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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 9, 2018

Slow Zone for Bay Area sports right now. No baseball. Niners stink. I don’t know if hockey has started yet nor do I care. Steph’s hurt. California’s burning to the ground.

Bad mood today.

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  1. wilcojoe said, on November 9, 2018 at 7:16 am

    The night before the announcement came that the Giants hired Zaidi I was browsing thru old youtube vidoes of Giants highlights. I came across this one and probably watched it 4 or 5 times. It brought back such great memories. It’s a TV feed with the KNBR audio dubbed in. Ron Fairly is doing play by play and I think that’s Wayne Hagen doing color. Farily got a bad rap, but I always enjoyed him and these calls were epic.

    I just read an article that this was Zaidi’s first ever major league baseball game that he had attended. Pretty wild stuff.

    • willedav said, on November 9, 2018 at 7:30 am

      wow thx that was great. Yogi in the dugout, San Jose guy Caminiti at the end there walking back across the diamond, Clark’s absolute rocket into upper deck. Fairly in his book talks about being hired to broadcast Giants games…he had never liked SF or the park as a player and was sure fans hated him right off the bat. This was after Baer and Greenwald had gotten into dispute and Hank left. He was also really glad Hank came back few years later and enjoyed working with him.

      • blade3colorado said, on November 9, 2018 at 7:35 am

        Dispute? I’m curious Willie . . . Do you recall what Baer and Greenwald were at odds about?

      • willedav said, on November 9, 2018 at 8:28 am

        mm it was in Greenwald bio; Zum might remember more about it. Baer iirc didn’t think broadcasters were too important and pretty much dispensable and Greenwald thought he was trying to sabotage his career and Hagins.
        In one of the obits for Hank, I read that Giants shipped back to him bunch of the copies of his book they rec’d.

      • Bozo said, on November 9, 2018 at 11:07 am

        Here is a bit about it from an article from 1999, Blade.

        https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Giants-bench-Greenwald-memoir-3088010.php

    • djloo27 said, on November 9, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Fuckin’ phenomenal! That should cheer you up, Flavor.
      For me it was just a box score back then…

    • Bozo said, on November 9, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Humm Baby, that was awesome Wilco.

    • gianthead said, on November 9, 2018 at 9:03 am

      That is so great…’87? Great Candlestick memories. Huge foul ground, the dugout at field level, fans wrapped in blankets and that swing by Will. But extra juice on that swing. To hit one in the upper deck at a night game presumably some time in the summer was Herculean and juice-free. Why The Thrill still remains my favorite Giant of all-time…

  2. willedav said, on November 9, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Saw a story on cbs about M Gonzalez, Stros FA. Always thought he’d be a great fit here and resembles type of guy LA has that Z has added to their roster–switch hitter, can play all over the diamond and does have some power although last season was not as good as 2017 at plate.

    • wilcojoe said, on November 9, 2018 at 8:00 am

      I freaking love Marwin Gonzalez and I think that was a huge loss for the Astros much more so than losing Keuchel or Morton. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest utility players of the last 20 years. The dude can play every position at a near gold caliber level and his bat is clutch.

      Apparently they want to move Gurriel into his old role. Which might open up 1b as a possible opportunity for Brandon Belt?

  3. unca_chuck said, on November 9, 2018 at 8:29 am

    That is pretty awesome, Joe.

    • wilcojoe said, on November 9, 2018 at 8:58 am

      One the thing I I love most about that video is hearing the “20 Century” theme being played after their respective homers. I always loved hearing that. Wish they would bring it back once in a while.

      • gianthead said, on November 9, 2018 at 9:06 am

        Humm Baby…

  4. Flavor said, on November 9, 2018 at 9:14 am

    that video was epic. Year? Anyone got the box score for that? I love the shots of the crowd

  5. Macdog said, on November 9, 2018 at 9:21 am

    The boxscore:

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN198708100.shtml

  6. blade3colorado said, on November 9, 2018 at 9:26 am

    It’s interesting that no one was in the lower deck left field, much less the upper deck. Attendance for the ‘stick was 15,447, actually not bad for a Monday and that era.

    • gianthead said, on November 9, 2018 at 11:49 am

      You obviously mean lower deck right field Blade. They would never open that section up unless it was going to be a big crowd, which I always thought was a huge mistake because those were unique seats. No one would brave the upper deck in a Monday night August game…would be just chilling. When I was home this week, I forgot how cold it got in Santa Cruz once the sun went down. Very Candlestickesque….

      • blade3colorado said, on November 9, 2018 at 12:07 pm

        Whoops! Yep . . . Thank you for the correction.

  7. unca_chuck said, on November 9, 2018 at 9:32 am

    A playoff year, though.

  8. Flavor said, on November 9, 2018 at 10:17 am

    thanks for the box score. Very weird that I have no memory of that game but I remember that summer I had a lot of shit going on…….

