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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 28, 2015

This is the last back2back thread about comparing pre-2010 swag to post 2010 swag, I promise. On the right is a shirt I bought probably 15 years ago. No frills. Black. Name of team. Done. On the left is a shirt someone gave me for Christmas. Honestly, I wear the one on the right much more often.

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Regarding spring training, I think it’s clear from the last 2 threads that there ain’t much coming out of camp so far……

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  1. Lurker John said, on February 28, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I bought a bunch of stuff after each WS win, not knowing if I’d get the chance again, but I agree, today’s swag is way louder than it used to be. Except for the championship stuff, I tend to go in for the more basic logos. The Giants have always had among the best of team colors and logos so I stick to that stuff. Your tank top is about as basic as it gets. And you’ve nursed it along for 15 years.

    • Flavor said, on February 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Ha, it’s actually a shirt that I ripped the sleeves off somewhere along the way…

  2. snarkk said, on February 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

    When you’ve won 3 in 5, the swag needn’t shout from the mountaintop.
    The name and logo are quite enough the statement…

  3. Nipper said, on February 28, 2015 at 11:09 am

    A few weeks ago I bought a Giants World Series Champ sweatshirt at Costco but so far I haven’t worn it anywhere. I sit across someone at lunch who is an A’s fan and dislikes the Giants. I haven’t the nerve to get him riled up yet.

    • Flavor said, on February 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

      do you eat at the park? I’m imagining you having like a Forrest Gump-type lunch. Float your DH idea by the dude. It’ll soften him up a little before you lower the boom about being a Giants fan

      • Nipper said, on February 28, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        Good idea.

  4. xoot said, on February 28, 2015 at 11:41 am

    “Sharecroppin’s a hard life when a mule’s your only friend.”
    Blues by the Bay, KPFA. Don’t know who exactly (running errands), but I love a good mule metaphor. Words of wisdom. The next Giants WS may be 8 months away. See you there.

    • willedav said, on February 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      San Francisco Bay Blues version done by the late Richie Havens on his “Mixed Bag” LP (full of good songs) a great tune. Written by Jessie “Lone Cat” Fuller, one man band guy (I think).

  5. blade3colorado said, on February 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Timely thread Flavor . . . Recently, my cousin taught my Mom how to use Skype and now we can do video calls. Frickin’ amazing. However, I digress . . . My birthday recently occurred and she has cornered the market in Giants swag. She bought me a couple of long sleeve t-shirts and a hoodie, which she showed me during our Skype call. I am very particular about what I will wear, i.e., as Lurker John and Flavor indicated – I like my swag low key. For example, on Giants jackets (or any Sports jacket for that matter), I will not wear it if it has shit on the back. Simple logo on the front and maybe insignia on the sleeve. T-shirts have to be long sleeve, and again, I don’t want crap on the back. Stuff on the sleeves is ok. I prefer black predominantly, but I’m also down with orange T-shirts too (not in jackets though). I have one jersey from 2002, with the World Series insignia on the sleeve.

    Not baseball swag, but my brother gave me a classic waist length 49er jacket, with red and gold piping on the sleeves, waist, and collar, with the 49er insignia on the heart – after their first Super Bowl win. I wore that jacket all the time until he died in 1983, then I stopped wearing it. Afraid to damage it, so it just sits in the closet . . . Just looked at it and smiled, remembering my brother. 🙂

  6. DJLoo said, on February 28, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I’m with you guys. I don’t go in for the real gaudy stuff. I get enough double takes as it is…

  7. Nipper said, on February 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Query: What happens if one is siamese twin and one is a Giants fan and the other perhaps an A’s fan? The caps are easy but the jackets are going to be tough to handle. Perhaps odd and even days would do.

  8. blade3colorado said, on February 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Anyone else notice how NBA basketball games rarely start on time? Yet, football and baseball games always do . . . Sort of like George Carlin’s observation about escalators – the handrail always moves a bit faster or slower then the stairs.

