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The Panda’s Sad Demise

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 19, 2015

I wish I knew a Red Sox fan. Actually, I do know one. Maybe I’ll call him. I’m truly interested in how the Red Sox fans are feeling about our beloved Panda. Besides sucking this year, he’s now slipping away from games to go check out the hotties on his instagram account. Think about that. So unfocused on the game, he’s not just thinking about the ladies he’s LEAVING THE GAME to go check them out on his phone.

He took some shit from Giants fans but deep down he was always loved and will be forever. But that’s due to the 3 World Series he helped us win. He’s bequeathed the Red Sox no trophies. But he is taking 100 million from them.

Anyone got a pic of the chick he was so desperate to click “like” on? Hope she was worth all the shit he’s getting now……

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  1. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Here ya go, Flav.

    http://tinyurl.com/o9k2xgn

    • ewisco said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:14 am

      i’m surprised he hasn’t liked the BBOTD

      • Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

        true dat.

  2. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Fried chicken, beer, video games and Diva Legacy. Boston, putting the club back into the clubhouse.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

      brilliante…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

        Oh. I see it made POTD.

      • Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:45 am

        Thank you, Mr. K.

  3. sfsarge said, on June 19, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Good for him. I’ll forever be thankful to him for his contributions to the trophy case and will never forget game 1 of the WS in 2012, but screw him. The way he left the team was unnecessary and ridiculous.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

      I’m withya. I was at that game. Never forget it. But, adios, Pandoa.

  4. chipower9 said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I am with Sarge. Many times I have said I appreciate Pablo’s contributions to three in five, but with the way he acted out during contract negotions talking crap about his Giant team mates, I could give a flying fuck about him. No love here for Pablito. Fuck him…if he flames-out and is DFA’d down the road, I could give a rat’s ass. Perhaps some would think it sad, but I do get a bit of satisfaction when he is struggling or pulls some dumb-ass shit like this.

    Great win last night. Vogey is quite the work of art. One game the dude gets lit-up like a christmas tree, and the next game he pulls out a gem like last night’s effort. I just want to see the boys go take at least two from the bumbinos this weekend. BEAT LA!

  5. willedav said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Guess it’s out of the question, but any way we can get a moratorium on Sandoval updates etc.?
    I really don’t care what he does or what happens to him, any more than guys who did less for SF like AJ.
    The $100 mil offer to him was dumb anyway; glad he went to Boston and SF saved the money and ultimately it gave Duffy an opportunity to show what he can do, which has been great. Sando is non issue to SF.

    Time for Belt to get back in the groove. He is 6 for his last 40 and batting .170 for month of June, with an OB of .250 (so no walks either) and OPS in .500 range. After a great May he hasn’t been able to sustain production and btw is only hitting .239 off LHP.
    He stung a couple up where flyballs went to die in Safeco, but hitting during warm weather in LA should be a lot better, and as has been noted no Kershaw or Greinke, LA’s 2 best SPs by far. With the way Pagan has been going and without Pence, Belt in middle of the order needs to start hitting and producing.
    Giants rotation for this 3 game set is Heston Hudson and Lincecum, so LU is gonna need to score early and often.

    • chipower9 said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:34 am

      I find the Pablo drivel old, too, but I do not think we should put a clamp on anyone’s ability to comment on whatever they want (outside of troll action). If you don’t particularly care for a post…just cruise on by, IMO.

      Agree with you on Belt, and would add that Pagan needs to get it going, too.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on June 19, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Wille: Belt drew two walks last night, scored both times and was responsible for igniting the initial rally with his BB. See my remarks from last night on that. Agree with you on being fed up to here on Panda pabulum. He’s history here.

  6. sfsarge said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I’ve been severely distracted lately and haven’t been able to watch very many games. It was nice to see some crooked numbers go up on the board last night.

  7. willedav said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Full disclosure, I do not have a cell phone.
    People’s fixation with these borders on ridiculous to me.
    I see guys and gals walking around downtown where I work totally oblivious to surroundings (or car traffic in a crosswalk) head buried and tapping away in their phones, and customers in store think nothing of carrying on loud personal conversations or conducting business calls for 20 minutes while looking around.

    Reminds me of Last Poets, “Jones coming down”.

    • chipower9 said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Hey, it is a choice, and you are the exception. I have had one for years (was an early adopter, if you will), and I find it hard to imagine life without one (although I do put mine down regularly). They are a great tool, but like most anything, can be abused. I know about what you speak (the way folks are oblivious), and that bugs me. Many people have no fucking ettiquite when it comes to using their phone. I try to be cognizant of how and when I use mine.

