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Babe Murphy?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 22, 2015

Six games in a row with a bomb? An OPS over 1.800? This Daniel Murphy thing has gotten crazy. Regardless, it’s bye bye Cubbies and I could care less.

Very little baseball for a while, unless Toronto can win the next one.

Walk Murphy? Screw that. This isn’t Barry Bonds or The Babe. Pitch to him. All of this will even out soon enough…..

*********Breaking***********

About an hour ago, PST, Two Trips took his final trip. He gone.

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  1. gianthead said, on October 22, 2015 at 6:28 am

    It is the magic of baseball when players like Murphy get into the Scutaro Zone, given that Scutaro was not pounding home runs. But seemed like Scutaro was on base every at bat those playoffs..

  2. gianthead said, on October 22, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Mattingly out! Don’t let t he door hit you you know where….

    • Lurker John said, on October 22, 2015 at 8:06 am

      It was inevitable. It seemed that he’d lost the clubhouse in addition to making too many boneheaded managerial moves. He had his chances and a lot talent, Auf wiedersehen,

  3. Bozo said, on October 22, 2015 at 7:08 am

    If I was Murphy, I’d put Braun’s Fedex guy on retainer.

    • zumiee said, on October 22, 2015 at 7:17 am

      Yeah, it does make you wonder….

  4. xoot said, on October 22, 2015 at 7:26 am

    you all seen this? sort of interesting. I remember seeing a Chron article few years back about Johnny B. Baker and Elvin Bishop getting together when the Reds played an interleague series at Oakland. I had no idea the musical roots ran so deep. http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/dusty-and-jimi

    • zumiee said, on October 22, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Great article, thanks!
      It fills in some blanks in the Dusty Baker story, for me. Very interesting.

    • willedav said, on October 22, 2015 at 7:55 am

      wow thx sounds like great set up for a book.
      Monterey was pretty amazing and varied talent fest.
      Besides Hendrix I think performer I would have enjoyed seeing most was Otis Redding.

      • chipower9 said, on October 22, 2015 at 10:29 am

        Outside of Hendrix, Joplin and the Airplane would be at the top of my list of performers to see.

    • chipower9 said, on October 22, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Great read, xoot! Thanks for sharing. Johnny B burning one with the immortal Jimi Hendrix? Wow…now that is some cool shit! I will have to give the upcoming book a read, definitely.

      It has been some time since I have been to a Kings game, but used to see Dusty there regularly with his brother and dad, before his dad passed. Have stopped to shake his hand a few times…seems to be a genuine and down-to-earth guy. His dad was a cool guy to chat with, too.

  5. zumiee said, on October 22, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Reportedly, Two Trips and the Dodger front office made a mutual decision to part ways. Apparently Donnie was offered a contract extension, but probably found the terms of the extension pretty insulting. Probably got seriously low-balled. He’s tired of feeling disrespect from the Dodgers organization, and probably wants to get a managerial position somewhere else for next season.

    • blade3colorado said, on October 22, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Jeffrey Loria and Mattingly are tight as thiefs, i.e., dollars to donuts – two trips ends up the Marlins Manager.

  6. willedav said, on October 22, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Blogger on cbs site said something like, “For $300 mil team Dodgers sure seem to have a lot of holes.” Another guy there also mentioned Willie Randolph.

    So what’s up with Cespedes?

  7. Lurker John said, on October 22, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Amazing streak by Murphy and congrats to the Mets for the NL flag. Their run through the postseason seems Giants-like to me. They’ve morphed their game a bit into a get-em-on-get-over-get-em-in style. For a team that didn’t run much during the regular season, they’ve used the running game to good effect so far. Granderson’s been a nightmare for opponents so far. They put a lot of pressure on the Cub’s defense and it cracked.

    Sound familiar?

    These guys are going to be tough to beat.

  8. chipower9 said, on October 22, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I think KC eventually wins the AL pennant, but you never know. Our Giants proved the “don’t count your chickens before they hatch” theory on a few occasions. But I still suspect KC gets it done.

