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Friday Re-cap

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 1, 2015

What did we learn yesterday? In an epic throwback day of Flap posting, I’ll try to recap:

1) Mad Bum is a hot head. I guess this one isn’t new. However, I’ve never really understood why he gets cheesed off at a guy flipping his bat after making an out. Zumiee and Snarkk supplied the answers:

zumiee said, on July 31, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Edit)

To Bum, he takes it as the batter saying “I should have crushed that sorry pitch, and I’m going to say it to everyone.”

snarkk said, on July 31, 2015 at 9:12 pm (Edit)

Let’s stop pussyfooting around. Bum is an idiot doing this feigned insult gig when somebody throws a bat or flips it or cuts a fart for being disgusted with himself for missing a hittable pitch. In the ’60s, guys like Mays and Aaron were getting buzzed regularly about the head and neck with inside heat. They didn’t rush the mound, like would happen today with far less talented hitters. These players, including Bum, need to get over themselves. Get somebody out, stop giving up dingers, and stop being an ass on the mound just when you’re getting pounded. It’s embarrassing…

2) We learned what Steve Rushin calls August:

sandog said, on July 31, 2015 at 9:38 pm (Edit)

Amen to that. And I’m still firmly planted in July here in San Diego. I’m not a huge Steve Rushin fan, but he had a great line in his Sports Illustrated column this week saying that August is “summer’s warning track.’

That is a fantastic line.

3) We finally cobbled together the 3 people who past away yesterday:

Lynn Anderson, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Billy Pierce

4) I was able to secure a signed Candy Maldonado 8 X10 courtesy of…..

sandog said, on July 31, 2015 at 10:02 am (Edit)

What exactly made the ball a Photo Ball? I’m guessing there was a photo of a player on the ball? Different players…or everyone got the same guy? I tried ebay for answers, but came up empty.

By the way, this guy was never my cup of tea, but Flav or Loo or somebody needs to get on this asap….

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Candy-Maldonado-8×10-Baseball-Ball-Photo-Signed-Autographed-1989-WS-SF-Giants-/181798935158?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a540f9a76

5) We got a great re-tell of the Deion signing balls during the game story

Bozo said, on July 31, 2015 at 9:40 am (Edit)

Deion was still with Atlanta, he’d already taken a beer to the face when going for a foul ball. Instead of playing catch before the inning started, a kid dropped a ball, he picked it up and signed it and spent the rest of his warm-up time signing balls. No more beer was thrown at him but he was out on the field when all those balls started flying from the stands. The umps almost forfeited the game to the Braves. We came back from being down by 5 runs twice (? or was it three times), an amazing day.
I know it was kind of fucked up for all those baseball being thrown from the stands (including the upper deck), but strangely, I found it to be a beautiful thing.

6) We saw Wilmer Flores stop crying long enough to knock out a walk off bomb, his first home run in 6 weeks. As he neared the plate he tugged at the front of his jersey as if to say “that’s right, this is my town.” And that was the coolest thing of the night, in my opinion….

7) We saw idiot Bryce Harper get thrown out of yet another game for arguing balls and strikes. But this toss was especially hilarious since it was a tie game in the 11th and the only position player still on the bench was Dan Uggla. Kudos to Matt Williams for finally not getting thrown out with him……

8) we discovered that newly acquired Mike Leake has an unusual way of exchanging shirts. He walks into Macy’s and whispers quietly to himself, “I am exchanging these shirts that are yours for shirts that are now mine…”

9) Twin sighting:

twinfan1 said, on July 31, 2015 at 9:56 pm (Edit)

Hey, at 68, shaky hands, and a right side lean, I could still play third base better than “Long Ball Duvall” -as could the Dawg.
Way off subject, there’s something oddly comforting to see Eli in the dugout. Sort of like the Good Ol’ Shoe…

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Yes it was a full day of baseball and a full day of posting here at the Flap. I’m sure I missed a bunch including another education on wrestlers who wrestled on Sac-Town’s Channel 40 back in the early 70’s…..

But I’m tired of typing. Let’s see what today brings……

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  1. djloo27 said, on August 1, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Looking forward to the debut of the shoplifting, kid hating, beady-eyed weasel tomorrow…

    • snarkk said, on August 1, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Well , if he’s paranoid, too — maybe he’s Nixon reincarnated…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on August 1, 2015 at 10:06 pm

        the new Evan Thomas Nixon book sounds great

      • snarkk said, on August 1, 2015 at 11:16 pm

        Nixon’s politics would make him a democrat now; and still a crook…

    • alleykat69 said, on August 1, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Yeah Leake does remind of the cartoon character “Morocco Mole’ sidekick of Secret Squirrel…

      • djloo27 said, on August 1, 2015 at 9:56 pm

        lulz!

