Good-bye DD

It’s a sad day in the baseball world as former Philadelphia Phillies’ catcher, Darren Daulton, passed away Sunday in his battle against brain cancer and with his loss a bit of my childhood mourns as well.

My favorite team of all time is the 93’ Giants that won 103 games yet didn’t make the playoffs because back then there were only two teams that went per league.

That team was stacked with Barry Bonds, Will Clark, Matt Williams, Billy Swift and John Berkett to name a few. It was a great squad, however, if it weren’t for my loyalties to San Francisco the 93’ Philadelphia Phillies team would easily be my favorite of all time.

Back then we didn’t have the access to seeing many teams outside of our market. You either read about them in the newspaper or if they did something interesting you may see a highlight or two from the local news sports segment.

I knew nothing about the Phillies that year but when I saw them in the playoffs, upstaging the mighty Atlanta Braves and head into the World Series, I was instantly enamored.

This team looked more like carnies from a traveling circus than ballplayers, with nicknames like “The wild thing,” and mullets…. Mullets galore! Absolutely ridiculous looking but they were undeniably unique and boy could they play.

You had Lenny Dykstra , with a big lump of chew hanging out the side of his lip, hitting bomb after bomb from the lead off spot.

There was John Kruk, the king of the mullets, waiving his bat widely in the batters box, looking something like an overweight farmer in a baseball uniform that could somehow slap a 95mph fastball into the gaps.

They had a young Curt Schilling on the pitching staff and the Wild thing himself, Mitch Williams, coming in at the backend to close it.

But the glue of that team was Darren Daulton. The 6 foot 2 catcher that looked more like a WWE wrestler than a major league player. He was big, he was bad, and simply a tough looking hombre that even Madison Bumgarner would think twice about messing with.

Most people will remember that World Series with Joe Carter hitting a walk-off home run in game 6 and rightfully so. But for me that 93’ Philly team is something that will always stay with me as my favorite group of ballplayers not wearing a uniform with San Francisco on the front.

Maybe it’s one of those childhood things that was bigger in my mind than it actually was but for my money you couldn’t find a more interesting bunch of characters that also played baseball outside of the Major League films.

In short they were the mullet-sporting, overweight, drunk and endearing squad that you some how related too. That team and its All-star Catcher will be missed.

Giants: Like Christmas in July

Hey, ye ole, Giant faithful, it’s finally time to celebrate in the world of Orange and Black Land because mark it down, today, on this day July 25, 2017, we did something of significance. Finally we did something greater than mediocrity, something that gives us hope.

In a washed out and pathetic attempt to call a season, on Tuesday the Giants not only beat the visiting Pirates by 8 runs (11-3), they also gave ace, Madison Bumgarner, his first win of the year (1-4), debuted Pablo Sandoval in AAA Sacramento (1-4, Double) and sent 3rd baseman-utility player Eduardo Nunez ironically to the Boston Red Sox for a pair of pitching prospects to be named.

A wild night in Giants land to say the least as the Giants ship its starting 3rd baseman out of town, in no coincidence at all (sarcasm), to pave the way for the return of the Panda to his natural habitat in the city by the bay.

Obviously I’m excited to see the prospect of Sandoval starting at third for the G-men but I’m more excited about the prospects we’re getting, regardless of their current rank in the Sox Farm system. Lets face it, the Giants are 20 plus games under .500 and their leading farm system, AAA- Sacramento is 41-61 at the moment… which suggests there’s not much if anything left in the cupboards to rest our hopes upon.

Today was a good day and a good sign from Giants management that they are actively in the business of prepping and retooling for next year. I expect more trades to come and if we can get SP Cueto and SP Samardzija and possibly a combination of OF Span and RP Melancon (doubtful) off the books for some prospects as well then were heading in the right direction. Only 5 days left until the MLB trade deadline (July 31st).

 

 

 

Netflix Review : Shimmer Lake, Master of None Season 1

Shimmer Lake: Hooked, lined but a sinker.

