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His Name Is Will Smith

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 30, 2018

…and you shall refer to him as such with a more formal “Mr. Smith” followed by an offer to get him juice or a snack should he request it.

It took that dude a while to earn his name back but in times like these, so dire in the 9th with nobody reliable to turn to, I have suspended calling him That Fucking Lefty Reliever until further notice…

I’d also like to take a moment to honor the fabulous work they’re doing down on The Farm churning out mlb talent ready to contribute to SF Giant wins. Austin Slater played like a man last night.  A brilliant Stanford mind like Slater’s might scoff at the stats I’m about to drop on you claiming small sample size, but MINAJ and UnderPants would have to combine their OPS (.489 +.591 = .1080) in order to surpass where Austin The Great stands today (.974, leading the team).

Baby Pudge keeps the ship afloat tonight against that neverwas, Shelby Miller.

I’m Sick of Skinny Rick Reuschel

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 29, 2018

I agree with Loo on the last thread (big t-up dawg, big t-up). Not enough angst was expelled after yesterday’s epic loss. When your team is bubbling it’s way through the season you can’t just *aw shucks* a loss off like that. Especially when we now head into the den of the division leader.

At this point I don’t care who the closer is until Dipshit gets back as long as it isn’t Dyson. That dude does not have the make up for that job. When we were 1000 games out last year it didn’t matter. But I’m calling *head case* on this guy and I don’t want to see him out there in the 9th again unless there’s no one else to use…..

Another Walk Off Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 28, 2018

I don’t understand why managers still blindly bring in lefty’s to face Crawford. He’s hitting nearly .300 off them this season. He has a better career average against lefty’s than righty’s. But that continues to not make a difference to the brain dead lemming managers who make these decisions.

These are good problems to have as a fan: This morning I was wondering if the roar for Crawford’s HR was bigger than the roar for Pence’s dribbler. I am nearly positive the dribbler-roar was bigger. I still can’t get over what happened in front of my eyes the other day. I’ll remember that for a long, long time.

Goose Power

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 27, 2018

If I told you in Spring Training that The Goose would be second on the team in home runs as we get ready to turn the calendar to July you wouldn’t be giving me a knowing dude head nod. You’d probably look at me like this:

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Speaking of good ol’ Stix, shouldn’t he be getting out pretty soon for good behavior or some shit? My knowledge of how the prison system works is pretty limited….

Speaking of some other crazy shit, anyone notice Agent 000 doing his best Goose impersonation? He’s hit 4 bombs this year playing part time. I didn’t know he could even hit the ball and have it roll near the warning track….

Somehow CarGo has 5 bombs off MadBum. And drunk ass, washed up Matt Harvey got his 3rd QS last night. That means he only needs two more to win San Dawg all the beers he can drink next March in Reno. Yikes. And I just realized Diggity named his damn broken down RV after that broken down hasbeen fuck.

I’m being swindled. And the writing has been on the wall for 2 years now. All I had to do was read the side of his damn RV and I might have been able to sidestep this wayward bet.

Rest and Relaxation = Winning Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 26, 2018

We’ll see what this day off did for the boys. They had played 17 games in a row and they definitely looked tired on Sunday (at least until Pence tapped his dribbler into right field). We have our three aces going (Holland–by nickname, Bum–actual ace, Stratton– team leader in wins). And Colorado doesn’t seem all that interested in playing baseball. There’s something going on with that team. They should be better than 2 games under .500, especially at this point in the year, way before the rigors and stress of traveling to and from Sherpatown all season begin to have a negative affect on their bodies.


Big Flavor’s Day Off

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 25, 2018

Yesterday was my first game of the year and lemme tell ya, I really needed that one to re-charge my batteries. Watching a game on the telly or listening on the radio is fine but there is really nothing like being at the yard.

You do all sorts of things at a game you’d never do elsewhere. Like sing with people. Look, Big Flavor ain’t no campfire jockey. Sitting around and singing songs with other fellows is not how I roll. But get me out to a game and I’ll belt out a few lines to something patriotic or something sappy like “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.

High fiving strangers and making small talk is also not on my usual list of activities but get me out to a game and I’ll high five the shit out of you if the moment calls for it and even act somewhat interested in convos you start…..

You’ve probably noticed a new feature at the blog. I’ve brought back the thumbs up/down ratings. They have been dormant for about 8 years ever since I added them and Twinfan emailed me repeatedly imploring me to take them down. He said they would encourage others to bully him. I know I said that like 5 times last night but it makes me lqtm every time I say it….

