THE San Francisco Giants Blog

Snake Bit in AZ

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 3, 2016

I’m glad I didn’t have to watch that ending. I read somewhere that the bomb Strick-ny9 gave up was his first to a RH since last August. I don’t think you guys should be so quick to bury him. He’s one of the best relievers we have…..

Ahhhhhh, did my part in cleaning out the ElDo sportsbook with only the Rockies failing me. This morning while running several winning parlays through the machine, the teller coyly smiled and said “you did all these with me!!!” I gave her a weird look having never seen this woman before. But it turns out I had seen her, she was the teller from the day before when I made the bets. Had she had a better rack I bet I would have remembered her…..

Now it’s off to Cactus Pete’s where we will stay the night before a short drive to the July 4th parade in Hailey, Idaho. If you guys want old fashioned Summer Independence day fun, that is the place to be. I’m thankful my 13 year old still gets jazzed about this kind of stuff….

Later.

Summer Time!!!!!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 2, 2016

If Parker could just, you know, make contact with the ball, I would love him. Anyone with the power to send a ball THAT far oppo is a beast in waiting. But there will always be that darned contact issue with him……

I wouldn’t bet on the Giants game tonight with YOUR money. Who knows what Smarge is going to do? I’d lean towards AZ and at +128 if I was forced to bet the game.

Other dawgs I like:

Reds at +196

Colorado at +160

Pitt at +148

and for the hell of it I’m taking the Mets at +148 because these are the type of games when “Two Slices” steps up and spins a gem.

And while not quite a dawg, I think the Padres handle the Yanks tonight.

So there ya go, pin those 6 teams together for $50 and watch $2000 roll back your way…..It would actually be more than that since 5 of them are dawgs but I can’t do that math in my head…..

Another sound betting strategy would just be to bet each game individually and take the opposite of who I’m taking. You’ll like win 4 or 5 and make money on the day. Hey now.:)

We are floating down the damn river in tubes today and playing poker all night.

Whatever you all are doing today, do it well and make it so……

Bum’s Bat

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 1, 2016

With one swing from a mighty man, a series worth of frustration was washed away. What if Burns catches that ball? Eh, never mind. Let’s just revel in the glory of a win against a very average team.

Now we travel to Arizona for a match with the dude who’s first name is a girl. With the best VMI on the board this evening I expect us to smack him around.

I’m beginning my Summer foray to Sun Valley today so I will be around and will change the threads but it might be a little sporadic till I get there. With the El Dorado poker room in between here and there, it could be a while……

Keystone Giants

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 30, 2016

Maybe it’s time to peek in on Marco Scutaro and see how he’s moving around. We need infielders!

Last night’s game isn’t going to go away for a while. As James said, he’s going to remember that game 10 years from now and just like the Brenly game, I think he’s absolutely right. I’m not sure which Giant was worse. Mac Williamson literally goosed a ball over the fence for an HR for the A’s. Tejada dropped a ball that little league infielders catch. And Pagan was playing like he was asleep out there. What was that all about?

As the A’s march towards this absurd sweep, tonight we get to watch Bumgarner hit in place of a DH. That’s will be fun to watch. Until he’s no longer in the game and we have to send a reliever up there to hit. Whatever, Boch will just use a PH like he normally would. I doubt we see a pitcher hit for us tonight (besides Bum).

13 Runs in 4 Innings?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 29, 2016

Let me be clear about this: I don’t like bullpen guys. What do they have to do? Go out there for 1 inning and throw as hard as they want? Boo hoo. If Peavy has a clean first inning tonight and then gets blown up in the 2nd we’d be calling for his retirement.

So I have very little patience for guys who can’t go an inning without giving up runs.

And we are halfway to the A’s sweeping us.

That brings up a valid consideration: Maybe we aren’t as good as our record indicates. While we’ve been busy slapping each other on the backs and dropping knowing dude head nods on all those who pass, it needs to be acknowledged that we have been beating up on some pretty average/pole smoking teams this year.

But, there is no dominant team in either league unless you want crown the Cubs ass. And we all know that success in the regular season means nothing come the post season……..

WannaBee Rollie

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 28, 2016

That giant ass……

A stance on the mound so wide he could ride 2 fine steeds at once….

The meticulously oiled mustache….

And that herky jerky two pump chump wind up…….

Everything about that guy I want to go away.

And it happened again. The pitiful A’s who are 16.5 games out of first place came into our park and smacked us around.

