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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 3, 2015

It is time. The defense of our great crown starts today. Bumgarner will pitch the first inning. The last time he pitched an inning? That wen’t pretty well….

Our REAL defense of our great crown starts April 6th in Arizona. The Giants don’t even play a home regular season game until April 13th.

But if you’re in the mood for a lazy day listening to the sweet sounds of John Miller and Kuip, tune into KNBR today. This week the game will be on radio today, tomorrow and Sat/Sun.

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  1. blade3colorado said, on March 3, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Off topic regarding the Warriors (from last thread) . . . Not only back to back, but it seems like they have been on the road forever. They did very well on this stretch of road games, considering that 10 of the last 11 they were hoofing it to other cities not named Oakland.

  2. blade3colorado said, on March 3, 2015 at 7:05 am

    I think MLB is carrying a free game on the tube as well.

  3. blade3colorado said, on March 3, 2015 at 7:25 am

    PaulinAsia is making his U.S.A. tour and I think he is soaking up some rays in Sonoma/Napa county as we speak. Probably glad to be released from the “freezer” (otherwise known as New Jersey).

    Here? We are expecting another 5 inches at least this afternoon. Ha.

  4. Bozo said, on March 3, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Most of the winter I was trying to talk myself into becoming less invested in the Giants and baseball this year. Spent less time on the Flap, less time with another group I chat with, less time reading about off season moves etc. So I get my renewal for MLB TV and I go oK, it is only $109 and I am out of market so I can pretty much watch every game, what the heck. Then I see I can upgrade to the Premium thing for an additional 20 bucks, so I say fuck it, and get it (I don’t even know what I get extra yet). I had already started planning on a trip to DC for the Giants series, and today I started to think about my Opening Day festivities out here in the land of stumps. April 13, Rocks, grill up some OD Polishes, ice up some Sierras, same routine since I moved here. I go and check out where they start on the road, AZ sounds good, wait…Their OD is a 7:10 PT start, what? You shits, its called opening DAY you fucking desert Sidewinders. What, your fans can’t go from the AC in their cars to the AC in your park?
    So I’m fuming about this when I realize, investment is now back to 100%. Go Giants.

    • willedav said, on March 3, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Yeah that’s f-ed up.
      All props to east coast guys, dunno how you follow things so closely.
      I can barely stay awake for some of the night games during the week and I live here.

      In the story in Chron today on Ehire, it’s right there in the second sentence:
      “Adrianza should be in the thick of the hunt (‘fierce fight for a small number of bench jobs’) for several reasons. He is out of minor league options…”
      Also says bochy would like to rest Crawford more, he plays a good D SS and can switch hit. And played well in winter league.
      Like all these guys, just remains to be seen whether he can hit ml pitching.

    • Lurker John said, on March 3, 2015 at 8:29 am

      “You shits, its called opening DAY you fucking desert Sidewinders. What, your fans can’t go from the AC in their cars to the AC in your park?
      So I’m fuming about this when I realize, investment is now back to 100%. Go Giants.”

      LOL! Where you at, Bozo, back east? I’m seriously going to have to consider the MLB ticket thing this year. One game a month ain’t cutting it, and you know goddamn well ESPN ain’t going to show the freakin’ world champions on TV when they can show the YANKEES. Who’d want to see the WS champs?!

      • Bozo said, on March 3, 2015 at 8:45 am

        Yeah John, I moved from SF to a small fishing village on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. A 100 bucks for the MLB package has been worth it for me, the West Coast night games can be tough for me but I can also cheat and watch the game when I get up in the morning. Being able to watch games or highlights going back 5 years (I think) is also pretty cool.
        Like I said, it works for me.

    • eddacker said, on March 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Glad to hear you are BACK. Welcome, its an adorable bitch, isn’t it?

    • chipower9 said, on March 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Glad you reconsidered and are “all in” John. The Flap just would not be the same without the Clown on board regularly.

      And I do feel for you fans on the right coast. As WillieD alluded, I too have trouble staying awake for some games, and I am in CA.

  5. chipower9 said, on March 3, 2015 at 7:56 am

    So looking forward to hearing the sounds of a baseball game waft over the airwaves. I believe Saturday’s game is also on the boob-tube.