Have fun with the arrows and don’t take anything personally. I don’t foresee any problems. Although I am envisioning a scenario where I’m pitching a no hitter, I’m like 7-0, 10-0, maybe 12-0…all of a sudden some lone wolf fuck t-downs me late in the night and spoils it. Besides wanting to murder that dude I’m not foreseeing any problems…. 🙂

Some photos I took:

from our seats

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lonely Cove

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Me and Dave, he grew up across the street with me, I’ve known him since I was 10.

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I Go, We Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 24, 2018

Well, if my first game of the year had to be a non-Bum start I am perfectly fine with it being a Baby Pudge start. I am still obsessing on why the Twins just gave up on this guy. It’s not like they (or any team) is so stocked with young pitching they can just cast off a dude with such limited experience, obvious potential and hall of fame lineage. So I will inspect him closely in between my knowing dude head nods this afternoon.

The Giants usually rake when I attend so this one is in the bag….

(Mac bomb also in the bag in El Paso at Raley Field today)

And……I’m calling a foul ball for me. Why not? Some day that has to happen and we’ve got the seats for plenty of opportunities. So my advice to anyone sitting near me: Practice your duck and cover routine now. There will be an unannounced stop by the Big Flavor train in your row at some point today….

The Bat

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 23, 2018

Twin sent me the bat in 2008. I don’t remember why he did it– Scott McClain was one of many things we *batted* around at The Splash and The Flap. He probably sent it to me as some type of gift/apology that always included a shadowy *you owe me* lol. I couldn’t remember the year he sent it so I checked in my gmail archives, always a fun trip down memory lane. Here was one email I sent him:

“I hope you aren’t giving this bat away because you think you’re getting close to “the end”. How are you doing? You seem to be mashing your keyboard with the same spirit. I’m giving you my work address cause we have a receptionist there 9-5 who can sign/pay for deliveries. Let me know what it costs and I’ll make sure she’s ready to receive it. I’m not sure why that bat means something to me, but it does. Thanks, Craig”
Anyway, the bat came around Christmas time 2008. It was broken at the handle rendering it nearly useless other than as a cool artifact to have around. Twin had wrapped a thin line of packing tape around it to keep it together. Frankly it was a half assed job so I re-taped it like a boss (or so I thought) with duck tape. I taped the shit out of that bat and made it *swingable* and that’s what I did with that bad boy for the next 10 years. I kept it in my living room and would get up and swing it gently while watching a game or just whenever I felt like it. About 5 years ago I brought it into my office and it just lay against the door or a wall or wherever. People who came in were drawn to it. I’d say 95% of the new people entering my office asked about it, picked it up and swung it while I told them the story about who McClain is and how the bat came into my possession. Everyone loved that story. “Really??? Some guy you’ve never met sent you this?!?!!”
Anyway, when Twin died I was fairly remorseful about not calling him back when he wanted to talk one final time with me. I still am. I mean, I didn’t KNOW it was going to be the last time. To be truthful, he was hard to talk to on the phone, the strokes really took a toll on his voice. And I was busy at the time and I didn’t like the attitude he gave me when I told him something to the effect of “I’ll call you I just can’t do it now.” Obviously I regret how I handled that because he died and I was just left wishing I had called him back. “Cats in the cradle” shit I guess….
I needed to figure out a way to make it up to him and at the same time honor what he meant to me and all of us here at The Flap. One day it hit me clearly: send the bat to Loo. So that day I grabbed the bat, found a place that could pack it and I sent it on its way across the country.
After I saw this pic I was embarrassed at the pathetic duck tape job I did on the bat. Sadly, there is no *before* pic but look what the great DJ Loo did to fix it:
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He lizard taped that bitch back to respectability. I am positive that Twin appreciates what you did, Loo. Just as I am also positive that he signaled me to send it to you…..
There are no expectations for what he does with the bat, it’s his forever. He mentioned on his own that he might one day pass it on to another Flapper. I do think a tradition like that would be something Twin would love. But enjoy the bat, my man. I did. And I’ve never enjoyed it more than I do right this minute….

Bum’s Back

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 22, 2018

MadBum goes 8 shutout, Melancon closes the door with a clean 9th–just how Sabes drew it up—15 months ago.

Low scoring, well pitched games as I thought it would be. Super insightful comment here:

snarkk said, on June 21, 2018 at 9:15 pm (Edit)

Hanson is the disruptive force that we thought Noonie should have been…

….a good reminder that…

No, you can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need……

I don’t know, but I am feeling it in the air. It’s coming….

