THE San Francisco Giants Blog

Kris Bryant COME ON DOWN!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 30, 2021

So it appears all I had to do is give up on Z and say I’m headed off to the casino for the day.

Farhan I apologize. You did not choke. The moment wasn’t too big for you. We just scooped up THE BEST BAT ON THE MARKET!!!!!!!

Conflicting reports on who we gave up but if it’s Wade and Bart……

Look, Z’s specialty is scooping up waiver wire guys like Wade. He could probably find 3 of them in his seat cushions if he looked hard enough. And Bart? Eh, whatever, pay up NOW for a known stud like Bryant. I’m not gonna shed any tears over Bart going off down the road and he could easily turn out to be nothing.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! We got a bat baby!!!!!

Ok now i’m off to the casino, later.

“There is No Tomorrow….”

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 30, 2021

The Great DJ Loo said that….

I am out of town and maybe I have missed something but it appears LA and SD have made massive moves and we did squat. That is very hard to tolerate.

I understand this season is “found money” nobody expected this, etc. And I’m not saying mortgage the future. But to just do nothing is a loser attitude and you have to wonder what the players think about that. I know I said last week that the players trust Z and Kap but how can you look at what LA and SD did and go “well, our front office must really believe in us.” Human nature doesn’t work that way.

You have to try to win every year otherwise what are you even doing? Some years that’s not possible and in those years I understand not taking the risks of trading to try to improve your team because that would be pointless. But we have the best record in baseball. Why do you throw that away and sit on your hands as the Scherzer-led Dodgers just steamroll you?

Assuming Z does nothing today, and really what can he do at this point with so many impact players scooped up, I will have to grade this trade deadline as an F- for him.

Yikes

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 29, 2021

Well, that was ugly. That’s actually how I expect every game vs LA to go but, luckily, I’m usually wrong. I have very little faith in Cueto these days but we have no choice but to support him this evening.

I’m surprised at the Max Scherzer news. I never thought they’d trade him unless it was for a king’s ransom. I guess that still might go down like that but it’s starting to look like Washington would take less. I’d still way rather have Berrios than Scherzer.

Steve Sax

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 28, 2021

I went to youtube to try to find some vid clips of Sax and his yippy throws but there wasn’t anything obviously available. That surprises me, that’s a name that, to me, will always be crystal clearly associated with terrible throws.

And now you can add another Dodger to that list.

How many balls does one throw in a lifetime? Just a regular person like yourself. Have I thrown 25,000 balls in my life (baseball, softball, whiffle)? I would say easily. And never in my life have I thrown a ball that was as off line as Belly’s wayward throw last night. I don’t buy that he didn’t have it gripped properly. You know what you do if you don’t have a ball gripped properly and you’re not an idiot? You don’t throw it. Sweat on it? Maybe that was it and it just slipped out of his hand.

Or maybe he’s got a little Sax in him?

Wonderful, cheapo win last night that was certain to send their fanbase into the deepest of doldrums……

One Trade

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 27, 2021

With the deadline fast approach, if you were only able to swing one trade who would it be for? I went back and forth on this. I think we desperately need Craig Kimbrel but the haul it will take to get him would be high. I think we need a RH power bat to play first base and for me that’s either CJ Cron or Jonathan Schoop. Neither of them should cost too much, Schoop obviously more than Cron.

Knowing Zaidi’s penchant for the underwhelming, I think the most likely and best move he makes is for CJ Cron.

thoughts?

Beating The Pirates

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 26, 2021

Dark day till we get LA again. At least we proved to the world we can beat Pitt.

Question of the day: How many of you are watching the Olympics? I haven’t seen a single second of it and am wondering if I’m missing out.

Can’t Beat Them

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 25, 2021

Every year there is a team we can’t beat. This season it is the Pirates. Makes no sense. Just looking forward to good riddence and not having to play them again. I’m sure they’ll light up Wood. Let’s just get this over with already.

A Loss To the Pirates

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 24, 2021

Well, whatever, right? Win the ones you’re supposed to lose, lose the ones you think you’ve got in the bag. Was there a letdown? Who knows. It’s hard to be up for every game especially coming off whatever the hell that LA series was.

Would like to think we’ve got the advantage with GasMan on the mound but truthfully none of us know what is going to happen. It’s baseball. Anything can happen in a game.

Happy birthday to the GREAT Barry Bonds who turns 57 today and who could still probably be an asset to team.

What. Was. That.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 23, 2021

I think it’s safe to say that in the 2,529 meetings between these 2 storied franchise there has never been a 4 game series that had games end like that. Anyone feel like doing the research on that or can we just go with that claim?

