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Suckin’ in Seattle 358

Manaea/Gallardo
Triggs/De Jong
Hahn/Bergman

Manaea having trouble finding the strike zone in Game 1, and not getting any help from the ump.

358 thoughts on “Suckin’ in Seattle

  1. lenscrafters May 15,2017 7:37 pm

    It’s disturbing to me how unimpressive the A’s young starters have been.

  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2017 7:52 pm
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2017 8:10 pm || Up

      WTF are those, worms, shrimp, caterpillers?

      "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 15,2017 8:13 pm || Up

        Grasshoppers apparently

        • ptbnl May 15,2017 8:50 pm || Up

          I had the misfortune to catch the radio broadcast on the way home tonight and they were flogging that one to death.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  3. Bed Bed May 15,2017 8:22 pm

    Wait…is Glen allowed to talk about wearing sunglasses at night when Ray isn’t in the booth with him?

    But seriously, folks...
  4. Bed Bed May 15,2017 8:26 pm

    So, if the A’s lose they’ll be 10 games out of 1st place by the middle of May…that’s actually impressive in its own way.

    But seriously, folks...
  5. Bed Bed May 15,2017 8:37 pm

    Hey now.

    But seriously, folks...
  6. Bed Bed May 15,2017 8:46 pm

    I see Nelson Cruz is still effective at PED use.

    But seriously, folks...
  7. Bed Bed May 15,2017 8:48 pm

    Well, no one is here so this feels like a good time to talk about the pros and cons of a macrobiotic diet.

    But seriously, folks...
  8. Bed Bed May 15,2017 8:50 pm

    The Twin Peaks’ revival chances of being good are between 0 and that’s a damn fine cup of coffee.

    But seriously, folks...
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2017 9:02 pm || Up

      It’s really hard to predict. Lynch with the modern tools and license of TV serial drama could be really really good. Or, it could all be byzantine self-indulgence. I hope it’s engaging, I sure did love the original, at least the first half or so of it.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:08 pm || Up

        I was like a sophomore in High School when it was last on. I remember enjoying the first season, and being in love with Sherilyn Fenn, but losing interest pretty quickly that second season. I honestly have no memory of where the plot went.

        But seriously, folks...
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2017 9:24 pm || Up

          Off the rails.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:26 pm || Up

            I remember who the killer was but not much after that.

            But seriously, folks...
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2017 9:31 pm || Up

              That was the problem, Lynch and Frost gave in to network pressure amid falling ratings to reveal the killer about six weeks into the second season, and it turned out (amid Lynch losing interest and Fox not renewing for S3) that they didn’t have any fucking clue where they were going after that.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:36 pm || Up

                Okay, thanks for the backstory…I might watch it out of curiosity. I really can’t remember the last Lynch thing I liked…it’s been awhile.

                But seriously, folks...
    • batgirl batgirl May 16,2017 8:10 am || Up

      I’m VERY excited.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2017 11:12 am || Up

        Last two episodes tonight. I almost gave up after first 3-4 or so, hard to follow, but about halfway through it got more watchable for me. Lynch is just a great filmmaker, so even the indecipherable hours are still fun to watch. Looking forward to the conclusion, however inconclusive it may be.

        Also

        Big Ed and Norma at last

        , hooray!

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • sslinger Sep 3,2017 1:02 pm || Up

          I bailed after the first couple, then have read that Ep 8 was amazing and was tempted to re-start. Even saw that New Parkway was showing final episode. Did it satisfy overall?

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2017 1:12 pm || Up

            Yes, satisfied in the sense it’s been worth the work needed for 18+ hours. But it’s work for sure. And not always satisfying (so far) if one requires cogent explanations .

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • colin colin Sep 3,2017 3:31 pm || Up

            I have been loving it. Psyched for tonight, but also a little sad that it will be over.

          • batgirl batgirl Sep 20,2017 11:57 am || Up

            I finally watched the first episode last night now that I have Comcast and could get the first 2 free. Jeez. I don’t think it’s for me. I just can’t work that hard to be entertained.

            What I liked about the first one was the atmosphere, the interesting characters, and the weird soap opera quality. I got none of that with this reboot.

  9. lenscrafters May 15,2017 8:56 pm

    So tired of Healy hanging his head after every poor at bat. Work on your fking plate discipline.

  10. Bed Bed May 15,2017 8:56 pm

    All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump. All Trump and no Trump makes Trump a dull Trump.

    But seriously, folks...
  11. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:15 pm

    You can follow me @mike_pence…it’s mostly bible quotes and pictures of hot guys.

    But seriously, folks...
  12. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:17 pm

    By July I’m hoping I’ll finally be able to tell the difference between Trevor Plouffe and Matt Joyce.

    But seriously, folks...
  13. ptbnl May 15,2017 9:19 pm

    Holy crap – Altavilla is making Manaea’s control look good.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • ptbnl May 15,2017 9:21 pm || Up

      OK – my bad for jinxing it.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  14. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:25 pm

    Tuffy Gosewich? Wait…what? How in the world have I never heard of Tuffy Gosewich? Baseball needs more names like Tuffy Gosewich.

