WHO DOESN’T LOVE A ROAD TRIP?

One of my favorite SF Chronicle stories appeared in September 1982, featuring a b/w photo of Jeff Leonard coming off the team plane, in street clothes, and pausing at the top of the SFO tarmac steps to look down at the crowd who’d gathered to welcome the Giants home from a very successful road trip.  Leonard thrust his fist in the air–that’s where the photo found him–and shouted:  “Sweep!  Sweep!  Sweep!”  In fact, the Giants had just swept three of three from the bums in L.A.  According to the article, as I recall it, the delighted fans chanted along with the HacMan.

Well we’re not in the middle of a September division race now.  I remember at about this point back in 2012 the Giants and the bums actually traded in-your-face sweeps.  We know how that season developed.  So these four games in L.A. aren’t make or break.  The Giants still have some moving parts to re-balance a bit before they’re a smooth running machine.  (Meanwhile, the bums have one of the most unbalanced entertainers in baseball in their lineup; but more about him some other time.)

Still a series win would be pleasant, wouldn’t it?  btw, do people still gather at the airport to welcome the team home?  How?  Another era.

For now, we are settling into our approach to LAX.  Fasten your seat belts, put your teeth-whitening strips in position until we land, and please completely touch up the grey lines in your dye jobs before exiting the plane.  Welcome to Los Angeles.

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176 Responses to WHO DOESN’T LOVE A ROAD TRIP?

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Nice. Yeah, I’t been a while since you even stepped onto the tarmac, let alone see a crowd gathered there. Although I’ve been flying to places like Corvallis, Eugene, and Boise (Alaska Airlines puddle jumpers) lately so you get the thrill of walking onto the tarmac to get on the plane.

    If only for a second, you can step out of the plane imagning you are John Lennon at JFK . . .

    • xoot says:

      Those sound like successful trips, feeling good as you depart. (Nobody wants to be thinking of Nixon.)

      • unca_chuck says:

        Ha ha. That image of Nixon climbing into the helicopter is forever etched upon my brain.

        I was 12 at the time, and it just seemed so surreal to see the US president waliing out of the White House and flying away,. never to return.

  2. shaman138 says:

    Who doesn’t love a road trip in beautiful L.A.?

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef016767bc5003970b-pi

    • xoot says:

      That’s LA! by the way, I don’t want to wish Tommy Lasorda bad luck, but . . . .

    • Chico says:

      I have to drive through that shit on Monday.. Taking the family to Disneyland.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Worth the shit to take wife and kids to see Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, A Small World, and cute Minnie Mouse in the flesh. Have a blast and enjoy everything!

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Man, did the drive from Sacto to Anaheim about 200 times over the life of my marriage (wife’s family is from down there). I know every truckstop, gas station, and fast food joint on the way.

    Harris Ranch is great. If the wind is blowing north.

  4. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Another classic pitching battle. Hick’s big bat proving its worth. Ties the game at 1-1. Pagan on 2nd. Beckett out. Pence has the opportunity to give the Giants the lead.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Withrow – 95mph FB for a strike.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Will Ryan come out to pitch the 7th? His pitch count is great, but the last two innings have been an exercise in ‘living on the edge’.

        • xoot says:

          He’s out to face some good hitters.

          • shoelessinbearvalley says:

            Vogelsong is pitching proof that the doomers were guilty of ‘projecting’ gloom and doom, but nowhere close to predicting Ryan’s last three successful starts.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Another nifty double play gets Vogey out of the 7th. His third quality start in a row. good job, Ryan!

          • xoot says:

            That was a very good DP.

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              Withrow throws heat. Belt SO’s … Posey tries to steal 2nd? 😉

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              I actually get to watch the game tomorrow on the local channel … I really miss not seeing any of the plays this year. Radio play calling can’t compete with the fan’s eye.

  5. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Vogey through 7.1 . His career is obviously like so over yesterday. Where’s Gaudin when ‘we’ need him?!

