We have tickets!

Great news, boys and girls. Through the grace of a (not so) mysterious benefactor, we have managed to come across a few tickets for the upcoming season and in order to bring a few more people to the blog we’re thinking of giving some away. Rather than just do a boring old random drawing, I wanted to do some interesting contests. Perhaps an essay contest for the best baseball memory? Worst ballpark story? Beard-off competition? World Series celebration stories?

Let’s hear your thoughts/suggestions. Perhaps if someone comes up with any really good ideas they could win some sort of prize…

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103 Responses to We have tickets!

  1. xoot says:

    Although there’s a bit too much competition around here for comfort, an essay contest is a novel idea. Simple prediction contests get old. (How many HRs will Pablo hit by May 1? Who will the front office humiliate during ST by leaking info to Bruce Jenkins? etc.) There is one prediction contest that occurs to me, however, as possibly interesting: Before the first roster cut of ST, predict the 25 players who will start the season on the team.

  2. sandy32koufax says:

    We play liars dice over beers in REAL life!

  3. sandy32koufax says:

    Good call, one couldn’t hope for a better seatmate and the first round is on me!

    I always wear my LADs hat, jersey and warm-up jacket when they are in town…still haven’t been in altercation although in my youth I came close several times.

  4. Chico says:

    Does the Comical still censor JDR plugs? Maybe we should spread the word over there a little more often. I’m sure Gerbik, Winder and a few others wouldn’t mind coming over here. Hell, even Iamwatching was complaining about ticket prices today. I’ll do my part.

    As for the ideas, I like the best baseball memory/worst ballpark stories, or similar (personal) stories about baseball. You kind of get to know a little more about a person with stories like that which I think is cool in this age of anonymity.

    • JDR says:

      I’m all for plugging the blog, but hold off a bit on the ticket thing just yet, I’m still working with MOB to sort out how we’re going to go about it. I don’t even know what games they’re for yet.

  5. xoot says:

    You all see Henry S’s article about Brian Wilson on sfgate today? I’m telling you, picking the final 25 won’t be all that easy. Or pleasant. But this is baseball. 😉

  6. shaman138 says:

    Perhaps a good rule to the ticket contest would be that Raiders’ fans automatically have first dibs on any and all tickets……..you know, since we’ve suffred through so much we deserve some consolation. ; )

  7. shaman138 says:

    Another thing I need to bring up….is that fucking psycho Kenny, since everything I say about his loopy ass gets deleted on the Splash. I, for one, am going to use the ignore feature for his endless barrage of tnew accounts and report abuse on him. I don’t know how or why the gate can’t just find a way to permanently block his IP address or something but he’s smart enough to find a way to keep ruining that and ever other blog he comes in contact with. So I recommend ignoring him, reporting him, and letting it go–anyone who’s so fucking pathetic that they have to literally stay up all day and night, probably doing endless amounts of meth or whatever, just to taunt and insult online bloggers is a worthless sack of shit that’s not even worth one of my farts after an enchilada dinner.

    • mailorderwife says:

      Is Kenny the homophobe?

      • Chico says:

        Two different people. Kenny might be homophobic (saying that Shaman likes Dick over and over again) but he’s not our old friend. That dude got his 10 accounts zapped but he’ll be back. They always come back. I agree with Shaman, dude sounds like a tweaker to me. Just another lonely internet troll.

  8. I have been checking out this site from time to time. I forgot it existed for a while but it’s bookmarked now on my iPad so I shiuld remember to check in more often.

    FYI This is gerbik707 from the splash, I’m logged in with twitter is there anyway to change what name it displays here or am I stuck with my twitter username?

    • Re: the promoting the site, you might try recruiting some folks from extra baggs. That’s where I usually go for serious baseball talk since the splash has become a complete joke. Some people at baggs were talking about setting up their own blog since baggarly is going to Comcast ans they didnt know of his blog would still be around.

      • Chico says:

        Welcome Gerbik! It’s Saturday night so everyone is probably out enjoying the night life, but I’m sure JDR or someone else here could assist you on your username (wordpress acct.) once they log in. I DO know you can change it though. (I’ll see what I can do)

        JDR put a lot of work into getting this thing up and running — this blog will be around for sure. I’m glad you made it here, stick around pal. Cheers!