    But seriously, folks...
  15. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:28 pm

    My midnight snaking options are not up to snuff…I will not be leaving a tip.

    But seriously, folks...
  16. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:32 pm

    I think I’ve only seen Khris Davis hit solo homers or make an out.

    But seriously, folks...
  17. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2017 9:34 pm

    Funny, we had a guy with this same odd name, but ours sucked. Bizarro Rzepcynski.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  18. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:38 pm

    I guess each batter gets their own pitcher.

    But seriously, folks...
  19. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:39 pm

    The Mariners have NINE relievers?!?!

    But seriously, folks...
  20. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:41 pm

    Wow…if that thing had not bounced into the stands that might have had a chance for an inside the park homer.

    But seriously, folks...
  21. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:43 pm

    Is Rosales really that much faster than Healy? It sometimes seems to me that Melvin makes moves just to make moves.

    But seriously, folks...
  22. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:47 pm

    Pinder goes deep…unfortunately it was at short stop.

    But seriously, folks...
  23. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:48 pm

    I still think Nelson Cruz’s best years were with the St. Louis Browns.

    But seriously, folks...
  24. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:53 pm

    …and…we’re living up to andeux’s title.

    But seriously, folks...
  25. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:56 pm

    The Mariners have a lot of guys who like they play bass for The Allman Brothers.

    But seriously, folks...
  26. Bed Bed May 15,2017 9:58 pm

    Vogt has a GUN for an arm. Said no one ever.

    But seriously, folks...
    • AV AV May 15,2017 10:01 pm || Up

      hi bed. i got nothing on the game. so happy you’re here though.

      good night, jennibed!

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  27. Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:05 pm

    Like most people I use YouTube primarily to watch the opening credits of The Fall Guy.

    But seriously, folks...
  28. Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:05 pm

    Here’s what I know about Edwin Diaz…

    But seriously, folks...
  29. Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:07 pm

    I would love to know the ratings for A’s Post Game Live.

    But seriously, folks...
  30. andeux andeux May 15,2017 10:21 pm

    This is a great game if you’re into walks.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2017 10:22 pm || Up

      Chicks dig the slow trot.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 15,2017 10:36 pm || Up

      It was cold today so I was home by 3 p.m. to take in a doubleheader.

      Tampa Bay at Cleveland: 15 BB, 21 K.
      Oakland at Seattle: 15 BB, 21 K.

      • dmoas May 15,2017 10:59 pm || Up

        In other words, that was your fault.

      • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 12:50 pm || Up

        I was thinking about this in relation to Bed’s comment a while back that “every batter is Rob Deer now” along with a comment the Rays announcers made during that game, that 40% of the Rays’ plate appearances this year have resulted in one of the “three true outcomes”. That sounded awfully high, but it’s correct. The Rays lead MLB in walks received by a little, they are running away with the team strikeouts crown and they’re in the top 10 in home runs. A few TTO percentages, including some from the Deer era:

        Jack Cust career: 53.00
        Rob Deer career: 49.06
        2017 Rays: 40.21
        2017 A’s: 35.78
        2017 MLB: 33.46
        1988 A’s: 26.15
        1988 MLB: 24.80

        So far in 2017 home runs per team per game are at 1.19 (3.11% of PA) which is the highest in history, exceeding even the steroid era. Strikeouts per team per game are 8.22 (21.48%); that number had never even touched 7 until 2010. BB per team per game are 3.39 (8.87%), a number that does not appear to have changed much over the last 50 years.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 1:03 pm || Up

          Home runs are up so much that Eric Sogard has two in nine plate appearances.

        • andeux andeux May 16,2017 2:35 pm || Up

          Yonder Alonso 2016: 24%
          Yonder Alonso 2017: 45%

          TINSTAAFK
          • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 3:02 pm || Up

            K rate:

            Career: 14.8%
            Highest previous: 16.3% in 2012
            This year: 22.3%

            But that won’t cost him a penny in free agency.

            Edit: I ignored 98 PA with the Reds in 2011, but he was also way above average there in K rate (21.4%) and HR (5 in the 98 PA). The Padres must have told him to quit trying to hit for power.

            • andeux andeux May 16,2017 3:29 pm || Up

              Why would it?

              (Also worth noting that despite the overall increase in K’s and HR’s, with RISP he is 13/28 with 7 BB and only 3 K, so not living up to the unclutch-TTO-guy stereotype).

              TINSTAAFK
        • Bed Bed May 16,2017 4:29 pm || Up

          Some good info there, Soaker. It’s interesting to see how the game has changed. I’m not smart enough to now if it’s for the better but I know I don’t find it as enjoyable to watch…there’s just less action.

          But seriously, folks...
        • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 6:28 pm || Up

          To highlight the point, the Rays out-Custed Cust tonight with an impressive single-game TTO of 61.5% (39 PA, 5 HR, 3 BB, 16 K). They win 6-4 on four solo HR and one two-run HR.

  31. Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:23 pm

    I didn’t think much of that at bat.

    But seriously, folks...
  32. Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:24 pm

    …and Rosales is up instead of Healy.

