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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 7, 2019

I finally sent in my responses to Daniel’s questions for his “Playing Pepper” series. I delayed it as long as I could. I waited for Z to do something. Nothing happened. In fact, things just got worse with Baer and Maybin tag teaming the franchise into embarrassment.

I’ll repost his thread here when it goes public.

Giants got killed 12-5 yesterday. Bum looks to chip away at his 15.75 ERA today.

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  1. Bozo said, on March 7, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Farhan the zzZzzman.

    Yesterday’s highlight had Panda getting his first hit this Spring, a bye bye baby shot.

  2. zumiee said, on March 7, 2019 at 5:49 am

  3. willedav said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Looking up ’82 Cards team that won it all, Ken Oberkfell was at 3b. Guy had nice ’89 playing part time with SF.

  4. Flavor said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Flying out of Reno can be a bitch. I flew out last week at night, weather seemed ok. The pilot did say it would be bumpy on the way out. Oh man, he wasn’t lying. It wasn’t just the side to side but we were suddenly dropping 100 feet or so every 30 seconds. It was terrifying. Lots of ladies nearby screaming. I had the air on full blast on my face trying to focus up as I was near vomiting. I checked for a air sick bag, no luck. I devised a plan that if it came to it I was going to peel off my jacket and vom in the hood. Luckily we got out of the mountains and leveled off before I had to resort to that……
    I’m driving up on March 21…..

  5. sandog said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I flew into Reno the past 2 years and didn’t notice a thing. Both times though, I caught rides with friends and flew home out of Sac-town.
    I wonder if SanDawg ranks up there on dangerous airports. As I’m sure some of you know, you fly right over downtown over some tall buildings and then drop down to the runway. It’s pretty wild if you haven’t flown in here before.
    Busiest single runway airport in the country, I believe.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Is that still the same? When I was a kid I was dumbfounded how close to the buildings we got when we landed. We happened to be staying at one of the hotels in the flight path and it was cool in a scary as fuck kind of way.

    • gianthead said, on March 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm

      Never flown in and always heard that pilots say it is the most difficult landing.

  6. willedav said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:10 am

    SeaTac isn’t much better; I hate that place. Many years ago neighbor and I and his friend (a pilot) flew up to Reno for a day of gambling out of Palo Alto airport. It was so loud you couldn’t hear anything in the small plane and yeah the up and down over the mountains was wild. Once was uh, more than enough.

  7. dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Reno pointed to as a premier gambling destination isn’t something I was expecting. Personally, I’m not much of a gambler and the gaming machines everywhere you go in town was part of why I left. Agree with wilcojoe about the club behind Harrah’s. If I remember correctly it serves sushi which always struck me as a bit…odd. There’s a basque place in the historic hotel across the street that is pretty good.

    • blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Dirt, is that the place where they serve “family style” meals? What I mean is that they usually serve only one or two main meal menu choices, right? Anyway, there’s a Spanish restaurant in Reno within walking distance of all the casinos which my family (whom are all Spanish/Basque) usually go to when we’re there.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:40 am

        That’s the one. Louis’ is the name if I remember correctly. As I understand it there’s a significant Basque community/heritage in the Great Basin area.

    • blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:49 am

      Ahh . . . It’s been about 10 years since I have been to Reno, but I love that restaurant. My mom and her sisters like to gamble and usually go to Reno and/or Tahoe at least 2-3 times a year and always go to that place.

  8. blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:29 am

    By the by, after being to upwards of 50 countries, my absolute worst top 3 airports (for a variety of reasons) are: 1. Kathmandu (bad landings and take-offs, as well as worst immigration experience, e.g., upwards of 2.5 hours processing); 2. O’Hare (the “Hawk” says it all); and 3. Jakarta (worst air traffic control in the world where crashes occur frequently).

  9. unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Flav I’m sure I told you of the time when I was a kid we flew from Sun Valley (Hailey) to Boise in an 8-seater prop plane. During the summer. The first leg of the flight was to McCall, Montana. 30 seconds before we got on the plane a bolt of lightning hit a wind sock on the runway about 50′ away from the plane and it sounded like a bomb went off. The pilot said don’t worry. We’ll get above the weather. Getting through the weather was insane with the lightning and the wind. Yeah, we got above the weather, but we didn’t get above the thermals, and the entire 45 minute flight was pitching, yawing, 100′ drops, 50′ leaps, and general mayhem amid the gasps and intermittent screams.

