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Four in S(EVEN)?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 6, 2016

Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to get my hoot and holler on. But last night, when Gillaspie launched that “even shaped” ball deep into the night, all I did was raise my left hand, make a fist and smile. I never made a sound, didn’t even utter a “fuck yeah.” My days of jumping out of windows (college after Will Clark’s grand slam) are over. We’ve been gifted too much by this team over the years for me to act like this is all brand new. I advise you to click on “POTD-best of” and read #35. That’s what’s up.

Madison Bumgarner is just a man, man. He’s the man I wish I was. The man we should all strive to be. A winner. A closer. A starter and a finisher. An understated, respectful celebrator. Rock solid reliable. Is there a straighter or truer post season bullet ever fired in the history of baseball? Bumgarner makes me look at Joe Montana and say “Is that all you got?”

The best part of EYB is that it’s already happened. I guess you could also say it’s “happening”. But really, it’s happened. Once again we have been absolutely gifted with an unbridled joy that you don’t get from just walking the earth on a random Wednesday. Who knows what’s going to happen, we all know there is still a long road to travel.

I continue to force myself to appreciate the moments in time that we get with this team. We are so so lucky. Don’t ever forget that no matter what happens from here on out.

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  1. chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Great thread…one of the all time best, Craig!

    EPIC:

    Our own Flapper extraordinaire, DracuLoo, storming the enemy fortress solo! EPIC.

    Sindegaard vs. The Undertaker – aka The Hillbilly from Hickory. EPIC.

    Bumgarner. Craig said it, and I don’t know that I have much to add, but one of my favorite shots from last night was during the post-win celebration (team was still on the field), and there was a shot of Bochy with his big bear paw mits on Bum’s shoulders. There were words and a hug. EPIC

    Craw and Panic – Craw for starting the rally with his gapper. Panik with his AB to work a walk, the walk that allowed Gillaspie to come to the plate. EPIC

    Gillaspie – for all the years he has toiled as a fringe player. Always working hard, looking for those special moments to contribute, and boy, did he get one last night, and did he ever act on it. EPIC.

    Edd and snarkk – celebrating their birthdays with another magical October Giant win. EPIC.

    This place that Craig has created, and through which so many solid friendships have been kindled over the years. EPIC.

    I am going to bask my ass off today! Come Friday, we’ll all put on our game face one more time for that first game…Cueto vs Lester. EPIC.

    Just Win…

    • zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:03 am
      • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

        YES YES YES…

      • eddacker said, on October 7, 2016 at 12:39 am

        Used to have a bird dog had that same smile each time I bent down to put his leash on after we’d been working the fields. He loved to go long and he loved to hunt.

  2. chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Speaking of Gillaspie – I saw his post-game last night on CSNBA with all of the reporters and it was awesome. This morning I heard a one-on-one between him and Fleming. He talked about being blessed and being humble. I ain’t gonna lie FU…that fucking interview caused my eyes to well-up with tears.

    snarkk mentioned last night about being a Giant fan for 40 years, and how he always wanted just ONE World Series title. I think we can all relate. I hit California as a young airman with the Air Force back in 1977. I was wide-eyed and wet behind the ears, and knowing I was here to stay, I became a Giant fan. So it has been 39 years for me. What a wonderful ride it has been, and it ain’t over. For a chunk of those I have celebrated many of those special moments with you knuckleheads. Blessed.

    And to think, we get to do it again on Friday!

    Make it an awesome day, FU!

    Just Win…

  3. gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I on the other hand went nuts last night hopping up and down. Probably the last outburst of celebration was Belt’s 16th inning homer here against the Nats. Then that Uribe homer Game 6 in Philly.

    The Salvador Perez at bat against Bum in the 9th inning of Game 7 in 2014 was just an exhalation of tenseness and relief when Panda brought that pop up in. The WS clinchers against the Rangers and Tigers were just fait acomplis and did not have those big jump out of your couch moments. Gillaspie’s shot heard around the Mets heads will live on!!!

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:27 am

      ‘shot heard round the Mets’…..brilliant

      • gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:24 am

        Merci fellow PK…

  4. Cardinal70 said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Congrats, guys. I’m glad that you made it through the first test. Taking down Thor is not an easy task.

    I like to think we’re friends. We are friends, right? And friends, they sometimes do favors for each other. So I’m asking you for a favor.

