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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 21, 2019

Yes, I turn 51 today. Old man. It’s snowing outside right now…

I probably shouldn’t hold out much hope that Zaidi gives me a birthday present today. He did say he’s done with his roster filler moves and that now he’s focusing on “improving our front line roster.” Whatever that means. Seriously, what does that mean?

You guys have a great day.

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  1. willedav said, on February 21, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Enjoy Big Guy! Thx for giving all of us chance to chime in here share and interact. Great group, hope we can set up NorCal Flap meet up this season somehow somewhere. 2 I attended were great fun and it was great to meet you and others in person and share a beer or two. Thx again for all you do.

  2. mrsprtdude said, on February 21, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Happy Bday Craig! Re your question? I guess it means we get to see what his opinion of “front line” means!
    Cameron Maybin seems like he has been around forever. He is only 32. I would have guessed 36-37.

  3. sandog said, on February 21, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I consider Bryce Harper a front line player. Just sayin’…

    Happy Birthday Flav!

  4. Bozo said, on February 21, 2019 at 9:11 am

    As my uncle Keith always says on my birthday “Fuck you old man!”
    Have yourself a good one, Flav and I hope you win Machado money at the tables.

  5. willedav said, on February 21, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Wonder if Pawlie or other East Coast guys have any light to shed on Boeheim accident. From what I read while driving home after Louisville game he hit and killed someone who had been in an accident and left their car and was walking on Interstate 690 late at night. Apparently no charges to be filed. Very sad all around.

    • djloo27 said, on February 21, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Pawlie is probably familiar with the road. They say he passed the sobriety test but I haven’t seen anything about whether he was speeding or how well lit it was…

  6. blade3colorado said, on February 21, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Happy birthday Craig . . . I hope you have a blast on your special day! By the by, my 50s and 20s were with out a doubt, my best decades for having fun and not a care in the world!

  7. snarkk said, on February 21, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Happy birthday, BF ! Here’s to a great day! I wouldn’t mind having 5 as the first digit in my age, this 6 stuff is a little concerning…😀

  8. chipower9 said, on February 21, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Happy Birthday, Craig! Hope your day is awesome!

    I would think a Harper signing would “improve your front line roster.” 😂

    And thanks for keeping this place alive, Flav! Great bunch here, and I too have been lucky to meet a number of you at games. Hope we can make that happen again this year. Flapalooza, baby! ⚾️🍻

    Anyone planning to attend Opening Day? Got my tix…we’ll be in the bleachers….137.

  9. zumiee said, on February 21, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Happy birthday, BF!

  10. Flavor said, on February 21, 2019 at 10:55 am

    thanks for the bday wishes, fellas! Big Dubs game tonight. Stat of the day: Harper’s OPS at Philly Park is .930. At our yard it’s .588. Ouch.

  11. Flavor said, on February 21, 2019 at 10:58 am

    happy birthday to me?

  12. Macdog said, on February 21, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Happy birthday Flav, hope you have a great one! And much thanks for keeping this place going.

  13. Irish Kevin said, on February 21, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Happy Birthday BF, have a great day, hope you win enough money to help the Giants pay Harper! 😉

  14. wilcojoe said, on February 21, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Happy Birthday Flav!

  15. gianthead said, on February 21, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Flav, welcome to the 51 Club…having a beer in your honor in some brew pub in Sunnyvale Historic District….

    • blade3colorado said, on February 21, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      You must be on Murphy Street . . . Afterwards (if you haven’t had dinner) head over to Dish Dash for middle eastern food or Gumba’s Italian Restaurant for pizza. You wont regret either.

  16. alleykat69 said, on February 21, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Happy birthday Craig!🎂🍰🎉🍺🍻🥃
    Did add a PED player for you..Reliever Fernando Abad hopefully he will be Agoood then Abaaad!

  17. willedav said, on February 21, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    About halfway through a good read, Astroball by Ben Reiter. Goes into some detail on Jeff Luhnow the GM, his scouting and analytic staff, how they built team through the draft and wound up with guys like Bregman and Correa and helped others like Keuchel and Altuve.

  18. unca_chuck said, on February 21, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Hit you on FB, but happy b-day Flav! Didn’t realize you had blown past the half-century mark.

  19. unca_chuck said, on February 21, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Nick Vincent?

    Saw this guy in Red Rocks a couple years ago. Excellent show.

    • chipower9 said, on February 21, 2019 at 2:13 pm

      I ran into Zumie and his wife at a Richard Thompson show in Sacramento a few years back. Outstanding show.

