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Game 26: Whirling vs Darvish 261

We now take you to our previously scheduled game in progress.   Coco’s already whiffed, if not actually whirled.

261 thoughts on “Game 26: Whirling vs Darvish

  1. Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 28,2014 5:19 pm

    At the last game I attended, the Easter Sunday one, Banjo Man was doing a residency in 217, and I noticed that he has actually learned a couple of tunes besides “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”. He played the Beverly Hillbillies theme for Lowrie, to the accompaniment of much eye-rolling from my section.

  2. Thunderbutt Thunderbutt Apr 28,2014 5:20 pm

    Kazmir and Gray
    Then hope and pray

    There is always a score.
    • AV AV Apr 28,2014 5:27 pm || Up

      the attitude dictates that you don’t care whether they kaz, gray, play, or pray.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Apr 28,2014 5:28 pm || Up

        that pic didn’t happen, but my toes are still tappin’!!

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  3. mikeA Apr 28,2014 5:27 pm

    Opposition leading off the game against Sonny: 1-2, 4 BB

  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 5:31 pm

    Fosse on the radio. And he just prefaced a comment with “how great would it be…”

    • dmoas Apr 28,2014 5:53 pm || Up

      ESPN’s crew tonight is non-awful.

      • mikeA Apr 28,2014 5:54 pm || Up

        I was just thinking that, Boone is not bad at all. And that discussion about the “moment of reckoning” was bizarre but also entertaining.

        • dmoas Apr 28,2014 5:58 pm || Up

          Yeah. And they really sound like they did their homework on both times instead of just giving a little glance at what the A’s have done.

          • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 28,2014 7:02 pm || Up

            Ive liked them alot. I wish they didnt go to the “with a payroll of only…” comment, but it is true.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 5:55 pm || Up

        So, it must be not-Sutcliffe then.

  5. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 5:39 pm

    Huh, for some reason this game caught me completely unawares.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 28,2014 5:42 pm || Up

      MLB should definitely have a few more Monday off days in April.

  6. mikeA Apr 28,2014 5:51 pm

    Gameday scout on Darvish: “[pitcher] has hit out pitch working today.” Just erased it…

  7. mikeA Apr 28,2014 6:00 pm

    Wow, Donaldson got that hit before I could write “this is going to be really frustrating.”

    • dmoas Apr 28,2014 6:02 pm || Up

      He got it before I got a chance to come back here and bitch that his approach in this AB would be awful. Maybe all we have to do is criticize our players in our heads now to get them to succeed.

  8. AV AV Apr 28,2014 6:02 pm

    wooo! (gameday delay may apply.)

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  9. lenscrafters Apr 28,2014 6:04 pm

    Can’t decide if Lowrie or Callaspo are worse at baserunning

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 6:06 pm || Up

      Is Callaspo bad, or just extremely slow? Lowrie is reasonably speedy, he just has terrible instincts.

      • lenscrafters Apr 28,2014 6:07 pm || Up

        Lowrie is bad and slow. Callaspo is so slow that it’s impossible for him not to be bad.

  10. dmoas Apr 28,2014 6:06 pm

    It kind of looked like Fielder’s leg helped push the foot off after getting back to the bag.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 6:07 pm || Up

      Why are you allowed to close off access to the bag with your leg? It seems unfair.

      • colin colin Apr 28,2014 6:09 pm || Up

        Well Lowrie wouldn’t have scored on that fly from Callaspo, even if there had only been one out.

        • dmoas Apr 28,2014 6:09 pm || Up

          Do we believe in Choice’s arm?

          • colin colin Apr 28,2014 6:10 pm || Up

            He was in shallow left field and coming in. I don’t think Lowrie can tag up on that even if it was Johnny Damon in LF.

            • mikeA Apr 28,2014 6:12 pm || Up

              Well, something else would have happened…

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 6:20 pm || Up

                A two-run single through the right side, perhaps.

        • colin colin Apr 28,2014 6:09 pm || Up

          hmm… what I said is totally unrelated to your comment about blocking first base, of course.

          • dmoas Apr 28,2014 6:11 pm || Up

            Right. It was more a continuous of what we really “lost” as a result of that out.

      • dmoas Apr 28,2014 6:09 pm || Up

        Why is our team so bad at base running? It seems unfair.