    Please, PLEASE beat the Cubs. If you can do it swiftly, that’s great. Just use that even year mojo and take them out!

    • Flavor said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:05 am

      we are in lockstep on this one, Daniel.

    • gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Daniel, all my Nats fans friends here in the Virginia/DC area all asked us to take out the Mets…check!

      I think we win one of the first two and I love our chances then with Bum in a Game 3. So I am feeling very confident that we will be up 2-1 in this series with the chance to close it out at home and at worse starting Cueto in a Game 5 at Wrigley…feeling good…

      • Cardinal70 said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:43 am

        I like it! I definitely liked y’all’s starting pitching over what was left of the Mets and I’m a big believer in that during the postseason.

    • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Daniel – I cannot speak for the rest of Flap Universe, but in my book, we’re friends, and hope we can satisfy your request. I like this match-up…Friday will be off the hook…Cueto vs. Lester.

      Just Win…

  5. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:26 am

    This is one of your bestest posts. Ever. I’m telling you, compile these into a book. Put this one in. Thanks for having us. #basking (Love Daniel’s above.)

  6. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:30 am

    amen to that POTD # 35

  7. Dennis Zucchino said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:30 am

    2 1/2 hour ride to Finnerty’s and standing for 3 among orange and black decked out rabid fans was one of most fun times of my life… People standing on tables screaming BUM.. BUM.. BUM. !!!!….. The place was jammed and flowing outside….In the end you couldn’t leave , the euphoria was epic… and to the man/woman everyone was singing to the pumped in ASHKON…..in AND out of the bar! Fuckin great!
    And while Deb dozed asleep while driving home… I couldn’t take that shit eatin grin off my face….
    Right now that genius Maddon is at an early Mass lighten up a candle or 2…..
    BeliEVEN…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:37 am

      oh man, this is epic epic epic epic

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Nice!

    • gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:45 am

      I am so jealous of you Dennis…where do you all live?? I was telling my 17 year old that we have to do that. On the bucket list. If we get to a WS this year and the clincher game is on a weekend, I may just have to tell my wife what is up and we have to go…

      • Dennis Zucchino said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:43 am

        Warwick NY..
        You walk into Finnerty’s any time in the MLB season and you feel the warmth of SF love… You forget your in the world of Yankee fans who think all baseball revolves around them…. And I’ll remind you 90% of the attendees are young folks. Paulie will second that.

      • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:47 am

        That is so cool, Dennis. I am assuming with a number of those young ‘uns that they have dads, grandfathers, uncles, etc. who are/were Giant fans. That history cannot be taken away from you guys…the Giants were NY’s team for much longer than they have been SF’s team. But really, it does not matter…they are OUR Giants!

    • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Love it, Dennis! Thanks for the share, brother!

    • eddacker said, on October 7, 2016 at 12:44 am

      thanks for the picture of Finnerty’s during the WC. I was thinking of searching the web for some video/info and now I con’t have to. I can feel the SF love from out there. Must see if I ever go to NY.

  8. gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Chi, I almost started tearing up this morning just trying to tell my wife the story of Connor Gillaspie and his struggle to survive in the game…

    • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Peter – I almost teared-up Part Deux when I was talking to Gail this morning and telling her about that EPIC game last night (she is in Pennsylvania with a bunch of girlfriends from NorCal competing with one of our dogs in agility). She had no idea the details on the game, but she got it, and I could tell she was so happy for me. Feeling BLESSED today! It is grand to be a fan of the SF Giants, and a member of Flap Universe…the best damned collection of fans in the universe!

  9. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I’ve read that Dizzy was disliked even by teammates first time around and that he apologized and came back with a different attitude. I’ll say.

    • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Yes – Flannery and Aurilla were on the post game on CSNBA, and they specifically talked about that, as they were both a part of that team (2008, I believe). Dizzy has come a long way and had his share of humble pie. Dude gets it now…no doubt! His interview about being blessed, and humble truly brought tears to my eyes…

  10. mrsprtdude said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Re Gillespie…Loved the post game interview for his honesty. Said “I was overmatched in my first 3 at bats… Love that. After watching him give it all up going head first into the camera well vs the dodgers it was great to see that he ws the hero of the game…

    • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:00 am

      If we go on to win this bitch (I mean win it all), we will be talking for years about Gillaspie’s play on that foul ball and tumble into the camera well, and also, his EPIC HR that propelled us into the NLDS.