    • blade3colorado said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:42 am

      When Judgment Day comes (or whatever Skynet or the Terminator causes), they’ll point back to smart phones being the reason people turned into zombies . . . tap, tap, tapping away while walking down the street oblivious to everyone else. In Ecuador and a few other countries I have been to, people actually talk at city squares, parks, restaurants, etc. 🙂

      • pawliekokonuts said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:35 am

        sadly I myself having allowed myself to fall into this wretchedness, and I don’t even have a so-called smartphone; zombies….apt word

      • djloo27 said, on June 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm

        I held out as long as I could. Was pretty much forced to get one about 2 years ago. It’s useful at times but generally I hate the fuckin’ thing…

    • Carstie Clausen said, on June 19, 2015 at 11:22 am

      My sister gifted me with a trak-phone back in February. Have yet to activate it.

  8. chipower9 said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Thought this was a good article on Kerr. Love the end of the article where he is discussing next steps “I just want to sit on my couch watch the U.S. Open and drink beer.”

    http://tinyurl.com/ngsz4qb

  9. unca_chuck said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Yeah, cell phones are a necessary evil, and besides, what else is there do to on bart but read the blogs, and check out FB? That’s my morning anyway.

    But people walking around oblivious to their surroundings are annoying and should be smacked in the back of the head. TIme and place and all that. It is especially annoying when people walk real slow while others are trying to get somewhere. Or people having to read shit and text while walking down a stairway.

  10. blade3colorado said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Here she is Diva Legacy . . .

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:41 am

      • chipower9 said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:50 am

        Bahaha…good one Dirt.

    • Macdog said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Maybe Pablo meant to type ‘devour leg of lamb.’

    • chipower9 said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Way too made over for my liking. Now, I would not throw her out of the sack for eating crackers, but way too much make-up, IMO.

  11. blade3colorado said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:35 am

    and this one he “Liked” to . . . http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-feed/diva-legacy-01.jpg

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:37 am

      I’m always amazed at the skanks that get pros in trouble. Look at all the hashtags. She’s probably a bot. Lulz.

  12. dirtnrocksnomo said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I’m sort of surprised Bochy hasn’t put Belt in the 3 hole to try and get him going. I guess going L,L,L at the top isn’t something he wants to do. Maybe Posey in the 3.

  13. willedav said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Jenkins had something in Chron today about All star ballot stuffing:
    “In 1957, fans elected 7 Cincinnati Reds to start the game. Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in to add Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to the LU, replacing Wally Post and Gus Bell.”

    Hey, Aoki is having a fine season, but if he has more votes and starts over Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton, that’s as messed up as 7 Royals and Mike Trout.

  14. Irish Kevin said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I don’t hate Pablo. he is who he is. An undisciplined adult. So what. Is he a good ball player? I would give him a yes vote. He did not like all the rules and discipline the Giants imposed on him. So he left. He comments were and still are childish at best. Degrading to his fellow teammates at worst. Pablo can do what he wants now. He will blow off the Boston fans and Media. He has a MVP and 3 rings. He is still playing strictly to have fun.

  15. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:58 am

    As a team, the Red Sox have a chance to do something really strange: finish in last place 3 out 4 years, with the non-last place finish being a World Series championship.

  16. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

    One of the best things about a smart-phone is when you’re in line at a grocery store or somewhere. It’s nice to be able to get some use for that time.

  17. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Too bad the Texas reliever gave their game away last night. The dude totally choked. Two walks and a balk. So you wanna be a big league manager? Yikes. What a job.

  18. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Those old time ballplayers sure had it tough. Why, they had to grab a “handy” magazine and lock themselves in a stall before they could, ah..like a photo.

    • chipower9 said, on June 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

      That’s a good one, John! lqtm…

  19. Lurker John said, on June 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Vogey was pounding the zone with his fastball last night, and painting the corners with it too. He looked solid.

  20. blade3colorado said, on June 19, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Sounds like the ESPN crew (video) is advocating taking Panda into one of the shower stalls and beating the shit out of him. Hilarious.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13111237/pablo-sandoval-sideshow-cost-red-sox-manager-john-farrell-dearly

    • zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Good, solid article, and fair. Nice piece of writing.

      • zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        The guys in the video are over-the-top, though, IMO.

