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Gearing Up For Baseball

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 30, 2016

Stumbled upon this clip about the ’82 team. Some great clips in this. There’s  a part 2 I might watch later. Make sure you watch it all the way till the end and you get to meet *Americas Next Lover* lqtm. Solid gold.  ****update***** I watched Part 2. You should too. I bet there were some Flappers in those crowd shots in both videos.

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  1. Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I had forgotten how many comebacks those guys had in them. And when they were showing the *celebrated* 25 year anniversary of the team being in SF and talking about *the Dream Team* etc… I couldn’t help but wonder what the 25 year anniversary will be like for the guys who actually won stuff

  2. gianthead said, on March 30, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Good memories…the Channel 44 lead in had me cracking up. Someone taped over the movie of the week….wasn’t the second half 1981 when t he Giants had a good run and started putting things together???

    We had something like the best record in baseball late summer for the second half of the season and remember being in a Thrifty (was that the name name of the store???? I would get all my giant packs of baseball cards there and ice cream was 5 cents a scoop) and talking Giants baseball to some random Giants fan about that stat. Was probably my 8th grade summer….

  3. willedav said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:04 am

    #10 there at SS none other than Johnny Lee, old redneck disaster.
    Don Buford, Robinson old buddy from his champ Orioles days, as a coach.
    That was fun. Even a highlight clip of Kuip hitting one over somebody’s head.

  4. Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Champ Summers…..and that dude who got a game winning hit in the first at bat of the season. I think that was in vid 2. Can’t recall his name right now…..
    And in #2 they start off talking about all of Clark’s GWRBI’s and how he leads the league in that *new* stat. That stat was like sabermetrics for the early 80’s and look what happened to it.

    • willedav said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:25 am

      yeah Champ Summers, precursor of tough times soon to follow, til Rosen and Craig came aboard.
      Guy Sularz Johnny Rabb

  5. willedav said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Lotta talk from Schulman about Giants coming out of ST healthy being primary goal.
    He also says something interesting, “The quality of players the Giants demoted to Triple A is their strongest in recent memory…”
    Considering with 13 pitchers the bench is Blanco Specs and Triple O, plus Brown who isn’t really going to get in a lot since he is the back up C, we’ll see how this plays out. I hope Specs can build on what he did last year.
    Blanco is in contract year with OFs in AAA looming large on horizon, plus Arroyo.

    • Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Arroyo is the one I’m most excited about. Parker and Mac? Eh, meh. They seem like they might just be 4-A guys.

  6. unca_chuck said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Awesome stuff! I turned 21 on April 25th of ’82, so it was a great time to be at the ballpark that year. We beat the Dogs on my birthday, but I was in Chico celebrating Pioneer week. Tom O’Malley! Champ Summers! DAEvans! I was at the old-timers game they showed. That was the day, parked in our usual RF lower box area, where I almost caught a foul pop from none of the than Willie McCovey. One inch to the right, and it would have missed the upper deck railing and found its way to my glove. As it was, it ticked off the rail and landed on the field.

    Don’t remember Pruitt at all.

    • Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Pruitt! That’s him. I guess I could have gone back and looked at the vid. Anyway, I remember reading about his hit in the paper the next day. But not much else about him. Those Candlestick crowds seemed wild back then, at least on vid. And at least for the fans who should up. Can’t believe how empty the bleachers looked in so many of those short vids.

  7. wilcojoe said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Those were awesome. Loved hearing Hank call those walk offs. Also the 20th Century Fox theme music that they played during big moments at the Stick sure brings back memories. I got goose bumps just hearing it.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 30, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Yeah, those Greenwald calls really brought me back. And those crowds, when they showed up, were rowdy as fuck.

      Those were the days when the A’s fans were comatose while the Giants fans were maniacs.

      Conversely, the 49er crowds were (portrayed as) the wine sippers while the Raiders fans were maniacs.

