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‘Cutch Scored!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 12, 2018
………….hey that’s something you didn’t hear anyone say too often around here last season…
sandog said, on December 11, 2018 at 9:47 pm (Edit)

We could have offered Cutch the QO. We should have done that. Most on here grossly underestimated his value on the open market.


Raising hand here, representing the group that “grossly underestimated his value on the open market.” To catch up from the end of the last thread, had we kept Cutch and not traded him we could have offered him the QO which, I think, was 18 million. I scoffed big time at that idea suggesting 1 year/8 mil was probably all he could hope to get on the open market.

‘Cutch should be dancing in the streets right now making it rain on himself because he would not have gotten 3 years/53 mil if the Phillies would also have had to surrender a draft pick. And while what he got beat the projected deal of 3 years/40 million (mlbtraderumors) even the projected deal was far greater than my 1 year/8 mil guess….

Hey, stop worrying guys, we got…..quickly pausing to check spelling on these dudes names…..Juan De Paula and…..checking again….Abiatal…..checking a third time…..Avelino for him!

In the end we’ll never know if we would have been stuck with ‘Cutch had we given him the QO. Probably not. But by not offering it to him he got the deal of a lifetime, I don’t think there’s any question he got more than many thought he would get. And many millions more than I guessed…..


Just Release The Whole Team

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 11, 2018

Interesting to see the Giants tried to trade StrickIdiot somewhere, anywhere, before they just let him go. Were they too proud to accept some minor league stiff or did they literally not get offered anything for him? Another damning example of how our players are not valued even the slightest by other teams.

Very excited to see if the news of Belt getting traded goes anywhere. Unlike Strickland who has zero value there are apparently teams interested in Belt. It would shock me if anyone offered anything decent for a guy owed so much who is one beaning away from retirement.

Tuesday is waking up in Vegas. Will anything happen at these Winter Meetings?

What Are You Hoping Happens At The Winter Meetings?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 10, 2018

My expectations were low but now I’m starting to rev myself up a bit. If you’re Zaidi why not make a splash this week?

Larry Krueger, KNBR morning host who carries the show for Gary Radnich who knows nothing about sports, put this out there yesterday:

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Frazier’s not enough of a difference maker for me to pull the trigger on this deal and I highly doubt you also get a “live minor league arm” in the deal he proposes.

I chose to believe that Zaidi is looking at our outfielders and just shaking his head at the ineptitude it took to cobble together that group of dunderheads. He will be targeting this area of the team for an upgrade. Let’s see if anything happens this week…..

They Called Him “JC”

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 8, 2018

I went back and forth on the topic of today’s thread. It was going to be Kieran Loveglove or whatever his name is. But I decided to give a shout out to Jose Castillo. Like all of you, when I heard the name I thought “wait, didn’t he play for us?” Part of it is his general sounding name. Part of it is that so many players put on that SF uni. I remember 2008 opening day quite well. We shouted loudly about how lame our opening day line up was. The Dodgers shut us down 5-0. Remember these guys? “Brian BigCock” nickname was born that day…..

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Anyway, he was a forgettable player with a forgettable name playing in a forgettable era. There were only a few references to Castillo here at the Flap over the years. This one from WillieD is about as good of a eulogy as I can find:

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RIP to Jose Castillo. We may not remember your contributions but you were one of the many steps this team has taken in its walk across the earth. And because of that I can say “thank you for being part of our journey”.

And now be on with yours…..

Status Quo

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 7, 2018

Schoop gone, he signed with the Twins. Royals probably signing Billy Ham. Not sure if this off season could get more boring for a Giants fan. Winter meetings coming up but nothing seems to happen at those anymore except a lot of steaks get devoured and the strippers get rained on a little harder.

I really don’t care what Zaidi does. His pulsating brain is bigger and grander than I could ever hope to understand. All I know is that I couldn’t be more tired of every single player on our team. Individually they put you to sleep, collectively they lose regularly.

I guess this is the price we paid for winning 3 in 5.

Just Say “NO” To Our Honky Team

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 6, 2018

I have no idea if Yusei Kikuchi is a good pitcher. I don’t even how to pronounce his name. But I want him on the team. The international flavor of our team sucks. Zaidi knows this and his big brain has probably already spanned the globe computing different ways to add and subtract from the team.

Rebuilding doesn’t mean we can’t have fun doing it. Go get this lefty if you can.

They Can Have Him

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 4, 2018

So the Dodgers are now IN on the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. I’d personally be fine with that. Saddle a 300 million dollar deal that will come up woefully short of paying off for them? Hell yeah.

