“Pitchers and catchers report”
Time to kick off another season!
Any other day, I would be jumping for joy but I got some bad news about my brother in law this morning… Also, if you feel like it, click on Twins blog ‘Zekes world’ and wish him the best.. God dammit Cancer sucks.
Wow…I hope everything will be okay for you. We got your back. Even that Dodger fan does.
Chico…anything Bro, you know that.
I hope all’s well for everyone
Chico, sorry to hear of your troubles, hope that the baseball season gives you what it should: a chance to pretend something that really doesn’t matter really does matter.
Don’t know Twin Fan but followed him enough on SFGate to know that no one deserves to get dealt hand after hand like that.
I’m looking forward to baseball season, I have grown tired of policing buddy5 and need the MLB season and all that goes with it.
I pine for the days of “sfdodgerfa” “n” not “g” (remember those days Sandy?) who will argue his position and actually make sense.
I look forward to genius GMs (trade Torres, Runzler and Casillas for Mark Trumbo)
I look forward to the A’s Fans’ continued envy
I even look forward to the return of the travel agent, the poor soul continues to post anti-Giant posts on MSTI and even the Dodger fans ignore the dildo.
Most of all I like to read the posts of the Giants’ fans who revel in wins, stick out losses and understand what an 162 game season means.
Dude, you name yourself? Are you alla those peeps?? Why am I asking so many questions???
And yeah, NO! I didn’t prefer those ‘d’s, ‘g’s, ‘t’s or any other except ‘n’. Thenk Yaw…
(Sarcastic comment alert!)
Sfgate usually requires I rename myself
A peanut butter underpants comment to Wbb cost me fredosdog
Implying the 711 in molly711 was the cumulative weight of Molly and his 27 cats cost me Molly888
Suggesting yavlou’s dog drank from a toilet to cleanse its palate after yav’s nightly bedtime kiss got datsright the boot
You’re funny as fuck.
fredosdog was one of the best online personnae I’ve ever seen.
You are, I trust, going back into the breach!?
I’ll be there ’till they vote me off the island again.
Thanks peeps.. I don’t have enough info right now and neither does he — doc visits, tests etc… 31 years old. I’m hoping it’s just a scare and nothing worse, but it’s been confirmed as melanoma. What kind, how aggressive, treatment – we don’t know right now. I also have a few other things going on right now that are going to require my attention. . . If I’m posting a lot less, you know why.
melanoma is usually very treatable, isn’t it? Hope he comes out of it okay.
Thanks man.. From what I read, if caught early it’s very treatable. If not. . . Not good.
MOW, if you were planning to do another hot stove/updates thread, feel free to use this post.
Is anyone watching this Dornan thing in the cabin? They’re asking us not to tweet, and making cameras pull away. The LAPD wants this guy dead. To quote NWA, FUCK THE POLICE. I don’t like what Dornan did, but there is some shade going up in this piece.
I was but switched over to Obama…
“We haven’t found ANY bodies!”
“Looking to confirm the body as Dorner’s…”
“LAPD has NOT issued any claims that any body has been recovered!”
Chico, I wish you nothing but the best for you and your bro. You know your blog homies are here for you. As for the LAPD, they have always been and probably always will be nothing but an evil entity, the perfect police force for the dark, twisted city they presume to “protect and serve”. As I always say about Los Angeles, it’s truly the epitome of human evolution gone wrong.
Have you ever been to Victorville? WOW!
Victorville was the shits in the mid sixties, per my dad.. George AFB.
Victorville has been the shits since the law rolled in around 1880…
The Gateway to Barstow? Nothing quite like it…I hear it’s lovely in the summer
It does have a lot of rocks. And sand…
Looks like Winnemucca to me.
That’s better looking than I remember it being…Podunk, U.S.A.
I like the small town mountain vibe better than I do the desert. Where I was born.
Okay, I know I’ve been there but where is it?
Hint: The mother load.
It reminds me of Nevada City but I’ll say Suttersville since you said mother lode…
I haven’t been there since 2003. IDK you were born there you hick ass hillbilly…
Where I was born
OOPS, that didn’t work
Fixed it for you.
I don’t know which is more dull and uninspiring– the State of the Union or the Sharks game.
You can always catch the Dubs…oh wait
As long as they hold the Rockets to under 130 pts. I guess they’ll be fine…
Sharks lose. Again. Baseball, please.
What did I write about the Sharks the other day?
Yes on baseball.
Marco Rubio is asking for the SI curse of speech making…
Every town loves a winner but as bad as LA has been of late, I gotta tell you one of the main reason they are losing their fan base is those horrible announcers.
Vinny is great but I’m sad to say he is starting to get confused on air.
Rick Monday is so boring OSHA forbids businesses from piping in games where there is heavy equipment running. Ray fucking Fosse calls him boring.
Charlie Steiner is to play by play what Yoko Ono is to singing. Basically both sat next to people that had talent.
Soooo much tradition in LA but they refuse to remind their viewers of it.
I don’t live in LA anymore and AM radio doesn’t reach up here any more. I catch Vin online but switch the sound off when I’m not getting his feed. You’re right about those guys, and I really liked Monday as a player. Shit will get straightened out-after Vin dies or retires.
I hope I’m as lucid as dude is when I’m his age.
IDK about these clowns being a huge reason for fans taking wing though. Most of the people I know down there cite McWhoops first, gangs second and McWhoops third…
I should have said the legacy of McWhoops third…
Amazing post. And Scully is beginning to repeat himself far too much. I knew it wasn’t just me thinking this when I saw a Dodger fan dress up as a circus clown in left field, right behind Cody Ross. Scully kept repeating that story over and over on the telly.
Not to imply that I’d care to see the change but…shouldn’t JDR’s banner be updated?
Nothing needs to be changed on the niner flag, at least…
I seriously dislike this man. Thanks for the laffs
Westminster Kennel Club!
Go William the Newffie!
Aced out by the judge!
I bet he was a ref in this years’ SB too!
I don;t drink during the week anymore but thought this was funny.
It’s just a dog’s world sometimes.
That’s alright Chico, between shaman and me, we’ve got you covered
Exactly PB, dude! Good to see you back, shaman…
My work is done for the day.. As for my B-in-law, awaiting tests after they removed the melanoma — he’s taking it alright too which is good. My sis-in-law seems like she doesn’t give a shit. She’s the biggest B**** I have ever known. She censors her friends on her FB page who disagree with her but she’s so stupid she leaves her replies up – hello!
Anyone even liked an in-law better than a blood/marriage relative? I can’t be the only one.
I’ve liked animals better than many people like that Bud.
“You can pick your nose but…”
I hope he’s alright and he sounds like he’s dealing well.
Focus on the good dude.
Thanks man.. My anxiety levels have been off the charts with all the shit going on in my life.. My wife says ‘thoughts are things’ — she’s awesome. Thanks for the chin-up advice, I need it.