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Vogelsong’s ERA just dropped below 4.0 for the first time this season (3.93).

      • xoot says:

        Guts and guile from Vogey late in the game tonight. He went deep and it’s tied 1-1 in the 8th. Great job from a 5 starter.

  6. xoot says:

    Puig? grab some pine, pork.

  7. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Always dangerous Kemp up. Casilla looking sharp tonight … 95mph strike 2.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Casilla – wow! 0.86 ERA so far this year.

    • xoot says:

      Casilla tore Kemp down on strike three. Santiago’s a helluva late inning guy.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Beautiful!

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          Santiago’s been throwing heat with location this year. A very pleasant kind of surprise for 2014. Like all the other Giants (knock on wood) may he remain healthy and fit to be there in September and hopefully “to infinity and beyond!” 🙂

  8. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Big at bat opportunity for Posey.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Jamie Wright not sharp tonight!

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Belt drives in an insurance run! Wright has been a ‘god-send’ for Giants tonight. 😉

        • xoot says:

          Closer time.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            Didn’t get to a TV until just after Hicks’ HR. Ya, time for Puig and Donnie to go…Donnie Byebye and Puig demoted.

            • shoelessinbearvalley says:

              Donnie … because, he left Wright in to pitch through the 10th? Or did the Nats series just take a greater toll on his bullpen, making last night’s closing innings all the more difficult to manage effectively? I’m not sure, which is why I ask.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Puig’s stylin’ on the flyout was especially sweet. Kid had a hard road to get where he is, but he seems to be following the Terrell Owens path of pissing off anyone and everyone around him. Teammates and opponents.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    And coaches and fans and the media . . .

  11. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Maholm got rattled in the first by Pence … a 25 pitch 1st inning.

    Meanwhile, an efficient, 11 pitch 1st for MadBum.

  12. xoot says:

    Belt’s left thumb is seriously dinged, maybe broken. He used his right hand to grab 2B when he slid back to avoid the pick off and got up grimacing over his left hand, that barely touched the ground as he slid. Lot of pain.

    So let’s drill Puig. 🙂

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      I was thinking it didn’t look good. But, he stayed in the game while Madison pitched a beauty on the outside corner for strike 3. Puig was standing so far back from the plate, he appears to be begging to pitched outside.

      (What fun it is to actually watch a game for a change! I could actually see for myself, not depending on Miller or Flemming to serve as my eyeballs, that Bumgarner’s strike 3 was “perfect!”

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Strike that – I just read the Twitter at SF Gate that Belt has been taken out of the game. shit! Yeah, take out Puig, Ramirez, or Gonzalez.

        • xoot says:

          Belt dove back to 2B to avoid the catcher’s pickoff attempt and came up grimacing and shaking his left hand even though he used his right hand to reach for the bag. I’ve had some experience with HBP and broken hands over the years. I’m worried about Belt.

  13. xoot says:

    That Puig AB was a beauty. Funny to see him so far off the plate, trying to neutralize MadBum’s pitches on the hands. So MadBum hits the outside corner. Puig’s childish attempt to show up the ump then was amusing. But still–I want a blow up!

  14. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Whoo Hooo! Lefty Crawford takes it to the lefty, Maholm! Giants 2-0. Nice.

  15. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Nobody covering 2nd! Pence scores, Arias ‘steals’ 2nd! Ha!

  16. xoot says:

    The Giants are playing good baseball. I don’t know wtf the bums are doing.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Is it any wonder most folks want to ear-hole that clown?

    • xoot says:

      yeah, I say so jokingly but still . . . I can’t remember the last time I wanted to see a player drilled. Maybe never. But this guy does deserve it at least in the gut.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      No wonder at all. some laugh at his antics, but I’ve come to seriously dislike the dude. And, I can’t say that about any other baseball player.

