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El Presidente Keeps Plugging Along

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 5, 2015

Eli Whiteside has lived the life, hasn’t he? His peripheral major league career has now mercifully ended and yet he’s still in the game. As many of you know, he’s the bullpen catcher for the Giants now. Here he is displaying his multi-layered skills by throwing BP today:


His transaction log reads like the stamps at the back of Blade’s well-traveled passport:


Somehow, he made 2 mil in the major leagues. Throw in the bonuses from those 2 world series’ he watched from the bench and he’s probably over 3 mil.

I have no idea what he’s making as the BP catcher. With his luck, he’s probably pulling down what Bochy is making…….


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    • zumiee said, on March 5, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Maybe it’s a lifestyle that keeps him relaxed. It’s amazing the amount of pressure and stress these players perform under. They are the ultimate fish-in-a-fishbowl when they’re performing.

    • Chipower9 said, on March 5, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Great read. Thanks for sharing Flav.

    • Bozo said, on March 5, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Thanks Flav, that was a fun read for me.

    • blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      I read about this dude 3-4 weeks ago. Love his simple lifestyle. I keep hoping to run into him in Thailand. 🙂

  1. Alleykat said, on March 5, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Ahh,”The Man,The Myth,The Legend”
    El Presidente rises to new heights in the organization!
    Throws BP, Can obviously warm up the pitchers, and has a great repore with Mrs Bochy, who probably lobbied hard for Whitey to get the gig..

  2. Chipower9 said, on March 5, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I always liked El Presidente, and he’s a Dead Head to boot. Glad to see him back with the org in this capacity (certainly like this capacity better than having him as the back-up catcher).

  3. twinfan1 said, on March 5, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Vern and Vera aren’t too pleased with his salary cut so there’s no 4-Jello Salad from now on.

    • Flavor said, on March 5, 2015 at 11:07 am

      great to see you Twin, hope you and Merna are hangin’ in there.

  4. willedav said, on March 5, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Whiteside just represents a really low point for SF–Posey was done in by reckless play, Glass was shattered, Tejada was a starting SS, and Eli was a regular.
    Even Miller on radio used to complain about the balls Whiteside flat out missed behind the plate, some of which were good enough to be called strikes…let alone the ones his bat missed too. I think he was in there at Flap #1, a forgettable mid to late season game as I recall.
    Hey he can have any job Giants want to give him, except on 25 man roster.

    Btw, was it Loo who made the comment that gave him the nickname, that he resembled some dead president from mid-1800s?

    • Flavor said, on March 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Loo said he looked like a president from the 1800’s and I think I named him El Presidente.

  5. Chipower9 said, on March 5, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Michael – this was a response to your “fried motherboard” comment on the last thread. Feel free to throw heavy sharp objects at me. 😉


    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.

    • twinfan1 said, on March 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      I have to find a reputable instructor up here.

      • Chipower9 said, on March 5, 2015 at 12:58 pm

        Where are you located? I prefer the Guang Ping style, but it is a fairly rare form, and it can be tough finding someone who teaches it. I have also studied the Yang style. It is much more common, and you would still get many of the health benefits from it, as you would with Guang Ping, or any other style. The Yang style is probably the easiest from the standpoint that there are not many moves that require sinking into a deep stance, etc. Good luck, Twin.

  6. Nipper said, on March 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Yes it’s Spring when Whiteside is the topic. He’s a lifer. Life is good when one is an ordinary person making millions for being ordinary. What a life! I’m envious.

  7. twinfan1 said, on March 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    From 2011, a rousing speech from Prime Minister Bruce Bochy. It should to inspire us in this year that we call “odd”.

    “What Bochy called the Battle for the pennant is over. I expect that the Battle for the Wild Card is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian baseball. Upon it depends our own blogging life and the long continuity of our farm system and our Organizational Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us now. The league knows that that will have to break us in this battle or lose the war. If we can stand up to them, all of baseball may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including San Francisco, and including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of the perverted Eastern Media. .Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the National League and it’s “No DH here, pal- not on our watch” last for a thousand years, men will say, “This was their finest hour.”

  8. willedav said, on March 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Prez hit .197 that year in over 200 ABs. Stewart hit .204…Font, downside of Huff Burrell Torres (.221), Tejada, OCab, Gamer, Burriss… Giants scored 570 runs. They were last in NL in OB, 14 in Slug, 15th in OPS.
    And still won 86 games.
    Gibson was mgr. of year (!) and SF just couldn’t handle DBax.
    Man, how things are different few short years later.