  11. wilcojoe said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:51 am

    If memory serves, when Gillaspie signed with the Giants following the June draft in 2008, his contract required the Giants to call him up in September of that year. I remember that being a very unusual and unprecedented move by such a “wet behind the ears” type player. If I recall, he was completley overmatched both at the plate and in the field.

    • Flavor said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:54 am

      great recall. I bet that turned a lot of players and even some management against him. But I’m down with people who mature and grow and it looks like he’s done that. He’s coming across super humble in post game interviews.

      • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:03 am

        Agree. I loved how he was talking about how he matured while away from the Giants, and how it was such a blessing for him to be back with the team that drafted him, and how having your teammates respect you for your effort was more important to him than any hit he could ever get. Very good stuff!

  12. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:59 am

  13. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Hah! I still say the play of the game was Bummie spearing the line drive in the bottom of the 7th. If that goes by, the Giants are down 1-0 and who knows how the rest of the game goes . . .

    And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDD AND SNARKK. It wilL NEVER get better than that!

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:06 am

      bottom of 7th or 8th?? Yeah. He did it with such calm swagger.

      • unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:17 am

        It was the 8th. Even more important.

    • gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Chuck, son and I replayed that and not to argue because I love you man (say hi to your daughter) that it looked like they had Panik playing closer to up the middle and think he makes the play, but regarless it was a huge moment…

  14. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Magnus, I love how you point out that the magic has already happened, that even just as it is, it is fine and perfect. You said this during other Wagnerian Ring cycles. Very zen.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:07 am

      …plus sports — is it The Steinbrenner Effect — has become “if you don’t win it all, you’re a failure.” WRONG WRONG WRONG.

  15. mrsprtdude said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Lester, Hendricks Arrieta Lackey. Going to be a tough road, A split in Chicago, Mad Bum win Monday. All close games, just as the regular season games were ( last 5 all one run games)…And then we hopefully beat the crap out of Lackey. Hate that guy!

  16. wilcojoe said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:09 am

    The Mets strategy of being agressive early in the count against Bum completley backfired on them. Opposing managers may need to start implementing the George Costanza school of thought when facing the Gmen in October. Whatever you decide to do, just do the opposite.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:35 am

      I finally got to the game in the 3rd and saw Bumgarner at 17 pitches. I thought there must be something wrong with the pitch count.

  17. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:19 am

    No shit. 21 pitches in 3 innings is flat nuts.

  18. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I tell ya, this works out pretty well for the Giants. We get to start this on the road with NO pressure on us. They have 112 (whatever) years of the hopes and dreams of the city weighing on them.

    All we have to do is get one there, and they come to SF with Mad Bum standing at the gates of hell, waiting to usher the cubbies to their doom.

    • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:05 am

      “Mad Bum standing at the gates of hell, waiting to usher the cubbies to their doom.” Love that shit, Charlie!

  19. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:26 am

    B ummie talking to Olney after the gme was pretty funny. Bummie’s trying to enjoy his win and Olney’s asking these arcane questions. Bummie looks like he’s going to strangle Olney and say “Why you asking me these tough questions?!”

  20. alleykat69 said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:27 am

    And Buster and Bum had a great game plan calling for the fastball on his 1 st 19 pitches and elevating them for pop its and K’s and made Cespedes look like a overmatched little leaguer!!

  21. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I went with my season long approach of following the game on the MLB app for the most part. Can anyone tell me what happened with the Span stolen base/replay? Seems like he was safe.

    Whatever. Nothing like the smell of victory in the morning.

    • Flavor said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:36 am

      MLB just said “call stands” which is bullshit. There is NOTHING conclusive about him ever coming off the bag but it was totally clear that he safely hit the bag before the tag. Total pussy bullshit call by NY fro the home team

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:44 am

        Ahh, I see. Totally agree that he was at the bag before the tag. No way you can tell that he came off. If anything, from foot to leg to basically laying on top of the bag, he never seemed to have come off of it. More east coast bs but whatever we got the W.

        Thanks for the feedback. BTW, great pic of Loo on the last thread. The hair was flowing.

