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Here comes Seattle. FK. 271

I find Mariners series to be especially tedious for some reason. To bad my next business trip is not until next Monday – otherwise, I could’ve missed nearly the whole thing.

Anyway, four games with the M’s. Whoopee.

271 thoughts on “Here comes Seattle. FK.

  1. colin colin Apr 20,2017 7:04 pm

    I have no idea who César Valdéz is

  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 7:12 pm

    The NBC Sports app is proving essential for these two screen game nights. A’s and Sharks, and who knows, maybe this Montreal-NYR Game 5 goes 4 OTs.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 7:19 pm || Up

      Or maybe just the A’s and Sharks. Also FK the Rangers.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 7:26 pm || Up

        #1 seed Chicago is about to not just lose, but get swept by the #8 seed Nashville Predators.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • colin colin Apr 20,2017 7:26 pm || Up

        Paxton isn’t going to no-hit the A’s. Thanks Jed!

  3. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2017 7:36 pm

    gotta be ready to anticipate

    thanks vince

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 7:38 pm || Up

      Anticipating anticipation is a hallmark of consistency.

  4. Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 7:38 pm

    Valdez is barely out of the dock and he’s already leaking a lot of oil.

    • doctorK doctorK Apr 20,2017 7:45 pm || Up

      I understand why he’s been out of the majors since 2010.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 7:59 pm || Up

      You might even call him the Exxon Valdez.

      "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 Apr 20,2017 7:40 pm

    This game is a write off.

  6. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 7:44 pm

    I’ve never heard of our pitcher or half of these Mariners…I also have no idea who manages Seattle. I’m a hardcore baseball fan, baby.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 7:47 pm || Up

      I think it’s Chuck Knox. Or maybe Lenny Wilkens.

  7. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 7:47 pm

    Who or what is a Chad Pinder?

    But seriously, folks...
  8. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 7:52 pm

    I agree that Mariners games are extra tedious for some reason.

    But seriously, folks...
  9. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 7:55 pm

    So, Scott Servais is their manager…I would have gone with Chuck and Lenny.

    But seriously, folks...
  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 7:56 pm

    Drat. Edmonton taking it to the Sharks early.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 8:11 pm || Up

        Somehow.

        "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 20,2017 8:13 pm || Up

        Prescient.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 8:28 pm || Up

          It’s crazy that SJ’s up 2-1 at the break, Edmonton dominated most of that period. Jones and Braun saving the day so far.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 7:57 pm

    Adam Rosales is playing so I assume something has gone horribly wrong.

    But seriously, folks...
  12. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:01 pm

    Who or what is a Jeff Decker?

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:03 pm || Up

      Jeff Decker? I barely Jaff Knew ‘er.

      • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:04 pm || Up

        So far Glorious Mundy is more entertaining than this game.

        But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 8:08 pm || Up

      He already has 3 hits vs. lefthanded pitchers, which would take Matt Joyce about 80 plate appearances to do.

  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:06 pm

    That’s a new one. What a break.

  14. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:06 pm

    Well, that just happened.

    But seriously, folks...
  15. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:08 pm

    That’s a BS throwing error…that was just bad luck.

    But seriously, folks...
  16. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2017 8:10 pm

    “DIES IN THE GRASS! then rolls foul”

    ok vince

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:15 pm

    Brandon Crawford, this Mariners guy…suddenly an epidemic of longhairs at the shortstop position.

    • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:18 pm || Up

      God damn hippies.

      But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 8:20 pm || Up

      Motter was the inspiration for Nitkowski’s comment about “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” being one of the greatest movies ever the other day. It’s great to have Spicoli in town on 4/20.

      • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:23 pm || Up

        I just found out what 4/20 day meant today…and yes, yes I’m not cool.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:31 pm || Up

          You don’t have to smoke drugs to be cool, Bed.

          • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 8:34 pm || Up

            You do have to think some decent music has been written since 1985, though.

            • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:38 pm || Up

              How dare you, Soaker. I’m totally down with what the kids are playing on their Sony Walkman’s these days.

              But seriously, folks...
          • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:34 pm || Up

            I ride with Nancy Reagan…Just Say No..unless it involves fooling around with Frank Sinatra.

            But seriously, folks...
          • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2017 8:42 pm || Up

            drugs in arkansas? um.. lets ot start this

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:38 pm || Up

        Speaking of 4/20, how did I miss this?

