Welcome to baseball season, 2014 SF Giants style!

We’ve already had our first home run, a loss, some excitement, watched Morse get robbed of a homer and had Twitter spams for #FaceOfMLB.  Welcome to 2014 baseball!

To be honest, I’ve not paid much attention due to the accumulation of important life events such as cooking, cleaning, watching videos of Ben L’Oncle Soul and skiing through the penalty phase of the biathlon run.  With all the saber metrics, velocities, experimentation with new pitches and metronomes, the only thing that matters is winning and beating the creepy crawlers in blue that have decided to charge extra for the privilege of watching Yasiel Puig eat 250000 bundt cakes.  No thank you.

Play ball, new thread!

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About annapirhana

Writer, former KUSF DJ and fan of the SF Giants/SJ Sharks/Great America 49ers. Love quality films, though I don't take things too seriously. If I told you what I do for a living, I'd have to tickle you.
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370 Responses to Welcome to baseball season, 2014 SF Giants style!

  1. Chico says:

    Nice blog post! And good call on the cable thing..

    Matt Kemp MRI on ankle tomorrow… Belt will be our best hitter this year (prediction)..

    • annapirhana says:

      Wow…Kemp injured again?!

      I hope the Belt thing is true. I like him tons. He and Kontos are pretty active and silly on Twitter during the season. Way more charming than Brandon Crawford, although I suppose these factors mean nothing. hehe

      • sandy32koufax says:

        ApA, you KNOW you adore the Blues and especially El Brazo in RF

        Last October the news on Kemp’s injury was that it was potentially career threatening…that may yet come to pass, sadly. Hernandez sez we may know by tomorrow IF he’s going to begin low impact workouts.

        Jenk’s has a decent story on the gate today re LA and their chances at a repeat as NL West champs. Ya, Belt will be good but not better than Pence or Pandoval (prediction).

      • sandy32koufax says:

        I meant to say this first post to you, Beautiful…COOL and THANKS for the KSFO old school jints song! That used be how you the game was coming on, even on KTVU…

  2. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    What a fittingly spirited way to officially begin a new season of Giants baseball, APA! I’m pulling for Crawford’s batting average to rise by 40 points (.280 or better). I believe / know he’s fully capable of it … just so long as he doesn’t do something ‘dumb’ like slide headfirst into second with outstretched hands, wrists, arms.

  3. shaman138 says:

    With the start of 2014 baseball, the A’sshole trolls have arrived in force. There’s something about watching the Giants win 2 championships in 3 years while their team continually flops in the ALDS (single-handedly eliminated by the same pitcher two years in a row) that just gets those losers to froth at the mouth. There’s plenty of good A’s fans I know who attend games, get behind the team, and are okay with the Giants. It’s the sad cadre of “fans” who don’t bother to go to games but have all the time in the world to pester Giants fans that are truly sad and pathetic.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      OR…they’re just internet trolls that get their jollies being asshats at the Splash?

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        One observable irony seems to be a constant with the Splash trolls: They continue to blog unabated and at will while sfdf, chico, and others see their own comments ‘disabled’ by way of provoked by reasoned retaliation. V-moderation is without a moral Giants fan compass.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Screw those guys, shoeless…whether it’s one or ten people, they suck for playing that chickenshit game…and I dig you peeps (in spite of your G-love) but please don’t call me a G-fan 🙂 it burns

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            The fact that V moderation is without a Giants fan moral compass, does in no way ‘impugn’ you to be included as a Giants fan … but I can see how confusing this must be for the one Dodger fan who hangs with the Giants, and who comes across more as a Giants fan than some who claim Giants fan ‘status’ all the while ripping the team for not spending like some LAD Billionaire’s Club …. 😉

  4. xoot says:

    http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=489126#gameType=%27S%27

    Minicozzi’s tale is unbelievable. How the hell did he stick it out, battle back? (Baggerly has the full story.) How the hell does a game engender such passion? I would love to see this guy in a mlb game.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Wow. After reading Minicozzi’s story, I’m a fan. I’m pulling for him to make the team somehow someway. His story reminds me a little bit of Vogey’s story, except that Minicozzi’s is a far more circuitous and difficult ‘2nd chance’ kind of story. Giants ownership periodically continues to find these hard luck ‘stories’ and they often produce dividends for the individual and the team. Inspired read, xoot.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Yam I don’t care to see good stuff happen for the jints but this guys desire and will are amazing. IDK if it’s like Baggs sez, proving it to himself or what but ya, very cool that he’s both that good after all the shit his baody’s been through and has another shot to make it to the Bigs. Great share xoot, thanks.

  5. annapirhana says:

    It’s that time of year again!!!!
    If you’re interested in some free tickets, please email me your preferences as to game days (M-S) and daytime or evening. The seats are still the same!!

  6. xoot says:

    Hudson backs off covering 1B once, but then gets over there to finish a 3-6-1 DP. His ankle and his confidence got tested twice in the inning. Inevitable, I guess. He threw a lot of strikes, too. Very nice start in his Giants uniform.

  7. annapirhana says:

    Don’t like Mondays? Try this out for a good laugh. Found this on my Facebook newsfeed, posted by someone from my old high school: You can see socialism from space.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Another form of a dumbed-down anti-socialism mini-rant. As if North Korea is representative of a “socialist” form of government. I just assumed it was obvious that it was more a militaristically top heavy dictatorial system of government.

      On the other, check out more socialist governments enjoying considerably more success, higher standard of living, health care, and education, and consider viewing Sweden from outer space … which is where anti-socialist conservatives should consider moving to … outer space (where – in a vacuum – no one can hear a tedcruz-rant or a rushlimbaugh anti-12YearsASlave scream)

  8. Chico says:

    Anyone else having this problem? I can post on the Splash but not articles or news stories. Can anyone try it out? Post on the Splash and then post on a news story? Let me know how it goes, please.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Yeah, ditto (The entire comment sections to SFGate pages appear to have been “comment disabled”! Viafoura remains a day to day nonsensical crap-shoot. Unfortunately, there seems to be no end in sight as the regular season nears.

    • annapirhana says:

      Well, I broke my rule just for you. Posted fine on both, although I am embarrassed to add that I did post on the Oscars party with Kim Kardashian. Easy click and all.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Agreed … it’s back to working as far I went later this early afternoon (but it was just as Chico described earlier … 😦 )

      • annapirhana says:

        Well, as long as no one but myself can post on the Splash, I had some fun for your sake.

        • Chico says:

          I can post on the Splash but that’s it.. WTF?

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            For the moment, I’m able to access all the SFGiant comment pages as well as Mick LaSalle’s movie pages … but, last night I couldn’t. It’s a hit or miss problem. Today, I could add a “like” to a number of the Splash posts I read, but when it came to MOW’s post, ‘for the life of me’, I couldn’t register a “like” … Then I went back to the same Splash page and was finally able to register an official ‘like’ for MOW’s post. The SFGate experience is a random exercise in pass and fail.

  9. annapirhana says:

    So now that I’ve spent some time on the Splash today, I’ve noticed the various links below the articles. They all point to sub-articles about MEET SO AND SO’S GIRLFRIEND or THE TEN HOTTEST WAGS IN SPORTS…or something of this nature. So of course, I peruse through this stuff, and it all makes it difficult for me to take any of these dudes seriously. I’ve done lots of work for Playboy and Playboy Lingerie, with tons of bikini models and even a popular 90s TV show dealing with girls in swimsuits. Lovely girls, really…but you know what they say about “…box of rocks…” I mean, my job was to create a personality for them. What does that tell you?

    Seriously…if you have a giant contract and want to lose money fast, why not buy an expensive car or gamble or throw it down a stairwell? At least you’ll reduce the possibility of becoming a father to a small mini-nation of children with different baby mamas.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      You’re right about the expensive car: at least it has trade-in value.

      As for the poor, beleaguered father to The Mini-Nation of Too Many Children … it’s not as if there are just too many adults today, living in the lap of luxury, and leading lives of unrepressed joy ….

  10. xoot says:

    according to twitterings, sfgiants.com will have today’s game streaming live AND Minicozzi will start at 1B.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Thanks for the heads-up xoot. I haven’t been to the MLB SFGiants pages yet this year. Checking it out right now ….

    • xoot says:

      well, i guess it wasn’t streaming free of cost–but the gameday graphics, rusty as always in St, were still fun to follow.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        I really ‘hate’ MLB’s arcane blackout policy. 😦

      • annapirhana says:

        I used to let multiple people use my MLB TV account. However I heard that since last year, MLB just decides to bill people for the extra cost of having people use your account…per person :<

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      ” Last year, 8.3% of remote plays were converted into outs. Digging deeper, 6.0% of remote plays were converted into outs by shortstops. Last season, there were 31 players who converted exactly two remote plays. There were six more players who converted exactly three. Aaron Hicks converted four. Brandon Crawford converted five.”

      Gotta love the fact he’s a Giant. I swear [this space left intentionally to the imagination] that if Brandon’s bat hits .270 or better, his glove will dominate all the more – The time is right for Brandon to earn a gold glove in a still young career.

  11. xoot says:

    http://deadspin.com/joe-maddon-is-already-hard-at-work-exploiting-mlbs-rep-1538577969

    Interesting article. I think extended replay is going to mess up the game quite a bit.

    But the Giants are on tv tomorrow. So everything’s ok.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      A good link. There are several articles, one clearly showing favor: http://deadspin.com/this-is-what-mlb-instant-replay-will-look-like-1535461057

      As for Joe Maddon planning on exploiting any and every possible loophole he can find … let’s hope he starts asap, because I believe expanded replay is 1) long overdue 2) will, I believe, invite further interest by younger viewers (wherein the future of the game lies).

      Given a maximum possibility of 3 challenges during any game (including extra innings), I believe there is still time to work out any ambiguous / flawed instructions governing replay rules. But, hey, that’s just where I stand on a lot of new ideas worthy of consideration – IOW’s, without ‘trying’ how will we ever know?

