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The Locker Room Has Been Infected With an A’s Fan

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 4, 2014

Baseball is over and we rule the world yet again. The NIners suck and the Dubs haven’t gotten it going enough yet for me to care and hockey is eternally on strike in my world. So today, it’s time for a funny story.

Back in 2012, I worked with this dude named Tre– very cool guy except for one thing: he was a huge Raider and A’s fan. I used to needle him (nearly ever week because they sucked) by wearing a Raiders shirt and posting a pic of myself on facebook every Monday after a Raiders loss. Here’s one of the pics:


Haha, funny motherfucker, this is the type of friendship you get out of me. 🙂

So he leaves after about a year and I haven’t talked to him since but we follow each other on facebook and I noticed that this year he got a job working at a college in Missouri (he played college football somewhere).

Then Game 7 starts and Tre is at the game and posts a pic. Here it is:


I was like, “Right on, Tre-mendous (his nickname) is at the game. Kinda funny cause he’s an A’s fan but he lives there now so it’s not that surprising.”

He then posts a pic of the big screen:


actually that was a movie clip but I can’t get it to transfer to the blog so I just snapped a screen shot of it.

Now the game is over and to my shock, Tre is on the FIELD! Here’s a video screen shot he took WHILE ON THE FIELD:


Lucky ass A’s fan is now on the field after the Giants win the World Series? This ain’t right. But still, I’m happy for him. Can’t wait to ask him how he got his ass on to the field.

But Tre-mendous takes it up a notch. Now he’s in the locker room. About an hour later, here’s the next pic he posts:


Um, WTF is going on? And now he’s drinking a beer with Pence?


And for good measure, a pic with the World Series MVP:


And finally, this A’s fan who doesn’t even like the Giants and who hates the Niners is seen holding this:


You have no idea how hard I was laughing out loud looking at these pictures. As far as I know, he has no connection with the Giants, he’s just working as a football coach or something for some college in Missouri. But I’m giving you the 2-flap up Flapper salute my man. If I didn’t know better I would say you photoshopped yourself into these pics and frankly that would make it even funnier.

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  1. dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 4, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Holy cow! Lucky man. The sly smile of pulling one over comes through in the last one.

  2. willedav said, on November 4, 2014 at 6:37 am

    From March to the end
    We mourn our many losses
    Til Series is ours

    • Flavor said, on November 4, 2014 at 6:50 am

      Haiku time? A little early but I’m in!

  3. willedav said, on November 4, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Did some Xmas shopping and got Earl Weaver book from Amazon. Wow, what a good read.
    He talks about teaching fundamentals but also admits, “…a lot of what they consider fundamentals is really just players having great talent.”
    He describes a scene in a game vs. WhiteSox where a ball is hit in the gap and Belanger takes cut off throw and from the OF throws a seed a foot high all the way to the plate to gun down a guy trying to score from first to snuff out a late rally.
    Sox announcer Caray is raving about fundamentals, but Weaver says, “…Belanger was the only guy who could make that type of play.” And further says, “I could teach fundamentals all my life and never show anyone how to make a play like that.”
    He ends discussion by saying, “A manager can get the players in the right place and teach them where they are supposed to throw the ball, but they are the people who catch the ball, get rid of it in a split second and throw it right on the money. That is talent, not managing.”

    • zumiee said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

      I went to a coaching conference one time where the main speaker started with something like “Before you guys get big-headed thinking you’re all great coaches, remember that the biggest factor in your athlete’s ability is when his father’s sperm met his mother’s egg.”

  4. wilcojoe said, on November 4, 2014 at 7:08 am

    The Giants were so drunk with excitement, they confused your buddy with Yusmeiro Petit.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

      ha, good one. Or Machi. lulz

  5. dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Sandoval didn’t waste any time rejecting the qualifying offer. What is he 28? Assuming the Giants offer 5 @ $100M which I don’t think is really out of the realm here, if I was him I would give it some serious consideration. Come out the other end at 33 and you can still get another 3-5 year deal that will make that look like peanuts.

    • Flavor said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:09 am

      He absolutely should take it. If he goes for 5 years/120 from the Yankees or Boston he will be surprised at how wicked the fan reaction is to him busting half his ass through the regular season only to turn it on in the playoffs. They won’t put up with that shit back there, especially if they don’t make the playoffs. You gotta bring it every single game in those towns or the press and the fanbase will ruin you

      • twinfan1 said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

        Nobody has ever accepted a QO. Many think they’ll still sign him, BTW.

      • Chipower9 said, on November 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

        I have been saying for some time that they will sign him…qualifying it with a “book it.”

        We will see where Pablo is…he has said that he wants to retire a Giant.

  6. zumiee said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:17 am

    If I was going to guess, BF, I’d guess that your friend got a job as part of a hosting or set-up committee or something like that. Maybe he helped wheel in the champagne or something like that.

