THE San Francisco Giants Blog

Playing The Asterisks

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 10, 2020

We have our secret weapon *undecided* going for us today in Houston. Who knows, the Asterisks have been pretty beatable now that they don’t know what’s coming every pitch.

On paper this one looks like it will get ugly but maybe Kap stays out of the way enough during the game and we steal a W.

Win Today, Salvage The Week

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 9, 2020

Man, ONE OUT AWAY from a coveted QS. So close. Feel bad for Pence, nobody would feel worse about blowing it in that situation. But, it happens.

Jon Heyman called Kershaw the best pitcher in history (or something like that i was too busy laughing to read it closely).

Well, we got our one reliable pitching performance for the week. It is back to the rosary beads today….

I’ll tell you, I must be like some kind of savant or something, I don’t know how I keep earning these prestigious Trump awards…..

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Tough To Overcome Bad Pitching

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 8, 2020

Look the Dodgers just have much better players than we do. There’s no shame in admitting that, they have better players than most teams. While I think our hitting has improved some it is going to have a hard time making up for the pitching which is not good. I’m hoping Z and Kap understand you can’t piggy back and patch work your way through a game. At least you can’t do that over time, with average pitchers. If we had better hitters we would be more competitive in games like last night but you know what? We do have better hitters than we did a couple of years ago so I’ll take what we have and like it.

Hope you all watch The Travers today! The Flap’s OFFICIAL horse mascot this year, Uncle Chuck, is running and trying to defeat the great Tiz the Law. Let’s hope he gets it done and brings home a much anticipated and richly deserved horse racing crown to the Flap.

3:15 PST. TV: Fox (sorry about that)

The King

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 7, 2020

Thirteen years ago. Man where are the days going? Feels like 13 years was right about when the pandemic started, eh?

I will always love Barry Bonds but the 3 beauties we got after he left make what Barry did almost appear small. To me anyway.

LA tonight. The great thing about a series with these losers is that you just never really know how it’s going to play out. Always a surprise…….

Back On The Beam!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 6, 2020

That was a win from years gone by. Belt leading the way with a bomb, a well pitched game. Solid.

Honestly, that’s about as good as we’re going to get from out pitching staff, all things considered. Obviously you need good pitching to win but we don’t really have that. We have “just ok” pitching. We are going to have to swing the bats to win. End of story.

I kinda had it this morning with all the Trump emails telling me they’re going to match 600% of my never-to-arrive donation so I sent them back this:

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They responded asking me if there was a problem with my order or if I want a refund. LOL. I know it’s just automated and nobody read my email but it still gave me a good chuckle…..

I honestly don’t have enough wall space for all the certificates and pageantry they want to bestow upon me:

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Tough Start

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 4, 2020

I actually missed the Dickerson drop. I came back in the room, it was slow motion of him at the fence and the ball bouncing away. I never actually saw a replay. Was it an easy ball to catch? Either way, that dude isn’t in the line up for his defense.

Wonderful to see Tromp and Yaz go yard. Even in Colorado, it’s great to see at least a couple of guys hit the ball over the fence.

The defense has been terrible, probably chalk that up to the Covid break and not enough time to get their timing back on everything.

Troubled Times

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 3, 2020

This little 5-5 start to the season has been fun but reality is about to hit, hard. I expect Colorado to blast us tonight. Rockies laying in the weeds, Giants needing a game to get their barrings in Nepal.

Regardless we are now on a ten game roadie vs the Rox, The Dodgers and The Cheaters. If we somehow win 2 I’ll be impressed. I don’t see how our pitching staff competes even on equal footing against those 3 teams and having to start off with the staff getting decimated in Denver, man, this is going to get ugly, early.

Also, yesterday was a big STRIKE TWO for Kapler. That Triggs nonsense had me doing a slow burn till….well I’m still doing it. Made no sense. MAYBE you give a vet a little rope but when it’s obvious to everyone watching that this kid had no business being on a major league mound yesterday it makes you really question if Kap has any idea at all what he’s doing. Imagine the players on the field watching that in real time. They had to be questioning Kap’s managerial skills at that point.

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email inbox today. The subject lines are always the start of the best comedy

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Pence

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 2, 2020

When your OPS is Ronnie Lott’s number, you are not having a good year.

