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A Covid Success Story

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 12, 2020

I’m not going to pretend to know how it shook out because I didn’t watch any of it, but I think it’s very cool that the NBA pulled off the bubble. And with zero covid cases. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it. Congrats to Lebron who is a lot more likable as a Laker than he was playing for the hated Cavs.

What happened to those Shanny play calls that were always teetering on the edge of genius? Dude was famous for getting multiple guys 5 yards open every play? And I’ll give Jimmy G a pass because he’s obviously still injured. But that offense has their weapons they should be scoring. The defense is in ruins, however.

Big MLB night with Tampa trying to take a 2-0 lead and LA/Atl.

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  1. willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Baseball has done fine job of getting to this point, and the other sports such as b-ball and hockey that finished their season did as well. Can’t share your thoughts on LBJ. He’s more annoying than ever–zero to do with Cleveland, it’s all on him.
    Reminds of story a teammates said about Reggie Jackson–he’d give you the shirt off his back. And call press conference next day to tell everyone.

    Tampa pitching was great. Don’t see how anyone else can beat LA.

  2. Macdog said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Joe Morgan has died at 77.

    • xoot said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:21 am

      Holy shit.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:23 am

      Condolences to Morgan’s family, friends and fans. I remember him vividly as the Giant whose homer knocked the LaBumbos out of contention. Highly dramatic, I heard it over the radio and whooped and hollered. Man, those greats are falling like the leaves of October here in Minnesota. Joe’s biggest contributions were to the Big Red Machine when they picked him up. He really made that team jell and his stats were stratospheric. R.I.P.

      • Winder said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:55 am

        I was at that last game of the season when Joe hit that shot. One of the best feelings i have ever had at a baseball game. I loved Morgan as a Giant because you knew he had it in him whenever he came to the plate. The man could hit. RIP

    • willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:23 am

      ooh one of Oakland’s own. Tremendous player with Red Machine. Shows up in Shea’s “24” a lot too as visiting player that used to hang with Mays when his team was in town to play Giants.

  3. xoot said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:19 am

    NBA, total Covid success. MLB, despite travel, very good. NFL?

    On Gurriel, WD’s comment from last night, he’s dropped off this year. Don’t know why. He played through a hamstring injury last year and still put up high .880 ops. But Belt on the Astros as a replacement? At twice the salary, an injury prone guy on the down slope? If Z can pull off that deal he’s truly a magician.

    • willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:28 am

      Ha. I think Belt at least in short term has figured out some things. And I’ve always felt park factor had something to do with decreasing numbers, physically and mentally. Doubt he is 1.000 OPS guy but did noticeably better at home with archways closed…could easily translate to park where Stros play all the time, imo. Just seems like he could fill a need for them for couple more years of contention. On Giants that’s longer way out, no? Interested to see what Giants do with Belt–just non tender after next year and let him walk or try and get something?

  4. willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:53 am

    We’ve all spent inordinate amount of time lamenting various members of BC. Crawford Belt and Posey have one more year on deals, Longo couple more. I think it will be interesting to see how Giants handle all of them this coming season. Non tender them/let them ride off into sunset?

    Craw and Belt had much improved (and shorter) seasons at plate, Belt especially, with archways closed at the O. Typically they hit much better on road than at home. They likely feel they still have years left in tank as productive players.
    Yes they have no trade clauses but those can be gotten around one way or another ($$$) should Giants decide to trade them. I have sneaking suspicion one of them at least might be offered an extension.

  5. djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Some clown in the NY Post threw out Crawford’s name as a possible fit for the Yankees next season.
    Some clown here’s been doing that for years…

    • willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 10:24 am

      Crawford hit 5 HRs at home this year in 91 ABs. On road he had 490 slugging and an OPS over .800. Overall 8 HRs in 60 games OPS of .790. Perfect platoon guy who can still play D too and could definitely take advantage of RF there.

      • djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 11:50 am

        Yanks need to get more lefty bats like in the old days.
        I’ve been trying to send Belt there too for years.
        Would probably take an injury to Voit now.
        Yankees comical stadium is an ideal place for LH hitters to pad their stats in their expiring contract years…

  6. Winder said, on October 12, 2020 at 9:17 am

    I have been trying to get a clear picture on the state of the minor leagues. Pretty sure we will have one next year but from what I’ve read they will be condensed. That is going to effect some of our players who really do have potential. Even though both Belt and Craw had fairly successful seasons i don’t see us doing very much with them in the lineup or a regular basis. I think we definitely need Posey for at least one more year. I would trade Longo, Belt, and Craw, if possible. And, get rid of Cueto, Smardz, and a few other pitchers. I would probably give Coonrod a chance to control that fastball before dumping him Draft pitching with the first few picks, pick up some GOOD pitching FA’s and build up our infield with young players from our system with a chance of picking some young players out of other teams heaps. I doubt we do much this coming year but with youth you can build.

    • djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 9:31 am

      Smarj is already gone, Winder.
      Cueto, Craw and Belt could be deadline dumps to contenders if they’re playing well, I’d guess…

      • Winder said, on October 12, 2020 at 11:38 am

        Lol. thanks. They say the memory is one of the first to go.

  7. Flavor said, on October 12, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Gurriel had been playing through a worst injury all year. That is probably what has caused his production dropoff

  8. Flavor said, on October 12, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Lol look how Rose slid into 3rd base. It’s like he was parachuting down and the shoot didn’t open

  9. xoot said, on October 12, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Joe Morgan used to show up at my son’s elementary school for Black History month and sign autographs after speaking to the kids. I still have a muddy little league ball with JM’s red-ink signature on it. I had to explain kindly but seriously that the great Joe Morgan deserved better cowhide.

  10. Flavor said, on October 12, 2020 at 10:24 am

    a few things I’d forgottten about Oct 3, 1982. Minton batted for himself in the 7th and with men on 2nd and 3rd and struck out. Then Jim Wohlford batted and HE struck out. Then Morgan came to the plate and made history. I had forgotten it was the 7th inning, I remember that being a walk off in my mind

    • djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 11:35 am

      I’ve said it dozens of times, but I was so despondent over the games on 10/1 & 10/2 that Morgan’s KO of the Dodgers on 10/3 didn’t lift my spirits all that much. Bums had just won it all in ’81 anyway. Eliminating them after they trashed our Cinderella season was sweet but very hollow for me…

  11. alleykat69 said, on October 12, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Man what another bummer with the death of Joe Morgan, hell I didn’t even know he was sick?
    One trait I always thought was cool was his “Chicken Wing” timing method he had at the plate with his left arm.Always 3 times I use to try and copy that swing along with Juan Marichal’s high leg kick with little success..
    RIP “ Little Joe” u were a hell of a player on that big reds machine!!

  12. djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 11:30 am

    No one worshiped Mays more than Morgan.
    He came off well in Ball Four written when he was 26.
    That’s quite a team they’re assembling in the afterlife…

  13. Winder said, on October 12, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Morgan was a tough out when he was with the 45’s also. For some reason he was one of my favorite baseball cards when i was young.

    • djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 11:45 am

      • Winder said, on October 12, 2020 at 12:44 pm

        Yep that was one of em.

  14. xoot said, on October 12, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Nobody mentions that Choi was only jogging it out to 1B? He’s really lucky.

  15. alleykat69 said, on October 12, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Margot does it all, 3 run bomb, then a brilliant catch holding on to the ball as he ends up in the stands!
    Keep it up Rays! Send the cheaters back to the barn..

  16. Bozo said, on October 12, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Sorry to hears this I always liked Little Joe even let him jump me in line.
    Years ago at the Stick, anyone could go to this one concession stand behind the luxury boxes. So you had the high rollers, the press guys and clowns like me all rubbing elbows together. This stand was great, they had “imported” beers, Becks, Heineken and that import called Anchor Steam (man I used to argue with them about that one). They also had great Polish dogs that were on those hot dog roller things, so you could pick out whatever dog you wanted. No Big Flavor surprise dogs there. Anyway Joe was working the booth for us back then and was behind me in line. The lady working there asked him what he wanted (a Polish natch) and she got it for him. She apologized to me saying Joe had to get to work and I just told her that she could always serve a HOFer before me.

  17. unca_chuck said, on October 12, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Damn. Another icon says goodbye. Morgan was a class act, and although he got better, he was annoying to me as an announcer as in his eyes he never made a mistake playing, and pointed out others’ mistakes all the time. But a great great player who was a local legend.

    My only cool line story is one of the only times we were able to successfully sneak into the lower boxes at the Stick. I went to get a beer and of course the line was long but Robin Williams and Will Durst were standing in front of me, and it was hysterical. I can’t remember a damn thing any of us said, and luckily I was pretty buzzed, but it was funny as fuck, and I didn’t want the line to end. I do remember telling the Darrell Porter story, and in fact that might have been that game. In an otherwise shitty loss, it made my year.

  18. alleykat69 said, on October 12, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Zunino goes yard 4-1 Rays!!
    And there Pitching as been lights out!

  19. zumiee said, on October 12, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    I probably mentioned before Huey Lewis walked past our car in the Stick parking lot. He had his Giants cap pulled pretty low, and was walking fast. He didn’t want to get stuck signing autographs. Easily recognizable dude.

  20. zumiee said, on October 12, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I saw the mid-70s Reds play the Giants one game. That Reds team, on offense, was so awesome.

    • zumiee said, on October 12, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Players played pepper in those days, and anyone could watch up close during pre-game, no matter where your actual seats were.
      I think I shared before that I got Bench’s autograph and he shook my hand. Such a different era in those days. I lost that autograph eventually, but still have Rose’s autograph.

      • djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 5:43 pm

        I bet there hasn’t been a card game in a ML clubhouse since Rickey Henderson retired…

  21. alleykat69 said, on October 12, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Rays hold on 4-2
    Great to see punk ass Bergman make the last out with the bases loaded!!

  22. Macdog said, on October 12, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Freeman bomb!

  23. Macdog said, on October 12, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    OK, someone has to post this, although I can’t believe this is the only video I could find:

    • Winder said, on October 12, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      The look on Lasorda’s face is priceless.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Got to get me a Guy Sularz jersey.

  24. Macdog said, on October 12, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Duvall hurt himself on a swing, somewhere in the hip area, he’s out.

    • djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      Bass Baldy is attending to him in the clubhouse…

  25. willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Chargers having Fins kinda game. Herbert throws nice ball.

  26. djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    WTF was Markakis looking at?

    • zumiee said, on October 12, 2020 at 6:35 pm

      He’s a rally-killer tonight.

  27. Flavor said, on October 12, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Markakis looks pretty washed. I’ve never understood why people were so high on him. Not much power, no speed. Boring.

    • willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:25 pm

      high OB helps him .780 OPS. Career OB average is .357. Last 5 years: .370 .346 .354 .366.356.

  28. zumiee said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    “San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is recovering after he was stabbed in the back Sunday night, authorities said.
    Pham was stabbed shortly after 10:30 p.m. outside the Pacers Showgirls International gentlemen’s club, police Lt. Shawn Takeuchi told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
    Pham apparently didn’t know the attackers, who remain at large, he said.
    “While it was a very traumatic and eye-opening experience for me, I’m on the road to recovery and I know I’ll be back to my off-season training routine in no time,” Pham said in a statement released by the team.
    Two people who said they spoke with Pham told the Union-Tribune that Pham was leaving and saw an argument taking place near his car. One person told the paper that Pham was attacked after asking the arguing people to get away from his car.
    Pham was stabbed in the lower back and the wound pierced all three layers of skin but didn’t damage any organs, according to a statement from the Padres. The team said he was in good condition and is expected to fully recover.”

  29. unca_chuck said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Pham is one lucky phuck. Titty joints I guess are strictly following all COVID protocols? I guess if massage parlors are open, strip joints would be as well.

  30. willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Pablo sighting!

    • willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      Carrot top is so wild. He almost hit Albie’s too but get swung at ball four.

  31. Bozo said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Panda taking one for the team.

  32. xoot said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Pablo takes one on the gut! He did his job.

  33. djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Victor Gonzalez looks like a fat Wilmet…

  34. unca_chuck said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Culberson with the k. Fuck.

  35. James said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Duvall, Sandoval, and Culberson — it’s almost like SF is in it.

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

      Smith and Melancon in pen.

  36. snarkk said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    RIP Joe Morgan.
    Joe did everything he could to keep steroid rumor players out of the HOF.
    He got into the Hall, and pulled up the ladder…

  37. djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Braves relying on too many ex-Giants…

  38. djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    And now TFLR!!!

  39. unca_chuck said, on October 12, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    This is cool. Never heard Scully’s call.

  40. unca_chuck said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Booo00m!!!!!!!

  41. Macdog said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Austin power!

  42. Macdog said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    One more ex-Giant coming in soon.

  43. djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Braves have any Tylers?

    • Macdog said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      Two: C Tyler Flowers, LHP Tyler Matzek.

  44. unca_chuck said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Booom boooom!! Albies for the blast!

  45. Bozo said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Braves are just crushing it.

  46. Macdog said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Ozzie bomb!

  47. unca_chuck said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Melonhead with the catch! Pretty funny

  48. willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    That blew up on Roberts pretty fast.

  49. Bozo said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Who are all the people in the stands?

  50. unca_chuck said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Yessssss!

  51. Bozo said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    WTG Braves.

  52. willedav said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Loo thx for those numbers. Kent’s 6 years with Giants were tremendous. dunno why he’s never had much traction with voters…unless it’s guilt by association.

    • djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      Kent’s Giant years were every bit as good as Cepeda’s…

  53. Macdog said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Will Smith gets the W!

  54. djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    There are people here who think the Jets will go 0-16, draft Trevor Lawrence, and ship Darnold to your Niners who’ve seen enough of Jimmy G…

  55. Carstie Clausen said, on October 12, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    The critical Game one is WON. Wonderful tribute to the memory of a Giant Great–Joe Morgan.

  56. mrsprtdude said, on October 12, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Loved Morgan. My fav red in 70’s. I think it as the elbow flap! I was at the Morgan homer gaame! RIP Joe!

  57. djloo27 said, on October 12, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Sorry, but this might’ve been Morgan’s greatest contribution to the Giants…

    December 14, 1982:

    Traded by the San Francisco Giants with Al Holland to the Philadelphia Phillies for C.L. Penigar (minors), Mark Davis and Mike Krukow.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on October 13, 2020 at 8:24 am

      Didn’t Davis bring in a pretty good return from the Padres?


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