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Singling Our Way to a W

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 11, 2015

After listening to us dink ‘n doughnut our way to another improbable victory it got me to wondering, when was the last time we hit a walk off HR? I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of minutes and still can’t come up with much–recent or ancient. Ishikawa? That’s the only one that’s coming to mind.

Without googling it, name off the SF walk off HR’s in your memory. Either best or most recent. If you can’t remember what a walk off HR feels like just go to mlb.com, click on Must C and there are tons of them. Hit by players on other teams…….

Great resurrection by Voggy, of himself…..

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  1. blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Walk off home run? San Francisco Giant player? Hmm. Uhh, there was the one . . . .umm. Wait, how about the time . . . Dunno.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 6:42 am

      Can I Google it now?

  2. Lurker John said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:21 am

    All I got is Ishikawa. We don’t do walk-off homers, just clean singles. 😉

  3. willedav said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:22 am

    @SanDawg: Arias is pinch runner on 1b when Blanco crushes one that winds up going off the wall in deep RCF. Ichiro goes back and then stands there with his glove up like he’s underneath it ready to make the catch way in front of the wall. Then he turns around as ball hits the wall and plays the carom, and camera shits to show Arias only rounding 2b and being held up as he takes 3b.

    Total deke. Got himself in perfect position to play the carom on a ball he knew he wasn’t gonna be able to catch in the first place and faked the F out of Arias and 1b coach.

    • Lurker John said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:24 am

      I don’t know if I remember a deke done so well. Most of them are kind of half-assed. Ichiro, 132 more hits for 3K. Not bad for a guy who spent 9 years in Japan prior to coming here.

    • sfsarge said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:24 am

      And it’s plays like that that make ichiro one of my two favorite non-Giants (Ricky Henderson being the other) He’s a prototypical #2 hitter. When he was really good, could spray all parts of the field and he had #3 pop I’d helected really wanted to use it

  4. Lurker John said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:22 am

    How’s it going blade, good weekend? Flavor?

    • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

      As Flavor alluded to yesterday, Colorado weather is weird LJ . . . It was raining all week (Rockies games were canceled twice), then we had a large snow storm on Friday and Saturday (early morning). I didn’t see the game yesterday because I was going stir crazy with the bad weather and had to get outside, so a friend and I hiked an open space park in Denver and then drove up to the mountains to see how much snow had fallen (where we use to live). Nice day.

      By the by, I am going to make a few predictions about Sherpa baseball here: 1. Tulo will make a public announcement on “wanting out” of Colorado and/or his actions will be interpreted as such; 2. Weiss will NOT be fired, i.e., the skinflint owner – penny wise, pound foolish – extended the former high school coach to a 3 year contract in late 2013 and will NEVER pay anyone to stay away; and, 3. Cargo will be available before the trading deadline. As bad as this team was last season, it is FAR WORSE this season. In short, expect little or no assistance in beating the Padres, much less the Dodgers going forward.

      • Bozo said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:59 am

        Sorry to hear about the weather out your way, blade. Back in the late 70s I was backpacking around Morrison area, I was with four others when we got hit by a fluke snowstorm. One guy had a two/three man tent that two of the guys and the one woman would use, me and the other guy only had tube tents. We quickly made camp and all got into the big tent to drink (MD40/40 and 151 rum more bang for the weight) and smoke some bud. Bob, the other tube tent guy, and I leave the big tent to find that ours had collapsed from the snow. Drunk, I pissed my name in the snow (thinking that someone would know who was buried there, I guess), set my tent back up and passed out in my sleeping bag. Woke up the next day (always a good sign), dry and feeling good enough to hike out, Bob was also in good shape but the three in the big tent were soaked. Seems all that partying in the tent created a ton of condensation, they had a cold hike ahead of them and they were pissed.

        Oh, I forgot to mention, it was fucking August. Man, that Colorado weather can be a real crap shoot.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:15 am

        You’re spot on regarding snow in August. Personally, I have never seen it happen in Morrison, where I use to live. However, I have seen snow in the first week of September and June and July as well. John, do you recall what campsite you were at? I am fairly familiar with most of them in that area. Also, did you guys visit Red Rocks for a concert? Best open air amphitheater venue in Colorado (and probably the United States) for a concert.

