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A-Rod Ties Mays

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 2, 2015

A-Rod with a pinch hit home run at Fenway to finally tally 660 was fantastic theater, in my opinion. The pinch hit part was the best because the fans who hate him didn’t have time to *cover and protect* since they didn’t think he was even going to play yesterday. Anyway, I am in the camp that says pay ARod his bonus and even a PED-aided 660 is an awesome accomplishment. Bonds and A-Rod: PED’s. Hank Aaron and Willie Mays: amphetamines. Babe Ruth: only playing against white people. Put a * after all of them and at the end of the day you’ve still got 5 dominant beasts who mashed and blasted the ball deep into the night better than any other player of their time.

Today is a jam packed day. All day volleyball tourney for me. Plus the Derby. The fight tonight. And there is a Flapalooza going down at AT&T. Send updates boys!


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  1. Carstie Clausen said, on May 2, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Flav: Excellent take on the 5 dominant beasts.

  2. unca_chuck said, on May 2, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Cocaine was big in the 20s and 30s. I’m sure there were players doing blow.

  3. unca_chuck said, on May 2, 2015 at 7:58 am

    That being said, the advantage HGH and steroids gives is MUCH better than speed and coke.

  4. unca_chuck said, on May 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Ahhh, just noticed the Bummie horse end ring pics. Most excellent.

    Flappers, unite!!!!!!!

  5. willedav said, on May 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

    He did hit them all, in ml parks off ml pitchers. For all the negative vibes from Yanks mgmt., he’s in the LU, playing regularly and hitting. Takes at least 2 signatures on any signed contract,
    Wonder if someday we’ll find Boras under a landfill, for all the “ruin” he has brought to the game.

  6. snarkk said, on May 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

    If u have a problem w A-Roid tying Mays, the u have a prob w Bonds. Mays has no problem w either …

  7. dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Old dudes, well past their prime, rockin it at the yard tonight.

    It’s Metallica night.

    What did you think I meant?

    • James said, on May 2, 2015 at 9:35 am

      I’m going to see Sleater-Kinney for the 4th or 5th time tonight. Probably in their 40s. They’re all old dudes and chicks nowadays.

  8. Paul Sorensen said, on May 2, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Flap Universe, just want to wish you a great day at the ol’ ballyard. Bring it home. Wish I could be there. And Loo: before the Clapton concert last night, I did indeed meet up with friends at Tracks. A good time was had by all. Looked for you there, but didn’t see you, maybe next time. :-p By the way, I think Clapton has a special on HBO now, maybe similar to the show last night at MSG, not sure, haven’t seen it, but I was impressed. I’ve seen so many *old guys* still trying to sing recently (McCartney was flippin’ horrible on that Saturday Night Live special; saw something on The Who, and Pete Townsend should never be given a microphone, ever again), but Clapton? Man, for 70 years old, he sounded GREAT, looked great, and he was still pickin’. Excellent. That was just what I needed after a rough week. Let It Rain literally brought me to tears. Happy tears. Rock on, Flappers.

  9. blade3colorado said, on May 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Flap boys in Public House (Zum, snarkk, Ewisco, and I); meanwhile, Chi and Ed watching batting practice. Eric’s son, Jack, caught a “jack” from Pujols in bp.

    • sandog said, on May 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Awesome! Say hello to everyone for me and have a great time!

      • blade3colorado said, on May 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm

        Just did . . . hope you are well SD!

  10. eddacker said, on May 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Posting pics on the twitter thing

  11. eddacker said, on May 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Kinda wish James was here he is a nice counter point to the snarkkie one 🙂

  12. sandog said, on May 2, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Loo–they heard you–the black tops have made an appearance!

  13. chipower9 said, on May 2, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Hanging at the yard with Flapper snarkk, Blade, Zumiee, Wisco, and Edd! Pictures later.

  14. Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    An Aoki start so far.