      • sandog said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:51 am

        I agree that pic of Loo is awesome. He needs to learn how to play guitar (maybe he already knows how??) and write some songs, because we’ve got the album cover right there.

        I let out a howl when that ball went over the fence and did some power clapping, but I didn’t get too over the top with it.

      • unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

        Shit, Loo could do shampoo commercials.

      • djloo27 said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

        My agent prefers the picture I sent San Dawg and Chi. Something about the lighting and the angle…

      • gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:35 am

        Totally agree and that has not been mentioned by any of the sports talk yet this morning…

      • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

        Craig nailed it. TOTAL bullshit call. Swing and a miss by the fucking umpire team in NY…

      • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

        I agree…the shot I got was superior, IMO.Your agent is a smart man, Loo! 😉

    • unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Yeah, they were talking that the Span call would be under review even after it was made on the field. I’m thinking, who gives a fuck? They aren’t going to do the game over or anything. Why bother? Still and all a major fail by MLB. He beat the throw by a ton and there’s nothing showing him coming of the bag. They can have their out at 2nd . . . hah!

      This game really reminded me of the Philly series in 2010 when Uribe hit the homer to take the lead late in game 6. The abject disappointment of the Fox announcers was as palpable as the ESPN announcers last night.

      LOVE shutting those fuckers up. They were jizzing themselves all night over Syndy while Mad Bum showed who the real god was.

    • gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Dirt, it wasnt even close. The unpire was behind Span and it was clear his feet were in ahead of the throw but completely outrageous it was not reversed when imthe video evidence of him being safe was clear…I get the feeling (consciously or not) that mlb and networks dont want us advancing.. they want Sox-Cubs and probably Fodgers-Cubs in the NL Pennant..but FUCK them all!!!

  22. Flavor said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Quick poll: what was the most dramatic home run of the 4: Johnson’s, Ishikawa’s, JT Snow’s or Gillespie’s? Also, where do you rank Bonds World Series home run vs the Angels in Game 4 in the 9th? Is that even on the radar?

    • djloo27 said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Ishi’s by far – walk-off pennant winner…

    • zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Sheesh, I have no memory of that Bonds’ HR. None at all, I have to admit. The JT Snow one had such a short shelf life, too. The Mets took the lead the next inning, if I remember correctly. The Johnson one I only saw several days after the fact. So, definitely, Ishi’s blast, of the four, for me. Very very exciting, even made more memorable by Peavy running out to greet him on the basepaths like a doofus, and Ishi giving him the forearm. Ishi’s helmet spike, echoes of Russ Hodges in our head “The Giants win the pennant!” The stunned Cardinals. Everything was awesome about that.

      • zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

        Gillaspies’, I think, in the long run, will depend on how the playoffs play out, but it’s definitely one of the very memorable ones. Including Uribe vs. the Phillies, Ross vs. the Phillies, Panda vs. Verlander, Renteria vs. the Rangers. I’d even rank Pence’s first inning HR vs KC in the World Series Game 1 highly. I think that HR really set the tone for that series.

      • zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

        Oh, and definitely also Morse’s HR in the 8th inning of the Ishi game. Super exciting and important, too.

    • sfsarge said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Gotta go Ishi, walk off win, at home and the epic spike of the helmet. Hands down, one of the best baseball moments I’ve ever had the joy of witnessing.

    • gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:31 am

      I am honestly going Gillaspie’s but that Uribe homer in Game 6 in Philly has to be up there…

      • gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

        Only knock about Ishikawa is that we still had two games to go in St. Lou if needed…

    • wilcojoe said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Ishi by far. I had just moved to Austin from the Bay Area when Johnson hit his home run and I remember being so pissed off that I wasn’t there to see it. My asshole brother was at that game with my tickets (I had bought a 20 game plan before the season to lock into rights for charter seats at Pac Bell) and I would never attend another game at the Stick. I still don’t like seeing highlights of that homer for that very reason.

      • sandog said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:11 am

        “Should I fly to Los Angeles, find my asshole brother?”

      • wilcojoe said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:39 am

        Lol, that song was greeting a lot of airplay around that time.

      • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:51 am

        I was there for the Johnson HR…The Stick had “playoff” energy in the air that day. But with that said, I still rank Ishi and Dizzy’s higher.

    • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Ishi’s with Dizzy’s being a close second…just because it came so late in the game with the score being knotted at 0.

