Bring out the women! Children! The Dodgers (blew) are coming to town!

It’s far too early in the baseball year to start counting chickens. For all we know and expect, the eggs will break upon to reveal beautiful orange and black chickens at the end of the baseball season. What ESPN and Fox exprvy — and don’t hold them back, because this is what they utter with every breath — is Dodger Balut at the end of the season. Meanwhile, we feast on the upcoming games against our rivals, and hope that we come out as victors.

And why not? Pagan seems to live on the basepaths at least once or twice a game. If Belt can get his groove back, he will be walloping balls out of the stadium. I hold out hope that he will hit at least 150 HR this season. And both Morse and Hudson are making Sabean looking pretty good at this point. If Panda could just get his head together and Scutaro make his way back into working order, the SF Giants will look pretty spiffy. Even if it is just the start of the season, all good things have a great start and great ending, with an exciting middle.

It worked for a film like “Aliens”. It can work for SF Giants baseball, too.

Finally, to defuse the constant stream of negative news about our 49ers, GENTLEMEN I present to you our very own LaMichael James:



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423 Responses to Bring out the women! Children! The Dodgers (blew) are coming to town!

  1. Chico says:

    LMAO! The look on James’ face is priceless! What a howl.

  2. Chico says:

    Xoot, is that email for real or satire?

    • Chico says:

      Dear Hearst Newspaper site user:

      Hearst Newspapers has received and reviewed your email complaint about certain Newspaper site users who publish comments on sfgate’s The Splash. In particular, you believe that those certain users comment in a manner that “restrict[s] or inhibit[s] . . . other user[s] from using and enjoying” that site. (email cmplt., para. 2 [citing and quoting section 4.3(a) of the SF Chron. Website User Agreement].) You believe that the users comment in a manner designed to dominate the comment board, by publishing repeatedly and by including many blank spaces between the paragraphs of their comments. You also believe that these users comment solely to insult, to incite animosity and to provoke hostile exchanges.

      After careful consideration of the users you have identified, Hearst Newspapers has determined that while the conduct of those users arguably does violate the terms of the standard User Agreement, other overriding interests must be considered. The users at issue clearly are fans of the Oakland Athletics baseball team who wish to express their feelings, on The Splash blog site, about the San Francisco Giants baseball team. Hearst Newspapers is committed to fair and balanced representation on its Web sites. Very few Oakland A’s fans exist, and we believe that discouraging any of those fans from publishing comments, no matter how puerile, on The Splash blog would unfairly skew the tenor of baseball discourse on the sfgate site generally. A number of sfgate executives and contributors (all, coincidentally, members of that tiny group that follows the A’s) actually have developed a formal policy on this point.

      Hearst Newspapers hopes that it has been responsive to your complaint and thanks you for your correspondence.

    • xoot says:

      hey, I thought “tenor of baseball discourse” would make it satirically clear. It’s pure bs of my own invention.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Too funny! You had me going til the 2nd para. Nice!!!

  4. Chico says:

    Before we rumble the the Bums tomorrow, I’m interested in your thoughts (if you have any) on that whole Bundy ranch/Fed thing going on up in Clark county Nevada.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    It’s a clusterfuck. The horse people want the cow people off. The cow people want the state to give the land back to the people. And the gov’t wants them all off? I’m not quite sure if the Gov’t wants the horses and turtles and sheep to graze and not Bundy’s cows, or if they want everything off the BLM land. Don’t think it turns into Ruby Ridge, but get lots of angry people with guns together . . .

    • sandy32koufax says:

      If Speaker Boehner can grandstand here over water rights, Obama should order his flabby ass intot the socal desert to talk these tea fools down from their gun high. Where’s Wayne LaPierre and Strokeme Rubio or Confused Cruz? Prolly all have woodies watching this play out…I hate what and where these lunatics are doing/taking the easily led…

    • annapirhana says:

      This is a charming version. But the truth is more along the lines of lots of guns, belligerent people and the fantasy of the wild, wild west. What can you do? Guns rule this country more than law, it seems. Isn’t that the way people want it? To be their own vigilante group?

      If there is anything that is odd to me about this country, it is American opinions on guns and sex. I hope that a giant mystery vagina appear in this area to confound everyone.

  6. Chico says:

    I think he’s a squatter and a ‘moocher’ .. Other ranchers pay the fee, this guy stopped paying it a long time ago.. Also, if he doesn’t recognize the federal government, then he doesn’t recognize the military… Neither side wanted a shootout, but there’s ways of breaking him.. Liens, garnishments, etc.

    It was always federal land since the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.. He’s out of legal options now – lost every one of them.. He’s even expanded the area where his cows graze AFTER he lost the last court battle.. I could never live in the desert.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Hell, surround his property, cordon the whole thing off. Starve them then arrest them. Seize the cattle then too. The desert is bitchin, Chico. Colors and flora n fauna you aren’t even aware of. Sunrises are splendid and splashed with every color of the palette and sunsets every bit as breathtaking as I’ve seen over the pacific. The dry climate has many advantages too. Some of my earliest memories are from socal…also known as the desert. Trust me, the desert rocks

  7. Chico says:

    So Xoot duped all for us us.. Now that’s talent!

    • xoot says:

      I think the thing was just so long nobody read it closely first time through. πŸ™‚

      • sandy32koufax says:

        I read the shit four times and kept seeing vlae composing that, sniggering the entire time. Ya, I read it…good job, did you work in the signal corps πŸ˜‰

  8. xoot says:

    This unfortunately does not appear to be a hoax:

    Boston Police Dept. βœ” @bostonpolice
    Public Safety Alert: #BPD investigating 2 unattended backpacks found in the area of Boston Marathon Finish Line.
    4:34 PM – 15 Apr 2014

    Boston Police Dept. βœ” @bostonpolice
    Public Safety Alert: #BPD asking pedestrians & motorists to avoid the area in and around the Boston Marathon Finish Line.
    4:35 PM – 15 Apr 2014

  9. sandy32koufax says:

    Let us all bow our heads in snickering as it appears that slats mcguillacuddy has met his end…


  10. sandy32koufax says:

    Seeing Lincecum talking to Posey on his way back to the mound with his glove over his mouth reminded me of that video MOW posted two days ago…someones’ ears…make believe a pitcher was deaf.

  11. sandy32koufax says:

    Scoots makes that play on Gordon

  12. sandy32koufax says:

    I don’t charge that error on Hanram…Gordon waits the throw out and its a caught ball.

    Tie game.

  13. sandy32koufax says:

    Nice play Hicks

  14. sandy32koufax says:


  15. xoot says:

    effing bums just roll over, don’t they? What a bunch of wimps. Just wait em out.

