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Raise Your Hand if you Want to Play

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 27, 2015

If you’re Dan Haren, you’ve got to be pretty stoked today. I’ve got no idea what the Giants LU will look like but Haren will probably feel like he’s on a rehab start in AAA.

Of course, I thought the same thing about Hendricks yesterday and that game finished with an 8 pitch, 2K 9th inning gem from Casilla……

But it’s a day game and it’s going to be pretty warm today. Get the ball in the air, let ‘er fly…..

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  1. Cardinal70 said, on August 27, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Appreciate the win last night. Hoping for another one today!

    • chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Not that I am too worried about them, but you guys can return the favor with a beatdown of the D-backs today. 😉

      • Cardinal70 said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

        Four game sweeps are hard to come by, but we’ll sure try!

  2. willedav said, on August 27, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Cards guy with the props, funny. glad they have put D-Bax back in their place too. On cbs site, cubs fan last night tweeted something about “anybody but Cards” as NL champs. Great rivalry, but I don’t think cubs hold candle to them this year.

    Just looking at their LU, with Fowler, Montero, Russell/Castro/La Stella/Coughlan—Giants have a bunch of better contact hitters than that.

    As for power, Craw and Belt were hitting HRs to opposite field back there. Put SF (full healthy LU) in friendly confines for 81, add in half dozen games each vs. Brewers/Red in those bandbox yards and SF top4 sluggers would have 20 bombs each no problem. Freaking Nate of Nippon hit 21 there, more than he hit in 3 yrs for SF.

    Haren is plenty hittable, so hopefully Bum doesn’t need much help…and it isn’t like he can’t help himself either. I know Bochy would never do it, but he might fit in 6 or 7 spot today.
    Great to see well pitched game yesterday…given any pitching that doesn’t put them down a touchdown early, rest of the week is doable too.

  3. Carstie Clausen said, on August 27, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Wondering if Bumgarner isn’t smelling the oats in the barn. He’s at 15 wins with maybe seven more starts. If Haren was facing any other starter on the staff he might be pretty confident today. If the Carolina Cattleman is fully focussed on attaining his highest win level yet, Haren and the Cubbies will have their work cut out for them.

  4. alleykat69 said, on August 27, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Free swinging Cubs means swing threw K’s the tune of 12 today.
    Undertaker with plenty of coffins on the R/F wall and add a drill job, we still owe them 1 or 2…

    • Flavor said, on August 27, 2015 at 7:50 am

      If we were out of the race I’d be fine with that but it would be misguiding our focus to get involved with that stuff now. Serves no point, really, besides revenge.

      • chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 8:32 am

        Agree…just go out there and get a business-like win.

  5. Flavor said, on August 27, 2015 at 7:49 am

    more likely would be to try Bum 8th, Tomlinson 9th, Aoki 1st. There is zero point to batting one of your best hitters 9th, especially with the rag-tag group that’s going out there today so I’m with WillieD, bump him up in the LU as high as you can tolerate going

  6. unca_chuck said, on August 27, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I’d consider the 5 hole. That ain’t Bochy’s style though. And yeah, the time to get revenge was the blowout. The moment has passed.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 27, 2015 at 8:49 am

      haha, I was thinking the same thing. With the LU that will be rolled out today he could slot anywhere from 6-9.

  7. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Damned game last night had all the makings of a spring training split-squad game. Get a win today and then bring on the deadbirds (sorry, Daniel…nothing personal). Per the schedule on MLB, looks like the Cards will bring Wacha, Lynn, and Garcia.

    A friend was telling me that Donnie 2 Trips has shuffled the bum’s rotation a bit. Greinke will go today and Kershaw tomorrow against the cubbies. This translates to Bum vs. Greinke next Tuesday and Leake vs. Kershaw on Wednesday. Monday’s series opener will probably be Peavy vs. Anderson. I have not hit any of the LA news sites or blogs, so not sure the motivation of shuffling the rotation by D2T.

    It is the stretch run, baby! Everything is under a microscope…each game…each AB can be key. Giddy up and let’s win the fucking West!

    Four in Six? Why Not?!
    Humm Baby – Let’s Do It Again!