      • lenscrafters Apr 20,2017 9:09 pm || Up

        There was a guy who played a few games for the A’s a couple years back, Bryan Anderson. Spitting image.

        • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 9:11 pm || Up

          Anderson is memorable because Melvin would rather give up the designated hitter in the 4th inning than put him in the game.

          • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:12 pm || Up

            He was no Brian Anderson that’s for sure.

            But seriously, folks...
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 22,2017 9:58 am || Up
  18. Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 8:16 pm

    The reality is, Cesar Valdez needs to pitch with confidence and deliver a shutdown inning here.

  19. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:17 pm

    So Ray is saying playing Healy playing 1st/3rd/DH might be hurting his hitting,,,this seems obvious to everyone but the A’s.

    But seriously, folks...
  20. doctorK doctorK Apr 20,2017 8:17 pm

    I’ve seen enough of Plouffe.

    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 20,2017 8:22 pm || Up

      He always seemed pretty decent with the Twins, but they seem to have got along just fine without him.

      • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 8:29 pm || Up

        He does have some power, and he had a couple pretty good RBI years in Minnesota so I imagine he got a number of big hits, which makes a player popular. The A’s have too many guys with career .308 OBP though.

  21. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:24 pm

    I think I played against Valdez in a softball game back in 95.

    But seriously, folks...
  22. lenscrafters Apr 20,2017 8:26 pm

    I don’t think you’d want this guy to face their lineup a third time.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:39 pm || Up

      Time for the supposedly deep bullpen to carry the load.

      • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 8:43 pm || Up

        I was actually expecting this game to be 90 pitches from Valdez, 90 pitches from Alcantara, and then other relievers for the final 3 innings, probably Rosales for the 8th and 9th. So this is quite pleasing so far.

  23. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:29 pm

    This guy is the definition of a junk baller. Seattle is going to be irate if they don’t manage to win this game.

    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Apr 20,2017 8:50 pm || Up

      Yes, yes they will. I am bookmarking all the Mariners fans who were talking smack on Twitter at 3-0.

  24. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:43 pm

    Suddenly Valdez has become Frank Tanana…and yes, yes I’m old.

    But seriously, folks...
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:44 pm
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 9:03 pm || Up

      Nothing says macho like doing quail egg shooters.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  26. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:44 pm

    Speed Kills.

    But seriously, folks...
  27. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:45 pm

    Just like a snake? What?

  28. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2017 8:45 pm

    what the?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:46 pm

    Adam Rosales: Legendary RBI Man

    But seriously, folks...
  30. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:49 pm

    Scribles doesn’t exactly strike fear in my heart.

  31. Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 8:49 pm

    Ken and Vince are getting deeper into BABIP than they’ve ever been.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2017 8:52 pm || Up

      ken mentioned “looking at the computer last night”

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:54 pm || Up

        I imagine Vince using a Packard Bell with an AOL email account.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:02 pm || Up

          I bet he gets so excited everytime he hears “You’ve Got Mail”.

          But seriously, folks...
          • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 9:04 pm || Up

            My father finally ditched the AOL e-mail account around the beginning of this year.

            • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:06 pm || Up

              My Dad upgraded from his flip phone to an iPhone this year…I think he’s up to 1 app.

              But seriously, folks...
  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:52 pm

    Healy back

  33. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 8:52 pm

    Things just keep getting better.

    But seriously, folks...
    • lenscrafters Apr 20,2017 8:56 pm || Up

      Good on Plouffe for restoring some order.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 8:57 pm || Up

        He caused only half the outs I expected him to cause.

      • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 8:57 pm || Up

        I was thinking Don’t GIDP Don’t GIDP THANK YOU

  34. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:00 pm

    Plouffe and Joyce doing Plouffe and Joyce things.

    But seriously, folks...
  35. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:07 pm

    God damn hippie!

    But seriously, folks...
  36. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:09 pm

    Should of stuck with Tanana.

    But seriously, folks...
  37. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2017 9:10 pm

    2 inning of montas was a stretch

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 9:11 pm || Up

      The ball goes a long way when they run into Montas’ straight ass fastball.

  38. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 9:12 pm

    I don’t miss Valencia even slightly.

  39. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:14 pm

    This has actually ended up being a pretty entertaining game.

    But seriously, folks...
  40. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:17 pm

    So will the Astros have the division wrapped up by June?

