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Laborious Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 5, 2016

Ah, Labor Day. Time to relax. Unless you’re the Giants and you just came off a grinding 4 game series against the best team in the league. You lost a heart breaker in 13 and the only time to rest is on a plane that jettisons you to the top of Nepal to play a game where you’re going to spend more time trying to breath than hitting a baseball.

Sounds like a nice, easy breezy day for the Orange and Black, yeah?

The only guys who probably aren’t half dead today are Crawford and Pagan. But who knows, it is Coors Field, the dumbest place to play sports in all of sports.

Make it a great day, Flappers!

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  1. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 10:33 am

    One of my Facebook friends thanked the military for the freedom to have holidays like this. Is every holiday going to be a military holiday now? Labor Day is about unions and workers having fought for better rights and working conditions over a long history. It should be about that, anyway, IMO.
    Have a great one today, Flappers! A Giants win would be nice!

    • blade3colorado said, on September 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Excellent point. To wit, Battle of Blair Mountian, where President Harding sent in U.S. Army troops to quell a coal miner rebellion. Gatling guns, bombers, gas, etc., were part of the munitions used against the miners. Not exactly the military’s finest day. The Matewan Massacre was part of this conflict.

      Happy Labor Day! 🙂

      • djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

        How ya been, Blade?
        Are you in Asia?

      • blade3colorado said, on September 5, 2016 at 11:14 am

        Hiya (is that a NY accent?) Loo. No, not yet. Next week. Been busy “closing shop” in the USA. How are you doing? Caught up on a few threads and no one caught your Jack Nicholson quote from A Few Good Men. Also, same thread – Unca, yes go see Bone Tomahawk. Great movie.

        That’s all I got, you guys have completely covered the Giants dismal play. Meh.

      • gianthead said, on September 5, 2016 at 11:42 am

        Matewan is a great movie as well…

  2. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 10:43 am

    The Giants had a little magic going against Chapman in the top of the 11th but Pence and Belt whiffed with ABs that weren’t very competitive.

  3. djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Span
    Pagan
    Crawford
    Pence
    Panik
    Nunez
    Belt
    Brown
    Moore

  4. gianthead said, on September 5, 2016 at 11:38 am

    What are the Chia Blade Fest details???

    • djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Isn’t Unca Chuck attending as well?

    • blade3colorado said, on September 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Wednesday GH. Last summer outing – besides the Belmar Italiano art and food fair this weekend for me.

      • gianthead said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm

        We may need you to play center field…

  5. Flavor said, on September 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Moore traveled early to Denver to get his lungs acclimated before pitching. That was a responsible thing to do unlike dumbass Smarge who failed to go early to his start. I forget why that was an issue then but it was.

    • snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      It’s because the flight was X-country all the way to Miami. And, they got in at about 4 in the morning or some such BS. Hell, this was just Chicago to Denver, and you gain an hour, not lose 3 like the Miami journey…

  6. snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I have zero confidence the Giants can win this series. They traveled yesterday. Today with the weather hot and wind out at Coors, it should be a slugfest. But, Giants, have been hitting for a month like my Aunt Helen, and she’s been dead for 20+ years. Moore’s history is limited at Coors, but it’s “meh” (one game, 4 earnies in 5 frames). He has trouble throwing strikes at sea level, so at a mile high, I’m expecting at least 4 walks, and he’ll last 5 innings or so at this launching pad. Speaking of that, one thing I do not want to see is Arendado kicking Giants ass, again. Enough of him. I’d walk his ass every freakin time up, regardless of the situation, unless walking him scores the winning run of the game. Let somebody else beat you, Giants…

  7. snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Joyous news out of Phoenix from Baggarly: “Gregor Blanco (shoulder) is hitting off a tee in Arizona.”…

    • zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Someone hide the tee.

    • snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Yesterday, against the tee Blanco struck out 3 times looking …

    • Macdog said, on September 5, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      That doesn’t mean he’s making contact.