Harper is going to sink whatever franchise he signs with. He’s got a nice beard and great hair–his two most important possessions.

Until that guy figures out how to deal with the shift he’s going to be nothing but an on again, off again power hitter. Machado is a better all around player, they should have just tried to keep him.

As he ages, I could see him having a Matt Stairs type of ending to his career….

What Are The Mets Doing?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 2, 2018

Lemme get this straight: The Mets take on 67 million more in salary, they get an aging second baseman who is painfully average without his steroids, they lose a bunch of prospects AND it turns out Diaz pitches with a bone spur in his elbow? LOL are you SERIOUS? Ask Matt Cain about how bone spurs are no big deal and you can just pitch around them.

Nobody seems to be talking about what an incredibly stupid trade this was….

Who’s gonna get waxed harder today, Niners or Raiders?

I say they both lose 30-3.


Boozin’, Fixing the Giants Easily and The Big Game!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 1, 2018

Loo, you were on fire last night. Reminded me of some of the old days, thanks for that. The only thing missing was Twin intercepting you with some zingers….

Regarding your Chiefs, how about this analogy: Steph is Maholmes. Klay is Hunt. Durant is Hill. Draymond is Kelce. Ok, this is already a stupid analogy….But what if it’s close, could the Warrior still win it all if they lost Klay? Personally, I think they could. The only can’t-lose piece is Steph (Maholmes).

And look at Loo, out all night dreaming up drinking challenges with his local bartender and he answers the bell first thing this morning with another post:

“djloo27 said, on December 1, 2018 at 6:01 am (Edit)

At the moment the Giants have 4 outfielders on the 40 man roster.
Duggar – Slater – Mac – Shaw
I think I’m done with sports…”

Three guys got non-tendered that I would look seriously at and I hope Zaidi picks up all of them: Avasail Garcia, Jon Schoop, and my main man B-Ham. If we get all three of those studs I bet you pick sports up, dust her off and ride Sally ride till the sun sets. Am I right?

The Big Game, finally, is today. It’s raining like a whore right now at Casa de Flavor but I expect it to be dry by game time. Snarkk, I trust our bet is intact and that the tree will remain unsoiled until at least after I’ve had time to avert my eyes…..



New York Mistake

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 30, 2018

Not really sure what the Mets are doing but we needed a new thread so we can kick it around here if you’re interested. New York gets an aging second baseman on the downside of his career without his steroids and a top of the line closer. I’m not understanding this. Closers are a dime a dozen and they turn sour quicker than you can get “M-a-r-k M-e-l-a-n-c-o-n” out of your mouth.

This new GM is looking to make a big splash but outside of the closer what are they getting? And taking on Cano? And losing prospects? This looks like a terrible deal for the Mets…..

Projecting Bum’s Future

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 28, 2018

WillieD had an interesting thought at the end of the last thread and since it’s a slow time for baseball let’s dig a little deeper into it:

“willedav said, on November 27, 2018 at 8:41 pm (Edit)

Given the general opinion in the F/G column bum’s skill set is definitely in decline, doesn’t that make hanging onto him until the deadline more likely to lessen his value than increase it? I think contending teams that want pitching are going after it right now and he is very reasonable for at least 2019.”

The first thing to remember about *decline* is that it doesn’t usually look like this:

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True, if his production were to look like this he would be most valuable right now and should be traded for whatever the Giants can get. But I think it’s pretty well accepted that even NOW he would only bring back one elite prospect.

Bum’s decline doesn’t have to be absolute. The fangraph’s article is looking at more of his career in decline, not individual games in the future. It’s certainly reasonable to expect that we will see the strongest Bum to start the 2019 season that we’ve seen in years. He’s got 2 consecutive seasons of limited innings on his arm not to mention he’s probably working out like a fiend trying to prove his doubters wrong. If he has a bounce first half, maybe even a dominant first half, but the team flounders, then his value will be much higher than right now and probably at it’s peak for the remainder of his career. Factoring in the desperation level of a team will be UP at the break and not the off season, maybe we get more than one elite prospect next July if everything falls into place.

It’s a risk but I’d hold on to him and hope for a first half bounce back instead of trading him right now…..

Trading Bum…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 27, 2018

….for one pitching prospect? Why do that? I think Flappers have this one correct: it would be pointless to trade him for one pitching prospect and if they are going to trade him they should do it when his value is at its highest. There’s certainly no guarantee that he’ll have a solid, Bum-like first half next year but if he does THAT’S when you trade him. Nobody is paying up for him right now. Even then, he’d be a rental with only a couple of months left on his deal. Still, if he was dominant maybe someone would give up 2 studs and a fringe prospect for him in that scenario.