      • xoot says:

        I explained my Luddite view over on the splash. I understand and respect the true baseball fans who hope extended replay will improve, not harm, the game. But some fans liked the technological promise of domes and smooth plastic grass at one point, too. I foresee players, especially pitchers, creating delay after close plays while their managers (and video mavens) decide whether to challenge. I foresee umps making ludicrous decisions about where to reset runners after the big ump in NY overturns out calls. I guess I also hope I’m wrong, but . . . .

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          If you are proved right, then the solutions will either become manifest … or just go back to ‘the good ole days’. Either way, I support the intent to take some of the arbitrary nature out of a particular umpire, perhaps, having an especially bad day, and as a result punishing the team(s) on the field. Instant replay in professional tennis was a long time coming, but, John McEnroe has to be given credit for ultimately contributing positively to a more assured level playing field – where poor officiating is mitigated.

          • xoot says:

            There’ll be no going back. Technology may improve enough to fix some of the problems that develop, just as improved irrigation, drainage and replaceable wonder grass wiped out mlb astroturf (except in Toronto and Tampa Bay). (Remember how brown and worn fields used to get before the hydro- and bio-engineering advances?) But I think something fundamental in the game will change, as with the DH.

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              The delay tactic fail utterly in pro tennis, because the decision to challenge any call must take place with virtually no allowance for hesitation. The fact this may appear at first to be a problem for MLB’s expanded replay rules – and makes Joe Maddon think to game / exploit a rules loophole could find a necessary rules revision to prevent such an obvious counter tactic. But, let’s face it. MLB has a long, proud, and fan-honored tradition of proving exceedingly cautious when it comes to implementing any changes. If MLB really believes in a replay system designed to take some of the arbitrary play calling out of the game – and without undo delay and lengthening of the game – then I can easily see it not only happening, but succeeding to the point that understandable doubters will actually come around too. IOW’s, “Where there is the will, there’s always a way”.

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              Yes, I am still no fan of the DH. 😦

            • annapirhana says:

              I am sort of with you on this whole thing, Xoot. And to be honest, replays are still blown. We see this in football and hockey. Most recently, Logan Couture of the Sharks would have had a hat trick as the instant replay CLEARLY showed the puck going into the net. The replay? Still called a no goal. If you’re going to have the tool, use it properly. If not, discard it. It’s a bigger mess knowing that perfection is available, but it still has to be filtered through fallible judgment.

              • shoelessinbearvalley says:

                Being such a big tennis fan and seeing how frame to frame slow mo proves incredibly efficient (even though Federer still doesn’t like the replay system … which has to count for something too), I’m thinking the blown calls at 1st base could almost be a thing of the past. OTOH, as xoot points out it could be a case of “one step forward … and two steps backward,” but I hope not.

        • xoot says:

          My god how nice is it to be able to discuss these things, even when we disagree, with thoughtful, intelligent, articulate and likeable Giants fans? Well, baseball fans, too, if Sandy wants to weigh in.

          Think I’ll head over to the splash and flag some of the trolls.

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            I agree. Sandy’s take on instant replay would prove more baseball specific – like yours – than my own pro tennis replay bias (which works so efficiently, because the ball is either “in” or “out – with the assist of the zoom lens). Even as Joe Maddon properly thinks to exploit every “nuance” of the new replay rules, I’m hoping it not only works for the teams on the field, but for the fans in the stands and watching from their couches. Joe Maddon withstanding, the biggest hurdle – to my mind – is keeping all replay delays to an absolute minimum. Of course, once Joe Maddon runs out of his replay options, he is still free to try the swearing up and down while tossing dirt in the general direction of the umpire’s shins tactic … which ‘sometimes’ still never works. 🙂

            • sandy32koufax says:

              Here’s my biased, unscientific POV. High tech needs to be taken 100% out of sports unless it’s a finish line. From Archery to Zorbing, most sports do not see a net gain with instant replay. That’s why officials exist in every sport, to judge them.

              It won’t be baseball with instant replay. Hey, sorry Galarraga got robbed. Hey, sorry so many bad calls are made every year. That’s baseball. Everyone clamoring for “perfection” on general calls in the field or demanding a standardized strike zone? That has never existed and has always been a part of the charm. This will add time to games and sterilize the game to a degree, imo. I have never wanted the DH in either league but like Chuck, Twin and Xoot have pointed out, it’s really just a matter of time until the NL goes whore (paraphrasing 🙂 ) too.

              No one wants an umps bad call(s) deciding games but haven’t they always done just that? Annapirhana makes the argument that proves how replay will always be suspect another, and I agree. As a Ray-duhs fan, the “Tuck Rule” should never have come about. Replay proved Brady’s arm was moving back, then settled into a non-throwing position, instead of moving forward, but the play was blown. An obvious fumble was ruled an incomplete pass. WTF, and a new rule was made to accommodate the NFL and it’s love for a system that gets it wrong as often as not.

              Xoot’s right, we are now stuck with IR. It will never go away because money does talk and trust this, at some level, money is the driver for the implementation of instant replay. It is NOT for the purpose of “getting it right.” Pro leagues, hell, the NCAA, rarely do anything, anymore, for the purpose of actually improving the quality of their respective sport. Look no further than this lame new rule re catchers and base runners for proof. Part of that is in response to a Posey getting drilled and protecting him The real driver is the money/PR aspect in today’s game. Was Cousins a complete dickhead for drilling Buster? Yes, so was Rose w/Fosse. This rule is BS though, even Flannery says that.

              Kersh just threw the top of the first as I write this and LA is coming to bat. Both of our teams got spanked by split-squad Mariners teams yesterday while LA had another SS game, a tie, with Tejas…

              • annapirhana says:

                Nice arguments, everyone! I especially like the argument that IR should only come to play in close finishes. One of the Olympic biathlon races was decided this way, with the winner finishing ahead of the 2nd place guy (Martin Fourcade) by the length of a peanut. Brilliant use of the technology.

                The rest just seems to be a mind numbing waste of time. The NFL replay system with the throwing of a stupid flag and the possibility of losing a time out, with it not being used at certain points in the game and only allowing a certain amount of IR makes no sense to me. Myopic judging exists on the field as well in the IR booth.

                The beauty of baseball was the satisfaction in knowing that the game on the field was the thing, through good calls and bad. With 162 (or is it more) games a year, how possible is it that 1/2 those games are decided by a bad call? 1/4? 1/8? 1-5?

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Less still. Umps, refs, judges DO decide outcomes…that’s their job. Bad calls are, in the main, less far less frequent than usual. This tech-ref stuff is outta control, imo.

  12. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    FYI, this is something completely new to me: I’ve been flagging every post of Mollie and alliemeadws over at the Splash / SFGate Giants comment pages. Maybe, I’ve lost my senses, but what if all of us here simply agreed to flag every Mollie/Alliemeadws post? This might, of course, drive Viafoura mod(s) loco, or it could actually prompt their attention to these two trolls, clearly abusing the comment rule guidelines. Anyway, this has been a new ‘strategy’ of mine since yesterday. Ignore it unless you think there might be some merit to all of us joining in to flag-them-at-will and without deference.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Apparently, no one else is thinking to “flag” these trolls … until Viafoura wakes up to the fact they’re “trolls” up to no good? I guess I’ll just continue to try this tact until I … get bored with the whole thing of watching us feed the trolls (Last year, I just simply used the “Ignore” toggle … but, then again, the A’s trolls basically ran amok with impunity on the Splash pages.)

      • xoot says:

        I’m in, too. Let’s see what happens.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          That’s great xoot … the more flags coming from more of us, the better, I’m thinking. The fact allie and mollie are now posting and cheering each other on as ‘troll-mates’ conceivably makes them both more vulnerable to being flagged together. Here’s hoping they might be gone by the end of the coming week. (not sure what to do next if they aren’t, but no need to go there for now)

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        cool! 🙂 “Flag at will!”

        • annapirhana says:

          Just to be clear, I just hit the FLAG button, right? Should I do anything else?

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            That’s it! (and hope Viafoura fries their alias asses! :)). Incidentally, I noticed “scottcousins” is back (xoot and others here can, I believe, link him all the way back to yet another barry4ever incarnation). I suggest focusing strictly on “alliemeadws” and “mollie” by flagging them whenever they post, treating scottcousins as business as usual for now. If Viafoura does ban mollie and/or alliemeadws, we could then focus our “flags” on scottcousins too … or that’s what I’m planning to do.

            Meanwhile “colmacolm” and “glib” (A’s trolls) … there are just too many to scatter our flags all over the place, so again, I’d suggest just flagging, say, two at a time: hence, mollie and alliemeadws for now. Here’s hoping they might be gone from the Splash pages by the end of the week 🙂 … alas, only to reappear in some other guise … but, it’s still a victory of sorts to close out their current, chosen alias.

            • annapirhana says:

              I figured that Scottcousins might have been a Barry4ever clone. Away from the board 2 years and that guy still sticks to one pattern.

              • shoelessinbearvalley says:

                Yeah, his word-play shtick (e.g., “Trashikawa,” “The Poser,” etc.) is a sure giveaway. “Datswhatsup” has this more or less pegged, and can I believe now handle him singlehandedly. 😉 While his alias choices of “scottcousins” and “flablo” are slightly more out of character from his earlier – more coy – choices like Gnatsrock, barry4ever, etc.. (internet ‘chat’ makes it hard to read / discern “sarcasm” … which may explain only in part how / why he survived so many years, trolling under the sleepy SFGate mods.

                • Chico says:

                  And I’m stuck to commenting on blog format only stuff.. I like to talk politics. Oh well, their loss.

    • annapirhana says:

      Pretty interesting article. This is only a USA thing? I know that athletes from other countries are funded via taxes, unlike the USA where athletes pretty much exist on sponsorship.