    • zumiee said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

      And/or maybe has a close friend in the Royals organization.

      • zumiee said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:20 am

        However he did it; kudos to him. 🙂

  7. dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Totally agree on the media angle, Flavor.

    Here’s the top 5 3b salaries.

    1.Alex Rodriguez $22,000,000
    2.David Wright $20,000,000
    3.Adrian Beltre $18,000,000
    4.Ryan Zimmerman $14,000,000
    5.Evan Longoria $11,000,000

    None of these guys has Sandoval’s resume so I think $20M. At least.

    What’s up with Longoria? Does he have Bumgarner’s agent or something.

    • zumiee said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:28 am

      It was a similar thing with Longoria, he went for the early financial security instead of waiting for the possible bigger payday. It’s a calculated gamble for both player and team early in the player’s career like that.

  8. zumiee said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Election day, in a nation where 1/2 the adults don’t register to vote, and of the half that do register, only about 1/2 of those bother to vote in any given election. And so of those 25% that register and vote, slightly over half get to decide elections. About 13% of all adults in our nation get to decide the elections. But, hey, the Star Spangled Banner gets performed before sporting events, so we all know we’re a patriotic nation.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Yep, it’s pathetic.

      I think I’ve mentioned here before that I once worked in a city council office in Long Beach, CA. I was pretty much apolitical prior to that job. The official I worked for had won a special election so we had to turn around and head straight into the regular election cycle to keep him in office and have jobs as staff members. I knocked on doors, phone banked, did mass mailing. All that stuff. The council district had a voting eligible constituency of 250K with 40K voters participating. We took the election with 25K votes. This district included the LA/Long Beach Port. One of the largest ports in the world and 16% of the voting populace is driving the politics. Crazy eh?

    • Flavor said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

      and don’t forget the ever critical “God Bless America” played in the middle of the 7th that’s now so important to our national security and patriotism….

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

      I’ve always liked the anthem to start games but the “God Bless America” in the 7th just needs to stop.

      • Bozo said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:09 am

        It is a very weird thing and it bugs me as well. I’m pretty sure it started after 9/11, then it seems most teams threw it out there only on Sunday games (whats up with that?) while MLB adds it to all the big show games. Take Me Out To the Ball Game is the only song that should be sung during the seventh inning stretch. IMO

    • twinfan1 said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Merna and I both vote absentee. Most picks are pretty easy-just look to see who’s sponsoring and funding the measure.

  9. sportdude said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Great pics Craig. I got in a LA kings locker once thru a friend. No pics, but players nice so I’m sure they would have if asked. They just assumed I was ok to be there.
    Re Pablo..@ Dirt..”None of these guys have Sandovals resume? Seriously I was thinking Pablo has none of THEIR resumes. Not even close. Yes he excels for 8 games a year in WS but regular season all those guys kill the Panda ( except Zimmerman maybe). Panda season average .280 12-15 homers 75-80 rbi’s in what 6 years? He has never reached the potential he had. After 6 years he likely isn’t going to.
    I hope they sign him but if they pay him 20 mil per year He will be seriously overpaid.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

      I suppose I should have qualified that with post season performance but a player raising their level of play when the lights are bright can’t just be swept away as meaningless. Look at A-Roid. Dude sucks balls in the post season. At the end of the day he’s younger than all of those guys with either better or equal defense. I suppose Longoria or Wright are the most comparable players. Agree with $20M or not its basically the market rate for a good third baseman. I think it is what he’ll make at a minimum and I would take him over at least 3 of the 4 listed.

      Granted, AVG is the crude stat but here’s the other 5 in the PS
      Wright 0.216
      Longoria 0.191
      Beltre 0.253
      Zimmerman 0.360
      A-Roid 0.263

      Edit: I think the ‘he hasn’t reached his potential’ point is a good one but he’s also entering or just in his prime years. It’s not unreasonable to expect that he improves.

    • willedav said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Sandoval for the season, the regular one with 162 games, hit .300 in the clean up spot and .317 as a LH.
      Who replaces that if you let him walk, Duffy or Arias? He’s also a dang good 3b, part of strong IF defensively.

      Take a look at FA 3b–Headley, the guy Pads gave up on precisely because he couldn’t handle clean up role. With him and Belt in the LU plus Posey Pence that’s solid versatile middle order behind Pagan and Panik.
      Pay the guy whatever you have to, biggest key being length of the deal…less being more.

      • willedav said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:26 am

        And David Wright was flat awful this past year, battling shoulder issue from what I understand. Playing through injuries often screws up even really talented players and has long term effects.