  11. lenscrafters Apr 28,2014 6:13 pm

    A catcher with braces. Bold.

  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 6:13 pm

    Tim Kurkjian in the house. We’ve made it, y’all.

  13. mikeA Apr 28,2014 6:16 pm

    2 ground ball double plays in the same game should set a pretty safe mark for this year’s team.

  14. Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 28,2014 6:20 pm

    “Reddick is a spunky, sweet guy who likes to sit in the sun”. (He’s named Reddick because he was found roaming around Hegenberger.)

  15. mikeA Apr 28,2014 6:20 pm

    I’m rooting for the Nats to never make the playoffs again with Strasburg on the team.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 6:51 pm || Up

      What’s the matter with Strasburg (he’s a bum)?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 7:04 pm || Up

        I’m assuming it’s the hubris of shutting Stras down in 2012 on the assumption that they would be back every year.

        • MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 8:09 pm || Up

          It was the right move.

          And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

          Thanks, and go As.

          • dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:10 pm || Up

            I’m no longer so sure it was. At the time, it sure seemed like it based on what we know. But now what we really know kind of sucks ass. But that’s all hindsight.

            • MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 8:19 pm || Up

              I would rather see Strasburg pitch until he’s 38 and retire with a potential HOF career than keep blowing his arm out and Washington win it all.

              Same reason I HATE the college world series. Teams don’t give 2 shits about their players since they only have them for 4 years, so #1 college pitchers get 150 pitch outings 2, 3, 4 times in a week. It’s bullshit.

              And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

              Thanks, and go As.

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 8:23 pm || Up

                Yeah, but there’s a middle ground. Asking Strasburg to keep taking the ball every fifth day and throw 100 pitches when he’s seemingly healthy is nothing like what those college sadists do.

                Admittedly, the risk of him getting hurt that year would have been elevated had he kept pitching, but that’s always true of pitching.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 8:46 pm || Up

                  Yeah, a hard 100 pitch count, and maybe skip every fourth turn in the rotation, that’d be taking it pretty easy on a starter.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 29,2014 9:03 am || Up

                  Especially when they could have controlled it early in the year.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
              • dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:25 pm || Up

                There’s zero guarantee he’ll hold up until 38 regardless how they baby him. What colleges do is atrocious. But if I’m Strasburg, I’d rather win a WS and pitch 10 years than pitch 15+ years and always wonder what if.

              • James V. James V. Apr 29,2014 6:03 am || Up

                It all goes back to managing his innings better earlier in the season if you’re going to have a limit and still expect to be in the postseason.

  16. lenscrafters Apr 28,2014 6:21 pm

    Feeling faint pangs of optimism for Reddick…

  17. Thunderbutt Thunderbutt Apr 28,2014 6:22 pm

    A trip for the schlong. Goodness gracious.

    There is always a score.
  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 6:23 pm

    I’ll tell you who’s NOT a terrible baserunner: Josh Reddick.

    • AV AV Apr 28,2014 7:51 pm || Up

      this comment is on challenge review.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Apr 28,2014 7:52 pm || Up

        and the comment is upheld!

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • DFA DFA Apr 28,2014 7:56 pm || Up

          upon further review the comment is overturned

          In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
          • dmoas Apr 28,2014 7:57 pm || Up

            upon further further review, the comment is inconclusive.

            • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 29,2014 1:49 pm || Up

              Angel Hernandez says no home runz.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 7:58 pm || Up

            Eh, he made the right read to make sure he scores if it gets down. And he damn near made it back. Acceptable risk.

            • dmoas Apr 28,2014 7:59 pm || Up

              It took a fucking brilliant play so yeah, I’m upset for taking that chance.

            • AV AV Apr 28,2014 8:00 pm || Up

              how was he supposed to know a barton flyball wouldn’t leave the park??

              (even if it sorta did for a second.)

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 28,2014 7:55 pm || Up

        And again.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 28,2014 7:56 pm || Up

          And sort of overturned.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 7:56 pm || Up

          I think I’m in trouble this time.

  19. mikeA Apr 28,2014 6:23 pm

    Hard hit ball #3 or so on the year for Barton there, nice job.