So is Dorner dead or did he get away? I decided that instead of SOTU and watching Twitter, I’d watch Chopped Champions. Priorities, people. Sharks made me mad.
God Damnit, I hate February. ALWAYS a hellacious month for me. Every year since I was a kid. And tomorrow is my absolute least favorite fucking holiday–Hallmark Ho Day. GAHHHHHHH!!
HALLMARK HO DAY?
Manchester Ewwnited gets the first goal but Madrid ties it. Get ‘er done, Madrid.
I’m just hoping Tottenham holds onto their league position to make it to next year’s Champions League. They got screwed out of it this year when Chelsea won the final.
The 9th Circuit held oral argument yesterday in Barry Bonds’s appeal. I read an interesting article about it today. Barry’s attorney primarily pushed two points. First, the rambling answer Barry gave to a question about being injected (with anything, not specifically PEDs) did not “obstruct” the questioning or the case, because the prosecutor asked it again and Bonds answered “no.” Thus there could be no “obstruction of justice” conviction. Second, the original indictment didn’t completely quote the rambling answer and target it as an alleged criminal act. Thus, the government had no right to seek a conviction based on it. Both good arguments.
The Dept. of Justice attorney responded that the rambling answer thwarted the government’s pursuit of responsive testimony because the answer was non-responsive and evasive and delayed the government’s case. Barry’s attorney said the rambling lasted for 22 seconds. One judge asked the DoJ attorney about the indictment issue. The DoJ attorney said the indictment was sufficient and then sidestepped the question a bit. Barry’s attorney said, look, under the government’s standard for criminal evasion, the government’s attorney just violated the law.
Wow. I figured they just wanted to pin something on an individual who was never convicted.
That would be awesome! And thank you for putting it into layman’s terms Xoot.. I read something on it this morning but didn’t quite understand it. Thanks man.
He’s really accusing Vin Scully of trying to turn the fans against him during contract negotiations? Good lord what a dope. Vin is a god in LA and perhaps the most pleasant star in the history of SoCal. Dude make Tom Hanks look like Roman Polanski.
To my earlier post, there has been such a dry spell of personality and connection it is no wonder that the park is so empty.
Forget about about how long it’s been since Garvey, Lopes, Russell & Cey? It’s been 15 years since Piazza was traded.
LA cannot get an identity since Piazza:
Celebrated Young Guys who were allowed to leave or dumped: LoDuca, Shawn Green, Gagne, Beltre, Mondesi, Russell Martin, Loney, Broxton, Nomo (older)…now Hairplugz & Flavor Flav Gordon is on the trading block
Big name guys who disappear quickly, no regrets: Kevin Brown, Kent (he actually quit on LA), McGriff, Brian Jordan, Sheffield, Nomar (local kid)
I mean every team has guys who come and go, but doesn’t it seem there are at least SOME who seem like Giants? Who talk about how they enjoyed playing here?
Karros does local TV for LA but instead they go with Steve Lyons (class 1 idiot).
It is a sad case of turning gold into turd. Maybe Magic Johnson (perhaps the most appropriate nickname ever) will change that.
When I think LA, I think of the Manson family. Another thing I think of is the Blue sky that you see when you’re heading north up the grapevine, wondering where it was at Disneyland. I liked West Hollywood, Bel Air, the view of the valley from Mulholland drive, El Coyote cafe (My wife and I were drinking Margaritas with Kid Rock and his GF).. I liked Hermosa beach – a cool coastal vibe much like where I live.. The Whiskey will always rock! I enjoyed staying at the Biltmore across from Pershing Square – the ceiling in the lobby area was one of the most ornate things I’ve ever seen.
One thing.. Our GPS lady was drunk and on our way to Hermosa Beach, we were following directions to take Beach Blvd?, only that we went the wrong way and ended up in Compton or South Central, one of the two.. We didn’t get out into the suburbs so I have no opinion of them.. Of all the places I liked in LA, I couldn’t afford to live there. Go figure.
I couldn’t tell east from west and I have VERY good navigation skills.
You’re right.. The Dodgers seem to lack that ex-player fraternity that the Giants have.
Hermosa? Now you’re talking.
Three miles north and you’re in Manhattan Beach which is as close to SF as you get, most folks grew up there (when it was affordable) and will never leave. Neighborhood bars and good eats and great dives.
Hermosa used to be Scumosa but they re-did the pier and now you have 15 bars in a quarter of a mile to choose from and the place is filthy with cabs so you are $20 from a Torrance Hotel at half the price of the beach.
You were in the South Bay, wide beaches, great surf and mellow crowd–you saw some of LA’s best. Don’t go north of MB, that’s were gun fire and swimming in jeans crowd hangs.
LA way too spread out and rush hour is 7:00 am to 10:00 pm so you need to pick your spots and not try to see too much. Disneyland is great, Knotts Berry Farm lacks the Disney touch but has 5 times the roller coasters if that’s your thing. Every Disney trip should include a trek to Newport Beach in O.C.–free and you’d have paid to go there!
South of Hermosa and Redondo Beach is the Palos Verdes Peninsula unreal view of the LA Coast and nice hiking trails (think LA’s Twin Peaks).
LA would rule if they could just carve out driving through the crappy parts.
Dats, I didn’t know you lived in LA.. That makes two SoCal Dowder/Giants fans..
Mickey’s deli in Hermosa, Mnnnn.. Thanks for the tips.
Where in LA do you live? I love the description :> My in-laws live in Huntington Beach, and we used to live in MDR. I liked living down there because I could cycle to Manhattan Beach or towards Malibu. I miss that so much.
Watched many a Niner game over beers and a Shack Burger in PDR.
I am now in the 805, which is sort of like living in a beautiful cemetary.
The Pentagon has spent 400 BILLION dollars on a worthless plane.. And my Mom collecting Social Security is the problem? Assholes.
Happy amateur night Dowders!
Sandy, Cal vs UCLA tonight? Heh!
Bruins are for shit this season. The hard part to figure is they have played some good ball. Too close to call this one for me…
This will be a strange season.
Whether it’s the organization, the Bay Area, The ballpark or the fans, the Giants have had a pretty good run when it comes to keeping its players.
Sure players come and go, but I don’t recall them losing big players, players they really want, too often. Was Kent the last? Funny, his “French Vanilla uniform” comment and tearful “always wanted to be a Dodger presser” gave way to hating that club to the point of retiring early and returning as a Giant minor league instructor. I mean Uribe & Renteria declined contracts to stay, and they were “good Giants” but never The Guy.
This year we fans have already seen the Brian Wilson mess and face the tough realization that TL may be gone before year end and most certainly at year end. It’s just the business of baseball, but I don’t remember it involving key Giant players like this.
Hey, get paid I’m all for that. What I hope both consider is that when you are a big name and sign elsewhere, that good will that you generated does not follow. Wilson slammed the door in 2010 and TL won 2 CY’s and dominated in 2010 and played a tough role in 2012. Their new teams want their best years and want them now…that other shit was for a team they care nothing about.