      • Bozo said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:38 am

        Blade, I don’t remember what mountain or trail we were on. I think it was close to Morrison because I remember talking about the new lifts being built as we drove passed. We were all staying out in Longmont at the time. Good question, though. I think I’ll try and get in touch with some folks I haven’t talked to in years and try and find out.

  5. Lurker John said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I know the Derby was a week ago, but since we’re right in the middle of Triple Crown season I’m going to post this. You guys want to see a race horse? Watch the Bisquit do his thing in the famous match race versus War Admiral. The Bisquit was the underdog in this race, if you can believe it. Note the running start:

    • Flavor said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:34 am

      that was a great race, one I’ve never seen before. Match races are a tough call, aren’t they? I thought the announcer did a pretty good job considering. And I love the stragglers running across the infield. Great vid.

    • chipower9 said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Great video…thanks for the share, LJ.

    • twinfan1 said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:09 am

      1955. Match race between upset Kentucky Derby winner ” Swaps” and the great Nashua. Arcaro vs, Shoemaker. This was a huge event back then, Seems the whole U,S. watched the race. I was just 8 but I caught the fever.

      http://tinyurl.com/lbk3jme

  6. Bozo said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Ishi’s blast will always be a favorite of mine and never forgotten. Didn’t Maxwell hit one earlier this year? Tough question.

  7. unca_chuck said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:40 am

    It wasn’t the last and it wasn’t even a walk off but I was watching the Nats 18 inning game with a bunch of people I didn’t know (school thing) and one of them was talking shit about belt for half the game..

    I said just wait and he hit his no doubter. 5 innings later…

    • Flavor said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:41 am

      that was a good one. Great bat flip, too.

  8. willedav said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I do remember seeing Jack Clark beat Kent Tekulve with a walk off single day game at the Stick. In younger days I used to get comments I looked like Tekulve, 5-8 version…skinny with glasses and used to wear 3 ring black Pit hat a lot.

    @SD part 2: Flems just seems like odd guy out, the kid tagging along in the group of older guys. Listening to what Miller says to him and the tone of voice Miller uses is kind of weird and condescending. I think Flems does pretty good job calling a college b-ball game tho, maybe better than baseball with its slower pace.
    K and K are ultimate team, and Kuip lets Kruk chime in on whatever BS he might be putting out about umps zones, pitcher stuff or release time to the plate with guys on, et al. I’d guess when Kruk is no longer able to abide the physical rigors of broadcasting Kuip goes with him.

    • Flavor said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

      I can’t stand Flem. He’s the classic pompous Stanford grad. Totally condescending to his followers on twitter. Hey, just cause I love the Stanford sports teams doesn’t mean I have to like the douchbags who go there.

      • sandog said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:09 am

        I hear you on Flem having a bit of a pompous attitide, but to me, he is the best announcer we’ve got–including Miller. Part of that pompousness (is that a word?) is that he is willing to be critical at times, which I like.
        I’ve said it before a million times, so I won’t go on and on, but I don’t like Kruk and Kuip. To me, their shtick is aimed at housewives and gamer babes, not knowledgeable baseball fans.

      • willedav said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

        Listening to him alongside Kruk yesterday (and I’m not defending Kuiper) he doesn’t add anything to broadcast. Seems to want to say something to show you what he knows. Raises his voice then too to make it sound more important.

      • Macdog said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

        I prefer Flem over Miller if for no other reason than I don’t have to crank the volume either in the car or, especially, at work when Flem is doing the game, whereas Miller can be unbearably soft-spoken.

  9. sandog said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Crawdad splashed a walk-off last year. My ex and all 3 of my kids were there. I was, and still am, insanely jealous that I missed out on that. My sister was there too.