  18. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Bases Loaded. No outs. Pence up … oh, no. 😦

    • xoot says:

      Posey seemed to over think the next AB. He let two hittable FBs go by, as if he expected a breaking ball. Then he got the breaking ball. The bums players don’t seem real sharp but somebody is paying good money to have back up coaches with computers devise strategy. Puig’s deep set in the box, as another example.

  19. Chico says:

    PY alert.. The user WhatIsLove

  20. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Great play by Pagan! Effective shift by Crawford. Two Outs. One more, please.

    • xoot says:

      All done. Now let’s see the brain trust adjust to Belt’s temporary absence. Personally, I want a sweep in LA now, too. Be a good way to respond to the bad luck.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Yeah. Playing Posey more at 1B doesn’t sound quite right to me. Morse can likely play 1st, which might just work, except he has no “Perez” to back him up in the late innings. Frankly, maybe, Morse, playing at 1st won’t require him, having to be pulled out of the game in the late innings. Would be nice to keep his bat in the lineup. In any case, it’s Bochy’s call to make the best of a bad situation, made all the more irritating by Puig’s antics tonight.

  21. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    A good win. But, dampened somewhat by the loss of Belt. Puig is without class at this point in his ‘career’.

  22. annapirhana says:

    Greetings from Japan!!!!

  23. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    “We obviously don’t know what MadBum said to Puig, but I don’t think Puig did anything too disrespectful or out of the ordinary. I mean that bat flip was tame by his standards. That one was more of a MadBum issue than a Puig issue. Pitchers can get sensitive after someone takes them deep.” http://larrybrownsports.com/baseball/madison-bumgarner-yasiel-puig-home-run-video/228848

    I haven’t been able to see Puig this year until watching last night’s game on a rare local broadcast (out of Chico). Not heretofore knowing (seeing with my own eyes) the difference between what is ‘tame’ or the other, I thought the bat flip was an arrogant-in-your-face bit of show-boating / gloating.

    Some dude, “AcrossTheOcean” (claims to live in France), observed the following back at the Gate: “Yasiel Puig … he is THE show, I like him” … Seriously? This poster represents more of the ‘younger’ types that now appear to be infesting the game’s fan base. I don’t like it.

    • xoot says:

      I think the Giants should razz Puig mercilessly. If he doesn’t flip out apparently Donnie Two Trips will.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Ha! Taunt Puig ’til his veins pop. At least it provide more of “The Show” the fans are looking for out of the 2 year old trapped in an adult, athlete’s body.

  24. xoot says:

    I’ve got the radio on in one room and the tv in another and, because of the long delay between AM and HD, when something happens I have time to get to the tv to watch it. Flemming misunderstood what happened on Cain’s bunt. K&K, having handled thousands of sac bunts in their careers, explained that Greinke blew it by not going with the play the dodgers put on. It wasn’t Figgins’s fault and he could’ve thrown Cain out at 1B. Thank you, Zach! You’re almost as pig-headed as Puig.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Yeah, I’ve been there, done that too. The best of both worlds.

      • shoelessinbearvalley says:

        Good clarification on the Cain bunt play. You’re right, Dave wasn’t clear, hence, questioned the “Fielder’s Choice” call.

  25. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    A little help anyone: How / where do you find the stat that indicates the odds / games that when the Giants score first, their odds of winning the game goes up astronomically? Anyone?

  26. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Dave is now indicating that Cain has looked at his finger twice in this inning … god, let’s hope it hasn’t opened up on him … possibly meaning another 2 week DL?

  27. xoot says:

    the bums sure put on an entertaining defensive show, don’t they?

  28. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Pagan is due. Come on, Angel.

  29. xoot says:

    ah, shit. things started to go right for the bums. It’ll pass. Get em tomorrow.

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Huddy vs kershaw gonna be a good one, Game might be over in 1:45 minutes.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      ha! Hoping for a pitcher’s duel where the Giants bats find its way to take Kershaw deep (while Huddy turns all the bum’s balls into double-play grounders).

