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Episode #130: Free Fallin’

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Matt Cain, we are going to miss you. Photo by Brad Mangin

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What a horrendous day. Just coming off the news from Puerto Rico, then comes the Vegas shooting and now Tom Petty. Let’s talk about baseball, shall we?

Chad, Eric and Willie reflect on the end of the 2017 season for the Giants, including what went wrong, how they may address it, Pablo’s season-ending walk-off and how that affects the draft, and of course, Matt Cain’s last start. Chad talks about covering Cain’s last start and Eric shares a poignant moment he had with his father when they watched Matt Cain and Barry Bonds beat the Cubs in Chicago.

We also dwell upon the impending playoffs and offer up our predictions. Chad and Willie both predict Houston and Washington making it to the World Series with Houston winning it all, while Eric thinks the Dodgers will hoist the Tiffany trophy after defeating the Astros. (GOD I hope Eric is wrong)

That means it’ll be the Twins vs the Rockies in the World Series, of course.

We’ll be back in a week or two to reflect on the playoffs, then again after the World Series before we head into the hot stove season.

 

 

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Episode #127: We Called This Episode 128

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Remember this? Yeah, it’s about the only real memorable contribution made by Connor Gillaspie, who was DFA’s by the Giants yesterday. But, oh what a moment it was. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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So, we lost track of the number. 127, 128…it’s about the same difference as in Matt Moore’s expected and real ERA.

Speaking of Moore, we talk about the huge disappointment he’s been, among other Giants. They are flirting with a 100 loss season, but are throwing in the towel with the youth movement, DFA’ing Connor Gillaspie, sending down Hwang, and calling up Suarez, Jones, Parker and others. If Beede and Arroyo weren’t hurt, we just might have the RiverCats playing out the rest of the Giants’ season!

And yes, we talk about the reunion with the Panda, and trading away a solid player in Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox for some pocket lint that may not amount to anything.

At least we can look forward to 2034?

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Episode #88: DubNation and #BeatLA

The Giants welcome the Warriors. Now, please give us some of that odd-year mojo!

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We had a power outage that prevented our last podcast, then acts of God that prevented our next scheduled podcast, but with the Giants entering Chavez Ravine, Chad decided it’s about time we talk Giants ball!

Oh, and THE WARRIORS ARE NBA CHAMPS!  and stuff

Chad catches up with the Giants “meaty” season, their road domination and underwhelming home performance. There’s also catching up to do with Heston’s no-no, the Giants’ visit to the White House, the draft, McGehee coming back, Scutaro re-signing, Scandoval, MLB canceling 60 million votes, and what in the hell do the Giants do when Cain and Peavy come back?!

Oh, and the Giants beat LA tonight 9-5 and are 1 1/2 games back.

Enjoy episode 88 of the TortureCast!

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Duffy v Sandoval

Duffman rules so far....

Duffman rules so far….

Just some quick thoughts on the departure of Panda.

First of all, his replacement, Casey McGehee, isn’t even on the Giants roster, he’s in Sacramento, and yes, he may come back up, but the impetus for his demotion is one Matt Duffy.

So, Duffy isn’t exactly raking in the leaderboards, but let’s look at how he compares to Panda (Duffy v Sandoval):

AB: 137, 176 (Duffy has 39 fewer ABs, which is to be expected since McGehee had more ABs earlier)

AVG: .270, .239 (advantage: Duffy)

HR: 3, 5 ( (advantage: Panda, but he has more ABs)

RBI: 22, 17 (advantage: Duffy)

OBP: .313, .306 (advantage: Duffy)

SLG: .380, .352 (advantage: Duffy)

OPS: .692, .682 (advantage: Duffy)

Errors: 2, 7 (advantage: Duffy)

Fielding Pct: .972, .935 (advantage: Duffy)

Considering Pablo is making $17 million this year, and Duffy is making $509,000, I think this is a win-win so far for the Giants. Of course, Pablo doesn’t have a Skeeter, so can he really win?

