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More Than Surviving April

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 29, 2018

Cueto is incredible. He throws 40 pitches in the first two innings but still niggles out the win. And his ERA is still well below 1.

Fun fact I read from Baggs this morning: Panda is one of two major leaguers to ever hit 3 world series home runs AND throw a pitch in a game. The other: Babe Ruth.

This DJ Snelton fella has got a lot going on. Looks like he’s injuring himself multiple times per pitch.

Panik gone for 6 weeks. We can survive that. It’s a nice opportunity for Specs or even this Hanson kid.

For everyone panicking about the *brutal* schedule to start the year: We are guaranteed of at least splitting vs LA. Win tonight and we go 6-4. Hovering around .500, we are in great shape as we await Bum’s return.

Here’s a pic of San Dawg continuing his attempt to circle the globe and meet every living Flapper. He met up with Mr SportsDude last night. I think Rooster said he wanted to go to but he’s disappeared lately. Could be that 4-5 April record that’s discouraging him. Either that or another long ass dinner keeping him away…..

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  1. gianthead said, on April 29, 2018 at 7:59 am

    And no mention on the Flap of the incredible, incredible Sharks victory!!

    Dubs going all the way…couldnt Longoria play a little 2nd when we need an extra lefty bat in the lineup and play Panda at 3rd???

    I am looking forward to seeing Snelten pitch live….

    • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 8:07 am

      hockey talk is strictly “room B” shit, at least for me. I’m rooting for Vegas or whoever they’re playing, I forget

  2. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 8:14 am

    The April schedule was definitely a concern. To be near .500 is a strong accomplishment. We are 6 1/2 games behind the D-Backs; but, yeah, to be ahead of the Dodgers at the moment is a very pleasant surprise. Kershaw at 1-4 and Wood at 0-3; who saw that coming? No one on the planet.

    • zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 8:18 am

      We are only a few games behind a Wild Card spot, which is probably the more realistic goal.

  3. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Nice photo of the two Flappers!

  4. dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 29, 2018 at 9:07 am

    At or near .500 is fine to close a brutal first month. For the last year and a half the team seemed to have forgotten how to win. How many times last year would they have just layed down with no fight in games like the last three? Now they seem to have found their footing and the club is fun to watch. Start the Gomez watch for second base.

  5. dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 29, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Where’s the pickled eggs in that pic?!?

    • sandog said, on April 29, 2018 at 9:44 am

      At that point, they had yet to be purchased! But there definitely were pickled eggs involved in the festivities last night.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 29, 2018 at 10:02 am

        Fake news.😏

  6. djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Don’t underestimate Sandoval’s contribution to the morale of the team.
    Nice picture of 2 fine Flaps…

    • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Totally agree. He turned the end of that game into a good kind of laugher

  7. willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 10:30 am

    The Hanson guy (who I never heard of) is from the DR and was lighting up PCL. Anyone remember him from ST?
    Turns out Panik got injured trying to tag out Puig on pickoff attempt Friday. Anyone see that play? Supposedly Puig went back in standing up.

    NOT gonna bash medicos/mgmt. over what happened with Williamson. If he says he is fine, and he was fine enough to hit a bomb later, how do you tell the guy he has to sit? Should they have taken him out immediately?

    This isn’t Steve Young running onto field without his helmet. One day he feels fine and takes BP, next day he’s light headed. Do you really think it’s team responsibility to automatically sit him for a week after potential (key word) injury?

    • Macdog said, on April 29, 2018 at 10:50 am

      I don’t remember Hanson. I do remember Rutledge was in competition for an infield spot during spring training, and wondered about him. He’s been the opposite of Hanson at Sac, hitting .059 (1-17), and his current status is “Disabled 7-Day.”

    • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 11:40 am

      yes, they should have pulled him from the game. He smashed his head into a wall without a helmet on. You don’t think that’s a risky thing to do to your brain? Come on, this isn’t 1978, we know a lot more about head injuries. We saw what he did. The prudent and right thing to do was to take him out not leave him in and be surprised and shocked that symptoms showed up later. This didn’t happen in a vacuum. The Giants have had this happen over and over to guys and keep being surprised that they show symptoms later on. It’s beyond idiotic and they need to become more professional as an organization when it comes to head injuries…..

