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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 29, 2015

Another day, another W.

Specs makes good.

Day game today, Lynn v Voggy…….

Sure, the Dodgers won, Kershaw went bananas with his k’s, but unless LA’s game plan is to have each of their starters go 8 innings and then hand the ball to Jansen, they still have a bullpen full of problems.

I fully expect the Cubs to tee off on Latos and anyone else they pitch tonight.

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really enjoyed this quote by Peavy which some of you have probably already read:

The Giants pay attention to advanced analytics, but only to a point, relying mostly on instinct, visuals and character. “Some of these front offices crunch the numbers and they think they’ve got it all figured out,” Peavy said. “I don’t know the formula for winning, but I do know what it means when teams are inseparable and play for the higher cause. Until you get to know what’s inside a player, you don’t really know him.” On the subject of “Moneyball,” Peavy remarked, “How about let’s make a movie about the good old-fashioned baseball people, and how they judge team chemistry to put together guys that fit in? How about a movie about a team that actually wins in the end?”

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  1. willedav said, on August 29, 2015 at 7:38 am

    That is 3 straight Ls for Cubs, who got 3 hits vs. 14 Ks off Opie.
    WC not out of the ?, with Cubs having to face Pirates and Cards, class of that division imo.

    Great game last night from the pen and Leake obviously deserved better, as did Wacha. Lotta tweets after walk off on cbs site…Pavs said that’s twice in a row Wacha pitches at ATT, Giants w/walk off W.

  2. Carstie Clausen said, on August 29, 2015 at 7:39 am

    One big game after the other. Vogie will be looking for some home cookin and Lynn has yet to beat the Giants. Chances look pretty close to fifty-fifty on this one. Winning that close one last night impinges right into the Cardinals’ forte ~ one-run games. These two teams balance out as a lot alike as both of them seem to excel at trench warfare. Beating them in a game started by Wacha may get us into their heads a bit.

    The two late additions, Byrd for his power and Tomlinson as yet another grinder, have stabilized what could have been a dire and depressing situation what with Paniki and Pence still MIA. Fascinating team: Giants lose a set of keys, pick up a couple new ones and go right back at em.

  3. blade3colorado said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Caught the last part of the game (“Specs” is amazing), but was paying attention to 3 outstanding pitching performances in my DFS tourneys last night. Besides Kershaw, Cincinnati rookie Raisel Iglesias (3-6) turned in a solid performance of his own by retiring 16 straight during one stretch. He also struck out 10 . . . Unfortunately, no help from his teammates who had to face the Brew Crew’s phenom, Jungmann, who was less flashy, but more effective with zero runs allowed in his 6 inning stint. Harvey was the other pitcher I had going in DFS and he was outstanding too . . . However, the Mets bullpen imploded when David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered off Logan Verrett in the seventh, giving Boston a 3-2 lead. Meh. Still made money on all these pitchers, but the last 2 could have been much, much better.

    Agree with Flavor, that the Dodgers are in trouble unless they want to throw Kershaw and Grienke out there 24/7. Just a matter of time before we catch them IMO . . .

  4. Cardinal70 said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Working on my post now, but given that I expected the game was over after the slam by Byrd, I can’t be devastated by the loss no matter how it came. Honestly, it’s the most fight I’ve seen out of this offense in a while–can’t remember the last time they climbed out of such a hole. Too bad they couldn’t get over the top.

    Perhaps today the defense will be sharper, the pitches will be better, and the result will be different. I realize I’m the only one rooting for that, though!

  5. unca_chuck said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I wish your name would link to teh current site and not the 6 year old one, Daniel.

    • djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 9:08 am

      There you go with that wishin’ stuff again, Chuck…

      http://tinyurl.com/ncuh7f9

    • Cardinal70 said, on August 29, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Done. I don’t know why, but I think I have two WP accounts and never have fixed this one. Appreciate the thought to do so!

  6. chipower9 said, on August 29, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Great quote by Peavy…I had not seen that. I have heard that on his days to pitch, the clubhouse is full of Grateful Dead music…one more reason I love Jake Peavy.

    Fricking awesome win last night. It was so good and I was so pumped, I had to go wake momma up and “celebrate!”

    Should be a good match-up today. Make it an awesome day Flap Universe. Putzing around the house and then off to listen to live music at a local winery late this afternoon.

    Go Gigantes!

    • Carstie Clausen said, on August 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

      “Mama’s got a squeezebox and Daddy can’t sleep at night ~ in and out and in and out…” Was that your themesong last night, Chi?

      • chipower9 said, on August 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm

        You nailed it, Stix!