Today Mr. .042 likely gets another start and his job is to hit the baseball with his bat and have it be recorded as a hit.

Hunter Pence will go down in history as one of the greatest Giants of all time.

And it is time for him to get a hit…..

In The THICK Of The Playoff Hunt

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 1, 2020

Last night was a great sign in terms of how the players view Kap. It wouldn’t have been surprising to see them come out with a flat performance the day after Kap’s two-step blunder. But they came out focused and strong and handed it to the Rangers.

One thing I don’t get about the scheduling: with all this juggling do they have to keep to any form or rules? If it were a regular season and a game got canceled they’d make it up. But with 30 games canceled already do they just try to make those up whenever and against whoever they can make it work with? Because if that’s the case I could see MLB pulling this off still.

Signs are pointing to it not working and if they just straight give up that’s what we’ll have to accept I guess.

my emails today. Stix I promise I’ll get to that article after dinner….

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Put A *Kap* On His Mound Visits

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 31, 2020

I don’t have a problem with a manager being forward thinking, I like the commitment to how pitchers are managed in today’s new game, but one thing I absolutely expect is that you have to know the rules. The manager has to know the rules.

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He owned it after the game but talking before and after games is his wheelhouse. It is WAY to early in his time here to be making embarrassing blunders as he did last night.

I’m certainly not holding this against him.

But it is an ominous red flag…..

Great Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 30, 2020

Solano and Yaz. And how bout that boater risking it all and diving in for the splash hit? At .500 even with Pence at .000 and Pablo at 300 (pounds).

I shot this very lame video on the way back into town yesterday but if you are a Giants fan who hasn’t ever been out to the park it’ll give you a good idea of where Oracle is located in relation to The City.

5 Games In…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 29, 2020

I was driving all day and missed the game last night. To be honest I’ve missed almost all of the games being on vacation. Perusing the stats I see we have a grand total of 2 home runs through 5 games. That’s not going to get er done.

Pence and Crawford, um, wow.

Shout out to Ervin who Pa Salon assures me is in the Lurker HOF at the Flap….

Going Viral

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 27, 2020

14 Marlins caught this shit. FOURTEEN! Wow. Two games cancelled so far today. This feels like MLB’s Rudy Gobert moment. Let’s see what happens.

Good Things Happening

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 26, 2020

Well, yesterday was fun. The Giants got their first win and I received many the kudos for being a good son and surprising my mom. I have several friends who have recently lost one of their parents and that video was good for them to see.

Glaze Meadow today, 1:57.

Big Flavor Is In The House

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 25, 2020

Instead of breaking down that Giants game you’d probably have more fun watching this.

Baseball Is Back Baby

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 24, 2020

I had just driven into Bend yesterday when the game came on so I really only saw a few snippets of it at my sister’s house. Even with Kershaw sitting and that absurdly haired dope toeing the rubber we looked well beaten….

Today it’s golf at Widgi Creek with my sister and her kids and then it’s over to Black Butte where I shall be surprising my mom who doesn’t know I’m in town. I might videotape that if it’s funny I’ll post it here at the blog.

Make it a great day Flappers. Baseball is back and I’m golfing for the foreseeable future, and things are starting to feel normal again even though I know they aren’t…..

Finally….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 23, 2020

I got another Trump HOF Donor email and it, in itself, should be put in the HOF for its epic outrageous stupidity, but I’m not going to post it (as pathetic as he and it is).

Because today is Opening Day. We’ve crawled through 4 months and 4 miles of shit to get here –a day that will very likely result in a complete and utter shellacking.

But fuck it, who cares….

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…PLAY BALL!!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 22, 2020

Fun game last night. Can we please vote to never re-open the gates in right field again? If the ball gets that much more carry when they’re shuttered then let them stay shuttered. McCarthy’s ball went way higher than the other balls and that’s why his got “Oracled”. I’m tired of K/K joking about that. It’s not a joke it’s pathetic. When you hit a ball that far it should be a home run, period.

It’s July 22rd and we are finally getting some real ball.

Make it so.

Respect

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 21, 2020

Here’s what’s awesome about Gabe Kapler—he has conviction and beliefs. And with literally zero credibility here in the Bay Area (or anywhere really) he is choosing to stand by those beliefs instead of being timid and waiting for a different time.

