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Back to Basking

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 2, 2017

Remember that poem Chi used to post over and over all winter about staring out the window waiting for something to start or stop or some shit? Well all that looky-looin’ has paid off, my man!

Outside of the Breeders Cup or the Kentucky Derby there is no day I look more forward to than this one. It’s not just the first baseball game of the year. It’s the first day of Summer. The calendar means nothing to me. Flip flops, bbqs, watching someone else mow a lawn. All that stuff. I love this day.

Marty Lurie, who I appreciate mostly because of his bizarre ability to not hang up on the most clueless of KNBR callers, does this thing every year where he asks fans to call up with their most outrageous prediction for the Giants. It can’t be anything stupid like “Belt will hit 500 home runs.” But it can be as simple as “The Giants will win 104 games this year.”

Let’s do that here today.

My single most outrageous prediction is that Melancon will lead the NL in saves with 49. Hey, it could happen. And if that comes to pass, watch out.

Go Giants. Go Summer. Today is your day to get your bask back on. About the only Flapper who is exempt from basking at least for a few moments is my main man in the county clink, and I bet even Stix finds a way to sneak a bit of a bask somewhere into his day……

So you have no excuse. Bask today. Bask like no one is looking…..

 

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  1. djloo27 said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Bring on the puns…

  2. willedav said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    hard to f-ing believe. 2 blown saves already.

  3. Macdog said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    2016 redux.

  4. Lurker John said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Such much for our shiny new lock-down closer.

  5. Flavor said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    fun game. Fuck this.

  6. Macdog said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I still blame Casilla.

    • gianthead said, on April 2, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Line of the year…

  7. mrsprtdude said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Unreal. Posey and Craw not getting ball out of the infield didn’t help but fuck we have to win this game

  8. Lurker John said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Law and Melancon, everything up in the zone. Waste of a great start by Bum. Deja vu all over again.

  9. xoot said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Flannery on the post game points out that MadBum effed up when he had to pitch from the stretch for the first time. If a pitcher’s got a perfect game going and then gives up a hit or walk and goes into the stretch, he’s vulnerable. That’s no mystery. Why not take the slow walk out there then, talk to him, caution him as he starts into the stretch for the first time for the day? MadBum might’ve been pissed off by the visit but so what. Might’ve made a difference.

    • Lurker John said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      He still pitched a great game and they had a lead the pen couldn’t hold, twice.

  10. Macdog said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    New closer, same shit. If this guy can’t close out bottom of D-backs order, good luck in his first pressure game vs. Dodgers.

  11. zumiee said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Rough start for a closer who’s signed for 4 seasons.

    • Flavor said, on April 2, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      my A’s buddy started chirping immediately after that signing that we would regret it. And the texts were coming in fast and furious this afternoon.

  12. snarkk said, on April 2, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    The Pen uncertainty — exclamation point put on it with today’s collapses…

  13. wilcojoe said, on April 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I guess they didn’t even many options, but I remember Melancon from his time in Houston and I never thought back then he would have the numbers he’s put up the last two or three years. The fact he has been with something like six different teams in eight years isn’t real comforting either.

  14. snarkk said, on April 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Meanwhile, the Dbacks deal with Greinke looks like it could make Cain’s deal look brilliant…

  15. gianthead said, on April 2, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Meet your new Giants same as your old Giants….

  16. gianthead said, on April 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    And for all the things we hoped had been fixed to have Game 1 go the way it did pissed me and the kid off…

  17. mrsprtdude said, on April 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Still alternating between being pissed and just laughing at the absurdity. NLCS all over. Can’t get an out when we need it. Fuck

  18. gianthead said, on April 2, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Still pissed but the positives outside the Bum obviously are (we can call them the three stars of the night…Flav will have no idea what I am talking about)…

    #1) Nunez and as we all said ad naseum needs to lead off. And I personally would like to see Nunez maybe get a look in center against lefties and get Spam out of there;

    #2) Panik looked all the way back and may be the difference maker in the line up, especially when he reclaims the #2 spot…no way in God’s green non-climate change earth should Belt ever ever ever ever ever ever be there; and

    #3) Blach showing he has big league presence!!! He will be back as a starter sooner than later…

    • Lurker John said, on April 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Ice hockey.