  23. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Well, Ishi’s and Gillaspie’s both put us ahead in a do-or-die game. Snow’s tied the score. The Bonds one doesn’t even register. It was big at the time but it was game 2. Like Johnson’s and Snow’s in the end it didn’t turn the tide. It ain’t all about the wins, but that factors into the dramatickness of it.

    Ishi’s was a walk-off here so I’d go there.

    • Flavor said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:42 am

      got a buddy at work who is an A’s fan who wanted me to include the Bonds hr. I agree with you.

  24. zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I heard Miller’s call of Gillaspie’s HR while driving last night. The sheer surprise in Miller’s voice was awesome. It came after the walk that Panik had grinded out, which came after the big disappointment of Pagan not getting the bunt down. I was still in kind of a funk about the botched bunt opportunity, and wondering ‘wow, is this the last memory I’m going to have of Pagan? That’s too bad, because he did a lot of great things for the Giants.’ But Gillaspie changed all that, and totally picked up Pagan, his teammate. I love how the Giants have done that so much over these past 7 years: picked up their teammates so many times. After the game, I saw Pagan being interviewed, and to his credit, and to my admiration of him, he mentioned that. He said “I didn’t get the job done there, and my teammate picked me up.” No one was happier about that HR than Pagan. 🙂

    • gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Zum, it was odd to me at the time when he was up 2-0 and then 3-1 for him to be bunting. They knew Familia had to be throwing strikes, I thought Pagan had an excellent chance to get a ball in play…but thank God it all worked out. And I think Pagan is going to back as the 4th outfielder next year. Hopefully they dont pull the typical move and give an extra year to take care of him. One year deal at $7.5 is more than generous. With Span’s injury proneness, Pagan will get plenty of playing time. I still want a right-handed slugger in left…I lost some interest in Cespedes because of last night…

    • djloo27 said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Like Renteria picked up Pat the Bat in 2010?

    • willedav said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Very big of Pagan, very classy. But that was terrible AB from a vet hitter who knows what he has to do there, which was move the runner over. Plus he was ahead in count at 2-0 and 3-1 before the foul and the K.

      Hey, he had lot better season than I expected, but he has to go. He has zero arm and is borderline capable OF, even in LF, with CF being out of question. He can likely get 2 yr deal elsewhere.

  25. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Ishi all the way

  26. gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Flappers, what are you all hearing a out a Game 2 starter. Someone in the Giants clubhouse last night said Smardjaramjam will be Game 2 starter and I was hoping we would go the lefty Moore after starting Cueto in Game 1.

    If we lose Game 1, I like Moore’s calmness and makeup to start the second game. I think Smardjaramjam will be overmatched and under confident…

    • willedav said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:56 am

      He’s been pretty good lately and should be very confident. I think they want Moore for Game 4 here.

  27. chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Just went back and read that Best of POTD #35. Thanks for bringing it up, again, Craig. It is a classic amongst classics!

    I remember that post when you originally made it, Loo. GREAT post. Dude – I am SO happy for all of us here, but especially for you. I MUST visit NY again, and when I do, I want to hang with you again, brother. The Flapalooza this summer was just a primer…I want to roll with you in your hood. SO happy for you last night, Loo! Way to bring it home! You rock!

    Just Win…

    • djloo27 said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:02 am

      You’re too nice to me, Chi. Not used to that here in Brooklyn.
      Would be great to get together with you again as well as anyone here anytime.

      • Flavor said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:06 am

        were you surprised to see the ESPN screen shot of you at the game?

      • djloo27 said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:19 am

        Very much. Hearing from some people today about it. Not too crazy about the picture. I think I had just come from the bathroom where I like to blow out my hair under the hand dryer just to freak people out. But it makes it too poofy looking. Plus you can’t see the McCovey shirt under the hoodie…

  28. alleykat69 said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Loo I think you totally rock the J Geils/Steppenwolf look!!
    Ahh hell throw in Frank Zappa as well!!

    • chipower9 said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

      I second the J. Geils look! I rocked the shit outta some J. Geils in high school! I flat wore-out J. Geils Live – Full House!

    • gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      I was going Anthrax for the NY connection…

  29. willedav said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Interesting to see what Bochy does w/LU vs. LHP Lester. He had fantastic season, esp at home, tho of the 21 HRs he gave up most were to RH. No one hit him very well tho and he finished very strong.

