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Day 4 Of No Sports

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 15, 2020

I dunno, maybe it’s Day 100. It’s all meshing into itself right now.

What are you guys doing to pass the time? I was thinking of diving into Nexflix today. Saw the R-Kelly doc last week. Thought it’d be a good time to tackle The Irishman?

Horse racing is still out there but I don’t know for how long. I feel like everything except grocery stores, pharms and gas will be shut down by early next week……

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  1. zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 8:15 am

    • willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 8:45 am

      was going to recommend some things but just noticed local libraries are closed as of this weekend.

  2. Winder said, on March 15, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Our local teen challenge sells paperbacks for 10 cents apiece. So I got a shitload of stuff I read 30/40 years ago and forgot plus stacks of stuff never read. I started reading again last year just to stay of the computer.

    • zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:45 am

      I think I’ve only read 8 on that list so far!

      • zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:49 am

        There are many great baseball books that didn’t make it on that list that could’ve been on the list.
        Lists like that are always interesting and fun, though.
        Thanks for posting it!

    • Winder said, on March 15, 2020 at 10:05 am

      I agree. Couple of my favorites were the Lou Gehrig story and the Willie Mays story. i think those were the first couple of books I ever read that wasn’t school stuff

  3. unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:07 am

    I have about 20 boxes full of books from me and my kids that can keep me busy for 100 years

    • chipower9 said, on March 15, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Me, too!

  4. Flavor said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Books. That’s incredible I hadn’t thought of that. Lol. You know what’s crazy? My eyes have gotten so bad because of computer screen use I can’t read a book or works printed on regular paper without readers. Anyway, I’m sticking to the horses today, racing form is nice and easy to read online.

  5. willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Winder’s link from Huff post on baseball books is pretty good. “Eastern Stars” book about the DR is on it. Highly recommend “Alou” by Felipe for Giants fans. For warriors fans Iguodala’s “Sixth Man” is a good read.

    Saw the NFLPA did narrowly vote to accept new proposal. so starting 2021 17 game regular season, expanded playoffs yada yada.

    • willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Let’s not forget Pawlie here either. I’ve gone back and read “Baseball’s Starry Night” couple times, it’s fabulous account of dramatic finish to 2011 season. Our friend Daniel is in there too.
      while I’m at it props to Flav for dominating Daniel’s playing pepper Giants column.

  6. Bozo said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Waiver wire betting, that’s the ticket.

  7. Macdog said, on March 15, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Been lots of Netflix and Disney+ wIth my daughter home from college on break, now extended to the rest of the semester. Last night we picked out what we thought would be a baseball movie on Netflix called “Full Count,” about a teen phenom pitcher who lives on a farm in rural Georgia and whose baseball aspirations are derailed by numerous personal hardships. Turns out this is an independent faith-based movie with very little baseball. It doesn’t hammer you over the head with the religious stuff, but it wasn’t hard to pick up on the vibe early on. The flick runs 1:50, but it seemed longer. It was ok, but there’s much better out there on Netflix. We followed that up with something completely different: Monty Python’s Life of Brian, haha.

  8. Rachel Gilman said, on March 15, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    I’m reading “Love in the Time of Cholera” and hoping to be inspired to write my own version soon. You need blue-light filtering glasses! Also, maybe try baking? I made tumeric porridge with steel-cut oats this morning. And am going to try sweet potato almond butter muffins at some point.

    • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    • Flavor said, on March 15, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      i believe every word of this Rach, nobody could make up that porridge dish.

      • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2020 at 2:08 pm

        That recipe is Stix-worthy…

    • willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Ah great story, enjoy.

  9. Macdog said, on March 15, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    MLB.com has a link: 1 classic game to watch online for each MLB team. For the Giants, it’s Game 7 vs. the Royals. I would’ve gone with Game 5 vs. the Rangers, but Game 7 is certainly a solid choice. The Giants also pop up in two other teams’ classic games: Game 3 vs. the A’s, and the other so obvious it’s not worth mentioning.

    There were some curious choices. For the Nationals, fresh off a WS title that included a Game 7 comeback win, it’s Max Scherzer’s 2nd no-hitter in late 2015, a year they didn’t even make the playoffs. For the Astros, it’s an 18-inning win over the Braves to clinch the NLDS in 2005, and not anything to do with the WS title in 2017. Gee, I wonder why.

    Then there’s the Yanks. So many WS games — I would’ve gone with Reggie’s 3 HR game — and even ALCS moments — the Chris Chambliss and Aaron Fucking Boone games. Even the Bucky Dent game. Instead, we get . . . Derek Jeter walks it off in final game at Yankee Stadium. Zzzzzzzz.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/classic-mlb-games-to-watch-online

    • willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      wow thx Mac. Definitely some odd choices there…for Pirates they go with ’71 over Pops and ’79 or ’60 Maz game. For Reds it’s 90 vs. A’s and no Big Red Machine.
      iirc Juan Uribe was on White Sox drought lifting 2005 before being waived 4 yrs later. Sabes picked him up off season before 2010 and the end of another long drought

      • willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 2:28 pm

        Uribe picked up 2009 after being granted free agent Oct 2008 by ChiSox.

      • willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm

        white sox have won 3 WS (outside 1919) in their entire history–1906, 1917 and 2005

  10. alleykat69 said, on March 15, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    As long as my eye glasses don’t break I have a lifetime full of books to read! Sadly for Burgess Meredith as the only human left on earth in “The Twilight Zone” he accidentally dropped them and he knew his only existence in life was over..

    • unca_chuck said, on March 16, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      He could have found some blindies at the local drug store.