  9. willedav said, on February 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Today is the b-day of Willie Bobo, latin percussionist stolen away from Tito Puente’s band in NYC by Cal Tjader. Along with Mongo Santamaria they recorded and played out here on West Coast, great stuff. Checked out way too soon at 49 in LA of cancer, back in ’80s.

    Santana covered his hit, “Fried Neckbones and Some Home Fries”, just a great tune with no words except title.

  10. Flavor said, on February 28, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    retro post of the day:
    DJLoo said, on May 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm (Edit)
    Where’s Joe Crede these days?

  11. Macdog said, on February 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I’ve got swag of some sort — hats, shirts, hoodies — from all three WS titles. I’ve got a WS hat for the latest one and I’ll wear it every chance I get between now and October because I want every Yanks and Mets fan around here to know who the champs are. A 3in5 shirt would really be cool.

    • Flavor said, on February 28, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      I’ve kicked around the idea of designing one with the Pence Fence logo on the front.

      • snarkk said, on February 28, 2015 at 7:21 pm

        let me know if you need help in that…

  12. snarkk said, on February 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    blade –
    saw your stuff about Dbacks game on Friday April 17.
    I dunno. I’m not sure I wanna sit upper deck LF nosebleed and freeze.
    At my age, I like a cheap Club level seat, then wander around during the game and view it, with beer and scotch opportunities as well as food in the Club Level. Ala Flapaloozas. Might be able to get club level seats cheap nearer the day of the game, I’m thinking around $35? on Stubhub for Club Level OF seats down the line. Tell me what you think. Other guys chime in, too, if interested on that date. At least Zito isn’t on the menu anymore…

    • blade3colorado said, on February 28, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Yeah, cheap isn’t always better. Nightmare thoughts of freezing my ass off at Candlestick woke me up. 🙂

      OK, here are my thoughts . . . Perhaps, it was a bit too ambitious for me to say Friday’s game, especially after my travel day on Thursday. How about Saturday? It’s unusual that it’s a night game (6pm start time). However, this way, no one hits the Friday rush hour traffic. Last, but not least, they are giving the first 40k fans replica WS rings. Anyone know what these are made of? Plastic like the Decoder rings in Fruit Loops? Some sort of metal alloy that turns my finger green and 12 months later they have to amputate it due to gangrene? Inquiring minds want to know . . .

      • blade3colorado said, on February 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm

        Same Saturday game is the Official Ring Ceremony.

      • snarkk said, on February 28, 2015 at 7:08 pm

        I wouldn’t mind that saturday game. Not sure what the stub hub landscape looks like the night before. Could be the last ring ceremony for quite a while…

      • Flavor said, on February 28, 2015 at 7:39 pm

        The ones they gave out the last time look and almost feel like the real deal. I tried on a ring my friend got at the last one. Ha, “the last one.” Pretty soon this is going to get to hard to keep track of. That’s something the Dodgers and A’s fans don’t have to deal with unless they’re having trouble with their long term memory……

      • blade3colorado said, on February 28, 2015 at 7:42 pm

        Cool. I want one of those babies then.

  13. blade3colorado said, on February 28, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Well, I am down with that game. Let’s keep it in mind.

  14. blade3colorado said, on February 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Dodgers also in town the following week. Damn, I would love to meet up with ODB or OBD or whatever the fuck that troll’s name is. LOL

    • Flavor said, on February 28, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      he’s usually in my spam filter but here’s one of his less offensive recent posts:
      ODB
      166.216.157.45 Cleared by Akismet
      Submitted on 2015/02/27 at 4:12 pm
      I have a cup from the 1987 season

      Not Spam | History | Delete Permanently

      • blade3colorado said, on February 28, 2015 at 7:45 pm

        I don’t even get that comment???? Giants won the division, but lost to St. Louis in 7 games during the Championship series. His frickin’ Dodgers 4th or 5th. Meh.