    • Lurker John said, on April 2, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Blach may end up being the only reliable late-inning option for Bochy and he’s already the only lefty. If that happens, he may end up staying in the pen. Law looked terrible, as did Melancon, though with his history you expect him to be alright.

    • James said, on April 2, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      1. While the IslamoJudeoChristian God is highly unlikely to exist, the Congress-created dust bowl in the Central Valley is actually quite green right now.
      2. Climate change is a scientific fact.
      3. Belt is a better choice for the number two spot than Panik, even if Saint Joe does return to form.

  19. wilcojoe said, on April 2, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    This new comedy with Hank Azaria, “Brockmire” looks pretty good. You can watch the premiere episode online. Otherwise it’s on some channel I have never heard of.

    • zumiee said, on April 2, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      IFC, Independent Film Channel (although it shows few independent films anymore. It mostly shows older major studio releases.) My favorite show on the channel is “Portlandia.” I’ll check out “Brockmire.” (It’s channel 333 on DirecTV.)

      • wilcojoe said, on April 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

        Ah, ok. I am familiar with that channel. Portlandia is pretty funny, the few times I have seen it but I always forget about that channel. Your right, on Directv it’s hidden amongst the many MTV channels, a vast wilderness of nothingness.

      • zumiee said, on April 2, 2017 at 7:57 pm

        Yeah, there are many things about DirecTV’s channel layout that are puzzling. For example, CNN is 202 and MSNBC is 356. Huh?

    • zumiee said, on April 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      I’m looking forward to the new episode of “Feud: Bette and Joan” tonight. Great mini-series on the FX network.
      The new season of “Better Call Saul” on AMC starts pretty soon.

  20. Flavor said, on April 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I’m still pretty infuriated with the way that game played out…..

  21. zumiee said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Congrats to the South Carolina women’s team for winning the championship. I saw them win the regional title in Stockton. Fun team to watch.

  22. zumiee said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Gorkys played some awesome left field today, didn’t he?

    • Flavor said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      he was like a day old human April Fools joke

  23. snarkk said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    They always say the team on Opening Day will not resemble the team in mid-August.
    Thank Keereist…

  24. Flavor said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    this kinda made me forget the game. lol. This is good.

    • Flavor said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      dude strolls up to the lady, tries to play it cool, gets rebuffed, just says “Fuck it, this is me and I’m out there loving every min of this!!!”

    • wilcojoe said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Oh my god, I am dying. That is the funniest thing I have ever seen.

      • Flavor said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm

        the left bird foot she puts up gave me flashbacks to 8th grade dances at Jordan

    • zumiee said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Very very cool and funny.

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      That’s flippin’ hysterical. That damned bird dances better than I do. I love the look on the female’s face: uh, not tonight, dear, I have a headache…..

  25. zumiee said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    The Cards closer just gave up a 3-run HR to blow a save.

    • zumiee said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Huge error by Carpenter playing firstbase.

  26. Macdog said, on April 2, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Oh my, now the Cards closer blows one.

  27. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I’m thinking, fuck the bullpen. Create a 6-starter rotation, and they all must pitch complete games. I’ll bet we’d see some gems from the 1st 3 in our rotation, and also see a lot of 12-9 games….

  28. zumiee said, on April 2, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Cards get the walk-off win over the Cubs!

  29. theroooster said, on April 2, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Rough opener, but there’s 161 to go!
    Zoom – speaking of new shows, have you checked out Legion on FX channel?
    One of the main characters goes by Sydney Barrett and is introduced into the show while in an insane asylum.
    The short Jane’s Addiction inserted into one of the scenes in the pilot was well done.
    Gotta watch it from the beginning or you’ll be completely lost.

  30. snarkk said, on April 2, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Check out the Dubs highlights on nba.com for Curry. Tonight he went off full Maravich, with outta sight moves, passes, dribbles and reverse layups, not to mention awesome 3 pointers all over…

    • willedav said, on April 3, 2017 at 7:11 am

      yeah he was rolling from inside and way out and the Wiz backcourt is awesome. Feel good stuff, antidote to watching Giants Heimlich away 3 different leads.

