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How Is It Still Spring Training Thread 315

As the Cactus league plods to its eventual conclusion, it’s time to play hide the starting pitchers.

Replacing apparent rotation member Alcantara on the hill today is last year’s second-round pick Logan Shore.

I have very little idea who many of the rest of those names are.

315 thoughts on “How Is It Still Spring Training Thread

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 28,2017 11:33 am

    Jaff is beck.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • sslinger Mar 28,2017 11:44 am || Up

      Nice one!

      I heard the other day that the A’s play the first 8 days straight, while one of the others in the division (Angels? Rangers?) won’t need to use a fifth starter until something like 16 games into the season. That seems a little crazy.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 1:08 pm || Up

      This spring training has really been an exercise in separating the weak from the Jaff.

  2. colin colin Mar 28,2017 12:57 pm

    Fangraphs wrapped up their positional power ranking series today. It doesn’t look great for the A’s, but they do project to be above average at the following positions:

    * Catcher: 6th place with 2.9 WAR from Vogt (1.9), Phegley (0.7), and Maxwell (0.3)
    * SS: 12th place with 2.3 WAR from Semien (2.2) and tiny helpings of Rosales, Pinder, and Barreto.
    * LF: 10th place with 1.8 WAR from Davis (1.6), De Aza, Canha, Joyce, and Smolinski
    * bullpen: 13th place with 3.5 WAR led by Doolittle (1.5), Madsen (0.6), Dull (0.5), Hendriks (0.4), and Casilla (0.3)

    Somehow the Fangraphs full season projections still expect the A’s to win 79 games, which would be a big improvement over the last two seasons. I think the main takeaway is that the team has depth and lots of non-terrible players… but they don’t have any good players either.

  3. lenscrafters Mar 28,2017 1:11 pm

    Normally I’d agree but the monotony of watching Rajai, Rosales, Alonso everyday…at least we get to see interesting prospects right now.

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 10:53 am || Up

      It’s a 2009 roster.

      Adam Kennedy: 587 PA
      Orlando Cabrera: 448 PA
      Rajai: 432 PA. He did manage a .360 OBP; he hasn’t come near that since.
      Washed-up Jason Giambi: 328 PA. Somehow he had a part-time job for 5 seasons after that with Colorado and Cleveland.
      Nomar: 169 PA
      What was left of Bobby Crosby: 272 PA
      Oh yeah, I forgot: Matt Holliday: 400 PA

      The reason to watch that team was that Anderson, Cahill, Braden and Gio combined to make 101 starts. I’m staking a lot on Manaea having a big season, and probably Cotton looking good and somebody else (Gossett?) emerging. And definitely, Chapman and Barreto playing well enough in Nashville to push a couple journeyman aside after the All-Star break.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2017 11:07 am || Up

        I love good third base defense like anyone else, and dingers, but is there any reason to think chapman is going to make any contact in the majors?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 12:29 pm || Up

          Chapman is an unknown, and I know sometimes the shiny new toy isn’t as good as the well-used old one, but I’d be more interested in watching Chapman sink or swim in August and September than running Trevor Plouffe (moderate power, but one season in his career with OBP > .309) out there for 150 games. Particularly with a roster that’s so chock-full of other journeyman types: Alonso, Lowrie, Rajai, Joyce, Rosales.

          • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 7:07 pm || Up

            Another dismal thought about 3B going into the season:

            Prior to arriving in Oakland:

            PLOOOOOFFF (age 30)
            2909 PA with Minnesota: .247/.308/.420

            KOOOOOZZZ (age 28)
            1775 PA with San Diego: .263/.309/.436

            • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2017 7:22 pm || Up

              can trevin Ploofmanov catch?

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 1:15 pm

    Keep the A’s name out yo mouth, Goodell:

    The uncertainty surrounding the future of the Oakland A’s baseball team also clouded the picture. The NFL was reluctant to make a deal without a clear plan for the A’s in place, and the A’s and Raiders have never agreed on a division of the land at the current site.

    “We need certainty,” said Goodell after Monday’s vote. “You don’t have a certainty when the A’s are leaving the site.”

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 28,2017 6:19 pm || Up

      Yeah that’s total fucking bullshit. The Coliseum lease terms give City/County full rights to tell the A’s they have to accommodate a new Raiders stadium. There are legit reasons the NFL can cite to say they tried but couldn’t make Oakland work, but that ain’t one of em.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 29,2017 9:21 am || Up

      Best part? My prediction of a new baseball-only stadium in the coliseum complex just got a step closer to reality.

      And fuck the Raiders.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 4:53 pm || Up

      With the Raiders possibly not welcome at the Coliseum after 2018, the next question, assuming Mark does nail down the B of A money and sign a lease, is whether Sam Boyd Stadium can be adequately upgraded to minimum NFL standards.

      I think the issue of scheduling games in an unroofed stadium with aluminum seats is surmountable. In the first 5 weeks of the season, play 3 road games, one home Thu/Sun/Mon night (5:30 p.m., hot but tolerable) game and have the bye week. That means the first home Sunday afternoon game is Week 6, which in 2016 was October 16. August preseason games would suck but they aren’t part of the national TV deal so they can be played at 7 p.m. local time or later; the Cardinals did that for years in Tempe.

