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The Winner Will Be…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 11, 2018

Well, now that it’s been mostly agreed upon that Harper would be a terrible mistake for us, let’s move on to the next topic: We’re down to four teams left. Pick one. Who is your lock to win it all?

I’m going with the Astros because someone has to take the boring pick….

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I Don’t Want Bryce Harper

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 10, 2018

With no baseball and no football and no real NBA yet….I thought we could kick around Bryce Harper….

sandog said, on October 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm (Edit)

I dunno man, a lot of times these deals simply come down to who offers the most money…and I think we’re gonna offer him a boatload.
Would it be so terrible to have him in orange and black?????? We’re a horrific offensive team and we’d be adding one of the very best offensive players in the game. Of course he’s not gonna solve all of our problems, but it would be a helluva step in the right direction wouldn’t it?

“Would it be so terrible to have him in Orange and Black?”

Considering nothing else, of course it would be fine. He’s a semi-prolific power hitter. The more of those the better. But there are giant flashing warning signs. He hit .249 this year. I think that is directly related to banging the ball into the shift over and over. And the only way for a LH hitter to beat the shift is by hitting the ball over the wall. Bryce would do that at an alarmingly lower rate in our joke ballpark.

So let’s say that instead of 34 bombs (which isn’t even prolific if you look at what the other monsters are putting up) he hits south of 30. And still hits .249. Does that seem like a guy we should be giving 30 million dollars a year to?

Next problem: As our only legitimate power threat he wouldn’t ever see a strike. He led the NL in walks this year with 130. Barry Bonds thinks that’s cute. In 2004 Barry walked 232 times. He walked more than 130 in seven seasons. But Barry had the temperament to deal with that. He’d wait for the one pitch he’d see every two at bats and launch it. And I’m sorry, Bryce Harper is no Barry Bonds.

Besides being frustrated by balls constantly thrown out of the strike zone, Harps would be turned off by how hard it is to hit bombs at AT&T. I can already see him blast one, he goes into a trot, and….. the ball lands harmlessly in a glove in right center. He’d take off his helmet, toss his locks high in the air and think to himself (again): “I came here because The City is pretty? What the fuck is wrong with me?”

Finally, everything I’ve read about him is that he cares about his stats and wants to climb the HR ladder as high as he can. He’s gonna need a lot of help to make that happen. He won’t be signing for a team who might as well be playing their home games at a high school field with no fence line……

And FINALLY finally where exactly would they come up with the money for him? I’m assuming the could cobble together the dough but then say “that’s it, we’re tapped out.” And the new GM would continue to paste together a roster with as many Gorks and Blanco’s as he could find on the bottom of the scrap heap…..

It all adds up to a huge NO for me. We need so much more than one Bryce Harper to become competitive again. Hell, he was on a team THIS year that dwarfed the Giants in terms of talent. And they won 82 games. Simply put, Harper ain’t enough.

Milwaukee Hits The Wall?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 9, 2018

Not feeling real good about the Brewers chances in this one. Everyone is calling them the hot team but all I’m seeing is a team that beat a completely done Rockies team. Milwaukee doesn’t have the starting pitching to continue this streak. I suppose they could keep their epic bullpen running shit through the post season. That wouldn’t be a shock. But if LA jumps out 3-0, 4-1 what good is the bullpen? The Brewers don’t have a single starting pitcher worth a damn.

Sadly, I think we are looking at LA in the World Series again and that’s only cool if you’re into watching them blow it again. And since I’m into that sort of thing, I’m ok with the Dodgers rolling the Brewers….

Atl Still In This

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 8, 2018

Good to see Folty getting the ball tonight. I don’t know what happened in Game 1 but he’s a stud and he deserves another chance to show the world what he can do.

Let’s go, win tonight and then put it all on Kershaw’s shaky shoulders in Game 5.

Four Big Games, 8 Big Pitchers

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 5, 2018

Finally we get some games without any bullpen bullshit. Four contests today. Interested to see how Sale does, he’s been carefully protected the last month or so.

I’ll say the games go Cle, Milw, NY, LA. Feel free to parlay the four teams they’re playing for a nice score. 🙂

Madness

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 4, 2018

The A’s laid an egg last night and that’s a bummer for them but I still love the wild card format. Give me two Game 7 sudden death games to start the season and if a team like the A’s have to gimmick their way through the game then they have to suffer the consequences when it doesn’t work out. Bullpening the game was the best chance they had. If they couldn’t set it up to have one reliable starter take the mound then they really didn’t deserve to go much further than they did anyway. In the off season they should focus on building a legitimate pitching staff.

Winning the division should be a big reward. I like that the division winners get to kick back like kings and watch the surfs battle it out in the streets. The other option would be to realign the divisions to 4 in each league but you’d need to add a team to each league. Then you would have two leagues, 4 teams in 4 divisions. I actually would be fine with that. Get rid of the wild card that way and just go back to winning your division like men to make the post season.