  15. gianthead said, on May 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Where’s my praises? My official prediction that Maxwell would be starting by May 1 has come to pass…he is starting again today…

  16. snarkk said, on May 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Aoki with the clutch hit…

  17. snarkk said, on May 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I called the Aoki hit to blade — over the 3rd base men’s head…

    • Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      But did you call the McDP single?

      • snarkk said, on May 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        Mcguffin having his best game of the season… Thanks to the Flapper vibe!…

  18. Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm


    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Haha, he got AT&T’d last night but not today.

  19. dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Crawford! Bombs away!

  20. Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Hey, a McRBI single!

  21. Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Buster bomb!

  22. Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Can all the Flapaloozers there confirm that McGehee really has a 3-hit game?

    • sandog said, on May 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Its true M-Dog!!

    • blade3colorado said, on May 2, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      I saw it with my own 2 eyes Mac.

  23. Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    That’s it, I’m putting the Derby on.

  24. sandog said, on May 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    How bizarre! Nice job fellas!

  25. Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Baserunner hit by the ball for final out? Whatever it takes.

  26. Carstie Clausen said, on May 2, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Cruising along in their vintage Hudson Terraplane the Gigantes nailed down another close one mainly on the strength of their scorpion stingers at the tail of the lineup ~McGiggles having a good laugh for once at his detractors and team RBI and HR leader, Crawdaddy in the EIGHT hole of all places ~ but with scant thanx to our three top bullies who BARELY held the fort in the ninth.

    With the primary pitching strength for SF in the pipeline being relievers like Strickland, Okert, Hall and even to some degree Bochy II, the Giants may soon start considering dangling reliever bait including both Romo and Affeldt ~ unless they level off a good bit. Not comfortable to be up 5-2 going into the ninth and then that lead hanging on like a loose tooth.

    Buster is doing a pretty good job of pacing Crawdaddy with his blast and the double ~ as well as obviously calling an excellent game for our Vintage Hudson. Eight full is a bunch for the dude in his ultimate walk year and hoping today’s magnificent effort does not cost him in August and September.

    Cool thing about today’s game is that we take the series in a bit of neat revenge for 2002. If Timmy can revert to being Dr., Jekyll instead of Mr. Hyde tomorrow we could see a second appearance of Broomhilda riding her magical broomstick against LaLaLand teams coming to McCovey Cove and Willie Mays Field.

  27. vogelsheiner said, on May 2, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    American Pharoah! Looks like a legit Triple Crown winner.

    • Flavor said, on May 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Agreed. And his competition doesn’t look too stiff.

  28. eddacker said, on May 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    A Giant win and Kruk saying he has never seen a game end like that. Everyone says g the Gmen are just lucky must be right. As Chi said, with success like this team has had rather be lucky.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on May 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      With the raft of bad luck going into the season with both Pence and Peavy going down to join Cain on the DL and a few tight losses mixed in with the blowout ones; the Giants have played without their #2 and three starters as well as their chief Enforcer and #1 psychological sparkplug. The fact that they have climbed to an 11-13 record after their miserable start indicates not only a gratifying turn in luck but also plenty of grit and fortitude as one might expect by the World Champions who now are 7-3 in their past ten games.

  29. alleykat69 said, on May 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Has to be a 1st in MLB history for a game to end on a “walk-off hit/ out!!
    Panik gets credit for the putout to end this bizzare game, that could only happen at a Flapzoola event!!

    • Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Baggs tweeted: ‘Per Elias, SF wins w/1st game ended by runner struck by batted ball since 6-27-2010. PIT at OAK (Alvarez struck by Tabata grounder).’

  30. blade3colorado said, on May 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Wow! What a game. Divine “Flap” intervention is the only reason we won this game (in my opinion). Last play was awesome . . . Everyone did a double take. WTF happened? Then the cheers began long and hard . . . Segueing to the (live) Kentucky Derby on the Phone Park big screen telly . . . Unfrickingbelievable!