I’m not going to wonder wistfully what it would have been like to sweep them. Last night’s game probably should have ended on Ruf’s swing. But if I learned anything from this series it’s that baseball players are nothing like their overreactive panicky fans. And I also learned that literally no baseball game is truly actually over till the final out has been recorded. Time is irrelevant in baseball. And that’s one reason why it’s my favorite sport.

Such a shame to see this shithead so upset.

Bounce Back Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 22, 2021

Well it turns out all my handwringing was for nothing. “No trust”, “never forget”….yada yada. It almost seems like the hard lessons from my childhood have no impact on how the Giants play baseball at all! How could that be?

How could this be?

I’m not going to dream about what it would be like to be 3-0 this series. There’s no payoff in dreaming of things that never happened. I still don’t understand how they are doing any of this but I am enjoying the ride. Man, Twinfan would have loved this season, aye?

Worse Than Just One

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 21, 2021

Just a devastating loss. If you think all losses are created equal, well, you and I look at things differently.

I don’t trust our late inning guys. No trust. Maybe you guys grew up in a happy home filled with puppy dogs and candy corn. Your parents stayed together. Trust comes easy to you.

Not Big Flavor. No trust.

This loss was the equivalent to the loss that Pujols bomb WOULD have delivered had Sock Man not saved the day (and the season). Let’s see if this one has any lasting effect. I bet it does….

Game One To The Good Guys

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 20, 2021

Sorry guys, lot going on here today, no time for a legit thread. Too bad, it’s so great to get Game 1 in the bank.

Big Series

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 19, 2021

Scoring 2 runs in the last two games is probably not the momentum you need heading into a critical series against the stacked Art Dealers. Every time I look at our line up of hitters I shake my head and say “but how?” Almost all these guys are castoffs from other organizations. And yet we are 3rd in runs scored (NL) and first in home runs (NL). So I just accept that Z knows more than everyone else and I move on. But it’s hard to do when I go back and look at Ruf, Solano, Slater, Grave Duggar, Flores, Estrada, Wade, Sock Man, Dickerson….etc

How does this team ever score ANY runs with this hodge podge collection of rag tag scraps?

Perfection

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 18, 2021

The Giants lost but that matters not as I have my coffee brewed, The Open is on and I am alone. Literally a perfect morning.

Some of you guys have asked about Black Butte. It’s in central Oregon, my family has a house there. I go there mostly for the golf but I usually try to wheez out a run in the morning. This is the meadow I run through, I stopped to take a video because it was literally a perfect morning. Just like this one.

51 years ago today Mays got his 3,000th hit. This picture looks more like a painting than a picture.

Spanking St. Louie

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 17, 2021

Ok, in town for a bit before jetting, I only have 8 trillion things to do today.

No Gausman? No problem.

Disco today, it would really be nice to see us turn the tables on this Kim gimmick guy.

Catch you guys during the game hopefully.

The Best Part of the Summer Begins…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 16, 2021

The second half of the season is about to kick off and thankfully Daniel has done all the work for me with this comprehensive breakdown of the series vs the Cardinals.

https://cardinal70.substack.com/p/giant-consequences

As I am still on vacation this is greatly appreciated. @c70

I don’t put any stock into the 2 games we just played them. I like our pitching line up (Gausman, Disco and Cueto) and they seem pretty lost in that category with Waino and then the dreaded “undecideds” after that….

Morikawa fires a 64 today to get the Open off to a rocking start! And down at the Old Del Mar…take it away Bing….

The Second Half Awaits

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 15, 2021

This is the headline at ESPN right now:

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

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

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

Still in….First Place

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 14, 2021

I only caught bits of the all star game. What I did see didn’t seem that interesting…….

The shift needs to go. Players can’t beat it. Pathetic, but true.

British Open this week, my favorite of all the majors. And Del Mar, too. The summer of Big Favor forages on…..

10 Rounds, 9 Pitchers

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 13, 2021

Whatever, I guess Z knows what he’s doing. If he thinks he can find all these rando hitters off the scrap heap, and he is apparently quite good at that, then I support the idea of stockpiling pitchers and praying you hit on one or two.

I see Loo’s prediction of an injured child finally came true. I didn’t see it, was it bad?

Crawford gets one at bat tonight maybe? Bomb to win it?

The Baseball Surprise of Our Lifetime

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 12, 2021

By any measure that first half was the most surprising in SF Giants history. I guess you could point to ’78 but that was a long time ago and there’s no way that team was more surprising that this one. We have the best record in MLB. Unreal, unbelievable…..

