You can’t hurry wins; no, you just have to wait ← FREE KRAUT!

You can’t hurry wins; no, you just have to wait 236

How many heartaches must we stand before we find a team to let us win again?

Motown at Oaktown for three:
Friday 7:05: Michael Fulmer vs. Triggs
Saturday 6:05: Jordan Zimmermann vs. Hahn
Sunday 1:05: Justin Verlander Daniel Norris vs. Gray (oh yeah, the Tigers were rained out yesterday)

236 thoughts on “You can’t hurry wins; no, you just have to wait

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2017 6:55 pm

    Holy Toledo!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2017 6:57 pm

    Callahan: Reserved “for plays Bill would have deemed worthy.”

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2017 12:45 pm || Up

      Should probably give Korach control of the button.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 12:59 pm || Up

        That is an excellent idea. He pressed the button to bring it to life last night.

        I’m cautiously optimistic. The sign hits the right note between throwback font and modern LED lights, isn’t overbearing, and has a slight undertone of Oakland kitsch. I like it.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • batgirl batgirl May 6,2017 3:44 pm || Up

          I certainly hope they use it tomorrow!

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2017 9:46 pm || Up

          The font is reminiscent of the “Billy Ball” logo.

        • batgirl batgirl May 7,2017 6:48 pm || Up

          I don’t know if I would describe the use as limited. They used it 3 times today AND lit it up red, white & blue during the national anthem.

  3. Bed Bed May 5,2017 7:04 pm

    Good job on the title, Soaker.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 7:06 pm || Up

      Unfortunately the Phil Collins version didn’t quite match the theme so I left that Youtube video out.

      • Bed Bed May 5,2017 7:13 pm || Up

        Yep, with the Tigers we need the Motown version.

        But seriously, folks...
  4. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 7:20 pm

    just tuned in. heard one pitch. you’re welcome

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 7:26 pm || Up

      Holy Toledo, Ed! Good job!

      On the Holy Toledo subject, the 17th anniversary of the Wild Alcoholic Dreams game should be noted (grabs tequila out of the cabinet).

  5. Bed Bed May 5,2017 7:33 pm

    Safe!

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 7:34 pm || Up

      No, Khris came off the bag just for a split-second while the glove was on his body.

  6. Bed Bed May 5,2017 7:34 pm

    Out!

    But seriously, folks...
  7. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 7:36 pm

    shouldn’t that be a double?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 7:45 pm || Up

      The scoring on those plays reminds me of something I saw yesterday. Is this a stolen base or not?

      The answer is, it’s a caught stealing.

      • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 7:50 pm || Up

        have I ever mentioned how much i hate scoring rules?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  8. Bed Bed May 5,2017 7:47 pm

    This game is trending in the wrong direction.

    But seriously, folks...
  9. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 7:49 pm

    no vince, that is not a routine ground ball it was hit in a spot he rarely (presumably) hits the ball

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  10. Bed Bed May 5,2017 7:59 pm

    Joyce sucks eggs.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 8:03 pm || Up

      I’m hoping the BABIP argument pans out as the year progresses, but he had 284 PA with the Angels in 2015 and it didn’t exactly pan out then.

  11. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 8:08 pm

    aduci can pass to the left hand side

    god I wish that joke would work

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  12. Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:17 pm

    Peanut allergies are how we thin the herd.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 8:19 pm || Up

      You’re definitely exiled to the Outer Mongolia of the Coliseum if you want to be in the peanut-free zone.

    • Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:19 pm || Up

      This post is sponsored by the House of Representatives,

      But seriously, folks...
  13. Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:28 pm

    Rajai can still scoot.

    But seriously, folks...
  14. Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:30 pm

    Joyce sucks more eggs.

    But seriously, folks...
  15. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2017 8:34 pm

    Bizarre animation piece between innings time warping through A’s history from Foxx thru Reggie, Rollie, Rickey, Hudson Mulder Zito in some kind of chase the rolling ball caper. Just odd.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 8:37 pm || Up

      Yeah, I think I saw that one on the last homestand. It’s as if the thought is “Gee, dot racing seems to work, so let’s invent six different versions of it.”

  16. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2017 8:36 pm

    Triggs has buzzard’s luck.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  17. Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:40 pm

    Hiring a former catcher to be a manager is almost a cliche at this point.

