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Hanging In There

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 11, 2018

Not as dramatic as his walk off bomb the other day but still just as effective. Also, it was nice to see Longo celebrating in the pile at home plate, it was actually the first time I’ve seen the dude show any emotion at all.

Beede was underwhelming, as we suspected he would be. Today another debut, I don’t know much at all about Andrew Suarez but I’m guessing he’s going to be a little better than Beede.

As usual, our issue will be stringing together some hits vs the D-Backs starting pitcher. I swear, every game seems to zip immediate to the 4th or 5th inning and we’re getting shut out on 1 hit with a bunch of K’s.

Start fast for once?

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  1. zumiee said, on April 11, 2018 at 7:49 am

    A fast start would be nice.

    Day game today, everybody.

  2. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 7:54 am

    really wondering how long the Giants stick with Pence. He’s showing no power, no anything. Austin Jackson and Longo were bound to struggle a bit switching leagues so I’m a little less worried about them. With so many young outfielders to call up from AAA it seems Pence is on borrowed time, right? Who cares what he makes, he’s going to make the same whether he’s hitting .206 in the line up or on the bench. Time for him to sit down.

    • willedav said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:23 am

      yeah hope so. He’s got nothing at the plate, embarrassing to watch flail at pitches.

      contrast that with Golds, who is just one of the guys I admire at plate. Monday he crushed one to deep CF for the triple and last night hammered the HR half way up bleachers. No bat flip or showboating, runs well and fields position too. Like LJ said, too good a guy to hate on even while he torments your team.

    • YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Williamson flat out won the LF job this Spring, and he’s off to a hot start in Sacto. As long as they’re going with five outfielders, there’s no reason to keep both Pence and Hernandez.

      • Lurker John said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:57 am

        And I can’t believe I’m saying this, if it came down to it, I’d take Gorkys over Pence. Frankly, he brings more to the table at this point in time.

      • YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:25 am

        If Mac gets called up, Gorkys would be more useful. If not, and they add another pitcher, he’s the odd man out.

  3. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:19 am

    My sched sez 7:10.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Oooops. 12:45. Looks like I picked a good day to ‘work’ from home.

  4. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Hey, At least Pence got the sac fly deep enough. Criminy, I don;t know. Duggie isn’t ripping the cover off the ball, but I guess Mac (under) the knife is tearing up the valley.

  5. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I’d take Mac for the bomb possibility, Duggar for the better defense. There’s almost no outfielder we could bring up who wouldn’t bring more to the table than Pence who is worthless at this stage. I forget who said it (Loo?) but Pence is obviously now a guy who got by on superior athletic ability that overcame his shitty fundamentals. Now that the ability is slipping the fundamentals are exposed and he’s waving and flailing his way through the end of his career…..

  6. snarkk said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:47 am

    I give Pence until end April to get the coffee to get him going.
    After that, if no improvement, seems to me he’ll develop something for the 60 day Zito-memorial DL…

  7. zumiee said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:06 am

    “Who cares what he makes”

    It seems to always be a thing with the Giants ownership group. That mysterious cabal that we never see or hear. It’s up to Baer to try to explain baseball to them.

    • Lurker John said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Unfortunately, it’s a reality of the game and it’s hard to blame a businessman for not wanting to simply flush millions of dollars down the drain. I wouldn’t want to, would you? What baseball needs is a contract structure along the lines of the NFL, where not every single dollar is guaranteed no matter what. I know, it’ll never happen, but it’s damaging to the game. None of us have ever been guaranteed our salaries for mediocre performance. It seems preposterous that baseball players are.

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

    Crazy as it sounds, what LJ said at 8:57. Overlooked play from last night: Gorkys making a heckuva catch to rob Pollock of a double right after Goldy’s moonshot. There’s no way Pence gets that one, and there’s a good chance a reeling Strick would’ve let in the go-ahead run(s).

    • Lurker John said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:16 am

      Exactly the play I was thinking of. That’s a two-bagger if Pence is out there.

