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Some Of An Even Year Better Than…

 

They say we are going to have Baseball live in stadiums. Some but not all of our favorite players will get out there and play for a stadium full of cardboard cut outs of fans. Cardboard people to represent ourselves because we are banned?! But it gets better because we will apparently purchase these cut outs for $100. Willingly.

https://www.mlb.com/giants/fans

SO HERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR NOW

MLB’s 60 GAME SCHEDULE FOR 2020

BUT I’M NOT CLEAR ON WHERE THAT LEAVES ME AND OTHER FANS AS FAR AS WATCHING OR ATTENDING OURSELVES. WILL WE BE ALLOWED IN THE STANDS NOT SIMPLY TO ASSURE THAT OUR CUT OUTS ARE COMFY.?

February 22nd 2020 was pre-shut down, but just! Noteworthy because I was in Scottsdale AZ for my annual birthday/spring training happy time right before the crowds arrive. I’ve written before about my feelings on spring training games so normally I’d be watching workouts the day before first game.

This year everything was different (a preview of things to come?) on that 222 we were hosting the Dodgers in the first Spring Training game! I took very few pictures from my first bad seats ever in Scottsdale Stadium the rest was a bad blur of blue. I was feeling like a stranger where normally its myself and 30 other SF Giants fans with our feet up.

I know its just practice and it doesn’t count but I physically am not capable of watching those guys beating up on my guys any time so on a beautiful spring day? Nope.

After the 2nd Dodger HR ball left the stadium to the delight of all their fans -I looked up at the scoreboard and saw 2 2 2 haunting me realizing after 63 years that 2 is NOT my lucky number! I had to leave. Of course leaving a game early for me was unprecedented. Very soon after it was also regretted it would seem to be the only baseball I would see that season.

MLB Network just showed the full schedule for every NL West team except the Giants.

“It’s an Even Year, guys!”— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 6, 2020

 

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Duggar won’t need surgery; season likely over

CHICAGO — Steven Duggar and the Giants received good news during his visit with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Duggar found out the injured AC joint in his left shoulder will not require surgery.

Duggar was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left AC joint on Aug. 8 before being transferred to the 60-day IL on Aug. 9.

“We got the best news we probably …READ MORE below

https://www.mlb.com/news/steven-duggar-no-surgery-for-shoulder-injury

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Giants place red-hot Dickerson on injured list

Just when we decide we’re going to go for it we get some key injuries that scare me! Get back healthy boys! We can do this Giants but it’s going to be uphill all the way.

https://www.mlb.com/news/alex-dickerson-to-injured-list-sam-selman-called-up

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THIS IS A CALL FOR AN UPRISING!

We start a series against the DODGERS tonight and our SF Giants are in desperate need of a win. Okay honestly? I am in desperate need of a win but only because of who we are playing. Victory has never been a priority for me, I love my team whether they win or lose. I just don’t care that much about winning-unless we are playing the DODGERS-then I care. I care very much.

 

LA sprinted right up to first place early on with their record breaking home-runs (Manchurian? Just sayin’) and they have done nothing less than dig in even deeper! Let’s forget for a minute that we are 17 or so games behind them even that wouldn’t really matter but I love my ball team and I want them to be happy.

I have a hard time believing that these boys are happy. I don’t feel the happiness spewing out of the dugout and all a mamma really wants are healthy happy faces on her boys! I’m certainly not insinuating that these guys aren’t professionals-familiar with both sides of the coin- able to shake off a loss and move on. Unfortunately I was there when the magic happened, as I’m sure most of you were, and I refuse to believe we can’t get that “great vibe” once again.

2010 Matt Cain “This is awesome! We’ve been coming to Spring Training trying to get this done and prepare for the season. We came in with a great vibe this year, with everybody working together,staying together, loving each other and we just played ball well. We didn’t worry when we got down at times and we just went ahead and played.”

I know if we all think back and relive some of that excitement in our minds the magic just very well may spread and hopefully to our beloved SF Giants! We may not succeed but after all this is baseball season so let’s get the most out of it.

What was going on in 2010, 2012 and 2014 was the kind of magic a bunch of guys who are great friends and teammates can produce.
In 2010 Chris Haft called it “admirable balance” between those players who displayed “freshness and energy that revitalized the atmosphere”.

Bochy “They’re really pulling for each other even when they’re not in there

and that’s what you need: 25 guys who are all on the same page and want the same thing”

and what I want is for us to BEAT THE DODGERS!

 

So please SF GIANTS FANS dust off your bobble-heads, get out your lucky jerseys your banners and flags. Go put on your Panda hat, your sombrero or rally cap, shake up that snow globe, cuddle up to that Gnome!