      • Flavor said, on February 28, 2015 at 7:47 pm

        ODB is a giants fan. He’s just fucking insane.

  15. Flavor said, on February 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    and here’s one from him the day b4. If he wasn’t such an *old dirty bastard* there could probably be a place for him here at the flap
    ODB
    107.77.75.32 Cleared by Akismet
    Submitted on 2015/02/26 at 8:29 pm | In reply to Flavor.
    You carve out a smooth hole in a slab of spam and it works just like an asshole

    Not Spam | History | Delete Permanently

    • DJLoo said, on February 28, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Outstanding!

  16. snarkk said, on February 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I dunno about you dudes, but I think Bochy looks like he needs some rest.
    WT hell? Wotus can run this camp in his sleep. http://www.csnbayarea.com/giants/giants-spring-training-day-11-cain-debut-pushed-back
    Bochy should take a few days off and get some R&R…

  17. blade3colorado said, on March 1, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Sad to hear about Anthony Mason’s death at 48. One of my favorite BB players in the ’90s. Ferocious player who didn’t take shit from anyone. RIP Mase . . .

  18. unca_chuck said, on March 1, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Damn,Kearsey was 53, Now Mason? B-ballers weren’t ever the ones to die early.

  19. unca_chuck said, on March 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I had to buy the $5.00 “We Own the Series” shirt, I walked psst the guy every day. Have random stuff over the years. Oldest shirt is the Forty Fucking Niners tshirt I bought in 1978.

  20. stickman said, on March 1, 2015 at 11:06 am

    RIP: Minnie Minoso. It’s tough to lose those heros of my childhood fandom years. Probably still have some of his baseball cards. Minoso was a credit to the game.

  21. snarkk said, on March 1, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I’m late, but a big LLAP to all in remembrance of Leonard Nimoy.

    To say he played an iconic role in Spock is an understatement. But, it went beyond TV fame. He wore it well, and used it to his and the world’s general good advantage over the years. Good for him. I remember watching the series on its first run. It was strange, and exciting, and altogether novel, to a kid living in the mid ’60s. I won’t go over the social ground it covered in a turbulent time, that’s public knowledge, but wasn’t obvious to me as a kid at the time. I do remember I thought the short mini-skirted unis worn by the women “yeomans” were beyond awesome. Some now consider it hokey, but we’ve got to remember the time — this series was well before digital effects and started several years before 2001 was released by Kubrick in ’68, and a decade before Star Wars in ’77. The only other TV show I can remember that jolted me that much, just by the look and feel, was Miami Vice; but not nearly as big an impact, obviously. The episode ” City on the Edge of Forever” by Harlan Ellison and others is regularly rated in the top 50 episodes of all time on American TV. Good on ya, Leonard. I hope you’re at Warp 10 heading to some exotic corner of the universe, or the next dimension…

  22. zumiee said, on March 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    My answer to the question of understated Giants shirts and other swag vs. gaudy flashy championship stuff is…..BOTH!!! 🙂

  23. zumiee said, on March 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    This beautiful game we love:

    “Baseball is a game of mathematical exactitude. The 90-foot distance between home plate and first base makes virtually every infield out a close play. That distance was set almost at the dawn of the game of baseball and has remained constant ever since, despite the fact that players have gotten bigger and stronger and, presumably, faster. The distance of 90 feet between the bases is still ideal, providing no advantage to either the offense or the defense. In contrast, the distance between the pitcher’s rubber and home plate has been adjusted a number of times, starting out at 45 feet in 1879, moving back to 51 feet in 1881, and then to the present distance of 60 feet, six inches in 1893.
    There is no time limit in baseball, which makes it unique among American games; only English cricket has a similar feature. Theoretically, the playing field for a baseball game is infinitely large with the foul lines extending outward without limit. Only the creation of artificial fences in the outfield restricts the size of the playing field, and many of us can remember baseball games played in open fields where a ball hit past an outfielder was almost certainly a home run as it rolled and rolled until gravity and friction brought it to a stop.”
    -James Baehler

    • blade3colorado said, on March 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Zum, did you see snarkk’s message regarding the Snake game? Leaning toward the game on Saturday instead. Does that work for you?