But I have seen the light, I’m not expecting much. At this point in his career nobody cares about when he did in October NEARLY 5 years ago. With his peripherals trending the wrong way he’s more valuable to us than anyone else. Disappointing, I know…

Slow Sports Zone

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 26, 2018

Giants might as well be in hibernation right now. There seems to be nothing pending and when a guy like Nate Eovaldi is one of the hottest starting pitchers on the free agent market it’s hard to ratchet up any interest in the hot stove season.

The Niners continue their impressive steamroll towards the number 1 pick in the draft. So I guess there’s that. But there really are some NFL teams that are worth paying to watch these days: The Rams, Saints and Chiefs would get my money and even the Chargers, Bears and the Andrew Luck led Colts are exciting to watch. College football is kind of a mess but all that should get sorted out in time for the bowl games—the games we have to wait a month to watch. That’s dumb by the way.

Not sure if hockey is going on, maybe it’s over I dunno.

Morning thought: Nobody claps their hands together harder than the group who greets the opening bell at the NYSE….

Idiot Foster Strikes Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 25, 2018

Reuben Foster is without question the dumbest motherfucker to ever play for the 49ers. He’s dumber than Aldon Smith. He’s dumber than a bag of rocks. The fact that he’d speak a single word ever again to this loopy chick who accused him of abuse and then recanted her accusation is mind blowing. You are a goddamn professional football player, man! You have money, fame, basically everything you could want in life. For the love of god, date a different girl!!!!!! ANY GIRL!!!!!!!

John Lynch looks awful in all of this. He has repeatedly chosen to back this idiot and I firmly believe the only reason he released him this morning was because he really wasn’t having a very good season and it was easier to release him than stand up their like a dolt and back him again.

Character matters in everything you do. It just does. Nothing is worth surrounding yourself or your team with dumbasses. Sure, you can win it all with guys like Foster on your team but you can also win it all with players who have a moral compass and players who aren’t complete idiots.

One of the firmest lessons I learned a long time ago and one of the simplest keys to success in life is this: Don’t surround yourself with idiots. If you are surrounded by idiots get new friends/coworkers/etc. Your life with get exponentially better if you do this.



Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 24, 2018

That link Snarkk posted at the end of yesterday’s thread was disappointing but not surprising. I’m guessing having a shithead racist team owner puts you in the majority. It does make you wonder though, what would Johnson have to do before he was pressured to sell the team? You would think that in San Francisco the bar would be low but the calls for him to sell are sparse at best.

College football couldn’t get any bigger today. I’ll take Ohio State just because it’s ingrained in me to expect Harbs to lose the big one although man, Michigan sure looks good right now.

Black Friday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 23, 2018

Is that still a thing? Do people still go out to the stores like maniacs? There is no amount of money or any threat you could issue that would prod me into going into a store today to fucking shop.

What is Zaidi doing? I’m ready for some action.

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 22, 2018

This is gold. Eat something good today.

Thanksgiving Week

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 19, 2018

A few years ago we’d talk about being thankful for those 3 beauties but I don’t hear much talk about those these days. Man, imagine being a Dodger fan and trying to remember that beauty from THIRTY freaking years ago. Most of the people that were there for that one are dead now or not born yet.

Still, as long ago as 2014 seems, I’ll never get tired of those flags flying true at good ol’ AT&T Park. Sometimes it feels like we paid quite a price for them though.

Have fun this week whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to go. If all you’re doing is walkin’ the earth, be thankful for that, too…..

Slow Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 17, 2018

The weirdest part of this week: no wind at all. Not even a breath of wind. The smoke just came here and sat down on us. Another fire stirred up in Boulder Creek yesterday but I wasn’t worried about it. No way for it to move anywhere with no wind. There’s talk of rain next Wednesday but I’ll believe it when I see it….

With my Big Game plans torpedoed there isn’t much going on in the sports world around here. Dubs trying to rebound from that pathetic effort in Houston. They just aren’t the same without Curry on the floor.

Note to trolls who have nothing else to do with their lives except haunt a Giants blog: You can post here but you need to be creative. If you just post the same bland, boring stuff I’m banning you. I’m basically saying “Don’t be stupid.” If that’s too much of a challenge maybe it’s best if you stay at home at a Dodgers blog with like-minded fans such as yourself…..

Trouble in DynastyLand

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 15, 2018

Round these parts, everyone is taking sides. You’re either on Draymond’s side or you’re on Durant’s side. I’m on Getthefuckoverit’s side.

