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Closing the Book on Scoots

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 29, 2015

Designated on January 21st, March Scutaro was officially released yesterday. He is unlikely to sign with another team. I won’t say “sad end” because he got paid in spades after what he did for us in 2012. But I will say “disappointing ending” to yet another 2nd baseman for the Giants who have 2-baggers disappear the same way Spinal Tap loses drummers……

Joe Panik, please look both ways, a couple of times, before crossing streets today….



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  1. blade3colorado said, on January 29, 2015 at 6:43 am

    . . . and stay off the space shuttle!

  2. blade3colorado said, on January 29, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Marlins management/ownership flies 18 hours to Japan to announce 1 year signing of Ichiro. One word – classy.

    • Bozo said, on January 29, 2015 at 6:58 am

      i gotta say Blade, I think you are the very first person to ever use the word “classy” when discussing the Marlins ownership.

      • blade3colorado said, on January 29, 2015 at 7:06 am

        Yeah, they haven’t done much, if anything, in the past to deserve that word. Ichiro is one of my favorite players to ever play the game. Sad to see him being used as a 4th outfielder, but I am happy the Marlins are showing him respect.

      • Bozo said, on January 29, 2015 at 7:58 am

        Yes it was a nice gesture on their part and it had to be cool for Ichiro, a star in both Japan and the States.

  3. eddacker said, on January 29, 2015 at 7:01 am

    One great rain-soaked moment that was full of so many emotions and will live in our minds forever. Not to mention a fantastic batting streak that just would not quit. Our loss is Panik’s gain. March 3 a day that will be.

  4. willedav said, on January 29, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Professional hitter, fun to watch. Master at taking pitches and hitting behind runner with 2 strikes.

    But you can’t deny what James alluded to in post couple threads ago–certain amount of luck to Giants success, such as.
    Scut enjoying best couple months of maybe his whole career in Giants uniform.

  5. unca_chuck said, on January 29, 2015 at 7:58 am

    It sure if yer aware, Flav, but the spinal tap drummer problem is based on the grateful dead’s loss of just about every keyboardist they ever had. 4 in total died early.

    There’s your grateful dead fact of the day.

  6. Bozo said, on January 29, 2015 at 8:19 am

    And, what a parade of second basemen it has been in the last some odd years. Arias, Adrianza, Duffy, Hicks, Uggla, Noonan, Abreu, Theriot, Burriss, Keppinger, Downs, Velez, Durham, Marco, Freddy and Panik. I’ve probably missed four or five.
    That must be why Panik has been on the trophy tour, protection.

    • Flavor said, on January 29, 2015 at 9:11 am

      that’s an awfully impressive rundown off the top of your head.

      • Bozo said, on January 29, 2015 at 9:19 am

        I cheated a bit (I had completely forgotten about Downs), and I still think I must have missed some.

  7. gianthead said, on January 29, 2015 at 8:33 am

    It used to be our right-fielders that was always changing for about three decades from Candy to Kevin Bass To Reg fie Sanders and on and on (who played right in the late 70s and early 80s???). But Pence finally has locked that down for what will be hopefully close to a decade and now hopefully Panik will have 2nd base locked up for the next 15 years.

    • gianthead said, on January 29, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Now left-field will be our annual revolving door. Any word on Yoan Moncado? I hope he is our long term solution at third…

      • blade3colorado said, on January 29, 2015 at 8:53 am

        No, but Fidel Castro is thinking about making a comeback and Sabes is monitoring.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on January 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        that is a boss picture, all politics or totalitarianism or whathaveyou aside

  8. giants54 said, on January 29, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Dodgers since Lopes Sax days have had Randolph, Samuel, Reed, harris, deshields guerrero grudzeilanek young cora Kent Hudson Dewitt Carroll ellis Gordon and now Kendrick. And those are just the starters.

  9. pawliekokonuts said, on January 29, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Great, great stuff here. Scutaro, we hardly knew ya.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on January 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Now I’m thinking that is a photo of him on the back of the coffee table book “Champions Together.” Or Javier Lopez. It still puzzles me. Help. Someone, help.

      • Bozo said, on January 29, 2015 at 11:14 am

        Pawlie, I don’t have the book but is this photo of Ishi the one you’re asking about?

      • pawliekokonuts said, on January 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm

        Yes! Mystery solved. Ishi? How was I stumped? Thanks, Clown.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on January 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

        brilliant detective work

      • Bozo said, on January 29, 2015 at 1:27 pm

        No problem, Mr. K. It is a cool image.

  10. Irish Kevin said, on January 29, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Good bye Mr Scutaro, thanks for helping the Giants win a WS. Thank you for suckering the Giants out of two years of pay that you didn’t do anything to earn.

    • Flavor said, on January 29, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      it was 3 years. They paid him 6.6 mil for 2015 and he’s free to sign with another team.

  11. Alleykat said, on January 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Couple more 2B for the list
    Mike Fotenot (sp) and our 1 game gamer Aubrey Huff!!

    • Bozo said, on January 29, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Yeah you right kat. How could I forget the other Rajun Cajun, Mike Fontenot? Tejada and Rent may have played a few games at 2B but I just can’t remember. Hopefully, Panik nails the position down for awhile so we only have to pay attention to the revolving door in Left.