  20. lenscrafters Apr 28,2014 6:25 pm

    So nice to see us have Darvish’s number after all those times being dominated by Felix and Weaver.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 6:30 pm || Up

      &#9835 Yu don’t own me… &#9835

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 6:53 pm || Up

        Janis Joplin, now there’s a rocker identified with San Francisco who I wouldn’t mind hearing at the Coliseum (fireworks, walk up, etc). Fuck Journey though.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 6:26 pm

    Whoa! Quick hook.

  22. Thunderbutt Thunderbutt Apr 28,2014 6:26 pm

    We’re done with Yu.

    It never gets old.

    There is always a score.
  23. mikeA Apr 28,2014 6:28 pm

    They’re not saying Yu

  24. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 6:42 pm

    JD for shortstop.

  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 6:44 pm

    Beltre’s back? What happened to that bald-headed fellow they had last week? He seemed like a superstar in the making…

  26. Thunderbutt Thunderbutt Apr 28,2014 6:50 pm

    I want Yu back.

    There is always a score.
  27. mother pucker Apr 28,2014 6:57 pm

    I am now starting to go into these Sharks playoff games in which they can eliminate an opponent, with the same feeling of despair/hopelessness that I do a game five featuring the A’s. No bueno.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 28,2014 7:05 pm || Up

      In a surprise move, the LA Kings are starting Justin Verlander at goalie this evening.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 7:06 pm || Up

      Not that bad yet for me. On the other hand, I felt good before Game 5 last year.

      I think the Sharks win it tonight. Gonna be the team from games 1-2 again, scoring early and often.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • dmoas Apr 28,2014 7:50 pm || Up

        They seem to be more in sync tonight than the last two games. But they’re still not quite melding just right yet. In the first 3 they weren’t losing the puck in the zone often, in the last 2 they weren’t even getting the puck to each other. Now they’re getting it to each other initially, but just before setting up the shot they’re losing it and recovering it.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 7:20 pm || Up

      Crap.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  28. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 7:11 pm

    Stalock in goal. Sharks making the change before it gets (more) desperate. That’s not a very A’s-like move.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 28,2014 7:23 pm || Up

      He’s from South St. Paul (not to be confused with south St. Paul, or the city to the south of St. Paul, which is of course West St. Paul).

  29. Soaker Soaker Apr 28,2014 7:22 pm

    The A’s have a huge advantage in time of possession but have repeatedly bogged down in the red zone.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 7:35 pm || Up

      Good forecheck but no biscuits in baskets yet.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  30. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 7:25 pm

    How is that not an error?

  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 7:43 pm

    Damn, even though Sharks continue to get the better of the possession, when LA gets loose they have been just blistering some of these shots. Stalock’s done well. Still 1-0 Kings with a few minutes left in the first.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • mother pucker Apr 28,2014 7:59 pm || Up

      The Sharks are having trouble even completing the simplest tape to tape passes. Between that and fighting the puck / getting no puck luck, they are just not generating the quality chances.

      The last ten minutes were a lot better than the 1st ten, so there is that.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 8:50 pm || Up

        Kings have been really strong at their own blue line, stopping the puck flow, breaking up what the Sharks are trying to do seemingly every time they try to carry into the zone.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 29,2014 1:52 pm || Up

        This. I have no idea why they can’t pass into the zone any more.

        I’ve just never seen a hockey series this binary before. All but one game so far has been completely dominated by one of the two teams. Thank god we won the close one.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 7:48 pm

    Too soon for me to start gloating about never having given up on Reddick? Yeah, probably…

    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 28,2014 7:52 pm || Up

      So obviously I need to post the listing of the cat named Reddick every time he’s in the lineup. (Or I need to adopt the cat named Reddick. I’ve thought about it, but since Brandon Freiman-Blevins is declawed, I don’t think a streetwise cat from East Oakland would be the best companion for him.)

      • dmoas Apr 28,2014 7:54 pm || Up

        Cats can be resilient. As long as you carefully introduce them, they have a chance to meld. But admittedly it’s a tough call.

  33. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 7:51 pm

    Looked like Reddick just got in to the bag, did well to dive towards the outfield side of the bag.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 7:52 pm

    Replay is soooooooooooooo boring. Enough of this shit.

    • AV AV Apr 28,2014 7:53 pm || Up

      i’d rather be bored all the time than furious half the time.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 7:54 pm || Up

        Really? I wouldn’t.

        • DFA DFA Apr 28,2014 7:57 pm || Up

          me neither. they should scrap it.