On the surface Shimmer Lake, one of the more recent feature films released on and from Netflix, looks like an interesting noir kind of mystery, with enough well known actors and a creepy enough trailer to get you to stream that bad-boy on a ho-hum Tuesday night. Throw in Rainn Wilson, arguably the second best character (there will never be another Michael Scott) from the hilarious and much beloved The Office… I was revved up and ready to go (that’s what she said!).

Unfortunately though, Shimmer Lake didn’t meet expectations (that’s what she said again… wait a minute) and after watching the first 10 minutes or so you start to realize we’re getting the Dwight Schrute from season 9 of The Office and not the slaughterhouse beet-farmer we affectionately love and adore from the previous 8 seasons (although that final season was more of the writers mailing it in than bad Rainn Wilson).

I mean he looked like he was acting in quite a few scenes and you may say well Vic he’s an actor, yeah true but good performance remove acting from the equation and you just see characters in a story and this happened a lot throughout the film and with multiple characters.

However, there is a hook to this murder mystery that revolves around a bank robbery and that hook is having the story told in reverse fashion starting with Friday and heading backwards to the beginning of the week, with each new day ending with a characters death.

Other notable names that join Rainn Wilson in this crime drama was the gorgeous but underwhelming Stephanie Sigman (Columbian Journalist in Narcos) who apparently is the love interest for the entire town, as well as the hilarious duo of Ron Livingston (Office Space) and Rob Corddry (Daily Show, Hot Tub Time Machine) as bumbling FBI agents who get this… weren’t  even funny!

It’s like starting a movie with XXX in the title and when you come to watch it’s a completely different film than you expected, however, you linger around because maybe during that big finale Versace may fall to the floor but it never does and instead it’s just Vinny Disel flexing his muscles in a mirror (what the fuck did I just watch!)

But I digress…. Basically I wasn’t the biggest fan of the film but I did stay around long enough to catch the twist ending but by that time you’re kind of like the characters themselves… ho-hum.

First viewing I was not that impressed but believe it or not there were some breadcrumbs throughout the film that had me thinking about it after. Most notably our non-humorous FBI agents first encounter with the lead Sheriff Sikes (who I totally forgot to mention.. oh well.. he played Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer) later in the film that actually takes place on a Tuesday or something.

After Sheriff Sikes gives the agents this is my town my rules kind of speech they look back at him and go sure. “We’re basically the B-team,” where the Livingston character interrupts “I would say lower… More like the E team. We’re just gonna hang back and let you do the work (paraphrasing).”

And to that degree it make me laugh and oddly enough I found more respect for a film willing to poke fun at itself and in my opinion be truthful. You got an A-rate title with a B-rate cast who gave C-rate performance within D-rate script.

There’s probably an E-rate something there too but fuck it… I’m done with Shimmer Lake.

 

Master of None: Netflix Series (Seasons 1 and 2)

Just finished the first two episodes of season one of Master of None staring Aziz Ansari (Indian dude from Parks and Recreation) and it’s pretty damn good. Ill admit, I have a biased against New York themed comedies (exception of Seinfeld… sorry Girls and that show with talking animals on HBO) guess I like my west coast stuff but probably has a lot to do with national media going gaga over the Yankees, Sox, Tom Brady and the NFC East (how the Knicks doing these days! Ahh yup… my bias is because of sports. That’s right).

Where am I going with this? Ahh, New York Comedy following Aziz in friends trying to make it in show biz while coming of age in their late 20s, early 30s kind of thing (The millennial way).

Pilot episode was decent and was mainly used to bring you into their world. A world where you’re afraid to have kids and prefer to be the nice uncle type. A world where the condom breaks during a one night stand and you freak out trying to find an open drug store late at night to find a morning after pill while being driven around in an Uber. A world that seems all too familiar and funny at the same time.

Throw in a hilarious episode II that traces back the origin story of AZiZ’s father in Indian and his actor buddies father from Taiwan in a series of dark, quickly edited comedic scenes and it had me rolling and wanted more… eventually wanting more because there’s 2 seasons and 18 more episodes to go.

It’s good… but not Stranger Things Good. I’ll pace myself on this one as should you.