Doctor Doctor, Please . . . and Here Comes Baseball

. . . Oh, the mess I’m in.

Well, so much for a smooth recovery for Brock Purdy. He can’t even get the operation done. Purdy’s elbow is still too swoll to operate on, so they will re-evaluate in early March. Thus throwing the timetable back some. Which means that we have to hope Trey Lance’s recovery doesn’t have any setbacks. Which also means that Lance os gonna get a longer look than originally thought. Which I guess is a good thing.

After all, we need to know what we have in Trey Lance before handing the keys to Purdy, right? I mean, Purdy appears to be the real deal. But so did Jimmy G when he came in and won 5 games in a row. Even Nick Mullens looked like the real deal for a red hot minute. The NFL is a fickle mistress and one who is unkind to most everyone.


Other than that, I’m pretty interested to see what our local baseball team does this season. The national scribes and local fans have written off the team and front office as being inept buffoons who fucked up wildly. Throw in the National Anthem protest by Kapler, and you have the requisite overreaction and a whole lot of whining by anyone and everyone.

Me? I think the team improved enough to reach the NBA-style playoffs. They gained a couple solid-enough OFers in Haniger and Conforto, the pen got decent by the end of the season, and they added Taylor (don’t call me Tyler) Rogers, a couple starters in Manaea and Stripling, Junis and Hjelle from the farm, Webb and Cobb, and DeScaffolding. From the bunch they should be able to build a good rotation.

The hitting is the main issue I have. Well, that and the defense, Both were sub-par last season. Sure, that has a lot to do with the rotating in and out of a bunch of AAAA guys, and the Misadventures of Luis Gonzalez. He hit well, but was pretty clueless in every other area of the game.

Should be a fun season if only to silence the nay-sayers.


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62 Responses to Doctor Doctor, Please . . . and Here Comes Baseball

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Saw these guys in 1978. Incredible show put on by Michael Schenker. One of Shenker’s last shows with UFO.

  2. alleykat69 says:

    God the 70’s and 80’s were the greatest ROCK&ROLL times of Alltime!!🎸🥁🎤🎹🎼
    UFO was one of my favorite bands among many back then. Saw them Twice at Winterland in 75/77 and they just blew me away led by Michael Schenker on lead guitar and Phil Moog lead singer!
    The 75 show also had get this Journey &Montrose talk about Rock&Roll power outage to the maximum! Leading the way 1st was Journey just getting started on big stage fame was solid with Neil Schon outstanding guitar solo work, especially on Of a Lifetime still my favorite work from the band.Then out comes Montrose with Sammy Hager lead vocal and Ronnie Montrose incredible performances on guitar 🎸 I’ve got the Fire 🔥 SpaceStation#5,Rock Candy,&Bad Motor Scooter was blowing the plaster off the walls of Winterland almost it was such a great concert!

  3. Winder says:

    I really don’t expect anything from the Giants this year. Lot’s of unknowns. Maybe ST will sort things out. Hitting and defense are concerns for me too. Pitching still dictates how we are gonna do. Our pen is the key and hopefully we don’t have to overwork everyone. And of course we are always an injury or two away from decent to not so decent. Anyway for some reason I think it’s gonna be a fun year.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    The pen settled down by the end of the season as the Zack Littles, Shalby Millers, and Yunior Martes have been weeded out. I see this team making the playoffs. The play-in anyway. With Webb leading the way, I like our shot there. After that, who knows?

    Here’s yet another guy I wish I could have ssn in his prime. Peter Green.

  5. Winder says:

    last one

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Holy shit, Jeremy Spencer is wild in that Shake Your Moneymaker clip. THese clips have Kirwan, Spencer and Green all playing. Not sure how long all 3 were in the band.

  7. Locojuan says:

    I think over all the Giants will be a better team this year, although I also think the Snakes might give em a run for third in the Division. Not trotting Gonzalez out to pitch 6 innings this year would be good start in the right direction. I agree that the pitching should be deeper this year. I keep thinking Bart is going to put it all together and have himself a solid year. I also really like that they’re giving Villar a shot as the starter. Gotta say, I’m not completely sold on Late Night as the primary 1B or having Yaz as the primary CFer. I’m hoping Estrada doesn’t have to be the SS for any extended time, that worries me some.

    I’ve gotten to the point where I really don’t like Kapler. It has nothing to do with the National Anthem, although alerting the press ahead of the protest was kinda weird IMO. Nope, I just don’t like the guy. I started really disliking him after he pulled Estrada aside before an at bat to show him a printout. Not that it matters, but If I remember right, Estrada popped up. To me he’s a robotic manager whose gut feeling is whatever Zaidi tells him it is. I also think he’s a prima donna whose biggest concern is if the TV crew is filming his good side.
    I do hope he manages his ass off and proves me completely wrong.

    • Winder says:

      I don’t agree with a lot of Kapler’s moves either.

    • unca_chuck says:

      I don’t think Z-man is on the horn to Kapler during games a la Roberts/Friedman. I just think Kapler is too enamored with the matchup thing. Like I say later, pulling your best hitter in the 5th inning because of another team’s pitching change is fucking ludicrous. Kapler seemed to do it a lot with Joc. And it would bite him in the ass because later in the game, when your best hitter is gone, you likely would get a favorable matchup anyway.