    But seriously, folks...
  18. Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 8:46 pm

    We can probably unplug the Holy Toledo sign for the rest of the evening.

    • Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:52 pm || Up

      Yeah that thing isn’t going to get much use.

      But seriously, folks...
  19. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 8:50 pm

    triggs is good now?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:52 pm

    Miguel Cabrera is not the best hitter in baseball. Mike Trout is the best hitter in baseball and it’s not even close.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 8:53 pm || Up

      Mr. Bed, Bryce Harper on Line 1.

      • Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:54 pm || Up

        I’ll take Trout over Harper everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.

        But seriously, folks...
  21. Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:53 pm

    You know I’m starting to think we aren’t going to win the World Series this century.

    But seriously, folks...
  22. Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:57 pm

    How about we call the game, huh.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 9:01 pm || Up

      Why, there was some drama right there. Will Trevor Plouffe GIDP? No, he popped up instead.

  23. Bed Bed May 5,2017 8:58 pm

    Seriously, when Davis is at bat just show his at bat.

    But seriously, folks...
  24. Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:01 pm

    So, is Maxwell going to do the catching and Vogt is going to DH while Healy sits on the bench…um, why?

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 9:10 pm || Up

      It’s only the third game Healy hasn’t started. I do want Maxwell to catch almost every day until Phegley comes back. Vogt can do his team leader stuff from the bench. We need to start sorting through the Nashville roster and giving guys chances to excel or suck in regular play in Oakland.

      • Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:16 pm || Up

        I want Healy at 1B everyday. No more journeymen in their 30’s taking at bats from younger players. As far as team leader stuff that’s what the manager is for so send Vogt on his way.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 9:21 pm || Up

          What might make this season most interesting for me would be for the team to be 20 games under .500 by the middle of June, so the Astros-style sorting of the young players would be the story for the final 3 months. They would have to be willing to accept a 100+ loss season.

          • Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:25 pm || Up

            I have no problem with them bottoming out. At bats for Alonso, Joyce, Plouffe, Rajai, Lowrie, and Vogt have no purpose. This team isn’t even in the same league as the Astros so let’s build for 2019.

            But seriously, folks...
            • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 9:28 pm || Up

              i am with you on everyone except alanso. he seemed neat this year

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 9:29 pm || Up

              I want to see players who have a chance to spray champagne in an A’s clubhouse. None of the guys you named will do that in the future (Vogt has done it but won’t again). Four years ago the Astros were going through a lot of young players and many of them were terrible and disappeared quickly, but there were enough Altuves and Keuchels in there too.

            • sslinger May 6,2017 11:30 am || Up

              I come back to the site after a few days off and Bed is talking baseball. What a year, what a year…

              • Bed Bed May 6,2017 6:29 pm || Up

                I’m as surprised as you are.

                But seriously, folks...
  25. Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:04 pm

    I like this pitcher for Detroit.

    But seriously, folks...
  26. Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:08 pm

    If game threads are like this in May by July it’s just going to be Ed continuing his one sided war with Vince alone.

    But seriously, folks...
  27. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 9:13 pm

    so earlier when I couldn’t type i heard a jake smolinski radio promo

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:18 pm || Up

      That’ll get people to listen to the games.

      But seriously, folks...
      • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 13,2017 12:06 pm || Up

        How you gonna keep them down on the farm once theyve heard Jake Smolinski?

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  28. Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 9:14 pm

    We have Food Trucks! We have 77 different beers! We have a Holy Toledo sign! We might have a Rickey Henderson statue! What we don’t have is an interesting baseball team.

  29. Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:19 pm

    So, who has a more secure job for life Beane or Scioscia?

    But seriously, folks...
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 9:28 pm || Up

      beane,

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:29 pm || Up

        He hasn’t been the same since Angelina divorced him.

        But seriously, folks...
      • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 9:31 pm || Up

        Scioscia won’t manage that much longer but he has a front office job there for many years to come.

  30. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 9:26 pm

    vince? spinning on a lazy susan?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  31. Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:31 pm

    Plouffe and Joyce…Joyce and Plouffe…both suck eggs.