      • djloo27 said, on February 21, 2019 at 3:53 pm

        Stay awhile, Chi!

      • chipower9 said, on February 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm

        Thanks, Loo. I’ll be here. I love this bunch of misfits (Flappers) too much to not be here.

  20. zumiee said, on February 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Great show! And great getting a chance to chat with you and your sweetie before the show. Both of our sweeties love dogs; it was great hearing more detail about the competitions your dogs compete in. And the concert was amazing, of course.. First, Thompson solo acoustic, and then electric with bass and drums. Oh man. The guy’s a musical genius. Truly.

    • zumiee said, on February 21, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      That was a reply to Chi. I missed the reply button.

  21. unca_chuck said, on February 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    No kidding. Very cool. He opened for Bonnie Raitt when I saw him. And they closed the show by playing a few songs together.

    • zumiee said, on February 21, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      Yeah, very humble guy, willing to be an opening act on some tours. I saw him as the opener on a tour Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell headlined together. Great night!

  22. unca_chuck said, on February 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Yeah, it was a fantastic show, but I was much more excited to see Thompson. It was very cool that Bonnie Raitt brought him out for a few more songs at the end. And Red Rocks is insane. Never seen a show there, but I heard the Dead shows there back in the day were great.

  23. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on February 21, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Happy b-day, big guy, may your “new year” be full of wonder. As in, “I wonder who will be playing LF…”… As for “frontline roster”, I view that as a very good sign, meaning that all of the signings to date are NOT frontline players. Time to rachet it up. I guess. As for Richard Thompson, one of the best ever. Been a big fan ever since his Fairport Convention days and Henry the Human Fly days….

  24. djloo27 said, on February 21, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Happy birthday, boss. Hard for me to accept that 51 sounds young.
    I know how much you love the Beatles. They might have written this the day you were born…

    • zumiee said, on February 21, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Excellent!

    • snarkk said, on February 21, 2019 at 11:29 pm

      Fairly unusual, if you listen a bit closely this song is dominated by Ringo on drums. His efforts normally don’t get recognized much in Beatle world, but this would not be much of a song without his contribution…

  25. willedav said, on February 21, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Kings 20-8 run in 2nd Q has them in front. Bagley looks awfully good, burned Green and Iguodala 1 on 1.

  26. alleykat69 said, on February 21, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Monkees…Peter Tork passed away today at 77
    Keyboards 🎹 &Bass Guitarist 🎸
    RIP Peter🙏

    • unca_chuck said, on February 21, 2019 at 9:58 pm

      Liked the show as a kid. Even then I wasn’t a big Beatles fan.

  27. unca_chuck said, on February 21, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    When the 3s aren’t dropping, would it kill the Dubs to take a midrange shot or 2?

  28. unca_chuck said, on February 21, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Tell ya one thing, these Kings Warriors games are fairly great this season.

  29. unca_chuck said, on February 21, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Dubs are gonna blow this one.

  30. unca_chuck said, on February 21, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Or not.

  31. xoot said, on February 21, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Vincent Black Lightning is the great Richard Thompson’s biggest hit, for good reason. But this, in its original electric form and in this form, is up there. The fire in his eyes singing these lyrics to this bourgeois crowd:

  32. djloo27 said, on February 22, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Today is my big sister’s birthday. She was born on 2/22 – 222 years after George Washington. She never had to go to school on her birthday because it used to be a national holiday. My earliest memories in life are of her lifting me out of my crib in the morning 60 some years ago. I could use the help today…

    • sandog said, on February 22, 2019 at 6:28 am

      Happy Birthday to Sister Loo! My big sis is only a year or two younger than yours. She used to take care of me as a tyke as well and still looks out for me to this day.

  33. willedav said, on February 22, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Kings almost had them. Noticed Fox slowed down pace and they forced some shots late 4th. Bogdanovich has curious shot selection. No idea why Hield wouldn’t take the game winner–he’d just hit 2 3s in a row.
    Cauley-Stein needs to be able to hit that elbow J. they give him the ball there a lot and he only passes it off.
    Bagley has bad habit of bringing ball down for a power dribble, right into where munchkins can get at it and foul him or knock it away before he can dunk.
    Like Chuck said though, they stay right with GS the whole time and give them quite a game. They are fun team.

    • Flavor said, on February 22, 2019 at 8:08 am

      the 13 point spread was absurd. I actually tried to take the Kings on the money line but they didn’t offer it at the Peppermill because it was so high. I had to bet them with the points and that obviously worked out as I would have lost the ML bet.