Don’t think TL is overly worried about that huuuuge contract or he would have opted for a Cain like extension. Sometimes you need a change of uniform but going to the Mariners, Yankees or Red Sox? That seems like it will end badly.
I left the Dodgers out because I will not allow myself to consider him signing there.
This is a great post. TL leaving would be heartbreaking for me because I am such a fan! It’s probably a move I do not wish to think about, as I am still heartbroken from Chris Speier’s departure from the team long ago.
Very good post.. It’s tough to even think about right now.
I’m down to meet up tomorrow.. I texted Shaman and SFDF is getting ahold of Xoot.. Just make it easy on me, I don’t know the city like you guys do.. If it does happen, don’t post the location here for obvious reasons — I can totally see Jim showing up in a wife-beater with a growler full of Vodka.
Take pictures, post on FB. I want to see you guys!
Vodka? No, Jim is strictly a Jack Daniels and four loco dude.
Jim prefers to order lemon drops, it’s harder for his dates to taste the roofies.
The flaw in this premise is the assumption that Jim has a date with anything besides Twinkies and wide-mouth 40s.
Sounds like we’ll have to postpone the meet up.. Tomorrow isn;t working for Sandy either.. When we do come up with a time and place, we gotta get JDR there too.. I gotta buy that man a beer.
Arrgh….all right. It’d be better to do it during a baseball game, anyway. Yeah, it’s better if everyone can come.
Agreed.. Plus it’s going to be crazy good weather tomorrow.. More of an outdoor day..
What’s the minimum number for the group packages? It would be pretty awesome to see “The Giants Welcome Jon Dowd’s Revenge” up on the scoreboard.
Not sure, but that would be cool.. I’ll ask my wife if she knows.. I know she knows people who would..
It’s been since ’04 but groups of 20 or more were recognized on the big tube then.
It is 18 for Doyer games, so 20 sounds right.
Do we have enough to qualify for that? I could muster up a few friends and family, but it would be iffy beyond 3-4 tickets. The new girlfriend is a baseball newbie and I’m looking for an excuse to get her to a game…
Are we meeting up? I’m game! Always wanted to put a face to my friends here.
If you guys give enough advanced warning, I’d come up!
It wouldn’t be right without you in attendance, MOW. We definitely need to coordinate it with your approval.
I’m with ya on Speier, MOW. He was my first favorite guy whose career I followed from a rook on. Loved it when he came back in 1987 . . .
I still have a plastic cup bearing the images of Speier and Fuentes.
I have a TON of those “Last Game At The Stick” cups…anyone want them?
I got the pin. Sat in Section 57 row 24. Might as well been sitting on teh hill outsid the stadium.
Regarding the game/group thing… what about teaming up with Flav and the guys at The Flap? That would easily qualify us for a group rate and get a lot of the old Splash crew together.
I’m totally down. I can get some boys together too. No prob. Flappers, good idea too. I’m at Hmb brewing co so I can’t see all the comments (WordPress sucks on a mobile)… Beautiful day out! Enjoy! Lets get this ball rolling! I’ll pitch in some $ for mow’s flight if need be. We gotta do this.
Ideally, we’d want it to be a Doggers game so Sandy can get in on this and be the rogue blue fan in the group.
Sweet! I’m okay with the airfare. Just want to buy a round of beers for all of you!
First round’s one me…
Holy shit, just checked the ticket prices for the first Doggie series in May and they’re outrageous–nothing cheaper than $70, even bleachers
Let me check to see if I get some sort of season ticket discount. Do you have a particular date in mind?
There was talk of a Dodger series for SFDF’s sake, but that might not be practical. I’m not particular about opponents, just looking for a good time and a killer photo gallery.
It’s prolly better if it’s not an LA-SF game. Ticket prices notwithstanding, you poor Jints fans would be appalled after watching the Dodgers put the Magic Whammy on your boiz.
This would probably be the case in April, which is why it’s good that the first home series against LA is in May after the Bums are done with their one month of quality baseball
They are closed today. I will call tomorrow.
A visionary has died.
Thank you annd R.I.P. Jerry Buss…
I’m in on a game this year. The best would be a late-season battle with the bums just about the time they start to fade — again. But the cost is crazy. So whatever works best in general’s fine with me.
Did you see Josh Hamilton’s first big statement as an Angel? He said “the Dallas-Fort Worth area is not a ‘true baseball town’ and it would always be a ‘football town first.’” Yeah,well, the LA-OC area is a facelift town first. Although I’ve heard that USC does generate a bit of a buzz.
LA-OC are true shopping towns!
It really pisses me off when dumb ass republicans don’t understand what the fuck they are talking about. Re: the Keystone pipeline – ‘drill baby drill’ – ‘isn;t it safer to transport it via pipeline than tankers’ — That’s not the issue! Canada voted the pipeline down.. The Natives don’t want it going through their land.. The PM of Canada is on record saying that the oil is going to Asia.. People will be kicked off their family farms, farms that have been in the family for generations! This is how these people make a living and it’s all they know..
This won’t benefit Americans at all.. It’s won’t drive the price down one bit. Someone tell these idiots that oil is a commodity traded on the world market – Someone tell Carlfortwo (Raider fan) that Canada’s oil is not our oil.. Someone tell these idiots to study something before instantly going into ‘SHILL’ mode.. Seriously, we’re surrounded by fucking idiots..
Happy President’s day!
This fracking thing has destroyed the pristine beauty of Alberta. And really? Fracking? How about we lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.
Anyway, yeah…Canada is not part of the U.S. This pipeline has very little benefit to Canada, and we have no right to any of it. I mean, Canada already provides US with such glorious movies such as “Category 7: End of the World,” “Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story”, and “Android Apocalypse”. Let’s not forget Nickelback and Anne Murray. It’s clear that nothing good comes from up North, so no touch!
This article on fracking got my attention:
Horrible and criminal. This crap in our food supply is nuts. But we live in a country where people couldn’t give two shits that their McNugget looks like a giant pile of bubblegum. When your diet is about quantity and not quality, you can get away with a little carcinogens floating around in your milk supply.
Fracking has been banned in France, which makes all the sense in the world. But if their neighbors take it up, how long until all that illness makes its way into the poulet?
What bothers me is that no one seems too concerned about the accompanying mini quakes. US claims there is no correlation between quakes and fracking, while Europe begs to differ.
And getting set to begin fracking ops even in high end areas such as the Carmel Valley. Joel Grey and Liza Minelli had it right when they sang “Money Makes The World Go Around.”
