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Stretch Grind

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 28, 2016

You know how sometimes we hear a players name and somebody says “Remember when he was a Giant?” and everyone is like “No. Absolutely no recollection.” That’s what you’ll say 10 years from now when somebody says “Remember when Gordon Beckham was a Giant?” Rich Rodriguez’s only at bat at the triple A level must have been a good one. Anyway, he’s a Brave now and we get Beckham and if I’m Specs I’m wondering just how much the Giants actually hate me.

All of a sudden, they started hitting. Let’s see if they can cobble together 2 games in a row. Someone needs to tell the Giants, before tonight’s game, that it’s ok to hit 2 games in a row…..

Somewhere is a dimly lit cell in the Clearwater county jail, Stix is whispering to himself “to get Belt in the 2 hole, I’d do it all again, I’d do it all again….”

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  1. gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 6:39 am

    STIX LIFE MATTERS…

    • Flavor said, on September 28, 2016 at 6:43 am

      I’m praying he some how gets out just to tell the tale here at the Flap

      • chipower9 said, on September 28, 2016 at 1:21 pm

        Absolutely! That is going to be a great story…hell, I would even suggest a Flapalooza in Minnesota just so we could all sit around and hear him weave that tale in person.

  2. wilcojoe said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I wonder if there is a way to turn Stix’s mugshot into a Clint like “knowing dude” head nod GIF?

    • pawliekokonuts said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:37 am

      As an editor, I would say Clint is one of those words whose possible typos inspire dread.

    • Lurker John said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:28 am

      That would fucking rock.

  3. pawliekokonuts said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Let’s run the table. 5 wins in a row. #blackandorangelivesmatter

    • chipower9 said, on September 28, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Let’s make it six. If they run the table for the remainder of the regular season, and then lay a turd in the wild card game, that run doesn’t mean jack…

  4. Flavor said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:48 am

    just to get your morning started off on the right foot. Oh, and Wilco, I second your idea of the *Nodding Stix gif*. Maybe Zummie or one of the other gif wizards could get that done. Although I almost think it would be better to have him nodding his head sideways and we could use it after losses. lqtm

    • wilcojoe said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:55 am

      I like the sideways nod after losses even better. Great idea!

  5. djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I wish there was a way we could help Stix. Based on what we know, does he deserve to be locked up?

    • gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:56 am

      I dont know Loo, firing at a fed helicopter may be hard to plead down…”I thought it was a UFO….”

      • unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:03 am

        It’s more the idea of personal freedom. Unlawful search and seizure even.

        Does the Gov’t have the right to buzz your house 5 or 6 times? For a few pot plants? It’s ridiculous. Besides, he warned ’em.

      • Flavor said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:06 am

        I’m not sure which warning was better, the trigger finger or the hoe-shake. I’m going hoe-shake just cause that’s what Bo and Luke’s dad woulda done, and that dude was all business…..

      • unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:16 am

        Did we get confirmation on the hoe? Or was it a rake? Because a rake-shake would be pretty spectacular as well . . .

      • Lurker John said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:30 am

        When a guy breaks out his garden hoe, you know you’re In for some serious shit. The feds should’ve known.

      • gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:55 am

        Well maybe firing in the air is one thing, firing at the helicopter ala Terminator is another thing. He could have actually killed someone…

      • chipower9 said, on September 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm

        I am seriously LMAO on you guys’ comments here, although for Stix, it is far from a laughing matter. I hope the dude can get out sometime soon. Anyone have an address? I am sure he would love someone to drop him a line. Maybe even deliver a cake with a file in it! 😉

    • Lurker John said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:29 am

      No, Loo, I don’t believe he does. Just more over-arching intrusiveness by the federal government, IMO.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Start a Gofundme page?

  6. gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:53 am

    All they need to do is take care of business…but if Mets lose today and Cards split the next two and we take care of da business…we will be up a game on the Mets and two on the Cards heading into Friday night.

  7. gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I think the Stix nodding head idea will make it look like he is passing out…lulz! WORD!

    • wilcojoe said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Your right it would. That is hilarious. I think Flav’s sideways, disapproving nod after losses idea is better. Those squinty stoner eyes were made for that look.

      • gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:56 am

        Yeah that look would have a Grateful Dead element to it…

  8. willedav said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:10 am

    If you look at NL B/R batting leaders, there are hardly any Giants to be found anywhere except in one category—Triples, where Craw is tied for lead with 11 and Belt has 8. Panik hit his 7th last night; all these guys are slugs on the bases. Yard really is quirky.

    There was blowup of Adam Duvall in yesterday paper about him getting to 30 HRs 30 doubles 100 rbis when they blew out Cards. The AP story said he is ,”…joining the likes of Johnny Bench, George Foster and Frank Robinson.”

    Um, no f-ing way. He’s done all this in his bandbox yard for a team in dead last with 91 losses already. Adam Duvall is not going to HOF and won’t hit 52 out with 150 rbis like Foster did.
    Just the mention of George Foster, another in long line of black/latin OFs Giant system used to churn out who went on to do great things elsewhere, sets me off remembering guys who originally played here all the way back to Daddy Wags and Jose Cardenal.

    • willedav said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:23 am

      and on through Felipe and Matty Alou, Jesus and his neck rolls, Downtown Ollie Brown, Cepeda, Sarge Matthews and Secretary of Defense Maddox, Bobby Bonds, Larry Herndon, Chili…
      Nowadays I think I’d settle for a Terry Whitfield or Willie Kirkland.

  9. willedav said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Something else about Stix and his land—isn’t it getting close to harvest time? Don’t you have to get the weed out of the ground before first chill hits for max potency etc.?

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:42 am

      I’ve heard that is true. From a friend. Gotta be careful, willedav. With stix in custody there’s a chance that the NSA is monitoring the Flap.

      • djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:50 am

        I wonder if the NSA is fed up with Span leading off…

      • chipower9 said, on September 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm

        That’s a great question! Any of you NSA spooks care to chime in?!

  10. Lurker John said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:27 am

    So, Stix = Baldy = Carstie Clausen? Wow. Only on the Flap?

    • wilcojoe said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

      No, Baldy was Lisle.

      Loo’s line the other night wondering if we would next hear that Lisle “strangled someone with a cello string” still has me LMAO.

      • Lurker John said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:31 am

        Got it.

  11. dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:47 am

    stix’s story is still unbelievable. Almost as unbelievable as a 3 hit/no walks night for Slumpy Shoulders. It sure brings a whole new light to all of his work out in the “fields” and the butter used in that leek potato hash recipe. I wonder if there’s police footage of the whole event. Eventually that type of evidence is dumped to the public record or can be attained through a Freedom of Information request.

  12. zumiee said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Fun fact:
    In the 2014 playoff series vs. the Nats, Span batted .105 for the Nats in that series.

    • zumiee said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:16 am

      So….Span has already helped the Giants win a ring!

      • Lurker John said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:31 am

        I remember he was awful in that series, as were most of the other Nats.

  13. Macdog said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:21 am

    One of the stories from the 9/24 Stix thread said a review hearing was scheduled for today in district court, wonder if there will be any updates.

    • gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Well there’s no proof he fired the weapon…he has that going for him…

  14. snarkk said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Miller last night openly wondered if Span was hurt — when he got into that pickle. What are the odds on Span needing some other post-season surgery?…

  15. dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Span has been obviously injured since at least July which is part of the reason I’ve wanted to see Gorky called up.

  16. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Shit, all Stix has to say is he was firing a warning shot. He wasn’t aiming at the helicopter but it hit it anyway. If cops can shoot unarmed people in the streets certainly he can say his eyesight is bad and he just wanted to shoot across the bow so to speak.

    Drug activity my ass.

    • djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Good idea, Chuck. And maybe Krukow can testify that Stix occasionally gets a “wild hair up his nose”…

  17. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Another thing I’m tired of hearing is that Blanco (or pagan, Panik etc) “has been nursing a broken back all season and tried to play through it.”

    Fucking replace the guy already.

  18. zumiee said, on September 28, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I would recommend to Stix to swallow some pride at his court proceedings, and show remorse and contrition. If he goes in there politically defiant, I’m guessing he’ll get a harsher sentencing. His public defender needs to emphasize mental health issues with Stix, and go for a mental health counseling type of sentencing.
    A public defender is not necessarily a bad lawyer. I’ve only served on a jury one time in my life, and I was impressed with the public defender’s performance in that trial. He was a fairly young guy who did a much better job than the young DA assistant who was the prosecutor.