      I see difficulty playing even one lame-duck year in Oakland. The 1996 Houston Oilers drew 20K, 20K and 15K for their final 3 games in the Astrodome, and red flag for Raiders fans, they went 6-2 on the road but 2-6 at home. They were supposed to play in the Astrodome in 1997 too but bailed out and went to Memphis (where they also drew poorly, because Memphis doesn’t care about a team in transition from Houston to Nashville). They finally at least got to the right city in 1998 when they played in Vanderbilt’s stadium, then moved into the new place in 1999. 2017 is set, but after that I don’t see the NFL wanting to repeat that story, and once the Raiders commit to Vegas they ought to start building support there rather than wasting time in a place like San Antonio.

      • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 8:14 pm || Up

        Adding one thing here: I’ve read a few places today, including on Deadspin, that Memorial Stadium at Cal is a possible alternate venue for the Raiders. No, it isn’t. The Raiders played one regular season game and a few exhibition games there in the 1970s due to the A’s priority in the Coliseum, but the City of Berkeley decided the games were a pain in the ass and imposed a tax for the purpose of making such games economically unrealistic.

        9.04.175 Professional sports event.

        B. Every person commencing, transacting or carrying on any professional sports event in the City shall pay a daily license tax of ten percent of gross receipts measured as of the time or times such event or events as to which this tax is applicable may commence, be transacted or be carried on in the City. (Ord. 5017-NS § I (part), 1977)

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2017 8:52 am || Up

          Santa Clara seems like the only feasible non-Coliseum option to me. But I actually think they’ll draw ok in the lame duck years. It’s a good team now, Raiders fans have waited a long time for a championship contender. I’ve renewed my season tix and don’t regret it at all.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 1:22 pm

    In sports that count, Argentina at Bolivia kicks off a very nice day of South and North American world cup qualifiers.

    While Bolivia is wretched, it’s always fun to watch the Argentinian superstars (minus one little potty mouth) suck wind at 12,000 feet.

    Ecuador-Colombia is the biggest game of the round, with Uruguay also having a key road game at Peru.

    Tonight in the Northern Hemisphere, the rampaging USA heads down to Panama to break more hearts, Costa Rica has an always emotional match in Honduras, and Mexico hosts Trinidad and Tobago.

    • AV AV Mar 28,2017 1:29 pm || Up

      i hate the at-bolivia game. i’m totally winded 0:22 in just sitting here.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 1:38 pm || Up

        Could be a long afternoon.

        • AV AV Mar 28,2017 1:40 pm || Up

          though the interval between goalie face to goleador pate was so short.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 2:33 pm || Up

            They look soooooo tired.

            • AV AV Mar 28,2017 2:42 pm || Up

              i clicked out a while back. too much work to do it unhappy.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 5:09 pm || Up

                Start saving for the trip to New Zealand.

                • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 28,2017 5:17 pm || Up

                  Lord of the Rings was an alright franchise. The Two Towers was always my personal favorite. How about you, Glorious Mundy?

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 5:21 pm || Up

                  All of them were 30 minutes too long.

                • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 28,2017 6:14 pm || Up

                  Only if you lack patience ;)

                • AV AV Mar 28,2017 6:49 pm || Up

                  i’m interested to see what the team strategy would be without him.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  6. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 1:29 pm

    Much of the A’s section here reads like a parody of stereotypical useless scoutspeak:

    All the guys seem to be playing with a chip on their shoulder….Jharel Cotton has charisma…. Marcus Semien doesn’t have the hands to be a plus defender, but he’s the kind of guy you want your daughter to marry, so I understand why they’ve been patient with him….The A’s don’t believe in giving out the c for captain, but Stephen Vogt is the guy who’d have it. He commands that staff, commands respect from every person on the roster.

    I hope the one dude is right about Graveman though.

  7. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 1:41 pm

    Start the extension talks now.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 1:49 pm || Up

      Crap, too late. We’re already priced out.

  8. ptbnl Mar 28,2017 2:02 pm

    I picked a FKin’ A day for a final ski of the season:

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 28,2017 6:54 pm || Up

      I was out on the Bill King Deck for a few hours, reading and working on my Bill King tan.

      I had to go to Reno yesterday and decided to go through Incline and over the Mount Rose highway. That’s one of my favorite areas for a day hike. There’s not much chance of hiking up there before July 4, maybe even into late July.

  9. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2017 5:39 pm

    Slusser is over this shit.

    • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 28,2017 6:14 pm || Up

      I wonder if she still roots for the A’s

  10. AV AV Mar 28,2017 7:04 pm

    the simpsons classic gags keep falling. first president trump. now which was the style at the time.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  11. East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 28,2017 8:09 pm

    I feel like we’re ignoring the Elephant in the room.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2017 10:18 am || Up

      I don’t really like talking about how the windies shit the bed at their own t20 tournament

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2017 10:13 am

    This is great. They’ll just squeal out around the seventh with all the real players and staff, and leave a bunch of nobodies to figure out how to finish the game and clean up the equipment and stuff.

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 10:38 am || Up

      Wait till you see the team the Giants send to the Coliseum on Saturday. The Giants regular season opener is Sunday at 1 p.m. in Phoenix. There’s a CBA-mandated off day between departure from their spring training camp and the season opener, and for the Giants that is today.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2017 10:43 am || Up

        this is so dumb.

        I really wonder if margins are better in spring training. they seem really really stuck on this long pre season

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 11:31 am || Up

          The standard line used to be “We need a long spring training so the pitchers can be ready.” Now teams hold pitchers out at the beginning of the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, for longer this year but that even happens in non-WBC years. I used to pay attention to battles for roster spots, who was having an especially good spring etc.; except for when I’m actually in Arizona, which I haven’t done for a couple years, I’m now more in the “wake me up on April 3” mode.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2017 12:37 pm || Up

        I suppose one indirect consequence of having three games on Sunday is that the A’s are playing the only West Coast night game on the real Opening Day, meaning we’re on ESPN baby.