I could easily see the A’s sweeping us.

Being a Dodger Fan Would Suck

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 27, 2016

If you’re ever hit with great angst about the Giants not scoring 4.2 runs a game or the bullpen sucking or whatever, go read the 2 posts from Dodger fans that Zumiee re-posted last night. That’ll give you some perspective on being let down as a sports fan. If that doesn’t work, go listen to “18 and Life” by Skid Row. No real reason, that song just happens to be playing in the background as I type this. Although Rickey, man, kid never had a chance, did he? lqtm…..

Count me in the camp of NOT wanting to see the A’s right now. Inter-league is lame and a time that has passed itself by. And while the A’s might be the worst team in the league they are also the type of team who can cause you problems. For additional reference, please see: the Phillies this past weekend……

So let’s not sink down to the level of Beane’s half-sunk ship. Step on the throat of these fucks and stomp the piss out of them. Don’t give them any reason to think they’re in this…….

Here are the last names of the 4 SP’s we are facing this series: Mengden, Graveman, Manaea, Overton…..

I don’t want to hear any bullshit from Krukow about the Giants “not having a book” on any of these guys. Read the scouting report. They’ll all young guys with talent who aren’t ready to be regularly productive mlb starting pitchers.

STPOOT (stomp the piss out of them)

 

 

 

Phuck the Phillies

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 26, 2016

Well, they lost that game.

It is unacceptable to score 2 runs for Bum in two straight starts. And they were lucky to get those 2….

Nola is actually a decent pitcher so the Giants hitters need to show up today.

Unlike the last 2 games where they were MIA.

No. More. Blanco.

Give the man a rest. He needs a rest……

Plus, it’s Sunday where run totals go to die. I’m telling you, if you want to make a lot of $$$ bet the under on every Sun across MLB. Over time and after withstanding some variance, you’ll clean up……

Another Win, Another Irritating Krukism

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 25, 2016

I missed the end of the game. What can I say? I’m a baller with a bedtime. Kudos to those of you who clawed your way to that win.

“Money in the bank” goes tonight and I can’t see how they lose this game….

My newest irritation with Mike Krukow (after pitchers who “will throw anything at any time” and his constant pre-game blather about what type of strike that day’s umpire will be calling): always calling a runner fast or declaring that he has good speed. Regardless of how fast or slow they actually are…..

What bothers you most about our beloved K/K tandem?

Phuckin’ Phillies @ The Big Phone

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 24, 2016

Another day, another W. This is what the Dubs season felt like. Wins piling on top of wins with the fans starting to become a little immune to how awesome a win is. We need to appreciate these now, there will be darker days ahead.

Tonight, the Phillies come to town and they stink. They can’t hit and their pitchers give up gobs of bombs. How will that translate into this weekend series? It’s baseball, anything can happen. I don’t think we’re as good as our record. It doesn’t make sense that we can lose some of our best players and we start winning MORE. But whatever, enjoy the ride. Peavy at home as been a pretty good ride. Peavy anywhere has been a surprising good thing.

Ranking our starters in terms of reliability you’d probably have to go Bum, Cueto, Peavy, Smarge and then Suarez who is just a cheaper version of Petit who, frankly, I’d still rather have on the team…..

The Pirates Fought The Law And YOU KNOW What Happened!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 23, 2016

I still think Derek Law looks completely out of shape. He’s like a skinny Rick Reuschel. And those teeth. Jesus, when he smiles, they’re everywhere. It’s like he’s got 83 teeth in his mouth……

But the dude can pitch. And that interview of him after the game was one of my favorite all year. He’s just a genuine, cool ass dude.

I’m gonna let the worrywarts freak out about Smarge. His problem right now is simple. His off speed stuff is flying just out of the strike zone forcing him to throw too many fastballs that all travel around 94mph and hitters are sitting on them and blasting them. He’ll be fine.

Pena. Gillespe. Osich. Law. Just pull a name off the scrap heap and Sabean will turn him into a contributing major leaguer.

It’s like we might never lose another game again…….

 

34 Years Later……

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 22, 2016

The last time the Giants scored 15 runs in Pittsburgh: Aug 18, 1982. They won 16-9. Jack Clark had 4 hits and 6 RBI’s. Leonard had 5 ribbies. Duane Kuiper pinch hit in the 7th inning and had 2 hits in that inning.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT198208180.shtml

So where does everyone stand on Gillespe? Clearly, he doesn’t like being referred to as “Boring Ass”. And all Ramiro Pena does is spray ropes all over the yard.