  7. Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I love that so stoked was Chi about the win his go-to celebration move is to wake his lady up from a deep slumber and get in some solid jack hammer time. Epic post.

    • chipower9 said, on August 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      True story…first words out of her mouth…”I was sleeping.” Operative word is WAS. A man has to do what a man has to do. GO GIANTS! I am having a good feeling about this team…especially after reading the quote from Peavy that you posted, Craig.

  8. Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 10:43 am

    No Posey. If you really stop to examine this line up, it’s pretty funny…..
    Today’s #SFGiants Lineup:
    Aoki LF
    Duffy 3B
    Belt 1B
    Byrd
    Blanco CF
    Tomlinson 2B
    Susac C
    Adrianza SS
    Vogelsong RHP

    • djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 11:05 am

      I sure as hell don’t get Blanco in the 5 hole…

      • snarkk said, on August 29, 2015 at 12:37 pm

        righty lefty righty is all that is…

      • djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 12:46 pm

        More overrated nonsense…

    • chipower9 said, on August 29, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      if not Blanco,who? Seriously…not sure there are better options with this “B” squad line-up.

  9. Paul Sorensen said, on August 29, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Anybody see the little “Specs” gesture the team is picking up with Kelby? In the video of his walk-off, 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….

    • Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 11:12 am

      didn’t catch that but will look for it now

      • chipower9 said, on August 29, 2015 at 1:19 pm

        Have not noticed that, but will look, too.

    • eddacker said, on August 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      He uses his thumb to push his glasses up tight on his nose which is unusual most use a finger. So it does look a bit like a salute ala da Admiral. Kelby has said contacts are uncomfortable.

    • gianthead said, on August 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Paul, if I recall, it was guys that were in the minors with him that looked like they were doing the push of the glasses gesture…I’ll go back and look…

  10. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Lurie had a good interview with Byrd this morning. Byrd’s an interesting dude. And seems very gung-ho about winning.

    • chipower9 said, on August 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      I caught about half of that, Zumiee. Loved it! Especially liked his quote about “baseball IQ.” I really like Byrd, and it sounds like he is becoming a big favorite in the clubhouse with the players.

    • xoot said, on August 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Byrd’s an interesting, articulate guy. I knew almost nothing about him before he joined the Giantssss other than numbers, but now I think the move to add him was brilliant. Perfect addition to this team.

  11. djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    What happened to the Jake Peavy who couldn’t stop talking about joining his gay lover Lester in Chicago before the WS was even over last year? I guess $24 million of SFG money changed his tune.
    Fuck him, his bullshit, and the Dead…

    • chipower9 said, on August 29, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      What the fuck ever. Your opinion, Loo, and I respect that. The dude is a fucking warrior, and I dig his vibe. Loved the duet he did with Flan in the hotel stairwell doing Pancho and Lefty. I still would love to meet-up with you and catch a game back on the right coast…and knock back a few.

      • djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 1:34 pm

        That would be great, Chi. As far as Peavy, no doubt he was huge for us last year and he always gives it everything. I just don’t care for the histrionics on the mound and the ill-timed remarks last year.

      • Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 3:44 pm

        I don’t care for the histrionics on the mound either but I don’t give a shit about what he said about his gay lover Lester and The Dead will always rule.

  12. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Play ball! Go scrubini’s! Ah, it’s meant affectionately. 🙂

  13. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Poor dude bought a McGehee jersey.

  14. Carstie Clausen said, on August 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Pitch count after 2: Vogelsong 39, Lynn 38. If that keeps up neither of them are likely to last for six innings. Could even be a battle of the bullies by the 5th.

  15. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Vogey nibbles and has a lot of 3-2 counts.

  16. xoot said, on August 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I really hope this guy weighs in again before September ends. https://mobile.twitter.com/AngryBochy

  17. Macdog said, on August 29, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Not even Specs will be able to bail us out of this one.

  18. djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    American Pharoah beaten by Keen Ice…

    • Macdog said, on August 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Only thing more shocking was seeing an Adrianza double and a Maxwell single in the same inning.

  19. xoot said, on August 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    If Susac had kept his arm out of the way and used his chest that bounce would’ve stopped dead in front of him. That WP was nothing like the one that bounced wildly to the side, off Posey, last night. Not that Hector would’ve done better. But Buster is the guy who just has to be in the LU for this team to win consistently. I think the Giants need to retaliate for the 95 mph heater to the elbow. Let Yadier try to evade a Strickland heater to the hip, e.g.

  20. gianthead said, on August 29, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Peavy’s version of Truckin so much better:)

  21. Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I mean, come on. The LU Bochy wrote out today had this written all over it, right? Still not over I guess….

