This Is Giants Baseball!

Giants defeat Cardinals 5-4 on 10th-inning throwing error

You sat in your dens or offices Tuesday, watched the Giants stick four runs on the scoreboard in the first inning and thought, “We’ve got this.”

The players knew better. Anyone who has paid attention to San Francisco playoff baseball knew better. That big first inning was no time to celebrate, but an invitation to pop into the bathroom to make sure your medicine cabinet was stocked with motion-sickness pills.

The Giants won Game3 of the National League Championship Series their way, the nutty way, wasting all of a 4-0 lead, getting one hit from innings two through nine, then beating the Cardinals 5-4 in the 10th on the first game-ending throwing error by a pitcher in the postseason since 1969.

With two on and nobody out, reliever Randy Choate grabbed Gregor Blanco’s bunt to the left of the mound, a good one. As the Giants’ outfielder ran to first, Choate threw the ball wide of the bag and toward the visiting bullpen, allowing Brandon Crawford to coast home from second with the run that gave the Giants a lead of two games to one in the best-of-seven series.


Six more like this one might cause their manager to lose what little dark hair he hast left.

“I’m a little delirious,” Bochy said. “Man, these are hard-fought games. We don’t do anything easy.”

The SF Giants have some good starting pitching. At times it is awesome. Their relief pitching is pretty good too. Their fielding and the unique design of AT&T Park (it’s a pitcher’s dream) keep the team in games by making it difficult to score runs. But you can’t win if you don’t score runs.

The whole team seems to be going through a batting slump.
It would be really nice if the Giants hitters all started knocking out lots of hits, extra-base hits and home runs, but that wouldn’t be Giants baseball.

The Giants never do anything the easy way.


I fell asleep at my desk trying to finish this post.


Here is the part I didn’t finish:

I realize that I have been doing a lot of baseball posts lately. One way or the other that will end for the year in the next few days. In my defense I mainly confine my sports posting to two teams that are in different sports, along with an annual Superbowl post. I don’t post about college, NASCAR, basketball, golf, soccer or hockey.

As I grow older I have learned to appreciate the value of culture. Our genetic heritage makes us human. Our cultural heritage makes us Americans. Baseball is part of America’s cultural heritage. So is football.

Baseball and football are valuable parts of our culture, but they are not essential. You can be an American without loving sports, but you can’t truly be an American without loving American culture.

Show me an American citizen who despises American culture, and I’ll show you a Leftist.

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131 Responses to This Is Giants Baseball!

    • DeniseVB says:

      Or less ? Duncan’s healthcare providers ?

    • Lulu says:

      ONE virus cell (or whatever it is called) replicates in a healthy large male person could take longer than in a dinky female with moderate to low immune system before symptoms are noticeable makes sense. The number of unknowns makes it so obvious how much is not known and just how spotty the “studies” on Ebola really have been.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Good question Helen. It seems this thing is mutating before our very eyes.
      I haven’t heard any more about the Dr. that was released as cured but was readmited. 😦

  1. lililam says:

    I don’t have a link, but there was an in depth ebola symposium on cspan yesterday put on by the Johns Hopkins department of public health. A number of voices warning that the last thing we need is bureaucratic dogma. Excellent epidemiological and first hand accounts in counterpoint to the CDC who crap we are fed like pablum. It probably can be found on the cspan website. They think we are in it for the long haul and a vaccine may be the best way to go, although that is fraught with complications.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    stolen from a commenter at NO Quarter

  3. Somebody says:

    Nail biter games are never fun for a team’s fan, but if you’re just a sports fan and have no skin in it, those are the BEST games. Lopsided games are boring unless it’s “your team” and you’re not in the mood for heart palpitations. I’m surprised by the throwing error, big game, nerves, fatigue, who knows? Mistakes in big games are rarely ever forgotten though.

    I hope the Giants are able to put the Cardinals away while they have home field advantage, but apparently they like to be the last minute team so that may not happen. If the Giants do win out are you going to try and get tickets to at least one game in the WS? Surely they’ll be at least a few tickets available? That would be so flipping awesome!! That’s like a bucket list item right there, maybe you should tell your mom and your kids you have a great idea for an early Christmas present???

    BTW you lied about what sports you blog about. You said you dont’ blog about golf, but in fact you do, because dear leader plays a lot of golf……just a little technical correction. You don’t blog about the actual game, just that f*%k face wastes a lot of time playing it.