          In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
        • AV AV Apr 28,2014 7:58 pm || Up

          a call that turns out obviously wrong, say angel h-dez HR? or maybe something in the postseason?

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 8:00 pm || Up

            Sure, but with Angel we had replay and he still blew it. I’m all for replay on HRs. I don’t think we need it on ambiguous plays around the bases. There aren’t that many clearly missed calls.

            • dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:01 pm || Up

              Two in this game alone.

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 8:02 pm || Up

                Both were close enough that IDRGAF if they’re called incorrectly. I want accuracy, but I also want to be entertained.

            • AV AV Apr 28,2014 8:01 pm || Up

              that was replay. this is CHALLENGE. rawr.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 28,2014 8:02 pm || Up

          I like the concept, I don’t like the execution.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 28,2014 8:05 pm || Up

            I dont like the concept because it uncludes challenges. I think we are seeing the point we talked about to start the season; managers have em, so theyll use em. Just make the umps review and we will see more of the obvious ones only.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 29,2014 1:53 pm || Up

              The whole running out to stare at the bench thing is stupid. Concept definitely needs work but I’m 100% in the get-calls-right camp

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
              • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 29,2014 2:16 pm || Up

                cotroneo has the conversation on his headset. It goes like this:

                “the call on the field is ‘out,’ the challenge is ‘safe'”

                My question is always, why the fuck is that information needed? by the time the challenging teams video guy has given a thumbs up, it should have been reviewed by the team in NY. Its OBVIOUS what the team wants. It should be obvious what the issue is.

                I don’t know how many games the NY umpire is responsible, I am guessing a lid of 5 (although 3 would make more sense), but s/he should be able to pinpoint the issue quickly. Or at least the tech who is controlling the board should be.

                the stroll and look is dumb. when the manager walks out, look at the damn play, make a decision.

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 29,2014 2:26 pm || Up

                  Exactly. By the time the manager has waddled out there and spun the ump around, there should already be someone in the ump’s ear telling him to tell the manager to GTF back in the dugout, the majority of times.

                • dmoas Apr 29,2014 2:53 pm || Up

                  I’d say in about 50% of current cases that would be true. And in the others, they can send them back in while they get together and wait for the reviewer to make the call. Either way, there’s way too much wasted time as of now that needs correcting.

                • Dial C for Concupiscence Dial C for Concupiscence Apr 29,2014 2:33 pm || Up

                  Largely agreed. I could see at least one scenario where you would have to specify what you’re challenging though: a close play at home (whether or not runner beat the tag, or whether or not the catcher was blocking the plate)

                • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 29,2014 3:27 pm || Up

                  OK, sure, that makes sense to a degree. Why both can’t be done simultaneously, I don’t know.

                  I expected the conversation would be more like, “his foot was definitely on the base, I just want to know if the batter/runner beat it.”

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • dmoas Apr 29,2014 3:31 pm || Up

                  The manager should target what they want looked at and only if they just so happen to see something else in checking that thing should they bother. So if you’re wondering if the tag was made before the runner got there, but it didn’t, but they did happen to see the foot go up afterward. But there’s no guarantee they look at the last part if they’re not asked to and don’t initially see it.

                • Dial C for Concupiscence Dial C for Concupiscence Apr 30,2014 9:29 am || Up

                  Yeah. As someone looking at a replay, especially when it’s a close call, you tend to focus in on only the aspect you’re looking for (e.g. did the runner touch the base before the tag came down), and it’s very easy to ignore the rest of the action.

                  As a reviewer, if you don’t know what’s being challenged, you could miss it or focus on the wrong thing altogether. And asking them to check every scenario would just eat up more time than necessary.

                • dmoas Apr 30,2014 9:42 am || Up

                  Which is why I was okay with what happened earlier where they missed that his foot popped up in that red sux/yankme game. They were asked to see if he beat that tag. Well, he did.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 30,2014 1:13 pm || Up

                  I think that the reviewer should answer the question “safe or out.”

                  That would include any coming off the base after initial contact. I don’t know the Boston nyy thing. I don’t think the reviewer is going to need all that much info from the field.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • dmoas Apr 30,2014 1:56 pm || Up

                  That’ll take longer.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 30,2014 1:59 pm || Up

                  not really. there is a limited amount of plausible scenarios before the play is “dead.”