There’s no question that Green is hard to get along with. Bonds and Kent weren’t two picnics you’d like to spend an afternoon with, either. But Draymond did something those two couldn’t do: he has given the Bay multiple flags. So you put up with some stuff. Easy for me to say, I don’t have to work with him.

We’ve been on quite a run here in the Bay Area. 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018….Before 2010 we were just a bunch of dopes wandering around the wilderness. And you know what? We liked it. I watched Mets and Rays fans on twitter deliriously celebrating their Cy Young wins. Pffftttttt…..boring. I can’t go back to that shit. I’m a Pavlovian dog that only salivates when he hears a downtown parade a ‘comin.

The bottom line is that athletes play for money. We love them as long as they win. I’ve had some bad relationships in my life that were healthier than that. I don’t know what the Warriors are going to do with Draymond, I hope they figure out how to make this work. The only thing I know for sure is that this run is going to end sooner than I want it to. It always does.

Oh Screw It, Just Keep Him

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 14, 2018

Trading or keeping Madison Bumgarner is probably the most interesting topic we’ll kick around this off season. The dazzling idea of scooping up a bounty of prospects for Bum is alluring. But it’s also not realistic. I’ve held on to the dream that teams would want Bumgarner because of his legendary post season success but that’s not how players are evaluated anymore. The nerds with the calculators don’t have a button for “legendary”. They look at the peripherals and those are trending downward. OPS is one of the favorite stats considered here at the Flap. Opponents OPS vs Bum’s fastball has climbed from .619 in 2014 to a whopping .954 last year. Who is gonna pay up for that?

Sadly, I think Bum is worth more to us than anyone else just because fans love him and I can’t see Baer signing off on trading him for one decent pitching prospect–which is probably all we’d get offered.

Whatever, keep him, try to fill out the roster with a gaggle of Muncy’s and see what happens……

A Bet Making The Game Bigger

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 13, 2018
snarkk said, on November 12, 2018 at 7:02 pm (Edit)

OK, BF. After at least a decade, Cal has a shot.
You’re on — in this Bears v Tree “Tilt for the Ages” !
Screw the weenie spread.
It’s mano a mano, baby. Straight up or down. Bears to win outright !

Oh, and define drinks “all night”. I like the Bears, but I ain’t no simpleton; I ain’t talkin’ bottle service at the Bellagio if my Bears turn into widdle cubbles.

BTW, those “Cal” kids that yelled some shit at you — they HAD to be JC wannabes wearing Cal merch. Cal people can be boisterous, but in a very respectful ‘Ol Blue sorta way.
Bring it ON, Pee on the Tree!!!


“Pee on the tree”??????

……Sorry, I’m back. Snarkk’s disrespect of The Tree sent me into a 12 minute blind rage. When I finally snapped out of it I had reduced everything in my living room to rubble. Now just doing a slow burn, I’m able to continue with the thread…..

“Drinks all night” can be translated into “beers for the event” of your choosing. A Giants game would be the most likely common ground for us but another trip to the Pleasanton track next Summer would work or if you’re into March Madness you can join me and San Diggity in Reno next March for a weekend you won’t soon forget. Regardless, the winner can put the “event of beers” in the bank to be cashed in some time in the future.

I’ll assume that qualifies as “bet on”. Down on The Farm we play for keeps, rarely lose, and I’ll cap Saturday’s beat down with a long, satisfying stream of urination that will cascade to the bottom of Tightwad Hill.





A Day Of Reverence And A Bet to Be Made

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 12, 2018

Happy Veterans Day. Two flaps up to any vets out there and any and all victims of war. My old man is veteran and I salute you, dad. And this is the first Veterans Day in a long long time without The Twinner…..

Fall is flying by. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The hot stove season should interest me more but it doesn’t. Even with the big brain on Zaidi crushing everything in its path it’s tough for me to envision any reasonable or interesting ways to fix this team. Besides that, the Giants are just so boring.

One thing I’m looking forward to: The 2018 Big Game. For the first time in years Stanford is going nowhere nationally so they might as well focus up on their next game. Oh, what do you know, it’s Cal; my fourth most despised team after The Dodgers, USC and Notre Dame.  Normally The Cardinal wipe out the Bears like an irritating bug stain on the windshield. I honestly can’t remember the last year Stanford lost. But the game is in Cal this year so they have a fighting chance to cover the spread. I’m smelling a looming bet between me and Snarkk who is awesome in every way except for his *odious* proclivity to supporting *them*.

Somehow Stanford is only favored by 2 over those shady bunko artists. Of course I will lay the points if you feel you need them but a more valid bet would be straight up, yes?