  8. sandog said, on August 27, 2015 at 8:45 am

    It seems to me Bochy rarely/never orders his pitchers to throw at guys–even when our guys are going down. Bugs me a little bit that he doesnt protect our guys more, but the 3 in 5 thing keeps me from getting too worked up about it.
    Glad to hear SanDawg Jr made it out to ATT the other night. Sorry he didnt deliver a win, as usually magical things happen when he sets foot in that ballpark.
    Chuck…i have no idea what to make of the Pads. I dont follow them much, but they are totally unpredictable. Havent been to Petco in several weeks, but i am going Monday.
    Cain needs to swallow his pride and go make another 3-4 rehab starts in the minors. Or has the MWOI already spun and he has been put on the DL???

    A gold star to anyone who can identify what MWOI stands for.

    • Flavor said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

      I guess I just don’t see other teams targeting our guys. I don’t think anyone looks at the Giants and says “We can take aim at any part of them and not worry about retaliation because Bochy won’t order shit.” Besides, do the pitchers really need the order? I would think that if Bum decided someone needed to get hit he wouldn’t wait around for Bochy’s knowing dude head nod.
      I miss TedSpe too.

    • chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:24 am

      No DL for Cain, yet. I have no fucking clue at to what MWOI stands for…

    • ewisco said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:43 am

      magical wheel of injury

      • Flavor said, on August 27, 2015 at 10:23 am

        that’s gold.

      • chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

        Love it! We used to use a similar line when a friend and I were in the Air Force…the “mystical whell of excuses” of why we would not be at work (so that we could take in a Giants game)…

  9. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Sorry if a duplicate…I don’t recall this being shared. The latest on the walking wounded and potential roster moves…

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/giants/giants-notes-crawford-out-couple-days-pagan-returning

    Thanks again to John for the share of Craw’s piece from the Brandon and Brandon blog. Loved the video clip of Craw fouling a pitch hard off his knee and then taking the next pitch yard. Good stuff.

  10. Flavor said, on August 27, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Today’s #SFGiants Lineup:
    Aoki LF
    Duffy 3B
    Belt 1B
    Posey C
    Byrd RF
    Tomlinson 2B
    Perez CF
    Adrianza SS
    Bumgarner P

  11. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 10:46 am

  12. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Belt is 7 for 27 over the last week. Posey 4 for 24 but showing signs last night of picking it up. If those two can start rolling they can carry the club until the M.A.S.H. unit returns.

  13. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 27, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I missed most of last night’s game and just saw some highlights. Aoki-san has a nice home run trot going.

    • willedav said, on August 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Too bad he uses it in the OF…at least on bases he looks like he knows where he is going.
      Maybe he does in LF, he’s just not sure where the ball is headed.

      But hey, being back in the NL has sure re-energized his bat, esp for HRs/

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 27, 2015 at 11:37 am

        haha, yeah his play in the outfield can be dustonesque at times but try to take the good with the bad. He gets to balls that weren’t reached by Morse last year. What happens once he gets there is another question. Look at it the CF for the cubs last night. He dove for that ball that Belt hit and missed it by what looked like 2-3 feet.

  14. unca_chuck said, on August 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Very glad to see the Duffman out there. Thought he might really fucked up his ankle.

    Stop me if you’ve heard this but do we always play dried shit flat in these days games at home?

  15. Lisle Ellis said, on August 27, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I know it’s been discussed here before but can someone please explain to me (again) why Posey is hitting 3rd? Isn’t the best hitter supposed to hit 3rd? Is not Posey that guy for us?

    • Lisle Ellis said, on August 27, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Of course, I meant “is not” hitting 3rd.

    • chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Twin could fill ya in on this one…

    • snarkk said, on August 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Maybe it’s speed consideration. Posey has to be one of the slowest dudes in the league hitting in the #3 hole. Bochy might think with Belt 3rd, he’d have Posey in #4 able to knock in some speed guys in front of him, rather than have Posey be a slowpoke in the top 3, and the #4 guy like Belt might be unable to knock in Posey from first even with a double. Plausible…

      • ewisco said, on August 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm

        I think he’s also doing the left right thing.

  16. alleykat69 said, on August 27, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Sure Bumgarner’s saying :Shouldn’t are cow manure of a hitter OOO bat after me?

  17. zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    At the yard! Marshall Tucker playing.

    • chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Someone had told me Bum had changed his music, but when we saw him pitch against the Nats, it was still “Fire on the Mountain.”

      • zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

        Yep.

  18. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Nice start…K!

  19. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    The split-squaders getting it done! Keep that conga line moving, boys!

  20. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    DuffMan!

  21. unca_chuck said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Need to find a place showing the game. havent had lunch yet,

  22. Macdog said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Big Byrd!

  23. eddacker said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    WOOT!
    Take us home bum

  24. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Let that Byrd fly!

  25. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Byrdman with the bomb!

  26. unca_chuck said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Byrd is the word!

  27. Bozo said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    YES!!!!!

  28. unca_chuck said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I figured they’d walk Byrd to get to Tomlison

  29. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Thinking about ROY, I was just looking at stats for Duffy and Bryant. They’re both pretty much the same with just over 420 plate appearances. I think Duffy should take it but the HRs will give it to Bryant.

  30. Carstie Clausen said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    A Byrd on hand and a Bum on the mound and all of a sudden i like the odds.

  31. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I think it’s safe to say that Bumgarner is pissed off for greatness.

  32. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Would have liked to see Bum go deeper, but WTF, nice outing. 12 Ks, 2 H, 1 ER and only 2 BB. Let’s take it home, bullpen!

  33. alleykat69 said, on August 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Yes I will take a knowing nod, my 7:46 post nailed the K total of 12 from the Undertaker!!

  34. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Damn – I am following via the radio, but thought that Aoki-san had an inside-the-parker…

  35. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    RIP, Darryl Dawkins…

  36. Macdog said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Broadway > Michigan Ave.

  37. Macdog said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Kelby Slam!

  38. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Clark Kent just turned into Super Man! Grand Salami!

  39. Macdog said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Or as my daughter just said, “Way to go, Specs!”

    • chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Specs…that’s great. How old is she, Mac?

      • Macdog said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm

        17.

      • unca_chuck said, on August 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm

        Your daughter should meet up with my son . . . oh never mind, What are the chances?

        Unless she goes to CSU Monterey . . .

  40. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Can it be that this mish-mash of split-squad boys could be the next iteration of “You’re Gotta Like These Kids???”

    When the Giants Come To Town…It’s Bye Bye Baby!

  41. eddacker said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    unca_chuck said, on August 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm (Edit)
    I figured they’d walk Byrd to get to Tomlison

    Wasn’t the work on Clark Kent “no home run power”?

    • chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      The cubbies can suck on that Kryptonite…

  42. Flavor said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    So bummed I’m missing this……..

  43. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    That’s a win. Humm Baby.

  44. chipower9 said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Ballgame!

    Hey Daniel – you’re welcome! 😉

    • Cardinal70 said, on August 28, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Appreciate it. We held up our end of the deal as well. We’ll see what this weekend holds!

  45. Carstie Clausen said, on August 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Holy Salami, Batman! When your first dinger is a tater el grande, you suddenly become another fan favorite. Clark Kent as Batman ~ oh well, mixed superhero metaphors seems like a nice coda for the afternoon’s adventures. #16 for Bumgarner puts him in position to finish the season with the NL victory title. Whoever picked the Gigantes to win big today musta had a little Byrdie whisper in his ear.

    Today’s victory, still without half the regular lineup, sends some kinda message to the Cubbies ~ like they’re not quite so hot after all. It also sends notice to the Cardinals that maybe they oughta give their upcoming opponents a little more cred than they won on their recent roadie.

    Tomlinson? What can you say but that once again the organization has come up with yet another plus infielder. Only problem i can foresee is that he may be too good to retain as just a utilityman. So we might well witness him taking a lot of reps in the outfield come Scottsdale time.

  46. unca_chuck said, on August 27, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Revenge of the holograms!

    Great game to catch, Zumie . . .

  47. Flavor said, on August 27, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    because he pitched on so many shitty teams, we forget how good The Count could be……
    ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo 22m22 minutes ago
    Madison Bumgarner: 1st Giants pitcher with 3 12-K games in a single month since John Montefusco (August 1975)

    • ewisco said, on August 27, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      boy he was fun to watch. and just one of the great nicknames of all time.

      • Flavor said, on August 27, 2015 at 6:57 pm

        without question, one of the greatest nicknames of all time…..