  9. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:23 am

    from Baggs:
    By Wednesday morning, the Giants rotation should consist of Ty Blach, Chris Stratton, Derek Holland, Beede and Suarez.
    …..I know we knew this already but when you read it in print it’s that much more absurd.

    • YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:40 am

      It is absurd, but two of them will be in the rotation anyway. If they can somehow play 500 ball for another six or seven weeks, I’ll consider the season a success. The bar is set so low, a lawnmower could pass over it.

  10. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Your 2018 Sacramento RiverCats . . .

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

    Yeah, I find it harder and harder to give Gorkys shiot when he’s the best OFer on the team. At least defensively.

    Cutch is butchering the job a bit too much for my liking.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 10:46 am

      His OPS is way over everyone else’s as well. Crazy,.

  12. dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:57 am

    On a family trip to Cancun and have been catching the highlights and box scores. Cruising at .500 is fine for the moment. Interesting to see Mccutchen with success in critical moments early in the season. Seems like he’s become the emotional leader already and it’s what this club needs-some outwardly visible fire rather than the all business straight faces all the time.

    What’s the deal with Cueto? Serious sprain or precautionary?

    • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Doesn’t sound that bad. I’m guessing he’ll only miss a turn or two in the rotation.

  13. Macdog said, on April 11, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Some updates from Pav:

    Will Smith will join San Jose Giants on Thursday. Jeff Samardzija will make rehab start for them Saturday. Smith still on pace for May 1 return to big leagues. Samardzija should be back next week. Bochy said he’s confident Cueto will be able to return to rotation next week. Also, Okert back to Sac to make room for Suarez.

  14. alleykat69 said, on April 11, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Shit did Okert even make the bus ride down?
    If he did he should of had company back with Oshit.,

    • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Okrap and Oshit riding the bus together to and from Sac-town is good stuff.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

      I think they threw Okert off the bus in Fairfield and told the east bound bus to pick him up at Applebee’s.

  15. zumiee said, on April 11, 2018 at 11:16 am

    “What baseball needs is a contract structure along the lines of the NFL, where not every single dollar is guaranteed no matter what. I know, it’ll never happen, but it’s damaging to the game.”

    The players’ union would never accept what they would feel is a step backwards. They have a very strong union because they were willing to go the distance, and shut down the second half of the ’94 season and the World Series.

  16. zumiee said, on April 11, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I wonder what the talk amongst the Giants owners is about the Melancon situation. That’s got to be chapping their hides. I can’t see Sabean being fired, but I could see it happening to Evans.

    • zumiee said, on April 11, 2018 at 11:22 am

      That Melancon money could have been used for Giants owners’ real estate development projects.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Throw in longoria and you have a vast cavern swallowing up gobs of money.

      • zumiee said, on April 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

        And they had to pay Cain $7 million this season to go away.

  17. sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Okrap and Oshit are probably riding the train at The Nut Tree right now, or maybe they are hopelessly lost in that maze thing “The Wooze” or whatever its called. Or maybe they are pounding beers at the Horse/Cow in Vallejo.

    Do any of those things still exist? The Horse/Cow is definitely gone and I bet that maze is history too. Pretty sure they still have the train at the Nut Tree.

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      The Nut Tree was a staple for my parents to stop at on our way to Oregon back in the day. Since then, when I pass it on my own, I make a juvenile joke about The Nut Tree and lqtm on by….

  18. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    The Horse/Cow building might still be there. Either that or it is just so ingrained in my brain that I can’t not see it. Oh for one last burger at the Ground Cow.

    Shit, Dawg, did you ever go to Eppie’s right off 80 there near the Reno bypass?? Right next to the Pootah Canal? The bar was called the Moon Room and was painted completely black, and had a ginormous painting of Skylab, the moon, planets and galaxies all over the ceiling and walls. It was the best place to just decompress for a couple hours after the usual hair-raising weekend in Tahoe. And a great way to not have to fuck with the traffic.

    • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Eppie’s, Muffin Treat, Terry’s, Milk Farm—-I hit all those diners in that corridor. No on the Moon Room.
      Do you remember the Horse-Cow? There was the partial hull of a real submarine on the roof.
      I went there once. Beer served in cans only–which of course I thought was awesome.

  19. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Suarez must hide the ball well, he struck that dude out easily on an 87 mph pitch

  20. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    I remember the Horse/Cow but never went…. Was Muffin Treat the place that had Spudnuts? They were like potato donuts or some shit? I remember rolling in there after an all-nighter and we were laughing our asses off. Don;t think we got thrown out for being too obviously wasted at 6:45 am but it was close.

    Our big idea at the time was to open a coffee shop that would serve coffee spiked with downers and call it Perko Dan’s.

    Suarez looks solid so far. Let’s get a fricking early lead for a change.

  21. sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    https://goo.gl/images/nZQHzv

  22. Macdog said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Arenado was a bit upset.

  23. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    what the fuck was Suarez doing? Fucking RUN!

    • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      Yerah, Pence woulda scored. Pasnik wazsn’t within 2′ of any of those curveballs.

  24. sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Chuck: Spudnuts is ringing a bell for sure, but can’t say if those were a Muffin Treat product.
    We made so many trips from Woodland to SF to see family and I would just stare out the back window at all those places. It was fun to finally visit a few of them when I got older.

    Watched a little of the game on my lunch break. Suarez kind of reminds me of Noah Lowry. Lets hope we don’t do Tommy John surgery on him when he really needs a back procedure—or whatever that awful error was the Giants made with Lowry. (Allegedly)

  25. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    this dude is a lot more polished than Beede (who sucks)

  26. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    gotta hand it to Arenado– there wasn’t no “hold me back!” going on there, that dude was out for blood

  27. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    When will they stop pitching to this guy?

  28. Macdog said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Welcome to the Giants, Suarez.

  29. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    whattya know, 4th inning, no runs, one fucking hit. Pffftttt…..

  30. theroooster said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Under 1,000 fans showed up for the game.
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2769847-report-974-fans-attended-rays-vs-white-sox-game-at-guaranteed-rate-field
    Crazy pictures – looks like a recipe for bankruptcy

  31. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Longo(od)

  32. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    The game was moved from a night game to a day game and it was 30 deg.

  33. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Don;t score

    Can’t win

  34. Macdog said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Our backup catcher whiffs with 2nd & 3rd and 1 out, their backup C hits a HR with 2 outs and the pitcher on deck.

  35. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Suarez has been good despite those 2 hr’s. Bochy obviously thinks so too since he’s letting him go back a third time through the LU. He couldn’t have yanked Beede quicker yesterday….

  36. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    jesus fucking christ, .40????

    • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      BAC Level Generalized Dose Specific Effects
      0.200-0.249% Needs assistance in walking; total mental confusion. Dysphoria with nausea and vomiting; possible blackout.
      0.250-0.399% Alcohol poisoning. Loss of consciousness.
      0.40% + Onset of coma, possible death due to respiratory arrest.

  37. Macdog said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Buster bomb!

  38. alleykat69 said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Buster time !!
    And it was a good time to have that bomb to tie it up!!

  39. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    very nice. New ballgame. Stupid to leave Ray in there just to maybe get the win

  40. YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    If Suarez pitches a shutdown inning here, his spot in the rotation is guaranteed.

  41. wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    The Nut Tree sure brings back memories. I remember as a little kid riding that little train to that old airport where you could sit in a fake plane? The restaurant itself had an atrium in the middle of it filled with exotic birds and shit…Anyone ever stop at Sams Town off of 50 in Cameron Park? Now that was a cool place as a kid. It was a giant arcade with a western saloon theme. You could throw peanut shells on the floor in the main dining room. That was a regular stop for us on our way to Tahoe. Good times!