      • willedav said, on February 22, 2019 at 8:15 am

        what do you think watching Cousins? Wondering if that end game line up without him will work in playoffs as it has in past. Only issue being Iguodala’s crummy FT shooting.

  34. Irish Kevin said, on February 22, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Justification on why the Giants don’t need a power hitter? The first paragraph pretty much sums it up.

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/shea/article/Giants-Bruce-Bochy-deserves-to-go-out-on-his-13627910.php

    • snarkk said, on February 22, 2019 at 8:55 am

      Shea’s comparisons are off. Those power hitters didn’t play in this new era of bullpenning. Of Ks and dingers. If you don’t hit jacks now, you’re not going anywhere…

      • Irish Kevin said, on February 22, 2019 at 9:05 am

        So Baseball has changed that much since the Giants won their last WS in 2014? I don’t think so, I think pitching and good D still will get it done, just my opinion

  35. snarkk said, on February 22, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Time for Harper to S or get off the pot? Wonder how much of this Harper drama is Borasss driven. With Machado getting the big dough, Borassss can’t be embaraased with an inferior deal…

  36. Bozo said, on February 22, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Boras is most definitely driving this, which almost makes me want the Giants to bow out, almost.

    http://www.knbr.com/2019/02/21/vasgersian-scott-boras-knows-giants-are-desperate-for-a-guy-like-bryce-harper/

  37. Bozo said, on February 22, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Tomorrow’s lineup. Giants are coming out scrubbing. I just hope my two non-roster guys,Lovegrove and Tony Garcia, get in the game.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D0BpgAeU0AASiTV.jpg:large

  38. chipower9 said, on February 22, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Hope the BD was good Flav.

    Related to salaries and all things baseball, here is what I thought to be a good read on the state of our game, and the potential for a strike in 2021 (end of current collective bargaining agreement). Interested in hearing all ya’alls’ Take on this…

    http://tinyurl.com/y3424xkw

    • Bozo said, on February 22, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Hey where have you been you knucklehead and when do pitchers and catchers report? I wasn’t able to get it right all winter. 🙂

      • chipower9 said, on February 22, 2019 at 10:49 am

        LMAO….

        Just been out of the loop this off-season. I’ll be around now that we are closing in on the start of another season.

        Good to see most of the regular suspects still here. As long as Craig keeps this place alive, I’ll be around.

  39. Irish Kevin said, on February 22, 2019 at 10:39 am

    The last power hitter to carry a team in a WS that I can remember is Reggie Jackson. Any others?
    As

  40. unca_chuck said, on February 22, 2019 at 10:47 am

    The owners sure have positioned themselves into a very lucrative situation at the cost of the players getting paid. As hard as it is to feel bad for guys making multi-multi-millions playing a game, there are a ton of guys on the fringes who don’t get shit. Up to and including Caribbean players trying to break into the minors, and the thousands in low minors. I’m not even sure the owners fully knew how they could game the system when they agreed upon this CBA in 2017, but the wink-and-nod regarding big money players certainly has come to be. The ability to delay free agency is also dragging out the paydays for the bigger stars for up to 7 years by delaying call-ups and such.

    It is similar (but not nearly the same) as college sports, where a guy like Zion and Bosa have their hearts questioned for even thinking of sitting out games when the universities they play for reap billions while they get diddly and put their future earnings at risk.

    It makes me laugh to hear sports journalists vilify guys like Bosa and maybe Zion for skipping out on the rest of the season when their very livelihoods are at stake. Zion of course is a possible #1 pick and stands to set his great-grandkids up with his NBA deal. Risk it for who? For what? Duke will carry on without him next year anyway. Their program will continue to get top high school talent. They will continue to reap billions. Zion? He stands to lose everything should he re-injure his knee. In response to this injury, the NBA is likely going to lower the NBA entry age to 18 instead of 19 so the one-and-done college player is going to be less prevalent. It won’t go away, but this will hurt the NCAA as top stars will just go straight into the Game. The NBA could give a rat’s ass about colleges though.

    But I digress. Baseball? Yeah, these guys are going to strike 2 seconds after the CBA expires. And it looks to be long and messy. Replacement-player messy.

    • chipower9 said, on February 22, 2019 at 11:57 am

      Let’s hope they (owners and players’ reps) can start some constructive dialogue soon, and avoid a meltdown and strike. I don’t have high hopes on that note, but again, let us hope cooler and smarter minds prevail.

  41. Bozo said, on February 22, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Marwin Gonzalez signs with the Twins. I thought he would have been a nice fit for SF.

