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I Take Back What I Said About April Fools

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 2, 2020

In general, I’m not an April Fools guy. I especially don’t like people who tell jokes. I just like funny stuff. Make it up yourself. Be original. The idea of everyone getting together on a certain day to try to fuck with each other seems played out and rather staid. AMIRITE?

So I was looking forward to not having to deal with the *fools* this year. And then this happened…..

I was sitting on the couch watching Schitt’s Creek Epi 6 of Season 2—not something I would ever even consider watching in my non-quarantined life but whatever, it’s actually not that bad.

My daughter comes up behind me, giggling, with her hands behind her back. Nearly shaking from the bubbling giggles, she says….”daddy, um….close your eyes.” Now, only a fool would close his eyes when told to and I’m talking about ever; and certainly not for an obvious trap such as this. But she says she’s not leaving until I do and to be honest I didn’t have much else going on at the time. So I slowly closed my eyes and then quickly reopened them. No good, she was ready for that. Still giggling she says, “just do it….” So I close my eyes….

BAM! She slams a a whipped cream pie right in my face! Katie turns and runs away like a deranged hyena with me trailing closely behind with only part of one eye open that had thankfully dodged the attack. When I caught up to her we hugged and laughed harder than we’ve laughed in years. Literally tears rolling down our faces.

It was so stupid and so absurd but the perfect thing to break up the monotony of this new world. So I can’t hate on April Fools day anymore. Not after that.

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  1. djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Great story, Flavor. Got a picture?
    You and Katie will always have that happy memory.
    Like the time me and my dad robbed a tire in 1973…

  2. chipower9 said, on April 2, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Agree with Loo. Picture?

    You are a blessed man, Flav.

  3. Flavor said, on April 2, 2020 at 8:36 am

    No pic. I told her after she should have videotaped it somehow but she was too nervous to coordinate that.
    Hey, if you guys are interested in following the guy trying to do 2400 push ups in 12 hours here’s the live link. There is a LOT of money getting bet on line for this.
    https://www.twitch.tv/actionnetworkhq

  4. djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 9:02 am

    I posted this yesterday, but re-printing in case you didn’t see it:

    Baseball Digest offering free access to their archives for the time being…

    https://baseballdigest.com/free/

    It’s fuckin’ great and you would be stupid not to take advantage of it.
    Takes about 30 seconds to set up access – just name, e-mail and password.

    PLEASE DO IT!!!

    • sandog said, on April 2, 2020 at 9:28 am

      I saw that and have been tempted, but I have an aversion to setting up passwords. Although, I would love to dig through that archive for gems like “The Game I’ll Never Forget'” bt Bruce Kison. And I’m not being sarcastic at all. I’d much rather read about Bruce Kison’s favorite game than watch a second of 20 part documentary on Michael Jordan.

      Love the pie story btw. And the tire anecdote. I’d love to see pictures of both incidents.

    • Winder said, on April 2, 2020 at 9:29 am

      loo- Thanks for that link. what a fantastic site.

      • djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 10:46 am

        You’re welcome. So much great stuff.
        Perfect for us housebound geezers to kick around…

  5. willedav said, on April 2, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Friend of mine in Charleston SC sent me a vid from youtube about a minute of solo piano song “stay the fuck at home”. Pretty funny and good advice.

  6. willedav said, on April 2, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Ever wonder why so many Cs wind up managing? Rereading Frank Robinson’s “Extra Innings” on p. 73 he talks about managing in PR in 1968. “My biggest problem the first year in Puerto Rico–which probably took me 2 or 3 years to work out fully– was in handling pitchers. Elrod Hendricks, my Orioles teammate and my Santurce catcher, told me, ‘Frank I think you have hated pitchers for so long as a player that you have trouble relating to them as a manager.’

    “He was right. I did not take kindly to failures and to excuses for failures that some pitchers made. I don’t think any good hitter has ever really felt like a pitcher is his friend. There is a natural animosity…”

    • Winder said, on April 2, 2020 at 9:28 am

      Frank was such great player that it was probably hard to manage players who didn’t possess his abilities. It makes total sense that he disliked pitchers. He played angry and hard so he probably expected everyone of his players to do the same.

    • sandog said, on April 2, 2020 at 9:29 am

      That’s my guy–Elrod Hendricks! He and I shared a moment together at Fenway Park in 1987.

      • djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 9:38 am

        Pretty sure he hit one of the balls Agee tracked down in ’69.
        Dog: You and everyone here should sign up for the BD archives.
        It’s an absolute gift and couldn’t be easier…

      • willedav said, on April 2, 2020 at 10:21 am

        First intro chapter Robinson is responding to Al Campanis re: blacks lack “necessities” to manage. Hendricks is one the guys he mentions. Orioles buried him as bullpen coach and wouldn’t let him do anything else. He spent 11 years for them doing that and despite fact the team changed pitching coaches 3 times in one 4 year stretch he was never even interviewed.

  7. djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Gallon of regular: $2.25
    Never thought I’d see that again.
    Too bad there’s no place to go…

    • alleykat69 said, on April 2, 2020 at 10:22 am

      How you holding up Loo?
      NY is especially getting slammed by this pandemic..

      • djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 10:44 am

        Thanks for asking, Kat. Just trying to play by the new rules. I’m outside almost every day walking around and in stores for necessary stuff. Sometimes late in the day I feel rundown and like I’m running a slight fever, but it hasn’t turned into anything yet. Could be pychosomatic – who knows?

  8. alleykat69 said, on April 2, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Hey Loo, I just signed up with baseball digest ! Thanks for that recommendation,I use to get that mag and always enjoyed it especially when I was getting ready to start a fantasy baseball league for stats and rating players rises and fall predictions.
    Yep easy to setup and great to read during Covid 19 times along with drinking of course..

    • Winder said, on April 2, 2020 at 11:26 am

      I am going to go through the years 61-66 that is when I truly learned to love this game. To this day I believe baseball is still the best game, and I am a total football nut also.

  9. alleykat69 said, on April 2, 2020 at 11:24 am

    The Governor of Georgia is just a complete moron with no clue on what’s going on in his state.:He said I didn’t know until the last 24 hrs” about symptom-free spread..
    He’s just finding out about this 2 months later WTF??
    Totally inexcusable,he needs to step down now from being incompetent…

    • Winder said, on April 2, 2020 at 11:30 am

      He’s just trying to cover his tracks. But he is not alone there are something like 12 or 14 states with no stay at home order. I believe all the Governors are republicans but i could be wrong with 1 or 2 dems. It’s a mindset. People believe what they want to believe.

      • Winder said, on April 2, 2020 at 11:32 am

        If I could just get every stupid person in the country to send me a dollar I doubt i would ever have any financial problems again. I would even mail myself a dollar.

    • zumiee said, on April 2, 2020 at 11:31 am

      That governor shows how complete the Trump cult misinformation bubble can be. It’s inexcusable for him, as governor especially, to be that recklessly igornant.

    • djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 11:32 am

      Can only imagine how Henry Aaron – beloved in Milwaukee, reacted when he heard the team was moving to George Wallace-ville in ’66…

    • snarkk said, on April 2, 2020 at 11:49 am

      I have no evidence but I suspect the Georgia governor is lying.
      If he had a staff consisting of morons, and maybe he has, he still would have known that fact…

    • chipower9 said, on April 2, 2020 at 3:37 pm

      If the Gov of Georgia is going to step-down for incompetency, then trump should have stepped-down a LONG TIME AGO.

  10. djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Didn’t take long for me to locate a nugget that I’d never heard before.
    When the Brooklyn Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in 1955, a banged up Mantle sat on the bench for the final 3 games except for a pinch pop-out in Game 7.
    Who knew???

    • chipower9 said, on April 2, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      Banged-up, or drunk? Most stories I have read on Mantle say he really liked his drink. You know he was born in Oklahoma, right?

      Also, pretty incredible, because if my memory is correct, he won the triple crown in ’56.

  11. unca_chuck said, on April 2, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Rick Scott, DiSanti, and whoever the fuck the governor of Louisiana is, should be under indictment for manslaughter. Letting Spring Break, Mardi Gras, and the usual lunacy in Georgia is beyond blind to the facts.

  12. snarkk said, on April 2, 2020 at 11:52 am

    You can fault these idiot governors for not sooner or still not, issuing stay at home orders. But, the greater fault is with the Dear Idiot for not issuing a directive to stay a home instead of his wishy washy suggestion that governors could choose to ignore. The directive would likely have no legal impact, but a bully pulpit impact just the same. To me, Newsom here in CA has stepped up big time to deal with this as decisively as near possible…

    • unca_chuck said, on April 2, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      Right. The Bay Area took the lead on this.

    • chipower9 said, on April 2, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      Agree. There should have been a nationwide consistent message on shelter in place, IMO. And while I am not a big fan of Newsom, but think he is doing a great job on the COVID-19 response.