  22. Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    can’t believe all the angst on twitter about Scully retirement announcement. Carmen Kiew, Marty’s court jester, gave me shit about not caring about it. Jesus, Scully was 10 times better 15+ years ago. I don’t know what people think they’re listening to now. Nostalgia? Time to move on…..

  23. Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Piscotty still too hotty

  24. Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    now Lowell Cohn is giving me shit on twitter. I’m done for the day.

    • djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Scully should’ve stepped aside years ago. A person should know when to say goodbye.
      Goodbye.

  25. Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    well, that game was gayer than a secret Lester/Peavy rendezvous in The Castro on a Friday night……

  26. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Message to Vinny: we don’t care what the players’ favorite foods are, or what TV shows are currently their favorites. Put those goofy notes away.

  27. snarkk said, on August 29, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Kontos’ arm must be hanging. Guy is not the same as first half, hasn’t been for weeks. As I predicted, and Oracle shot me down, since Kontos was/is in such great shape…

    • Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      well, I always thought he was on steroids this year. Maybe he stopped taking them

      • snarkk said, on August 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm

        Like I always say, nobody is beyond suspicion anymore…

  28. xoot said, on August 29, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Scully works alone and talks to himself, the way elderly people sometimes do, and yet he’s a cash cow so his handlers will stick him out there for one more season? He’ll be telling stories about Kirk Gibson and Fernando and Tommy Lasorda’s porn habit while Kershaw walks out to finish a no hitter.

  29. Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Adrianza was the only Giant to get an extra base hit today? And we scored 0.
    Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 10:43 am (Edit)
    No Posey. If you really stop to examine this line up, it’s pretty funny…..

  30. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Xoot’s link “Angry Bochy” is pretty darned funny. Check it out if you get a chance.

    • xoot said, on August 29, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      the guy’s selective. He seems to get inspired when the Giants play in San Diego. No sighting this season, so far. you want gold? his archive is full of it.

  31. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Dodgers/Cubs game is on the MLB Network in certain areas.

    • xoot said, on August 29, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Vin Scully spent a lot of air time trying to sort out which Peanuts character he wanted to allude to–Linus or Pigpen. Apparently one of his production crew convinced him to go with Pigpen for a dirty uniform joke. The game itself is pretty good, however. Latos balked in a run. Can’t beat that.

      • Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        that’s hilarious.

      • djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:07 pm

        Vin is now lamenting about people in Caracas, Venezuela who live in cardboard boxes.
        He made no mention of the ones a block from Dodger Stadium…

      • zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:12 pm

        Good point.

      • xoot said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        who the fuck was he talking to when he asked “have you ever been to Caracas?”

      • zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:38 pm

        I know. It’s weird.

      • djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:39 pm

        His longtime sidekick, Harvey the Rabbit…

  32. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Posey drove three hours to try to talk Lester into signing with the Giants. Lester needs to prove he’s that good tonight.

  33. djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Vin says Fowler owns over 300 pairs of sneakers…

    • zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      I wonder who has the job of putting Vinny’s notes together. That could be a soul-sucking job.

  34. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I’ve never noticed before how weird the hitter’s background is at Dodger Stadium. Another advantage for the pitcher there. It’s a background with uneven surfaces and different levels of shading.

  35. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Dodgers are stealing easily off Lester.

  36. Paul Sorensen said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    From what I’ve seen and heard of Scully recently, he’s pretty much become a parody of himself. Or maybe even a parody of Jon Miller doing Vin Scully. Yeah, you’se gots to know when to fold ’em, bud….. As for today’s lineup, I personally do not want to see a lineup like that again this season. It’s almost Sept. 1st, serious baseball time, there’s a division to be won. No more joke lineups, Silly Bruce.

  37. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Posey’s thinking: I drove three hours for this guy?

  38. zumiee said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    If the Cubs make the playoffs, they’re not going very deep.

    • djloo27 said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Neither are we.

  39. Flavor said, on August 29, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    the Cubs fucking suck shit and can’t do anything right

  40. Paul Sorensen said, on August 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Whether or not the Giants go far in the playoffs will obviously and completely depend on actually having the players on the field who *should* be on the field. We have not seen the full complement very often this season, which leads me to doubt we ever will in the remaining month, but damn, get Pence, Panik, Crawford, and “healthy” Pagan back, and with a strengthened bench (Tomlinson instead of 000, etc), and Bochy working his magic with whatever pitchers he thinks will do the job? Then they could go far. But they have to get there first. Duh. Maybe I’m delusional thinking that the team will suddenly turn it on and put it together as soon as the calendar page turns to September, but that’s my (cross-eyed and painless) vision and I’m stickin’ to it.