Screw Arroyo, who needs him?

Uh oh…….

 

 

Arroyo > Pena

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 21, 2016

So whattya gimmie for a *Ramiro Pena*? This is the kind of shit the Giants do that I hate. Just because this cat has been in the big leagues at some point in his career they’re going to start him. Note to Giants brass: shitty utility guys do not belong starting for any length of time, ever.

Arroyo isn’t going to get called up because of the tired, played out excuse we’ve always gotten: He might not be ready and we don’t want to damage his psyche. Excuse me but fuck that. I’m tired of treating ballplayers like they’re PTSD victims. If you call him up and it turns out he’s not ready you just tell him that and send him back down. He’ll be fine. It’s not like he’s going to cry a puddle of tears and be ruined forever.

Give Arroyo a shot. You know he wants it. And he’s earned it.

Re-Focusing the Focus

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 20, 2016

Ok, I’ve washed that epic meltdown off and turned my focus to….baseball. That’s it. For the rest of the Summer my sports attention is on one thing: baseball. And as Summer gets under way today, that’s not a bad place to attend.

Pittsburgh reminds me of Cleveland so I do not like them one fuck. And though I’ve never been to either place I want the Giants to destroy the Pirates today…..

It’s possible I haven’t *completely* washed that epic meltdown off yet.:):):)

Marbles

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 19, 2016

Ah, Game 7. Is there anything better? Elimination. Winner take all. Sudden death. All the……(see headline).

In that way, 2012 was magical. Still hard to believe. Down 2-0 to the Reds? No problem. We’ll just reel off 3 straight in your yard. Down 3-1 to the Cards? Howsabout another 3 straight in yo face?

But today is a Game 7 that I’m treading lightly towards. I can trick myself into believing the excuses for the last 2 beatdowns. No Draymond in Game 5. Had to play in Cleveland in Game 6. But the constant in both of those games was the awakened beast that is Lebron. He’s made me question Curry’s MVP win and I thought I stood unshakably behind #30.

Whatever happens, and I have absolutely no feeling at all about what will happen, it has been an an amazing ride gifted to us by OBD. If the Giants blew a 3-1 lead in the WS it would devastate me. If the Warriors blow it? Eh, I’ll be bummed but I’ll get over it. There are some people I’ll have to swiftly unfollow on twitter, but I’ll get over it…….

Tampa Beat Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 18, 2016

The Shark is back on the beam and Tampa Bay looked tepidly average, at best. I’m guessing they look better today against Suarez who I continue to have no confidence in. And could Matt Duffy get a hit, like, on the road? His splits have wandered into the absurd. He’s hitting .356 at home and .126 on the road. I think the mental aspect of his game has to get looked at. Nothing explains those splits this far into the season. If you want a silver lining, he’s got 2 bombs on the road, 1 at home……

Baseball Played in a Land Far Far Away

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 17, 2016

American League. East coast. DH. Dumb ass dome. This one is shaping up as a major challenge.

Baseball played indoors is the worst. I do have fond memories of the Astros playing in the Astrodome but that was because they had the most bomb-ass uniforms in the history of baseball. Two flaps worth of credit at The Flap Store for the first Flapper who can name this cat without googling him.

cesar

Some might disagree but I thought baseball uniforms from the 70’s were the absolute best and all teams should be forced to still wear them. Daily fines for teams that don’t seems about right.

Ugh. But tonight, Tampa Blah. I mean Bay. Sorry. Between the static temperature, players who cast no shadow and the empty echos in the darkest part of that tin cylinder, it will be a challenge for the Giants to get up for this game. I’m predicting we come out slow and slodgy. Hope to see some rallying emotions as the game wears on…..

NL West Dominance

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 16, 2016

Day off today. How’s a 6 game lead feel to ya? If Zumiee went to every game we’d have a billion game lead.

The NL first place teams are stretching all over the place. Nats up by 5. Cubbies up by 9.5. And the Art Dealers 6 back of us.

Things could change but I don’t think it will. Our starting pitching is too good and our hitting is fine. The only thing that will take us down this year: injuries.

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I’m glad today is an off day because…..OBD.

Game 6.

Les go.