LETS GO GIANTS
BEAT LA!

 

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Never Say Never

And Never Leave A SF Giants Game Early!

Another game that I assume most people would think was a snooze and apparently most of them did as there was a sparse crowd at Oracle as the SFGIANTS geared up for their final 3 outs against the Atlanta Braves tonight. I definitely shook my head thinking, “not a good idea to leave early these days”.

And I was right! I imagine them listening sadly from their cars or couches while a near empty Stadium was treated to a Giants walk off win courtesy of Joe Panik!

What was up until that point a pretty uneventful baseball game and one that had the looks of a second loss to the Braves in this home stand, fooled all but the die hards!

Giants win and they wait until the absolute last-minute to do so once again showing off another pinch of that old-time Magic!

 

I think this game also confirms that you don’t want to blink when it comes to the Giants this year.

They’re going to do what they’re going to do against all the odds even if they’re doing it last place! This seems like fun to me and makes me look forward to the rest of the season!

LETS GO GIANTS! Let’s Go!

Duane Kuiper to undergo chemo treatment

One half of the perfect broadcasting couple is in need of our prayers!

Get well soon Mr. Kuiper! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

https://www.mlb.com/news/duane-kuiper-to-start-chemotherapy-treatment

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/sf-giants-broadcaster-duane-kuiper-to-miss-games-while-undergoing-chemotherapy-treatment/ar-AAKNsAK

Teddy Doesn’t Do That

Teddy doesn’t root for the Dbacks. Unless…

Obviously a baseball fan from birth Teddy loves the game but he’s not so very fond of the LA Dodgers. So tonight Teddy will be squealing his brain out rooting his San Francisco Giants to victory over the Reds. Additionally Teddy will squeal “Beat LA” while the Arizona Diamondbacks play them. Then he will continue to save any Dbacks support for the games Madison Bumgarner pitches.

Congrats To The Old Farts!

Hoping the youngsters that have been slamming the Brandons are taking notice of how the San Francisco Giants have gotten those 20 wins.

NO ROOM AT PETCO FOR THE REGULAR FOLKS

I spent this last weekend in San Diego but I didn’t see a San Francisco Giants game.
My getaway was just that-a get the heck away from the desert-I went to be with the ocean and that plan went well.

Unfortunately my plan to go to the game one of the three days since the Giants were there as well did not.

I was enjoying my beach time as well as my hanging around time. Browsing various spots in the village of La Jolla. It was wonderful!

Friendliest people “The Spot” on Prospect and Girade

Jose’s Courtroom great food!

I couldn’t pull myself away.

I decided Sunday would be a great time to see my team hand an ass whooping to the Padres. I never even imagined a sweep and I was right.

Tommy La Stella was the roadkill in the SF Giants 7-1 victory over the Padres. I’m kinda thinking he’s maybe seen some game injuries previously.

More on the game by Alex Pavlovik

So I’m looking for a ticket after confirming with locals that there would be sections in which no proof of the shot was required.

However after searching all ticket purchasing options I found no tickets available that appeared to be offered for regular folks who just want to see a baseball game without politics and bogus rules serving only the purpose of control and fear.

That said these are the section choices I saw…
“Proof of vaccine required” no social distancing

“Proof of vaccine and/or proof of negative Covid test” no social distancing

“Proof of 1 shot” masks and social distancing required

“Proof of appointment for shot” masks social distancing required

“Thinking about getting the shot” masks social distancing and lectures regarding shot required

“Not vaccinated” Masks social distancing lectures required. No access to food or beverage

“2 seats 6 feet apart pods” Huh!?!?

Needless to say no tickets available for the unvaccinated or unmasked folks today.

San Francisco Giants in first place! Who woulda thunk it? Me! And these guys.

Don’t Have To Be Smart To Choose SFGiants Manager

https://www.mlb.com/giants/?partnerId=ed-14540585-1176933033

Those of us who work in baseball operations aren’t necessarily the best-equipped — well, I won’t even say “necessarily” — we definitely aren’t the best-equipped to handle these situations and understand what the right steps to take are.

Farhan Zaidi

So they take that lack of knowledge and hire another Dodgers cast off! A man that comes with a scandalous past and I’m not referring to the fact he’s connected to the franchise that wrote the book on cheating-LA!

A poor replacement for Bochy and an insult.This is how I feel today and as always subject to change but not criticizing.

My Heart Is Set On Wotus

San Francisco Giants need a Manager or a Grumpy Uncle recently awake from his nap.

Someone who is already there easing up a rung or two but basically someone who’s always been there.

In my opinion the ideal would be Bochys clone or Tim Flannery or… Ron Wotus!