  21. djloo27 said, on June 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Twitter reporting Pablo just liked this:

    http://tinyurl.com/psokw3q

  22. blade3colorado said, on June 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I find it hard to believe that the Dodger players are as placid and nonchalant about the rivalry with the Giants as this article contends. If they are, then they are a sack of shit loser team . . . I will take Bumgarner’s fiery “take no prisoners” attitude every day of the week.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/dodger-report/post/_/id/15089/dodgers-looking-to-stem-the-giants-tide

  23. snarkk said, on June 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    The thing I always said that ticked me off about Panda was that his constantly being out of shape disrespected his teammates and organization. Our fear of him going out of control after signing a longterm deal looks now well founded. The main thing is waste of talent. Panda was a very good player for SF, I think he had the skills to be great. For some reason, he’s chosen to largely waste that potential. The Giants lucked out , maybe, that he left. Though I think in the Bochy clubhouse he would have fared better than Boston’s. No way in hell the Giants knew Duffy could do what he’s doing now. What a nice surprise and contrast to Panda’s travails…

  24. chipower9 said, on June 19, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Saw an aticle where MLB is voiding 60 million votes due to fraud. Sounds like most are from Royal’s fans. Really???

  25. alleykat69 said, on June 19, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Geez I was still using coffee cans& strings till recently..

    • blade3colorado said, on June 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      In all seriousness AK, I got rid of my landline about a year and a half ago. Best decision I ever made. I think I was one of the few dinosaurs that still had one in my circle of friends. I’ve also had a smart phone (Moto X, which I love) for the last year and a half. Great devices, except as many of you have indicated – they are intrusive and rude when you are with a friend, especially on a date. I always turn mine off when I am with the latter and avoid using mine when I am with friends or family.

  26. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    So the McCovey Chronicle is asking what happen to the rotation when Cain and Peavy come back.
    http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2015/6/18/8808449/sf-giants-rotation-jake-peavy-matt-cain

    When I first thought about it, I thought Heston gets sent back down (damn you, options, damn you) and Vogs back to the pen, but they make the point of Timmy and Vogs to the pen. First off, at the start of the year I thought it was strange to have two long guys but now we’re talking three? When Matt and Jake went down, Vogs and Heston got the call with Petit staying in the long guy roll, which the team rarely used him as (I don’t get that shit at all). It’ll be great to get those two guys back, but this could go strange rather quickly. Timmy is in a contract year, does he want to showcase himself as a starter, or is he good showing that he’s a team guy? Vogs, seems to make a ritual out of his starts, same routines, etc. could he pull off having his game face on 24/7 in the pen? And, what is up with Yusmeiro? Is he a long guy. spot starter or trade bait?

    After all that, is it Strickland and Broadway that go down or does Broadway hit the highway with a position player?

  27. Carstie Clausen said, on June 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    What i didn’t like about it was that they rated Hudson as the #3 and Cain as the four. We all pretty well know Hudson’s limits now ~ five innings/80 pitches, whichever comes first. I’d either send him to the pen or team him with Timmy as a twosome for 9 innings. They would switch roles as starter and vulture game to game. Without knowing where Cain and Peavy are gonna be at here’s my rotation: Bumgarner, Heston, Cain, Peavy, Tim and Timmy duet. Vogie as second long-man. Don’t know if pairing a couple starters has been tried before but it’s the only scenario i find appealing, Who knows, it could even work.

    • djloo27 said, on June 19, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      I threw this same idea out last year, Stix. I think I called it Tim Hudcecum.
      Like most of my posts it got little to no response. Anyway, it ain’t happening…

      • Carstie Clausen said, on June 19, 2015 at 6:42 pm

        “Tim Hudcecum”. Clever. Somehow missed seeing it last season. May have been a real busy spot in the year for me OR the Giants had been horseshit at that time and my attention was lagging.

  28. alleykat69 said, on June 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    To many crazy scenarios with this pitching staff!
    Shit if Cain&Peavy show they can contribute, they could go with 8 freakin starters and guys would stay fresh cause their only pitching every 2 weeks, lol…don’t think Bum would go for that.. Oh and talk of adding Cueto or Leake, Well why not add to the log jam…

  29. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Nice parade and rally for the Warriors this morning. Comcast is going to replay it tonight.

    • djloo27 said, on June 19, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      They were probably riding in stolen cars…

      • alleykat69 said, on June 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

        Solid Gold Loo!
        Thinking those hydraulic lift Impala’s would have been the perfect choice in a parade..