      Parker can at least jack a few. Our bench is the wet noodle gang.

    • ewisco said, on March 30, 2016 at 9:25 am

      i also miss the William tell overture as they came out of the dugout to start the game.

    • Lurker John said, on March 30, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Greenwald was terrific. The genuine excitement he had for the big moments came through loud and clear on his calls.

  8. Irish Kevin said, on March 30, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Yeah, that was a great video. Baseball on the radio. very cool. I remember driving home from work listening to the games.

  9. Lurker John said, on March 30, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Big Flavor, you’ve been on a roll with these vids and photos latelyme! I l loved that ’82 team. I was stationed in Germany that season and had to follow every game via 3-day-old box scores in the venerable Stars & Stripes newspaper. Yes, to the die-hard fan, it can be done. A couple of former Giants killers became Giants heroes, the starting was better than expected and Lavelle and Minton were lights out. One of my favorite Giants from that era, Darrell Evans had some huge hits too. Man, Chili Davis was a stud in those days, a real five tool guy.

    That was a fun team.

  10. Lurker John said, on March 30, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Making up 9 games in 9 days is pretty fucking impressive in any era. Those boys were rolling.

  11. chipower9 said, on March 30, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Man, what a great video. Talking about a walk down memory lane. Thanks Flav…as LJ said, you have been on a roll my man!

    I want to check out the 2nd one…you have the link, Flav?

    ’82 was a great year. I had just come off active duty with the Air Force. Bought my first Harley that year, and got married in August of that summer. I remember those days well, and spent a number of days at the Stick back then. Great memories!

    RE: the comment about the quality of players the Giants sent down this year. Yes…this is the deepest I can remember our minor league being in a very long time…maybe the best. I think it way too early to pin the 4A tag on Parker and Williamson. Both just got their cup of coffee last year. Parker has all of 49 ABs in the bigs and Williamson has 57. I will wait until they both have around 500 ABs.

    I have been swapping some emails with Blade. He sends his regards to the Flap Universe from Thailand. We have been discussing logistics for our trip back east to catch our boys play the RedSox and YankMees. Road Trip!

    Giants on the boob-tube this evening playing the Sacto RiverKitties.

    Make it an awesome day Flap Universe!

    • wilcojoe said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Chi, I watched the second video from my phone, so not sure about a desktop version. There might be a menu icon on the top left of the video that should take you to the YouTube section where it originated. The second video (part 2) should be directly below the first.

      • chipower9 said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:28 am

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Jeeze, Chi; How many of these knuckleheads are from Thailand? None of the Flappers have come out as being Siamese yet, to my knowledge. Maybe one or two host Siamese cats?

      • chipower9 said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:29 am

        Ah…you got me Stix! I should have said Blade sends his regards from Thailand. DOH!

  12. ewisco said, on March 30, 2016 at 10:38 am

    that was either my first or second year of the 25 game package. there were four of us with a package each so we went to a lot of games and continued for the next several years. I had just cleared college and had my first good paying job so splurged on tix. really where it all started.

    • zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 10:56 am

      I was a struggling college student, with a low-paying part-time job, and my supervisor at work was a Dodger fan who did a really cool thing- he drove some of our work crew to several games at the Stick and the Coluseum. He was totally into baseball, and the conversation in the car would literally be baseball the whole way.

  13. wilcojoe said, on March 30, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Loved hearing Billy Joel’s Pressure in the second video. One of my favorite videos of the 80’s. Yes, I’am not afraid to admit I like Billy Joel. One of my secret shames.

    • Lurker John said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Joel is a great artist, no shame there. What got me pumped was McFadden & Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” tune at the end. I’m ready for some baseball! Go Giants!

    • unca_chuck said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:10 am

      One of the very few of his songs I like . . . !

  14. unca_chuck said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:11 am

    James Brown’s “I Feel Good!” was one of my favorite theme songs.