This guy has a *boardroom* attitude, there’s no doubt. But guys like that read the room and just tell you what you want to hear. Kneeling for the national anthem, on your first public day on the job, that is not what a *boardroom guy* would do.

Now, how would this go down if and when he pilots this crew straight into the cellar? I guess we’ll see but what he showed me last night is something that would fire me as a player.

I wanna be in Gabe Kapler’s foxhole…..

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This is a good one. Accepted no where…..

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And….Scene!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 20, 2020

Ok, I think last night was my Domingo German moment.

Sorry.

WordPress still hasn’t gotten back to me about how to save the blog in some type of Smithsonian archive which is where it belongs when I finally decide it’s time to shut her down.

I spent the morning tweeting angry shit at the Portland PD.

I’m leaving for vacation soon and I think everyone would agree I need one badly.

PIA with a pretty hot Asian student. 7/10. Sorry Room Rater can’t have me look at anything any other way.

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Bore Core Still Kickin’

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 18, 2020

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Oh goodie because what would we do if these dudes weren’t out there for opening day???

We’re going to be force fed these old men till we’re all dead, aren’t we?

Hey Mama Look At Me!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 17, 2020

I rarely see anything on Facebook that I like except new pics of old friends. Anyway, I saw this yesterday and told San Dawg he’s gotta see it but he doesn’t have a FB account anymore. So, here ya go.

No Energy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 16, 2020

Watched Bart rake a double yesterday and then throw out a guy stealing. One thing about these practice games: everyone seems to be going half speed. I wonder how much that will bleed into regular games without fans.

Jazz Hands

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 15, 2020

Well, now that Puig has found a home and Bass Baldy has been properly remembered, what do you guys want to kick around today?

I do wonder how hard Z went after Puig. The internet is full of the usual bluster about the Giants going *hard* after him. But the Giants get used a lot in those situations. I used to think that secretly Sabean was cool with not getting a hitter as long as he got to say how hard he went after him when it was all said and done.

Name a long lost Flapper you miss who doesn’t post here anymore. I’ll start:

TedSpe

Play Bart

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 14, 2020

Agree with Larry here:

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Also, never subscribed to worrying about the *clock* getting starting. If I guy is legit you’re going to pay him no matter what, these days guys get their arb years bought out. It would be a travesty to waste this opportunity to develop this guy at the ML level.

You Miss It. Admit it.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 13, 2020

Hearing a lot of “I’m not missing baseball as much as I thought.” Maybe. I bet you’d change your tune with a few games under your belt. We’re just on Carona auto pilot right now. Days have turned into months. Everything is the same. You THINK you don’t miss baseball. But that’s because we’re all stuck in this Groundhog’s Day cycle.

Let’s see what a game or two does to you….

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Posey’s Priorities

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 11, 2020

It seems everyone is on board with Buster sitting out there season because come on how are you going to question THAT decision. It would be interesting to see all of our reactions had a full season been on the table and were he still been in his prime….

Have we heard from Kap on his thoughts re: Bart?

You’d think he’d want to play him, right?

Take A Train, Take a Plane, Take a Car

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 10, 2020

The Del Mar Summer meet opens today. Beautiful, glorious wondrous Del Mar. Top 3 places in the world for me.

No fans in the stands, but that’s ok. Man, me and The Boney One have had ourselves some opening days down at the old Del Mar though, let me tell you…..

Back to baseball! What baseball…..

Take it away Bing

 

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Who Plays And Who Does Not

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 9, 2020

I’m hoping Buster is away from the team because he’s deciding whether or not to opt out of the season—something I completely support him doing by the way. If it’s a actual family emergency that would be terrible.

Belt is now in a walking boot due to a bum heel so he’s right on target with expectations this season….

Hey, if all these aged played can’t/don’t play we might get our wish of seeing a genuine youth movement this  “season”.

Shut Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 8, 2020

With the Giants shut down for 2 days because they can’t get the results of their testing back, I was wondering if anyone knew why MLB only has ONE site designated to run all these tests. That’s either incompetence or lack of effort. Or maybe MLB doesn’t want this season to go off at all? Sabotage. Think about it.

Just Gimmie Some Ball

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 7, 2020

Not gonna get too worked up about the schedule. Still don’t think we’re going to actually play. But if we do, who cares? Play whoever wherever.