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      …*the nut tree*. lqtm. Yes, #metoo. It was a fun place to go eat and take a break between wherever the fuck we were and Black Butte, Oregon….

      • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:43 pm

        Forgot about the atrium at The Nut Tree. Yes, Sam’s Town was cool—good call! Traveled that road to Tahoe many times myself including several stops at The Burger King proudly owned by Raider legend Jim Otto.

  42. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Seriously why are they pitching to this fucking guy?

  43. YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Oh fuck!
    The failure to shutdown the opposition rears it ugly head again.

  44. Flavor said, on April 11, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Fuck man.

  45. zumiee said, on April 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I was at that Burger King once when Otto was there. He was loading some things in a cupboard. He wasn’t just a figure-head type of leader there. The place had some cool memorabilia on the walls. That was about 30-something years ago.

  46. alleykat69 said, on April 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    My parents always went to the Coffee Tree opposite the Nut Tree going up 80 easier to get in & out of.Great food 🥘 the gift shop had a variety of swag too.
    Just listening to the game heard Posey Bomb and then meh.. And it figures Goldschimdt came in no homers 3-30 but all he needed was some Giants home cooking to go off! And yes why do they pitch to that guy??

  47. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Otto had the Burger King in Auburn. Loaded with Raider stuff. Went there all the time . . . Gold Run Cafe (best breakfast on the Tahoe run), Strawberry Canyon, Iketa’s Burgers and Pies, Jimboy’s Tacos in Foresthill . . .

    • alleykat69 said, on April 11, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      Dan Bunz has the restaurant in Rocklin with his signature goal line hit that Denied the TD against the Bungles..

    • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Yeah, went there a few times as well when we lived in Roseville. Lots of cool stuff there. Canyon Inn in redwood City is cool like that.

  48. zumiee said, on April 11, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Hey, fun with Giants batting averages.
    Pence is down to .194 or is that up to .194? I can’t remember.
    Craw is at .216, and looking awful.
    Longoria is up to .132.
    Cutch is back down to .217.
    Hundley is only downward with his .071.
    Throw in the pitcher, and that was 2/3 of the Giants batting order today. How did we not win?!

    • zumiee said, on April 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      Yeah, I know Dyson is terrible. He also contributed to today’s final result.

  49. zumiee said, on April 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    The Padres up next for 4 games. Could be interesting.

  50. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    The Pads own us. Till they don’t, I’m worried.

  51. gianthead said, on April 11, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    That is crazy…been to the Nut House and that Jim Otto Burger King…any summary of how both Beede and Suarez looked???

    • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Beede had no idea where the ball was going. It was hard to watch, but he did limit the damage for the limited time he was in there.

      I only saw pieces today, but Suarez had much better command and polish. Would have got a no decision, but relief crew allowed go ahead inherited runner to score.

      Please elaborate on your Nut Tree and Jim Otto Burger King experiences.

      • gianthead said, on April 11, 2018 at 6:54 pm

        Thanks for the report

      • gianthead said, on April 11, 2018 at 6:56 pm

        Kid on the way to Tahoe or Reno. Remember there was a poster of Otto and all his surgeries…

      • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 6:56 pm

        Hows that Patrick Reed swing make-over coming along?

  52. xoot said, on April 11, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    10 game road trip, but just south to SD, AZ and LAA. Then home for the Nats and the bums. If the Giants can finish April at .500 it’ll be a triumph. (8 under last April, iirc.)

    I never stopped at any of the roadside attractions on 80 until I lived for a couple of years in Davis. I discovered a Mexican restaurant in the old George’s Giant Orange Juice place, just off the freeway in Dixon, that had the best chimichangas ever lifted from the bubbles of a deep fryer. Several small chimichangas on a plate, made with thin tortillas, lots of meat and very hot sauce. Beer mugs came out of a deep freezer. I once saw the proprietor at a nearby table negotiating the sale of a handgun with another well-dressed guy. The purchaser examined the gun closely, aimed it at the ceiling, tested the action, etc. They were still haggling over the price as we finished dinner.

    • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      You paint a pretty picture there Xoot. Sounds like my kinda place.

  53. sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Watching my son’s friend Brault pitch for the Pirates tonight. Gave up a 3 run bomb to Baez early, but has steadied the ship a bit–now in the 5th. I’ve mentioned before what a good athlete he is. He already has 2 hits tonight. He also has yet to strike out in 28 career at-bats. Pretty amazing.

    • xoot said, on April 11, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      on paper he sort of resembles some of the Giants current starting pitchers. I heard Miller and Flemming radio side this afternoon noting the Pirates’ game and then riffing on Brault’s name. “So that’s how it’s pronounced?” “Yeah, ‘good game, bro.'” “Hey, bro, have a good one.” “Bro, what a pitch!” “When my bro’s pitching we’re always in the game.” Etc. Etc. In Miller/Phelm’s defense, this exchange occurred late in our game, 7-4 score.

      • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:03 pm

        I heard that too! I even tweeted Flem how the name is pronounced saying I know the kid, but the inning ended just as I sent it.

      • xoot said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:12 pm

        you mean they were wrong? that’s good.

      • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:17 pm

        Yeah, its simply “Brawlt”

  54. wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    There used to be a great burger joint in Davis not too far from campus. Easily one of the top 3 burgers I had ever eaten. Several years ago on a trip to Tahoe we tried to find it but I am pretty sure an In N Out now sits in its place.

    • xoot said, on April 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      Murder Burger?

      • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 7:40 pm

        I think thats still there. My sister took my kids there just a couple of years ago.
        I was gonna say the Grad, but I think that is still there too. Grad Burger was damn good and the Grad Dog even better.

      • xoot said, on April 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm

        http://sfist.com/2006/12/15/the_worlds_best_burger_.php
        many years later, my kids always loved that place when we went to Davis

      • James said, on April 11, 2018 at 7:53 pm

        Has been Redrum Burger for a while now.

      • wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:24 pm

        Yes that’s the one!

  55. snarkk said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Anybody ever stop at the Olive Pit just off I-5 in Corning?
    It’s become a bit of a recent tradition on way up into far NorCal and Oregone.
    Very good offering of house made to order deli sandwiches.
    And, you can try repeatedly about a dozen and a half rotating styles of olives, cracker spreads, mustards, etc. Cuban style pitted green olives — highly recommended.
    A nice lunch or snack diversion on a long drive. Lemon olive oil is a nice take home item…

    • James said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      Sounds like the place Belt would go after K’ing 4 times in game.

    • sandog said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Driven by many times as one brother lives in Redding and my parents were there for 10 years. Never stopped there though. Sounds good. There’s a fancy Italian deli place in Williams we hit a few times over the years.
      My older sister actually waited tables at Bill and Kathy’s in Dunnigan back in the day. She used to give me 50 cents for organizing and counting her tip change–which I thought was the greatest deal ever back in the 70’s when I was like twelve. Bill and Kathys was still open as of a few years ago.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      Many times snarkk. Deli sandwiches are excellent and as you pointed out, you can sample a number of olive types/flavors. My home in Old Shasta was about 10 minutes from Whiskey Town Lake and maybe 15 minutes from Shasta Dam, where I was the safety and health manager. Loved living there, ex and I had views of the Redding city lights, Mt. Shasta, and Mt. Lassen. Every weekend was either a hike or longer duration back pack trip. Trinity Alps alone had dozens of excellent trails. I was still playing softball back than and our Shasta Dam team was pretty damn good. Redding has some outstanding baseball and softball facilities.

      • xoot said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:54 pm

        Seeing Mt. Shasta appear ahead as you speed down the highway from Oregon on a hot summer day is one of the most memorable road-trip events you’ll ever have. And the best boxcar of all time was McCloud River RR–white wall with a dark bear catching a big fish from the implied river, under a huge silhouette of Mt. Shasta. One of my uncles blissfully retired to Lake Shasta, where he spent most of his time fishing in a skiff he tied to his houseboat. I guess Merle Haggard was a neighbor, but I never caught sight of that great man.

