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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 24, 2015

So we’re back on the beam, right? Regardless of how this season unfolds, this sweep of the Art Dealers will go down as a highlight to remember. And it speaks to the heartbeat of the team that they were able to focus up at home, a place they don’t play very well, and sweep the Dodgers, who came into AT&T toting a 7 game win streak.

This Justin Maxwell thing is turning into a real thang, isn’t it?

Time to roust the Sherpa’s, we’re heading to Colorado.

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I could listen to this all day long. I love Tim Roye.

http://www.knbr.com/2015/04/23/tim-royes-knbr-call-of-currys-game-tying-3-pointer/

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  1. sandog said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Yes, I think we’re back on the beam. I don’t think we’ve taken our last fall, but hell yes we’re back up on the beam after that sweep.
    ..and Steph Curry is a pain in the ass—and he shoots like a girl—and he is an unbelievable player.

    • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Curry? MVP!

  2. willedav said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Running errand after work I caught end of first half on radio with Roye and Tolbert, who wasn’t impressed with first half D that allowed 63 points to NO.
    But only thing missing from the clip Flav linked to was a “Holy Toledo!”
    And it sure looked like he did get “clobbered” too.

    Speaking of improbable comebacks, a quality start from Vogs? How many lives he have left?

  3. willedav said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Xoot end of last thread mentioned the Royals. I don’t think I’ve seen something like what happened vs. White Sox, where the reliever fields a one hop comebacker, drops an F bomb at the hitter, then walks slowly in and waits before he throws him out at 1b. The hitter runs to the bag and then there’s yet another bench clearer involving KC.

    This also happened vs. Angels, where a comebacker from Trout produced similar reaction from the same guy, who was also fined in the mess vs. A’s. Wtf?

    Um, these guys still mad about something?

  4. wilcojoe said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Well he probably won’t match his career high of 18 home runs, which was one of my three outrageous predictions for 2015, but Maxwell certainly is playing his way into an everyday role, which could give him every opportunity to do so. He epitomizes the type of “dumpster dive” pickup that Sabean has mastered. Let’s hope he keeps this up and forces Bochy to make some difficult decisions when Pence returns.

    • James said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:31 am

      If Maxwell keeps it up, sitting The Acquired Taste would be a simple decision for me . . . .

      • willedav said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:31 am

        Amen to that.
        My whole point all along he isn’t a better player than Blanco (so not an everyday player). Blanco actually is better defensively and on the bases.
        Watching AT get picked off by Opie and evade the tag only to get thrown out trying to steal 2b later was like watching habitual criminal get busted right after being let out on his own recognizance.

    • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Love what I see from Maxwell, but I don’t see him becoming a full-time starter. Aoki has done a great job in the lead-off, so I can see the two sharing time. When Maxwell plays, Pagan leads-off. Aoki plays – Aoki leads-off and Pagan is in the 3 hole.

  5. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Unexpected but encouraging, both Vogie and McGehee bought themselves some redemption yesterday. They had been the suckiest of the suckiest, so we could take that as a sign. Tuesday, leaving a smalltown butchershop some 25 miles away, bringing home the bacon, when i hit the key the radio was playing Journey’s “Lights”. Took it as a sign. Didn’t realize it was for a cottonpluckin sweep.

    Belt is another one who had been struggling. He has shown several signs of pulling out of it during the tag end of the homestand. All good. This team is capping adversity and beginning to get it together even without Pence and Cain. That they did it vs the LaBumbos is cream in the coffee, icing on the cake and chocolate topping on the vanilla.

    • Jon R. Weeks said, on April 24, 2015 at 11:44 am

      The best numbers from the whole series is going from 6 GB to 3GB

      • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

        Good point Jon.

  6. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Could tonight’s appearance at the Box of Rox be THE test for Heston? In many ways that joint has been like throwing young starters into the lion’s den. How many starters have the Sherpas themselves gone through since their nascence? Place seems to wear them to the proverbial frazzle.

    Warm hand Heston (not the guy with the cold, dead ones) may have problems getting good action on his yakker. It’s a key to his repertoire. Then there’s the sinking action on his fastball. He may do better with that one. Should Chris perform as he has to date, however, we may well have an established keeper.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:09 am

      I was thinking the same thing about Heston going to CO. A test indeed. Warm Hand Heston? Sounds like a bad porn name.

      • Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        Sounds like you have indulged a bit. lol.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:07 pm

        I’ve heard stories. 😉

    • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Ben-Hur tames the Rox tonight…

  7. blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I’m looking at Duffy’s 10 game log (small sample size) and IMO Bochy needs to get him more playing time. When he starts, he rakes . . . Pinch hit, nada. Hard for any player to get in a rhythm when they are only seeing one at bat per game.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:15 am

      SF is one of my favorite stacks (along with the Pirates at the snake pit) in fantasy this evening.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Totally agreed, Blade, but how dey gonna do dat ~ particularly with a sign of resurrection from McGiggles yesterday. Even an assignment to the OF now looks cloudier with the continuing signs of emergence from Maxwell Silver Hammer. Any ideas?

      • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

        Dunno Stix . . . I just think this guy Duffy is a hitter and he should be in our LU every day, rain or shine.

    • djloo27 said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Unless you happen to be the scariest PH I ever saw, Jerry Lynch.
      Twin’ll tell ya…

  8. blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Also, I want the “trifecta” walk off hit . . . Two down (Bums) and one to go (Sherpas).

  9. Dennis Zucchino said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Was this a wake up call or what? I just know that I picked a perfect time to visit Finnerty’s in NYC to watch on a dozen screens with screaming Giants fans as the Dodgers got a taste of why the 2014 trophy sits in SF.
    It also didn’t hurt to enjoy the event with my new best friend.
    My best wishes to all of you and the Giants ; hoping for some more eye opening baseball from the team that
    some of my Yankee fans were dropping the word ‘dynasty’ on…….

    • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Great post Dennis 🙂

    • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Very cool. That place must have been off the hook!

      I have got to get to NY for a Giant-Met series and check out Finnerty’s.

      • djloo27 said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

        Great Guinness in plastic cups on trophy day…

  10. chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Had to bail end of the 8th yesterday to head-out to my workout. Caught Maxwell’s Silver Hammer on the radio on the way home! How SWEEP it IS!

    Cannot believe I bailed on the Dubs game. 8 and change left…down by I think 15 and I turned it off (heard they were down 17 with five to play, too). Got up this morning and saw the highlights. WOW! I will not be bailing on any remaining Warriors playoff games.

  11. blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:13 am

    This game is probably going to be a bomb fest . . . Just checked the weather report and the wind will be blowing out (N/NW) at 12 MPH. Not expecting much from either pitcher. The big OH OH for Heston will be Dickerson, who has three bombs in his last two games. He mashes right-handed pitching and against a rookie RHP, I will be shocked if he doesn’t hit a bomb tonight. If Heston survives tonight – fantastic! If not, I wouldn’t be too concerned about it, as this is Coors fucking field, where just about everyone gets hit.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:17 am

      You going to the game, blade? Also, I am surprised I haven’t seen you or djloo comment on the Mayweather/Pac fight.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

        In Cali through the 3rd Dirt 🙂

        My brain says Mayweather, but my heart wants PacMan. Regardless, it will be a close fight in my opinion. Loo, who do you like?

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:25 am

        I’m going with Pac but I’m not laying any action on it.

      • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 11:07 am

        I am with Blade on this one – mind says Mayweather, heart says Pacman. I too am not laying anything on this fight. Mayweather will probably do his usual dance around the ring action. I just don’t see him going toe-to-toe with Manny.

      • djloo27 said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:49 pm

        I’m too big of a Pac-fan to be objective. Possibly my favorite fighter of all time…

  12. dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Reports that the Angels and Hamilton will part ways soon. From what I have seen, shortly after he fell off the wagon his wife filed for divorce. Or the other way around. Not sure which. Being in the spotlight and struggling with addiction has got to be tough. I feel bad for the guy. I know he would never come to SF but that would be a shrewd move by the front office if he did.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:32 am

      The Angels look like total assholes in how they dealt with Hamilton.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:02 am

        I was reading some of the divorce allegations and separation details. That one is already NASTY NASTY NASTY. It’s gonna be a Bible-quoting, Texas-hold-’em humdinger, boys and girls.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:34 am

      I like your idea of him coming here. Regardless of where he goes, the Angels will have to pay a very large portion of his salary for anyone to take him. Supposedly, he is in very good shape per his team mates.

      Hamilton outlined 34 requests in his divorce petition. Among them: prohibit his wife, Katie from using the Maserati and 1972 Chevrolet Blazer in his possession; prohibit her from “hiding” the children from him; prohibit her from making disparaging remarks against him or his family; prohibit someone who has an intimate relationship with her from staying in the same home as the children overnight.

      Katie Hamilton was reportedly cast in “Real Housewives of Orange County” for its 10th season. That ought to be an interesting show to tune into this season. 🙂

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 24, 2015 at 11:19 am

        My wife is addicted to those Real Housewife shows. It’s terrible. Below Deck on the other hand…

  13. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Love the Roye call, Flav. Yeah, watched the whole damn Dub game. They just have too much firepower to give up on them. Told my son the same thing as he stalked off muttering to himself at the end of the 3rd. . .