        • colin colin Mar 29,2017 12:59 pm || Up

          I’m going to be out of town for my first Cincinnati Opening Day

        • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 1:10 pm || Up

          As part of its contract, ESPN is required to show each of the 30 teams at least once.

          Tampa Bay Rays: check (early this Sunday vs. the Yankees, who will be on ESPN more than once).
          San Diego Padres: check (Monday afternoon vs. the Dodgers).
          Oakland Athletics: check, in a game nobody will watch because it’s opposite basketball.

          Looking ahead at some other likely one-timers:
          Minnesota Twins: check (April 19 vs. Cleveland)
          Colorado Rockies: check (June 26 at San Francisco)
          Chicago White Sox: check (July 26 vs. the Cubs)

          That’s most of the teams they need to clear out to make way for the Cubs, Red Sox and Yankees. The Brewers and Reds aren’t scheduled yet, but they’ll probably try to get rid of them early (maybe just schedule a Brewers vs. Reds game).

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2017 1:23 pm || Up

            The ESPN crew for that Monday night game is presumably going to be the dregs of Bristol plus Dallas Braden.

            • Englishmajor Englishmajor Mar 29,2017 1:25 pm || Up

              Ooh! Dallas in right field again!

              • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 1:33 pm || Up

                Sorry, EM.

                SF-ARZ (Sun) & SD-LAD (Mon): Dave Flemming, Eduardo Perez, Dallas Braden
                LAA-OAK: Karl Ravech, Raul Ibañez, Tim Kurkjian

                • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 1:52 pm || Up

                  The ESPN PR blurb, which always has a statement like “when the New York Yankees and Mickey Mantle take on the Boston Red Sox and Ted Williams” made me laugh.

                  The commentator team of Ravech, analyst Raul Ibañez and Kurkjian call the final game in Monday’s quadruple-header at 10 p.m. ET when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Mike Trout take on the Oakland Athletics and Rajai Davis on ESPN2.

                • andeux andeux Mar 29,2017 2:02 pm || Up

                  To be fair, Trout is still young, so maybe one day he’ll hit a clutch WS HR like Rajai did.

                  TINSTAAFK
  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2017 10:44 am

    mlb.com has been redesigned and I hate it.

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2017 12:32 pm || Up

      Gameday Classic still works. The general code is:

      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2017_03_30_wasmlb_bosmlb_1&mode=classic

      The non-obvious team abbreviations are:

      Mets: NYN
      Yankees: NYA
      Cubs: CHN
      White Sox: CHA
      Dodgers: LAN
      Angels: ANA
      Nationals: WAS (seems to be “WSH” everywhere else)
      Cardinals: SLN

  14. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2017 11:39 am

    uhg. reading comments on jezebel. I cannot believe how many people think harris is a good person.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  15. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2017 12:25 pm

    @Ed: Because the further away from a politician one is, the more they are defined by broad brush strokes. This used to drive me crazy, seeing politicians whom I knew from first hand experience to be assholes or incompetents get praised by the larger audience who only sees them through a distant media lens.

    This is why I now vote much less idelogical the more local a race is. When it’s closer to me, practicality and competence matter more. Kamala Harris as a national-level Trump opponent is great, but I wouldn’t support her as my City Councilperson.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2017 12:40 pm

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2017 12:43 pm || Up

      reading that merc article made me think they have some long moneyfrontoffice plan in place

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2017 12:55 pm || Up
          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2017 12:59 pm || Up

            Have I mentioned that I love Marcus Thompson? Because I love Marcus Thompson. He was an excellent Warriors beat writer, but it is even better having him as a real-deal Oakland-bred sports columnist.

    • Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 10:19 pm || Up

      I think it’s cool to see the A’s embrace their history. They’re the second most successful franchise in Bay Area history behind only the 49ers.

      But seriously, folks...
  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2017 1:30 pm

    Santiago Casilla started today, got one out, gave up five runs on two homers, and is done.

    • andeux andeux Mar 29,2017 1:35 pm || Up

      Our Four Proven Closers have all followed up their mediocre 2016 seasons with horrible springs. Hopefully Bob will figure out to give high-leverage innings to Dull and Montas sooner rather than later.

      TINSTAAFK
      • colin colin Mar 29,2017 1:38 pm || Up

        You say that as if the 2017 A’s will have high-leverage innings

        • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 1:42 pm || Up

          “The lights have not yet taken full effect, but Bob Melvin desperately wants to keep the A’s in this game and give the team a chance to break this losing streak, so he has gone to the mound to remove Alcantara and is calling on Dull right here with one out in the top of the third inning.”

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2017 1:48 pm || Up

        Doolittle is currently in there not getting outs.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2017 2:04 pm || Up

          Madson also just gave up a homer.

          • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 29,2017 2:22 pm || Up

            If they are both in at the same time doing that it is rather impressive.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2017 2:27 pm || Up

              never fear, the JP Sportsman is picking them up. Just as it will be in the world series

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
  18. Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2017 6:36 pm

    USA Today didn’t put this at #1 but I’m giving the Royals the nastiest new food item award. Don’t click here if you’ve just eaten.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2017 6:51 pm || Up

      The taco dog looks pretty revolting.

  19. Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2017 10:07 am

    Happy Birthday andeux! For your present, here is a stack of coupons which will allow you to buy craft beers at the Coliseum for just $10. Enjoy!

  20. andeux andeux Mar 30,2017 10:19 am

    Happy Birthday Soaker! I got you a lifetime membership in the Trevor Plouffe fan club.