  30. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    NBA finals had highest TV ratings since 2003.

  31. xoot said, on June 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    A million people at the parade in Oakland today, or so I read. I only saw the starting line live. The crowd was enthusiastic. The streaming video later was good. Several Warriors got nostalgic on stage, looking up at a nearby apartment building beside Lake Merritt. They’d all rented places there when they first arrived here. Only three people shot, by the lake but blocks away from the stage, and those folks weren’t hurt badly, it seems. All in all, a pretty nice, sunny day for my hometown.

  32. Carstie Clausen said, on June 19, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    56 comments as i hit the board. Good sign, i think, as that’s my magic number. Blanco’s return is also a good sign. He considerably lengthens that lineup in the 8-hole. Still nowhere near sold on the current Pagan batting 3rd but wtf. Thinking Heston edges Bolsinger.

  33. alleykat69 said, on June 19, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Xoot ,
    Only 3 people shot, non threating injuries,yes that’s a good day in O Town!!
    Congrats Warriors!
    I still remember the remarkable 74-75 season when they swept the Bullets and Al Attles got kicked out of the final game protecting Rick Barry,when a desperate Bullet’s team tried to get under his skin with Mike Reardon hounding Barry with BS aggressive play and fouls to no avail!!
    A great team that hardly got any recognition back in the days before ESPN..

  34. willedav said, on June 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    The SP numbers game does bring up an interesting point: if most of them are 5 inning guys, then there aren’t enough bridge guys like Kontos and Petit. Peavy joins rotation that’s 6, plus Petit Kontos Lopez Affeldt Strick Romo Casilla. My guess is someone, likely Affeldt, gets a phantom DL injury for 15 days.
    Or, someone is traded…and imo the guy who would bring the most value back (as in OF help) is Romo

  35. snarkk said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Tell you what, that ’75 Warriors team would give this current champ Warriors team a run for its money. Barry would probably average 40 a game with the 3-pointer now in order, which wasn’t back then. The ’75 Dubs could play some D, too. George Johnson could rim protect, and Johann could get tough on the boards. I don’t know who would win, but maybe I’d go with the current Dubs in 7…

  36. pawliekokonuts said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I say I won’t stay up. These late nights strung together are tough. But…

    • Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      I was thinking about a nap. It has been a long, hot week here and I’m a tired Flapper.

  37. willedav said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Pagan swings and…rolls one to right side and he’s out at 1b.
    Hmmnn…starting to remind me of the dreaded Gamer.

  38. sandog said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Buster Bomb!

  39. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Gone!

  40. Flavor said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    monster.

  41. pawliekokonuts said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Posey, a rocket full of Posey!

  42. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Way to smack that dude’s big curveball!

  43. Carstie Clausen said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Enjoy a nice salami boys. Bustered! RBI’s # 37,38.39 and 40.

  44. Macdog said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Grand Buster!

  45. pawliekokonuts said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Buster Heaton.

  46. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Heston is up and down, like all the Giants starting pitchers not named MadBum.

  47. Flavor said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    going out on a limb here and saying Buster hasn’t ever hit a grand slam and stole a base in the same game before. At any level…

    • ewisco said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      hell, he played every position in college. i’m sure that was included.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      it’s true for the majors, bc my iPad just chirped and told me

    • xoot said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      yeah, when he was in HS or college Buster probably hit for the cycle including a GS and stole 2B and 3B. Maybe 3B twice. In the same game.

  48. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t get Pagan’s whining. It’s been clear Bolsinger’s getting the high strike from the ump on that curveball.

  49. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Shit. Nice play.

  50. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    That’s a great catch, but Pederson’s going to get injured someday doing all those dives.

    • Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Looks like he might of done some damage on that play. Hell of a catch, though.

  51. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    That redneck-looking Turner is an annoying player.

  52. Paul Sorensen said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I remember when Rollins joined LA in the off-season. He was talking about all sorts of stuff, looking forward to being their lead-off hitter, and being a real team leader, etc. I see he’s batting 8th and hitting under .200. Oops….

  53. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I’m a little surprised they pinch-hit for Ethier there. That had to fry Ethier’s butt.

    • blade3colorado said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Why Zum? Ethier is a lefty and Van Slyke is a righty. Made sense insofar as the matchup with Affeldt.

  54. vogelsheiner said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Belt needs to learn the art of protecting

  55. vogelsheiner said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Crawford fouled off the same pitch they got belt looking.

  56. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Crawford, our RBI leader, getting it done.