  31. Chico says:

    Please send a prayer or some good vibes (whatever each of you do in your spiritual world) to my Niece Athena. We were told today that the 6 weeks to live might be a lot shorter. She’s only 28 years old, and has a daughter of her own. I spent the whole day & night at Eden med. ctr. with her today in Castro Valley. She looks like the old haunting photos of Hitler’s victims in concentration camps.. She didn’t look like that a month ago. She’s been fighting carcinoid cancer for over 8 years now, and it’s clear that she’s losing the battle.. But what a battle she put up. She’s a fighter who never got down and never looked at the negative side – she was told that it was an uphill battle from the start, and she put the gloves on. I’m not sure if I could do the same, in the same situation. Please keep her in your thoughts. Two of my many nieces, Athena on the left, and Miranda on the right (preggers with her little boy). This photo was taken less than two years ago.. It’s so sad what cancer does to people. Not just the death part, but the slowly dying part. I know it doesn’t matter, but she bucked her whole family, and is, was, and will always be a San Francisco Giants fan.

    • xoot says:

      So young. A heartfelt Mothers Day tribute to her.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      That’s too bad and then some, Chico. Both my grandmother and mother are reminders of the protracted, all too debilitating nature of the unspeakable pain accompanying certain types of cancer. I hope and pray your niece, Athena, has been under some kind of pain-management regimen.

  32. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Pagan easily to third except for major stumble … Posey then hits into DP as the net result. bad luck to start the game.

  33. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Amazing despite Pagan’s bad luck, which set up Posey’s double-play ground ball, the Giants still managed to score with a solid hit by Pablo! cool.

  34. xoot says:

    Hudson went 3-0 on Puig and then outsmarted him easily.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Since I’m back to listening to the game, how is Hudson’s stuff looking today?

      • xoot says:

        I think his sinking FB is moving a lot. His off speed stuff has been really sharp. Second time through the order will be interesting.

  35. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    A wish and a hope: 1) I wish Pagan would tend to show a little more patience at the plate – hitting the first pitch both yesterday and again today has more often resulted in easy outs. 2) I hope Bochy gives Pence a much needed day off soon – everyone needs a ‘vacation’ now and then to recoup and refresh.

  36. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    If not for the wind (and great catch by Kemp), Huddy had a lead-off double in the 6th.

  37. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Defensive breakdown … Ramirez on 2nd … now scores on Gonzo’s hit. too bad. 😦

  38. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Pablo is 2-3 so far today. Could it be that Kershaw is the key to snap Pablo out of his batting funk?

  39. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    A second chance to put Ramirez down! Crawford, in the game, throws him out! Cool.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      This amazing game now has seen the arrival of Bochy’s first cavalry guard: Crawford!

  40. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Now, we’ll see if the ‘next’ Giants closer, Machi, can shut down the Bums with a 3 run lead.

  41. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Walk leads to tying run, stepping up to the plate. fur chrissakes, Giants! end the torture! Win this now.

  42. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Whew! almost too much for one fan to bear. Giants take 3 outta 4 in LA? Really? Never in doubt!!!! ha! ha! ha!

  43. xoot says:

    Who didn’t love this road trip? 🙂

  44. Chico says:

    That win was for Athena.. My heart has been in my throat.. Leaving for Disneyland tomorrow (mon till Friday), come home Saturday.. Thanks you, Giants! We needed that! Fuck blue… 3/4! Not bad, not bad at all.

    • Chico says:

      Sandy, good series. Exactly what you would expect from a Giant/Dodger series. We took three out of four, thats all. 🙂

    • datswhatsup says:

      If you can’t stand the heat, check the weather and look to go to the Hermosa Pier (40 minute drive), public parking, huge beach with a block of bars to grab a beer and a few ice cream shops for the kids

  45. unca_chuck says:

    Very sorry to hear that, Chico. So young. My thoughts and prayers to your family.