  16. Chico says:

    I quit that stupid gamer babes group – admin and the group altogether. Fuck that place.

    • xoot says:

      Post your historical stuff here, Chico. It’s always interesting.

      • Chico says:

        I spoke to MOW about it. She left.. I’ve gotten at least 20 others to leave, and I’m still working on it.

    • annapirhana says:

      Wait…what happened? I was only there because of you.

      • Chico says:

        I simply asked (as an admin) if the page could be open to post (not just a stupid game blog that nobody cared about), because I was getting FLOODED with ‘Okay, I joined, but why can’t I post?’ I went to the admin group page and asked if it’s okay to open it up because people are getting upset and leaving because they don’t want to live game blog.. Many wanted to post pictures from the game – and cheer on their team in their own way.. I’ve worked my ass off on that page, and what do I get in response?

        “You are a traitorous sack of shit for even asking to open the page up”

        Xoot, do me a favor, PLEASE leave that page. PLEASE I will buy you lunch. I don;t want anyone I invited there to be there — I want them to lose members. Please.

        I’ll do the ‘today in baseball history’ here..

        • annapirhana says:

          I’ve gotten all my friends to leave it.

          I’m happy your history stuff will be here. I cannot devote enough time to this blog, which deserves plenty of it. There are so many lurkers from different countries, and it’s time they came out and enjoyed the fun with us. You and Xoot are the men for the job! ::cheer::

        • xoot says:

          Chico–I only signed up for that thing because you invited me. 99% of the stuff I’ve seen on that page that interested me was stuff you posted. So I have no problem cutting that connection. Post here!

    • annapirhana says:

      Sounds very much like the Chinese who get smuggled here and work as slaves until the insurmountable debt has been repaid. Terrible situation, but Puig seems to be far more blessed than the individual who has to work at a Chinese restaurant or as a pleasure worker.

      I don’t think any of this accounts for his behavior at bat last night when he didn’t run. Thankfully, the Giants let me watch their replay broadcast — which we *NEVER* get to see in LA, but I think the franchise understands that no one in LA can really see the games right now. If Pence doesn’t catch that ball, Puig would have been in a world of trouble.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        I’m not saying his bad behaviors should be excused, especially the mental/attitudinal shit he pulls onfield. Just an insight as “to he is” or what may “make him tick.” Good read and a terrible place to have been. He needs a shrink, forreals, tho

        • annapirhana says:

          There is a film called “North Sea” that you might want to watch. It is a story of a fishing boat that smuggles in Chinese immigrants. It’s a pretty horrible tale, but I do not doubt that disregard that others have for human life. Trafficking is big business, and in a nicer world, someone like Puig would not have to suffer so much. I tend to believe that perhaps we should open ourselves to Cuba more, especially when it comes to sports.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            Trafficking is huge biz and seems to be encouraged by many nations to varying degrees. Hard to believe our southern border states are so porous w/o the right people looking the other way. The traumas and indignities these people are subjected to is beyond belief, until you see a “North Sea.” Thx for the headsup, I’ll watch it.

            Look, China killed Americans in Korea, Cuba? They almost housed Nukes and are still Communist. So is China. The diff? The $$$ the BRIC countries are going to generate. Ya, we should throw off the old ways and normalize relations w/Cuba.

          • xoot says:

            Years ago I did pro bono work for political asylum applicants–people running from the death squads in Guatemala, from Sendero Luminoso in Peru, from the death squads in Colombia. Wonderful clients. I would’ve never forgiven myself if I’d lost one of those trials–but their stories were so stunning and moving, even the immigration judges gave way. One of the supervising lawyers at the SF Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, who recruited big firm associates to handle such cases, took a leave of absence after assigning a final case to me. He said that he just couldn’t take it any more — the constant flow of powerless people atrociously abused by people in power.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Not so, Mothra! Puig clearly is a victim of Chinese Kung Pao gone bad.

  17. annapirhana says:

    I look forward to game updates ::hint::

  18. xoot says:

    Arias with a great backhand pick and sharp feed to Hicks, who had to hurry the turn a bit because Arias has started the DP so deep in the hole. Belt dug out the Hicks bouncing throw, however, and HanRam was out. Vogelsong out of the first inning fairly easily, despite a weird lead-off bunt single from D+ Gordon.

  19. xoot says:

    And now the new “transfer rule” kicks in. Kemp caught a deep drive off Belt’s bat, but dropped it as he tried to transfer the ball to his throwing hand. Dumb play, under the new, strict rule. With no one on base, Kemp didn’t need to transfer the ball. He simply needed to glove it. (There was also some confusion in the bums’ OF. Apparently with Puig on the bench, the other stooges feel the need to step it up a bit.) I’ll turn it over to Sandy now, for another POV.

  20. Chico says:

    Come on Vogey.

  21. Chico says:

    I don’t care who wins these replays.. It sucks.

    • xoot says:

      yeah, let’s watch the umps stand around for 10 minutes with headphones on.

    • Chico says:

      WAy too long

      • xoot says:

        Schulman says the official time for that one was 4 min 35 seconds–but they don’t start timing until the umps contact NY. So you need to add in the time it took Donnie Two Trips to walk out and stall until he got the word from his video reviewer that prompted him to make the official challenge.

        At least we know his first challenge is gone.

  22. annapirhana says:

    I haven’t listened to the Giants on radio in a long time, mostly because I don’t like Dave Phlegming. Thank you all for the updates here and on Twitter (SFDF). I’m zoning out on the radio, so reading it helps.

  23. xoot says:

    My god LA Crawford’s arm is weak.

  24. sandy32koufax says:

    shit, it’s friendlier at vogey’s fogies

  25. Chico says:

    Handley in pain.. Hate to see that.

  26. Chico says:

    SHit.. Get out of this.

  27. xoot says:

    That was some very good baseball from Machi.

  28. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Machi executes a perfect 1-2-3 DP.

  29. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    When Mattingly opts to walk Pence to get to Bochy’s ‘#3’ hitter, that speaks volumes about Sandoval’s bat right now.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Sandoval slaps a single. Donny wants to throw the challenge flag, but remembers he’s out of challenges. Giants take all important lead.

    • xoot says:

      And Sandoval barely managed to respond. That “drive” up the middle died before Kemp got to it–yet thus the RBI. Let’s hope Pablo’s just getting started.

  30. Chico says:

    2-1 Giants..

  31. Chico says:

    I said on another forum, walk Pence for a low ball/bad ball hitter? LOL @ Donnie.

  32. xoot says:

    early appearance in Sacatomatoes tomorrow a.m. better switch to snooze radio . . . .

  33. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Kemp vs Romo …. strike 1!