      I think the associations are just as culpable as the sponsors, tbh. For a glaring example of this, you only need to look at the US Figure Skating Association. Mirai Nagasu finished 3rd in the US Championships, which would have insured her that coveted 3rd spot on the Olympic team. Instead, the USFSA decided to send the 4th place finisher because of her “…body of work…” What they also failed to disclose was that the 4th place finisher, Ashley Wagner, had already filmed commercials for VISA, P&G and other products as the face of US figure skating for the Olympics. Wagner had to go to the Olympics, and her only contribution to that effort was to fall throughout her long program. As to the “…body of work…” argument, that doesn’t work in international skating, which is why Michelle Kwan doesn’t have a gold medal while other, lesser known skaters do.

  13. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Chico, FWIW, I tinkered with my Windows 7 default “Security” settings and by disabling / enabling various “binary and script behaviors,” script active x routines, etc., I was ‘successful’ in making all of Viafoura’s comment pages completely vanish (because script dependent) along with all the annoying auto-play video advertisements (disabling the video is what prompted me to try this in the first place) on the SFGate pages.

    As a possible experiment, maybe you could access your Security settings (via Internet Explorer’s “Tools” menu option > “Internet Options” > “Security” tab, then click on the “Custom Level” button and “Reset” your Security settings to “Medium” and/or “Medium-High” (which is the default setting). If this doesn’t work then there’s some other damn incompatibility issue with Viafoura, challenging rational explanation. Incidentally, after my own tinkering with the security settings, I reset mine to the Medium-High default and for the moment, other than the “Like” command still hanging / not registering from time to time, Viafoura seems to be cooperating – but this really is not reassuring, because all my own issues with V came about when I was *not* tinkering with a damn thing. 😦

    • Chico says:

      I used a different log in name (my original account) that I retired some years back and it works fine on SFGate.. My chico acct, no such luck.. Either I have been put on probation for reasons I’m not aware of, or there is a glitch in their system.

      Thanks for the advice shoeless.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        I can’t seem to comment on anything but blogs any longer myself. IDK why, but there it is. I’m not going to disable shit in my browser just to be able to either. Fuck sfgate and it’s worthless software and horrible “news feed.”

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          lol … that’s probably the best solution I’ve encountered yet to Viafoura’s “chitty” software.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            I’ve cleared cookies, rebooted, etc. and cannot post anywhere or use the flags/like clicks at that site.

            • sandy32koufax says:

              As soon as I wrote this, I went to the Splash…wrote something I didn’t really care to…and it was posted. Fricking viascrewa

              • shoelessinbearvalley says:

                Yeah, when I attempted to post up yesterday, Viafoura posted my post with a duplicate “reply” of the same post – that’s never happened to me before. If this ever happened with the old software (which it didn’t), at least we had the power to delete any duplicate post.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  We’ve got bupkiss over there now. Hey, have you gotten any snow during the past few days?

  14. xoot says:

    This is an interesting perspective on the A-Rod case. You’ll recall that mlb sued Biogenesis in Florida to obtain evidence against the juicers the clinic supplied. mlb apparently paid for cooperative testimony–in violation of the laws governing the conduct of lawyers in NY (where the A-Rod arbitration took place). So mlb is exempt from the antitrust laws and from various ethical codes and statutes too? On the other hand, the infamous congressional hearings did sort of send a message that mlb should use all means necessary to eradicate PEDs. Funny how the rules bend.

    http://sports-law.blogspot.com/2014/03/postscript-ends-do-not-justify-means-in.html

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I’ve never understood how different jurisdictions ‘codes of ethics’ are arrived at nor how it is that the governing bodies which enforce them are so relatively slow in acting to rule/enforce violations. Either way, Johnson makes a great point-justice wasn’t done, legally, and what happens (anything?) to the parties which enabled/allowed the ethical abuses to take place? And why the hell didn’t Arod’s bazillion$ defense team make issue of this in some other legal venue before any rulings were issued?

      • xoot says:

        The union probably had the best chance to intervene in the Florida case, to protect all of the players mlb went after. A-Rod’s lawyers no doubt tried to impugn the devastating evidence mlb brought to the arbitration, but the rules of evidence are often lax in arbitration and arbitrators’ rulings generally aren’t reviewable. That sort of left A-Rod with nothing but a claim against the union for breaching its fiduciary duty to him because it did not stand up for his individual right to lie and cheat and use PEDs. He filed such a lawsuit, immediately after the arbitration decision, but then dismissed it. I can see why.

        mlb played a good chess game, although the guns they aimed at all opponents’ heads before any adverse move probably helped a bit.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          So you’re basically saying that MLB’s unethical, possibly illegal, acts will probably have no negative impact on the organization? That’s me defending Arod, its an indictment of the way arbitration and “business” are conducted.

          No wonder this country is so screwed up.

  15. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    FYI flag update … I’ve already lost patience with my own plan to just flag Mollie and Alliemeadws for now … this morning I found it simply irresistible to flag every scottcousins post in sight too. 🙂 Will do this through this coming week to see if anything good comes of it.

  16. annapirhana says:

    These trolls on the Splash are keeping me a-busy!

    I’m excited that Barry is coming by as a hitting instructor. I’ve always loved him and his daddy.

  17. sandy32koufax says:

    6.9 earthquake off of Eureka!

  18. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    No Tsunami warning … at least not yet.

  19. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Even if Scutaro is slow out of the gates this year, there’s considerable buzz about yet another Brandon … Brandon Hicks. And Adrianza too. Giants infield is shaping up to be deeper and more potent than last year’s misery.

  20. Chico says:

    I’ll be at Davies symphony hall tonight with Jack Nicholson, Renée Zellweger, Danny DeVito, and Annette Bening… I’ll try to get some photos but I’m no VIP..

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Chico, I had no idea of Lou Adler’s link to Britt Ekland (The Wicker Man, 1973). But, of course, I see he is also linked with Nicholson, both being rabidly misguided Laker fans.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Fun! As a VIP (Very Invisible Person) myself, I still regret to this day not buying tickets to go see Sharapova, Federer, Nadal, and Serena Williams put on a live tennis exhibition back in Eugene. The exhibition was being put on inside the Ducks new basketball facility, but I just didn’t see how that would work out for tennis. Apparently, it did, given some kind of state-of-the-art portable tennis surface that was brought in. And the write-up in the paper made me regret not going to see these modern day tennis celebs. 😦 (I intend to make up for this miscalculation, by going to Indian Wells – hopefully next year – to see at least a day at one of the bigger tournaments outside the 4 Majors.)

      Anyway, seeing celebrities live – I mean seeing Jack Nicholson actually survived his lobotomy back in the Cuckoo’s Nest, and walking about and breathing just like the rest of us – should be a thrilling kick. While Bening is a special beauty; Zellweger had me at “hello,” and DeVito was perfectly cast as The Penguin …. 🙂

      • xoot says:

        I think DeVito’s turn as a divorce lawyer in The War of the Roses is a sadly neglected tour de force. Well, maybe just a good job, but he directed that movie, too. Jack N. connection: Much earlier, DeVito was one of the loonies in the movie version of Cuckoo’s Nest. “Doctor Martini.”

      • annapirhana says:

        I sat next to close to Jack Nicholson at the MLB All-Star game in Oaktown. Was a very nice guy. I think my favorite story about Nicholson involved his neighbor, Marlon Brando. I guess it was Brando’s 70th birthday, and he was pissed because Nicholson had ordered an ice cream truck for him. Or something like that. Probably just ruined it.

        Did some work on “Matilda,” and DeVito and his wife were very sweet.

        I also worked for an attorney who acted like Danny DeVito’s character in “Taxi”, down to the suit and vest. He was a crazy attorney that was brutal to work for, and he wasn’t too happy when the other people in the firm chipped in to name a cockroach after him at the SF Zoo. He never thanked us.

    • annapirhana says:

      What is this event for?

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Christopher Lloyd from waaaay back. Crazy. The dude with the saggy eyes also was good in Fast Times. . .

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I was doing the remodel of “The Polo Lounge” in the 80’s and met Exidor from Mork and Mindy, played by Bob Donner, at break time. He came by, off and on, for the duration of the job and was funny but UBER weird…

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Very cool! Unlike all of you, I never met anyone famous other than the local news celebrity back in Eugene, shopping at the local Safeway market … just like other real people I come in contact with on occasion and when I least expect it.

        Nonetheless, I too would have liked to meet Exidor, or as the dying people of Metaluna called him, “Exeter” – you know, the brainiac guy from This Island Earth, wielding a rather hefty, high forehead, doubtless containing all the answers to the timeless mysteries of the universe … except for how to make peace with their warring neighbors, the Zagons …. Other than that, celebrities must on occasion prize and cherish their privacy, assuming they likely never get enough, because they sort of live a kind of catch-22.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          LOL, you do know some arcane shit. I wonder how many “B” movies of the horror genre were made in the 50’s? And you pull that one outta your tuchas! You live in certain areas, you’ll meet people that live there, ya?

          You’re a funny guy, shoeless…

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            My father, rest his merrier soul, made me try and smile even as Washington burns and Boehner fiddles with his you-know-what.

  22. annapirhana says:

    Here is a blog entry of mine that might interest some of you as it is an homage to Big Time Wrestling, that wonderful sport offered by Channel 2 on Saturdays: Gimme that Big Time Wrestling.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      What a great bunch of special people, serving a greater cause. Celebrities often do more than work for money. They earn their keep.

  23. Chico says:

    Well, if you could see my hand. . Some guy outside of a bar in Hayes valley had an SS tattoo on his neck. I walked by and said ‘nice tat’ in a sarcastic way.. He threw a punch, I ducked, and hit him so fucking hard that he was snoring and moaning in some bushes. Ambulance was called. My friends got me the hell out of there and back to the hotel. Some of his friends showed up after, according to a friend and asked who I was.. My buddy told them I was from Modesto.. So, these white power punks are looking for a guy from Modesto.. Crazy fucking night.