But since that isn’t going to happen….

Dynasty Averted

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 3, 2018

Some mentions at the end of the last thread on the difficulty of winning 3 in 5 and how quickly it can all start to slip away. I still don’t understand what happened to Chicago. That line up is stacked and yet….they really can’t hit. The Cubs have a lot of guys who over-clap loudly after getting a walk or a basehit and they have guys who have gold chains flying all over the place after they strike someone out. But after that….

Regardless it’s nice to see a new team strutting their stuff. Good luck to the Rox.

Tonight we get a bullpen game! Lot’s of complaining about this on twitter, I think it’s cool. Look, the A’s starting pitching sucks. Why not go with your strength to get to multi-game series. THIS is the best *guy* they have. THIS IS their best shot.

Sadly, we’re going to pay the piper for a long, long time for our incredible 3 in 5 run. Time to watch other teams chase the dream that is our forever reality. I’m not bitter about it, actually it’s the opposite. I’m incredibly thankful for the run we had and if that’s the last time I get to watch the Giants in the World Series I’m ok with that.

Post Season Madness

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 2, 2018

Idiot Puig predicted the Dodgers will win the WS this year. That’s awesome, his dumbass just confirmed their 3rd straight decade of losing…..

Thirty years since those dopes won anything. What were you guys doing 30 years ago? I was traipsing through a Parisian meadow with the fair Dawn-Marie. That was another lifetime ago.

How great is it gonna be when the A’s slap the Yankees around tomorrow? Gotta think the Rockies lose today, right?

Exciting Times (For Some)

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 1, 2018

While the Giants have been left for dead for what looks like many years of wandering in the wilderness, the rest of the baseball world is humming along at an exciting rate. We get not one but TWO epic Game 163’s to determine the NL Central and West division crowns.

I see the Dodgers and Brewers both winning but I want to see Milwaukee’s pitching plan first before going all in on them. If I were them I’d go bullpen game, they have the arms to do it. Starting Chacin doesn’t feel like they’d be firing their best bullet…..

Shutting the Door on a Shit Season

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 30, 2018

It’s funny, the Giants have won 9 games more than they won in 2017 and this year feels infinitely worse. Not sure what that’s all about. Recency bias?

A one game Monday playoff for the west crown looks quite possible. The Dodgers will dismantle us today and the Nats have pussed out and decided not to start Scherzer.

Niners 10.5 dogs? Beat Hard might be better this year after more time to season. With a gun to my head I’d probably take San Die…LA. Although the better bet is the over (46). The game to watch is the Raider game. Looking forward to watching Bake play.

Losers Losing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 29, 2018

The Rockies must look at us and just shake their heads, “What a bunch of pussies.” I’m sure Colorado has given up counting on even a single win from us and will now just try to fend off the Dodgers by winning out.

Will Smith winning the Willie Mac award is cool, I guess. I clearly don’t understand the criteria or what it takes to win. I mean, what did Mark Carreon do in ’95 that moved his teammates to vote for him? Who knows.

How many runs do the Giants score off Kershaw today? Their customary 1?

Let’s Roll

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 28, 2018

Our post season begins tonight. Sadly, it could turn out to be just a one game playoff if Bum can’t cobble together a good start. Gotta win this first one if we’re going to gather any momentum at all to take one this weekend.

The Giants really could do this. They’re old enough to care about their place in the season’s history. They’re old enough to muster up the old man strength needed to accomplish the task.

Do I think they’ll do it? Hell know. But at least we get some semi-meaningful baseball before we shut down the peripheral wings of Big Flavor Incorporated for the Winter. I’d actually love to see Pence lead off every game and be instrumental in winning 2 of these games. He’s one of the greatest Giants we’ve ever had and I am rooting for him to win the Willie Mac Award. But, it’s time for him to go. I think Tenacious D said it best about the great Ronnie James Dio with this epic tribute:

Dio has rocked for a long, long time,
Now it’s time for him to pass the torch.
He has songs of wildebeests and angels,
He has soared on the wings of a demon.

It’s time to pass the torch,
You’re too old to rock, no more rockin’ for you.
We’re takin’ you to a home,
But we will sing a song about you.

And we will make sure that you’re very well taken care of.
You’ll tell us secrets that you’ve learned. Raow!

 

Win Friday Night, See What Happens

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 27, 2018

Gotta admit, the Giants did a fantastic job of setting up the last 3 games of the rotation. If they are going to have any chance of taking 2 or 3 you need Bumgarner to come up man-strong tomorrow night. Hopefully he didn’t injure a finger turning away Hanson’s attempt to *gatorade* him. Lqtm.