  13. alleykat69 said, on April 2, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Yeah I posted that before about Newsome&SF mayor Breed, they both have stepped up bigtime and continue to stay aggressive about the on going situation.Not like other states and they’ve non-chalant attitudes. Every freaking State should of had shelter in place enforced at the same time!

  14. djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Racing suspended at GGF.
    What took so long?

    • Flavor said, on April 2, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      Ca racing getting suspended has been purely political— the animal rights activists are to blame. Racing continues at GP, oaklawn, will Rogers etc …

  15. djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    One of the coolest features of the Baseball Digest archive is that the pages actually turn like real pages do…

  16. djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Meaningless game on last weekend of 1965 season. For some reason, Chris Short a solid #2 behind Bunning goes 15 scoreless vs. Mets (18Ks). Matched by Rob Gardner of all people (Hanger’s guy from the Splash for the historians here)…

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN196510022.shtml

    • willedav said, on April 2, 2020 at 2:57 pm

      thx Loo these are great. Mets got shutout in the first game by Bunning too. 27 innings 0 runs that day ouch.
      Tony Gonzalez was a good player. Dick Allen stole a bag too, #15 for him. Lot of the good sluggers (Aaron Mays) would steal a bag for you in those days.
      Clay Dalrymple the guy that got only hit off Marichal and broke up no hitter.

      • willedav said, on April 2, 2020 at 3:01 pm

        in marichal’s ML debut no less. Hit came in bottom of 8th.

    • willedav said, on April 2, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      hanger yikes. Was that the guy that used to talk about the “chicken ranch” babes? Didn’t Twin investigate him and determine he really did have criminal background?

      • Winder said, on April 2, 2020 at 3:16 pm

        I think he used 3 or 4 different names. At least that is what i thought

      • djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 3:45 pm

        I think he debuted as “tawilli” and was relatively normal for awhile…

    • Macdog said, on April 2, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      Looks like the Giants were eliminated from the pennant race that day. Giants and Dodgers both won, but Giants were two back with one to play. Falling just short at 95-67, that must’ve sucked.

      • djloo27 said, on April 2, 2020 at 3:43 pm

        Year after was even worse IIRC…

      • willedav said, on April 2, 2020 at 4:30 pm

        Herbel got the W. Notice the BA .020. 1-49 on the season.

      • alleykat69 said, on April 2, 2020 at 4:41 pm

        Herbel has his batting average down to .009
        1-108 at one point before flexing his muscles late in his career going 5-98 to finish up 6-206 yikes 😱

  17. Flavor said, on April 2, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    this dude is up to 1700ish push ups with about 4 hours left. He’s barely still on pace to make it happen. Over 1 mil has been bet on this today
    https://www.twitch.tv/actionnetworkhq

  18. James said, on April 2, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    So nobody responded to my proud, unashamed declaration of TP independence. How about now that Pablo has one?

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/culture/article/Coronavirus-in-the-Bay-Area-And-now-they-re-15169359.php

    • zumiee said, on April 2, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      Sponge-on-a-stick!

  19. unca_chuck said, on April 2, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    This is pretty awesome . . .

  20. willedav said, on April 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    April 2 1938 trumpeter Booker little was born, died unfortunately at age 23. listening to Bee Tee’s Minor Plea recorded in NYC. Nice version of this tune done by Don Sickler cd Relections from 2002.

    Recorded epic stuff with Eric Dolphy at Five Spot NY. Checking out Out Front recorded on Barnaby Records ? 1961. Dolphy is on this one Julian Priester Don Friedman Art Davis Ron Carter Max Roach. good stuff

    • James said, on April 2, 2020 at 5:10 pm

      Have all of his stuff as leader, I think, and the Dolphy 5 Spot. Always sounds great.

      • willedav said, on April 2, 2020 at 7:42 pm

        Nice. I’ll have to listen to more of his work where he is leader.

  21. dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 2, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    • James said, on April 2, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      That’s pretty cool. It reminds me of a brief scene at the beginning of “Ulzana’s Raid” — a terrific, badass western — where the soldiers are playing a goofy brand of baseball.

  22. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 2, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Loo, that’s another freaky thing about this thing: feeling shitty for some reason, probably completely unrelated to Covid, but it certainly can add to any dark mood about it. Over the past 10 or 11 weeks this has been going on, I have often had headaches, slight coughs, etc. Fortunately or unfortunately, that’s how I often have felt in Hanoi (one reason I’m trying like hell to get back to Saigon when this shit is over) because of poor air quality, crappy weather, etc. So it makes me think, nah, this is nothing, just normal. Until maybe it’s not. Gotta just watch the progress of it. Hopefully it always just passes day by day… take care there!


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