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Guessing Game

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 23, 2017

Katie’s aunt sent me this yesterday. She lives in Reno. The text said “Guess who this former Giant is?”

This guy looks about 70ish? I’m gonna feel so dumb when one of you tell me who this is….

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  1. Bozo said, on January 23, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Tito Fuentes?

  2. wilcojoe said, on January 23, 2017 at 7:21 am

    David Green?

  3. unca_chuck said, on January 23, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Tito.

  4. willedav said, on January 23, 2017 at 8:01 am

    wow, turns out that Chris Hogan guy on Pats played for Monmouth. He was scholarship lacrosse player for 3 yrs at Penn State then after graduating played football at Monmouth for a year, as wide receiver, but also as corner and special teams.

    their b-ball meanwhile has regained first in MAAC after 5 Ws in a row.

    Ed Halicki’s name shows up in the John D’Acquisto bio I’m reading, ” Fastball John.” this is a really good read…seems he often ran into roadblocks from either mgr or GM that has a grudge against him. He also had coaches he really liked and respected (Roger Craig Charley Fox and Billy Martin) but as they lost jobs and were replaced his stock fell and he got runaround, seldom used and either traded or demoted.

  5. willedav said, on January 23, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Flav in answer to your question about the DR, here’s direct quote from AP story on Ventura death:
    The DR has the second highest traffic related death rate in the entire world—officials there believe alcohol, speed and a blatant disregard for traffic laws are to blame.

    We know what happens to privileged millionaire athletes doing stupid things while driving their expensive cars here, imagine being a young millionaire in impoverished third world country like the DR.

  6. chipower9 said, on January 23, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I agree with John, I believe that is Tito Fuentes.

    21 daze until pitchers and catchers report. Giddy Up!

  7. Flavor said, on January 23, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Ok, so it’s not 9am yet and we have an answer. Thanks for playing.
    I was listening to a very engaging interview with Dwight Clark on KNBR this morning. Dwight is not the brightest bulb but he’s fun to listen to and seems like a very cool dude. Holds nothing back. Here he is looking fabulous.

  8. unca_chuck said, on January 23, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Clark famously said “the game has passed Bill Walsh by” as he and Carmen Policy ran the team into salary cap hell in the late 90s. Nice guy but dumber that a bag of dicks.

  9. unca_chuck said, on January 23, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Tito and Chris Speier were so fun to watch in the early 70s. Some of my earliest Giants games were watching those guys.

  10. alleykat69 said, on January 23, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Yeah that’s Tito!

  11. snarkk said, on January 23, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I’d guess Tito. He had a pre AB ritual that reminds of Pablo’s. Did a flip the bat thing on home plate and lots of quick signs of the cross. Any more and he’d have needed a priest and incense…

  12. Bozo said, on January 23, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Tito wearing a Cowboys jacket and Clark wearing an outfit borrowed from one of the Cowboy’s wives… Just another winter here at the Flap.

  13. zumiee said, on January 23, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Oh yeah, the ’71 Giants, Tito and all the rest. My first year as a Giants fan. Cool team. Unfortunately they stumbled against the Pirates in the playoffs. At the time, I thought: no bigee, we’ll get right back in the playoffs next year. Little did I know….. 🙂

    • unca_chuck said, on January 23, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Yup! Went to game one of the playoffs. Saw Gaylord Perry get the win. Thought we were world series bound.

  14. unca_chuck said, on January 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Tito’s bat tap on the plate was excellent. He would flip the handle so it would hit home plate and spin back around to his hand. Tried to do that a million times. It was impossible to get right.

  15. alleykat69 said, on January 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Yeah then there was Jesus Alou doing the full excosist (sp?)Linda Blair neck rotation in the batters box, which pissed off a lot of catchers who were thinking he was stealing the signs..

  16. djloo27 said, on January 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Time is cruel.

  17. djloo27 said, on January 23, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Amazing that this card exists:

    • pawliekokonuts said, on January 23, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Just use your imagination a little: can you see the Bumgarner resemblance?

      • djloo27 said, on January 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm

        Not at first, but when you stare for awhile it seems to show up.
        Like those things that were big about 20 years ago:

      • pawliekokonuts said, on January 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        got it, Loo

      • pawliekokonuts said, on January 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        it was just an alternative fact anyway

  18. pawliekokonuts said, on January 23, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Hahahahaha Bozo’s 10:53.