    But seriously, folks...
  32. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 9:31 pm

    2017 A’s “booted by ploffe”

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  33. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2017 9:38 pm

    WTF Maxwell?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 9:40 pm || Up

      That run should not have counted, but apparently Melvin didn’t request a “crew chief challenge” within the alloted time.

  34. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 9:51 pm

    wahl cut his era in halk

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  35. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 9:53 pm

    my phone battery died. let me scramble to listen on another device?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:56 pm || Up

      Hurry Ed…you don’t want to miss the excitement!

      But seriously, folks...
      • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 10:00 pm || Up

        Joyce still has a shot at the Golden Sombrero on Cinco de Mayo.

        • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 10:02 pm || Up

          Rats, but Rajai did make some history there.

  36. Bed Bed May 5,2017 9:59 pm

    Maxwell showing some catcher’s speed there.

    But seriously, folks...
  37. Bed Bed May 5,2017 10:02 pm

    Well, that game sucked so no one gets any apple slices.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2017 10:04 pm || Up

      I have the TV sound muted, but Canseco, wearing the “JUICED” tank top, has an expression that says “Why the FK did I take this stupid job?”

      • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2017 10:07 pm || Up

        he can’t figure out “because paycheck”?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 7:53 am || Up

        I think it’s been a long time since Jose was too good for any job.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  38. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 8:01 am

    I still have much capping to do, but if you’re heading for the windows early, Primera picks Fast and Accurate (3) to win the Kentucky Derby.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  39. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 9:55 am

    No idea how I’ll bet it yet, but I think Classic Empire (14) is the best horse in the race and well suited by his post position and racing style for the likely modest early pace. Very pleased he’s up to 8-1, great value.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  40. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 12:07 pm

    OK, I think I’m settled. Seems like the rain will hold off the rest of today and the track will be dry by post time.

    It’s the most open Derby in years, so we’ll see, but I love Classic Empire (14) to win at 8-1. I also think second fave Irish War Cry (17) has a chance at 9-2, and if we’re going to see a longshot I’ll take a stab at Dubai-based Thunder Snow (2) at 16-1. I wish that price were better…no shipper from the Emirates has ever won the Derby…but maybe Thunder Snow has the talent to be the first.

    Other horses I could see hitting the board are Hence (8), Battle of Midway (11), McCracken (15), and I guess maybe the favorite Always Dreaming (5), though we’ve seen high-strung Pletcher horses melt down in front of the huge crowds too often for me to pick him to win.

    Here’s my ticket, barring a major change in conditions or odds:

    $50 to Win on Classic Empire (14)
    $10 to Win on Irish War Cry (17)
    $10 to Win on Thunder Snow (2)

    $3 Exacta with 14 over 2,5,8,11,15,17 ($18)
    $1 Trifecta with 14,17 over 2,8,11,14,17 over 2,8,11,14,17 ($24)

    For the rest of the Upgrade clan, Primera has $10 to Win on Fast and Accurate (3), Segundo goes long with $10 to Win on Sonneteer (12), and Nurse U has a straight $10 Trifecta with McCracken (15) over Battle of Midway (11) over Irish War Cry (17).

    Happy wagering everyone. Now it’s julep time.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • MikeV MikeV May 6,2017 12:59 pm || Up

      Man I love mint juleps. I have this really great recipe, albeit pretty strong:

      1 teaspoon (heaping if you like) powdered sugar.
      EXACTLY 2 teaspoons of distilled water
      4 ounces of your favorite whiskey
      4 mint leaves

      Get yourself a highball glass, and then muddle the mint, sugar, and water. What I like to do is just kinda smoosh it down a little bit once or twice. Then, add your ice and whiskey to a second highball glass, throw the first one in the fucking garbage, and drink your goddamn whiskey neat.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 1:16 pm || Up

        Legitimate riposte.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • MikeV MikeV May 6,2017 1:18 pm || Up

          mostly just an excuse to type out that joke. Go horsies!

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

          Thanks, and go As.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 1:34 pm || Up

            Either way we’re drinking whiskey by the glassfull.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • MikeV MikeV May 6,2017 11:03 pm || Up

              i love you

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

              Thanks, and go As.

            • MikeV MikeV May 10,2017 5:42 pm || Up

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

              Thanks, and go As.

      • AV AV May 7,2017 3:50 pm || Up

        [picard pic]

        how the fuck is it neat if you put goddamn ice in it??