This picture is fantastic. Me and my dad are just off Moen’s left hand. The walk to the car that day was interesting. Scores of Cal fans screaming “Fuck you Stanford!!!” in my 13 year old face. Classy students…..

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Where There’s Smoke…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 11, 2018

I’m 200 miles away and yet that distinct smoke smell is everywhere I go. I’ve never been to Paradise, Ca but the last few days I’ve been struck by how many people know people who live up there. Or I should say “lived up there.” It’s just tragic that an entire town can get erased in less than a day.

This is an incredibly sad article:

If you look west from my house there’s 280 and the hills behind that. Everything is so dry. It could all go up today. I’ve always wondered why terrorists don’t target an area like this. Billions of dollars of residential real estate. What’s stopping them?

No Good News

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 9, 2018

Slow Zone for Bay Area sports right now. No baseball. Niners stink. I don’t know if hockey has started yet nor do I care. Steph’s hurt. California’s burning to the ground.

Bad mood today.

Saying Goodbye to McCovey

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 8, 2018

Now I’m thinking Zaidi keeps Bumgarner because the haul he’d pull back really wouldn’t be worth it. And don’t you think the plan is probably to go unearth a bunch of Max Muncy’s and Chris Taylors to platoon with Belt, Crawford, etc????? You don’t need to ditch our best pitcher to find those dudes……

If you guys want to watch the Willie Mac celebration of life there is a link in here that should work:

If you are going to the celebration you should take public trans. The Giants aren’t opening Parking Lot A for some unknown reason. Sounds like Unca Chuck is gonna be there, good for him. If anyone goes please email me some pics.


Farhan Zaidi

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 7, 2018

Come on down? The most encouraging thing about this is that they found someone nationally desirable to take this job. That tells me he thinks there’s something to work with here. If there is, I don’t see it. Old, slow, weak hitters, an average pitching staff, a terrible farm system, a bloated payroll….

Well, I guess that’s what he’s got to fix, right?

Baggs had an interesting comment in his article at The Athletic:

“You do not lure someone like Zaidi with money. You lure him with creative control. You lure him with intellectual freedom”

So that means change is coming. Though nothing is going to change immediately. We need a house cleaning, Zaidi knows this.

New School

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 6, 2018

Yesterday’s old school thread was fun, thanks to those who contributed. I was surprised no one mentioned “going to the library” but maybe literally nobody does that anymore. What’s going on down at the library these days?

Ok, today let’s springboard to the future. 50 years from now. Think of something that is normal now that you don’t think will exist or happen in 50 years. For instance, it’s unthinkable for segregation to exist today but a little over 50 years ago it still did.

I’m gonna go with watering your plants or washing your car. Water will be too valuable to waste on something like that in 50 years. Hoses outside your house will no longer exist. Does that sound stupid?

Stupid like this?

Regarding the Gray for Panik trade proposal: eh, I think the Giants are going to just DFA Panik so the Yankees can scoop him up for free. Panik is slow and weak and injury prone. What value does he bring to a line up?

Old School Behavior

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 5, 2018

Ok, let’s take a break from discussing anything baseball related and kick this around: What do you do that is still considered *old school*? For instance, I don’t read newspapers or magazines anymore but maybe you do? I haven’t used a home phone in years. Do you?

The #1 old school thing I do is listen to the radio in my car. Regular free FM radio. 1 station: 107.7 The Bone. Only not in the morning, Lamont and Tonelli are the two dumbest dunderheads on the planet. How do those idiots keep a morning show for all these years? It makes no sense.

If a song comes on I like, I turn it up. If it’s a song I don’t like I usually switch over to KNBR. Commercial comes on, I go back to The Bone. And that’s how I roll all day whenever I’m driving……

Don’t worry, I have a thread for tomorrow all lined up that pivots off today’s thread. So let’s go, what do you do that’s still considered *old school*?


Say Goodbye to the Past and Hit the Reset Button

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 4, 2018
djloo27 said, on November 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm (Edit)

We owe Mad Bum big time…

Sure….give him a percentage of the team when he retires. I’d be down with that. But a big contract? No way. PLEEEEEASE don’t do it. Waste of money. He’s past his prime. Even if he bounces back a little, what good would it do to have a 20 million dollar a year pitcher on this team? Not to mention the fact that his main worth has always been in the post season. You think the 2019 Giants are headed to the post season? How about the 2020 team? Maybe 2022. MAYBE.

The Giants are the WORST at this but they have to learn when to cut the cord. Holding on to fan favorites makes some of the fans feel good but it does nothing for the record of your team.

