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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 28, 2015

Snarkk’s POTD brilliantly tied together a thought I had while driving home yesterday. Someone on the radio was wondering if Kris Bryant had jumped ahead of Matt Duffy for ROY award. I was having a hard time caring about his point. And I thought, I don’t give a shit if Duffy wins the ROY or not. What has happened to me? In the past that would have been an award that I really would have wanted him to win. But since those 3 beauties have conga-lined their way into my life, I’ve have a hard time getting worked up about individual awards for my Giants. Awards like that are for fans of teams who never win anything. It’s like a consolation prize for not winning the World Series. Again.

The Tomlinson story is something that we have the luxury to sit back and truly enjoy. It is, as was said by a few last night, the reason baseball is our favorite sport. But what if we don’t win it all this year! Are we somehow less entranced by the magic of the Tomlinson moment? No chance. If we don’t win it all, so be it. And I will be able to look back on days like yesterday and truly embrace them in my memories. And I didn’t even see the game! But with posts like this, I FELT like I was at the game, baking away on Summer’s Warning Track. I can put my hand out and almost feel the wall:

zumiee said, on August 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm (Edit)

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.

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Who didn’t love the Brian Dallimore grand slam moment of 2004? But a guy like Dallimore wasn’t ever a part of taking us to the promised land. Had he been, or had we had some recent trophies in the *fan bank* I might have been able to enjoy his weird, short ride in the major leagues a little more.

And I’m not trying to compare Tomlinson to a flash in the pan like Dallimore. I think Specs has a chance to easily turn into the next Joe Panik, possibly reincarnating himself as one of our starting outfielders next season……

Today’s POTD was also entered into “POTD-best of” which is, without question, the best part of the blog. Years from now I should turn this into a poetry book about baseball……

https://oneflapdown77.com/potw-archives/

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  1. ewisco said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:22 am

    i think that the treatment of Specs by his teammates is ineffably cool.

  2. willedav said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Snarkk’s wonderful POTD is also what Red Sox fans had to say in Pawlie’s Starry Night after they got eliminated late by combo of O’s and Ray’s comebacks. Once they had broken The Curse, they could handle day to day no matter how brutal, and live to wait for another season. “Multiple dark ages” indeed.

    Should be good series this weekend; according to Chron today Cain still slotted to be SP Sunday. Hmmnnn.

    Saw Bonds lost his collusion case, absurd, while teams were paying guys like that paragon of good citizenship Milton Bradley $5 mil. Bonds offered to play for whatev, too. No one could have used him as full time DH and batting coach on the side to offer advice to younger players? Face it, Aaron guy Bud made it clear he was NOT to be signed (and to STFU about it), and the guy who had 1.000 OPS at ATT at age 42 was out of a job.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:48 am

      willedav: It may take a decade or two but Selig’s treatment of Bonds (with the full collusion of a majority of owners) will go down in baseball lore as one of the ultimate shithead actions by any Commissioner of MLB. As i’ve noted in many a prior posting Bonds’ participation in the amping was largely reactive to the antics of inferior players, McGwire and So-so blasting the single season HR record (with the tacit approval of their steroid use by Selig and the owners wanting to get the game back on track after the player strike). Bonds may have overdone the point, but whether or not he topped the steroid duo or Aaron’s record, he was already HOF bound as probably outranking Ted Williams as the best pure hitter the game has ever known.

    • xoot said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:24 am

      mlb arbitration, when you’re going up against mlb itself, is absurd. The current lead arbitrator, Horowitz, got the gig a couple of years ago after his predecessor was canned for issuing a decision mlb didn’t like. Kangaroo court. Bonds’s lawyers had no leverage in the case, and came up with no evidence. I’ll bet a full-on federal court lawsuit with electronic discovery searches of email and depositions of disgruntled former front officee people, etc., would’ve looked a lot different. Of course there was collusion. The persecution of Barry Bonds is one chapter in the dark ages of Giants history that even the mystical light of three trophies can’t bleach away. Bonds is, as I keep saying, the post-modern (or, if you prefer a more common lie, the “post-racial”) Jack Johnson.

      • snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:33 am

        Agreed. MLB has participated in shifting fan steroid outrage onto a few, Bonds being the poster boy. The US attorney’s office wasted a decade of money and lawyer / investigator power into trying to “get” him. Like I’ve always said, he was a pr–k, but he was our pr–k. Maybe half the league was on PEDs, or more, during the zenith. So, Bonds never deserved the treatment he’s gotten from a league rotten from the top and within on this steroid issue…

    • Carstie Clausen said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Our two in-house lawyers have spoken. The verdict is clear. Bonds was made to be the primary object-lesson Afro-American flak-catcher by collusion in high places in MLB.

  3. alleykat69 said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Just can’t script Specs start in the bigs any better. Gets a base hit in his 1st big league AB, PH no less in front of his family in the stands, hits his 1st BL HR a GrandSlam no less, and his teammates give him his special moment of letting him take the field 1st after the inning was over. Just “AWESOME”!!!

  4. willedav said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Watching professional hitters in twilight of their careers who are unable to field position at advanced age is really the only acceptable reason for the DH. I remember watching Harold Baines hit while being a DH for the A’s at tail end of his career. Paul Molitor could still hit .300 in his final years.
    I’m sure Bonds as a hitter would still have struck fear into most pitchers and mgrs., esp if his body was freed from having to try and move around the OF.
    And again I’ve never understood why a team with young hitters wouldn’t want them to be able to sit next to him in the dugout every day and listen to his advice…even if they couldn’t duplicate what he did at the plate.

  5. sfsarge said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Very emotive POTD. Like the cliché goes, it’s not the destination, it’s the journey. That’s what we love about this team and this game. The only real certainty we had in April was that the lineup in September would be different than the one in April. It’s been a great ride so far and the fun is only just beginning. Bring on the deadbirds, time for a little retribution.

  6. chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Great thread, Craig, and a beauty of a POTD by snarkk. Tom, you nailed it for me, too. Just absolutely beautiful conveyance.

    And it is days like yesterday, with Tomlinson’s slam, POTD like snarkk’s, this blog, and the friends I have made via this blog (and some met in person) that really makes being a Giant fan all that more special.

    Craig, I try to thank you regularly, and want to do it again. Thanks for keeping this thing running. Being a part of Flap Universe makes loving the game of baseball, and particularly, San Francisco Giants baseball, all that more rewarding.

    Good match-up tonight with Wacha and Leake. And I obviously missed the Heston activation (actually have not seen any definitive news on this), but he is slotted to start on Sunday, per MLB’s schedule. Should be a good series…and one we need to win before he head to the latrine.

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

    • Carstie Clausen said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

      The Leake-Wacha matchup will only be topped by the Bumgarner-Greinke pairing followed immediately by Leake vs Kershaw. These duels of the aces may be three of the most intense head to heads in MLB during the entire season. Excitement mounts and anticipation soars.

      • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:20 am

        Yep…I shared the projected match-ups for the bumbino series yesterday. Not to be looking too far ahead…we do need to dispatch of the deadbirds, first. But yes…some intriguing matchups. Lynn at 10-8 and Vogey at 9-9 is another interesting match-up. Can Vogey find magic one more time and move into double digits for wins for the season? And then there is the listing (by MLB) that shows Heston as the projected starter on Sunday in Cain’s place. I have seen nothing definitive on a move yet (activating Heston), and all of the local rags still are showing Cain as the projected starter on Sunday. Of course, if Heston were to be activated for Sunday, it can only happen with another pitcher going to the DL (Matt Cain…come on down).

  7. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Very nice, Tom. That pretty much encapsulates fandom at its essence. Being both a Niner fan and Giants fan growing up (stared getting into sports around 1968), there were flashes of hope (70-71-72, 76 Niners & 71,78 Giants) around years and years of suckage. Being a kid, those playoff losses for both teams in the early 70s hurt the worst. Dave Kingman and Preston Riley still make my heart sink a bit when I hear their names. But the astounding run by the Niners sure put to rest the demons that were previously haunting that team.

    And the same goes for the recent run by the Giants. 2002 was a killer, as were the 93 playoff chase, and the 87-89 playoff and WS losses, and the 97 and 2000 loses to the Marlins and Mets. But winning like they have (in non-flash-in-the-pan fashion) has made it all the better. Time heals all wounds, but so does a healthy dose of hoisting the trophy.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

      “A healthy dose of hoisting the trophy”. Good line, Chuck. Thing about the Flap is that it brings out some of the best baseball writing in the blogoverse.

      • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

        Agree, Stix. This place (well, the Flappers) never cease to amaze. Again, kudos to Craig for keeping this place up and running over the years. It really is a special place to talk baseball. Love it!

  8. Macdog said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

    The play that hooked me for good on Kelby wasn’t the Slam — as Grand as it was — but the one from the night before when he hustled like hell to beat the throw to 2nd, avoiding an inning-ending forceout and allowing the tying run to score. Cubs SS Russell, who threw like he expected it to be a routine out, must have been thinking, Where did this guy come from?

    A lot of you guys do a great job of keeping up on the minors, to the point of being able to predict when they’re coming up. But I don’t recall anyone knowing about Tomlinson and Duffy. So, yes, what a treat it’s been watching these two players come out of nowhere and help keep the chances of a repeat very much alive.

  9. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Yeah, Mac, they showed that play after the game, and what was telling is Specs noticed that their 1st baseman stopped covering the bag before the pitch was thrown, so Tomlinson took a huge secondary lead. Like nearly half way to 2nd base. This allowed him to get to 2nd easily. Very very heads-up play on his part.

  10. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Yeah, Mac. The aggressive play on the base paths lately has been good to see. Even yesterday with Aoki. Sure he was thrown out at home but it was a reasonable risk and he forced the other team to make the play which ended up closer than I thought it would be.

  11. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Right, Willie, regarding Bonds. The investigation against him costs everyone (especially us taxpayers) millions upon millions of dollars, and drags through the courts for 12+ years, and is finally overturned.

    His case against the league takes 10 minutes with a resounding thud. Seems fair.

    Even fucking A-Rod has come out of this smelling like a rose.

  12. chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    While nothing definitive as far as a transaction, I did find this in relation to Heston being listed as the probable starter for Sunday:

    “Right-hander Matt Cain likely will be scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals and will be replaced by Chris Heston, Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Thursday.”

  13. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 28, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Check out this article if you haven’t seen it already. The Giants farm system gets props from the Cubs front office. I find this mildly amusing since Theo Epstein, Beane’s moneyball cohort, is running the show over there in Chicago.

    http://tinyurl.com/nz2dgre

    • Carstie Clausen said, on August 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Excellent encomium for the Giants in that Sun-Times article. It’s those grinders down a ways in the draft picture which made the difference for SF this season and last year too, for that matter. Panik, Duffy and now Tomlinson seem cut out of a mold. They are all throwbacks to the days of sandlot baseball and the “Hit em where they ain’t” philosophy of Wee Willie Keeler. It don’t look purdy on the organizational rankings according to the prophets, prognosticators and poobahs; but when the pedal hits the metal these guys play head’s up baseball. No ego problems either.

  14. Macdog said, on August 28, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Pav: Cain put on DL with right elbow nerve irritation. Heston starts Sunday.

    • xoot said, on August 28, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Unfortunately his right elbow’s been irritating us all lately.

      • Macdog said, on August 28, 2015 at 4:13 pm

        Haha, yeah, that was just too good a set-up.

    • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      No surprises…Evans said that Cain would probably miss his next start and that Heston would slide into that slot…they should just shut Cain down for the year. I don’t see him being on the post-season roster if our boys make the dance…

  15. chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    1. Nori Aoki (L) LF
    2. Matt Duffy (R) 3B
    3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    4. Buster Posey (R) C
    5. Marlon Byrd (R) RF
    6. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
    7. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
    8. Ehire Adrianza (S) SS
    9. Mike Leake (R) P

    • Flavor said, on August 28, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      I mean, whatever, that’s probably our best LU and I’m liking that Pagan isn’t in it. Is he back yet or still on the DL? I heard he was coming back today

      • Carstie Clausen said, on August 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm

        Who knows? Maybe Pagan is now considered the 4th OFer until he proves otherwise.

      • Flavor said, on August 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        Pagan is like Peavy to Bochy. At least that’s my take.

      • Macdog said, on August 28, 2015 at 5:45 pm

        Pav: Pagan scheduled to play for San Jose Giants on Saturday and Sunday. Will play one more game for River Cats. Joins Giants in LA.

