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Leave Durant Alone

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 5, 2016

Truly not understanding all the vitriol across the internet about Durant signing with the Warriors. This man gave 8 years of his career to Oklahoma and on the day he decides to exercise his independence (on July 4th no less) he gets beaten down and destroyed for doing so.

Why should Durant have to stay in Oklahoma? I wouldn’t want to work there. He’s earned the right to go wherever he wants. And what’s wrong with joining the most unselfish team in the league that plays a brand of team ball that ANYONE would want to be a part of?

So what if he’s joining a good team? Are you only allowed to exercise your free agent rights if you join a bad team? The Warriors didn’t win it all last year. If Durant takes them over the top, so be it. The goal is to put together the best team and try to win it all.

What am I missing here?

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  1. chipower9 said, on July 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Gearing needs to pull his head out of his ass real quick like, or put him on a slow train to Sacto.

  2. alleykat69 said, on July 5, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Anyway we can trade Amy,Arenado’s little brother in SJ, the other nephew for older brother Nolan?

  3. alleykat69 said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    You no what are BP problem really is?
    Too many guys wearing number in the 60’s..

    • chipower9 said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      I see the only problem being they can’t fucking get guys out. Our bullpen is a fucking shambles right now.

  4. chipower9 said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Well, this is where I exit stage left and hit the hot tub. Later FU.

  5. zumiee said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    The bullpen mascot:

    • chipower9 said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Sad, but true…

  6. alleykat69 said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Blackmon was just sitting on dead red, and of course Strickcan served it up on a plate..

  7. snarkk said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Strickland throws a fastball down mainstreet for smackage, with an 0-2 count. Miller sounds incredulous. I swear, Strickland has sand between his ears…

  8. blade3colorado said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    What a waste of a good Madbum performance. Hate when that happens. Dollars to donuts, Bum is thinking, “I should have pitched all of this MOFO.”

    • zumiee said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      That’s what they did back in the day. It would have been laughable to someone like Marichal or Gibson to hand a 2 run lead off to the bullpen.

      • blade3colorado said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:10 pm

        Yes, agree. Unthinkable back in the day. In many ways, Bum reminds me of those guys.

  9. James said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    BP, so versatile: Bullpen. Batting Practice. British Petroleum

    • blade3colorado said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      BP – another company I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole . . . Share price still feeling the effects of the gulf spill.

  10. Macdog said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I can’t remember the last time the Giants bullpen was this bad.

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    • blade3colorado said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      • Macdog said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:19 pm

        lulz…

      • snarkk said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:20 pm

        At least none of this Pen’s group have insulted the team, yet, at least verbally…

    • blade3colorado said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Thought you’d like that Mac . . . Ol’ Armando’s name came to me immediately.

  11. unca_chuck said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Jesus. For all this shitty pitching, yet another meager offensive effort against a middling pitcher and a shitty pen.

  12. mrsprtdude said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Bullpen bullshit is getting old!!!!

  13. snarkk said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Obviously, the front office knows this can’t continue if they want to get to the playoffs, and do some damage there. They can’t replace the entire Pen, though they may want to. I think Kontos was overused last year, and this year it shows. The rest, eh, they’re learning, or not very good, or near the end of the road (Lopez and Romo). I’d bring up Suarez and send down somebody. Meanwhile, the lack of regular starting position players is starting to show…

  14. zumiee said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Maybe do some scrap-heap looking. The Dodgers picked up a decent reliever, Fien, from the scrap-heap. The Twins had released him.

  15. snarkk said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Stix has repeatedly ordered a Fireman for the Pen. I think somebody misheard, and ordered a bunch of arsonists…

  16. Macdog said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    When the Giants played at Cincy earlier this season, the Reds ‘pen was on some kind of consecutive games streak giving up at least one run. The Giants ‘pen must have something similar going these last couple weeks.

  17. unca_chuck said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I’m down with Suarez. Romo may not be much help. They need to get more bodies. Get Doolittle and fucking anyone.

  18. unca_chuck said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Stricknyne is a flat disaster. Gearrin is regressing badly. Law? Slumping.

    Don’t know why Boch pulled Bummie. But I bet Johnny goes 8 tomorrow.

  19. unca_chuck said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    What’s nuts is if our pen was fair to middling we’d have a 12 game lead.

    • snarkk said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Well, 8 or 9 anyway. Kuiper always says that if the Pen ain’t right, that’s one thing the FO will fix. Well, looks like it’s time to fix. Sometimes these Pen guys get it done. Other times, like tonight, its a friggin communal clusterF…

    • unca_chuck said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      They just said we’ve blown 17 leads after 7 innings. We’ve lost 6 of the last 9 save oppos.

