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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 4, 2015

Sometimes a thread just kinda writes itself….


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  1. Nipper said, on March 4, 2015 at 6:34 am


  2. willedav said, on March 4, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Had dinner with a great gal up here from Long Beach who is going to Dodgers home opener, She said something about Kershaw and how good he has been, and I said, “Yes during the regular season.”

    LA still looks pretty good on paper, but they aren’t in bask mode. Nats and Cards either.

    Flav I dunno about Strickland. Wondering if he could be the next Hembree, highly touted but ultimately only a trade chip.

  3. Bozo said, on March 4, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Third and Kings, that is fucking brilliant. They have to put that on flags at the corner of Third and King, or as we like to call it, Willie Mays Plaza.

  4. Chipower9 said, on March 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Love the “Third and Kings” graphic. Fuck yeah…STILL in full-on bask mode, and not sure it will ever end.

    And while they don’t count, I love hearing baseball on the air. Only 33 days until Opening Day (yeah, the D-backs have their heads up their proverbial asses…it SHOULD BE a day game), and 40 days until the home opener, and I get to see them run another World Series Champions banner up the flag pole. We will be in the Arcade right there, so it should be kick ass!

    Wash that shit off from yesterday’s game, tee it up, and do it again. Most of the regulars in the line-up today for the opener in Scottsdale. Fuck…wish I was there.

    1) Angel Pagan (L) CF
    2) Gregor Blanco (L) LF
    3) Buster Posey (R) C
    4) Hunter Pence (R) RF
    5) Travis Ishikawa (L) 1B
    6) Casey McGehee (R) 3B
    7) Brandon Crawford (L) DH
    8) Matt Duffy (R) 2B
    9) Ehire Adrianza (L) SS
    SP: Jake Peavy

  5. pawliekokonuts said, on March 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Brilliant. Who did the Norman Rockwellesque tribute? Brilliant. I want it.

  6. pawliekokonuts said, on March 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Welcome back to Amerika, Eddddddd.

  7. Irish Kevin said, on March 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    It is so good to have BB back. I can hardly wait for opening Day/Night!!! Chi and anyone else who might go to River Cats games let me know. We can make it a mini flappaloosa in Sacramento.

    • Chipower9 said, on March 4, 2015 at 10:16 am

      You got it, Kev. I certainly expect to catch more Cat’s game since they are now a Giants affiliate.

      I just read an article on this kid in the Giant’s org (played A ball last year). I don’t recall hearing much about him. He has a heater that reaches 100 regularly, and his K/BB ratio, WHIP, etc. are off the charts. Typical problem with guys like this…staying healthy. His laundry list of issues/surgeries is as long as his fastball is fast.

      Anyway, interesting read. Would love to see this kid pitch. Here is the link, followed by him minor league stats:



      Just a couple of hours away from the second day of Giant’s baseball on the air. Let’s get it on!

  8. Flavor said, on March 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

    PK– I’m not sure who did it. I found it as a re-tweet on twitter.

    • Chipower9 said, on March 4, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Yeah, that graphic is bad ass. I would love to get a copy that is suitable to frame. Would easily find a home with all my other Giants memorabilia in my cave/shop.

  9. blade3colorado said, on March 4, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Articles like this piss me off . . . http://espn.go.com/blog/spring-training/post/_/id/2442/bumgarner-faces-new-workload-challenge?ex_cid=espnapi_public

    In fact, I commented on this dumb twit’s article.

    • wilcojoe said, on March 4, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Actually the “twit” is a “twat.” Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

  10. Chipower9 said, on March 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    The more things change, the more they stay the same (well, at least in regards to Giants 2015 ST games). Good thing these games don’t count for anything. Jeez…not even through half an inning, and…

  11. zumiee said, on March 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I watched some of the Phillies/Yankees game on the MLB Network last night. Nice game, and it even had a cool finish: a Yankee 3-run HR with 2 outs in the 9th to tie the game 5-5. And….being Spring Training, that was the final score, 5-5.
    There was a Nick Noonan sighting; he’s trying to make it onto the Yankee roster. He had a single in yesterday’s game. And a Francouer sighting; he’s trying to make the Phillies ballclub. I saw him fly out. One of the Phillies broadcasters made an interesting observation about Francouer. He said that Francouer wasn’t swinging in the game the same way he did in batting practice. In practice he had a swing more for making contact and putting the ball in play. In the game, he was doing his usual swing-for-the-fences big swing. Never heard anybody else ever say that about Francouer. They did say that Charlie Manuel was in camp, and was making Francouer a special project.
    Other than that, a beautiful green field, fans relaxing in 90 degree weather, and the broadcasters talking about expectations for the season. Good stuff.