  34. Chico says:


  35. shaman138 says:

    DonDon’s foolish decision to walk Pence did the Doggies in tonight. Good ol’ Trips!

  36. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Another incredibly hard fought Giants-Dodgers classic. Amazing how neither team is exactly dominating; but so far I like the way the Giants keep grinding play after play. Vogelsong came up big tonight. So did Machi. And Casilla and Romo too.

  37. Chico says:

    To touch on shoeless’ point, I was thinking going into this series, okay, Timmy vs Beckett, and Vogey vs Maholm = a wash. Both match ups were both teams #4 & #5. . Very impressed with all four performances.. Tomorrow we’ll see some actual fastballs and less junk.. Hopefully the Giants can adjust, because they have seen nothing but rainbows the last couple of games from the Bums starters. I’m impressed with our bullpen so far. Machi makes me want to grab a bottle of tums, but he’s not as bad as advertised. We’re playing decent ball, just need a little more offense..
    And for the Dodger goofballs from the Dodger blogs who want ‘blood’, get over yourselves. if you think that was intentional, you don’t belong watching baseball. Stick to the slot machines, fools.

    • annapirhana says:

      We never retaliated over Aaron Rowand. I bet most of those “…want blood…” fans don’t even go back that far.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Nice summary of the series which wraps up today, Chico. One can only wonder what measured tones came from the Dodger blogs after Morse got whacked by Beckett below the elbow on Tuesday night. Hitting Morse – a quite understandable accident. But, hitting an inside-leaning Ramirez – to walk the lead-off runner in a tie game – “A blatant, intentional case of willful, bloody outrage!” Losing tends to blind the ‘lesser’ fans. especially those who follow Faux News, claiming they’ve followed the game ever since … “Operation Iraqi Liberation” (OIL).

  38. Chico says:

    Today in baseball history: 1953 – Mickey Mantle hits the longest home run in Griffith Stadium history, a 565-feet shot off of Chuck Stobbs of the Washington Senators. The Yanks win 7-3.

  39. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Bum could use a double play ball to get out of this fix.

  40. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Break time. Brian Wilson in the game as 8th inning ‘setup’ dood, sporting an ERA of 18.0 … first batter up, Adrianza, hits a double! Tying run at the plate.

  41. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Two strong, shut-out innings from Affeldt in relief. Giants last chance. Morse up to bat (Morse played all 9 innings today in the field – a first this season, I believe).

  42. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Now 4-2 … ugh, I mean Blanco walks to first. 2 men on. still 2 outs. Lots of murmuring in the crowd. LA pitching coach walks to mound to lecture Jansen on John Nash’s Nobel Prize winning theory on “Governing Mechanics,” I believe ….

  43. sandy32koufax says:

    Damn close to losing a sweep

  44. sandy32koufax says:

    Jacked up, long-ass day…time for a shower and some beer!

    • shaman138 says:

      Nobody cares enough to really bother with them too much–it’s just too redundant. The Splash is essentially a blog for assholes to go to and hate on the Giants–it’s always a party after a loss and a ghost town after a big win. Alberto Meadowsa in particular always scurries away after a big win. The concern troll schtick is tiresome but it keeps the mods at bay. The rest of those fucks are just childish A’sshole trolls who are envious and ashamed of their own team. And PY, the dipshit with 10,000 accounts, is always fucking around there, too. This sort of nonsense is strictly prohibited on VK’s precious Deadbeat, of course.

      • shaman138 says:

        OOPS! That was meant for shoeless. I hope the shower and beers were refreshing, btw. Burrrrp!

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        “it’s always a party after a loss and a ghost town after a big win.” Isn’t that the truth. At least until Giants post season chances become clearer, at which point the bandwagon Giants fans tend to come out in droves if only because they can see a winning finish line.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        i hate those fucks…ruined the splash

  45. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    The Splash appears completely taken over by allie and mollie. I’ve never seen them working so incessantly well and in tandem as tonight. The community spirit of the official Giants blog looks like it was hit by a neutron bomb – all the buildings are still left standing, but no one who posts there really comes out ‘alive’.

    • xoot says:

      Ah, they’re just trying to get attention. I suggest ignoring them. Respond only to the other legit posters on the blog for a while and watch the trolls squirm.

      • shaman138 says:

        Well, the green-and-gold sfgate and viafailure admins and mods allow them to troll with total impunity, so the only real way they will go away is by the Giants winning consistently. Even ignoring them isn’t very effective as they just continue to spam their concern troll bullshit anyway. The Big Molltonette74 character is hilarious but will surely be banned swiftly because mocking the A’s and their pet trolls is a clear violation of viafailure’s terms and conditions. Or something…

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Great summary of the laughable Splash experience. I must say that BigMolltonetter74 is a touch of ‘genius’. πŸ™‚ (if everyone ignored the troll-ers, they’d die a death-by-sheer-boredom, but, of course, their shtick is so effective that those who don’t see the troll for the forest will be pulled in by their inclusive “we” and “our” and “Go Giants” subterfuge.) I agree that Winning – like in 2010 and 2012 – is the only known antidote. And, assuming the team avoids major DL issues like last year, the team looks fully capable of winning. πŸ™‚

  46. xoot says:

    for those of you on the twitter, I recommend @AngryBochy

  47. xoot says:

    So far tonight, in the first, Cain has great movement on his pitches and absolutely no control of that movement.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      I’m thinking moving Pablo down to the #4 is no better than Pablo in the #3 slot. But with both Posey and Morse out of tonight’s LU, Bochy’s options were few. Still Pence 4 and Sandoval 5 was also a possibility. Still, I seldom find it useful to second guess Bochy except when I’m trying to impress hot a’s gamer babes.

      • annapirhana says:

        LOL. The bats of our boys have gone on hiatus. Let’s have Kuip step in to pinch hit.

      • xoot says:

        I hope you meant to type “hot ass”
        assuming so, I understand

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          No, I meant a’s gamer babes … if no other reason that I’m pretty sure questioning Bochy’s managerial decisions would never impress Kruk’s loyal gamer babes. But, of course, all this is pure speculation, because I’m not even sure a’s gamer babes are worth thinking to impress, since their actual attendant numbers remain a complete mystery to me.

  48. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Blanco makes catch at the warning track … great job by Cain again tonight. I shudder to think if the Giants bats don’t at least manufacture 1 run tonight … well, I don’t want to consider how this will once more reflect on Matt’s otherwise excellent job through 7.

  49. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Too bad. At least Street was forced to go 31 pitches … won’t be available / as effective tomorrow.

  50. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    The Bums lost in the 12th, the Splash ‘fans’ must be right … the sky is falling … only on the Giants.

  51. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    The Sleeping Giants bats continue to snooze through inning #4. I hate team batting slumps. I guess it’s like that bubonic plague simile in The Natural, except it’s not near as funny as when Hollywood tells the story.

