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Trying Their Hardest

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 18, 2017

I know it was only the Phillies but if they Giants were going to lay down it was going to be after a long east coast swing with no off day facing a pitcher who hadn’t given up more than 2 runs in 10 straight starts. That was an impressive win no matter how you slice it. And we give Bochy a lot of shit for piloting this team into the ground, but he should get some credit for keeping them together, keeping their effort collective. And at the end of the day, isn’t that his main job?

I’m diggin’ the upcoming eclipse because buying plastic sunglasses and staring at the sun is a very pre-internet, 70’s thing to do. But all this traveling to Idaho and shit to get on “the path of totality?” I’m not diggin’ that at all.

What am I missing about this eclipse? Why are people traveling hundreds of miles to see it?

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  1. willedav said, on August 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I know there is a lot of doom and gloom over how long Giants might continue to suck, but…over last 44 games, which is a third of season so far, they are even .500. Cueto has only started 3 of them.
    there are only 7 NL teams over .500. Cards, at 62-59 are about 5 games out of a WC and still very much alive in Division race.

    Solidify a roster, get more starts like last one from Moore, pen work like last night to pick up Smardz or Cueto Bum Blach yada yada. I’m not near as bummed about pitching going forward as I was earlier

    I count 8 black/Hispanic Phils that played last night–6 position players/2 relievers. I’d nominate them for most un-honky team in the league without even looking at rest of roster. tho, it um hasn’t worked out too well for them this year.

  2. Flavor said, on August 18, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Kruk on MNBR this am saying Melancon needs surgery but wouldn’t get into details of what specifically he needs.

  3. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:03 am

    He’s had tendonitis in right elbow before so I’m going with that.

  4. snarkk said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I think I said that quite some time ago. Yeah, I’m no medico, but read the tea leaves.
    Melancon says himself he’s not close to 100%. Baggarly said he’s back because of the big contract.
    Huh? Why are they throwing him out there, the season is lost.
    My guess is they want to see now if he injures himself again or even more, to confirm whether rest is no help, and he needs surgery.
    If he needs surgery, get it done, and start the rehab.
    Speaking of injury, WTF were the Giants doing sending Panik back out after getting hit in the head again.
    It would have been comical, with Panik trying to self diagnose out there, if it weren’t so serious.
    The Giants drop the ball consistently on this medical stuff…

  5. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Yeah, it is fairly amazing that the team hasn’t imploded over the course of this season. Seasoned vets and all that, but I’m sure Bochy and the front office is preaching ‘bad penny year’ to all of them. But in reality they need at a minimum 2 OFers and 3 solid relievers to right the ship. And a non-hard-luck 1st baseman.

    It doesn’t really need to be a giant overhaul but they need bounce-back years from Crawfish and Panik, and they need to get rid of Span, Gorkys (4th OFer? Fine), and the cast of AAAers. Pence? I don’t know. Get him off his wacky diet, his twitter feed, or some shit. He needs to rediscover his love for the game, not cute-ass videos with his squeeze. Pablo? Criminy, he’s a lesser problem than the pen and the OF right now. Never thought I’d say that. He can hang around one more year till Mr. Christian Arroyo proves himself at 3rd. Parker continues to hit the ball hard and he’s a ray of light in the dark tunnel that is the OF.

    Moore needs to pull his head out and pitch. Rags has done wonders with so many pitchers, you have to wonder why this guy doesn’t get it. Shit, look at Dyson. Scrap heap to closer, and he’s been nails. As far as Melancon goes, well, that’s on Evans to sign a fucked up guy. Will he be ready by spring? Bummie looks to be rebounding nicely from his country-bumpkin antics. Cueto? Well, he’s here so might as well ride the pony. Samarj is Samarj so all he needs to do is limit the bombs.

  6. snarkk said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

    The snarkkmutt is hanging in there. Meanwhile, I’m glad I can speak a little German. It should come in handy now that our country is led by a Nazi…

  7. chipower9 said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Eclipse? Did I miss something? JK…I haven’t really been wrapped-up in it all…I know it is “an event,” but just not big on my radar.

    I bailed at 2-0 Giants last night. 4:10 AM came early…spin class at 5:45 kicked-ass!

    Parker with another game-winner. I hope this guy pans-out.

  8. zumiee said, on August 18, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I saw a pundit on the news talking about the eclipse-chasers, and I think he made a pretty good point that a lot of people just want a “time-out” from Trump America for a few days, and be part of a natural event that has nothing to do with the day-to-day grind of American politics and culture these days.

    • chipower9 said, on August 18, 2017 at 9:34 am

      I don’t need a celestial event to make me want a break from trump’s bullshit. šŸ˜‰

    • Flavor said, on August 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

      that’s a good enough reason for me. I’ll go outside and look up but I’m not traveling any distance to see this thing.

  9. Flavor said, on August 18, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Moore was excellent in his last start. Let’s see him build off that, now back at home, pitch his ass off.

  10. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Yeah, most pitchers than come here seem to improve either incrementally or yugely. Moore is the outlier who seems to have regressed

    I won’t include Melancon because he’s damaged goods.

    Politics is now a fucking wasteland. If the Republican Senate will not disavow the clown in chief, then we may have a civil war. Bannon is right. With the focus on Trumps white supremacist leanings, it deflect from the fact that his business council was just disbanded, he can’t pass any legislation, his healthcare bill is dead, his wall won’t get built, his Muslm ban has been watered down to nothing, and he’s basically jerking off on the Constitution for all to see.

