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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 19, 2015

We won a GAME!!!!!!!! Yeah, baby!

I’m all over Hest-by-Hest just like the rest of you but one minor quibble: Some of those pitches he threw were right down the middle and just got flat out missed by the hitters. Still, he looks reliable and I’ll take reliable all day long right now.

I’ve been trying to find a good pic from yesterday’s ring ceremony to lock into the right side of the blog for eternity, but I’m having trouble. I can’t re-size the pic because wordpress demands that I use a link of a pic for their image widget. If any of you guys find one *worthy* on the internet, please send me the link and I’ll consider it.

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  1. Lurker John said, on April 19, 2015 at 10:39 am

    It’s good to break that horrible losing streak. Even better news is that Heston has now faced the Snakes twice in two weeks and shut them down both times. You’d think the second time around he’d have more trouble but he didn’t. One game winning streak. Let’s keep it going!

    GO GIANTS!

  2. dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 19, 2015 at 11:48 am

    The rings being parachuted in was pretty awesome. Kiss the ring? Damn right!

    Belt in LF today.

    Go Giants!

  3. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Did Belt even play one game in ST in left? If he did, I must have missed it.
    I’m up for it. Until his first misplayed line drive into a double. Then, it’s a dumb move. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hey, if Susac gives this LU some more thunder, I’m for it. Susac is auditioning for the backup C job. They can’t carry 3 catchers, so if Susac goes off, what happens to Hector? I assume he has an option left to go to Sac; doubt he’d attract much in a trade…

  4. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I had no recollection of Heston pitching last year. Looked it up, he pitched in 3 games, total 5.1 innings, gave up 3 runs. That equals a ring like Bum’s. Good for him, but I find that rather odd — like Heston’s should be made of pewter or something, no gold…

  5. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Here’s a series of photos from yesterday’s ring ceremony, plus some close-ups of the ring.
    I am diggin’ this ring, maybe even more than 2010. Maybe. Lots of creativity in this one.
    The 3 diamonds on top and 5 on the bottom of the front of the ring mean “3 in 5”, and also add up to 8, signifying the total championships of the franchise in NYC and SF. Cool.
    Also, inside the ring are the game totals of the 4 playoff series that the Giants won to get the ring. Very cool. Not to mention the 3 triplet trophies in gold relief that sync up with the 3 in 5 concept. Along with the GG Bridge icon on the other side with the player’s name. The mix of orange and black is way better than 2012, which seems far too silvery to me. Very well done, Giants. Awesome.
    The ring day home uniforms are fantastic looking. I’d love to see them broken out once a year, even if they don’t win a championship. Maybe that should be an opening day uniform, celebrating past SF championships, so there’s no bad juju with breaking them out without a champeenship to celebrate. The caps with the gold SF are friggin’ boss.
    http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Giants-unveil-2014-World-Series-rings-6209139.php#photo-7842177

    • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Wow- for the sheer power of the bling-osity, that last photo in the series is particularly awesome.

      • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

        I would love to see that photo immortalized on the Flap page.

      • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm

        Yeah, in the sun, that ring looks like you need shades to look at it.
        The thing could be used as a solar energy collector…

  6. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    BTW, Mays is looking really old in these shots, sorry to say.
    And, I saw Willie Mac in the video of the ceremony, he’s stretched out in a wheelchair.
    Youth’s Heroes shouldn’t get old, but they do, just like everybody else…

    • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      I could be totally wrong, but it looked (to me) like Cepeda was struggling a bit, too. He didn’t seem physically comfortable.

      • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm

        Agreed.
        Perry and Marichal were the only 2 that looked OK…

  7. willedav said, on April 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Hector hopefully gets DFA’d and just like OOO, nobody picks him up and he goes to Sacto.
    But he is just not now or likely ever, a ml hitter or defensive C.
    I think the LU is a WTFN.
    Funny thing about Aoki is last year he hit LHP really well..