      It’s overmanaging just for the sake of making a move. And with 13-14 pitchers on staff, that means you have little bench to use up anyway.

      NO batter should be pulled from a game in the 5th inning.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    He did make a lot of micro-managing bullshit moves. The hope is he learns from this type of shit and gets a better feel for pitching changes.

    Pulling guys like Joc in the 5th inning of games for one fucking L/R matchup is atrocious. That kind of shit has to stop.

    Dave Roberts is still the king of asinine moves, but Kapler is in the same realm. Too many managers go down this road.

    • Locojuan says:

      Yeah, he seems to just manage by the book and last year it seemed like opposing teams were on to his book. I don’t know, players say they like him, so maybe he’s more than just a numbers guy, still not a dude I want to suck down a couple of beers and talk baseball with.

  9. PaulinAsia Banh Bao says:

    Bozo/Loco, agree with pretty much everything you said. Team should be better than last year, pitching looks strong, but offense/defense looks weak. Hope Villar (and I guess JD Davis) grab a spot, but the 1B thing has disaster written all over it. Giants go from 12 or so years having one of the best first baseman in the league to hoping Wade can actually play the position? Sure, give it a shot, but man, make a move if/when (and I think when) it doesn’t work. Roberts can possibly get away with substitutions early in the game because LA has generally had a deep bench, but Giants have not had that luxury. Maybe that changes this year. The key to near future will still be: will any of the youngsters make it to China Basin this year and succeed? Harrison, probably. Position players not so sure; if they haven’t shown anything yet, they just might be busts… Ah, Bart. I still say, let him play, see what he’s got. This is possibly a bridge year anyway.

  10. alleykat69 says:

    My personal pet peeve about Kapler is seeing him in the dugout with his bopsi twin,bench coach Kai Correrá,both wearing identical black sunglasses 🕶️🕶️ during the games! Cue the cheap sunglasses song 🎵..

  11. unca_chuck says:

    They could have had Bell for cheap and diidn’t. That pisses me off. Esp when Wade is the answer? Pederson? E-3 is gonna be a familiar sight.

    • Locojuan says:

      I know, right? Why sign a switch hitter with power, who plays that position when you can platoon a out of position players at 1B?

      I know I’m sounding more on the negative nelly side right now, but I am looking forward to watching them play some ST ball tomorrow.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Yeah, it might work, but I’m not holding out much hope for 1st base. It bums me out when they leave shit like that on the table.

      They KNOW Belt is gone yet do nothing to replace him with someone who is MUCH more consistent at the plate than anything they plan on using at 1st. And doesn’t need to be platooned.

  12. willedav says:

    Hey how many of you guys remember snow in Bay Area in 1976? I walked through it that AM on way to class at San Jose St. Messed up my dress shoes for work too. What did I know?
    Saw some pics of snowed in Hwy 17.

  13. willedav says:

    I can’t abide Kapspeak. I just can’t listen to him.

  14. PaulinAsia Banh Bao says:

    Did you see Kap’s statement yesterday about Joc playing 1B? The way they’re handling the 1b situation is the only thing I feel somewhat negative about; everything else looks great, time to play ball. It just seems like they’re going out of their way to not get a legit 1bman, from ignoring Josh Bell (they must’ve had a reason…?), to saying no worries, we *think* Wade can play there, etc. And then yesterday, after saying he thinks the team will be better with Joc NOT playing the outfield anymore, Kap says but hey, Joc can play first: “He can really bang,” Kapler said. “If he got comfortable enough over there, this guy is a wide receiver. He’s a hand-eye coordination beast. He can do it, but we have to put the work in to get him ready for it.” Huh? WTF is Kap smoking…

  15. alleykat69 says:

    Yeah 1st base looks like a total NIGHTMARE this year. Joc made an incredible 6 errors in 149 innings once for the Bums in a trial experience that quickly ended in 6 weeks, and now Kappy is thinking he can be serviceable at 1st?? Lol 😂 So yes as P/A mentioned :What is Kap Smoking??
    And Wade Jr who Kappy believes is rangy and can cover a lot of ground but had knee issues( left knee more) last year and is working on ( opted not for surgery)strengthening that knee to equal the strength of the right one seems like smoking the pipe again…
    Really the best 1st baseman in a bad situation is Flores who handles 1st better then 3rd just don’t overuse him are he will wear down and his best asset is his clutch hitting.. PS..Josh Bell’s contact is a ridiculous bargain at 2/33 mil the good news he has an opt out after this season, so u never know what could happen there, like Rodon one and done..

  16. Winder says:

    I think a lot of the problems with players now days is they are short on the fundamentals they do one or two things good and the rest of the fundamentals they have issues with. Used to be you could put just about anyone at first and as long as they could hit things were ok.

  17. Berger says:

    I can’t stand Kapler either. He reminds of the brown-nosing sales manager who is more worried about his status than his salespeople. Anybody know if he is still hiding in the basement for the National Anthem?