  8. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Giants only a game-and-a-half out of second. It’d sure be nice if the Snakes started to lose a few. Robbie Ray just went out in the 2nd inning with an apparent oblique injury. Not good for them.

    • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 11:12 am

      And Weiters just hit a homer off Ray’s replacement. Go Nats.

  9. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 11:23 am

    How much do we really lose with Specs at second? Defensively, maybe, but he already has almost as many ribbies as Panik (2 to 4) and he’s played a lot less. Truth be told, Panik has done squat with the bat since the early part of the season. Specs will probably be a capable fill in.

    • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 11:37 am

      the only thing I’m a little worried about is that he’s a pretty slight guy not used to the rigors of playing every day. He could easily hurt himself. But I’m kinda interested in seeing what this Hanson guy can do so losing Specs wouldn’t be the end of the world

      • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm

        Well, he certainly has come pop. That was a bomb he hit yesterday and he was jacking them in Sac Town too.

      • Macdog said, on April 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        Hanson got a decent run of playing time last year between Pirates and White Sox, so he’ll probably see some now, too.

  10. willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Myers for SD back on the DL so he’ll miss a chance to duplicate that HR feat at ATT he had last year.

  11. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Skinny kid comes up from Sacramento and knocks one over the 421′ sign in his first game. That’s got to turn some heads. Grandal tried that shit and spent the rest of the game scraping egg off his face. lol

  12. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Puig to 10-day DL.

  13. willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    nice finger roll finish there from Oladipo. Probably ain’t gonna be enough

    • Macdog said, on April 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Collison’s wide-open missed 3 from the corner with about 2:00 left was a killer. Too bad, Indy had a nice season post-Paul George.

  14. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Hansen gets the start.

  15. Macdog said, on April 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Matt Moore is pitching a mop-up 8th in relief vs. Jays, haha.

  16. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    “Rich Hill’s finger is infected. Won’t be activated tomorrow. Stewart could start in Arizona Monday.”

  17. djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Sometimes it’s just like reading an old fashioned ticker tape machine around here…

    • zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      “Archduke Ferdinand has been assassinated in the Balkans.”

    • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 1:53 pm

      Awesome, ain’t it?

  18. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Kruk breaking out the standby scouting report “He’ll throw anything at anytime…” Thanks, I guess.

  19. djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    The old Buster puts that one in the 15th row…

    • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      I think he topspinned it more than anything. Ball was hit hard.

  20. Macdog said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Longballia!

  21. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Longo heating it up!

  22. djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Kuip is not seeing the ball well…

  23. chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Gonzo Longo!

  24. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I’m with everyone on the back end of Longo’s deal being a bummer but for this year at least he’s going to be a big part of our success.

    • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      He’s sure as hell swinging it now. Lot of barreled up pitches.

  25. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    That probably doesn’t go out last night.

  26. xoot said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Posey Belt Longo looking good in the middle of the LU.

  27. chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Cool shot of Sandawg and Mr. Sports Dude. Looking good and represnting.

  28. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    i still don’t understand this directtv commercial. This chick looks to be throwing all this guy’s shit out the window just to simplify her life electronically. Could that be?

    • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      She needs to be tossed out the window for fucking up that guitar.

      • zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:44 pm

        I do grieve for that guitar.

      • zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:45 pm

        He has to make an effort to save it, though.

    • zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      His quiet acceptance of what’s happening is classic “guy caught cheating on her.”

      • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm

        Yeah, probably, just don’t take it out on the axe.

    • xoot said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      It’s a stupid millennial fantasy. Richard Pryor would’ve talked her down. “Come on baby, who you gonna believe? Me or your lyin’ eyes?”

      • chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:25 pm

        I’m with xoot on this one. Great call, brother…

      • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:30 pm

        lol perfect

  29. willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Giants making Maeda pay for those walks.

  30. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Man Belt can hit a baseball hard. That baby was smoked.

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

    Sock it to Maeda.

    • xoot said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      whoa, that’s a stretch. I guess Pryor’s fiction movies were generally ok.

  32. xoot said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    effing Schulman. Yesterday he confidently tweeted about Mac’s CDL stint being back dated, but now he backtracks. CDL can’t be retroactive. Makes sense, I guess. So Saturday’s the first day Mac can return (if Schulman’s effing right this time).

    • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      The SFGate shills are pretty sad across the board.

    • chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      I read in the Merc, and posed last night, that Mac was eleigible on May 2nd. Who fucking knows….

      Does make sense it would not be retro….

  33. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Wow, GG play by Craw.

  34. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Inexcusable for Bellinger not getting a triple.

    • xoot said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Blanco’s triple sort of made that point a bit sharper, too.

    • zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Blanco shows him how it’s done.

      • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:32 pm

        On a ball that didn’t even reach the warning track.

  35. chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Blazin’ Blanco…

  36. chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Fucking Hernandez…

  37. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Bummer to waste that triple.

  38. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Posey needs to pick his shit up. That was a terrible AB.

  39. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    I’m shocked they’re not PHing for Maeda.

  40. chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Bullpen please. Now would work…

  41. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Get him out of there Bochy!

  42. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Bochy’s old school. The starter has earned the right to crap out at the end.

  43. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Craw’s hitting .193 now.

    • willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      really surprised to see him try and bunt for a hit. Couple years ago he had what 17 bombs and ton of rbis?

      • zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:57 pm

        He has a lot of swings and misses now.

      • djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm

        I think the shifts have really fucked with his head…

  44. willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Muncy with IF hit.

    Something I had heard about Chuck Muncie’s family made me look this up. He had an older brother who was a DB in NFL for Colts, Nelson. But he and other siblings spelled name differently, Munsey.
    Apparently their Dad used to do this to avoid paying bills and spelled Chuck’s name that way at Hospital when he was born.

    • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      wow, where’d you hear that?

    • willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      I thought I’d read Nelson was his cousin but turns out he was actually older brother. It was part of a trivia thing, about NFL running backs with cousins played DB . Other one I know of was Mel and Miller Farr.

      wiki was the only site that provided the info on the different names so I’ll look into it a little further maybe. Kinda weird tho huh?

    • willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Miller Farr was older brother, not cousin, of Mel Far, from Beaumont Tex.
      Unlike the Muncie/Munsey bros, he’s still alive.

  45. chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    And Cutch is right behind him at .200…ready to dip into the Mendoza zone….

    • zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      It’s gotten so it doesn’t even faze us when he and Jackson aren’t in the lineup.

    • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      as Loo said last week, imagine where he’d be without that 6 hit game

      • chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:10 pm

        No shit…

  46. Pasalon said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Fuck you Joc.

    • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      3 of the most well connected words in the English language

    • willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      I’d say same thing about Utley.

  47. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I’m not in the mood today for Dyson’s bullshit.

  48. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    You just have that nagging feeling not scoring Blanco on the triple affected the momentum of the game.

  49. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Utley seemed distracted by Pederson running.

  50. chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Couple more runs, please…

    And the bullpen needs to slam the damned door closed on the bums…

  51. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    No mention of why Bellinger left?

    • willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      yeah that’s a hmmnn.
      Doesn’t seem like anyonne wants to see more of him, but blanco is having decent season so far.

    • willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      as he gets picked off lol.

  52. willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Maybe that’s why.

  53. unca_chuck said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    That looked like a balk

  54. chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Watson is a bad ass…nice DP. Just what the doctor ordered…

  55. Pasalon said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    That Togo’s commercial has it all. Drones, cute dogs, food I like.

    • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      where do you stand on that Direct TV commercial where the bitch is throwing all the dude’s shit out the window?

      • Pasalon said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm

        I have no emotional reaction to that one. If anyone’s shit was being thrown out a window in my world, it would be hers.

      • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm

        lol nice. In fact, that one’s getting fast tracked to the POTD

  56. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I’m not in the mood today for Strickland’s bullshit either, let’s go.

  57. djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    So today’s start time was pushed back an hour because of the DH yesterday. I’m sure that made a huge difference to everyone. More lame, overthinking, nonsense. Just start the fuckin’ game when the ticket says so.

  58. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    So Strick can’t throw the breaking ball for a strike but the heater is heading right down broadway. I am feeling unsafe about the ending of this inning..

  59. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    man that curve was a beauty

  60. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    sweet. Back to .500. Feels good.

  61. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Gettin’ ‘er done!

  62. Macdog said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    .500!

  63. chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Three series wins in a row.

    Win series regularly and the stats become irrelevant.

