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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 18, 2015

I find it hilariously ironic that The White Shark gets paid NOW (2years/7.5 mil) a day after he gets bounced to the bench. Anyone else think that’s funny?

I’m fine with keeping him around, he is serviceable and, if anything, appears to be a good luck charm. I’d rather have Aoki starting just in the hopes that he recaptures some production from 2012 but basically they’re 2 dudes of the same ilk combining to produce a fairly underwhelming starting outfielder….

Sorry I’ve been MIA, my daughter has risen to the club volleyball level and that means lots of driving and lots of volleyball all weekend long. I almost got in a fight with a family from a Samoan team from The City today. Didn’t start it, obviously……

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  1. Flavor said, on January 18, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    and because I am assuming the last part of this blog post is yearning for closure I’ll just say this: It was the finals, we were getting killed and I took issue with a couple of dudes who openly called our 12 year old girls “Palo Alto pussies”. I told them to shut the fuck up, more words were spoken, distance between us closed and the only thing that stopped me from blasting them (and probably getting destroyed) was that the ref intervened and kicked them out of the pavilion….

  2. Raymond said, on January 18, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Flav – Aoki will be more than serviceable. He hits consistently 40 points above Blanco, whom I love on the team…and he’s a 353 on base. not shabby at all. would like to see another pitcher even if they resign Vogy

  3. zumiee said, on January 18, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    That’s cool for Blanco. He’s made some big contributions along the way. And there’s no telling how many games Pagan will play this season. The Giants would probably be thrilled with 140 games from Pagan during the regular season, and in good health for the playoffs. Blanco will battle Aoki for playing time in leftfield. That should be a riveting battle. ๐Ÿ™‚
    —-
    I’m not a gambler, but that was easy money for gamblers taking New England today. That had blow-out written all over it.

  4. zumiee said, on January 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I detest the Seahawks and the Patriots, but it’s actually a pretty interesting match-up.

    • Flavor said, on January 18, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      The “You Mad Bro?” Bowl. I’m in. Excellent narrative up and down the contest…..

  5. twinfan1 said, on January 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Blanco is more than serviceable, he’s one of the more valuable players on the team- if one thinks of him as like a position player Petit, you’d be close.

    • Alleykat said, on January 18, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Agree Michael,
      Any player like Blanco& Petit are very serviceable for the roles they play.
      Blanco all 3 OF positions when needed, and Petit durable arm for long relief, spot starter, innings eater for a taxing BP always a plus!
      Their roles are sometimes under appreciated, but over the long haul quite valuable..

      • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:10 pm

        Blanco does not and cannot play RF. Arm not good enough…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on January 18, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      that is a brilliant way to put it, Mike

  6. pawliekokonuts said, on January 18, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Twitter blowing up with the rumor that Nats will sign Scherzer and trade Jordan Zimmerman.

  7. paulinasia said, on January 18, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    So it’s an I-90 Super Bowl. I’ve driven that highway from start to finish (from downtown Boston to downtown Seattle), also I-80 from the George Washington Bridge to you-know-where. Really dislike Seattle and my Boston years make me a quasi-Pats fan; I know ya’ll don’t want to see Brady tie Montana for SB wins, but hey, he’s a San Mateo boy! On paper, looks like a very good Super Bowl. Of course, that’s what I thought last year, too… Oh, and Zimmerman from the Nats would be most welcome, IMO.

  8. DJLoo said, on January 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I’ll always love Blanco, but he might have been a 3rd base coach’s decision from living in Buckner infamy…

    • zumiee said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Is baseball a great game or what? Aoki was a bench coach’s decision away from being a World Series hero. In Game 7 he hit that slice shot down the leftfield line that would have scored the tying run off of Bumgarner, but the Giants had positioned Perez near the line, and he snagged it for an out. Had the game gotten tied 3-3, then maybe Bum doesn’t pitch the rest of the way, and who knows what happens? I’m glad we don’t have to go through that sliding door of alternate history. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. willedav said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Blanco and Aoki…yawn. Barring an injury neither belong hitting higher than 7-8 in the LU.
    The value lies in the fact there isn’t anyone better in the org and hasn’t been since Torres last good season…this is more an indictment of Giants farm system inability to produce a quality OF than anything else.

