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Knock Out Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 8, 2020

That catch by Bellinger was one of the best I’ve ever seen in the post season. The best? Who had a better one?

Drafted in the 4th round in 2013, here’s who the Giants draft before he was drafted: Christian Arroyo, Ryder Jones, Chase Johnson…..then the Dodgers took Belly…..then we drafted Brian Ragira. Not Sabean’s best draft, aye?

A’s, Yanks, Marlins and Pads with their backs against the wall today……

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  1. willedav said, on October 8, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Dodgers have great team, but… Roberts sticks with Jansen as his closer going deeper, this will backfire.

  2. willedav said, on October 8, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Interesting to see who goes as SPs in elimination games, as Yanks and others have to figure out who can hold down fort til bats get going.

    As far as beating LA goes, I told godson Pads fan it’s the LHs you have to hold down as SP and late game—Seager Muncy Bellinger imo are more dangerous than Pollock and Turner. Betts can hit anyone doesn’t matter. But last night the 3 LHs raked all game and wound up doing most of the damage.

    Still much props to Pads for putting up one helluva 9th inning rally, knocking out ineffective Jansen (30 pitches to get 2 outs) and the scared rabbit looking Kelly. As Mac noted, after great ABs from Tatis Jr and Machado, freaking Hosmer swung at pitches out of zone including last one that finally ended game.

  3. Macdog said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:01 am

    This guy:

    • Lurker John said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:20 am

      That’s as good as Bellinger’s and he turned it into a double play to boot.

    • Flavor said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:36 am

      yes that was better

    • chipower9 said, on October 8, 2020 at 9:02 am

      Mo bettah…

      Would Pence’s catch against the fence a couple years back be in the conversation?

    • djloo27 said, on October 8, 2020 at 11:39 am

      I reflexively go with Swoboda’s grab, but that Endy catch was sick.
      I vaguely remember a phenomenal Joe Rudi WS catch that gets lost in the shuffle…

  4. Lurker John said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Watch how stacked the Rays are. They have talent coming out of their ears. The Giants just don’t seem to draft young talent like that. They end up with middling to decent players. The Rays look like a damn juggernaut.

    • Flavor said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:29 am

      Rays talent looks a lot more imposing with that Cuban hitting .700. Where’d they get him? Not the draft.

      • Macdog said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:32 am

        Cardinals.

      • Flavor said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:36 am

        LOL that’s awesome. Cards must be kicking themselves right now

      • Macdog said, on October 8, 2020 at 9:08 am

        Yeah, he was with the Cards during the playoffs last year, but he was mainly used as a pinch-hitter. As I said a couple days ago, I’d never heard of the guy until the Yanks series.

  5. unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Mays/Wertz ’54?

    • Flavor said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:37 am

      this is going to sound like heresy but I really didn’t think that Mays catch was that incredible. It’s way harder to time your leap and crash into the fence and be able to steal a HR the way Belly and Chavez did. In my opinion, of course.

      • unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 9:16 am

        Mays covered 120 ft to catch that ball. So, in a dead sprint he ran 120′ to catch a ball hit 460′ directly over his head, plus got the ball in to keep Doby from scoring. I’d say there’s one guy on earth besides Mays who makes that play. Roberto Clemente. Mays never dove because he never had to.

  6. Lurker John said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Mays’ catch was great as much because of the stage he was on when he made it as the difficulty of the catch itself, but he did run about 40 yards to make the play. Willie himself has said he made a lot of better plays in his career, but when you make it in the World Series against a heavily-favored 111 win team, it’s going to be immortalized.

    • willedav said, on October 8, 2020 at 9:42 am

      well said. Don’t forget the throw too which he was always more proud of.

      • Lurker John said, on October 8, 2020 at 9:44 am

        Exactly. I think Larry Doby was the baserunner and he had to retreat back to second base and Mays made that great throw. Great play by the greatest player ever (IMO).

  7. Lurker John said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:50 am

    I’ll give Zaidi the benefit of the doubt with the talent he’ll continue to bring in. I saw this morning on The McCovey Chronicles that the G’s just signed more than 50 international players, so that’s promising. The Giants need everything, but we’d all love to see some serious bats start to make a mark.

    That Arozarena kid is a fucking stud. Hopefully Heliot Ramos and some of their other prospects will be too.

  8. unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Once again, didn’t see your post before I posted, LJ!