And if we win Friday, who knows?  D-Rod vs Kershaw on Saturday? Shit, I might even have to go to that game. Either way a Bum win would bridge us to Sunday where it’s a one game extravaganza! That would be our *wild card* game. We might lose that one 10-1 but at least the final game of the season would hold some interest.

But it really all comes down to Game 1. Bumgarner, do you still have it in you? Rooster, will you be  a squawkin’ or will dinner come a ‘callin?

One Last Stand?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 26, 2018

You know, it’s still shaping up to be a an epic weekend if Colorado can keep winning. I suppose we could beat LA in one of these games, maybe 2 if all hell broke loose. How great would it be if LA didn’t win the NL West again?

See, if we had rooted harder for Colorado 10 days ago maybe we wouldn’t be in this position. 🙂

But whatever, the Niners season is over, Dubs haven’t revved up yet, Bum’s hitting game winning singles, why not have some fun this weekend and screw the Dodgers a bit? We really need Grienke to step up big tonight….

This pic wins a Flappy nomination for best pic of the year

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This Will Stay Bad

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 25, 2018

Gonna have a hard time hitting the coveted *six win* number if we keep getting shut out……

I’m still not sure what the point was of firing Evans and keeping Sabean. And whoever the new guy is will report to Baer? Baha, only if you can fit your meeting time in between his shopping mall rose garden meetings. And with Sabean’s hulking shadow lurking in the background spouting off his nonsense about “2 run singles” and “professional hitters” it will be impossible for anyone to do anything of substance.

Warriors can’t start soon enough…..

Bad Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 24, 2018

The Niners got killed and we are back to focusing on Draft Pick Watch. Just an utterly frustrating outcome. I figured they’d get killed but that was just going to be one game. Losing our starting QB, especially on such a dumb play that he did to himself, was tough. The Chiefs have so many offensive weapons they are going to be fun to watch this year. We are no longer going to be fun to watch this year. The upside to the weekend was Tom Brady finally smoking copious amounts of pole. I am calling it right now. HE IS DONE THE PATS ARE DONE. Hey, it happens to everyone. Not sure why it took so long for it to happen to him but it couldn’t happen to a more pompous guy. I’m gonna enjoy watching New England miss the playoffs this year…..

Holland going tonight in another snoozer. I’d love to pick the collective brain of the fans who hit this game tonight. They’re certainly better fans than me, I couldn’t do it…..

September Win Watch: We’ve won 4 with 6 to play. I still feel like my *September 6* call is going to be nailed cold. Some of you are out of it. Should be a fun final 6 games, eh?

Niner Wipe Out Game

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 23, 2018

It’s days like this that I’m glad I don’t live in an area that allows for sports betting. I’m not sure I could stop myself from the free money that appears to be offered on the Niner game. And no, I don’t have a problem betting against my team. Technically I do it fairly often in daily fantasy. If there’s an angle to make money, why not? Playoffs are off limits. It’s hard to explain if you don’t play but it’s easy for me to separate my fan interest from my DFS interest. Fan interest always comes first, DFS interest is more of an *insurance policy*.

Anyway, the Niners secondary looked like absolute shit to me last week. Matt Stafford, who sucked, missed at least 6 deep balls to wide open receivers. And that was our defense AT HOME. I expect them to perform much worse in that country fuck corn field out in the middle of nowhere. I doubt the return of Foster will matter much since he’ll be limping off the field by…..I’ll set the over/under at *mid way through the second quarter*. And the “KC Defense Sucks” argument doesn’t hit too hard with me if Jimmy G is just gonna stand in the pocket like a statue begging to get sacked. I’m guessing he’s been told to get the ball out quicker this week and on the road in a loud ass stadium that can lead to mistakes and interceptions.

I actually didn’t play the Chief players too hard this week because ownership % matters and they are the heavy chalk this week at both draftkings and fanduel. I can’t play the heavy chalk in DFS, you can’t win anything that way even if you hit. For my teams it would be fabulous if the KC D scored a pick 6 or 2 and kept Mahomes and his weaponry off the field. Of course I’m not playing the KC D, get it?

Before he hit the poker table my main man in Reno, PaSalon, texted me this late last night and I signed off on it. If it were me I’d add a 0 to that ticket. Loo, enjoy the W today, you Chief fans deserve something to be happy about for once…..

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Anyway, GO NINERS! My doubts are strong but of course I want them to win the game….

 

Another L

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 22, 2018

Sure we lost again and the cancerous Melancon was the one who lost it. But as usual, it came down to us not being able to hit. Our runs were scored by way of a walk, a single and a ground out to first base. Not good enough and pathetic when compared to the way baseball is played today.

I know you’re going to get lucky and win some games now and again playing that limp brand of baseball. Hey, the Cards didn’t hit any bombs either. But they had better pitching, at least after that ball-machine got removed. Pitching still matters but to win consistently you have to have big power, too. We have no power and no speed. Weak and slow.