        • Chico says:

          oops, I read that wrong. Extrabaggs will obviously be gone, but I’m sure they’ll get another beat writer in there that won’t be as good as Baggs (budget cuts), but I couldn’t imagine that they would scrap the baseball blog — they’ll probably just rename it.

          • JDR says:

            It’s interesting that CSN is now stockpiling all the talent in the local media. I’ve heard from friends in the KNBR building that one of the main reasons ESPN hasn’t launched a “Bay Area” edition is because they don’t want to compete with Comcast for talent here.

  9. Del Mar Dennis says:

    It never fucking fails that the college BB game on TV prior to the AT&T at Pebble runs long and cuts into the golf coverage. This time it’s a meaningless tussle between Big 10 rivals Michigan and Illinois.

    College basketball in the regular season. Wake me when it’s March.

    • shaman138 says:

      I completely agree. I can’t get into college ball until the tournament starts. This time of year is essentially a dead zone for sports with the exception of Pebble Beach and Sharks games. I could care less about pro b-ball until the playoffs start. So, yeah, this time of year is bad, rivaled only by the ultimate dead zone of sports, the MLB sll-star break in July. There is NOTHING going on in the way of sports that week.

    • JDR says:

      Yeah, but any televised PGA tour event is only worth watching for maybe the last hour on the final day. The only reason anyone airs golf on Thursday through Saturday is so people who are laid up sick on the couch have something to help them fall asleep during the day.

      • Chico says:

        Not a huge fan of watching Golf on TV but Charlie Wi, a Cal grad is doing pretty good as of yesterday. The only college Basketball I watch besides March madness is Cal basketball, and even that’s only on occasion.

    • xoot says:

      I’ve been watching the Kentucky Wildcats when they’re on nat’l tv because they are entertaining as hell. I also took in the second half of a Duke/NC game last week, to see what KY’s top competition looks like. I’ll find a Syracuse game to watch for the same reason. I like to head into the March tournament with at least some understanding of the top seeds. The weeks between the SBowl and ST are more enjoyable that way, too.

      Also, if a Cal basketball game happens to be on, I’ll watch parts of it, just to see Gutierrez play. He’s the most tenacious guy I’ve ever seen on a basketball court. Sure hope they make it back to the tournament this year.

  10. Del Mar Dennis says:

    My friend who works for one of the books in Vegas told me that if it weren’t for March Madness and the Super Bowl, the floors in all the hotels that are being built on a daily basis would only go to 30 floors instead of 32.

    Smart guy. You know who else was on point? P.T. Barnum. But I think he had his chronology wrong. It’s every second, not minute.

  11. Del Mar Dennis says:

    JDR, your Avatar. Is that from a 49er t-shirt? “Sons of Harbaugh”
    I like that.

    • Chico says:

      Dennis, have you been watching that new show on HBO called “Luck”? If not, check it out. It’s about what happens around the “track”, i.e. the ponies. Dustin Hoffman is back!

      • Del Mar Dennis says:

        Yeah. I have the latest episode on my DVR to catch up on. It’s not bad. Some of the technical aspects have been off (showed a race where the horses went around the same turn three times) but otherwise it’s alright. The group of the degenerate gamblers is my favorite. I can relate.

    • JDR says:

      Yep. I’ve seen various versions of it in stores around the city, but that was the best one so far.

  12. mailorderwife says:

    RIP Freddie Solomon. Easily one of my favorite 49ers.

    • xoot says:

      Oh, wow! That’s a gut punch. I still remember those sporting green articles about his hands, how he filed the nails sharp.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Yeah, I remember thinking at the time of the trade (for the life of me I can’t remember who the Niners traded for him), what a waste of a great WR. The team was a mess for that 78 season, and it showed on the field. Once Walsh got there, he flourished . . .

  13. You guys have probably seen this already, but what the hell.

  14. Chico says:

    That cannon would make AC/DC proud!