    The refs were atrocious. Giving the ball AND free throw to the Pelicans off the Thompson foul was just flat retarded on so many levels. Yes, the dubs wanted to foul. But not off the ball, and not on an 80% free throw shooter. Curry was hammered in the corner and they didn’t call that. Draymond’s foul was ticky tacky as well. Curry

    The composure of all of them is to be commended. If I was Kerr, I would have been T-ed up after the Thompson call. If I was Draymond, I would have been T-ed up as well. 3 of his 6 fouls were bullshit.

    Funny thing is, the Pelicans went away from Anderson down the stretch. He KILLED the dubs early on. And Davis ran out of gas again.

    _______________

    Far as the Giants go? They need to get some sort of revenge for the home sweep by the abdominal snowmen.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:43 am

      I love that: abdominal snowmen. Belly up to the igloo.

  14. pawliekokonuts said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Even in my newish nondoomer incarnation, I won’t declare the Giants on-the-beam unless they win one or two in Skytown, where we often struggle, do we not? So we need Ben-Hur to run a good chariot race tonight.

    And I’m on board with Steph Curry and the Dubs. I jumped on that fair-weather chariot earlier in the season. I may as well go all in: Giants, Niners, Warriors, Sharks [I guess, what do I know?], The Cardinal, the Grizzlies. Heck, I might as well rent a room at an SRO on Columbus Avenue or Broadway, right by City Lights.

    • Flavor said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

      welcome aboard! Shit, 90% of the Dub fans on the bandwagon hopped on this season.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

        do I have to know the names of at least three players? does the coach count? where do they play?

      • Flavor said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

        You just need to be able to yell out a guttural “Cuuuuuurrrryyyy!!!!” every time he drains a three.

      • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 11:13 am

        And remember when someone refers to the “Splash Brothers” they are referring to Curry and Thompson. 😉

      • unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        Yes, the splash bros isn’t a porno reference.

        Actually the Warriors fans have been pretty damn faithful over the years. They’ve pretty much packed that house since the Run TMC days. And there was a ton of suck (can you say ‘Chris Washburn?’) between now and then.

  15. Bozo said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Swept LA? Sweet. I was on the road and missed the last two games, so great to hear we took em. Gotta fill up a go cup and head off to the Fairgrounds to hear a bit of music, and eat some damn good food.
    Cheers all.

    • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Are you in Nawlins for the Jazz and Heritage fest, John?

      • Bozo said, on April 25, 2015 at 6:23 am

        Yeah chi, I am. They closed down the music early yesterday because of severe weather warnings, but still a great day out there. Missed the game last night, gotta get dem Rocks today.

  16. blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Dirt, I do have a chance (umm, like one in a gazillion) to attend the PacMan/Mayweather fight . . . Fan Duel has a $2 dollar tournament this evening, which includes Mayweather Fight Prize Package ($10k in winnings and $25K total Value) Includes 2 tickets to the fight on 5/2, Airfare and Hotel. I would imagine Flavor has a share or more in this tourney too.

    • Flavor said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

      nah, Katie’s got her Regional Championship that weekend, couldn’t miss it even if I won that awesome package

      • unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:36 pm

        Win one for the Chuckster?

        Works for me!

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 24, 2015 at 11:06 am

      hahaha, good luck with that man. It sure would be an exciting fight to see in person.

  17. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Yeah that was a great call by Roye on Steph’s unbelievable 3..
    Screaming at my tv , fist pump, just babbling incoherent mumblings..

    • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Kat – good to see ya…have not seen you for a while. Where in the hell is Salty? I have not seen him in some time, either.

      • alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 11:56 am

        Thanks Chi..
        Had some log in issues.All good now.Like the Giants Sweeep of the Dogpile with 2 Walkoffs&and the Dubs incredible comeback win,”The stars are lined up again”
        Bring on the Sherpa’s as Ben Hurr slays another opponent!!

  18. Lurker John said, on April 24, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Curry’s trey is one for the ages and an instant NBA Hardwood classic. No scrapeage on the rim, just nothing but twine. He’s a generational talent, IMO, an the W’s have him. I watched the replay several times to see what Mo Buckets did on that play. Seeing Curry’s first shot, he sprints from the just outside of the free throw line straight to the rim, and once again two Pelicans, including Davis, are slow to the basket. The ball comes off the rim perfectly right to him, he feeds Steph and the rest is history.

    22 offensive rebounds. I’ll say it again; 22 offensive rebounds. I’m not sure I remember any team having
    that many in one game. They had more O rebounds in the 4th than the Pels had total rebounds. Amazing.

    One of the best parts of that sequence at the end of regulation was the New Orleans crowd. Just stunned when Curry’s shot ripped through the net. A sea of red, hands to heads, utter disbelief. I love it!