    TINSTAAFK
  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 30,2017 10:39 am

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2017 10:54 am || Up

      I recall reading back maybe when he was in SD that the pee-on-you gag was a staple of Greg Maddux’s locker room repertoire. Pretty sure he’s a serial pee assailant.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • colin colin Mar 30,2017 10:55 am || Up

      I’ve heard this Maddux story before. Supposedly he was pretty notorious for it.

    • ptbnl Mar 30,2017 12:10 pm || Up

      And Trump reconsiders his decision not to throw out the first pitch on Monday.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  22. AV AV Mar 30,2017 1:56 pm
    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  23. MikeV MikeV Mar 30,2017 3:54 pm
    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 30,2017 4:21 pm || Up

      Unless he gives a proffer confirming that he’ll roll on one of a very short list of names (Trump, Bannon, Kushner, Sessions, maybe Don Jr. or Ivanka), FK him.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 4:29 pm || Up

        Wouldn’t it be great of he can get both pence and trump? leaving us with light weight ryan?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 31,2017 5:11 pm || Up

          #HouseofCards

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 30,2017 4:26 pm || Up

      Casts this in an interesting new light, doesn’t it?

      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 4:27 pm || Up

        less than 2 months ago, he was fine

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 30,2017 4:34 pm || Up

          No, see, Trump made him NSA knowing that in order to catch a spy you first have to give him access to all of the classified information.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 4:37 pm || Up

            he really is playing 4D chess

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 30,2017 5:10 pm || Up
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 7:29 pm || Up

        shouldn’t he have a criminal defense lawyer?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 6:50 am || Up

          I think right now he most needs a political lawyer. Someone who can cut deals with senators and keep him from perjuring himself on CSPAN.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 10:13 am || Up

        This is Flynn’s lawyer, by the way.

    • ptbnl Mar 30,2017 8:56 pm || Up

      Can you get immunity to polonium?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2017 10:44 pm || Up

        Dodgers got immunity to Luis Polonium back in 88.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  24. lenscrafters Mar 30,2017 5:37 pm
  25. Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2017 7:04 pm

    “Can I have $5?” actually works! I bet that’s Jennifer’s cousin.

  26. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 7:33 pm

    Lowrie gets injured getting back at first?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2017 7:47 pm || Up

      He survived that one, but the Bay Bridge Series has been problematic in the past. I remember Coco getting hurt on a slide, and last year Doubront went straight from the Bay Bridge Series to Dr. Andrews’ operating table.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 31,2017 5:12 pm || Up

        And there went our WS hopes.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  27. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 7:50 pm

    oh how could i have forgotten about vince.

    “LINE DRIVE. and panic reaches out. to his left.

    the ball lands beyond him and davis….is on safely with the third single”

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. colin colin Mar 30,2017 8:04 pm

    I appreciate that the A’s are using a DH in this game, because FK the NL

  29. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 8:26 pm

    Good to see the A’s offense in mid season form

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  30. East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 30,2017 8:50 pm
    • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 30,2017 8:50 pm || Up

      Crossover episode tbh

      • Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 10:11 pm || Up

        Is that like when Simon & Simon visited Magnum PI?

        But seriously, folks...
        • AV AV Mar 30,2017 11:25 pm || Up

          oh man, i love that back to backer.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • AV AV Mar 31,2017 1:18 pm || Up

            i’ve had the S&S theme song in my head all day. thanks! i mean it.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 4:06 pm || Up

              I may or may not have the Magnum PI theme song on my iPhone.

              But seriously, folks...
  31. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 8:56 pm

    Did I already make trhe A’s offense in mid season form joke?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 10:06 pm || Up

      Re-using jokes is good for the enviroment.

      But seriously, folks...
  32. ptbnl Mar 30,2017 9:11 pm

    Team Dynamite!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  33. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 9:13 pm

    nice play jed

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  34. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 9:15 pm

    montas

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  35. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2017 9:30 pm

    I love krukow thinkingg the guy who ran on the field is going to jail, and going to have “rough couple of days”

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  36. Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 9:50 pm

    I’ve been reading up on the team and I bought the MLB package. The two questions I’m interested in are why isn’the Healy the everyday 1B and how good can Cotton be? I kinda feel like this might be an interestng team.

    But seriously, folks...
    • MikeV MikeV Mar 30,2017 10:00 pm || Up

      obv because Yonder Alonso is in the best shape of his life.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 10:02 pm || Up

        I’m hoping Alonso and Lowrie are gone by June.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 8:54 am || Up

          like losing an all suck at the deadline

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 8:53 am || Up

        new swing, yo

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • andeux andeux Mar 31,2017 9:27 am || Up

          I’m buying into this one. Seriously.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 9:35 am || Up

            i mean, it worked for healy and he was never a prospect

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2017 10:11 pm || Up

      I thought they were going to move Healy from 3B to 1B once they were ready to give Chapman his shot at 3B. Let’s say that’s August 1. So they kept Alonso to play 1B for the first 100 games and then, if lucky, they could dump Alonso on somebody at the deadline and have Healy and Chapman finish the season as the corner infielders. The mystery move to me was the signing of Trevor Plouffe to be the everyday 3B, which relegates Healy to DH.

      As a lifetime member of the Trevor Plouffe Fan Club I hate to say this, but honestly, Trevor Plouffe sucks. Healy didn’t embarrass himself defensively at 3B last year to my recollection and it seems like they could have found their DHing elsewhere.

      • Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 10:13 pm || Up

        I don’t know enough about Plouffe to have much of an opinion on the signing.

