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Episode #90: Duffman

I wonder how many beers Duffy can actually chug after a game while holding Skeeter?

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The Giants went 4-2 for the week, which is something amazing considering they were under.500 at home. Despite a 12-13 June (ok, they can still be .500 with a win tonight), the Giants are only 1/2 game back of the Dodgers. Chad and Ben discuss the month of June, the All Star game voting, Duffy and more!

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Bonusode 70.1: D’backs vs. Giants 9.10.14

The fog threatening to roll in as the Giants play the D'backs on 9.10.14.

The fog threatening to roll in as the Giants play the D’backs on 9.10.14.

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Willie, Ben and Chad once again head to Zeke’s after a Giants game to talk about many exciting events. First and foremost, the Giants blanked the Diamondbacks 5-0 to maintain their 2.5 game deficit behind the Dodgers and their 4 game lead on the wild card. We also talk about “video gamer’s” night with Todd McFarlane before the game (Ben got the sweet Assassin’s Creed figurine).

Even more exciting was the fact that we had clubhouse access for the first time. Chad snagged interviews with Panda, Pence and Affeldt before the game, and those interviews can be found here. We also spoke with Matt Duffy after the game (interview is at the end of this bonusode) about his critical 7th inning double to put the game away. Pour a shot and a beer, sit down, and enjoy another bonusode with the boys from TortureCast!

We’ll be in the clubhouse again for Saturday’s game against LA. Should be an anxiety-ridden ride for all.

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Padres vs. Giants: Post-game Notes

You just HAD to go and catch that ball, didn’t you, Mr. Venable?!

So, the Giants were 2-0 with TortureCast crew covering the game. We figured it was a lock to win tonight.

Zito has a squeaky-clean stat sheet at home (4-1, 1.68), so as long as he didn’t don his road grey by accident, we figured to be in for another victory. All in all, it wasn’t so bad at the start. Like the last Zito start that we covered vs. the A’s in May, when he walked the pitcher, who later scored the only run he allowed that day, Zito allowed a leadoff double to Volquez (the pitcher) to lead off the third right after proffessing my happiness that the pitcher was leading off the inning.

Then the fourth inning came. After a harmless first two outs, Will Venable laid down a perfect drag bunt down the first base line. Belt fielded it, but Abreu couldn’t reach first base in time. A swinging bunt ensued right after, and again, it could not be covered. Alas, in round two, Zito got the better of Volquez.

As Joe Castellano,  and I were chatting in the back of the press box, the Giants strung together some seeing-eye singles and a loud out to generate 3 runs and take the lead.  Admittedly, I missed most of this so that will have to do for an explanation.  You’ll see later why this is mostly irrelevant.

Zito was cruising, up to 8 strikeouts in the top of the 6th when he hit a bump in the road with a lead off walk, but almost got out of it when he induced a near double-play (bad throw by Abreu off his back foot) that turned into a fielders choice, then a fly out to center before giving up a hit to put runners on the corners. Bochy then called on Machi to close the door on the inning, which he did, but not before giving up a free run to the Friars with a wild pitch. With the score now 3-2, Machi opened up the top of the 7th by giving up 3 consecutive singles that tied the score at 3 before ending the inning with a 6-4-3 double play to preserve the tie.

The Giants couldn’t muster any offense after the fourth inning,  getting only one hit in the fifth before Blanco was erased by a double play, which began a string 14 consecutive Giant outs.

Romo entered the ninth to try and redeem himself from his two-walk, ninth inning, blown save in Atlanta on Saturday. He wasn’t sharp, but was saved by the incredible throw from Juan Perez in center to gun down Forsythe trying to go from first to third on a single. Instead of runners on the corners with 1 out, the situation was minimalized. Despite a stolen base to put the runner in scoring position, Romo struck out Blanks to end the threat.

After Sandy Rosario had a 1-2-3 10th, the Giants had a promising situation with a one-out single by Quiroz. Lady luck then effectively mooned the Giants when Blanco seared a line drive that Thayer snagged and proceeded to double off Qurioz. That could’ve been runners on the corners with 1 out.

The 11th inning greeted Rosario with a solid single by Ciriaco, who incidentally had his first three hits of the season tonight, and was instrumental in generating offense for San Diego tonight. Amarista, pinch-hitting, sacrificed the runner to second for the top of the lineup to take a couple of cracks with a runner in scoring position. With Jose Mijares getting ready in the pen, Rosario struck out Forsythe and Headley after falling behind 2-0 to both hitters. That doesn’t happen that often.