  10. willedav said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I looked at Hudson numbers for the season and noticed he racked up 189 innings (second only to Bum’s 217 on entire team), plus 20 more post season.
    Reg season, as James noted, quite respectable 3.57 ERA, low WHIP, few walks and HR rate right in line with career totals. I think those are quite commendable numbers for anyone let alone a guy his age.
    I do think there are limits to how many innings he can work in a game effectively but I think Bochy has a better handle on that now. That ERA was lower than TL, Vogs and Cain (4.18). Petit’s was 3.69. By post season facing top clubs he didn’t fare near as well, sure, but imo doesn’t diminish what he did earlier.
    Peavey’s ERA with SF in 12 starts was 2.17, btw.

  11. wswins said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Did you see Mad Bum on Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon last night?


  12. unca_chuck said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Seeing that the qualifying offer to Pablo was a joke, I assume the negotiations continue?

    Waiting for the Red Sux to back the truck up may not be a good idea. But I’d offer around 5/$95. Take it or leave it. If he wants to stay, that should be fine.

    Awesome pics, Craig. Kudos to Tre’s getting in there.

    Yeah, that’s how the 49ers were able to build the stadium in Santa Clara. It came down to about 11,000 votes in favor.

  13. wilcojoe said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I could be wrong but the qualifying offer is nothing more than an entry point into negotiations with the player? Had they not have made the offer and Pablo walked, they would not receive a compensatory draft pick. They still can negotiate with Pablo along with any other team. What surprised me is that the qualifying offer is $15.3 million for every eligible player. That seems pretty high.

    • wswins said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

      you’re not wrong

    • twinfan1 said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

      “The value of the qualifying offer changes from year to year and is determined by averaging the top 125 player salaries from the previous season. That value is set at $15.3 million for this offseason”

  14. twinfan1 said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Baseball Prospectus on the Giants’ FAs ( R.J. Anderson and “Randy” are the voters. Randy is( I dunno, some machine or something) . Randy is the second of the two predictions.

    *Pablo is rated 2nd among postion players, 5th overall. ( behind Hanley )- Giants/Rockies

    *Morse- rated 24th. BP Prediction: Giants/Rangers

    * Romo–rated 30th. Giants/Rangers

    *Peavy- 33rd. Cubs/Jays

    Other FA’s picked to land here:

    *Headley-10th. Yankees/Giants

    * Jason Hammel- 34th. Giants/Marlins


    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Great line in there.

      ‘What teams will have to ask themselves is just how will the pudgy Sandoval age? He’s tied for the heaviest player to appear in 700 or more games at third base, and the other guy was Scott Rolen, who was a full five inches taller.’

  15. dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Twin, Regarding nobody having accepted the QO. I had seen that too. Cuddyer was offered this year and may be the first.

  16. willedav said, on November 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Reg season Giants rankings for offense in NL:
    Runs 5th
    HRs 7th
    BA 4th
    OB 7th
    Slug 6th

    Those are all middle of pack, and as Twin pointed out with short seasons from Pagan Belt and Panik (also Susac). I don’t think offense is problem or area of concern. There were spikes, sure, but neither Pence nor Sandoval started or ended hot either. While Morse started hot, Blanco hit .225 first half and then rebounded to hit .300 in second half. Slumps are gonna happen to all.

    For all the talk of Posey wearing down behind the plate, his 2 best months of season were August and Sept./Oct.
    He hit .354 in second half, .336 in August and .393 Sept./Oct. His Sept. OPS was over 1,000 with .607 slugging and August was .951 OPS and .579 slugging.

    I know the stats on him playing 1b, and maybe that helped while Belt was out and Susac was at C.
    But he caught the whole post season and I don’t see that changing. Susac has only had 100 ABs and I don’t see him taking over the position…yet. Let him be a back up and learn the pitching staff some more.

  17. salty said, on November 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

    There are limits of course with Sandival. Some AL team will be willing to go more years because of the DH.
    If youre rhe G’s, would you give Pablo 6/110? 7/130?
    I’m sure many Cardinal fans said pay Pujols whatever, there is no one who can replace him. Ditto Yankees with Cano.

    Would like to to see him back, but with his declining OPS the last 3 yrs, AND Sabean’s track record with giving out generous reward points to guys who had post season success, I’m skeptical.. Pagan Scutaro Cain …Huff Lincecum

  18. Flavor said, on November 4, 2014 at 11:51 am

    the value of the qualifying offer, to me, is the draft pick we get if the player bails. You can’t underestimate the value of that.

    • zumiee said, on November 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      I could be wrong, but isn’t that how the Cardinals got the draft pick that turned into Wacha; from Pujols signing with the Angels?