There’s only one candidate that will work for me!

Someone who is familiar and will make me believe Bochy has just stepped away for a moment.

Please Mr Farhan sir…I admire and respect you however another exec from LA will make my skin crawl.

After all our goal is to win the World Series right? Dodgers can’t seem to do that so…my vote goes to Wotus!!

Huh?? I don’t have a vote you say?

Exploring candidates for next Giants Manager

“Giants third-base coach Ron Wotus:Wotus is the longest-tenured coach in Giants history and has worked under three managers — Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou and Bochy — since joining the organization in 1998. The 58-year-old served as the club’s bench coach from 1999-2017 before shifting back to third-base duties ahead of the ‘18 season.

Wotus is responsible for infield instruction, positioning and strategy, as well as baserunning. He has a long track record of managerial success in the Minor League, earning two Manage overall record of 554-412 (.574) across affiliates ranging from Class A to Triple-A.

https://www.mlb.com/giants/news/giants-manager-candidates

Giants look to even series behind Bumgarner

Let’s hope Bum can get us a win tonight! We need it! Most importantly since the season is winding down-Let’s have fun!!

https://www.mlb.com/giants/gameday/566536

BUMGARNER A HUMBLE MAN

ITS TRUE-I KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE INS AND OUTS OF BUILDING A BASEBALL TEAM

However I do have common sense and I just can’t see why you would take a player like Madison Bumgarner or Will Smith and trade them away for players that are basically an unknown!

Why not just keep the players that are doing well and thus build a better ball team?!

I usually don’t question the moving away of the guys I learn have come to love over their time with the San Francisco Giants-I’ve just become numb to it now.

I do feel like a regretful lover who’s guy just started kind of showing up, not doing anything outstanding or endearing and just when she decides to hand him his walking papers, poof he transforms into the prince charming he appeared to be in the first place.

This renewed version-a guy who can almost do no wrong- is the guy that the “new girl” or team-will be getting! Leaving me to watch from the sidelines while they go on to have a wonderful relationship together.

We see this painful scenario with Hunter Pence right now! He’s a wonderful guy and I wish him all the happiness and success with his new Girl/Team. However we sure could use him back on the Giants if only for his inspirational personality.

Madison and Will both had a great night combining their pitching skills to defeat the Rockies. All I hear is how priceless Smith is as a closer and I see for myself that Bum is pitching well more consistently than any of the other pitchers on the roster.

Unless we are assured a pitcher as good or better than Bumgarner or Smith …

Unless we receive a Hank Aaron or Barry Bonds type hitter for them…

this whole trade or not trade mystery is just going to be a continuing bore hopefully not another three years of senseless losses!

SFGIANTS Pacing Themselves Like A Fine Racehorse

I don’t know why I didn’t see this coming! Bochy is still a genius – he’s not just muddling through until he can get to his couch.

He’s doing what he has done before and previously that turned out to be magical.

Holding back -sticking to the story that we’re going to be losers for another year or so and then moving slowly to the outside-applying the gas pedal just in time to blow everybody’s minds!

Well… In a perfect world… but something close to that! I love this team!
https://www.mlb.com/giants/news/alex-dickerson-has-record-start-with-giants

https://twitter.com/GiantsExtra/status/1142901539419197443?s=20

LA Dodgers Set Another Record-For Poor Sportsmanship!

The”Splash” sound when Muncy walks on!

The gif of LouSeal surrounded by sharks!

Muncy being allowed to wear that shirt to mock our pitcher!

It’s all just too much!! If ever there was karma send it over!

Karma isn’t as scary as a God who is a SFGIANTS fan!

YOU MEAN GASSED Gassed?

https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/giants/madison-bumgarner-was-gassed-loss-marlins-bruce-bochy-admits

Bochy knows his players and his concern for them is obviously sincere. Bumgarner was gassed and that’s apparently all that needs to be said.

Leaves at least one lifer wondering-so he was…tierd? frustrated? hurting? bloated? hungry?…

SFGIANTS excitement ends with Superman

Wow, what can I say about tonight’s Giants D-backs game…We got the s*** beat out of us!!!

Despite”Superman’s stunning defensive play we just stunk up the place!

SFGIANTS COME ON BACK

A lot of people think that baseball is boring- that is because they are not San Francisco Giants fans!
I love my baseball team through thick and thin and it’s been pretty thin the last couple seasons.

I decided to put that behind me and really pull for my team this year hoping for some of that “magic” from old days.

