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Good Riddance

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 25, 2019

It’s really shocking how little anyone seems to care about Strickland truly and actually being gone. Many are even excited to see him go (myself included). But this is a guy who pitched in some very big moments for us. He’s got a ring. 19 saves. 14-14 record. There’s a pretty strong correlation between him and Casilla in terms of fan feelings on his exit. Strick had a 2.91 career ERA with the Giants. Hey, that’s pretty good. So why are we so happy he’s gone?

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  1. Dennis Zucchino said, on January 25, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Because Harper was waiting for him to go, just to now join the team?.. kidding…

  2. gianthead said, on January 25, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Because he never lived up to his potential…

  3. djloo27 said, on January 25, 2019 at 7:24 am

    A lot of fans or fan bases need a “whipping boy”.
    None more than New York Ranger fans…

  4. Bozo said, on January 25, 2019 at 7:35 am

    I know it’s weird but in my mind Strickland started to morph into Rob Dibble. I can’t stand Rob Dibble.

  5. sandog said, on January 25, 2019 at 7:42 am

    After the World Series debacle, I predicted Strick would never pitch again in the bigs. He proved me wrong big time and actually pitched pretty damn well for the Giants. If fact, I wouldn’t have just let him go and will be very curious to see what our bullpen looks like and if every member is better than Strickland.

    I think a lot of the animus toward him had something to do with the fact that he was a country boy who seemed to be the type of guy that liked his guns and tooling around in his RV and is probably a Trump supporter.
    That sort doesn’t play well in SF or with the great majority of posters on this blog.

  6. willedav said, on January 25, 2019 at 7:42 am

    GH has it right he just never developed into a smarter more effective reliever. Lack of another out pitch, poor location on the fastball yada yada, plus all the meltdowns. He hit a plateau and couldn’t get past that. Theme song should have been something out of Looney Tunes.


  7. djloo27 said, on January 25, 2019 at 7:48 am

    He’s a Seattle Mariner now I see…

    • willedav said, on January 25, 2019 at 8:07 am

      on MLBTR thread cashford64 said, “Start padding those dugout walls.”

  8. djloo27 said, on January 25, 2019 at 7:50 am

    I’m so shot I couldn’t tell you for sure whether the Harper thing happened in 2017 or 2018…

  9. djloo27 said, on January 25, 2019 at 7:59 am

    HOF debates are done to death, but I truly believe that Orlando Cepeda, who I absolutely worshipped, is in there mostly because he has such a cool name. There must be 50 guys whose careers were as good or better that aren’t in…

  10. willedav said, on January 25, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Zum thx for looking everything up on Kershaw deal; you’re more right than I am. Sounds like Z wasn’t involved on original and might not have been in on the 1 yr extension. Just seemed weird to me LA sought to do that, add even more $$$ to the already monster deal at potential risk of him leaving.
    They have over $70mil a year tied up btw Op Turner and Jansen for next couple, plus $15 more x 4 yrs of Pollock. Potential all stars sure but lot of health risk there.

    And I’ll ask again, what would blog reaction be if Giants offered a $93 mil deal to Bum?

    • djloo27 said, on January 25, 2019 at 8:10 am

      For 4 years it’s a steal – for 3 it’s restitution…

  11. Macdog said, on January 25, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Baggs tweeted that Strickland’s beaning of Harper was “a dipwad thing.” Dipwad, that sums it up for me about Strickland.

  12. unca_chuck said, on January 25, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Strichnyne was stupid and stubborn,. That pretty much sums it up for me. Too many gopher balls. He flirted with pitching smarter at times but usually ended up grooving fastballs. Guys would simply wait for himn to come into the zone with his heat and turn on it. Dipwad. Straight out of the Twinfan playbook.

    There’s nothing wrong with being a fiery competitor, but like Crash Davis said, never throw a punch with your pitching hand. Duh.

  13. unca_chuck said, on January 25, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Speaking of stupid and stubborn, Bummie is inching toward that side of the road. He has been increasingly giving up bombs and doing his slow burn shit at the drop of a hat now. He may only have half a season left here, and I’m real curious to see how he does.

    He very well could bounce back now that he’s fully healthy, but he could also very well slide into angry and ineffective. Either way, I think he’s gone at the break.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 25, 2019 at 9:52 am

      I’m really hoping he does good the first half and is traded for prospects by the trade deadline. Not certain everyone realizes that his home/away splits were horrible last season ala Sonny Gray horrible (ERA 4.97 away and 1.63 home).