  31. chipower9 said, on April 3, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Who the fuck let the rooster out of his cage? And where in the hell did I put my shotgun!? I’ve been a hankering for some rooster chili (nutritious and delicious, tastes just like chicken).

    Damn – what a sorry-assed way to start the season. I was competing with my dog in Fairfield all weekend, and was following on my phone until about the 4th or 5th inning. Giants were on cruise control. Bum had a perfect game through five and a bomb. Then the late-inning nightmare started.

    WTF – one of 162. Strap that shit on and get ’em on Tuesday.

    I predict 92 wins and the West Division crown. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, rooster. Cock-a-Doodle Do, Motherfucker.

  32. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Yeah, Curry’s had some insane drives and reverse layups these past couple days. Good to see Iggy really pulling the 2nd team along with the force of his will.

    The Dubs just beat 5 playoff teams in a row and are playing really good ball. Without Durant.

    Did you happen to see Bron Bron and Tristan Thompson nearly duke it out in the cavs win over Indy?

  33. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:17 am

    As for the Giants, it was, in the words of Pete Townsend “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

    I didn’t even get (very) angry. It just felt inevitable. Melancon looked fine till he left the double floating over the plate. After that? Ocrap. Oshit. Ono. Ofuck.

  34. Flavor said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Not going to work today, sick. Probably not doing a thread. The one from last night still seems to have life anyway.

  35. zumiee said, on April 3, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Rooster, I had never heard of “Legion.” I’ll check it out.

    • theroooster said, on April 3, 2017 at 9:25 am

      FX On Demand channel 1248 on Direct TV

    • eddacker said, on April 3, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      Just go along with the first 2 or 3 episodes. It is written to be confusing, interesting camera work too.

  36. zumiee said, on April 3, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Bum is the current leader in the majors in HRs. That’s pretty cool. 🙂

  37. zumiee said, on April 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Rough AB from Posey with the bases loaded one-out yesterday. He’s got to at least get a relatively deep flyball in that situation.

    • chipower9 said, on April 3, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Agree. So you can put some of it on the offense for not scoring more runs, but they did hand a lead to the bullpen, and that is where the failure was, IMO.

      Only one of 162. T it up tomorrow and kick some D-Back ass.

      One week from today the home opener. I am PUMPED and cannot wait…

    • unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      5 runs should do it, and Bummie has to eat it a little for blowing the 3 run lead himself. But again, pen given lead. Pen blows lead. Twice.

  38. zumiee said, on April 3, 2017 at 11:53 am

    We have our quibbles with Kruk and Kuip occasionally, but they do have the ability to capture a moment very well sometimes. After Bum’s second HR yesterday, the broadcast cut to a shot of the dugout, with Bum sitting there, and Crawford is staring intently at him. Krukow said: “Crawford is thinking: “Who ARE you?””

  39. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    For kinda fun crap, the mini-show Big Little Lies was good. The music was outstanding. It is set in Monterey. Funniest part is them driving somewhere and going over Bixby Bridge. The only thing past Bixby Bridge is Nepenthe’s and San Luis Obispo.

    Syd Barrett? Insane asylum? Sounds good. Legion? Who even knows the reference, rooster? I’m sure some of the folks around here might.

  40. snarkk said, on April 3, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    For yesterday you can blame the offense, sans Bum, a lot. 1-10 w RISP. That is what happened a lot in last season’s second half. The guys making coin need to step up this season –Posey, Pence, Belt, Craw — and produce. Especially the first two. Pence has been crap ( or hurt ) offensively since he got engaged to whatshername. We don’t need pep talks from him, we need production…

    • Flavor said, on April 3, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Amen to all of this. Bumgarner is out there blasting balls all over the yard and pitching his ass off. Meanwhile, Posey and Craw can’t get a fucking runner home from third. It’s beyond irritating.

  41. zumiee said, on April 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    The Dodgers have commenced their annual butt-kicking of the Padres, Rockies, and D-Backs. The Dodgers treat those three teams like the New England Patriots treat the AFC Eastern division. Feast time.