  4. HELENK3 says:

    the white shrouds
    they seem to be like the Free French of WW2.
    maybe we should work with them.

  5. mothy6767 says:

    I was thinking about the hell the parents in Dallas must be going through. School shootings have liberals screaming for stricter gun control but unregulated flights out of hot zones they are fine with allowing.

  6. HELENK3 says:

    Philadelphia, where the country started, is a big sports town. We stay with our teams through the good and bad years. It is part of America, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  7. Somebody says:

    Generally sport has been a uniting factor in our country. People from all walks of life gather to cheer on their team. I guess it’s more of a regional uniter maybe, except the olympics then everybody hopefully cheers for team USA.

  8. votermom says:

    I’m not much on baseball, but I heartily approve of apple pie!

    • Lulu says:

      Her ignorance and spite know no bounds. If she gets sick I hope the nurses leave her lying in her own detritus which is radioactive with nastiness. Hateful hag. This means the Dems know they are in the shit and this is the only way they can fight back is like rabid dogs.

      • votermom says:

      • fernschild says:

        As if everyone in nursing gets their druthers with shifts, equipment, training and lucks out with the best supervisors. You show up and try to do the best you can with what you’ve got is more like it, and risk either yourself and your patients or your job if you buck the system. Norovirus and c-diff are awful enough. Wearing just the kind of mask you need when dealing with suspected tuberculosis gives some people claustrophobia. You cannot properly don and shuck off your protective gear without enough training to make it second nature. Anyone taking care of Ebola is absolutely brave as hell as far as I’m concerned.

    • DandyTIger says:

      But seriously, why say anything? WTF is Donna’s problem? Why go the extra mile to say this was the nurses fault or that we shouldn’t have sympathy for her?

      • votermom says:

        I’ve noticed on forums that the lefties are all defending the CDC (govt) and blaming the hospital (private). I guess Donna was just mindlessly taking that same tack except she lumped in nurse with hospital.

      • swanspirit says:

        Because she CANNOT BLAME the person responsible . Obama . No flight with anyone from an Ebola hot zone should have landed in this country .

    • swanspirit says:

      She is not alone

      If our health care professionals are this god damned stupid, there is no chance we are going to contain Ebola.

      In a day and age where conscientious adults keep their kids home from school and people don’t go to work when they have a cold because they know better than to expose everyone at the school and workplace, this is just astonishing. Does this jackass really need to be told that after handling an Ebola patient, they shouldn’t be traveling on a public airline. In my mind, this nurse is just as guilty as someone who knows they have HIV running around having unprotected sex? This is a toxic cocktail of malicious ignorance, entitlement, and casual disregard for your fellow man. I don’t think we need to be restricting flights, but it should be common sense that people EXPOSED to Ebola should not be jaunting about in public.

      What I find interesting is there was no such outrage directed at the Ebola victim who lied to fly here in the first place .

  9. Somebody says:

    OK this is completely OT. I live in small town USA, nothing much ever happens here. It has more recently become more of bedroom community for the larger city of Jacksonville, but it’s really more of an exburb than a suburb. Bottom line it’s boring here, the cops spend most of their time harrassing teens out on dates, giving tickets to motorist on I-95 or if they’re lucky busting a drug mule on I-95 and confiscating their car and money to pad the county coffers.

    Last night that all changed, it’s like we lost our virginity, we’re no longer a sleepy little town. Some idiot in a BMW ran down a guy at the super Walmart. The guy was just coming out of the store, the BMW guy left the parking lot and went up on the sidewalk area to run over his victim. The guy then got out of his car, kicked and hit the man he’d just run over. Strangers ran to intervene, the BMW guy then shot at the good samaritans. BMW guy got back in his car and fled the scene, once again good samaritans blocked him from being able to get out on the highway. BMW guy was forced to turn right onto a road that leads into a neighborhood where there is no outlet, unless you come back up by the Walmart. Apparently BMW guy lived in that neighborhood so he holed up inside his house eventually committing suicide.

    There was a stand off for hours in this neighborhood. The SWAT team from Jacksonville came up here. I heard about all this from my sister in CA, seriously. She called to make sure my husband wasn’t shooting people at Walmart……in her vile prog mind all gun owners are crazed murderers waiting for something to trigger them……..and no we don’t own a BMW so I don’t know why she thought it was my husband…..SHE owns a BMW we don’t. How she heard about it I have no idea, mainly because I was offended and rushed to get off the phone, secondly because I was in shock and lastly because we were actually headed to the store and right in front of my eyes I see the Jacksonville SWAT tactical vehicle headed toward Walmart……OMG!