May 3rd turning the game on excited to watch-poof- down by five runs by the 2nd inning! Disgruntled I turn the game off. Mistake! I missed the comeback game of the season as the Giants win 12 to 11 with home runs by Panic, Vogt &
Longoria. Ouch.
May 5th Giants at Reds first inning SF down by 4 runs. This time I don’t turn it off and sure enough we come back in the 6th SfGs win the game 6 to 5!
Including the game on the 9th vs Rockies -3rd inning 0-7 badguys-helping was Austin with 2 home runs and though a dramatic comeback a loss 11- 12.

Never a boring moment with this SF Giants team! Reminds me of another year when everything my team did was pulled out of a hat…including a WS trophy!
Here’s a list of the Wins by comeback with the addition of an incredible comeback that didn’t quite make it:
4/1/19 @LA down in 5th 0-2 Win 4-2
4/12 vs Rockies down 1-2 in 4th Win in 18 inns! 3-2
4/16 @Nats down 0-1 in 2nd Win 7-3
4/21 @Pitts down 0-2 in 4th Win 3-2
4/21 vs LA Win 3-2
5/3 @Reds down 0-5 in 2nd Win 12-11
5/5 @Reds down 0-4 in 1st Win 6-5
5/7 @Rockies Win 14-4!! Longoria,Williamson,Pillar HRs help
5/9 vs Rockies down 0-7 in 3rd Comeback but loss 11-12
5/12 vs Reds Win 6-5 HRs by Belt & Sandoval

So hold on tight and enjoy some Giants baseball this 2019 season!

Giants top pitching prospect Shaun Anderson to make MLB debut Wednesday

The Giants using an opener for the first time Tuesday will be followed by a much more traditional baseball concept: The debut of a top prospect.

Source: Giants top pitching prospect Shaun Anderson to make MLB debut Wednesday

Anderson applauds Giants’ efforts to fly his family out, make debut memorable | KNBR-AM

San Francisco Giants top pitching prospect, Shaun Anderson, made his major league debut Wednesday afternoon in front of friends and family. Anderson appreciated the Giants flying his entire family out on short notice.

Source: Anderson applauds Giants’ efforts to fly his family out, make debut memorable | KNBR-AM

GIANTS BREAK MOLD WITH VENDITTE

Pat Venditte of the San Francisco Giants on February 21 2019 in Scottsdale.

The Giants have broken the mold in pitchers with the signing of Pat Venditte who is a SHP and the only ambidextrous pitcher in the game today.

Since he is unique in MLB I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of him before now considering he was with the Oakland A’s in 2015. He’s been around since then playing for the Blue Jays, Mariners and Dodgers since. Basically 4 years 4 teams and I’m hoping that this is not another short term relationship as I feel he will at least add something unique to the team.

Pat appears to have been trained in the art of pitching as part of a mind control experiment performed on him by his father.
At a very young age Pat began to be the subject of this experiment apparently “dreamed up” by his father-to try to create an ambidextrous pitcher.

“It’s something that was forced,” said Venditte. “I can’t do anything else left-handed. I can’t eat. I can’t write. I can’t even throw a football left-handed.”

Personally I am surprised that he has strong control with both arms as I myself am ambidextrous and I can’t even hold a fork or a pen properly with my right hand while I play all sports right handed. Because of my experience I wonder if he does indeed have two equally strong pitching arms.

Doing nothing spectacular lately he seems to be a favorite with fellow players due to the unique glove he uses. Sporting two thumbs his mitt can be used on either and or both hands. Not at the same time so far but Pat says he’s working on some new “over the top” pitches so…

I think he should live dangerously on the mound trying all the new fangled pitches he has created for his debut in Orange & Black. Sadly he may not be around for long since his delivery is mainly side armed and we all know that a pitcher has a shorter career life span if he’s pron to contorting his body like that. Although it is more fun to watch. Actually any kind of erratic behavior on the mound has always be a favorite addition to a game in my opinion. There will never be another Denise Ekersly.

The man’s so unique they named a rule after him. “The Venditte Rule” requires an
ambidextrous pitcher to declare which arm he will use before an at-bat starts.

The San Francisco Giants have had some noteworthy players in the past- some for their abilities on the field -some for their unique characters- but to quote
Al Saracevic
“they haven’t had a switch-handed pitcher.”

Credits to:
Al Saracevic is the sports editor of The San Francisco Chronicle. Email:
asaracevic@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @alsaracevic

THE ORIGINAL ODD

REALLY?!

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS WON TODAY AGAINST THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES and no surprise to me BRANDON BELT hero again.  I just go on and on about this boy because he’s amazing!

 

Seriously why in the hell would a “SF GIANTS Blog” speak of unheard of oddities such as trading the BRANDONS etal??

 

Seems the ROSTER really didn’t need any “tweeking”  after all- too bad we had to waste most of the season trying on players that just didn’t fit.