    • Chico says:

      Thank you, and everyone else who chimed in. It means a lot.. I’ll be posting here during the home stand, from Anaheim.. I’ll be representing Nor Cal down in that shit hole. It’s not much better than LA.. Disneyland is the only thing it has going for it. Stay hydrated! 😉 Supposed to heat up here, too.

      Great road trip!

      • shaman138 says:

        Just read about your niece, Chico–I’m very sorry to hear about that–I know she’s been fighting it for awhile, now. Fuck cancer.

        Meanwhile, a very successful road trip and an excellent series in Smell Ay. You know things are going well for the Giants when the Splash becomes a virtual ghost town. If the Doogers had taken 3/4from us it’d be front page news with hundreds of bullshit troll comments. Asinine blog. Let’s just pick up where we left off with the Splatlanta Knaves and keep beating their collective ass.

      • datswhatsup says:

        It’s supposed to be about a million degrees here, good luck. If you want a laugh listen to 570am and the no Scully announcers.

        Post game has former player and manager Kevin Kennedy, he’s easy to identify–he’ll be the one with the doyers’ balls in his mouth after a loss making excuses left and right

        (he stated losing 3 of 4 to SF was because they had to travel from the East Coast, I guess looking up the Giant’s schedule was too tough)

  46. datswhatsup says:

    Posted my quarterly doyer update on The Splash:

    Venus de Crawford :$20M should not make every throw from LF a 5 par

    Hairplugz Ethier: $16M for an underachieving malcontent? Man, Brian Wilson was only $10M

    Kemposer: $20M for a defensive OF? Gregor Blanco wants his agent’s number

    Professor: Puig can do it all…except spell and math

    AGon: $20M for Eric Karros 2.0, known as ‘Yea Gone!’ in San Diego & Boston

    Flava Flav Gordon’s season will be like Brigette Neilson start off hot end up a dog

    Stonehandly: hard to imagine Miami gave him away, until you watch him quit when things get tough

    Uribe: I guess Kruk was wrong, in fact fat does indeed pull

    Error Jay Ellis now one of four doyer catchers unable to make the Giant’s roster

    Claytinman: Man you’d think the $30M a year would mean you could beat a lineup like yesterdays.

    Greinke: The King Joffrey Baratheon of MLB, only more whiney

    Ryu: Weird, a guy shaped like a massive toad who prefers eating to working out gets hurt?

    Haren: Velo dropping more than flyballs to RF now rumors of back problems

    Maholm: Pronounced ‘Muh home’ which is also the answer every doyer player will give to the question “where will you be this October”

    Gaskenley Jensen: Being fitted for a fire retardant suit, Puig prefers fire special needs suit

    Wilson, Perez, League: At first the doyers crowed about having 3 former closers as setup men…sounded good until they realized why they were “former closers”

    Jamey Wright look good though.

    Well at least they can look back fondly on the Mannywood times.

    • xoot says:

      Yeah! And timely, too. Now Atlanta and Miami bring a heat wave to town. It’s not too bad out there right now, bit breezy as well. Lincecum should be fine tonight.

  47. annapirhana says:

    Chico – The story of your beautiful niece is heartbreaking. I hope she can find peace and have no pain right now. Same for you, now that you’re in the land of a zillion degree weather and corporate animatronics.

    As I sat in the airport lounge munching away on crispy snacks of chicken, chocolate, rice crackers, two rice balls, some pieces of cheese and a nice glass of spirits, the two people behind me fired up SF Giants highlights on an iPad. They spoke of their astonishment that Panda had 3 hits. They were on their way to Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.

    I woke up and opened the slats on the airplane window to find myself staring at the San Francisco Bay Area. Broke my heart that I couldn’t land there.