Chad

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Pablo hates us all

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Pablo Sandoval doesn’t like any of us. Unless you’re Hunter Pence or Bruce Bochy. If one of those is you and you’re reading this, thanks for all of those titles. Otherwise, Pablo doesn’t like any of us. Not the fans. Not his teammates, not the San Francisco Giants front office. None of us.

I tried to let this blow over when Scott Miller’s article about Pablo came out on Bleacher Report this past Monday. Yes I was pissed at Pablo. But so what? He’s not here anymore and this is a new season. If he wants to burn bridges he can do that.

Today a follow up to that came out after Sandoval talked to reporters. He didn’t back down.

It’s a shame really. All of it. From Pablo opening his yapper to all of us talking about him. We weren’t supposed to remember him this way. It sucks that he’s the guy that caught the last out of Game 7. It really does. Now when I see that clip all I’m going to think is “what a jerk”. It’s inevitable. A shame.

On the podcast Chad King has talked about how he was at Game 1 of the 2012 World Series. That was a night the Panda probably heard his biggest roars from the crowd in his entire time as a Giant. He did something only a few MLB players have done in the World Series by hitting those 3 home runs. We loved him for it. The Giants were on their way to a title and he was finally a part of it. He soaked it up.

But Pablo doesn’t love us. Or maybe I’m reading too much in to it. You decide.

“Only Bochy,” Sandoval said of Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “I love Boch. He’s like my dad. He’s the only guy that I miss. And Hunter Pence. Just those guys.

“But now, I feel like I’m home.”

I guess the place you win 3 championships isn’t a good enough home.

He mentioned in the article on NESN.com that the Red Sox treat all 25 guys the same. Sounds to me like a shot at the Giants front office and their wanting him to stay in shape. I’m sure he was asked to run on a treadmill more than say Buster Posey or Madison Bumgarner. Of course they don’t eat themselves out of shape.

What did he expect from the Giants? To just be happy that he played well seemingly whenever he felt like it? He never lived up to that potential we all saw back in 2009. He set his career highs in batting average, runs, home runs, doubles, triples, walks, total bases and on base percentage.

Back in 2009. That’s six full years ago. Where did that guy go? And he wonders why the team would treat players differently. None of the other guys have struggled so much but shown such sustained flashes of brilliance. If he wanted to be treated like certain other guys, maybe he should have shown up on a regular basis.

There’s absolutely no reason for Sandoval to make these remarks about the Giants now that he’s with the Red Sox. I’m in the midst of the new season of House of Cards and Frank Underwood recently said “You know what takes real courage? Keeping your mouth shut no matter what you may be feeling.”

I guess Pablo doesn’t have any. So you can burn your Panda hats or choose to remember just the good times. Me? I don’t own a Panda hat so I’ll just be pissed off on here.

-Eric

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Episode 80: Jerry Rice

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Yes, Jerry is a 49er, but we covered him at the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach this month, so it sort of, by proxy, regionally counts to fit our jersey-number-title-thing that is dying. So, here’s a video of Jerry leading the group “Buster Hug” that we caught on film earlier this month.

The boys are back in Arizona! Timmy reunites with his dad, Pablo is still fat, Cain is throwing wild and free, Ben and Chad review their experience and interviews at Media Day, Bochy’s heart had a scare, Sheilds rejected a larger offer from the Giants, Moncada signed with Boston, and the first radio broadcast of a spring training game is next week, March 3.

Can’t you just smell the fresh cut grass through your media player of choice?

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Episode 79: Football is Over

Super Bowl slip n' slide @patburrell5 #didntevenspillhisproteinshake

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We don’t care. You must see Pat Burrell save every drop of his “protein shake” in this slip ‘n slide. Yes, we all still want to be Pat the Bat.

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We regretfully dedicate the first portion of this episode of TortureCast to the Super Bowl and the bad? call at the 1 yard line. Willie, Chad and Eric catch up on all of the signings by the Giants, including Casey McGehee and Nori Aoki, and reminisce with our man-crush on Michael Morse, who is now a Miami Marlin. We will also be at Media Day on Feb 6 to interview as many Giants as we can, so if you have a question you want us to ask, let us know at torturecast AT gmail DOT com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 78: Chasing Hot Stove Lesters

Google says this is one “Jonathan Lester.” Hmmm

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It’s been a month since we recorded our gloriously long World Series Championship podcast, but our livers and tear glands have recovered enough to deliver our first “hot stove” podcast of the offseason. Chad, Ben, and Eric talk about the impending Lester decision (probably made by the time you listen to this), and the Giants options to fill their holes in left field and third base. Tim Flannery retired, and Madison Bumgarner won Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year,” which apparently ripped off the fresh collective scabs of millions of KC Royals fans.