  8. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Just friggin’ WALK Goldschmidt every freakin’ time he’s up. Seriously, this is ridiculous…

  9. zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    The Peavy deal looks pretty bad already. Nobody’s crying about him going on the DL. This may be Lincecum’s last season with SF. Hudson is retiring. Vogie’s gone after this season. Heston looks like a keeper. Bum is the ace. Cain is a question mark. Petit is a possibility. There are several openings in the rotation next year.

    • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Transition year, baby. That Peavy 2-year deal right now looks like a total crapper. I think Voggy has a good shot at being gone mid-season this year, his deal isn’t that rich, and it’s only this year, so he could get DFA’d early with a shrug. I’d bring up somebody from the minors and throw them to the wolves as you put Voggy on the suckage DL — see what happens. Crick, Blackburn, whoever. Voggy has looked like dogmeat so far. Peavy and Voggy can go maybe 4 innings, tops, and if they haven’t cratered already, that’s when they do crater. The Pen gets worn to a frazzle with them starting…

  10. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Awesome play.
    BTW, here’s a choice: Lester at $30 mill a year, or Heston at the MLB minimum?
    I’m taking Heston. That Lester deal is a disaster in the making, the best deal Sabes didn’t make…
    http://m.mlb.com/video/v80354683/sdchc-lester-tosses-glove-to-make-the-out-at-first

  11. zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    After about two weeks of the season, Sandoval is .273/0/4 so far. Very few extra base hits. He can be a slow starter. At 7-5, and tied for first place, the Sox fans won’t be restless yet, I would think.

    • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Not that McGiggles has set the world on fire with his .222/1/2; and he just made a throwing error.

  12. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    McGehee? Dang, with every error, he’s not making fans forget Pablo. If his knee is still hurt, and seems it is, why not just DL the dude?
    Early returns for me — he’s a one year plug in…

    • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Problem.
      Next year’s 3b free agent list, per Cot’s, suxxxx..

      Alberto Callaspo
      David Freese
      Casey McGeheee
      Aramis Ramirez
      Juan Uribe

      • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:34 pm

        For the right place (a low price), I could see giving Uribe a one-year deal. He’s revived his career the last couple of seasons. (Suspiciously revived? Who knows.)

      • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:41 pm

        zum, I’m done with Uribe. He’ll be officially 37 next year, give or take.
        Too old for me…

    • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Yeah, Duffy is a better regular option than McG at 3B, IMO. But I think Bochy will be slow to make that move because he doesn’t want to make Sabean look bad for signing McG. Although, McG’s lousy play may force the issue anyway.

      • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        Agreed, I’m luvin’ me some Duffy. I’ll give McG some rope, zum, I think that knee is bugging him.
        Oh, and BTW, nice DP hit into there by McGehee, sheezus, 3 DPs so far in 10 games. That projects to 42 DPs in 140 games played…

      • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:40 pm

        Yeah, McG’s not showing much extra-base power, so he’s trying to doink things through the infield. A slow-running doink-hitter. Not a good combination.

      • willedav said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:42 pm

        He’d be part of the best 8 players LU I’d want to see once Pence gets back.

        I think Sabes was kinda forced into the Peavy deal once he wasn’t able to get Shields or Lester. I can give Peavy a pass so far because he isn’t healthy, and he did pitch pretty well for SF last year.

        There are going to be a lot of FA SPs out there, quality ones, next year. But good pitching is gonna be expensive and guys like Greinke and Cueto aren’t going for 2 yr deals. Love to see SF get a guy like Fister or J Zim off the Nats, who btw have other contract issues–Ian Desmond just made his 8th error of the season already at SS.

  13. zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Lester went 5 1/3 today, ERA is now 6.89. It’ll be interesting to see how his Cub experience plays out.

