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Still In…..FIRST PLACE!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 6, 2021

Not much to say about the Colorado series. Looking forward to the new arms they’re going to carousel in here in the coming days. Safe to say, opportunities will be there……

Willie Mays turns 90 today. I swear to God it feels like this guy has 3-4 birthdays a year…….

Duff Man continues his mini career revival in Chicago, this time making us ALL happy with a loss for LA. He continues to show 0 power but the 3SB’s are surprising considering his usual lack of early foot. I hope he doesn’t keep trying to steal bases, that wonky foot not built for that type of work….

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  1. chipower9 said, on May 6, 2021 at 6:17 am

    Yeah, it sucks to lose two of three when you had leads in all, and in the final inning in one. That is the house of horrors called Coors. Fuck that place.

    Great to see the cubbies sweep la bumbinos. Padres took 2 of 3 from the Bucs.

    When I saw Wisler come in in a pressure situation yesterday, well, that’s all ya needed to know about our bullpen. It sucks.

  2. willedav said, on May 6, 2021 at 6:30 am

    Webb loses command something fierce and cannot throw a strike–all he needed to do to Trejo yesterday, last guy he faced. Possible with Cueto due to start Sunday, Webb and Sanchez combine for an outing. Which might mean a 4 hour contest. Dunno where other new arms would come from, but I think James is right and Rogers and Baragar seem most consistently reliable so far.

  3. willedav said, on May 6, 2021 at 7:10 am

    thanks to Loo for NY Rangers update. Sharks had an embarrassing season too. At one point they traded away one of their goalies (Dubnyk) to division rival–and when he came up against them, he got the W in revenge. They have been in full play the kids mode for couple weeks now, not a good place to be with so many experienced vets. Great announcers though. Just unwatchable.

    • Macdog said, on May 6, 2021 at 7:52 am

      I’ve paid very little attention to hockey this season, mainly because the Devils suck even more than the Sharks and Rangers, but I don’t like the way the schedule was done — the same teams playing each other over and over and over. I guess having seven teams from Canada made it tough to have a normal schedule due to Covid,

      • Flavor said, on May 6, 2021 at 7:53 am

        hockey is boring to you? Hey man, thanks for catching up and joining team #FuckHockey

      • willedav said, on May 6, 2021 at 8:03 am

        not what either of us said–home team was bad but it’s still a great sport–and like baseball, lot harder to watch when your team sucks. Even casual fans I know who have attended live games at Tank say it’s a great experience.

      • chipower9 said, on May 6, 2021 at 8:10 am

        Hockey? Boring? Not IMO. Constant action.

        Many players are the size of linebackers, skating balls-out to control the puck while others try to take their heads off. Typically low-scoring like baseball, but constant action. And I too have not followed much this year, just because the Sharks have been unwatchable.

      • djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 8:18 am

        As the old NHL commercial used to say:
        “Try doing your job on ice skates”

  4. alleykat69 said, on May 6, 2021 at 8:01 am

    For the life of me I will never be able to figure out Webb?
    He has games like yesterday where he’s just cruising along and dominating for 3 innings, filthy stuff, low pitch count, then all of a sudden he gets timid, starts to nibble and your just waiting if u can get through it the total country bumpkin meltdown.And then the utmost embarrassment to be pulled for Wishler ( I can see why the Twins cut him loose because they knew he SUCKED TOO) to face the pitcher and I cue a solid 2 run single off yes u and everyone in the park knows a Slider like McGhee a fastball. Gawd they got get rid of both these one trick pony!Bring up Leone,Castro, anybody then looking at these 2 mugs again..

  5. unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Every time Webb gets to the 4th or 5th inning, he hangs slider after slider and then grooves fastballs or completely loses the zone.

    He has filthy movement, decent command, but absolutely forgets how to pitch and gives up the ghost.

  6. Winder said, on May 6, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Just because I’m up here. i will try and keep track of the Emeralds.

    This is from the fan insider.

