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Opening Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 7, 2016

So today, the Dodgers have to actually play a team that’s conscious. That will be a new thing for them after what they’ve been doing the last 3 days. I don’t even know who’s managing the Padres these days but whoever it is did not have his team prepared to play baseball this year.

Alex Wood is just a guy, and if anyone is gonna be focused up and geeked out of his mind for an opening day start it’s Peavy. I’m a little worried about this flu bug+flight+no rest but whatever, it’s baseball it’s not like they’re running a marathon.

Another game I have to follow on gamecast. Anyone going?

Opening Day. Nothing like it.

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  1. Carstie Clausen said, on April 7, 2016 at 6:24 am

    At 30 degrees, grey as goosedown and about an inch of fresh white shit on the ground, i should be envious about any Flapper attending the Opening tonight. Oh well, the heartland of the continent has been having the most yo-yo couple of seasons i have ever experienced, with a steady stream of ups and downs. Sposta be 60 a week from today. I’ll take it. Meanwhile, enjoy the game and may the good guys win.

  2. gianthead said, on April 7, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Same boat here in Virginia…need to hit the links instead of a day of rain but at least we will see the sunshine out there…Go Giants. Would have been nice to have swept the brew crew, buy I will take it ..

  3. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 7:21 am

    So the Pads open the year scoringZERO runs in their first series?

    Wow.

    • Flavor said, on April 7, 2016 at 7:42 am

      at home, no less. I had to google who their manager is since I know they canned Bud Black. Someone named Andy Green. I have never heard of him.

      • wilcojoe said, on April 7, 2016 at 8:27 am

        I did the same thing last night. Never heard of him.

  4. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I’ll be close by but not going. Might take a late lunch and try to get in.

  5. zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Chi will be at the yard, but I can’t remember what other Flappers.

    • wilcojoe said, on April 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

      I think Chi and Sarge are both going. Their meeting up beforehand for a cold one. Lucky bastards.

  6. zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Maeda is the size of Lincecum, so I was curious what pitch he hit for an HR. Cashner threw him a hanging slider, right down the middle. A slow-spinning cement-mixer, on a batting practice tee.
    What an overall horrible effort from the Padres in those three games.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on April 7, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Worst part is that while being pussovers for the LaBumbos they always seem to play the Giants hard. We may be looking at yet another season where LA dominates the other 3 in the division while SF merely generally beats them. So it may be up to the other teams in the NL to even the score.

      • zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 9:12 am

        Yeah, for whatever reason, maybe the big names and contracts the Dodgers tend to have, those other 3 NL teams seem to be intimidated by the Dodgers. It’s like they lose before the games even start. The Giants, on the other hand, on a year by year basis, tend to play the Dodgers very even. The Giants just are not intimidated like that, by the Dodgers. The Giants might lose 10-0 one day, but win 4-3 the next day, just like the last two games of the ’14 World Series. The Giants are so even-keel under Bochy’s leadership.

  7. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 10:29 am

    The Beat L.A. lineup:

    Span CF

    Panik 2B

    Posey C

    Pence RF

    Belt 1B

    Duffy 3B

    Crawford SS

    Peavy RHP

    Pagan LF

  8. sfsarge said, on April 7, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Opening frickin day! On BART heading over to the city, and there are a ton of people rocking gear. Would have lived the weather we had yesterday out at the yard today. But a high of 65 is still a nice day out. For all the Flappers who are stuck in cooler locales, I feel your pain.

    As far as the actual game, I’m not sure how I feel about Peavy he has me nervous. Although, I don’t know how he did in spring. But he’s a veteran and I expect him to be ready.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      I’ll be in a bar in the financial district about 3:00. Irish Times . . .