Daniel wanted to know if I wanted to do a “playing Pepper” Q/A for this upcoming sprint. I told him I’m just not really feelin’ it.

If we get baseball, I’ll be so excited though. The mental break it will give us from the nonsense of the last 5 months will be so therapeutic.

Another Exciting Offer

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 6, 2020

This one was too good not to share. They have discounted membership fees to the Trump Executive Club. I wasn’t going to join at $45 but now that they’ve dropped the price to $35 I don’t think I can pass this up. I mean, come on, can you imagine all the perks that come with belonging to such an exclusive club?

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Another thought on the Baggs thing: he’s engaged in all out damage control so that the team doesn’t blackball him again as they did a few years back–I honestly forget what set that off but Pagan and others refused to talk to him anymore.

The Fourth

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 4, 2020

I missed the entirety of the Mount Rushmore nonsense choosing to watch Hamilton instead. It started off a little slow but got very good and I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like that before…..

July 4th is here. I’m going to stay positive and re-read Dirt’s POTD a few times.

Better days ahead….

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ok, inspired by Loo, Dirt and others, this is what my afternoon looks like. You’ll notice a new addition to the group!!!!

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Independence (from fun) Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 3, 2020

The greatest American holiday is upon on and…..there’s nothing to do. No baseball. No chili cookoff. The beaches are closed. No fireworks. And they’re churning out some lame variation of the hot dog eating contest that I can’t support.

So we sit alone in our houses with our family, something we’ve done for months and months.

Oh well, pass me a Bud Light. What’s that? All out of those. Ok, just gimmie a White Claw.

Pfffttttttt……

Unclear Guidelines

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 2, 2020

With Gov Newsom’s latest dousing of July 4th fireworks I’m still having a hard time understanding what stays open and what closes–even if just left with these same guidelines:

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So can the Giants play at Oracle but all the bars close? There are food court spots all over the place, do they count as restaurants? Cause if they stay open but they are literally right next to the bars how does that work?

“Family entertainment”? What is that?

Zoos…..lqtm.

BB Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 1, 2020

The worst part about *Bobby Bonilla Day* is that we have to hear about it every year until he turns 72.

Is this still an interesting story to people?

And So They Must Play

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 30, 2020

Sixty five percent of Flap Nation says…..PLAY BALL!

That’s not bad, slightly higher than I suspected.

I like Loo’s take: we’re tied for first with 60 games to go.

Optimism. Why not? Don’t cost nuthin’.

 

Poll Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 29, 2020

Interesting poll I just ran across at espn.

“In the poll, 77% of respondents who said they were baseball fans expressed support for the 60-game season, with 23% opposing it. Of all sports fans surveyed, 73% supported and 27% opposed MLB’s plan.”

I don’t think Flappers would crest 50% but let’s see. I haven’t done a poll in years let’s see if I remember how to do it.

 

 

 

Puig Hysteria

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 27, 2020

Ok, so we have established that pretty much every Flapper wants Puig. Albeit for different reasons. And I’ve even gotten to a place where I could even see why Puig would want to come to our ridiculous ball park (“Look at me, villain turned hero” thing).

Now Z just has to say “Fuck that guy” and make it so…..

I might make an SF shirt that just says “Fuck That Guy”.

The LAtrine

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 26, 2020

Tough to say how I feel about this one having not seen it unfold.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29367847/dodgers-security-sued-17m-allegations-racial-profiling-excessive-force

I mean, even the way the suit reads it sounds like 2 families fighting with each other. And don’t tell me gang members don’t go to games in The Latrine.

All I know is that the police didn’t seem too worried about intervening when Brian Stow was getting his brains splattered all over the sidewalk.

I wouldn’t go to a game in LA. That place is just not safe.

Caddy Covid Crisis

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 25, 2020

Interesting to watch how they’re handling the Travelers Golf tourney this week in CT. Multiple caddies have tested + and some of the game’s best players decided to withdraw at the last minute. But the tournament is foraging on.

Tour golfers and their crews are pretty typically conservative assholes so I’m guessing many of them are no-mask guys. That might account for the number of positive tests. Maybe now they start taking this stuff more seriously?

I think it’s funny these guys get caddies. Seriously, who actually NEEDS a caddy?

