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Opening Day 2020: The quest begins…eventually 101

By this time today I expected to be starting the coals in the Coliseum parking lot. Oh, the opening day parking lot, a carnival of glorious green and gold, East Bay vibe on full display, victorious even before the first pitch is thrown. Alas, that day is not today. Nevertheless, we A’s fans should try ...

CACTUS-19 221

The A’s actually have 20 Cactus League games under their belts, but a couple of those were split squad, and there was an offday, so… After a slow start to spring, the A’s are 13-7, and generally looking like a team that is ready for the season, whether the rest of us are allowed in ...

Cactus tripping. Don’t eclipse the sun! 255

A new thread as we head into the heart of Cactus League season. We have a Glen/Dallas telecast tonight and an election tomorrow to juice up the comment count. I’ll be driving down on Thursday for a few in-person games, my first in Arizona since the dawn of the Billy Butler Era in 2015. First ...

Grilled Cactus 239

Believe it or not, the A’s begin Cactus League play this evening, unless it rains, which it might. The roster kind of is what it is at this point: good. Much as I will try to get invested in Barreto vs. Mateo, Vimael Machin, and who is the eighth reliever, I’m mostly just rooting against ...

Running in Place Grill 187

This time of year I always feel like my legs are moving but I’m not getting anywhere. Spring Training will be here before we know it, though, and the scenery will finally start to change again. Meanwhile, the A’s are obviously content to run in place with a good-but-flawed roster, hoping that the arrival of ...

2020 Front Row Seats 38

We don’t have the individual game prices yet, nor is the group spreadsheet open for business, but we should start collecting our requests for when it is. There’s a google sheet just for us here which anyone should be able to edit – simply add your name to the games you’d be interested in. I’ve ...

Waiting Room Grill 346

73 days until Opening Day 29 days until pitchers and catchers 21 days until the Iowa caucuses 12 days until Fan Fest 10 days until the new Picard show What are you waiting for? Let’s grill.

Cross Words 296

Hey peeps! Back in June I started solving NYT Crossword puzzles. It’s often really hard for me — except for baseball trivia that everyone else bitches about — because, you know – not my language, not my country and so on. But it’s also a great fun. Such great fun that I actually got into ...

Winter in SD Grill 86

As the winter meetings commence, the A’s continue their quest to find the best LHH hitter/reliever ~5 million can buy…

Non-tender is the day 65

Treinen and Jurkstore are still likely to be non-tendered if they are not traded before the deadline today, with Phegley and Buchter also possibilities, per Slusser. Other candidates around the league include Addison Russell, who the A’s wisely gave up as part of a brilliant plan to acquire Marcus Semien, and has had issues on ...