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The *Worst* Saturday In May

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 2, 2020

For this first time in my life I wake up to nothing but a regular old first Saturday in May. Today, of course, was supposed to be The Derby. They stupidly moved it to September when everyone was panicking. Here’s why they shouldn’t have moved it: Yes, some tracks have shut down. But several tracks have continued racing during the pandemic and not a single case of Covid19 has popped up at any of the tracks still running. Horse racing COULD have had the attention of the world today being the only sport still active. Imagine all the new fans they would have gotten– handle has been through the roof at Oaklawn, Tampa Bay Downs, Los Alamitos and any other track that’s still running–record breaking handle.

Oaklawn has put together an outstanding card today and I’m excited about that.

But this day is supposed to be about so much more. I’m so bummed….

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  1. Flavor said, on May 2, 2020 at 7:32 am

    same.

  2. Flavor said, on May 2, 2020 at 7:34 am

    the horse racing community on Twitter is turning my mood around

  3. willedav said, on May 2, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Saw the story on report from Dr. Anne Schuchat, #2 CDC. Despite all the blathering from Peerless Leader about China, report said nearly 2 million travelers arrived here from Italy and Europe in month of February.
    “The extensive travel from Europe, once Europe was having outbreaks, really accelerated our importations and the rapid spread” is her direct quote. Euro travel ban did not happen here in USA until March 11.

    So I’ve always wondered, has science discovered what caused the severe outbreaks in Italy Spain and France? Hard to believe China had much to do about this but idk. Interesting Korea has been able to do better job of controlling spread. Hope their baseball season gets off ground as scheduled next week.

    • zumiee said, on May 2, 2020 at 8:14 am

      Part of the reason of the rapid spread in Southern Europe is the cultural practices. People embrace and kiss in greeting, and large gatherings are common.
      Well, all those things aren’t happening now. It’ll be interesting to see if there will be long term changes to cultures around the world.
      In the U.S., handshakes and hugs in greeting are on pause.

    • willedav said, on May 2, 2020 at 8:27 am

      thx Zum, yes cultural differences, aging population with inherent health difficulties, more generation living closer together, etc.. I’m more interested in how it got started in first place over there half world away from China. Chinese outbreak was originally centered on one large city Wuhan. Worst hit area of Italy I believe is Lombardy to the north.
      As you know blame is being put on lab in China, which is just more negative spin. Still, how would that account for what befell Europe?

    • djloo27 said, on May 2, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      At the racetrack this is known as “redboarding” …

  4. unca_chuck said, on May 2, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Vacation travel. They say one guy in Wuhan infected 9 people in a restaurant. Of those 9 people, 6 were from other countries.

  5. unca_chuck said, on May 2, 2020 at 8:48 am

    And after the supposed trvel ban on China, 40,000 people flew from China to the US in Feb, March.

  6. djloo27 said, on May 2, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Brilliant thread title, Flavor…

  7. djloo27 said, on May 2, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Beshaud Breeland is amazingly fuckin stupid…

  8. Flavor said, on May 2, 2020 at 10:22 am

  9. Flavor said, on May 2, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    dude didn’t get enough credit for this incredible feat

    • alleykat69 said, on May 2, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      Yeah the Nolan Express was one bad ass pitcher!
      Nobody will ever touch his record for Strikeouts at 5,714 book it! 7 No Hitters insane! 20 seasons of double digit wins. An unprecedented amount of innings pitched.Ryan was just an incredible durable pitcher!!

    • snarkk said, on May 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      Weren’t there whispers about whether Nolan had any “help” to get him pitching that long a career at such a high level…

      • djloo27 said, on May 2, 2020 at 2:58 pm

        Nah, just Advil…

      • xoot said, on May 2, 2020 at 3:09 pm

        back on the splash twin once posted a link to a sports doctor’s article that included analysis of what purportedly was an x-ray image of Nolan Ryan’s shoulder. The configuration of the joint was slightly abnormal, in a way that increased strength and mobility. Or so the author said.

  10. alleykat69 said, on May 2, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Snarkk, Their was a rumor about steroid use.
    Especially from age 40-45(can’t believe I’m talking about a pitcher that age) when he had a spike in his performance and still hitting 95 mph.
    His buddy and trainer Tom House( yes the same guy that caught Aaron’s #715 HR ball in the bullpen) was a steroid user, so yes it’s easy to see a connection there.But never proven I believe..

  11. djloo27 said, on May 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Well, some guy named Dann Howitt can tell everyone he was the last guy to homer off Ryan.
    The first: Joe Torre
    The most: Will Clark of course with 6!