    But seriously, folks...
  41. doctorK doctorK Apr 20,2017 9:18 pm

    That looks like the Scribbler we all know and loathe.

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 9:27 pm || Up

      He did have a certain all-too-familiar facial expression.

  42. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:19 pm

    A bunt? In the 6th? In a high scoring game?

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2017 9:21 pm || Up

      Surely you can’t think the combination of the A’s bullpen and the A’s defense will allow another run in three innings.

      • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:25 pm || Up

        Surely you can’t be Servais?

        That’s a little Airplane! and Scott Servais combo humor for those of you keeping score at home.

        But seriously, folks...
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 9:36 pm || Up

          They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into, I say let ’em crash!

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  43. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:27 pm

    “Both named Ryan but spelled differently”…I love Ray.

    But seriously, folks...
  44. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:37 pm

    Baseball would be more fun if it was just 7 innings.

    But seriously, folks...
  45. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:38 pm

    I remember that game in 1990.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 9:43 pm || Up

      At a time when I was in the bleachers for most games I skipped that one and was cussing about missing a perfect game, so the Phelps homer was a huge relief. We did get a no-hitter at the Coliseum several weeks later (Nolan Ryan).

      • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:47 pm || Up

        All the years I’ve watched baseball and I’ve never seen a no hitter live start to finish.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 21,2017 10:25 am || Up

          I saw one Oakland A’s no-hitter from the bleachers. They have 6 overall as the Oakland A’s, 5 at the Coliseum including 2 perfect games.

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          • dmoas Apr 21,2017 1:00 pm || Up

            Was at the Braden game. Man, around the 6th inning I looked up and did the math. Then was stressed the rest of the way though despite how simple and breezy it was. Then got fucking pissed that Banjo Man showed up around the 7th or 8th annoying the fuck out of me while I was trying to concentrate on the game.

  46. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:41 pm

    Golf would be more fun if there were no Par 4’s

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 9:55 pm || Up

      Jordan Speith wants to make it illegal to play a certain Par 3 on Sunday.

      • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:59 pm || Up

        Yeah, he has nightmares about 12.

        But seriously, folks...
  47. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:43 pm

    I’ve seen 2 games and Glenn and Ray have mentioned I wear my sunglasses at night both games.

    But seriously, folks...
    • AV AV Apr 21,2017 9:53 am || Up

      i quickly went from “you do?” to “how do they know???”

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  48. Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 9:48 pm

    Just when I had about 5 Plouffe-ripping lines loaded up.

  49. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:49 pm

    Hey what do you know…Plouffe can hit a bit.

    But seriously, folks...
    • doctorK doctorK Apr 20,2017 9:52 pm || Up

      The ball hit his bat.

      • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:54 pm || Up

        Those are my second favorite kind of balls…behind only Frank Sinatra’s.

        But seriously, folks...
  50. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:50 pm

    Why is that Las Vegas Raiders sign up at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum?

    But seriously, folks...
  51. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:53 pm

    If Plouffe and Joyce got back to back hits the world would have slid into a worm hole that would have destroyed both space and time.

    But seriously, folks...
  52. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 9:57 pm

    Why the fuck did they pull Healy? Let the kid get late game experience at 1B.

    But seriously, folks...
  53. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2017 9:59 pm

    this is weird

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  54. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 10:01 pm

    Glen Kuiper: Corey Hart Afficinado

    But seriously, folks...
  55. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 10:03 pm

    Is Decker a hobbit?

    But seriously, folks...
  56. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 10:04 pm

    Drat.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  57. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 10:09 pm

    Adam Rosales: Legendary Flyout Man.

    But seriously, folks...
  58. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 10:12 pm

    Going to OT. This year’s playoffs have been fantastic so far.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  59. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 10:13 pm

    Ray seems obsessed with how Ryon spells his name…I share Ray’s obsession.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 20,2017 10:17 pm || Up

      We’re near a consensus around here that Aunt Blabby needs to spend more time with the grandchildren.

      • Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 10:20 pm || Up

        A free kraut consensus…so, 4 people then?

        But seriously, folks...
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2017 10:22 pm || Up

          Really it’s more like a kimchi.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  60. doctorK doctorK Apr 20,2017 10:18 pm

    yay, we win

  61. Bed Bed Apr 20,2017 10:18 pm

    Good win. Juice boxes for everyone.

