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Bring On SUMMER!!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 30, 2021

I dunno, spring training is over, feels right to start me some Summer.

Either way, ST is in the books. What did we learn? Yaz led the team in bombs. Slater and Longo led the team in RBI’s. Doobie led in walks and SB’s. Slater checked in with the top OPS at 1.328.

Our pitching stats were harder to translate. Spider tossed 17 innings, no one else came close to that. Our opening day hero Gausman has thrown 8 so it’ll be interesting to see if he can make it past 3 on Thursday.

Anyway, it’s a pretty exciting time if you think about it. The weather is turning for the better. The country is starting up again with the vaccine rollout in full swing. And fans will be back in their seats, however few they let in.

Today is so much better than it was a year ago. Count your blessings.

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  1. willedav said, on March 30, 2021 at 6:52 am

    ah well said. Still wonder at 2019 Nats, who started off horribly then closed with rush and took down everyone including LA.

  2. Bozo said, on March 30, 2021 at 7:15 am

    A second day of sunshine here and the new year is upon us. Baseball is back so pull back the curtain, Toto. It’s time to Play Ball.

  3. willedav said, on March 30, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Interesting 3 minutes with Kapler on interview on MLB site. First thing he did was praise his coaching staff and note how happy he was to have them back for full on regular ST. OK, let’s see how much magic they can make work over 162.
    They also did 30 team take on most important issue per each, and in 15 of them it had to do with pitching, including Giants.

  4. Bozo said, on March 30, 2021 at 8:14 am

    I see where that wily Will Wilson tied my man Joe “not that one” McCarthy for the strikeout king this Spring. I guess Joe can shoot for the Sactown crown now.

  5. Carstie Clausen said, on March 30, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Keyed in to pitch in the #3 spot, Saturday is the #1 pitching phenomenon of the Cactus League, the Giants own Webb-slinger, ready to take on the Mariners who get to play the role of Little Miss Muffett. With a patchwork rotation and none of the vets signed beyond the current season; San Francisco could use a huge boost in their starting five. If the Spider continues with his ST heroics, we may have at least one bright hope in that tatterdemalion troop.

  6. Flavor said, on March 30, 2021 at 8:54 am

    I fear Gonzales is going to shut us down quite easily on Thurs. That dude is underrated.

  7. alleykat69 said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Yeah Stix I’m real happy to see Webb’s development then spring and the Giants awarding him too with the #3 slot in the rotation as he has pitched light outs! If he can contain those long pitch count innings to a minimum he could turn into something special.
    Looks like Jake McGee has locked down the closer role as he has been outstanding so far, and does have 45 saves in the past so he has experience to close more then anyone else..

  8. Flavor said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:03 am

    why didn’t we keep Drew Smyly? Seems like he would have been a good P to retain

    • sandog said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:11 am

      I think he got pretty good $ from another club.

      • Flavor said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:33 am

        I put him and Gausman in the se.boat. both have an injury risk but both have electric stuff. Wish we had kept him but not at 19 mil a year like we did with Gausman.

      • Bozo said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:46 am

        $11 mil, one year contract with the Braves.

      • Flavor said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:47 am

        Of we were going 19 mil with gaus I’d do another 11 mil for smyly. I’m really worried about our rotation, the more reliable arms the better. I’d rather have smyly than Disco but maybe he’ll grow on me

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:52 am

      Yeah, I reckon most of us were a bit browned-off about the Smyly brush-off, likely directed by Johnson&Johnson. Maybe, though, Kapler and the coaching staff saw something which they didn’t like.

  9. Carstie Clausen said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Any further news on YazMaTaz’ hand? Foghorn folks seemed pretty concerned and speculated if he goes down on the IL that Ramos would get the call.

    • Flavor said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:57 am

      xrays were negative but I’m guessing you aren’t 100% all in on xray results, amirite Stix?

    • willedav said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:12 am

      Pretty important question on Yaz, but firm no to Ramos…not until he shows he can hit a level pitching above A ball in regular season.

  10. Flavor said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Did Shanny/Lych go out and say they wanted Mac Jones? Or is that just conjecture? I swear to God that better be a smokescreen. That would be the dumbest move that would ruin their legacy, it should literally be a fireable offense.

  11. Flavor said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Stix what’s your take on the vaccine? Getting it or nah?

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:13 am

      Waiting for Sputnik. The other majors are unproven, non-peer-reviewed and loaded with mRNA nanos. Not even FDA approved, strictly experimental. Sputnik is more based on prior experience and study.

      • xoot said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:55 am

        Putin on the ritz!

      • Carstie Clausen said, on March 30, 2021 at 11:38 am

        Do a web search and you will discover that more independent (not commercial or military satellite countries) have chosen Sputnik than the big four developed in the U$ and GB.

      • xoot said, on March 30, 2021 at 12:04 pm

        We’ll all probably need another jab this time next year. More the better, I guess.

