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Episode #111: The Turnaround?

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The majestic Pence beard has awoken from its slumber. (photo: Darin Wallentine/Getty Images)

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Hey, the Giants have won 4 out of their last 5 and turned a 1-4 roadtrip into a 5-5 with great starting pitching and Hunter Pence playing like frickin’ Hunter Pence, wildly flailing appendages, hair and all!

The Giants still have a slim shot at the division and hold a lead on a wild card spot. Chad and Eric talk about their chances, Santiago Casilla, and if Bochy has developed dementia all in episode 111.

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Episode 84: “4-10 Good Buddy”

We get up close and personal with Bochy’s ring, hall of famers, and we even get to third base!

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have the Tigers’ record (11-2) right now? Although the Giants have gotten off to one of the worst starts ever for a World Series champion, it’s not quite yet time to panic.

Chad and Eric discuss the highlight of the week, which, yes, was the only win in the last 10 games, but it was also the World Series Ring ceremony. Chad was in attendance, and he strolls down memory lane and recounts his experience in the clubhouse, seeing all five living Hall of Famers, and actually handled the ring of Bochy himself. All pictures of the night are on our Facebook page.

We cover McGehee, Peavy on the DL, “Tweet at me, Bruh,” our new favorite and least favorite guys, and of course, “Why We Will Win it All.”

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Ring Ceremony and D’backs vs. Giants

Treat of the day: we all got to hold the precioussss, Bochy's shiny new World Series ring.

Treat of the day: we all got to hold the precioussss, Bochy’s shiny new World Series ring.

Tiffany-blue boxes, orange carpet, gold jerseys and caps. Yes, it was the Giants bi-annual ring ceremony, but it was my first. To be honest, after one, then two, you don’t think you’ll have a third chance to cover one, but I guess it’s a charm, and hopefully not the last.

Only covering about a dozen games a year, this one was special. I asked the grounds crew if I could photograph the special bases, asked Amy G if I could look at the special gold ball being used tonight, and when I went in the office to hang out for 20 minutes outside of Bochy’s office with the rest of the press, to my right in Mike Murphy’s office sat orange royalty: Mays, Marichal, Cepeda, and Perry, and I had just seen McCovey exit. This was Giants nirvana.

The ring ceremony was not quite as long and ostentatious as 2013, but it had it’s moments, including skydivers. The collective worry about the post-ceremony performance letdown was palpable after the last of the streamers drifted into the stands, but Chris Heston, who didn’t let the home opener rattle him, established command early, going 7 2/3 innings and 112 pitches. Bochy had to take him out when he allowed a two-out single in the top of the 8th (and he almost caught it). He left to thunderous applause from the AT&T crowd, and Romo followed with a punchout to the delight of all.

On the other side of the ball, the offense came out of it’s torpor. No, four runs on 12 hits ain’t blazing, but that’s about the equivalent of 10 runs for normal teams. Posey had two broken-bat singles, Belt trolled the internet by avoiding #Belt069 with a single that beat the shift, and Crawford, who was 1 for his last 29, launched a mammoth homerun over triples alley, which is usually where would-be homeruns go to die. It was just the Giants’ night…finally.

Post-game, Bochy was impressed with Heston, especially considering that he’s pitched twice against the D’backs, and the Giants’ home opener and ring ceremony. Heston himself was very humble in the clubhouse, and just executed what Posey put down. His only regret was not snagging that line drive with two outs in the eighth, which forced his departure.

The eight-game losing streak is over, and as Bochy put it, “It’s nice to see teeth in the clubhouse again.”

Chad

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Episode 59: Guillermo Mota

Yep, this ex-Dodger held this trophy. We’re running out of numbers.

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Wille, Ben and Chad record the first 2014 regular season episode of TortureCast, reviewing the Giants’ fantastic 5-2 start, Belt’s 4 HRs, the Giants lead MLB in HR, taking 2 of 3 from the Dodgers, MadBum, Cain, Hudson’s first start, and who we hate this week (insert Puig).

And, did anyone notice that this new Buster Posey commercial shows an infielder, who receives the throw from Posey, THAT IS WEARING BILL TERRY’S RETIRED NUMBER 3?! C’mon man! Under Armour, do your research! Oh, and Buster is totally throwing out a Barry Larkin look-alike.

All three of us will be at AT&T on Thursday when the Giants host the D’backs. Tweet us, come by, and say hi! We’ll also be recording our traditional “Bonusode” after the game at Zeke’s if you want to hang out.

 

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Episode 47: The Rod Beck Episode

RIP Shooter. You were a good one. We tip our glass.

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WTF GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS!!!!!

Willie and Chad kept this podcast much shorter than usual, mostly because Willie wanted to throw himself out of his apartment window after that crushing, epic, utterly pathetic choke-job the Warriors pulled in San Antonio. They blow a 16 point lead with less than 4 minutes left!! Then leave Ginobli THAT WIDE OPEN for a 3 pointer with 3 seconds left in double OT!!!!??

But, we digress and get back to talking Giants baseball and their tonic that was a 6 game winning streak.

Talking Points

  • Giants have now swept every other team in the NL west, mental edge from here on out?
  • 0.5 ahead of COL, 3rd best record in NL after tonight’s loss
  • After 32 games last year, they were 15-17 and 6 GB of LA

The Week in Review

  • Cain won his first start!
  • Panda caught fire, Scutero hitting again, Posey getting back to normal Posey

The Big Question

  • Vogelsong: 7.20 ERA after 6 starts. Can he work through this?
  • You can review Chad’s article about Vogelsong’s struggles.

Armchair Manager

  • Do they do anything about Vogelsong right now? No, we agree to wait until the All Star Break, then they may need outside help.

Tweet At Me, Bruh

  • Chad: Wendy Thurm @hangingsliders: Well, at least the #Dodgers will be in last place in a few minutes. So there’s that.
  • Willie: KingEyeballKing: @TortureCast Walk off HR in the bottom of the 10th, or as the Giants call it: just another day at the yard.

Our New Favorite Guy

  • Willie: Guillermo Quiroz
  • Chad: Hunter Pence…on fiare

We Should Hate This Guy

  • Chad: Spurs and refs and who was assigned to cover Ginobli
  • Willie: God, if he wins us games like Mark Jackson says, then this one is on him

Why We Will Win It All

  • Chad: When the starting pitching turns it around
  • Willie: Offense never goes quietly and we’re in every game no matter what.

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Episode 30: The Orlando Cepeda Episode (not retired, though)

“By the way, who are these guys on this roster?”

The Giants are back to .500 and the boys are feeling somewhat better but still aren’t convinced. Why? Well, we’ll tell you all about it.

Giants defense still sucks, Arias seems capable, Culberson realizes a childhood dream, “Thunder Dan” makes an incredible catch with BBQ in hand, and Chad wishes harm on Kemp (and today he went on the DL…hmmmm, now he’s wishing for a winning lottery ticket as well).

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