    But seriously, folks...
  33. Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:26 pm

    Melvin is a checkers player…I prefer chess players.

    But seriously, folks...
  34. Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:27 pm

    You have to swing at that.

    But seriously, folks...
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2017 10:29 pm || Up

      Yeah, unforgivable. That’s why he’s 2-33 with the bases loaded. Sigh.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:32 pm || Up

        I’ll give him half the blame and the other half to Melvin for not looking more than one move ahead and having Rosales pinch run earlier in the game.

        But seriously, folks...
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2017 10:30 pm || Up

      Mulder keeps getting better at this.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2017 10:32 pm || Up

        Announcing, not hitting with the bases loaded.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:33 pm || Up

        I agree…I like what Mark’s doing in the booth.

        But seriously, folks...
      • batgirl batgirl May 16,2017 8:12 am || Up

        I think he’s been the best of the player fill-ins.

  35. Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:29 pm

    5-14 on the road…that’s like not good and stuff.

    But seriously, folks...
  36. Soaker Soaker May 15,2017 10:29 pm

    Suck-ass ending to a suck-ass game. The positive was that they stuck with Manaea after that awful beginning and he came out of it with something decent to take to his next start.

  37. Bed Bed May 15,2017 10:37 pm

    And just remember folks…I might fall from a tall building, I might roll a brand new car, Cause’ I’m the unknown poster that thinks Tuffy Gosewich is going to be a star.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 15,2017 10:41 pm || Up

      I thought Tuffy played for the Reno Aces forever, but looking it up he only played for them in 2013 and 2016. The name seems to have stuck with me though for some reason.

  38. ptbnl May 16,2017 3:28 pm

    About time for the daily Trumptastrophe, and as if on cue … “Notes made by former FBI Director Comey say Trump pressured him to end Flynn probe”

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • dmoas May 16,2017 3:33 pm || Up

      But… but… but… all of his accomplishments!

      • ptbnl May 16,2017 3:39 pm || Up

        I think he’s discovering that pissing off all the spooks is a bad idea.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • dmoas May 16,2017 4:04 pm || Up

          I’m predicting that he’ll come up with some absurd reason to cancel his middle east trip. But if he doesn’t, the media in the foreign press is going to tear him apart. It’ll be an embarrassing daily shit show. And especially when he reaches Israel. He may not make it back alive.

        • nevermoor nevermoor May 16,2017 4:17 pm || Up

          Deep Throat, after all, was an FBI guy.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • Bed Bed May 16,2017 4:26 pm || Up

            I’m still disappointed that Deep Throat wasn’t Alexander Haig.

            But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 4:00 pm || Up

      lmao it was so obvious that was coming.

      • dmoas May 16,2017 4:05 pm || Up

        He has very good reason not accept the invite to Congress until it’s public.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 4:16 pm || Up

          Say what you will about Comey, but my man knows how to defend his own reputation for righteousness against the politicians.

  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 4:22 pm

    !!!!!!

    • Bed Bed May 16,2017 4:27 pm || Up

      Darrell Issa seems like enough of an asshole to be elected in my state.

      But seriously, folks...
    • dmoas May 16,2017 4:53 pm || Up

      flicked? flicked?! Does that have a waggle to it?

  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 5:39 pm

    Honestly that’s understating things.

    • lenscrafters May 16,2017 5:43 pm || Up

      Then do something about it you fker

      • dmoas May 17,2017 8:17 am || Up

        Right? He’s worse that the complicit dickwads who continue to defend that dumbass. A talk and no willingness to take action is disgusting.

    • andeux andeux May 16,2017 5:51 pm || Up

      TINSTAAFK
    • Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:07 pm || Up

      John McCain is all talk and no rock.

      But seriously, folks...
  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 6:14 pm

    Here we go. This feels like a fruitful line of inquiry.

  42. lenscrafters May 16,2017 6:18 pm

    Canha in CF is happening.

  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 7:29 pm

    That was well hit

  44. ptbnl May 16,2017 7:29 pm

    RYonder!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  45. Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 7:30 pm

    Just when I was starting to think, “they’d better not get shut down for 6 innings by Chase FKing de Jong”.

  46. Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 7:40 pm

    Get well soon, Marcus.

  47. ptbnl May 16,2017 7:47 pm

    Catchers are allowed to do that?!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  48. Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 7:47 pm

    It’s very wise of Lowrie, or really anybody, to get the hell out of Canha’s way on a short fly ball.

  49. Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 8:02 pm

    That New! Cheese Omelette McMuffin looks so pathetic. That’s what they’re counting on to bring me in to the store?

    • Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:06 pm || Up

      I’m intrigued…Egg McMuffin’s are my secret shame.

      But seriously, folks...
      • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 8:22 pm || Up

        It looks like a folded egg and a not-melted slice of American cheese-like substance on an English muffin. Sad!

        Most bagel places have a decent meat, egg and cheese sandwich and I also like the pressed sandwiches on ciabatta you get at places like Panera. Those fast food breakfasts never get it done for me.

        • MikeV MikeV May 16,2017 8:25 pm || Up

          They’re also like 8 bucks.

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

          Thanks, and go As.

        • Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:26 pm || Up

          Hmm…I still need to investigate further. I live in Arkansas…bagels are illegal here…too ethnic.

          But seriously, folks...
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 8:26 pm || Up

        They are the best.

      • doctorK doctorK May 17,2017 9:05 am || Up

        Eggamuffins FKin’ rule.

  50. Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:16 pm

    If someone can explain the bunt I will mow your lawn.

    But seriously, folks...
  51. Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:25 pm

    I thought Nelson Cruz gave a nice speech on the day Lou Gehrig retired.

    But seriously, folks...
  52. Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:28 pm

    I’ve always thought the Mariners uniforms are politely dull.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 8:29 pm || Up

      They are as generic as they come.

      They used to be so cool before the pewter and teal craze hit.

      • Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:32 pm || Up

        It feels like still using teal after about 1998 is a fashion faux pas.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 8:44 pm || Up

          The Sharks may be an exception. They were born in the teal.

          • Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:47 pm || Up

            I don’t speak hockey so I will take your word on this one.

            But seriously, folks...
      • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 8:42 pm || Up

        Their powder blues in the early 80s were classics of the genre, much more so than the Royals.

        • Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:55 pm || Up

          I always liked those Royals jerseys.

          But seriously, folks...
          • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 8:58 pm || Up

            My George Brett bobblehead is dressed in a powder blue, but the trim is white-only. The Mariners had some navy blue and gold mixed in for a very nice (by those standards) bold look.

            • Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:00 pm || Up

              I remember those Mariners jerseys but they didn’t stick in my memory like the Royals jerseys did. When I think powder blue I think Royals, North Carolina, and the old Kings jerseys when they first moved to Sacramento.

              But seriously, folks...
  53. Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:30 pm

    I’m just assuming that Taylor Motter has a twin brother named Tyler Motter.

    But seriously, folks...
  54. Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:33 pm

    You ever have someone in your life who just takes and takes and takes…damn kids.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 8:36 pm || Up

      Little moochers sucking off the government teat

    • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 8:44 pm || Up

      Mom died two years ago. I have never lost much sleep over that, and Mother’s Day just passed without much thought.

      • Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:46 pm || Up

        Relationships with parents can be a tricky thing.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 8:50 pm || Up

          The last 20 years, after she divorced the second always-drunk guy, were pretty distant.

          • Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:53 pm || Up

            I’ve been lucky with my parents and I’m very appreciative of that fact.

            But seriously, folks...
  55. Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:37 pm

    Do you think there will ever be players like Tony Gwynn or Wade Boggs again?

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 8:38 pm || Up

      Altuve and Ichiro?

      • Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:41 pm || Up

        Yeah, I guess I should have thrown Ichiro in there. Altuve is a heck of a ballplayer.

        But seriously, folks...
  56. Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:39 pm

    I haven’t checked my phone in about an hour…has Trump been impeached yet?

    But seriously, folks...
    • andeux andeux May 16,2017 8:48 pm || Up

      What’s the exchange rated between concerneds and impeachments?

      TINSTAAFK
    • ptbnl May 16,2017 8:48 pm || Up

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:54 pm || Up

        Glad to hear he’s having a rough night…I hope it continues.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 9:15 pm || Up

          President Pence works well with McConnell and Ryan and gets a lot done that we would rather not happen.

          • Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:19 pm || Up

            I feel that Trump is a threat to our democracy. He must go.

            But seriously, folks...
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 9:21 pm || Up

              This is the thing.

              • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 9:25 pm || Up

                Oh, I agree, I think I have 25-30 decent years left, most of which might not exist at all if Trump is the final US president. The stuff Pence does can largely be fixed.

                • Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:31 pm || Up

                  Pence is not a good guy, especially when it comes to civil rights, but you’re right there’s nothing he’ll do that can’t be fixed.

                  But seriously, folks...
                • Future Ed Future Ed May 17,2017 10:55 pm || Up

                  trump leaving in a cloud with throw the GOP into turmoil. the freedom caucus will isolate. there is no path to 218/60. Pence will be in damage control.

                  i am not worried

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • dmoas May 17,2017 11:39 pm || Up

                  Never underestimate the GOP collective and their willingness to abuse their power. The same issues they have today (namely having two or three parties somehow wrapped under the GOP umbrella) will exist regardless. They’ll simply trade one rubber stamper for another. Probably with one who will stamp without causing as much of a sideshow controversy.

                • Future Ed Future Ed May 18,2017 12:51 am || Up

                  ok, so the lessonof the trump presidency is never be away from a computer for more than 2 hours.

                  Jesus Christ, I was chaparoning a field trip MOnday and Tuesday, in court all day wednedsay and I have no idea where to start reading.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 1:21 pm || Up

        Going great

        The president’s appetite for chaos, coupled with his disregard for the self-protective conventions of the presidency, has left his staff confused and squabbling. And his own mood, according to two advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, has become sour and dark, and he has turned against most of his aides — even his son-in-law, Jared Kushner — describing them in a fury as “incompetent,” according to one of those advisers.

  57. Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:51 pm

    136 points for the Warriors…my goodness that team is amazing.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 9:10 pm || Up

      They were devastating tonight.

      • Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:19 pm || Up

        Without Leonard the Spurs are dead in the water.

        But seriously, folks...
  58. Bed Bed May 16,2017 8:57 pm

    The Washington Post and The New York Times are just killing it right now. Actual journalists doing actual journalism.

    But seriously, folks...
  59. Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:01 pm

    Nelson Cruz went 11-36 with 3 home runs vs Walter Johnson.

    But seriously, folks...
  60. ptbnl May 16,2017 9:07 pm

    This inning is the Overton Window.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  61. Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:21 pm

    If I actually cared about this shit this bullpen would give me ulcers.

    But seriously, folks...
  62. andeux andeux May 16,2017 9:28 pm

    Catch. The. Ball.

    TINSTAAFK
  63. Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:29 pm

    You cannot play Healy at third base. I have high hopes for him as a hitter but he is beyond terrible at third.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 9:30 pm || Up

      Last year I didn’t think he was this bad. But I mostly tuned out in August and September so perhaps I just didn’t notice, and maybe that’s why Beane and Forst thought the Plouffe signing was so necessary.

      • Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:33 pm || Up

        I still don’t like putting a young player at DH everyday but until they trade Alonso that seems like the only move with Healy.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 9:35 pm || Up

          Healy kills LHP so there’s definitely something worth working on. Hell, if they had Healy they would not have blown $30M on Billy Butler.

          • Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:39 pm || Up

            I’m hoping he’s a building block. One of our big minor league prospects is a third baseman right? Healy was never going to be the long term answer at third anyways.

            But seriously, folks...
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 9:41 pm || Up

              Matt Chapman is a supposedly outstanding defensive third baseman with power who may or may not be able to hit the ball with his bat in the big leagues.

              • Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:45 pm || Up

                I have it on good authority that hitting the ball with your bat is a desirable outcome.

                But seriously, folks...
                • nevermoor nevermoor May 17,2017 11:56 am || Up

                  I vaguely recall that principle from my days as a sportsball fan in the early part of this millenium.

                  "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • andeux andeux May 16,2017 9:37 pm || Up

        He seemed better because he was replacing Valencia.

        TINSTAAFK
  64. ptbnl May 16,2017 9:30 pm

    Let’s see if we can get all of Team Dynamite into a single inning.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  65. Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:34 pm

    I think he’s safe.

    But seriously, folks...
    • andeux andeux May 16,2017 9:40 pm || Up

      I guess, though I didn’t think any angle was really conclusive.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 9:43 pm || Up

        One of those deals where I thought he had to be safe based on inferences from the imperfect angles.

        • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 9:47 pm || Up

          Sometimes the home team’s telecast has slightly better angles, too, which the A’s telecast couldn’t readily access. New York, and the “video coordinators” in the on-site room, can see all available feeds.

  66. Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:36 pm

    Not very good camera work there.

    But seriously, folks...
  67. Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:52 pm

    Nelson Cruz fought alongside Ted Williams as a fighter pilot in the Korean War.

    But seriously, folks...
  68. Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:52 pm

    Son. Of. A. Bitch.

    But seriously, folks...
  69. Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 9:53 pm

    Yep, once again we are great business for home run fireworks contractors all over our great land.

  70. Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:53 pm

    I’m starting to think I picked a bad Summer to get back into A’s baseball.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 9:55 pm || Up

      2019 is a possibility. Better chance in 2020.

      • Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:58 pm || Up

        With my passion for the Raiders fading I’m looking to fall in love with some team…the A’s are my first choice.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:27 pm || Up

          Actually my passion for the Raiders isn’t just fading…we’re getting divorced it’s just going to take me a little while.

          But seriously, folks...
        • MikeV MikeV May 16,2017 10:41 pm || Up

          Might I suggest soccer.

          MLS is boring but at least the Quakes are owned by Fisher, so there’s an Oakland A’s tie in!

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

          Thanks, and go As.

          • Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:42 pm || Up

            I’ve tried to get into soccer…it just isn’t for me.

            But seriously, folks...
        • nevermoor nevermoor May 17,2017 11:57 am || Up

          Bad call. I’d suggest you bandwagon the Warriors. You’re in for a fun week or two.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  71. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 9:55 pm

    Valencia is annoying, man.

    • Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:56 pm || Up

      Glen seems like a pretty even tempered guy and even he was giving Valencia the business.

      But seriously, folks...
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 9:58 pm || Up

        I get the sense that he was not very well liked around the organization even if he did punch Billy Butler in his fat head.

        • Bed Bed May 16,2017 9:59 pm || Up

          I already forgot that Butler played for the A’s…I really didn’t watch much baseball the last couple of years.

          But seriously, folks...
          • andeux andeux May 16,2017 10:06 pm || Up

            It was a lot like this year, except we also had a couple players who were obviously assholes.

            TINSTAAFK
            • Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:10 pm || Up

              I’m not sure I watched an entire baseball game last year. Last year was probably the busiest year of my life.

              But seriously, folks...
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2017 10:52 am || Up

          Sort of like how all the Giants hated Jeff Kent but still appreciated how he challenged Bonds. I think economists call this the Bigger Dickhead theory.