Hey this isn’t the THREE BEARS we are rolling with it’s LAND OF ODD which could have been filled with WALK OFF HOME RUNS AND IMPOSSIBLE COMEBACKS with the regulars BELT, PANIK, CRAWFORD POSEY -BUT NO…!!

oh and that 11-3 romp the night before was deja vu as I watched the “NEVER SAY NEVER” Kids put their buddy BUMGARNER in the winners circle FINALLY!

WHY THE HELL DID YOU HAVE TO MESS AROUND IN THE FIRST PLACE?  ANY IDIOT KNOWS THAT EVEN A GOOD THING TAKES A BIT OF A NOSE DIVE ONCE IN A WHILE BUT THE ABILITY TO COME BACK AND PLAY LIKE…

WELL like the SF Giants did in 2010 2012 2014 it’s that magic that never left the team!  It simply moved from one guy like a spirit.  FOR EXAMPLE from AUBRY HUFF to HUNTER PENCE  from BENJI MOLENA to BUSTER POSEY from ANDRES TORRES to ANGEL PAGAN from TIMMY LINCECUM to JEFF SAMARDZIJA if you see where I’m goin’

I must admit I was skeptical when JEFF SAMARDZIJA sucked so loudly in the beginning and he tried to tell us to “give me time, you’ll see” guess he wasn’t pulling our legs after all because he seems to get better every-time he takes the mound.

Perhaps it’s time for me to learn how to spell his name.  Great job boys!  STILL THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE WATCHING  BASEBALL!!

THE DARK SIDE OF ODD

The LAND OF ODD -not YOUR PRISON!

“YOU ALWAYS HAD THE POWER TO GO HOME”

IN the end of the movie –

the WIZARD OF OZ told a crying DOROTHY

“You always had the power to leave OZ. You only needed to click the heals of your RUBY RED SLIPPERS together to go home” this shut her up and I hope it works again. 

 

Of course the WIZARD did toy with POOR DOROTHY making her wait until she was very scared and upset before telling her she COULD GO HOME.
I’m doing you’all one better…
I am here to tell you crying complaining babies that

YOU TOO HAVE THE POWER TO LEAVE ODD!

You too can dry your tears for you have the POWER TO get out of this!  Your suffering can end!

You have the REMOTE, Right?
YOU are not TRAPPED here.  Nobody is forcing you to watch any more SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS GAMES.

 

 

In my opinion it isn‘t writing when all you are accomplishing day after day is a way to use different words to trash a team and it’s players.  

Poor Crawford

Basically kicking a guy when he’s down.  Not nice.

Poor Brandon

If you call yourself a “fan” and know enough to be hatin’ then

You all should be thanking the SF GIANTS for the THREE WORLD SERIES RINGS they earned you in FIVE YEARS!  

WHAT OTHER FANS can say their baseball team won them THREE WORLD SERIES?!

WHO DO YOU KNOW that has THREE WORLD SERIES TROPHIES to brag about?

Watch this Fun video

Me with Timmys 10th K

AS I SEE IT you are spoiled! Of course you want more CHOCOLATE that’s all you’ve ever known is CHOCOLATE! I on the other hand appreciate the CHOCOLATE because it’s not something I am used to having. I enjoy the CHOCOLATE but I certainly don’t EXPECT IT ALL THE TIME!

 

I don’t get it and I most likely never will-all signs point to the fact that a great deal of the SAN FRANCISCO FANS these days are nothing but fair weather, demanding, heartless, impossible to please, angry, spoiled entitled people.

What is the difference between them and fans from yor like me who had no WORLD SERIES under my belt to earn my loyalty?

THE GIANTS ARE MY TEAM AND THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT. WHETHER THEY ARE STELLAR OR SUCKING UP THE ENTIRE BALL PARK I AM GOING TO BE ON THEIR SIDE. That’s what  a FAN does.

I know they are losing.  I watch and I know so I don’t need a suckage update from you.

You all act like somebody forced you to be a SFG FAN.  I fully expect to find out that 99% of you pottie mouths are actually bound and gagged in your living rooms being forced to watch these wonderful men stink up the league.

It didn’t used to be that way.
AHHH I REMEMBER...

2002 World Series?! 

 

DAMN WE HAD FUN! EXCITED, pumped up-pulling for a team that had come close, but failed to go all the way YEAR AFTER YEAR.  But we didn’t win and still there was the love!

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 2002
BARRY BONDS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 2002

I remember the FIRST PARADE in 2010! I was overwhelmed at being in the midst of thousands of other SFG FANS because they were (and most are) the MOST WONDERFUL PEOPLE! WHAT A BLAST THAT WAS!  as in 2012 and 2014.