Bumgarner now pitches like a reliable #3. What do those guys go for these days? That’s what he should get paid.

September Malaise

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 21, 2018

Remember the good old days when playing the Cardinals meant something? When playing ANYONE meant something? I’ll always claim that those three beauties have insulated me from any type of September rancor but the reality is that I am missing meaningful baseball and have accepted that we will be terrible for the next several years.

Anyway, we’re in St. Louis today. I’m drinking my morning coffee out of this little mug, it’s not road trip worthy but for a morning cup of Joe while I type this post, it’s not half bad….

San Dawg may be a bigger fan but I’M the one they’re writing letters to. Although if me and AMPM were truly friends they would have sent a bigger cup…..

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Gambling on Willie McCovey

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 20, 2018

As usual, you guys found something for me to blog about. I’m not particularly interested in who wins the Willie Mac award, especially in a year where so little *inspiring* went down. But I do pay attention to who wins and I love setting odds and trying to figure out who is going to win something. So let’s go, the book is open:

1) snarkk said, on September 19, 2018 at 9:16 am (Edit)

“It’s nice Pence homered.
It masks for one minute the near worthless $18 million season he’s had otherwise. If they give him the Willie Mac award, IMO that will sully the importance of the award…”

Snarkk obviously didn’t pick him but he kicked off the discussing. Odds Pence wins it:

10-1. This is completely based on how inspirational he once was. Nothing about this season. But in a season so lame and uninspiring, I guess I could see them giving it to him for ghosts of inspiration past, something like that…

2)  djloo27 said, on September 19, 2018 at 9:21 am (Edit)

“I think Gorks has it sewn up…”

5-1. If you’re looking for a guy who overcame a season of suckitude to nearly lead the team in home runs the following year….I guess you’d land on Gorks. He does have a sort of “perseverance je ne sais quoi” going for him…..

3) unca_chuck said, on September 19, 2018 at 10:22 am (Edit)

“I’m leaning toward Hundo.”

4-1. My pick as well although the luster of his shine has dulled a bit over the last month. I do think he does a lot of that quiet leadership bullshit everyone gets jazzed about. He did win it last year though. If not for that I’d have him at 5-2.

4) alleykat69 said, on September 19, 2018 at 11:22 am (Edit)

“I’d go with DRod or Holland”

10-1. We have an entry here. California racing did away with entries years ago but I’ll allow it for this particular race. I could actually see either winning but I think DRod is too young and Holland is too….racist? Ha. Well, that Asian thing did him in for sure…..Although now that I think about it, it’s just his teammates voting and baseball players are pretty dumb so maybe the Asian impersonation earned his a few extra votes? We will see….

5)  Bozo said, on September 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm (Edit)

“My Willie Mac vote would be for Pablo. He hit 9 HRs 40 RBIs in his bench role filling in at 3B, 1B, 2B and he pitched a perfect inning. Also, as the emergency catcher allowed the Giants to use Hundley as a PHer. Gotta be the Panda.”

25-1. He’d be lower if he’d finished the season. Right now I can barely remember Pablo’s year and I think a *what have you done for me lately?* thing needs to apply at least a little bit to this award. I’m assuming he’s not even with the team anymore but maybe someone corrects me on that……

6)  zumiee said, on September 19, 2018 at 4:12 pm (Edit)

“I could see Posey winning the Willie Mac for playing on an injured hip this season, and for his work in the community.”

3-1. Absolutely. Never underestimate the Power of Posey. He can do anything. Except hit a ball to the warning track…….

7)  blade3colorado said, on September 19, 2018 at 9:04 pm (Edit)

“Speaking of Blanco (said no one ever) . . . How about him for the Mac award?”

20-1. He was only up for a couple months all season, he would have to be inspiring as shit 24/7 to beat the guys who were here all year.

8) dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 20, 2018 at 9:08 am (Edit)

“Not even a sniff for Crawford? He carried the team from May-June and leads the club in games played at a key position. He’s also got the best walk up music and is a clear trend setter in the club house when it comes to hair product.” 20-1. Maybe he gets some love from his teammates for bouncing back from last season’s tough emotional stuff….

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Uninspiring haul from AMPM

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September Snooze

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 19, 2018

Kinda grasping at straws right now to find anything interesting about Giants games these days much less something interesting to write about. You guys are good at filling up the comment section with trivia, music videos, fav hamburger joints, etc….I’ll check back in when my haul from AMPM arrives or before if something more interesting than that happens. Unlikely.

