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Cancel the Game, Play Basketball Instead

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 1, 2016

Probably no game today? That would be fine with me. Cold, hard truth is that even with Bumgarner going today, Thor is probably better, at least at this point in the season. Eh, we could use the day to travel. Call the game, coach.

Besides, it’s Dub Nation Sunday. Bring on the Trailblazers!!!!!!!

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  1. unca_chuck said, on May 1, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I think it actually helped that the Warriors had a few games to work on playing w/o Steph. Livingston is much taller and should press his scoring a little more. Great mid-range shooter. With teams focusung on Klay, Shaun should get some looks.

    Barnes REALLY has to get his shit rolling. He was a non-factor on offense the whole Houston series. They can’t afford that vs Portland.

  2. blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Speaking of shit rolling, I have a buddy coming down today from Galt to help me replace my Mom’s toilet. Fun, fun, fun, in SF bay area.

  3. willedav said, on May 1, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Advantage of Livingston would be improved D and ball movement, and of course he can take advantage of smaller guards posting them up. More balance in scoring (Barnes yes plus Iguodala Green Speights) and Warriors depth I think would be keys to them winning. Blazers can score points though and like fast pace too. Should be fun and entertaining series to watch.

    As mentioned last night, Dodgers lost again (6th in a row) to crummy Pads last night. The rook kid that no hit Giants got hammered, unable to get out of 5th before giving up 7hits and 5 runs. He’s now 0-2 with an ERA of 4.33 Dodgers got 4 hits all night.
    Meanwhile the Story kid lit up DBax again as Rox scored 3 in 9th to pin an L on Ziegler, a guy who seems to own SF for no apparent reason. Greinke pitched well leaving after 7 tied 2-2. AZ is now 5-11 at home.

  4. pawliekokonuts said, on May 1, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Daniel J. Berrigan, S.J., R.I.P. I heard him speak once or twice. He had taught at Le Moyne College, my alma mater.

  5. snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Game starting now, apparently they see a decent window for a while without a downpour — though raining as they start. Can’t risk losing that game revenue…

    • willedav said, on May 1, 2016 at 10:22 am

      No harm in trying, as making the game up would be difficult. Baggs talked about it–best date would be in July with Giants back east. Mets would be coming in from Miami and have to agree to play the game at all as it would be 24th in a row without day off yada yada. 1 game can mean a lot at end of season in terms of playoffs

    • snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 10:37 am

      With the rejection of double headers nowadays, every single game takes on importance that they never used to have. It’s all about the cash…

      • djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 10:43 am

        They had an advance sale of 36,000 and a Curtis Granderson sock giveaway. Looks like about half that showed up.

      • Lurker John said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:45 pm

        It’s always been all about the cash. It’s a business, not a philanthropic endeavor.

  6. djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 10:20 am

    MacDog is at the game……GAMER!

  7. blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I am shocked that fans would stay away from a Curtis Granderson sock giveaway. Marketing department should have included a bonus Curt Schilling bloody sock replica.

    • snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Plus maybe a plastic replica of a Schilling twitter riff bashing “liberals” and LBGT people — that would be a real keeper worth getting rained on…

  8. blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Love me some Duffy. Nice.

  9. snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I like the Giants trying to steal. Getting bases on this Thor guy is pretty hard using the bat, so once you get on, try to steal a bag if the runner has some speed…

  10. snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Come on Belt, let’s get something done here…

  11. blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Giants got lucky with Posey running on the pitch.

    • James said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Well, Bochy, the guy who didn’t bunt yesterday, did send the runner . . . .

      • blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

        Absolutely. By “luck” I mean that was an easy double play without Bochy sending him. Good call by Bochy. By the by, I agreed with Loo yesterday about that particular play – Bochy was right in that instance too, albeit, it did not work out.

      • James said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:43 am

        Yep, agreed on the bunt strategy,

      • snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:50 am

        Bochy was totally wrong on the strategy yesterday, it left Duffy making the 3rd out with Posey in the on deck circle playing with himself… 😉

      • djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

        Well, I think your 11:44 post contradicts that, counselor…

      • James said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm

        Totally wrong may be a little too cut and dry.