    • chipower9 said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Yep…I had that KNBR bumper sticker on an old ’64 Chevy truck I was driving at the time. One of those times you wish you still had that bumper sticker. I do have one that says SF Giants – No Way Tampa Bay.

  15. Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:31 am

    here’s the 2nd one if you can’t find it.

    • Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      hmmmmm, it just keeps posting #1. Not sure why.

    • chipower9 said, on March 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      As Kev mentioned earlier – just click Playlist in the top left corner and you will see the second in the list.

  16. Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Agree with WJ, the Pressure song was rad and it fit perfectly.

  17. Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:39 am

    the radio call on the Pruitt game winner is epic. And the catcher doesn’t even know where the ball is, he looks behind himself like it was a foul pop up

  18. Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:46 am

    still can’t get over that ad for Julio’s new album. That was the goldest of the gold……

  19. alleykat69 said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Really dug that team back then.MoonMan&Lavelle were deadly as R/L closers in situations. And the Ripper and Chili were 2 badass dudes!
    Throw in Pocketface Evans and Prison Face Leonard and you had plenty of power. Pitching with goofball Atlee, Laskey, can’t remember if Buffy LaCoss was there as well?

  20. sfsarge said, on March 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Ah yes 1982, I remember it vaguely. That September I would be a scrappy 4 year old starting kindergarten. It would be 7 more years before I would really get into baseball.

  21. unca_chuck said, on March 30, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    That’s penitentiary face you you, alley! Chili dog was yet another in a long like of “the next Mays.” Hard to deal with that kind of pressure. Always liked him.

    I saw Evans reach the upper deck in RF. Didn’t see another one till Bonds showed up.

  22. Macdog said, on March 30, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Weird and wonderful, the weird being Smokey & the Bandit and Paul Anka included in the soundtrack. And was that Dave Stewart who gave up the grand slam to the Hacman?

  23. zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Baseball nicknames were a harsher thing in those days. Your teammates sometimes named you. Penitentiary Face, Buffy (from Family Affair), Howdy Doody, because Evans looked like a ventriloquist’s dummy. Harsh times. 🙂

  24. chipower9 said, on March 30, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    What I find MOST amazing of those two videos is the mention that TWENTY SEVEN times the Giants scored the winning run in their last AB. Wow…talk about clutch.

  25. chipower9 said, on March 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Loved both, but especially the second video. Ya gotta love Tommy Lasagna burying his face in his hands at about the 8:20 mark of the second one, and as LJ mentioned, loved “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” at the end.

    Damn, I am not gonna lie…that got me all misty-eyed. Fuck, I can just see someone stopping by my desk and here I am crying like a damned baby over a Giants baseball video…

    Man, I cannot wait for Opening Day. I plan on giving you a holler Sarge…first cool one is on me, brother!

    Craig – thanks for the videos and for keeping this place alive. Ya gotta love the Flap Universe!

    • sfsarge said, on March 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      And thethe second round is mine. Can’t wait

      • chipower9 said, on March 30, 2016 at 2:44 pm

        WHOOP!

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Ditto the kudos for BF. He keeps this blog a rollin, even through the desert months where there is not even baseball in the desert for those deserving and them deserted by the fickle fates flavoring fandom’s follies fallen into the fallacies of football and worse. Take heart, Flappers. The Season is but a 5 day hiatus.

  26. Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    For those of you still following Voggy’s career, he was unable to win a spot in this Pirates rotation, but will pitch out of the bullpen. I’m actually kinda shocked he’s still in the major leagues.

  27. unca_chuck said, on March 30, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    More of an indictment of Pittsburgh pitching . . . long relief buys him a little time

  28. Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Funny story about this thread. I have a vivid memory of being a kid with my dad at a Stanford football gm and hearing them announce over the PA that Morgan had hit a home run to beat the Dodgers. Like I’d bet my life that it happened that way, that’s how vivid it is. This morning I was like “wait a min, Stanford football is on a Sat and baseball ends on a Sun.” Looked it up, sure enough. Cards beat Oregon State that Sat (45-3) and Morgan eliminated the Dodgers the next day. So, I no longer trust any memory I have….

    • zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      The Dodgers eliminated the Giants on the Saturday, I think. The Giants got payback on the Sunday. And the Braves got the benefit of all that.
      But it was sweet ending the Dodgers’ chance to repeat. Plus, their ’81 championship was tainted anyway by the strike, and the playoff tournament set up. It was one of the cheapest World Series titles ever.

      • Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 3:25 pm

        right, but I vividly recall the Giants eliminating them with the Morgan HR while I was at a Stanford football gm with my dad. And that isn’t possible now that I see when each game was played. But I’m telling you, I can hear the announcer in my head saying it now. I was holding a half eaten Carnation malt with that shitty wooden *spoon*. The crowd went crazy. Maybe I AM THE ONE who is going crazy. lqtm

      • xoot said, on March 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm

        I attended the Saturday game. I remember it all too well. But I also remember listening to the Sunday game on the radio and dancing around my Berkeley apartment with my g/f after the HR and the win.

        I also was lucky enough to attend Petit’s near perfecto back in 2013, and in my very clear memory of that game it occurred during the day, under the sun. I know it was a night game, in September no less (so it had to be night already, in the first inning). I remember screwing around afterward so I almost missed the last midnightish BART train back to Oakland. But in my crystal clear memory of the game every pitch, every play, occurred under the sunshine. Damndest thing.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Giants baseball recaptured my fancy that wondrous year. Seems i was somewhere driving in southern Minnesota and i found a sports report on my car radio. Even though the Giants were then just out of it, that blast by Morgan reverberated beyond those years where i had lost interest in the game and played a major role in resurrecting my status as a Giants fan.

  29. Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    No idea why I wrote “Cards” but I’m on my phone and can’t change it.”
    Cardinal…..

  30. zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Ishi has a good chance to make the White Sox roster. His 5 RBI game vs. the Giants didn’t hurt his chances.

    • alleykat69 said, on March 30, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Hey it’s ST, maybe the catcher let Ishi know what pitch and location would be for old time sakes and help him make a new team..

      • zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm

        Not totally out of the realm of possibility. Was it Peavy that gave up the HR?

      • zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

        I just checked. Triple off of Peavy, HR off Kontos. Were they grooving him pitches? It’s actually possible, though not likely, I think.

  31. gianthead said, on March 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    It was that Friday night game that the Dodgers eliminated our Giants in ’82. I remember clearly being up in my room at home listening to the tragedy. The family was probably watching Dallas….wasn’t that on Friday nights???

    Then I remember taking a break from the NFL games and listening to the Giants beat the Dodgers but I think I missed the actual Morgan home run call by Hank. But my memory may be on the fritz as well…just not as bad as Flav’s:)

    • Flavor said, on March 30, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      they didn’t get eliminated Fri, they got eliminated Sat. Then Morgan beat them Sun to keep them from getting to play in a playoff with Atlanta. Here’s the link to their game log that season
      http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SFG/1982-schedule-scores.shtml

      • zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 6:11 pm

        Laskey vs. Valenzuela in that last game.

      • gianthead said, on March 30, 2016 at 6:32 pm

        If memory serves, what I guess I am remembering is that Friday loss put us two games back of the Braves and that must have felt like an impossibility to sweep the last two against the Dodgers and then needing the Braves to lose both as well. I remember the feel of defeat that night, especially since we had not been close that late in a season since I started probably following them on a daily basis in ’79…..that Saturday game was the blowout as the team must have felt that catching both Dodgers and Braves was too much to overcome. The Sunday game they knew they could at least ruin the Dodgers season. I forgot the Braves lost that last game of the season. I thought they were tied with the Dodgers on the the last day….35 year old memories….