      • Flavor said, on August 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

        thanks.

      • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 6:55 pm

        Maybe they won’t tell Pagan what hotel they’re at…

  16. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    The Weasel works quickly…

  17. eddacker said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    tell me that half inning didn’t do your heart good. Sweet start for Leake

    • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Unfortunately, the bottom half gave me Crohn’s Disease…

  18. Carstie Clausen said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Pitch count after one: Wacha 21, Leake 11.

  19. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Why does it seem like the Cardinals have had 20 guys named Carpenter?

  20. Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    To me, one of the joys of the 3-in-5 run is how players from all walks of life, from all stages of a baseball career, participated and reveled in it. Think about the rookies: of course Buster and Mad Bum coming up in 2010. Wow, what a start to their careers. 2012, youngsters like Crawford. Last year, Panik. This year, wouldn’t it be sweet to see Duffy and Tomlinson kick off their careers at the top of the world. Think about the oldsters: Hudson, last year, after such a long and successful career, finally getting his ring. Renteria, having his “book-end” World Series wins at the very beginning and then very end of his career. Old farts like Huff finally getting it, and Morse last year. Think about the journeymen: Torres, Ross, Blanco, guys who would never be *stars* but who all had starring roles with the Giants in this glorious era of Giants Baseball. I don’t know that this year’s team has the talent to overcome teams on fire this year like Pittsburgh, Cards, Royals, but this team of grinders is special and deserves a shot, for young and old alike. Here’s hoping for an “on fire” September!

    • Flavor said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      I guess what I’m wondering is, would we feel so fuzzy wuzzy about all these guys since 2010 if there were no rings? If they got close enough to taste it but never broke through. My guess is no. I think if we’d won none since 2010 we would be doing a slow burn like a mother fucker. And Tomlinson would just be another guy who was nice but not good enough. Like all the rest.

      • snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:22 pm

        Getting that 2010 brass ring relieved a lot, lot of pent up fan stress. 2 more since were like taking an IV to reduce the blood pressure, so that we can enjoy the game…

      • Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:54 pm

        Of course we wouldn’t. My point was how cool it was that all these “nice stories” could participate and revel in winning the whole thing. You’re right that without the trophies, they wouldn’t even be “nice stories”….

  21. Bozo said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Make em pay. Yeah, Byrd.

  22. Macdog said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Grand Byrd!

  23. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Now Leake can deck someone…

  24. Carstie Clausen said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Cardinal defensive implosion induces Giants flying high on the wings of a big Byrdie. What a pickup!

  25. Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Man, I am so glad to see Marlon contributing. I really pushed for the G’s to get him at the deadline 2 years ago; thought maybe 2 years later, he wouldn’t be as effective. He’s a key this year, maybe ala Uribe in 2010….

  26. Macdog said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Way to go 000.

  27. Lurker John said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Why the fuck is Adrianza even part of this franchise? He sucks ass.

    • Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      I’d like to see the photos he must have on Bochy and Sabean. Uh, on second thought, no I wouldn’t…..

      • Lurker John said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:26 pm

        lol

      • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm

        I’m actually starting to feel sorry for him…

      • Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:54 pm

        Ha, Loo, that’s pretty funny, considering you were the one suggesting they push him out of the plane over Fresno last year….. 🙂

      • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:01 pm

        Yes, but with a parachute…

  28. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    If Crawford didn’t go down maybe he isn’t around any more. Oh, look a weak pop up out by Agent Zero.

  29. Bozo said, on August 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    And Ehire, showing ankle power.

  30. xoot said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    my son’s keeping track of the bums/cubs game and marveling at Vin Scully. How the hell is this demented old fart still on the air? is sort of the short version. “Addison Russell is the Cubbies fine young shortstop. Thinking about young Addison, I wondered if there wasn’t a street with that name in Chicago. VIn! What’s wrong with you? 1060 West Addison is the address of Wrigley Field, it’s where you address a letter you want to send to the cubbies. Vin! My lord how did you miss that one?” My son swears he heard that senile rambling from Vin just now.

