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A Wasted Winter

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 8, 2019

Still absolutely nothing happening. Usually when I write that something big goes down. It really is outrageous that Zaidi did nothing this off season. Zilch. Squat. And despite being hamstrung by the idiocy of the last regime he still could have done SOMETHING. Fanfest is tomorrow. Can you imagine going to that thing? How are they possibly going to jazz up the fans with the current crap slated to open Spring Training?

Zaidi puts the *off* in off season.

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  1. zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Hunter Pence will not be in the starting lineup on opening day. That automatically makes the Giants better this season than last season.

  2. willedav said, on February 8, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Ah I think Yogi had fanfest in mind. “It’s too crowded. Nobody goes there.”

  3. gianthead said, on February 8, 2019 at 8:20 am

    But really in our heart of hearts, this is exactly what we saw coming…watch my Harper curse about whomever signs him this late or into spring training will see him get hurt and we will be the ones who give him the 1-2 year deal.

  4. willedav said, on February 8, 2019 at 8:21 am

    With all the NBA deadline moves, one caught my eye–Knicks did waive recently acquired Wes Matthews. This guy can shoot. He’d make great pickup for Warriors, this season playoffs and beyond, as G who can come off bench and score points.

    • Flavor said, on February 8, 2019 at 8:29 am

      I think I read he’s signing with Indiana

  5. sandog said, on February 8, 2019 at 8:40 am

    I still fully expect Zaidi to do something. He’s either going to pull Harper out of his ass or sign a couple of members of the Gattis Gang. If he does neither, he’s the idiot.
    ….and I think the “the game passed Sabean by/Evans was a dumb ass” narrative is WAY overdone on here.

    • Flavor said, on February 8, 2019 at 8:49 am

      It’s impossible to argue otherwise.

      • sandog said, on February 8, 2019 at 9:28 am

        Totally.

      • zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 11:58 am

        I can’t tell if you guys are agreeing or disagreeing. 🙂

      • sandog said, on February 8, 2019 at 12:36 pm

        My sense is that Flav is pretty much with me on the first statement, but not so much on the second.
        I think Flav feels that Sabean “Forrest Gumped” his way to 3 World Series titles. I disagree.

  6. Macdog said, on February 8, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Backup catcher?

    • alleykat69 said, on February 8, 2019 at 10:47 am

      No way! Where do they find these scrubs?
      The dudes 35 years old, played on 8 Freakin teams, .boast a career exciting.220 batting average!
      Shit bring back Hundley if their not confident Aramis Garcia can’t handle the catching duties, which I think he can, plus his power and batting average is far superior then this Rivera reject.,

      • Flavor said, on February 8, 2019 at 11:19 am

        Meanwhile a guy like Matt Davidson, who could have instantly made us better, goes to another team on a minor league deal.

      • sandog said, on February 8, 2019 at 11:30 am

        That stings a little bit. I had Davidson as a fringe member of the Gattis Gang.

  7. zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    On the topic of “how we got in this mess,” some of it is from spotty first round drafting since 2010. Obviously Bart is a probably a great pick. It’s hard to mess up picking #2 in the draft. And I’m not as negative about Panik as some here. Ramos has great potential, but we don’t know how that’s going to turn out. The rest are meh.
    2010 Gary Brown Center fielder California State University, Fullerton
    (Fullerton, California) 24
    2011 Joe Panik Shortstop St. John’s University
    (New York City) 29
    2011 Kyle Crick Right-handed pitcher Sherman High School
    (Sherman, Texas) 49§[x]
    2012 Chris Stratton Right-handed pitcher Mississippi State University
    (Starkville, Mississippi) 20
    2013 Christian Arroyo Shortstop Hernando High School (Florida)
    (Brooksville, Florida) 25
    2014 Tyler Beede Right-handed pitcher Vanderbilt University
    (Nashville, Tennessee) 14
    2015 Phil Bickford Right-handed pitcher College of Southern Nevada
    (Henderson, Nevada) 18
    2015 Chris Shaw First baseman Boston College
    (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts) 31
    2016 no first-round pick[b]
    2017 Heliot Ramos Right-handed Center Fielder Leadership Christian Academy
    (Puerto Rico) 19[g]
    2018 Joey Bart Catcher Georgia Tech University
    (Buford, Georgia)

    • xoot said, on February 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      Joey Bart was a top ten pick (#2, iirc). Sabean has done pretty well with top ten picks. Outside the top ten? Well . . . . Still, that doesn’t excuse the Beede selection.

  8. Bozo said, on February 8, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    At least Zaidi has a sense of humor. This is from Alex Pavlovic –

    First question to Farhan Zaidi at media session is about Harper. He doesn’t like speaking about these things, but joked “it’s kind of hard to deny (a meeting) when your CEO gets made in the casino.”

  9. Flavor said, on February 8, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    lol

  10. Flavor said, on February 8, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    I absolutely do not think Sabean forrest Gumped his way to 3 titles. Those were earned and while there certainly was some luck involved he built that team the right way and put everyone in a place to succeed—and that is with some pretty massive land mines out there like the contracts of Rowand and Zito. My argument is that the game passed Sabean by, swiftly, around 2016. And he was either too stupid or too stubborn to realize it.

  11. alleykat69 said, on February 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Baer could of squeezed alittle PR out of Davidson if he just made up some Davidson t- shirts promoting it being the highest point in SF at 928 ft..
    Hey also a great scene in Dirty Harry when Clint got together with the Psycho under the cross ✝️ and knifed 🔪 him in the leg good…

    • sandog said, on February 8, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      Ever walked up there? I did it a few times back in the day–inspired by Inspector Callaghan, of course.
      I think I heard once that Roger Craig and Jerry Rice used to hike/run up there all the time as part of their workouts, but I might be confusing that with another spot.