    But seriously, folks...
  62. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 9:05 am

    Pretty interesting interview with Mike Norris on something called the “Super 70s Sports” Podcast.

    Lots of good tidbits about his career, Charlie Finley, Billy Martin, young Rickey, and the time Mike Heath tried to restrain Dave Winfield from charging the mound on him.

    • doctorK doctorK Apr 21,2017 7:02 pm || Up

      I remember the Winfield incident. Winfield was about a head taller than Heath, and he ended up grabbing Heath by the forehead (or possibly the throat). Heath was absolutely fearless, and was one of my favorite players even though (by hindsight) he really wasn’t good.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 26,2017 9:25 pm || Up

  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 9:37 am

    The hell does she need a staff big enough to require a chief for? This is insane.

    • dmoas Apr 21,2017 10:14 am || Up

      Does she even have an official role? Nepotism in Chief?

    • MikeV MikeV Apr 21,2017 10:14 am || Up

      She doesn’t even have an actual job in the WH.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 11:01 am || Up

        I believe she officially became an “Assistant to the President” a couple of weeks ago. That’s usually a pretty powerful post, as I understand it.

  64. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 11:02 am

    Wasn’t hard to see this coming.

    • harensheir15 harensheir15 Apr 21,2017 12:21 pm || Up

      Here’s hoping that galvanizes the more than 30% of eligible voters who say they are sitting it out. ‘Cause you know it’s not the La Pen supporters who are feeling lethargic/apathetic. The end of Oliver’s segment on Sunday was excellent on this.

  65. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 1:43 pm

    You…said that already?

    • lenscrafters Apr 21,2017 1:54 pm || Up

      Repeating “Rooted in Oakland” over and over again starts sounding like stuck in Oakland to me.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2017 2:08 pm || Up

        I assume this statement is in response to Manfredjensenden’s comments about Vegas.

        "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 21,2017 2:10 pm || Up

          Even if you think football and hockey will do well in Vegas, baseball seems like a reach. Too many games for that market.

          • dmoas Apr 21,2017 3:24 pm || Up

            Too small a market for multiple teams too.

  66. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 1:44 pm

    The bay area sports media is sure to take this news in stride.

    • andeux andeux Apr 21,2017 1:53 pm || Up

      95.7 might have to preempt the A’s games for discussion.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 1:58 pm || Up
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2017 2:06 pm || Up

        I wonder if he tried to jump a Ford pickup like the dirt bikers in his commercials.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 21,2017 3:05 pm || Up

          He was driving up the now tarpless 3rd deck of the Coli.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 7:15 pm || Up

          “What Madison Bumgarner does on his day off is anyone’s guess.”

    • dmoas Apr 21,2017 3:25 pm || Up

      You’d think A) He’s be fucking smart enough to not do that shit in season and B) Have something in his contract about him not dong that shit in season. But fuck them.

      • MikeV MikeV Apr 21,2017 4:58 pm || Up

        B is correct but rumor is they aren’t doing anything because he’s their best player.

        Fuck that precedent.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

        • doctorK doctorK Apr 21,2017 7:05 pm || Up

          I’m sure he’s really really sorry.

          In a just world, he’d be fined an amount that matches the amount of time he’s out.

          Also, FtGs.

  67. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 3:15 pm

    I figured they would have to do this with Rajai’s hammy hurting.

  68. andeux andeux Apr 21,2017 4:59 pm

    Two helicopters hovering over Berkeley, a little south of my place. We didn’t have a riot scheduled for today, did we?

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Apr 21,2017 5:03 pm || Up

      Oh, just a guy with a gun.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 21,2017 5:55 pm || Up

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        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2017 6:00 pm || Up

        If only wee had more armed good guys on the streets.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  69. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 7:16 pm

    Seems like 90% of these hockey games are going to overtime.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2017 7:24 pm || Up

      It’s been a great first round. That Caps-Leafs series especially.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2017 7:03 pm || Up

        Leafs and Caps now in overtime again, fifth time in six games, tying a record. 18 games in the first round have gone to OT, breaking that record.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  70. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 21,2017 7:18 pm

    Welk

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 7:23 pm || Up

      and a one and a two

  71. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2017 7:18 pm

    Wait, Jaff’s our leadoff hitter now?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  72. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 21,2017 7:28 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  73. andeux andeux Apr 21,2017 7:30 pm

    Siddown Valencia.