  9. Paul Sorensen said, on April 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Yeah, Peavy will probably be a question mark as the season goes on, re: can he actually perform well for more than 5 innings, and can he last thru the dog days of summer, but gotta love his stats as a Dodger killer (14-3 with a 2.38 ERA lifetime). I’ll take those odds. Media will be jib-jabbering about LA having not yet allowed a run. Would love to see the G’s put up a crooked number in the first inning to shut up that crap…

  10. zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Wood has been the epitome of the .500 pitcher in his career, 26-26, and 4-5 last season for the Dodgers. He’s kind of a gimmick pitcher. He has a strange violent wind-up that can make it difficult for the batters to see the ball coming from his hand. But he does get lit up his fair share of times.
    I was surprised the Braves dealt him to the Dodgers. I thought he was one of the guys they were going to build around, but the Braves seemed to give up on him as a top of the rotation guy. He’s too inconsistent. And maybe they felt that his delivery is going to blow up his arm in the near future.

  11. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Peavey’s usually a pretty quick starter. 23-16 in April, anyway.

    His last ST start he gave up 0 runs and 2 hits in 5 innings.

    It was the A’s, though.

  12. sandog said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Ernie Els 7 putted from 3 feet on the FIRST hole at the Masters. #RealHardToWatch

    • unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Holy shit! I just saw that! Looked like an April fools joke where someone cellophanes the hole. Nice way to take the pressure off oneself for the rest of the weekend…

  13. Winder said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Gotta love that it’s the stinkin Dodgers. Here we go.

  14. sandog said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    …and Chuck—your call on Cody Gearrin looking like Clockwork Orange guy was pure gold!

    • unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Hah! Didn’t see him pitch in spring. Dude looks certifiable . . .

  15. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Jesus. I’ve gurked a few holes in my day, but never this bad.

    https://t.co/fCYvPKumy9

    • wilcojoe said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      I had to watch it twice, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I remember John Daly once did something similar but not from this close.

  16. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    4 pitch inning?

  17. gianthead said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    How does Krug and Kuip argue about running out of the box on the way to first???

  18. bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Hey All .. Lisle here, weighing in with my new moniker “bassbaldy” … I suppose I could have been “oldbaldbaseballlovingbassplayer” but that seemed a bit much, even for me. Anyway, just wanted to say – and I know, I know, it’s way too early for such a concern – I feel like yesterday’s game was completely winable for us. Loses are cumulative. At the end of the season, if we loose the division or miss the playoffs by 5 or six games, its these types of loses that we will look back on. Samsoso, our new pitcher, not only failing to get the bunt down but bunting into a DP … Come on! I heard Span was fluish but Bloch prob held him back because he needed some semblance off power off the bench .. Fittingly, 000 was the final out.

    • Flavor said, on April 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      I’m gonna let Loo handle the feedback on this one.

  19. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Shit, tthe Dodgers aren’t taking any pitches.

  20. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    ruh roh

  21. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Fuck. They are jumping on every first pitch.

  22. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Got a fricking meeting. This better get better!

  23. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Fer chrissakes, now another run after the replay.

  24. bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Special Thanks! to Flav & Chi for the warm welcome messages … feelin’ warm & fuzzy …GO GIANTS!

  25. bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    .. I can’t watch … Really, I can’t watch, or listen .. busy, busy day .. seems like that may be a good thing. We getting clobbered?

  26. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Fuck. Gamecast is annoying. Missed the overturn and now another run?

  27. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Where’s the Goddamn offense?

  28. bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    What’s happen in in the game … can I get a brief update?

    • zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      Peavy sucks.

    • Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Giants down 4-0, and it seems worse. Peavy getting tattooed.

  29. zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I appreciate Peavy’s contribution in 2014, but I don’t think we’re going to get much out of him this year.
    He’ll be a strong candidate for the phantom DL.

  30. bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Tell me something I don’t know ๐Ÿ˜‰ .. Thanks tho! … Chuck seems to intimate we don’t have any offense either .. We scoring any runs? No pitching + No offense is a bad combo, as we all know only too well.

  31. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    We’ve had a few runners. Belt had a 2 out double. 3 hits total, though.

  32. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Crawfish leads off with a walk.. Specs pinch hitting.

  33. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Base hit

  34. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    And the Dodgers staff is human.

  35. bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Fuck oh dear! Sounds like we are doing a pretty good Impersonation of the SD Child Molesters!

    • Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      It’s now 4-3!

  36. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Panik Triple! 2 runs score . . .