  42. Flavor said, on April 3, 2017 at 4:49 pm

  43. Flavor said, on April 3, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    i still can’t get over that bird video that i posted last night

  44. Flavor said, on April 3, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    here’s what the Padre beat writer tweeted out after they got killed today. lol. Hey, it could be worse for us, we could be Padre fans
    Bernie Wilson‏ @berniewilson 4h4 hours ago
    Game over.
    Season over.
    See you in 2018.
    #padres

    • theroooster said, on April 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Came across this on today’s game wrap-up story :
      “The Padres spent the spring converting Bethancourt, a lifelong catcher, into the sport’s ultimate utility man. He’s going to serve as a pitcher, outfielder, catcher and pinch-hitter in 2017.”
      Uh, OK, good luck with that.

      • Flavor said, on April 3, 2017 at 7:37 pm

        seems like they could have *spent the spring* on something that would pay out a higher dividend.

  45. theroooster said, on April 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Yeah unca, I knew you and zoom would get the reference. And the name of the mental hospital is Clockworks, the patients wear orange jumpsuits…
    Good song selections throughout the show, well integrated into the story.
    I had to explain who Syd Barrett was to the wife – I laughed out loud and and said, “Ha! Syd Barrett!”
    She gave me a funny look and was like, “Huh???”

  46. snarkk said, on April 3, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I heard on KNBR that the Giants roster is now the 3rd oldest in the NL…

  47. willedav said, on April 3, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Bochy did something that bothered me yesterday when he PH Gorkys for Parker in L/R switch. Hernandez should never ever PH for any position player. This should have been Marrero, who could have wound up with 2 important ABs and done more than just struck out twice.

    Parker house pic is awesome thx.

    • zumiee said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      I think part of Bochy’s reasoning was to upgrade the defense because Bum had the perfect game going.
      Gorkys proceeded to play like crap in left, though.

      • zumiee said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm

        And to hit like crap, too.

      • zumiee said, on April 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm

        He’s the new Agent OOO.

  48. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Yeah, it’s pretty funny, Rooster. I’ve played long time Pink Floyd fans the Piper album and pretty much blew their minds. They had no idea.

    Really want to see the Zags pull this off. If only to shut Jim Nantz up.

    Both teams missing a shitload of shots.

  49. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Jesus. The whistles are killing this game.

  50. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Karnowski is giving this game away. What the fuck is the holdup?

    So, the foul is on NC, and the flagrant is on no foul called?

    Joke.

  51. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Refs are spending way too much time blowing their whistles.

  52. djloo27 said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Wake me when there’s a minute left…

  53. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Fuck. Can we get Khris Davis from the As?

  54. sandog said, on April 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    The NCAA is as crooked as fuck. Carolina should have been nailed for that academic fraud scandal years ago, but the NCAA slow walked as they are know UNC is a cash cow come tournament time. Now they have a national title and a Final Four appearance last year on their resume that they never should have had.
    Its like Jerry Tarkanian used to say: “The NCAA got so upset at Kentucky, that they put Cleveland State on probation.” Total bullshit that they are national champs. And yes, Karnowski had a crappy game.

    As for yesterday, it KILLS me that you guys want to pin that loss on the hitters. Great hitters go 0 for 4 quite a bit, but your top 2 bullpen guys are supposed to be able to get 3 outs each the great majority of the time.
    That loss was on Law and Melancon.

    • James said, on April 3, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      The Law of Melancon: a not quite superior skill set goes into slight decline while running into inevitable misfortune. Commonly perceived as choking.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Agreed. Like I said, Bummie should catch a little shade for blowing the 3-0 lead. He was peretty high on the list of home runs given up by pitchers. A little.

      But the pen did what they did last year. And that’s blow leads.

    • James said, on April 3, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Blowing consecutive leads in the 8th and 9th should almost never happen, even to crappy bullpens. Still, the thing that seemed the most distressing was seeing Posey’s AB’s look like he’d already caught 130 games.

  55. James said, on April 3, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    For any Syd Barrett fans, I highly recommend listening all the way through this masterpiece from the ultimate bunch of drug-addled British hippies:


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