Seriously, corporate America really does rule this land of the free…
I’ve been involved in a fair amount of activism and the “progressive” movement and at the end of day day NOTHING has changed–in fact, it’s gotten worse. At this point, I’m reaching the point where all I can do is shrug my shoulders and wait for the inevitabe ecological/economic disaster and try to have some fun in the meantime. Maybe there will be some sort of social justice movement that could turn things around but I doubt it–we’re going to learn this lesson the hard way. It just boggles my mind that all of our lives are being compromised by a handful of crotchety old rich men. Disgusting, really. A nihilistic point of view, perhaps, but when asshats like Ed Lee can become mayor and hand this amazing city over to a bunch of stupid computer nerd yuppies and real estate developers then any optimism gets thrown out the window.
I can understand your frustration. My father got me started as an activist while still a teeny wienie girl, and growing up in hippieville of SF helped to make me a progressive. But these days, there just seems to be no point. Once we sailed past the 70′s, it seems that change and progress is just not going to happen. Politicians and pulpit have done a great job making it appear that abortion, guns and gay marriage are the only things that matter in this country. In this way, they can slip their salami filled fracking, Monsanto seeding and fucked up chemicals aka food past our general sense of awareness.
Hey look, Shaman uses ‘asshat’ too.. I love that word for some reason.
Yeah, the Raider fans on the gate are a bunch of wingnuts. Raider Momo even said he would vote for Romney because “he’s a God fearing man”. But it’s also another testament as to how conservative California really is
Most of the comments on SFGATE are from out of staters anymore, shaman. Not saying that guy isn’t from here just stating a fact about the users there…
They’re mostly Central/San Jaoquin Valley folks, actually–and they really are rabid right-wingers. Meanwhile, WBButthead is a staunch liberal. Such is life, I guess…
When you Google ‘liberal web sites’, SFGate is one of the first that pops up.. The asshats at Freedomworks pay these dolts to troll internet message boards – they’re known as ‘freepers’….. Whenever there are big stories like the Treyvon Martin shooting, or anything associated with gun laws, political stories etc, the nuts come out of the woodwork and manipulate the thumbs up/down feature to make it look like popular opinion is on their side.. Seriously, ever notice how the top rated comments are illogical and wrong and the replies make a lot more sense? That’s because the thumbs have been manipulated..
SFGate is also linked to the Drudge Report a lot — so the wingnuts click on the story and it brings them directly to SFGate.. It’s hilarious that they think this way, considering that the Hearst’s aren’t exactly known for their liberalism.
They also try to personify different characters with different stories…e.g., they’ll be their true wingnut selves on the “national” stories but then sign into their “local moderates” accounts when it comes to local SF political stories, even though their act is so transparent and most of them have clearly never been to SF, let alone live here. Their particular frothing at the mouth over the Mirkarimi story is actually pretty hilarious, IMO. You should also check out the commentary over at the SF Bay Guardian site–it’s the same group of assholes trolling it up over there, too. It really is funny in a dark comedy sort of way.
“merikuh’ just happened again in SoCal.
These fucking mass shootings are becoming the equivalent of the daily weather reports on the news. Psychotic society we live in. Seriously.
Well, on a more trivial but still relevant note, some good news via twitter:
San Francisco Giants@SFGiants
Mark it down: We will be LiveStreaming the #SFGiants final workout of #SFGSpring this Friday – Watch #SFGLive beginning at 9:30am PT
I spent much of the 80s (yes, the 1980s) fired up with political activism. Organized a union in Berkeley, picked coffee in Nicaragua, got arrested peacefully in SF in May 1985 protesting the Contra war, handled fund-raising for the Berkeley Nuclear Free Zone initiative (successful “Measure K”–after which success, UCB quietly decommisioned a small training reactor they’d been using for decades in a basement near College Ave.), plus a bunch of other stuff. I found that earning a living interfered with my political ambitions, but I put some time in. That’s what a lot of people do. I’m just as far left now as I was then, still support the causes I care about. You can’t give up, but it’s tough to make a full-time life out of it.
It’s true, I still stay involved, but these are disheartening times.
Damn, that’s a hell of a resume Xoot… Shaman, keep up the good fight man.. Don’t despair, fight for what you believe in.
I’ve been watching a documentary on HBO called ‘the untold history of the united states’ It’s really good… One episode that floored me was about the Contra wars and what we did to Latin America.. I now know why my father will go to his grave hating Ronald Reagan.. I can’t believe we did those things to those poor people. We supported genocide, and funded it too. Sickening.
What happened in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala was horrendous. In all this, I do believe that Oscar Arias earned his Nobel Peace Prize for trying to maintain some sanity in Central America.
Regarding gun violence and laws.. ****I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”
- Thomas Jefferson
Yeah, I’d say a few “discoveries” have been made since the well-regulated militia stocked up on flintlocks.
I wonder what T. Jefferson would think of Mericuns’ obstinate refusal to repair the Constitution? Hollywood could probably make a blockbuster movie (like “Lincoln”) about every time people have managed to make real change to that fairly short, elliptical little statute. This piece landed in my in-box today. It’s not earth shaking, but it does show how hard it is to fix things.
Wow.. Interesting stuff.
When I worked at Warner Bros., I brought my mother to the ol’ Western town lot. This is the location of many a cowboy movie, and we strolled through the old Saloon, walked past phony storefronts and took pictures of ourselves on top of the noose stand. The dirt road of Western town evokes memories of bouncing dry brush and sand swirling around shooting cowboys or even of samurai battling in the streets. Yeah…this is all movie stuff, and not real life.
In real life, pull a gun and the other person is not so quick to respond like The Waco Kid. It makes me sick that the NRA and its supporters believe this to be a likely scenario. So in the interim, we hear insufferable arguments and hear of these daily shootings. We’re a third world country with our disregard for life.
The more these tragedies happen, the more I learn that the NRA talking points are mostly lies.. Gotta admit, there were some great comments on SFGate today )story about the shootings in SoCal.
The NRA uses wording like ‘The UK has more violent crime’ — but when you read up on it, like someone else said over there, giving someone a wedgie is considered a violent crime in the UK..
The cat’s been out of the bag for 246 years. How do you change the pervasive ‘gun culture’ in this country? I mean, it can be done. Just look at smoking and drinking. Well, smoking, anyway. What used to be ingrained in the culture is now shunned and banned in most places.
Can this happen with guns? Most people mean well, and use their weapons wisely. But, as seen in Newtown, the shooter got his weapons from his parents. It looks like the same thing with this kid in Tustin. When my kids were little I always asked the parents if they had weapons in the house when my kids were going to a sleep-over. If so, were they locked up. Most didn’t have them, but a few did. they had gun safes. One dad had a gun in his dresser drawer. Unlocked. I didn’t let my daughter sleep over there.
The point being, at some point a line has to be drawn regarding weapons. Limit the amount per person, the magazines, assault type, whatever. Anything to point to and say ‘here’s where we start the process of unglorifying this shit.’ Will it hapen overnight? Over 20 years? 50? Who knows? My overarching point is doing nothing about this solves nothing. There have to be some changes made.