    Go Giants! Beat the Rox!

    • alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Great Post LJ..
      And your so right about Mo’s hustle play, he wasn’t going to be denied to set up Curry’s “Shot heard around the World”, well at least thru out Bourbon ST..Kicker is Steph was hammered on the play, practically in Kerr’s lap,should have been a 4 pt play and the win in regulation, but what the hell that shot was the death knell for the Pelicans.No way they were gonna win in OT, they were deflated..

      • zumiee said, on April 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm

        Yeah, that was a big blown no-call by the refs. How did they miss that or not think it was a foul? Officiating in all the sports can sometimes make you scratch your head. Fortunately, the Warriors won anyway, but it was also fortunate for those refs, because they would have had some serious explaining to do if the Warriors had lost in overtime. (And they didn’t officiate all that great in the overtime, either.)

  19. blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Biggest concerns for me, remain these guys:

    Cain is still not throwing, so who knows when he’ll be back? The 2 weeks initially reported that he would be gone is . . . umm, long gone. I’m really thinking Cainer is going to need surgery, possibly Tommy John surgery.

    In 39 at-bats, baby giraffe has only seven hits, all singles. He is hitting .179 with an OBP of .289 and OPS of .468. Belt’s OPS trails all of the other position players on the team, except Hector Sanchez. No idea when this dude is going to finally arrive.

    Speaking of Hector, in 24 at-bats, Sanchez has only three hits for an average of .125. His OPS is a dismal .292, and his defense has also not been stellar. We are carrying 3 catchers, which is quite a luxury Bruce . . . Hello? Hello?

    Before he was injured, in two starts, Jake lasted only 7.2 innings. He allowed 12 hits and four walks while striking out seven. His ERA is a piece of shit 9.39, and his WHIP of 2.087 is equally putrid. I’m not even certain I want him back, if he ever recovers from his back strain.

    In 16.1 innings of work, Vogelsong has allowed 23 hits and 10 walks while striking out 15. He has an ERA of 7.71 and a WHIP of 2.02. Opposing batters are hitting an unbelievable .324 against him. He was only OK yesterday.

    Pence can’t arrive soon enough.

    • zumiee said, on April 24, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Yeah, the indications about Cain are ominous. As a fan (and ignoring the Giants’ usual smoke-screen), you have to think this is all heading towards a Tommy John surgery, which puts him back in…..sheesh, 2017.
      Susac is better than Sanchez, so I can’t see how the Giants get past that basic fact. Sanchez’s trade value probably isn’t much, but he doesn’t have much of a future with the Giants.

    • zumiee said, on April 24, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      The thing that will drive Giants fans crazy is if they doink around with Cain all season, and end up doing the TJ surgery in the off-season, anyway, thus pushing his return time even farther back.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Sadly, I think you are right about Cain. I’m not too worried about Belt. I think he’ll be fine and end up with respectable numbers to go with 20+ bombs. They probably want Sanchez over Susac just because of the limited PT available but yea I think his days are numbered. At the time of the Peavy deal I thought it was a bad idea and I still do. Vogelsong earned another start. I guess.

      I suspect Ishikawa is going to be on the DL for a long stint this season. Or his return coincides with Pence leading to Arias and Sanchez getting cut. Especially if Maxwell hits another bomb or two. The club needs power and where else are they going to get it? Just my guess.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm

        “Or his return coincides with Pence leading to Arias and Sanchez getting cut.”

        Dollars to donuts, you are right about Sanchez getting cut if Ishi comes back IMO

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm

        He’s really fallen off in all aspects. I wonder if the concussions have had an effect that hasn’t been diagnosed.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:28 pm

        Yes, you have to wonder if he is fully healthy.

    • Jon R. Weeks said, on April 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Bring in Bonds and let him work with Belt….Looks like he did OK with A-Rod.

  20. blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    In 2012, Matt Cain signed a 5 year / $127,500,000 contract with the Giants, including a $5,000,000 signing bonus, and an annual average salary of $25,500,000. In 2015, Cain will earn a base salary of $20,000,000. He also has a full no-trade clause and there is a vesting option for 2018 that could bring the deal to $141 million.

    Me? I’m calling it dead money, especially if he ends up having TJ surgery this season/off season.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      I doubt Cain will be vilified the way surfer dude Zito was, if only because he won’t be out on the mound every 5th day to remind us of how bad this contract is.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm

        Well, that and he’s been pretty good when healthy. Zito was dog meat since the ink dried. I know that people often point to Lincecum but to me Cain is really the one player that signifies the transistion from Bonds and ushered in this golden era.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm

        Good point. Actually, that has played out with Lincecum as well. He’s been putrid for years, but the fans love him for what he did here in his first few years on the Giants.