  10. Bozo said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I’m not a big fan of Flem’s, I actually thought about switching to the Marlins broadcast last night. I’m also not the biggest Miller fan, he’s got the voice and is good but I was always a Hank Greenwald guy (good voice, dry wit, less pompous). I was hoping Doug Greenwald would get a shot but he’s now calling AAA Stros games in Fresno.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Agree about Greenwald – low key and a wry sense of humor (which I felt a broadcaster had to have in those barren, death valley days of Giants baseball). I know a lot of people don’t get him, but I thought he was outstanding.

      • unca_chuck said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:34 am

        Yeah, me as well. Having to sit there and broadcast years and years of suckitude had to be hard if not outright depressing. His ’87 call of winning the pennant ranks up there with my favorites.

      • unca_chuck said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:35 am

        Did he have a partner? I remember the Gary Park days and the Lindsey Nelson days, but those guys did TV, right?

      • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:41 am

        I don’t think so Chuck. I know on radio, he was alone. Shit, Stoneham was so cheap, I think he only wanted to pay one dude to do the games. However, I believe Greenwald finally left because of a disagreement with Larry Baer.

      • willedav said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:58 am

        I liked greenwald too, and he and Baer weren’t on good terms. He accused Baer of being a cheapo and sabotaging David Glass, who I think was his partner at some point.
        Wrote a very nice auto-bio too, a good read…Syracuse guy who was at the U when Jim Brown was there.

  11. unca_chuck said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Flem? Meh. He’s OK. Miller? He’s fine. I think Kruk and Kuip’s deal is how well they work together. I’d think it would be hard to be fresh and exciting after 18 years in the booth together, but they manage to make it sound fresh and new.

    It helps to have a team that is relevant but still and all. they don’t detract from the action. Which I think a lot of guys do. Buck and whoever does. I like hearing snippets on sportscenter of other broadcasters, and I have herd the like of Coleman for the Pads, Scully, and a few others, but I heard a piece of the Nats, and the guy came off like a shoe salesman. “That particular gentleman placed that one in the bleachers” or some shit. Weird.

    • Bozo said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:53 am

      The Nats guys are Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo. Carpenter comes across like the guy that wants to be everyone’s friend and FP… Say no more. They are a tough listen.

  12. blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Bozo, yeah, I would be interested in knowing . . . You mentioned ski lifts and to the best of my knowledge, there are no ski lodges/lifts anywhere near Morrison (although I’m not certain if you meant in Morrison or past Morrison). Closest ski resort is probably Winterpark or A-Basin. Regardless, Morrison has some excellent camping and day sites for recreation.

  13. chipower9 said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I have listened to quite a few announcers (TV and radio) of other teams, and I will take our four, any day.

    Hank Greenwald was very good, but I prefer Miller. Someone mentioned David Glass broadcasting with Hank. He also had Ron Fairly as a sidekick for a few years, and I think also Phil Stone. While Greenwald was good, regardless of who he was teamed with, I do not think they were as good as the current accouncers.

    I guess just personal preferences…but I have never cared for Greenwald’s son Doug.

    • twinfan1 said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Glass and Fairly were awful IMO. Park was quite the gourmet and a winner of the George Hamilton Cocoa- Butter Classic .
      Greenwald, Michaels, Miller, Kuip, :Lon Simmons, Robinson. We’ve had a wealth of great play-by- play announcers Kruk standS alone among the “color” guys, IMO.
      Great game yesterday- seems like everybody had a hand in the win. Loving Aoki so far.

      • chipower9 said, on May 11, 2015 at 12:23 pm

        I agree, Twin. I never cared for ANYONE with whom they paired Greenwald. Good to see you here, Michael. Hope all is well for you and yours.

  14. Macdog said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I haven’t looked at the previous comments.

    There’s the Brian Johnson walk-off HR in that epic win over the Bums in ’97. And I remember Marvin Benard hitting a walk-off bomb to beat the Bums in a Sunday night game in 2000. That’s all I got.

    Does Pagan’s walk-off inside-the-park HR in ’13 count?

    • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Mac, you should be Jerry Lucas’s sidekick. Your steel trap mind could probably remember a phone book.