    SF Giants Minor-League Opening Day: High-A
    Eugene Emeralds 9 at Spokane 5
    Performance of the Game: Caleb Kilian (4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 60 pitches)

    Easily the highlight of the day for the SF Giants affiliates, the Eugene Emeralds earned manager Dennis Pelfrey a victory in his first official game as an affiliate manager. The Emeralds’ lineup is littered with talent, and all nine starters recorded a hit before the game was over. However, 2020 first-round pick Patrick Bailey was the offensive star in his first professional game. The NC State alum went 3-5 with a pair of singles and a solo home run, which marked the first home run by a Giants minor leaguer in 2021. Diego Rincones mimicked Bailey’s 3-5 line but added a double of his own. Not to be outdone, Sean Roby and Tyler Fitzgerald added homers of their own.

    However, while this roster is stacked with offensive talent, the Opening Day starting pitcher warranted the most attention. Caleb Kilian was drafted in Giants amateur scouting director Michael Holmes‘ first year with the organization in the 8th round of the 2019 draft. An all-around solid starter throughout his collegiate career at Texas Tech, Kilian seemed likely a back-end starter prospect who would likely need to pick up velocity upon a move to the bullpen to be successful. In his first career full-season appearance, though, he made a statement.

    Kilian needed just 60 pitches to complete four shutout innings, where he surrendered two hits and racked up nine strikeouts. Eugene was frustratingly the lone Giants affiliate without a video feed on Tuesday, but a quick look at the gameday shows he was racking up tons of swings and misses. Out of college, Kilian showed a mid-90s fastball (around 92-94 mph) with a curveball and changeup that flashed as average pitches. However, the Giants have clearly identified pitchers that they believe had unlocked potential with a change in mechanics or a tweak to their repertoire. With more than a year away from official games, plenty of players could have reinvented themselves. Kilian may have been the first one to announce it with an exclamation point.

    2020 fourth-round selection R.J. Dabovich made his first professional appearance in the ninth inning and showed the erraticness that most prospect fans have come to expect from premium stuff, inconsistent command relievers. Dabovich struck out two of the five batters he faced but surrendered a solo home run and a walk in one inning of work.

    • willedav said, on May 6, 2021 at 8:47 am

      Awesome thanks! Could not find anything at MCC site on minors games played yesterday.

    • chipower9 said, on May 6, 2021 at 8:56 am

      Nice rundown. Thanks, Winder.

  7. James said, on May 6, 2021 at 9:04 am

    I finally bothered to see what SRS is, the last column in the Baseball Reference MLB standings. SRS = Run differential + strength of schedule. Not only are the Giants in first, they and LA are tied for the MLB lead in SRS with a 1.2! Wow!!

    • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 9:10 am

      That, and $7.50 will get you a vente double macchiato half-decaf vanilla frappuchino at Starbucks.

      • James said, on May 6, 2021 at 9:23 am

        I’m sure it’ll be part of a tiebreaker formula soon.

  8. willedav said, on May 6, 2021 at 9:24 am

    On Slusser Twitter is 400 ft bomb from Ramos yesterday.

  9. alleykat69 said, on May 6, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Serious Heat 🔥🔥🔥Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene pitching for the Chattanooga Lookouts in AA
    set a a baseball record by throwing 37 pitches over 100 mph in a win yesterday..

    • djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 10:09 am

      His Tommy John surgery is scheduled for 1:00 PM tomorrow…

      • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:18 am

        I think he’s going for the Tommy James surgery.

  10. alleykat69 said, on May 6, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Yeah like the massage therapist for the Giants working overtime Loo!
    Man this team is banged up.. Posey, hamstring,Dickerson., Shoulder,Flores,Knee/ thigh, Longoria, hammy tightness,Crawford, rib cage,calf, Barrels,calf, Yaz oblique maybe back Friday?
    Wade jr, oblique, Davis, knee,Garcia, shoulder strain, Wisler, brain issues, Ditto for McGee
    Not sure why you send Bart back down if Posey with a tight hamstring would even be able to go into the squat for 9 innings? This dayoff comes at a good time but know need to push there best hitter right now..

  11. djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:12 am

    How the fuck is this team in first place?

    • James said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:17 am

      It’s the magic of SRS.

    • James said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:21 am

      The Bore Core
      Any SP not named Webb
      Tyler Rogers

    • chipower9 said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:21 am

      Smoke, mirrors, and a heavy dose of good luck.

      • James said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:37 am

        Zaidi’s the one who’s been lucky so far with the performance of the SPs and the BC. The Mariners, now that’s a team doing it with luck on the field.