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • MikeV MikeV May 7,2017 4:02 pm || Up

          yea yea yea

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

          Thanks, and go As.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 1:19 pm || Up

      Fucking weather people. Raining now. Track could still turn up fair, but if it’s sloppy I still like my picks for the most part, especially Classic Empire. If it’s slop I’ll cancel everything with Thunder Snow.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 2:36 pm || Up

      With an off track that’s one too many random elements to stay on Thunder Snow. At 16-1 I like Hence a lot more, who has a slop win back in Jan. Swap the $10 Win bet off 2 onto 8, nix 2 from the exacta (-$6), change Trifecta to a 8-11-14-17 box at same price. If it’s a Hence-Midway-Classic/Irish tri I will be lovin life.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2017 2:39 pm || Up

        This is completely incomprehensible to me and I respect that.

        • andeux andeux May 6,2017 4:02 pm || Up

          It means the Upgrade children are going shoeless this year.

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 4:37 pm || Up

            I should think more about Show bets. I liked Battle of Midway to get a piece. I’d imagine there’s a long term show bet strategy that rewards good but conservative handicapping. This would of course require vastly more time than I’d ever be willing to invest. Not to mention bankroll discipline.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  41. mikeA May 6,2017 1:38 pm

    Gormley seems like a British name. It’s always raining there.

    GORMLEY

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 1:54 pm || Up

      In fact, named after British sculptor Antony Gormley!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  42. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 3:10 pm

    Excellent, the swells are walking through the mud and shit, I love this part.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  43. andeux andeux May 6,2017 3:20 pm

    I got $2 to win on Gunnevera

    TINSTAAFK
    • AV AV May 7,2017 3:55 pm || Up

      i put it all on long shot…

      combat fell! long shot fell!
      all we money gone a hell,
      all we money gone a hell.
      and long shot… him kick de bucket
      long shot kick de bucket.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  44. doctorK doctorK May 6,2017 3:26 pm

    As a fan of US history, I’d love to see Battle of Midway prevail, but I fear his trainers will not crack the opposition’s codes in time.

  45. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 4:01 pm

    Alas.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  46. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 6:32 pm

    I am far too drunk to parse Ray and Glen’s thoughts on the timing and strategy of the instant replay challenge rules.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 6:35 pm || Up

      is there a a level of drunk in which you could parse it?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 6:45 pm || Up

        I will work on this and report back.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  47. Bed Bed May 6,2017 6:35 pm

    Baseball’s replay rules seems needlessly complicated.

    But seriously, folks...
  48. Bed Bed May 6,2017 6:40 pm

    Do the A’s practice defense?

    But seriously, folks...
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 6:47 pm || Up

      Yes, in the clubhouse when Alonso plays grabass.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  49. Bed Bed May 6,2017 6:42 pm

    Is this a ballgame or a Hitchcock movie? That’s a lot of birds.

    But seriously, folks...
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 6:49 pm || Up

      And it’s only the 2nd inning. The seagull volume in last night’s sparse parking lot was downright alarming.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Bed Bed May 6,2017 6:50 pm || Up

        They can smell the scent of death coming off the A’s.

        But seriously, folks...
    • batgirl batgirl May 7,2017 6:50 pm || Up

      I got crapped on today. With the number of birds circling the stadium I knew it was only a matter of time.

      • Soaker Soaker May 7,2017 7:09 pm || Up

        I was rooting for them to unload on Angela Sun during one of her banal on-camera segments.

  50. Bed Bed May 6,2017 6:44 pm

    Good grief…I sure wish I didn’t pay for the entire season. This is unwatchable.

    But seriously, folks...
  51. Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 6:45 pm

    a lot of tigers are wearing white shoes

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  52. Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 6:47 pm

    i like how the best hitter in baseball always looks to the third base coach for a sign

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 6:50 pm || Up

      Never too big for the fundamentals, kids.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  53. Bed Bed May 6,2017 6:49 pm

    This is painful.

    But seriously, folks...
  54. Bed Bed May 6,2017 6:52 pm

    At this pace we’ll never see the Holy Toledo sign…unless they start doing it for the visiting team.