      • Macdog said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:54 am

        Ha, that’s nothing compared to some people I know. And who knows, maybe there was a walk-off HR between ’05 and ’08, but I’ve opted to forget just about everything from those years.

  15. giants54 said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Couldn’t out my finger on it but that Stanford pompousness might be part of why never warmed to Fleming. That and his youth. Not his fault I like em gravelly with great tales of a bygone era.
    Flem and Miller seem too much in love with their own voice. Windy when brevity is better. A great one liner instead of a 3 min monologue. Kuiper is ok but can’t bear much Kruk.
    I guess I’m an old fart old school, get off my damn lawn preferring more quiet at games to the present day circus. Grew up lying awake to Russ and Lon and Hank when there wasn’t much TV.

  16. blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Just got the SF Giants “camo” hat advertisement email, which they are calling the “San Francisco Giants 2015 Authentic Collection Memorial Day 59FIFTY On-Field Game Cap.” I guess this shit sells in the Fresno, Bakersfield, Central Valley area and certainly with NRA dudes. Me? I don’t get it, especially trying to market this stuff in the SF bay area.

    • Macdog said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:06 am

      That reminds me, have you seen this story?

      http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/05/11/nfl-teams-pregame-military-salutes

      • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:08 am

        Yes Mac, snarkk provided the link. Repugnant.

    • chipower9 said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:28 am

      That shit sells in Placerville, too! I have a handful of Giants camo lids. One is a desert camo item that I got many moons ago, and a couple of years ago I got a woodland camo lid with the orange SF on it. And I am not your typical (or non-typical) redneck hunter type….I just happen to like camo. 😉

      • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:32 am

        Yeah Chi, I know you are a conundrum. I know for a fact via your FB postings that you are left leaning. Perhaps, you’ll be the only one prepared for the Republican apocalypse when they take over. You got a years supply of food stored away too?

      • chipower9 said, on May 11, 2015 at 12:25 pm

        Left-leaning, yes. Survivalist, no…although, an under-ground bunker full of food, water, and guns and ammo is probably a really good idea. 😉

  17. Macdog said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I heard a little bit of the Marlins announcers, I think it was the Saturday game, and they were just downright goofy. At one point, they were listing all-time SF Giants from back in the day — Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, Jim Ray Hart, and then it morphed into . . . Johnnie LeMaster, Dirty Al Gallagher. Very strange.

  18. Lurker John said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Another interesting tidbit about the match race was that the running start was a condition imposed by War Admiral’s owner for the race to even take place. Starts were Admiral’s strength and not Seabisquit’s, who was known for his strong finishes. The last couple of furlongs are amazing and show just how great SB was. WA was considered the greatest horse in the world at the time, but the truth was he never had a chance. Seabiscuit is the greatest race horse ever, imo, despite all the great Triple Crown winners in racing history. His drive and will to win was legendary. He was also a California horse. West coast racing was shown no respect by the east coast racing establishment at the time. Sound familiar? Hmmmm…

    If you guys haven’t read Laura Hillenbrand’s “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” it’s highly recommended. She also wrote “Unbroken,” another excellent read.

    Enough about horses already! How ’bout those Giants!

  19. Lurker John said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Blade, what I want to know is, do the Giants go after Cargo if he becomes available? He’s a hell of a hitter and player, but you’ve seen more of him than any of us.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:20 am

      LJ, I’ll let this guy explain what is wrong with him . . . However, this guy is a homer and a lot of these guys on this blog, perceive everything through rose (purple?) colored glasses. Me? I think his past knee injury/tendinitis is effecting his swing, so I’m not as certain about Cargo being the player he was in 2013 as this guy might be. To his credit, Cargo is only 28.

      http://www.purplerow.com/2014/4/22/5640950/carlos-gonzalez-stats-analysis-injury-rockies

      • Lurker John said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:14 am

        Interesting articles, though they seem contradictory, one stating he’ll be fine the other saying his trade value is diminished, implying he won’t necessarily bounce back. And knowing the Giants, that 37 mil will be a big sticking point in the way of them acquiring him. The Giants, of course, first have to see how the lineup reacts with Pence’s return. With Aoki and Pagan playing well, adding Pence may give the team the extra pop it needs. Still concerned about Posey’s dearth of run production.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:18 am

