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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 3, 2018

Opening Day. A day of excitement and new beginnings. A day laced with history and dripping with tradition. Except in 2018. We are playing the Mariners a team of scant history or tradition. I had to look up how many times we’ve even played them. I guessed 9 and was wrong.

 

But whatever, we’ve got our *arch rivals* 16-13 and it’s opening day so really, what is there to complain about? Now that A-Jizz, Longo(ut) and McLuvin’ are at home in a *hitters* park they should rake, right?

At least we have an opening day pitchers duel for the ages. Marco Gonzales vs Ty Blach. I have heard of one of those guys….

Anyone going?

Here is a pic of Xoot and Chi at the game today. Nice boys! Flapper Representation

Screenshot 2018-04-03 at 12.15.50 PM

Another one from Chi: his buddy, his daughter and him

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  1. Flavor said, on April 3, 2018 at 6:56 am

    interesting point by Baggs about the number of hits it takes to score a run in MLB:
    So far this year (as of Sunday’s games) there have been 822 hits and 438 runs scored. Last year it was about 42,000 and 22,000. So the ratio is just a smidge less than 2 to 1. Of course, as Jayson Stark noted in his tremendous debut column today, which I highly recommend you check out, the league set an all-time high in an interesting respect: better than 60 percent of players who amassed enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting crown hit at least 20 home runs.

    The Giants, of course, had none of those players. Brandon Belt led them with 18. Yes, the Giants absolutely need to run the bases as efficiently as possible and hit in the clutch. But they need to make the home run part of their game this season, too. The revolution passed them by so badly that they got lapped a couple times. I also tend to believe the lack of power was the biggest factor that explained why they won all of three (*THREE three THREE three*) road series last season.

  2. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Last season the Giants failed in all facets (pitching, hitting, defense, running) of the game; and as you pointed out, hitting bombs was an ability that they ranked dead last in. Not certain it was the biggest factor though, as the Red Sox came in at 27th and dead last in the AL, yet they won the same division that the Yankees were in . . . and the Yankees led the MLB in bombs.

    Regardless, I do agree that on paper the Giants would seem to have at least increased their potential ability to hit HRs. I think we’re fortunate to have the great equalizer in our park, where it’s difficult for everyone to hit HRs. Consequently, the Giants will have to hit them in bunches on the road. I hope.

    • Lurker John said, on April 3, 2018 at 9:11 am

      Didn’t the opposition hit more homers than the Giants at AT&T last year? Evidently it’s harder for the Giants, no matter where they are.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 10:11 am

        Yes, I think you are right LJ.

  3. willedav said, on April 3, 2018 at 7:33 am

    well, the other side of the coin was crummy pitching on the road. Blach for one got hit hard on the road. ATT limits bombs, no question. Even in a year when pitching sucked to the tune of 4.50 team ERA, Giants gave up second fewest bombs in NL last year 182. If you ain’t gonna hit em, good idea to limit ones others hit agin ya.

    Without Moore and Cain around this year taking up 40 starts hoping bombs given up go down along with runs allowed, especially on the road.
    And after first weekend, Giants have actually hit more HRs (2) than they gave up (1).

  4. chipower9 said, on April 3, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I get it. When I saw we open against Seattle, I was like “WTF?!” But, it is opening day.

    My daughter and I, and a friend Kelly, are heading down. I heard from Xoot last night, and we’ll meet up with him and his older son. One more Flap brother to meet who I have not previously met. Looking forward to it! I also reached out to Sarge, but he recently started a new job, and unfortunately, will not make it. We’ll try to bring a win to FU! GO GIANTS! ⚾️

  5. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Looks like we MIGHT have an outfielder in the pipeline not named Duggar and he’s only 20 years old. Here’s his most recent bio and scouting report:

    San Francisco: Sandro Fabian, OF (No. 6 on Giants Top 30)
    The receipient of the largest bonus ($500,000) in the Giants’ 2014-15 international class, Fabian made an electric U.S. debut in 2016, batting .340/.364/.522 in the Rookie-level Arizona League. The Dominican made such an impression that San Francisco skipped him a level and sent him to low Class A last year. Despite an extremely aggressive approach, he was able to solve more experienced pitchers and batted .277/.297/.408 at age 19, including .352/.366/.535 during the final six weeks of the season.