    My anybody but seahawks options are down to 1. I can’t even watch SB, just like last year.

    • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Spot on willied. The Giants history under Sabes of OFer development is a sordid tale. Erections over the re-signing of Blanco are pulsed by baseball Viagra…

      • willedav said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm

        Sabes has had to go out and get every decent OF during 3 in 5 era–back to Ross Burrell Pagan and Pence.
        Best Giants farm system could produce was Nate, Pill, Bowker and Kieschnick.

      • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm

        Yep. Put Blanco and Aoki together and you have an $8 million defensive LFer that can run, decent OBP, with no pop…

  10. willedav said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Flav, as your daughter is multi sport athlete, just be careful club V-ball allows her to keep doing that.

    My Asian league b-ball teams practices Saturdays and plays Sundays; most kids on the team also play for their school teams right now for a couple more weeks so that’s b-ball 6 days a week. Mom today told me before game her 7th grade daughter has been icing a knee during the week.
    Few of these will also play for the Asian club teams that will start up March/April once our season ends…which is too much one sport imo at middle school age. I just don’t think the year round specialization in one sport is healthy, mentally or physically.

  11. zumiee said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Sabean’s response to any Giants fans’s criticism this season: ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. paulinasia said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I’m going to be optimistic and predict that Aoki will have himself a nice season, specifically a high OBP. There might be no rational reason for me to expect him to reverse his downward trending, but what the hell. And I do still highly appreciate Blanco and the role he has played and will continue to play. G’s will be fine if, as others have said here, the likes of Pence Posey Panik and Belt have good offensive years. If anybody falls into Huff mode, well, then there will be problems….

    • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      I appreciate Blanco’s contributions over the past coupla years, mostly defensive.
      But, honestly, I’m tired of the dude. Now, I’ve got two more seasons of railing against his refusal to use his natural speed to get on base. Crap, the guy has a lifetime .688 OPS, including a dogmeat .344 SLG. He’s a 5th OFer, not a 4th or a starter, if on a team with a decent outfield across all 3 positions…

    • paulinasia said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Well, I don’t think Sabean ever envisioned Blanco being an everyday OFer; 4th or 5th seems to have been the plan. Melky’s disappearance and lingering injuries to Pagan and Morse sort of forced the issue. Will Aoki be good enough to keep Blanco a 4th or 5th? We’ll see…..

  13. paulinasia said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    And I’m also kinda ok with the fact that Sabean HAS done a good job developing home-grown pitching (both starters and relievers) and infielders. Sheesh, that last World Series infield was ALL home-grown, catcher 1b 2b SS and 3b. If finding good OFers in the off-season is all Sabean ever really has to do, that ain’t bad.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 18, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Good post . . . My thoughts exactly. No idea how he gets criticized so much. Regarding the outfield, I could give a rat’s ass how they arrive in San Francisco . . . Melky, Beltran, Pence, Morse, Pagan???? Didn’t Sabes sign these guys? Weren’t we all singing their praises at one point (still do with Pence)?