Don’t Get Hurt

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 15, 2016

I’m surprised Belt’s clown feet don’t get hit more frequently. They make quite a target. As much as I have to grudgingly admit it, we can’t lose him for any extended period of time. We’ve kinda used up our passes on guys getting hurt, haven’t we? Name a current starter who could go down and we’d be fine with a replacement player. Can’t do it.

So let’s just hope nobody gets hurt the rest of this season and I can’t even finish typing this sentence without worrying…….

John Shimmey goes today. I like our chances……..

Game Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 14, 2016

Coming off a tough, emotional series with the Dodgers, last night could have been a big let-down game. It was not. The top of the order were hitting right out of the gate and we got a fairly easy victory over an underrated team.

I can’t believe all the steam this “Braun story” is getting. There is NO WAY we get this dude. Unless the Brewers want to pay 80% of his deal and we know that isn’t happening. I don’t want him for free. He would be guaranteed to hit significantly worse over the course of an entire season at AT&T. He’s aging. And now *probably* without his precious steroids. And we’d be stuck with him through 2021! Plus if he gets popped again that a 162 ban. Not worth the risk.

Also, the guy’s a dick. All Melky did was hastily put together a fake website. Dumb? Super dumb. But he didn’t chuck some poor guy just doing his job under the bus. That was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen an athlete do.

Fuck Ryan Fraud. Forever.

Home Run Derby: Just Say No

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 13, 2016

Great game last night. The theme for that series started and ended with the word “battle.” So close to sweeping those be-atches…

Ok, now to a topic that doesn’t seem to want to go away: Bumgarner in the home run derby. I haven’t worried much about this since I didn’t think there was a chance Bochy would ever let it happen. But there seems to be a swell of support for this gimmicky idea and I want to know what you guys think about it.

My take: I’m 100% against it. I don’t want any non-baseball related activity to ever possibly injure one of our star players. For instance, I want Hunter Pence to screw his fiance much more gently during his DL stint so he doesn’t injure his remaining hamstring. Make love, Reverend! No hard fuckin’ till after you get back on the field…..

I get it, that’s pretty cautious. But I care more about the Giants overall performance than some dumb ass exhibition. Ask Apollo Creed what he thinks about exhibitions. Oh, I’m sorry, you can’t. He’s fucking dead!

Having your pitcher win the home run derby is something a dopey city like Cleveland should celebrate. If your city doesn’t get to celebrate actual championships those are the things you spend your time getting jazzed about.

But not here. Not this area. We are about flags flying forever.

Not dumbass exhibitions where our star player could easily screw up a lat swinging as hard as he can for 45 minutes…..

 

 

Gold and Pure Gold

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 12, 2016

These have been fun games to watch. Regardless of the outcome. Although I’m probably just saying that because of last night’s outcome.

And big props to Snarkk and San Dawg and others for comments last night that transcended the game and the sport. Whenever I find myself reading posts more than once I know they are pure gold. Those are too long to put into the POTD but I am going to flood the POTD-best of a little later today when I have more time.

Peavy tonight! Fuck yeah, why not?

Yo Yo Man

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 11, 2016

Santiago Casilla’s a trip. Have we ever had a pitcher like him? His Giants career is like a book with 40 chapters. He’s been here 7 years which is a long time for a reliever. He’s 31-19 with a 2.27 ERA and 104 saves.

And everyone hates him.

Well, he’s 35 now and when he climbs the hill he’s just an absolute shaky fuck, right?

Bochy already got the ball rolling with the inevitable the other night when he used Casilla and 2 others for the 9th inning. After last night’s bomb given up to the underwhelming Justin Turner I expect Bochy to finally go public with something like “Casilla needs a mental break or some time off from closing” or some shit like that. Bochy’s got that speech down pat. He yanked him from the gig back in 2012 only to give it back to him in 2014. It’s amazing how long Casilla has been around and how many different times he’s been closing/setting up/etc.

But the bottom line is that we need him. Our relief core is, collectively, pretty unreliable. Let’s see him blow some guys away in the 7th and get his confidence back up. And now I finally get to see “my guy” Hunter Strickand take a stab at this job.

lulz, gonna make us put the call out for Casilla.

Again.

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Also, Two Flap Up Happy Birthday to the greatest QB of all time, Joe Montana. He turns 60 today. That, uh, blows my mind……

Must See TV

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 10, 2016

I’m not sure if you could put together a bigger sports evening if you could hand picked the events. OBD take on the Cav’s in Game 4. In light of their utter dismantling in Game 3 this now becomes an extremely interesting game.