Trade Our What?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 18, 2018

As I prepare the household to receive the glorious booty that AMPM is shipping to me, I was thinking of what i heard on KNBR yesterday afternoon. Franny and Tolbert were discussing how critical it will be for the Giants to trade pitching this off season for hitting. This was one of the dumber things I heard anyone say yesterday (radio or in person). Of course I would universally support trading Bumgarner but that isn’t going to happen. And nobody else really holds any value. Plus, we kinda need those guys.

Our pitching has been excellent this year especially considering the injury hits they took. Had we had any sustainable offense we would be competing for a spot in the post season.

When Nothing Is Really Happening

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 17, 2018

Exciting times down in San Diego. I’m guessing our main man on the scene, San Dawg, doesn’t make it to one of these games cause it’s mid week. And, going to one of these games sounds like one of the most unfun thing you could do.

Here’s the deal with Evans: He’s been closely managed by Sabean since he returned last winter. In fact, other than eating a lot of lunches with Sabean I doubt Evans has done ANYTHING since last February aside from some lackey stuff. So I’m not sure what the point is to just shit can Evans, The Body Builder and a couple old ladies in the office….

To me that’s designed 100% just to appease the season ticket holders. It looks like something is happening and it keeps them re-upping. But in reality nothing is happening.

“The Wilderness Years” is one of the great names ever given to anyone/anything here at the Flap. It invokes an image that is both funny AND a haunting reality. As fans of the team, until Sabean and Bochy are gone, we should plan on walking the earth until our shoes fall off and we run out of ground…..

NFL

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 16, 2018

Of course we’ve won 2 in a row. That should nudge the front office into doling out extensions for Payroll Jane and Betty the Front Desk Whore, among others….

It’s Sunday so…..

What do you guys think about this?

My thoughts are that the Browns waited on the dude for 6 years. He’s not going to change. People don’t change, man. Dirt taught me that a while back…..

Anyway, I’m against it because it’s a flier and we don’t really need that right now.

Getting Rid Of The Problem

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 15, 2018

Finally, we got rid of Carl Kochan. This musclehead beefcake strength coach has been loitering in the back of the gym doing nothing but flexing his pectastic pecs and showcasing his tremendous tri’s. How many times have I complained this year about our guys being slow AND weak? 20? Now we know why. Kochan was hording all the weights to himself. If there were sets to be pumped out only he was allowed to pump them.

His departure has already had a positive effect on the biceps of the team that have now begun to peak again. Stratton shook off his baby hangover and pitched the game of his life.

Ok who’s getting axed next? Jane in payroll? Betty the front desk whore? Let’s go I want heads to ROLL!!!!!!!!!

Let’s Go Colorado!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 14, 2018

This is going to be hard for many of you. Maybe all of you. I will be able to do it. I’m rooting for the Rox this weekend. Ideally, they’ll wipe us out each game. No closies. Here’s my reasoning:

  1. At this point in the season, rooting against the Dodgers is the only remaining interest I have. I do have a little interest in seeing them get bounced out of the post season once again. But truly, I’d prefer they just not get in. So let’s keep the Rockies in front of them. Plus, it would be nice to see some new blood win the NL West crown for once.
  2. We need another 90+ loss season to hammer home the message to Giant ownership that we need fundamental changes at the top of the organization. These new visionaries will map out an approach to building a successful team that can compete in today’s game. Problem is, we won too many games early on. Lose as many as possible from here on out. Lose out and we get to 96.

I admit this won’t be easy. But I welcome you to the dark side. It doesn’t make you a bad fan. There is nothing left to root for. Except their demise. Only from the ruins can hope begin to grow…..

Do I hear 12? 13? 14?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 13, 2018

I’m still having a hard time believing this 11 game losing streak is the longest since ’51. Man, there have been some bad teams since then. My buddy The Boney One texted me late last night: “this losing streak is the best thing that could happen to the Giants”. I was like, “Man, would it hurt you to read the blog once in a while?”

Loo’s story about meeting Mays and McCovey is worthy of a re-read in the main thread. I wonder when the Giants started taking care of McCovey financially? It clearly wasn’t happening in ’85. My guess is that the ownership group back didn’t give 2 shits about former players.

Note: this post from Loo is from 2012.

DJLoo said, on July 29, 2012 at 11:02 am (Edit)

I share all those awesome childhood memories of Stretch that you guys have the ability to lay out so eloquently. So as always you can count on me for a less cheerful one.

