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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 7, 2016

Before Shark struck out Puig in the first inning, Kuip couldn’t stop marveling at his physique as he waiting in the on deck circle.

“Look at Puig! He’s huge! It looks like he borrowed somebody’s football shoulder pads!”

And then he struck out on, I think, 3 pitches.

I’ve never understood all the hype about Puig. I think fans get lulled in by his Greek god like appearance. Nobody seems to care about his 10 cent head. Or the fact that he can’t hit a slider. Or his actual production over his entire career.

If I told you he hit 46 home runs, 149 RBI’s with 25 stolen bags you might say “yup, I always expected him to put up MVP numbers.” Except that’s over the course of 3 seasons. For comparison, the perceived light hitting Brandon Crawford has 40 home runs and 196 over the same 3 seasons that Puig has played. Granted, that’s in 200+ more at bats. But no one has ever suggested that Brandon Crawford is one of the best hitters in the league.

The fall back for the Puig supporters is that he’s only 25 and under normal circumstances that would make sense. But this guy is a special kind of dumb and I think we will see a career of unfulfilled promise when it’s all said and done.

But those shoulders, man, they are magnificent!

 

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  1. zumiee said, on March 7, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Puig has the physical tools, but maybe is a little bored by baseball. In his mind, he’s already rich and successful.
    Problem? What problem? Where’s the party tonight?

  2. Irish Kevin said, on March 7, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Puig probably beefed up cause he has always been intimidated by Mad Bum when they have their stare downs. Personally, I think Madison drops him like a bad habit. Goes all Rhonda Rousy on him.

  3. Flavor said, on March 7, 2016 at 7:35 am

    beefing up is not going to help him hit a breaking ball. I’m sure he’ll tear a hammy before things really fall apart for him this season.

  4. willedav said, on March 7, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Tremendous break out when he first came up and he did hurt the Giants, especially vs. outside pitches he drove to RF far and hard. But Cards made him look silly 2014 playoffs. Constant headache for Mattingly and others according to the book on Dodgers I read; even his buddy A Gon was exasperated with him.

    Puig has a team friendly salary of only $7 mil for next couple years, so he probably has one more season in LA for them to see what they have. Maybe Roberts gets more out of him.

    Flav makes a pretty good point. Maxwell was a tremendous athlete, but yeah the breaking ball avoided his bat something fierce.

    Can someone explain the physics of why ball travels so well in AZ? I’ve read couple stories about how desert air does affect long ball quite differently.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

      It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity.

    • zumiee said, on March 7, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Elevation is a factor, too. Phoenix is at about 1,000 feet. Well below Denver’s 5,000 feet, but over twice as much as St. Louis and Cincinnati, which are at about 450 feet each.

      • snarkk said, on March 7, 2016 at 9:36 am

        Yep, dry air and elevation = baseball jumps out of parks. Makes my nose go dry, too and messes up my sinuses when I visit. Belt has a sinus infection, no doubt the dry air is a factor…

  5. chipower9 said, on March 7, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Great read on Kap from last thread. What a CLUSTERFUCK. I suspect that the Niners drag this out without making any real effort at mending bridges, and then, right before Kap’s guaranteed money kicks-in, the Niners drop him like a bad habit.

    I would love to see them get something for him, especially a decent return, but I think that dog will not hunt in this scenario. I do not want him, so if nothing else, I say cut him.

    I am enjoying hearing all the “who the fuck is that” guys getting some starts and playing time with the Giants, but am looking forward to the point where the 25 really starts to take shape, starters go deeper in their games, etc. It is just cool as fuck to hear baseball on the radio again. Seriously baseball on the radio is one of life’s true joys.

    Just bought my opening day tix Friday night. I was seriously considering not going this year, as it looked like my daughter was not going to make it (she owns a salon and had a full schedule for the day, but was able to move her clients). So, I pulled the trigger on some Club Level seats. The streak will remain alive. WTF is better than opening day with the bums in the house (rhetorical question). Should be a wonderful day. Hoping that we get some good weather.

    Four in Seven!
    Humm Baby – Let’s Do It Again!

  6. chipower9 said, on March 7, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Oh, and there is that Puig thing. He’s a fucking dumbass and will flame-out like a meteor entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Yup. He and Peterson will lead the league in Ks. 500 between ’em.

  7. Bozo said, on March 7, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Puig? His neck is just waiting for some tats.

  8. dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 7, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Look at Crawford’s hair. He’s so dreamy.
    ~Kuip

    • unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2016 at 10:38 am

      If anyone need to cut back on the fricking product, it’s Crawfish. Jesus.

      • chipower9 said, on March 7, 2016 at 11:08 am

        I do not give a rat’s ass what his hair looks like, how much product he uses, if he has a man bun, etc., as long as he puts up numbers close to those he logged last year.

  9. unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Chuck, there is no way they cut Kaepernick. They are going to trade him after his salary kicks in. If they don’t find any takers, tough shit, Kappy, You play here.

    That being said, with Manning retiring, Denver is a possibility. Osweiler screwed the pooch down the stretch last season, and he’s no savior. He’s barely a placeholder. With all the QB talk, this is a fairly weak QB class. Gff is about the only guy I see making a big impact. I think the Rams are going the trade route with Tenn mainly because, as Flav said, we ain’t going to trade a QB within our division.