  14. dirtnrocksnomo said, on January 25, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Stickland? Damn straight – good riddance to that chump. Dude was too soft mentally for the closer role and single inning power arms are the one thing the club’s system is consistently producing. Maybe the hunting is better in the pacific northwest or something.

    Casilla? I’ll always like that guy – one of my all time favorite Giants.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 25, 2019 at 10:03 am

      Yeah, love Casilla and Romo too.

    • djloo27 said, on January 25, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Both fearless and never gave in…

  15. zumiee said, on January 25, 2019 at 11:56 am

    It says a lot that, when Strickland the Meathead hit Harper, and Harper charged the mound, almost nobody else on the field for the Giants really wanted to jump in and help Strickland. It took two other big meatheads, Smarj and Morse, to jump in and, predictably, crack their two meatheads together and give Morse a concussion and end his career. A real cluster-bleep of meathead-ocracy.

    • djloo27 said, on January 25, 2019 at 12:21 pm

  16. unca_chuck said, on January 25, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Smargle hasn’t been the same since.

  17. sandog said, on January 25, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I still buy in to the theory that Strick told those guys to stay out of it.

    Dodgers close to getting Realmuto. They are going to be absolutely loaded.

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      We really shouldn’t spend a second worrying about LA. We have plenty to worry about in SF

      • djloo27 said, on January 25, 2019 at 1:56 pm

        On paper, we’re starting the season 20 games back…

  18. unca_chuck said, on January 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Posey knew about it. Not sure about everyone else.

  19. xoot said, on January 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Stricknine lost velocity on the FB and his off-speed pitches weren’t real good and he is astonishingly stupid.

    Casilla hung in, even after he lost the closer role in 2012, and he contributed a lot during the 2014 regular season, as closer, as Romo began to struggle against lefties. Bochy didn’t consider using either of them, though, in game 5–or game 7.

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      *astonishingly stupid*. Perfect words to describe him. Gravestone shit.

  20. willedav said, on January 25, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I think SD is right that SF wasted a chance to move him as part of a trade. I really wanted SF to get either (or both) Gyorko or J Martinez from the Cards. The Cards pen has been awful for a couple years and Strick might have been a throw in with chance to rebrand himself with new coach, environment, Yadier Molina et al. This does happen and the guy was not worthless on the mound.

    And as he admits in column Unc linked to, going after Harper the way he did was a mistake. All he really had to do was get him out, via groundout flyout or a K, finish an inning ;unscathed and gloat about in the dugout.

    Maybe with Golds at 1b/Carpenter now back at 3b these guys might still be available.

  21. mrsprtdude said, on January 25, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I liked Casilla too. I’m convinced we beat the Cubs in game 4 if Casilla comes in and stays in. Not the best closer , but did a lot with what he had.

  22. zumiee said, on January 25, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    While in Washington D.C., the champion Warriors had no desire to visit the Trump White House, but instead:

    “Before their game against the Wizards on Thursday, the Golden State Warriors took the time to meet Barack Obama. According to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News, the full roster of players (other than Jonas Jerebko) met with the 44th President for about an hour. Guard Stephen Curry said he had “no idea” how the meeting came about.
    The visit was documented with a since-deleted post on the team official’s Instagram. When asked about the event, head coach Steve Kerr told The Mercury News, “That’s private. Appreciate the question. Doesn’t mean I have to answer it.”
    Forward Draymond Green was likewise tight-lipped, saying, “It was good. Private team meeting and team event.”
    Traditionally, the championship teams visit the White House while they’re in Washington, D.C. Instead, some Warriors were present for the unveiling of the after-school facility The Durant Center (financed by forward Kevin Durant). Curry attended a screening of the documentary Emanuel, which he produced, at Howard University.”

    • djloo27 said, on January 26, 2019 at 6:27 am

      He might’ve enjoyed a screening of Emanuelle (1974) even more…

    • djloo27 said, on January 26, 2019 at 6:30 am

      When I hear Howard University, all that comes to mind is the video of the student body wildly cheering O.J. Simpson’s not guilty verdict…

  23. snarkk said, on January 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Strickland was the Musclehead.
    Every time you’d turn around he was grooving an 0-2 count fastball.
    His selfishness got Morse a career end concussion.
    Good riddance…

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