  52. xoot says:

    Morse hit the bomb he’s paid to hit. Pablo looks turrible, turning his head and swinging through high pitches he used to clobber. Posey’s not quite right. The Wall of Power needs to power up.

  53. xoot says:

    Why the hell didn’t Blanco take over LF after batting?

  54. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    My only guess – and it’s a stretch – is that Bochy thinks there might be a chance to get one more Morse AB in the 9th.

  55. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Pads pull off the suicide squeeze. devilish basterds.

  56. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Pence was robbed. 😦

  57. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Benoit has 4 pitches – 2 outs – the Giants bats continue to show no patience at the plate.

  58. xoot says:

    Now if replay review worked quickly, as it did for that Posey tag of Nady at the plate, and always went in the Giants favor–well, I could stomach it then. πŸ™‚

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Exactly. I think it was the Tigers manager who said that the verdict on expanded replay is still out, because it has so far only worked 2 out of the 4 times he’s challenged a call – the 2 calls that went against him obviously need more work.

  59. annapirhana says:

    Happy Easter! Nice, relaxing day and game.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      You too, MOW.

      I however must celebrate Easter in my own inimitable way, by watching another Zombie movie (World War Z) this evening. It’s only fitting, because of what I just learned today from my daily Alternet read.

      So, according to Matthew (27:51-53), he wrote that at the moment of Jesus’ death / resurrection, Zombies “roamed the streets” of the Holy city, Jerusalem. (Actually, what Matthew purportedly ‘observed’ was that (27:52) “the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept, arose, And (27:53) came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”)

      Matthew reads almost like Dr. Stanz out of Ghostbusters … only Ghostbusters is based on a true story. Just kidding to all true believers out there.

      • annapirhana says:

        Your assessment of post-crucifixion Jerusalem might be the greatest thing EVER. Would be even better if after the “…and appeared onto many…” was continued with “…and consumed of their brains and bodies.”

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Good observation. It’s still not clear to scientists why zombies have such an insatiable desire to eat human brains. Notice how cats and dogs appear to be immune from ‘the zombie effect’. I think that might be more proof yet that cats and dogs are the chosen ones … not man!

  60. annapirhana says:

    I am off to Japan in a week. Please email or send me a FB message if you would like me to get your something. Yes, Japan is the land of many weird things, but they have great snacks and stuff. Just don’t ask for stuff like soiled underwear from the vending machines.

  61. Chico says:

    The Dubs are coming back to SF!

    • xoot says:

      Well, they’re buying some property. They can always resell it, no doubt at a profit, if they decide to build somewhere else. That location’s too far to walk from BART but the central subway route they’re building now would run past that arena–on its way to Hunter’s Point. SF’s changing.

  62. annapirhana says:

    Well, this game is a bit painful.

    • xoot says:

      I think I went into shock while driving home from work, listening on the radio. Feel sort of numb now.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        You know it’s not gonna be a good night at Coors Field when the starting pitcher goes out after 1.1 innings (6H, 5R, 3W ….).

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          You also know it’s not gonna be a good night at Coors Field when Huff beats out an infield hit only to go on the DL; the Giants “Crown Jewell” (how Murph/Mac described Posey this morning) hits into a DP with bases loaded / no outs in the 3rd inning; and then again grounds out to 3rd (with runners on 1st and 3rd).

          • xoot says:

            I can’t listen to dumb and dumber on that morning show anymore. I did, for several years, just to hear the players and coaches and K&K phone in. But enough is enough.

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              I set my radio to come on at 7:40 AM M-F to hear Kruk and Kuip. Today, I thought Murph (or was it Mac … I get the two mix’d up most of the time) raised a fair question – that I hadn’t considered – about Posey to Kuip about whether it’s possible Posey went into his slump after running into Paul Goldschmidt at 1B. Kuip wracked his brains to corroborate this possibility, but claimed he hadn’t heard a thing, whether behind closed doors with Bochy or in the players locker room, about any possible injury to Posey. One thing they both agreed on: Posey would never, ever openly concede he was injured. I just assumed that Buster is suffering the throes of a bad slump. But, Bochy is still not concerned about Posey … but, is far more so about Sandoval.

            • xoot says:

              True, Posey has gone 2 for 31 since his bunt RBI single and collision with Goldschmidt. I hope murphmack told Kuip that fact clearly instead of pretending their interns hadn’t looked at it for them. (Gave me something to do while I was eating my takeout from True Burger.) Posey’s most recent hit, however, was the bomb he blasted in San Diego on Sunday, putting a first pitch fastball way over the CF wall. Also his throws to 2B have been very good lately. I’ll bet it’s cumulative dings that have worn him down a bit.

  63. Chico says:

    Fucking fuck.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      No way I can add to that other than “Fuck it!! Today’s a fucking new day! and may the Giants bats rise once more from out the ashen rubble and rocky wasteland of last night’s fucking debacle.”

  64. annapirhana says:

    Well, pitching is atrocious but the Giants have also left many runners on base. This could be a close ballgame.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      I still admire your unwavering optimism to see the forest for the trees despite nothing but rocks, misery, and despair from the first inning on of last night’s game. πŸ˜‰

  65. shaman138 says:

    Well, the Dubs have a lot more to worry about tonight than a new arena. Ouch.

    Giants? No comment. Soooo…Go Sharks!

  66. unca_chuck says:

    Hey, the Dubs did their job. And that was to take one in LA. Let the Clips feel good about their big fat win. The refs seemed bound and determined to let Griffin mug anyone and everyone. I don’t think he deserved the fouls he got in game 1, but neither did Igluodala. The refs completely overreacted in game 1 and underreacted in game 2. I mean Griffin’s 1st foul was called on him in the 4th quarter.

    It’s be a struggle without Bogut (as usual) but they proved they can win without him.

  67. annapirhana says:

    Arise, o’ bats! And GO SHARKS!

  68. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Hunter Pence is ‘arising’! New Ballgame.

  69. xoot says:

    Pablo has nothing on his swing. He can’t get around on the high pitches he used to clobber. When he makes contact, it’s weak. Likewise the low breaking balls that he used to golf into the stands now often turn into pop ups in the IF or mid-deep in the OF. I haven’t seen anything resembling a good AB from him in a long time.

  70. annapirhana says:

    Okay…let’s go Giants. Underpants on base. Do something fellers!

  71. xoot says:

    Γ  proΒ·pos de bottes, as they say, I saw an insouciant thirtyish man in Rockridge this evening sporting an early spring country-club-quality golf tan. He also had a blue curly toupee tattooed on his shaved head. If he’d been very pale I think I would’ve just filed it away. But damn that golf tan was strange.