        Yeah, in my mind LJ, the owner made a big, big mistake not unloading him and Tulo before the start of the season. Which by the way, Tulo hasn’t been Tulo this season either. He just isn’t doing as bad as Cargo, but his power and BA is way down from previous seasons. In fact, in my mind, the NL All Star selection would easily be Craw . . . and not Tulo or anyone else in the league.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Regarding a Cargo trade, here’s a link . . . http://www.purplerow.com/2015/5/8/8573729/colorado-rockies-carlos-gonzalez-trade-value-news-links

    • chipower9 said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

      I think he may be damaged goods, and with the coin he is still owed (almost 17 mil this year, 17.5 next year, and 20.5 in 2017…FA in 2018), no way in hell would I be interested…even if the Rox picked-up a chunk of his contract. I would rather see the Giants (if they are inclined to do a trade) go after a solid 3rd baseman who is under contract and could hold down the position for the next couple of years.

  20. Lurker John said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I remember Lindsey Nelson. Hated him. It always seemed like he was rooting against the Giants and that pissed me off. I think he was a closet Dodger fan. You guys have a lot more time listening to Kruk and Kuip than I do. What I like about them is that they have close ties to the Giants and the Giant’s community. I also liked both of them as players, especially Krukow who won 20 games on a not-very-good Giants team. Great curve ball.

    What wears on me is Krukow’s never-ending prattling on about things that don’t really interest hardcore baseball fans, as mentioned above, and I think Kuiper’s home run call is starting to become trite, if it isn’t there already. I prefer, “Adios, pelota!,” much more and think Miller calls a better game. Kruk and Kuip have become caricatures of themselves. I’m sure that’s heresy to some, but it’s my take.

    Watch this video macdog refers to above, the classic Brian Johnson dinger against the Dodgers:

    Kuiper’s call was much more vibrant and energetic back then. That’s what made him great. I think he might have lost some of that. Never had much of a chance to listen to Hank Greenwald, living out of state and all.

    • chipower9 said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:42 am

      I was at that game…one of the most electric moments I have ever experienced as a Giant fan. You would have thought it was a post-season game. People just stood around forever after the game high-fiving, etc. Great game…great memory.

      • Lurker John said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:16 am

        That’s awesome, chi, because it was a great game, back and forth with dramatic homers and hits and Beck’s epic load-the-bases-with-no-one-out-then-get-out-of-it trick. I miss that guy!! Would’ve been a great time to go to a game. That was a terrific Giants team.

      • xoot said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:54 am

        I was at that game, too, way up in CF, close to the wall (didn’t decide to buy tickets until that morning). The sold out Stick was very loud, of course. After the 9th, hot dog wrappers etc. began to swirl in those upper reaches of the evil vortex. A beautiful, intelligent young Ukrainian woman who’d come with us couldn’t understand why people weren’t fleeing that horrible chilly wind, taking shelter somewhere. American baseball fans were clearly crazy, far as she was concerned.

      • chipower9 said, on May 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

        We were in upper box like section 39 or 41 (down the right field line). It was one thing to see Shooter work out of a bases-loaded jam, but then to see Johnson hit one out…total pandomonium…

  21. unca_chuck said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Yeah. Blade my first job in Colo was planting trees and bushes on Red mountain outside Aspen. I was to start in early October. As I drove out there I pretty much followed a giant snowstorm from Salt Lake to Carbondale.

    By the time I got to the job site 2 days later I had to dig through 2′ of snow to get to the dirt. And this was around 10,000 ft. up.

    15 minutes in to the first planting I passed out.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:07 am

      LOL. Sorry, but yeah I could see that happening easily at 10,000. Shit Chuck, most new arrivals would face plant at Denver elevation doing that type of work.

