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The Second Half Awaits

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 15, 2021

This is the headline at ESPN right now:

I’m not going to read the article. But it’s nice to see the national scribes recognizing that the Giants are truly on top of the NL West.

And yet tonight we get the choice of watching Boston vs NY or NY vs Boston. Take your pick. Boring.

A great pic that came across my timeline. Munson about to get barreled by, I think, Boog Powell

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  1. zumiee said, on July 15, 2021 at 9:05 am

    I recently did something I haven’t done in about a year and a half: I went to my local library.
    One of the books I checked out was in the new book section. A baseball book about the Cleveland team in the late 1940s that helped integrate MLB.

  2. zumiee said, on July 15, 2021 at 9:17 am

    I recently read an article in Time magazine about how computer chips are made. It’s mindboggling technology.
    Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once said that super-advanced technology looks like magic to the average person.
    But, of course, it’s not magic. It’s people in science working really hard to make advances in science and technology.
    Like inventing vaccines, which is a different topic.

    • xoot said, on July 15, 2021 at 9:41 am

      Back when chips were made in Silicon Valley (they’re still designed there), companies like Fairchild and Intel periodically, every five years or so iirc, gave long term employees money to have their automobiles repainted, to repair the acid mist damage they suffered by sitting in the parking lots every day. Chemicals seriously polluted the ground water, too. Now they pollute Asian ground water, I suppose.

  3. willedav said, on July 15, 2021 at 9:18 am

    ooh that looks great Zum!
    I’m reading bio on Seaver , “A Terrific Life”. Also found “Golden Days” steph’s warriors/West’s Lakers with pic of both on cover by Jack McCallum. Libraries near me finally reopened back to normal times.

  4. alleykat69 said, on July 15, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Great picture Flavor,
    Yeah that’s big old Boog Powell trying to put a lick on Thurman Munson, but I can guarantee he’s out Munson like all the great catchers seldom dropped the ball when they have it ahead time..

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      So. by the look of it, Munson has the ball so I think his blocking of the plate / baseline doesn’t violate the current Posey rules? Boog looks like he’s initiated the slide way early and up the line, I don’t think he wants any part of a collision. If he did, he’d be upright, still running and have his shoulder lowered and ready for the crunch to pop the ball out. I read Boog’s entry in Wiki, apparently pre-’68 he was injured a lot, and wanted to finally get through ’68 and later seasons without getting injured.
      Not a bad MLB career for Boog (17 years), from Baseball Reference:
      .266/.361/.462/.823
      339 HRs
      1187 RBIs
      2042 games
      Belt is a better fielder than Powell was.
      But, at 11 years in he is near the batting splits, but not quite, and unless he really picks it up seems unlikely to surpass Boog’s HRs and RBIs…

      • blade3colorado said, on July 15, 2021 at 1:18 pm

        Not certain of the date (1994 or 1995), I gave a OSH presentation in Baltimore and was able to attend 2 games. Boog parlayed his baseball success into a lucrative eatery (Boog’s BBQ?). Anyway, it is located outside the stadium in the mall area adjacent to the Stadium. Good barbeque place! Also attended the National Aquarium (which they opened up at night specifically for our conference attendees). Great time, except United lost my baggage and I didn’t get it back until 3-4 days into the conference. Consequently, I had to explain to attendees why I was giving my spiel in blue jeans and a polo shirt. lqtm.

        Back then, that Baltimore stadium was considered “state of the art” and more or less a template for all stadiums that followed.

      • James said, on July 15, 2021 at 1:30 pm

        Baltimore has one of my favorite libraries

        https://www.360cities.net/image/george-peabody-library

      • xoot said, on July 15, 2021 at 1:33 pm

        that’s a beautiful library

      • alleykat69 said, on July 15, 2021 at 1:49 pm

        There’s no way Belt with his long history of injuries would come close to Boog’s HR’s are RBI’s totals.
        Belt maybe has 3 years left in his broken down body.Boog was done at 35 but still put up numbers that Belt can’t match cause he managed to stay on the field and that’s the difference..

      • snarkk said, on July 15, 2021 at 4:03 pm

        more libraries…
        https://www.bestmastersprograms.org/50-amazing-university-libraries/

  5. alleykat69 said, on July 15, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    James..That is one impressive library 📚
    Wow is that 5 stories wrapped around on all sides with books?

    • James said, on July 15, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      Yep!

  6. chipower9 said, on July 15, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Holy smokes – that is one gorgeous library James.