    • zumiee said, on March 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      The Yankee that hit the 3-run HR was Aaron Judge, a prospect they’re very high on. I think the broadcasters said he had played at Fresno St.

  12. zumiee said, on March 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Today, the A’s are doing their usual butt-kicking of the Giants.
    Peavy starts the Spring with an ERA of 18.0
    Not a big deal. I remember Kershaw getting roughed up last year in Spring Training. Obviously, Peavy isn’t Kershaw, but I’m just sayin.’

  13. zumiee said, on March 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Dodgers losing 4-1. Nicasio starts ST with an ERA of 27.0

  14. Chipower9 said, on March 4, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Peavy with the 18.0 ERA… That is golden compared to young Ty Blach. His line today:

    1.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 Ks – 45.00 ERA. Ouch.

  15. zumiee said, on March 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    The Dodgers hope to create some trade value for Ethier. Not a good start: 0 for 2, with 2 strikeouts.

  16. zumiee said, on March 4, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Some Dodger fans discuss the Dodgers’ Spring Training home ballpark:

    does anyone know why
    theres no damn trees in the outfield at camelback? arizona is hot ya know..

    by hee came hee seop’d he choi’d on Mar 4, 2015 | 2:43 PM reply

    well it’s mostly desert

    by Tommy Blackjack on Mar 4, 2015 | 2:44 PM up reply

    b-b-b-but the giants have trees in their outfield in scottsdale

    by hee came hee seop’d he choi’d on Mar 4, 2015 | 2:50 PM up reply

    well they are black sorcerers who water their trees with the blood of orphans and puppies
    are those the kind of trees you want?

    by Tommy Blackjack on Mar 4, 2015 | 2:52 PM up reply

    hah if im at the game and its hot as balls? yes. yes I do.

    by hee came hee seop’d he choi’d on Mar 4, 2015 | 2:53 PM up reply

    Trees are for winners

    by mleadman on Mar 4, 2015 | 4:45 PM up reply

    • unca_chuck said, on March 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Too funny.! The heat is getting to them. Literally and figuratively.

    • blade3colorado said, on March 4, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Too funny Zum. Let them pound sand. Ha.

    • Bozo said, on March 4, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      That is some funny ass shit, right there.

    • Chipower9 said, on March 5, 2015 at 9:50 am


  17. eddacker said, on March 4, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Re: Blade’s espn article: I like what Bumgarner said after his game yesterday: “It’s about getting your body back in the rhythm of competing and throwing pitches and getting back in the swing of things.”

    Hype and emotion is what sells but real baseball folks ignore that crap.

  18. twinfan1 said, on March 4, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Checked the box scores for today-” my guys” were 0 for 31.And the assholes at UCSF want me to take “Tai Chi for Seniors”. I don’t hang with old farts. And I don’t do weird Asian stuff. And Ishi sucks. And I fried a motherboard. And I missed another chair. I broke a phone. . So-in other words, a pretty darn good day.

    • DJLoo said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:12 am

      You always used to share recipes, Twin.
      How do you prepare your fried motherboard?

      • twinfan1 said, on March 5, 2015 at 9:25 am

        1 Asus motherboard
        1 Intel CPU and Heatsink and fan
        Miscellaneneuos Computer components
        Four Ram slots- maximum 2 GB memory module per slot
        Four 2 GB memory modules
        1 obviously dazed, crazed, and confused old fart

        Install CPU heatsin/fan
        Install Power and other LEDs
        Install three 2 GB RAM modules
        Get startled by catfight on back porch
        Check on catfight
        Return to office and grab one 8 GB RAM module and insert in one max 2 GB RAM slot
        Smell smoke
        See Smoke

        Remove RAM heat source when Motherboard reaches desired temperature. Serve with mashed potatoes, biscuits, and cole slaw.

      • Chipower9 said, on March 5, 2015 at 9:52 am

        That is fricking hilarious. I am trying to quit fried motherboard, but bring on the biscuits with butter and honey!