    • annapirhana says:

      Wow…I remember reading how there were two white separatist groups in San Francisco, which seems so bizarre to me. I’m sorry to hear about your hand, but that’s our Chico, the guy with a conscience who stands up for justice and goodness. I am very proud of you and hope that those SS folks are out spinning their motorbikes out there in
      Modesto. Perhaps their tires can flatten somewhere near a gang of Nortenos. Who knows?

      I remember back in the day when preppie guys and jocks would come by and beat up our punk musicians and friends. Of course, the punks were too wussy to join in so we girls would try. This is why Chico is pretty amazing :>

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Dag nab it, Chico! You promised us you’d try to avoid “intense situations!” Instead, and more like Emilio Estevez’s Repo Man mentor, Harry Dean Stanton, you look to get into or create intense situations … I suppose just for the heck of it. But, man, remember you have a wife and kids and despite how you might personally feel, you have a higher responsibility … to stay healthy and fit as a fiddle so you can root the Giants on into the 2014 post season. Now promise me, you won’t change jobs and join Stanton’s gang of repo marauders! (Take care of yourself, eh?!) Seriously. You may need / want that hand for screwing in a light bulb or turning the crank on your single propeller, experimental bi-plane sitting in the garage.

  24. Chico says:

    And then my buddy’s grandma passes away.. This day has to end.

  25. annapirhana says:

    No more Donte Hitner …

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      I’ll get back to you … (I have to do a quick google search due to ignorance beyond my past control, I suppose)

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Okay. I get it. 🙂 Whitner’s decided to stick with the moniker that already brung him this fur in life. I’m only guessing, but maybe, he got tired of seeing his name so often misspelled as “Hitner” that he said, “Fhuck it! I may as whell change my nhame to something everyone can spelle without whaving to thry”

  26. shaman138 says:

    Another intense day in the city. With the grotesque income inequality, idiotic local politics, transportation problems, and throngs of douchebag transplants, among other things, SF is turning into one fuck of a stressful town to live in. Add a five alarm fire and a Bart shutdown during rush hour and things start to feel pretty damn chaotic.

    And now there’s actually white supremacy punks roaming the bar scene along with the dipshit techies and hipsters? I think it’s time for a vacation and/or baseball.

    • annapirhana says:

      The one thing I dislike looking at is throngs of people, sitting in a coffee house or cafe, having a meaningful relationship with their computer. Or groups of people who halt their conversations, if any were to exist, to stare at their cell phone. The art of socialization has been bastardized, which is the only explanation I have for the throngs of mannerless assholes I encounter in San Francisco. You know, the ones who race past you to get a seat or tell you that you can’t borrow a chair because it’s taken — by no one.

      This is a techno calling card. The self-centered, self-important geek.

      I do miss working in the Financial District, though. I had a great time 🙂 I know that lawyers get a bad rap, and I worked for lawyers, but at least they (or most of them) have manners. I did have a lawyer friend who used to wipe his lips with a paper bag. At least that is more endearing. And he was a local guy.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Jaggoffs. For a variety of reasons, their lack of social grace due to putermania being just one of my pet peeves about them. Their sense of entitlement pisses me off more than anything…like THEY made a restaurant or a bar popular and then take it over for a week or three then move on…after leaving a wake of bad-will toward their kind.

        I know how bigoted that sounds and IDC. Infantile little fucks

  27. Chico says:

    Yeah, it was surreal. After the event we decided to go bar hopping. I’ve known guys with stupid tats like that and never really said anything. I’ve surfed with dudes in SoCal with swastika tats, never said anything. Just minded my own business. As I walked passed him I felt the need to say something (the alcohol helped), and when he turned and said ‘what’ (as he put on his fighting pose), I said ‘what’ back. He threw a haymaker that I somehow saw coming from a mile away that missed, and I countered with a shot so clean to the jaw it would make Tommy Hears proud. Right when I connected the whole block let out a resounding ‘OOOOOHHHHHH’ Reminded me of my days at ‘the wall’ (y’all know where I live). I’m paying for it though. My fist feels like it went through a meat grinder as I failed to clench it properly in the heat of the moment.

    And I’m really happy it turned out the way it did. It could have been a lot worse (like his head hitting the concrete instead of some bushes). I’m not proud of it, just thought I’d share it.

  28. Chico says:

    My buddy Steve is at the game.. Says Timmy looked REALLY good.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    All the starters not named Vogie have done real well . . . I wonder if Petit gets his shot at the 5 earlier than expected.

    • annapirhana says:

      I haven’t been keeping up. Hope Vogey improves.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      I thought Vogelsong did fine on his first ST outing – two shutout innings (88-89-90 fastballs). But, yes, his second outing – 4 runs in the first not good – but I don’t know if he was experimenting with other pitches … it is still not quite half way through ST.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        That’s four earned runs (vs Mariners). Not sure if Vogey has pitched since? Meanwhile, didn’t Hudson struggle too in his second outing the other day?

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Romo’s getting lit up as well. He’s not throwing the slider though. He’s trying something else easier on the arm.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Yeah, so far Romo’s experiment to improve his heretofore non-existent change-up is not faring too well. I’m not sure this bodes well for the experiment, since he’s had almost five months off before ST to get it together, assuming it ever was a viable option in the first place. (I still miss a healthy Brian Wilson … but, he’s just more water as well as a whole bunch of unsightly tattoos under the bridge at this point.)

    • xoot says:

      Schulman reported that Romo’s still throwing his slider in the pen. If he learns a change, wtf? Keep em guessing.

  31. sandy32koufax says:

    Now there’s no Scoots too…is Adrianza ready?

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      “No Scooter Bodes ill For MO-PED Industries”

      I like Adrianza, but will have to beat out Abreu, who has 2013 experience.

      (Sheesh, Giants last most promising 2nd baseman acuqisition, Freddy Sanchez last for one good year before going down for the count with a dislocated shoulder. Now today’s read on Marco makes it sound more like wishful thinking that his back will bounce back into shape. A healthy Scutaro sure had a promising ring to it in 2014.)

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Editor’s note: “Acuqistion” is in no way intended to be confused with the heretofore Spanish Acuqistion ….

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Ya, that’s the shits fo you guys. I thot Adrianza was getting along pretty well and Ab would be looking up. What do I know, I dont follow the jints that closely 🙂

          Funny stuff on the cleanup…

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            Well, you could still be right about Adrianza, assuming he keeps hitting the ball as well as he has. (Honestly, so many of these early ST games covered at SFGate lack even Box scores, let alone Recap, etc..) Yes, yesterday’s game had the box scoring, and today’s game even added the Recap for the first time, I think. It looks as if SFGate is only now beginning to take its own coverage of these games a bit in keeping with the regular season, even as they gear up their Splash pages for a season full of A’s trolls and that guy from the Phillies guy, whose avatar looks like he was born and raised in some Ozark’s meth lab right out of “Winters Bone”. 😉

            • sandy32koufax says:

              Hit MLB.COM or espn for your box scores they usually more complete than what we see on sfgate. I never saw that flick. Any good?

              • shoelessinbearvalley says:

                Thanks for the tip. I admit I got so ‘spoiled’ having this provided by SFGate ….

                Winter’s Bone – The breakout film for previously unknown (at least I didn’t know her) Jennifer Lawrence. But, it’s a mystery, a thriller, well-paced, and a bit of a scary peek into middle America’s redneck / “white trash” (sorry for this, lacking a more judicious description) social order and disorder. Effectively – if starkly – photographed. Recommended.

    • annapirhana says:

      I’ll stick to KNBR broadcasts, which I can get through the MLB network. I also have MLB Ticket via Direct TV, but I wonder if the Dodgers won’t be appearing on that? Most notably, I understand that local KCAL will no longer carry Dodger broadcasts. Do they understand that their most loyal fan base has been the hispanic community down South?

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        “You might need your Dodgers. You might demand your Dodgers.” … Okay, our good man Sandy, notwithstanding, I almost threw up a little bit in my throat over that … personally, I could stand to wait another “three to five” millenniums before Dodger fans get their vomitus SportsNet LA programming up and running. 😉

        • annapirhana says:

          No one wants them that much. I like the idea that people will just view pirated streams. GO GO GO! I guess this is why the rich get richer, and I’m not.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            Glad I don’t live in LA for even more reasons now…and YA! We DO want em “that much!”

            • annapirhana says:

              No, you don’t. You’re a closet Giants fan.

              • sandy32koufax says:

                No, THIS is a closeted jints fan:

                • annapirhana says:

                  He lives in LA. Bandwagon guy. Dodger fan for life.

                  BTW…do you know that there are a ton of people who upload videos of themselves eating ghost chili peppers and the scorpion one?

                • shoelessinbearvalley says:

                  Yikes! Bieber in a Dodger Blue uni … somehow it still doesn’t make him look any smarter.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  You LOVE the Bieb, ;=)

                  HAH! What boobs…a buddy of mine intro’d me to Scorp1, serious shit! But lame asses for being tools and videoing it…huh?

                  No, shoeless, as long as he sports that bad do and keeps that stupid look on his face, he’ll never pass for “smart.” But he is wealthy

  32. Chico says:

    Yeah, the Scutaro thing sucks.. He had all offseason to work on it and now we’re on March 12th.. I’m hoping that either Adrianza or Abreu can grab the bull by the horns.. Bummed when I saw that – worse is the trolls like Mollie P Young goofing off on the Splash. I’ve really lost interest in that blog and site. Good luck keeping it going, folks.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      The Splash pages have mainly become a counter-troll-Splash maintenance exercise. Your presence there, Chico, always serves a rallying point of interest to the others (xoot, datswhatsup, slipNslider, uglyfinder, sfdf, and others). But, Viafoura sucks and more and more bloggers are saying as much (for what its worth).