    Fabian has an uncanny feel for hitting, barreling balls with ease and showing the potential for at least average power. He also shows good defensive instincts as well, getting good jumps in right field and possessing a strong, accurate arm. His biggest need is to work deeper counts and not worry about hitting with two strikes after walking in just 3 percent of his plate appearances in his first three years as a pro.

    “He improved as the course of the season went on,” Giants assistant GM Jeremy Shelley said. “He had a strong second half and hit for power, though Augusta is a tough park. He has a chance to be a solid defender with a plus arm. As he gets better, he has a chance to be very good at the plate. Discipline is the key.”

    • willedav said, on April 3, 2018 at 8:24 am

      cool thx. someone to keep an eye on. “..walking in just 3% of his plate appearances in his first 3 years…”
      Hey he old standby you don’t walk off the island!

    • Lurker John said, on April 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

      This franchise is starving for high quality OF prospects. It blows my mind that they don’t see this as a priority.

  6. YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 3, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Re the schedule: Until, they expand to 32 teams, the way they have it now is MUCH better than the 16-14 NL/AL split, one which put 16 teams at a competitive disadvantage. Although it requires at least two interleague series per week, they made the divisions equal. The wildcard play-in game was also a brilliant innovation. It generates ticket sales, restores the division title to its unique importance.
    What they should do is get rid of the rivalry games. With a few exceptions, they aren’t really rivalries. I doubt there are many people in Boston or Atlanta who remember the Red Sox/Braves rivalry. During the Depression, Boston baseball fans used to argue about which of the perennial losers was less wretched.
    Ironically, in the places where the rivalry is real, having them play every year diminishes interest. It also reduces attendance at the three preseason games those places have.
    Another problem with interleague play is the DH. As it is, NL teams are at a disadvantage, even at home. Get rid of the DH, have the NL adopt it, or what would be my preference, insert the DH after the fifth inning and/or the starting pitcher has been lifted.

  7. Lurker John said, on April 3, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Like I said the other day, the Giants have always struggled against the Mariners and I’ve seen too many of those losses. The M’s are my second favorite team, but it pisses me off that the Giants can’t beat them more often, especially given the mediocrity of a lot of those Seattle teams. I’ll be attending the two games here in July.

  8. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 9:12 am

    A wild, crazy game between the D-Backs and the Dodgers last night. Jansen blowing the save in the 9th by walking two guys with two out, and then giving up an HR. The Dodgers score a run in the top of the 15th, and the D-Backs score two in the bottom of the inning to walk it off. Very cool.

  9. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

    As I posted late last night:
    Jansen this season so far, 0-1, with 1 blown save, and an ERA of 18.00.

  10. dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I guess it’s nice to see Ichiro on his way out the door but otherwise having the home opener against an AL club is nonsense. The only thing that bugs me more is Baer and his endless publicity seeking. What has this dude done besides ride Nuke’s coattails and promote Booby?

  11. Macdog said, on April 3, 2018 at 9:30 am

    It could be worse. The Pirates won’t play a game against a National League team until Thursday.

  12. willedav said, on April 3, 2018 at 10:21 am

    No idea who this guy M Gonzo is but another LHP. Bochy said something about LU changes so we’ll see.
    Giants benefit from missing Nelson Cruz, on the DL with sprained ankle.
    King Felix vs. Cueto tmw awesome match up. At a weird start time too, 4:15. Maybe something to do with getaway for M’s. Giants off Thursday before LA comes in. Rain in forecast this weekend too as of now.
    Very cool Chi and Xoot going!

  13. alleykat69 said, on April 3, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Damm Giants haven’t had a home opener to start a season since 2009 That’s BS Larry Baer..
    Gonna be a beautiful day,bring home a winner Chi&Xoot!!Have some cold ones for me Flappers 🍺🍻

    • chipower9 said, on April 3, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      We did, Kat! Was so cool to finally meet Xoot (and his older son). Beautiful day at the yard. Welcome to heaven! ⚾️

      • xoot said, on April 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        Terrific to meet Chi, his brilliant Giants fan daughter, and their friend Kelley. After 40 years a Giant fan, my first opening day. Great day already

      • unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 1:24 pm

        That’s awesome! Very cool you were able to hook up. I think 1998 was my last opening day.