  72. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    The only runs scored so far tonight were three solo homers – 2 by Rox …. damn!

    • xoot says:

      Yep. What’s the axiom? At Coors keep runners off the bases and HRs to solos and you’re likely to win. Something like that.

      41 year old closer Latroy Hawkins for the Rockbottoms. I remember him with the Giants. Tough guy. Tough old guy. Still, light him up, Giants.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        I remember him, too; but I don’t remember him being ‘closer’ material.

        • xoot says:

          I’m listening to the radio and watching the tv. Jon Miller seems pretty excited tonight. (I get the radio description at least one full pitch before the video feed imagery.)

  73. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Crawdude Walks … Winning run somewhere lurking in Giants Wall Of Swings.

  74. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Blanco gets a hit … trying run on second!

  75. sandy32koufax says:

    Hawkins is still tough if he doesn’t throw too many pitches!

  76. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Goodnight all.

  77. annapirhana says:

    I predict the Giants will go on a three week winning streak while I’m in Japan. It tends to work that way.

  78. xoot says:

    Well, I think there’s another axiom. Finish April .500 or above and healthy, and you’re in great shape. (Unless you have Puig on your team. Then you have a time bomb! A time bomb! on the squad. πŸ˜‰ )

  79. xoot says:

    MadBum with a complete game 2-1 loss. We’re talking Marichal/Spahn country here. Damn.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Too old…think Lincy/Kersh or Madbum/Kersh

      • xoot says:

        No. The rockbottoms shuffled pitchers. Only MadBum gutted it out to the end. Kershaw certainly has done the same quite a few times for a starter in this era–that’s true.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Bum is a badass. Quality guy there.

        • annapirhana says:

          Really love MadBum.

          I still remember when the Giants got off the team bus after their successful playoff trip in 2010 to Atlanta. Wheeling a polka-dot suitcase behind him, he had this shy grin on his face as he looked at the throng of cheering fans lining the road next to the player parking lot. He wanted so much to greet everyone, and shyly walked up and began shaking hands. It was the most endearing thing I will remember about him, as a young rookie trying to experience everything he could, overwhelming or not.

  80. xoot says:

    are the reports true? Is the wave circulating at dodger stadium in the middle of a 0-0 game? I guess they have to have their fun before they leave in the 6th.

  81. annapirhana says:

    The Giants usually wait until June before breaking into their full blown slumps. This is an early warning shot. Even the clumsy teams of the 70s gave us enough to roar about before stinking it up like this.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Like Schulman said earlier today “This team is not as good as the first week nor as bad as the past week”

    • xoot says:

      This is going to be a streaky season. We’ll have something to roar about soon. The pitching and hitting will come together for a while and then diverge. For a while. If the highs overwhelm the lows at the AS break, the Giants’ll make some moves, as they did in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

      • annapirhana says:

        Of this, I am confident. I love the Sabean mid-season moves more than the off-season stuff, which tends to be terrifying. Interesting to see what will become of Panda, whose srumping needs to stop soon. Or at least a retraction of the AS game or not threat to the contract ordeal.

  82. sandy32koufax says:

    LOLOLOL Oaktown offered a ten yr lease to Wolffco!

    • xoot says:

      The A’s rejected it immediately.

      • xoot says:

        Now the E Coli JPA is demanding payment of $5M back rent. This story just gets better and better. The clogged plumbing may end up being relevant to the rent dispute. Ha! I bet it turns out Lew Wolff had somebody flush towels to trigger the sewage spills.

  83. sandy32koufax says:

    Damn Dodgers losing to the fillies?

  84. unca_chuck says:

    This is when the Giants should be making hay to put some distance between themselves and the Doggers. Unfortunately, we ain’t. They are hurt and scuffling. We are healthy and scuffling.

    There’s NOTHING worse than a fucking boring team. The only game I saw live so far was the Cain 1-0 loss to the fucking sherpas. The highlight of the game was the noon burger and beer at Red’s Java House. At least they aren’t going to build the new arena on top of it . . .

    • xoot says:

      I saw MadBum’s grand-slam game. I’m still smiling from that one.

      • shaman138 says:

        I was there, too. That game started off on a sour note before we got to the ballpark but as soon as we got there, grabbed our beers/food, and found our seats, the game turned around very quickly. Being there live for that grand slam was a surreal yet awesome experience. Plus, the post-game fireworks show was excellent–very elaborate and colorful display.

  85. annapirhana says:

    Thank God for the SJ Sharks. amirite?

    • shaman138 says:

      Yup. They sure gutted out a hard core, gritty win last night in OT when it looked like the Kings were going to take that game. Niemi was just fucking epic with those saves–I honestly can’t believe he stopped that assault to allow Marleau to score on the first shot. To be fair, Quick made some stellar saves as well. Awesome, classic game. The Sharks look hungry and determined this year (unlike a certain impotent baseball team) and this is the best I’ve ever seen them play, IMO. If they don’t win the Cup this year, it’ll be because they were beat by the better team, not because they “choked”.

  86. xoot says:

    Slugfest at Coors, huh? Worst kind of game to follow on gameday software. Oh well.

  87. unca_chuck says:

    No kidding. I clicked watch gsame live, and just happened to see Morse’s 2nd bomb live before it went to some other screen. Took the gameday thing a minute to catch up so I wasn’t sure it was real!

  88. xoot says:

    What a crazy mile high game.

  89. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Rox have bases loaded, Affeldt’s gotten 2 outs after Cain was pulled, talking about pressure relief! … “comebacker” … 1-3 put-out!! Whew!

  90. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Come on Hector. Walk or hit … take your pik!

  91. shoelessinbearvalley says:


  92. xoot says:

    holy jeezus f-ing keereist almighty what a bizarre but, at this point, 12-8 in the 10th, beautiful game.

  93. xoot says:

    wow. Even via gameday updates that game was exhausting to follow. Somewhere at Coors Field they should have a list of the most absurd bandbox games played there to date. This game earned a spot in perpetuity.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      “Exhausting” – my experience as well. whew! to borrow from Chico, “FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!” πŸ™‚

  94. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Thank you! A kinda must win today … what an ‘exhausting’ game. Every time the Giants would take a lead in this series, the Rox would invariably come right back to tie or retake the lead in their next AB. Finally, today, The Giants found a way. Especially commendation goes to Morse today, who got the Giants back into the game when it looked like the team was once more headed in the wrong direction.

  95. sandy32koufax says:

    Just another typical 9 jack game @Coors…

  96. Chico says:

    What a game… That Sanchez GS was golden! I hate Coors field..

  97. Chico says:

    MOW, PM of FB for ya.. Take your time and enjoy your vacation.