  9. Macdog said, on October 8, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Former Giants and Phillies player Kim Batiste dies at 52.

    • sandog said, on October 8, 2020 at 11:22 am

      I once won tickets to a Scorpions concert by answering a trivia question on a local rock station.
      The answer was Kim Batiste. I think he had a key hit in a playoff game the night before or something like that.

  10. Flavor said, on October 8, 2020 at 10:50 am

    i’m not saying the Mays catch was easy. I just think what Chavez and Belli did was harder.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Not buying it, but whatevs.

      • willedav said, on October 8, 2020 at 11:49 am

        agreed. Taking a proper angle and read to where ball was going, getting all the way there gloving it over shoulder and making super throw to save run…all way harder than getting to a wall and jumping up for a ball. Doesn’t hurt to be 6-4 either. Hella grab at critical time to help save a game sure, but not imo in Mays category.

  11. zumiee said, on October 8, 2020 at 10:50 am

    To be fair, Bellinger getting drafted in the 4th round means that all the teams, including the Dodgers, passed on him for a few rounds before the Dodgers picked him.
    If I remember correctly, it was later said that Bellinger had put out the word to all the teams: “DON’T draft me. I am fully committed to going to college and playing college baseball.” The Dodgers took a chance with a 4th round pick that they could talk him into signing with them, and they were able to.
    Bellinger had hit one HR as a high school senior, and wasn’t seen as much of a power hitter. He was seen as someone who could hit for average and play very good defense.

    • zumiee said, on October 8, 2020 at 10:55 am

      That doesn’t excuse all the picks Sabean made in that draft. Yikes.

  12. willedav said, on October 8, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Small d Arnaud continues to torture be Marlins.

  13. unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Next you’ll be telling me Reddick’s was better.

    Poor A’s can’t catch a break. Can they hold a lead?

  14. unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Wow. 10 seconds later, Brantley hits a 2 run homer. 3-2 A’s.

  15. unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Mays woulda caught that!

  16. Lurker John said, on October 8, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Good call, chi, on Luciano, he looks like the real deal, but then again, so did Gary Brown. lol.

    Back in the day, before we had so much access to the entire process of running a MLB team, drafting, minor league progress, etc., it didn’t matter that it could take a long time for a guy to arrive. But these days, I find myself getting impatient because I want to see these kids play. “Luciano is only 19? Shit!” He does look exciting though and he’s a shortstop too.

    I’m also interested to see if Bishop pans out. It sounds like his season was really derailed by COVID, but he’s a big time athlete, which may or may not translate to big league success. Big, strong, fast, great arm, there’s a lot to like there. The Giants also have a number of good-looking pitching prospects. The next few years will be very interesting as these young guys start to come on the scene.

    One thing Zaidi has proven so far is that he’s adept at identifying players who can help the club, with Dickerson and Yaz being the most notable so far. That bodes well for the team’s future.

    Chuck, no worries, I do that all time

  17. Lurker John said, on October 8, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    I can’t help it, I find myself pulling for the A’s. I’ve never hated them, I just hated the way they always gave the Giants so much trouble. They have a long and colorful history and some of the biggest names in big league history have worn their colors. Well, their goes their one run lead.

    And the damn Braves look like a juggernaut too, with a couple of ex-Giants too. And I do despise them.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      Yeah, fuck the Braves, and double-fuck the Padres and Crime Dog. All their goddamn fault.

  18. Lurker John said, on October 8, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Sorry to hear about Kim Batiste. 52 is just way too young in this day and age. EVH passing at 65 is way too fucking young. Still can’t get over that one. The older you get the younger ages like that seem.

  19. alleykat69 said, on October 8, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Best Catch? Jim Edmonds for the Angels on a smoking line drive that are the hardest to judge to straightaway center fully laid out at the warning track and made an incredible catch! Yeah wasn’t at the fence but still gets plenty of air time.

    • Lurker John said, on October 8, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      I remember that catch. It seems like he had a ton like that and the dude could hit too. Great player.

  20. Lurker John said, on October 8, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Looks like the Athletics are going bye-bye. The Astros are all of a sudden playing really good ball. I think teams might overlook them because of the cheating scandal, but their roster is still stacked.

  21. alleykat69 said, on October 8, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Yeah LJ he was a human highlight reel with his 7 GG!
    Great player, great hitter, had 393 homeruns which surprised me some, though I knew he had some power.
    WAR for career a very nice 60.4 so he delivered a lot!