If you somehow aren’t interested in that you can glue your attention to Giants/Dodgers and Kershaw.

It doesn’t get any better.

Giants Win, OBD Lose

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 9, 2016

Not much to say about last night’s win. I was positively slayed by DJ Loo and his “stall shower/Tilex”exacta.

And it was *cha cha ching!* for San Diggity and *his* Cleveland Cavaliers.

Zumiee got tickets to the game? How’d HE get tickets to the game!?!?!?!!?!? He walked into AT&T like the Godfather, said “win the damn game” and the Giants made it so.

That makes Zumiee 293-0 in his career of attending Giants games……

Random thought: how many Giants games do you estimate you’ve been to in person? I’ve never had season tickets. I’ll say 200 but might alter that number as I ponder it on my drive in to work this morning……

Failing to Step Up

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 8, 2016
unca_chuck said, on June 7, 2016 at 10:24 pm (Edit)

Another come-from-ahead loss.

We said. Could easily be the headline to today’s thread. Boston, as I expected, didn’t come into our park and blast the ball to the moon as Kruk and Kuip seemed to think they were going to do. But they were professional hitters and that was all it took.

We were minus Pence and Posey. Other guys have to step up. The roster isn’t 8 guys and a bunch of pitchers. The rest of the players are paid very well to be ready when their number is called.

I’m not optimistic about tonight. Probably a low scoring game. Maybe Babe Bumgarner wins it for us…..

BeanTown BeatDown?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 7, 2016

I actually think Suarez is going to do ok tonight. Boston likes to blast the ball out of the yard and that doesn’t really work at AT&T. Plus, they’re playing NL rules in an unfamiliar yard. I dunno, it just feels like he might not get blasted.

And who put this game on the schedule? Boston flies all the way out here for 2 interleague games? Then back to Minnesota? I bet they’re stoked about this trip. lulz.

It’s too bad Cleveland is doing well. I would have liked to have seen the Giants pick up Rajai Davis for 2 months.

Assuming they pick up a guy without a big contract, who are some of the names you’d like to see us look at? I’m on record as going with Carl Crawford just for the jokes on LA.

Red Sox

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 6, 2016

Nice little day break before Boston comes to town. I find it awesomely ironic that the Red Sox have such a potent offense WITHOUT Sandoval. Like Toronto, I expect them to come into town and be a little off playing the National League game. And since it’s only a 2 game series, they’ll be gone before they can do any real damage.

Dubs. What can you say? This is in the bag……

Giants and OBD

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 5, 2016

Busy today, just a quickie to get ya going. Carl Crawford got Df’d today. Money well spent. If we didn’t have to pay for the next year and a half of his deal, I’d let him run around in right field till Pence got back. He could be the ghost of Reggie Smith. Loved that dude in ’82.

OBD tonight at 5pm. Les go.

Pence No Longer By the Fence

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 4, 2016

When AJ Pollock went down for the year for the D-backs everyone said what a big blow it would be. Like if the Giants lost Pence. I didn’t agree then and I don’t agree now. The Giants and Arizona are built completely different and are run differently. Also, I think everyone overreacted at the value of Pollock. AZ wasn’t going to ever be as good as the pundits were thinking. Same way SD wasn’t going to fulfill promise last season.

Loo brought up the idea of taking Markakis from the Braves who would be salivating at the idea of shedding the rest of his deal. The Giants beat writers scoffed at this idea when I proposed it and one of them, I think Baggs, said the Giants would only be looking at a 2 month rental. Suggested our sights be set closer to Jeff Francour.

Can I raise a topical point? Why should the Giants just be looking for a 2 month rental? Because Angel Pagan is such a rock solid reliable player? This is beyond stupid. The Giants are the worst team in the history of baseball at developing outfielders. So the pipeline is bare and broken UNTIL they produce one.

During the season, that means trades are the only way of acquiring legitimate mlb talent. Tell me what could possibly be wrong with picking up a steady outfielder like Markakis for the long haul?

When and if Pence came back this year, BELIEVE ME there would be a spot for him. And there will be a spot next year. And probably the year after that.

I’m not saying that Markakis is the answer, but the idea that the replacement has to be some shit-done player like Francour is ludicrous. If they’re going to do that, just do the Mac-Park thing instead. We need good outfielders. Lots of them. We should stockpile them.

Markakis is available? Great. Come aboard. You got a brother? Bring him too.