      • chipower9 said, on August 2, 2015 at 7:03 am

        Seeecret…

        LMAO…

  2. zumiee said, on August 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Some more Dodger fan comments, during the Pence and Belt HRs:

    and Pence goes deep

    Great player

    by Lex in South Central on Aug 1, 2015 | 8:33 PM up reply

    goofy as F …but a damn good player

    by arbfuldodger on Aug 1, 2015 | 8:34 PM up reply

    that awkward gangly fuck is always winning one way or another

    by Jack Huber on Aug 1, 2015 | 8:35 PM up reply

    Belt goes deep

    by Lex in South Central on Aug 1, 2015 | 8:38 PM up reply

    welp

    by Hollywood Joe on Aug 1, 2015 | 8:38 PM up reply

  3. pawliekokonuts said, on August 1, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    none of the announcers said a thing, but I thought Panik was limping a bit (hamstring type limp) after one of those Tex-Mex leaguers near the end; he seemed to say something to Crawdad……maybe just my search-for-the-doom existential gloomy disposition…anyway, Kierkegaard can give him an existential rubdown in the locker room

  4. pawliekokonuts said, on August 1, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Is BBOTD really there since April?

  5. zumiee said, on August 1, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Pawlie mentioned Evan Thomas….
    Thomas is a terrific historian. His book about Eisenhower is very good.

    • snarkk said, on August 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Carl Bernstein did a book review of two new Nixon bios and gave the Thomas one a lukewarm thumbs up. One thing I hadn’t heard is that several weeks before the ’68 election, Nixon representatives were afraid LBJ was going to get a major agreement in The Paris peace talks, so Nixon secretly made it known to the NViets that he’d give them a better deal than LBJ and Humphrey. So Nixon scuttled a possible earlier end to the war so that Humphrey would not get a pre-election boost. LBJ found out and was furious about what amounted to treasonous behavior. A lot of Nixon’s antics while pres was related to making sure that info never got out, because it cost about 25,000 American lives– since Nixon never followed thru with his “better” deal , and doubled down on bombing the North after he took office…

  6. Macdog said, on August 1, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Hoping it’s an encouraging sign that Belt hit both homers vs. a couple of lefties tonight.

    • snarkk said, on August 1, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      Agreed. When he first arrived, he raked lefties more than righties, then they fixed his swing…

  7. Paul Sorensen said, on August 2, 2015 at 5:35 am

    2 things I did not know before the excellent come-back victory last night: 1) As MacDog mentioned, Belt had not homered off a lefty. 2) The G’s were 1-37 this year when losing after the 7th inning. Wow. 1-37? I would not have guessed that. Last year, I seem to remember these guys as the late inning comeback kids. Here’s hoping 2 new trends have started with the advent of August and the push to the post-season.

    Oh, and, yeah, Nixon did end up giving the North Vietnamese a “better deal”. It was called complete withdrawal in ’73, which of course led to the fall of Saigon 2 years later. Ah, Tricky Dick. When pressed by my students here to define “irony”, I say, as a 17 year old in the ’73 military draft lottery, my birthday came up #9. Cue the White Album. I would’ve gone the next year. But hell no, I wouldn’t go, I filed for Conscientious Objector, saying to myself, no way I’m going to die in Vietnam. Now here I am in my late 50s in my 10th year in Vietnam and probably looking at… living out my years here… hah. On we go.

    • Flavor said, on August 2, 2015 at 6:57 am

      you’re the Vietnamese Klinger. lqtm

  8. chipower9 said, on August 2, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Let’s get a series win today! Make Texas Leake like a broken-down POS…

    Last day competing with the pooch in Carson City. Hoping to get home before 1st pitch.

    4 in 6! Why not…
    Humm Baby – Let’S Do It Agin!

  9. willedav said, on August 2, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Maybe Nip watched this one, as SF shows they can win AL style with Posey at DH. Cool W for Strick.

    Nixon stories will come out of the woodwork for years. His complicity in the downfall of Salvador Allende in Chile, a country with a rich democratic history of free elections ended by the murderous Pinochet dictatorship is one of the most awful things to happen to a heretofore peaceful South American republic.

  10. willedav said, on August 2, 2015 at 7:25 am

    I will say this for Texans tho—I used to really enjoy reading Molly Ivins in the Chron, and her book about Bush Jr. admin as guv in Texas, “Shrub”, is a classic.

    Thx Zum for the best of LA takes…”Giants aren’t going away…ever” is POTD stuff. I really think Giants are in their FO’s heads, reason for their flurry of deals, mostly “signifying nothing.”