    • djloo27 said, on August 18, 2017 at 11:31 am

      That aside, everything’s cool…

  11. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Total solar eclipses are fairly rare.

    • djloo27 said, on August 18, 2017 at 11:25 am

      There was a total eclipse here in the early 70’s. They said it would get completely dark in the afternoon, but it didn’t as far as I remember. They also say you could go blind if you look right at it, so what the fuck good is it?

      • Lurker John said, on August 18, 2017 at 11:33 am

        You can get special filters for binoculars or glasses. There’s also specialized spotting scopes.

  12. Lurker John said, on August 18, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Regarding those pics of Kingman Loo posted yesterday, the one of him in a Padres uni was taken at Candlestick. I used to do that all the time as kid, try to identify the Stick in baseball cards and other places, mostly because they were hardly ever on TV. And yes, I loved the Stick back then, as beleaguered as it was.

    To add to the video I posted of Kingman’s ridiculous HR over Waveland Ave, that game took place on May 17th, 1979. Kingman hit 3 homers in that game and the final score was 23-22, in favor of the Phillies. Anyone remember that one? I was living near Philadelphia at the time and remember it vividly. The Waveland shot was hit off of Randy Lerch. 45 runs were scored in the game to go along with 50 hits. That’s getting your money’s worth out of a $3 bleacher seat. One for the ages.

    • Flavor said, on August 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

      i watched it. Kinda struck by how tall and not very muscular Kingman was. He just had man-strength I guess, the kind you don’t get from weight lifting.

      • Lurker John said, on August 18, 2017 at 11:37 am

        Exactly, that lanky build with powerful hands and wrists. I don’t think too many guys hit the weights back then.

      • Flavor said, on August 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

        shit 50 hits?????? guess the wind was blowing out that day.

  13. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    What’s crazy about that Kingman baseball card is that of those 4 teams in one season, none of them are the Giants, A’s, or Cubs. I think he spent 10 years at those 3 stops. The Giants being the longest iirc.

  14. zumiee said, on August 18, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    A few of us have mentioned on the Flap that we were at the Halicki no-hitter in the mid-1970s. I’m one of those folks. I don’t know how many people remember that the no-hitter was actually the second game of a doubleheader, back when MLB had real doubleheaders. It was against the Mets, and in the first game, Dave Kingman, playing for the Mets, hit two homeruns, as the Mets clobbered the Giants in game one of the doubleheader.

    • Flavor said, on August 18, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      yeah, I have no recollection of that and my dad doesn’t remember either. I’m assuming we saw both games but who knows?

  15. wilcojoe said, on August 18, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I was going thru my old baseball cards with my son last weekend. It’s amazing how many of those cards from the 70’s and 80’s were taken at Candlestick. I would wager over 50% of the Topps cards (national league players) were shot at the ‘Stick.

  16. snarkk said, on August 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    At the rate Drumpf’s firing his close advisors, GHead should be in line for a West Wing office suite by Monday…

  17. willedav said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    looks like Moore’s night so far. Giants get him early 4 run cushion and Span runs one down at 399 sign.

  18. Macdog said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Pence and Craw HRs in same game, wonder when the last time that’s happened.

  19. Flavor said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Moore really seems to have settled down this year. No idea why. I’m sure he’s just as clueless about it.

    • James said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Evans says “See, we don’t need no stinkin’ rebuild, they’ll bounce back next year!”

      • Flavor said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:48 pm

        Gallo 0 for 3. That’s 2 games in a row with no bombs. Sorry dude, his run looks to be over. Now what are you gonna do with 8 of these fuckers in your LU?????

      • unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:58 pm

        Go on a 22-45 tear.

      • James said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:59 pm

        I’m not sure what your response had to do with my comment, but Gallo’s OPS was 899 through yesterday’s game. I don’t think his 0-3 tonight has definitively damaged his season.

      • Flavor said, on August 18, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        he’s hitting .208

      • James said, on August 18, 2017 at 9:44 pm

        Well, yes, that’s what makes Gallo interesting. It is really, really fucking hard to hit 208 and still maintain a near 900 OPS. I don’t think there’s a precedent.

  20. willedav said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    with the C Delgado and the new reliever Garcia , 2 more non honkies plus CF Odubel Herrera out with leg problems and Vince Velasquez pitcher I think on the DL. that’s half the team, very impressive.

    Moore with 1 hit shutout through 6.

  21. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    And he walks the lead off guy in the 7th

  22. willedav said, on August 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Jorge Alfaro is the C leading off 8th with another line drive base hit, only 2 all night off Moore.

  23. djloo27 said, on August 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Moore gets a nice ovation and fails to acknowledge it in any way…

    • xoot said, on August 18, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      I wonder if he’s on the spectrum

  24. djloo27 said, on August 18, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Why get optimistic about next year when the only guy guaranteed not to return is Cain?

    • Macdog said, on August 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      That’s a start.

  25. Macdog said, on August 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Dodgers get Granderson from Mets.

  26. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    2 years too late, hopefully.

  27. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    DJ, there’s slim to no chance of a rebuild. Mainly because of all the onerous contracts.

    All we need is 3 OFers and 3 pen guys, and maybe a 1st baseman. Or catcher when Posey moves to 1st.

  28. unca_chuck said, on August 18, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Shit, Grandy-man has 19 bombs . . . Not as O T H as I thought.

    • Flavor said, on August 19, 2017 at 6:13 am

      everyone in the league has 19 bombs except our weak hitters.


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