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • dmoas Apr 30,2014 2:08 pm || Up

                  And yet there are still a number of both plausible scenarios and viewing angles to look at. And to give the whole play/scenario your attention will take time. It’s better to be tasked to look at something specific that the challenging team objects to and if you happen to catch something else in the process, great.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2014 6:39 pm || Up

                  The question raised then is how exactly replay works if you don’t have challenges. Best would be an in-stadium 5th ump, with an array of gear to very quickly queue up and watch all available angles. Even with that, though, you need some mechanism for him (or her) to make the on-field umps stop the game from continuing until he can look and decide. Even with perfectly integrated communication (which it’s clear so far MLB does not have), I just don’t see how it can work logistically if any play might be under review.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • dmoas Apr 29,2014 6:59 pm || Up

                  I just think they need to give all the umps a headset to communicate both with that 5th ump and each other. I’ve wondered why they would just so that they can more easily communicate with each other. Even something as simple as “Did any of you see that?” as the manager is coming out to argue.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 29,2014 7:05 pm || Up

                  Not a headset. An earpiece like a secret service agent. That’s what they do in soccer.

                • dmoas Apr 29,2014 7:25 pm || Up

                  Fine by me.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2014 7:11 pm || Up

                  Even then…even with the best communication available (and bear in mind we’re talking about MLB umps, the rotary telephones of officiants)…I don’t see how real time replay works without a challenge mechanism, unless the plan is for the umps to just wordlessly mill about for between 45 and 300 seconds, 5-10 times per game.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • dmoas Apr 29,2014 7:26 pm || Up

                  Well, I’d imagine the replay ump would let them know they think there may be something to look at. At which point they pause for that person to take a closer look. Or they could wait for the manager to come out and ask if there’s something worth looking at like they used to pre-replay.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 29,2014 7:28 pm || Up

                  The only system I would find acceptable is one that quickly reverses obvious missed calls, and leaves the rest (maybe other than home runs) alone in the interest of not gumming up the works.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2014 7:29 pm || Up

                  S…L…O…W……….

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • dmoas Apr 29,2014 7:43 pm || Up

                  Meh. That’s assuming there are lot of calls like that. As it is now, there aren’t that many challenges going on. There’d probably be as many as there are now, they’d just move on them faster. They could then add a rule that they have a one minute window to overturn it.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 29,2014 7:47 pm || Up

                  or when the manager comes out to argue, the replay ump looks at it

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • AV AV Apr 29,2014 7:49 pm || Up

                  incunabula soccer, there were two judges, one per team. i suppose they were semi-impartial advocates of the team. when they couldn’t agree between them, they’d refer to a third party judge, presumably purely impartial. this referee would decide. this could be enacted in b-ball with the line umps, it might decrease the BS accountability issues that come up when a manager gets confrontational with an ump, because this would be ump-on-ump discussion, and the ultimate call would be impartial, since video-based, and nobody has hurt macho feelings, not the umps, not the mgrs, not the teams.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 8:05 pm || Up

            The execution is horribad. Just have a fifth ump sitting in the pressbox watching everything on tv, and let her send an electric shock to the crew chief if a call is clearly missed. No more of this “I’m coming out now, I’m standing here now stalling, I’m looking over your shoulder, I’m challenging!, OK, now let’s get the ol’ headset on” nonsense. Someone could determine whether the play was unambiguously wrong in less than the time it takes for that little dance to play out.

            Also, I’ll admit that I miss the managerial shit fits we used to get in lieu of the challenge system.

            • dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:07 pm || Up

              I think those complaints are universally agreed to be part of the problem with it so far. But those don’t speak to scraping the system, just improving it.

          • dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:05 pm || Up

            The execution needs some working with for sure. But they seem willing to do so in the off season. I definitely think they need an NFL-like time limit and to remove the challenge system. It’d be great if they’d wire up the umps on the field and the ump in the replay room to get a sense right away whether it may be worth the look when a manager questions it. Plus it wouldn’t hurt to have that level of communication on the field between umps anyway.

          • Soaker Soaker Apr 28,2014 8:05 pm || Up

            Overall it’s gone a wee bit better than I expected…but my expectations were very low based on Pac-12 football experience.

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      • dmoas Apr 28,2014 7:55 pm || Up

        Me too. The fury lasts longer.