    Nearly every cop in the county responded to the mess near Walmart last night. The BMW guy exchanged shots with deputies later on when he was holed up and he’d also shot at motorist blocking his way out onto the highway….ZOMG! The police cordoned off that entire neighborhood which took a lot of manpower. Meanwhile taking full advantage of the situation some thugs committed armed robbery of the grocery store around the corner from my house…..ZOMG!

    I feel like Forest Gump, I drove right by there headed to a different store. Funny everything was empty, only employees at the 3 stores I went into. It was like a ghost town. I guess other people were smarter than me and figured somebody might take advantage of all the cops being occupied, stupid me that never entered my mind…..I guess I really don’t have a criminal mind. Luckily nothing happened at the stores I was at and I returned home safely. Lesson learned though if something like this ever happens again, hunker down!

    I know for all of you that live in big cities this is a nothing burger, but it really is a big deal here and completely outside of the norm. In fact that’s why I moved here from Jacksonville for the low crime rate and quiet. Now I’m thinking a tract of land in the middle of nowhere sounds good.

    Sorry if I bored you.

    • Somebody says:

      Oh and btw the guy that was run over at Walmart was airlifted to a level 1 trauma unit in Jacksonville. Sadly he later died from his injuries. According to police he knew the man that hit him. I don’t know what the nature of their dispute was, I suppose police will try to figure that out or maybe not since the victim and suspect are both dead????

    • HELENK3 says:

      when bad things happen in unexpected places it is a very rude awaking. You do all you can to keep safe but no one or no place is completely safe a very sad thing.
      For your sister, sometimes the left over smog in California affects the brain. she just can not help it. Just laugh it off and shake your head, she is your sister

    • The Klown says:

      A few years ago a lesbian couple in Fresno decided to get away from all the crime and bigotry by moving to rural Oregon. Shortly after they they moved into their new home they were murdered.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Holy crap. That is horrible. You should kick your sisters ass for those remarks.

    • mothy6767 says:

      25 years between New York and Philly and I never saw anything that bad.

    • leslie says:

      ZOMG! is right. I’ve never seen anything remotely like that (thank goodness) and am sorry that your town has experienced such a trauma. Like HELENK said, we all do what can to stay safe and hope for the best. I hope your community can remember what safety feels like and again have that same experience. I hope your sister learns to keep some of her thoughts to herself and simply say she was worried about you and your husband.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Oh My!!! thanks for sharing Somebody. 😦

  10. HELENK3 says:

    per FOX
    2nd health care worker who contracted ebola flew on flight 1143 from FT Worth to Dallas yesterday before she showed signs of ebola

    • HELENK3 says:

      sorry that Frontier flight 1143 was from Cleveland to Dallas, she flew on Monday

      • votermom says:

        I’m boggled that the nurses weren’t told to stay put for at least 21 days after Duncan died. For crying out loud!

        • mothy6767 says:

          I an boggled that at the first whiff of obala that the CDC didn”t immediately swoop down with an army and contain.
          YIPPEE Cleveland is just an hour away from Pittsburgh. How selfish can you be to get on a plane if you might have the deadliest disease out there?

        • WMCB says:

          We were told two weeks ago that the CDC was “closely monitoring and watching” all those workers who treated Duncan, because they were such high risk.

          I guess “high risk monitoring” now means ‘HEY, get on a plane and go toodle around the country!” to the incompetent CDC.

      • Somebody says:

        Oh my that could be a game changer. Why wouldn’t the authorities in TX or the CDC insist those under watch isolate themselves? That’s how you stop the spread. Same thing for the family of Duncan they’ve flown around too. We have idiots running things. The people at risk need to isolated for the public good. If I were one of those people I’d self isolate because that’s the right thing to do.

        • Lulu says:

          Because they were ignored. All focus was on the Ebola dude and his contacts. I am afraid that we are going to be told they were on their own and did not know what the hell they were doing which is why Freidan tried to get out in front of the CDC systemic fail and say they should have sent a real experienced expert CDC team instead of brand new trackers on detail from pediatrics at a hospital in NH who “cares” and uses black cool moleskin notebooks. WTF were they thinking. It was going to be a cool cultural experience or some such idiot rot. Morons.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Playoff season is fun, though not as much for me since the Nats left. Are the Orioles still in it? Really haven’t paid much attention lately. Blog your heart and compassion myiq, chances are we’re not going to stay on any topic for long anyhow 😛

  12. DeniseVB says:

    True story ……

  13. Constance says:

    Last night Hannity had a debate on whether the dog of the Ebola infected nurse in Dallas should be put down. The decision was “no it should be quarantined for 21 days like humans and if it doesn’t get sick it should be free to go home” WELL the whole point is the animals they have found carrying Ebola WERE NOT SICK. This virus doesn’t make animals sick but it is deadly to humans.