Our saga in the press box continued late into the night, as the bottom of the 11th opened up at almost 11:00 pm. Kyle Blanks roped a double down the left field line, followed by a ground out to second to move him to third. After an intentional walk to Grandal, Javy Lopez came in to face Will Venable, whom promptly attempted a safety squeeze, but dragged it foul. Lopez worked the count to 1-2 before inducing a weak wave of the bat for strike three and the 15th strikeout by Giants pitchers for the night. The young Ciriaco, having a good night, weakly waved at Lopez’s slinger for the 16th K of the night.

Belt led off the bottom of the 12th with a single to right and was sacrificed to second. After Torres struck out pinch-hitting for Rosario, the play of the night happened next.  Juan Perez smashed a soaring drive to deep center field and every one was certain it was the walk off hit we had been waiting for, but Will Venable some how got on his imaginary horse and made a spectacular catch, very similar to the one that Blanco made during Matt Cain’s perfect game last year. It absolutely stunned the crowd, and the press box, but the fans showed some baseball class when they applauded Venable as he headed to the Padres dugout.

Jose Mijares allowed two singles to open the 13th, the second of which seemed to elude Tony Abreu, as it may have sliced on him. It was hit hard, but came off his foot as he tried to readjust. The ball, which was a duck in right field now, allowed Amarista to chug to third. The Padres then pinch hit with Cashner…a starting pitcher, whose job it was to bunt over the runner on first to avoid an inning ending double play. It worked much better than imagined as he pushed a beautiful bunt past the charging Arias and into no-man’s land to drive in a run and give the Padres the lead. Mijares’ agony continued as Pence made a valiant effort with a sliding attempt of a catch across the right field foul line, but could not hold on to it. With the runners holding, it was only a single and didn’t allow a run, but now the bases were loaded with one out.  Bochy called on the youngster Jake Dunning, the last pitcher in the Giant pen, who came in on a bizarre double switch with Posey taking over for Belt at first base. The rookie induced a broken bat soft line out before succumbing to nerves by walking a run in and extending the Padres’ lead 5-3.

Huston Street came in to close out the game uneventfully.

Overall, a game that should’ve landed in the win column. From the free run(s) given up by Rosario to the game-saving superman catch by Venable in centerfield in the 12th.

Giants should have been 3-0 with TortureCast in the box.

Willie and I went down to the post-game presser, and Bochy admitted to having a “brain cramp” with the Posey/Belt double switch. All of us in the press box were mystified when it happened, and even Renell had to announce the double switch 3 times over the PA system. He meant to swap Quiroz with Posey, so that he would lead off the bottom of the 13th inning, but he admitted to being upset about the fair ball call down the line (we did think it was fair, btw), and he announced the switch to the umpire before he realized his mistake. Willie asked the last question of the night in regards to what would have happened if Dunning had come up with the bases loaded in the 13th. Bochy said that Gaudin was up in the pen, and Scutaro would have pinch hit for Dunning. That little nugget, dug up by the TortureCast crew, made a lot of the bloggers and papers headlines. Nice job, Willie!

Afterwards, we went to Zeke’s and dissected the game with zany behavior and nonsensical jabber. I suggest you listen to it.

Thanks to the Giants once again for their progressive, forward-thinking stance on allowing small fish like us, to have access to the press box.

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Episode 43: The Dave Dravecky Episode

This dude is inspirational and will forever be a Giant

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We welcome in the new year with our first TortureCast of 2013. Unfortunately, Ben couldn’t make tonight’s recording, but Willie and Chad discussed the recent deals to avoid arbitration for Posey, Pence, Blanco, Arias, and Mijares. We also bitch about the BBWAA and the injustice of not a single player being voted into the Hall of Fame, as well as pimping FanFest on Feb 9, the excitement of pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb 12, a banana in an unfortunate hole, and we dream about the possibility of Bruce Bochy driving Jim Harbaugh down Market Street with another championship trophy for THE City.

Talking Points

  • Buster Posey ($8m) and Hunter Pence ($13.8m) sign one year deals to avoid arbitration
  • Giants control Posey through 2016 and will probably seek a long-term deal sometime this year
  • Other Giants that signed one year deals to avoid arbitration: Arias ($925k), Blanco ($1.35m), Jose Mijares ($1.8m)
  • Only arbitration-eligible player left is Romo, who filed for $4.5 million and the Giants countered with $2.675 million
  • BBWAA chose not to vote in Bonds and Clemens, in fact, NO ONE made it in

Coming Up

  • FanFest is Feb 9 at AT&T Park
  • We will be interviewing the Giants “Social Media Consigliere,” Bryan Srabian this Saturday to talk to him about his job and FanFest!
  • Pitchers and catchers report Feb 12!