    • sandy32koufax says:

      The Splash will recover as much as it ever does…I’d be more worried abt 2nd base 🙂

  33. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Flag Update at the Splash. Both Mollie and Allie were all over the Scutaro update on the Splash. I would suggest we not forget to keep flagging these bastards at least ’till the cows come home or the Via mods wake up and give their avatars dual lobotomies. Their posts today are so much less guarded … they are trolling as if no Mods are watching, so I’m just sayin’ we flag them until V take notice – assuming V hasn’t already suffered a self-inflicted lobotomy en masse.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I’ve been at it…they’re comments never go away though

    • Chico says:

      Your post below mine was flagged, shoeless. That fucking place is horrible.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Yeah, I flagged my own last 2 posts to hopefully draw Viafouras further attention. (for what it’s worth, it was a calculated ‘risk’.)

    • annapirhana says:

      Been flagging but it’s almost not worth it. I don’t understand people who troll boards, to be honest. There is time to do lots of good things, but trolling a board is pretty stupid. And they say women are catty …

      • Chico says:

        I don’t either. I can honestly say that I have never trolled on a baseball board. I DID troll on Shaggybeavo, once, when Mac Brown used his connections to keep Cal out of the Rose Bowl some years back.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          My guess is that because we are all pretty much anonymous, the net provides miserable, unhappy individuals of exceedingly low self-esteem to behave like the jerks they are while getting “attention” they otherwise would never get. Their thinking being, ‘even negative attention is better than no attention’. Unfortunately, without pointing out the mollie, allie, scottcousins, etc., who pretend to speak for “we” Giants and “our” team, they really have a negative, suppressing (and depressing) effect on all the others actually thinking to talk and root for the host team. I’m sure it happens across the board – it’s not as if the Giants are being singled out … Unfortunately, V moderation appears more lax now than it was in the dead of winter.

          Well, I will keep flagging through tomorrow. After that, I still tend to view some of you guys as “the white blood cells” of the Giants body, attacking troll infections whenever and wherever they appear.

          By comparison, What an uplifting, positive difference a place like JD’sRevenge provides.

          • annapirhana says:

            You’re right. People like that really aren’t well. Someone I know and love used to troll men every night when AOL had their chat rooms, and it was very close to what the Splash trolls do. Of course, this person also had mental illness for which no medication was ever taken.

            Of course, these people have been trolling the Splash for years. What are the chances that they might be employees at the SFGate?

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              I never thought of that! Now, that’s an even creepier idea.

              Alas, I have set a new record: two consecutive posts – the one last night and the first one this morning to fall into the Via’s abyss of the “content disabled”. If my avatar gets banned, I’m already drafting two movie sequels, Dead Shoeless Walking and Return of the Shoeless Dead – A New Dawn.

              • annapirhana says:

                When I worked at the local paper, posting in the comments section was something that everyone did. Of course, we assumed identities and most of us did it because the demographic where I live is very Republican, very Christian, ultra conservative. We liked to provide an opposing viewpoint. I never did it to troll, but who knows what others did?

                I like your two movie sequels. Very George Romero!

                • Chico says:

                  I take that back.. I did troll the drumbeat last season when they got knocked out of the playoffs.. Now THAt was a fun night 😉

                • annapirhana says:

                  I think that was just desserts for all the trolling they’ve done to Giant fans :>

                • shoelessinbearvalley says:

                  I see nothing wrong with a one day trolling exercise. As Anna notes, they got what they deserved – and Chico got the last laugh. 😉

  34. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, it’s pretty funny. Bsck about 5 years ago (2008-09), the Splash was unmoderated, or very lightly so. People could say and do just about anything, swear words were culled out after a while (1-2 days) but it was pretty much self-moderated. Trolls were harassed and shut down with regularity. The 49er Insider was much the same, but the trolls there were relentelss and didn’t leave as easily as the Splash ones. Once the powers that be started paying attention to the blogs is when things got worse. It has pretty much been a downward spiral since 2011.

    Which is when Big Flavor started his blog. I followed suit a little while later.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      I appreciate that piece of historical insight into the nature of SFGate’s earlier days and its comment board policies and routine conduct. By 2013, The Splash may have appeared to any Giants newcomer last year as if they made a wrong click and somehow wound up on Mossback’s own private blog-hell – no thanks to the absent SFGate mods. I think some of us were hoping for better this year. Actually, in truth it may still be better, because a hard core of Giants bloggers don’t permit the likes of Mollie, allie, scottcousins and other(s) to troll with impunity – as was more the case last year on the Splash. Anyway, time for me to also stop beating a dead horse. 😉

  35. Chico says:

    Pagan with a back strain.. Morse, calf again..

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Perhaps, better now in March than, say, in mid May or June. I’m probably the last to know or admit to a “lost cause,” but I’m still feeling very optimistic about the coming season of ball. But, we all observed last year how when the health of so many veteran players suffer, any ball club’s chances precipitously diminish. All I keep thinking to myself is: It can’t happen two years in a row! It just can’t! The gods can be cruel and heartless, but they can also prove forgiving when one might least suspect it too … otherwise, hard to explain how the Giants beat both the Reds and Cards back in the 2012 NLDS and NLCS.

  36. annapirhana says:

    Saw that someone put this in their FB status:

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      And we must not forget the mother of all Welfare Queens: Walmart.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Another (better) point: SS is our money and Welfare also comes from us … often to subsidize major corporate / bank / wall street losses, following the country’s fiscal collapse, officially recognized by economists to have been December of 2007. “Privatize” big corporate profits / gains, and “socialize” the loss (with ‘the people’s money). ;(

      • annapirhana says:

        Pro-life, pro-business, pro-guns, pro-death penalty. Somehow, pro-life doesn’t fit into the bunch, if you take “life” to include stuff that happens outside of the placenta.

    • xoot says:

      I’ve paid a shit load of tax (SS and income and medicare etc.) in the past 20 years and I don’t begrudge a penny of it that went to people who get SS or welfare or health care. I only wish more had gone there. I’ll need my share someday–maybe less than I paid in, maybe more–but that’s not the point. The key word is share. We’re all in this together. Equality’s a tough concept for some people to comprehend.

      • annapirhana says:

        I think the concept of equality has become socialism to many who seem to need right wing filter for word definitions.

        I agree with you, though. The military fights for everyone, and not just for an income bracket…although I expect that a certain income bracket is well-represented in the military.

        • xoot says:

          I’ve posted before about the enlisted men and women I’ve seen in supermarkets using those “food stamp” cards. I think I also posted about my own working-class upbringing in an enlisted man’s household.

          Real equality does lead to socialism. Capitalism pivots on greed (euphemized as “self interest” or “entrepreneurial ambition” or, most nakedly, “competition”). I happen to believe that people are more than hungry rats with big brains.

          • annapirhana says:

            You only need to see all the homeless Vets on the street to know that something is wrong. When cutting benefits, veterans get it the worst.

            As to socialism, yes. So long as it is the socialism that we understand, and not the bastardization that the TP has created. The convo I had with a TPer on how the French get all sorts of freebies sounded really good to that person until they realized that paying taxes was involved. There is a massive disconnect.

            Also, my friend gets $$$ per child in France. That is sort of nifty.

            Er…sort of lost my train of thought while writing this as I was eating a rice ball. Socialism is a bad word to some people. It’s used to stem equality, although I rather like the word. Liberté, égalité, fraternité is the best motto I’ve ever heard for a country.

  37. annapirhana says:

    Two challenges so far in this Giants v. Rangers game. Bochy successfully argued a bad call at first, which was followed by a groundout. Now Washington argues a very nice play at SS by BC. This is getting out of hand.

  38. xoot says:

    Nice HR from Susac on the day he gets sent down to the ML camp. He’s a great prospect at C. Meanwhile, Posey’s raking and Hector’s demonstrated that he can pick at 1B. The future’s so bright, . . . . .

    • annapirhana says:

      Nice rocket!!

      I also forgot Prince Fielder is now a Ranger. They have a nice lineup with Fielder and Choo.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        (Fielder and Choo) … Gesundheit! 🙂

        • annapirhana says:

          Choo once got a DUI while as a Cleveland Indian. I liked his particular case because he was busted while driving around his neighborhood. He was lost. That is some drunk!

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            The officer should have let him off by booting his car to the curb and pointing him in the direction of his home. better safe “drunk man walking” than possible “dead man driving”.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Vogelsong pitching. 1 run through 3 innings (box scoring) … very relieved to see this! So far, definitely a better outing than his last.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Coming from you, xoot, that means something, since I’m such a homer, I felt the same way even before the start of ST. Definitely enjoying this year’s more promising pre-season experiments.

      • xoot says:

        shoeless, we’re all worried about Scutaro and Pagan, but I think the depth of the team has been underrated. Does that mean the kids will step up? Maybe they’ll get the chance. Or maybe some of them have established trade value?

  39. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    I missed the two Challenge calls that Anna noted. But as I understand the rules, only 1 challenge is permitted through the first 7 innings (correct me if I’m wrong, thanks). So, any challenge delay incurred hopefully is minimal. OTOH, I’m just curious, how long did it take away from the game to rule on the two challenges?

    • xoot says:

      Now now. I think Bochy retained his right to challenge once more (in the first 7) after prevailing on his challenge. With good video back up, a manager could saunter out and give the challenge sign twice through the first 7. I think. (What will the preferred sign become, btw? Finger-gun aimed at the HP ump? Big erasing gesture with both hands at eye level? Can’t wait. 😉 )

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        “Beginning this season, each manager will start a game with one challenge. If it is upheld, he retains his challenge but can never have more than two in a game. If the manager exhausts his challenges before the start of the seventh inning, he is out of luck, adding a new element of strategy to the game. Beginning in the top of the seventh, the crew chief is empowered to institute a review. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/mlb-approves-expanded-instant-replay-beginning-with-2014-season?ymd=20140116&content_id=66737912

        So, you are suggesting that a manager can ‘abuse’ the 2 challenge max rule by … officially challenging over and over again from innings 1-7? … that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense now does it, I agree …. 😦

        • xoot says:

          I revised my original post after researching the actual rule–which you summarized. (You gotta give me some credit for catching my own mistake about the two-challenge limit. Well, maybe not.)

