Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Red Asphalt

Remember those Drivers Ed movies? Here's one on YouTube if you don't. Serious splatterpunk. And you gotta love the hardcore narrator and his rude cracks about artificial limbs! Check out the old Macs as well. The 16 mm flick we watched "back in the day" was from 1964--no computers in that one. And there's something about the clicking of projector sprockets and the rolling film reels that added to the experience. The Dolby/THX generation has no idea. Dude, that was authentic.

Speaking of road death, the MMIX San Francisco Giants just made the math easier last night. We've played 10 road games and won 2, and even a math teacher can tell you that's a .200 win percentage. The "beat 'em with pitching" model only works if you get a good start, and poor Sanchez was all over the place, walking six. The Cubs are a tough lineup even though they aren't playing up to expectations these days. They are vulnerable if you can score some runs. Thank goodness we had some youth at the top of the lineup, Mississippi Fred got a rally going with a walk and Pablito had two hits, but our VSC crowd were the walking dead. SeƱor Slow got rewarded for hitting a double play ball--he can pad his RBI stats for his free agency next year. Gomer is just about unmentionable. And that RF Guy needs a rest. Give Schierholtz the next few starts, eh?

7 comments:

Bob said...

Thanks for sparing me the ordeal of posting about how poorly Sanchez performed. I was intrigued by Statements by Krukow on the post-game radio last night. I dig Kruk, always have. He was clearly frustrated and disappointed with Sanchez for his lack of mental toughness, and was trying hard to restrain his criticism. "I don't want to be that guy," ie the old ex-player on the radio who says, "You can't do that," forgetting how hard the game can be. Then he ended up making a lot of silly noise, pretending to be biting through a phone book. I thought he was losing it. I suppose the point is, anyone can see Sanchez's potential and it's maddening to watch him come up short over and over again.
Still, 5 innings and 4 runs is not all-time awful, and games like that can be wins if you can just score some friggin runs! It's our offense that disgusting. All the outfielders have gone cold. AARRGGHH....
Oh well, let's sit back and enjoy the Freak Show today.

Zo said...

The Giants out hit the Cubs, 6 to 5. Not grouped appropriately for a win, though. Kuip also made a good point - every now and then, the Giants offense needs to win one when a pitcher has a less-than-stellar game. These guys have been pitching great with a few exceptions, but you can't depend on a 2-1 win every day.

Bob said...

Say fellas; I'm determined to go to a San Jose Giants game some time ASAP. Anybody interested?

M.C. O'Connor said...

One of the Cubs hits was a two-run HR. I hate to sound like a troglodyte but fer chrissakes you HAVE TO HIT WITH POWER if you want to win games. This is the small ballpark, juiced ball, big-muscle-utility-player era. We need some fookin' power hitters.

Zo said...

I guess I should probably wait for Jon's Adjectival Tim posting, but I would point out that the Giants won today with our big bopper (that would be Bopper Bengie) hitting a 3 run hr. So that gives us a split. So now, excluding our horrible first 0-6 road trip, we are over .500 on the road (in 5 games). Don't they say that if you win 2 out of 3 at home and go .500 on the road, you will do pretty well? Or do modern baseball statistics make that meaningless?

M.C. O'Connor said...

Ain't nothin' modern 'bout it:

81 home games, .667 pct, 54 wins,
81 road games, .500 pct, 40 wins;

which right there is yer division championship.

I will (happily) eat my hat if the 2009 SFG's win 94 games.

M.C. O'Connor said...

And I will continue to talk smack about the Codger Brigade. Look how well they did after I dissed them hard.