    • xoot said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Another thing I remember is buying tickets for that weekend, standing in the long line on Grant St., at the Giants Dugout store. Had some good conversations during those hours, but damn things used to be different.

    • Macdog said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      Sorry to say GH, but there were no NFL games to take a break from because of the strike that year.

  32. zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    The Giants are on local TV if you can find the broadcast. (Ch. 31 in the Nor. Central Valley.)
    Jason Ross and Bill Laskey are the broadcast team tonight.
    Raley Field is looking great.

  33. zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Stratton pitching for Sac-town tonight.

  34. pawliekokonuts said, on March 30, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Bragging father: my daughter gets in the NY Times with a picture!:

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/03/31/arts/dance/review-for-pennsylvania-ballet-transitions-onstage-and-off.html?_r=0&referer=https://www.google.com/

    • gianthead said, on March 30, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      What’s her # Pawlie???? I am not too far away:) that is an outstanding achievement…congrats…

    • zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Awesome! Very cool!

      • pawliekokonuts said, on March 30, 2016 at 6:45 pm

        yeah . . . read between the lines . . . and you might possibly guess about ‘transitions’ . . . the reviewer did her a solid . . . Ev flew out to SF recently . . . that would be something!

      • pawliekokonuts said, on March 30, 2016 at 6:48 pm

        thanks…. and thanks

    • Macdog said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Nice Pawlie! And my daughter will be in tomorrow’s Asbury Park Press as one of a gazillion names as part of the team-by-team softball preview. 🙂

      • pawliekokonuts said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:19 pm

        is one of Bruce’s kids a teammate?

      • Macdog said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:32 pm

        Nah, different county, I think one of his kids does equestrian.

    • xoot said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Very impressive! congrats.

    • snarkk said, on March 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Congrats, Pawlie!

      The younger Snarkkette is now totally into ballet, including taking from a taskmaster woman owner of the school who yells at the kids who don’t do their turns right…

  35. zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    The 2 Brandons have gone yard.

  36. zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Posey HR; they’re diggin’ Raley Field.

  37. zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    OOO rips an RBI double.
    Crazy talk. 🙂

    • Macdog said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Now if only they can leave him there.

  38. pawliekokonuts said, on March 30, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Love xoot’s 4:16 post. Ah, the unreliability of memory. Calling Marcel Proust!

  39. zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    #90 now playing 1b for the Giants.
    When you get #90, it’s the opposite of Cheers. Nobody knows your name.

    • alleykat69 said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Lol Zumie,90???
      Thought that was only used for Def Linemen in football?
      You know unfortunately for me everybody knows my name at my local watering hole especially the bouncer🍻😩

      • zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        I’d never heard of him. His name is Dillon Dobson. I looked it up- the Giants drafted him in the 23rd round last year, from Appalachian St.

      • zumiee said, on March 30, 2016 at 8:52 pm

        Take it easy with the bouncers, Kat, those guys are trouble. 🙂

  40. willedav said, on March 30, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Sounds like Triple O digs Triple A pitching…along with some other Giants.

    Mac with the POTD at 8:09.

    Warriors squeak one out they might not have deserved in OT at Utah. Down 6 they tied it with 15 seconds left on 3 by Klay Thompson. Jazz missed 16 of 29 FTs.
    Rudi Gobert leading rebounder tonight in entire league with 18.

    I just can’t say that name without thinking of Zappa’s hilarious Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink, from flo and eddie days with George Duke on trombone.

    Trump says women who have an abortion should be punished. Yikes! for a guy who is down on muslims he’s taking a page out of Shariah law. Good thing baseball is starting because I don’t know how can anyone listen to 7 more months of this.

    • snarkk said, on March 30, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      Any woman voting for Trump and any of these other misogynist Repubs should have their heads examined…

  41. snarkk said, on March 30, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    They should sit Belt until the season starts so he doesn’t get hit by a ball or something, and can start swinging the bat in real games…


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