  7. James said, on July 15, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Like Blade, was in Baltimore for a conference. I escaped the afternoon sessions, walking over to Johns Hopkins to spend some time in that space. A good decision.

  8. willedav said, on July 15, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Ramos yesterday 1-3 double and 3 BBs. After awful June, July OPS is .948.
    Baggs in that Athletic column mentioned Z/H might be more likely to trade someone already on 40 man as opposed to prospects. hmmnn
    Wandy one of 3 Yanks with positive test that results in postponement of game tonight.
    Oakland’s own Dame is 31 today.

    • xoot said, on July 15, 2021 at 3:22 pm

      My sons think he’s great. I think they’re biased by the Oakland connection.

      • willedav said, on July 15, 2021 at 3:43 pm

        I think he’s fabulous. Unlimited range, can attack rim and finish, and solid passer too. And love the no nonsense demeanor on court too, all biz.

  9. djloo27 said, on July 15, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    NY radio guy points out that not one player has come out and supported Bauer.
    Thinks he’s done for the year minimum…

  10. snarkk said, on July 15, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Back in 1995 late summer, Mrs. snarkk and I lived in the Maryland suburbs of DC.
    One night, we took the commuter train out of DC’s Union Station to Camden Yards.
    Took maybe an hour; the train rolled to a stop basically at the stadium’s parking lot. Super convenient. We saw O’s v A’s. This was no more than a week before Ripken broke Gehrig’s record on Sept 6 ( I looked). There was a big sign in block numbers in RF with the streak’s game number — I think that night it was something like 2125, so we were there just a few games before he broke it. Can’t remember why we went then, maybe due to A’s local angle, or who won. That’s the only time I’ve been in that yard. Great ballpark, really liked it. Too bad the O’s have sucked for 20+ years. Angelos is a bad owner…

    • djloo27 said, on July 15, 2021 at 4:19 pm

      Seems like that was the first ballpark where they pushed the whole harbor (?) area as part of the experience.
      Still can’t do that here…

      • James said, on July 15, 2021 at 5:44 pm

        But you do have the Cyclones right off of Coney Island!

    • unca_chuck said, on July 15, 2021 at 5:37 pm

      That was about the last time the O’s were relevant.

  11. unca_chuck said, on July 15, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Asimov has some great quotes.

    – Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    – People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

    But this really nails things:

    – Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’

    • xoot said, on July 15, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      I’ve had to deal with people that wild when completely drunk. Bipolar manic episodes every time, except for one native guy in Alaska.

  12. zumiee said, on July 15, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Wow- the Cubs are ready to make deals.
    “The Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs for minor league first baseman Bryce Ball, the teams announced on Thursday.”

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      Lose Acuna, gain a Joc…

    • xoot said, on July 15, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      Tank out of contention and anything can happen. The next two weeks before the deadline may be pivotal for the Giants. I bet they go .500 and hang tough, adding at least one good pen arm. But who knows.

      Same time frame, I bet melancon nosedives and the pods grab someone, maybe Kimbrel.

  13. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 15, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Love that Munson pic. Reminds me of something I had completely forgotten about. Don’t know what company made them, but there was a series of baseball player figurines made in the early ’60s, not tiny, maybe 6 or 7 inches tall (in my foggy memory), very strong molded material, these things were indestructable. Got one for my birthday each year for 4 years (until I, ahem, outgrew getting baseball player figurines, I guess): As a youngster in NJ, of course I got Mantle, Maris, and one other hitter, don’t remember. They were all positioned pre- or post-swing. My favorite though was Yogi Berra. He was standing but crouched a bit defensively as if waiting for a play, mask off. Those things were very authentic as I remember them. Man, I loved those things. I even dusted them now and then as they stood in their own murderer’s row on the shelf.

    • Winder said, on July 15, 2021 at 10:35 pm

      Stan Musial. They also had Kofax.

      • Winder said, on July 15, 2021 at 10:36 pm

        I think they had Duke Snyder also.

      • Winder said, on July 15, 2021 at 10:37 pm

        Snider.

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 15, 2021 at 11:09 pm

      Yes! I remember the Musial one.

  14. mrsprtdude said, on July 15, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Lets go Giants!

  15. zumiee said, on July 16, 2021 at 7:24 am

    MLB could have had more than one Thursday game scheduled after the All Star game instead of putting all their eggs in the Yankees/Red Sox basket. Just sayin.’


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