  12. djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Yeah, baby!!!

  13. blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Hell yeah!

  14. snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Pence with the 2-run Pop!…

  15. snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I give Bochy credit for starting Posey on that play, he bet Belt would walk or make contact. Having Duffy steal was a good move, too. See, shaking things up instead of waiting around works. Maybe Pence doesn’t get a pitch he can handle for a dinger if the steal and Posey running don’t happen — distractions can mess with a pitcher’s head, and then boom — a 2-run jack puts you up on “Thor”…

  16. James said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I’m grateful that so far SF isn’t clawing back with “spirited” ABs today.

    • snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Giants have changed from a swing from the heels general approach to a more AL approach of milking the count, waiting for a mistake pitch, and trying to get the starter out of the game early with a high pitch count. I like it, though positive run results aren’t showing up too much so far…

      • James said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:05 pm

        Yes, I like the approach, too. 124 runs in 25 games is good run production.

  17. djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Nice of the Mets trainer to take time out from his busy day to check out his bleeding and swelling catcher…

  18. blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Get this game in the can, so they can end it in the 6th.

    • snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Yeah, let’s have a downpour as soon as this is official. I’m not betting the farm on the Giants Pen to hold this thing if Bum leaves with a lead…

  19. djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I’m sure it’s not pleasant out there today, but the weather forecasts really fucked up another one. It was supposed to be much worse than what I’m seeing. They definitely kept a lot of people away…

  20. snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 11:47 am

    If I were Specs or Span I’d bunt on Wright all day long. The guy throws like he has a separated shoulder, so a batter with speed should force him to make a play…

  21. unca_chuck said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Or Pagan, or Blanco . . .

  22. djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    As Chili Davis said about Doc Gooden in 1985:
    “He ain’t God”

    • snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      A lot of batters going down against Gooden must have been atheists…

  23. James said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Satisfying to have the Conforto hype take a little break, too.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Small break. He definitely is not hype . . .

      Michael Conforto’s first 77 games in the big leagues have been more productive than either Mike Trout’s or Bryce Harper’s.

      Conforto: .298 BA, 13 HR, 44 RBI, 25 doubles

      Trout: .285 BA, 10 HR, 38 RBI, 15 doubles

      Harper: .268 BA, 9 HR, 29 RBI, 16 doubles

      • James said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm

        Not saying he isn’t already very good and bound to be a star. Just pleased that after the Cain and Peavey BP sessions, the day against Bum didn’t perpetuate the K&K canonization.

      • djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:57 pm

        McCovey: .330 BA, 21 HR, 66 RBI, 16 doubles

      • blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm

        Yep, McCovey was a stud and he did it at the ‘stick.

      • snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm

        Stretch’s first rookie year stretch though was done at the old Seal’s Stadium…

  24. unca_chuck said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Hunter! Have a game . . . !

  25. snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    This is a time where Bum needs to just take care of bidness …

  26. James said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    The Giants’ lousy SB % is getting a boost today.

  27. djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    The inevitable Pagan injury…

  28. unca_chuck said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Shit. Mac gets the call . . .

    My wife picked a shitty day to change out the cable system.

    The radio is cool with the Dubs though. Nice start.

  29. Lurker John said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I still say Pence hits the ball as hard as anyone in baseball.

    • snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      I think Stanton may have him by a bit. Stanton hit an HR at 117 mph last night in Milwaukee, he’s hit some out at 119 and 118 in the past…

  30. Lurker John said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Law better keep those fucking breaking pitches down or he’s gonna get killed.

  31. Lurker John said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Shit, Pagan was one of the few guys producing. Always seems like it’s a matter of time before he gets hurt.

    • snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      I wonder if he was in the clubhouse keeping warm on a bike or something. Cool day like that is ideal for a pull. Panic did it yesterday…

      • blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm

        Beat me to it . . . Good point about Panik as well.