  9. blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Just got home and read Flavor’s thread opening. Hilarious. Nicely done Magnus!

  10. Hargesheimer said, on March 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Strickland is consistency incarnate.

  11. zumiee said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    He’s the Hardly Strickland Homerun Festival.

    • Hargesheimer said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Probably won’t make it to first weekend of October.

      • zumiee said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:15 pm

        Yeah, not unless he figures something out. But he had the whole off-season to try to figure something out.

  12. zumiee said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    To the other thoughts about Strickland’s stuff that were mentioned earlier, I would add that maybe he doesn’t hide the ball very well. A lot of the best pitchers, from Kershaw onward, have a little bit of deception in their delivery. The batters have a hard time picking up the ball out of their delivery. Strickland has a nice easy-going straight-forward delivery, and he pats the ball into the glove, giving the batter a good view of the ball the whole way. They batters can time their swings very well.

  13. zumiee said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    My lasting memory of El Presidente:

  14. Flavor said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Broken left forearm for Pence. This spring sucks

    • DJLoo said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      What the fuck happened?

      • Flavor said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm

        Got hit with pitch. Not sure who threw it. 4-6 weeks

    • Alleykat said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Yeah that will really suck if Pence indeed broke his left forearm.
      There’s no power as is it is in the OF except him,freakin major blow to the heart of the order and leadership.

  15. Macdog said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Who’s the future fucking grocery store bagger who hit Pence?

    • blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Kurt Warner?


  16. Alleykat said, on March 5, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    The villain is named Cory Black, a scrub pitcher for the Cubs, who beaned 14 batters in AA last year in 124 innings.
    Shit never have a vet in there with that wildness in ST!!!

    • DJLoo said, on March 5, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Isn’t he a jockey?

  17. blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Looks like Maxwell has a good chance to make the roster because of this injury.

    • Alleykat said, on March 5, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      He will have to talk to the “Chief First” under the “Cone of Silence” Blade😃

      • blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm

        Good thinking, 99.

  18. blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Harrison Ford crash landed his 1940s prop plane on a golf course. He was injured, but was alert and conscious.

    • blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Golf course “Sheriff” chased him off the course for fucking up the 14th green. 🙂

    • DJLoo said, on March 5, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Does he get a mulligan?

  19. DJLoo said, on March 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    WFAN says 6-8 weeks for Pence…

  20. blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I haven’t seen any medical (MRI, XRay) confirmation that he broke it, other then Bochy saying “we expect the worse.”

    • Alleykat said, on March 5, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Not sure we want an medical opinion from our own staff, not the best track record in diagnosing injuries…
      Did hear 6-8 weeks as well, so 1st 2-3 weeks of the season with some timing swings in Sactown, and his timing shouldn’t take long,when the other Hunter throws BP to him.Pence should launch his share of orbit balls off Stricklaunch..

    • DJLoo said, on March 5, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      It’s already starting to feel like a “coffee cup” year…

  21. Flavor said, on March 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    It’s fairly obvious to diagnose a broken forearm. I’ve seen several. The xrays are just for detail. If they look at it and *think* it’s broken they’re looking at the degree of bend that shouldn’t be in a forearm. If it was just a contusion they never would have floated *broken* as even a possibility. Why cause that type of mass hysteria if it turns out it’s nothing?

    • blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Flav, I’ve seen several too (medical rescue team in the AF) . . . Unless, it is a compound fracture, then it can be difficult to discern. Also, depends on where the break is exactly. That being said, you’re right that when they are broken – the forearm tends to look deformed or angulated. The person will probably not be able to use the arm and the forearm will have a tendency to flop and bend. Also, Pence may feel the bone fragments shift as he tries to use the arm

    • blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Just saw a confirmation via Xrays – suffered a nondisplaced fracture of his left ulna.

  22. wilcojoe said, on March 5, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    “Non displaced fracture of left ulna bone” is what Haft just confirmed.

  23. wilcojoe said, on March 5, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    At least Cal Ripken can sleep well tonight.

  24. blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Pence being out is no big deal. Bochy already contacted the black sorcerers who will water our trees with the blood of orphans and puppies.

    • zumiee said, on March 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Yeah, the Giants have it covered. 🙂

  25. zumiee said, on March 5, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Sandoval got hit by a pitch on the forearm today, too. It doesn’t look like anything serious. He was otherwise 0 for 2.