  6. willedav said, on March 3, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Sad to hear of death of Orrin Keepnews, who produced a lot of quality jazz for small labels for many years and used Bay Area as base of operations.
    Often best work of an individual artist (imo) such as Monk or Cannonball Adderley, was done for his Riverside label before they became more widely acclaimed.
    He was interviewed extensively for a Monk bio DVD I have and was candid and quite interesting, and you could see the love and respect he had for the talents and eccentricities of jazz musicians.

    • Bozo said, on March 3, 2015 at 8:26 am

      One day shy of his 92nd birthday. Here is a clip of Orrin being interviewed about producing Freedom Suite with Sonny and Max. Pretty cool stuff.
      RIP Mr. Keepnews

      • willedav said, on March 3, 2015 at 9:58 am

        Thanks, man very cool.
        In “Straight no Chaser” (good words to live by) bio of Monk there is a scene where he is letting Teo Macero of Columbia have it during a recording session where the band is playing a tune but not being taped because of a misunderstanding. “Why don’t nobody just want to do what I ask them to?”
        By then he was famous and on the cover of Time, but his better playing was earlier for Keepnews on Riverside label.
        Imo, Sonny Rollins and Cannonball (with Bill Evans) too.

        As a musician I’m sure you’ve met a lot of shitheads on the business side. OK seems like antithesis, more interested in the music and providing environment where musicians are comfortable enough to perform at highest level.

  7. Lurker John said, on March 3, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Cactus League, woohoo! Giants are coming to Seattle for 2 in June, so count on me being first in line once single-game tix go on sale at the Safe. Wish it was 3 or 4, but I’ll take it. There’s always a lot of Giant’s fans at those games. I should look into getting down to S.F. this summer to catch a series. It’s been too long.

  8. eddacker said, on March 3, 2015 at 10:06 am

    So my first season back in Calif. I got that games are blacked out on MLB for locals by not getting the WS home games. But does ComCast broadcast most of the games? Does KTVU? what is up with FOX? Do you have to be on the comcast cable to get their broadcasts?
    Enquiring minds want to know.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 3, 2015 at 10:29 am

      My experience has been that most games are on Comcast. Between that and KTVU you’ll see something like 90% of the games.

    • Bozo said, on March 3, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Ed, did you move back to this side of the pond or are you on holiday?

    • chipower9 said, on March 3, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Edd – A majority of the games will be on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area (CSNBA), and no, you do not have to be on Comcast cable to get the games. I am on Dish Network and get CSNBA. The games not covered by CSNBA are typically covered by a local affiliate (the Sacramento feed last year was on Channel 31, I believe). Between the two, you catch upward of 90% of the games.

      Now that you are back in NorCal, we need to get together for a game. Bring LJ down from Seattle, etc, and it has the makings of a Flap-a-Looza.

    • eddacker said, on March 4, 2015 at 6:15 am

      [like]
      thank all of you for your responses. Yes, my North Carolina ca-doodler, I am back to where it all began and living east near the 680. And, Chi my man, I have been overwhelmed by the number of friends I left behind and how poorly I have been at getting around and visiting. The closest I have gotten to your area is Twin Harte, yet I have friends in Colfax, Nevada City, Jackson and Pollic Pines I have not visited yet.

      Flapp-a-Loozas are mandatory this 3rd year of defending our championship.

  9. Alleykat said, on March 3, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Is it just me ,or do the Giants always start the season on the road?

    • wilcojoe said, on March 3, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Yep, 15 of the last 20 openers have been on the road. I could understand that if we were an east coast or Midwest team, but it really doesn’t make sense for a team on the west coast.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 3, 2015 at 11:01 am

      I’ve heard Baer state that the club specifically asks for road openers due to better weather in SF at the end of the schedule and their preference to close at home

  10. willedav said, on March 3, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Cynic in me would say Baer knows the yard is sold out anyway so he doesn’t care.
    In Bad Old Days at the Stick, SF would sell out the opener and then next day they were back to reality, 10 thou.

    Wasn’t the DBax who f-ed with Giants fans in SF gear behind home plate?
    Hope Belt sticks a couple in the pool for them.