  18. Macdog says:

    The hitting was fine in today’s ST opener — 4 HRs, including one by Wade. The defense, uh, not quite so much — 6 errors!

    I’ll echo everyone else over here concerns about the defense at 1B. Also bummed that they have no one to replace Rodon. At my most optimistic, maybe they can slightly improve upon last year’s .500 season, which was only achieved by beating up on the Rox late season. And yeah, I’m no fan of Kapler’s endless in-game moves, but this is what happens when just about the entire team is made up of spare parts.

    • Winder says:

      That’s a lot of errors. They gotta figure away to clean that up. IMO sloppy play is the worse way to lose a game. But at least we are playing some ball.

  19. Winder says:

    chuck- I remember you posted an alternative to this song hopefully this one isn’t the same. I thought the demo was kinda cool.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Hey, I’ll gladly hear it again. Great stuff.

      Supposedly there’s tapes of Hendrix playing nearly all of electric ladyland on an acoustic as he works out the songs, timing and order.

      This might be part of it? Janie Hendrix reportedly has tons of unreleased stuff she’s sitting on.

  20. PaulinAsia Banh Bao says:

    I’m sorry, this still cracks me up. I guess I’m easily entertained. “He can really bang… he’s a hand-eye coordination beast.” Sounds like a review of a Ron Jeremy performance….

  21. Winder says:

    I never heard any of this stuff before. It really shows some of the creative genius Jimi had.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Random but pretty fun.

  23. Locojuan says:

    Kat might be the only one who remembers this, but a few years ago when Zaidi took a flyer on Carter Williams from NC, I called him my guy. His dinger today keeps him alive, and I’m stoked for the kid.

  24. alleykat69 says:

    Loco, I do remember Carter Williams and you pushing for him.He’s an intriguing OF prospect with good size 6’3 210 lbs and power and gets on base frequently. Think he might of hit a bomb today?in Giants win.Hope he keeps it up, played for SJ then promoted to AA Emeralds? Winder country up in Oregon.. I’m all for more OF depth!

  25. unca_chuck says:

    An OF prospect? Be still my heart!!

  26. alleykat69 says:

    Yeah an OF prospect could it ever be possible since Chili Davis back in the 80’s lol 😂??
    I’m actually into the development of OF prospect Vaun Brown as well, dude put up incredible numbers at SJ then continued it at AA Eugene Emeralds, Between both teams he hit 24 bombs 7 triples,30 plus doubles, batted over .300 OBP .400 plus and stole 44 out of 50 bases.Read where he was only one of 4 minor leaguers that have ever done that! Hope he gets a hard look at ST camp!!

    • Irish Kevin says:

      Let’s see how many old farts are out here from the bay area

    • unca_chuck says:

      Don’t remember this guy. The first DJ that I remember in my early stoner days was the Lobster on KSJO. Went down to the station and met him at some point in high school. M. Dung, the Weedman, Lamont and Tonelli. Can’t think of the others offhand.

      Funny thing, Paul Tonelli used to work at the Burlingame Walgreens where I used to buy beer in my early 20s.

      I did meet Dr. Donald D Rose and the pool hall (Town & Country) in San Mateo. The place is amazingly still there as The Great Entertainer. Spent 6th grade through high school hanging out there and shooting pool/playing pinball/playing (gasp!) video games when they hit the world.

  27. Irish Kevin says:

    Missed a few post, but how is everyone feeling about the pitch clock. I think it won’t affect the starts as much as the relievers, I get get so tired of guys bent over, arm swinging shaking off the sign, fucking pitch the ball. I also like the pitcher can only step off the rubber twice with a runner on first. Either throw over or pitch the ball. Not that difficult. Okay boys let’s hear your comments.

  28. unca_chuck says:

    I hope it isn’t too intrusive. Not sure it’ll be too bad unless Scott Munter comes in to pitch.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    The whole 2 throws to 1st is an overreaction. I get they want to bring back stealing, but this is gonna be a joke. Like the ghost runner at 2nd and the 3 ballers per pitcher, it’s a major shift in strategy that only fucks with the game as it should be played.

    As far as the shift goes, meh. I don;t think it’sgonna change things like Manfred Mann thinks.

  30. alleykat69 says:

    I met DJ Stefan Ponek from KSAN back in 1974 my senior year in HS, when we had a field trip to the radio station!Me and 2 buddies said screw the school bus and rode motorcycles up 280 at a high rate of speed to SF and got their atleast a 1/2 hr before the bus in time to fire up a joint lol 😂 Really cool 😎 dude as a bunch of us crammed into his radio booth as he was live spinning vinyls and taking requests, he had the 10-2 slot.Man those were great memories!!Sadly I heard he passed away back in 2001 of a heart attack..
    RIP Stefan 🙏

  31. unca_chuck says:

    The 70s radio was epic. So many good stations. There’s like 2 rock stations now in the Bay Area? There was KSJO, KOME, KSAN, KMEL, KFOG, and KFAT if I was in the right place. I’m sure there were a couple others.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up……..

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