      • snarkk said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:22 pm

        Yeah, that’s the worst or second worst in MLB. I don’t think it means they’ve lost every game with all those blown leads, but a lot of ’em…

  20. snarkk said, on July 5, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    A bright spot was good glove work by Williamson several times out there. Maybe he’s got potential to be a decent glove. And, he got an RBI single. Give this kid and Parker some time, maybe they can develop some MLB skills. Both have power to burn…

  21. snarkk said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Watched that Gearin pitch to Arenado again on the highlights. A total cookie, belt high inside, 85 mph. Couldn’t tell if it was supposed to be a slider, didn’t move much. Gopher ball on a 2-2 count and 1b open. Posey did not even give him a target, BTW. Krukow on post-game actually nailed a big part of the Pen problem. He’s right. These guys have two pitches — Gearin and Strickland, a fast ball and a slider, and if the slider isn’t working, they’ve got to throw the fastball, and the batters are sitting on it. They need a third pitch that is ‘relevant”, Kruk’s word. Totally agree, and nothing we haven’t said here on the Flap. These guys don’t have a damn out pitch, or at least a pitch they can throw that makes their fastball the out pitch. How they get this far into MLB and don’t have it, I don’t know. Usually their ABs get extended because they can’t finish a guy off. So, when Gillaspie screws up a tough play, there isn’t much margin for error on pitching to the next hitter…

  22. bassbaldy said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Ugh … another disappointing and seemingly avoidable loss.

    Is it just me, or does the fact that the Giants are/were leading all of MLB in games won seem like just smoke & mirrors? For the most part, the Rivercat squad has done an admirable job at keeping us in the running after the decimation of a large part of the SL. Let’s face facts, Panik, Duffy & Span were not overwhelmingly productive. Defensive gaffs by the second stringers have cost us dearly and maybe there lies the difference between their contributions and those of the starters. I haven’t compared offensive stats but all in all I’d guess that those of Pie, Pena, Mac & Parker are better than the aforementioned first stringers.

    A offense that is generally incapable of taking advantage of situations exacerbated by a flagrantly vulnerable and inconsistent pen is a recipe for disaster. It hasn’t quite hit us fully yet, but it’s on its way … There is acorrection coming and the only way we can weather it is if the rotation can maintain its pace and certain guys start picking up their offense … One guy in particular … Mr Posey, where are you?

    • zumiee said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      300 plate appearances, .345 on-base, and 815 OPS, for a guy who’s primary position is catcher. And starting in the All-Star game.

      • bassbaldy said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm

        What about risp?

      • zumiee said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:47 pm

        Plus Gold Glove-level defense.

      • bassbaldy said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:48 pm

        I don’t buy it Zum … He has been playing like a ‘good’ ball player … He is paid to be a ‘great’ player … His team needs him to be ‘extraordinary’.

      • zumiee said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        His on-base is actually .358. I had that wrong.

      • bassbaldy said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:53 pm

        Wilson Ramos:

        AVG HR RBI SB OPS
        .335 13 46 0 .944

      • bassbaldy said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:59 pm

        Well, I beg to differ … this season has been anything but disappointing … So far.

        August & September we face some stiff competition … I suppose it will all come out in the wash and we will see how good we really are.

      • zumiee said, on July 6, 2016 at 12:00 am

        Posey is consistent year to year, offensively and defensively. That’s what the Giants are paying him for. Consistency and leadership.

    • bassbaldy said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Over all, Pagan and Belt have been excellent this year … I don’t think we can ask any more of Crawford than he is giving … The bench and fills ins have been admirable … Again, I point my finger at Posey.

      I sarcastically suggested the other day that the obvious solution to our lack of offense and shitty BP was to demand complete game shut outs from our starters … For the front office to pull a decent bunch of relievers out of its ass via trades or whatever is just as insane … it ain’t gonna happen.

      We need our SP to keep on keeping us close and we need Posey et al to start thumping these mediocre pitchers from these weak ass teams … If we don’t, what’s it gonna be like next month when we start facing some real pitching and hitting?

      • zumiee said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:54 pm

        Posey is at his career numbers, so you’re going to have another half season of disappointment.

      • bassbaldy said, on July 6, 2016 at 12:00 am

        Oops .. Wrong spot … See above Zum.

  23. snarkk said, on July 5, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Pen has a 6.98 ERA in the last 10 games…

  24. unca_chuck said, on July 6, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Bass, the point is, if the pen does their job the team has 8-9 more wins. No team takes advantage of every situation.

    The fact that most of the team is injured and still winning is a good thing. As has been proven over the decades, most players hit to their average regardless of situation. Clutch hitting s a myth.

    Pick any team and take away 1/2 of their IF and 2/3 of their OF and tell me how they do. We are using our 4th starting 2nd baseman.


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