    Previously Bochy sat Span and Panik vs. LHP, so I wonder if Gorkys and Specs get in there. 2016 Panik btw was actually worse at the plate than Span was…think about that one.

    I can give Panik credit for waiting out the walk, but it eventually came on ball 5. That pitch he fortunately fouled off at 2-2 was couple inches off the ground. Wild as Familia had been, no way he should have swung in the first place.
    And of course previous AB, comebacker to the mound with 2 on in 7th.

    • willedav said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:18 am

      If Nunez isn’t ready to go, maybe Specs takes 3b. Cubs had top ERA in NL this year…reg season of course.

  30. Flavor said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I should have def included the Uribe and Renteria HR, maybe the Cody Ross bomb too. This all came out of a convo I was having with a dude at work, an A’s fan, who said the Bonds HR was easily his most memorable of all of them. I didn’t get it either.

  31. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Of course he remembers the Bonds HR. What do you expect from an A’s fan? All they’ve been able to celebrate for the last 20+ years is the Cespedes 2014 HR Derby Championship.

  32. Dennis Zucchino said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:08 am

    It’s no secret that in the past 3 post-seasons and the run up to makings the ’16 wild card and so far beating the Mets home field advantage that this team has always won when the odds were against them. 6 elimination games in ’12 was biggest for me… And though there has been a core of players in all, there still was a large mix of new blood in each event. So, there had to be something driving this team beyond their physical ability. My guess is that there has been a mix no cancer of egos, the love of the fans and city, the mgmt respect and confidence with no extreme pressure placed on no individual that has brought the chemistry to winning. IMO

  33. alleykat69 said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Guess we’re not gonna be able to steal a bag since we’re still back with east coast bias, and Lester is downright shit holding on runners but who cares? Bochy will play Earl Wesver ball and settle for the 3 run Bomb!!
    Giants Baseball!” Orange&Black and don’t look back!!”

    • alleykat69 said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:37 am

      And just for smug NY fans, I will make a special toast for Conor Gillaspie with a Conorpolitan Martini” tonight🍸

  34. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Ishi. By very far. It meant WS. Bonds? I have ZERO memory of the HR you describe.

    • zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Yeah, that Bonds HR is literally not memorable, because hardly anyone remembers it.

      • zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:06 pm

        Oh, I only just realized we’re talking about the Bonds tape-measure HR, correct? OK, now I sort of remember it.

      • zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm

        But the actual situation of the HR was long forgotten to me.

  35. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    When we beat Lester at home, it’s gonna be Cassius Clay over Sonny Liston.

  36. zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I would guess that Panik gets the start over Specs because Bochy will be concerned about the defense. But with Panik in the lineup and, I guess, the G-man at thirdbase, can the Giants go with that many lefties against Lester? Maybe Specs does get the start, on second thought. I can’t see Bochy starting Specs at third, just because I don’t think he got much time at third this season. Unless he did in Sac-town.

    • willedav said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Lester is the only LHP of their SPs, so maybe he gets some ABs for Specs or Hernandez, but I’d be surprised. My guess is these two would only be up as PHs later in game. Panik and Span as vets I’m sure want to be in there regardless of who is on mound.

  37. sandog said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    In terms of raw athletic ability and amazing hand/eye coordination, the Bonds homer off Troy Percieval and the Bonds homer off Eric Gagne, after an epic at bat where he earlier pulled a 102 mph fastball into the water at ATT, are unforgettable for me. I would actually rank the Gagne one over the one in the World Series, but both were awesome. But, I will go with Ishi’s as the biggest.

    • snarkk said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      I definitely remember that AB.
      That had to be the greatest mano a mano ‘roid AB of the entire ‘roids era…

  38. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Have we ever seen Peter Wolf and DJ together? I think NOT

    • djloo27 said, on October 6, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    • unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      You have better hair by far, DJ.

  39. willedav said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Didn’t Craw and or Belt hit an opp field HR at Wrigley when Giants were there earlier?
    That is the thing about a friendlier yard than ATT, either of these 2 or Pence and Posey could yank one out to opp field.

  40. wilcojoe said, on October 6, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    HA! That’s pretty good!