  8. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Niners’ Bruce Miller was arrested for punching a 70 year old man in the face. And there’s your Niner news of the day.

    • theroooster said, on September 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      He’s a loser. Last year, Miller was arrested on spousal battery charges in Santa Clara.

      • zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 1:55 pm

        Yep. He needs jail time.

  9. snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Giants — hey, anybody there? Hello, hello. Time to wake up…

    • zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

  10. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Coors Field, the usual house of horrors.

  11. Macdog said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Well, they didn’t let Arenado beat ’em.

    • snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Yep, they do the right thing and walk Arenado. Then, a gopher ball. Craw misses a liner somehow. Panic throws the ball around the infield over Craw’s head. Moore walks the #8 guy and pitcher.
      It’s official.
      The Giants stink on ice…

  12. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Moore’s breaking pitches are garbage in the thin air.

  13. snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Cain in at Coors? Bochy has a bakers dozen of relievers, and it’s Cain? Bochy is waiving the white flag already; this could get way more ugly.
    Time to question what the hell is going on with this team – the wheels have just come totally off since the break. It is unwatchable right now. I’m out to pound more nails on my deck…

  14. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    The Mets already won today, so the Giants are now 2 games above oblivion.

    • zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      More accurately, 2 1/2 games, I guess.

  15. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    First things first, break up the no-hitter.

  16. Flavor said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Flat. As. Fuck.

    • zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Accurate prediction by you.

      • Flavor said, on September 5, 2016 at 3:03 pm

        it was one of my easier ones.

  17. Macdog said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Wasted leadoff double? Check.

  18. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    This was flat-out embarrassing.

  19. Flavor said, on September 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    shut out in Colorado, huh? Hmmmmm…..

  20. blade3colorado said, on September 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Wow! How embarrassing. Bettis, is no world beater, especially at home (5.40 ERA) and has NEVER had a complete game, much less a complete game SO, in the minors and MLB. Sheesh, this is equal to a Yeti sighting at Coors Field.

  21. Flavor said, on September 5, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Blade did you see my post from yesterday? I got 42 DK points out of him, BY FAR the highest scoring pitcher today. lol. Unfortunately I didn’t play Dozier on that team but still have 118 with guys still playing. That team has 3 guys who scored zero today (Kris Bryant, Villar and Franklin)
    Flavor said, on September 4, 2016 at 4:55 pm (Edit)
    you want to talk about a tired ass team—- it’s September, they just finished losing in 13 and have to travel to Col to be ready for a day game tomorrow. Pfffttttt….. I’ve never played a pitcher in Coors Field but I’m thinking Bettis might be ok tomorrow……

    • blade3colorado said, on September 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Spot on Craig. Excellent call. Sheesh, glad I have been busy and haven’t had to watch too much of this train wreck.

  22. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    And there’s always carry-over when Casilla blows a save.

  23. Flavor said, on September 5, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I have Bettis on a second team with Chris Sale. The two of them combined for 77.85 points. That ENTIRE TEAM has 95.85 points. Tells you how my DFS day went…..

  24. snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Post game wrap doing usual cartwheels on how great the Rockies pitcher was, though Flemm wondering how legit the shutout was since Giants hitting sucks (not in those words, of course). Seriously, this team had no business playing out there in MLB uniforms today. Any other team would have gotten at least a few runs off that Bettis dude. Embarrassing is an understatement. Seriously, the coaching staff is by no means free of fault here. This has gone on way too long to put blame only on the players. If this cratering and playing like sleepwalkers were in NY or Chicago, they’d be calling for the heads of Bochy and Wotus. Now, onto pulling some deck nails…

    • Flavor said, on September 5, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      this is a game I will give them a pass on. They were all walking dead coming in here. They aren’t machines.