  19. unca_chuck said, on January 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    You might be on to something, Pawlie!

    spahn

    • pawliekokonuts said, on January 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      I did a literal LOL, none of this LQTM shit

    • blade3colorado said, on January 23, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Would like to see this guy make the roster as our 3rd baseman. Already love the dude turning down untold riches in Korea because he thinks he has a shot to make his mark in the MLB at age 29. You can’t help but admire that confidence and risk taking (of his career).

      • djloo27 said, on January 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm

        I think they would love to package the great and all-knowing Nunie along with Parker, who I am positive they hate, to help fill another need…

      • giants54 said, on January 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        He has an opt out so he can return if he sucks.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 23, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Loo, I’m intrigued by two things this guy did; he cut down on his strikeouts, from 122 in 2015 to just 66 in 2016 (while hitting 27 HRs); and stole 25 bases, the fourth time he’s swiped at least 20 bags in a season. That being said, it was the Korean major league. Again, I still like that he wants to challenge himself and isn’t alright with the status quo.

      • djloo27 said, on January 23, 2017 at 4:24 pm

        Looks like Flavor agrees with you below. Does this seem like a deal that was done to make way for another move?

      • Flavor said, on January 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm

        I doubt it. It’s a minor league deal. For depth and possibly lightening in a bottle

  20. zumiee said, on January 23, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    What exactly is that expression on Tito’s face in the photo from Reno?

  21. Flavor said, on January 23, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I like the Korean signing. His power has jumped noticeably the last 2 years, he’s 29, if it’s every gonna happen for him here in the US now is the time.

  22. snarkk said, on January 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Really? An almost 30 Korean dude? What’s the Korean sign for “Agent 000″…

    • Bozo said, on January 23, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Kim Jong-un?

  23. unca_chuck said, on January 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    A good Giant . . .

    • zumiee said, on January 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      I agree, he had lots of big moments for the Giants; but I think his D was kind of over-rated. He could also kick it around out there at times.

      • djloo27 said, on January 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm

        One of the scariest sports moments of my life. The universe paid back the Giants for Whitey Lockman holding up Matty Alou at 3rd in ’62…

      • zumiee said, on January 23, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        Yeah, Crawford saved the championship with his short-hop pick-up of Perez’s throw.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on January 23, 2017 at 6:52 pm

        got that right

  24. unca_chuck said, on January 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Adios Tiburon Blanco . . .

    chuckblanco

    • zumiee said, on January 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Great photo. What a cool thing to let you put on his ring. That is dang cool.

      • djloo27 said, on January 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm

        Ya think opening day is too soon for Krukow or Kuiper to say “I miss that guy”…

      • zumiee said, on January 23, 2017 at 4:39 pm

        Or Krukow’s “He’ll be a manager someday.” If Krukow was correct all the times he said that, there’d be hundreds of extra managers in pro baseball.

      • snarkk said, on January 23, 2017 at 7:34 pm

        Thanks for the memories; but I’m not going to miss him…

  25. zumiee said, on January 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Today, sunshine for the first time in several days, and one of my first thoughts was of baseball.

    The Dodgers trade for Logan Forsythe. They trade De Leon.

  26. blade3colorado said, on January 23, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    “Does this seem like a deal that was done to make way for another move?”

    Loo/Flavor, per this article that Loo linked, I’m uncertain about the answer to your question:

    http://m.sports.naver.com/wbaseball/news/read.nhn?oid=468&aid=0000230457

  27. gianthead said, on January 23, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Tito Fuentes before I look at any answers!!!!

  28. gianthead said, on January 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    If some of you recall my Tito Fuentes story from working on the San Jose Giants campaign in ’92, my first job after graduation school in Kentucky, Tito did an appearance and he was the greatest fucking gut. I have a great Polaroid with him somewhere back at my parent’s house!!!

  29. gianthead said, on January 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I like that deal with the Korean guy and nothing to lose with this deal. See what he has at AAA. If he has some pop in the 20-25 a year range on homers, playing left may be a diamond in the rough. He looks a bit like Arroyo so he panned out with Arroyo at the same time…wow..no need for picking up Nunez as a free agent..

    • blade3colorado said, on January 23, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Per Wiki, Eric Thames was the MVP of this Korean league and just signed a 3 year contract with the Brew crew. Interesting to see what happens with him. Fun Fact, local Santa Clara kid (Bellarmine).