    KC-Mets will be a good series. I predict the Mets win it all this year. If it is Mets-KC, and the Mets win, I would imagine the city of Kansas City bans the color orange from the city limits.

  9. willedav said, on October 22, 2015 at 8:16 am

    There’s a pizza joint in Sunnyvale a coaching buddy of mine turned me on to, “Pizza Chicago.”
    Great food, reasonable prices, outdoor seating (it’s still 80 degrees here) Monday night and lunch specials.
    Tons of black and white memorabilia on the walls, Cubs Blackhawks Bears and Air Jordan.
    Guess Murph’s pic won’t be up anytime soon.

    Pizza is deep dish Chi style. Any thoughts on that vs. East Coast or fav place anywhere else?

    • chipower9 said, on October 22, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Best Chicago style deep dish I have had is from a small hole in the wall in downtown Sacramento named Zelda’s. I had my first pie there in the late 70s. A couple of the waitresses and a bartender that were there then, are still there now. Great pizza…very unique crust.

      There is also a local place called “Chicago Fire.” Started with one small spot in Folsom, and now expanded to four spots in the Sacramento area. Great pizza (they also serve wings and sandwiches, etc.). They do both a deep dish, and thin crust. Supposedly, the original Chicago style pizza was thin crust. Whatevah…they are both great pies, and worth the stop if you are ever in the Sacramento area.

      While I enjoy a deep dish pie on occasion, I am a thin crust man. I have never been to New York, but hear that the small pizzarias there serve the best. Of course, folks from Chicago would argue this point.

      There is a small restaurant in my hometown of Placerville called the HeyDay Cafe, and they make my favorite pie…the “HEYDAY Margherita.” Worth the stop if you are heading up to Tahoe (Placerville is about the midpoint between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe).

      • Lurker John said, on October 22, 2015 at 9:09 am

        Thin crust all the way, chi.

      • chipower9 said, on October 22, 2015 at 9:20 am

        Agree, LJ, but as I said, I do enjoy a deep dish on occasion…especially if it is from Zelda’s in Sacramento.

    • Flavor said, on October 22, 2015 at 9:36 am

      best deep dish I’ve had is a tie between Zachary’s in Berkeley and Patxi in Palo Alto.

    • xoot said, on October 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Zachary’s in Rockridge is my neighborhood pizza place. Just a walk down the hill. Love the deep dish. I suspect UncaChuck’s spot in Venice beats em all, though.

  10. blade3colorado said, on October 22, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I don’t know if I’m having an acid flashback or this dumb fuck is. Dodgers spend a gazillion dollars and they got zilch, zero, nada . . . In other words, their playoffs were a redux of their Cardinal experience the year before. Yet, this guy is handing out A’s and B’s like this is some basket weaving class.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13925683/losangeles-dodgers-2015-final-report-card

    • Lurker John said, on October 22, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Clearly delusional or partaking of some kind of psychotropic drug. Or both,

    • chipower9 said, on October 22, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Give me some of whatever this dude is smoking…

      Bottom line:

      Almost 300 million…Almost a THIRD OF A BILLIONS FUCKING DOLLARS…

      And they cannot even MAKE IT to the World Series, let alone win one…

      It IS a BEAUTIFUL THING…

      The Tom Petty song “Free Fallin'” keeps popping into my head every time I think about the bumbinos…

  11. unca_chuck said, on October 22, 2015 at 10:14 am

    ESPN has an LA broadcasting site so I guess they have to pander to the Bumbinos. Can’t wait for them to fall off the table next year as Greinke leaves, and they throw more useless money around. Like SD winning the preseason, the Dogs are destined to fail yet again.

    Xoot, that article re Dusty and Jimi is awesome. Had never heard of Dusty’s love of the blues. Beyond that, I’m so jealous of my older sister who was at the ’67 Monterey Pop festival. If there was ever a moment in time that I’d like to go back and see, that would be very high on my list.