    But seriously, folks...
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 6:55 pm || Up

      Maybe next time they elect a new pope.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Bed Bed May 6,2017 6:56 pm || Up

      Good timing, Brian.

      But seriously, folks...
      • Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 6:56 pm || Up

        his wasn’t holy toledo worthy

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Bed Bed May 6,2017 7:00 pm || Up

          No, it wasn’t but I don’t blame them…it’s a new toy that they wanted to play with.

          But seriously, folks...
        • Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 7:46 pm || Up

          “Plays Bill would have deemed worthy” has evidently been twisted to “every home run” already.

  55. Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 6:52 pm

    There’s plenty of room out on that wall. If they want a sign they will actually use, how about one that lights up with FUCK.

  56. Bed Bed May 6,2017 6:55 pm

    Play the kid everyday…just not at third.

    But seriously, folks...
  57. Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 7:03 pm

    In other news, I’m using the December/January football technique of watching the game on the app and Chromecast. This prevents me from having to run outside every inning and clear the snow from the dish. It was supposed to rain, it’s colder than expected, about 3 inches so far and still going. Welcome to May.

    • Bed Bed May 6,2017 7:05 pm || Up

      Snow in May is pure evil on a stick.

      But seriously, folks...
  58. Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 7:08 pm

    ray…who is xavier bogarts?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  59. Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 7:19 pm

    It’s just not happening for Hahn tonight.

    • Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 7:34 pm || Up

      101 pitches and can’t complete the fourth inning. Ouch.

  60. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 7:32 pm

    I think Detroit has had the bases loaded 300 times this series so far

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  61. Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 7:45 pm

    i like yonder

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  62. Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 7:59 pm

    half over?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  63. Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 8:00 pm

    I watch quite a few other teams’ broadcasts on MLB.tv and I can’t recall any broadcast team destroying a 4-2 game with food idiocy the way Kuiper and Fosse are doing tonight.

    Well, a 5-2 game, in the time it took to type that.

    • Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 8:03 pm || Up

      they are one of the 5 worst, probably 3 worst.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 8:11 pm || Up

        It has stopped snowing, so I knocked off the snow and have gone back to syncing the radio to the TV picture. I can’t do that when watching on the app because the time delay of the online video is too long.

        • Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 8:20 pm || Up

          i am usually radio, but when I do sit to watch I try for ken, but my computer restarts a bunch and I end up listening to ray and glen a bunch too

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 8:32 pm || Up

            My hardware solution to the delays limits my ability to delay the radio broadcast to about 16 seconds max. There’s a software solution, allowing for longer delays, which requires hooking up another computer, and I do have an old Windows XP Netbook I could use for that, but the situation hasn’t come up often enough to bother with that.

  64. Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 8:22 pm

    why is rajai?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  65. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 8:27 pm

    Re-tooled!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  66. Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 8:28 pm

    Ed may be on to something with this Yonder fellow.

    • andeux andeux May 6,2017 8:33 pm || Up
      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 8:42 pm || Up

        I haven’t thought of Alonso as someone who would bring anything more than a marginal prospect in July. It sure would be nice if a contending team were willing to pay up to grab him.

  67. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 8:46 pm

    There was a big homemade sign in RF last night that said FIRMEN A KHRIS, any idea what this means?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  68. Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 8:48 pm

    can we get puk to round rock?

    edit: midland

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2017 9:18 pm || Up

      Won’t be long. He seems like a guy we could see in Oakland next July.

  69. Bed Bed May 6,2017 9:06 pm

    If the bobblehead was for the first 15K then I guess everyone there got a bobblehead.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 9:11 pm || Up

      That has to be one of the smallest crowds for a Bobblehead Night in MLB history. I think Korach said 16K.

      • Bed Bed May 6,2017 9:16 pm || Up

        Well, is a Bob Melvin bobblehead really anything all that special? I’m not into memorabilia so maybe I’m wrong.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 9:20 pm || Up

          Most bobbleheads are on EBay five minutes after the gates open.

          • Bed Bed May 6,2017 9:26 pm || Up

            I might have a Carney Lansford one in the garage somewhere.

            But seriously, folks...
            • Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 9:35 pm || Up

              Most of mine have decapitated themselves in various falls. The one that has survived is a George Brett from an A’s road trip to Kauffman Stadium some years ago, and he still stands proudly next to the Ooma device under the TV.