      I think I might have told you the story about my cousin Greg coming out to visit me for a few days. Anyway, his experience was similar to your’s. I asked him if he wanted to go for a hike on the 2nd day he was here and he was all gung ho to go. I took him to Maxwell Falls, an easy trail, at a lower elevation (7500 to 8000 feet) then my home was at. Less then 150 feet from the trail head parking lot, he is about to vapor lock on me. Hilarious. I asked him if instead of this hike, he wanted hike Evergreen Lake, which has a flat grade trail around the entire lake; and the elevation is considerably less. He said no, so we continued on. To his credit – although he did struggle during the first hour, with numerous breaks, he completed the rest of the 2.5 hour hike with flying colors. I told him that some of my friends from Denver did worse then him.

  22. chipower9 said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Just saw where the Giants signed Ricky Ricard (Oh Luuuuucy)…er, Romero to a minor league deal. So, what is the motivation for this scrap-heap move? Is news not good for Cain or Peavy? Last I heard was Cain was doing long toss and all was going well. I have heard little on either, since. Is no news good news???

    • Bozo said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Not enough guys on the DL to play catch with I guess.

  23. alleykat69 said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Just another dumpster dive by Sabes Chi. Trying to find a pot of gold I guess..
    Romero has major control issues, worse then that pitcher in Bill Durham ..

  24. twinfan1 said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:30 am

    The guy is damaged goods but his history is damn good- definitely worth a look see. IMO.

  25. ewisco said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

    the one that sticks out in my mind is will clark in the 15th or some such in the mid-80’s. I met a girl that night who was with the bunch of friends I was with and I spent the entire game chatting her up. no clue what went on during the game, other than it was extra’s and clark smoked one into the upper deck in right to end it. we went to Charlie brown’s in milbrae afterward and we ended up making out in the back of someone’s car. all in all, a good night.

    • djloo27 said, on May 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Any time someone mentions or shows him a picture of Charlie Brown, my friend’s 3 year old son automatically says “I hate that motherfucker!”
      No one can figure out why.

  26. zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I like the 4 Giants broadcasters, although I think Kuiper is better on radio. Something about radio revs up his energy level. It wouldn’t be the worse thing in the world to have Kuiper be the main radio play by play, and team up Miller with Kruk on Comcast. But….I also like the K & K schtick with the crowd. No one does it better, or comes even close. K & K invent storylines and narratives, and it’s amazing the little mini-stories they concoct. They can get over-sentimental, and sure a lot of it’s geared towards the women in the audience, but I don’t have a problem with that. They’ve helped grow the Giants’ audience. Yesterday, there was a camera shot of a man wiping his small son’s nose with a napkin.
    Krukow: “Do you miss those days?”
    Kuiper: “I sure do.”
    And on Mother’s Day? Man, that’s great television.

    • Lurker John said, on May 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Good post, zum. Nice counterpoint to mine take on K&K.

    • djloo27 said, on May 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      I saw that too. I was wondering which end of the napkin he missed being on…

  27. wilcojoe said, on May 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Kruk and Kuip have really toned it down over the years. I remember back in the Candlestick days, the camera would pan on a heavy set guy eating a hot dog in the stands and they would make fun of him. “I wonder if that is his third or fourth hot dog.” Or they would point out his mustard stains on his shirt. Anyone remember the moose man? He used to sit in the right field pavilion at Candlestick. They gave that guy so much shit. Of course our country is much more PC today, so that stuff wouldn’t fly. I wouldnt trade them for any other broadcast team in the country.

  28. zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    As much as I like Krukow, which is a lot, I share some of the same criticisms as other Flappers. The contrived ‘umpire scouting reports,’ is an example of that, mentioned by S-Dog the other day. And I don’t like when Krukow goes into conspiracy theory mode. He doesn’t do it all that often, but when he does, he makes himself look ridiculous. If a Giants pitcher gives up two HRs in a row, Krukow starts to smell a plot; signs are being stolen and relayed to the batter.
    But, overall, the 4 broadcasters know the game well, and on a game-by-game basis give solid information and insight to the audience, along with an entertaining broadcast, IMO.
    I disliked Ron Fairly as a broadcaster. He had a tough gig, replacing Hank Greenwald. It was like replacing The Beatles with The Archies.

