Episode #268: Dusty Gets His Ring

Dusty Baker reacts shortly after winning the World Series 4 games to 2 over the Phillies on November 5, 2022. Photo: Getty Images

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Dusty Baker finally got the monkey off his back and won his first ring as a manger as the Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2. Jeremy Pena won the first World Series MVP by a position player rookie, along with ALCS MVP and a gold glove. Yes, we talk a little Judge, since the hot stove is LIT! And, Carlos Rodon officially declined his $22.5m option, as expected. Barry Bonds will have another shot at the Hall of Fame in December. Also, who do you think will be the Giants’ uniform sponsor in 2023? And, why do we have to have a goddamn patch on these clean unis?! 

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Episode #267: Texas Ranger Bochy

Bruce Bochy was introduced as the next manager for the Texas Rangers earlier today (October 24, 2022). He signed a 3-year deal. The Rangers visit Oracle park Aug 11-13, 2023. That’ll be fun!

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All three hosts have a very lively conversation about the Astros and Phillies in the World Series, and how the Phillies’ run is reminiscent of the 2014 Giants. Eric really, really hates the Astros, btw. Bruce Bochy comes out of retirement to become the next manager of the Texas Rangers (BTW, Rangers visit Oracle next Aug 11-13). Pete Putila is the new Giants’ GM, and Zaidi promises to be “very active” this offseason, with reports that they are targeting Aaron Judge and Trea Turner. This and Eric’s epic entry and run in a World Poker Tour 5 Diamond tournament at the Bellagio last week!

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Episode #266: 2022 SF Giants Autopsy

Carlos Rodon appears pumped about the contract he’s going to cash in this offseason…probably. Rodon was voted by our hosts as the Giants’ best pitcher for 2022. Will he return in 2023? (probably not, if we’re being honest)

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It’s time to bust out the scalpel and open up the body of the Giants’ 2022 season to determine what went wrong with the team that won a franchise-record 107 games just a season ago. Eric, Willie, and Chad put their gloves on and dig deep into the mediocrity of their offense, the sub-average bullpen, and bad defense that was countered by their excellent starting pitching. They also put out their Christmas shopping list for Zaidi, take a look at how their pre-season predictions went, and forecast the 2022 MLB Playoffs. It’s a full one! Enjoy!

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Episode #265: Now the Giants are Good?

Buster Posey most likely used a lot of his successful investment into Body Armor to buy a portion of the Giants to become their first co-owner that was a player.

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Giants went 6-1 this week, making a .500 season possible if they go 6-3 the rest of the way. Buster Posey owns the Giants (partially)! Aaron Judge is going to be very expensive, no matter if he hits 60 or 63. Albert Pujols crosses 700 homers. The Giants’ pen is hot, and is it ok to wear your name on the back of a jersey?

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Episode #264: The End is Nigh

Hunter Pence became the 55th player to make the Giants’ “Wall of Fame.” Here, Hunter rides around Oracle Park on his iconic scooter before the Giants played the Dodgers on September 17, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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The Giants had another disappointing week, and concluded their season series with their bitter rivals, the Dodgers, who took 15 of 19 games this year, the most losses to the Dodgers in a year since moving to San Francisco. We talk about Hunter Pence going on the wall of fame, Aaron Judge, selling Dodgers gear INSIDE Oracle Park, and notable happenings from around baseball. Remember, you can catch us live on Facebook on most Mondays at 12:15 pm PDT.

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Episode #262: When the Lights Go Out in the City

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 31: San Francisco Giants’ Joc Peterson backpedals into the dugout jawing the whole way with home plate umpire Adrian Johnson after a call strike three during an MLB game against the San Diego Padres, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

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Not a good week. At all. The Giants are in the midst of a 7-game losing streak, including sweeps at Minnesota and at home against the Padres. At 10 1/2 games back of a playoff spot, tied with Arizona now, with 32 games left, the season is over. What went wrong? Who’s to blame? What can they do? The only goals left are to have a winning month, get close to .500, and see what the young bucks have in their tanks. 2022 is turning out to be an extremely disappointing season for a team that set a franchise record with 107 wins last year. Come commiserate with us!