  37. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Posey doubles! 4-3 Dogs
    . . .

  38. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Pitching around Pence. Wild pitch on last one!

  39. bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    What inning?

    • Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Bottom 6th.

    • zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Nice shut-down inning by Heston.
      Going to the bottom of the 6th, down 4-3.

  40. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Duffster with a basehit. one on no outs

  41. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Need to rake this guy while he’s still in.

  42. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Crawfish with a base hit. 000 batting for Moses.

    • Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Can’t remember who came up with it, but I always liked Bright Eyes.

  43. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Salute! Pagan 2-run single to RF, Giants lead 5-4!

  44. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    5-4 Giants!! Crazy Horse with a 2 run single!

  45. Paul Sorensen said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Love seeing all the exclamation points here, always a good sign… !!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Panik hits one in front of CFer, Pagan scores, 6-4!

  47. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Panik!!! Base hit!!! 6-4 Giants!!!!!!

  48. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Posey RBI single to LF, 7-4!

  49. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Yowza!!! Buster with a base hit! 7-4 Giants!!

  50. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Hey Bums, this ain’t the fuckin’ Pads!

    • Bozo said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Yeah you right, Mac.

  51. zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Conga line!

  52. bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Oh Wholly Bejeezus’ Mullet !!!!!!! Oh Happy Day!

  53. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Javy Lopez gets out Utley. Some things never change.

    • zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Nice bounce-back for Lopez today. He’ll be feeling much better.

    • Paul Sorensen said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Good one. Shades of 2010, huh… ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Giants up 7-6 going to bottom 8th.

  55. bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Wha happened to 7-4? Who gave Bums 2 more?

    • Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Romo served up 2-run HR to Pederson.

      • bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm

        Of course he did … Fucker! Thx Mac!

  56. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Panik RBI single to RF, Giants 8-6!

  57. bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I tell ya, that kid’s gonna be a superstar .. Soooo clutch!

    • zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Even some of his outs have been hard-hit line-drives.

  58. wilcojoe said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Hunter!!!

  59. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Ya want exclamation points?

    PENCE GRAND SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GIANTS 12-6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  60. Bozo said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

  61. zumiee said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Great balls o’ fire!!!

  62. Paul Sorensen said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Pence over the Fence (!)

  63. wilcojoe said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    What a huge momentum shift this will be. The Dodgers with a historic opening series only to come north and get the wind knocked out of ’em!

    • ewisco said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      With a 4-0 lead no less

  64. Irish Kevin said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Very nice ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  65. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Man, what a day at the yard for Chi & Sarge.

  66. xoot said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Pence just established that he can be a real four-spot hitter. Slow start to the season, but just in time now. Romo gave up his HR to a left hand batter. Surprise. Anyway, let’s shut down the bums and celebrate opening day.

  67. Paul Sorensen said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Back in high school in NJ, my Bridgewater gang would play baseball games against the neighboring Raritan gang, good fun. One time I remember we were just sucking balls and getting our asses kicked .. and finally around the 5th inning, we just exploded for about 30 runs. My gf at the time quietly quipped, “Finally, the drugs kicked in”…… haha. So true. Not that I would think the G’s are doing anything like that…. (!)

    • Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Was Bridgewater-Raritan HS around back then?

  68. Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    The other Hunter K’s Puig to end it — GIANTS WIN!!!

  69. gianthead said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    That is how you do opening day at home !!!

  70. Paul Sorensen said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Mac, I went to Bridgewater-Raritan HS West. They added a BRHS East at some point. Now there’s just the one HS (what was West, now East is a middle school or something)….

    • Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Ah, right, I do seem to remember the East-West thing.

      • Paul Sorensen said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:54 pm

        Yeah, they changed the zoning at some point, so my sister and I went to West but my younger brother went to East. Didn’t really matter, school pride wasn’t all that big in the mid-70s…………… ) (!)

      • Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        And there’s a Raritan HS about 30 miles to the south.

  71. xoot said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Puig feasted on the pods; came into today’s game over .500 with a 1.700 OPS or something like that. Nice to see Strickland humiliate him at the end. We’ve got a helluva team this year.