  25. mrsprtdude said, on September 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    They have call ups. When will be time to send a message that sucking gets you some pine? A more accurate question is when will any one start to put some blame on Bochy? A flat team with no energy that plays stupid baseball. Hmm. Can anyone say he is getting the most out of the talent on this team? I never agreed with the fire the manager because you can’t fire all the players..and clearly that isn’t an option for this year, but when does the shine of 3 titles wear off?

  26. unca_chuck said, on September 5, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    SHIT. I though the game was 4:45 or some shit. 6-0? Figures though. A hard-fought deal in Chi-town followed by a 2 hour flight to Everest. And an afternoon game? Yikes.

    Just met my uncle (Charlie) at a winery in Napa. Dude is 87 years old (mom’s brother) and still lives in Chicago, and the guy is in great shape. Has a 71 year old GF to boot. Had a great time catching up

    Long story about the sombrero but it isn’t making the trip. I will be, though.

    Blade and Chi, see ya on Wednesday

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on September 5, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Wow, 16 years difference there in that relationship, your uncle likes the young ones…. 🙂

  27. djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    • alleykat69 said, on September 5, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Unless their’s no rocks on the bottom…

  28. Macdog said, on September 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    The Mets had a 1 o’clock game in Cincinnati after playing the Sunday night game in NYC, sat the first four batters from Sunday night’s lineup (although Cabrera later pinch-hit) — and won handily. I know there’s a big difference between going into Denver and Cincy, but two hits off a chump pitcher . . . this could be a new low except there’s 25 games left.

    • blade3colorado said, on September 5, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Yeah, I doubt we hit “rock bottom.” Maybe a ledge and we still have a few thousand feet to the ground.

      • chipower9 said, on September 5, 2016 at 8:02 pm

        Ledge? Did someone say ledge!? I am looking for a ledge…preferably a VERY HIGH ledge.

  29. djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I was gonna watch AZ-LA, but the Giants have made me sick of baseball for today…

  30. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Listening to Vin Scully talk about Socrates is pure torture.

  31. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Blach pitched well. Maybe we should have seen him earlier this season instead of so much of the Peavy/Cain slop-show.

    • djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      I never get too excited about anyone who pitches well in the wrong end of a blowout. I feel like the winning team is just coasting and wants to get the hell out of there. Did Cain raise any hopes today?

  32. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    We all can predict Cain’s 2017 season. He gets pounded in Spring Training, which Bochy will call a few hiccups. He’ll get pounded to start the season, and then real or phantom injuries will keep him on the DL for a large part of the season. When the ’17 season is over, they pay the $7 million to buy-out the ’18 season, and they’re done with him. And we’ll see him at the 10 year reunion of the 2010 team in 2020.

    • chipower9 said, on September 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      They just need to cut bait now…aka Rowand! Thanks for the contributions of a couple WS wins, but time to go!

    • snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      A likely scenario, zum. His money is already a sunk expense, so Cain hanging around is doing nothing but blocking young arms from coming in and taking their shot…

  33. alleykat69 said, on September 5, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Played golf today near the ocean.Made the turn at #9 grabbed a Newcastle on tap to go, looked up at the tv O-O going to the 4th,told my buddy that will be the outcome in are run production. His knowing nod and mine almost simationus…

  34. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Watching Greinke get pounded by the Dodgers…..FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW the rest of the NL West couldn’t compete with the Dodgers. That’s getting real old. At least the Giants manage a winning record. The rest of the division is a pile of turds.

    • zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      The same Greinke that beat the Giants last week, giving up 1 ER against the Giants.

      • theroooster said, on September 5, 2016 at 7:46 pm

        Dodgers really made Greinke work – forced him to throw 96 in only 4.2 innings of work. The AB by Seager where he hit the 3-run bomb was classic Seager – worked the count full, foul a couple off, make him come to you, GONE!

      • snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 9:42 pm

        Dude, a rookie by definition cannot have “classic” anything…

      • djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 10:21 pm

  35. chipower9 said, on September 5, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Just getting settled in Denver, ordering a pie at Old Chicago and washing it down with a Stone IPA. Just checked today’s score. FUCK! Not only another loss, but a shutout at the hand of the Billy Goats! Double Fuck! Let’s hope for a better result tomorrow!