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Episode #261: The Dog Days of Bummer

Evan Longoria is congratulated by the Giants’ dugout after having a career day on Sunday in Colorado, going 3-4 with a grand slam, 4 RBI, and a couple of fantastic plays in the field. (Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Join Chad and Willie as they talked about the last 2 weeks in Giants baseball, where they went 7-6 since we last recorded and didn’t make up any ground. They need a miracle to get back in the race, even IF the 2 teams they’re chasing falter. Tatis and the PEDres. 2012 Reunion. Upcoming games: 2 @ DET, 3 @ MIN.Remember, you can catch us live most Mondays at 12:15 pm PDT.

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Episode #258: All-Star Breaking Bad

The Giants’ Joc Pederson grimaces after striking out against A’s pitcher Paul Blackburn in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.
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Willie and Chad discuss the last week of Giants baseball, the playoff picture, the All-Star Game, Homerun Derby, the MLB draft, Juan Soto, and more!

Here’s that episode of the classic homerun derby between Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays

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Episode #257: Giants are Officially Mediocre

Carlos Rodon was named as a reserve in the All Star game along with starting outfielder Joc Pederson. Photo by Getty Images

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We talk about the absolute thud of a sound that the Giants made over the last two weeks. They have completely fallen out of the NL West race and now are on the outside looking in at the wild card race. What happened? Can they fix it? How did 107 happen last year? We also discuss the Giants All-Star selections of Joc Pederson and Carlos Rodon, and will the Giants be sellers at the trade deadline? Plus, what we think the chance are that the Giants sign Aaron Judge this offseason. This and more!

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Episode #254: Mediocre May

Giants’ starting pitcher Carlos Rodon delivers off the mound in Philadelphia. He’s been one of the Giants’ best starters this year and leads the team in strikeouts. (photo Sportrac)

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The Giants finished May with a 13-14 record, their first losing month since 2020. Despite producing more runs per game in May than they did in April, they also finished the month with an MLB-worst 6.26 reliever ERA, and a 5.44 staff ERA. Clearly, the pitching is holding them back. Eric and Chad talk about this hopeful outlier of a month, the best Giants for the first third of the season, the “slap” by Tommy Pham on Joc Pederson, and where the Giants hope to go from here.

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Episode #252: Cy Pujols

Cardinals legend Albert Pujols took the mound for the 9th inning against the Giants. He gave up 4 runs, but we all had a blast. (photo USA Today)

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The Giants went 4-2 this week, but ended a 6-game winning streak. Eric and Chad talk review the week that was in San Francisco Giants’ baseball, including the trade of fan-favorite Mauricio Dubon. We had an entertaining blow-out on Sunday night baseball with Albert Pujols taking the bump along with Luis Gonzalez, and the Giants and Mariners keep making trades, including the same guy back and forth! Oh, and Eric is sporting a glorious mustache for May. Be sure to check it out below.

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Episode #251: Giants Getting Healthy?

Giants outfielder, Mike Yastrzemski celebrates with Joc Pederson after depositing a home run into McCovey Cove against the Cardinals on Mother’s Day (photo USA Today)

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Chad and Willie review the last week in Giants’ baseball. We talk about the highs and lows, Buster Posey Day, and an umpire doing weird things with Madison Bumgarner.

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Episode #250: Stay Calm and Put the DFA Button Down

Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood did not fare well against the Washington Nationals on Friday night, but he hopes to get back on the horse against his former Dodgers on Wednesday. (photo AP)

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We recorded episode #250 and reviewed the week in Giants’ baseball. Not the greatest week, going 2-3, but there were many challenges to overcome from COVID and injuries, Farhan is making deals everywhere, a career minor-leaguer finally got his chance in the show, and the rosters have contracted. Eric has a mini-rant about fair weather Giants fans at the end, so don’t miss it!