Good stuff Chuck.. Yeah, the ‘more laws won’t work’ BS is a front for the NRA.. I’d like to ask them if more laws won’t work, what the fuck will? Save the ‘we need more guns in circulation’ BS..
Nice, and great parenting.
I guess baby steps for now. I grew up in the ghetto, and now live in safe comfortable haven. There are more guns here than there were in the ghetto. At least back in the day, the guns made some sense since there was no po-po around when you called them.
Yeah, I don’t get it at all. But I was never exposed to guns of any kind. I shot a .22 rifle when I was about 8 on my sister’s in-laws farm in Sepastopol. Kinda cool trying to shoot bottles and cans, but that was the first and last time I shot any kind of gun. None of my friends went hunting or even did anything gun related. Maybe it’s a burb thing. I certainly get it living in the city. But i never felt the need even then when i lived in the Sunset, or the Haight, to get a gun. Those areas for the most part are fine, but there are parts I’ve wandered into and though, oh boy, this could get fucked up in a hurry. And I still don;t have a problem with the self-protection idea of gun ownership. My cousins from Chicago used to go up north and hunt/fish, but they lost all their guns when they moved out west.
So, where’s the connection from hunting to massing tons of weapons and shells? Is it the cracker factor? Is it strictly a mental health issue? These last few cases point pretty hard in that direction. And we can all thank Ronald Reagan for de-funding state and fed mental health programs back in the early 80s, but I’m still at a loss as to how to get anything done.
The Newtown case is extremely troubling when you find out that the guy’s mom took him shooting to try and bond with him. You try things as a parent to connect with your kids, but using high-powered weapons with an obviously troubled teen who has problems assimilating? Really? And let’s not bother locking these weapons up. What’s the worst thing that could happen? I mean, really. This is why I asked the other parents if they owned guns. You never know how some fairly rational people can simply neglect to safeguard their kids by locking up dangerous weaponry. On one lever it IS a breakdown of the parents in some of these cases.
PBS will be airing a show called ‘Life after Newton: guns in America’ tonight at 9:00 pm… Channel 9 on Directv..
What was the statistic? Over 2,000 gun deaths since Newtown?
I DVR’d it and I’ll probably watch it tonight.. Your stat sounds about right Chuck from what I’ve read.. And counting. .
I watched it, and the Frontline hour that followed it. Pretty good, although they overplayed the Black Panther relationship to the late 60s gun-control laws. The Panthers saw an opportunity for agit prop and exploited it brilliantly, memorably, but the open-carry displays weren’t important to their fundamental agenda. They were going to take Malcolm X’s idea literally and stockpile guns, and be pleased to carry the small ones covertly, and to use them all when they decided it was necessary, no matter what other laws got enacted. They later had more than few huge shoot-outs with the cops and feds.
But the idea that the Black Panthers constituted one of those “well-regulated militia[s]” the founding fathers envisioned does focus things. Do we want rival militias with state of the art ordnance? Does the 2nd Amendment really approve them? Of course not.
Suck it, Mossback and Slats! Own it!
Bartolo is impressed — the kid slipped past the tests last season.
Fun facebook page to mix it up with Dodger fans.. ‘Dodger fans vs Dodger haters showdown’
Sounds like there might be some movement on the A’s San Jose thing, or maybe not.
And the only movement going on with their fans is the lice scurrying in crazyorangefuck’s hair.
I still can’t figure out who that is..
Sandy, you alright?
Dood, I texted you on Friday to hit you up about Pillar Pt!
San Jose Sharks are driving me nuts. It’s bad when the only highlight of the game is watching a replay from a previous game of Joe Thornton throwing punches at a Blackhawks player. Hard to believe that Couture played in Switzerland during the strike, because his stick has been very quiet. Sorry…I know only Shaman is a hockey fan, but I had to vent.
On the other hand, PLAY BALL! :>
Yeah, they’re pretty pathetic right now…..and I can’t STAND Wingles and Vlasic. THey SUCK!
Gomes is a BUST! The only thing that excites me is Ryan Clowe punching someone.
So I’m planning my day tomorrow around the radio broadcast of the first ST game. Anybody else planning to be there?
Just tuned in to hear Scutaro hit a ball to the right side and get Pagan into SP.. Then Pablo knocks in Pagan.
I think tuning in and hearing Jon Miller do that first Spring Training broadcast is almost as great as watching the opening day festivities. Well, with the exception of banner-raising games.
Ha. So true.
Shaman, did you just comment on Dodger fans vs. Dodger haters showdown? If so, I know you dude..
Yup, that was me. Small world, bro!
What a trip! I grew up with someone who shares your identical first and last name, then I see that we have three mutual friends.. I forgot that I’m already friends with the guy I grew up with, so when you accepted my friend request – i realized that I have two friends with identical names.. Small world indeed! I grew up with Merle (dude is a trip isn’t he?) He used to get icky sticky bomb from an older head in high school.. I went to school with Jen and her hubby Justin.. I also lived about 100 yards away from Maria for years.. All good peeps!
Hahaha…yeah, Merle’s cousin is one of my best friends and my sister and Maria are BFFs all the way. And my mom dated the owner of Cheers in Linda Mar for a few years before he passed away. Small world indeed.
Sounds like our new Japanese IF can turn a double play just fine. Also, I’m glad Pablo got a workout scoring earlier. Run, Pablo, run!
I hope he makes it on the team!
Tanaka just turned a DP that Miller called ‘spectacular’ ..
I hope so too MOW.. His defensive skills ‘sounds’ great! I haven’t heard him at the plate yet (was in a deli for 1/2 hour).. Getting stuck behind the local baseball team at the deli always sucks..
For all you Deadheads out there, full day of Grateful Dead marathon radio on KPFA today. Woot!
SYFY Channel is having one of their super end-of-the-world storm marathons right now! Great comedy.
Giants win.. Time for a beer!
They’re crap. And the stupid fucking Ducks are on fire. Just bring me baseball already
Uhhh, meant to reply to MOWs comment about the Sharks…..stupid smart phone
Anyone else hate those NASCAR crashes? I especially note the videos made by people either standing their ground or moving toward the flying debris; those vids capture images of other fans trying to get close to the developing disaster to take video with their phones too. Crazy. Much of the crowd isn’t fleeing, it’s moving toward the danger. I wonder if that contributed to the number of people who got hurt. Reminds me of a woman I knew who kicked a meth habit. She told me that she and her speedfreak friends had a favorite spot where they would crouch near a highway at night, to get as close as they could to the cars roaring by. They loved the sound, the wind, the “power.” She said that she finally realized her fantasies of diving in front of a speeding car (to really experience the power) were insane. That, and some other complications, got her into rehab. At least she had addiction as an excuse for her stupidity. I’ve gotta conclude that many NASCAR fans are just idiots.
Well, shit rarely gets through those fences, and it’s not like a long time elapsed during the crash. It was maybe 4 seconds. Everyone was standing and cheering as it all happened anyway. It’s not like 150 people rushed the fence and got nailed by stuff..