    To arrive at this unbelievable ending, much occurred in between: 1. Hudson pitching like the Hudson of old. The dude was nails, except 2 mistake home runs to the awe inspiring Trout and all time great Pujols; 2. Casey McGehee had some timely hits and a Panda like fielding play at 3rd; 3. Aoki continues to astound at lead off – he lined a two-out, two-run single in the second; and 4. The bombs that Craw and Buster hit. Woo Hoo!

    However, you really had to be there for that game ending last play . . . Here is how it began and ended:

    The Angels made it a one-run game in the ninth, on back-to-back, two-out RBI singles by Kole Calhoun (off Jeremy Affeldt) and David Freese (Santiago Casilla). The next batter, Matt Joyce, lined a ball off the body of pinch-runner Taylor Featherston. The ball could’ve snuck into the outfield for a game-tying hit, but instead it gave the Angels a second straight loss that put both teams at 11-13. As I said earlier, AWESOME!

    Next post – The Unca Chuck and Chi saga . . .

    • sandog said, on May 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Super intrigued by Chuck/Chi teaser…

  31. blade3colorado said, on May 2, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    So, this is what went down with Unca Chuck and Chi . . . First some background: snarkk set up a text line where everyone attending the game could be able to see everyone’s texts. Dunno how he did it, but it worked great. After we got settled in the Club level seats, we’re all watching the game and not paying too much attention to our phones. Apparently, we are located in seats above the lower deck, where Unca Chuck and Pee Wee (his buddy) are located.

    Anywho, Chi, Zumiee, Ewisco, Ed, snarkk and I are watching the game. Chi is sitting near me and shaking his head about something on his cell phone . . . occasionally, he says something about Unca wanting tickets. I finally check my phone and see the back and forth communication going on with Unca Chuck and Chi. Specifically, Unca wants Chi to come down and give him his ticket . . . Chi says no. Unca says get me 2 tickets. Chi finally tells me, “Chuck is crazy . . . Fucker wants my ticket and one of your guys tickets, so he can come up here. The usher won’t let me back up here if I do that. I’m not giving him my fucking ticket.” I wasn’t paying much attention up to this point and finally looked at the back and forth messages going on between him and Unca on my phone. I start laughing and say, “Chi, he just wants to borrow your ticket and one of ours. You bring 3 total tickets down there and you all get back in by the usher . . . duh!” We both started laughing at that point. Only thing better would have been Chi saying, “I should have had a V-8.” 🙂

    • ewisco said, on May 2, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      maybe he should have stayed at a holiday inn express last night!

      Great seeing all y’all. i spent the last couple outs watching from the other side of the club level biting my fingernails off. The twisco’s had a great time and jack is still showing everyone his pujols ball. I was talking to snaark that maybe our next meeting should be a bring your own bourbon/scotch and we could do various taste tests. Get ’em tomorrow!

    • Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Haha, I may have to try that with Loo at Citi Field.

  32. Lurker John said, on May 2, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Glad you guys had a good time at the game, blade. It looked like a beautiful day at the ballpark and the Giants won. What more could you ask for?

    • blade3colorado said, on May 2, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks John . . . Good point about the weather – yes, it was excellent. It really didn’t go down like all the weather people indicated. A bit cold in the early morning at Red’s Java House, but it quickly got better a couple of hours before show time.

  33. Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Oh wow, CP3.

  34. Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    And that’s it. The champs are gone and the road is clear for the Dubs.

    For two guys who get as many ads as Paul and Griffin, they better make it out of the first round.

  35. blade3colorado said, on May 2, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Anyone wanting to watch the fight for free, here is the link. WARNING! If you do not know how to “X” out the ads and after watching the fight, do a virus, malware, and registry scan – do not click on this link. Also, under no circumstances, download any of the viewers. It isn’t necessary. Here is the fight . . .

    • pawliekokonuts said, on May 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      such a socialist…

  36. pawliekokonuts said, on May 2, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Magnus, well said. Let’s skip the hyprocrisy, folks. The Yankees are just trying to save $6 mill. As for the Derby, JUST saw it. Great race. Here’s the cool thing: my youngest was born the day after the ’97 Derby, so while her mom was in labor the Derby was on. It became a family tradition to go for the horse whose number matched her birthday age of that year. She turns 18 on Monday. Guess which horse won this year? Yup. 18. (Some years, that theory really brought in some long shots but I’ve actually never bet on the Derby.)