    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 30,2014 12:41 am || Up

      My idea to fix replay: as soon as the challenge is issued, the PA in the stadium must begin playing “Yakety Sax” and continue until play resumes.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 30,2014 7:41 am || Up

        I not only support this idea, I move that EM be named head of the MLB rules committee at once.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 30,2014 7:52 am || Up
        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 30,2014 7:54 am || Up
          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 30,2014 6:05 pm || Up

            The association with Benny Hill made me think her strapless top was going to fall off.

      • dmoas Apr 30,2014 6:46 pm || Up

        Can the ump and the manager circle around each other in fast motion?

        • Englishmajor Englishmajor May 1,2014 5:26 pm || Up

          Yes, even better, all the umps have to line up and do the fast stop-motion thing together!

  35. DFA DFA Apr 28,2014 7:54 pm

    The one fucking time barton hits one hard

    In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
    • dmoas Apr 28,2014 7:55 pm || Up

      Yup. And sadly should be a double play.

      • ptbnl Apr 28,2014 7:59 pm || Up

        WTFK was Reddick doing (apart from running the bases like an A)

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 8:00 pm || Up

          Scoring, if Martin doesn’t make a fantastic play.

          • ptbnl Apr 28,2014 8:02 pm || Up

            The catch wasn’t *that* implausible.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • DFA DFA Apr 28,2014 8:04 pm || Up

            eh martin throws him out at home where he was too

            In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
        • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 28,2014 8:02 pm || Up

          I wouldnt be as upset by the play itself (as said above..took a great play and he still almost got back), but what an awful sequence. Almost picked off twice and then that? At some point play it safe with a 4 run lead.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 8:08 pm || Up

            I say no time to take a risk like when you’re already up four.

        • lenscrafters Apr 28,2014 8:04 pm || Up

          There seems to be a positive correlation between TOOTBLANs and A’s winexp so I’m ok with that.

          • DFA DFA Apr 28,2014 8:07 pm || Up

            tootblans?

            In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
            • Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 28,2014 8:10 pm || Up

              For these we have to change it to FARTOOTBLANS (Final: After Review, Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop).

              • AV AV Apr 28,2014 8:14 pm || Up

                smelled bad enough already with just TOOT…

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
              • colin colin Apr 29,2014 6:02 am || Up

                The ‘s’ doesn’t get capitalized — it isn’t part of the acronym, just pluralization to indicate that the A’s TOOTBLAN a lot.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 28,2014 8:11 pm || Up

              something out on the bases like a [something negative] something negative]

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 28,2014 7:58 pm || Up

      As a member of the lets start talking about Barton coalition, let me echo this. Guy simply cannot catch a break.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:00 pm || Up

        He needs to fake it until he makes it.

      • DFA DFA Apr 28,2014 8:00 pm || Up

        I don’t want to talk about him but he really barreled that an its a double play. Lame.

        In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
  36. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 28,2014 8:00 pm

    how is gameday on my phone ahead of the radio

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:02 pm || Up

      Internet travels faster than their signal to their station to you.

      • andeux andeux Apr 28,2014 8:09 pm || Up

        Probably an added delay, not the signal speed itself.
        (Geekiness: Radio waves through air travel pretty close to c. Even if there is a satellite uplink that’s not adding much distance. IIRC, signals through fiber travel at around 2/3 c, and copper is even slower.)

        TINSTAAFK
        • dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:13 pm || Up

          But we’re not getting a direct radio signal. They’re sending the signal to the bay area (probably via fiber) and then sending it through their system to broadcast via air waves. So in theory, the internet version is picking up the same direct link that the radio station’s equipment is prior to sending it out.

          • andeux andeux Apr 28,2014 8:18 pm || Up

            Maybe, but in any case, we’re talking about a few milliseconds to take any such path, while the difference that Ed is talking about is probably on the order of seconds.

            TINSTAAFK
            • dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:20 pm || Up

              Well sure, but that’s because they’re equipment sucks. (Kidding, you are, after all, correct)

            • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 28,2014 8:25 pm || Up

              it is about a second or two

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 30,2014 12:44 pm || Up

                about 5 in my car

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • MikeV MikeV Apr 30,2014 1:48 pm || Up

                  You need to upgrade.

