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Thrill of Victory, Agony of Defeat

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 5, 2019

Still going over the Derby in my head, still wouldn’t have put Country House on top. And in a sick way, I was right, he couldn’t win, he didn’t *win*, but he was right there. At 65-1 that is a great pick. At least my buddy Chris (who posts here as Bird Dog occasionally) did something with him. He hit the trifecta ($5800). And my buddy Scott hit the exacta ($1500). So I am happy for those guys.

Lost in all of this is how nobody was able to pass that horse after he set such strong early fractions. Look at this slow mo, wow, thank God everyone ended up safe after this.

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  1. Flavor said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:42 am

    something you aren’t going to see Gorkey’s or White Shark do>

    • gianthead said, on May 5, 2019 at 7:02 am

      Wouldn’t it have been a pisser if Pillar had dropped that ball after “misplaying” it???

      • unca_chuck said, on May 5, 2019 at 9:05 am

        He would have kept it in the park though.

    • Bozo said, on May 5, 2019 at 7:10 am

      That is nuts.

  2. gianthead said, on May 5, 2019 at 6:36 am

    If we could only build a team around Pillar…lol. still stunned they made that call in the Derby but more stunned how the Dubs game played out. But we still have the Sharks Flav!!! I think this is their year as long as their goalie keeps it up…

  3. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 6:57 am

    If the Giants’ starting pitching collapses, the goose is cooked for this season.

    • willedav said, on May 5, 2019 at 7:04 am

      yes.

  4. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 7:05 am

    We’ll see if the Padres can choke away three games in a row to the Dodgers.
    Last night was quite the choke. The Padres closer walked two guys and hit a guy. Fun time for him in the clubhouse afterwards.

  5. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Sabbathia dressed as a giant Yoda, and handing out bobble heads to fans was one of the coolest things of the season.

  6. Flavor said, on May 5, 2019 at 7:43 am

    cool perspective

  7. Flavor said, on May 5, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Not enough shit is getting thrown in the direction of WOW jockey Gafflione. He had perfect position on the rail. For some unknown reason he gave up that position. If he stays on the rail he wins

  8. alleykat69 said, on May 5, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Slop track on a turn can easily see a horse not holding the line.Jockey even said his horse was skittish from the crowd noise from the rail, it’s kind of a fine line to me.But yeah I agree with BF that Wow’s jockey should of been the one screaming for the inquiry and didn’t. Wire to Wire for Maximum Security proved who the best horse was..

  9. snarkk said, on May 5, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Don’t horses jostle in a race pretty often? I saw the vid, didn’t look like much to me, especially when running in slop…

    • unca_chuck said, on May 5, 2019 at 9:08 am

      That had the makings of a Daytona style crash. Bumping is one thing but tangling legs usually results in disaster.

  10. unca_chuck said, on May 5, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Shouldn’t War of Will been the one to protest? He’s the one that had to check up the most.

    • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 10:53 am

      100% Chuck. I think his jock had a guilty conscience because he screwed up, too.
      Also baffling that there was no steward’s inquiry – just jockey’s objection(s).
      A day later, I can understand both sides of the argument, but I still would have left him up.
      I had no bet on the race. Just can’t afford the losses anymore…

    • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Another reason Gaffalione didn’t claim foul was probably because it wouldn’t have done him any good based on where he finished. What matters is what (if anything) he told the stewards…

  11. willedav said, on May 5, 2019 at 9:28 am

    (not so) fun fact: Kings castoff Iman Shumpert and Austin Rivers hit 5 3s combined off bench for Rockets last night. Curry and Thompson hit 4 total all night, in 90 minutes of playing time.
    Total reversal on boards too, as Rockets were plus 20 overall and plus 10 offensively.

    • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Willedav – You are as good or better than any TV/radio/internet analyst out there. You really know your hoops…

      • willedav said, on May 5, 2019 at 11:31 am

        thx Loo, much appreciated. I think Mark Jackson and Van Gumby would admit it’s a lot easier from where they are now (and where I am, in stands watching kids or on the couch) than being on sidelines in middle of it. And you never get over games you know you blew.

  12. alleykat69 said, on May 5, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Loo, I think 🤔 if that horse 🐎 race was in New York(Belmont) yesterday more then garbage cans would of been set on fire 🔥

  13. djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I wonder why the late start today…

    • blade3colorado said, on May 5, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      If you still haven’t tuned in, you’re not missing much. It’s already over. Back to back to Back. Pfffttt!