      • djloo27 said, on April 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm

        Got one great year and a title out of that idiotic contract. Just like Zito. And both in 2012…

      • zumiee said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        The contract rewards Cain for all that he has done for the Giants in his career, and I’m OK with that. If he can contribute in the future, all the better.

  21. chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Aoki gets his first day off…

    1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
    2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
    3. Angel Pagan (S) CF
    4. Buster Posey (R) C
    5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    6. Justin Maxwell (R) RF
    7. Casey McGehee (R) 3B
    8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    9. Chris Heston (R) P

    • zumiee said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      McGiggles really needs to have a nice series in Colorado. If he can’t string together some hits in Colorado, then he’s got some big issues.

      • alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        Rather have the Duffster or his cat Skeeters at 3rd over “Buzzkill”

      • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        I am not trying to defend the dude, but he isn’t the only one sucking balls. Belt needs to get it going, too. Point is…McG has company. I do agree that if he continues to struggle, the get Duffster out there more often.

  22. blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Dodgers skipping Grienke and sending a rookie against us; and, now the Sherpas sitting Tulo tonight. I’m loving this “no respect” thing going on with all the teams we’re playing. lqtm.

    • zumiee said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Our under-the-radar Giants. It’s worked rather well for the Giants as they keep hoisting championship banners. 🙂

  23. pawliekokonuts said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Prediction: Belt gets hot; Craw and Maxwell House stay hot. Heston stays Ben Hur-ish. Victory.

    • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Bang Band Maxwell’s Silver Hammer came down upon their heads!

  24. pawliekokonuts said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Whaddaya think of Buster’s crewcut? (I can’t believe I typed that.)

    • zumiee said, on April 24, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      He looks kind of like Bob Mould, when he was in a band called Husker Du in the 1980s. And that ain’t a bad thing.

      • djloo27 said, on April 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm

        My best friend was a Husker Du fanatic back then. He also tried to push a band called The Beat Farmers on me. I ignored him on both…

      • zumiee said, on April 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

        I don’t know much about the Beat Farmers, but Husker Du were pretty great. Their song “Ice Cold Ice” could have been written about the Giants the first time they played the Rockies this season. Hopefully, the Rockies are the “cold” ones this time.

      • xoot said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm

        The Beat Farmers were a terrific band. Their version of Neil Young’s Powder Finger is a masterpiece, although they did a lot more, too. RIP das beethovens.

      • xoot said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:25 pm

        And if you find you like the Beat Farmers a bit, may I also suggest another great southern california roots rock band still kicking–Jack Shit. http://jackshittheband.com/ Dave Alvin, who spent much time on stage with the Beat Farmers back in the day, also collaborates with Jack Shit. (I was a big Blasters fan in the 80s–led to all sorts of good things.)

      • xoot said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

        And I haven’t really noticed Buster’s hair. I wonder if he’d enjoy Jack Shit, or Country Dick Montana, the Beat Farmers’ drummer (who died on stage, I believe). I don’t think so.

      • wilcojoe said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:19 pm

        Good stuff Xoot. I never got to see the Beat Farmers, but I used to see Dave Alvin and Mojo Nixon quite a bit while in college in Austin. They used to play a dive bar across from campus (it’s still there) called the Hole In the Wall. Doug Sahm was a regular performer there. Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams also got their start at the Hole. Probably my favorite bar in the country. I took my wife there on our first date. Not exactly the classiest (or cleanest) place in the world, so when she didn’t walk out on me, I knew we were meant to be.

      • xoot said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm

        Doug Sahm and the great Steve Earle too? That spot is blessed. You did well. (As to Mojo Nixon, I left another comment below about how much I like his stuff.)

  25. mannyman46 said, on April 24, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    OK let the Sherpa ass whipping begin.

  26. mannyman46 said, on April 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Tater time.

  27. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Maxwell Silver Hammer makes sure we strike first. Belt is upping his OBP and that time a walk counted for a run. All good.

  28. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Easy to forget about “The Beast Morse” if Justin Silver Hammer Maxwell keeps mashing bombs!!!
    2-0 on another big fly!!!

  29. blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I only had one share of Justin in my fantasy tourneys. Sigh . . .

    • sandog said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Maxwell or Mourneau? (JK)

      • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm

        No, that’s a valid question . . . Where money is involved, I try to keep out/limit my biases. So, in answer to your question – I have 2 shares of Mourneau and 1 share of Maxwell. Sort of like the other night SD – I had Kershaw on a few tourneys going against the Gmen, but I was rooting for the Giants to win (which they did).

  30. blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Going to be a long evening as I expected.