  98. Chico says:

    And yes, I jumped onto the Sharks bandwagon.. Not afraid to admit it.. Beat LA!

  99. sandy32koufax says:

    Fillies have Hamels going for the first time this year @7:10 in the Beautiful Gem of the West. He has owned LA in Dodger stadium but his record in first games of the season the past several yrs is horrible. Let’s all put our hands together and chant “Beat da Fills” BTW, the Zachster goes for LA and he needs to be the stopper…

  100. datswhatsup says:

    I’m thinking of trademarking the brunger…half broom half plunger after the Texas sweep at the E-Coli

    The a’s fans have no answer on the Splash or Dumbeat.

  101. sandy32koufax says:


  102. datswhatsup says:

    Nice win SFDF, by nice I mean I hated it.

    Blogs are much more fun when filled with fans talking about their team, of course if instead you want to engage in a battle of who can be a bigger dick…well okay I’m game.

    Nigel asked me to stop after I piled on the a’s last post season…he said “you made your point you can stop” and I said I would, just stay off the Splash, he just couldn’t do it. It’s going to be a long season for him on the Dumbeat…I promise.

    Sometimes I feel bad when their responses are just sooo lame,but…..Don’t bring a crayon to the SATs

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      … Nigel is the better of ‘a’ really bad lot. It’s sad and too bad, but also too true, that so many a’s fans wear an inferiority chip the size of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Except climbing El Capitan is always a noteworthy achievement whereas a’s trolling the Splash gains nothing but to promote an ever bigger chip. or somethin’ like that.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      dats, Nigelis bearable and usually a voice of reason…but not above snark.

      I liked the jints win in that same exact way, bro πŸ™‚

  103. Chico says:

    Well, well, the Tea Party/libertarian hero really spoke his mind, huh? Why is this not surprising?

    The Feds should go in there and haul his ass away.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      They tried that, “100’s of militiamen forced the BLM thugs to back off,” remember the spin? Lock that property down and wait them out.

    • annapirhana says:

      Ironic, coming from the biggest government moocher of all.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        The key thing to note is that Sean Hannity – the lightweight mental-shrimp – isn’t backing down or breaking his vow to stand along side Clive and his “freedom” loving squatters.

  104. unca_chuck says:

    Commence furious backpedalling. Can’t wait for ther fox spin on this.

    Or will they simply choose to ignore it?

  105. unca_chuck says:

    Just another supremely deluded guy remembering a past that didn’t exist. Like the Rebublicans and the glorious 50’s. When taxes were double what we all pay now.

    Yeah, slaves were much happier to be beaten, lynched, their families torn apart, on and on rather than be free.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Unfortunately, human evolution is such a slow and patience-taxing process, especially when it comes to the obscenely, pathologically rich and old white rednecks like Cliven and his ‘freedom boys of irritable bowel movements’.

  106. Chico says:

    I don;t know how much stock to put into the ‘maps’, but I do like Mother Jones.. New York have some orange there too. Lots of Giants fans there.. The bartenders at Finnerty’s can confirm that.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Wow! “There is not a single zip code in the entire country that favors the New York Mets. Even in 11368, the home of Citi Field, fans prefer the Yankees by 53 to 25 percent.

      “And the Oakland A’s have it even worse. In 94501, the home of the Oakland Coliseum, fans prefer the San Francisco Giants by a whopping 59 to 18 percent.”

      No wonder aaa’s fans wear such a big chip on their shoulders – they knew the truth all along and yet live in abject denial.

    • annapirhana says:

      I bet there would be lots more orange down in So Cal if any of us cared to openly admit on FB that we were, in fact, living down here.

  107. shoelessinbearvalley says: (scroll down the page to the two live video links … well worth the exercise)

    In case any of β€˜us’ missed this supremely satisfying (and all the more so, informative) retort to Faux News’ Sean Hannity by Jon Stewart at his very best. Great stuff. –Denny

    • annapirhana says:

      Ode to Sean Hannity
      by John Cleese

      Aping urbanity
      Oozing with vanity
      Plump as a manatee
      Faking humanity
      Journalistic calamity
      Intellectual inanity
      Fox Noise insanity
      You’re a profanity

      • unca_chuck says:


        And yeah I saw Jon Stewart last night. Good stuff. It’s alwys funny when they try to go after Stewart or Colbert. Thye invariably get shot to pieces. Figuratively of course.

  108. unca_chuck says:

    What’s that old soong? The Name Game?

    Hannity Hannity
    bo Bannity
    banana fana fo fannity
    fee fie moe mannity

  109. Chico says:

    My daily show didn’t record dude to a kids movie I was recording 😦 Thanks for the link! He PWNED Hannity.

  110. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    The Warriors for some reason appear to have come out flat in the second half.

    • xoot says:

      Without Bogut the Warriors have no enforcer. I think they’re not getting many good outside looks because they’re soft inside. On the other hand, maybe LA’s getting a bit over aggressive? Foul trouble could help the Warriors late.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        A great effort to come back from an 18 point deficit. So close but not to be.

        • xoot says:

          The threes started to rain toward the end and they played hard. But . . . . And I really used to enjoy seeing Bogut try to deck Griffin a few times per game.

  111. annapirhana says:

    Brian Wilson blew it again tonight for the Dodgers, letting the 3-3 tie become a 7-3 game. His ERA is astronomical. More importantly, Dodger fans on Twitter are calling for his execution, which seems premature as he’s only really blown two games for them.

    Without doing anything, the Giants are suddenly 1/2 a game behind the Dodgers.

    • xoot says:

      Well that’s good news. High-stress late-inning failure on the mound will make his hirsute look–something like a neoteric Rasputin these days–seem really funny. Now if the Giants can just combine some decent pitching with some decent hitting for a few games in a row, things’ll be fine.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Kruk’s brief report on Wilson from this morning: Brian’s velocity is there, but his mechanics are out of whack. Wonder if Sandy32 saw the game?

  112. sandy32koufax says:

    Interesting story on Atlee Hammaker’s daughter marrying Yan Gomes, if for no other reason than the racism and nationalism espoused in the comments. Americans seem ignorant of basic civics.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      I would normally be surprised that Ethier’s bat is cold early in the season, but, I’m not given the way Pence and Sandoval both have struggled as Giants (with Pence’s bat now coming round.) I assume it’s just a matter of time for Ethier’s bat to heat up, assuming of course Mattingly gives him the nod to start. An interesting “problem” that hopefully Don will never completely solve. πŸ˜‰

  113. xoot says:

    Good Giants game tonight. They’re playing tough so far and the team named in honor of an indigenous north american person who starred for them early on in their history is playing pretty well too.