  14. djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    It’s reached the point where I can only recognize Duggar from behind…

  15. sandog said, on May 5, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    This guy who is on his way to a perfect game against us (maybe just a no hitter) used to be in our system.
    We traded him for ………….Casey McGehee. #OuchBabe

    I think these throwback uni’s the Reds have worn the last couple of days are pretty cool.

    I even liked Dietrich yesterday wearing his cap with the bill turned up and a hood coming out the back.

    Duggar breaks up the no hitter!

  16. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Band box!!

  17. djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Our comeback kids…

  18. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Something a shortened outfield at the Giants ballpark could do is help Posey’s hitting numbers and help get him back on a Hall of Fame path.

    • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 2:44 pm

      Can’t see Buster sniffing the HOF, Zum.
      Just won’t have the numbers…

  19. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    400 foot HR to right centerfield in the Reds ballpark is a flyout 26 feet short of the wall in SF.

    • willedav said, on May 5, 2019 at 2:55 pm

      Posey does have some power that way, Longo too. tough for RH at the O, especially at night, to hit opp field HR.
      Belt has hit 4 of his 5 bombs on road, Longo all 4 of his.
      Longo is hitting .175 with .394 OPS at home. On road .298 and OPS of .923.
      Don’t think many Giants hitters would have issue with moving fences in.

  20. blade3colorado said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    This kid coming up after Peraza is supposed to be a big deal in the Reds organization.

  21. blade3colorado said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Clank

  22. willedav said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Duggar went 3 for 4 in last game vs. LA and has hit well here in cincy too.
    But, road OPS .845, home .511.

  23. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Loo, I agree Posey needs several more good-hitting seasons to help his cause. To get in the Hall, he also has to hope his hardware will carry a lot of weight with the voters.
    3 rings
    Rookie of the Year
    MVP
    Batting title
    Several Silver Sluggers
    A Gold Glove
    Several All-Star games

  24. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Posey probably needs 2,000 hits to get in the Hall, and he’s only at 1300. Can he get 700 more hits? Hmmm….,

    • blade3colorado said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      Never say never, but I tend to agree with Loo. I think he’s had Munson’s career more or less (something I think Loo has said previously too).

      • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:39 pm

        One of my many ongoing themes…

  25. blade3colorado said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Craw!

  26. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Padres blew a 4-run today. They are about to complete their trilogy of choke vs. the Dodgers.

    • zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      4-run lead

  27. djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    He’s alive!

  28. blade3colorado said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Cincy announcers are completely besides themselves, insofar as this 2nd series collapse. Crowd silent too.

    • zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      The Giants hitters finally got the HR memo. 🙂

      • snarkk said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:47 pm

        They got the right ballpark to hit in…

    • willedav said, on May 5, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Reds could have swept the series and probably pushed Giants into further oblivion. Brought the closer in twice and each time he gave up a bomb and they wound up losing.

  29. blade3colorado said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Well, another bomb. Regardless of what happens, the Giants have acquitted themselves well in this series. Next are the Sherpas and although not a band box, the thin air will likely have quite a few of these high scoring games, with leads going back and forth.

    • zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:58 pm

  30. djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      My dummy is not happy about Clint being slipped in above him.
      He is plotting revenge…

      • zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:05 pm

        Sounds like a case for the Mike Tyson mystery team!

  31. willedav said, on May 5, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Though the bombs won it, after Smrdz first inning Giants pitching was lights out until HR off Smith in 9th. Kuip went off on that riff, how few hits Reds had after first, off Smrdz and everyone who followed.

  32. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Padres walk-off grand slam vs. Jansen!

    • zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Ha! Who’da thunk it.

  33. unca_chuck said, on May 5, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    The Reds had no hits after the 1st till the HR in the 9th. DIdn’t see any of these games.

    Hay Chi, you got a line on anything to do in Mobile ALA? Gonna be there all next week. Never been, but I hear they have a small French Quarter a la New Orleans.

    • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      Visit the birthplace of Willie McCovey…

    • unca_chuck said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:57 pm

      hmmm. gonna have to look that up.

  34. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Jake Peavy announced his retirement today.

    • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      Far as I know, neither Cain or Lincecum have formally retired.
      Wonder why Peavy would think an announcement is necessary in his case…

      • zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:17 pm

        I’m guessing they have to do it to start collecting their pension.

      • zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:19 pm

        I think Cain has officially retired.

      • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:25 pm

        Thanks Zum…

  35. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Pagan and Lincecum haven’t officially retired yet.