    • pawliekokonuts said, on March 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      I like it, zumieee. That’s why I say the efforts to speed up the game are fully misguided. They’re messing with the game — a game they don’t understand.

  24. gianthead said, on March 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I broke down after the 2012 Series and got me a Cain jersey but I think I have worn it once. I am a Giants hat wearing fan and that is good with me…

    • wilcojoe said, on March 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Same here. I can’t recall ever wearing anything more than a Giants cap outside of the house. The wife got me one of those replica world series jerseys with Pence on the back for Christmas. I will wear that when the Giants return to Houston this year, but then it’s likely to return to the closet. That’s not to say I don’t have Giants shirts, they just only get worn at home or occassaionly the gym.

  25. pawliekokonuts said, on March 1, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I just got a GOLDEN EIGHT sweatshirt. Maybe it’s gaudy but I like it because it lists all eight championship years.

  26. pawliekokonuts said, on March 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Minnie Minoso. Man, my brothers and I — and everyone else — loved to imitate his batting stance.

  27. pawliekokonuts said, on March 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I’m running for the school board. I gave my pitch today to the 17th Ward Democrats as one of 13 candidates vying for four spots. Anyway, I got talking with one of the other candidates, Rita Paniagua. Somehow we quickly started talking about baseball in Puerto Rico. I mentioned the Giants’ strong presence there over the years, etc. WELL, her father runs or owns (or something) the Santurce Crabbers. Holy mackerel. That opened the floodgates. The Giants’ Ruben Gomez played there. Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays did in 1954-55. She grew up knowing future major leaguers. Is friends with Vera Clemente and her kids. I mentioned Orlando Cepeda. Sure. It was a very cool conversation.

    • zumiee said, on March 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Very cool!
      And all the best on your candidacy!

      • pawliekokonuts said, on March 1, 2015 at 5:52 pm

        thanks….long way to go….several said today they would primary — a rarity

  28. zumiee said, on March 1, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    “Zum, did you see snarkk’s message regarding the Snake game? Leaning toward the game on Saturday instead. Does that work for you?”

    Yes, that one’s good, also.

  29. zumiee said, on March 1, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    “I just got a GOLDEN EIGHT sweatshirt.”

    I was thinking the other day how the “3 in 5” hand signals in the photos also make “3 + 5 = 8” hand signals. It has a cool symmetry to it.

  30. zumiee said, on March 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    To add a little to Snarkk’s thoughts on Star Trek, I would also say some of the appeal of the show to viewers over the years is the show’s optimism. In the show, humans have figured out inter-stellar space flight, and have the notion of exploring the frontiers of space for the sheer expansion of knowledge and understanding. It’s a real positive view of the human spirit that has a strong appeal to a lot of people.

    • Flavor said, on March 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      I was a kid when I started watching Star Trek and by then it was in reruns. But I loved it. Every episode. All of the characters. As each one has passed I’ve been sad. Scotty. Bones. Now Spock. The movies were great, too.

    • blade3colorado said, on March 1, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      I liked the mini skirt uniforms . . . Especially, Uhura (first black lady I fell in love with). 🙂

  31. zumiee said, on March 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Not Timmy and Buster’s finest moment:

    • wilcojoe said, on March 1, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      That’s awesome!

    • Flavor said, on March 1, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      that’s hilarious

    • Alleykat said, on March 1, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Sure that ump was not to thrilled either with both of them..

  32. unca_chuck said, on March 2, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I always liked the blonde with the hair that was weaved to look like the basket of an OFer’s mitt


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