Not a fan of Nascar, and my grandfather built and raced stock cars that raced on dirt tracks all up and down the west coast in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s.. I’ll post some photos in the near future.. Boogity boogity boogity!
Just out of curiosity for all you men folk…
Christian churches love to hold these male only conferences, such as Walkworthy. Why are these things men only? Is there some lecture, singing, appendage chat, Cheetoh gorging and maybe a game of bocce ball? What special things do you learn that women cannot hear? I would think that if it involved how men should treat women, the fairer sex should be in attendance to correct the speaker, just in case the guy starts talking about sensitivity or something nutty like that.
I haven’t done the ‘guys night out’ thing since I went to Vegas (my buddies wedding).. The only times I’m around an all guy crowd is when I’m watching a Niner game, and even at some of those females are present.. ‘Guys’ chat, in my experience usually happens on a job site.. Most will talk about their sex lives, some complain about their wives or gf’s spending habits.. One particular friend of mine usually gets goofed on because of something he said a few years ago about how his unopened box of condoms is expired, and he never gets L**D, LOL.. To be honest, the conversation does get quite graphic at times and that’s when I say ‘TMI’…. To use the urban dictionary; I’m not a fan of a ‘sausage fest’.. I like to be around a diverse crowd.. One reason for that is probably because my wife is not just my wife, but she’s my best friend, too.. Sounds cheesy, but I can bounce things off of her and I trust her more than I do my best male friends..
I don’t go to church because I think it’s hogwash, but I have no problem with those that do as long as they keep it to themselves and don’t throw holy water on me..
I’ll have a great answer for you in a couple of weeks when I get to see a friend of mine who I haven’t seen in a long time.. He works at the Bohemian Grove and he promises details I’m guessing everyone here has heard of the Bohemian Grove?
EDIT: I must add that I really think it’s high time for some MORE female leadership both in the private sector and the public sector, mainly the White House.. Most of the men that represent us seem to be idiots. Time to hand the keys over to a female – I would prefer someone like Elizabeth Warren.
I don’t mind guy get togethers, as that seems like a normal part of life. My husband does his all-male Korean BBQ gathering where they complain about Disney, but I don’t really mind because he always brings me back a nice box of Kalbi.
I think these male-only seminars like the BoHos or these Christian things are so curious to me. Let me know of your findings. My old boss at a law firm went to a BoHo gathering back when Ronald Reagan was still alive. He said that Reagan was passed out and drooling most of the time until it came to speech time. That was when Reagan would wake up and deliver one of those bullshitty Gipper speeches. Then again, that is how I imagined his terms at the White House to be.
I tend not to do all-female gatherings. The last time I went to one was in Vegas for a drag show, but I didn’t expect my father-in-law would come. He would have fit in, though, as the whole room was 5 cheering Japanese women amid a see of confused faces from Middle America.
Now I will tell you that I was forced to watch a “for female’s only” pre-marital video by the LaHayes. Beverly LaHaye — she of the Concerned Women of America — basically told women to sit back and let the man take charge, which is the sort of sex a man would enjoy with a plastic doll. This is what I envision at these male seminars, where the church leader would tell men to make sure they were the head of the household and that the wives were properly submitting. Maybe they tell Hillary jokes at BoHo?
I’ve got friends that are members of Boho. The wives are seriously pissed because they know what takes place at those “get-togethers.” Mainly, lots of partying and randy behaviors involving “professional women.”
Most of the wives are in extra-marital affairs and detest “who” their husbands are when they get back from even an evening of Boho activities. IDK “the rest of the story,” as it were, but I DO know the husbands are all connected politically, professionally and through their affluence. As a result, the wives tend to feel not only left out or like their men are leading double lives, but also wholly marginalized by their unwillingness to walk away from Boho.
The funny thing is that I’ve spoken to some of the men and they feel entitled to Boho and what it offers. And I don’t mean the ability to make inroads politically, professionally or in any other way than the sex and drugs. I doubt the names would surprise any of you and I shant name them but these are people in positions of authority in all of our lives and they live as hypocrites and judge others for the things they refuse to cease doing. Typical not only of men but of people that believe, perhaps rightly so, that they are above the mores and laws they claim to be guardians of…
What a way to live :< I'm not surprised at the type of people who would go and enjoy the services of the professional women, seeing as we've had many a politician go on mountain hikes to Argentina or hire Elizabeth Ray as a secretary. It's all about money and sex disguised by religion and faith.
Any word on Cain? Heard he took a liner off the leg, but can’t get any diagnosis.
Schulman tweets that Cain’s fine.
So Alex Smith is headed to Kansas City? Poor kid.
Our friend that we had the email exchange about went to work on the Splash tonight.. Almost all the replies to Jim’s post were taken down, both of mine are still standing.. Weird. Shaman and I made similar posts right next to each other and they were both censored.
We have this blog.. Let’s use it folks! Also, I have found a couple of great facebook pages to get your baseball talk on.. I don’t know how many deletions I have left until my account is blocked over there. I’d rather save them up for bigger stories than the second day of spring training.
You don’t get blocker here, at the Flap, or on facebook..
You need to trust me, Jim didn’t have those posts removed. WBB didn’t have those posts removed, the guy from Da Creek had those posts removed.. I watched it happen by hitting the refresh button over and over again, and having another window open watching his newest profile infect other topics on SFGate. He has personally had dozens of mine and SFDF’s friends blocked from back in the day.. He even got dsgonzale6 blocked a couple of weeks ago.. dsg got told by the higher ups to take a hike.. You know how crazy that is? The chron did an article on dsg (and wanted to interview me) under my previous username..
You can read the article here: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Comments-on-news-stories-a-double-edged-sword-3162777.php
You know SFGate is screwed when they can’t even reinstate a user who they wrote an article on.. By the way, that article generated so many comments it must have broken SFGate records..
My point is, SFGate is a rudderless ship with no accountability and there is no one to turn to when a problem over there occurs. I think we need to stick together — if that means copy and pasting Schulman’s blog posts and putting them here, so be it. That’s easy..
I’m not going to patronize a place that is rigged anymore. I’m sorry. Life is too short to take steps backwards – lets all make an effort to let that place die. Our accounts won’t last until late May, so why even bother.. Plus, the blog ain’t the same without FilthyChangeup and TheBabbler. Let it die.
If you go through the few comments left, most are mine and SFDF’s old pals on SFGate.. One particular person, whose comments are still standing was the one who told me about the idiot troll with hundreds of different screen names who is solely responsible for ruining what was once a great site.. His story (told to me in private) was the exact same story and person that came out in the email exchange we all had.. Shaman, if you’re interested, I’ll fill you in on a private message vie facebook..
Shaman on FB? Add me!
Done. Love your cover photo.