  36. Flavor said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Some very good clips on the post game show of a game in ’87, I forget the pitcher, tall doofy white guy, allowed the first 3 Padres to hit bombs on the first 3 pitches of the game.

    • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      That describes the whole staff…

      • Flavor said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:35 pm

        He had a strong jaw, looked awkward in his hat…..Roger Mason! It just came to me. I’m sitting in a Reno airport drinking my last beer for a while. …..

      • unca_chuck said, on May 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm

        Hah!!

  37. djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Lacoss? Downs?

    • Flavor said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      It was definitely Mason. Game in ’87 in SD. Look up the box score for me it’ll be fun to look at when I get home. Later.

  38. djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    You might be surprised when you see who the Giants lead off hitter was:

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SDN/SDN198704130.shtml

    • willedav said, on May 5, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Ha first one by speed guy Marvelous Marvell Wynne, -2.9 WAR for his career according to B/R.
      Cowboy West was plate ump, 30 years ago.

  39. unca_chuck said, on May 5, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Very cool. I have no recollection of Eddie Milner being a GIant. I remember him on the Reds though.

    • Flavor said, on May 5, 2019 at 7:23 pm

      Pretty sure nilner got the giats 10,000th franchise hit. I could be wrong, can’t check right now

  40. unca_chuck said, on May 5, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    And I had NO idea John Kruk played for the Pads.

    Like 7 previous and future Giants in that Pads lineup. . . .

    Crazy.

  41. djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Hey Chuck, any recollection of this game?
    I didn’t realize what a great start the Giants had in 1973…

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN197305010.shtml

    • alleykat69 said, on May 5, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      I don’t recall that fantastic comeback win, but I did follow that team all year, and have said here in the past that the outfield of Matthews,Maddox&Bonds was the fastest and best all time, and I would put them up their with any other teams best ever, they could run down any ball anywhere it was hit!

    • willedav said, on May 5, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      yeah that was Ron Bryant’s year, 24 Ws. couple years later he was done.
      Al Oliver in CF and Sanguillen in RF?
      Notice Tuesday night game with 8 PM start, and 8 thou there. Dang those were rough. If you were under the overhang it wasn’t too bad, but yeow.

    • Stan Shell said, on May 6, 2019 at 8:37 am

      Loo, I looked at the box score and noticed that it included the famous “Six-pack” Sam McDowell. traded for Gaylord Perry (if you can imagine). Shows up at SFO drunk. What a buddy for Horace Stoneham. His ERA was almost 6.00- -typical of his SF career.

      OSF

  42. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    The rare Monday morning game tomorrow.

  43. alleykat69 said, on May 5, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Eddie Milner nice pull Flavor!
    Always liked that guy kinda of old school bad ass!
    10,000 hit by Milner definitely cool 😎
    I do recall the 10,000 HR in Giants history was launched by Ernie Riles..

  44. zumiee said, on May 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Zach Green plays 3b for Sac. He hit 2 HRs today. Intriguing player.
    Blach and Okert got shelled.

  45. willedav said, on May 5, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    From Loo’s box re:’73 I always dug the Pirates. Like the early Giants they had non honky OFs and cool players.
    That team had Dave Cash Sanguillen Pops Al Oliver Gene Clines Dock Ellis Rennie Stennett.
    It was fun to watch them wear throwback unis today vs. A’s—yellow top black pants with yellow stripe down the sid and the black 3 ring hat. I still have one of those hats.
    A’s cast with Fosse and the other Kuip had a brief video shout out to the Cobra, who played for both teams. cool player.

    • djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      Geezers know that growing up we made our own fun any way we could. Us baseball loving little white boys in Brooklyn worshiped the black and Latin players. My little pal and I would sometimes kill a couple of hours pretending we were Rico Carty and Mack Jones lost in a white neighborhood on the way to the ballpark…

  46. djloo27 said, on May 5, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Willie Mays has turned 88 on the East Coast.
    What I would give to be inside his head with his memories…

  47. djloo27 said, on May 6, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Gaffalione said the stewards never spoke to him.
    Incredible!

    • Macdog said, on May 6, 2019 at 7:54 am

      You were right about why the War of Will team didn’t claim foul.

  48. willedav said, on May 6, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Loo you were also right about Craw last year heating up in May. It’s first paragraph in Chron story from John Shea:
    “Nobody hit better in May 2018 than Brandon Crawford, who led majors with a .412 BA, tied for most hits (a whopping 42), and collected 4 HRs and 21 rbis.” And had preceded it with awful .189 April.


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