  19. zumiee said, on November 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Dodger fans’ despair is continuing into their rosterbation:

    Anything about rosters I should care about?

    by Hollywood Joe on Nov 4, 2014 | 11:31 AM ↩reply


    by berkowit28 on Nov 4, 2014 | 11:33 AM up ↩reply

    we signed someone who may or may not be better than Miguel rojas

    by kinbote on Nov 4, 2014 | 11:34 AM up ↩reply

    …who was injured for all last season, so nobody knows.

    by berkowit28 on Nov 4, 2014 | 11:39 AM up ↩reply

    • willedav said, on November 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Zum, I think all those you have posted are f-ing hilarious.
      As to those guys Flav ran into, the response I’m gonna have to anyone who says anything like *f-ing Giants* is, “Uh, that’s World Series CHAMPION San Francisco Giants.”
      Followed by the conversation ending *3 in 5*.

      • zumiee said, on November 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

        “3 in 5.” It’s an awesome catch-phrase. The rest of the baseball world has no answer for it, other than some Yankee fans, and they’re not feeling too great about their team these days.

      • giants54 said, on November 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

        Dodgers equivalent to the splash. Not the brightest bunch.

      • James said, on November 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        Looks like the Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness blog is no more. Several cuts above . . . .

  20. pawliekokonuts said, on November 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Tre-mendous HAS to be a Giants fan now, if only cosmetically. That ain’t right to be inserted into history like that, like Zelig. But more power to him. That’s just wild. I just watched the clip of Bumgarner on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He acquitted himself fine.

  21. unca_chuck said, on November 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Not quite as good as the others, but I hadn’t heard the radio side of the last inning . . .

    • Flavor said, on November 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      epic. I love how Blanco runs into right field after he misplays that ball.

      • unca_chuck said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm

        Yeah, too funny, It was worth it just to see how they played that. I’d hope that this was done by some Nintendo game engineer who happens to be a Giants fan

    • Flavor said, on November 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      lol, who has the time and the creativity to come up with this shit? If you’re this creative you should have a job that pays you to be this creative.

  22. gianthead said, on November 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    That is just not right…

  23. Flavor said, on November 4, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    After you win 3 in 5, the freaking gold glove awards are about the most hollow thing ever. Enjoy the “soft”ware dudes, we’ll enjoy the “hard”ware…….

  24. Nipper said, on November 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Just pay the man and then pay him a bit more. Be prepared to eat the final years as a goodwill gesture to a real Giants contract! I hope it has a weight clause because promises mean nothing.

  25. Flavor said, on November 4, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Sending this tweet to the “Dudes Who Don’t Get It” file:

    Adrian Gonzalez said #SFGiants winning the World Series “makes me feel like we were a great team” because #Dodgers won NL West.

    • snarkk said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      I guess some guys need to rationalize any way they can…

  26. DJLoo said, on November 4, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I still think you can get away with saying 3 in 4 years.
    Technically that is accurate.
    (Nov. 1, 2010 through Oct 28, 2014 is actually just under 4 full years…

    • DJLoo said, on November 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Make that Oct, 29, 2014, same difference…

  27. DJLoo said, on November 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    3 in 4 DAMMMIT!!!

    • Flavor said, on November 4, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      I’m down with almost everything you say but not this. lqtm.

  28. wilcojoe said, on November 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    These post season awards are a joke. The fact that they vote before the playoffs begin, is a farce. Bochy, who has never won the award with the Giants has zero chance this year. A future Hall of Fame manager, with three titles in five (or four if you go by Loo’s math) years but no skipper of the year harware, is all the evidence one needs to change the voting deadline.

    • Flavor said, on November 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Agreed, it is so stupid. But this is THEIR TIME! All the individual shit for the guys who didn’t win anything this year. If they didn’t have that and the 25K bonuses that go along with these *great* awards, what would they have? Money, whores and fame? Hey, sometimes you need a little more, right? We got “a little more”…. bitches.

    • unca_chuck said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Bochy didn’t get MOY in 2010?

  29. snarkk said, on November 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Bingo, to Oracle’s 10:25. The laugher is the incessant ads on radio and on the Internet saying to vote NO on Prop 45, to stop the “special interests” from controlling “one politician” in Sacramento that will allegedly screw with our health insurance coverages. Blue Shield, Anthem Blue Cross and other health insurers are sponsoring the millions of dollars on the NO ad campaign — they certainly aren’t “special interests”, are they? Why would they spend enormous sums to defeat this? Because the proposal extends the power of the state insurance commissioner to not only regulate auto and property/casulaty insurance rates, but also to small group and individual health insurance rates. Oh, the gouging ends. So, the “special interests” attacked in the radio ads are small businesses and self employed getting hosed by these health insurers. The auto and property/casualty insurance companies used the same scare tactics/lies back 20+ years ago when prop 103 was passed to allow the state insurance commissioner to regulate those insurance rates. It’s worked pretty well since then…

  30. unca_chuck said, on November 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Right. I just look at the small print of who is sponsoring these ads. A pretty easy way to see what to vote for. Or against.

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