  14. snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Nice to see blade with a post on the last thread. Blade must be taking a rest from more strenuous activities in Asia. His travels in Indo remind me of the movie “The Year of Living Dangerously”. In my top 20 all time. One of Mel Gibson’s better acting jobs, and a fantastic drama scene set with super music from Maurice Jarre and Vangelis. You feel like something big is about to happen the whole movie. Link to the movie trailer with music from Vangelis; highly recommended. http://tinyurl.com/lkje3pw

    • paulinasia said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      I’m meeting up with Steve tonight, his last night in Saigon. He says he’s had enough and is looking forward to resuming his boring life in the US (for awhile, anyway). (sorry, Steve, just paraphrasing….)… :-p

      • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        Enough of what? ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Hey, hope you guys blow the roof off on his last night…

      • blade3colorado said, on January 18, 2015 at 9:15 pm

        I’m running on fumes Snarkk . . . Thailand especially was . . . umm, exhausting (if you get my drift). ๐Ÿ™‚

      • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 9:21 pm

        You can regale me with tails of Asia when we see a game this Spring at ATT…

      • blade3colorado said, on January 18, 2015 at 9:39 pm

        Tom, it would blow your mind . . . However, Paul can confirm everything – as he has experienced everything under the sun here as well.

  15. Macdog said, on January 18, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Scherzer to Nats on 7-year deal, already hearing around $180M.

    • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Yeah, Scherzer, but look who’s got Blackley?!…

      • Alleykat said, on January 18, 2015 at 11:19 pm

        lol…Snarkk
        Just knowing we beat out 31 other teams for Travis Blackley services puts a ๐Ÿ˜„ on my face..

  16. snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Speaking of Vangelis, his work used to great effect in Bladerunner was stupendous.
    Love Them from Bladerunner is my favorite Vangelis tune, from one of my top 10 movies.
    Bladerunner and 2001, A Space Odyssey are neck and neck IMO for best sci fi film of all time. Back in the early ’80s, this was an example of “space music”, that used to be broadcast on Saturday or Sunday nights on a program called “Hearts of Space”. The final scene in Bladerunner with replicant Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) and Harrison Ford is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time. Fantastic. Bladerunner was at least a decade ahead of its time, probably more. This scene uses the Love Theme, with Ford and Sean Young — she was a nutjob off set, but smokin’ hot…

    • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      BTW, Ridley Scott, director of Bladerunner, is a badass director.
      Bladerunner, Alien, Gladiator, Thelma and Louise, Blackhawk Down, to name a few…

      • blade3colorado said, on January 18, 2015 at 10:12 pm

        Agree, he is one of the best. Too bad about his brother passing away last year (I think).

      • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 11:03 pm

        Yep, his younger brother. Unfortunate…

  17. zumiee said, on January 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Yeah, Blade Runner, one of the best films ever, science fiction or otherwise.
    The best science fiction, like the best art, deals with the question: What does it mean to be human?
    And Blade Runner goes head-on at that theme. In that film clip, the Sean Young character is coming to grips with the knowledge that she’s a replicant, and that her “lifetime” of memories are implants. So where does she go from there? And the Harrison Ford character is a lost soul, too, in his own way. He’s actually a human, but with a deadened soul, with less love of life than some of the replicants he’s been sent to terminate.
    The film was an improvement on the book it was based on, and the book is good. “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick, who’s an interesting author who had an erratic career. His good books are real interesting; his bad ones are mystifying. There’s been a lot of movies made of his novels and short stories.

    • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      I have not seen the Director’s Cut version. Ridley Scott apparently wanted to leave it hanging in the end whether Deckard was human, or a replicant himself…

      • zumiee said, on January 18, 2015 at 11:25 pm

        That was a mistake by Scott, so I choose to ignore that aspect of the Director’s Cut. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes the artist themself doesn’t totally understand their own work. The film is more powerful if Deckard is a human being who has to be shown how to be more human by the replicants, like the Rutger Hauer character’s act of mercy at the end, and his poignant last words to Deckard.

      • snarkk said, on January 18, 2015 at 11:32 pm

        There is that. But, one also could say that if Deckard were revealed to be a replicant, that would add interesting complications of why he would work for humans to exterminate his own kind, and put Batty’s merciful act in an even more confusing light. I’m going to have to get that cut and see the movie again. It never gets old for me. The sets decoration, art direction and production design are amazing, IMO, along with SpFX by Douglas Trumbull, who did 2001…


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