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Kiss The Ring?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 18, 2015

9-0 defeat. Losers of 8 in a row. 0-5 at home.

The team has now dissolved into a group that’s teetering on the competitive axis. And really, if you look at all the injuries, all of the players Sabean didn’t get this off season along with the guys he brought back, it’s certainly not out of the realm of reality to understand how and why this is happening.

So naturally, we have the ring ceremony tonight!!!!! lqtm. Jesus. It almost feels embarrassing. But as usual, the Giants are doing it right again by giving a replica ring to the fans in attendance. My advice to each fan is to put the ring on and wave it methodically in front of your face, back and forth, while repeating “I am getting very sleepy” over and over. Hopefully you hypnotize yourself into a deep trance and don’t have to watch the loss that will occur shortly thereafter……

This night I spent alone in my car seems like a million years ago:

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  1. blade3colorado said, on April 18, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Glad I’m going to a party this evening.

  2. sfsarge said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:28 am

    After last night I feel like I grossly overpaid for my ring ceremony 6 pack. I will try my best to enjoy myself and hope that this team shows some of the fight it had Thursday night.

    • wilcojoe said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:49 am

      If it makes you feel better, standing room only seats are going for $62. So demand is still pretty high for the ring ceremony.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Often times a flapper attending a game was the catalyst for a win (see Zumiee’s record). Bring it on home Sarge. 🙂

  3. willedav said, on April 18, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I have intense dislike for AZ (and don’t mention politics where they do stupidest stuff too)–I couldn’t stand Gibson, still dislike LaRussa a lot. What Gibson did in that retaliation beaning of McCutchen last year after Golds went down, with LaRussa’s full backing, was disgusting.
    For years their FO has made some very questionable deals. They dealt off CF Adam Eaton to White Sox to get Reed, a very unreliable closer, a year ago.

    But, I will say this. Their young OF is very promising and makes me envious.
    Peralta is 27. Hit .286 with .770 OPS last year with .450 slugging. Looks like solid young OF.
    Pollock, first round pick #17 overall 2009 draft, also 27 played for Irish in college. Hit .302 in 250 ABs last year and has career OB so far (4 yrs limited 830 ABs) of .336. Can steal a base and is excellent CF. Homered night before, off Casilla no less if I remember right.
    Ender Inciarte off to very fast start and made nice grab in RF last Hit a pretty soft .280 last year but is currently at ,395.
    Combined they made Gerardo Parra, a fine OF who sucked at plate last year, expendable.

    All 3 of these guys current salaries are in $500 K range. That’s 1 mil and a half for entire starting OF. Hmmnn.

    btw, it’s not just us here that don’t like the Giants so far. Pythagoras also has them at 3-9, based on having scored 32 runs (13th in league) and given up 56 (12th in ERA NL).

  4. willedav said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I think LJ from last thread mentioned an affinity for 1b/3b as traditional power spots.
    So far, NL leaders in rbis are Golds 13, Agon 11, Votto 10.
    NL has other good hitters at that position, including Rizzo of cubs, Duda of Mets, Freeman of Braves, Morneau of Rox, Ryan Zim of Nats.
    Second tier would be guys like Adam Lind of Brewers, Alonso of Pads, Alvarez of Pirates, Adams of STL, Morse for Miami and Ryan 25 mil Howard.

    Where does Belt rank in that group–top half? Career so far 1350 ABs, .780 OPS 122 OPS+ 45 HRs .265 BA.

  5. Paul Sorensen said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Craig, what was that in the center of most of your video, a neighboring house? I must say, I laughed my ass off when the game ended and you did your great Fuck Yeah!, and the camera sort of shook a little, and I saw Eugenio Velez’s face in the lit windows and shadows and it looked like that face was saying Fuck Yeah! …. too funny. Well, it was to me. Maybe this is what being lumped with the Milwaukee Brewers as the worst teams in baseball will do to me, I don’t know. I say, this team needs to get its Fuck Yeah! on, starting today….

    • djloo27 said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:51 am

      The video is fantastic!

    • Paul Sorensen said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Loo, hope you saw something more interesting than Eugenio Velez’s face saying Fuck Yeah….

  6. blade3colorado said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I rarely do this, but tonight I have a couple of LUs in fantasy where I am stacking a few Giants. Specifically, Pagan, who is batting .378 on the year and hitting in the three spot (likely tonight as well). His matchup is De La Rosa, who gave up a wOBA of .364 to lefties in 2014. I also have Aoki and Posey stacked against him.