    TINSTAAFK
  74. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2017 7:37 pm

    Dave Kaval is such a breath of fresh air.

    "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 21,2017 7:42 pm || Up

      The lack of complaining is shocking.

    • andeux andeux Apr 23,2017 7:33 pm || Up

      I don’t know about that sandwich though.

      TINSTAAFK
  75. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 7:49 pm

    Lew seems to have stopped showing up to games without giving away his seats.

  76. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 7:53 pm

    Iwakuma’s windup is too weird.

  77. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 7:54 pm

    Double Plouffe

  78. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 21,2017 7:58 pm

    crap, if rosales wesnt in his home run trot, he would have been at third

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  79. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2017 8:03 pm

    Huh, Ray says it to-mah-to not to-may-to, I never would have guessed.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  80. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 21,2017 8:25 pm

    this is the kind of game we expected

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  81. doctorK doctorK Apr 21,2017 8:33 pm

    Solo Plouffed

  82. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 8:34 pm

    OK Plouffe

  83. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 8:55 pm

    Way over Yonder!

  84. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 21,2017 9:01 pm

    just like we wrote it up

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  85. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 21,2017 9:30 pm

    Jaff is nearing a .500 OBP

  86. doctorK doctorK Apr 21,2017 10:00 pm

    Nice win, bitches

  87. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 21,2017 10:01 pm

    Winning record on 4/21 baby!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  88. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 21,2017 10:02 pm

    woo

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  89. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 22,2017 8:28 am
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  90. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 22,2017 8:50 am

    The Angels lost their ninth out of ten in thirteen innings. This pleased me.

  91. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 22,2017 9:46 am

    It’s the year 2017, and we are still getting dumb anti-Moneyball pieces.

    MIchael Lewis never could have imagined how long sports writers would remain envious of the non-sports writer who wrote the most successful sports book of his generation.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 22,2017 7:32 pm || Up

      shit that is an infuriating article.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 22,2017 7:59 pm || Up

        I never recovered from him calling the Angels a small market team.

  92. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 22,2017 11:10 am
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  93. mikeA Apr 22,2017 1:23 pm

    Hard to overstate the cluelessness of the Rangers FO giving up on Rosales.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 22,2017 5:27 pm || Up

      It’s a well worn path.

      "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 22,2017 3:59 pm

    You almost have to walk Davis with Double Plouffe hitting behind him.

  95. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 22,2017 4:18 pm

    This bullpen is pretty decent, actually.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 24,2017 11:05 am || Up

      fwiw

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  96. sslinger Apr 22,2017 5:47 pm

    Trevor Plouffe, home brewer. Maybe I’ll have to give him more of a chance.

  97. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 22,2017 6:29 pm

    So, beat up on the bad teams, then when sonny and kendall return… profit?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 24,2017 11:57 am || Up

      What does Jason Kendall have to do with anything?

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  98. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 22,2017 7:41 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  99. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 22,2017 8:21 pm

    0-0 at first intermission, but Edmonton looks a lot sharper, as they did last game. I haz concerns.

    "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 22,2017 10:05 pm || Up

      Bummer. Thought they would even it up in the third.

      • doctorK doctorK Apr 22,2017 10:25 pm || Up

        That team sure fell off a cliff in a hurry.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2017 9:17 am || Up

          Foreseeable based on the end of their regular season. Even allowing for the Thornton and Couture injuries, the Sharks were nowhere near as good since March as they’d been most of the year before that.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  100. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 23,2017 9:13 am

    angels?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2017 9:18 am || Up

      Wait, wasn’t Bassitt expected to return soon? I guess not.

      "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 23,2017 12:37 pm || Up

        I don’t think that would matter, he can be removed from 60 at any time, yeah?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2017 12:55 pm || Up

          The 60 can only be backdated to a few days before the start of the regular season, so first MLB eligibility would be at the end of May. He can go on minor-league rehab though.

  101. Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2017 11:04 am

    I did my first night-day Coliseum run of 2017 Friday and Saturday. 2-0 record with a couple interesting games. The “Championship Plaza” set up was good, particularly if you show up at the stadium hungry which however I make sure never happens. I don’t really need 76 of the 77 taps; the Denogginizer spigots are behind Sec. 127 and also at the pizza oven in “Shibe Park Tavern”.