  31. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Doesn’t take long for a lead to disappear in Coors Field…sigh

  32. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Anybody catch sight of the types of pitches the Sherps hit off Heston? Is his curve cutting okay? Is his FB sinking well?

  33. willedav said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Wow looks like it might take a TD and an FG to win this one.
    Morneau can really hit anyway at sea level, but in Coors I might give him the Bonds treatment.
    He did win batting title last year, right?

    Loo, I do remember Jerry Lynch, another guy on those old Reds teams I used to like.
    Does he still have the season PH HR record…6 maybe?

    Panik unable to move Blanco over…continuing problem with him. Pagan returns to leadoff, this needs to improve.
    Giants are gonna be in their fair share of torture games where every base and run matter.

  34. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Battle of the bombs and doubles. Typical Coors Field production. Giants very weak in doubles production so far this season. If they can up their stuff there we will see a lot more scoring. Curiously, they lead all baseball in triples with 7.

    Heston squeezed through the 3rd and kept the tie. How long can he keep it up? That joint has to be psychologically draining. Use More of Petit by the Fifth? After the LA series he is VERY well rested.

  35. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Jesus, Buzzkill is the king of rally killing DP’s..

    • Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      McG won himself a reprieve yesterday. But yesterday was yesterday. Dauntless Duffster awaits in the wings.

  36. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    WTF???
    2 outs a base knock by Heston and Kelly holds Maxwell at 3rd???
    Fucking A ,send him already!!!

    • sandog said, on April 24, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Plus, R Kelly damn near made contact with him. The settling-in process is still ongoing!

  37. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Liking Belt’s progress. He’s getting there. That RBI double was his first XBH of the season. I confidently expect more and more as he adds his stroke to his resurgent timing.

    • alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Agree Stix..
      Belt’s swinging the bat much better, going with the pitch on the outside instead of pulling it for a weak grounder.Coors is a great place to build back your confidence…
      Do like seeing that 1st EBH, think it’s gonna lead to some big flies soon.

  38. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    So if a Giant hits a HR and Roberto Kelly tackles him rounding 3rd what’s the call?Triple and an out?

  39. Macdog said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Not sure why Heston was left in after the 2nd double.

  40. James said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    The shelling of Heston looks neither like a reason to start worrying about him nor does it seem like Coors had much to do with it. His breaking ball was pretty sharp, yet the Rockies hit a lot of line drives.

    • alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Agree James..
      Rox hitters just had a nice approach taking the ball the other way,shit happens,Moses didn’t part the Red Sea tonight,but he wasn’t terrible either..

  41. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Yeah, my son said the d-same thing,

    Husker Du was great. As were the beat farmers.

    Had to find powder finger.

    • James said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Saw the Farmers in San Diego circa 85. Husker Du, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Saccharine Trust, and SWA at the Keystone Palo Alto the same year. I think I paid $10 total for both of those shows.

      • xoot said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm

        Berkeley Square and Keystone Berkeley in the early 80s–the Blasters, Los Lobos, X, the Beat Farmers, et al., and, at KB, Muddy Waters. Man am I glad I went to that one. One of the Beat Farmers’ close allies in San Diego, Mojo Nixon, also did some great stuff. Destroy All Lawyers is a classic, although Don Henley Must Die is probably just as good.

      • wilcojoe said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:24 pm

        Color me impressed, James! Nice!

      • wilcojoe said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:28 pm

        Cool Xoot. Yeah I mentioned seeing Mojo Nixon and Dave Alvin in the post above. I believe Mojo still has a regular gig at the Continental Club in Austin. He is an odd duck to to say the least, not to mention a real prick at times.

  42. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Done in by a devastation of doubles, Heston got his baptism of fire at the Box of Rox. He should bounce back in his next start.

  43. Macdog said, on April 24, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Posey 0-for-the-Rockies in 2015, which might have a little something to do with the Giants being 6 outs away from 0-4 vs. the Rockies.

  44. gianthead said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Haven’t read the Flap yet but will check if there is discussion about Josh Hamilton. If the asking price is just $15 mill over 4 years, isn’t that worth a gamble.

    With the personalities on our Giants like Pence and Posey, that may be a big influence on Hamilton. Add in the winning tradition and that may also influence Hamilton to play straight. In my book, it is worth the gamble to add a left-handed power that we are not getting out of Belt.

    • Macdog said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Angels reportedly near deal to send Hamilton to Rangers.

    • Flavor said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      He’s been traded back to Texas

  45. Macdog said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Maybe McDP should try bunting.

  46. Flavor said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Time to go back to Japan. I’m done with this dude

  47. James said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    One day they’ll quote McGehee: “It’s a great day for two . . . twice or thrice!”

    • alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Ernie Banks use to say ” Let’s play 2″
      McGehee must of thought he said”Hit into 2″

      • James said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm

        “It’s a great day for a ball game; let’s play two!” 🙂

  48. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Wow. Uggla part deux.

  49. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Ok,2 on no outs and Buzzkill does it again!! DOUBLE PLAY MACHINE!!
    As Nancy Kerrigan would say “WHY” WHY”

  50. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Posey’s had his chances as well.

    Fuck this ump. 2″ off the ground?

    Horrible call.

  51. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I hope Hamilton beats the shit out of the Angels next time they play.

    Totally classless shit they pulled.

  52. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Is that 11 DPs for the year for McUggla?

    • Macdog said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Baggs tweeted: Seventh GIDP for Casey McGehee in just 46 at-bats. That is hard to do.

  53. snarkk said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    What did I predict for this McGeeDP when he came on board — was it 30 or 35 GIDPs? Whatever it was, way too low. Is it too early to say this guy is a bust? Put Duffy in there at third…

  54. snarkk said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    They’re only paying this McGeehee $4M a year. It’s not like he breaks the bank if they bench his ass or DL the guy…

  55. Macdog said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Sweep the Dodgers but can’t beat the fucking Rockies.

  56. Macdog said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    It seems like Aoki never gets a hit in the late innings. So . . .

    Innings 1-3: 10-29 .345.

    Innings 4-6: 9-21 .429.

    Innings 7-9: 3-21 .143.

    But he is 1-2 in extra innings.

  57. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    They have to sit McDeepee tomorrow.

    • Macdog said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      How about the next month?

    • wilcojoe said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Mcdeepee…I think we have a winner!

  58. xoot said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Casey, the pride of Santa Cruz, ain’t cuttin it. True. Pains me to say so, but true. 15-day DL (knee) for Casey, and Duffy at 3B. Casey may heal up and come back strong. Meanwhile, we’ll see Duffy make his case. What if it’s not clear whether Casey can cut it? What do you do with Arias if Duffy earns his place as the utility guy? I don’t know. Package Arias with Hector for a pitcher.

    Also: Don’t you think Maxwell has to be LF when Pence returns? Aoki and Blanco can platoon as necessary. Pagan can move back to the leadoff slot.

  59. Lurker John said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Awesome Hüsker Dü vid, zum!

  60. Lurker John said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I don’t know much about The Beat Farmers, Chuck, but that’s a great song. Love the live stuff.

  61. Lurker John said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Regarding the Cain musings, SFGiants.com ran a piece today stating Cain will start throwing Tuesday. Let’s not give up on him yet.

  62. Lurker John said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    McGiggles has displayed zero power and a propensity for grounding into double plays, not to mention a crap batting average. It’s time to give Duffy a full time shot at third. It’s not like they’re paying McGehee huge bucks and have to play him. Give the kid a shot and have McGehee come off the bench.

  63. blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Had dinner with a grade/high school friend, so missed most of the game. Sounds like Casey is having issues. I was really hoping he would work out for the Giants. Last year, I had him on one of my winning fantasy league teams, so I followed his season. I also had Arenado on my FL team and when he went down with an injury, Casey did really well, holding down the fort until Arenado returned from injury.

    Last season, he earned his nickname “Hits McGhee” . . . This season? Not so much thus far. As snarkk and others have pointed out previously, in 159 games (2014), McGehee grounded into an MLB-leading 31 double plays. However, he did bat .289 with 4 home runs and 76 RBI, winning the Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award for the National League.

    McGehee has a wife, Sarah, and two children – a son, Mackail (Mack), who is 7, and a daughter, Cooper Reese, who is 3. Mack has Cerebral palsy. I wonder if that is putting a strain on his season; coupled possibly with moving to a new city; or if other personal issues are going on?

    I’m really rooting for the guy to turn it around. Dunno if he can do it though . . .

    • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      One other thing – Posey was 0 for 4. He has to do much better.

      • djloo27 said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:00 pm

        Would 0 for 3 make you happy?

      • blade3colorado said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:10 pm

        No. He did 0 for 3 Wednesday and it didn’t increase my happiness. 😦

  64. vogelsheiner said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I give Mcgehee more time. Everyone slumps. Posey needs to pick it up as well.

    • James said, on April 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      If Bonds can beat that bogus conviction after 10 years, McGehee can certainly come out of his slump before the end of the year.

  65. James said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I missed the start of the music comments, so will mention that, at the behest of some friends, I saw Grant Hart a few weeks ago at the Cake Shop in NYC. Hart wrote some of my favorite Husker Du tunes. It was a solo show, i.e., he can’t afford a band. It was predictably terrible, even though he played “Never Talking to You Again.”