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            Well, that still doesn’t mean we are out of the woods or that the expanded replay rules won’t be gamed by Joe Maddon and every other manager – assuming the rules committee dropped the ball by failing to “expect the unexpected” along with every possible contingency (which is highly unlikely too).

          • xoot says:

            I’ll be watching closely and I’ll notice every glitch. In the end I may end up being proven a cynical Luddite. (On THIS issue.) So I don’t think it’ll be necessary to comment on every glitch. 🙂

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              I doubt it. I trust your instincts that glitches and loopholes the size of Exxon’s corporate write-offs in the Cayman Islands and off the coast of Somalia will likely show up. And when they do, I will be there to stick my wad of double-bubble chewing gum into each and every replay loophole and camera view finder.

    • annapirhana says:

      I think it took 2-3 minutes.

      I think we can all guess which finger will be used for a bad challenge.

      • xoot says:

        But it’s ST. They’re still learning the ropes. Pitchers and hitters will get tutored on how to delay to permit video review.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          While pitchers and hitters can already do this, I don’t see any reason to change such behavior … even when it clearly slows the game down. But, it seems to me the obvious solution is “IF” a challenge is to be made, it MUST be made within a given, limited time period – no ands, ifs, or stall tactics allowed. But, I’m currently not clear on what – if any – time limit is placed on a manager, restricting his ability to challenge a call.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        I’m only guessing, but if the game was being played in Britain, the cricket challenge would likely be best executed via gentlemanly extension of the more dignified ‘pinky’ finger?

  40. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Kruk: Vogelsong, “5 solid!” Good job for Ryan tonight. I can see it on the Splash tomorrow … “Vogey can’t pitch past Five!” “Vogelsong runs out of steam by the 5th!” “Ryan had ‘great command tonight’, but so what … put him out to pasture!” “Ryan gives up one frickin’ run … loser!”

  41. annapirhana says:

    I can’t tell you how exciting this Dairy Queen interview is on the Rangers broadcast. This, after a visit to the booth by a giant Papa John pizza. Oh boy.

    • annapirhana says:

      Well, new inning and now it’s Captain Morgan in the booth. These guys aren’t even calling the game. I predict the ghost of Sam Walton next inning.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Yeah, but KNBR can’t be much better when the same guy from the “Hanley Hotel” comes on, clearly suffering from the same poor script. Year after year, his shtick doesn’t seem to improve. It’s a mystery. 😉

      • annapirhana says:

        Yeah…I guess they want to promote the season, but I just wanted to watch baseball. I didn’t even know who was at bat as the rosters were changing, and it was more important I knew more about Captain Morgan’s new bottle of rum than who the Giants pitcher was.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Spring Training must sell a lot of the Captain’s rum for the less ‘determined’ fan, who doesn’t share in what hard core fans or the manager’s looking to see out of the performance of each of the players on the field. Feeling much better about Vogey’s performance, by just one example last night. Xoot, otoh, may be on to something about this new catcher prospect, Susac (I had no idea who he was ’till last night).

  42. xoot says:

    Every year it’s the same–Krukow is terrific in ST games, very loose and funny and spontaneous. (Couple years back he spent a long time imitating the best snack-vendor cries he remembered from his days in small ST parks. Jon Miller was laughing with delight. So were we.) I think Krukow tightens up to a more predictable schtick during the regular season, hoping he can get a part-time gig on Fox.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      This is the first ST I’ve paid such close attention to – probably, because 2013 was such a big let down and I’m hungry to “play ball” again this year. I’m such a homer that I still like Kruk and Keip during regular season play. I don’t recall Kruk and Miller working together as often during the regular season as Miller and Flemming.

      • xoot says:

        yeah, Krukow shows up for ST to do radio with Miller (for the few ST games KNBR carries). I like K&K a lot during the regular season. Krukow, however, did seem to change his approach a few years back after two things happened: he got a one-shot Saturday game with Fox and the local SF Chron tv critic published an excoriating review of his work. Kuiper, meanwhile, far as I can tell, is less ambitious and has never wavered. It. Is. Outta here!

  43. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Tie ball game. damn. the season may be lost. this team could be toast. It was good while it lasted. I wonder what’s on C-span tonight … 😉

    • shaman138 says:

      Oh dear, oh my, first Daddy gets trashed at the Pacific Union Club’s annual gala and pukes on the maitre ‘d, and now this! And it just won’t stop snowing here at my 29th consecutive year at bryn mawr. It’s enough to drive a guy…err, gal to malt liquor. Huggy Bear, where’s the PCP? This scion is getting ripped!

  44. shaman138 says:

    Pretty much everything that’s wrong with sfgate can be summed up in the comment section of the city college protest story. Fucking wingnut idiocy and there’s even a moron who wants the 1st amendment repealed. That place is a train-wreck.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Sadly, SCOTUS and the Koch Brothers, alone, may have singlehandedly succeeded in nullifying portions of the 1st amendment … from a free press (hard to find these days – outside the web), the ‘freedom of the religious right’ to impose its beliefs on all us tree-worshipers, atheists, agnostics, but especially “freedom-hating’ Muslims …. But, at least we still enjoy a certain freedom of speech … so long as no Giants fan yells “Troll!” in a crowded theater.

  45. xoot says:

    That last replay play–they dodged an inside FB on that one. Where would the umps have put the speedy runner headed home from 2B if they’d overruled the out at 1B? Grant a run? Send him back to 3B? Why trust the umps on the field to make that call but not the call at 1B?

    oh, wait. I was going to calm down on this stuff. sorry. I acknowledge–the replay delay was minimal.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      My understanding of the regular season expanded replay rule apparently is reviewed by a select group of Supreme Court appointed A’s fans, sitting inside a Dairy Queen restaurant somewhere in downtown New York City?

      Seriously, some umps in New York review and make the call on all replays, yes? Are you seeing this being described / explained at all in tonight’s game?

      • xoot says:

        No, the KNBR radio descriptions didn’t provide much detail. But how about this for a ST game–lots of interesting stuff, lots of good stuff for the Giants, and it ends in a tie. That’s classic ST.

  46. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Tie game called. Quick, someone toss the challenge flag onto the field! “There’s no tying in baseball!” –Tom Hanks?

  47. annapirhana says:

    A lot of things, such as a tie game, happen when you go away for a bit to play piano 😦

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Like Burt Lancaster in The Rainmaker, who says, “I never regret singing!” … so should the same be said for practicing / playing the piano! 🙂

      • annapirhana says:

        Did you ever see Burt Lancaster in that Italian movie “The Leopard” or something. Bizarre as his dialogue was clearly lipsynched or something. Sad since he had such a great voice. Also in the film was a very young Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon, the spokesperson for the National Front. I regretted the lipsynching there, BURT.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          I cannot recall seeing The Leopard. nor its more exhilarating if shocking sequel, The Cheetah … seriously, no. The decision to lip sync must have been the director’s decision, eh? I guess i’d have to study the film’s history to uncover why Burt wasn’t allowed to use his own voice (unless it was a foreign language issue?) And the last Claudia Cardinale film I saw may have been the Sergei Leon spaghetti epic, Once Upon A Time In The West? (with Henry Fonda and a very young Haley Mills … check that, Haley, I think was working for Disney).

          • annapirhana says:

            “The Leopard” was in Italian, so it was a language issue. He plays a patriarch and a bit of a womanizer. Of course of course.

            Haley Mills. Pollyanna. Parent Trap. I hated Pollyanna, though. I did vote for Mothra to be shown, but the class chose that movie. I have a difficult time believing that all the boys in the class, except for one, voted to see Pollyanna. I’d be pretty upset if any guy here voted for Pollyanna. Fair warning.

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              Three of Haley’s more interesting efforts: Tiger Bay (her 1959 breakout), Whistle Down the Wind (1961), and Sky West and Crooked (1966).

              • annapirhana says:

                Holy cow. You know your films. I am a fan of yours!!!

                The only other two Haley films I know of, other than those listed above, are Parent Trap II and Parent Trap III.

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              Burt Lancaster playing in an Italian flick (or indeed playing an Italian), however, will never be as bad – or unbelievable – as Charlton Heston playing a Mexican (with a mustache) in Touch of Evil! 😉

              • annapirhana says:

                Touch of Evil is a magnificent film, though. One of the best I’ve seen.

                Have you seen Marlon Brando in “Tea House of the August Moon”? Or Ricardo Montalban in “Sayonara”? Both men play Japanese characters. They need to be bitch slapped.

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            Of course it was a foreign dubbing, what was I thinking? not!

        • unca_chuck says:

          Almost as bad as dubbing Mel Gibson’s English in the US version of Road Warrior.

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            Good one! 🙂 It’s easier to imagine a more successful Italian dubbing of “Snake Plissken,” eye patch and all.

  48. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    This just in: The Replay umpire tonight was local outside the park – according to Jon Miller. Who also explained that during the regular season, the umps on the field plug in their headphones to ‘commune’ with the replay committee in New York.

    • annapirhana says:

      Shouldn’t they have a best coast branch? Are these umpires going to be capable of making a good decision past midnight their time?

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Another good, logical point! Makes sense to me too. Imagine an extra inning game on the west coast that goes to midnight … ha!

  49. Chico says:

    Xoot and MOW, love your stuff above about ‘we’re all in this together’ This country needs more folks like you two.

    • Chico says:

      I’m sorry I missed the discussion. Next time, someone let me know. I’d love to contribute my thoughts.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Fuck tha police . . . wasn’t that it?

        OR am I flashing back to the 70s?

        Nevermind . . .