    Nice win. Now it’s payback time on the friars. .

    • zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:47 pm

  64. djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Pretty amazing to be where they are with basically nothing from Bum, Pence, Jax, Cutch and Craw.
    Is Bochy doing a good job?

    • chipower9 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      It’s all those Rivercats settling in from Sacramento…😉

    • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Overall, yes, I think. Mostly the offense has woken up and the pitching has remained solid, outside of a couple of notable hiccups.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      The pitchers are. And Longo has.

  65. willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    wow that was impressive.
    dodgers solidify hold on 4th place.

  66. unca_chuck said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    The good news? 3 of 4 from the Dodgers.

    The bad news? The Pads are coming to town.

    Got a free ticket from a vendor for tomorrow’s game. Let’s hope we can finally take these guys.

  67. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    He’s been throwing some nice breaking pitches lately. Still inconsistent with it, but some of those things are snapping. That’s encouraging.

  68. djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Clint in 3…2….1……..

    • djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Damn, missed him!

  69. xoot said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Finish April about .500 with a lot of things working well? I’m feeling optimistic.

  70. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    To celebrate I will now go watch Taxi Driver. It is time…

    • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      LOL. Look forward to the review.

    • djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Now, I see it clearly. My whole life is pointed in one direction. I see that now. There never has been any choice for me.

    • xoot said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      the famous garbage strike in NYC contributed to the street scenes, right?

      • djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:09 pm

        Didn’t know that, Xoot, but I’ll bet the apartment Travis lived in goes for $3,000/month today…

      • xoot said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:58 pm

        Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets. Then these closet sized apartments will be worth a fortune!

    • gianthead said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      You looking at me???

      • gianthead said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm

        One of the great all-time movies…skipped Westworld premier last week after I consider the first season one of the worst pieces of crap I have ever seen. Why am I being sucked in to watch the premier right now???

      • Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 7:21 pm

        Shit, I liked season one.

  71. unca_chuck said, on April 29, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    .500 with a bullet.

  72. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Wow.

    David Vassegh
    @THEREAL_DV
    Dave Roberts benched Cody Bellinger for “cruising into second base on a ball hit 421 feet”

  73. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Roberts: “I felt there wasn’t hustle on the ball he hit 421 feet into right center field. He cruised into second base. For me I feel he’s too talented of a player. For a team that’s competing every day and grinding. You have a right fielder out there who had chills the day prior and throwing up, diving around out there. For Cody not to be on third base — it’s something we talked about before — I wouldn’t be doing him or the team any service by not acting.
    “We’ve talked about it before. He plays every day. There are certain expectations in the way we have to play the game. When you don’t abide by that, we’ll get somebody in there who will. It’s pretty simple.”

  74. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Bellinger: “I’ve always played the game hard, I took a big swing, ended up on my knee and we’re down 4 runs, I’m not trying to make an out on the bases trying to go to third.”

    • xoot said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      you’re not trying to win, asshole. siddown

    • Macdog said, on April 29, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      Wow, wrong answer.

  75. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Alanna Rizzo
    @alannarizzo
    Bellinger was removed from game for not hustling in the 5th inning. Roberts said he’s had conversation with Bellinger about this before. Won’t tolerate lack of effort.

    • willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      This gal (dodger reporter) has bunch of tweets including Roberts live explanation. Then she sticks up for bellinger, saying,” he’s22. People forget that” and that he answered questions with “great maturity” and didn’t disrespect mgr’s. decision.
      Sounds like the reporter babe is the one who dissed mgr’s. decision. Wow. Doubt Billy Martin would have tolerated Bellinger standing on 2b either.

  76. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    “Blach this season has allowed three runs in 17 innings against the Dodgers. In his career Blach has faced the Dodgers 10 times, including seven starts, and has a 2.03 ERA against them. Versus all other teams he has a 5.14 ERA in 164⅔ innings.”

  77. willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Blach k’d 4 today. He’d only K’d 16 all year vs. 14 walks and has lowest K rate on team except for
    Dyson.
    But Giants OF is better defensively this year and today blanco gorks slater was fine, and IF is great plus Posey. so pitching to contact at ATT worked well and has all year for him vs. LA. Ownage, as K and K say, is ownage.