  22. willedav said, on October 8, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Neither Montas nor Greinke were very good but after scoring first A’s pitching has gotten hammered innings 4 through 7. 4 bombs for Houston(2 for Oakland) who lead 11-4 top 8.

    • alleykat69 said, on October 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Yeah Willied real disappointed with the A’s BP which I believe? was the best in baseball going in?

  23. alleykat69 said, on October 8, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    I can’t stand there going to move on to the next round!
    Just not the A’s day, down 9-4 2 on and it looked like Seiman hit a 3 run homer which would of hoot ten them within 2 but the wind knocked it down.Bottom of the inning the cheaters add 2 on a homer and the A’s are toast..

  24. unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Houston? Meh. Fuck ’em. My only reason for caring is Dusty and Chris Speier. And they were after the bullshit. Fuck those players. The A’s hit plenty of bombs, but they were solos for the most part. Oh well. Least they finally won a series.

  25. alleykat69 said, on October 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Gary Brown Lol LJ!
    Stunk it up as a ball player, so he took his lack of talent to television on ABC as an American Ninja Warrior!
    Wife,kids, and even Brandon Crawford cheering him on thru the obstacle course..

  26. zumiee said, on October 8, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    The A’s are laying an egg in the playoffs yet again. That’s an amazing amount of playoff failure over the last few decades.

    • willedav said, on October 8, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      Their pitching sucked Zum. Houston, a team where almost all the big stars had down regular season, scored 33 runs in 4 games. Only game A’s won was the 9-7 comeback. It’s not a strong division with Angels M’s Rangers but still lot of questions to be asked over there in off season.

  27. Flavor said, on October 8, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    top 10 all time favorite Niner right here

  28. unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Ahhhh, fuck. Dude smoked his way through the NFL and has had a lot of health problems.

    Hell of a player. Walsh’s trade for Dean is likely the best mid-season trade in NFL history.

  29. unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Fuck. Pads want to give this away.

  30. willedav said, on October 8, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Pads shooting themselves in foot here. Tatis Jr Ks on 3 pitches with sacks loaded, then throws wildly after great diving stop and Hosmer can’t block it run scores.
    Now Turner hits rbi single and they retake lead 3-2. arrggh

  31. Macdog said, on October 8, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    The Padres had a lead for, what, about three minutes?

  32. djloo27 said, on October 8, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    That Wendy’s pretzel bun bacon cheeseburger sure looks good…

  33. zumiee said, on October 8, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    The A’s collected their playoff ribbons.

  34. willedav said, on October 8, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Dodgers depth and versatility on display tonite. Pads bringing in LHP and the RHs have rbis–Turner Pollock and now Smith. Betts has walk double and has scored twice. No bombs tonite yet they have 7 runs in 4 innings.

  35. zumiee said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    The Dodgers kept adding a couple of good pieces each season. It has been in some ways a slow steady climb for them. They finally seem to have the lights-out bullpen they needed.

  36. unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Matt Nagy is an idiot.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      But, da Bears win! Brady forgot the downs.

      • djloo27 said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:43 pm

        Yeah, excellent.
        Years ago Roman Gabriel & the Rams got screwed big time when the refs only gave them 3 downs on a key drive…

  37. alleykat69 said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Padres are even worse then the A’s on the shit meter!
    Atleast the A’s won a game…

  38. alleykat69 said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Bears are about as exciting to watch as paint drying!
    But yeah it was funny watching Brady fuck up and putting up 4 fingers thinking he had another down to play with lol 😂

  39. willedav said, on October 8, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Ha I remember Roman Gabriel, big strong guy for QB and tough to bring down. That was in day when you had to clothesline a guy to get roughing the passer called.
    Remember that famous pick of NY Giants Y A Tittle, kneeling I think, with blood streaming down his face?

    • xoot said, on October 8, 2020 at 9:19 pm

      Yeah. Many years later I read that YA had a framed copy of that photo on his office wall. He was some sort of real estate investor or something down on the SF peninsula. Iirc. Maybe I’m hallucinating.

      • xoot said, on October 8, 2020 at 9:22 pm

        Googled it. He sold insurance in Atherton.

  40. Macdog said, on October 8, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    What a putrid way to go for the A’s and Padres, the two teams that beat up the Giants this season.


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