  41. zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Not an easy decision for Bochy on the starting lineup. He’ll want to go with his “veteran love,” but can he put this many lefties in a lineup vs. a really good lefty? I have no idea how he could even arrange them.
    Span- L
    Pagan- S
    Posey- R
    Belt- L
    Pence- R
    Craw- L
    Panik- L
    G-man- L
    Cueto- R

    I think he bites the bullet and starts Gorkys and Specs.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      I hope so. Has anyone ever literally bitten a bullet? (Incidentally, I sent you an email.)

    • unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Yeah, Panik but for his last AB, has been doing very llittle at the plate. Specs should get the nod as he’s been raking (hoeing?) since he’s been back with the big club.

  42. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    What’s the word on Twinfan??

  43. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    This is a base hit . . . stolen by EYB and Bummie.

    • sfsarge said, on October 6, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Epic

      • zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 4:07 pm

        He had a similar play in Game 1 of the World Series vs. KC. He fields his position well. We’re so used to Giants pitchers NOT fielding their position well, that it’s especially great to see him snag balls like this.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm

        It’s a gunslinger move that says, Take THAT, pardner!

      • djloo27 said, on October 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm

        I don’t know if they showed it on TV, but as he walked toward the dugout after that play, he tossed the ball about 20 rows up to where a group of Giant fans were sitting. The word from some media types in the vicinity was that he had friends and family in that area. It made me nervous when I heard that because it reminded me a little of the Russ Ortiz game ball disaster…

  44. sfsarge said, on October 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I have to say, not on do the G-men turn it up in the playoffs, but so does FU. The posts have been more outstanding than usual from everyone. I am sure glad to a part of this group of knuckleheads

    And how friggin awesome is it the at Loo was on TV!

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      yes, yes, and yes

  45. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Thor had a good quote circulating on Twitter around 1:30 this morning, about baseball breaking your heart but it heals by spring training. I’d like to hang around in Iceland with him. Can we sign him??

    • Macdog said, on October 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      It was by Syndergaard:

      Baseball has a way of ripping your ❤️ out, stabbing it, putting it back in your chest, then healing itself just in time for Spring Training.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        that’s it….tnx

  46. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Blue Jays rougneding up the Rangers. It’s ironic how crazy rude the fans in Toronto are. Canadians are known for their civility to the point of boredom. They must think they’re at a fecking hockey game.

  47. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Did anyone see or hear Adam Jones’s comments on race a week or two ago? [possibly at mlb.com] Excellent. Superb. I instantly liked the guy. Brilliantly articulate and affable.

    • sfsarge said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Yes, I read it. It’s so unfortunate that a guy like that has to just shut up and keep his head down. But he know what time it is

  48. Bozo said, on October 6, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    When the Giants played the Cubs over Labor Day weekend, they were kind of sleep walking through the games. The Cubs won the series but all the games were decided by one run. The Giants aren’t sleep walking any more… We got this.

  49. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 6, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Maybe someone already mentioned it but Belt’s 18th inning HR in game 2 of the 2014 NLDS was big. Nice bat drop too. Poor Slumpy. Always forgotten.

    • zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Remember Slumpy! 🙂

  50. zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Dirt, that Ishi HR chart is awesome.
    I still kind of shake my head a bit at Peavy not knowing it was an HR. But there was no harm in it. And actually makes the moment look even more wild and crazy in the video footage.

    And regarding Peavy- the Dow Jones went from 8,000 to 18,000 in the Obama years, and Peavy still found a way to LOSE $15 million in investments. Wow.
    But- I am grateful for what Peavy did to help the team win it all in ’14. I don’t see him making a major league squad next year.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 6, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Yeah, that is a pretty cool one. Lots of fun stuff in there. I think you could buy it as a poster at one time.

  51. gianthead said, on October 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    The sports talk today speculating whether Bum is now one of the greatests is so east coast out to lunch.

    He is not one of the greatest, HE IS THE GREATEST POST-SEASON PITCHER. PERIOD.

    Dan Patrick had the conversation on whose career would you want Bun vs. Kershaw…that comparison is a joke and anyone who chooses Kershaw is an imbecilic moron.

  52. pawliekokonuts said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I like the term imbecilic moron. If I’m gonna be a moron (and I often am), ferfecksake I want to be an imbecilic moron.

  53. willedav said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Hey isn’t Niners Cards the 2 buck chuck bowl?