Mays & McCovey came to a card show/autograph signing thing in 1985. I was stunned to hear about it – the memorabilia craze hadn’t really taken off yet. It was held in the gymnasium of a Catholic School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Another hero of mine, Joe Pepitone was also there. Autographs were cheap – maybe $20 for Mays, less for McCovey, and way less for Pepi. Laughed it up and took a great picture with Joe. Got to the M & M table where they were sitting side by side. Mays was somber and wouldn’t even look at me. McCovey was pleasant and shook my hand. I asked if they would allow my friend to snap a picture of me standing behind them. McCovey said sure and Mays grunted something. In the picture Stretch has a big smile. Mays looks like he’s getting a colonoscopy. Later on I was just hanging around outside across the street. McCovey came out (all alone!) limping visibly. I was struck by his outfit. Looked like he picked it up from the Salvation Army. An ill-fitting red checkered sport jacket and bright red pants that were at least 3 inches too short. I yelled out, “need a ride, Willie?”. He waved and said, “I’m alright, man!”. I stayed where I was and watched him slowly hobble down 65th Street. To me, it was the picture of a man down on his luck. He turned left at the corner and disappeared from my view. I have no idea how he could’ve had any idea where he was going around there.
I remember hoping that the neighborhood Guinz-aloons wouldn’t give him a hard time…

Let’s Just Lose Out

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 12, 2018

Those were some powerful memories you guys shared yesterday. Above all, we learned that during our nation’s most trying times Flappers are busy struggling big time with the ladies. Lqtm….

Ten in a row. 10. Does the number even matter? Not really. There is a growing piece of me that wants them to lose out. The only way we will ever get rid of the buffoons running this team is if they turn into an embarrassment, a joke. Coming in mid pack with this underwhelming coterie of hangers-on isn’t going to magnify the true problems enough for REAL CHANGE. We need another 98 loss season, or something close to it, to wake up the nightwatchman of this abandoned amusement park and FORCE him to make the tough decisions necessary to turn this thing around.

You know what’s hilarious? We are still better than….you guessed it….the Mets, Marlins, Reds, and Padres. The exact same (and only) 4 teams we we’re beating  back on Aug 2nd when I ended the season and when KNBR continued to try to sell the false goods that we were still in this….

Where We You?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 11, 2018

17 years ago…..I was starting my first day selling real estate at Alain Pinel in Menlo Park. It was actually the first office job I’d ever had. If it hadn’t been my first day I wouldn’t have gone in. On the west coast all of this started unfolding very early. I was getting ready with the tv on in the background watching the horror unfold. When I got into the office it was mostly empty. It was very quiet, the people that were there were in a daze. Typical lame real estate agents, they seemed more worried about how this would affect the market than anything else. I stayed for a quick staff meeting and left to go home and watch tv. Back then that was all we really had to access news.

Like most everyone else not in NY I just felt helpless and sad. I’m guessing you New Yorkers had a different experience. Please share.

Perfect(O) September

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 10, 2018

The quest for perfection continues today vs Atlanta. I expect a low scoring, well pitched game that will end with another loss. I’ll say the Braves win 3-1. If you could adjust your September prediction what would it be now? I can’t believe 6 is now a pie in the sky number but it is.

 

Retire Everyone Who Sucks

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 9, 2018

As the losses pile up, Tim Flannery is planning some type of tribute to Hunter Pence. I’m not sure what it is, I didn’t follow it that closely. Here was his tweet to his followers yesterday:

I don’t understand why these old coaches think we don’t have great love for Pence. I loved and will always love UnderPants. I just don’t want him playing baseball for the Giants anymore.

Why is that so hard for a guy like Flannery to understand?????

Niner game today! I’m moderately pumped but less so than previous years. Not sure why. Maybe because they don’t allow tackling anymore. I think the Vikings handle us rather easily, 31-17

Just Go Away

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 8, 2018

Channeling my inner Kato Kaelin, here’s a list of guys I don’t want to see play another inning this season:

Hunter Strickland. Hunter Pence……Hunter Panik. Hunter Longoria. Hunter Crawford. Hunter Belt. Hunter Blanco.

Do we have enough call ups to plug warm bodies in for those suckers?

…still O for September.

September Meltdown Continues

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 7, 2018

Milwaukee may be the worst team in the league if you follow Kato Kaelin’s twitter feed. He’s hands down the most annoying baseball fan I’ve ever seen. He’s not much of a neighbor, either.

@kato_kaeilin

Regardless, Anderson should quiet our bats rather quickly and the Brewers should be pounding the suds by a little after 9pm central time…..

I’m starting to wonder if my rock solid 6 September win prediction was nothing more than a blind fan’s wild overshot…..

I would love to pick Twin’s brain right now on where he thinks we are as an organization  and whether he believes the game has passed Sabean and Bochy by…..

Oh For September

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 6, 2018

Still stuck on zero wins in September. And yet, our place in the standings has remained constant. We still only have a better record than, wait for it….Miami, The Mets, The Reds and San Diego. That hasn’t changed since sometime in July. And yet KNBR hasn’t been selling this “so you’re telling me there’s a chance?” crap up until about a week ago…..