      NC Dinos[edit]
      Thames signed with the NC Dinos on December 9, 2013.[13] In the 2014 season he batted .343 with 37 home runs, 121 runs batted in, and an OPS of 1.110.[14] During the 2015 season, Thames became the first player in KBO history to hit for the cycle twice in one season.[15] Thames also became the first member of the KBO’s 40–40 club.[16] On November 24, Thames was named the MVP of the KBO League. He is the third foreign-born player to win the award, joining Tyrone Woods and Danny Rios.[17] Also, Thames won 2015 KBO Golden Glove Award for first basemen.[18] Thames hit .321 in the 2016 season, adding 40 home runs and 121 RBI.[19]

      Milwaukee Brewers[edit]
      On November 29, 2016, Thames signed a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, with a club option for a fourth year.[20]

  30. Flavor said, on January 23, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    this is hilarious.

    • gianthead said, on January 23, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Wonder how long it takes Giants players and mgmt to find a translator and talk about this bat flip. My guess is that happens the moment he clears customs…

      • Flavor said, on January 23, 2017 at 6:56 pm

        come on, I’m praying for the opposite. Nobody says shit to him and he tries that flip out after his first bomb. Then let the hilarity ensue…..

      • blade3colorado said, on January 23, 2017 at 7:29 pm

        The bat flip would be epic. Even more so if it comes against Opie.

  31. Flavor said, on January 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    If Krukow was in charge of who gets into the HOF everyone would get in. He’d sit at the front door waving everyone in, he’d be so happy.

    • snarkk said, on January 23, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      I’m for lots more in the HOF. 4-5 per year…

      • blade3colorado said, on January 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm

        I’m for 20 annually or what Flav said. Hall of Farce lost me a long time ago. In fact, I’m now on board with Canseco being in. Manny too.

      • snarkk said, on January 23, 2017 at 11:19 pm

        I’ll split the diff with you blade, and go 10 every year. That would really tick off Joe Morgan, head of the pull-up-the-ladder-at-the-HOF-brigade. He being in the HOF with way worse offensive numbers than Kent…

  32. blade3colorado said, on January 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    We ought to have a poll about the team who gets Pagan. My bet is the Tigers (who dealt Maybin to the Angels).

  33. Macdog said, on January 23, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    That’a a bad loss by the Warriors tonight.

    • Flavor said, on January 23, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      eh, Waiters just went insane. It happens. Look at what happened to the Cavs. Lost to the freaking Pels w/o AD. NBA baby.

    • snarkk said, on January 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Can’t win em all…

      • djloo27 said, on January 23, 2017 at 8:22 pm

        A few did:

        Personal Ensign
        Rocky Marciano
        Floyd Mayweather
        1972 Miami Dolphins

  34. Flavor said, on January 24, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Classic

  35. unca_chuck said, on January 24, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Dotn’t forget your bookie, Loo.

    • djloo27 said, on January 24, 2017 at 7:57 am

      That hurt…

  36. unca_chuck said, on January 24, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Reason # 487 why the baseball HOF is a fucking joke. 23 people?????

    • zumiee said, on January 24, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Maybe their defense is the so-called “strategic voting.” They might say: “Well, we knew Mays was going to get it anyway that year, so we used that vote for somebody else.” I’m not sure that defense really holds water. What if everyone had done strategic voting, and Mays got no votes? Wouldn’t that have been hilarious?

    • snarkk said, on January 24, 2017 at 9:18 am

      They were sticklers against greenies?…

      • unca_chuck said, on January 24, 2017 at 10:52 am

        Can’t have any unanimous entrants into the HOF because, uh, well, some dead sports writers 80 years ago thought is was the prudent thing to do . . .

  37. Flavor said, on January 24, 2017 at 10:46 am

    ‏@DanielKimW

    Jae Gyun Hwang is betting on himself by walking away from 8m. It will be hard not to root for the guy. #sfgiants #mlb

    ___________

    Also, the Giants just signed Nick Hundley to a major league deal. Hope we finally start seeing Belt in LF a little (and at the leadoff spot a lot)

    • blade3colorado said, on January 24, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Agree with everything you said Flavor. Hwang has now become my Duffy. Also, agree with your comments regarding Belt. Hoping that Posey plays more 1st. Hundley was an excellent defensive catcher until last season. I’m hoping it was an anomaly and he is better this season. He’s not much of a hitter (outside of Sherpaland).

    • willedav said, on January 24, 2017 at 11:36 am

      At least Hundley is proven vet C; I’d have been OK with Suzuki who got signed yesterday. He’s been around NL west for a while and might have some insights on how to pitch freaking Rox, esp at their yard. Should be fine filling in…maybe Samrdz becomes Posey’s designated day off now.

  38. Flavor said, on January 24, 2017 at 11:38 am

    it’s finally happening!!!!!!!!!!! I’m SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!