  14. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Cespedes is a FA next year. Monster game today, he had for Tigers.
    I’d go after him, would love to see him in LF — I think he’s matured, and is a dangerous threat…

  15. zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Lately, Puig is not a regular starter for the Dodgers. He’s being platooned. Looks like D2X just finally had enough of the full Puig show.

  16. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Hudson squeezed by the ump. Thing is, he can’t go too many pitches in an inning, just runs out of gas and gets wilder. As in just hit the batter with bases loaded. He doesn’t typically have the stuff to just get guys out…

  17. blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Unfrickin’ believable.

  18. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    This is not good. Peavy, Hudson, Voggy — they all look the same right now — down the dumper, and early on. This rotation is in trouble. Petit needs to be moved in as a starter, stat…

    • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Some of the guys can’t make it through a lineup multiple times. And they have to nibble nibble nibble.

      • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

        Yep, they can’t put batters away, even if ahead in the count. And agreed, they pitched scared, like Zito used to do. I believe this rotation will be very different come August…

  19. pawliekokonuts said, on April 19, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    sigh

  20. blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Memo to Kuik – Knowing what to do and being able to do it are two different things. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  21. zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Giants fans contemplate the starting rotation….

  22. blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Fascinating NY Times article about non-baseball players abusing Adderall and similar types of stimulants. I wonder how many people in Silicon Valley abuse these drugs?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/us/workers-seeking-productivity-in-a-pill-are-abusing-adhd-drugs.html?emc=edit_th_20150419&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=65245176&_r=0

  23. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    blade, who are the Giants’ top starter prospects?
    Are there any? Is Crick pie in the sky? And, Blackburn, is he hurt? I don’t even see him having pitched yet — is he at AA or AAA?
    What about Blach in Sac?
    Is there anything down below that might have a real shot at starting ala Heston?. Another two weeks of this Voggy/Hudson/Peavy mess and I’ll be ready to bail on them…

    • blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Dunno. Hard to tell IMO . . . Personally, I like Steven Okert, LHP, who posted 1.53 ERA with 54/11 K/BB in 35 innings in High-A, 2.73 ERA with 38/11 K/BB in 33 innings in Double-A. Fine stuff from the left side, has more of a chance to close than most LHP relief types. I also like Keury Mella, RHP, but he is only 21. Awesome stuff though. Many people rate him better then Crick.

      • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:31 pm

        OK, thanx blade.
        This rotation just looks so shaky, I don’t know how long Sabean can give rope to these old guys. Hudson and Peavy are making too much dough to give up on ’em early. But, this division is looking like one of the strongest, most competitive in MLB. If they can’t turn this around the next month, the squad could be out of it by end May…

    • blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Not certain if Blackburn is still in Richmond, but most think he will be one of the first called up (mid season).

      • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:31 pm

        I see that name and hear “a thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire.”

    • blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Yeah, it is very difficult to feel excited about Hudson, Voggy and Peavy. I understand signing them, but it seems all three were over pays IMO.

  24. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    WTF is McGehee in there? The guy is hurt.
    DL him, and get Duffy in there…

  25. wilcojoe said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    When has professional major leaguer ever had a good season after they announce it’s their last?

    • pawliekokonuts said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      or a marriage, when it is announced, “We’re seeing a counselor”?
      or . . . a job, after the performance evaluation destroys you….
      or . . .

      • djloo27 said, on April 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

        Great analogies, PK. (Are they analogies?)

    • djloo27 said, on April 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Lou Brock is the only one that comes to mind, WJ…

  26. Flavor said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Lurker J–not sure why those links you tried to post are going into spam. They look like pics, can you email them to me? bigflavor77@gmail.com

  27. zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    It turns out Puig has a hamstring pull. But D2X doesn’t seem too heartbroken:

    “To be honest, if they say DL, I’m fine with it,” he said. “I like the way Andre [Ethier] is playing. I’m not pushing to get Yasiel in the lineup. We’ve got guys in Triple-A swinging the bat. If medical says DL, it’s DL.”