I’m calling a Mac bomb tonight.


Bum Time?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 21, 2018

Are we in panic mode yet on Bumgarner? At what point do we say his *spring training* is over and it’s time to step up and pitch….well….ABOVE what they’re paying him? This should be a low scoring game by two dudes who usually dominant this particular opponent.

Great report by Dirt on the last thread, btw. Had me CTM (chuckling to myself) more than once…

Finally Beating Miami

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 20, 2018

With reliable pitching always so scarce around mlb I’m still trying to figure out why the Twins just gave up on Dereck Rodriguez. This is the only blub I can find and it falls short in explaining anything:

“Rodriguez took to his position change quickly and eventually reached the Double-A level with the Twins, but his time with the organization ended after last season.”

One thing we can say for sure: Lately, our fives have stepped up into plucky performing 3’s or 4’s. And if we are ever going to break free from the clutches of the .500 monster, we need these guys to keep pitching above their expectations.

If he’s in the line up today, I’m steadfastly calling for a big fly for Mac. Actually screw it, in OR OUT of the line up. I could see a pinch hit bomb out of Oaf today, easily.

Worst Loss of The Year

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 19, 2018

I had to get up at 4am today so I missed the end of last night’s game. Wow, glad I did. To me, it wasn’t the blown save that was bad, those happen, it was Strick’s reaction that has me worried. You can’t be a closer and melt down every time you blow a save. Here’s one take (and it’s spot on):

Of course, Bochy had this take (from Baggs):

“Bochy smirks when asked if the outing shortens Strickland’s leash any.

“There’s no leash on him,” Bochy said. “He probably would take a couple pitches back, but you got to stand behind these guys.

“He’s done a heck of a job in this role.”

The reality is, both of these takes are true.

What a shitty loss. Suarez pitched his ass off…..

Racking Up The Wins

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 18, 2018

EXTREMELY stoked that we get an opportunity to shitcan the Marlins so quickly. I doubt we blow them out tonight but, my flapping friends, a *Suarez Shut Down* game is on the horizon.

The Giants have played the most road games this year of any team in mlb. Any time SF wants to stop spinning its wheels and get fat and happy at home, they are free to start that ASAP….

I never liked Phil Mickleson. He was Denny’s favorite golfer, lulz. This weekend he exposed himself as the fraud I knew him to be. That was *muni golf* bullshit. I am loving watching him go down in the eye of the public….



Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 17, 2018

Those are the number of runs we’ve scored against the Dodgers this year. Pathetic. Yes, we’ve had some guys out. But watching LA play last night, they were a step quicker, unquantifiably better. Did a 3-1 game ever feel further out of reach?

The only silver lining of Bumgarner hum drummin’ his way through this season is that maybe, MAYBE the Giants don’t do something stupid and extend him. Unfortunately that will torpedo his trade value next month. And then what if he comes back next year with something that passes as a *bounce back*? Will Sabean happily open up the vault? Ugh. So much negativity right now….

Happy Father’s Day though. This is a great day to stop and appreciate what you have, what you’ve been given, what you’ve given someone else. I know not everyone’s going to appreciate that, nor should they. I do.


Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 16, 2018

I caught myself wondering how last night’s game would have gone had we had Belt and Longo in the line up. Taking out projected 50 bombs from your batting order is a killer. And what about Cueto pitching instead of our faux ace? I guess you could look at that the other way, what if they had Kershaw going instead of Stripling…..

Bottom line, our team is fighting hard but as we discussed pre-season, this is not a team built to withstand injuries, certainly not as many as they’ve incurred.

Of course we had the poster child for picture of health patrolling center field last night. And look how that worked out…

LA Bound

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 15, 2018

All I can say is, I hope our boys got some sleep on the plane. This is gonna be a tired group slogging out their today. But there will be electricity in the air and that can power them up a bit. I’m not expecting much. At least we have our ace going. If you’re playing daily fantasy I wouldn’t slur you for playing a Stripling or two……

Matt Harvey Day. He takes his 5.04 Cincy ERA out there tonight vs Pittsburgh. The silver lining for him is that the Pirates are unceremoniously the one team Harvey’s managed to cobble a quality start against. He’s made 14 starts this year.

The Reds don’t care about winning, this is just a stunt….