I wouldn’t want this gig if I were a GM looking for a job. Saddled with a mountain of future payroll, aging players and a shitty farm system, what is there to work with? A ballpark that still looks pretty good?

Being a GM for the SF Giants would be one of the worst jobs you could get right now…..

San Francisco’s Giant

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 1, 2018

McCovey did most of his damage before I was born. By the time I was paying attention he was into his second stint with the Giants and obvious not the force he once was. I missed watching the greatness with my own eyes.

My last memory of watching Mac play was during the end of his final season very close to the end of the year. My dad took me to a game and we were sitting along the right field line. McCovey slowly ambled to the plate as a pinch hitter. He ended up lining a ball into the outfield and I remember 2 things: 1: how big the finish of his swing was. The bat seemed to wrap all the way around his body twice on the same swing. 2) how loud the crowd got when he got the hit. They knew what was up.

Fair winds and following seas, Stretch. You earned it.

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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…

Hiring Yes Men

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 31, 2018

KNBR yesterday, they were discussing the high number of new, young managers in the game today. They argued that there are so many newbies because the owners can pay them less than the “Bochy’s” and the “Scioscia’s”. And if you’re not making much money you can basically turn your manager into a butler for the numbers fellas upstairs. If you look at the managing landscape you can’t really argue with that take…..

Happy Halloween.

A Perfect Ending to The 2018 MLB Season

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 29, 2018

As an autumn moon begins to light my way, it’s time to shut down a few peripheral wings of Big Flavor, Inc. Let’s look back on this incredible year….

It began with the sad news of discovering our old friend Twin had passed away. The season always felt a little incomplete to me knowing that for the first time ever that damn bastard wouldn’t be stopping by the Flap to tell us all what’s up. I’m guessing he enjoyed last night’s outcome but maybe not. He was never really a vindictive guy when it came to the game. He loved it too much. He probably would have spent last night spouting off flowery bullshit that would have been fast tracked to the POTD Hall of Fame…..

Soon after we found out about the news of Twin passing I sent McClain’s bat to Loo in New York because I thought it was a tribute Twin would have liked. I’d rank that move as one of my best of the year and I did a lot of rad shit this year so that’s saying something. 🙂 And if that was the best gift I gave, the best gift I GOT was the framed picture of Zenyatta and her brilliant past performances. Thanks again for that, buddy.

There was an ongoing dispute about Matt Harvey that led to a bet that led to me losing a bet that I won back in precisely 36 hours courtesy of the Boston Red Sox. Diggity worked methodically all Summer to win those beers. And it was wiped out in a single weekend. Kenny Rogers once wrote a song about that, I think…..

Let’s see, what else? Oh, in August, I picked up some free swag from AMPM…..

All in all, a very typical, predictable year. The Giants stunk and will continue to stink for many years. The Dodgers fell apart again, as they always do. They are the easiest of teams to dislike. Take your pick. You’ve got Puig licking his bat like a fool and running around the bases kissing his biceps in a game they ended up losing. The rest of them are constantly grabbing old coaches by the neck and smothering them with kisses and punches them in the arm. Hey Manny, why don’t you go find that lady and have her braid your fucking hair again, idiot. What a fun group of guys they are. lol.

A more modest, more honorable man might take the high road and congratulate the Dodgers on a season well played. But I am not that man. You can’t win it all without a heart. You cannot have a heart without a soul. LA is a barren wasteland. I choose to celebrate their misery and toast to 30 more years of upcoming failure for them. Join me in this toast…..

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Red Socked in the 7th

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 28, 2018

Our idiot Liar in Chief decided to chime in on baseball last night:

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Look, fans always want to have it both ways. And if Trump is saying it you know it’s a fools take. But when a guy has pitched 10 innings in 4 weeks you don’t just leave him out there until it all falls apart. Cora took a ton of shit for leaving Rodriguez in TOO LONG. And Roberts literally just watched that blow up in his face. Hill had thrown more than 100 pitches 3 times all season. They had a commanding lead. To top it off, Hill literally told Roberts he was nearly done. And while the bullpen was gassed from the night before, if you had told Roberts before the game he was going to get Hill into the 7th inning he would have thanked God and confidently gone to his bullpen. Now, you can argue with his bullpen choices I guess, but that’s lame. The bullpen is there for a reason. You have to use it and these guys either perform or they don’t. That’s not totally on the manager.

Ugh, defending Roberts just took a lot out of me. Time to wrap this thread up (as well as the series later tonight).