    • DJLoo said, on March 5, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      He’s naturally padded…

  26. blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Boston released 7-footer JaVale McGee . . . I wonder if the Warriors will pick him up as insurance in case Bogut goes down with injury? Dude is athletic and long, but a slacker in my opinion. Totally worthless when he was with the Nuggets and ditto with the Wizards. When he wants to play though, he can be useful.

    • willedav said, on March 5, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Yeah I like this guy, esp if your last sentence is true.
      He can run rebound and block shots. Maybe being in the gym with Dubs will get his head together.
      Is Pam McGee that played for USC his Mom or Aunt?

      • blade3colorado said, on March 5, 2015 at 7:53 pm

        Yeah, his mom. McGee was in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He finished in second place, losing to Blake Griffin. He was the first player to use three balls at one time in a dunk contest, which was later cited by the Guinness World Records as the most basketballs dunked in a single jump. The third ball was passed to him from teammate John Wall.

        Not certain about the date, maybe 2011, they were playing the Bulls and McGee notched his first career triple-double, recording 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 blocks. His career high 12 blocks was the most since Keon Clark had 12 about a dozen years earlier. However, he’s such a jerk (and he took a lot of criticism) for taking ridiculous shots in the fourth quarter to ensure he reached 10 points while his team was being routed, and even received a technical foul for excessive celebration when he got his triple double. Television commentator Kevin McHale called it a “bad triple-double”. LOL. Anywho, no idea if the Dubs can turn this idiot around, as the Nuggets and Wizards sure couldn’t (with the 76ers not even trying after he was traded to them last month).

      • Flavor said, on March 5, 2015 at 8:09 pm

        Dubs don’t need to mess around with a Q like McGee. Sure, they could cut him if it didn’t work out but this guy wants to play, he’s got suitors, he’s not coming to Oakland to play 8 minutes a game…….

      • willedav said, on March 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm

        I do think their only need would be another big, esp one who doesn’t need to shoot to be effective.
        On the nights when the Js aren’t falling they need to rebound and protect the paint. Bogut can only do that for so many minutes. Ezeli is still a long ways away.
        I never bought into Ray Allen, simply because he would have to get shots up to do them any good.
        Dubs success has revolved around moving the ball and guys not concerned who gets shots.
        Maybe JMc just needs to be around guys who have figured stuff out (beside how to make money and spend it) and are proven winners.

  27. Alleykat said, on March 5, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Tolbert was talking about McGee the other day.
    Even though he has some skills,( but also thinks he’s flakey)theirs really no need to disrupt team chemistry,They don’t really need another big man, and for that matter Draymond Green is so good defensively he can take on opponents Centers and do the job as well.

  28. Hargesheimer said, on March 6, 2015 at 1:58 am

    It was overdue. This team’s been so injury-free for so many years.

    • zumiee said, on March 6, 2015 at 3:11 am

      Yeah, that’s true, other than major injuries to Posey, Sandoval, Belt, Cain, Freddie Sanchez, Hector Sanchez, Pagan, Casilla, Cain, Affeldt, Wilson, Ross, Scutaro, and Morse.

      • Hargesheimer said, on March 6, 2015 at 3:44 am

        Nobody irreplaceable.

  29. gianthead said, on March 6, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Javale McGee is a head case and the Dubs are not going to introduce that into their locker room.

    I think Ray Allen would have been a good addition. The one thing the Warriors have lacked all season is outside scoring off the bench. The bench is all inside take it to t he basket types or mid-range shooters. The one thing that could stop the Warriors is Steph and Kay playing too many minutes in the playoffs. Ray Allen would have stretched the opponents on the defensive side and opened more up inside. The Warriors have let a lot of teams come back on them when their bench is on the floor.

    I mentioned before that if the they had Allen and had possession of the ball for a game – winning 3pt shot in the playoffs with Iggy bringing it in and Draymond, Klay, Steph and Ray Allen on the floor, any of the 5 could end up taking the shot….

  30. willedav said, on March 6, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I think Dubs have plenty enough outside shooters–even Green and Speights shoot a lot from outside. All the vets that come off the bench can score and going inside with Lee Ig and Livingston is more efficient than shooting Js, esp during playoffs when game slows down.
    Playoffs I’d be more worried about defending paint vs. teams like Memphis, something Lee and Ezeli are not capable of doing. What has burned them in past years is allowing guys like Paul and Tony Parker to get to the rim and the foul line vs. Curry and Thompson.
    Should be fun tho.

  31. Bozo said, on March 6, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I saw the replay of the pitch that hit Pence, man, that was a heat seeker.

    Justin Maxwell, meet the Melky Way (just don’t get caught for a couple of months).

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