I’m excited for this Bomb Derby. I know they use juiced balls, I don’t care. Ohtani is a deserving favorite. But I’m surprise Perez is lower odds than Soto. Mancini winning, while improbable, would be the best Bomb Derby story of all time.

Someone will get hot and run away with it. I’ll take Ohtani even though it’s such an obvious pick. He has the biggest longest swing I’ve ever seen. +380 might end up looking like a gift.

First Half Champion

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 11, 2021

Here we are, guaranteed to be in first place at the break. This is still blowing me away. Regardless of how the season shakes out we have been given a gift this year. Appreciate it.

Gausman vs the underwhelming Fedde. We have unfinished business with that guy.

Sun River today. Catch you guys later.

Finish The First Half Strong

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 10, 2021

Lots of bombs, lots of $$$ lost to Chris Reich on the golf course, and another win. Sorry for the short thread but I gotta get out of the house, 36 holes today, not sure if my body is ready for that.

Pickles Win In a Walk Off!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 9, 2021

They had to claw their way back from an early 2-0 deficit but they came out on top 5-4. Quite a night to be a Pickles fan, let me tell you…..

All things considered, this lid is pretty sick.

Last night was the big cheese giveaway.

Back to regular baseball. Webb going for us tonight. I am off to play golf….

We’re 1-0 With Me In Oregon

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 8, 2021

Only saw the box score but it was a nice one to see…..nobody wears masks up here, it’s wild…..heading to a Portland Pickles baseball game tonight which should be interesting….

Sick of St. Louis

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 7, 2021

This is going about how I remember Giants/Cards games from the past. You always get a tough game from them. I have never heard of Johan Oviedo but I’m sure he’ll twirl a good one tonight despite his 0-4 record and hefty 5.14 ERA.

Four winnable games left before the break. All winnable.

Strap up and go win them.

P-town here I come.

The Summer of Big Flavor

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 6, 2021

Sorry for the late thread, trying to get out of town tomorrow. Portland, then Black Butte, Sun River, back to Ca then to Reno. Four weeks of golf, beers, poker, family, friends and whatever else I can fit in.

I’ll keep the threads humming as usual they just might be coming in later than the normal 5am post.

Worried about the game today. Soft tossing Waino is just the type of guy to keep us off balance (see: the dude from yesterday).

Finish The First Half Strong

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 5, 2021

I have no real opinion on this upcoming series. When you look at their roster the Cardinals look like a team that should have a better-than sub .500 record. But what do I know, I looked at our roster in the Spring and thought we’d have a win total in the 60’s– we damn near got that by the all star break.

Maybe I can coax our friend Daniel into stopping by later today and giving us the low down on his team.

It looks like the dream is dead for my *Gausman starting the all star game* bet. He’s pitching today and that would line him up to pitch the last game before the break, too. Disappointing.

Happy 4th!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 4, 2021

i’m not one to say I told you so but….

I found this yesterday looking for pictures from 1988 lol. I can’t remember who gave it to me. Pat the Bat wishing the Flap well.

Today is probably my favorite day of the year. I hope you guys have a good one.

I Love Playing Arizona!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 3, 2021

Nice to get back on the Win Train. Thairo announced himself with authority. Wood showed he might be able to do this without the sticky stuff afterall.

Don’t forget what tomorrow is>>>>> the 100 year anniversary of this classic party:

I’m going through old photos looking for something from ’88 and I stumbled upon this old pic. I’m guessing 15 year old Big Flavor?

Losses Piling Up

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 2, 2021

This is just like the Dodger series, no time to panic, we were in another game just didn’t get the timely hit…..uh….

Baseball goes like this. You have bad stretches over 162. That’s why you bink those wins, they come in handy later to withstand stretches like this one….

Who knew it was gonna be *Breeze to 50 then stop*…..

Still in………..FIRST PLACE

Banking Wins

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 1, 2021

With our lead down to 1.5 games it is a good time to face the D-backs. Honestly, I’m not worrying about the standings anymore. LA and SD will be in full stride soon and it’s very likely they pass us in the standings. But who cares? If we fill the gaps we have and we stay close there’s no reason we can’t be in this race all Summer.

It is time to get back to winning games.

Disappointing and Dull

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 30, 2021

I guess the good news is that we were in both games. It’s not like we got taken to the woodshed. And now we return to the comfort of the warm Arizona heat. Sure, bank wins, yada yada but this team has holes and I don’t think Z can just keep filling them from AAA–although I do hope Jaylin Davis finally gets a shot and he might with Sock Man looking at a stint on the injured list.