Something I never understood about The Glove Million dollar give-a-way: Why not just keep the prize offer but cancel the insurance policy. As Baer said, “Nobody was ever gonna do it.” And he was right. But it could have been a fun little marketing thing, call a fan’s seat number every game, see what happens. Why not just keep rolling it out there if there’s no risk of it happening? And if it somehow ever did happen, shit $1mil could just come out of their advertising budget. What am I missing here?

 

Losing in Nepal

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 5, 2018

While everyone was celebrating our home run king’s 7th inning bomb I was noticing what had just happened in Washington. The Nats had come back to tie the Cardinals in the 5th inning. St. Louis said, “No worries” and promptly banged out 3 bombs in the 6th to re-take the lead. They added a grand slam in the 9th to finish off them off. That is how the game is played now. Like it or not, you have to build a team that hits home runs if you want to win consistently.

Speaking of home runs, Mr. Suarez luck has run out. He’s getting blasted today…..

Let’s See The New Guys

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 4, 2018

Nice to see Bochy allowing Chris Shaw his one at bat yesterday. That was a lot of power he displayed, I hope it doesn’t scare Bochy away from starting him today. Shaw’s development will be fascinating to watch assuming he gets to play. He’s going to strike out a lot but so does Joey Gallo. Striking out in today’s game doesn’t preclude you from a place in the line up.

I didn’t gather the predictions from yesterday’s thread, I’ll just go back and look them over at the end of the month. Surprised nobody came in with 12. Highest I saw was 10 (MrSportsDude) and lowest, I think, was me at 6.

San Dawg’s Mo Burger. I have several issues with this burger.

#1: tomato is still no good and the fact that there are 2 of them just doubles the issues.

#2: too much cheese

#3 lettuce should be butter lettuce not romaine.

There are a couple more items to note but the first 3 have me doing such a slow burn I gotta chill for a bit….

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At Base Camp Without Oxygen

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 3, 2018

….and now we head to Colorado. Lulz, this should go smoothly. The Giants called up all the shitty arms they have left in Sacto this morning so at least we can run a bunch of dudes up and down the hill.

Whatever, it’s Labor Day and what a great day for baseball it is!

Side Bet: Get your picks in for how many games the Giants win in September. I am coming in at a solid SIX. 24 games remain….

Winner gets a coveted 2018 Flappy award for best prognosticator.

Riding Out the End

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 2, 2018

Syndegaard gets to wipe us out today. He’s a guy I’d pay to watch pitch. I’m not going to but if everything lined up I’d head up there and pay to watch him pitch.

I feel sorry for the season ticket holders. Do they feel obligated to go to the games? Are they giving the seats away? Or do they just go unused? I’ve never understood who has the time to go to that many games a year anyway.

The weather will be nice. But it’s nice everywhere around here. Lots of things to go do, watching these 2 teams sleepwalk their way to the end of a lazy Sunday afternoon is low on my to-do list.

 

.500. Always .500.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 1, 2018

For his second straight start, Suarez got to face the team with the worst hitting VMI number on the board. That’s some sweet luck and he took advantage of the opportunity to throw another *shut out*. He could be a guy we count on in next year’s rotation. If nothing else, he battles, although you can say the same thing about Ty Blach and I don’t want him in the rotation next year.

Awesome to see this Garcia kid come up and have such a great night. Is it so hard for Giants brass to embrace this? Screw the vets, this team is toast, play the kids and see what happens. What’s the worst outcome? A loss? Newsflash: that’s likely no matter who you send out there.

I’ve seen enough Hunter Pence and Gregor Blanco to last me 10 lifetimes……

McCutchen to Yanks

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 31, 2018

Thank God the Giants front office hasn’t gone completely off the rails. They traded McCutchen for what will basically amount to the second coming of Agent 000. And that’s fine. They were so up against the lux tax line they were going to have problems bringing up rookies for Sept call ups. Think about how lame that is for a second…..

And now they have the freedom to do so.

Later days, ‘Cutch. You led the team in pretty much every offensive category but I honestly can only remember a handful of your at bats. I’ll look back on your time in SF the way I look back on Steve Carlton’s time in SF.

They Score We Suck

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 30, 2018

The hits just keep on comin’ and not the good kind that go over the fence. Duggar has a torn labrum and while I wasn’t all in on the kid it was nice to have someone young out there running around.

We scored another run yesterday. Runs are nice, aren’t they?

Freaking Blanco got the call to replace Duggar. Lol that is hilarious. The Giants are wandering around the wilderness and instead of bringing up someone young to evaluate they bring up The Old White Shark! Too funny.

This team is run by buffoons…..

We Score We Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 29, 2018

A great win, however meaningless, to be sure. I think it’s a little dangerous to get too excited about 1-0 victories since it masks the true reality of how bad our hitting is. As I said at the end of the last thread, scoring 1 run and being forced to shut out the other team is not a clear path to the post season.