        But seriously, folks...
        • MikeV MikeV Mar 30,2017 10:14 pm || Up

          It’s such a shitty delivery service.

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

          Thanks, and go As.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 10:44 am || Up

          Zuckerberg is counting on him to put up the dominant numbers he showed on the Obama campaigns. His peripherals were still good at Uber, it’s just that Kalanick’s defense behind him kept letting him down.

      • Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 10:13 pm || Up

        I just hate to see a young guy like Healy play so much at DH especially to give at bats to dead weight like Alonso.

        But seriously, folks...
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 8:55 am || Up

        healy doesn’t seem that good at third, i haven’t looked it up though

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  37. Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 10:04 pm

    I’m also hoping Melvin doesn’t use a set closer and we move on from Vogt behind the plate.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2017 10:29 pm || Up

      If Maxwell is ready to play every day, left-handed hitting veteran catchers do have trade value. Meanwhile, Vogt is not terrible unless you try to make him your cleanup hitter, which they do, and he’s a fan favorite on a team that doesn’t figure to contend and has a bunch of short-term placeholder types in the lineup whom the fans have no real reason to get interested in.

      • Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 11:02 pm || Up

        Fair enough…I just think he’s pretty awful defensively and I hope that doesn’the hurt the young pitchers.

        But seriously, folks...
  38. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2017 10:49 pm

    Bed! I’m sorry your Jayhawks aren’t playing this weekend. I’m sorry our Raiders are desert nomads. I’m sorry I used your wedding dress to wax the car. Let’s just say I’m sorry about the whole damn thing.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 11:00 pm || Up

      Congrats to you and Ol’Roy for Carolina making another Final Four. As far as the wedding dress it was a knock-off so no problem…as far as the Raiders…well, I’m disappointed but not surprised.

      But seriously, folks...
  39. Bed Bed Mar 30,2017 11:04 pm

    Old white guys with weird hair are not making 2017 a year to remember so far for me.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 8:57 am || Up

      Are we Dr. Bed yet? running the arkansas school systems?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  40. East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Mar 31,2017 7:51 am
  41. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2017 9:15 am

    Khris Davis has a hideous tattoo of a B-2 in mid-carpet bombing, and other A’s tat tales.

    http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/03/31/as-ink-the-stories-behind-oakland-athletics-players-wild-tattoos/

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 9:43 am || Up

      young men with money….

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 9:58 am || Up

      The story about the uncle makes it even better.

    • AV AV Mar 31,2017 10:13 am || Up

      “myself’s”

      people really go out of their way to use that word.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • andeux andeux Mar 31,2017 10:33 am || Up

      If Axford has another kid, I’m thinking Wild Turkey if it’s a boy, and Rebel Yell if it’s a girl.

      TINSTAAFK
  42. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 11:57 am

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2017 1:33 pm || Up

      Conservatives are not more libidinous in my experience (insert Small Sample Size joke here). They are certainly more invested in repressing theirs though.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 1:33 pm

    I don’t see how it’s anything but a no-brainer for the Democrats to filibuster Gorsuch:

    1. It’s substantively correct — he’s quite right wing.
    2. It’s a signal to the base that didn’t turn out in 2014 (and to some degree in 2016) that they the party is worth turning out for in 2018.
    3. There really isn’t a voter block that matters who will be angered by the obstruction. Independents either won’t care (see Merrick Garland) or will be motivated to vote to protect abortion rights now that it’s clear that Trump going to nominate people from the Pence wing. Conservative turnout won’t be any more juiced by this issue than it will already be by the prospect of getting to replace Ginsburg or Kennedy and finally kill Roe.
    4. If they are successful, the next nominee won’t be worse. Trump won’t find someone younger or more conservative than Gorsuch. If the fear is that Trump will nominate a hack or crony, the Harriet Miers fate awaits.
    5. Not filibustering this time won’t mean the filibuster will remain in place next time a Republican president sends a SCOTUS nomination to a Republican senate. The same threat to blow it up will remain, and that time the president might not have a 35% approval rating. If there is a time to test whether McConnell has the votes for the rule change, it is now when the GOP is in a tight spot AND the Democrats have the moral high ground due to the Garland fiasco.
    6. Worst case scenario is that Gorsuch gets confirmed (that happens anyway), McConnell has to expend political capital on the rule change on behalf of the least popular president since late Nixon, the Democrats showed some spine, and the filibuster is gone for the next time a Democratic president wants to nominate a liberal but has only 50 votes.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 31,2017 5:17 pm || Up

      Agree 100%. I get the sense Schumer knows this too, but we’ll see.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2017 5:32 pm || Up

      Yes, and re #2, lets hope the Dems are finally realizing this is not business as usual, and political capital is no longer something to be conserved for selected fights, but rather, the horrified majority of the nation wants this madman thwarted at every turn using every available legal means.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 1:38 pm

    Had to do this to maintain the upper hand in a front office Bay Bridge Series.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 1:55 pm || Up

      special assistant for tanning?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 31,2017 2:11 pm || Up

      That’s nice, but I think Eck is pretty busy with his day job on Red Sox telecasts, especially since Jerry Remy recently had a relapse of his cancer. So I wouldn’t expect a whole lot of Eck “representing the A’s at community and fan events”.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2017 2:39 pm || Up

        Our Rickey and Eck vs SF’s Willie Mays and Will Clark, who ya got in the front office special assistant throwdown?

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 2:45 pm || Up

          It’s Bonds I’m worried about (though he is a “special advisor to the CEO” so maybe a different fake category).