    • alleykat69 said, on February 22, 2019 at 11:57 am

      2 years at 21mil chump change for Gonzalez who plays a variety of positions, yeah Giants let yet another decent player slip away.

  42. zumiee said, on February 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    “So Baseball has changed that much since the Giants won their last WS in 2014?”

    It is believed by a lot of people, with quite a bit of evidence, that the baseballs were altered after the Giants and Royals won the World Series. I hope that it wasn’t BECAUSE those two teams won rings. For whatever reason, the ball is now livelier, juiced, so to speak. The players are talking about it. Plus, a a lot of the GMs with the new analytics believe it is better to have more launch angle with the bat and swing for the fences all the time. It’s an HR game now. The young GMs want power-pitchers, also. No more pitching to contact with the juiced ball. They want pitchers who get strikeouts. So now, 1/3 of all the ABs end with a strikeout, walk, or HR. A lot of fielders are just standing around. And, with all the shifting now, a lot of batters are just trying to hit the ball over the shift, and into the seats. I’m not saying it’s a better brand of baseball, I kind of think it isn’t; but it is what it is. The Giants needed to account for the sea change.

    • Irish Kevin said, on February 22, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks

    • djloo27 said, on February 22, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      Great response, Zum.
      I wish I could put that much effort into anything…

  43. zumiee said, on February 22, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I’m guessing Zaidi thinks Gonzalez is pretty much fading. His OPS was .733 last season. The WAR was decent, though, at 2.5. And he does play a lot of positions. But Zaidi balked at the 10 million per season. I thought he could have been a nice fit with the Giants.

  44. chipower9 said, on February 22, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Kershaw shut down indefinitely with arm issue….

    http://tinyurl.com/y2b8ng5w

  45. snarkk said, on February 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Nice analysis on this new power game, zum. IMO there are corollaries in other sports. Tiger ushered in the era of power golf in the late ‘90s, along with advancements in metal woods and the golf ball. He blazed to stardom and brought tons of new fans with bombing drives 330+ yards and sticking approaches with 180 yard 9 irons. The 2000 Open at Pebble that he won by 15 shots delivered a “get with the new golf or lose” message to the tour dudes who were still using 3 iron approaches into long par 4s. Now the power game is the norm. Guys are hitting 7 iron 2nd shots into par 5s. The days of Jack hitting a pure 1 iron into the 17th at Pebble are long gone. And, I don’t need to explain what Steph and the Dubs have done in 5 years to transform the NBA game. If you don’t have a squad that can nail 3s, you are toast. The 3 pointer is the HR of the NBA…

  46. unca_chuck said, on February 22, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Yeah long drives are one thing, and I can drive OK (nothing like 330) but the chipping 180 with a 9 iron is waaaaaay out of my realm. Chipping is the worst part of golf.

  47. chipower9 said, on February 22, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Golf? I am really good at throwing clubs, and wrapping them around trees. Ain’t nobody got time for that shit…😂

    • unca_chuck said, on February 22, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Hah! You and my dad would get along famously on the golf course.

      Wait, what, Loo? How old were you when you remember your sister picking you up out of the crib? 12?

      Either that or you remember being 2? I was 5 when my older sister put me on the handlebars of her bike, and when she stopped, launched me off the bars and I broke my collar bone. Don’t remember a thing.

  48. djloo27 said, on February 22, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I absolutely remember being 2, Chuck.
    I think lots of people do.
    Especially 3 year olds…

  49. djloo27 said, on February 22, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Sounds like Kraft is in some deep shit…

    • blade3colorado said, on February 22, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway lost $4.3 billion in a single day after Kraft Heinz revealed a string of disappointing news. Couple that with the bundle he lost when Apple plunged a month and a half ago and Coca Cola disappointed on earnings . . . umm, bottom line? He he can still afford it. lqtm

  50. djloo27 said, on February 22, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Nats out on Harper…

  51. alleykat69 said, on February 22, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    What do Tom Brady and prostitues have in common?
    Both get paid to deflate Robert Kraft’s balls..

  52. snarkk said, on February 22, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    What’s Kraft doing in some kind of massage parlor? You’d think a dude worth $800 million or whatever could afford to order in…

  53. snarkk said, on February 22, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    If you want to check it out via google, Tom Boswell has an interesting article in the Wash Post on Harper and the Nats, including a rip on Borasss for a bad agent job…

  54. alleykat69 said, on February 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Can I get a voucher for a BJ on my next Gillette razor purchase??