Let’s Get the Hell Out of Miami

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 14, 2018

I’m not that worried about the pen. I’m not a big fan of Moronta because he can’t throw strikes sometimes but look at the ERA of these guys. I trust all of these guys still. Sure there could be a burn out issue, that’s obvious with all the damage the five 5’s have been doing. But these guys are not the problem right now.

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Will Smith giving up that rocket to Bour was a huge issue but that was just one pitch. And I thought Strickland was decent enough, he got put in a tough situation.

Screw Miami. They aren’t playing well there. Last week they beat Stras and Scherzer, if they can do that they can beat anyone…..


the Ohtani Tracker hasn’t been updated at espn since May 27th. Could be time to remove that tab. Who’s running that website anyway? Anyone home?

Trying To Ramp Up

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 13, 2018

Not trying to make excuses for them, but I wonder how the Giants are affected by playing in front of such a sparse, staid crowd. Miami is used to it, it’s almost part of their home field advantage. That’s pathetic.

This guy Caleb Smith is actually pretty good. Big K rate anyway. Our backs are up against the wall if we are going to even this series up by Thursday.


But This One Goes To Eleven

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 12, 2018

When Cory Gearrin is the player of the game, you probably didn’t win the game. And that’s disappointing and shouldn’t have happened. When you give Bum 5 runs you are supposed to win. When your first four hitters go 8 for 16, you are supposed to win. Cory Gearrin getting POTG when all that happens makes no sense….

Anyone going to parade today? I’m counting this one as my number 11. I got 5 SB’s, 3 WS and 3 NBA championships. I don’t count the ones when I wasn’t alive. I didn’t count the one the Warriors won in ’75, I wasn’t watching back then. So, mine go to…..

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Ranking The Studs

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 11, 2018

Brandon Crawford is hitting .338 this season. Let that sink in. Last night I listed off the four most important factors to the team’s success this year (Belt, Craw, bullpen, Holland) and I’m open to that list getting revised. Does Stratton and his 7 wins have to be included in there somewhere, maybe in front of Holland? And how can you not include Strickland? He hasn’t blown a save since April 18th! Now, he’s had some shaky appearances for sure. But is there anything more deflating than a blown save? And is there any love for Gorks or Hundley?

I’m still sticking to Belt and Craw at the top, without their offense we’d be in ruins. And the bullpen stands out for me, too.

So if you had to do it, with a gun to your head, who would be your #4?

Saturday Sucked

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 10, 2018

Now we finally got the answer to “Why did the Twins let Young Pudge go?” Even with his horribleness, we could have won the game with a little more hitting. Is Nick Hundley the best back up catcher in baseball? He has been one of our MVP’s this year.

Today could get ugly but I thought the same thing the night we faced Stras so who knows…..

my spam filter was funny this morning….

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Belmont Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 9, 2018

With starting pitchers dropping like flies all over mlb there is still every reason to believe that we are in a strong position to win the NL West this season. Obviously that assumes our health woes are behind us and who knows, maybe they’ve just begun…..

If I’m Bochy I throw everything at the Nats today. We aren’t winning tomorrow. Let’s claw for a win today…..

I made my feelings clear about Justify on the last thread. Loo and I seem to be in lockstep on this one. The horse we agree on is Tenfold. I also feel strongly about Vino Rosso and/or Hofburg blazing past a winded Justify in the stretch. Either way it will be an exciting day leading up to the race that will, hopefully, not see a triple crown coronation in the winners circle…..


Ah, Sports…

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 8, 2018

Summer day, Giants baseball in DC, NBA championship to win in Cleveland….Stop and appreciate a day like this, the moments that make it up. There are a lot of shitty days in the year. Win or lose, today isn’t one of them….

Big Wins

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 7, 2018

With all the excitement the Warriors have been bringing to The Bay lately it’s been tough to stay focused on baseball. But yesterday’s game has been circled and will be remembered as one of the critical wins of the season. We simply have to find ways to get Hanson on the field more often. Screw this *secret weapon* crap. That shit is hit or miss anyway. He is ELECTRIC and for a team that lacks electricity he needs to be playing more often. The Giants should be working NOW on getting him more OF time.

This trip through DC is always my least favorite of the year. It usually happens a little later, right? Early July? It’s always hot as fuck, draining, we usually suck and this time we have to maneuver through Stras and Scherzer. The we have to forage through more road trip and the road has not been our friend this year. Whatever, gotta figure out how to win on the road at some point, might as well be now…..

Back in Black

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 6, 2018

Bum was ok last night. In fact, he could have used more *O’s* and *K’s*. But whatever, he’s back and he has to come back and pitch his ass off if we are going to do anything this year.