  19. zumiee said, on September 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I read online somewhere that Duvall was on the Giants 25-man roster for at least one of the playoff series in ’14. Is that true? It seems like a questionable statement. I don’t remember him ever getting into any games.

  20. pawliekokonuts said, on September 28, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I reserve the right to be silent on all matters Stix.

    • Flavor said, on September 28, 2016 at 11:58 am

      if he breaks outta the clink I am letting him take an entire day here at the Flap to explain himself. 🙂

  21. alleykat69 said, on September 28, 2016 at 11:54 am

    When I think of Stix’s scenario I can’t help of thinking of the 70’s/80’s band Styx and this hit song:”Man in the Wilderness”
    Sometimes I feel like a man in the wilderness.
    I’m lonely soldier off to war.
    Sent away to die,never quite knowing why.
    Sometimes it makes no sense at all.
    If one of you guys can pull it up on YouTube I would be grateful!!

  22. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 12:20 pm

  23. djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I wonder if Stix would care to discuss this here.
    He’s a magnificent writer, but didn’t interact a whole lot…

  24. alleykat69 said, on September 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    In honor of Stix I will go out and buy some Pixy Sticks candy and a vintage Pixy Sticks pick me up game!!

  25. wilcojoe said, on September 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Whose to say he doesn’t have access to the Internet in the slammer? I guess it’s possible that they have a community area with a shared computer for inmates to browse approved sites. He could be reading this right now.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      HAHA, I was thinking the same thing. Back when facebook was first starting out with the general public I had a buddy that I hadn’t seen in a while who was, unbeknownst to me, in the slammer. We were corresponding back and forth and he abruptly stopped responding. I didn’t think anything of it until we were chatting in person a few years later and he told me about how he was violating privilege rights to access FB and got the rights revoked for his whole area.

  26. chipower9 said, on September 28, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    1. Denard Span (L) CF
    2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    3. Buster Posey (R) C
    4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
    5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    6. Angel Pagan (S) L
    7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
    8. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
    9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

  27. zumiee said, on September 28, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Nice song choice, Chuck. “Prog rock” like that is kind of a guilty pleasure for me. Prog rock can get a bit Spinal Tap-ish at times, but I generally think a lot of cool music came out of that genre. I eventually saw Styx in concert several years ago at a county fair. Dennis DeYoung was no longer in the band, which was too bad. I wouldn’t mind seeing Rush in concert someday. I’m a big King’s X fan, who I think were at least partially influenced by Rush.

  28. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Queensryche is also pretty good for newer prog atuff. Yeah, Styx was always a battle between the bombasticness of DeYoung and the harder rock leanings of Tommy Shaw. Saw ’em once at the request of an old GF. Not really into them but they put on a good show. Very tight band.

    Bands like Yes and early pre Steve Perry Journey were real good. Chick Corriea, Al DiMeola, stuff like that. I couldn’t take REO Speedwagon for whatever reason. Even Rush was a bit too shrill for me. They were another band I saw that I didn’t really care for. I was there to see Pat Travers. That being said, they put on a real good show. Outstanding musicians, but man Geddy Lee’s voice was like nails on a chalkboard. Jon Anderson didn’t make me cringe like Geddy did.

  29. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I guess the fact we went and got Glenn Beckham means that the Nooner thing isn’t as day to day as they’d like us to believe.

    • alleykat69 said, on September 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Thinking the same thing Chuck!
      Beckham’s here to get some southern laughs out of Peavy,Posey and Bum.

  30. djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Duvall dunks a cheap 2 run single off Leake …2-0 Reds (3)

  31. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Shit, Mets are winning. Cin 2-1 up on StL.

  32. djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Reds trying hard to blow it…

    • Macdog said, on September 28, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Now they’re really trying.

      • djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:04 pm

        Dead-birds! Better take advantage…

  33. Macdog said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Cards lose after leaving tying run at third with no outs in 9th.

  34. willedav said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Gameface Gillaspie with leadoff knock. I like this guy actually.
    Giants win tonite they’d be 2 up on Cards with 4 to go.

  35. Macdog said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Chatwood vs.deadwood.

  36. alleykat69 said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Caught a huge break there getting the DP from Arenado.
    Shit that guy is lethal 40 bombs,130 ribs, 2 years in a row now. She has to be the MVP winner..