        • Soaker Soaker Mar 31,2017 3:03 pm || Up

          Watch out when Will Clark is “doing his job”, according to Duane Kuiper.

          “>

  45. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 1:49 pm

    Oh wow

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 1:56 pm || Up

      I hope it was an anti mexican eo on Cesar Chavez day

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 2:42 pm || Up

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 2:47 pm || Up

        Oh man.

        Pence’s little head nod is great. Yes, I will go pick up the thing you were supposed to sign, the thing that we are all here for. Sure boss.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2017 3:40 pm || Up

        Too perfect.

  46. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 2:21 pm
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  47. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2017 2:42 pm

    In addition to the $50 million, Rougned Odor’s new deal has Texas give him two horses.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  48. sslinger Mar 31,2017 3:01 pm

    I met this guy the other night at the Ivy Room. Guess he’s a jazz fan too.

    • AV AV Mar 31,2017 3:35 pm || Up

      he likes the A’s? thought he was strictly giants. or, i guess he’s just a writer with a topic.

      chatted with him now and then when i worked at 826. he had a sportswriting workshop, would take the kids to pac bell to interview players for stories.

      one time i may or may not have confused him for noah hawley or vice versa.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • sslinger Apr 1,2017 2:02 am || Up

        His friend spotted me with my A’s hat on. He claimed true A’s fandom and then introduced his buddy, the writer, who while a G’s fan wrote the book. Thought it was a story that he wanted to tell even though not a “labor of love”.

        • AV AV Apr 1,2017 8:37 am || Up

          huh.

          that other thing on his site, the radio play-by-play audio thing, looks really interesting.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  49. lenscrafters Mar 31,2017 8:11 pm

    The last two nights have featured the A’s “A” lineup and I can’t say I’m too encouraged right now.

  50. Soaker Soaker Mar 31,2017 8:29 pm

    It looks like both the re-branding to “NBC Sports Bay Area”/”NBC Sports California” and the appearance of Giants and A’s games on the app takes effect on Sunday with the Giants season opener. The Bay Bridge Series games tonight and tomorrow aren’t on the app.

    It’s significant here because on Tuesday night, the A’s, Giants, Warriors, Kings and Sharks are all playing West Coast night games. DirecTV has four channels available and in the Reno market the A’s are the team which gets shut out according to the on-screen guide; we get both the Warriors and Kings games. But the Angels-A’s game that night is showing on the “Upcoming Games” on the app, so yay, I’ll be putting that to work immediately.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2017 1:48 pm || Up

      I’ve got the Giants game on through the NBC Sports Apple TV app. Works very smoothly, looks great (other than it being the Giants).

  51. andeux andeux Mar 31,2017 9:40 pm

    A run!
    Jaff Decker looks like Derek Norris.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 10:02 pm || Up

      good first/last almost anagram

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  52. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2017 10:06 pm

    teA’se is in mid season form

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  53. elcroata elcroata Mar 31,2017 10:19 pm
    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2017 8:05 am || Up

      Make flag burning great again!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • AV AV Apr 1,2017 8:47 am || Up

        [brings star spangled banner made in china within 2 feet of open flame] [polyester goes up in a single puff of GHG] [gets 2nd º burns on hand and can’t afford ER visit]

        ‘MURICA!

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  54. elcroata elcroata Mar 31,2017 10:20 pm
    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  55. East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Apr 1,2017 6:37 am

    We never talk about Mad Men anymore :(

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2017 10:15 am || Up

      Nor Cheney Nixon Clark or Schofield.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Apr 1,2017 9:51 pm || Up

        Nixon did a lot for the Indigenous peoples though honestly

    • Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 4:03 pm || Up

      I’m writing a new season in my head…lots of Joan scenes so far.

      But seriously, folks...
      • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Apr 3,2017 6:26 am || Up

        My man!

        Dude Joan was such a babe and such a good actress.

  56. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2017 8:55 am

    Do we wait for the Lowrie injury to sign Jimmy Rollins or just do it now? I figure now that his career has hit rock bottom he will finally be interested in taking a paycheck to play for the hometown team.

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2017 9:56 am || Up

      I’m wary of all jokes like “Rollins signs with A’s” today. You ain’t foolin’ me.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2017 10:13 am || Up

      I think he has his sights set on the Newark Bears or St Paul Saints. Any place besides Oakland.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  57. MikeV MikeV Apr 1,2017 10:42 am

    :D

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  58. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2017 1:03 pm

    TWO runs.

  59. ptbnl Apr 1,2017 1:44 pm

    Scottish football has always been slightly ridiculous, but if Celtic win their game in hand they’ll have twice the points of the 4th place team and as many as the 2nd and last placed teams combined.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  60. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2017 1:46 pm

    So they’re really going with thirteen pitchers. There are going to be so many adventures in centerfield and bad matchups in the late innings.

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2017 1:53 pm || Up

      Matt Joyce does have value but a three-man bench makes him a worse player than he really is.

    • andeux andeux Apr 1,2017 2:15 pm || Up

      And the bullpen is still going to be terrible.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2017 4:43 pm || Up

        Separating the weak from the Jaff.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  61. Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2017 8:31 pm

    There must have been some sweating and swearing in the Upgrade living room at the end of that.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2017 10:15 pm || Up

      I was remarkably calm. Carolina had an answer almost every trip. Should be a great game Monday, not a moment of which do I expect to enjoy until possibly the end. I’ll scope out the Shibe Park Tavern in lieu of the pre-game Rickey and Bill appreciations.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  62. MikeV MikeV Apr 2,2017 7:37 am

    I’m sure Oregon fans will take awhile to rebound from that loss.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  63. andeux andeux Apr 2,2017 11:25 am

    Why did MLB decide to open the season with a game in Tampa?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 11:28 am || Up

      nothing says spring like heading to the great indoors!