    • Flavor said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Vin Scully is a shell of his former self, that’s not even debatable. But he’s Scully so everyone gives him a pass. Hey, he deserves one. And he’s coming back next year, if he’s still alive, so we all have that to look forward to.

      • xoot said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm

        I wonder if Scully’s longevity reflects dodger fan indifference?

      • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:25 pm

        I’m waiting for him to call Chavez Ravine “Ebbetts Field”…

      • Flavor said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:33 pm

        he’s old, that’s clear. For some fans, the sound of his voice is enough

      • xoot said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:44 pm

        I’m sympathetic to the age issue. hell, I’m ancient myself. And my son added that Vin remind him of my father, his grandfather, who’s 90 and who tends to talk to himself a lot. But my dad doen’t have a production crew assisting him with every move he makes.

    • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      There’s a thin line between being an institution and having the class to step aside and give someone else a chance…

      • James said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        or between being an institution and being institutionalized.

      • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm

        lulz!

  31. snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I love me some Aoki, but man.
    The dude plays some shitty defense sometimes, doesn’t he?
    How the F do we get from 4-0 up, to 4-4 tied? Specs needs a glove infusion, too. I’d recommend he take about 10,000 grounders and short hop liners in the winter ball season in the Dominican or Venez or wherever…

  32. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Scully thinks Pablo Sandoval is a Colombian drug lord…

  33. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    YAY! A BRUSHBACK!!!

  34. snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I heard Bochy on his pregame show say that stuff about elbow “nerve irritation” for the reason they DLed Cain.
    Can we all LOL at the same time?…

    • snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Cain’s average velocity is actually good, even better than some previous years. But, his control is spotty. You can’t keep giving up gopher balls at a rate of about 2 per every 9 innings…

  35. snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Osich, getting it done with a gut check inning…

  36. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Great job by Osich – putting one under that guys chin, getting squeezed by the ump, and bailing out the Weasel who deserved a better fate…

    • James said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Those were Carpenter strikes, i.e., they were off the plate.

  37. Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    One more thing about Byrd: Just re-watched the video of his slam, and man, did he have a great knowing dude head nod thing going when he got to the dugout. He fits right in…. 🙂

    • Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Not sure I want to comment how much his DP also fits right in (thankfully McGiggles is long gone….. talk about NOT fitting in)….

  38. snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Send Belt for the steal. WTF not?…

  39. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Missed most of this game. Went and saw Straight Outta Compton. Real good movie. My wife grew up pretty close to Compton, but in LA 1 mile is a different planet. One really eerie part in the movie.

  40. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    This ump has a real wiggly strike zone, and I’ve watched 1.2 innings.

  41. Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Nice half-inning there. Now get a run. With LA winning, this would be a very big win. I guess they all are at this point….

  42. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Adrianza will win the game for us.

    • James said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      You should have kept that thought private and then told us about it after the fact.

  43. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    What a fat fuckin’ idiot Broxton is!

  44. Bozo said, on August 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Solid double, by Blanco. Solid.

  45. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Eat Biscotti, Piscotti. Hell of a fucking play there.

    • Bozo said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Bang, bang. Double ’em up.

  46. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Beef of the order coming up. End this bitch now.

  47. eddacker said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Tell james to stay close it is time for the Belt walk off

    • James said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      The pitch needed to be a little more in.

      • eddacker said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:12 pm

        He can still be the winning run. WOOT

  48. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Shit, this guy can’t find the zone

  49. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Shit. That sucked.

    El Tiburon Blanco!! End it for us.

  50. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    4 pitch walk. Specs specs specs!

  51. James said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Ok, Kelby whiffs and Ehire wins it!

  52. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    ball one

  53. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Shit you may be right

  54. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    ball two

  55. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Yeah, baby!

  56. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Speeeeeeecs!!!!!!

  57. chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Specs!

  58. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Spec-tacular!

    • Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Gee, Loo, I was *almost* hoping Adrianza would have a shot to indeed win it….

  59. Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Specs!

  60. James said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Poor Ehire!

    • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Yup. Ehire left in the on deck circle like Mays was for Bobby Thomson…

  61. Bozo said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Oh yeah.

  62. chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Great win…should not have come to this…Leake deserved the W and Adrianza deserves a sow tractor ride to Sacto.