    • Chipower9 said, on March 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

      LMAO. You are too funny Michael.

      Hey, on a serious note (I know, hard to imagine coming from me), I used to teach Tai Chi (one class was specifically for seniors). It is truly one of the best exercises you can do to improve strength and balance, and reduce pain and stiffness.

      Multiple studies by legitimate research institutes have shown that after just six months, tai chi participants were twice as likely to have no troubles performing moderate to rigorous activites as non-participants. The benefits in these studies showed this was especially true for those who started with the poorest health or worst function. It has proven to decrease the chances of falls, etc. Anyway, I can attest to the benefits first-hand, and wanted to share this, as it is something from which I feel you would benefit.

  19. snarkk said, on March 4, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Yes, the cool illustration for today’s thread reminds of Normal Rockwell. Mrs. snarkk and I visited the NR museum in Stockbridge, western Mass., years ago whilst we lived in the DC area for a while, BS (before snarkettes). Very cool museum, if you dig Rockwell, and we did. The Berkshires area in Western Mass is a very pretty area, particularly in the Fall Foliage time. Also visited Jacob’s Pillow dance facility out there. In another year, Mrs. snarkk, I and my mother traveled up to New England from DC for Fall Foliage. My mother was a big Fall Foliage fan. Most memorable was a stop at a Vermont “chicken and dumpling dinner” fund raiser at a church festival. Lots of churches raise money in the fall off of tourists by hosting these types of big chicken dinner type deals. It was fun, very cool. We even traveled with our then dog (female shepherd) too, at the time, in an SUV. I remember I actually got to talk to the Car Talk guys (the Tappet Brothers) of NPR radio fame, Tom & Ray, before the trip, about getting new struts for the Pathfinder before the Fall Foliage trip with Ma and the (then) snarkkGirlfriend, plus the dog. Tom & Ray, of course, immediately discarded the struts issue, and went straight for the Mom, girlfriend, and dog all in one car dynamic. It was a lot of fun, the call was funny. I have a tape of the call, and it’s out there somewhere in the Click and Clack archives, but I don’t remember the show number. We had a great time, actually, on that trip. Ms. girlfriendsnarkk was the daughter, even then, that my mother never had. My mother didn’t really care that I had a “live in” girlfriend. To her, it meant that in my 30s, I was possibly, potentially going to actually, maybe, finally, get married. They got along famously. Even stopped at the von Trapp lodge in Vermont, and took in a showing of the Sound of Music. Stowe, too, was a beautiful area in the Fall…

  20. Lurker John said, on March 4, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Man, I wish I could’ve been able to do that when I was a kid. It would’ve been great to rub 3 in 5 in the faces of all the snotty Dog-ear fans that infested my neighborhood in San Jose. Hell, I would’ve settled for one back then!

  21. Lurker John said, on March 4, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Reading that stat again and it’s still hard to believe; 6 homers in 8 1/3 innings last post season. A guy with stuff that filthy should not be giving up gopher balls at that pace.

    • Chipower9 said, on March 5, 2015 at 10:08 am

      LJ – I heard Krukow addressing this point specifically (assuming you are talking about Strickland). He talked about how Stricland needs to improve his secondary pitches as pitches on which he can get guys out. He also talked about how he needs to add some movement to his fastball. Kruk also mentioned that one of the reasons guys are in the big leagues is their ability to hit a fastball. Doesn’t matter how much heat you have, if it is straight as an arrow, a lot of guys are going to be able to square-up that pitch. I hope the kid gets it together, as I do feel he has the potential to be really good.

  22. willedav said, on March 5, 2015 at 7:29 am

    During end of Bonds years Krukow used to rave about all kinds of Giants pitchers with “electric stuff”, who had zero control and weren’t long for the big leagues. He’d usually start with, “When he’s right you’ll see…” and go on to rave about mid to high 90s fastball, yada yada. It got to be a joke to me.
    ML hitters can handle a fastball or they wouldn’t be here. And regardless of what you have if you can’t put it where you want it, as in where they can’t hit it, your “stuff” isn’t going to work. Strickland has a lot of things to figure out if he doesn’t want to be next Merkin Valdez.

  23. Flavor said, on March 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

    rockin’ the new thread.

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