But hey, a win is always better than a loss…

 

Our August Run Has Begun

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 28, 2018

Well, we finally caught The Pirates. That’s rad. Arizona had the worst VMI number for hitters last night, not a big surprise to me that Stratt shut them down. Well, a little of a surprise since Stratt sucks.

I didn’t catch too much of the A’s game but they got their ass handed to them by the better team last night. Houston has Altuve back, that’s gotta be a big boost both emotionally and from a production standpoint. And this “Throw a 5th starter out every game and see what happens” can only work so long for Oakland. You’d think, anyway.

Bummie goes today as we continue chipping away at the 6 teams in front of us in the Wild Card….

Monday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 27, 2018

Lots of chatter preparing us for the possibility of Buster not being ready for opening day. If he’s a week late then you can chalk pretty much any loss in the first 7 games of the season up to the dumbass mismanagement of the team by Sabean and anyone else in charge of that petrified move.

I’m sorry I questioned Boch yesterday for bringing in Melancon on Sat. Obviously he needs to see if Melancon is healed enough to help the team in a high leverage situation. And we should all be happy if Double M has taken another step in the healing process to be counted on next season…..

Now, please, pretty please with sugar on top, trade Andrew McCutchen this week….

Pretty unseasonably cool weather out here this month. San Francisco hasn’t see the temps his 70 degrees since August 9th. Trip out on that, east coasters.

Closing Problems

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 26, 2018

Even though that was a pretty meaningless mid-Aug game vs 2 teams who suck, that was a pretty ballsy move by Bochy to hook Smith and bring in Melancon. Did you guys see the look on Smith’s face? He wasn’t having that. And to bring in Melatonin? The risk of exposing yourself as a dumbass was high. But hey, it worked out. On one hand, Bochy needs to see if he can count on Double M for more than just mop up duty next year. On the other hand, why piss off your closer like that?

Our Japanese ace goes today for the series win….

Continuing to Lose to Bad Teams

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 25, 2018

Another team with a worse record that us beats us. Not at all surprising. We are one of 15 teams in mlb that espn gives a 0.1% chance (or less) of making the playoffs. Somehow the Dodgers are at 61% and the Rox are at 39% even tho the Colorado has a better record than LA. Not sure how that works.

Buster getting cut up on Mon. This has been a wasted week and if he’s not ready by Spring Training I hope everyone remembers this debacle.

Full Metal Jacket was just ok. I liked the scene sets but the movie was too long and its length didn’t really allow it to tell a better story than it could have if it was shorter. I’m giving it 2 Flaps Up and feel pretty solid on that rating.

Home Cookin’

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 24, 2018

Well, we’re back home. Probably ready to go on a nice little run of wins to get us right back in this bad boy. That is, assuming Buster made it off the plane alive. This is what I think about these days when I think of Buster:

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San Dawg my old man got a kick out of your AMPM burger pic. Me? I’m still trying to sort out that tomato…

Facing Drew Hutchinson tonight. He’s a classic honky mlb pitcher. I’m sure we’ll crush him, right?

Dumb Lie

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 23, 2018

I’m still laughing at the NBC Bat Area analysts who claim the Giants are waiting till they’re mathematically eliminated before they cut Buster up. Really? Do they even know Sabean? This is the same GM who waved the white flag on the 2013 season on July freaking 8th calling it a “Bad Penny Year” and using that as the excuse for doing nothing at the deadline that season. This is the same team that is a single event away (two Mets smashing into each other) from losing 6 straight to the Reds and the Mets over the last week.

So this *mathematical nonsense* is just fodder for the lame fans who still think we’re in this if we can just go on a little run. Just. One. Run.

It’s completely disrespectful to try to sell *math* as the reason Buster is still playing…..

Rotten Apple

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 22, 2018

I wouldn’t say the Giants have a chance tonight but Syndergaard hasn’t really been his dominant self this year. Of course, facing the worst offense in the league can bump up your dominance level pretty quick.

And we are the worst offense in the league. Either league. Everyone likes to talk about OPS and we are last, dead last in mlb, with a .583 OPS in August. There’s really not much more to say about it.

The Giants are hitting career .222 off The White Knight or whatever this guy’s nickname is. Collectively they’ve hit 1 bomb off him. You guessed it, it’s Hunter Pence.

Lol…..

#bebest

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 21, 2018

Last night I wasn’t begrudging the dearth of dingers. I was more in awe of us not being able to hit a ball that would even roll up to the wall. I’m pretty sure we didn’t hit a ball that got to the warning track. Man, if only we had a guy with warning track power. Buster did hit a fly ball (oppo field of course) that got near the warning track. I nearly fell out of my chair when that happened.

No, our runs were scored the old fashioned way. Pop up bloopy-ass lucky ground finders. Oh, and this. Man down!
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That game was filled to the brim with players who stink. On both sides.