          In the future can our dickheads also be Hall of Famers?

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  72. ptbnl May 16,2017 9:56 pm

    Down by a run, top of the 9th, and we’ve got our .205 and .195 hitters coming up …

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • ptbnl May 16,2017 9:59 pm || Up

      But wait! A cunning substitution replaces the .205 hitter with a .206 hitter!

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • ptbnl May 16,2017 10:02 pm || Up

        And that’s why I’m just a cosmologist.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2017 10:53 am || Up

          Yeah but your hair and nails always look great though.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  73. Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 10:00 pm

    I think I mentioned before, the Florida road trip is on the agenda. Bad news is, the A’s are 5-14 on the road with this one pending. The good news would be that the Marlins are an MLB-worst 6-13 at home.

    • Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:03 pm || Up

      That sounds like a fun trip.

      But seriously, folks...
      • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 10:06 pm || Up

        A traditional doubleheader, and no concerns about rainouts. I’ll be taking the beach towel as well though mid-June becomes dubious for that.

        • Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:09 pm || Up

          I might try and find my way to a game when the family is in Hawaii before I head over.

          But seriously, folks...
          • ptbnl May 16,2017 10:11 pm || Up

            Still some front row seat games available.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:12 pm || Up

              I’d like to go to a park I’ve never been to. I’m going to take a look at what’s available in June.

              But seriously, folks...
          • Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 10:42 pm || Up

            Or come out and walk 18 holes with Mark Mulder (July 14 will be my date for that this year).

  74. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:02 pm

    BOOM!

    But seriously, folks...
  75. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 10:02 pm

    Plot twist

  76. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:02 pm

    This has been a fun game.

    But seriously, folks...
  77. Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 10:03 pm

    I hope this pleasurable feeling lasts through the evening, and not just for a few minutes.

  78. mother pucker May 16,2017 10:03 pm

    The free agent reliever acquisitions made by Freane over since 2014 are really indefensible.

  79. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:04 pm

    Oh…Khris…that was a bad swing.

    But seriously, folks...
  80. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2017 10:05 pm

    Nice catch by the old man in the fez.

  81. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:07 pm

    The six scariest words in the English language…Closer Santiago Casilla is warming up.

    But seriously, folks...
  82. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:17 pm

    Why did they intentionally walk Plouffe?

    But seriously, folks...
  83. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:19 pm

    BOOM PART 2!!

    But seriously, folks...
    • ptbnl May 16,2017 10:22 pm || Up

      Canha hit it?
      Yes he can.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  84. Soaker Soaker May 16,2017 10:20 pm

    Canha is pretty much the outfield version of Rosales. It’s fun when he does something good like that.

    • Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:21 pm || Up

      He’s had a nice game at the plate.

      But seriously, folks...
  85. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:20 pm

    So, again…why did they walk Plouffe?

    But seriously, folks...
    • ptbnl May 16,2017 10:21 pm || Up

      They thought he was Healy?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • andeux andeux May 16,2017 10:26 pm || Up

      Probably because Canha has not hit lefties well (in his short career).
      But still … Trevor Plouffe.

      TINSTAAFK
  86. ptbnl May 16,2017 10:26 pm

    If it’s no longer a save, can it still be a blown save?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  87. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:30 pm

    Damn…tough night for Dyson.

    But seriously, folks...
  88. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:31 pm

    People very excited about that uncontested stolen base.

    But seriously, folks...
  89. andeux andeux May 16,2017 10:35 pm

    Safe to say Healy does not make that play.

    TINSTAAFK
  90. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:36 pm

    Good win…snow cones for everybody!

    But seriously, folks...
    • ptbnl May 16,2017 10:37 pm || Up

      Spoilers … Gameday still has 2 on and 1 out.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • ptbnl May 16,2017 10:39 pm || Up

        Now it has decided a run scored, and then thrown up the rest of the inning in one fell swoop.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:40 pm || Up

        We win…and Jon Snow comes back to life, Bruce Willis has been dead the entire movie, and Rosebud is a sled.

        But seriously, folks...
  91. Bed Bed May 16,2017 10:39 pm

    I figure by tomorrow’s game that Trump will have sacrificed Sean Spicer in a ritualistic killing to satisfy an angry Zeus while also invading Canada. God Bless America!

    But seriously, folks...
  92. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 11:48 am

    I’m going to assume that the plan here is to beat on Comey and try to turn him into J. Edgar Hoover, given that Jason Chaffetz chairs this committee. On the other hand, maybe they are more willing to get tough on Trump while he and his posse are out of the country.

  93. ptbnl May 17,2017 12:44 pm

    Lieberman for the FBI … ugh.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 12:53 pm || Up

      Leaking plus the fascist Milwaukee sheriff to DHS news actually seem like efforts to divert Democratic outrage somewhere else for a day. And I am outraged.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 10:56 am || Up

      Sounds like he’ll be the pick. Setting aside his odious personal and political qualities, I can’t imagine him being any good at the job. But he’s boys with John McCain and Lindsay Graham, so there you go.