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Chico, I would go a step further and toss you and the rest of us here, too, into the mix.

        The grand-strategy of division goes back as far as the roots of our country: The Revolutionary War. Which my brother is keenly knowledgeable about than I.

        He explained that about 1/3 of all American colonists at the time of the War were Tory / pro-King George; whereas another 1/3 of the colonists were Rebel. The final 1/3 of the colonists, apparently didn’t give a damn one way or the other.

        Fast forward to the Civil War, and I still can’t shake what Ken Burns observed in his PBS series: The guns have all gone silent (Ted Nugent, notwithstanding), but the country’s division remains. It really doesn’t take a Ken Burns to observe that we can see this division working its way through the House and Senate of the country every day whether carried on C-Span or certainly NEVER televised when SCOTUS is in session behind locked, titanium-plated doors, complete with alligator mote.

        And we can see it in our every day lives … just try having a conversation around the ‘water cooler’ or with a stranger next to you, riding the BART, etc., etc., and prepare to take your own life and limb, whether it’s about pro-choice vs pro-life, gay marriage vs Rick Santorum’s vision of heaven-on-earth, public education vs private vouchers, or “socialized” medicine-for-all vs “boot strap health care” for the rich or at least those who found an extra pair of … bootstraps.

        Resistance (“the eternal struggle”) via vigilance and a working – better informed – knowledge must eventually serve the majority will – which exists today, except for rigged roadblock of division.

        (I edited the crap out of the above to try and shorten my rant … but, for now this is the best I can do until, one day, WordPress offers us the ability to return and edit our crap ….)

        • annapirhana says:

          This is an excellent read :>

          Had two ultra conservative people follow me on Twitter today. I turned off their retweets to minimize my having to read lots of drivel, but also informed one of them that I was a raging liberal. We seemed to have found common ground in wanting peace and good things for the rest of humanity, which is a good moment. This connection came through a close friend who went all TP on me following 9/11. While we are insanely close and trust each other with our lives, we are so politically far apart that we never speak of such things. I believe that friendship and love trumps all, or that might be some female side of me that exists. It sort of has to be this way, though, because I really don’t like secessionist ideas.

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            Back in 2000, I was ‘comfortable’ with the idea of Florida seceding and being returned to Spain. I think it was about 3-5 years back that the Sudan split up into a North and South Sudan (obviously, one part of the nation thought a peaceful ‘secession’ was preferable to duking it out with each other for however long). Reflecting further on the Civil War, I have considered what if Lincoln had been able to ‘let’ the South secede (peacefully, of course), because: A House Divided From Within, too, Will Definitely Not Stand over time either. The South (and rural Midwest) has been used as a “wedge” device for the 1 to .01 percent ‘grand strategy of division’. Perhaps, if the South had successfully seceded (i.e., without egregiously firing those first shots on Fort Sumter), the Midwest would at least have had the advantage of hindsight to see just how difficult if untenable the Southern economic system, based on ‘cheap’ slave labor poor, was proving to be. Today, Kansas might actually be working more as a moderately ‘conservative’ state, instead of some theocratic, rightwing bunch of overtly Christian (as opposed to American?) zealots and anti-heathen intolerants.

            • annapirhana says:

              My husband is from North Carolina, and I have some good friends down in Georgia. I’ve never really had a problem in the South and have found the people to be very kind. They also have clean public toilets, which makes a huge impression on me. Public toilets, of course, erode once you get into Texas and travel west. It’s probably very Japanese of me to make such observations, I bet.

              I like the South because they have a solid culture that blends both black and white America. I love how the South has distinct foods, speech, festivals and ways of doing things that are very different from the rest of America. While other patches of America have traditions that often reflect a cultural heritage from another country, the South seems to have created something that is unique to the history of their area. For better or worse, I do like that. While the richer South of plantations, entitlements and incessant whining does not appeal to me, I like the more middle-to-rural class sensibilities where people do manage to live somewhat more peacefully.

              I, for one, never had this belief that the North was less racist than the South, as most every blazing racist and separatist I know lives close to the Canadian border. To this day, I have friends in Michigan who are convinced that Sharia Law is taking over, which makes me nervous since that poor Sikh Temple was left with bullet holes 😦

              However, the midwest does make me nervous, as does Texas and AZ.

              • shoelessinbearvalley says:

                Good take on the South. Too bad their block plays such a huge role in neo-conservative, Republican, religious, gun-loving politics. It sorta reminds me of the USSR before the fall of the iron curtain – the Russian people were sorta like you described of Southern people – decent, good people … it’s just both the Russian and Southern politics play a huge impediment to a country as a whole moving progressively forward.

                • annapirhana says:

                  I agree with you there. Unfortunately, I think politics and church have such a tie in that you can’t take one without the other. So much of American Christianity is tied into cultural traditions, likes and dislikes from the Puritans, extending into politics. If you can scare enough people into believing that their core beliefs of faith and politics are tied to your ticket to heaven, you can probably convince them that the earth is 6k years old (so long as you know nothing of Chinese history) and that some human really used a brontosaurus as a crane or bulldozer.

            • xoot says:

              my family has ties to the South and, frankly, I love southern culture. (I attended elementary school in Florida, Kentucky and Texas, one year each, and one year of HS in Florida, just under the Ala. border.) I could subsist entirely on the blues and rockabilly. I abhor and always did abhor the racism down there. (I got into fights in HS in Fla. over it.) I think you’ll find just as much continuing racism out in the California central valley as you’ll find in the South. Defeating it clearly is a war that hasn’t ended.

              Did you know this? The Africans sold to plantations in most of the South were subject to “black codes” that prohibited slaves from using horns or drums, because the governing class feared revolutionary communication. But Louisiana had no such “black code.” The Blues arose in Mississippi, et al, based on guitar and foot-stomping and body-smacking percussion; something else developed in NOLA, based on drums and horns.

              Howlin Wolf, sampled below, came from the Mississippi side.

              Oh yeah. Kentucky whipped LSU today in the SEC tourney. Go Cats!

              • shoelessinbearvalley says:

                Yeah, the South is as American as all the rest of the country, with perhaps the sole exception that “States Rights” – c. the battle of the Alamo (1836) forward – was really just a coy euphemism for legalized “Slave States”. Even Mexico was anti-slavery way back when … which at least explains a key disagreement between the determined ‘Texicans’ and Santa Ana.

                I didn’t know about the “black codes,” xoot. A significant difference about Louisianna’s lack of such a paranoid policy. And rural eastern Oregon may share a similar lingering, entrenched kind of racism to the Hispanics(?) and whites of the California valley, which may survive at least for another century, catastrophic global climate questions possibly withstanding.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  My best friend’s family were slaves in LA and his grandma told us stories like that, abt how she and her fam n friends saw the popular rise of music they grew up with. That was treated as something entirely new but that they’d known for at least a generation before it’s “creation.”

                  My experience in the south is limited to short trips but I have noticed two differences that have stayed with me. I have never seen in CA as large a population of affluent African Americans as I saw in the Raleigh-Durham area and that white/black relations are so blatantly racist. Other than that, everywhere I’ve been in the south is outwardly friendly to me and is very much “Americana” One caveat on the southern friendliness, when they learn that I’m from SF, I’m automatically a faggot freak from fucked up Cali. Seriously ignorant and mondo ugly has no limits and ya, I see it in Fresberg to Weed here. Racism, hell, hatism, is killing this country but is a tool wielded by whomever decides to employ it-usually to an effective end, sadly

  50. annapirhana says:

    Rockies v. Giants on the radio right now. Wheeeeee!

  51. annapirhana says:

    Hunter Pence with 2 homers already!

  52. sandy32koufax says:

    Pence is sure gettin busy today

    • sandy32koufax says:

      So is Bumgarner for that matter

      • annapirhana says:

        Maybe Bonds helped out here?

        Also, didn’t know that Hackman has joined the club. One of my favorites!!!

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Nah, that’s Pence being Pence (but maybe 😉 ). Let’s see how lesser players respond?

          Ya, Leonard pissed me off plenty of times but he was a fun guy to watch. He was good enough that he be who he was and it didn’t grate on ya, you know? Maybe that’s just a Dfan take on it though.

  53. annapirhana says:

    So I wrote this blog post about being a female without kids, which is an issue when you live out in the suburbs. Childless in the suburbs, or don’t spare the speculum. No, this isn’t a male hate story.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Hate male? 🙂 I’ll read it, I always read you…

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Ahem, I must refuse. As a childless male myself, I refuse to be showed up! (just kidding … will check it out as soon as I find a way to edit my screw up back on the page where I failed to use the double negative when responding to alliemeadws shite.) I miss the old software BV (before Viafoura).

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Well-crafted and even more persuasive an argument on behalf of putting Mother (and Father) hood off for later in life. Precisely what my own Mother preached, and I took it so much to heart, I opted out until my next lifetime where I’m reincarnated as a mole or a mushroom.

      Of course, the reason I responded to your outstanding essay here, ApA, is because of your “shocking” concluding bombshell having something to do with the more hopeful misfortunes of the LA Dodgers …. 🙂

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Existential angst being passed onto “women like you” from unfulfilled “women like them” was my first thought. Then I thought, maybe they really do see things that way and simply cannot imagine having lived a life w/o the overwhelming urge to exist to procreate.

        I won’t speak to their method of imparting their bigotry, it’s too deeply ingrained to have any immediate effect other than to insult them if you were to point it out.

        Honey, let me help you get over that Dangst you have 😉

        • annapirhana says:

          Thank you all for reading and responding, including you Xoot. Your opinions me so much to me.

          I would have touched on men who have no children, as I know many of them. However, I don’t have that perspective, ya know? I am definitely turned off by men who feel the need to prove their virility by procreating like a mosquito, such as Jim Bob Dugger. I would love to hear the male perspective on it, as I feel societal pressure is more on them to have children.