  57. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Duffman!

  58. djloo27 said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/nkmrgqo

    • Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Oh yeah.

  59. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    White Shark.

  60. Paul Sorensen said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Oh, thank you, Matt, et al. A blowout against the Dogs feels very relaxing….

  61. sandog said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Not sure I’ve ever seen Affeldt bat before…

  62. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Affeldt gets his cut. Nice inning.

  63. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Blade, I was thinking D2X would save Van Slyke for later, but it ended up not mattering. The Giants kept scoring.

    • blade3colorado said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Yep, nice ass whuppin’ . . .

  64. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    IF Affeldt finishes this he can get a safe, right?

    • Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Never mind.

  65. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Fuck that Turner guy.

  66. djloo27 said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Dodger’s PA guy has the enthusiasm of a corpse…

  67. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I had to Google photos of Claude Osteen. They ‘re right; he’s a Jim Nabors twin.

    • djloo27 said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      He could pitch 300 innings in his sleep. Very underrated guy…

    • Paul Sorensen said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      I remember having a baseball card of Osteen. I was a diehard Yankee fan as a little boy, so I hated the Dogs even way back then. In the photo on the card, Osteen was wearing some kind of windbreaker material under his shirt. Very shiny blue, looked wet. I always hated that card. Why is that guy wearing a shiny blue windbreaker under his shirt? Ah, the things we remember….

      • djloo27 said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:28 pm

        I’m with ya, Paul. This one baffled me as a little boy:

      • Paul Sorensen said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:33 pm

        Must’ve been the style back then, huh…

  68. Paul Sorensen said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    If anybody ought to be able to throw strikes, it should be “Right Down Broadway”, but apparently not. Dude… you’ve got a 4-run lead in the 9th inning, WTF…

    • Paul Sorensen said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Sorry, 5 run lead. Even more so.

    • Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Yeah you right, Paul.

  69. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Fucking throw strikes.

  70. zumiee said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    See ya, Broadway.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      should be off-off-broadway……like staten island

    • djloo27 said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      He should change his name to Lombard…

  71. Paul Sorensen said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Yeah… all the discussion of which pitchers get *dismissed* when Cain and Peavy (ha, I’ll believe it when I see it about Peavy) come back, I think Broadway just partly answered that one….

  72. Paul Sorensen said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Yep. Had it all the way. 🙂

  73. djloo27 said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Casilla never gives in!

  74. Bozo said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Yes.

  75. Macdog said, on June 19, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Beatdown L.A.!

  76. zumiee said, on June 20, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Giants record vs. Dodgers, 8-2.
    Giants vs. everybody else: 29-30.
    How to make sense of that?
    Baseball, you are a marvelous and inexhaustibly fascinating game.

  77. willedav said, on June 20, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Zum’s right that makes zero sense. If Sf played the dbax the way they play LA…
    Thought the kid was gonna give the lead back, but then Giants scored enough it didn’t matter.

    Loved Belt’s opposite field double, 12 hits 6 walks, contributions up and down LU.
    But if I managed, every time Belt gets caught looking it’d cost him $1K into kangaroo court pool, esp on the ones outside. With the shift on he can hit an Aoki special, 3 hopper to OF grass and still get a hit.
    I realize end of the day an out is an out no matter how it’s made, but the Kc is such a bad look. Swing the bat!

    • snarkk said, on June 20, 2015 at 8:51 am

      I agree. Belt hits oppo with power so much, why not just punch the bat to left field against that shift and start taking singles and doubles down the 3rd base line. Especially at ATT where pulling to RF will get you into outs in Death Valley out there in right center…

  78. blade3colorado said, on June 20, 2015 at 9:20 am

    The guy (Zack Hample) who caught ARod’s 3000 hit isn’t giving it back (IMO, finally someone who isn’t an idiot, as this ball will be worth at least $50k). However, that isn’t the interesting thing about this guy making the grab.

    According to his website, Hample has snagged more than 8,000 baseballs across 51 major league stadiums since 1990. He’s written three books, including “How To Snag Major League Baseballs,” and has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

    Kansas City Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has noticed Hample at past games.

    “He’s the best ball-catching fan of our generation,” Guthrie said. “He is legitimately above average at catching balls in the stands. I’ve seen him sprint up rows, down and across aisles, and he has no fear of catching the ball. In Baltimore, I saw him catch three balls in a game I was in — one in right field, two innings later on a popup behind home plate, and another one literally catching it on the run going full speed.”