How baseball is going to traverse through all this is a mystery to me but if it all gets shut down because of the virus I can live with that. I would not be as tolerant of the game if it got shut down over a greedy money argument.

I still can’t get over this outrageous graph. If you ever want to know the difference between northern and southern California just look at this. We have, what? 8 million people in the Bay Area? I have been saying this about Santa Clara county (where I live) for quite some time now but it is really the entire Bay Area. Why are we so able to practice social distancing guidelines and the idiots below us can’t seem to figure it out?????

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A Place to Talk About Giants Baseball….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 24, 2020

Ok, so I am going to remain optimistic that we get some baseball. Why? Cause it don’t cost nothin’. And I definitely want to watch some ball that isn’t stupid replays of games that have already played. I think we’ve seen what can happen to the blog when there is no baseball to discuss.

It is not pretty.

I will begin by no longer posting any Trump letters and that’s hard for me to do because I got a doozy from “Eric Trump” this morning.

But it is time to retire that particular bit.

Now, can we please, pretty please with sugar on top, get some freaking baseball?

Another False Start

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 23, 2020

I couldn’t be any less enthused about this fake promise to play a 60 game season. Supposedly we are just waiting on the players to answer two questions: Can you get to spring training by July 1 and will you agree to the health and safety guidelines? With the virus spiking in different parts of the country I am not really understanding what the point is of these *health and safety guidelines*. There are already many + cases popping up across all levels of mlb. So the question I have is, how many players will it take to get this before they shut the season down? Because these guys are getting it and will continue to get it.

When millions of Americans took to the streets a few weeks ago to protest all the things they were protesting it seemed odd to me that everyone just seemed to forget about the virus for a while. Go back and look at many of the protests and see all the ignored social distancing. This spike now is hardly surprising. But it is an excellent example of how strong Covid and how it isn’t just going to magically disappear in these warmer months.

Although if you listen to Trump we get the virus from getting tested. That’s the only thing that explains his bizarre current attitude towards testing….

(Un)natural Selection?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 22, 2020

New day, new letter. This one isn’t as good as yesterday’s although it is a big ego boost to know that for the second time in a week I have been selected as 1 of only 100 patriots nationwide to be asked to accept the call to glory….

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Another one just came in. Man, these guys are REALLY worried about not hearing from me.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 21, 2020

I haven’t been following what these idiots have been negotiating lately. Are we having baseball or not?

this may be my favorite Trump letter yet….

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Not Quite The Test of The Champion

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 20, 2020

Never has a day felt less like Belmont Stakes day than today. Running it as the first leg of the triple crown is kludgy as is the distance of only a mile and an eight. Tiz the Law may be tough but I like Pneumatic and/or Farmington Road to possibly upset him.

New Trump Letter:

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“Like a Shot Gun to The Face”

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 19, 2020

tonight’s exciting offer from Drumpf

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DH, Eh, Meh

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 18, 2020

Maybe I’ve just gotten numb to all the changes in mlb (and you KNOW a shift rule is coming at some point) but it’s hard for me to get too worked up about the DH in the NL. I’m not particularly fond of watching pitchers hit though when they do get a hit it’s exciting. Maybe it cuts down on some of the pitching changes and double switches, too. Tired of those.

Either way, baseball has got about 50 problems greater than the DH coming to the NL…..

Where Were YOU?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 17, 2020

There was a LOT going on back then….

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But this is an easy one for me. Since I’ve never watched a full hockey game in my life we can rule out that one. Knicks/Rockets? Pfffftttt. Doubtful. I remember being in Santa Cruz at the Boardwalk with my then-girl friend Ann Marie. We were in a bar and the OJ chase came on. It’s possible we had been there watching the soccer game because it was a World Cup game and I sometimes like to pretend I like soccer by watching World Cup games. But I don’t remember a single thing about that game.

Just OJ and his main man Al slow riding their way through the streets of LA. I’m guessing OJ doesn’t tweet about this anniversary today but we’ll see….

Destruction From Within

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 16, 2020

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Agreed. I gave up on these buffoons a while ago. Promises get walked back. Stories change. Intentions are truly unknown. What everyone seems to want is what no one is willing to reveal.

In some ways I’m ok with this. Baseball apparently needs to hose itself to realize that they need to make a lot of changes. This is going to take a while to wash out. But we’ll get there one day……