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Burn Your Panda Hat, Unless You Just Bought It

“Thank you, San Francisco. I can’t sell more than the three rings, as seller Bl0

So, why did you just buy that hat? Ok, so maybe you caught the bandwagon.

So, we say that facetiously.

No, we here at TortureCast don’t hate pandas, as they’re endangered. And no, we don’t hate Pablo Sandoval.

But, we are puzzled by his decision. I think, like most Giants fans, and even the media, we thought, if the Giants offered close to top dollar, which by all accounts they were within a couple million total from Boston’s offer, he would easily sign with the Giants. And why wouldn’t you? Guaranteed money. Adored by the fans. Go into a slump for 2 months? No problem! We just throw on our Panda hats; we got your back! Oh, and there’s the three rings, too.

Boston is NOT San Francisco. If, and I mean, IF, Panda under-performs in Beantown, no one will be smiling and cheering for him while a dead panda is strapped to their head.

However, that last point sounds nice as a fan, but as a job seeker, have you ever thought to yourself, “Jeez, I don’t know if I should take this job because those people may not like me if I suck?” Of course NOT! Professional athletes have egos of the combined mass of all egos of internet trolls within a 6-node circumference. Rest assured, Pablo has all of the confidence in the world that he will perform well in Boston, so the fan-ramifications of his potential disappointment is not a consideration. Otherwise, Pablo would probably have a different career at this point.

So, why did Pablo leave his heart in San Francisco?

We don’t know, really. We can only surmise. The foremost thoughts are that he can eventually DH in the American League. At 39 years old, David Ortiz is looking for an heir apparent, and apparently, he courted Pablo during his recent visit to Boston. Seems like a good plan, right?

Let me ask you this: if you were offered $100k per year to work 8 hours a day and ALWAYS be physically active at your job, you’d take it, right? Of course, that’s good money! Well, what if another company called and said that you could earn $100k a year for the first 2 or 3 years, working hard at both ends, but in a while, you could move up to the cushy executive pad and only put in roughly, a 5 hour day for the same money? Yeah, I’d take that, too!

Granted, Pablo takes pride in his defense, and he proved it by making the final 3 for the Gold Glove award this year. However, he’s young and looking toward the future, and his future entails 4-5 at bats and nothing more.

Disrespect. Ok, so, I’m not agreeing with this one, but there are reports that the Giants disrespected Pablo by not extending his contract to the likes of Pence, Posey, Bumgarner and Cain. There is some validity to that, but there is validity to the Giants not wanting to throw $100 million towards the more athletic version of John Candy. Those others have had no question about their training habits and physique. Pablo, no matter how physically gifted, tends to throw down a few more Big Macs than his teammates, something most of us can relate to. (I’m looking at you!).

Ultimately, it was Pablo’s decision, and I don’t blame the Giants for not offering $20 million above market, as that would be shooting their own foot and slicing the tendons off with a blade fashioned from the said leg they just shot off, which makes no sense, by the way, unless you’ve just been bitten by a walker and need to cure yourself and fashion a weapon immediately.

Now the Giants have about $100 million ($20 million per year for 5 years) that they can commit to one or more players. Clearly third base is a hole, and NO, BUSTER POSEY WILL NOT PLAY THIRD! So, aside from Joaquin Arias, the logical choice would be Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas, or Chase Headley. These options make me sad, so…

I’ll turn your attention to starting pitching. The Giants NEED starters, and who better to take up Pablo’s would-be contract than Jon Lester?!

Or, perhaps, a new kale garden to keep the sell-out streak going.

So, this is like, the last time Pablo touched a ball for the SF Giants:

Yep. Last MLB player to touch a ball in official play until April.

Chad

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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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