  79. dirtnrocksnomo said, on June 20, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Blade, too funny man. I was just reading about that and planning to post the link. Sounds like A-Rod and Hample deserve one another. I was happy for him when he won a championship but otherwise I could care less about A-Rod and the taint surrounding his records. Maybe it’s because he’s slogged away in the beer league. I don’t know. Djloo, our man on the scene in NY might have some good insight on his time there. Guthrie’s comments are hilarious.

    • blade3colorado said, on June 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Absolutely agree with what you wrote. No love lost between Steroid man and I . . . I did read a good column in Grantland about him 2-3 months ago and it described him as a very sympathetic flawed person. Basically, he is insecure and tries to compensate for this. His father was an asshole and ARod spent his entire life trying to get his approval. In short, it’s no wonder he is all fucked up emotionally. Same shit happens with females who only have looks. Once that is gone, they crumble.

      Regarding Hample – good for him! Shit, I have never caught one ball, much less have very few balls landed near me. Here you have a guy that has caught/grabbed 8000. Unbelievable.

  80. dirtnrocksnomo said, on June 20, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Maybe Hample is holding out for one of the minotaur paintings.

  81. zumiee said, on June 20, 2015 at 11:29 am

    The Dodgers are now 5-16 against teams with a winning record. I would guess that their front office is troubled by that. If not, they should be. The Dodgers lack depth in their starting rotation (who doesn’t?), and will look to make a deal at some point, I would think. It’ll be interesting to see what transpires.
    The division lead gets so tantalizingly close to the Giants at times. They’re still more likely to be competing for a wild card spot, but that division lead is just so right there….

  82. zumiee said, on June 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

    If the D-Backs are able to get to a winning record (they are close), then the Dodgers record against teams with winning records will shoot right up, though.
    The Giants’ struggles against the D-Backs are really the only thing keeping the Giants out of first place.
    When the Giants lost those nine in a row at home, if they had just gone 2-7 in that stretch they’d be in first place.

    • snarkk said, on June 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      What galls me about people, like Marty Lurie, saying the season is long and that things balance out, blah blah, is that you can’t get back those 9 straight home losses. There is no way any team should lose that many in a row at home, I don’t care how bad you are. As you say, zum, just win a couple or three in that stretch, and it makes a world of difference. Sure, they could win 9 straight at home in August, who knows. But, that would just put them back to a modestly decent record at home. That 9 game loser at home will prevent a .600 record at home, which is what you want, with a .,500 roadie, to get to 90 wins. They’ll need to go near .550 on the road to make up — maybe they can do that…

      • zumiee said, on June 20, 2015 at 1:07 pm

        Something I tend to disagree regarding SABR people is their general belief that what matters about a player is that player’s stats at the end of the season; that it’s not really that important WHEN the player put the stats up during the season.
        But I disagree with that. For example, a bunch of the Red Sox players underperformed, and the team is in a big hole now. It’s not just that they’re nine games out of first place, but they’re also in last place, five games behind the team in fourth place. If the Sox end up missing the playoffs, but their players go on to end up with decent stats, it’s going to be deceptive. When the season was being lost, those players underperformed.

      • zumiee said, on June 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        And I’m not even sure what I mean by the phrase “SABR people.” We’re all SABR people now, to some extent; but I mean the ones that are most hardcore about it, I guess.

  83. zumiee said, on June 20, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Today’s Giants game is on Bay Area Comcast, but it’s also one of the MLB Network games, I think.
    And, of course, tomorrow’s game is the ESPN evening game, 5:00 Pacific Time.

  84. xoot said, on June 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    JDR maven Anna Piranha put this together:

    http://captiongenerator.com/46684/Hitler-Addresses-the-Dodger-Brass

    • zumiee said, on June 20, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Pretty darned funny.

    • blade3colorado said, on June 20, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Frickin’ hilarious.

  85. wilcojoe said, on June 20, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    FOX’s coverage of the US Open couldnt be any more boring if they tried. Too bad they couldnt pay NBC to borrow Johnny Miller for the weekend.

  86. zumiee said, on June 20, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Scherzer threw a no-hitter vs. the Pirates. 8 2/3 innings of a perfect game and then hit a batter on a cheesy play where the batter kind of leaned into the path of a curveball.

    • Bozo said, on June 20, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      My neighbor (Nats fan) was there for this game.

  87. zumiee said, on June 20, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    New thread. Hope nobody minds; I posted a Game-Time Thread.


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