I’m not gonna freak out if the Dubs lose tonight. I want to see them win the championship at Oracle. Picking where you want your team to win it all is a pretty dangerous game to play, I know. The other thing I want: No crazy stuff with the Cleveland fans. They’re all nuts and the Warriors have gotten completely in their head. Tonight is going to be a crazy pressure cooker where deindividuation can occur and I am concerned for the safely of Draymond, Steph, KD, etc. Malice in the Palace type of stuff….

Let’s also see what kind of impact Bum’s return has on our Fives. I firmly believe it’s important to have an ace on the staff who can provide leadership that guides the rest of the staff. Stratton is the first man up to test that theory…..

Bum Returns, Dwight Leaves

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 5, 2018

Is there something the baseball Gods are trying to tell us with the Giants crawling back to .500 for MadBum’s “opening day?” That was the percentage most of us threw out there when we discussed what the Giants would have to do while Bum and Cueto healed their broken bodies….

“broken bodies.” That term is hitting me hard right now. Dwight Clark was one of my favorite players of my lifetime, easily top 5 with #6 and beyond well down the list. He and Joe made sure I wouldn’t have to spend my youth not knowing what it felt like to win a championship. I was 12 years old the day he left earth and refused to let that ball hit the ground. Two weeks later we beat the Bengals and literally the rest of my life I’ve known this feeling.

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RIP #87


Beam Me Up (2-0), Scotty…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 4, 2018

……Cleveland fans continue to weep about NBA officiating on Twitter. Bottom line: the Warriors are just much better. Their pussy fans need to suck it up and accept that…..

This is a pretty big series with Arizona. I’ve been hearing about how badly the D-Backs are under performing this year. Time to see it with my own eyes. They have good players on that team. I’m not confident, especially without Belt…..

Draft Day! I don’t really care who they draft as long as it isn’t the high school kid Cole Winn. Take one of the college players. We need help as soon as possible.

There’s been a fun game running on twitter lately: Without revealing your age, what’s one thing you remember that a young person wouldn’t understand?

There are obviously a ton of answers. The first one that came to me: a water bed.

Scotty, We Need More Power!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 3, 2018

Happy to get a win but this is all a mirage. You can’t win in today’s game, consistently, with dinky-dunky-bullshit. With Belt out some bats need to step up big time. Panik has been nice, getting on base, scoring a run. But we need more than that. It seems the 5 Fives need to be at home to do their least damage. So from that standpoint maybe all isn’t lost.

This series has been a great reminder about park factors. The Phillies blasted us to the moon in their ball park. Now they come out west and can’t score a run.

Dub Nation tonight. Rise up!!!!!!!


Shields Up, Scotty

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 2, 2018

Such a frustrating win. And doesn’t feel like the baseball Gods are trying to tell us something. So close to getting the squad back together and then something stupid like this happens to Belt.

But injuries happen to everyone. Baggs brought up a good point on why these types of injuries to our starters can be so devastating to a team like the Giants. Read on:

“The Giants have not drafted and developed a proven everyday player since graduating Panik to the big leagues in 2014, which is understandable to some degree. It’s an inexact science. It’s not easy to do.

But their struggle to draft and develop replacement-level players? Someone who could play a serviceable shortstop behind Brandon Crawford or catch at Triple-A Sacramento or fill out an affiliate’s rotation better than someone rescued from an independent league? A team needs contributions from those players over a 162-game season, too. A car without an engine doesn’t get out of the parking lot. Neither does the car without $6 spark plugs.”

Belt going down has just about broken my spirit about this season. They can’t withstand this many injuries. They just aren’t built for it…..

1-0 and Time For Some Philly Revenge

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 1, 2018

What an incredible Game 1 that was. If I didn’t hate Cleveland fans I would feel some sympathy for them. That dope @vernthompson was rage tweeting last night. Lots of capitals and exclamation points. But hey, JR Smith is a known dunce, that’s gotta get old to deal with all the time. And that reversed call? Man, that was a gift. I can’t remember a reviewed call on charge that got changed to a block. Certainly not in a situation like that….

Hoping Philly plays a little differently in our yard. That’s a reasonable hope. Pivetta has been very good this year but not nearly as good on the road (2.20 ERA at home, 5.82 ERA on road). Stratton (who sucks) might be able to keep us in this game if he has begun recovering from his battle with postpartum.

You know the drill, we need to count on our bats again….