My favorite image from last night:

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Fuck LA. #4lyfe

Non-Preferred Outcome

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 27, 2018

I’m honestly not even disappointed about the LA win. That was one for the ages. Cora trying to break the neck of the Dodgers by burning up Eovaldi is the type of ballsy move I like to see a manager make. Unfortunately it didn’t work out and now that may have cost him today’s game, too. We will see.

At this point in the series the thing that pisses me off the most is having to watch so many Dodger fans celebrating and whipping their dumbass blue towels around. I don’t like seeing people in LA happy, ever. And then I remember that despite what I see no one is happy in LA, ever.

And that makes me happy….

Another Beat Down?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 26, 2018

Look, this series is over. But if LA is going to dodge the embarrassment of getting swept they need to win tonight. And it’s not a crazy thought to think they could niggle a win out of this back of the woodshed treatment. They are at home with their best pitcher going. Of course, the pin heads puppeteering Roberts might still screw this up.

It must stink being the Dodgers manager. You’re nothing but a message carrier. A butler. A yes-man. Did he know what he was getting into when he took the job? Probably. Baseball really has gotten worse when the manager is too scared of his own shadow to make actual in-game decisions.


Dodgers Doing What They Do Best: Lose When It Counts

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 25, 2018

The expected beat down of this second rate franchise is unfolding predictably. The Red Sox aren’t the Brewers and LA is getting spanked. Again, this is what always happens to this team—a team that likes to celebrate early, usually looking like jackasses on the base paths, when they have won precisely nothing.

If you are want an early celebrator or an over-celebrator, LA is your team. If you want a team that actually wins a championship first and then celebrates, look elsewhere…

LA Begins It’s Typical Face Plant

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 24, 2018

There are a lot of things I don’t like about how baseball is played today but the main one is that post season stud pitching performance seem to be a thing of the past. What has happened to the dominant starting pitcher? Last night was absurd. And the Dodgers are finding out they aren’t playing the Brewers who had about 20 holes in their team. The Red Sox aren’t fucking around and LA is screwed.

Hank Greenwald. He is, without question, my favorite team announcer of all time. I loved his voice, his sense of humor and he was a part of the first wave of winning Giants teams of my lifetime. I was so sad yesterday when I heard the news of his passing….

I Am A Red Sox Fan And This Feels Weird

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 23, 2018

Sale and Kershaw certainly don’t have the post season record or the greatness of Madison Bumgarner but this is still a match up of 2 excellent left handers. So Game 1 is kicking off with a bang.

The over/under is 7.5. That’s pretty high considering who is pitching. But I guess the boys in Vegas couldn’t ignore Kershaw’s weakness in the post season. Probably a smart move. With a gun to my head I’d take the over.

Anyway, for the first time ever in my lifetime, I can honestly say LET’S GO BOSTON!

Set Up For Another Fantastic Loss

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 21, 2018

“People who don’t know baseball say if they don’t win it all it’s a wasted year.”— Rooster

Now that’s an epic spin job.

It’s been so long since you guys have won anything reality is starting to peck away at your brain. Loser fans grasp on to bullshit like that. They get giddy if one of their players wins an MVP award. They try to invent ways to remember the season as a success even though they didn’t win, same as 29 other teams.

Hey, I used to be the same way. I got all excited about Barry’s bomb crowns. I’d beam at the single all star game rep we’d have. But then we won 3 in 5 and I realized all of the moral victories, the individual medals or how hard my team tried, none of that shit mattered. There is NOTHING like winning it all. For Giants fans it’s the only barometer remaining. And it should be the only thing a Dodger fan cares about, too.

Don’t listen to any bullshit from Dodger fans about how many flags they fly in The Latrine. 80% of the people alive in the world today weren’t born the last time LA won a World Series. Nobody remembers anything about 1988. Seriously, go think about that year and see what you can remember–nothing but a few hazy memories—dreams of things that may or may not have happened. The mind can play tricks, you know.

If they win this year it will be amazing for their fans. If they lose it will be crushing. Another loss on top of so many recent losses—failures in the highest leverage games in front of the most people watching.

And make no mistake about it, they will be losing again. Dinner is coming. And it lasts all Winter…..

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A Perfect Friday Night

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 20, 2018

I don’t know about Craig Counsell or any of you guys, but I think it’s high time we see how many innings Josh Hader can pitch.

How bout those Brewers, eh? They give up a first inning bomb to post season magician Freese, and come on had that been the Giants giving it up it would have been game fucking over, and then they storm back and STOMP Loser Angeles.

Anyway, Game 7 let’s Go!!!!