  14. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Only thing notable to me about that list is I saw the June 8, 1998 game that saw Kirk Reuter (I think) beat Randy Johnson. For once we had decent seats in the lower boxes on the 1st base side and watching Johnson throw was amazing. There was a good crowd that day.

  15. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 11:04 am

    And I hate being a 2 mile walk from the game and not able to go . . .

  16. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I guess we should be happy we didn’t throw the Brinks truck at Kenley Jansen?

  17. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Brian Dozier is getting crucified for his stupid “unwritten rules” that I alluded to in yesterday’s thread. The moron deserves it. Love this line from this article: “Unwritten rules are a scam that players run on each other to trick their opponents into acting against their own self-interests.” Even though it is stupid, I do have to admit that it’s also brilliant when a team scams another team with this BS.

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23005962/brian-dozier-take-baseball-unwritten-rules-silly-brilliant-same

  18. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 11:54 am

    The “unwritten rules” have their place, to a point. Like, it would have been uncool for the Astros to be trying to bunt for a hit when Cain had his perfect game going, and the score was 10-0. If the score was 1-0 or 2-0, then the “rule” should be murkier.
    We have the Joe DiMaggio 56-game hitting streak because teams felt that they were honor-bound to pitch to him, and not pitch around him when the streak was getting into high numbers.
    The Dodgers pitched to Bonds the week he was trying to break McGwire’s 70 HR record.
    But- there are many other times when the “unwritten rule” thing just becomes tiresome and annoying.

  19. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Last night, I saw a video clip online of Jansen in the dugout repeatedly rubbing his right shoulder after the 9th inning last night, but I don’t have a link to that video.

  20. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    The Dodgers may use 10-day DL shenanigans to get a fresh arm up after the long game last night. It’ll be funny to see who gets DL-ed and the fake reason why. Other than if Jansen were DL-ed, which could be an actual injury of some kind.

  21. willedav said, on April 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Saw the LU. Only change is Hundley for Belt
    Jackson CF
    Panik 2b
    Cutch RF
    Posey 1b
    Longo 3b
    Pence LF
    Hundley C
    Craw SS
    Blach P

    wow blach gets season and home opener…hope he’s a good today as in LA

  22. Macdog said, on April 3, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Well now . . .

    • xoot said, on April 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      We were on it

  23. xoot said, on April 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Looking ahead the rainout on Friday is just what we need, right? Unless they make it up with a weekend DHeader. They wouldn’t do that this early morning the season, would they?

  24. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    One flap down!! Hac man!

  25. snarkk said, on April 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Nice to have Flappers representing at Opening Day. Bring home a win !!!…

  26. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Already turning into a disaster.

  27. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Oh boy . . .

  28. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Is Brian Wilson available?

  29. Macdog said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Blech.

  30. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Blach out after 1 inning? Unfuckingbelievable.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Even worse. He coming back for the 2nd.

  31. Lurker John said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I told you these fuckers can’t handle Seattle. Great start guys.

  32. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Crawford got a gift from the scorer. Gordon’s hit should have been an error.

  33. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Okkkkkkkkkkkk . . . Down 4, no worries.

  34. snarkk said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Chi, Xoot– either of you guys feel like hurling some long relief today? Or, after frame1, just hurling?…

    • xoot said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      I’m sipping bottled water now and enjoying the weather, if not the score (so far).

  35. theroooster said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    MLB Network with the Giants feed. Whatever happened to Jon Miller? He was far and away better that these two knuckleheads.

  36. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Great. Panik’s bat was fair for a double.

  37. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Anyone going to the April 7th Willie Mays bobble head giveaway?

  38. chipower9 said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Fuck! Rough start!

    Was good to meet Xoot.

    We tipped one for Stix! 🍻

  39. Macdog said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Great pix near the top of the thread!

  40. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Can we take a mulligan?

  41. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Good photo of Xoot and Chi. First photo I think I have seen of Xoot (now can put a face to his posts 🙂 ).

  42. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Frustrating.

  43. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Figures!