  11. djloo27 said, on March 15, 2020 at 3:19 pm
    • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Maybe I’ll just get the cliff notes…

  12. chipower9 said, on March 15, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Got the scoot out Friday evening before the rain hit. Blasted around the thriving metropolis of Placerville….a few beers with friends, and a cocktail stop. Hitting-up Netflix – watched “ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” Friday night. Very good little musical documentary on a band on which I cut my teeth.

    Made a base for turkey noodle soup last night…,it’ll become soup in about an hour. Reading a lot, too.

    Some cool lists posted….thanks.

  13. willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    cbs site has a completed NCAA bracket with results courtesy of sportsline. Dayton wins it all beating Zags in final. Sure hope Warriors manage to keep an eye on Obi Toppin.
    In the old AFL/NFL signing wars before merger, teams used to hide players from rivals in other leagues

  14. djloo27 said, on March 15, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    I think the Dodgers tried to stash Clemente somewhere…

    • willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      yes. They told mgr of his minor league team not to play him but it didn’t work and Pirates got him.

  15. zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    This book from Winder’s list is very good.

    • Flavor said, on March 15, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      nice and small, thank you.

  16. zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Man, TF went at me HARD for praising Richard Cramer’s book about DiMaggio, another book on Winder’s list. TF considered the book a worthless hatchet job.
    I disagreed.

  17. zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    I would say it shouldn’t be the ONLY book someone reads about DiMaggio. Read several books about him to get a full picture of a very complex man who had an amazing baseball career.

    • alleykat69 said, on March 15, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      Not to mention banging Marylin Monroe and having Mr.Coffee with her in the morning…

    • willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      there was one I read about all 3 of them that came out of SF and played ML ball, really interesting.

      • zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 6:20 pm

        Yeah, “The DiMaggios,” by Tom Calvin. Great book. A great telling of the story of an amazing baseball family.

      • zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

        The SF Seals figure so prominently in the story.

    • zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      Opera? Well….

    • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:15 pm

  18. James said, on March 15, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Clemente’s stats are an argument for more minor league playing time and a defense of hacking . . . maybe what Sandoval could’ve been, if . . . . I dunno what.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/clemero01.shtml

    • zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      ….if Sandoval had been more serious about his weight, who knows?

      • zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 6:24 pm

        His Red Sox debacle is off-the-charts inexcusable.

      • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2020 at 6:53 pm

        Tony Gwynn might’ve hit .410…

  19. zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    The Giants’ flag-ship station is replaying Cain’s perfecto tonight, I think.

    • zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 6:26 pm

      TV station

  20. willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Ha thx Zum, yes it is! wow how much better my girl Amy G looked then.
    I do remember as game went on and cameras were flashing on Mrs. Cain sitting with Giants wives in stands, I was asking who the hot dark haired gal with her was, and it turned out to be the stunning Mrs. Vogs.

  21. djloo27 said, on March 15, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Willedav’s beloved Vada Pinson 59-65 was every bit as good as Clemente’s 61-67.
    Might’ve had a better career than Clemente, but he couldn’t sustain it in his 30’s…

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pinsova01.shtml

    • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2020 at 7:36 pm

      And I still can’t figure out what rookie limits he exceeded in 1958 that made him ineligible for ROY in 1959 that he rightfully deserved over McCovey. Maybe the rules were different back then…

    • willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 8:15 pm

      ha thx Loo. yes that stretch was quite impressive..20 bombs plenty of extra base hits, steals and he could cover so much ground in CF. Thoroughly enjoyable years of baseball in NL those days. Reds scouts grabbed Pinson Frank Robby and Curt Flood all out of Oakland HS system.

  22. dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 15, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Cabrera with the 1st inning bomb. I still remember the the Melk Maids fondly.

  23. zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    “banging Marylin Monroe and having Mr.Coffee with her in the morning…”

    Kat, you are awesome.

  24. Winder said, on March 15, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    So many great ballplayers in the 50’s and 60’s. I didn’t really start paying attention to most of em until 61/62. But I remember really liking Stan Musial and Al Kaline. i know players like Duke Snyder were really good but my dad pounded it in my brain that no matter what Dodgers were the enemy. But I still think Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson were the best pitchers I ever saw.

  25. willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Loo. according to nice column on Vada Pinson on sabr.org written by Ralph Moses, in 1958 Pinson had 96 ABs for the Reds which exceeded the (then) limit of 90 to qualify as a rookie in 1959.

    • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Willie. Now it’s 120 – probably because of the increase to 162 game sked.
      Makes sense, I guess…

  26. zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Cainer wasn’t facing a total nothing Astros lineup. It did feature a young Altuve and J.D. Martinez.

  27. zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Who remembered that Blanco hit an HR in this game?

  28. willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Emmanuel Burriss sighting. Takes over 2b for The riot in 6th.
    Starting LU with 5 Hispanic position players–Melk Pagan Blanco Sandoval Arias.

  29. mrsprtdude said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the book list! I’ve read only 4. Men at Work, Moneyball, Ball Four, and The Catcher was a Spy!.

  30. willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Tremendous diving grab from Blanco to take extra bases away from Schaefer.

  31. mrsprtdude said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    DLOO..Shawshank an all time great!

  32. mrsprtdude said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Blanco…best defensive play late to save a no no or perfecto ever imo…

  33. zumiee said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Blanco took a perfect angle to the ball. A straight line.

  34. willedav said, on March 15, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Arias, tough play to finish that off. Props to Giants channel for airing that…best I felt about anything in long time.

  35. dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 15, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Cain on the field after the perfect game soaking it all in is pretty cool.


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