Game Two

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 29, 2021

Really excited for tonight’s match up. I, like many of you, love The Gasman and would have probably picked him as my favorite current Giant if not for The Grave Duggar.

A split in LA was about the best we could hope for. Losing tonight will be a big momentum swing on the season. So, just win baby, just win.

Who’s Your Current Favorite Giant?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 28, 2021

If you could only pick one, who would it be and why? My answer is easy and obvious: he brings his shovel to work. What started out as just a great nickname has blossomed into one of the best stories in years. He has the best OPS on the team. He’s their fastest player. And their best outfielder. The Grave Duggar is MY GUY.

But there are so many to choose from.

You have to pick 1.

Go!

More Flap representation. Here is Chi and his daughter at the game yesterday:

First to 50

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 27, 2021

I’d love to know the time on Grave Duggar’s 1st to home plate sprint. That dude was FLYING around 3rd. Now leads the team in the most Flap jizzworthy stat of OPS (.969).

Not much to say about Casilla. He can’t hit but he just gets shit done. I hope they don’t drag this Buster thing out though. If he can’t re-boot his body it’s time to get Tromp up here.

We very nearly have double the number of wins to losses. This is just an incredible never before seen year unfolding before our eyes.

Las Oakland Joses?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 26, 2021

Have the A’s moved to Las Vegas yet? What a pathetic franchise. Dave Kaval is a clown and the latest in a long line of clowns who won’t be able to get a stadium deal done. I will say this, the A’s have some of the best renderings for fantasy stadiums I’ve ever seen. Every single one of them is breathtaking work of art.

Spanking the A’s is always nice. Let’s do it again…..

Bay Bridge Series

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 25, 2021

Whatever happens, if we win, please PLEASE leave that stupid trophy behind.

Nothing to worry about these days with guys named Brebbia and Sherfy closing the door.

Who are these guys?

Tell Me I’m Not The Only One Who Wanted To See the 6th K

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 24, 2021

Admit it. When SockMan strolled to the plate in the 13th inning you wanted to see it too. Come on, that’s “tell your grand kids” stuff right there. When he flailed away twice notching two quick strikes I’ve never been so confident in something happening in my life…..

At that moment I was jump starting my car. No longer listening to the radio and deeply shrouded in some pretty intense superstition, I wasn’t leaving my car till that goddamn game was over. The game was now on my laptop and for some reason I had the away feed going at bilasport. Suddenly SockMan did the unthinkable. He swung and made contact!!! I think that surprised both me and the Angels announcers. All of us silent, we just watched as the ball traveled unbelievably AWAY from the catchers mitt. As it landed some 409 feet from the plate the first and only thing the Angel announcer said was “That is not a strikeout….” and then the 3 of us went back to a few more seconds of stunned silence……..

Ten walks. 31 k’s. An emergency catcher sighting. Supposedly Gausman and Ohtani pitched great but no one will remember them or that. The Giants scored 7 runs on 2 hits in the 13th inning.

Mostly fueled by some pretty intense incompetence, that game was an all timer. We’ll never see one like that again….

Sticking It To The Halos

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 23, 2021

Disco is now firmly entrenched as our #2. Another great performance by him. Bank those W’s.

I know it’s not going to happen, but what about The Grave Duggar getting some of these Slater starts? I know that scares Kap because he give up a little of his match up leverage but it does seem that while still an outstanding Stanford man he might not be quite what we’re looking for when it comes to a reliable lead off hitter. Just something to consider.

I know I’ve touted him before but if you aren’t following JomBoy on twitter you should start. This is a great breakdown by him:

Also I’ve already grown quite tired of these pitchers who act like they can’t believe they’re getting checked. The whole reason it has gotten to this point is because of them–they were all cheating. Stop putting on this stupid public display like you can’t imagine why this is happening…..

They Caused Me Pain

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 22, 2021

Even after we took down the 3 beauties I continue to dislike the Angels. Hate is too strong of a word. I did hate the Rally Monkey. I find it hilarious that they are now wasting not one but 2 generational talents on another hum drum season. Every year they stink. I always want to see them lose. I hope we make short work of them.

Summertime and We’re Still in First Place

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 21, 2021

I know it’s early but it’s hard to not like Sammy Long Legs. He throws strikes, gets k’s, and he’s got a variety of pitches he seems able to command. Plus he’s a lefty.