    When I was standing at customs in LAX, there were SF Giants caps EVERYWHERE. Not one Dodger cap. THIS IS SF GIANTS TERRITORY.

    Outside, police sirens, fire sirens, screaming, traffic, blaring horns and the ugliness of Los Angeles. I miss Japan so much and did not want to leave. But you know…SF Giants.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Well, MOB, I wish you didn’t have to come back if only because I / we know your heart lies back in Tokyo where it’s anything but Lost In Translation for you. (I didn’t know you lived in LA … wrongly assumed SF like some of the others here – no wonder you didn’t wanna come back. shoot.)

  48. xoot says:

    Lincecum pitching on Filipino Heritage Night! Good omen.

  49. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Wow! A Tyler Splash!

  50. xoot says:

    5 SOs through 3 and Lincecum’s using the FB as the backup pitch, the sight changer, mainly. Lots of breaking balls. 2 walks, true. But 44 total pitches through 3? Lincecum’s looking good. I suspect he’ll settle in as the temp. cools. Well, I hope he will. . . .

  51. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    D-backs lost another home game, giving up 2 HR’s in the 9th – losing 6-5 (having led 5-4). Talk about a team having major first half trials and discouraging tribulations. Glad I’m not a D-back fan. 🙂

  52. xoot says:

    The Braves were the first team to challenge Lincecum’s control, in 2011, after he’d torched them in the 2010 PS with splitters etc down. (And won a ShO with 14Ks.) The ump’s zone helped Lincecum a bit tonight, because the hitters had to worry whether taking anything close would pay off. It didn’t. And Lincecum brought the splitter, the slider, and mainly the curve into or close to the zone and beat those hotlanta mofos with a lot of swing thru SOs and ground balls. I’ll bet his FB % was 3 31/3 or less tonight. He still let some pitches fly out to his right, high, useless. But he’s getting closer to being a control pitcher. Don’t ever give up on Lincecum, because he won’t.

  53. annapirhana says:

    Was a good game yesterday! Really enjoyed vintage Timmy. But that ‘stache needs to go. He is traumatizing my cousin in Japan, who loves him. I even got her a Tim Lincecum mask from the SF Giants shop.

    I realize this is a bit late but I am catching up. Why did the Warriors fire Mark Jackson? I thought he was doing quite well for the team?

    49ers should hire a team shock therapist at this rate. I read that Culliver threatened someone with brass knuckles?

    And someone hit Brandon Belt and HE’S OUT??????? WTF????

    I have been keeping up with Sterling, however, as he is big news in Japan.

    • xoot says:

      dodgers Maholm hit Belt with a high inside FB. Belt leaned away but the ball glanced off his left thumb and cracked it. When the two teams face each other again in SF in July, Belt should be back. Still, we may see Puig take one in the ribs.

    • shaman138 says:

      The Sharks also swept the Kings while you were gone…oh wait……

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      No one can say for sure, but apparently, there was a great deal of ongoing friction between Mark Jackson and general manager / ownership.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      MOB, it was a G-R-E-A-T game yesterday. Loved seeing Tim pitch into the 8th inning. Really takes a lot of stress off the pen. And, of course, Tyler’s debut at AT&T was nothing short of spectacular. Hicks got another key RBI, and Pagan, went 3-4. a fabulous win. For all those who went to the game, they were amply rewarded and then some.

  54. unca_chuck says:

    Anna, Jackson and the front office did not see things the same way. Jackson is an abrasive sort, and he had strange problems with the assitatnt coaches he picked, but that is no reason to fire the guy. It would be like the Niners firing Harbaugh right now.

    GM Reynolds said “Maybe we need a guys who is more in line with the front office.”

    Maybe? Way to stand on your move, bud. The point being, ALL the players were behind Coach Jackson, and while he wasn’t the best X’s and O’s guy, he certainly had them all playing well. Sure, they lost games they should have won against shitty teams, but they won 512 games in the Western Conference. No mean feat there. He pissed me off sometimes when he would make strange decisions, but all in all, he was doing a very good job.