    I was sitting in the seat up front facing toward the back of the plane, and watched my stepfather smoke about 5 cigarettes at a time. My mom was right there with him. The old woman behind them had her rosary beads out and was praying. For that whole flight I think there was about 5 minutes of calm flying. When we got to Montana, everyone got off the plane and hugged the ground. No one wanted to get back on the plane. Fortunately the flight to Boise from there wasn’t nearly as bad.

  10. alleykat69 said, on March 7, 2019 at 9:16 am

    The only place to go for Basque food in Reno is Louis Basque Corner on 4th street downtown near the Aces Ballpark.Fantastic food served with many courses, wine in liters on table included,great atmosphere, old school(which adds to the charm) a cool old brick wall bar fully loaded,and their famous for their drink called a “Picon Punch”
    Across the Street if you want a final night cap,is a interesting bar I think it’s called Abe Lincoln? It has Lincoln penny’s and memorabilia everywhere & pool tables quite the fun place for locals..

  11. dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 7, 2019 at 9:24 am

    During one particularly turbulent landing approach at Reno/Tahoe International a woman a couple of rows back repeatedly screamed “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!” It really put everyone at ease. Good times.

  12. unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Now that I think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever flown into Reno. Great Basin Brewing Company has some great beers. . . .

  13. Flavor said, on March 7, 2019 at 10:18 am

    The worst Reno flights I’ve had have always been leaving, never landing. I wonder if that’s just luck or if the flights out are always worse

  14. sandog said, on March 7, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Yes Chuck, flights into SD still drop in right over downtown. Part of that is also coming in right over the Balboa Park Golf courses, which is my usual track. Its gotta be on one of those dangerous lists.
    A couple of guys I play with are airplane geeks and can call out certain models and flights as they go over. “That’s a 747 coming from Heathrow”—shit like that. They have an app that tells them the details.

  15. unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Hah! Just like the Sunnyvale Muni course back in the day when Moffett Field was hopping. Those fricking Starlifters were loud as hell and they looked like they were gonna land on the 1st fairway. Doinked a few shots when they came in . . .

  16. alleykat69 said, on March 7, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Here’s the Giants again kicking old tires again with their “due diligence “ checking in on 34 year old Carlos Gonzalez..

  17. Bozo said, on March 7, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I’ve only flown into Reno once, back in the late 80s or early 90s. I was on a commercial prop job and I don’t recall any issues.
    My worst for turbulence also years ago, has been connecting flights through Denver. Not to mention the really short runway. I know I’ve left some major indents in the armrests flying through there.
    One of my favorite landings (unexpectedly) was in Norfolk during a nor’ easter. The pilot came in hot with the nose down, he had to jam the breaks on when he landed that thing but it was smooth. Didn’t realize how bad it was outside until we were parking the plane at the terminal and they hadn’t put the weights on the wheels yet, so the plane just started to lift off of the ground. One things for sure, it was a white knuckle drive back to the Outer Banks that night.

  18. xoot said, on March 7, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Boras on KNBR seemed to mention the China Basin bullpens as a factor in Bryce’s decision. He once injured his shoulder slightly, after tripping on the RF mounds. Maybe Baer’s demise will allow redesign of triples alley.

    • zumiee said, on March 7, 2019 at 11:54 am

      It just makes me think he didn’t want to be here very badly.

    • xoot said, on March 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Thing is, Zaidi knows what went down. He doesn’t have to guess.

  19. unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I’m sure Harper cited the wet bags as well . . .

    • zumiee said, on March 7, 2019 at 11:55 am

      That was in Washington, D.C., though. 🙂

  20. Irish Kevin said, on March 7, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I don’t know who reads what, I thought this was interesting

    https://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2019/3/7/18254316/sf-giants-community-projections-joe-panik-is-our-litmus-test

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 7, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      Key take away “It’s true that Joe Panik is one tough dude to strike out and he doesn’t miss when he swings, but it’s also true that when he makes contact, it’s not very hard. The MLB average barrel rate was around 6%. Joe Panik’s was 2.7%.”

      Panik sucks. The club should’ve traded him 2 years ago when he had some value.