  55. willedav said, on February 22, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I think the Red Sox had the perfect answer for how the game is played today. Pitching.
    Their pitching wiped out 3 of the best teams in either league on the road–Yankees Astros and Dodgers by shutting down their power.
    For all the HRs these teams hit, they all got beat decisively by good pitching.

    • zumiee said, on February 22, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      High strikeout pitching.

      • willedav said, on February 23, 2019 at 8:12 am

        yes but pitching nonetheless is what drove Sox during playoff run to shutdown the teams with all the bombs. Good pitching stopped good hitting, as it has for 100 yrs. Though nowadays it takes 12 guys on a staff.
        Just my take, pitching over HRs.

  56. willedav said, on February 22, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    They did have an excellent offense but HRs was almost their worst offensive stat.
    Red Sox scored the most runs and led league in hits doubles on base and slugging and were second in walks.

    And 6th in HRs. There is just more to playing winning baseball than HRs

    • zumiee said, on February 22, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      Martinez had 43 HRs; Betts had 32. Their lineup has thump.

  57. xoot said, on February 22, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I saw a tweet the other day from a beat writer: Disabled Duggar may swing a bat tomorrow, in the cage. He won’t be near the game, of course, but he may make it to the cage.

    I’d say there’s room for a front-line CF.

  58. zumiee said, on February 23, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Today’s Giants game will be rebroadcast on the MLB Network tonight.

  59. willedav said, on February 23, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Sure Boston was a good hitting team but it isn’t all bombs. They get on base and even steal bags, 3rd in league. But 5 teams in AL hit more bombs than they did and so did the Dodgers without a DH.

  60. willedav said, on February 23, 2019 at 8:26 am

    I think launch angle revolution is a cyclical thing. Pitchers have always been taught to keep ball down and away at edge of strike zone. Hitters have adjusted, but counter is the high hard one they can’t get under.
    Christian Yelich, on advice of Barry Bonds when he was with Marlins, disdained the launch angle approach and went his own way. And of course had the monster MVP year with Brewers.

  61. willedav said, on February 23, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I get to do something fun today (beside normal old guy rants). League where I used to coach runs a b-ball Jamboree of games all day for 2nd 3rd and 4th graders. they divide gym in half and kids go side basket to side basket, 20 minutes per half (play 2 a game) running clock with time out for subs every 5 minutes, and no score kept. I’m gonna ref couple games in afternoon. You can’t call every violation (usually warn them verbally first) but not gonna allow James Harden or Giannis 5 steps to the hoop.

    • zumiee said, on February 23, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Yeah, the NBA players’ traveling gets really ridiculous.

  62. James said, on February 23, 2019 at 9:29 am

    The Red Sox had the best OPS in the league, which remains the most reliable index of why your offense is as productive as it is. That basic law doesn’t change. Yet, although Boston was 6th in the league in HRs, they *still* hit 208 HRs. That’s not a small number. As avg. fastball velocity increases (and with the shifts), the go for the fences approach seems to be the one generally effective remedy that’s maintaining a balance between the offense and defense. In theory, an offense with ok to good HR numbers (say,150-180 HRs) can compensate with a high OBP approach. But there have always been tradeoffs and natural limits to how effective an offense can be through any one weapon/approach, e,g, you won’t have a really great team OBP if you don’t hit reasonably well, if you have decent hitting, you’ll naturally have a pretty good slugging percentage.

    Despite the cliche that hitters will adjust to any velocity, the collective numbers show that BA really drops with the 95+ fastballs. It looks like the path to a good OPS is increasingly being constrained to the Earl Weaver formula.

    That’s just a long way of saying more bombs for SF, please.

    • zumiee said, on February 23, 2019 at 9:37 am

      On one of the Sunday night broadcasts, A-Rod talked about how hitters used to fatten up their numbers on middle relievers, but not anymore. There are many middle relievers coming in now throwing 95+ fastballs and pretty good off-speed stuff.

  63. zumiee said, on February 23, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Willie, I’ve never disagreed that pitching can stop hitting, but the emphasis now is on pitching that misses bats. Pitchers with strikeout stuff. A pitch-to-contact guy has a tougher challenge now, due to the juiced baseballs.

  64. James said, on February 23, 2019 at 9:36 am

    The 2017 Boston team provides a better argument for building an SF roster that still looks more like the 3 in 5 years.

  65. snarkk said, on February 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Giants on the radio.
    I’m not sure I recognize half of the lineup.
    No matter, baseball is back.
    Sounds good…

  66. zumiee said, on February 23, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Reds vs. Cleveland on the MLB Network. The Reds have a chance to be pretty interesting this season.


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