    • snarkk said, on August 29, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Giants could have finally a full compliment of major leaguers around Sept 15, but it might be too late. Meanwhile, Posey needs to start playing without taking every 3rd day off. And, start hitting and earn some of that $20M a year. And, the Giants should be getting tired of guys getting hit by pitches, and that takes them out of games. Next time one of our guys gets hit, somebody on the oppo gets hit, even if its an accident…

      • Paul Sorensen said, on August 29, 2015 at 9:56 pm

        Yeah, hoping mid-Sept. is NOT too late. If they can enter Sept. no further behind LA, it will be a very interesting stretch drive. I love exciting baseball in September…..

  41. Paul Sorensen said, on August 29, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Damn, a fan falls from the upper deck in Atlanta and dies a bit later in the hospital. I have a lot of happy memories going to ballyards all around the country, as a kid and later in life. NOT something I would’ve ever wanted to see…..

  42. Paul Sorensen said, on August 29, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    And finally, since I’m apparently just talking to myself in my Saigon afternoon while ya’ll are sleeping: Loved the Peavy quote: “How about a movie about a team that actually wins in the end?” Couldn’t agree more. But if Pitt played Beane, who would play Sabean, hm? Brian Dennehy? Is he still alive?

    • snarkk said, on August 29, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Sam Elliot?…

  43. snarkk said, on August 29, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Agree with other Flappers above about today’s LU.
    That was a scary LU from the get go. Basically, this team is playing with half of it a AAAA lineup. You can’t win consistently when half your starters are down…

  44. snarkk said, on August 29, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Really not sure why all the hoo hah about Vin Scully going another year. He’s not our Giants’ announcer, so why should we care? If the Doghair fans still love him, that’s their deal. If they want him gone, they’d probably say so, but they apparently want to keep him. So, he’ll do another year. The guy is easily one of the top 5 sports announcers in US sports history, so I give him props. Hell, I hope I just make it to 87 without drooling…

  45. mrsprtdude said, on August 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Agree Snnark. I still enjoy his stories watching games here in SoCal. Yes hes does wax on, but It brings a sense of nostalgia that I enjoy now and again..

    • snarkk said, on August 29, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      The only grandparent I ever had that was alive when I was alive died when I was 3. Since then, I always have been jealous of people that grew up with even one grandparent alive, and I always have sought out to talk to older and old people at social occasions, while others shy away from them. They enjoy talking, and you never know what stories and tidbits of life lessons and funny crap or even little secrets about past happenings that you’re going to hear. I’ve never understood our culture where we celebrate the stupidity of youth, and denigrate the wisdom and experience of the old. The Asian cultures, until at least maybe recently, have it the right way — the older people in society are given respect. I don’t respect Scully’s team, but he’s always been the best thing about it. As far as I know, and it’s only from snippets of his calls, and the fact I lived in the LA area for 2 years back in the early 80s, and heard him once in a while, is that he’ll give opposition players their due, when called for. He’ll no doubt give props to Madbum when he throws it well against LA, and when appropriate, he’ll let a Doghair player have it for making a dumb play, or dogging it down the line. I’ll bet some Puig stupidities in the field have been the subject of well earned Scully scorn. And, to think that this guy, who has personally seen something over 11,000 MLB games from Jackie Robinson and Preacher Roe to Puig and Kershaw has no vote for the players HOF — is simply ridiculous…

      • Paul Sorensen said, on August 30, 2015 at 12:41 am

        The Asian cultures still do respect their elders, even the new young generations. And teachers. So here I am, an aging teacher in Asia. Yeah, works for me….

      • blade3colorado said, on August 30, 2015 at 7:02 am

        Just finished reading the thread, especially the last part about Vin Scully – I agree with snarkk completely about him. I get the animus – he’s a Dodger. However, he plays it far straighter then most homie announcers. More important, no one, absolutely no one – sticks around for 60 plus years at a corporation, much less a baseball team, unless they are really good at the what they do. In this day and age, no one gets a pass, unless they can make the corporation (or baseball team) money.

        I think he is the most knowledgeable announcer I have ever seen. If he hadn’t worked for the Dodgers, I wish we had hired him. That being said, he DOES works for the Dodgers, so I could give 2 shits about their team and him.

        By the by, I echo what Paul said about Asian cultures respecting their elders – true today, as it has been for centuries. We could learn much from them.

  46. Flavor said, on August 30, 2015 at 8:01 am

    new thread , sorry Blade


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