    The coach they hire has a tough row to hoe to try ansd win these guys over. Get the wotng guy, and Curry could very well demand a trade, and there goes the success.

  55. unca_chuck says:

    uh, 51 games. Fumbly fingers . . .

  56. shaman138 says:

    Wow, even Misty Matt Treanor could have made a better swipe than Buster’s tonight. And an 0-fer, too. Rough game.

  57. unca_chuck says:

    Better game today . . .

  58. xoot says:

    Yeah, entertaining game today. Colorado lost. The bums could cap it off with a bust tonight. Go Fish.

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Maholm gave up 10 Runs – but only 5 Earned! Wow … my first thought was Puig … but no, it was a “fielding error” by Gordon, resulting in 2 runs and the 2nd inning continued with 4 more runs before it was over. Maholm appears to becoming a Bum liability in the rotation. Pretty sure, sandy32’s pissed that $240Million can’t buy a better 5th man in the rotation?

  59. annapirhana says:

    Drew Butera coming in to pitch. Dodgers wave white flag. Hehehe.

  60. xoot says:

    the bums have launched a comeback — it’s 13-3 in the 9th! Marlins will be ready to be filleted tomorrow night.

  61. annapirhana says:

    Unca – check your FB.

  62. sandy32koufax says:

    Yo, Dowders! Hail and such. Join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/jdrbg/1437124833210837/?notif_t=group_comment_reply semi fun and all the laffs on me

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Got the following prompt after having logged in to FB:

      “This content is currently unavailable

      “The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.”

      • xoot says:

        When I click on Sandy’s link, it works fine. I hope you get the glitches fixed Shoeless and join in. The FB page is a good place for comments during games. I think you’ll enjoy it.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          I moved over to FireFox. Good luck on FB … expect this site will go into stasis now.

        • shoelessinbearvalley says:

          The reason the link didn’t work for me at the time, xoot, is because it’s like a “speak-easy” where someone on the other end of the door has to see ‘your credentials’ before being let inside to drink and gamble the night away. 🙂 (IOW’s, it had nothing to do with browser / security settings)

  63. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    Romo … 2 outs, rocks at 1st and 3rd. Slider misses. 1-1 on Arenado. A slider for a big strike 2!

  64. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, saw that coming a mile away unfortunately . . .

  65. unca_chuck says:

    where’d eberyone go?

    • xoot says:

      the JDR FB group, mainly. You need an invite? (I thought you got one.)

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      I still miss the easy, open format here … but I guess it’s doomed to go the way of the Dodo bird and Carrier pigeon. 😦

      • xoot says:

        Have you read about the carrier pigeon extinction? It’s strangely defensible. Those flying rats used to ravage the land. They’d darken the sky for miles and then stop to rest in trees that would split and topple under their collective fat-ass weight. Oh, wait a minute. That was the Passenger Pigeon. sorry.

  66. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I was invited and I’ve posted there a few times. Didn’t think this would be abandoned . . .

    • shoelessinbearvalley says:

      Maybe we should keep it going anyway? There’s still something pleasing about the less ‘busy’ format (as opposed to Facebook), imo. Let’s invite Xoot, Chico, Shaman, SlipNSlider, Sandy32 (yeah, our resident closet Giants fan who likes to pretend Puig is the best thing to come along since Paul Bunyan), datswhatsup, and, of course, jondowdsrevenge himself … and continue to encourage this open forum format?

  67. sandy32koufax says:

    Abandoooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnndddddddddddeeeeeeeeedddddddddddddd SPLASH!

  68. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, FB is a pain in the ass. Too much ancilliary bullshit to wade through.

  69. xoot says:

    We can keep this going easily enough. Votes?

  70. Chico says:

    Why can’t we use both? This one to say Fuck You to Slats/Mac/Moss, etc.

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