  70. Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 9:14 pm

    Casilla has only pitched one inning in the last week. I would go ahead and use him here rather than Montas.

  71. Bed Bed May 6,2017 9:14 pm

    Are the NBA playoffs the most predictable thing in professional sports?

    But seriously, folks...
      • Bed Bed May 6,2017 9:18 pm || Up

        Let’s just get to the Cavs and the Dubs. I really wish the first two rounds were best of 5.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2017 9:20 pm || Up

          This year has been especially non-competitive. The whole season has been one big prologue to the boss fight at the end. Even I’ve gotten a little bored.

          • Bed Bed May 6,2017 9:25 pm || Up

            The NBA is better when there are at least 4 teams that have a legitimate shot at winning the whole thing.

            But seriously, folks...
            • MikeV MikeV May 6,2017 11:06 pm || Up

              It’s not even close. There are 2 right now:

              – Lebron’s team.

              – The team that built itself up by happening into three top-10 players, and then added KD over Harrison Barnes.

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

              Thanks, and go As.

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2017 9:41 am || Up

                The Warriors are the Warriors because of a couple of ordinary lucky occurrences (Curry and Klay falling to them in the draft) and a couple of very freak lucky occurrences (finding a top 10 player in the second round and Curry’s ankles healing right after he signed a contract so cheap they could get Iguodala and then Durant).

                Add good management, and the only way to even compete is to have maybe the greatest player of all time.

                • dmoas May 7,2017 2:15 pm || Up

                  Maybe they need to double the games per season with far fewer days off so they have to use the whole roster.

  72. Bed Bed May 6,2017 9:20 pm

    Does every reliever throw 98+ now?

    But seriously, folks...
  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2017 9:24 pm

    This FKer

  74. Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 9:25 pm

    its been so long, i’ve lost my anger toward sulk rod

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 9:33 pm || Up

      its coming back

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2017 9:36 pm || Up

      is that the first time no doubles defense worked?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Bed Bed May 6,2017 9:36 pm || Up

      And that’s why baseball is still a great game.

      But seriously, folks...
      • Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 9:42 pm || Up

        I sometimes type a Game Over comment onto the clipboard with 2 out in the 9th.

        Hanging in there and battling to a one-run loss after a crappy starting pitching performance enhanced by errors…feels like a Moral Victory right now.

  75. Soaker Soaker May 6,2017 9:35 pm

    HOLY TOLEDO

    • Bed Bed May 6,2017 9:38 pm || Up

      That was worthy of a Holy Toledo.

      But seriously, folks...
  76. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2017 9:37 pm

    Well how about that?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  77. Bed Bed May 6,2017 9:40 pm

    With that win to heck with apple slices…Pizza for everybody!

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2017 9:42 pm || Up

      Rent out the party room at Round Table.

  78. nevermoor nevermoor May 7,2017 9:26 am

    Bleg: if I were to get Mrs N a tripod for her Nikon DSLR, which ones should I be looking at, or what features should matter?

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  79. Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2017 10:35 am

    um, bob?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker May 7,2017 12:54 pm || Up

      He has never played an inning in the outfield in pro ball. But, if you aspire to be Adam Rosales, you have to give it a try. Don’t forget to run out your walks!

      • Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2017 12:56 pm || Up

        just can’t keep rosies glove or bat out of the lineup

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • dmoas May 7,2017 2:17 pm || Up

        Radio was saying he was playing there in minor league spring training?

  80. Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2017 1:54 pm

    this inning is full of dumb luck

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  81. andeux andeux May 7,2017 2:38 pm

    This is why Daniel Norris lives in a van down by the river.

    TINSTAAFK
  82. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2017 3:37 pm

    Damn almighty it is fucking glorious day to be Californian.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  83. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2017 4:12 pm

    I love the logo of the Edmonton Oilers, beautiful lines.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  84. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2017 4:16 pm

    That was a pretty good classic Bill King call. Ron Gant with a second-deck homer that “left a trail of fire in its wake.”

  85. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2017 4:42 pm

    So (shoutout AV) Alonso is now a prodigious power hitter with a stone glove?