Now we sit back on our off day and watch the Dodgers and the Padres beat up on eachother.

Lost In The Wood

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 20, 2021

It was just one game so probably shouldn’t make too much of it. But if you asked “Geez what has happened to Alex Wood?” that is a legit question to be asking. He’s now got an untidy 8.50 ERA for the month of June. The most obvious answer is that he’s lost without his precious Spider Tack. But who really knows…..

I’m excited about Daddy Long Legs start today. Finally get a chance to see what he can do without that stupid opener mucking him up.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO MY DAD, WILLIAM MAYONAISE VAUGHAN!

Phillie Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 18, 2021

In come The Phillies. I hope they present more of a challenge than the hapless D-backs. Grave Duggar continues to rake, he’s hitting .324, OPS near 1.000, easily one of our best players when you factor in defense, too.

Cueto feels a little bit on the clock in this start. He needs to step up his game. Even if he’s the #5 he’s got to be better than he’s been…..

Yep, Another W

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 17, 2021

Arizona. These poor bastards. We get to take them to the woodshed one more time. A day time woodshed trip. Nothing more embarrassing.

And then the Phillies come to town. I’d love to know what Philly fans think of what Kap is doing with the Giants. Are they mad? Jealous? Their team is going nowhere while Kap’s has flown to the top of MLB. They have Bryce Harper. Big deal. That guy left the Nats and they won the World Series. Kap left Philly and he’s got the best record in baseball. Have Philly fans started to figure out that Harper is just a guy with nice hair who hits home runs? Lots of guys do that for signficantly less money.

Anyway, Philly coming Friday and you gotta think Kap’s had this one circled on the calendar for a while now……

San Diggity Dawg sent this to me this am from the course he was playing in SD. (NOT the Us Open!) He and I have a US open bet, I took XS and Morikawa he took Phil and Rory, for $10–highest placed finish wins. If one of them happens to win, that’s another $10.

WOW

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 16, 2021

If you are going to lose 21 games in a row, that 21st has got to be lost in comedic, historic style. And if you want to give the D-backs credit for anything they accomplished that goal last night in spades.

My favorite part of that grand salami was the moment leading up to it. The camera panned to the crowd, everyone was on their feet, excitement was building, After all the shit we went through this last year and a half it was dramatic and emotional to watch them prepare for a possible celebration and then….the release of pure joy when that damn ball hit the water. So fucking great.

This is no joke, I went to change the POTD to Kat’s call of the grand slam and I can’t even figure out how to do it. The back end of wordpress has changed (again) and it’s not letting me change it. LOL. I’ll fiddle around with it at work later today.

They Are So Bad

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 15, 2021

Binking wins. Dats what we do. Arizona has lost 20 road games in a row. That’s really almost impossible to wrap your brain around. Anyway, nice that we have teams like this to beat up on. If we can someone get to the all star break still held together and with a shot at the post season Z will work his magic and we’ll get the bullpen relief we need.

Binary Code Offense

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 14, 2021

What we all knew but were afraid to say has finally come to pass: The Grave Duggar stopped hitting and the entire offense went south along with him. Not sure what we can do about this but scoring 0 and/or 1 run over and over ain’t gonna get it done.

Either way, between WilcoJoe, MacDog and GH, the Flap representation was strong on the roadie. Stronger than those bats that’s for sure.

Macdog:

GH’s kids:

Can’t Hit

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 13, 2021

Giants have scored 3 runs against the Nats and they’ve won 2 of 3. That’s pretty astounding. And it’s also pretty irritating. Washington is throwing slop pitchers at us and we can’t touch them.

Joe Ross is terrible. We should light him up.

Will we?

Disco is Back!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 12, 2021

And it couldn’t have come at a better time. Our momentum had begun to spin sideways and now it’s back up again.

After deGrom left the game I popped off to my A’s fan buddy that Gausman is now the favorite to start the all star game. He replied back “no chance.” I said “none?” He said NONE.

So, I had to make a bet. It was tough to quantify odds seeing as how he was giving this 0% chance of happening. I risked $50 and took 10-1 though that in itself is bullshit after his “no chance” claim.

Obviously I’ll need deGrom to sit out the all star game but I could see that happening even if he’s not critically injured right now. What would be the point in risking him for a meaningless game?

For now I just need GasMan to keep dominating and that starts with the game today….

He’s 69 (heh heh) Years Old

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 11, 2021

Luckily WilcoJoe fired up another pic of his dad and this one makes more sense to me.

This is extreme disrespectful bullshit from ESPN’s headline writers