                  And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

                  Thanks, and go As.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 30,2014 1:59 pm || Up

                  the radio was the lagging. (and yes June 15. Not that I am counting)

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • MikeV MikeV Apr 30,2014 2:03 pm || Up

                  I meant your car.

                  And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

                  Thanks, and go As.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 30,2014 2:08 pm || Up

                  that too

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • MikeV MikeV Apr 30,2014 2:15 pm || Up

                  also, um, are you on iProducts or Android or something else?

                  You can get a quite nice phone without bothering to wait for the upgrade 2 year contract crap.

                  And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

                  Thanks, and go As.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 30,2014 2:30 pm || Up

                  android.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • MikeV MikeV Apr 30,2014 2:51 pm || Up

                  nexus 5 or moto x for 349, no contract required.

                  moto g for 199, no contract, but also doesn’t support 4G LTE so you get slow internet.

                  And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

                  Thanks, and go As.

        • Soaker Soaker Apr 28,2014 8:21 pm || Up

          I believe radio stations usually leave their “HD transmission” on for road games. That puts in the added delay. For home games, they have to turn it off because people listening on radios in the stands would experience the delay.

          Support locally made sausage!
    • AV AV Apr 28,2014 8:05 pm || Up

      radio’s delayed. i’m watching a texas–>japan–>oakland stream that’s ahead of the radio.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • DFA DFA Apr 28,2014 8:08 pm || Up

        maybe were watching the same stream. also i like the japanese streams

        In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
        • AV AV Apr 28,2014 8:12 pm || Up

          probly, since you hooked me up to vip in the first place.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  37. ptbnl Apr 28,2014 8:03 pm

    Today I discovered Hola Unblocker.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 28,2014 8:07 pm || Up

      Ok I give…what is the Hola Unblocker?

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • ptbnl Apr 28,2014 8:11 pm || Up

        A Firefox/Chrome add-on.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:15 pm || Up

          So basically takes the place of having to do IP bullshit for MLB?

          • AV AV Apr 28,2014 8:16 pm || Up

            oh… nooooow i get it.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 28,2014 8:11 pm || Up

      Is it a new planet?

    • James V. James V. Apr 29,2014 6:16 am || Up

      Lots of bad reviews (and I make no claim as to anything dealing with possible user error):

      https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hola/reviews/

      • ptbnl Apr 29,2014 7:32 am || Up

        Yeah – they added adverts for a while which garnered a lot of negative reactions; they’ve removed them now. So far so good for me.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • MikeV MikeV Apr 29,2014 8:20 am || Up

          Hola doesn’t work very well for me about half the time. Dunno why.

          And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

          Thanks, and go As.

  38. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 28,2014 8:08 pm

    really guys? get the starter out after 3.2 and still only have 2 pitchers

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  39. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 28,2014 8:14 pm

    Sweet slow cooked victory!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  40. Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 28,2014 8:14 pm

    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 28,2014 8:17 pm || Up

      This organist is crazy!

  41. brian.only Apr 28,2014 8:14 pm

    SHOUTOUT!

  42. Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 28,2014 8:15 pm

    Yay Sonny!

  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 28,2014 8:15 pm

    That was an impressive outing.

  44. AV AV Apr 28,2014 8:15 pm

    CGSOs are nicer this way around.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • witchy witchy Apr 28,2014 8:19 pm || Up

      AV, plz check your fb msgs. thank you. <3

  45. dmoas Apr 28,2014 8:27 pm

    So despite over a full minute of 5 on 3, the Sharks barely threaten. I’m thinking they may be in some serious trouble.

    • MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 8:29 pm || Up

      Yeah this is fucking awful.

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Jennifer Jennifer Apr 28,2014 8:49 pm || Up

        If you lose your stick, can you mot get it back? Where does it go?

        • MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 8:52 pm || Up

          try rubbing it

          And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

          Thanks, and go As.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 8:53 pm || Up

          You can get another one from a teammate. Or pick up the one you dropped. Can’t try to play with a broken stick though, that’s a no-no.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Jennifer Jennifer Apr 28,2014 8:57 pm || Up

            Cause that would be dangerous.

            • MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 8:59 pm || Up

              someone might could lose an eye

              And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

              Thanks, and go As.

          • dmoas Apr 28,2014 9:08 pm || Up

            And it gets more interesting when a goalie breaks theirs. A teammate will give them theirs but it’s not quite the same and leaves the teammate without one.