All Cylinders

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 3, 2016

Yesterday was the first time in years when the Giants played and finished a game before I even knew they were playing. Man, that was an early one yesterday.

Into Missouri we go. Honestly it doesn’t rile me up the way it used to. Not sure why.

Warriors 2nd team took down “The Land” last night. That must be a fun pill for LeFlop to swallow.

Here’s a sampling of tweets from their resident idiot fan after the game ended last night.

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Pence Problem

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 2, 2016

Well, we are about to find out what the hybrid of Parker and Williamson can do. I don’t see either of them wrestling the job from each other but a successful platoon could be in the offing. Oh Adam Duvall, where for art thou? lol.

 

Suar-tton Start?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 1, 2016

I know they’re giving the ball to Al-Su today but the back up plan has to be a quick entrance for Chris Stratton, right? If they’re worried about putting too much pressure on the kid it makes sense they’re keeping him in waiting in case Suarez needs assistance. And if he isn’t needed as a long man then things must be going ok for Suarez, right?

There are still 585 tickets available for the game in Atlanta tonight. I noticed yesterday that there were 747 tickets available so they’re going….slow. I have no idea why this has caught my attention. If anyone gets a chance to eyeball the number of fans at game time please let me know. I’m betting 40% full and I’m starting to obsess on what all these people are doing with their unsold tickets.

They hit 9 home runs in Colorado last night. Seriously, they need to move that team to another city. It is absolutely absurd what happens to the game up there……

Cleveland Fans Are Crazy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 31, 2016

I use Twitter for one main reason: to gather micro and macro information immediately. I haven’t found a better way to synthesize news about the things I’m interested in any quicker than with Twitter. Of course, I’ve got my *guilty pleasure* follows. If any of you are fans of 70’s sports I implore you to follow @Super70sSports. But most of my follows are carefully coordinated towards immediate, accurate fantasy sports news (weather, line ups, injuries, etc….). I’d say 70% of the (non-friend) people I follow are for this reason. And I don’t try to get followers, in fact I block anyone who follows me who I don’t know.

But last Winter I stumbled across this guy: @VernThompsonNBA. He made some idiotic predictions about Cleveland beating the Warriors by 10+ in the game the Warriors beat them by 40. Instead of passing him by as I do most twit-idiots I decided to follow him since he had 5000 followers and I was actually interested in getting a pulse on the Cleveland fan base sports scene. I figured we’d see them again in the finals and wanted to know their mindset since we handed them their ass last Summer.

Here is what I’ve learned about Cleveland fans over the last 6 months from following Vern: they are passionate. They are desperate for a championship. They are pretty dumb. They hate the Warriors and specifically Steph Curry. The reasons they hate him are not rational. If you want to see what I mean give this guy a follow, you’ll pick up on the vibe quite quickly.

To my paranoid point this morning: I believe this town is riddled with “Jeff Gillooly”wannabees. I truly and honestly hope security is tight for the Warriors when they’re in Cleveland for games 3 and 4. These fans are capable of anything……

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Now, back to baseball. You wanna point to underwhelming games this year? I bet we look back on the season and point to this one. Peavy. Atlanta. Gonna have trouble gearing up for this one…….

 

There is A LOT Going on Today

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 30, 2016

The Giants open up a series in Atlanta in a couple of hours and thankfully their game will long be over when the “bigger” games get started in the Bay Area later this evening. At 5pm the Sharks kick off Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. While I won’t be watching it, I recognize how cool that is for hockey fans around here. One hour later and 37 miles to the north, Our Beloved Dubs fire up Game 7 of the WCF. Uh, yeah I’ll be watching that one.

Honestly gonna have  some trouble gearing up for the Giants game at 10am. I can’t watch sports all day lol. I’m watching the morning local news and they just announced that the Sharks were “huge favorites” to win the Stanley Cup. I’m not going to look that up but that’s incorrect right? Would it be that hard for KTVU to look up the odds before fake-reporting it?

Anyway, whatever you do to honor and enjoy Memorial Day I hope you do it well. Two Flaps up to all those who died serving and protecting our country and our way of life……..

Dumbness. Greatness.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 29, 2016

So let’s review how dumb the Mets are:

  1. they decided to have their BEST pitcher be the one to retaliate against Utley.
  2. The retaliation doesn’t even hit him calling into question the validity of said retaliation.
  3. Thor AND the manager get thrown out of the game essentially giving the game to the Dodgers. How many mlb teams in contention give games away for free? Ever?
  4. Utley proceeds to dagger-stab them twice including a grand slam to seal the deal…..