      • ptbnl May 25,2017 12:15 pm || Up

        Stymied by Trump’s pick for outside counsel.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • dmoas May 25,2017 2:05 pm || Up

          I wouldn’t not be the least bit surprised if Donald purposefully made him front runner precisely because he wanted that insider between the investigation and his defense.

  94. AV AV May 17,2017 3:08 pm

    it’s like, in DC, the workday begins at 6pm.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • AV AV May 17,2017 3:13 pm || Up

      does special counsel = special prosecutor?

      and do i have to wait for tomorrow’s podcasts to find out??

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • colin colin May 17,2017 3:20 pm || Up

        I was trying to figure that out. I think that he’s a special counsel for now because they are investigating to decide *whether* to prosecute. My main question is whether this guy has subpoena power — he has to, or else it’s toothless.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 3:23 pm || Up

          That’s my reading too. He has the authority to prosecute if he finds evidence of a crime, but he’s not limited to trying to amass evidence for a prosecution.

          This is bad bad bad for Trump.

          • dmoas May 17,2017 3:56 pm || Up

            Just based on the wikipedia page for him it seems like a good fit for the job.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 3:59 pm || Up

              He’s pretty much perfect.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 4:29 pm || Up

              Although this becomes a problem if the threads lead to Jared or Ivanka.

        • dmoas May 17,2017 3:23 pm || Up

          The official role is “Special Prosecutor” so I’m assuming it comes with subpoena power and access to all evidence gathered.

          • nevermoor nevermoor May 17,2017 4:15 pm || Up

            Yes, subpoeana power. But he can be fired by DOJ folks (who in turn can be fired by Trump).

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2017 7:14 pm || Up

              So, who in the Trump administration will play the role of Elliot Richardson? Consciences are kinda absent in that crew.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • dmoas May 17,2017 3:20 pm || Up

        Yes. They all sort of muddle the role between prosecutor, investigator, counsel, etc.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 3:59 pm || Up
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 6:32 pm || Up

        And this and this

        The combination of these two stories is fairly devastating.

        • dmoas May 17,2017 7:42 pm || Up

          “No, it’s not a question of raising a red flag,” Spicer said at a news briefing. “It is not up to – nor is it appropriate, nor is it legal – for the government to start going into private citizens seeking advice and telling them what they have to register or not.

          Isn’t that exactly what the government is supposed to do when private citizens come to it for advice? And at the time, they weren’t exactly representatives of the government yet, merely a transition team so even if it were true, they’re still full of shit.

          Not sure how Pence wouldn’t be caught up in all of this given he was the lead on he transition team.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 7:59 pm || Up

            Hmmmmmmmm

            • dmoas May 17,2017 8:20 pm || Up

              I smell something foul… I think it may be the load of bullshit.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 7:06 pm || Up
            • Future Ed Future Ed May 19,2017 5:47 am || Up

              Assuming its true, so what? You are in charge. your “I’m incompetent as a leader” excuse is just as bad.

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
  95. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 3:18 pm

    ahahaha

    When initially asked to comment on the exchange, Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Ryan, said: “That never happened,” and Matt Sparks, a spokesman for McCarthy, said: “The idea that McCarthy would assert this is absurd and false.”

    After being told that The Post would cite a recording of the exchange, Buck, speaking for the GOP House leadership, said: “This entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor…

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 3:30 pm || Up

      “No leaks, alright?,” Ryan said, adding: “This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

      “That’s how you know that we’re tight,” Scalise said.

      “What’s said in the family stays in the family,” Ryan added.

      • dmoas May 17,2017 3:57 pm || Up

        His opponent in 2018 should start airing that today.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 3:42 pm || Up

      This is just an amazing story.

      • AV AV May 17,2017 4:18 pm || Up

        why is it datelined kiev?

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • ptbnl May 17,2017 4:24 pm || Up

          Presumably the recording the Post just heard was made by someone in the Ukrainian Prime Minister’s delegation, so maybe they had to be in Kiev to hear it.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 4:27 pm || Up

            This is the biggest mystery. The conversation happened in the US Capitol. It would be remarkable if the Ukranian delegation somehow managed to record them.

          • AV AV May 17,2017 4:38 pm || Up

            oh. i read “private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders” as actually private and just with GOP leaders.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 2:58 pm || Up
  96. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 5:12 pm

    Sure, OK

    • dmoas May 17,2017 5:18 pm || Up

      “Melvin says Trump is back in the Oval Office because they’re riding the hot hand. He thinks Trump looks ever more comfortable in the Oval Office.”

    • Soaker Soaker May 17,2017 6:16 pm || Up

      I have seen the A’s give up an inside-the-park grand slam (at the Coliseum, with Luis Polonia botching the play) so this won’t be the first one.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 7:22 pm || Up

        Damn near had one right there, through no fault of Canha.

  97. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 5:18 pm

    There’s a show now where Lady Mary from Downton Abbey plays some sort of femme fatale with an American accent and I am weirded out by it.

  98. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 6:41 pm

    If anyone was hoping the NBA Eastern Conference Finals would be competitive, I have bad news.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2017 7:15 pm || Up

      Swap “playoffs” for “Eastern Conference Finals” and it still works.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  99. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 7:16 pm

    Nice play Danny

  100. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 7:24 pm

    It’s beyond all reason how bad this team is at fielding baseballs.