Tweet At Me, Bruh









  • SFG10032: @TortureCast – Turns out Hunter Pence is a pretty hardcore Blizzard gamer. Pretty cool. http://t.co/ZZK9rsab

We Should Hate This Guy

  • Willie and Chad dish out serious hate for the BBWAA who “made a stand” against the PED users. It’s an F-ing game, and you are not holier than any of these athletes that you help to create. Baseball ignored the issue, you voted them as MVP and Cy Youngs, STFU.

Why We Will Win It All

  • Willie – Wrapping up the last big pieces from last year and didn’t fall in love with guys who won’t help, Sabean is making all the right moves and there’s no reason to think he won’t make the right moves at the trade deadline either.

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Episode 42: The Jackie Robinson/Hot Stove Episode

it burns…like a Brian Wilson non-tender

We shake off the World Series hangover with an episode to review the Giants’ moves in the offseason thus far, and we even challenged ourselves with listening to our season preview episode that we recorded at The Public House (at AT&T Park) with Thomas and Danny from Two Guys, a Glove and a Coke Bottle.

Talking Points

  • Scu-Scu-Scutaro signs 3 yrs/$20 – We all like this one, even if he sucks at age 40
  • Pagan signs 4 yrs/$40m – Thank the baseball gods that he signed one day before Victorino signed with Boston for 3/$39m!
  • Affeldt signs 3y/$18m – Quality signing, he likes the stability of the Giants
  • Pence will be signed, probably for $13-$14m in arbitration, Giants not seeking long term contract, though
  • Torres is Back! 1 yr, $2m
  • Blanco is arbitration eligible, probably won’t cost that much
  • Sabean and Bochy contracts extended through 2014
  • Dodgers with the largest payroll in MLB history at $225m
  • Melky gets 2/$16m from Blue Jays who are loading up for a run at it

The BIG Question

  • What will happen with Brian Wilson? We all concur that the Giants had to make the business decision that they did, and that frankly, Wilson is being a whiny douche if he’s hurt by their non-tender. He doesn’t deserve $7 million for a year after his second Tommy John. In fact, he earned $8.5 million last year for two appearances before he went on the shelf. Suck it up, sign an incentive-laden contract with the Giants and we’ll all move along as a happy family.

Revisiting our 2012 Pre-Season Predictions with GiantsPod (4/1/12 @ Public House)

  • Chad put out an over/under of 92.5 wins for the Giants and EVERYONE LAUGHED AT HIM
  • The group reset the over/under to 87.5 wins, and everyone took the over, except the self-titled “realist” Thomas
  • Chad also put the over/under for games Freddy Sanchez plays at 100 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
  • What does Crawford have to hit to be worth it?we all said .230, he hit .248 and played dazzling D down the stretch, I say he surpassed expectation
  • Thomas says Blanco will not be on the roster by the All Star break
  • Hamate bone was a freak injury – thomas
  • Danny says now that steroids are over…
  • Danny says top offensive player won’t be Posey or Pablo
  • How high would we go for Cain extension? The highest we said was 125 over 5, he got 127 for 6 with an option for 7 that could bring it to 141
  • Willie wanted to win a WS and defend with the exact same team. Well, he’s pretty much getting his wish
  • Why will the Giants win it all? (asked in April, 2012)
    • Willie predicted that the Giants would win it all because they weren’t going to have a freak injury
    • Ben – rotation getting better
    • Michael (from The Grubby Glove) – Dbacks won’t come together, Bumgarner steps up big time, says division winner
    • Chad – dumb luck!!! hahhaha
    • Danny – second wild card
    • Thomas – “we won’t, I’m a realist”

Tweet At Me, Bruh

  • Bryan Murphy @Every6thDay: Obviously, the Giants will have to raise ticket prices significantly to afford Andres Torres, but that’s what happens w/ a break-even team.”
  • “Miss Erin ‏@Love4PatTheBat: Brian Patrick Wilson, you quit your pouting and come back to those who love you and tolerate your insanity! @BrianWilson38 #SFGiants”

Our New Favorite Guy

  • Chad – Brian Sabean for signing Pagan a day before Victorino signed with the Red Sox
  • Willie – Duane Kuiper for his joke during the parade, asking Affeldt to take a swing after he called a homer for Pablo and say Swing and a miss!