  11. willedav said, on March 3, 2015 at 11:36 am

    2010 those late home games almost didn’t work out, as Cain and Zito dropped 2 in a row to the Pads before J Sanchez beat Latos with his arm and bat on last day. Giants had won 8 of 10 before that. Pesky Pads went 12-6 vs. SF too, and always seemed to F with them.

    That year was just most special for me, as I was back East in Jersey for a week late Sept (E Rutherford) for mgt. meeting. Me and another Giants guy from left coast were up late checking out games in hotel; Yanks fans (8 stores in NYC Metro area) in our Co. were serious drinkers too and could party harder than I could. Early AM meetings to listen to suits drone on were tough.

    Giants went 18-8 that month and only allowed 50 runs in those 26 Sept games.
    52 1 run games that year, puro torture, of which Giants lost 24.

  12. zumiee said, on March 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    The MLB Network guys were pondering how Sale can break his foot unloading his truck. “Why didn’t he just hire somebody to unload his truck?” they were asking. The question that BF and others have asked on the Flap before. Why don’t these multi-millionaire players hire a guy to drive, unload stuff, etc.? One of the great mysteries.

    • wilcojoe said, on March 3, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      I think it’s a southern thing. Most guys just figure, “why pay someone to do something that I can do for free.” My wife (as Texan as they come) used to make fun of me for calling AAA whenever I got a flat tire. I just figured, if I pay $30 a year for a membership I might as well get my money’s worth and not deal with the hassle of getting dirty and all that shit.

      Didn’t Bumgarner drive his beat up pickup to Arizona from North Carolina for Spring Training? To each their own, I guess.

      • blade3colorado said, on March 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

        Spot on wilcojoe. I remember back in 1994 or 1995, the ex-wife ordering and having delivered all these 5 foot rough hewn red wood logs, rose bushes, flat river rock stepping stones, etc., etc. I asked her what all this shit was for? She said “we” were going to build a long garden path leading from our deck out back. Fuck. This project took us 5 weekends of work, mostly due to the fact that the path had to meander (her desire) and be graded downhill. After we finished it, I have to admit – it was beautiful. In fact, this completed about a quarter acre (out of a 5 acre parcel) of landscaping we had done on our own.

        Nevertheless, I was asking myself why? I already was making a 6 figure salary and it was becoming increasingly clear that my time was worth more then these frickin’ projects I seemed to be doing all the time. Shit, just MAINTAINING the landscaping at our mountain home in Old Shasta was like an anchor around our necks. It was rare that one day out of the weekend wasn’t devoted to yard and house work. I finally said enough. After that, we contracted everything out. After we divorced in 2000, I tried doing the housekeeping on my own at our Colorado mountain home. The house was large and it was taking me 4-5 hours to clean it. I said fuck that too and hired a housekeeper to clean it. Quite frankly, the main reason I sold that home was because I got tired of shoveling snow from point A to point B, as well as all the other maintenance work required of mountain homes subjected to severe mountain weather. Fast forward to 2010 and selling that headache and buying my new condo, which I love. It is maintenance free and the sole reason I am able to lock the door and disappear for weeks or months and everything is fine when I return. In short, I will always pay someone to do something (if I can afford it) versus doing it myself.

  13. unca_chuck said, on March 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    How to you cut your hand making a sandwich? Or cooking burgers?? Or sleep on your eye wrong?

    He’s getting something out of his pickup. What’s he supposed to do?

    “Hey honey, can you grab that box of books out of my truck?”

    “Who elected you king? It’s too heavy besides.”

  14. zumiee said, on March 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Ahhh….Spring Training. Just getting warmed up. Getting loose. Long ways to go.
    After today, MadBum’s 2015 Spring Training ERA is 21.60. Timmy’s is 9.0.
    Brett Bochy’s ERA is 0.00 after pitching 1/3 of an inning. 🙂

    • zumiee said, on March 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Duvall went 2 for 4, with an HR. He probably has literally no chance to make the big club this Spring, but, hey, he can try to make it a tough decision for the Giants.

    • zumiee said, on March 3, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Zobrist with a double and triple for the A’s. Ouch. He might have looked good for the Giants in leftfield.

    • Macdog said, on March 3, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      And Hunter Strickland gave up a homer, already in postseason form.