    John Shea ‏@JohnSheaHey 3m3 minutes ago
    More
    Giants will designate Adrianza for assignment to clear space for Hundley.

    • Macdog said, on January 24, 2017 at 11:42 am

      The Hundley signing already is paying off.

    • sfsarge said, on January 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      This made me lol. Ok maybe more of an audible chuckle. But, I really like the moves.

  39. Flavor said, on January 24, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I’m not worried about Hundley’s offense. He’s a proven vet catcher who has started for long stretches of time at the big league level. Just call a good game and hit decently, I will take that.

  40. Flavor said, on January 24, 2017 at 11:49 am

    lol, check out the date of this tweet

    • pawliekokonuts said, on January 24, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      lqtm….plus he spelled my boy’s name wrong

  41. willedav said, on January 24, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Good one Mac.
    Just me but Belt to leadoff makes little sense. He led the team in HRs, slugging and yes OB, with higher OPS than any other hitter. He’s got to be in middle of order with Posey Pence and Craw. Leave top of order to Span Nunez and Panik.
    Plus he’s an adventure waiting to happen on basepaths.

    • djloo27 said, on January 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Very much with you on that, Willedav. Maybe it’s an old school thing…

  42. unca_chuck said, on January 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Talk about the daily double there, Flav.

    Wait, what? 2010? Adrianza is like a lingering rash that finally went away . . .

    • Flavor said, on January 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Imagine if we’d just packaged them both, Toronto snapped accepted, and the rest would have been history.
      “Wait, you’re gonna give us BOTH of them for Bautista!??!?!”
      “Fucking right we are. Cause we are just that bat shit crazy!!!!!!!!”

  43. alleykat69 said, on January 24, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    OOOOOOOOOOOGONNNEEEE FINALLY!!!

  44. pawliekokonuts said, on January 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Hundley had 10 HRs 48 rbis in 83 games. Batted .260. I always get him mixed up with Headley.

  45. unca_chuck said, on January 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

  46. djloo27 said, on January 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I refuse to believe that a catcher named Hundley is not related to Randy and Todd…

  47. alleykat69 said, on January 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    His old man was Randy who started his not so stellar career with the Giants but had his best years with the Cubs.Randy still was better then Nick is for sure..

  48. blade3colorado said, on January 24, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Any thoughts about the Bums signing Logan Forsythe? Me? I actually think it’s a more reasonable signing for the Dodgers than if they had gotten Dozier, which would have cost them a bundle in prospects and money. Instead, they get a very good player, who last season with the Rays, hit .264 with 20 homeruns and 52 RBI’s. He also hit 24 doubles, had 46 walks and had a OBP of .333.

    I understand Longoria is pissed about this trade.

    • Flavor said, on January 24, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      well, they traded for him they didn’t sign him. Maybe you didn’t mean “sign”. Anyway, they gave up a very good pitching prospect but, as you said, he didn’t cost as much as Dozier would have cost. It was a good pick up for them. Nothing to worry about on our end though. I’m more worried about our guys performing than their guys. If our guys stay healthy and do what we expect there’s no way a “Logan” is going to ruin us…..

      • blade3colorado said, on January 24, 2017 at 6:47 pm

        Yep, see my last sentence (“trade”).

        Me too – worried about Panik, especially his shitty OBP.

    • willedav said, on January 24, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      F/G writers had 2 entirely different takes on value of these 2 guys. The one that makes sense to me is that Forsythe is not near as good or consistent a player as Dozier. so that works better for SF. Plus he can opt out sooner.
      With de Leon jury still out but losing promising young pitching prospect could come back to haunt them. Since Dozier was going to cost them more they went the cheaper route…we’ll see.

  49. willedav said, on January 24, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    how does a chump like noseburger get to do a game like Kentucky Tennessee?
    great finish for last 10 minutes. Lotta upsets today, builds more intrigue for rankings.

  50. willedav said, on January 24, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    vols hold on, Bernard king in bright orange looking pretty happy.
    Man what a beast he was loved watching him for brief time he was in Oaktown.

    • djloo27 said, on January 24, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      What kinda shape is King in?
      Last time I saw him he looked like Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor…

  51. snarkk said, on January 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Agree this Hundley signing, which sems good to me, means Belt needs to start fielding flies in LF. And Parker’s route to playing time just got harder. And 000 getting DFAd doesn’t mean he’s gone. He got DFAd before and cleared waivers. I would not be surprised if he ends up in Sac anyway…


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