Chico, as to da creek: Is this guy on the rampage now the same one we (SFDF and I were involved, I think others were there) enraged about six months ago by posting jokes incorporating his unusual first name? That guy works in WC. At the time we had our fairly hilarious showdown with him he was trolling the splash with an image of R. Montalban as Star Trek’s Khan and concluding every comment he posted with “Gracias.” He really blew a gasket when we put the heat on him. He’s a different commenter from the old timer who at one time somewhat improvidently boasted that he had a condo in WC. That guy has his troubles, but behind it all in fact he’s actually a baseball fan.
Yer going back to the weird old days of the Splash, Xoot. Funny, back then we self-moderated WAY better than the untrained monkeys do now. Ironic, seeing as I did get a 2 week suspension back then for an argument with the WC condo-boy. I don’t post (or stick around) enough to even wonder if my posts get deleted or not. I’m sure some of them have been.
I’ve heard the stories about Yogi, and I do remember him stirring shit up one night.. I think he was the condo owner, right? I didn’t comment on the Splash back then under my previous username unless it was on the front page.. Back then, I just commented on the post-game articles..
The guy I’m talking about is the guy we talked about via email whose office is in Da Creek.. Yep, he sported a Ricardo Mantalban avatar and ended everything with ‘gracias’.. He’s also the infamous JackTorrance troll. He’s also the old infamous ‘insensitive’ – the guy with the clown avatar who used to troll earthquake stories saying ‘i felt it’ and always announced what he had for breakfast and that he only had $3.15 in the bank, or some shit like that.. Hell, he’s all over the place on that site with so many handles it’ll make your head spin.. I’m done with the Splash.
MOW, KC is worlds better for Alex than the Jets. KC is a good young team that has suffered through some mediocre coaching. They have a strong run game, and good wideouts (esp Bowe). If Alex goes there, he and Reid should reach the playoffs. Their only competition in that division would be from Denver, and if KC can physical up some, they’ll take them.
I think Cleve could have worked as well, but Reid seems to want Alex. All those years of Mike (Mr. squirrelly dog) Vick must have prompted him to want a guy who doesn’t turn the ball over all the time. And Reid being present for the 2nd half comeback Smith engineered in 2011 musta helped.
Not sure how many of you can get away with listening to the game at work, but you can stream it live through sfgiants.com/mlb.com..
Today’s is a glorious game!
I like offense!
Bruce Bochy’s son is throwing beach balls.
5 runs on TWO pitches?? Ouch!
I had to cut the stream but I’m looking at the twitter feed on the Splash. Looking, not commenting
9-9 now? Sounds like Heston, Castillo and Bochy got shelled..
Brett Bochy allows 2-run double and monster 3-run HR on consecutive pitches.
Am I going crazy, or is what Hank tweeted not possible?
Oh, it was quite possible!
On consecutive pitches? Guys gotta get on base before a three run HR or a two run double can happen. I’m under the impression that ‘consecutive pitches’ means two pitches in a row..
Batter hits a bases loaded double, runner at first holds up at third, next guy hits it out for the 3-run homer.
Well, there were some guys on base. He put another on, thereby driving one or two home. Then his next pitch to the next batter went over the fence.
Well thanks for making me feel like an amateur.. You two are on my shit list now
The murderer hits into a double play. Game over. No extra innings.
That post cracked me up.
This is a bunch of BS.. http://www.sfgate.com/news/articleComments/California-drivers-may-face-drug-crackdown-4304948.php
People on weed are the always in the slow lane enjoying a nice speed limit ride. Such BS.
If Tony smokes a joint today, and gets pulled over on March 9th, he could be arrested for DUI because the pot is still in his system?
La Russa getting pulled over would be a hoot.
Sorry Chico, bases loaded and they bring in Bochy. He gives up a 2 run double, runner at 1st stops on 3rd. Next pitch, yard. . . I don’t know if Bochy put those other guys on, but he could have come in, thrown 2 pitches and given up 5 . . .
Thanks Chuck, I’m well aware of my brain fart that was on full display today.
Ahhh, wasn’t piling on. I didn’t ese the other posts
I deserved it.. No worries.
I tuned into KNBR tonight to hear some baseball talk.. Ray Woodsen was talking about the Oscars, not sports.. That was over an hour ago, and he’s still talking about the Oscars.. I’m planning a camping trip this time next year so I can avoid it all.
The Oscars are stupid. The real awards are the Independent Spirit Awards in the US. But these movie “pundits” should realize that most of the best films never make it to our shore. Want to see a great movie? Go to the Cannes or Venice Film Festivals, or even Sundance and TriBeca. Oscars are all about kissing some butt, which is why Kevin Costner won for “Dances With Wolves”.
That’s tough to do on a middle class income.. I’ve heard the same from other movie buffs too. My wife is really into international films and the few that I have watched with her were really good. I was glad to see Slumdog win – I saw it before people were talking about it.. That ‘Amore’ looks really good but that’s the kind of movie that’ll tear you apart when stressed out.. My wife said that she gave it ’4 basketballs in the throat’ — I walked in a half hour she finished watching it and it looked like she just got a phone call that both of her parents died.. One of those tear jerkers… What were you saying about men and sensitivity One day I’ll mature enough to appreciate those tear jerkers..
Ahh understand. The best films I’ve seen were in Cannes, and most never manage to make their way to the US. However, HBO and Showtime used to be great for showing some of these films on their stations. Also, Hulu has some absolutely spectacular old and new foreign and classic American films as they carry the Criterion collection. These are especially good if you like quality Japanese movies. They carry films from Ozu, Imamura, Kurosawa and nude women happy Oshima. They also carry great great French films by Renais, Truffaut, Goddard and some of the rest of the Cahiers du Cinema crowd.
For more of the imaginative contemporary movies, try Netflix or Amazon Prime Videos and head to the Scandinavian collection. I tend to like sci-fi and comedy, so I love “Trollhunter”, “Iron Sky” or the Finnish dark comedy “Rare Exports” about evil Santas. Netflix also has a little series called “Lilihammer” starring Steve Van Zandt (yep…the Springsteen one) about a mobster who chooses the little Norwegian town as his witness protection location. It’s a hilarious dark comedy, and the small town scenario makes it charming.
Unfortunately, most Hollywood movies are pure commercial crap that just showcase special effects. This is bad for someone like me, who hates comic books and chick flicks.
My kids enjoy Seth MacFarlane’s stuff a lot more than I do. I keep trying to deconstruct the Family Guy for them so they’ll move on, but they’re young. The prefrontal cortexes are still attaching. And, hell, I have to keep tabs on them, right? So I watched the oscars with one eye last night. I was surprised. It was ok. MacF had some funny moments and some junvenile offensive moments and some humble, respectful moments. The musical productions bored me.
But on the Ocscars, the only two movies I saw last year were Argo and Django Unchained. I liked them both. So did my 15 year old. We had some good conversations about the violence in Django. I was especially pleased to see Django get some awards. Tarantino, obviously, is self-indulgent, but he was right in his acceptance speech: what he does best is create characters on the page, and when the actors he casts take those characters and run, then his movies work. This time he wound up with several great characters.