When your 12th guy is tipping in the game winner it’s a sign that another flag is flying your way. Jonas Jerebko, COME ON DOWN! Screwing his old team too, that had to have felt good…

Boston vs ????

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 19, 2018

Well, my team is out. Not *my team*. The team I picked. I don’t care anything about the Astros. It is easy to like their good young core of talent. It’s almost like they have a different species playing for them. We have….old, slow, weak…..nevermind, it’s too depressing.

Are you guys lit on the NBA yet? LeBron in LA has got me goin’ more than I thought it would.

Dodgers lose tonight, then see what happens. The question tonight: Does Miley face more than one hitter? I dunno, he might be pretty taxed from that last one he pitched to. Counsell rolling the dice….

Bad Luck

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 18, 2018

I mean, to me, it looks like those fans are crossing the line.

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I love the dude all the way to the left in the red shirt, Houston cap. He just missed that bad boy, eh?

But to the larger issue…..their hands definitely look past the fence line. And even though Betts’ glove closes immediately before the ball gets there, it’s clear that a fan’s hand touches the glove and with the force he’s traveling I can see how that would cause the glove to close.

In this shot you can clearly see the dude on the right is IN the field of play, his hand is on the fence. And the 2 guys who interfered with the ball look to have hands just past that guy.

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To me, these fans were all in the field of play. They had all crossed that imaginary line. This sucks for Houston but I think West got the call right and there wasn’t anything in replay that supported reversing it.

I don’t think those fans were as bad as Bartman. He’s farther into the field of play and fucks with the ball more.

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I’ve never been in a situation like this, I’ve never even caught a foul ball. But I really truly believe I would have the presence of mind and body awareness to stay clearly back from the play. I might be yelling like a motherfucker for him to drop it but I’d stay out of the play.

That’s my take anyway….

Milwaukee Loses, Dubs Win!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 17, 2018

I’m assuming that if you bullpen a game you’re praying it doesn’t go extra innings, right? They could have gotten more than 6 innings out of the first 3 guys but Brewer bats couldn’t hit so they got stuck with Guerra for infinity and while he pitched well it’s always just a matter of time before he settles into the losing side of a game.

The story right now: ice cold bats. Cain, Yelich, Mousy, these guys are coming up ant small.

Dubs taking care of business and making me feel ok about The Bay for just a minute….

(L)osing (A)gain

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 16, 2018

It would be more fun to watch LA fall apart in the World Series but I guess this will do. Another long winter of pecking away at his feed is awaiting The Rooster. He knows it. He’s ready for it. It happens every single year…..

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I would be sweating the Niners epic loss last night a little more but there is something else to focus on. Something else on the horizon. No, it’s not the mega millions jackpot.

Dub Nation. Rise up!!!!!!!!

Strange Choices

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 15, 2018

I must be some kind of a sicko because even with the option of watching an mlb post season game I’m still gonna choose to watch the Packers dismantle and embarrass the 49ers.

Tough loss last night for KC. You can’t really blame that loss on Brady brilliance. He got the ball back with 3+ minutes to go against a bad defense. Of course he was going to niggle it down the field and set up a game winning field goal.

KC is like mlb Brewers. New, fun, exciting…..everything our Bay Area teams aren’t….

MLB Amidst NFL

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 14, 2018

They’re gonna squeeze a baseball game into a tiny window of no football this afternoon. Still, there is football still going when they start and a new game beginning while they’re playing. Does that matter to you football nuts? I admit having a hard time gearing up for baseball if there’s a prime NFL slate in full swing. I prefer baseball to football but it’s a mood thing. Just as it’s impossible for me to watch football in the Summer it’s difficult for me to *rev down* to watch baseball when football is on. Dig?

But it’s a good one, Cole vs Price.

Not Enough Out Getters?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 13, 2018

I caught a lot of that game on gamecast and missed most of the commentary. So….what are the Brewers doing? Are they really gonna try to bullpen their way straight through the post season? Who’s available today? Everyone? No one?

I don’t like this mostly because it’s new and I don’t like change. But just from a tactical standpoint this isn’t making sense.

Lotta pressure on Ryu today…..

NL Pennant Chase Begins

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 12, 2018

Very interesting game tonight in Milwaukee. One outcome sees Kershaw and his experience shutting down a Brewer team that’s been off for a while and don’t have any players with experience in games of this magnitude. And I’m sorry but Gio starting Game 1?

Another outcome sees Kershaw tossing another one of his patented post season clunkers and the Milwaukee bullpen shutting down the Dodger hitters.

So I could see either team winning 8-1.


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….