  56. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Can’t believe I haven’t been to Murder Burger. Might have to give it a go.

  57. xoot said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Oakland a’s doing their part, so far tonight, to beat the bums. The a’s pitcher with the 19th century style waxed mustache and 19th century style double-pump wind-up looks bad, but he’s getting the job done.

  58. blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Xoot, other than a camping trip in 1965 at McArthur-Burney Falls, I never had traveled that far north until I interviewed for the occ. saf. and hlth. manager position at Shasta Dam. Yes, Mount Shasta is truly majestic. I always wondered if the mountain was the inspiration for the Paramount Films logo. In my opinion, the beauty emanates from the fact that it stands alone – unlike the 14ners (14 thousand feet elevation) in Colorado. Additionally, I have climbed 3 14ners in Colorado, all relatively easy jaunts compared to Mt. Shasta. In fact, there is no real trail that leads to the summit of Mt. Shasta and you would be crazy to climb it without checking into the Mt. Shasta or McCloud Ranger Station. If there is a safe ascent, then the Avalanche Gulch access is probably the best way to climb it.

    By the by, during that 1965 camping trip to McArthur-Burney Falls, Juan Marichal hit John Roseboro with his bat. My dad, brother and I were listening to the game that day. Afterwards, the incident was the talk of the camp site that evening and the next day.

    • xoot said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Mt. Shasta rises alone, out of nowhere, as you head south on the highway. There are no other mountains or hills in sight. Just that huge perfect white peak against the sky. On a hot summer day, the freeze you feel, seeing the mountain suddenly appear, is just uncanny.

  59. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Always was interested in the folk lore of Shasta, native people’s beliefs about spirits there, etc. Never made it to Shasta, only got as far as Lassen, which was also kind of cool in its own way, with all the hot springs and geothermal stuff around there. Spent one Halloween weekend near Lassen with girlfriend at the time; the lodge we stayed at was mostly empty save for some locals hanging at the bar. Felt a sense of inbreeding there, actually…..

    • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Another great climb is Mt. Lassen, which anyone can do . . . Paul, the Subway Cave Lava Tubes near Mt. Lassen and Burney Falls is an excellent way to escape the heat. Similarly, the Shasta Caverns are even better, albeit, I think they charge a fee there.

  60. xoot said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Traye Thompson just robbed the bums of a HR in CF with a beautiful leaping soft-hands play

  61. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Steve, yeah, I only did the Bumpass Hell trail, not strenuous except that the trail had 6 inches of snow to stride through. Eerie scene with the fumaroles, mud pots, etc. Fit the Halloween weekend vibe…

    • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Active? I feel a bit foolish, as I know that area fairly well, having lived in the Redding area for 7 years and having climbed Mt. Lassen a half dozen times, camped in the area, etc. I knew the last eruption was in the early 1900s, but wasn’t aware of any active fumaroles, mud pots, or hot springs.

  62. xoot said, on April 11, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Oakland a’s tv feed just focused on the dodgers scoreboard, which now shows player OPS and WAR etc along with the traditional numbers. The a’s announcers mocked the innovation. “TMI!” laughed dimwit Ray Fosse.

  63. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Used to go camping out at castle crags near shasta. That and Kennedy Meadows. Love it out there.

  64. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 11, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Steve, yeah, active fumaroles and boiling mud pots (no geysers, that I can remember). I don’t really remember how near the peak itself was to that area, but not far, it was all inside the park….

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 11, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      Maybe you didn’t see that area because you’re a lot more hardcore than me, climbing the peak itself, while I opted for the less strenuous lazy trails… 🙂

      • blade3colorado said, on April 12, 2018 at 7:27 am

        Not anymore. I do the bunny hills now.


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