    Heston has had two tough matchups this year (one being in a hitters’ park) and has come away with only allowing one earned run in 13 innings pitched. He has struck out ten batters over those two starts as well. That being said, I AM AVOIDING HIM LIKE THE PLAGUE TONIGHT. Why? His minor league numbers are mediocre and I think he is about to pay the piper tonight against a team that he dominated in his 1st start. In short, the Snakes are probably salivating as they are able to see this rook twice in two weeks. Goldy and Peralta particularly will give him problems IMO. The former is already batting over .300, has four home runs and is leading the league with 13 RBIs. This looks like a disaster in the making. Consequently, I see a high scoring game where hopefully we come out on top. Not likely, unless Pagan, Aoki, and Posey get assistance.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:27 am

      By the by, even though “Rubby” is 2-0 – that is only because he has had 15 runs in support of his suck ass efforts. He comes into this game with a 7.15 ERA, and while he has been able to keep his walk rate down a bit from his 3.10 BB/9 last year, he has allowed three home runs so far. The GMen have a great opportunity to make someone pay for their 0-9 losing streak and hopefully, this POS pitcher is the one.

  7. blade3colorado said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:53 am

    ARod must have found the fountain of youth . . . or, a new and improved drug. HR – 4, BA – .344, RBI – 11.

    Hmm . . .

  8. Paul Sorensen said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Slumps, streaks, slides, skids, whatever, and yeah, it’s very early in the season, fortunately. It’s not even June or July yet, which is when they rode off the rails last year and still won it all. I just have one question for which I do not have the answer: What changed after the 4th game of the season? Giants had taken the series in AZ and won the 1st game in San Diego, all was looking pretty good. What happened to change that for the past 8 games? Ok, 2 questions: and what does the team do about it?

  9. Irish Kevin said, on April 18, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Flav, why were you in your car by yourself? I was at home with my family and all of us gave aj whoop, whoop. I opened my back door(sliding glass door) and did my whoop, whoops so everyone could hear it!!

  10. twinfan1 said, on April 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    * OK- I missed last night’s game- who took the safety?
    *How many times do I have to say it? We need a professional hitter..
    *I’m royally screwed, why am I such a sucker ? They’re having kittens now..
    * Hitting, defense, pitching, and speed are overrated – that’s their story and they’re stickin’ to it.
    * Timmy, Timmy, Timmy.. now you know that the other kids will bully, short sheet, and give you hot feet- lose the “do”, pal
    * Mike Trout has 100 home runs in 503 games. Big deal .The Giants will beat that if they pick it up a little.
    * BBQ weather already! Ever have Kitten-Kabobs? All of you cat lovers-don’t worry, I’m somewhat kidding
    * 40 years since the Warriors won an NBA title .If they do it this year I won’t be able to attend but I already have tickets for 2055.
    * Duffy bulked up this winter and you can really see the difference- he looks 12 now.

  11. snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    IMO, Giants fans don’t have much to complain about as A-roid is about to pass Mays on the HR list. Bonds passed up everybody with his enhancements, including his Godpa Willie. A-roid is no doubt a d-bag, but what’s good for Bonds is good for A-roid. A-roid even trained with Bonds this past off-season…

  12. giants54 said, on April 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Will be sweet to erase the ghosts of the past 40 years.

    Ahl the Parrish trade and the stiff Joe Barry, Mitch Richmond for Billy Owens, the disastrous Webber, choking Spree, dumppier……drafting freaking Toad Fuller with Kobe and Steve Nash avail, Abysmal Foiled, Bumleavy, Biedrens, Ekpe……

    Was thinking though how it might be so Golden State like, given all the missteps, bad luck and incompetence of previous years, if, now that they are actually favored to win, Curry or Bogut go down and they get bounced by the 8th seed. Parish the thought.

    • twinfan1 said, on April 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Being the favorites may not be a good thing.

  13. Lurker John said, on April 18, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I’m guessing even the supremely arrogant A-Fraud wouldn’t dare juice at this point, so he must just be off to a good start. We’ll see how long that lasts.

  14. Macdog said, on April 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    The Pelicans play defense like the Giants hit.

  15. Lurker John said, on April 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Mike, about half the NBA intelligentsia is writing off the W’s because they are a “jump shooting” team. As they’ve showed so far in game 1, they are more than capable of getting into the paint and scoring. They can run the half-court offense and everyone knows they have the best transition game in the league. The Pels are seeing first hand how good they can be on defense;

    The NBA playoffs are a 6 week grind and it’s difficult to pick outright who’ll win it all, but the W’s are in a good position and do have the team to do it.

  16. sandog said, on April 18, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Peavy to the 15 day DL.

    • snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      snarkk said, on April 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm (Edit)

      Bochy needs to explain why Petit, supposedly one of our best hurlers, comes in when the game is absolutely out of hand. He should be starting, and Peavy should be on the DL for suckitude, with Voggy close behind…

      • Bozo said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:31 pm

        Yeah, I couldn’t figure out why Boch brought in Kontos first. You keep Petit out of the starting staff to be the long guy, and yet you don’t use him when you yank Peavy early. Is Petit hurt? Are they holding him back because he’s part of a possible trade package? What is the deal?
        I guess if the team doesn’t score it doesn’t matter who is throwing the ball, but still, I’m not getting how they are using Petit

  17. snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    season-to-date run differential for the team: -24

  18. Flavor said, on April 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    ok, I’m going to try to block everything out about the start of this shitty year and just enjoy the rings tonight and appreciate the hard work these guys did to earn them.

  19. Flavor said, on April 18, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Vin Scully called his first Dodger game 65 years ago today. That was like when Twin was born, lol. Sorry Twinner, I had to use one of you elder Flapper statesmen for comparison sake. I’m not a huge Scully guy, probably would have enjoyed him more in his heyday, but to do this shit for 65 straight years is worthy of a long, slow clap and a tip of my cap…..

    • snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      I heard Kuiper say last week that he and Kruk were thinking about both wearing all 3 rings on their hands when going into the booth to see Scully when the Doghairs are up here next week. Now, that was funny. Then, I thought well, Scully could wear 6 on his handS…

    • Lurker John said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Isn’t that unbelievable? 65 years. All the baseball history he’s seen and called, the great players, working with the great Red Barber. Remarkable career and he’s not done yet.

      • snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        So, Scully essentially has seen EVERY MLB player play that has been on a roster over the last 65 years. Many, he’s seen hundreds of times. He can personally compare Koufax to Bum and Kershaw, this new Cubs kid Bryant to Santo, Belt to Wes Parker, the Beard to Mike Marshall, Sal Maglie to Don Drysdale and Don Sutton, Robbie Alomar to Joe Morgan, Buster to Roy Campanella, Bonds to Duke Snyder, Clemente to Stanton, and on and on. He’s personally seen them ALL.
        And, Scully has no HOF vote.
        Reason 1001 why the Cooperstown HOF is a joke…

      • Lurker John said, on April 18, 2015 at 6:05 pm

        Well said, snarkk.

  20. snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I’m definitely anxious to see the new ring.
    I hope it’s more like the first one, not the second one, which was too big, IMO.
    Good night to bask, then, let’s move forward to better play…

  21. pawliekokonuts said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    The clip does seem like decades ago, but then again: seems like yesterday. It’s epic because it is radio. And it has a weird sci-fi quality to it. In my strange imagination, it looks like the lights in the dark, not on the radio but the yellowish light glowing in the dark, look like, well, a shining ring. To me. Plus, your commentary makes it old-school real. Radio. (In a less-than-perfect display of fatherhood, I have played the clip for my 17yo daughter. She hears worse in the halls at school every day.)

  22. snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I like the DL.
    It is the friend of managers with players that are sucking. They should have put McGehee on the 15-day, he looks like he’s not ready to play. As usual, they wasted his roster spot for a handful of games instead of DLing him and calling up a healthy guy like Duvall.
    What are they going to do with 3 catchers? That can’t last very long…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Duffy. Play him. Susac, too. Mix it up. DL half the team, for all I care. Bring up Bowker! Bring back Ishi! And Reverend!

  23. Flavor said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    On twitter, there’s still talk of Duffy’s fat cat. Who could possibly care about this? It deserved a one second anecdote and then move the freak on, people…..

    • snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Well, either a fat cat or 8 game losing streak…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      hunh? edumicate me

  24. pawliekokonuts said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Speaking of old school, Heston should plunk Goldilocks, first AB. Let’s get our mojo back.

  25. pawliekokonuts said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    In running for the school board today, I told a Dems’ ward committee NOT to vote for me. Hey, I’m a counterintuitive politician. Saying that frees me of the typical pol’s obsequious blather and groveling.

    • snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      I was out in my front driveway this am. A woman walked up and handed me a political handout card about her candidate running for the state senate seat open in my district, just like about the last 500 handbills that have come in and cluttered my mailbox the last 2 months, all totally full of garbage, lies and idiotic statements about the competition. I told her, you know what I do with these as soon as I pull them outta my mailbox? I then opened my trash/recycle bin right next to me and threw it in there. She said “have a good day”, turned around and walked off…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:39 pm

        See? There’s where I, a more surrealistic, disruptive chap, might’ve replied, “Sir, to be honest, I do the same; especially with my own handouts. Have a lousy day.”

      • snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

        I would have appreciated your statement more. I took hers as the thinly disguised FU that it was, which was appropos of my not-so-thinly-disguised FU to her candidate. I have developed a healthy loathing now for politics and politicians, whose beginnings I blame firmly on Ronald Reagan. He, the father, the patricarch of the modern destruction of productive politics and compromise in this country. Thing is, he compromised a lot, but claimed not so — and his progeny of lunatics have been using/misusing him as their political guru ever since…

  26. Bozo said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Great clip Flav, for some reason I had visions that Will Clark was the one sitting in the seat and screaming “Fuck Yeah!”

  27. Bozo said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    The Giants FB page has the ring, enjoy.
    https://www.facebook.com/Giants?fref=nf

    • snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks for the link Bozo.
      I like this one way better than 2012. Nice work, Giants…

      • wilcojoe said, on April 18, 2015 at 6:15 pm

        I guess I’am not much on bling, to me they all look the same.

  28. sandog said, on April 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of these ceremonies, in fact, this is probably the first of the three that I have watched. Having said that, I thought it was well done and I dig the special uniforms.

  29. Macdog said, on April 18, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    A lead!

  30. Bozo said, on April 18, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Wait, they even did the lettering on the batting helmets in gold? Well, I guess if they keep scoring I’d say keep those bad boys around a bit.

  31. Flavor said, on April 18, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    amusing……

    • Lurker John said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Excellent.

  32. Lurker John said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Moses has acquitted himself nicely so far this season. He’s the best pitcher they have to date.

  33. vogelsheiner said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Find the ceremonies pretty dull. Sort of like the Academy Awards without the speeches and cleavage.
    And how much of larry hugging guys can one stand?

    • Lurker John said, on April 18, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      You didn’t suffer through many of the lean years, did you? Those hugs look pretty damn good to me.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Were you alive when your team won a world series?

  34. willedav said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, Heston cannot afford to lay one in there like that.
    Seems like more but I think SF has only given up 6 HRs on the season.
    With Susac up I hope he gets some PT, and maybe if he still is hurt Mac goes on the DL…the 150 game one.

  35. Macdog said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Craw-gone!

  36. Bozo said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Craw getting that run back. Hit it a ton.

  37. willedav said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    That was crushed. I still hope he gets it together enough to move up the LU, maybe to 6th behind Belt Posey Pence.

  38. snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Hey, maybe these rings woke ’em up!
    Crushed by Craw…

  39. pawliekokonuts said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Sweet homer, Craw. Um, um, I’m now a part of the People’s Share the Wealth Viewing Collective.

  40. pawliekokonuts said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Gawd, those DraftKings commercials are irritating.

    • Flavor said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Worst commercials ever. Great site tho

  41. James said, on April 18, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    My giraffe hat question has been answered.

    • sandog said, on April 18, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Nice day, nice win.

  42. Lurker John said, on April 18, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    YES!

  43. Macdog said, on April 18, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Holy Moses! Giants win!

  44. willedav said, on April 18, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Nice jam shot from Casilla to get the GIDP.
    K from Romo on the slider was great too.
    Both these guys just more leads to work with a little more often and they will be fine.

    The kid has done something in his first 3 starts no Giant has done for 100 years I think was tweet on cbs game tracker site.
    Breath of fresh air that’s for sure.

  45. Bozo said, on April 18, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Gotta keep wearing those black and gold helmets.

    A golden good day and a golden goodnight.
    Cheers all.

  46. willedav said, on April 18, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Tweet was Heston is first SF rookie since 1914 to start season with 3 straight starts of 6 IP and 1 or fewer earned runs allowed in each.

  47. snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Well, hmmm.
    Start Heston, or Voggy in the next start?
    My prediction of a AAA starter taking meaningful starts by mid-season has way early come true.
    I’m thinking now, by mid-season, there may be another one coming up. The transition is underway…

  48. snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Compare the Dodgers’ last WS ring…

    http://tinyurl.com/lbw858p

  49. sfsarge said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Sarge gets it done. Losing streak broken

    • snarkk said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Mission accomplished, Sarge. Nice work…

    • willedav said, on April 18, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Batting 1.000.
      Funny how often Flap presence works out well.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 7:09 am

      What I’d tell ya? Good job Sarge!

  50. zumiee said, on April 18, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    We won!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Flavor said, on April 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

    新的线程 (new thread in Chinese)


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