    • annapirhana says:

      Good to see the Kuiper bobblehead although it’s beginning to wear a bit thin. Enjoyed the little mini-documentary until his kids sort of ruined the whole thing. Overall, sort of cute.

      Next time, maybe they’ll honor the infamous Cleveland Indians $.10 Beer Night. I like that more than the Kuip homer.

  114. xoot says:

    Wow. Morse struggles with the wind on a routine fly ball.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Again, can’t see a damn thing to attest to this … must be all the rolling bay fog that Jon Miller / Dave Flemming is somehow failing to report for listeners of the game.

      (Miller’s radio play-by-play of Morse’s first “sac” fly was so different in tone from Kuip’s TV play-by-play where it was made clear that Michael’s ball got hung up in the wind – otherwise could have been yet another bomb. This year I’m find radio far less ‘insightful’ than in previous years … maybe I just got spoiled having CSNBA all last season … I do look forward to hooking back up to see more of the games – either that or buy some tickets and go see the Giants play live!)

  115. xoot says:

    And then, after making the play to end the top of the inning, Morse steps up in the bottom of the inning and hits a BOMB to CF. I’m not a stats obsessive sort of fan, but how do you calibrate those two events? Acceptable D + superior O? We can get by with that.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Mega shot, very deep. That game babe is squirmy gushy for Morse

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Remember Sabean’s second half pickup of Jose Guillen in RF in 2010? His mobility was an F while his bat could be an B+ / A- … but, stats or no stats, he was just never worth the trade-off.

      • xoot says:

        That was during the Neukom years. The MO was this: double up. The theory seemed to assume that there’s a good chance one of two will stick. It started with the Freddie Sanchez/Garko deal in 2009. Obviously, only Sanchez stuck (and he came close to being the 2010 WS mvp, right behind Renteria). Then it was Lopez/Ramirez for the pen–both were great additions. Cody Ross and Guillen were late 2010 additions. Guillen became very expendable after his wife received a FedEx package of hgh. Ross, of course, took over RF. They were unable to make double deals in 2011 and came up short. I think the Scutaro/Pence deals in 2012 were a variation on the theme.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Which after all the fans’ clamoring for a bona fide “LF bat / slugger,” Morse looks like a terrific off season ‘gamble’ pickup by Sabean. If his health holds up, he will prove one of the keys to getting to the post season.

  116. sandy32koufax says:

    Howell just gave up

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      The Bums still have a chance with LaTroy Hawkins taking the mound.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        done deal

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Could only follow the game via MLB Gameday, but Ramirez and Gonzales almost pulled it off.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            Close but no cigar

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              ha! You know I was wondering even as late as yesterday where that expression originated. My first guess was maybe “close but no cigar” referred to the tradition of handing out cigars when a man and wife were going to have a baby … except that “close but no cigar” would imply that any conception ‘came up short’ … which then fostered the follow up expression, that being: If at first you don’t succeed then try, try, try again. πŸ™‚

              But, somehow I think that may be too easy. Perhaps, someone has already googled where this expression originated, but I’m ‘tied up’ at the moment.

              • sandy32koufax says:

                That thought had never occurred to me but it is an interesting bit of whimsy. Here you go, shoeless.


                The phrase, and its variant ‘nice try, but no cigar’, are of US origin and date from the mid-20th century. Fairground stalls gave out cigars as prizes, and this is the most likely source, although there’s no definitive evidence to prove that.

                It is first recorded in print in Sayre and Twist’s publishing of the script of the 1935 film version of Annie Oakley:

                “Close, Colonel, but no cigar!”

                • shoelessinbearvalley says:

                  Interesting! πŸ™‚ I wonder what Freud had to say about handing out cigars as prizes? And what do American women think about this presumably exclusive “American tradition?”

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Ziggy was obsessed by his interpretation of phallic objects, so he’d prolly declare some neuroses by the midway barkers. OTOH, he did seem to enjoy a fine cigar. Judging by famous purveyors of a well rolled and aged collection of tobacco leaves such as Calamity Jane, Ellen Barkin and the infamous Oval Office Intern, I’d think they’d be a bit jealous. Why not hand HER the booby prize πŸ˜‰ ?

  117. sandy32koufax says:

    So, Stern, Silver etc., let Sterling go w/o at least a temp suspension??? Just HUH?

    • Chico says:

      What happened? Been away from the news today.. Spent the day in Princeton/moss beach/HMB with he wife and kiddos.

  118. xoot says:

    All this talk about Adam Silver and Donald Sterling reminds me of a college gf from Bel Air whose last name was Gold. Her parents urged her to date a rich kid in LA named Sterling, instead of the working-class surfer she’d met in that den of iniquity, UC Santa Cruz circa 1971. I thought that was one of the funniest things I’d ever heard. Probably a lot of Sterling families in LA, however.
    Anyway, here’s a good look at some of the legal issues. Putting evidence together to make a case in court is like harnessing a flea circus. This article demonstrates that point, too:

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      “Confirming the authenticity of the recording could prove difficult. The original recording is presumably in the possession of TMZ. The NBA, as a private business, has no subpoena power to force TMZ or any other entity to turn it over. TMZ may be reluctant to share the original recording, especially if it was obtained on the condition that it would not be shared. TMZ may also be reluctant to share the recording because the recording itself could be unlawful.”

      For now, I prefer not to speculate. First things first. Which means the recording must be authenticated at which point, I’m in favor of quick justice, like the traditional tar and feathering of the ole buzzard. Either that, or let the Warriors kick Clipper ass all over the court in the rest of the series, winning BIG!!!

    • sandy32koufax says:

      All Hail, Xoot the Usurper!

      My biggest takeaway from McCann’s outline, is that the players have the federal right to boycott Sterling in the form of refusing to work under the conditions he has, even prior to this, it seems. It even reads as if their contracts, despite the verbiage which may be contained therein, cannot supersede Title VII of the CRA.

      I’m sure they’ve discussed doing just that already, too, since it is the most immediate way they can strike back at him. Will they walkout on the situation is all that remains to be seen. I’m guessing they won’t, per KJ’s involvement. I keep hearing, BTW, that Johnson has serious aspirations to becoming our next Guv following Jerry or even the NBPA Chief…little birdies are good to know.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Karmic Justice: Warriors win big today.

        • xoot says:

          Well, the Clippers were probably a bit distracted.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            Remember all of those teams like the A’s and Yanks that had mega distractions during their WS runs? Finley and Steinbrenner gained greatly by them…

          • xoot says:

            yeah, I love the story about the A’s player in the dugout who hurled a baseball at Charlie Finley’s head when that a-hole strolled out on the field before a game. Charlie couldn’t get anybody on the team to rat the guy out. Those were the old pre-FA days, however. These days pro athletes make so much money and get so much publicity and attention they can put up with a lot from bad owners. (Look at the current A’s.) Racism in the NBA, though? That’s so damn anachronistically sick I think it must be distracting.