    Meanwhile, Belt’s OPS is 1.034 and Longo is up to .805. Those guys stay near there and Posey and Cutch get to .800+ look out. I know Cutch is scuffling, but last year he did this too and wound up with 25 bombs and .859 OPS so I hold out hope he’ll rake soon. It is contract year for him.

  78. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Taxi Driver review: It was a very good movie until the last 5 minutes. If it had ended with him dead on the couch I was ready to give this movie at least 4 flaps up (out of 5 flaps). But then they show him recovered and alive and totally normal. How the fuck did he go from bat shit crazy to totally normal? Mental illness doesn’t work that way.
    Anyway, the end of the movie kinda ruined it for me. Shit I was half expecting Cybill Shepard to invite him up to her apartment to fuck. It had gotten that absurd.
    But hey, back in ’76 I could see why you guys liked that movie so much.

    • djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      You think he’s totally normal at the end?
      I think that’s a tribute to DeNiro’s brilliant portrayal of a complete schizophrenic – which at that time was basically just thought of as multiple personalities. Might require dozens of viewings to soak it all in…

      • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 7:44 pm

        they portrayed him as completely over the edge of sanity. It just seemed like he came back too much to the other side (sanity). He’s working, chit chatting with his bros, driving Betsy around. I just would have preferred if it had ended with him crazy and bleeding and dying on the couch. But hey, that’s me.

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

      Crazy people can pretend to be normal at times.

    • xoot said, on April 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      I’ve known a bunch of war vets disturbingly similar to that particularly unforgettable character

    • YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 29, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      I’m not Travis Bickle crazy about Taxi Driver, although it did leave a big impression on me at the time and captured the mood of mid-seventies NYC.
      It’s not in my top ten Scorsese movies, or even in my top five of the ones he made with DeNiro. It’ll probably drop another notch when The Irishman (co-starring Pesci and Pacino) is released next year.
      There are too many guys like that in real life today, politicians too.

  79. Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    but even with that lame ending I liked Taxi Driver better than Scarface.

  80. Lurker John said, on April 29, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Now watch it five more times. Like any great movie, it gets better with repeated watchings.

    • Flavor said, on April 29, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      i’m sure it would. I’ve seen Let it Ride probably 75 times, i notice something new every time I watch it

  81. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 29, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Loo earlier mentioned Pablo’s possible positive effect on the team. Gotta agree with that. Big upbeat personality, and plays 3rd and 1st, emergency catcher, and now even emergency reliever. That one curve ball he threw was almost Kershaw-like. Have a feeling (if he stays healthy) his role might grow as the season goes on.

    • djloo27 said, on April 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      I was pretending to be normal when I wrote that…

  82. mrsprtdude said, on April 29, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    It was great meeting Pete (San Dawg) last night. Sadly my dad is in the hospital so it was cut short. We talked baseball, the Flap, and watched the game with a little Dubs mixed in. Thankfully the shit game was the early game. We will do it again! A cold beer, and beating the Dodgers. Never gets old!

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 29, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Nice that you guys met up. I’ve met only Steve (Blade), many times, and John (MacDog) so far, great to meet. Will always be looking for more Flappers in the wind….

      • Macdog said, on April 29, 2018 at 9:11 pm

        Hey Paul, I caught a rerun last night of Anthony Bourdain’s show on his Vietnam trip. He was mainly in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. I kept looking for you in the background. Anyway, it was a good show, with an emphasis on the great food there.

      • willedav said, on April 29, 2018 at 9:16 pm

        Mr. Blade make it back OK and doing well?
        I know he enlightened all of us on difficulties of Rockies and travel, must not be easy to leave altitude and climate of Colorado for Vietnam.

  83. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 29, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Yeah, John, Bourdain has come to and loved coming to VN for many years now. Some of his early visits here are great to see if you can find them (No Reservations). In fact, I saw one episode 10 years or so ago where he visited countryside here in the north, undeveloped, beautiful, and it was always on my list to visit it. Finally got there last year, more developed now but stunningly beautiful. He’s one of my heroes, actually… great job he’s got… 🙂 Willie, Steve is in fact in Saigon at the moment but now that up north in Hanoi, I don’t get to see him regularly anymore…

  84. zumiee said, on April 29, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Belt hasn’t been doing this lately.
    Chris Taylor leads the majors in taking called third strikes with 18.


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