  9. alleykat69 said, on November 9, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Great Video WJ!
    Epic back to back bombs!
    Diggin the uni’s they wore back then..

  10. blade3colorado said, on November 9, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Thank you for that link you provided John. Whoa! I never knew any of this, albeit, I’m not shocked about what he said about Bobby Bonds. I actually laughed when I read this . . . “I’m not the first to take a shot at Barry Bonds,” he said. “Just the way he acts in front of people, cussing with women around and all that. So often, the Giants excuse his behavior by saying, “Well, that’s just Barry.’ Well, guess what? This is just Hank.” Touche!

    You and Willie sharing this just makes me like Hank a lot more. He was no one’s fool.

    • Bozo said, on November 9, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      I loved Hank, but I think he included some of that stuff in his memoirs because he was still pissed that they fired him in 96.

  11. zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I remember liking the book a lot, but I didn’t remember the controversy issues. I mostly remember from the book his fascination with WWII history and MacArthur. It was cool to see another side of Hank.

    • zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 11:58 am

      And his love of Hank Greenberg, a Jewish player with a similar name to him.
      I read a biography of Greenberg. He is a very interesting character and acclaimed player from baseball history.

      • blade3colorado said, on November 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm

        World War II hero as well (espionage).

  12. alleykat69 said, on November 9, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Thought s and prayers for the people up in Paradise, I know some friends up there and it’s just devastating what’s happening.The whole town is burning..

    • zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Their hospital burned down, which is really sad and heartbreaking. You think of a hospital as being a sanctuary from everything, but not in this case.

      • zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 2:32 pm

        5 people burned to death in their cars. A nightmare of nightmares.

  13. djloo27 said, on November 9, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    The brief career of Dave Meads (done at 24) who gave up the homers to Candy & Clark:

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/meadsda01.shtml

    I have no recollection of him but his stats look good enough to have hung around a little longer as a lefty reliever. Somehow finished 29 games in his career with no saves. I know he had at least one opportunity.

    I thought we had a future batting champ in Aldrete back in ’87, but it was not to be.
    He actually won a ring with the Yanks in his final season (1996).

    • blade3colorado said, on November 9, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Speier won the 1987 Willie Mac Award during his 2nd stint with the Gmen. Retired 2 years later. Also, I was surprised to see Yogi Berra coaching the Astros (no idea why the camera panned to him during Wilco’s clip???).

      • zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm

        Because Yogi is so photogenic. 🙂

      • alleykat69 said, on November 9, 2018 at 4:03 pm

        Aflac commercial with Yogi in the barber chair was a classic!

      • zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        Yes! One of the greatest TV commercials ever. And it’s only 30 seconds long. Very well done.

  14. Irish Kevin said, on November 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    What a difference I between home runs back then, Clark just casually runs the bases, his arms aren’t even raised in triumph, even though it was a walk off win, todays players goes nuts running the bases on a walk off.

  15. Flavor said, on November 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Will got so pissed on that 2-0 pitch that Gregg stupidly called a strike, it wasn’t close. Next pitch, upper deck. Man, that swing, I loved that swing…..

  16. Flavor said, on November 9, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    watching that video got me thinking back to ’87. Crazy year for me. And check out this video of them winning the division. Hilarious camera angles and I love the announcer: “little looper….back to the wall” lmao

    • zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      I think it might be Steve Physioc, or whatever his name is, broadcasting. He wasn’t good. And also that dude with the permanent tan, Gary Park, used to broadcast some games. He wasn’t good either. The Giants have had some of the best of all time broadcasters and a few of the worst.

      • zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 5:07 pm

        Now I feel bad. Gary Park passed away in 2009. I didn’t know.

        “Gary E. Park July 22, 1935 – April 30, 2009 Resident of Oakland Gary Park, seventy three, an admired and memorable figure in local news and sports broadcasting and the voice of Giants Baseball in the Bay Area for over a decade has died. Ronda, his wife of 48 years, was with him at his bedside. Gary was born in Stockton, California to George Park, a Southern Pacific Railroad engineer, and Ellen Park, a homemaker and bookkeeper. He grew up in Tracy and graduated from Tracy High School in 1952 where he was active in drama and public speaking. Gary went on to San Jose State University, where he graduated in 1956 with a degree in Political Science. He worked on the Southern Pacific railroad during summer breaks from college. He served in the US Army from December 1956 until December 1959. During that time, he was sent to language school and became fluent in Arabic. He was stationed in Europe and Africa. While Gary was stationed in Ethiopia, he began broadcasting on the Army base radio station and also did play-by-play broadcasts of the baseball games that were played on the base between the soldiers’ teams. After his discharge from the Army, Gary returned to California and started work for KCRA Channel 3 in Sacramento as a reporter and later as a news anchor. In 1965 he moved to Chicago and along with Jim Ruddle became co-anchor of Park-Ruddle News, Chicago’s first “News Team” on WGN television. Returning to California in 1967 he began work with KTVU Channel 2 as the anchor of The Ten O’Clock News. In the early 1970’s Gary became the KTVU sports director and this eventually led to his becoming the play-by-play announcer for the San Francisco Giants. He traveled with the Giants from 1974 until his retirement in 1987 while still maintaining his position as sports director. Gary had many interest outside of sports. He was an avid reader and a fan of the theatre and museums. He spent his retirement years traveling, relaxing in the sun and frequenting the local jazz scene. He also enjoyed wine-tasting and visiting local wineries. Always the gentleman, Gary was calm, cool, and easy going. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.”

      • zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 5:09 pm

        Regarding Physioc, according to Wikipedia:
        “In February 2012, Physioc was hired by the Kansas City Royals to call games part-time on television (where he will reunite with former Angels partner Hudler) and radio.”

    • Bozo said, on November 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Yeah that was a great call, glad it wasn’t a little looper over the fence. I couldn’t remember Kutcher so I looked him up. I guess 14 games doesn’t get you into the inner celebration circle, but man, you gotta give that guy credit for trying.

  17. Flavor said, on November 9, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I remember Kutcher’s name very well, for some reason. He did ok for us in ’86. Sucks that Gary Park died before they won in 2010. Bet he would have like to have seen that.

  18. Flavor said, on November 9, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    This is such a great clip. And Park handed Will’s drunk annoying ass with the perfect line: “Will, you’re overmodulated”. And Clark with the dumbfounded look having never heard the term before. And at the end WIll’s looking around for someone to scream at, nobody’s home, lol

    • zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Will dropping the F-bomb on live TV.
      The real funny line from Will is “I’ve been waiting a long time for this!”
      Will, YOU’VE been waiting a long time for this?

  19. willedav said, on November 9, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Kevin Bass in that boxscore (thx Mac and blade, love those), cool local player from nearby M-A HS. All Star in ’86 for Stros, couple years with Giants later.

  20. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on November 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Great videos. Randy Kutcher, couldn’t figure out why I knew that name, then remembered he played for the Sox in late ’80s for a few years. Decent player, played with energy.

  21. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on November 9, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    “Bad mood today.” Interesting, Craig. Yesterday, me too, for no apparent reason. I felt completely out of synch. Felt like I would’ve just punched someone for looking at me sideways. This morning, woke up my usual finely tuned and in-synch self. New moon last night, that might be it….

  22. zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Sac Kings playing with a lot of energy. Great to see the effort and intensity.
    Kind of disappointing that Bagley’s minutes are so reduced.

    • zumiee said, on November 9, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Kings win!

  23. unca_chuck said, on November 9, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Hey, there’s BDM (Big Dick Nick) Mullens to look forward to Monday night, Flav.

    It’s mildly interesting anyway.

  24. zumiee said, on November 10, 2018 at 12:02 am

    This bit of Mozart genius is being used in a car commercial.

  25. zumiee said, on November 10, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Game 1 of the “Japan Series” was a really good game. Japan won on a walk-off HR vs. the Padres closer.
    Gotta give props to Yadier for catching all 9 innings, and got two hits.

  26. zumiee said, on November 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

    As mail-in ballots continue to be counted, Harder has taken a lead over Denham. Quite a race!

  27. alleykat69 said, on November 10, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Man, Will Clark is the perfect epitome of a redneck.His shit hollering f-bombs with a pretty cool under control Gary Parks, who was probably thinking what” rock did this guy crawl out from under out in bumfuck Mississippi?
    To this day, I wouldn’t be surprised if Will still ran moonshine stills in old truck jelopys,with some of his deliverance hillbilly rednecks

    • zumiee said, on November 10, 2018 at 10:04 am

      lulz!

    • zumiee said, on November 10, 2018 at 10:06 am

      A good case could be made for Post of the Day. 🙂

  28. DieHardNinerFaithfulSince2011 said, on November 10, 2018 at 9:50 am

    There’s definitely good news with new, new, newest Niners franchise QB Nick Mullens ready to single-handedly lead our beloved Santa Clara team back to another championship. With him and Jimmy Joe Montana G tag teaming, our duo of franchise porn star players will bring a Super Bowl trophy back to San Francisco or San Jose or wherever the 49ers play now

    • Flavor said, on November 10, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      hey, unlike the Dodgers, at least with the Rams have won something this century….Uh, but that was for St. Louis. Well, back to the drawing board, Rooster!