  72. Bozo said, on April 7, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Like Mac said: “Hey Bums, this ainโ€™t the fuckinโ€™ Pads!”

    Great Opener and comeback.

    • bassbaldy said, on April 7, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Wow! What a freakin perfect day/home opener/ending … Hollywood couldn’t of scripted it much better! Huge congrats & thanks to Chi & Sarge’s juju combo for being there & making it happen!

  73. gianthead said, on April 7, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    MacDog…Bright Eyes for Heston was from yours truly…

    • Macdog said, on April 7, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Excellent — and he got the win!

  74. Carstie Clausen said, on April 7, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    TOTO !!! I don’t thing we’re in San Diego any more.

  75. Carstie Clausen said, on April 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Dodgers finally solved Peavy. They must have still been riding their Dago high, figuring they were the certified, guaranteed cock of the walk. And here comes Wood n tit be wonderful shutting down the Gigantes for 4 innings on a mere 3 hits. Zumiee noted before the game awhile that with his crazy delivery, Wood can sometimes throw an opponent for a bit of a loop. Sure nuff. My thought was that maybe by the second time through the lineup, he might need to watch out. I mean we are not talking vintage Timmy here.

    Conga line brings the Giants to within a run in the fifth and then adds 4 in the 6th and suddenly the game changes flavors. Yup, this bunch will soon become known as the most dangerous lineup in the league. and whadda ya know, we even got us a nice, choice Salami in the 8th, with Pence going over the fence with the pond full of ducks. SF is not likely to compete in dingers with the bandbox teams, but oh, that conga line chorus.

    Perhaps the biggest disparity between the two teams got aired out a bit today as well. That LaBumbo bullpen looks porous. Giants bullies overmatches them. So does our defense.

    Now let’s see Cain get back on his game tomorrow and then we’ll see which team belongs in 1st place in the NL West.

  76. Flavor said, on April 7, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    grand slams against the Dodgers are just a little bit sweeter.
    http://www.knbr.com/2016/04/07/%E2%96%B6%EF%B8%8E-hunter-pence-crushes-grand-slam-vs-dodgers/

    • Bozo said, on April 7, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Nice time to get his first dinger.

  77. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Woo hoo! Looked grim early on, but the bats warmed up once Wood tried to get through his 3rd time.

    BArt was a nightmare, but it usually is a varying flavor of suck.

  78. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Chuck and Sarge couldn’t have picked a better game.

    Roberts actually got some cheers. Good on them…..

  79. pawliekokonuts said, on April 7, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Good thing Ben Hur is waiting in the wings, um, on his chariot, as a starter.

  80. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Jesus. The turnover by the Dubs is nuts lately. Stupid shit.

  81. sfsarge said, on April 7, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Just a sweet game to attend. Met Chi for the first time, cool guy. His daughter as well, two cool people.

    What a game to watch live and see the fantastic comeback. Funny, I called a Peavy strikeout wile I was with my buds who are season ticket holders Hey had two on at least, maybe the bases were chucked and I called the strikeout as it was his second time through the lineup and he was starting to roll a little bit

  82. pawliekokonuts said, on April 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    In a surprise, it looks as if I have a publisher for CHASING WILLIE MAYS. They are “thrilled” with the manuscript. I was working on a fictional version, but now . . . who knows?

    • snarkk said, on April 7, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Awesome, Pawlie…

    • djloo27 said, on April 7, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      A little Willie math for you Pawlie. He’s now been retired for exactly half his life.

  83. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Awesome! That’s great news Paul.

  84. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Dubs are killing SA inside.

  85. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Love the face Kerr has them laying off the 3.

  86. unca_chuck said, on April 7, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Dubs and Spurs playing it straight. Good to see Festivus playing well.

  87. snarkk said, on April 7, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Saw a highlight of Arnie Palmer, Nicklaus and Player at the ceremonial first drives for the Masters. Unfortunately, Arnie looks really old and not at all well. Before it’s too late, here’s a salute to the King — he brought golf into the popular culture world long before there was a Tiger. He paved the road for a lot of guys to get rich hitting a little white ball around…


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