    Yeah, Patxi’s (or whatever it;s called) is great. My daughter turned me on to the one in Lafayette. Takes 45 mins for a pie, but they are great. Zachary’s in Rockridge as well. Not a deep-dish guy either, but those are very good.

    But, i have to say, the pizza at Da Mamo’s in Venice (got to get my shot in here!) is the best. pizza. ever. Thin crust, just phenomenal. The food overall was out of this world spectacular in Italy. I miss it already.

  12. unca_chuck said, on October 22, 2015 at 10:31 am

    That article is pretty ludicrous. Crawford and Puig have missed a ton of games. 144 and 87 respectively these past 2 years. For them to even have passing grades is wishful thinking at best. The4 Dee Gordon trade that netted Andrew Heaney, Chris Hatcher, Austin Barnes, and Enrique Hernández yielded a hobbling Howie Kendrick (for Heaney) and little else.

    Beyond that, the ownership group fucking over the fan base by not getting a TV deal in place is an unmitigated disaster on their part.

  13. chipower9 said, on October 22, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Regarding xoot’s post at 7:26 (about Baker), here is the link for the book Dusty wrote (that is mentioned in the article):

    http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Sky-Weekend-Monterey-Greatest/dp/0985419083/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1445535539&sr=8-3&keywords=kiss+the+sky

    • zumiee said, on October 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Thanks for the link. I look forward to reading the book.
      Ironically, I do the vast majority of my baseball book-reading in the off-season. It’s my off-season baseball fix.

      • willedav said, on October 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        Zum, just picked up “Split Season 1981” by Jeff Katz.
        Fernando (rookie year with LA) and Winfield (first season with Steinbrenner and Yanks) on cover.
        Lot of strike stuff Miller and players vs. owners intent on lockout.

        Funny, Kuip was on Indians and part of Barker’s perfect game. He never fails to bring up Winfield to Kruk too.

      • zumiee said, on October 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

        Looks like a book I’ll get around to reading. I tend to wait, first, to see if my local library gets the book.

  14. Macdog said, on October 22, 2015 at 11:21 am

    So bitter was I over the ’02 Series that I took extra-special glee in seeing Dusty and the Cubs gag those last two NLCS games to the Marlins in ’03. I just did not want to see Dusty going back to the Series with another team so soon after our own heartbreak. In retrospect, pretty childish of me, really, since by all accounts Dusty seems to be a pretty cool guy. I’m looking forward to reading that New Yorker piece a bit later.

    • zumiee said, on October 22, 2015 at 11:55 am

      It bothered me that Dusty had his little son in the dugout while trying to win a World Series. That just seemed like a distraction. But, especially after the glories of 3-in-5, it’s time for me to lighten up on Dusty. And, his son wasn’t in the dugout for games 6 and 7, anyway, after the incident in game 5. If Spezio hadn’t hit the HR, the Giants probably win that Series, and Dusty would be in the highest echelon of Giants’ history.

      • zumiee said, on October 22, 2015 at 12:05 pm

        And baseball has become so specialized now that nowadays the Giants would have brought a LOOGY into face Spezio, instead of having the righthander Rodriguez face him.

      • xoot said, on October 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        Barry Bonds’s son hung out in the dugout too. I remember seeing him and little Baker and a couple of other kids in unis play a pick up game out in CF before the final game of the 2001 season. Talk about charmed childhoods.

  15. zumiee said, on October 22, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    If the Mets win the World Series, Juan Uribe gets another ring. And I’m guessing they would give Wheeler one, too, even though he didn’t pitch for them this year, as he recovers from TJ surgery.

  16. Bozo said, on October 22, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    October 22 2014, Gergor Blanco leads off game two of the WS with a HR. – Courtesy of the Giants TBT FB post.

    • Bozo said, on October 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      OK, maybe I should have said, on this date last year the ump twirled his finger signaling a home run before a bunch of KC fans could park their asses. Yeah, I think that has a better ring to it.