    • chipower9 said, on March 7, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Charlie – we shall see. I just do not see them taking on that salary. Everything the Niners have done (or not done) points to the fact that they really have no plans for Kap. And in a similar situation, the Skins just announced this morning that they have cut loose RGIII, and he is now an unrestricted FA.

      Also, I see NO WAY in hell any team takes on his salary AFTER it kicks in. I will bet you a beer that he is either traded or cut BEFORE the salary kicks-in.

      • unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2016 at 11:56 am

        With the Jed and Trent show, I have no fucking idea. I don’t get why Baalke isn’t catching a lot more heat for the suckitude. It’s a shitty state of affairs all around.

        Harbaugh won with Scotty’s team. He’d be sucking as well with Trent’s team.

      • chipower9 said, on March 7, 2016 at 12:37 pm

        Baalke should have been shown the fucking door before Harbs, IMO. I am NOT impressed. He needs to go just as badly as the Dorks need to sell the team. Problem is none of that shit is likely to happen anytime soon. Sucks for us (Niner fans).

  10. zumiee said, on March 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

    “Seriously baseball on the radio is one of life’s true joys.”

    I hear ya, Chi. It’s an awesomely cool thing.
    Plus, as I’ve said on the Flap before, I think Kuiper likes doing radio more than TV. His energy level is higher for radio. He likes having to do more of the talking and describing and storytelling.

    • chipower9 said, on March 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      I dig listening to all of the Giant’s announcers on the airwaves.

  11. chipower9 said, on March 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Kyle “I ain’t shootin'” Blanks with his second ST bomb. Giants up 2 zip. I just do not see him cracking the 25, but we shall see.

  12. unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    The thing about Kappy is, if they cut him, they eat over $7 mill of dead money anyway. They might as well give him the $12 mill and try to trade him. It would be up to him to rework the deal wherever he goes. Then again, he may not. I’m still thinking Denver would be happy to take him off our hands for that price. They were paying Manning around $20 mill.

  13. chipower9 said, on March 7, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Doug Greenwald does absolutely nothing for me as an announcer. Loved listening to his dad call Giants games…

    • wilcojoe said, on March 7, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Yeah, while he sounds exactly like his dad, his announcing style is quite different. He seems to talk too much, without really ever pausing to take a breath. His dad was a great storyteller with a very dry sense of humor. Doug not so much.

      • chipower9 said, on March 8, 2016 at 7:13 am

        Agree, Joe. You nailed it…

  14. Flavor said, on March 7, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    KNBR ‏@KNBR 42s43 seconds ago
    Jury awards Erin Andrews $55 million in nude peephole video lawsuit

    That is absurd.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      She getting that from the hotel?

      • alleykat69 said, on March 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm

        28.5mil hotel
        26.5 from the peeper
        + his 2 1/2 year date with Bubba in prison..

      • unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        How is the peeper going to pay $26 mill? Installments?

  15. wilcojoe said, on March 7, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Curious to hear what Snarkk and Xoot have to say. I haven’t followed it at all, but did hear some of the things that the front desk did to make it easier for the peeping tom to do his thing (allowing him to room next to her at his request, connecting him to her room on the house phone) I am not at all surprised at the verdict, but rather why the Marriott and the Radisson let this go to trial.

    • chipower9 said, on March 8, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Agree. I have no problem with the award she won against the hotel. If I was the GM for those hotels, heads would roll. And I have not problem with the award she got from the pervert…of course, his ability to pay is going to be another question. What a fucking ass hat.

  16. Bozo said, on March 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Anyone going to Chicago for the games with the Cubs Labor Day weekend? I’m thinking about going to the Friday game and hitting a Taste of Polonia fest on Sunday.

    • chipower9 said, on March 8, 2016 at 7:17 am

      No plans for Chitown this year John (on my bucket list to see Wrigley and watch the Giants play the Cubbies there), but I am going back to Beantown and NY to catch some games in July. Blade, if he ever comes back from his jaunt across SE Asia is supposed to join me. Flapalooza Right Coast style! I am hoping to meet up with as many of our right coast brethren as possible.

  17. unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Not sure what the deal is with Draymond Green. Even before the tirade he lost his shot. Now he not even trying to score. Even when matched up with someone he should kill.

  18. willedav said, on March 8, 2016 at 6:35 am

    I’m convinced only team that can beat the Warriors is…the Warriors themselves with sloppy ball handling and poor decisions.

    • chipower9 said, on March 8, 2016 at 7:18 am

      Agree. If they play their game, especially getting back to their lock-down D, they are damned near unstoppable.

  19. wilcojoe said, on March 8, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Giants-Reds game tonight is on MLB Network. Jonathan Sanchez is scheduled to pitch for the Reds at some point in the game.

    • chipower9 said, on March 8, 2016 at 7:20 am

      Not the infamous Dirty Sanchez…I will never forget that no-no he tossed for us, with his dad in the stands, and Pops watching his son pitch in the majors for the first time in his life. Storybook stuff there….

  20. Flavor said, on March 8, 2016 at 8:39 am

    new thread


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