    • alleykat69 said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Toilet Bowl is not even good enough for these 2 teams!
      “The water only flushes up,and you have only floating turds to clean up afterwards from your bathroom floor”

  54. alleykat69 said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I’m pulling for Cleveland to go to the final show against of course the SF Giants!!
    They have solid pitching from their starters as well as us.Would be epic as Willie Mays spins some yarn about playing against Al Rosen back in 1954
    Believe Mays made a great catch against Vic Wertz with his back turned to the plate on a 420 foot tracking scud missile, to this day Willie shrugs his shoulders and says,”I’ve made better plays”!
    Hell who am I to argue with the “Greatest Player I’ve ever seen as well”

  55. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on October 6, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Not sure if all ye Flappers know any Cubs fans. My Mother’s side of the family is mostly mid-west based and big fans; my brother has even joined in, mostly I think out of respect for my Dad who grew up dirt poor on a farm in Illinois during the Great Depression and before moving east, went to Wrigley whenever he could scrape some pennies together. So far, in some blogs, family emails, etc., and just baseball talk in general, I’ve seen nothing but arrogance by the fans… no apparent respect for other teams, this is their god-given year, etc. “hahaha, bring it on, Midgets”, etc. Normally I’d be ok with the Cubbies finally winning, but I hate arrogance. I’d love nothing more than to see the Gints not just win, but win big.

  56. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    All I can say about the 49ers is thank God for the Giants. They are fucking hopeless. They play about 25 minutes out of 60.

    • willedav said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      looks like Flav’s wine cellar is safe.

      • unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:42 pm

        AQZ is sucking as well. Any fucking mediocre team would have kicked their ass tonight.

      • Flavor said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:53 pm

        ha! I thought the same thing. Anyway, my bet was that the Niners were this bad not that AZ was going anywhere this year. Although I did think AZ would be better than this. Palmer has looked bad. Maybe he’s just getting old? If the Niners can’t beat Drew Stanton they might have seen their last win of the year in Week 1

  57. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    My folks were from the South side. My grandfather bucked the trend and was a Cubs fan. The rest of the family are Sox fans. They hate the Cubs.

    • alleykat69 said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      The only time I think of Chicago is when I’m watching “The Untouchables” with Eliot Ness, Frank Nitty, and Big Al Capone!
      Bad Ass TV show from the 60’s

  58. alleykat69 said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    It just blows me away how incompetent the Niners are letting Gabby Gabbert still start?
    It reminds me of the movie Flight of the Phoenix and they crashed the plane in the Goby desert,and Dennis Quaid gave them the “Hope&Dreams speech”
    I “Hope they change QB’s to KAP only cause how the hell could it possibly be worse! Gabbert is a arena league football player only, and actually send him into a Roman arena so the lions can chomp on him!!

  59. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Kaepernick may not be ready after all his surgeries and his missed practices. I keep hearing 2 more weeks.

    That being said, they should put Ponder in.

    • alleykat69 said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Let me Ponder that one for a minute Chuck!!
      Ok fuck it start Ponder and cut Gabbert!!

  60. djloo27 said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Are they selling many of those sickening alternate jerseys?

    • Macdog said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Not after tonight.

  61. Macdog said, on October 6, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Good start for the Tribe.

  62. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Flav, if AZ and SF both end up 4-12 who wins? Shit, AZ sucks.

    • Flavor said, on October 7, 2016 at 3:23 am

      obviously it’s a push

  63. zumiee said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Mark me down as not a fan of the unis the Niners wore tonight.

  64. unca_chuck said, on October 6, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    They are great compared to some of the others.

    Seahawks and Dolphins are hideous.

    When the Rams played the Bucs last year it looked like Mustard vs Ketchup.

    ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  65. mrsprtdude said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Biggest homer? Renteria by a mile. … Ishi was epic but got us into the WS. ER won us the 1st one. EVER! We lose that game and the momentum switches. Just ask the Dubs how quick a game 5 loss can change things…

  66. mrsprtdude said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    [mlbvideo id="12948407" width="400" height="224" /]

  67. mrsprtdude said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/0/v12948407

  68. mrsprtdude said, on October 6, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    double click the 11:28 link. Joe Buck, then Fleming, then Texas announcer. All different crowd shots. The of fuck look on the texas fans faces on the 3 replay is classic!


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