    Looking forward to meeting up with Blade and Unca for Wednesday’s game. I’m out…gonna go drown my sorrows!

    Flap on, girls!

  36. chipower9 said, on September 5, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Even tho we dropped 3 of 4 in Chitown, I was encouraged. All one run games against arguably the best team in the league, in their house. And then we get 2-hit shutout at the hands of some chump Billy goat pitcher.

    Anyone got the number for “Dial-a-Ledge?!”

    Pfffttt…

  37. Macdog said, on September 5, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I hate to beLabor things, but I saw this in AP story: Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey have gone a combined 243 at bats without a home run.

    • djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      If it makes you feel any better, I went deep twice today in the schoolyard…

      • djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 8:22 pm

        With the wind blowing in, no less…

      • Flavor said, on September 5, 2016 at 8:36 pm

        this does make me feel better.

  38. unca_chuck said, on September 5, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Was the dog appreciative, DJ? Hah! Just kidding. Shitty times call for desperate measures. Or some assholery. Got to break out of this slump somehow.

    Good to see we are now 2 days away from falling out of the playoff race.

    We at .333 now? Nice for a batting average, sucks for a winning percentage.

  39. snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Bochy has a bunch of callups. Use ’em. They literally cannot do much worse. The announcers on radio are literally excusing Posey from his hitting woes every time up because he’s so “banged up”. Flemm said today he’s having his usual “back and hip” problems that he’s had “for years”. WTF does that mean – first I’ve ever heard he has hip trouble. If Posey is that fried, then sit his ass and let somebody else play. And, if he’s going to be like this every 2nd half from now on for $20 million per, maybe he shouldn’t catch any more, and maybe they shouldn’t have traded Susac for Dud Smith…

    • alleykat69 said, on September 5, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Maybe it’s time to ship a few vets to Sacramento..

  40. zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    There’s no disputing this team played better with the fill-in guys in the first half of the season. It doesn’t really make any sense, but what about this team makes any sense right now?

  41. djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Why the fuck do they have an 18 man bullpen and only 2 catchers?
    There’s no excuse for that in September…

  42. djloo27 said, on September 5, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Maybe in the off season Belt gets shipped to some team that plays in a small park where he can go 30/100.
    Doubt it happens…

    • zumiee said, on September 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      We need a power-hitting left-fielder for next season. Who’s available? I’m not totally opposed to a Parker/Williamson platoon there if we have to. At least they have some power.

      • snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm

        That was a topic on the Lurie post-game show today. Lots of callers, many actually knowledgeable to some extent, were saying the Giants need to get a power OF bat. We’ve been wondering about that here for quite a while. Pagan gone, yeah, Parker/Williamson might hit 20-25 between ’em, with lots of Ks. But, you never know, maybe they’d surprise and go for 30. If they get somebody, needs to be RHed. I’d pay Cespedes…

  43. alleykat69 said, on September 5, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    That’s exactly what I said a few days ago Loo..
    Makes no sense when they no Posey’s banged up, and Brown looked like “Death warmed Over”
    Yet they did what Kruk would say: SQUAT to help that situation out..

  44. snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Bochy post game: “We’ve been in this (slump) for a while,” he said. “It’s time for us to wake up.” No kidding, Boch. With LA now 4 games up, the division looks lost, barring a minor miracle. Giants have to find some spark. They played way better when Greene, Pena, Tejada and those journeyman dudes were around. But, they can’t get on the 40 now. They had been sucking for a few weeks already when Duffy got traded, but that trade may have upset clubhouse chemistry for the rest of the season, and drove any potential for slump recovery off the cliff. Something uncool has to be going on in that clubhouse for an entire team with decent talent to quit hitting for two months…

  45. snarkk said, on September 5, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Report from Tampa: Duffy to have season-ending achilles surgery…


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