face of the Yankme’s, sure. This is surely something Buster would never be able to stomach, but hey, it’s an east coast rag giving Posey some man-love.

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