  29. zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I thought Joe Morgan did a nice job as the play by play guy on the TV broadcasts in the early ’90s. I didn’t think he did as well as analyst for ESPN Sunday Night games. Although, I have no idea why ESPN dumped Miller and Morgan, in favor of the crews they’ve had since then. That never made any sense to me.

  30. zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Speaking of Sandoval (and he does look good in the photo, although he might be holding his breath in 🙂 ), he’s got his work cut out for him tonight. Sandoval, 2 for 28 against lefties this season, is going against Kazmir, a quality lefty.

  31. zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Go figure the Yankees. Who foresaw a 20-12 start, with A-Rod being a “feel good” story?

    • Macdog said, on May 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      With their payroll, the Yankees should never be considered underdogs.

  32. Carstie Clausen said, on May 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Maybe we should be looking at the other CarGo ~ Carlos Gomez of the Brewers. With Milwaukee already waaay behind the Cards already, even though showing some signs of recovering from their early slumpandahalf, they may get in the mood for what the Germans call “wiederaufbau” (reconstruction). Gomez is a good hitter and his contract is in the $8M zone. He would be costly in prospects, though and would make for quite a hit on the pipeline. With pretty decent speed and defense plus some fair pop, he could make for a nice addition to the club.

    Giants prospect list could be pretty denuded if they looked for a bifecta with Gomez and Aramis Ramirez, who likely would make for a nice, if short-term (1-2 year estimated remaining shelf-life) solution to the situation at third.

  33. Carstie Clausen said, on May 11, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Could a looming answer at 3B be internal? Getting a good many starts at the hot-corner, Adam Duvall has responded this season, upping his fielding percentage there to a decent enough .977. Last couple years at Fresno and Richmond he was more in the .920-930 range. There is still plenty of time to determine whether the uptick is for real.

    With the stick, Duvall has become downright impressive. In 32 games he has driven in 27 runs and scored 19 over 125 ABs. His 41 hits have included 11 doubles, a triple and 9 dingers, for a ratio upwards of 50% of his knocks being of the xbh variety. His 8 walks to 28 k’s are not bad for a slugger. The fun part includes a .366 OBP, a 648!!! S.P., a .328 BA and an eye-opening 1.011 OPS.

    Giants brass and serious fans will be closely watching ~like a couple times per week in my case~ his progress as the season advances. Should he maintain his current pace, by the end of the Break it would not surprise me a bit if he gets the call. A lineup of Aoki, Panik, Belt, Posey, Pence, Pagan, Duvall and Crawford could be pretty intimidating.

    Duvall will be 27 in September, so if he ever will be ready for The Show it could be the time.

    • Flavor said, on May 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Brass doesn’t believe in him. And Duffy would have to completely implode for him to get a chance. Sabean sees him as AAA filler and that’s frankly probably what he is.

  34. twinfan1 said, on May 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Did anyone mention this one- Sept. 14, 1986 – Bob Brenly, walk off HR, 2 run single. Solo dinger.
    FOUR ERRORS in the 4th inning ( playing 3rd base. Had the best game of his career and the worst one- in the same game

    • Flavor said, on May 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      nice one.

      • djloo27 said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:50 pm

        I only remember this game because my grandparents took me to it. It was Senior Citizen’s day at Shea. One of my favorite ex-Giants, Jose Pagan who they had ridiculously traded to the PIrates for the awful Dick Schofield had a 4 error game of his own (including 3 in one inning), playing out of position at third. Unlike Brenly, he didn’t make up for it with his bat.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN196608180.shtml

      • xoot said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:21 pm

        — !

  35. alleykat69 said, on May 11, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Yes that game with Bob Brenly will always be a classic in futility& triumph ,Twin..
    Brenly’s mindset was probably saying”Jesus freakin Christ,I’m the worse 3rd sacker in the history of the game, don’t hit another ball in my direction please God”
    And God responded, probably cause he couldn’t take watching him field or throw anymore, and gave him the strength to muscle out a “Game Winning HR” in one of the most bizarre,yet happy ending game in Bob Brenly’s career!