      • DieHardNinerFaithfulSince2011 said, on November 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm

        Unlike our last championship almost 25 years ago, when we bought up and stockpiled our team with superstars (like the homegrown Warriors do) because our mafia boss Eddie D got tired of being Jimmy Johnson’s bitch, we now have multiple franchise players who get PORN STAR lovin’. Our only question now is which VTA light rail route we’ll have our championship parade on next year.

      • Flavor said, on November 10, 2018 at 1:31 pm

        Listen up Fuck: 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018……now, you can go ahead and make your own dumbass Socal list but I am deleting any of the years you list before I think you were born. You (just like me) don’t get to count championships won before you were born or if you were too young to know any better. You get 10 for the Lakers, one for the Dodgers, none for your shitty nomadic football team and fuck hockey. My list wins because it’s more well rounded, it is a fucking HELL of lot more recent and, finally, none of my teams were the spawn of Satan.

  29. snarkk said, on November 10, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Sorry BF, but I feel the need to say this. Drumpf is in Paris for the 100th anniversary of the end of the War to End All Wars. Press reports say that because of weather, Drumpf cancelled his scheduled attendance at the memorial today at Belleau Wood US Miltary Cemetery about 50 Miles N of Paris, site of one of the worst, nastiest battles in WWI fought by US Marines and Army soldiers. ALL other heads of state attended ceremonies for their fallen; despite the slightly inclement weather. At least Kelly and several other Drumpf minions had the decency to attend at Belleau Wood. Even Merkel attended an outdoor memorial re: Germans, which was entirely right and proper. It was drizzling, at worst. Drizzle. WTF? My father’s oldest brother Fred fought at Belleau Wood, and several other of the major Battles in 1918 including the Argonne, where our military took part, and basically saved France’s ass and ended the war. No doubt he had Army buddies killed at Belleau Wood that are lying in that cemetery. Fred later was gassed in battle right before the end of the war, and spent a year in the hospital after. He was never the same, like a lot of guys gassed, and died before his time partly as a result. My father retold me Fred’s stories of those battles. Gruesome, savage, and miraculous how he fought in so many in a fairly short time without getting killed. I never knew my oldest uncle. But he served his damn country and my family with honor, and I have 100 year old paperwork to prove it. Were he alive my father would be livid at what Drumpf did today. I guarantee the cuss words would fly, my father was good at that. Our president today spat on his brother’s sacrifice and the lives of his brother’s young comrades laying in the ground at Belleau Wood for the past 100 years. Because of a little drizzle? This president is a disgrace to our country…

    • Flavor said, on November 10, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      he hasn’t been too understanding of CA fire devastation, either. While people burned alive in their cars, here was this mornings tweet:

      this, of course, is his idiocy undermining him again.

      we could also discuss his paranoia with Florida counting all the votes. The horror!

      and, with the Caravan still nowhere near our border there is this:

      but all of this is too negative for me. He is a fucking lunatic. I’ll catch you guys later……

    • zumiee said, on November 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Great post.

      Sociopaths don’t care about history, though. They believe everything starts and ends with them.
      Trump wouldn’t understand your post. For him, it would be like trying to read a foreign language.

    • blade3colorado said, on November 10, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      By the by, I’m not certain that everyone knows this, but dumb fuck is in Europe as a replacement for the military parade he commissioned, which was fortunately deemed too expensive by saner folks in his administration, as well as criticism by the media.

  30. djloo27 said, on November 10, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    You guys need a Flapalooza…

    • alleykat69 said, on November 10, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Maybe a Farnahlooza party instead!
      Wonder if Bochy is already kisses his ass Chee’s,calling him Farny, are some other cuties phrases he calls his ballplayers..

  31. alleykat69 said, on November 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    cheeks like in butt crack..

  32. mrsprtdude said, on November 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Clark waiting a long time…Funny. Loved Clark. Never knew his voice was THAT high pitched

    • djloo27 said, on November 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      Clark reminded me of Sam Kinison in that clip…

  33. mrsprtdude said, on November 10, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    PS…Just saw the prior posts.

    Trump is disgraceful I vote republican, but mostly a centrist. He is amazing in his lack of depth about what it means to LEAD America. My wife and I traveled to the military cemetery at Omaha Beach (the one is Saving Private Ryan). So powerful and moving. A memory for a lifetime.

    I can say that blowing off the chance to represent America in Bellaue Wood should be the ultimate honor. What an Ass.

  34. Flavor said, on November 10, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Quinn Cook just shooting lights out, playing like a grizzled vet not some chump who’s been a DNP machine so far this year.

  35. zumiee said, on November 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    The MLB Network had a good day today. 2 live games: the Japan series and an Arizona League game, plus a Jackie Robinson biography.
    The Giants’ network did reruns of the McCovey service last night, which was a nice thing to do.

  36. zumiee said, on November 10, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Lakers beat the Kings in an ugly low-scoring game. Kings never got any flow or rhythm going.


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