  15. filthychangeup says:

    2012 will be a breakout year for Schierholtz. I don’t buy into the argument that he gets worse the more he plays. The pissing and moaning about the offense from the Giants OF is unwarranted. Cabrera, Pagan, and Schierholtz might not intimidate with their power numbers but they are the perfect type of hitters for AT&T. I’ve always been more into the offense/pitching aspect of baseball more so than the defense but watching Schierhotlz fire off that Howitzer is a very special treat.

    • JDR says:

      I think Nate will have to be viewed a bit like JT Snow in that you have to factor in his defensive contribution when assessing his offense. Snow didn’t produce a ton of runs, but he also took runs off the board every week with his glove. Nate is the same way- he may only hit 15 home runs, but with his defense he could also impact the score as much as a 25-30 HR hitter.

      • filthychangeup says:

        That’s a solid comparison. Schierholtz would be lucky to hit 20 HRs, let alone 30, but if he could posts numbers close to Snow’s career slash line of .268/.357/.427/.784 I would be quite content. He had a couple clutch hits last year including that towering walk-off HR that landed on the roof of the arcade. My buddy and I were watching that game and I ended up having to drive him home before it was over because I had work the next day. Schierholtz hit the HR as I was pulling out of his driveway.

    • xoot says:

      I’ve written about this somewhere before. Nate’s batting numbers nosedive the more ABs he has in a game. I think he jumps on a challenge pitch, but then gets outsmarted next time around. Playing every day will be a test.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Well, Nate certainly gets ice-cold for long stretches. He can’t lay off the back-foot slider. And like you said he gets killed the deeper he goes in counts. He was great coming in as a PH and late inning guy. As they’d try to stretch him out, he’d inevitably fail. He’ll be back to that role if he doesn’t get some cinsistency.

  16. shaman138 says:

    “TommyBooooooooy 11:03 AM on February 14, 2012
    Wow, Yogi has your attention and energy. I think the kid from Walnut Creek WINS!”

    At least he finally admits it. SophBarryKennyHangerYogi sure is a busy boy over there on the Splash.

    • Chico says:

      Is that the condo owner dude?

      • xoot says:

        Yogi/sonofabastard was a splash regular back in the early days, 2007, 2008. He appeared live on a Mick LaSalle podcast and id’d himself as “J__, from Walnut Creek.” Then he bragged on the splash about his condo in WCreek. Who knows. His name may be Bill and he may live in a house in Half Moon Bay. He had at least a dozen screen names, including the various yogis. Since then he says he has become an AA member and a born-again Christian. He shows up now as feliznavydad. He still hates a few of us from the old days, but he’s much mellower these days. I hope he’s not Kenny, although Kenny does seem to know a lot about him.

        • Chico says:

          You know what, come to think of it, I came across one of his posts on a LeSalle blog accusing you, me, JDR, Nipper and many others as being the same person. I just figured it was another troll who has multiple personality disorder thanks to SFGate policies. You see a lot of that bizarre type of behavior on the political stuff, not so much on the sports stuff, but yeah–the dude obviously has mental issues. Thanks for the info Xoot.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    You mean . . . . . . . you AREN’T all one guy???

  18. Chico says:

    RIP Gary Carter. Cancer sucks.

  19. lasttraintoyuma says:

    Finally went ahead and got myself a WordPress account. Testing to make sure my posts are going through…

  20. xoot says:

    How funny is it over on the splash today — mollaise711, kenny and soph/al are all posting for each other under Henry’s old article. The only troll who has found the new article is wbb, and he won’t tell the others about it because he likes being the only troll in town.

    I hope Henry sends some good ST info in on a regular basis. This is going to be a very interesting spring.

    • shaman138 says:

      That just shows you how fucking stupid and self-absorbed they are that they haven’t even been able to find the new article yet and it’s been two days. Kenny was actually blabbing on about how Henry needed to post a new thread hours after he already did. And WBBastard just gets off on being a punk-ass by throwing out insults and then having any comment he wants removed like the shit that he is. Pathetic losers.

      • lasttraintoyuma says:

        Fuck those guys. I don’t spend any time over at the Splash any more, other than to read the new blogs. I’m assuming that if all of us kept this stuff in house at JDR, the trolls wouldn’t know what to do with themselves.