  36. giants54 said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Yeah they showed about 5 times when thy faced dbacks, who brenly works for.

  37. giants54 said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Easily biggest, and for me, most exciting game of the year for Dubs..in a season with few of them as they rolled to a 1 seed.

  38. Flavor said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Nats didn’t seem to have any problem with Collmenter tonight. Blasted him for 7 ER in 1.1 innings

  39. zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    If Duvall keeps raking in Sac-town, the Giants would have to bring him up and at least kick the tires on that a little bit, doncha think?
    Adrianza is batting lead-off for Sac tonight. Perez is in the lineup, in the 2-hole. Pence, of course. And Ishi and Duvall. Correia is the starting pitcher.

    • zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      I realize the flaw in my logic is whose spot does he take? I have no idea. When Pence comes back, that’s when Sanchez is going down. I don’t think the Giants are inclined to send Arias down for a while. I don’t think they would do that to him. Duffy ain’t going anywhere. I don’t want to see Maxwell get sent down. He’s done enough to stay.

    • zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Maybe a McG phantom injury to the DL?

    • Flavor said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      I don’t think they’d kick the tires on him. They had him up last year and he rode the pine, with playing time available, I might add. Maybe I’m wrong, wouldn’t be the first time, but it seems like the team sees Duvall as AAA filler. He’s raked his entire career down below, why would they all of a sudden plug him into 3rd base, a place he can’t play defensively at the mlb level, with Duffy still alive? I could see it if Duffy wasn’t around but they aren’t kicking McGehee to the curb any time soon and Duffy is going to get a lot of run at 3rd.
      So where would Duvall play?

  40. willedav said, on May 11, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    MVP with a nice first half.

  41. willedav said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Gotta remember, Brewers are about dead last in many pitching categories. No way they are dealing hitters for anything less than affordable young (as in younger than Affeldt or Hudson or Vogs or…) pitching.

    3b is a really tough spot to fill. Chase Headley btw was hitting .229 last time I looked and he is another guy making I think 4 yrs at $50 something mil. I think Giants can live with what’s in house.
    Take the money you would have spent on Sandoval and go get some top flight pitching.

  42. twinfan1 said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Looking rad. It’s good to see that they’re shutting down Con-Ro in the paint but I look for Z-Rod to have a monster 4th Q if our inside dudes lose Gas-Can and he frees the Z-Man in the lane. A lot will depend K-Ram finding his shot. It might be a Barnes burner if we lose our big boy pants..

    • twinfan1 said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      OK, it’s all over but the screaming.

    • djloo27 said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Not exactly “Starr…..Dowler…..Touchdown, Green Bay.”

      • twinfan1 said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm

        Pop did get excited sometimes. Here’s the last minutes of the first Holiday Bowl with Jim McMahon,,, oh, just watch. Those Holiday Bowls were wild affairs,,

    • willedav said, on May 11, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Tolbert and Roye do a great job on radio together, funny and insightful. No idea how to watch game/listen to them.

  43. zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Sandoval’s wild splits continue; now 2 for 31 batting right-handed.

  44. giants54 said, on May 11, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Miami goes up 3-2 in DA 9th on a 2 run j

  45. zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Cishek struggling to close again. He has a lot of movement on his pitches, but trouble controlling them.

  46. zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Cishek blows the game, again.

  47. zumiee said, on May 11, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Ha! Sandoval finally gets to bat lefthanded….and hits an HR. Amazing splits continue.

    • snarkk said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      The A’s Pen has been absolute dogmeat. Makes you appreciate even more the Giants Pen…

  48. snarkk said, on May 11, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Late to the party here on announcers.
    All four of the Gyros guys have their foibles, but I wouldn’t trade any of ’em.
    I’ve heard snippets of airtime from a lot of announcers for other teams, and they sound from boring to plain awful. I can’t imagine having to listen to Mike Shannon or Hawk Harrelson– sheezus that would be torture…


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