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Episode #249: What a Roadie!

San Francisco Giants’ Joc Pederson hit two bombs in Washington, and four for the week. Photo by Luis M. Alvarez/AP

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In episode 249, we talk about the Giants’ 8-3 road trip…despite losing 3 of 4 in NY! We give our players of the week, roast Angel Hernandez, and a traditional segment, “why the Giants will win it all.”

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Episode #248: The Giants Picked Up Where They Left Off

“The Captain” did his part, swatting 3 homeruns in the Giants first 9 games, helping them to a 7-2 record out of the gate. (photo Getty Images)

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In episode 248, we talk about the Giants’ hot start to 2022 as they opened the season winning 7 of 9 games and all 3 series. Their pitching is hot, their hitting could be better, but it’s all working out. We give our players of the week, and a traditional segment, “why the Giants will win it all.”

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Giants set opening day roster

Here is your 2022 San Francisco Giants Opening Day roster:

The roster is expanded to 28, from 26 for the month of April to help out with the double headers and lack of off days due to the season starting late from the lockout. Personally, not too many surprises, as it’s very similar to the 2021 opening day roster and what they had at the end of last season, aside from subbing Bart for Posey, adding Rodon and Pederson and a few others. Hey, the Giants are apparently 107-win underdogs this year. Let’s see how they do. They open tomorrow, Friday, April 8 at 1:35pm PDT at home against the Miami Marlins. Chad should be at Oracle on Monday when they battle the Padres, be sure to follow all the action at TortureCast on twitter.

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Episode #247: 2022 Season Preview

Will Logan Webb be the Giants’ ace? (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

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Willie,  Chad and our listeners predict how many wins the Giants will get, where they will finish in the NL West and what special awards might be earned. 

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Episode #245: The Cold Winter

Barry Bonds singles out writers that didn’t vote for him…probably. (photo USA Today)

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We’re back for the new year with a fresh episode to bring updates regarding the MLB lockout of players, but in addition, we have a little discussion about the insane football playoff games from this past weekend, the fact that the Giants never even offered Kevin Gausman a contract, and it looks like Bonds will not make it to the Hall of Fame in his 10th and final year of eligibility. 

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Episode #263: Without Rules, There’s Chaos

The Giants signed Wilmer Flores to a 2 year extension with a mutual option for 2025. He’s only one of two Giants to be on the books in 2024. The Giants’ checkbook should be open this offseason.

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The Giants are humming along in their mediocrity, battling it out with Arizona for third place. In the meantime, we’ve seen some sparks from some young talent. Eric and Chad reveal what they would like to see over the Giants’ last 22 games, and they dissected the new and controversial rule changes approved for 2023. Remember, you can catch us live on Facebook on most Mondays at 12:15 pm PDT.

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Episode #260: Regression to the Meanest

Carlos Rodon #16 of the San Francisco Giants delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on August 6, 2022 in Oakland, California. The Giants did not trade him at the deadline. (Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)

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The Giants have one of the worst records after the All Star Break at 5-12 and are almost completely out of the playoff picture. That said, they are getting a lot of their regular roster back and can make ground against the Padres starting tonight. The boys also talk about what the Giants did and didn’t do at the trade deadline, and how they may hope to compete with the Dodgers and Padres rosters in the future. Plus, Hunter Pence is going on the Giants’ “Wall of Fame” on 9/17! Remember, you can catch us live most Mondays at 12:15 pm PDT.

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Episode #259: The Thrill

Former Giants’ first baseman Will Clark, had his #22 retired at Oracle Park on Saturday, July 29, 2022.

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The boys talk about Will Clark’s #22 retirement ceremony, the Giants’ recent skid, Chad’s interview with Logan Webb, who’s game to be acquired or traded away by tomorrow, and should the Giants buy or sell or do nothing? We also take a look at the Dodgers series and the final 60 games of the season.

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