I choose to continue to love and root for my team even though I recognize the struggle.  I think of it as “our” struggle-some of you think of it as “YOUR” STRUGGLE!
HOWZAT?!
I look forward all year long for BASEBALL SEASON-I want to enjoy it and you are bringing me down!


SO PLEASE click your RUBY REDS together and go home.  GO ON GET OUTTA HERE! AND YOUR LITTLE DOG TOTO TOO!

BWAAAAHHHAAAAAHAAAA! 🙂

ARE YOU A GOOD SWITCH OR A BAD SWITCH

OUR JOURNEY Through the Land of ODD continues…

BRYON REYNOLDS is a

SWITCH HITTER

and a good one!

FILE- In this June 15, 2015 file photo, Vanderbilt’s Bryan Reynolds hits a double that scored Zander Wiel in an NCAA College World Series baseball game against Cal State Fullerton in Omaha, Neb. Reynolds has had back-to-back 90-hit seasons and is one of the nation’s top offensive players. (AP Photo/Mike Theiler, file)

HIS Freshman year he averaged .338 and slugged .480 –

add to that the-
DEFENSIVE MAGIC IN THE OUTFIELD!

which we need badly,

Remember when  it was “Magic Up In There”?

SPEED? Well let’s just say stolen bases are a huge part of his resume.

AND BEST OF ALL!

He’s ours!

 

 

 

 

 

After being passed by many the SFGiants decided to use the 59th pick in the 2016 DRAFT for the young outfielder from Vanderbilt.

“Look Out for San Francisco Giants Prospect Bryan Reynolds”

 

Last year, his first year with the San Jose Giants, he hit .313/.363/.464 including 17 doubles, 38 RBI and 6 home runs! Not bad for someone fresh out of college.

“SF Giants Minor Lines 6/6/17: Bryan Reynolds hit streak reaches 15”

THEY SAY we can’t have him yet but anything COULD happen with the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS!

UNDERCOVER IN THE LAND OF ODD

IN SEARCH OF THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS MOJO

At great danger to myself I went undercover into enemy territory to find the missing MOJO of my SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS baseball team.

After searching in both PADRES AND DODGERS territory I found the stolen MOJO under a pot plant off of SANTA ANA BLVD.

SINCE BOTH THE DODGERS AND THE PADRES WERE ON THE ROAD it wasn’t as dangerous as it could have been

never the less I have returned it to the team just in time to-

BEAT LA!

LA DODGERS-ODDS FLYING MONKEYS

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS?

 

 

WE ARE MISSING THE MAGIC!

TONIGHT’S ASSIGNMENT IS BEAT LA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I (baseball) HATE THE DODGERS!

BUT I LOVE TO RIDICULE THEM!

It was really easy when LASORDA was in the picture.

HOWEVER even way back when ridiculing the Brooklyn Dodgers would also have provided some fun.

The DODGERS  found Charles Ebbets, their president and owner behind the booth where he was selling tickets. 26 years later he died on the morning of Opening Day April 18, 1925 so he didn’t make it to the game however in his honer the Dodgers lost to the Giants 7-0.

Another memorable moment that never gets old:

June 4, 1976

During this game Dave Kingman hit three home runs to beat the Dodgers. Kingman had 2 of these 3 HR games against LA, this was the first.
When asked what he thought about Kingman’s performance Tommy Lasorda had this historic response:

Reporter: Can you give us just a few basic comments about your feelings on the game?

Lasorda: Well, naturally I feel bad about losing a ball game like that, there’s no way you should lose that ball game. An’, it, uh, just doesn’t make sense.

R: What’s your opinion of Kingman’s performance?

TL: What’s my opinion of Kingman’s performance!? What the BLEEP do you think is my opinion of it? I think it was BLEEPING BLEEP. Put that in, I don’t BLEEP. Opinion of his performance!!? BLEEP, he beat us with three BLEEPING home runs! What the BLEEP do you mean, “What is my opinion of his performance?” How could you ask me a question like that, “What is my opinion of his performance?” BLEEP, he hit three home runs! BLEEP. I’m BLEEPING pissed off to lose that BLEEPING game. And you ask me my opinion of his performance! BLEEP. That’s a tough question to ask me, isn’t it? “What is my opinion of his performance?”

R: Yes, it is. I asked it, and you gave me an answer…

TL: Well, I didn’t give you a good answer because I’m mad, but I mean…

R: Well, is wasn’t a good question…

TL: That’s a tough question to ask me right now, “What is my opinion of his performance.” I mean, you want me to tell you what my opinion of his performance is…

R: You just did…

TL: That’s right. BLEEP. Guy hits three home runs against us. BLEEP.