  63. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Fuckin’ A!!! Got to love this team!!!

  64. eddacker said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    and Belt scores the winning run. 5 infielders and the ball still finds a hole.

  65. ewisco said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Panik has to be thinking “I’ve got to get back before in pipped”.

  66. chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Gotta love Tomlinson. The kid keeps playing like this, they will definitely be looking for a permanent slot on the 25 man. Clutch!

  67. chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Huge also, as the bumbinos took down the cubbies tonight. Fricking cubs…

  68. snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Specs has got to tighten up that D. Aoki, too, not sure if he can. Adiranza — if he bobbles a DP catch, then why is he up here? Aoki — the dude plays OF sometimes like he’s bull fighting…

    • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Tomlinson has settled down and looked pretty good in the field…a whole lot better than Agent 0. We just need Adrianza to go the fuck away…

      • xoot said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:49 pm

        I think Tomlinson is adjusting to the speed of the mlb game just as well as Panik did this time last year. Terrific jolt right where we need it, and Leake and Byrd seem to offer the same. What a team.

  69. Carstie Clausen said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    All it needed was for Specs to hustle to the phone booth, doff his Clark Kent disguise and emerge as our latest superhero. A little Byrdie told me so.

  70. snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Belt got that bottom 9 started with that single, and scored the winning run. Slacker….

    • chipower9 said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Trade the bum…

      • snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:38 pm

        🙂

  71. Macdog said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    If I’m going to be stuck in late-night traffic on the Garden State Parkway, what better way to pass the time than hearing Kelby knock in the game-winner. Specs does it again!

    • Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Why so much traffic on the Parkway this late? Oh, Friday night…. everyone goin’ down the shore?….. 🙂

    • snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      How are you listening on radio back there — is the game on Sirius radio or something?…

      • Macdog said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:01 pm

        Paul, endless, and I mean endless, roadwork on the Parkway south of Exit 98. Most of the time it’s OK, sometimes not, tonight was one of those nights — yeah, a Friday where people are still heading to the Shore no matter how late. And snarkk. I got the radio feed through MLB app on the phone.

      • Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:05 pm

        I did my first year of college down at Stockton State College in Pomona. Made that drive from Bridgewater to Atlantic City area SO many times, not to mention all the day trips as a kid to Pt. Pleasant, Asbury Park, Seaside, Long Beach Island….. enjoy!

  72. Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Anybody see the little “Specs” gesture the team is picking up with Kelby? In the video, I couldn’t see who did it with him, but it’s like Pagan’s salute, except it’s a gesture like they’re pushing their glasses higher up the bridge of their noses. Too funny. A legend is being born….

    • snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Nice. New “chemistry” in the making…

    • Macdog said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      Ever been to Belmar? Today was WFAN day at Bar A with Southside Johnny in between sports talk radio. I met up with a bunch of Mets fans (man, they are fired up) and saw Southside play a little before heading into work.

      • Paul Sorensen said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:20 pm

        Whoa. I saw Southside Johnny at a little rock’n’roll bar in Beach Haven about 35 years ago….. Sounds fun!

      • Macdog said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:24 pm

        Would’ve been a lot more fun if I had been able to drink like 98 percent of the patrons there. 😉

  73. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Osich was the underrated hero of the game.
    I like his mean streak…

    • unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Yeah, Loved the chin music. . . someone had to do it.

  74. snarkk said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I wouldn’t mind another NLCS with the Cards.
    So the Giants could beat their ass again…

  75. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Funny thing about the Cards and the Dogs. We have to be haunting their dreams.

    Hah!!! Bring it on!

  76. zumiee said, on August 28, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I’m not a big fan of bringing in the extra “infielder.” I’m glad Bochy doesn’t do it. It seems like a “show off” move, and it very rarely ever works. Plus, I don’t get why they had Moss positioned several feet to the right of secondbase. If you’re going to have the extra infielder, why not put him right in front of secondbase? He probably would have caught Tomlinson’s ball. The Cards went with 3 infielders to the right of secondbase, against a righthanded hitter. It didn’t make sense to me.

  77. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Tomlinson got way up on his leaping catch. Great double-play.

  78. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Adrianza……yikes…..
    He did put down a nice sac bunt late in the game. There was that.


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