  44. Macdog said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Your 2018 Giants offense.

  45. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Panik, 3 RBIs. Rest of team? 0 for 40 innings.

  46. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Seattle versus the San Francisco Paniks

  47. xoot said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Up here in the RF corner that HR looked beautiful

  48. alleykat69 said, on April 3, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Shooting at the you tube hq in San Bruno, one woman dead 5 injured.. Freakin crazy people in are world!!

  49. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    The only one dead, the woman, is the shooter.

  50. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Blach, who was excellent in his first game, pitched 4.1 innings today, 10 hits, 6 earned runs – his ERA ballooned to 5.79.

  51. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Wasn’t it Ferrethead who used to say ‘blech’? We can change that to Ty Blech?

  52. Macdog said, on April 3, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Meanwhile in the Bronx, Span has hit a game-tying 2-run double.

  53. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Of course he did. Sam McDowell came back from the dead to pitch a 3-hit shoutout for the Cleveland Indians yesterday.

    If 57 years of frustration was appeased by the Baseball Gods to give us 3 in 5, we may be in for a loooong drought.

  54. gianthead said, on April 3, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Got in the car for the drive home right at the top of the first….pffffttt….6-1 before even making it home. Most pathetic Giant offense in quite a while…

  55. alleykat69 said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Ferrethead use to say Woohoo too after a win.Jeez I hope we don’t have to wait 2 long for another..

  56. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Off the schneid at least! Longo dongo . . .

    • xoot said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      He ripped one to the CFwall the previous ab too. Longoria looks good today.

  57. alleykat69 said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Well how about that Evan Longoria has a average and it’s a bomb woohoo!!is working!

  58. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Nice! Longo!

  59. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    We have a pulse.

  60. unca_chuck said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Would you believe Long Duck Dong?

  61. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Any other park, Longo would have had 2 bombs today.

  62. blade3colorado said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    At least the Giants didn’t roll over. Starting pitching was the difference.

  63. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Nice photos of Flappers!

  64. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    At what point do the Giants stick a fork in Pence and declare him done? I think that goes on for a few months. The contract will dictate that.

    • alleykat69 said, on April 3, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      ZumieI agree with you, but you know how the “ Giants Way” of their philosophy is!
      Milk the mistake as far as you can when the coin is involved.They just can’t cut ties like other orq do.
      Look how pathetic Rowand was towards the end, and it took the cojones of Bow tie to make the call when nobody else would, and of course they made him the fall guy and shit canned him..

  65. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I was wondering how they were going to get a pitcher up from AAA. Fortunately for them there was someone pregnant. 🙂

    “LOS ANGELES — One day after seeing eight relief pitchers combine for 10⅔ innings, the Dodgers bullpen received some reinforcements on Tuesday in the form of right-hander Zach Neal, who was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
    Josh Fields, who pitched scoreless innings in each of the last two nights, was placed on paternity leave, with he and his wife Brittney expecting their first child. The minimum stay on the paternity list is one day and the maximum is three days, so expect Fields back by Friday when the Dodgers open a weekend series in San Francisco.”

  66. Flavor said, on April 3, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    great to see two Flappers meet up for the first time. It’s happened so many times, it’s the best part about this place—friendships and connections made.

  67. wilcojoe said, on April 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Great to finally see Xoot, though he doesn’t look anything like I had imagined. Kind of like the first time we saw Loo.

    • Lurker John said, on April 3, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      I think that was a shocker for a lot of us. lulz

  68. Flavor said, on April 3, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    In my mind, Loo was always a 4 foot tall Chinese man. Sometimes in my mind, he’s still that…..

    • wilcojoe said, on April 3, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Ha! That is exactly how I imagined Loo too. A really short, but street tough, Chinese dude.

  69. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Yanks claimed Trayce Thompson.
    We didn’t need him. We’re all set with Gorkys.

  70. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Kershaw has given up two solo HRs tonight.

  71. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Final: D-Backs 6, Dodgers 1.
    Kershaw now 0-2.
    A remarkable time-of-game of 2:48. Limiting mound visits has helped.

  72. zumiee said, on April 3, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    The Astros’ ring:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/astros/status/981319116438073344/photo/1

    • zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

      The Astros are off to a nice start, but can they do this? 🙂


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