I heard a replay of his acceptance speech. He sounded genuinely humble.. I’m looking forward to seeing both movies you mentioned. It’s nearly impossible to see a movie at the theatre with kids my age.. My mom has offered to watch the kids so my wife and I can enjoy a dinner and a movie night out.. I think I’ll take her up on the offer. Kids are awesome, but I do miss that little bit of freedom..
I don’t remember the last movie we went out to see but I do remember it was at the California in Berkeley. That place is really cool.
Ooo is the UC Theater still there? That place is awesome. I saw “Pink Flamingos” there, along with a bunch of hysterical Chinese foreign students. The screaming during the singing asshole scene was priceless.
Yep, still going strong, too. http://www.google.com/search?q=the+california+theatre+berkeley&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=qxItUYD-E4qmiQKJuYCoDA&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1245&bih=879
Giants v. Dodgers today, fellas! Get our ears ready.
It really feels like baseball season.. It’s absolutely gorgeous out today in the bay area.. Winter, where are you?
Timmy K’s hairplugs!
Timmy Tim Tim Tim boom
His post-session words are encouraging.. Hank just updated the Crash.
OMG Grats to Chuck Hagel. And Rand Paul gave a thumbs up to him? WTF is going on with those numbskulls. I guess they ran out of names to call Hagel.
I think Rand voted for him because he’s similar to his father Ron, who is basically an isolationist.
I’m stoked on this nomination! Hagel is *not a War Hawk*.. I think he’s left of Obama on foreign policy.. Panetta really bummed me out.. I WAS a big fan of his, but he bummed me out during his job as the DS.
Oh well…good to know that Rand stepped out of the toupee in this situation. And agree to all things about Panetta.
Stepped out of the toupee, lol. You crack me up
Zboy can suck my Dfan dookie!
Grienke (sp, whogivesatoot), is a bitchboi from hell.
I think it was BReport that I read, but it’s all over the webs, about how he would EVEN play for the very worst team if they offered the most $$. Read the entire story tho, dude is a mega dick…
Buyer beware, as they say.
He’s also a head case..
Going to be quite the club house for the Dodgers this year, with the head cases and egos. Kaboom.
Boston Globe also reported that Beckett runs one of the shadiest charities in sports. At least Kershaw and Lady B are solid characters.
Apparently him and A-Rod have the lowest percentage of total income that actually makes it to the stated charitable target. Alex Smith was among the highest.
Oh…because those two (A-Rod, Beckett) clearly make no money. Kudos to Alex Smith, though :>
SchulmanTell you what. Bochy played to win. Had Monell hit for Susac in ninth when Dodgers subbed a righty in for a lefty. #sfgiants.
SF Giants are on TV right now!
Yup! Thanks to JD who posted the Giants ST TV schedule on the Flush.
Awesome! I just walked in the door to see this great news and then I see the Niners will get a 2nd round pick and possibly another for Alex.. Good news!
Work is very busy right now, but I’ll see if i can’t put together a post on the Smith trade at some point this week
Better to be busy than slow!.. No rush man..
Filthy, don’t be a stranger dude..
Brett Pill is hitting the shit out of the ball in ST..
Pagan with a three run shot!
That HR was a beauty. I love Pagan and am so glad he was re-signed.
About A-Rod’s charity.. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/a-rod-family-foundation_n_2776863.html What an asshole.
I admit I’m a home (e.g. Kershaw hit hard =”ha ha losing it”; TL hit hard = “numbers don’t matter, he’s just working on some things”
But I don’t think I’m out on a limb with the dick factor of LA’s #2 & #3 starting pitchers.
Greinke sat down with The Daily Breeze local paper where he shared his dislike for fans wanting autographs and to talk to him and how he dislikes FanFest events. Dude I get how it can be a pain but these losers you detest enable that $27M/yr salary maybe bite your lip a bit. He comes across as more assholiphobe than agoraphobe.
Dodger Talk had Josh Beckett on talking about how he likes the Dodgers because they don’t treat all pitchers the same and allow him to go at his own pace.
Uh so you’re saying the guy who eats chicken and drinks beer during games and skips a start but plays golf instead enjoys being left alone. Of course we’d all agree, the Mount Rushmore of hard working athletes starts with Jerry Rice, Kobe Bryant & Josh Beckett.
The SF Giants may be on short supply of individual superstars, but I do like how they really factor in personality when bringing in people to the ballclub. I think this might be the reason why the team never pursued Carlos Beltran after the ’11 season, ya know? The Dodgers have a potential car crash on their hands, and playing in LA-LA land is only going to further these oversized egos. OH do remember, Greinke, that a cup of soda can reach the Dodger bullpen pretty easily.
WordPress needs to create a thumb up feature.. That way I could give a thumb up so that poster knows that I like his or her comment without having to bee the idiot (me) to reply to every damn post.. Thumbs up to Dats and MOW.
NFL Homo watch. Always good to be behind the times.
Sadly, he’s probably got a point about the the NFL fraternity and keeping it on the down-low.. I’d be interested to see what % of football players are gay.. 2, 4, 5%?
Won’t be too long and the names will start emerging. Hell, Kwame Harris may start blabbing for money to pay his criminal defense team. Wasn’t long ago ambitious republicans stayed deep in the closet. Not as much lately, and with the reactionary religious zealots crapping out in the last Pres. election, maybe more of those repubs will start living their lives more honestly, not afraid to alienate the wackos. The fact that the original federal court trial judge who struck down Prop. 8 is an openly gay republican (a very conservative republican) sort of suggests where things are headed, I suspect.
Must see: The game of baseball explained by the master.
Fat fat fat fat fat fat … sounds like America’s Next Top Model commentary.
I never really did get into it, but I feel for you Sharks fans. That blows. Try being a Cal fan, it’s not easy either..
Yeah…it’s a massive train wreck. They haven’t been this awful in forever, and you can just see it on ice. Slow slow, out of place blaaaah.
I think Belt is going to have a great year..
Today’s game is a football score!
Angel V just went deep.. He killed that ball!
That thing went off like a *gunshot*. He really *clubbed* it. It could have gone 500 feet, but I guess he’ll have to *settle* for a bit less.
^ thread winner! That can’t be topped.
I don’t care if it’s ST.. The Giants beat the AAA’s! Belt is now 6-for-14 so far this spring. I don’t know if it was here or the Flap, but I predicted a big year for him.. With the low O production we’ll probably see in LF, we can use more O production at 1st base..
I agree Chico.
Though certainly Scutaro’s number will drop this year and quite possibly Pagan and Posey will to a lesser extent…Belt, Crawford, Pence and Timmy’s numbers should improve and could improve by a lot over 2012.
I think Pence is going to be the big one. If he’s up around .300 and Belt comes on with a solid year they will have little to worry about offensively.
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