    • Somebody says:

      My husband had an interesting idea about the dog for the very reasons you mention. Instead of putting the dog down why not study it? See if it does test positive for ebola and then try to figure out what process takes place that doesn’t make it sick but does humans. Perhaps it could help find a cure.

      That being said I don’t know what kind of quarantine the dog is in. Apparently people in Texas have a completely different idea of quarantine than I do. Same goes for the NBC doctor who waltzes into a restaurant, that’s not a quarantine.

      • Lulu says:

        I have very mixed feelings about the dog. I have a Cav and they are special creatures. Very loving and human oriented and need contact everyday or they suffer isolation and withdrawal like a child. If the dog can be a carrier, if the dog is going to be in isolation and suffer, the kind thing is to put it down. I love these dogs. They are wonderful animals but to make it suffer is cruel. Now I am going to cry. It is awful.

      • 49erDweet says:

        The quarantine is always for thee, not me. Rule #16.

    • Lulu says:

      Is this the CDC’s role to advise how to dispose or is it their responsibility to get rid of it? The state had to step in to find adequate resources to clean and incinerate stuff include Duncan’s body. Everything just sat in that apartment complex. Why? The state took over eventually. Was it because the CDC wouldn’t do it or were unaware or something? Note that the cleaning company who cleaned the apartment was changed by the state because they said they were inadequate. The CDC director admitted sort of that they failed so that is probably part of it too.

  14. mothy6767 says:

    MY instinct is to think of this woman as beyond selfish but who knows what she was being told by the CDC.
    I am going to obsess over this. How do I make sure little one does not sit on a toilet seat at school. Sorry not buying the not contagious until symptoms are present.

    • WMCB says:

      The whole “not contagious without symptoms” thing is weaselly. Symptoms to what degree? You might have mild symptoms and not even notice them until they worsen. People are busy – they don’t pay minute attention to “how I’m feeling” until it gets bad. Then they realize IN HINDSIGHT they were having symptoms for three days before they noticed.

      • Lulu says:

        Not everyone has the same symptoms. Some don’t have fever but stomach aches. Some have fever and vomiting or diarrhea. It varies. They don’t know at what point the virus starts coming out of an infected person’s body fluids to pass it on. What they have been saying have been semi-educated guesses. They don’t know but have been bullshitting like they do.

      • mothy67 says:

        Taking temperatures at the airport is an absurd way to curtail a disease which can present after two days.

      • votermom says:

        Let’s say you got Ebola symptoms (fever, headache) today. So you are officially contagious today. You will be more contagious tomorrow when you start puking.
        You were LESS contagious yesterday before you got the fever, but it’s bogus to say that you were NOT contagious. I bet if you donated blood yesterday the person who gets it would get infected.
        I don’t think they’re narrowed down the point at which a patient goes from non-contagious to contagious.

        • mothy6767 says:

          A daycare center, prison, IV drug users, prostitutes and probably a thousand other scenarios. I have gone to work when I was feeling less than perfect. So far it is epic failure by the CDC . Even if the hospital made mistakes they should have had a kick ass team on the ground in hours. Isn’t that the reason for their existence.

          And why is there no hash tag. #stop that ebola

  15. WMCB says:

    Posted this on my facebook with the article:

    Health care workers need to tell the CDC (which has become a political-appointee trainwreck and completely unprofessional) to pound sand and get their advice/containment protocols from WHO instead. WHO evidently still has actual fecking scientists and epidemiologists in charge, not PR mouthpieces more concerned with political fallout than disease.

  16. DandyTIger says:

    Speaking of getting old:

  17. votermom says:

    Now they’re saying the second nurse already had a low-grade fever when she flew

    And she’s being transferred to Emory, which is a good decision, imo.

    • Lulu says:

      Yep. Good on her. Frieden now says she should not have been on the plane even though we have been told it is safe. Whuh? Which is it?