            • sandy32koufax says:

              I don’t think it matters which sport this would have taken place in, if an owner had a history of acts of racism, which Sterling apparently has, it would effect the team. “How” is the only thing I wonder about. Marge Schott was a self-affirmed racist…yet she somehow had a tight thing with Larkin (unless I’m remembering this incorrectly). How does that work from his end?

  119. sandy32koufax says:

    Finally, for those so inclined as to waste good money drinking in the name of marathon beerfesting, I offer this:

  120. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Vogelsong has pitched a 7 inning gem of 2H, 2W shutout ball! Whew! allie’s pre game prediction just looks all the gloomier … for Jim, that is. ha!

    • xoot says:

      Vogey pitched very well–104 pitches in 7 innings, no runs at all, and left with the lead. No win, but his WHIP looks better now. Hicks made all the routine plays today and a couple of tough ones (including that amazing DP where he was brilliant and yet got upstaged by an even more dazzling turn by Crawford). And Hicks clearly can hit. Hicks may be our 2B.

    • xoot says:

      On the post game show, decent review of Romo’s success in the 9th against some good LH hitters. Always a superior righty specialist, Romo took over the closer role only after he developed a method to get lefties out. Sometimes he slips. But today he showed he still has the stuff. Very nice to see.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Yeah, Romo was efficient today. 12 pitches, 1K. Giants win. A sweep over any team is so much harder than ‘it sounds’. And presumably even harder with the bottom #4 and #5 of the pitching rotation being part of the mix. A significant win in my estimation.

        Meanwhile, sadly the Bums lost a squeaker. πŸ™‚ ha! A best case scenario right now would be for the Giants to surge and separate themselves as far as possible from LAD before Clayton returns to their lineup. It’s entirely within the realms of possibility, so I’m going with my best case scenario until proven otherwise.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        I may have overstated Vogey’s outing today as a “gem,” but he got it done and that’s what really counts. I’m both relieved and happy knowing his performance today guarantees he lives to pitch another start.

  121. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    I’d like to dedicate this “400th” post – for the extended week ever since our very own MOB left us alone here while she’s off cavorting and living some life of Samurai O’Riley in Japan, probably speaking her native language behind our backs even as jrdowder’s struggle here with the King’s English, hoping to avoid one more embarrassing typo after another (oh, and if do do a ‘typo’ … I’d like to hereby dedicate all future typos to our one and only Bum’s fan here, sandy32koufax who’s team has probably – in the immortal words of John Paul Jones, “not yet begun to fight” – which may happen only with Kershaw’s more timely return) – yes, I’d like to dedicate this 400th post to Chico, Xoot, unc_chuck, shaman138 (not to be confused with shaman137 or shaman139!), datswhatsup, sandy32koufax, but most of all annapirhana for maintaining and keeping this refuge alive for at least the last 200+ years of baseball … assuming you accept “the real story behind baseball,” which suggests variations of the purely American sport sprung up in the 1700’s in and around New York, Philadelphia and Massachusetts … but that eventually the New York version of the game is what ‘won’ out. And the association of baseball to gambling in the 1860’s predates anything the Chicago ‘black’ Sox probably thought up ‘on the fly’ ….

    • Chico says:

      Thanks for sharing this Shoeless.. I’ll give it a read later on tonight. Looks fascinating!

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Probably ‘old’ news to most, but it was new to me. I was still going with the General Abner Doubleday invented baseball claim – read if for the first time back in one of my Civil War books – you know, the same Civil War many white, male Southerners are still not happy about to this day. πŸ˜‰

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Thanks, shoeless. I saw this last month, from another source. Great pick though. Ah, history and those that write it are not the same as it really plays out~

  122. Chico says:

    1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
    2. Hunter Pence (R) LF
    3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    4. Buster Posey (R) C
    5. Michael Morse (R) RF
    6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
    7. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    8. Brandon Hicks (R) 2B
    9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Something all G fans know very well: Bochy is stubborn and slow to change his LU until ‘the last strike’ Belt while sticking with Pence as his ‘contact’ hitter.

      Here’s my version of the “what-if” lineup for, say, June 2014:

      1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
      2. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
      3. Buster Posey (R) C
      4. Michael Morse (R) LF
      5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
      6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
      7. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
      8. Brandon Hicks (R) 2B
      9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Crawford is having a good yr so far, if he maintains his present clip he will have silenced his critics and fulfilled his potential. IDWant to see that come to pass but it’s a good story of local boy makes good…hell, he’s made good anyway.

  123. xoot says:

    “If he turns around to squeeze, I’m gonna drill him.” Kruk’s tactic. I like it. But if a guy turns to squeeze, can’t a pitcher adjust and fly into a pitch out? Maybe not on a late sneaky bunt attempt. So drill him! (Unless the bases are loaded.)

    • sandy32koufax says:

      we’ve seen it before and it’s usually worked. good thinking, xoot

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        I was slow picking up on this (slow all day) … what threw me was “fly into” … but now I appreciate that “fly into” is simply another way of saying ‘instantly adjusting’ … and catching the runner at 3rd with a nifty pitch-out. I like it, too, xoot!

  124. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Pablo needs to stay away from the double play.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Pablo used to like fastballs … now he doesn’t seem able “to catch up” to ’em. Does losing weight (and possible muscle mass?) do this? … Pablo was terrible at that last at bat.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Muscle mass, maybe. Fat? No way. Apparently his timing has been thrown out of whack…or he’s just not seeing the ball

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Ah! That’s not the first time a question about Pablo’s vision has been raised as a possible issue. I, however, suspect that for whatever reason(s), it his timing as you suggest. good call.

  125. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Bums gain a half game doing nuthin’ as Greinke looks to make life miserable for the Twins come Tuesday.

  126. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    I’m beginning to think the Padres and Bud Black hold some kind of jinx over Giants. If Bumgarner was himself tonight, the Giants bats had more than enough fire power to drive home a win. 😦

  127. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    In case you gave up the ghost after Giants marathon loss and went to bed early, the “Lip Sync-Off” with Jimmy Fallon and Emma Stone was pretty amazing … Jimmy was good … but, Emma, who’s reported to have a near genius level capacity to memorize was, well … watch and see for yourself! πŸ™‚

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Hmmm, no, didn’t see it but, uh, thanks πŸ™‚

      Know what? I made a mistake last night, must have been the celebration over the score (more likely I’m justa boob). Max Venable was drafted by LA and was never a Poodre. He played twice for the Pirates, the Reds, Angels, Expos and the jints!

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