      • Winder said, on March 30, 2021 at 1:24 pm

        I really don’t care about the mRNA nanos after all the crap I have put in my body in near 70years a few un proven stem cells probably won’t hurt.

  12. willedav said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Saw story on Yahoo where couple different women’s tennis stars from Europe playing in Miami Open said they weren’t going to get vaccines, while Ms. Osaka said she would. Without getting political there is also a group of Americans more resistant to getting one, including friend of mine who falls into that category.
    Cannot for life of me understand such a take…far more unsafe NOT to get a vaccine.

    • James said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:20 am

      I’m waiting for the Apollo.

    • xoot said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:57 am

      The microchip in my second shot of moderna caused a mildly itchy shoulder rash for about two weeks. Maybe it had trouble logging on to my WiFi.

  13. willedav said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Flavor, I’m with you on Smyly. Giants could have likely signed him for 2yrs/$15mil–and might have gotten something in return had he been going well at this year deadline. He’d be only LH SP with team and lot more solid bet than Wood, who still has back problems.
    Money cannot have been issue, Giants are way under budget for salary and ton comes off books end of 2021.
    Hell, they saved $20 mil off Posey opting out last year.

    • James said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:44 am

      I dunno about a lot more solid . . . . Smyly is 32 and has an injury history more extensive than Wood, I think. Still, agree, wish they’d signed him.

  14. Flavor said, on March 30, 2021 at 11:27 am

    ok, this is pretty impressive.

    • Winder said, on March 30, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      Nice. Pretty sure it’s between Fields and Lance.

    • James said, on March 30, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      A couple of years ago, I threw a football for the first time in ages. I wanted to impress the other grandpas with me at the beach, so I ran left like this throwing the ball 20-30 yards on a line about a dozen times. It took my back 6 months to recover. I do not plan to throw a football ever again.

  15. xoot said, on March 30, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Baggarly noted today the Giants started getting vaxxed on Monday. Be interesting to see how dose two hits them four weeks from now.

  16. alleykat69 said, on March 30, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Not impressed with Mac Jones pro day.One of his throws hit a light fixture on a out and up down the sidelines 😂 missed others overthrow are behind the receiver. Looks chubby( think Darnold)compared to the rest of the QB’s who are ripped.Praying Shanny &Lynch sees the same in their evaluation. Also 4.82 40 not nearly as quick as the rest.4.4 for Fields wow.I don’t see all the jizz over him from some analysts thinking he’s the 49er pick.He’s the 5th rated QB for a reason, not as athletic,arm strength definitely worse then the rest, and he’s too damm happy and smiling to much, I want more serious attitude..

  17. zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Stix is not correct regarding Covid-19 vaccines. I don’t want to go deep into the topic, though. It’s all information that is easily available. A recent Time magazine article, for example, did an excellent job of explaining how the Covid-19 vaccines work. There’s nothing mystical, mysterious, or dangerous about the vaccines. It’s all medical knowledge and advances that have been developing for years.

    • zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      We all benefit from previous generations getting vaccinated and wiping out diseases such as polio.

    • xoot said, on March 30, 2021 at 5:15 pm

      Has Time changed since Benioff bought it?

      https://images.app.goo.gl/ZTrphV7GCC6wo5QP8

      • zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 5:28 pm

        My perception of Time magazine these days is that the magazine has finally accepted that conservatives aren’t reading the magazine anymore, so there’s no need to do “both sides” on everything, especially when one of the sides is not committed to truth.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 30, 2021 at 7:36 pm

      Zumiee: You may have limited yourself to approved and “on message” sources such as Time magazine, which from its inception under Henry Luce, has been essentially a mouthpiece for the most powerful financial interests in the country. Literally thousands of doctors and other medical personnel across the globe have voiced concern over the Pfizer, Moderna and Astra-Genica vaccines. If you adhere faithfully to mainstream corporate sources for your information, you might be missing out on information which might broaden your perspectives.

  18. zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    There’s absolutely no way I’m going to a baseball game this season, major league or minors. If there was a stranger sitting a few seats away from me who was not wearing a mask, that’s all I would fixate on, and I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the game. My hope is to go to games in ’22.

    • zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      I have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19. But the vaccines don’t guarantee to keep a person from catching the virus. They promise to keep a person for getting real sick from it if they catch it. The data on how much the vaccines can keep a person from getting the virus is not complete yet. Also medical scientists don’t know how contagious a vaccinated person would be if they caught the virus. That data is not complete yet, either.

      • Flavor said, on March 30, 2021 at 5:02 pm

        promising to keep you from getting real sick is a pretty good promise, no? I mean, we get colds and flus that typically don’t get us real sick. If the vaccine knocks Covid’s effects down to something like that and I got it I’d be ok with that I think

      • zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 5:05 pm

        People need to stay vigilant, even if vaccinated. Keep doing all the correct things such as wear a mask, stay out of crowds, etc. Hopefully a very high percentage of the population will ultimately get vaccinated. The virus can be defeated.

      • zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 5:08 pm

        Yeah, BF, it’s definitely a good feeling being vaccinated. I know of a lot of people who have talked about the feeling of some stress leaving their bodies. Stress they didn’t fully realize was building inside them. The accumulated stress of a year of worrying about catching the virus.

      • zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 5:09 pm

        A lot of people have been very emotional at the vaccine centers. Seeing their elderly parents get vaccinated as moved some people to tears of relief.

  19. alleykat69 said, on March 30, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Xoot..Nice pull on “The DUDE” the guys my IDOL!!
    “I can see him now in a Covid-19 line in his boxers and bathrobe drinking a White Russian”

  20. Macdog said, on March 30, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    USC blown out by Zags, UCLA now the last Final Four hope for the Conference of Champions.

  21. zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    “Literally thousands of doctors and other medical personnel across the globe have voiced concern over the Pfizer, Moderna and Astra-Genica vaccines.”

    Literally not true about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. I have no idea about the Astra one.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:40 pm

      Zumiee: You appear to be “stuck on a whale who’s married to the deputy sheriff of the jail”. Have you ever explored informational sources other than the primary corporate sites which inevitably remain “on message” as acceptable to their corporate advertisers?
      By the way, exactly who is it that considers Walter Isaacson to be a “well respected” authority on medical and public health matters. Though I may have read a handful of essays by the man, his expertise in biographical exposition does not necessarily grant him credence in fields outside of that immediate zone of talent.

  22. zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Here’s the Time magazine article. It’s pretty long, but makes for great reading. Written by the well-respected Walter Isaacson, who’s written some terrific biographies.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/time.com/5927342/mrna-covid-vaccine/%3famp=true

  23. snarkk said, on March 30, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    I got the first Pfizer a week ago.
    Tonight, I’m rubbing my ears to tune into the UCLA – MI game on radio — very little static, as good as FM.
    I’m hoping with second shot I’ll be able to stream in Netflix directly into my optic nerve bundles.
    With any luck, I can binge watch Ozark while doing yard work…

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on March 30, 2021 at 8:37 pm

      lulz

  24. djloo27 said, on March 30, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    The Giants play the Mets here in late August.
    By that time, it might take the Grave Duggar to get me out there…

    • Macdog said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:07 pm

      I’ll probably go, haha.

      • djloo27 said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:49 pm

        Thursday afternoon?

  25. djloo27 said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Joe Cunningham died the other day at age 89. I only remember him because he was one of my very first baseball cards a couple of years earlier.
    He looked about 89 back then…

    • Macdog said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      Which Senators team did he play for?

    • willedav said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      I had a glove with his name on it. He played for Cards too right?

      • djloo27 said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:48 pm

        Always hit for average. Second to Aaron for the batting title in ’59 at .345…

  26. alleykat69 said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    UCLA incredible run to the final 4!!

    • Macdog said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:11 pm

      Crazy run. They needed an and-1 3-point play to force OT vs. Michigan State in the play-in game, and now survive all those missed Michigan chances to reach the Final 4.

    • Macdog said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:24 pm

      And congrats to East Regional champ UCLA.

      • willedav said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:45 pm

        Hard to believe. I watched Zags torch USC for 49 in first half; it took both Michigan and UCLA whole game to get that many.
        Stanford women repping league too, with massive second half comeback to get to Final Four. Arizona women on other side too vs. UConn.
        Women’s game does one cool thing I like–10 minute quarters instead of 20 minute halves. Breaks it up better.

  27. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Yeah Loo, those cards made the players look so old especially to us youngsters. Remember Phil Linz? Had his card (also saw him play once), and he looked just like my Father, who was 40 years older than me. At such a young age, I thus believed at that time that all baseball players were in their 40s. I was always so surprised when I’d see them in person a) how young they actually were and also b) how big they actually were.. from the viewpoint of a youngster…

    • djloo27 said, on March 30, 2021 at 9:45 pm

      Although the first player I ever saw up close in person was Chisox 3B, Pete Ward who looked like one of the old guys I’d see stumbling out of Feeley’s Tavern on the corner…

      • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:01 pm

        Haha, same when I saw Nellie Fox once. Really? That guy’s a baseball player?….

  28. zumiee said, on March 30, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Speaking of Time magazine, a recent issue has a good article about Kim Ng, the new GM of the Marlins.
    If she was a man, she would have gotten a GM job a long time ago. She was assistant GM of the Yankees during the Yankees championships in the Jeter years. She’s incredibly qualified for a GM job.
    Jeter, of course, is the one that hired her for the Marlins.

  29. djloo27 said, on March 31, 2021 at 5:14 am

    Some sports radio guy was saying this morning that despite how good the NY teams are supposed to be, there’s just no “buzz” about the baseball season here in the city.
    I think he’s right.
    Probably COVID related somehow…

  30. Irish Kevin said, on March 31, 2021 at 8:28 am

    It would be nice if the Giants could win opening day, my Birthday. At least Baseball ⚾️ is starting on my B day


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