 

LET’S MAKE SOME MEMORIES! BEAT LA!

Great off-field moments in Dodger history

 

THE WIZARD OF ODD

MADISON BUMGARNER IS THE WIZARD OF ODD!

BUM takes on the KC Royals for us tonight and I believe he will get his first win on paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RETURN TO ODD

I WOULDN’T USE THE WORDS “LOSING STREAK” BUT I HEARD IT BEING BATTED AROUND.

TONIGHT CUETO CONTINUES HIS CURSE ON THE ROCKIES!

(2-0) has won five consecutive decisions against the Rockies, his last loss to Colorado coming May 25, 2012.

LETS GO GIANTS!

AND OUR OTHER HERO!

 

AND THE STORY WAS STORY?!

CINCINNATI, OH – APRIL 18: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on April 18, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rockies defeated the Reds 5-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE OPENING OF ODD

As predicted this season will be ODD and our 2017  SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS know how to play that.

Sunday April 2nd 2017

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS HOME OPENER vs SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

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Chase Field was sold out and brimming with enthusiastic fans from both teams.

So we lost, no big deal.  We have lost just about every game I have seen the Giants play in Phoenix since 2011 but so far down the road when it matters the D-BACKS fade away.  Much like most of the other MLB teams that feel like they nabbed/signed “THE pitcher” but not the rest of their team and their game simply slips through their scales. :O

 

 

 

I was happy to have the chance to be at the first game the boys played this season even if it was in the SNAKE PIT.  Luckily I was sitting next to some very nice people.

This lovely couple are presently ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS fans they hail from Northern California.  Happy 25th Anniversary 🙂 !

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Oh we didn’t play poorly quite the contrary and I would begin to tell you what a great game it was even though the “walk off” wasn’t ours it was thrilling none the less.

 

 

 


However all the way home from Phoenix Sunday I listened to some unidentified “sports guy” rant on and on about how this day was a travesty to Major League Baseball and opening days past and present. So I decided I wouldn’t count it either.  Not yet.

Instead I will show you the folks who enjoyed Sunday as if it was their teams opening day and they enjoyed the win.  Which is a good thing because it won’t be happening much. 🙂

SYMPTOM #1 EMOTIONAL CONTAGION

 

BEST SFG HAT OF THE DAY

OTHER BUDDIES

THE CURSE OF THE TOE HEAD !

I had the best time watching tonight’s WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC! The game-USA vs Puerto Rico was emotional and confusing for me but wonderful all the same.

PUERTO RICO PLAYED TOUGH but they made a major mistake!  One many have made before and that is to place stock in that old rumor –“Blondes Have More Fun”.  

They could have asked me if being a blonde would bring them luck and I would have told them but instead they gave up some dignity and obviously the huge big gold medal!

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Those “poodle do’s” were to me very comical and the rubbing of the poodle do in what was obviously meant to be a threatening? celebratory? “in your face”? Come on, really?! I heard it started as a joke but do they realize it still is? I noticed there were a couple of “hold outs” but I was not in the position to tell who they were.  In my opinion only one person on the team pulled off blonde and I know it’s not his natural hair color.

See here I am attempting to “slam” the PR team when playing for them tonight was one of my all time favorite SF Giants and people in general -ANGEL PAGAN.  PAGAN who was born in Puerto Rico he looks good as a blonde!  Heck, he would look good bald!  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Tonight he spoiled STROMAN’S no hitter if the broadcaster’s jinx wasn’t already in effect and I believe it was.

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Really miss PAGAN AND GREGOR BLANCO also although I didn’t have to see Blanco tonight and seeing Angel just made it so much harder! (drama courtesy of years of practice 🙂

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I was not at home but in a very public place and every time there was one of my boys on the screen I lit up like…well I lit up okay!  I also stood up and clapped and chanted! Yep. Just me and a casino full of “Snow Birds” and Hispanic folk. Good times.

I was doing just that when Brandon Crawford did what he does and so well driving in a couple of runs which made my standing/chanting thing seem a little bit more normal. Thank you B Craw!  Oh wait…he does have some other inspiration in his devoted loyal “other half” Jalynne. Such a family man that good boy!  I was in Scottsdale in 2014 as usual at the stadium celebrating my birthday and watched Brandon jump at every sound.  He must have been thinking it was the “in labor” call when Jalynne was due to have Jaydyn.  Jaydyn April wasn’t actually born until a couple weeks later. Still-It was adorable!  I can just imagine how proud those babies of must be and will be of their daddy!

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And Buster!  It was so great to see him behind the plate!  And catching our new “loose cannon” “Marky” Melancon. Actually that is a compliment and he also is a family man.