    • AV AV May 9,2017 10:59 am || Up

      wait. i don’t need to clarify, do i?

      totally makes sense at the beginning of some sentences. especially questions about a change over time. it’s just those answers that begin with it that are odd and draw attention. and i’m not like irked by them. just curious about how they go, why they happen, what they say about the speaker/s and our times. same with all of those things. the vocal fry and the mansplaining (and the womplaining) ([ducks]) and the i feel like and the rising-tone declarative sentence and the… yada yada yada.

      sorta related, i found a new toy: https://books.google.com/ngrams

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 9,2017 11:22 am || Up

        Don’t get me started on “I feel like.”

        • AV AV May 25,2017 9:22 pm || Up

          i mean…

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  86. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2017 4:42 pm

    Would be nice to beat him again.

    • andeux andeux May 7,2017 4:52 pm || Up

      Indeed.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2017 4:52 pm || Up

      Confirmed. It was nice again.

    • Soaker Soaker May 7,2017 5:12 pm || Up

      This plus the Giants’ weekend in Cincinnati.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2017 6:25 am || Up

        2/3 of the front of today’s Sporting Green is about the A’s (game story + Ostler on untarped the third deck). There’s only a tiny note to go to B5 to read about the Giants losing the weekend 31-5. They are going to get letters I bet.

        • batgirl batgirl May 8,2017 7:22 am || Up

          Well we now know that Ostler is shit at guessing kids’ ages. The “age around 12” Kevin referenced at the end of the third deck column is my friend’s nephew (he’s 7.) He did get right that Kevin was hungry and had eaten an orange.

          • doctorK doctorK May 8,2017 8:28 am || Up

            Well we now know that Ostler is shit at guessing kids’ ages.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 8,2017 11:56 am || Up

              About 12 years ago Ostler showed up with 8 teenage boys and kicked me out of the seats I had upgraded to in a half-empty section…in the 7th freaking inning!

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  87. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2017 4:51 pm

    Pie a la Healy! Suck it K-Rod!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  88. MikeV MikeV May 7,2017 4:51 pm

    “I was hoping it hit off the wall”

    Shut the fuck up, Ray.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2017 4:59 pm || Up

      Such a rally killer

    • dmoas May 7,2017 6:35 pm || Up

      Let’s be fair, he meant it was a fly ball that looked playable and he was hoping it would at least graze the wall so that Lowrie could score. They both didn’t think based on earlier shots out that way that it wasn’t likely to carry. There was no implication they were hoping for a double over the homerun. They’re shitty are articulating it, well shitty at their jobs really, that just wasn’t where the dumb was.

  89. andeux andeux May 7,2017 4:52 pm

    RY ONNNNN!

    TINSTAAFK
  90. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2017 4:53 pm

    Healy is kind of delightful to listen to.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  91. andeux andeux May 7,2017 5:44 pm

    Thread title still proved apt.

    TINSTAAFK
  92. doctorK doctorK May 7,2017 8:06 pm

    My home nightmare is over. My dog tore our home phone lines Friday of the week before last, so we’ve been without internet since then.

  93. Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2017 11:30 pm

    i totally read the score wrong on my phone.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  94. lenscrafters May 8,2017 7:08 am

    Ugh, two walkoffs against KRod and I missed it.

  95. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2017 12:33 pm

    Oh man, Chuck Grassley is such an unbelievable hack.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2017 12:53 pm || Up

      John Cornyn also pretty bad. Sally Yates just very politely clowned him.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2017 1:06 pm || Up

        And of course Ted Cruz steps up to outhack both of them. Respect to the master.

        EDIT: Yates ate his lunch too.

        • AV AV May 8,2017 1:27 pm || Up

          bookmarks, keywords, or something? for those of us not watching live. i want to match comments to correct replays.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2017 2:05 pm || Up

            Cornyn and Cruz both tried to make her look like a hack for ordering the department not to defend the muslim ban and she flipped the tables on both of them.

            So far the only Republicans to ask anything remotely on topic are Sasse of Nebraska and Lindsey Graham.

            Edit: Graham is also being a hack.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2017 2:13 pm || Up

            • AV AV May 8,2017 2:22 pm || Up

              lol.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • Future Ed Future Ed May 8,2017 6:12 pm || Up

              i just wish any of this mattered

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2017 6:20 pm || Up

                It matters. I just wish it mattered faster.

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