        • JDR says:

          They all lurk here, it’s just that they know better than to try and post anything.

          • Chico says:

            They do read this blog. Kennylittledick has made references to some of the conversations we have had here. Slats (who I don’t mind as much as some would think) has even posted links to this blog but the Gate take takes the link down.

            WBB is gunning for Shaman and Xoot, its obvious… We should be in position to return the favor 😉 I have mentioned in the past that we should abandon the Splash, but many here AND there who have seniority over me (been around the Splash longer than I have) wish to keep it alive, which is something I can respect and is a fight I’m looking forward to. Lets go Giants!

  21. shaman138 says:

    The comments on this story just shows how fucked up the so-called blogs are at sfgate….this is the ultimate testament to the utter craziness of the fuckers that post on the gate. Unbelievable…

    http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2012/02/17/texas-teacher-tells-brat-student-to-“go-back-to-mexico”/

    • Chico says:

      I read that story and I don’t really know what to think (the story is as long as a tweet), but the comments are disgusting.

      MailOrderBride is on a roll over tonight! She’s got the top comment on the NJ SSM story. It doesn’t matter if you agree with her or not, (I do), but her analogy perfect.

      • shaman138 says:

        The story wasn’t relevant…the kid probably was being an obnoxious punk but, uhh, he is an 8th grader…who wasn’t an obnoxious punk when they were that age? The comments and the ensuing thumb spamming just shows how sfgate encourages borderline psycho trolling to take over its blogs because apparently they feel that’s how they can sell ads. The blatant racism is just disgusting. And speaking of the NJ SSM article, that one nut job talking about sperm counts decreasing over homsexuality had me laughing until I literally fell out of my chair…where do these fucking stupid freaks come from???

        • shaman138 says:

          Actually, just re-read nut job’s comments re: NJ SSM….good chance it’s a hanger/yogi/kenny sock puppet. Fucking weirdo. It’s really bizarre but funny in a twisted way.

          • Chico says:

            What username does he go by?

            • Chico says:

              chiperchu.. That was one bat-shit crazy post. Easy to find too.

              • mailorderwife says:

                I found and read that post, which was far too hysterical to be taken seriously. If you’re going to emulate some crazy, one has to be far more convincing. I once attended a church that became fundie Christian, and the mindset there was far more subtle, yet much more terrifying.

        • Chico says:

          They’re fucking wing-nut backwards ass thinking fascist troglodytes. As for the thumbs, they are sent to that site to manipulate the thumb count, and they come from FreedomWorks. If you ever see someone say that ‘this blog has been freeped’, its usually true. They all get an e-mail and they all thumb spam the place. Friend me on the Gate and I’ll send you some links that would shed some light on the situation, and boggle your mind even more. I’m sure there are people here with different political view points which I respect, so I’ll shoot you some of my links privately if you wish. Go Giants!

          • JDR says:

            I’m sure the Chron site is prime territory for that group. Right wingers pop hard-ons at the thought of trolling the site of an SF newspaper. It’s like the lonely septuagenarian dodger fans who think they’re really something because they make the same three stupid jokes on a Giants blog.

  22. xoot says:

    Henry’s first article from AZ on sfgate tonight doesn’t pull any punches. let’s go Giants!

    • shaman138 says:

      There seems to be a mentality that the upcoming season relies entirely on Posey….that if he fails, the whole ship will sink. I just think that’s bullshit…we still have the pitching and the prospects, not to mention Franchez, Sandoval, etc. Wilson should be fine in the long run and we still have Cain, Bumgarner, Vogelsong…

      • xoot says:

        I don’t disagree a bit. Buster is still the big story going into ST, however. Henry’s take is a little melodramatic, but I sort of like the way he threw open the doors on that question and others. I get the feeling Henry is competing to keep a job at the sporting green. His spriing is pretty challenging, too.

  23. mailorderwife says:

    For your morning news, the Eastern Sports Poker Network brings us this teachable moment:

    ESPN wins the most racist headline of the decade contest.

    A post shared by Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) on

  24. Chico says:

    Someone is having A LOT of comments removed over there.

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