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Yes I believe it’s true that there is a great woman behind every man.  But we wouldn’t have it any other way.  ??

It’s late.  Can hardly wait until April 2nd when I see my SF Giants play again! For realsies! Remember-Spring Training games don’t count.

LET’S GET ODD! SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS ALL THE WAY IN 2017 

I’m excited, how about you? 🙂 

 

Giants Hire Barry Bonds To Front Office Position — CBS San Francisco

After spending a year as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins, former San Francisco star Barry Bonds will be joining the Giants front office staff this season as a special advisor to team president Larry Baer.

via Giants Hire Barry Bonds To Front Office Position — CBS San Francisco

JUST A LITTLE TRIM PLEASE

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS after yesterday’s game gave the roster a little trim.

They cut six guys after Sunday’s game. Pitchers Clayton Blackburn, Joan Gregorio and Chris Stratton were optioned, and first baseman Kyle Blanks and pitchers Samuel Coonrod and Matt Reynolds were re-assigned. Blanks actually hit a home-run Sunday giving the Giants 12 home runs in six games.

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Kyle Blanks

Jake Peavy is in town for a few days, hosting a private musical gig for wounded Marines from San Diego through his foundation. The Marines were introduced on the field before Sunday’s game.
“Word from the Peavy camp is he still wants to pitch and could try joining an organization during the summer” From SFGATE

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MORSE goes deep twice in Sundays hit fest!

“It felt good. It felt really good,” said Morse, who has said he will retire if he doesn’t make the team out of Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. “I hit it hard. It was only a matter of time before I started connecting. I feel like my swing is pretty good. I like where it’s at.”

 

Quote of the day

“It’s part of baseball. It’s part of why you love it. I think that’s why it feels so good when you do win, because you spend so much time on other end.”

Matt Moore on losing.

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NOT OUR PROBLEMO ANYMORE

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Santiago Casilla’s 1st day of spring training with the Oakland A’s

 
Not surprisingly he struggled for most of an inning  throwing a wild pitch and allowing 2 hits, a walk and 2 runs.
OAKLAND A’S MANAGER Bob Melvin doesn’t seem to be worried and even quoted me before the game when he said the game “wouldn’t matter”.

“It was my first outing. It’s just practice for me right now,” said Casilla with the help of a translator.

“I was a little bit out of control. I thought my balance was a little bit off,”

“It was my first outing, so pitches weren’t where I wanted them to be, but it’s not a long process for me. It’s just the first one.”

I don’t remember him bothering to give us any of those fine excuses!

Oh well…the best of luck to you Casilla and to the A’s at least he didn’t loose the game for you!

LITTLE FAN GIANT ATTITUDE

SOMETIMES you run along a “younger person” who’s destiny is to be a San Francisco Giants fan. You know–the kind that hangs in there 54 years or so before their first trophy but that’s because they didn’t want it until now. Otherwise…they would have it!

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Here’s to the next  generation of die hards! Know one?  Please Share!

 

FROM ZERO TO SIXTY BEFORE THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

I WENT FROM ZERO TO 60…IN…WELL IN 60 YEARS!

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It took a full week but I have finally recovered from my 60th Birthday trip to Scottsdale where I turned older with my team and noteworthy others.

THAT IS I HAVE Recovered from the fact that I am 60 years old!  Still have a ton to tell  but only enough time to share some of my favorite sites from Scottsdale Stadium and the San Francisco Giants workouts Feb 21-23.

When you turn 60 a year before your baseball team you naturally arrive like this
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ENJOY THE GIANT VIEW!

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THE BAD THE GOOD AND THE KRUKOW

Bad News and Good News
Bad news first of course so that we smile at the end.
Mike Krukow is suffering from degenerative muscle disease which he announced publicly in 2014.  Now at the age of 64 yrs he’s decided to slow down a bit.

I wish him well and am happy to hear that he won’t be pushing himself too much this season.

Krukow will not travel with the club when they go east for games.  Kruk will miss 45 games which will be the away games east of Denver.

When Mike went to the Giants with the idea of reducing the number of games he would have to work they were accommodating of course. Krukow told the Mercury News that they said “We’ll take what you can give us”.

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I can imagine this will be kind of sad for Duane Kuiper as they were the “perfect broadcasting partners” and that 45 games will be different.

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But now for the good news!
For all those that were already in  a happy sadness  over Javi’s retirement – you know happy for him because he can retire sad for the end of “Handsome Javi’s” always welcome appearances at the plate.  Javier Lopez along with Jeremy Affeldt will be doing the color covering for Krukow during those 45 away games.
Now that’s something to look forward to!

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Get some rest Kruk!  We love ya!

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