    I plugged these guys once before on the Flap . . . if you’re a Rockist middle-aged fart who still enjoys a really skilled, funny, kick ass bar band, there ain’t none better right now than Low Cut Connie.

  66. djloo27 said, on April 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Yuks was victimized by a great play on the first DP.
    Looked like a double down the line when he hit it…

    • willedav said, on April 25, 2015 at 7:52 am

      True, took a great play to field it and get the DP.
      Just looks like another singles hitter, something Giants have plenty of already.
      Yesterday they got the singles, Rox pounded doubles, 7 of them plus a HR.

    • James said, on April 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

      We could feel sorry for him if it weren’t for the other 6 DPs.

      If he delivered a mid 700s OPS over a season, the DPs wouldn’t matter. The bigger issue is that it doesn’t look like he’ll do that.

      • willedav said, on April 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

        Agreed 100%. If as you said Maxwell can continue to hit you could eliminate Aoki, another one of endless stream of .700 OPS guys, from every day LU.
        I hope Craw can emerge as the IF that can get OPS to mid-.700s, ala Pablo.

  67. Carstie Clausen said, on April 25, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Early in the game i voiced curiosity as to what was happening to Heston’s pitches in that ‘rarified’ atmosphere. Sure enough, in interviews afterwards he stated that his pitches were “staying up” and in the batters’ sweet zone. Now that he has directly experienced the Everest effect he can get together with Gardy and Rags and knowledgeably work on a solution.

    • eddacker said, on April 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

      I thought Heston looked a bit out of sync like a distance running that has trained but can’t get it going on race day: not tired but not full energy either.

  68. chipower9 said, on April 25, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Stix – overall, not a terrible start for Ben-Hur in the house of horrors that is Coors Field. Tough loss…Giants hung tough for most of the game.

    Here is an article that has the most info I have seen on Cain, to date. Also a bit on Pence. Would be SO SWEET to get both back and contributing.

    http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Giants-Splash-Patience-with-McGehee-and-who-6222496.php

    Dubs and Giants this afternoon….my ass will be firmly planted on the couch. GO GIANTS – GO DUBS!

    • Carstie Clausen said, on April 25, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Thanx for the link, Chi. My guesstimate on Pence is May 6. Give that another couple weeks till we see Cain starting for SF. Again, just semi-educated guesses. Heston gets back on track and i think we will see Peavy’s injury liiiiinger.

  69. sandog said, on April 25, 2015 at 9:00 am

    The Zombies at Coors got to The Omega Man last night. I’m not really worried about it–happens to the best of them.
    As for 3B, I’m not in panic mode yet about McG and I also think that the expectations for Duffy to step in there and get the job done long-term need to be ratcheted down a few notches. The DPs are annoying, but he has hit some of those balls hard rather than a bunch of candy-ass, 2 percent milk, Darren Lewis 2 hoppers straight to the second basemen. So, if McG popped up or struck out instead of hitting into those DPs, we’d be less down on the guy????
    Very funny that The Beat Farmers got some run on here and that it was Loo (an east coast guy) who mentioned them. They were pretty popular down here in San Diego and still get some mention and airplay. Ironically, they came from (or at least first started making a name for themselves) in the Spring Valley area of SD, where I live. They played many gigs at The Spring Valley Inn (aka The Springer), which is a pretty rough place only a few miles from my house. I never saw them play, but I think the lead singer ended up dying on stage in the middle of a show—maybe not a Beat Farmers show, but some other iteration of the band.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 25, 2015 at 9:50 am

      “. . . 2 percent milk . . . ”

      I know a football coach who doesn’t touch the stuff.

    • James said, on April 25, 2015 at 9:59 am

      I’m pretty sure the SVI is where I saw them, looking at some of the photos. I remember my girlfriend and I were made just a little nervous by the . . . ambience. Did you ever catch The Crawdaddys?

      The singer who dropped dead on stage was actually the drummer, who stepped out from behind the kit to sing their novelty stuff.

  70. ewisco said, on April 25, 2015 at 9:57 am

    couple of articles mention that bochy is not one to give up on struggling vets early in the season and reminded us of pence’s struggles early last year. so don’t expect mcgiggles to go to the bench anytime soon though he may get a breather to get his head back on straight. got to give him credit as he sat there last night and took all the questions from the media and clearly was not pleased with himself. the rocks seemed to get a lot of balls to sit down before the opposite field foul line, so it’s not like the zombies were crushing him. just good abs. btw, love the zombie/omega man reference. nice. one of my favorite movies as a kid. was always into the end of the world scenarios. had my plans all set. since i don’t trust the giants med staff, i won’t believe anything about cain until i see him pitch. i can’t help thinking he’s a pitch away from TJS.

  71. Flavor said, on April 25, 2015 at 10:12 am

    new thread


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