      • alleykat69 said, on February 8, 2019 at 2:10 pm

        SanDog,
        Rice mostly ran the Edgewood Park game reserve hills in Redwood City.
        He was a phanatic running up there often taking other Niners there (younger than him) who still couldn’t keep up with him.
        Wouldn’t be surprised at all if he ran at Mount Davidson as well though, you don’t be the best WR ever sitting on your laurels, nobody ever worked harder then Jerry..

      • zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 2:24 pm

        Yeah, there’s good reasons why some players become superstars. I think of Magic and Bird in the ’80s. Every time one of them didn’t win the championship, that one would work even harder in the off-season to beat the other one. They brought out the absolute best in each other.
        The Warriors have core players of the team with awesome work ethics. You just don’t get that great without working hard at it.
        Jordan made himself into a good outside shooter after getting to the NBA. Lebron, too.
        Some major league hitters and pitchers show up each year better than they were the year before. That was my biggest beef with Strickland. He just never got better, and seemed to have a lot of potential.

      • zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 2:26 pm

        I don’t mean to downplay natural-born talent and ability. That’s a key part of every great player, too. But the really great ones keep getting better, until finally Father Time begins to take his toll.

  12. alleykat69 said, on February 8, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Yeah that’s what happened to me Zumie(just kidding)

  13. zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Well, the other side of the coin is a player can have all the heart and effort in the world, but if they’re not born with some physical gifts, it ain’t gonna matter. A player will be Rudy in the movie “Rudy.”

    • alleykat69 said, on February 8, 2019 at 4:19 pm

      You’re 5 nothin,100 and nothin,And barely a speck of atheltic ability!!

  14. zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve heard some coaches at the youth level discuss this topic: how much can you really “coach up” young players? There were varying opinions. Some of the coaches felt that there isn’t a lot that a coach can do to make young athletes all that much better. They felt like it’s up to the player to work on things on their own, especially in basketball.

    • zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      In basketball one of the most underrated things is to teach young players to jump-stop when they end their dribble away from the basket, so they don’t travel all the time.

  15. blade3colorado said, on February 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve decided in my mind, that Machado – who apparently is down to only one serious suitor (White Sox) – will get no more than $175 million for 7 or 8 years (likely the former). This is going to be a JD Martinez redux IMO.

    • zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      Yeah, Machado to the White Sox, and Harper to the Phils seem like good fits. There’s just posturing over money that’s holding it up.

  16. zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    In retrospect it’s amazing the season the Giants got out of Huff in 2010. Lightning in a bottle. They rewarded him with the 2 year/$30 million deal afterwards and he was terrible after ’10.

    • Flavor said, on February 8, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      Shit, Scutaro too. After his improbable help the Giants handed him 26 million. To do jackshit. This was one of their faults, over pay for their own guys. You could say it was payment for *glory rendered* but you could also say “hey, you had the glory in the bank, why over pay these flash in the pans?”

  17. Flavor said, on February 8, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Buster really saying a lot with these recent tweets. Maybe he and Zaidi need to have a sit down?

    • zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      Yeah, Buster is making his thoughts known on the try-to-win-now or rebuild discussion. And probably trying to nudge Zaidi into making some deals.

    • willedav said, on February 8, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      Daniel said before about Cards, that as long as fans continue to show up, then Cards organization should do all they can to put best team possible out there. And I’d say same thing about Giants.
      If you think that the way to do that is to trade Bum and get whatever you can for the entire IF plus Posey I don’t see how that could happen. Because then you will be the Padres, who suck.

      • Flavor said, on February 9, 2019 at 6:48 am

        Newsflash: WE suck.

  18. willedav said, on February 8, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Listening to Tim roye do Warriors game on radio, he mentioned Suns have black home unis like most teams today. Said he missed their purple unis. Those were great, with orange boiling sun on the hip. Ricky Sobers days.

  19. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on February 8, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    And in other news, looks like Trump will meet soon with Kim right here in Hanoi. A few years back while I was still living in Saigon, Obama visited and it was pretty cool seeing all the people lined up along the motorcade route. The locals loved Obama. I’m kinda doubting Trump will get the same warm reception, most people wrinkle their noses when his name comes up. All it’s really gonna mean is multiple road closures near city center and traffic jams everywhere else for a couple of days…

  20. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on February 8, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    In that MLB article about the Giants wooing Harper, one quote from Z surprised me a little when he said “We’re kind of taking these individual baseball decisions one by one.” I’d been thinking there was some sort of, you know, plan, and that it would all fall together nicely at some point. If instead they’re just looking at players one by one, seems there were some options along the way that could’ve been had. Still are. At any rate, I’m fine with spring training time being used for making moves…. any moves… some moves….

  21. zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Zaidi speaking to the fans at the Fan Fest. 🙂

  22. willedav said, on February 8, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    In the NL East, the Nats Mets and Phils have all made significant moves to improve and the Braves added Josh Donaldson. Only the Marlins don’t care about winning now, having dealt off all the guys Flav mentioned the other day plus now Realmuto. And all they got for him was a worse C and 2 long distance prospects. Yuk

    In the NL Central the Brewers Cards and Reds (!) did likewise. The Cubs are already pretty good. Only the Pirates, who have dealt off Cutch and Gerrit Cole and will lose Josh Harrison too, don’t seem interested in winning. They could easily finish last. And how do their fans feel about that? The ones who follow on MLBTR are pretty pissed, blaming cheapo ownership.

    • zumiee said, on February 8, 2019 at 9:38 pm

      The Cubs and the Braves did complete tear-down rebuilds. It works sometimes. I’m not saying all the time.


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