      • Flavor said, on March 7, 2019 at 2:11 pm

        Finally some sound reasoned logic about Panik (who sucks)

  21. sandog said, on March 7, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    If getting spurned by Harper fast tracks moving our bush league bullpens, that would be nice.
    That would be some tasty lemonade to come from those Harper lemons in my book.

    Cargo does nothing for me……

    I’m starting to fall in line with the camp that thinks we just need to use this year to find out once and for all if any of our C list outfielders are any good and then go from there.

  22. gianthead said, on March 7, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    In terms of the Basques of Nevada, former Senator and Governor Paul Laxalt, a truly great man who died the week before McCain, emigrated to Nevada from the Basque region. I believe the French side but they cinsider the entire region Basque.

    • xoot said, on March 7, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      Didn’t the FBI call Laxalt a tool of organized crime?

      • gianthead said, on March 7, 2019 at 1:37 pm

        Ahhh rumors…he was a legend!!!
        Some speculate that the Senator in Godfather 2 was supposed to be him…but he was a gentle man and Reagan’s closest friend. His grandson is the former AG of Nevada and think he lost the election for Governor. His mother got knocked up by former Rep. Domenici…interesting story…

      • xoot said, on March 7, 2019 at 2:57 pm

        Joe Yablonsky, head of the Las Vegas FBI office for a long while, is often quoted as saying that Laxalt was “a tool of organized crime”

      • sandog said, on March 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm

        Is that so Mr. Cor-lee-ooh-nee???

      • sandog said, on March 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

        …that was for Mac who I think posted that line on the Flap in days gone by

  23. gianthead said, on March 7, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    The old Hong Kong airport was also a trip. You came landing in surrounded by high-rise apartments with everyone’s laundry out drying.

    Flying into Taipei from Hong Kong I had some Metallica on my old cd palyer…it was 1996!!!

    I was half asleep and no stewardess or colleagues told me to take it off. When we hit the ground with Metallica in full I thought we hit another plane and my life flashed before me. Instead, we were just landing…I almost shit my pants….

  24. gianthead said, on March 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I looked up the latest on MLB Trade Rumors to keep up on all of Farhan’s continued wheeling and dealing…think there was a video of a moving tumbleweed…

  25. unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I-Kevin, as far as that article goes, I’d put Crawfish and Bummie above Panik on that ‘litmus test’. If the team is serious about moving on from past glory, then Bummie and Craw are bigger pieces. I mean so is Posey but bno one is taking his deal, and we aren’t eating $50 mill + any time soon.

  26. wilcojoe said, on March 7, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I have always been a bit of an aviation geek. Yes, San Diego is towards the top of the list for aborted landings due to the quick drop off in altitude required on final approach. Back in the early 80’s I believe, a PSA aircraft crashed into a McDonald’s (if memory serves) short of the runway killing everyone on board and several on the ground.

    Flying into LaGuardia a couple years back our pilot made a very late decision to abort landing when we were about 100 feet from TD. When those engines go from idle to full power, it’s a noise you won’t soon forget. The girl sitting next to me threw her hand on my thigh as we went nose up. Don’t get excited, she wasn’t that attractive.

  27. unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I think that was a mid-air collision between a PSA jet and a Cessna.

    • sandog said, on March 7, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Yes it was. I think Wilco is conflating 2 of the greatest San Diego tragedies—PSA flight 182 and the McDonald’s Massacre down by the Mexican border in 1984.

      • wilcojoe said, on March 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm

        Ah yes, that’s right. I was wondering why a McDonalds was stuck in my head.

      • unca_chuck said, on March 7, 2019 at 3:49 pm

        That was James Huberty, right? Weird the shit that is stuck in my head.

        Strangely enough, my wife’s brother saw another plane crash eerily similar to the PSA one. It happened in Cerritos like 5-6 years later. He was riding his bike and heard the crash and saw the plane hit the ground. It was a mexican airlines plane and a small plane as well.

      • sandog said, on March 7, 2019 at 4:03 pm

        James Huberty—you got that right. That was right before I came down to attend SDSU.

  28. djloo27 said, on March 7, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I remember my dad telling me on my 4th birthday that 2 jet planes crashed over Brooklyn…

  29. Flavor said, on March 7, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I haven’t confirmed this but I remember reading about that Air France crash. Something about the plane free falling for 5 minutes. Could that have happened? Shit we were freaking out when the plane dropped for 2 seconds, I can’t imagine what 5 minutes must have been like

  30. djloo27 said, on March 7, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Tom Seaver’s been diagnosed with dementia.
    He was the best RHP I ever saw.
    Better than Marichal and Gibson…

  31. zumiee said, on March 7, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    The Giants game is televised tonight; NBC Bay Area and the MLB Network.

    • blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      For you East Coast guys or “cut the cord” cats like myself . . . https://mlbstream.io/

  32. snarkk said, on March 7, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Here at Scottsdale stadium. Seat 4 rows below the scribes, just to the left of home plate. Bum just finished warmups. Brat and beer in hand. Play ball!…

  33. snarkk said, on March 7, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Crawford’s Foul just whizzed overmu head…

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on March 7, 2019 at 6:43 pm

      Hope you had your umbrella…

  34. snarkk said, on March 7, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Longo could have fielded that if he really made an effort.
    I guess he’s not in the mood to lay out for a ST game…

  35. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on March 7, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    The last 3 games, G’s lost by scores of 9-3, 8-2, and 12-5. Those are the types of scores I’ve been envisioning a lot of this coming season. Eek. Right, still only ST, but soon the team will need to get into what Dusty used to call the habit of winning. He knew ST games were meaningless but still wanted the team to not get used to losing. Maybe that long-forecast flurry of trades will help.

  36. wilcojoe said, on March 7, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Zaidi in the booth with Kruk and Kuip said he still hasn’t found a home to buy in the Bay Area. Sounds like he could say the same thing about his search for an OF’er.

  37. wilcojoe said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    The Giants are giving a $10 food credit to anyone who buys a ticket to Opening Day? Christ, that’s not good.

  38. snarkk said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Gritty 3+ by Bum. Stuff not ’sharp. Cutter on and off per AB. They turn the gun off when Gyros pitch, dumb. So, I couldn’t tell his Velo. He didn’t fool too many…

    • snarkk said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      I was wrong. They turned the gun off only for Bum. Hmmm…

    • blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:25 pm

      That was ripped by Chapman, eh Tom?

      • blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:27 pm

        Melanoma completely sucks.

      • blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:29 pm

        What a fucking loser Melanoma is. Two bombs.

  39. snarkk said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Phuck me.
    I’m sitting next to some A’s fans, pretty good conversations. I told ‘em to pay attention when Melabust came in, because a dinger or two is about to happen. Seriously. First batter, Boom! Oppo bläst to right. My new As buddy looked at me and smiled. 2nd batter after, Boom! Line drive over the RF wall. More A’s smiles. What a joke. His FB comes in high at 90-91 looking as big as a softball…

    • snarkk said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      And, there were Boos…

    • blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      Now Dyson being passed the baton. Boom! Laureano with a double off the wall.

  40. snarkk said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    That foull back whistled over my heady again. Holy crap!!…

  41. blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Beede continuing to excel. I’m really pulling for this kid. He’s doing much better in controlling his pitches versus last year.

    • willedav said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      Must see TV–Amy G interview with Actress Allie Mrs. Beede.

      • blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:17 pm

        Seriously AK? I missed it. I was watching a movie and switched over to the game after it was over.

      • blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:23 pm

        Sorry Willie. For whatever reason, I thought AK said that. lol

    • snarkk said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Yeah, his FB was 95-97, curve a little inconsistent. But, he was throwing some live stuff- best Giants stuff of the night. A’s had trouble catching up with it. Looks to me he’s got a shot at the 25…

  42. willedav said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    First 7 minutes at Maples—Cal 19 Stanford 2.

  43. djloo27 said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Longoria seems like a real nice guy in his interview.
    I’d prefer a few scumbags who could hit…

    • blade3colorado said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:28 pm

      lqtm. Me too Loo.

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on March 7, 2019 at 8:34 pm

      Word….

  44. zumiee said, on March 7, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    • djloo27 said, on March 8, 2019 at 4:05 am

      I think the baseball version of tanking is what the Marlins do – trade off your proven major league talent for prospects BEFORE you give them the big contract. Giants don’t have that option…

  45. willedav said, on March 7, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Cal holds them off wins 64-59 at Maples. Cal 3rd win in row 3-15 in league Stanford falls to 8-10. Cards missed their first 21 3 pt shots of game (at home) before hitting 4 in a row and cutting lead to 3.


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