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 11:49 am || Up
      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  64. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2017 1:55 pm

    If the Astros can admit the hill was a mistake, I say the Diamondbacks can do the same with the stupid path to the mound.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 3:40 pm || Up

      they have to leave it until the day the orioles arrive

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 3:41 pm || Up

      any other pitcher in baseball is fun to see hitting a home run.*

      *not an endorsement of pitchers batting

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 3:41 pm || Up

      any other pitcher in baseball is fun to see hitting a home run.*

      *not an endorsement of pitchers batting

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  65. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 3:46 pm

    this is just odd

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Apr 2,2017 3:52 pm || Up

      ex-Texan

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 3:57 pm || Up

        I thought he was from New york, florida, Arizona?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • andeux andeux Apr 2,2017 3:59 pm || Up

          All of the above, but also worked for both Rangers and Astros.

          TINSTAAFK
  66. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 4:00 pm

    These Diamondback uniforms are a sin against god.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2017 10:31 am || Up

      The caps. My god, the caps.

      • AV AV Apr 3,2017 10:39 am || Up

        why don’t they just go ahead and partner with hypercolor?

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • dmoas Apr 3,2017 1:18 pm || Up

          They’d spend too much time blowing on each other’s uniforms rather than playing baseball.

  67. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 4:22 pm

    I have to admit my interest in a Jake Lamb bobblehead is lessened by the fact that I’ve never heard of Jake Lamb.

    But seriously, folks...
  68. lenscrafters Apr 2,2017 4:34 pm

    lolgiants

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 4:34 pm || Up

      i really really hope Casilla gives up no runs all year

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  69. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2017 4:35 pm

    Hahaha Giants

  70. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 4:36 pm

    High priced closers are a suckeres bet.

    But seriously, folks...
  71. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:05 pm

    So…are game threads still a thing or should I just say random bits of nonsense to myself and maybe the dog during A’s games?

    But seriously, folks...
  72. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:12 pm

    With the Raiders leaving Oakland should I…

    A. Stick it out. It may be a bad marriage but till death do us part.

    B. Go Niners!

    C. Go full Fatal Attraction and start rooting for the Broncos

    D. Roll Free Kraut style and watch Futbol instead.

    But seriously, folks...
    • ptbnl Apr 2,2017 6:02 pm || Up

      Be the man who introduces cricket to the Arkansas school system.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 6:48 pm || Up

        its a brilliant game for elementary school PE

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 9:41 pm || Up

          If cricket involves guns in any way I think I could sell it here.

          But seriously, folks...
          • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 10:15 pm || Up

            you could call people “chinamen” and tell someone to “put some irish on it”

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2017 6:52 pm || Up

      Either A or D. I’d gouge out my eyes before choosing B or C.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 7:18 pm || Up

        i mean, a vegas game wouldn’t be the worst way to spend the unspent season ticket moneys

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 9:36 pm || Up

          Las Vegas is my least favorite city in the United States. I think gambling is stupid, I hate the desert, and the types of shows they have there aren’the my cup of tea. For the twenty years they play there before moving to Guam I’ll never see a game there.

          But seriously, folks...
      • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Apr 3,2017 6:27 am || Up

        As a Niners fan def recommend eye gouging yea

    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 2,2017 9:10 pm || Up

      B. Because now that the Raiders don’t suck you need to stay miserable somehow!

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 9:39 pm || Up

        Good point…any chance the Niners can sign Jeff George and hire Joe Bugel? If so I’m in.

        But seriously, folks...
        • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 3,2017 8:47 pm || Up

          They’d be upgrades!

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  73. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:26 pm

    I think I’m going to start doing all my communicating through postcards.

    But seriously, folks...
  74. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:28 pm

    I don’t want to leave anyone in suspense here so…yes, it’s true I had all the blood in my body removed and replaced with apricot-pineapple jam.

    But seriously, folks...
  75. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:30 pm

    Can salt water taffy be made near a lake?

    But seriously, folks...
    • andeux andeux Apr 2,2017 5:32 pm || Up

      Only in Utah.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:36 pm || Up

        I’ll assume this taffy doesn’t use caffeine, loves Mitt Romney, and has multiple taffy wives.

        But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2017 12:50 pm || Up

      Yes, but the taffy ends up rejecting Keynsianism and ranting about efficient markets.

  76. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:32 pm

    Little known fact…Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

    But seriously, folks...
  77. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:33 pm

    Just remember it could be worse…Donald Trump could be president.

    But seriously, folks...
  78. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:41 pm

    The 2017 Oakland Athletics will…

    A. Win the whole damn thing

    B. Pull a Billy Beane and lose early in the playoffs

    C. A middle of the road team in the middle of the pack.

    D. EPIC SUCKAGE

    But seriously, folks...
  79. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:44 pm

    Little known fact…Cuba and the Soviets conspired with the CIA, the mob, Nixon, and LBJ to assasinate Abraham Lincoln.

    But seriously, folks...
  80. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 5:46 pm

    Can you grill fresh water trout near the ocean?

    But seriously, folks...
    • ptbnl Apr 2,2017 6:03 pm || Up

      No, but you can make fishcake by the ocean.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  81. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 9:22 pm

    Always remember life is a marathon not a sprint. Also, always remember that a marathon is a marathon not a sprint.

    But seriously, folks...
  82. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 9:29 pm

    Things I don’understand…Radiohead, how they get the holes in Swiss cheese, proper topics to post about on A’s baseball related blogs.