    Having not been to Oakland for a while, or at least not having looked out the window of a BART car, semi-permanent trash-filled Libbyville tent cities seem to be on the increase. That’s pretty discouraging.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2017 12:35 pm || Up

      SF, SJ, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, all of the inner-bay urban areas have burgeoning tent encampments now. Often in freeway or BART-adjacent underpasses and such.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2017 12:57 pm || Up

        Going through Stockton on the way down and being slowed by a stalled 18-wheeler on the freeway I observed it there as well, so maybe Jerryvilles is a more accurate term. The tents are what’s changed, and they increase the visibility drastically, which is perhaps a good thing although jarring to someone who lives where we don’t see it much.

  102. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2017 1:04 pm

    No one’s really saying what’s up with Steve Kerr, but what he’s already gone through with his “surgery-gone-wrong” sounds awful.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • MikeV MikeV Apr 23,2017 2:11 pm || Up

      Yeah, I can’t even really comprehend the whole “spinal fluid leaking causing massive migraines and debilitating back pain” thing

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

      Thanks, and go As.

    • sslinger Apr 23,2017 5:43 pm || Up

      Rehab rehab rehab, don’t let anyone go in there. Makes me shudder just thinking about it.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 23,2017 6:30 pm || Up

        I’ve felt mildly queasy all day since reading about it.

  103. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2017 1:48 pm

    I really dislike this year’s dugout pullovers, green gray and white only, no gold. Way too somber for proper A’s garb.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  104. andeux andeux Apr 23,2017 2:02 pm

    Motter fker.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2017 2:04 pm || Up

      Heh heh.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2017 2:05 pm || Up

      Triggs reverting to the mean fast.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2017 2:16 pm || Up

      Who was the last Mariners shortstop who was good for more than about a month? That team churns through them fast.

      • andeux andeux Apr 23,2017 2:26 pm || Up

        Didn’t Ketel Marte kill us the last couple years? Now he’s in AAA for Arizona.
        (Edit: Yep, .337/.381/.427 vs Oakland, .267/.309/.349 overall)

        TINSTAAFK
  105. Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2017 2:41 pm

    I much prefer Coulombe in this 0-6 mop-up role, as opposed to 8th inning set-up which is how he was used yesterday.

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2017 3:08 pm || Up

      Also Raul Alcantara, aka La Bandera Blanca.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 23,2017 7:11 pm || Up

        poor kid is getting the dfa after stinking up the joint, yeah?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2017 8:04 pm || Up

          At this point he clears waivers, and there’s no “poor kid” about it, he needs to be in Nashville’s rotation for the rest of the year.

  106. sslinger Apr 23,2017 9:12 pm

    One of the podcasts I listen to is Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR’s take on all kinds of pop culture. At the end of each episode they have a segment on “What’s making us happy this week”, and in a recent one I just listened to Linda Holmes mentioned she’s reading The Arm by Jeff Passan. About pitching, arm injuries, the history of the TJ surgery, etc. Anyone here read it yet?

  107. doctorK doctorK Apr 24,2017 11:13 am

    Well, three out of four is less tedious, especially when I managed to ignore the one stinker in the batch.

  108. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2017 11:17 am

    Weird that the Angels and Blue Jays are not only playing the last game of their series today, but playing it at night. The Blue Jays play in St. Louis tomorrow, and the Angels are predictably screwing them on the scheduling.

    • doctorK doctorK Apr 24,2017 3:15 pm || Up

      FK both of them.

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2017 5:39 pm || Up

      The Angels can go screw themselves, and actually they do exactly that. A’s-Angels on Thursday is a night game. The following night the A’s play in Houston and Ken has mentioned several times that assuming a normal-length game they will get to the hotel in Houston about 4:30 a.m. on Friday. However, the Angels play the Rangers in Arlington that night so their own hotel arrival would be about the same.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 24,2017 6:34 pm || Up

        does the CBA penalize them for this?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2017 6:49 pm || Up

          The new CBA is supposed to address some of these issues. I’m not aware that it has been publicly posted anywhere, and it may not even be finalized (you lawyers, dotting and re-dotting every i). In any case new scheduling provisions would take effect in 2018.

          • dmoas Apr 24,2017 7:03 pm || Up

            The rule should be simple to write. All get-a-way games for the road team must be played during the day if they don’t have a day off the following day. Idiocy for any team to be able to do that to another.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 24,2017 7:10 pm || Up

              I can kinda see a weather exemption, but ANaheim would not be a place to get that

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • dmoas Apr 24,2017 7:56 pm || Up

                Well, I mean posted/intended start times and actual start times are two separate things. Umps and ground crews can certainly delay things if weather crops up and they realize that it’s in everyone’s best interest to start later, they should.

                • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 26,2017 11:25 am || Up

                  I think it is weather like Arlington in August. You dont need the group crew to say you probably want an evening start there.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • dmoas Apr 26,2017 12:59 pm || Up

                  That’ll be resolved soon enough.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2017 7:55 pm || Up

        The Angels decided awhile ago they hate home weekday games, even to silly extremes like you describe. I assume their TV/attendance numbers bear this out.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2017 8:07 pm || Up

          Regardless of CBA legality, I’d expect Trout and Pujols to see that Thursday night game on the schedule and go into the office of whichever VP decides these matters and threaten bodily harm.

  109. colin colin Apr 24,2017 11:31 am

    I went to an enjoyable Cubs vs Reds game yesterday. There were probably more Cubs fans than Reds fans there — street vendors outside were even selling Cubs gear — and the Reds jumbotron did a “Bandwagon Cam” feature later in the game, where they labeled Cubs fans with taglines like “thinks the W flag is actually an M”.

    Best of all, John Lackey lost.

  110. AV AV Apr 24,2017 11:34 am

    were the A’s at home this weekend? did this happen during game stuff?

    http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/BART-takeover-robbery-50-to-60-teens-swarm-11094745.php

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2017 11:53 am || Up

      Holy crap. 50 to 60 kids seems unlikely, but still holy crap.

      That would have happened well after the A’s crowd was gone, and the Warriors were on the road, so the station would have been pretty empty.

      • Soaker Soaker Apr 25,2017 11:58 am || Up

        Let’s lock the kids into the cage with the Oakland window smashers and the Berkeley right-wing provocateurs, and let ’em all have at it in a no-holds-barred free for all.

    • andeux andeux Apr 24,2017 11:54 am || Up

      They played day games.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2017 12:05 pm || Up

      Combine that incident with this one, and we have the makings of a moral panic.

      • AV AV Apr 24,2017 1:21 pm || Up

        i’m sure this can all be stopped by banning a genre of music. we just need to find out which genre it is.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • ptbnl Apr 24,2017 2:24 pm || Up

            Too white.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 24,2017 5:27 pm || Up

              “that’s mighty white” is my favorite neo nazi phrase

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2017 1:30 pm || Up

          I hope it’s whatever genre encompasses Stephen Vogt’s walk up song.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 25,2017 12:36 pm || Up

        “Teen mob’s chilling BART attack” is the five-column headline across the top of today’s Chronicle.

    • dmoas Apr 24,2017 1:10 pm || Up

      They’re just stealing back what was stolen from them.

  111. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2017 8:06 pm

    Panic timeout from Mike Brown as the Blazers close to within 24 points in the first quarter.

    • MikeV MikeV Apr 24,2017 10:42 pm || Up

      Got outscored by 1 over the final 40 minutes. IS KD HOLDING THE WARRIORS BACK

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  112. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2017 8:23 pm

    Robert Krafft, Roger Goodell, Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump, the asshole roster runs deep in this excellent story.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  113. lenscrafters Apr 24,2017 8:48 pm

    Gotta say, really cool to see Eric Thames tear up the league. Shame the A’s signed Joyce instead of him.

  114. AV AV Apr 25,2017 6:10 am

    every goddamned time, with the title of this post.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • MikeV MikeV Apr 25,2017 10:12 am || Up

      Hey did Argentina start paying players yet? Asking for a friend.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • AV AV Apr 25,2017 11:17 am || Up

        yeah, the promissory notes are flowing, sampaoli finally found out he was offered the selección, and if you’re caught in the wrong stands even if you’re wearing the right jersey it’s preferable to jump from the 2nd deck and die while they steal your shoes than stay and get beaten with flagpoles. everything’s back to normal.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  115. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 25,2017 12:42 pm
  116. andeux andeux Apr 25,2017 2:46 pm

    Does bringing back Valdez mean Graveman is not back this week after all?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 25,2017 3:01 pm || Up

      No, Valdez replaces Alcantara as bullpen mop-up for the next two days.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 25,2017 3:47 pm || Up

  117. Soaker Soaker Apr 25,2017 5:22 pm

    That’s one of the nastier collisions I’ve seen recently (Astros).

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