  12. djloo27 said, on May 2, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Hard to believe Ryan is 73.
    Mays turns 89 on Wednesday.
    He hasn’t played in almost 47 years.
    I wish I could be inside his head for 10 minutes…

    • alleykat69 said, on May 2, 2020 at 3:22 pm

      Yeah then people could call you “The Say Hey Loo”

  13. Irish Kevin said, on May 2, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Has baseball ever figured out why starting pitchers in the 60’s and 70’s were able to pitch into the 8th and 9th innings and had double digit complete games? And yet today’s pitchers break down so easy. It appears. And today’s pitchers supposedly have the best trainers, exercise equipment etc.

    • djloo27 said, on May 2, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      But you know, Kevin there’s a long list of guys like that who were washed up by age 30 with “sore arms”…

    • djloo27 said, on May 2, 2020 at 5:29 pm

      The invention of the MRI changed everything.
      Now they find things no one ever knew was there…

      • alleykat69 said, on May 2, 2020 at 5:47 pm

        Well the old time stud pitchers would of shoved an MRI machine up trainers/ doctors butt hole.And don’t even get me into BS limited pitch counts in today’s game.Gibson,Seaver,Marichal would not even let the manager leave the dugout most times they pitched, just a grimace stare was enough..

      • djloo27 said, on May 2, 2020 at 5:53 pm

        Those are the greatest of the great, Kat.
        So many others were prematurely cooked.
        You know the names…

  14. willedav said, on May 2, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    The Sept 2013 game I watched where giants hit 6 HRs at Petco, Kuiper noted that Pence had played every game up to that point. He did same thing next year 2014, 162. Next 5 years total less 475. Cause and effect?

  15. Winder said, on May 2, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Warren Spahn had some pretty good longevity as a pitcher who stayed tough to beat throughout his career.

    • alleykat69 said, on May 2, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Yeah Winder he did along with Gaylord Perry.
      That game between Marichal &Spahn 1963?will be remembered forever.Both dueling for 16 innings scoreless game Marichal 227 pitches Spahn 201 pitches incredible.Manager Dark wanted to pull Marichal from the game and he told him,:If that old man is still out there, I’m still pitching!
      McCovey was livid batting in the 9th inning saying his blast down the RF line was fair for a HR inside the pole by 3 ft,the umpire said it was foul only looking where it landed,and the start of 7 more innings would go on…

  16. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on May 2, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Hey Flappers, happy worst Saturday in May. Just thought I’d give you a little update and sneak preview of how it could look when lockdown is over for you. You gotta remember (well, no you don’t, but I’ll remind you anyway) we’ve been dealing with this since the last week of January. This little *pause* is well earned… and yours will be too once it happens.

    Yesterday afternoon, I met an old friend at a bar here in Saigon, one of the few that are open (more opening in the new week). First time socializing like that in months. It felt great… a little free… but also really tentative and fragile. Saigon people are out and about, but still practicing distancing and mask wearing, good to see. Very hopeful the worst is over here (for now). Meanwhile, up in Hanoi from where I just made my escape, friends tell me and I see pics of it that the Hanoi people are being very careless. Crowded coffee shops, no masks. Different cultural and social attitudes prevailing in the two big cities. Hanoi is just begging for another lockdown. If that happens, I hope it’s regional, and not the whole country. You are probably finding that to be true, too. Read that some grouped states are taking a regional approach to it. Hope that works.

    Maybe one difference between US and here: the national government here is absolutely in charge of the country-wide efforts. If Corona roars back in Hanoi but not here in the south, VN will shut down Hanoi completely and contain it there, possibly not affecting Saigon (except travel restrictions with Hanoi). I did read something about Gallup New Mexico being shut down? Not sure if that’s true. At some point, that’s what’s going to have to happen for the US: allow reopenings, but if one place explodes, shut it the fuck down…. but keep things reopening elsewhere, slowly where it makes sense. It’s a long road, and that road ain’t heading immediately back to normal, but gotta just … keep… walking….

    • willedav said, on May 2, 2020 at 10:06 pm

      Yes Paul Gallup was shut down by order of Governor; access roads into City blocked and strict curfew for all residents. Large and vulnerable Native American population yada yada.
      Glad you made it out of Hanoi and are able to meet friend in restaurant where you live. We all look forward to be able to do that safely (and soon) here too.

      • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on May 2, 2020 at 10:48 pm

        Yes, hope so soon…

  17. zumiee said, on May 2, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    “Matt Keough, an All-Star pitcher for the A’s in 1978, has died, the team announced Saturday. He was 64 years old.”

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on May 2, 2020 at 10:50 pm

      Corona?

      • zumiee said, on May 3, 2020 at 7:16 am

        The article didn’t say.


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