  37. eddacker said, on May 2, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    From the game: a couple of pictures shared with you here:

    • zumiee said, on May 2, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Nice photo of the 4 Flappers walking; kind of reminds me of the Abbey Road album cover. 🙂

  38. Macdog said, on May 2, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    You can’t make this up: The Dodgers just got the final out on a ball that hits D-Backs baserunner between 1st and 2nd.

    • djloo27 said, on May 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      That is just not believable…

  39. zumiee said, on May 2, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Awesome day, awesome game, awesome Flappers, awesome blog, awesome sandwich I got at the Subway on Market St. 🙂
    Really cool talking Giants baseball with these guys today. Snarkk and I rode the same BART car on the way back, and talked a lot of Giants history. It’s a really cool thing we all share, being Giants fans. Being Giants fans has been an amazing journey over the years.

  40. blade3colorado said, on May 2, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Mayweather IMO

  41. zumiee said, on May 2, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    The Giants have won some games lately, and a look at the standings shows the Giants one and a half games behind a Wild Card spot at the moment. Pretty nice formula: win games, and playoff spots draw near.

  42. sandog said, on May 2, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Nice photos—and LOL about the Abbey Road line. Snarkk is the John Lennon of the group, for sure.

  43. djloo27 said, on May 2, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    The fight and the Derby were yawners, IMO…
    Nothing better than being at the Ranger game early today, which feels like a week ago.

  44. blade3colorado said, on May 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Abbey Road? No Reservoir Dogs? lqtm . . .

  45. eddacker said, on May 2, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    A truly enjoyable time at the yard today. Meeting in person takes a lot of effort. Kudos to Blade for getting it started and for snarkk for doing the yeoman’s work getting great seats in a great part of the park I had never been. The flappers I shared today with made the game twice the time. But a win and the way the game played out were tip top, too.
    After some more flapping games a flapalooza during the world series is in our future. Flap Nation rules.

    • zumiee said, on May 2, 2015 at 10:56 pm

  46. zumiee said, on May 2, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Red Sox fans are still adjusting to the wild ride that is The Panda:

    Ball 4… 5… 6…
    Don’t swing at that! That was 7 straight balls!

    by outofleftfield on May 2, 2015 | 4:00 PM reply

    damnit, Pablo

    by Debageldond on May 2, 2015 | 4:00 PM reply

    Ah, hell…

    by Senzafine on May 2, 2015 | 4:01 PM reply

    The Panda gives and the Panda takes

    by steel43 on May 2, 2015 | 4:01 PM reply

    that was stupid

    by Sean O on May 2, 2015 | 4:01 PM reply

    Papi needs to have another talk to the Panda
    He’s told him that he has to be better at taking pitches.

    by RickD on May 2, 2015 | 4:01 PM reply

  47. zumiee said, on May 2, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Sounds like the Yankees are leaning towards not paying the bonuses to A-Rod:

    “Rodriguez would have been owed $6 million, but his scandal with PED means the Yankees can’t market his accomplishments. And if the Yankees aren’t making money off Rodriguez’s homers, he isn’t either.
    According to a side deal made, Yankees simply have the “right to designate” the home runs as historical milestones, but there aren’t any legal ramifications if the Yankees decide not to pay out, according to Cashman.
    “We have the right,” Cashman said, “not the obligation to do something. And that’s it. It’s not you do this, you get that. It’s completely different. I’ll let the other people above me handle it the rest of the way, but it’s not this two away, three away, four away, and all of a sudden, we’re choosing not to do something.
    “We’ve got the right, not the obligation, in quotes. It’s as simple as that. If we choose to pursue something [marketing rights], we will choose to pursue it. If we choose not to, it’s our right not to. In both cases, we’re honoring the contract.””

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