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Hector Olivera, Don’t Come on Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 12, 2015

Hector Olivera, the latest Cuban to hit the market, is said to have 6 teams interested in him. You guessed it, the Giants are listed as one of the six.

He’s 30 and wants a 5 year deal. I’ll put him closer to 33 and I don’t want this guy on anything more than an invite to camp.

So I will be happy after Sabean gets outbid on another foreign player.

Now watch us get him.

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  1. willedav said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:01 am

    multiple red flags on this guy as reported on FG couple days ago, first one being his health, second one the agent who carefully orchestrates his showings. Talents likely a lot less than advertised.

    Reading the Bill White bio, he talks at length about his career in broadcasting with Yanks working alongside Rizzutto, a guy he genuinely liked (pranked on too). Not familiar with him but Scooter, an unabashed homer, was described as much loved by fanbase and a NY icon. Steinbrenner and Reggie were guys White didn’t care for.

    As a guy who played with Mays, he said Reggie was good but not great except as a salesman, promoting himself as “straw that stirs the drink” as opposed to Munson, another guy White revered and respected.
    He said, “If Reggie is great, then what are Mays Aaron and Clemente?”

    • pawliekokonuts said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      I like these tidbits. Always liked Bill White, too.

  2. dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I came into spring training in the best commenting shape of my life. As it drags on my interest is waning.

  3. chipower9 said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I am with you Dirt (best commenting shape). But given that my daughter and I are not going to ST this year, I have really not been into it this year. I am ready for them to start playing for keeps. Question is, are our boys of the Orange and Black (or is it Black and Orange) ready??? I know I am ready for the home opener!

  4. Bozo said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I agree with Flav and Willie, just say no to “O”.

  5. zumiee said, on March 12, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Sandoval doubles-down on bridge-burning:

    “I’m happy to be in Boston. I feel at home right now,” Sandoval told reporters Tuesday in Fort Myers. “Whatever I said, whatever has come out, it’s the truth, so I’m just happy to be here with my new team.”

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 12, 2015 at 9:36 am

      I’m done with the Sandoval outrage. More than anything I’m sort of disappointed to learn that he’s a huge douche on par with Hanley Ramirez but whatever. Not that surprising. Good for them that they’re teammates now. I suppose it may be instructive for him on the level of media saturation in Boston.

  6. gianthead said, on March 12, 2015 at 11:14 am

    He has a name that has a ring of journeyman catcher to it….ring it up…post of the day….

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 12, 2015 at 11:39 am

      Is this what’s known as calling your shot?

  7. Alleykat said, on March 12, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I wouldn’t even have a good feeling putting on “Big O tires”, so I have no interest in this 30 -35 Olivera with little tread life.

  8. Nipper said, on March 12, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Yeah overaged Cubans ……rah…rah…rah…

  9. Nipper said, on March 12, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Overaged Cuban ballplayers are like old whores trying to be eighteen again.

  10. zumiee said, on March 12, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I’m not diggin’ the Will Ferrell thing today. I don’t get it; I must have missed the explanation. Is he making a movie? Is it some kind of promotional thing for MLB?

    • wilcojoe said, on March 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      It’s actually a benefit for cancer. Hey MLB, needs all the help they can get with the younger generation. It is all over social media right now. It’s for a good cause, and may have some entertaining moments, I say why the hell not?

      • zumiee said, on March 12, 2015 at 1:06 pm

        Thanks! I had no idea what it was all about.

  11. zumiee said, on March 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I think the Padre/Dodger game is live tonight on the MLB Network. 6:00, I think. Could be a slightly interesting ST game.

  12. Alleykat said, on March 12, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Will Ferrell should just crack jokes on the bench with the rest of are joke bench players..

  13. blade3colorado said, on March 12, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Timmy had a sore neck. See? That explains everything. lqtm.

  14. wilcojoe said, on March 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    You can follow Ferrell’s day at mlb.com. He is about to take the field for the Angels, replacing Mike Trout in CF. He has already played ss and 2b with the Cubs and Mariners, with no balls hit his way.

    • wilcojoe said, on March 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Played a base hit to center perfectly. Gloved it and threw accurately to 2b. He looks pretty good out there!

      • blade3colorado said, on March 12, 2015 at 4:09 pm

        Got video link?

      • zumiee said, on March 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm

        Go to MLB.com, then click on scores, then click on the Angels game, and then click “videos,” and it’s one of several videos listed. There might be an ad to sit through.

      • wilcojoe said, on March 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm

        There is a live link on MLB.com that will show all of his appearances. Just click on one of will Ferrell stories and you should be able to see the link.

  15. zumiee said, on March 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Sandoval gets the last laugh today. He hit an HR. It was off an obscure minor leaguer, but hey, an HR is an HR.

  16. blade3colorado said, on March 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Ferrell did well on the single hit to him. Sandoval’s blast was no doubt.

  17. DJLoo said, on March 12, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Someone brought up Mays’ 2 years with the Mets a few days ago. Other than the few memorable moments that everyone recalls, the one that stayed with me the most was something a local sports guy named Lee Leonard said during his segment on the evening news one night. He was showing highlights of a 1973 regular season Met game and said (as I remember it): “Willie Mays homered today, which made everyone forget for a moment just how bad he really is”. I remember there being some resentment when he came here because he forced ’69 hero Tommie Agee to the bench…

    • unca_chuck said, on March 12, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      I saw Mays play for the Mets against the giants in ’73. He scored the winning run in the 9th (or 10th?). It made the cover of SI iirc. Shea felt just like the stick…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:12 pm

        for me it was both painful and pleasurable but mostly painful…I remember celebrating ANY hit my beloved Mays got (in my head or to my friends). The WORST and SADDEST memory is his tossing the ball to George ‘The Stork’ Theodore in the ’73 Series so that Theodore could get the ball in to the infield. That may’ve been worse than falling trying to get out of the box on what may’ve been his last at-bat.I just did some research on Willie today. Apparently, Mets owner Joan Payson almost gave him a lifetime contract. Think about it. If that happened, what would that have meant for Barry Lamar Bonds?