And can we talk about what a pussy Thor is. “Gorgeous Thorgeous” (yes, I just called him that) didn’t even have the sack to hit him! He throws behind him like that was some great *message.* Ohhhhh, what could Thor have meant??!!?!?!?! Utley heard a whizzing air noise behind him. Big deal. A strong fart would have sent a similar message.

He shouldn’t have even been kicked out of the game in my opinion. Even if the umpires warned them before the game, he clearly wasn’t throwing at him. He was throwing a lame-ass “message pitch”. If he wanted to hit him I would like to think that THE WORST he woulda done is graze him if Utley managed to lurch out of the way. But he missed him by a mile and Utley barely flinched. Look, mlb pitching studs don’t miss the mark by that much, ESPECIALLY if they have the target of a free-standing human.

Enough about the lame Mets. I’m still basking in the most golden of basks. There are people chirping on twitter about the Thunder choking. Please. Such an idiotic take. They might not have the will of a champion but that wasn’t choking. That was having the unfortunate luck of being on the same court when true champions decide to go to work and enact their will upon you. Klay. Bogut. Draymond. Steph. This team has humbled me. I can’t believe I’m part of their species……

Saturday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 28, 2016

Irritating game yesterday. I’ll give Suarez some props for getting through 5 but don’t hold out any hope for this guy. He was facing a team that didn’t know him, a team that was probably a little tired from playing on the east coast the day before and can someone tell me the last time the Giants played a game at Coors Field where either team homered? I know it’s happened I just can’t remember it…..

Hopefully we get Pence and Belt back today and a pitcher who doesn’t get hurt…..

Transaction note: Chris Stratton just got the call. He sucks, it’ll be interesting to see how he does at this level.

Set Up For More Double U’s

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 27, 2016

What a great American holiday weekend we have to look forward to. Weather is warming up. BBQ’s firing. The Warriors and Sharks will be playing epic games. It seems almost wrong that the Giants will be playing baseball in Nepal.

But you gotta play the games where they schedule ’em, right?

The Giants have NEVER come into a series in Colorado in better shape. They’re winning the shit out of every series they see. Their starters are going “porn star” deep into games so the bullpen is as rested as a retired grandmother. Plus, while we had a day off, Colorado had to play a game in Boston yesterday.

So let’s get this great weekend started off right. Tonight.

Winning And Not Winning

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 25, 2016

The Giants have had very few days off this season, but is anyone else surprised we have the 2nd most wins in mlb (29) next to the Cubs (30)? With Peavy’s shenanigans and Cain’s inconsistency, it blows my mind that we have so many wins.

Very likely stuck on 29 at the end of today…..

I’m despondent about *my beloved Dubs*. I don’t understand how a team can be so dominant in the regular season only to look so painfully average in the playoffs.

 

One is All You Need

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 24, 2016

Jack Black told us that when discussing cock push ups. Also, a great man once told me “We score we win” and his wisdom came to pass once again last night. I think Snarkk brought up a good point last night about the weather. It’s been unseasonably cool this year and cold weather absolutely contributes to less offense. Of course, it’s not like we’re living in Yakutsk so a little more offense would be expected. But we are scoring more than the other team and that’s ALL that matters.

Smarge for the win today and then……

Taking a Strong Hold of First Place in the NL West

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 23, 2016

This is an important 3 game diddy with SD. After these winnable games the Giants go on a tough 10 game road trip and then return home for a couple of high octane series’ v Boston and The Dopes.

So let’s get these 3, ok? With the pitching we have and our 6th in the league scoring offense, I’m feeling pretty confident. Well, with the first 2 anyway.

Truth be told, I’m a little surprised we are ranked 6th in the league in runs scored. We are 3rd weakest in home runs, ahead of only Philly and Atlose-a. I was surprised to see us ranked so highly in SB category (4th with 28). Still, it doesn’t feel like we play the speed game. Either way, runs are runs and we’ve 198 of them. Philly’s only scored 142 and they’re 6 games over .500. Just something to consider…..

As usual, and it will always be this way for us, it comes down to pitching and defense…..

Game Time Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 22, 2016

Hey sorry, came home got caught up in start of *beloved Dubs* game, forgot about the thread. Gonna go peek in on Giants now.