  48. Paul Sorensen said, on August 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Morning in Saigon… nice to wake up to a big win. Man, I just watched the video of that acrobatic play Bum made at 1st base on the Belt throw; great play, but I winced big time. I blew out my left knee ACL on a play very similar to that one in a league softball game at Fort Scott field in the Presidio in summer of ’97, put me on the shelf for a year and was never quite the same after that. Be careful out there, Madison, we know you can do everything, but you really don’t need to do EVERYthing….

  49. eddacker said, on August 27, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I think I did mention that flapper Zumie would brings us a win. I may have heard he was the one yelling “GO HOME!” as Aoki rounded third?

  50. Flavor said, on August 27, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    jeez, talk about everything going right on a play….

    • snarkk said, on August 27, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      If SF wins the div, we probably get the Mets assuming they win the East, right?
      They’ve got some arms…

  51. unca_chuck said, on August 27, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Bummie should get a gold glove to go with his silver slugger

  52. snarkk said, on August 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    BTW, thanx for nuttin’, Cincy.
    Swept by LA…

  53. snarkk said, on August 27, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    My 10:39 last night — I’m doubling down on it giving props to “Specs”.
    Again, this is why baseball is my fav sport.
    Kid comes from nowhere, and is starting to make a name/place for himself. What’s better in baseball than a grand salami for your first HR, and at home, no less. Wow, what a game. Zumie must have enjoyed himself…

    • zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      I did! Great game, great weather.
      Great moment when Tomlinson ran onto the field after the Giants were finally retired after his grand slam. The other Giants, unbeknownst to Tomlinson, slowed down and stopped, leaving Tomlinson to run out there by himself. The crowd gave him a huge standing ovation. He stopped and turned around at second base and just marveled that the whole ovation was for him.

      • zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:26 pm

        I don’t know if they caught that moment on the TV broadcast.

      • snarkk said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        ANOTHER reason why I love baseball.
        Great report, zum…

      • zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:32 pm

        I was so impressed with the other Giants giving Tomlinson that spotlight moment.

      • eddacker said, on August 28, 2015 at 5:35 am

        nice, thanx, zum. I didn’t get that moment on radio and that, to me, is this team.

  54. snarkk said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Ya know, like others, I was a Giants fan for decades without a championship. Not one. I slogged through multiple dark ages, because #1, I loved baseball, and #2, I loved my team and held out hope that someday, sometime, we could finally grab the brass ring. Now, 3 brass rings later, getting that brass ring is no longer the main thing about following this squad. The brass rings have freed me to go back to enjoying the ups, the downs, the ins, the outs, the old players and the new kids, making their own baseball stories. Like “Specs”. This kid had no shot this year without a injury train of epic length hitting the big squad. Yet, that happened. So, here he is, making a great story for the day that zum witnessed on behalf of us all. The Giants have been clobbered by injuries so far, and because of that they may not win it all this time, may not even make the playoffs. But, their run through this season remains enjoyable to witness and be a part of — because the game itself is still the thing, just like it ever was…

    • Paul Sorensen said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Yes it is, good post, Tom…

    • blade3colorado said, on August 27, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Wonderful post Tom!

  55. zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks, Snarkk. Even Adrianza made a great play. 🙂
    Some Cub fans were sitting right in front of me. From Chicago, in the Bay Area for the week. They visited Alcatraz before the game. Good folks. I conversed quite a bit with one of them. He was just a classic hardcore baseball fan.

    • snarkk said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Yep, saw the highlight. The kid can flash leather. Too bad he swings a wet noodle…

      • zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm

        And he then double-clutched on one later in the game and blew a chance, unfortunately.

  56. zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Very cool post, Snarkk.

    • zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Your 9:40.

    • snarkk said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Two glasses of chardonnay waxing nostalgic, zum.
      Tell you what though, if this squad just happens, happens to sneak into a division win, I’m not selling these dudes short, no friggin way. These players and the coaches have a knack for winning when it counts. Cool under pressure, let the other guys fold like a cheap suit. All we need to do is get in, and then it’s back to the mantra “Why the F not?”…

  57. James said, on August 27, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Looking forward to Monday night in LA. They won’t be any farther back than 3.5, Peavey on the mound, and tix behind home plate. I was there late last season on a Monday night (9/22) when the season seemed like it was over, Peavey started, they won on a Susac hit in the 13th, and the stands had plenty of enthusiastic SF fans . . . .

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