      • zumiee said, on March 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

        LOL, I missed that.
        Strickland…..enjoy Sac-town this summer.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on March 3, 2015 at 5:02 pm

        Are you kidding? I don’t care if he throws 112mph; that ain’t what we need.

  15. blade3colorado said, on March 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Speaking of Sac-town, IMO the Kings are lucky to have George Karl. The Nuggets just fired Brian Shaw, a fantastic coach, but he was not a fit for the personnel in Denver, nor the way you have to play basketball at altitude, i.e., run, run, run. Denver often resembled an incoherent mess, unable to determine its rotational makeup and philosophies on both sides of the ball on a night-to-night basis. Equally important, the players (all assholes for the most part) baled on Shaw, who was largely responsible for turning around the Pacers a couple of years ago. In fact, the Nuggets, mired in a 10-game home losing streak, broke a huddle coming out of a timeout in Friday’s home loss to the Utah Jazz with a chant of “1-2-3 … Six weeks!” This was a clear reference to the end of the season. Albeit, Shaw denied that and said it actually referred to the last time Denver won a home game. Umm, right.

    Anywho, the Nuggets have been in disarray since firing their GM and Karl a couple of seasons ago. Love this Tweet from one of Shaw’s former players on the Pacers, David West:

    Scott Agness @ScottAgness
    Follow
    David West on Brian Shaw being fired: “That’s bullshit. No grownups on the roster. You can’t win without grownups.”
    11:16 AM – 3 Mar 2015

  16. pawliekokonuts said, on March 3, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I’m cheap. I don’t like to spend for the MLB TV package. Near the end of the season last year, I hopped on board MLB TV for a special rate of $12. They promised me games right through the WS. I did NOT assume it’d be the Giants – Royals. Anyway, it was a crummy deal. Games either blacked out or raw feeds. Very annoying. So I’m reluctant to buy it. Even tho’ I can surely expense it for book research. SPEAKING OF WHICH, my agent today sent my manuscript to about a dozen mainstream publishers. Fingers crossed, as he put it. He had asked me to revise the title. I did. It is now CHASING WILLIE MAYS. One of the agent’s favorite parts was when I met Magnus (Big Flavor) in 2010. “I’ll be easy to spot. I’m 6 foot 6 and will be wearing Giants gear.” He thought that rather hilarious. Magnus and I didn’t. It worked. (With that help of modern technology like texting.)

    • blade3colorado said, on March 3, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      I’m not certain, but I suspect that Kos will be showing all the games in HD for free on the Internet. I just sent him an email. If so, I will provide a link. He usually requires a user name and password. If so, I will ask him if I can send others to his site to request entry. Basically, just be kind, respectful, etc., and there shouldn’t be a problem. The alternative our the sites which have the pop up advertisements, download video viewer requests (which I ignore and “X” out) . . . In short, I always run a Malware, Registry, and Virus scan . . . I never have had a problem with these sites as well, but they are a last resort. In short, I see ALL the games during the season.

  17. Flavor said, on March 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Got out of work in time to flip on the radio and hear Miller calling the Strickland bomb. He have up a triple to the next batter, too.
    I like him. I think he’s going to get better and Raggs should be able to get him there. I suppose Sactown is a possibility to start the season but expect to see him up here and dominating at some point this year.
    Miller told the story of how we got him which I didn’t know: apparently, the Pirates released him to sign one Dirrrrrrty Sanchez who they ultimately got fed up with and released about 6 weeks later. So if Strickland does what I think he’s going to do in his career I will toast The Dirrrrrtiest One for a a final good deed in our direction…….

  18. dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 3, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Dirty Sanchez, the gift that keeps on giving. Ummm, gross?

    Seriously though. I recently read the Band of Misfits by Baggs and he goes heavy on Sanchez and his bravado and whatnot in 2010. I always liked Sanchez and was sad to see him go. An acquaintance of mine in Santa Cruz took to following the club on CA roadies in 2010 and told me he often ran into Sanchez and
    Torres after hours in clubs and such. Now that I think about it he was more or less stalking him but whatever he still goes on about what a great guy Sanchez was. Dirty started and also hit a triple in game 162. One of my favorites recent memories with my brother.

  19. Flavor said, on March 4, 2015 at 7:28 am

    somehow, impossibly, an even better thread exists.


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