No More Peavy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 21, 2016

A little early morning googling unearthed this nugget: Highway 821 in Washington state is also known as Canyon Road or Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway. I’m thinking of emailing state officials to see if the good people of Yakima might consider adding a third nickname to the highway: “Jake Peavy’s ERA”.

Another possible name: “Jake Peavy Sucks Shit”

How ’bout “Jake Peavy Smokes Copious Amounts of Pole”

I think any of my names would fit better than boring-ass “Canyon Road.”

And I agree with Snarkk, Bochy must be around some pretty dumb people all day if he thinks we’re buying “Jake was a little off tonight.”

Enough of Peavy. If the Giants don’t have someone better at any level of the minor leagues who can’t pitch through the 2nd inning of a baseball game then we have the worst minor league system of all time. Think about it.

Jake v Jake

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 20, 2016

Arrieta vs Peavy tonight. Jesus. Well, at least Peavy pitches decent at home, he was good last time out and the Cubs hitters, frankly, are in a bit of a funk lately. None of that will help us hit Arrieta who is coming into town as the most dominant pitcher in either league right now. You could certainly argue Sale or Kershaw, hell you could pick 3 guys on our staff and I wouldn’t vehemently argue with you, but Arrieta has been flat-dominant for going on 2 years now. I have no idea how we win this game tonight but won’t be surprised if we find a way……

True Love

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 19, 2016

I don’t know how to say this, but I think I’m falling in love with Johnny Cueto. The long, flowing locks. The shimy that makes me all tingly inside. The complete games. He’s got it all, baby.

And he’s ours. He’s AAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL ours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

60 percent train keeps on rolling today with Smargy.

Bumgarner’s Tired Schtick

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 18, 2016

I’m never going to not get tired of MadBum disrupting games with his “Come again’s?” that he seems to not be able to stop himself from doing. And the lame thing is that there’s never going to be a punch thrown. And he knows this. Guys don’t want to get suspended and there aren’t enough “Odor’s” in the league to ever challenge him. Krukow was defending him on the radio today but I just can’t get behind a bully shit talker which, frankly, is what Bumgarner is.

Sorry, I know that’s not going to be a popular opinion here but that’s my take.

Nice game otherwise…….

San Diego

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 17, 2016

You like pitching match ups? Today is the day for you. There are like 5 extremely interesting games today and if you’re playing DK, where you have to pick 2 pitchers, it’s going to be a very tough choice.

Bumgarner in SD is intriguing. Rea is no pushover, I expect this to be a low scoring game…….

The main question I have: Will my main man on the San Diego scene (San Dawg) be at any of the games…..

Regarding “our beloved Dubs….”….. not much else to say………

Weekend Re Cap

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 16, 2016

So what’s more impressive, his name or his punch? Because if we’re talking about best names in baseball, the conversation starts and ends with “Rougned Odor.” I’m “old school” baseball, as I’m sure all of you are, and I wish more problems would get solved on the baseball field this way. For once we didn’t have a bunch of pussy grand standing “hold me back” nonsense. And kudos to Bautista for not going down. That was a clean hit he took like a man.

As for the Giants, what can you say? if the 40 Percenters are kicking ass we are going to be tough to beat. Krukow said Peavy can pitch 3 or 4 more years (which is a slap in the face to him since he said Cain could cruise for another 5 or 6). Peavy is now The North Carolina Area Code and that’s at least headed in right direction….

Peavy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 14, 2016

And now we turn our trembling eyes to The Illinois Area Code. One of the 40 percenters. I don’t see how this ends up anything other than awful tonight. Best chance for Peavy? They open the roof and an unexpected tornado hits. Game gets canceled. Here’s a link to the roof status if you’re into keeping tabs on that sort of thing:

http://stadiumroofstatus.com/stadiuminfo.php?stadium=5

I am in Sacramento all weekend for a volleyball tourney so I will check in with you guys when I can.

Advice for the game? Look away, this one could be hideous…..

Cry Baby Closer

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 13, 2016

I like Casilla, I do. But fuck him. He has NO argument to support his petulant stomp off the mound yesterday. And I could even forgive that for a “heat of the moment” thing but he kept crying after the game in his post game comments and offered no apology for his antics.

You want to be treated like a man? Then act like one. Men don’t cry to reporters after the game, they talk face to face behind closed doors.

I think it’s time for a lesson from Mr. Wallace on Casilla’s bout with pride:

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