    But seriously, folks...
  83. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 9:30 pm

    My fortune cookies are always too positive. I think they should take into account current events.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2017 10:16 pm || Up

      you are including “,I’m bed” with every one?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Apr 3,2017 6:28 am || Up

      They used to be negative but then white people complained

  84. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 9:48 pm

    If I could do it all over again I’d eat more mayonnaise,.

    But seriously, folks...
  85. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 9:53 pm

    Noam Chomsky was right…trickle down economics is free market capitalism at its best.

    But seriously, folks...
  86. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 9:56 pm

    Hi Jennifer.

    But seriously, folks...
  87. Bed Bed Apr 2,2017 9:58 pm

    The difference between empathy and sympathy is mostly spelling.

    But seriously, folks...
  88. East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Apr 3,2017 6:30 am

    Sorry for being a baiting fool guys – I think I just like bringing up the AN – Free Kraut connection for little real reason

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2017 12:55 pm || Up

      I am pretty sure we have very little emotional attachment to AN

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • East Bay Evans East Bay Evans Apr 3,2017 3:05 pm || Up

        Fosho. It was just very immature of me. I apologize.

  89. elcroata elcroata Apr 3,2017 8:42 am

    nm, I don’t remember if it was already asked and answered – what happened to the “up” link in the reply thread?

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 3,2017 8:49 pm || Up

      Ooo… forgot about that piece of lost code.

      Really need to take a night and re-immerse myself in things.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  90. harensheir15 harensheir15 Apr 3,2017 8:48 am

    This is what 2012 has done. I don’t care that we’ll be lucky to win 75 games, I’m pumped! LET’S GO OAKLAND.
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  91. MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2017 9:02 am

    Declined to go to the tailgate and game today because boys have school and soccer.

    Well it’s Spring Break and soccer was cancelled. FK.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

    • ptbnl Apr 3,2017 9:45 am || Up

      So now you can all come!

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2017 10:04 am || Up

        if I could afford it, I would. But… yeah.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

        • ptbnl Apr 3,2017 10:16 am || Up

          Yikes – even the value deck seats are $29 each. That’s crazy!

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2017 10:34 am || Up

            Price gouging for a 72 win team. FKing ridiculous.

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

            Thanks, and go As.

            • dmoas Apr 3,2017 1:21 pm || Up

              You could always come for the tailgate and listen to the game while playing with the kids in the lot?

            • ptbnl Apr 4,2017 1:31 pm || Up

              $5 for Wednesday’s day game if they’re still on break.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  92. AV AV Apr 3,2017 10:50 am

    good luck with the baseballing and stuff, everybody.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  93. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2017 11:08 am

    The A’s are claiming to have a “Gastro Pub” inside Shibe Park Tavern, along with the 77 beers on tap and a pool table. I await a review from one of you FKers on the cuisine.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2017 11:34 am || Up

      I can comment afterwards on the state of the TVs there, besides that I likely won’t notice. Go Heels!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  94. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2017 1:03 pm

    I’m already a little burned out on Statcast.

  95. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2017 2:08 pm

    Usual lot spot. Best Opening Day weather in years.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  96. AV AV Apr 3,2017 2:45 pm
    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2017 7:43 pm || Up

      nice

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 4,2017 7:48 am || Up

      tried to watch. it was hard. premise ok, but whole episode was about something very very stupid and mot mocking the tech bros as much

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • AV AV Apr 4,2017 7:54 am || Up

        yeah, i skipped around. the smaller gags are better.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  97. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2017 2:58 pm

    We got younger!

    • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2017 3:08 pm || Up

      how the fuck is that possible

      at least we suck but we’re old too!

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  98. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2017 5:38 pm
  99. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2017 8:49 pm

    I wonder how CJ Wilson’s car dealership is doing.

  100. AV AV Apr 4,2017 7:55 am

    have a doublegood freedom is the freedom to say 2+2=4 day, everyone.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  101. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 6,2017 12:02 pm

    Seems pretty low energy tbh.

    • doctorK doctorK Apr 6,2017 3:00 pm || Up

      I can’t tell you how inspiring that quote is.

  102. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 6,2017 12:50 pm

    Well, someone is taking those “alt/rogue [agency]” accounts seriously.

    • andeux andeux Apr 6,2017 2:51 pm || Up

      According to Twitter’s lawsuit, the CPB summons didn’t even include any evidence of alleged criminal or civil wrongdoing, as is typically the case when the government asks a social media company to cough up a specific user’s data. Instead, the CPB apparently cited a bizarre legal statue having to do with the importing of merchandise in order to justify its request.

      WTF?

      TINSTAAFK
      • ptbnl Apr 6,2017 7:10 pm || Up

        fake summons. sad!

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • dmoas Apr 7,2017 10:07 am || Up

          5 – 4 SCOTUS ruling, sorry, Twitter loses.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 7,2017 10:19 am || Up

            My one hope for Gorsuch is that he will be less inclined than, say, Alito to just defer to whatever the hell the government says when it comes to law enforcement powers. This in particular is an area where “conservatism” ought to lead to protecting a private corporation’s right to protect individuals from the government absent a very strong showing of compelling need.

            • dmoas Apr 7,2017 11:37 am || Up

              All his rulings are tainted so it won’t matter much what he ends up deciding. Every action he has is a further destruction of our government by virtue of just being there.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 7,2017 10:21 am || Up

      SO low energy

      • dmoas Apr 7,2017 11:38 am || Up

        I thought he was a winner. That’s loser talk. Sad.

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