  28. pawliekokonuts said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    pffffft

  29. zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    The Giants are in danger of going into the Dodger series 5 or 6 games behind the Dodgers already. Not that that’s necessarily important. I think most of us figured the Dodgers would win the division, and the Giants would need to get in with a Wild Card spot, which is fine.

  30. snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I’m not seeing Blackburn on the roster of the River Cats or the Flying Squirrels. WTF?…

  31. zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    This homeplate ump is not awesome.

    • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Come on, zum. Out with it.
      He suxxx… ๐Ÿ˜‰
      But, it’s a little untoward on KNBR that Flemm is basically blaming the ump for one bad non-strike call that allegedly put Hudson over the falls…

      • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm

        That was a big two-out 3-2 pitch that looked like a strike, but was called a ball. It went downhill for Hudson big-time after that.

      • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

        Yep, agreed there. But, then Hudson gave up the killer two out 2-RBI single on an 0-2 count to the 7th hole hitter Owings who has been hitting like dogmeat at .135 BA so far this season. Kind of a Timmeh thing. These old guys in the rotation, if they can’t recover from a little adversity in the early innings, it’s going to be a long season…

  32. blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Another ump who shouldn’t have been promoted past Triple A.

  33. blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Sorry, I can’t get excited about 2 out triples. Meh.

    • zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      This is one of those games where the crowd was never given a chance to get into it.

  34. ewisco said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Can Kontos start?

  35. zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Flannery posted his thoughts about the ring:

    “Looking at it all, I see the hardest year of my professional life as a coach or player in 26 years in the Major Leagues, and all the love and support from my incredible family, and beautiful friends. I hear the deafening roar of the sold out crowd every night at our ballpark, full of passionate, emotional, fans that made us better than we were. I see a coaching staff who was relentless in preparing the boys for battle, spending 12 hour days together for 9 months, a hall of fame manager who makes decisions based on his knowledge, experience , and gut. I see 25 gladiators that came together, played together, picked one another up, without ego, playing for each other, and though counted out time and time again never let another team finish us off. I see a city that I fell in love with, one that I fit in with, I feel rain, fog, wind, sun, full moons, I see pelicans, sea birds, double rainbows, I hear Tony Bennett, Steve Perry, the Grateful Dead, Railroad Earth, Hot Buttered Rum, Carlos Santana. I also see walking the outfield track every day hours before the first pitch was ever thrown praying to provide for my children, my wife, my family, and bringing each player by name into Gods presence. On that track I thanked my teachers, and Mom, talked to my Dad, and grand parents, in spirit, and thought of all the friends and players who played this sacred game who we lost along the way because this is a very grueling, demanding life. I smell champagne, cigars, taste tears, and looking at this ring, this morning in a hollar surrounded by an oak forest, and spring time singing birds, again I’m moved to tears. Knowing I left my home to chase a dream when I was 18 years old , never in my wildest imagination did I think 39 years later I would have earned my 3rd World Championship ring. I remember in 1984 Ray Kroc said ” miracles only happen to those who believe in them”. I think he might have been right. Willie Nelson once said ” we are not in control fortunately”, I’ve lived things that might just prove that. This ring is just another reminder of the grace of God, and living a life ” alone in the makers hand”. I will wear this humbly, and gracious, and also be reminded of the gladiators, teams we competed against and beat for that moment, and some day when the sands of time slip through my fingers, and I have moved on, these rings will tell their stories…”

    • snarkk said, on April 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Nice.
      Why was 2014 the “hardest year in my professional life”?
      Like previous statements around his retirement time, there’s been some people dancing around something wrong, even Flan has made vague references like this one. Was / is he or somebody in his family ill? I think they miss him. Panda, Morse, Flan — all gone. Good chemistry is not easy to replicate.
      Adios, Flappers, gotta run…

      • blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        I thought I read he was having vision problems which were affecting his job performance. Not certain though???