  12. unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:18 am

    We should all try out for the relief crew. Just like the good old days when I tried out for 49er DB at Sequoia HS back in ’79. I’m joking, sort of. I did go to watch tryouts and practices that summer after graduating high school. Stopped off at Harry’s Hof Brau a few times as my step father worked near there.

  13. chipower9 said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Not sure how this earth-shattering news slipped past me. Giants traded Skye Bolt back to the A’s (who had designated him for assignment less than a month ago) for cash considerations.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:59 am

      Skye Bolt. How the fuck could he miss with a fuckn name like that?!

  14. pawliekokonuts said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:28 am

    I hope the Say Hey Kid basks in every ray of the klieg lights today for his 90th birthday. soak it in, Willie. He’s really the last man standing with such stature from that era. As I said on Twitter, without Willie Mays, I would be a different person. I really would. A lesser one. It’s not an exaggeration. Happy birthday, No. 24, and thanks.

    • alleykat69 said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:50 am

      For sure PK!
      Willie Mays will always be on the top of my list along with McCovey, Marichal,
      The 3 M boys were awesome for me to watch as a youth!
      Happy 90th Birthday Willie!

    • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      Well said, PK! Love it. He was such a big presence growing up in the late 60s and early 70s.

    • Winder said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      My lifelong favorite ballplayer. There was nothing like him.

    • djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      How the heck are you, Pawlie?
      Your wisdom and civility are missed here…

      https://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/Oldest_Living_Baseball_Players.php

      • pawliekokonuts said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:27 pm

        I’m great, Loo. Just published my 17th https://amzn.to/36UtTKC and 18th books https://amzn.to/320RtDk. I don’t know if they’re any good; they certainly don’t make me rich; but, truly, they keep me going. At 72, you gotta have SOMETHING (when you’re not napping). How’s Brooklyn? My daughter is moving back to Manhattan. Rents are cheaper. For now.

      • djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:55 pm

        Brooklyn is an open sewer…

      • djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:57 pm

        Check out #95 on that list above, PK…

      • djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 1:31 pm

        I half expect to be stabbed in Coney Island this summer…

      • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 1:58 pm

        You ought to come to the Tenderloin some time, DJ. Then we’ll take in a ball game.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on May 6, 2021 at 6:38 pm

        Loo, some list. It resurrected Joe Morgan. Did you know Bill Greason, who I believe was a teammate of Mays on the Black Barons, is currently a preacher in Birmingham?

  15. chipower9 said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Angels just designated Pujols for assignment.

    • snarkk said, on May 6, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      Pujols never should have gone to the Angels.
      A cash grab.
      Last half of his contract there was predictably not worth it for the Angels.
      He’s a HOFer, but his legacy would be far better if he had finished with the Cards…

  16. alleykat69 said, on May 6, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Yeah I was a pitcher on my San Carlos High team that also had LHP pitcher Keith Comstock on it, we both had good stuff but his was even better with a lethal curve ball I lacked.Still fun times with a solid team.He made it the bigs pitching in relief for the Giants in 87 before being traded along with 3B Chris ( sprained eye brow) Brown and SP Mark Grant in one of the biggest heist ever for the Giants who received Kevin Mitchell, Dave Dravecky & Craig Lefferts! Keith went on to coaching in the Giants farm system along with another former teammate Gary Davenport ( Jim’s son along with Randy&Don) and still is a coach in the farms..

    • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      Don Davenport coached my daughter’s fast pitch softball team in 3rd grade. Great coach and a great guy.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:28 pm

      What year did you graduate, AK?

      • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:46 pm

        You must have been near the end of the run for San Carlos High if you are around my age.

      • alleykat69 said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:54 pm

        1974 Unca..
        Damm that’s along time ago, great times,but it’s crazy how life moves on so quickly..

      • djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:59 pm

        Mine is dragging.
        Enough already…

      • alleykat69 said, on May 6, 2021 at 1:07 pm

        They closed down the High School in 82 I believe?
        Stupid decision, more like a money grab, using an excuse of lack of baby boomers are some BS , so they could develop the High School for homes.
        They still developed a couple softball fields and the old football / track is still there.
        It was weird later on when I would play softball up there which use to be the parking lot where everyone got stoned along with the rain forest past the football field in forest of eucalyptus trees on a hillside, the ultimate party place..

      • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 1:53 pm

        Well, there was a huge drop in admissions as all the boomers graduated. I graduated in 79 and that was the tail end of it. San Carlos High was in a killer location. Knew a bunch of people from my days racing in a ski club. The football field is now a soccer field that my kids played on.

        Funny thing is, by the time my daughter got to high school, schools were getting overrun with kids. When she got to college her class was the largest admissions class in California history. So all those schools that closed down,some were brought back to life.

        Crazy thing is, she’s 30 now. And I’m fucking SIXTY!

  17. pawliekokonuts said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    I have to declare it one more time, as a counterweight to stories near and far, including here, of alleged sour encounters with him, that Willie Mays, the man, could not have been more kind and gracious and welcoming to me, a stranger, than when I reached him, without advance notice, on the phone in October of 2016.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 2:03 pm

      My wife got his autograph when she used to work at the Airport Hilton. It was a Humm Baby t-shirt I had given her that Al Rosen, Roger Craig, Will Clark, Willie Mays, and Mike Krukow signed. She said Krukow was the biggest dick. Said Mays was pleasant. But who ain’t pleasant to my wife?

      She also got Joe’s autograph at a different gig there. Don’t know where that went but I have the pic of him signing it.

  18. Winder said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    When i was real young we lived next door to Norm Standlee in Menlo Park. He would have a bunch of the team over for barbeques. That’s where my cousin met Art Michalik. They ended up getting married.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Michalik. A nice Slovak name like my own. All we had in Stamford when I was a kid were Ron Northey, Andy Robustelli (went to my church), Mayor J. Walter Kennedy, and Chico Vejar (boxer). Wait. For Loo. “Wrestler” Tony Altamaro (sp).

      • Winder said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:44 pm

        After football Art went into wresting and in either 63 or 64 won a championship tag team with a Raider player who called himself the Destroyer. Art’s wresting name was Art boom boom Michalik.

      • djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 12:54 pm

        Altimore – Lou Albano’s tag team partner…

    • Bozo said, on May 6, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      Captain Lou, Captain Lou, Albano.

      • Bozo said, on May 6, 2021 at 1:28 pm

        The New Rhythm and Blues Quartet (NRBQ), had Lou as their manager for a brief period and they wrote a song about him.

  19. Flavor said, on May 6, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Loo does this pic bring back any memories?

    • djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      Hell yes, although this is probably a little before my time.
      Betting lines were the norm. Cursing and threats from behind you as post time
      neared. Getting shut out was the ultimate nightmare…

      • chipower9 said, on May 6, 2021 at 2:19 pm

        Looks like your brother from another mother, Loo.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      Dig the ONE guy looking at the camera like “oh shit, my boss/wife is gonna see this!”

      • alleykat69 said, on May 6, 2021 at 2:08 pm

        Thinking the same thing, his racing form stands out in his blazer pocket that he’s so busted..

      • unca_chuck said, on May 6, 2021 at 2:11 pm

        David Bowie in front of him, playing it ultra cool.

  20. alleykat69 said, on May 6, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    The guy behind his right shoulder looks like his face went thru a meat grinder.
    He must of got beat up on every street corner in NY..

  21. James said, on May 6, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    I’m not a big fan of Joe Henry, nor am I a Willie nostalgia guy, but what the hell https://m.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR1t-poJFrO2qzhIXjz2Tb1vhOh1UkmCubY8xNC79nz5D54xpVG4390rQIw&v=8MU6ADTrzMQ&feature=youtu.be

    • Winder said, on May 6, 2021 at 7:08 pm

      Great song thanks.

  22. pawliekokonuts said, on May 6, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    James. Ok. I never heard of Joe Henry. (Don’t be a hater. I’m old tho’ I do know who Billie Eilish is, and that was before her British Vogue cover.) Anyway, man, I love that song. I like the words and the singing style. THANKS.

    • James said, on May 6, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      You’re welcome, Pawlie. Let me echo Loo’s appeal – spare a tiny bit of that textual production for us!

      • pawliekokonuts said, on May 6, 2021 at 10:10 pm

        meaning less prolix? or share book sample? or both?

      • James said, on May 7, 2021 at 8:27 am

        Just an invitation for you to post a little more frequently again, with copyrighted material or not!

  23. djloo27 said, on May 6, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Pawlie and PaulinAsia might be the wisest people who post here…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on May 6, 2021 at 10:08 pm

      pshaw


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