  54. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    “…you can probably convince them that the earth is 6k years old (so long as you know nothing of Chinese history) and that some human really used a brontosaurus as a crane or bulldozer.” –ApA

    lol, the Chinese reference merits extra points! (Bill Nye, the Science Guy made his own argument on Bill Maher’s show about 3 weeks ago now, disproving the 6k ‘Orthodox’ theory, by citing the rings in a tree, many of which show they date back long before Eve popped out of Adam’s rib (kind of an Orwellian concept in itself, eh?)

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I saw that segment, pretty funny how animated Nye got too. I’ve been seeing him on tons of “News” shows, even this Malaysian airliner thing…

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        He was great, I thought. We need more “fact-based” science, governing parts of our country’s political vision for the future. Unfortunately, if Senator Inhoff and the current rash of Republicans in Congress have their way, we’ll all be starring up from the abyss, instead of at least having the chance to stand at its edge, take a peek down, not like what we see, and opt for a collective sanity – premised on mass survival – to take hold. 😉

  55. sandy32koufax says:

    Whisky on a warm evening, slight breeze and some…

  56. Chico says:

    I guess I’m banned from posting on any article at the Comical. It’s been weeks.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Chico, No (it’s not you). It’s just another everyday V screwup – wherein they offer

      1. no venue for communicating directly an issue or concern.
      2. no edit/delete option.
      3. no “ignore”.
      4. no history.
      5. no certainty about no duplicate posts.

      IOW’s,
      You weren’t banned. You were screwed by V’s own incompetence.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Dude, if you were banned, we wouldn’t see your comments still 🙂

        I’ll email all the boobs at sfgate that I have email addys on…shit, I’ll post em here so anyone that wants to, can email them too. Start with vk

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          I think Chico is referring to his newer alias? or at least I know he had to go back and resurrect his old one in order to get back to SFGate “Troll” Central. 😉

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Sounds good.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            I sent two emails on Chico’s behalf to all three of these email addys…feel free to participate or not. They either don’t care or don’t have the juice to do anything any longer, or so it seems…

            Bragman, Bob
            bbragman@sfgate.com

            Vlae Kershner
            Vlae Kershner’s profile photo
            vk@sfgate.com

            SFGate Support
            support@sfgate.com

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              Good job. I see the “VK” actually has a Slavic-Transylvanian-vampire-like like first name. Thanks for the list. I will archive this for possible future use (although I have found Bob of late to be non-responsive.

  57. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Today’s 3:05 PM game vs the “Trolls” is on local channel, KRVU. Outstanding. Now, I get to join all the rest of you high roller attorneys, writers, film and music R&B critics, who subscribe to the
    “3000+ cable / Sat channel” pak!

    • annapirhana says:

      Wow…Putin is so busy with warmongering and Paralympics. Multitasking for the Tsar.

      Some factions in this country just want us to go in there and stop everything. Send in the nukes. Of course, these same folks probably have no idea how such things would impact our Western European friends.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        The Poet of St Petersburg, Oprichinka that he is, cares only about his hidden elites. The 400 families which survive to this day, from the founding of the Oprichinka…Tsar Peter the Great having created that hidden class.

        IDThink they care to see how any military action would effect Ukraine or the EU, hell, all of the countries which depend on Gazprom, Lukoil, etc. They just want to be able to go after the left on some new issue.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          The whole Putin-Ukranian coup is such a ‘brilliant’ follow-up campaign, following his Winter Olympics propaganda stunt aimed at currying pro-western favor … I can’t think of anything more pro-western as the righteous ‘liberation’ of the trapped, misunderstand Russian peoples of the New Soviet Socialist Ukraine.

  58. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Cain out in the 4th vs A’s, Kruk’s Gamer-babe in …. I think I can hear GeeJaybytheBay scream she now intends to not only boycott SF for 2014, but also Fresno, San Jose, and the annual Calaveras county GiantFrog jumping contest.

    • annapirhana says:

      I think such a person would have to be a bandwagon fan to drop loyalties so quickly. It’s harder to divorce yourself from a team if you’ve been faithful for so long.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        You’re undoubtedly right. Come to think of it, I only remember ‘seeing’ her on the blogs after the Giants acquired Pence ….

        Meanwhile, at least the Giants Peoria squad is holding onto a 13-6 lead, with Seattle coming up to bat in the bottom of the 9th. Hector Sanchez went 2-4 and 2 RBI’s.

  59. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Sandy, “…when they learn that I’m from SF, I’m automatically a faggot freak from fucked up Cali.” –here in the South may be a good example of where conservative radio and Faux News propaganda do some of their ‘best’ work on the American psyche. SF may be instantly recognized for ‘what it is’, because of the continual onslaught and saturation-en-mass of conservative propaganda media?

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Before Fox I moved to Vegas-1993-I got the same shit there at that time. Red necks would see my CA plates and wanna throw down just because of that. I ended up buying a Police Special-“aftermarket” and no one messed w/me when they saw it. I threw the offending pistol, sans cylinder and firing pin/hammer, as far as I could off of the highway as I was re-entering CA.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        The line between racism and conservative bigotry / intolerance almost appears indistinguishable?

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          I read that back and wondered what difference might be between conservatives and liberal bigotry / intolerance. Am I just uber-biased to think bigotry and racism is more of a conservative ‘core value’?

          • sandy32koufax says:

            No, they’re the same. Mirror images and maybe acted out upon in different ways but intolerance is intolerance in whichever form it manifests itself.

    • annapirhana says:

      Why do people hate California so much?

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Lines are seemingly disappearing very rapidly now too. There is/was a march, supposedly globally, set up by a Yalie. A racists dream-“Po Whites Being Dis Crim In Ate Ed Against!” Fack em with smiles.

        IDK why…jealous of something? 😉

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Because, we just have too much ‘Freedom’? I mean conservatives are all about Freedom bumper stickers, except when they see other people practicing the kind of Freedom they simply don’t / won’t / can’t ‘understand’ (euphemism for intolerance)?

  60. annapirhana says:

    I hear measles is back 😦 I’ve not head it yet.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      I have. It’s contagious, I believe. So just try to avoid closed rooms with homo-sapiens infected with what would appear to be a rash of communist-riddled *red* spots. (seriously, just take extra precautions … I think the measles tend to prefer pale white-skinned people over hearty Japanese stock, eh?! :))

      • annapirhana says:

        I believe people in Japan get immunized. It’s the law. Measles came back because of the whole anti-immunization crowd.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          I think that is / was true for Americans too. I just happened to catch measles before immunization was mandatory. (Can’t remember if I was living in California or Utah at the time.)

  61. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America

    “I meet you all the time. You hate Obama. You hate gay people. You hate black people, immigrants, Muslims, labor unions, women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies, you hate em all. You hate being called racist. You hate being called a bigot. Maybe if you talked about creating jobs more than you talk about why you hate gay people we wouldn’t call you bigots. Maybe if you talked about black people without automatically assuming they are on food stamps ….” http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/09/1053088/-An-open-letter-to-the-people-who-hate-Obama-more-than-they-love-America?detail=email#

  62. sandy32koufax says:

    Happy St Paddy’s Day, Heathens…

    I’m off for a taste’o’the nectar, Irish style…(hiccup!)

  63. xoot says:

    Sunny Sunday with the Giants on the radio and college basketball on the tube. Here’s a couple of geniuses who have something to say about simple pleasures:

    • sandy32koufax says:

      My old man used to talk abt going into StL or Chitown from Scott AFB to see guys like Lil Walter. Just like you’re saying…nice weather, some good nosh and drink…enjoying smooth tunes and laffs

      • xoot says:

        Belleville, Illinois. Small world. I rode my bike every day to second grade on Scott AFB. I attended my first mlb game in St Louis. I also learned that East St. Louis (nearby, just over the river from St. L., so not part of that city) was one of the meanest towns in the world. About 15 years later, while I was hitchhiking across country, a weird mofo in a Rambler let me out in E. St. L. at sunset. Why he’d lied to me about where he was headed I couldn’t understand. Several Caddys and Continentals full of women, with guys in big hats driving, sped past me, flashing in the late light as they swung around the on-ramp. At least they ignored me. The other looks I got from passing cars weren’t friendly. I don’t think my reverence for Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Big Momma Thornton, et al. was readily apparent. Finally, just after dark, a baker headed to work the night shift in St L. stopped to get me the hell out of there. Then I caught a late-night ride with a couple of drug-crazed white guys who drove 100 mph on a rollicking shockless suspension all the way to Kansas City. Haven’t been back to the Belleville vicinity since.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Small world indeed. I have family in Bellville, Granite City, Lebanon, etc. None say anything nice about that part of the state. Even my tough-guy older uncles didn’t want to mix it up in that part of town. We moved when I was three but I remember seeing a tornado from the back of our MG Magnet and riding my trike in the courtyard in front of our base housing on icy sidewalks. Sounds like you had a very memorable trip, buddy…

        • annapirhana says:

          Really enjoyed reading this 🙂 For me, a life long Californian, the midwest is simply a series of fly over states. There is much more in the way of rich history I’ve been missing, so thank you.

          My own recollection of the blues is simple: I grew up in a brownstone/flat in Western Addition. We lived three floors up, and the building next door had a bar on the ground floor. This was back when people still dressed up to go out, so your corner drunk looked as if he were ready to bounce around in a night club. At night, the music from the juke box would sail upwards, and I heard B.B. King and Muddy Waters late into the evening. The drunk ones would lower the hats to block out the light, and they would stay slightly hunched over against the building, wrapping themselves up in thick overcoats. It was a tough neighborhood, but they knew better than to bug us. We were like they were, broke as all hell.

          • Chico says:

            My first experience with the blues was my father putting in a SRV CD into my first ride, a 4 cylinder Ford Ranger pickup with a short bed that he just co-signed for me. It was the coolest feeling ever. Another great artist who dies way too young.

  64. annapirhana says:

    NEW post up folks!

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