  11. willedav said, on August 2, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Meanwhile, tough times for Mrs. Zum. Braves have lost 6 straight and 9 of last 10 after getting smoked 12-2 by Phils (a team they are lot closer too than either Nats or Mets) last night. They have 2 more Ws than Sherps and Brewers on season after 104 games.
    And the kid they throw vs. Cain Monday is the Polish alphabet.
    This used to be pretty heated rivalry, not so much anymore.

  12. blade3colorado said, on August 2, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Trippin’ on Ronda Rousey . . . Rousey is so good that she’s finished another fight in less than a minute. If you blinked, you missed it. 🙂

  13. blade3colorado said, on August 2, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Here’s the deal on MOST politicians – they mostly lie; they mostly are interested in increasing their net worth (see Clintons); and, the separation of how much they are bought and paid for by lobbyists is insignificant insofar the labels, Democrat and Republican are concerned. One of the worst mistakes I ever made was working on Obama’s 1st Presidential campaign. That being said, I will take the Democrat candidate 9 times out of 10 going forward.

    I wish Warren would run and if I determine that Sanders has a half decent chance of winning, whereby I don’t waste my vote – I’ll likely vote for him.

    By the by, liberals in particular should see much to like in Nixon’s accomplishments. He recognized the People’s Republic of China, created the Environmental Protection Agency, created OSHA to oversee workplace safety and comfort, created the Consumer Product Safety Commission, created Title IX for women’s sports, added the cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security, and expanded food stamps and welfare assistance. He also supported the Equal Rights Amendment, though that failed out among the States.

    President Nixon is also the first national leader I am aware of to sign a settlement with indigenous peoples that was made on equal terms. In 1971 he signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act into law; this Act constitutes the largest settlement of America’s indigenous peoples’ claims to their ancestral lands to that date, and served as a model and inspiration for land claim settlements by Eskimo and Inuit in Canada and Greenland.

    In short, I would take Nixon every day and twice on Sunday versus the imbecilic right wing candidates we have today.

    • unca_chuck said, on August 2, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Scary, eh? Of the 37 republican candidates, there are maybe 2 with a few decent ideas. Rand Paul isn’t all bad, but some of his shit is just out there. I get not needing huge military bases all over the world, but self-regulating businesses is not the answer to anything but trouble. Din;’t Wall St show him anything? Shutting down things like the FDA and the USDA, understaffed as they are anyway, would lead to a lot of unnecessary problems.

      Let the marketplace decide? Yeah, after hundreds die from bad chicken. Oooops.

      • blade3colorado said, on August 2, 2015 at 8:19 am

        I actually like Rand Paul. Liked some of his fathers ideas too. Yes, very scary – all of them.

    • Flavor said, on August 2, 2015 at 8:13 am

      sorry Blade, feel free to repost but I fired up a new thread.

    • xoot said, on August 2, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Blade, the story of the ANCSA is pretty complicated. Strangely, after Nixon appointed AK gov. Wally Hickel Secretary of the Interior, settlement made progress in DC (despite Hickel’s previous hardball bargaining tactics in Juneau). Then oil was discovered in Prudhoe Bay, and settlement became essential (and probably more economical) to corporate interests. So that got done, but, of course, soon thereafter Nixon fired Hickel because Wally spoke out in opposition to the Viet Nam war. (Crazy mofo, Wally. His hotel in Anchorage had a great gym anyone could join, and as late as 1991 you could see him there jumping rope like the boxer he once was.)

      In 1975, my second trip to Alaska, I worked as a wilderness fishing guide for the first half of the year and then, to make money, as a construction worker the second half. The big project was not far from Wasilla, and it was funded by Native money. The idea was to build a new luxury town, with a commercial district, golf course and float-plane lake, in between Anchorage and Willow, which was the future home of the new state capitol. Smoking D8s plowed streets through the birch forest and we installed many miles of water pipe 10-12 feet in the ground (frost). Then the Alaskans passed a referendum revoking the move of the capitol to Willow. The new town project vanished like a dream. The birch forest took over again (I visited the site in 1991). But a whole lot of people put that Native money in their pockets and lived well while they waited for the pipeline boom to begin. (Or if you want to see the story from a more personal side, google homeless anchorage native.)

      • blade3colorado said, on August 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

        Thanks for the thoughtful post . . . Your personal experience provides context to what I posted.

  14. unca_chuck said, on August 2, 2015 at 8:12 am

    If Bernie was an independent I’d consider him. Just with the idea of a viable 3rd party could emerge. But the system won’t allow it.

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