    • James said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      LJ, a lot of guys have been producing — otherwise, they wouldn’t be scoring 5 runs a game.

      • Lurker John said, on May 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm

        Some holes in the lineup too. Pagan has been hitting at the bottom of the order. And I meant driving in runs. Posey, 7 RBI coming in, Crawford 6, Duffy 9, Span 7 since the first game. Mostly it’s been Pence, Belt and Pagan.

      • James said, on May 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm

        More runs are always a good thing. I think everyone will be pretty happy with the individual RBI totals at game 162, if they continue to average 5 runs.

      • Carstie Clausen said, on May 1, 2016 at 2:55 pm

        Run production is the key to how good your guy happens to be. With today’s additions Pence is tied for 5th in MLB with 22. He’s even with Arenado who has twice the dingers and plays half his games at Coors. Four guys have 24 ~ jammed in a 1st place tie. So Reverend Popeye is only two behind the leaders. With 18 Ribbies, Belt stands 16th in MLB. Our cleanup man has some way to go to match the two too tall Texans.

        Runs scored: Not to bad there either. Pagan and Panik are in a tie for 14th in the Majors , each with 17 plate-crossings.

  32. James said, on May 1, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    On TV, Law’s pitches make him look like he should never be easy to hit.

    • Lurker John said, on May 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Except when he hangs those breaking balls.

  33. blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Snarkk, Seals Stadium was a pitcher’s park per park factors I reviewed . . . Frequently harder to hit at than Candlestick (albeit, the experience of attending games there was much better).

  34. blade3colorado said, on May 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Patrick Ewing will interview for the Kings head coach position. Would love to see him get the gig and then knock some sense into Cousins should he act out (inevitable IMO).

    • djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Never understood why the Knicks don’t give him a shot.
      He’s more than paid his dues and the fed-up fan base would love it…

      • Flavor said, on May 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm

        I’d like to see that too. I’d rather see him get that shot in NY tho. Sacramento is so fucked up on so many levels and no one there cares about Ewing one whit. At least in NY he’d get respect and a chance.

      • djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 5:13 pm

        It may be that he doesn’t interview well. I was able to obtain this clip of him meeting with an owner last year:

        http://tinyurl.com/nh3yg6f

  35. Carstie Clausen said, on May 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    It was the classic matchup of the young stud vs the established master. When it comes to the big game, though he has yet to win an ERA title or to get a 20 win season, MadBum, the Carolina Cattleman, is the master.

  36. snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I think the Giants lineup is fine, it should produce enough runs to make a playoff run. Posey needs to get his act together, but otherwise, should be OK. It’s the starting pitching that looks iffy…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on May 1, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Posey’s act was good today.

  37. pawliekokonuts said, on May 1, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Are the White Sox as good as their record?

    • djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Are the Yanks as bad as theirs?

      • pawliekokonuts said, on May 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

        no, nor are the Bosox as good as they are now. The Phillies? Don’t know. Nationals will implode.

  38. pawliekokonuts said, on May 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I didn’t watch the game; listened to some. Was tired today. Seems like Posey running on Belt’s 3-2 count was the game-changer.

    • Flavor said, on May 1, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Pawlie that’s 2 days in a row where you’re either nappin’ or tired. You ok?

  39. snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Dubs!
    Are they good enough to win Round 2 totally without Steph? I think they are…

    • Flavor said, on May 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      absolutely but if his knee checks out I want him playing. He needs to be on point headed into Spurs series. I don’t think he can just run on to the court draining threes cold off a couple weeks of rest. But hey, we are talking about the MVP, maybe he can do that….

  40. Flavor said, on May 1, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    no better example (well, there probably is but….) of how pointless the win stat is than when looking at Wily Peralta’s line today. Doesn’t finish the 6th, gives up 13 hits, doesn’t K a single batter and yet still….gets….the…..win.

  41. djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Pagan hit the DL yet?

    • snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Bochy said he’ll be out 2-3 games, no DL. They’re sending a pitcher down, bringing up Williamson or Parker. Translation: they’ll probably put him on the DL by mid-week…

      • djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 5:16 pm

        I hope it’s not Mazzaro. He’s been perfect so far…

      • Flavor said, on May 1, 2016 at 5:27 pm

        Mazzaro is hilarious out there on the mound, I kinda want to see him pitch just for the laughs.

  42. snarkk said, on May 1, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Timmy to have his showcase this Friday in Scottsdale. He’s been working out at the Giant’s minor league facility…
    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/giants/2016/05/01/tim-lincecums-showcase-reportedly-set-friday-scottsdale/

  43. Macdog said, on May 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    The zumiee of the east is back from wet, cold Citi Field, that’s 3 for my last 3 in Flushing. Of course, Messrs. MadBum and Pence had a little something to do with that. My Mets buddy and I actually stayed pretty dry most of the game. Hung out and ate at a club area before the game, then didn’t even bother going to our exposed-to-the-elements seats, opting instead to move up higher in the upper deck under an overhang and sacrificing seeing anything hit down the LF line — not the worst thing with Pagan out there. Great job by the hitters making Syndergaard work as they did deGrom, with the bonus of all those stolen bases. I even called Posey’s HR, not that it was tough to do: Up 5-1, top 8th, figured it was a good time for a Buster bomb. And not a broom in sight when the game was over.

    • Flavor said, on May 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      “the Zumiee of the East”. Now THAT is solid gold. It was 80 here today and not a cloud in the sky. But enough about that. MacDog you are to be congratulated for making the trip. Didn’t you see the weather reports? As wrong as they ended up being, what was your plan if the game got called?

      • Macdog said, on May 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm

        About 10 minutes after I left the house this morning, my buddy, who lives a lot closer to NYC than I do, called expressing his reservations about going to the game given the forecast. I was having none of it (saying I don’t get out much), so he relented. Afterward he was glad he went, despite the Mets loss. But yes, we had serious concerns about rain delaying the game for hours and hours (we would’ve left early), and I kept checking the phone en route to see if it was going to get called. Hey, we took a chance and it all worked out.

    • zumiee said, on May 1, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Awesome report, Macdog!
      zumiee of the East….I like it!
      🙂

  44. zumiee said, on May 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Cubs attendance was 41,000 today, which shows how much Wrigley was expanded. That’s equal to the number of seats at AT&T.
    Sometimes we over-worry about the future of MLB.

  45. Macdog said, on May 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Forgot to mention: Today was Curtis Granderson socks giveaway! After the game, there was a guy standing outside in the drizzle right at the subway entrance holding up a sign that he was looking for Granderson socks. I almost gave him mine, but there’s a couple Mets fans at work who love collecting any kind of Mets crap, so I’ll let them fight over it.

    • djloo27 said, on May 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Give them one sock each.
      Problem solved.

      • Macdog said, on May 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm

        lulz.

  46. zumiee said, on May 1, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    The NL West standings remind me of ’05, when the Padres won the division with an 82-80 record. I don’t expect ’16 to end up that way, though. Probably.

  47. Dennis Zucchino said, on May 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I too was at the game. Bum’s shutting down any threat, Pence’s missile to right, Posey’s launch to left and Bochy masterful use of relievers all combined to take the chill out of my aching, wet body.
    Hell, a few more feet on those sac launches on Sat. and those games would have been also ours…

    • zumiee said, on May 1, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Yeah, the Giants came close to winning the series in spite of Peavy and Cain. In a playoff series, Peavy and Cain wouldn’t be trotted out there. Today was like a Game 1 of a playoff series.

    • Macdog said, on May 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Excellent, glad you made it out there! Not an easy day by any means, but well worth it in the end.

  48. zumiee said, on May 1, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Sandoval’s replacement at .315/3/17 now.

  49. Paul Sorensen said, on May 1, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Yeah, the standings are kinda weird. Giants are the only team with a winning record at home and also the only team with a losing record on the road (except Pads, who are fairly bad everywhere). I doubt that trend will continue, but if the Giants can start playing at least .500 on the road, there’s definitely opportunity there…


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