      • wilcojoe said, on April 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        Agreed. I said when he retired, he would be the teams biggest offseason loss. After watching that great documentary MLB network did on Bochy and Flan, I could sense there was an irreplaceable chemistry with those two. James, quit laughing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Bozo said, on April 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm

        Blade, Flan had eye surgery back in early March. This is what he said about it back then,
        “For the last year I had double vision in my left eye. I’ve been to 4 doctors, bought 2000 dollars in glasses, nothin helped…Monday I have eye surgery, catarac to replace left lens…..I hope it works, I coached all year with 6 outfielders and two balls when it was hit in the gap….and the two Poseys I kept sending home in the World Series that got thrown out, the first one always scored….ha….prayers for good vision, ” if it be his will”.

  36. zumiee said, on April 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    This World Series ring website has the 2014 ring included now. Incredibly awesomely cool seeing those 3 SF Giants rings as part of MLB history.
    http://www.worldseriesrings.net/

  37. willedav said, on April 19, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Speaking of James, I remember seeing evidence last year he provided about how many tough plays Morse would have on avg. in LF.
    Today here in the 9th is first ball Belt had to play, a rocket over his head that he played off the wall.
    Non issue, at least for today.
    Think of this LU today once Pence is back with Pagan leading off in place of Aoki, Panik Belt in LF Posey Pence plus Susac Craw and Duffy at 3b.

  38. djloo27 said, on April 19, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    So the suddenly serious and red hot Mets suffered major injuries today to their starting catcher and lefty relief specialist. They’ve been trying to unload SP Dillon Gee for some time. Anyone want to play along?

    • sandog said, on April 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Hell yes. I’d go as high as Hector and Hunter Strickland for Gee.

      • djloo27 said, on April 19, 2015 at 6:03 pm

        Mets need a lefty specialist. How about Lopez instead of Strickland and bring up Okert?.

      • sandog said, on April 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

        How about Lopez for Gee straight up? I actually still hold out hope Hector can be valuable, so I’d like to pull him back if we’re sending Lopez.

  39. Lurker John said, on April 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Flavor, they’re pics I found on Flickr of the ceremony. The pics should show up in the thread if you just put the links in the body of a post. I’ll see if I can find them again and send them to you.

  40. blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Taking a nap was an excellent decision in lieu of the Giants face plant redux. Bozo – thanks for the Flan info. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bozo said, on April 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      No problem Blade, Missed the game and a nap (man, that sounds really good), the riding mower is down, and had to push mow a few acres plus clean-up the homestead before we head down to New Orleans.
      Tough loss today, but I still think the Giants will be fine this year. Cheers man.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 6:52 pm

        Yeah, I think they will be all right too. Thanks for being positive – you have no idea how that affects my perception of the team. Keep being you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. willedav said, on April 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    First off day Monday and then Dodgers come in for 3, then Giants on road for 3 vs. Sherps and 3 in LA (9 straight) before another day off happens.
    Is lack of days off Posey’s excuse for .229 avg and .675 OPS? He’s the big bat in there for another couple weeks before Pence comes back. This is where he has to step up and start hitting. guys ahead of him Aoki Panik and Pagan have all had hot streaks.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Agree with your assessment Willie. Aoki, Pagan, Panik and Duffy have all stepped up. However, these are “set the table” guys, i.e., dying on the vine so to speak when Posey comes to bat. Same deal with Belt – another MIA.

  42. Bozo said, on April 20, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Pretty cool info about, The Ring –
    3 Diamonds on top, 5 on the bottom, representing the Dynasty of 3 World Championships in 5 years. 8 total representing the total of World Championships in the Giants history , including the 5 others won as the New York Giants. On one side all 3 trophy’s, representing the 3 won as San Francisco Giants. The Golden Gate Bridge on the other side with player/coach name and number. On the inside the 4 playoff series scores in games for those Series.


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