  18. stickman said, on March 12, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Looks like our beloved LaBumbos have the current high bid on Hector Olivera, said to be $77M. Well, it’s only money and they may think (hope) he’s worth that.

  19. Alleykat said, on March 12, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Or One of my favorites “Cannonball Titcomb” works well for her😜

  20. blade3colorado said, on March 12, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Interesting Grant Brisbee read about “5 year rankings” of NL West Division Clubs. I laughed at the 10 ten rankings for 2012:

    1. Rangers
    2. Yankees
    3. Rays
    4. Cardinals
    5. Red Sox
    6. Blue Jays
    7. Angels
    8. Diamondbacks
    9. Braves
    10. Phillies

    Or, when translating to 2015-ese:

    1. Broken
    2. Crumbly
    3. Enigmatic
    4. Stupid Cardinals
    5. Doin’ fine
    6. Still stumbling
    7. Doin’ fine
    8. A mess
    9. A much bigger mess
    10. A mess inside of a mess, built atop Mt. Mess by the grand mess lords of messylvania

    Here’s the link: http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2015/3/11/8183623/sf-giants-power-rankings-future

  21. wilcojoe said, on March 12, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    So I kept my phone logged on to MLB.com and caught all of Will Farrell’s appearances. I have to admit, I thought it was outstanding. You could tell the players really enjoyed it and the fans were beside themselves. I would venture that there had never been so many fans standing and taking videos with their phones at a baseball game as their was during his at bat against the Giants. MLB has never learned how to market the game in the same way that the NFL and NBA has, but this was a step in the right direction. Unfortunately they waited too late to promote this and could have done a better job with the camera angles (which were abysmal during the Giants telecast).

    You couldn’t help but think what it would have been like to play with major leaguers (and no one was taking it easy on Farrell) for a day. They could have put any one of us out there and it would have been worth watching. Ron Burgundy looked pretty damn good out there by the way. If you get a chance turn on the MLB network where he finishes the night with the Dodgers-Padres.

    • Flavor said, on March 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      I’ve seen pics of this on twitter and it looks fantastic. Trying to get home to see some of it, otherwise will have to check it out on mlb.com later

  22. pawliekokonuts said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Not wishing Sandoval ill, but you gotta figure he is going to get into some sort of off-field trouble, with Ramirez. Oh, probably with Ortiz and Ramirez but the Ortiz part will be hushed up.

  23. DJLoo said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Adrian Gonzalez looks about 25 lbs lighter. Hope it kills his power.
    Ferrell’s about to come in they said…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      it looks like he’s throwing scroogies

      • pawliekokonuts said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:20 pm

        I figured Lasorda would unleash his regular vocabulary thinking the audio was off.

  24. wilcojoe said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Fucking Donnie two trips pulling him after one batter. He handled that bunt perfectly. I am telling you, Ferrell either has been practicing his ass off or is just a natural baller. I am guessing it’s the former.

  25. wilcojoe said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I think he switches into a Padres uniform and goes to RF, his last position of the night. Some of these guys have intentionally tried to go his way. Let’s hope the Dogs don’t pussy out.

  26. wilcojoe said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    The hitter is probably the only player who has been told to script it, meaning you better bunt. If he lobs one up there and they hack away, a screaming liner right back up the middle is a likely recipe for disaster.

    • DJLoo said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      No doubt, WJ. I’m still amazed that some poor kid hasn’t been maimed in the outfield at the Home Run Derby…

  27. DJLoo said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Cesar Tovar did it, too. Not just Campaneris…

  28. DJLoo said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Why am I wasting my time watching this dumb shit?

  29. Macdog said, on March 12, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I wonder if Ferrell looked better behind the plate for the Giants than The Prez ever did.

  30. zumiee said, on March 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Shields pitched really well tonight. His change-up had a lot of drop to it. Fortunately his stuff wasn’t as good in the World Series last year. He must have been dealing with a tired arm in the Series.

  31. snarkk said, on March 12, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    It’s early, and ST, and all that.
    But, the Gmen so far are lookin’ a little pekid…

    • zumiee said, on March 12, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      We need Mr. Mojo Rising to get well soon!

      • willedav said, on March 13, 2015 at 7:46 am

        Great pic. That should be in a permanent blog widget somewhere.. Any idea who that is playing the part of a conga drum?

      • willedav said, on March 13, 2015 at 7:48 am

        Still gotta wonder what it is Ruben Amaro Jr. saw in Tommy Joseph and Nate the Strictly Average.

  32. willedav said, on March 13, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Cesar Tovar was a cool player, and I always liked Campaneris a great base stealer in his day who ran on everyone. One year he hit like 20 HRs, totally out of the blue. And he did almost take Lerrin LaGrow’s head off.

    Ferrell, idk. His movies are really dumb. Do they still run those Fantasy Camps for those who want to get on field with major leaguers? I understand this is a f-bomb (fundraiser) but the idea any regular guy could hang is ridiculous. And as mentioned the hitter wasn’t gonna get to whack one out the yard and trot around bases.


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