    • alleykat69 said, on September 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      He…
      Though he/she hits better then most of the Giants..

  37. snarkk said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    mlb.com has a 4 minute vid up and available on the 2002 Giants run to the pennant. Kinda cool…

  38. mrsprtdude said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Another nondescript pitcher shutting us down…Augh…

  39. xoot said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    smaHRdzija’s done without giving up too much, so it’s hard to complain. Let’s get some effing runs.

    I think Stix well may be in deep shit. I truly hope his defense lawyers know what they’re doing. Federal public defenders are better than state, in my experience (in CA and WA). More resources, for one thing. The law on aerial surveillance is pretty well settled. Generally, it’s ok. It can become too intrusive with low buzzing or circling or hovering. But the penalty for violating the 4th amendment is exclusion of the evidence gathered (“fruit of the poisonous tree,” as they say). That’s it. imo, there’s no legal excuse for firing a gun at a helicopter unless the copter first blasted some sort of ordnance, etc. at you. Doesn’t appear to be our facts. So, serious shit.

    My favorite dope growing song is a work of genius by Steve Earle called Copperhead Road. A DEA chopper buzzes the final verse. I’m also reminded of another work of genius, Powderfinger, by Neil Young (Beat Farmers covered it well).

    Anyway, best of luck to Stix–in every way.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      I was thinking that, at a minimum, he’d be facing asset forfeiture but it looks like Minnesota made a change to the law in 2014 so that a conviction is required. I guess that delays it a bit. All joking aside it really sucks for him.

  40. dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    And the heart of the order is mowed down again. FFS!

    • zumiee said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

  41. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Got to get this one.

  42. alleykat69 said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    If we had the 87 team hitting tonight we would win tonight..

  43. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Fuck this.

  44. djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Giants suck every cock in town…

  45. djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    LET’S GO!!!!

  46. gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Im up im up…where the f is half the stadium????

    • gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Staying up for one night game like last night just kills me the next night…Loo I imagine is going strong after sun set…

  47. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    If we had the ’77 team hitting, we’d be winning tonight.

    • alleykat69 said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      If we had Jimmy Davenport’s team we could win…ok a bit of a stretch,but I loved the guy..

  48. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    As it is,, we have rally killer up.

  49. alleykat69 said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Fuck Span!!!

  50. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Come on, BB! One time . . .

    • djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Do it for Stix!

  51. gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    And did they not have a better option to pinch hit for Span????

    • unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Lou Seal would have done better

    • gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      We need some ’89 magic…I just saw the Cards lost. One good thing. Cmon let’s get a 2 game lead with 4 to play…

  52. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Got to TAKE ADVANTAGE!!!

  53. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    That is maybe the one time where sliding makes sense.

  54. djloo27 said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Lucky dumbo Belt didn’t dislocate his face…

  55. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Win one for the Stixer . . .

    Fuck me, I thought that was live for 1/10th of a second.

  56. Macdog said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Can they rally in the 9th one fucking time?

  57. gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Rally Moth Fucking Rally Moth…

  58. gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Ill take a walk…

    • gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Stayin alive stayin alive baby

      • gianthead said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm

        The Rally Moth is dead to me….

  59. Macdog said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Same ‘ol shit.

  60. unca_chuck said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Criminy. Not gonna make this easy are they? There’s torture, then there’s this.

  61. mrsprtdude said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I’m frustrated so have to ask. Has a playoff level team ever gone a whole season with ZERO comeback wins in the 9th or later?? I think we are 0-64 when trailing after 8 innings

  62. Macdog said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I woulda rather seen Beckham up instead of Span.

  63. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I am still root root rooting for the home team to make it to the one-game play-in… but they really don’t even deserve it, do they? Not that the other 2 teams seem to really deserve it either.

  64. zumiee said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Disappointing to see Buster get so over-matched in that last AB. He looked lost against that guy.

  65. snarkk said, on September 28, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Looks like the best this wreck of a team can do is go to NYC to face the Mets.
    Up against any decent starter, this squad is essentially SOL; the Giants starter has to pitch a shutout or 1 run game to win the damn thing…

  66. djloo27 said, on September 29, 2016 at 4:44 am

    If you know your Giant -Dodger history, you know what will most likely happen this weekend.
    Do I even have to say it?


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