We Should Hate This Guy

  • Willie – Magic Johnson, go muck up basketball if you’re gonna get all ridiculous in a sport, although basketball is pretty screwed up already

Why We Will Win It All

  • Chad – They’ve brought the gang back (mostly)

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Episode 36: The Gaylord Perry Episode

Cheater cheater, PED – eater!

Melky, why? Why did you do that? What the crap dude? We’re super mad and we tell you why.

Chad and Willie almost cry over spilled Melk. As Giants fans, we feel betrayed and lied to, and much of the Giants organization feels the same way. It’s not just that he took PEDs, it’s that him and his camp tried to cover it up with a ridiculous fake supplement website plot. WTF WERE YOU THINKING MELKY!! At least the Giants had time to cancel 20,000 t-shirts with his likeness on it.

Chances are that we’ll never see him in black and orange again (well, except maybe the Orioles), even if the Giants make the postseason.

The Week In Review

  • Giants are 4-1 without Melky, suck on that
  • MadBum’s wicked start in LA
  • Scutaro is hitting .330 with SF, 18 RBI in 91 ABs

The Big Question

  • Bochy: “It’s time for Lincecum to be Lincecum”

Armchair Manager

Who should the Giants play in LF? Blanco v righties, Christian v lefties? Reported today that Theriot is taking practice in LF. Belt with Posey at first and Sanchez at C? Xavier Nady? Should they go after anyone? (Francoeur, Cody Ross, Scott Hairston, Rick Ankiel, Burrell?) How may September callups affect this?

Tweet At Me, Bruh

  • ‏@TheFakeESPN: Melky realizes he should have just presented YouPorn instead of fake website as cause of boosted testosterone.
  • ‏@DodgersGM: Juan Uribe’s PEDs didn’t work because he bought them off MelkyCabrera’s fake website.
  • @CSNBaggs: Bochy asked Theriot how he felt after working out in LF: “He said, ‘I’m fine The only thing I’m having trouble with is fly balls.'”

We Should Hate This Guy


Why We Will Win It All

  • The Giants somehow make the playoffs, Melky juices while he’s suspended and comes back and carries them to the WS title…or not…
  • This whole Melky thing actually galvanizes the locker room.  The Giants love to feel like underdogs and now they really do.

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Episode 32: The Ryan Vogelsong Episode

“The Color of Willie”

Willie was recreating his vision of “The Color of Money” at a local SF pool hall and brought his jubilant intoxicating personality onto Episode 32 of “The TortureCast.”

We talk World Series 2010 rematch with the Rangers and 2 shutouts, Lincecum’s woes (and their amazing record without him), Panda’s return, “The Riot” is on fire, Vogelsong is da man, and overall the Giants are actually in a pretty good place. Listen to the decline in Willie’s attitude and rants about Lincecum and rude fans, he cares about the children, really, listen to it, it’s worth it.

  • Overall, Giants have played well since we last recorded, own 4th best NL record (34-27), 5 GB of LA, hold 2nd wildcard
  • Had won or tied 9 consecutive series until today
  • First shutout of season vs Rangers, one of last three teams w/o shutout this season

The Week In Review

  • Giants are 2-11 when Lincecum starts, including 8 losses in a row. ERA up to 6.00; is he finished? Do they need to skip a start or two? Do they need to install bongs in the dugout? Can’t stay away from the BIG inning. Has given up 3+ ER in one inning in 8/13 starts now.
  • Melky’s hamstring. Misses Rangers series and they’re shut out for the first time this season…twice!
  • Panda’s return and his wandering penis; SF went 21-14 w/o him.

Tweet At Me, Bruh

  • “Actually, a title from a blog post from McCovey Chronicles today, “”Source: Tim Lincecum Is Not Having a Good Season””

Our New Favorite Guy

  • Vogelstrong: dude is money, showing no signs of back issues; 2nd in NL ERA at 2.26.
  • Theriot: please give us a 2B man
  • Blanco: Like Pavlovic says…he just MAKES THINGS HAPPEN
  • Honorable Mention: Stony Brook Seawolves

We Should Hate This Guy

  • Josh Hamilton
  • All star game PR people
  • Craig Gentry

Why We Will Win It All

  • If Lincecum doesn’t pitch anymore (they are 32-16 when he doesn’t pitch, .667 best in MLB)
  • Vogelsong, Zito, Cain, Bumgarner

Also, catch up on a Lincecum article Chad wrote earlier this week.


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