  46. DFA DFA Apr 28,2014 8:30 pm

    yay sharkies!

    In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
  47. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 8:52 pm

    This hockey game is exciting.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • dmoas Apr 28,2014 9:10 pm || Up

      Very good game. Sharks are slowly looking better, but still being outplayed. Losing that defense men will go even more into the Sharks favor if this goes to OT.

      • DFA DFA Apr 28,2014 9:22 pm || Up

        i thought that was a strategic decision

        In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
  48. AV AV Apr 28,2014 9:11 pm

    someone just said they can’t get it out of their end.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • AV AV Apr 28,2014 9:12 pm || Up

      hockey, huh?

      it’s like soccer but glidey. and you can’t see the ball.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Apr 28,2014 9:12 pm || Up

        and someone drew nipples on the field.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • dmoas Apr 28,2014 9:13 pm || Up

        I wish soccer would be played on a shorter ice rink sized field with walls. There’d be more shots on goal.

        • andeux andeux Apr 28,2014 9:14 pm || Up

          MISL!

          TINSTAAFK
          • dmoas Apr 28,2014 9:15 pm || Up

            Indoor soccer like that with the smaller field and goals is the only kind that I’d ever consider getting into.

        • AV AV Apr 28,2014 9:14 pm || Up

          chicks dig the shots on goal.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  49. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 9:19 pm

    Still exciting!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  50. MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 9:25 pm

    OH COME THE FUCK ON STALOCK

    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

  51. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 28,2014 9:30 pm

    Now less exciting.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 9:32 pm || Up

      more controversial though

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

      • AV AV Apr 28,2014 9:34 pm || Up

        i was about to say less so… but fisticuffs!

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • dmoas Apr 28,2014 9:34 pm || Up

      And the choke seems to be on.

  52. doctorK doctorK Apr 28,2014 9:33 pm

    Way to keep your composure, Sharks.

    • MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 9:36 pm || Up

      one goal was gonna decide that game, the other ones after that don’t matter. a shit call with 10 minutes to go costs them the game, that’s rough

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

      • doctorK doctorK Apr 28,2014 9:41 pm || Up

        I was referring to the fight after the faceoff. But yeah, that bogus non-frozen puck call is pretty hard to take.

  53. MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 9:42 pm

    FUCK YOU QUICK YOU PIECE OF SHIT

    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

    • dmoas Apr 28,2014 9:44 pm || Up

      It’d be fun if he got suspended before game 7 but that won’t happen.

      • MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 9:45 pm || Up

        He didn’t even get a penalty, and they didn’t call him for wrapping up players and hanging on for dear life.

        You wear 3x as much pads as everybody else and don’t move. STFU and stay in the goal

        And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

        Thanks, and go As.

        • dmoas Apr 28,2014 9:47 pm || Up

          Wow. How the fuck do they justify not calling anything.

          • MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 9:50 pm || Up

            they called a penalty.

            on thornton.

            And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

            Thanks, and go As.

            • dmoas Apr 28,2014 9:52 pm || Up

              Yeah, but that was called pre-incident. And it should have been because technically he interfered there.

              • MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 10:02 pm || Up

                and technically they should have whistled the puck dead when Stalock was on it, but 2 wrongs etc..

                That was a really good game until the referees got involved.

                And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

                Thanks, and go As.

  54. MikeV MikeV Apr 28,2014 10:47 pm

    I’m the last person to say something good about a Yankee, but HOLY SHIT.

    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

    • dmoas Apr 29,2014 7:32 am || Up

      Why does it have to be something good about the Yankees? Can’t it be something bad about the Angels?

      • MikeV MikeV Apr 29,2014 8:22 am || Up

        a Yankee, not the Yankees.

        That pitch was ridiculous

        And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

        Thanks, and go As.

  55. James V. James V. Apr 29,2014 8:40 am

    From a college buddy of mine:

  56. James V. James V. Apr 29,2014 8:46 am

    Also, a few A’s here, including a couple at or near the top of both lists.

  57. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 29,2014 2:39 pm

    Cespedes at DH tonight.

  58. brian.only Apr 29,2014 5:20 pm

    Hoy carp, we didn’t choke!

    Also, bullshit zone there Blue…

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