  17. chipower9 said, on October 22, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    When I hit the Flap this morn, for some reason the picture of the players flashing their WS hardware jumped out at me…particularly, Pablo. I decided to do a check of Pablo’s numbers this year, vs those of our beloved DuffMan. Here ya go:

    Pablo:
    .245, .292, .366, .658
    128 games, 470 AB, 125 H, 25 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 47 RBI.

    All for the sum of $17.6 mil.

    DuffMan:
    .291, .335, .425, .761
    149 games, 573 AB, 169 H, 28 2B, 6 3B, 12 HR, 77 RBI.

    For the sum of $509K

    So, Duffy outperforms Pablo in EVERY category, and does so for 1/35th of what Pablo made. It just solidified how fucking happy I am that the Giants braintrust did not sign Pablo, and that for whatever reason, he decided the grass was greener on the other side.

    ONLY 119 days until pitchers and catchers report…

  18. gianthead said, on October 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I think the other reason you go after Greinke. With that pitching staff it would be Kershaw and Jensen and not much else. They would throw away a ton of money going after Price and/or Cueto to replace Greinke. And if Greinke is smart he sees the handwriting on the Fodgers wall and sees no championships far into the future.

    Dont you all think the Fodgers would not do everything they could to bring Dusty on board???

    • chipower9 said, on October 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      No way in hell I want Greinke for 9 figures, considering all the innings and mileage on that 32 year old arm. Pass…

      • sfsarge said, on October 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm

        Hey, it’s not my money. Sign him. I’ll take the 2 or 3 good seasons he has left. Yeah the last 3 or 4 will be a little agonizing, but It’d be great to stick it to those art dealers.

  19. Flavor said, on October 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Dusty looked completely done in Cinn despite his final 2 season win totals. I’d be surprised if he even wanted to do it. But who knows, maybe he’s recharged himself. I would absolutely LOVE IT if he got the job. Talk about reigniting the rivalry. Dusty Baker taking the Art Dealers job would be the best thing ever……

  20. zumiee said, on October 22, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Yet another GOP-led Benghazi hearing today. More Americans have died playing high school football this year (5) than died in Benghazi (4).

    • Flavor said, on October 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Come on, the number of people who died in the Benghazi attack is not the issue. You know that. And comparing them to high school football deaths is just misguided.

      • willedav said, on October 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm

        well, you are never going to get the complete story on anything that Intelligence is involved in, ever
        .Clinton was a couple continents away.
        That’s the secret agents job, protect what they are doing, first and foremost. So in this case I imagine you have a clusterF involving a number of different parties no one is supposed to know about.

        In this case Repubs are trying to prove Clinton didn’t do enough to protect American lives…the same thing they’ve been trying to prove since it happened, unsuccessfully. To them she’s already guilty they are just trying to get her to admit to it, again unsuccessfully. None of the theater involved here is going to sway anyone’s opinion.

        I listened to some of it while doing laundry this morning at shop down the street. Just so many more important things for America’s reps to deal with, imo. And HS football deaths would be one of them.

      • unca_chuck said, on October 23, 2015 at 7:39 am

        If the mission of the government is to ‘protect American lives’ shouldn’t there be tougher regulations around gun ownership? We average one school shooting a week these days. Ho hum. 32,000 gun deaths a year.

      • unca_chuck said, on October 23, 2015 at 7:40 am

        It’s like climate change. The status quo is not working.

  21. zumiee said, on October 22, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    The Niner game hardly ever existed. It was like a small puff of smoke that blew away quickly in the breeze.

  22. willedav said, on October 23, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Price going tonite, still looking for W numero uno in post season. See what happens.

    That list of FA SPs…J Zim I think is going to be much in demand, way more so than Cueto Price Greinke.
    I’d bet price on him goes way up.
    guys with potential for couple good years might be Kazmir Fister.
    Samardz, I don’t think so. He didn’t do all that well for A’s in pitchers yard–just overrated imo.


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