  12. paulinasia said, on January 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Opinions about Freddy here on the Flap varied, but I loved the guy, and he was extremely instrumental to winning it all in 2010. Can’t remember which game of the Series it was, maybe game 4? He was flying all over the field making plays. Plus his 3 doubles in game 1, if I remember correctly, first time someone had done that in their first Series game. Obviously Scoots was beyond instrumental in 2012. Even though it turned out those 2 weren’t around much, they were huge. I begrudge them not one bit of what they got paid.

    • Flavor said, on January 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      agreed. I’m happy they got paid, they deserved it. It’s just a bummer that they disappeared so immediately and totally…..

    • paulinasia said, on January 29, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Yes, they did disappear immediately and totally. Actually, I take the “glass half full” viewpoint of that: they were good soldiers who were nearing the end (Freddy knew it… not sure Scoots did) and they gave it their all to help the team win it before they…… disappeared immediately and totally….

  13. pawliekokonuts said, on January 29, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Some SABR person must come up with an algorithim on what SF has done for its WS hero types. IDK, call it The Huff Rule or something. Because whatever the ROIpostWS ratio it is, we set the bar. yoikes.

    Did Fidel play with those boots on, and the wristwatch too? I have to chuckle. I played softball until, who knows, 15 years ago, when I pulled a hamstring running to first, and in dire pain crabwalked the last yards to first with my own teammates, and opponents, rolling on and off the field laughing (ROAOTFL). Point is, they always mocked my attire: jeans or maybe khakis, sneakers, old mitt, Giants hat. Never had the gear you jocks specialize in. I was a laughingstock. Who cares.

  14. pawliekokonuts said, on January 29, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Are you ready for this? Guess how many complete games (CGs) mega-contract-man Max Scherzer has pitched in his seven years as a Major League pitcher? That would be 1. As in o-n-e. Don’t tell Warren Spahn (383), Robin Roberts (305), Gaylord Perry (303), Bob Gibson (255), Steve Carlton(254) et al. Those are complete games, not wins. 1 for Max. One. Nats are sure going to have a tired BP.

  15. ewisco said, on January 29, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    had the MLB network on while cleaning up after dinner. the subject is making the game go faster and be more appealing. obviously when you work on the leagues channel you can’t mention the most ridiculous waste of time: commercials. limit the commercials between innings. i’m pretty sure they didn’t have that issue in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s. 50’s and 60’s. also limit the batter out of the box adjusting god knows what. but NNNNOOOO. they want the pitcher to work faster. they’re not stupid but boy is my patience being tested. and while we’re speeding up the game and making it more enjoyable, because god knows that mr and mrs america don’t want to waste time at a baseball game, turn the fucking music DOWN!! it drives me nuts that i can’t talk to the person next to me between innings because the tricking idiots who run the sound system, who i’m convinced are all deaf (how can they not be? they listen to really loud shit ALL THE TIME!), think it’s just great. why is it that all this crap creeps in and what they want to change is the defensive positioning and the time between pitches? let’s not talk about the ridiculous strike zones that vary from ump to ump. ARRRGHHH!!!

    • pawliekokonuts said, on January 29, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      well said

  16. twinfan1 said, on January 29, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I applied to the Addiction Center but they say that Silliness is not an addiction, it’s a life choice, so here goes:

    Posey- can he take OF throws closer than 10 feet away from the plate?

    Belt- now a teen age Giraffe – favorite restaurant is now Round Table

    Panik- the book says 1500 at bats and we’ll know if he’s for real. Not really. I’ve read the book and the Butler did it.

    Crawdad- One of the better .246 hitters around .Tied with Pence for 2nd best BWARP on the team, UH-OH Pardon me. I feel a BWARP coming on…ah, that’s mo better..

    McGeeHeeHaw -We’ve had worse

    Aoki- runs better than the last horse I bet on.

    Pagan-the weather is great in the whirlpool

    Pence-the best lousy fielder in the game

    Susac- all the guys have a nickname- but I don’t see “Sussy” catching on

    Arias- dude won’t even walk his dog

    Duffy- I see a tavern when his playing days are over

    Adrianza- veddy veddy interesting

    Blanco-Mr. excitement- in the field and on the bases. It was all a misunderstanding- he thought that you never make the 4th out at 3rd base.

    Ishi- “Travis Takashi Ishikawa” and he doesn’t speak Japanese? that’s like John Smith and he doesn’t speak English..

    • DJLoo said, on January 29, 2015 at 8:32 pm


  17. zumiee said, on January 29, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    One of my favorite times of the year: the arrival of the baseball season preview magazines! I got Lindy’s Magazine today. They pick the Giants to make the playoffs; but the Nationals vs. the Red Sox in the World Series. Last year they picked the Dodgers vs. the Angels in the World Series, and we saw how well that prediction went. 🙂

    • wilcojoe said, on January 30, 2015 at 6:03 am

      Iam with ya Zum. Every year Since I was a kid, around the middle of January, I would make my way directly to the magazine aisle of the local grocery store. When I saw that first baseball preview magazine (My personal favorite used to be Street and Smith’s but now I gravitate more towards Athlon) I knew the season was almost here. It’s probably the only OCD like childish action that I continue to do to this day…My bathroom drawer that sits next to the toilet is full of baseball preview magazines. They get thrown out only when a new season begins.

  18. zumiee said, on January 29, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Today’s Puig gif:

    • James said, on January 29, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Puig’s Clouseau-like gift for physical comedy may be more profound than his baseball talent.

    • Flavor said, on January 30, 2015 at 6:09 am

      thanks for continuing to do this. These are epic

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