    • Somebody says:

      From a technical medical standpoint 100.4 is considered a fever. Your temp can fluctuate, especially for a young woman. A woman’s temp will rise around ovulation.

      That being said, if she say a rise in her daily temp she should have contacted someone before boarding a freaking airplane!

      I’m glad she’s being sent to Emory, in fact I think the other nurse should be sent to Emory or the place in Nebraska. Clearly the Dallas hospital isn’t equipped to handle an ebola patient, nor are most of the hospitals in the US. In order to stop the spread the current patients should be in a facility that’s equipped to handle such a disease. All the Dallas health care workers that have taken care of any of the ebola patients need to go into quarantine so we can hopefully nip this in the bud……..of course the flight might change things, but let’s hope not.

  18. DeniseVB says:

    For those of you keeping score:

  19. Somebody – I was just in Fernandina, via Yulee 2 weeks ago. We have property in Woodbine. Wow! Here’s a link:

    • Somebody says:

      You promised me the next time you came up this way we were going to meet up for drinks. So you still have the property in Woodbine? I was thinking about you when all the Space-ex talk was going on. I was wondering if that would make your property more or less valuable??? Matters not, space-ex went to Texas.

      • We are going to TRY to go up again in November to see the “cutting of the giant pine” that is leaning over the neighbor’s house. TECHNICALLY, it’s on her land, but JUST on the lot-line and we can do it and she can’t. She’s a quintessential South Georgia poor lady and she is very grateful. Besides, we want to mill some of the wood for the house (when it’s built). BUT – we have had a lot of the land cleaned up! I’ll keep you posted! XO We would have a ball!

        • Somebody says:

          You should still have my email, let me know. Do be careful cutting down the pine tree, they can get REALLY tall.

  20. The Klown says:

  21. HELENK3 says:

    White House says diagnosis of Ebola in 2nd healthcare worker in Dallas prompted President Obama’s decision to cancel trip and meet with advisers instead – @Reuters

    oh hell now it is really time to start worrying . backtrack not going to fundraisers, going to meet with advisors

  22. The Klown says:

  23. HELENK3 says:

    Gov of Ohio statement on Ebola

  24. foxyladi14 says:

    Sounds good to me. 🙂

  25. swanspirit says:

    This may be soo raaaaycist of me , but who else thinks the dynamics of the containment of Ebola by this administration and that the approach by the press will also change , because the 2nd nurse is black ?

  26. The Klown says:

  27. HELENK3 says:

    maybe I am missing something. the 2nd victim took care of the guy with ebola in a Dallas hospital. flew on a plane from Cleveland to Dallas after ebola guy died. How did she get to Cleveland?

    • Lulu says:

      She flew on that one too but was asymptomatic on the way to Cleveland. On the way back she had the very low fever (below the CDC guideline to be concerned!) BEFORE she got on the plane. I feel like the CDC did not tell any of these workers anything. This is what you get when you put out happy talk and disinformation to get past an election and just ignore the staff so the CDC don’t have to lie to them.

  28. HELENK3 says:

    since I need a break

    HBO will start online streaming service in 2015

    • DandyTIger says:

      I smell the end of cable TV coming. And it can’t happen soon enough.

      • HELENK3 says:

        sounds good to me

      • Constance says:

        I will be thrilled with the end of cable. Maybe someone will finally choose to serve my demo something besides the crap men who buy advertising think I want to see. How sick is it when all content producers serve either men 15-55 or men who buy time for beauty/fashion industry ads? I’d love to see the content on cable subjected to the free market. By the way the cable companies don’t consider viewers customers, they consider us suckers who pay money to subscribe to their advertising venues.

    • votermom says:

    • Lulu says:

      I saw that news conference and that guy is pitiful. I think they are TRYING to believe their own bullshit but it isn’t working. They know they are screwed with the election for sure now. Obama is snake bit. If he didn’t have bad luck he wouldn’t have any at all and it is his own fault.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Classic newspeak. Of course the growing concern is because it’s obvious the gov. is incompetent. Luckily for us ebola is fairly difficult to spread. Imagine if it was something really viral. Good to know ahead of time you can’t rely on the CDC for anything.

    • Constance says:

      They don’t have a F-ing clue, they think whatever happens to the rest of us they will be immune because of their specialness and they are just making crap up as they go along. Apparently we must look stupid to them.

  29. The Klown says:

  30. HELENK3 says:

    I love this story. Now this historic issue of Gibson Guitar are selling for at least twice the selling price as collector’s item.

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