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Opening Day 2020: The quest begins…eventually 135

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-19 222

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 ...

There are still baseball games to be played. 217

We may not care, but somebody does. I really don’t know who I’m rooting for, and may not until there’s a key moment and I realize that I was pulling one way or the other. On the one hand, I usually pick the American League team by default. On the other hand, Verlander, FK that ...

The Divisions between us 95

Today’s the first (and possibly only) day with all four Division Series playing. TB at Hou 1100, StL at Atl 1330, Minn at NYY 1600, DC at LA 1830. Yes, it is hard to move on. "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no ...

Wild cardstock dreams 122

I’d say that they show up at my home every fourth week of September but that’s not true. First off, they’ve only showed up five of the last eight Septembers. And second, they actually don’t just show up. Rather, a FedEx-branded post-it on my door bears a barcode and a goose chase to follow to ...

159-162 @ The Mariners Apartment Complex 285

I can’t get enough of this song lately. After a dramatic finale in Anaheim, the boys need to win this four-gamer in Seattle to make sure there’s more baseball to be played this season in Oakland. Pitching Probables: Manaea vs. Felix Fiers vs. Sheffield Anderson vs. Gonzales Roark vs. Dunn

157-158 @Angels 229

Putting a thread up early to give space for comments on the relevant games in St. Pete and on the South Side. Bailey vs. Peters (I don’t know either) TBD (Montas??) vs. Heaney

Games 154-156 vs. the Rangers 145

The home season started exactly 6 months ago today in Tokyo, and it wraps with three at the Coliseum against the Texas Rangers this weekend. Tonight at 7: Mike Fiers, as long as he lasts, vs. Mike Minor Saturday at 6: Sean Manaea vs. Brock Burke Sunday at 1: Tanner Roark vs. Lance Lynn In ...