  101. andeux andeux May 17,2017 7:37 pm
    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2017 7:39 pm || Up

      “A little bit of dual cleansing going on right now.”

      "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 17,2017 7:40 pm || Up

      “Our clubhouse is not the most glamorous, but a couple of candles changes the whole ambiance,” Plouffe said.

  102. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 8:21 pm

  103. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 8:35 pm

    It’s almost like Canha doesn’t know what the FK he’s doing out there.

  104. Bed Bed May 17,2017 8:46 pm

    “No person in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly” Bed said to the graduating kindergarten class of Golden Empire Elementary.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 8:54 pm || Up

      Where in the hell did he come up with “surety”?

      • Bed Bed May 17,2017 9:23 pm || Up

        He uses the best words in the greatest way is what many people are saying.

        But seriously, folks...
        • dmoas May 17,2017 9:33 pm || Up

          You can’t expect him to be able to treat the American language with respect after spending 120 days being treated exactly as he deserves. It’s not like he spent 8 years filled with racism and complete obstruction.

  105. lenscrafters May 17,2017 8:48 pm

    A’s are at an astonishing -138.2 DRAA over the last 3 years. Next closest team is only at -85. And this assortment of horrendous fielders have only managed to be 25th in runs scored over the same time frame.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 8:52 pm || Up

      Jesus

    • Bed Bed May 17,2017 8:54 pm || Up

      Yeah, if you can rake then defense can be less important but if you can’t play defense or get on base then…what’s the point?

      But seriously, folks...
  106. Soaker Soaker May 17,2017 8:53 pm

    Thank goodness for the defensive ineptitude of Joyce and Canha; otherwise, has there been a single interesting thing tonight?

    • andeux andeux May 17,2017 8:54 pm || Up

      The strike zone has been pretty creative.

      TINSTAAFK
  107. Bed Bed May 17,2017 8:58 pm

    Jesse Hahn always has the same slightly stoned look on his face.

    But seriously, folks...
  108. Bed Bed May 17,2017 9:01 pm

    Tuffy! Tuffy! Tuffy!

    But seriously, folks...
  109. Bed Bed May 17,2017 9:20 pm

    Marilyn Monroe rebounded with Nelson Cruz after her divorce to Joe DiMaggio.

    But seriously, folks...
  110. Bed Bed May 17,2017 9:21 pm

    Jed Lowrie’s throws to first base can be a little wonky.

    But seriously, folks...
  111. Bed Bed May 17,2017 9:28 pm

    Congratulations middle aged man you took a baseball away from a kid.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2017 9:32 pm || Up

      He looked pretty pleased with himself.

  112. Soaker Soaker May 17,2017 9:29 pm

    You run into a great pitcher like Christian Bergman on a night when he has all his pitches working and you just have to tip your hat.

    • Bed Bed May 17,2017 9:31 pm || Up

      He is one of my favorite directors. His use of shadow in black and white photography was amazing.

      But seriously, folks...
  113. Bed Bed May 17,2017 9:51 pm

    Well, god damn…that was some exciting baseball there.

    But seriously, folks...
  114. Bed Bed May 17,2017 9:53 pm

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say Michael Lewis won’t be writing a book about this year’s team.

    But seriously, folks...
  115. colin colin May 18,2017 7:30 am

    Cardinals didn’t give the Red Sox an afternoon get-away start time and then the game went 13 innings, finishing after 1:00 am central with Boston using 8 relievers. A’s need every advantage they can get these days.

  116. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 8:23 am

    Trump pardoning Flynn is a mortal lock, right?

    • colin colin May 18,2017 9:04 am || Up

      I was thinking about that. It would be a *really* bad look, but firing Comey already showed that they are more worried about covering their asses than avoiding the appearance of total corruption.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 9:12 am || Up

        It would be incredibly stupid and self-destructive, which is why I assume hell do it.

        • dmoas May 18,2017 12:27 pm || Up

          Nah, his supporters will default to the “But Obama pardon so and so” defense and bad optics or not, they’ll only take a small hit.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 12:31 pm || Up

            His supporters at this point are a pretty small group of people, unless you’re talking about the US House of Representatives of course. I can already hear Paul Ryan’s response:

            “The president has the constitutional authority to do that. I am going to focus on the things I can control, such as jamming my unpopular domestic agenda through Congress before this all finally implodes.”

  117. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 10:37 am

    RIP Chris Cornell. those early Soundgarden albums were a big part of my high school soundtrack, and this remains my favorite song of the grunge era:

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    • Soaker Soaker May 18,2017 4:00 pm || Up

      I think I said this about Kouzmanoff, years ago, too, based on the way I saw Kouz interact with the fans at Phoenix Muni. Just because I don’t like you as a baseball player on the A’s, that doesn’t mean I dislike you in a personal way; in fact maybe I think you’re pretty cool (this and the home brewing).

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 18,2017 5:44 pm || Up

        And also the incense!

        Rosales is the current Athletic for whom I have this feeling. I love his smile and exuberance unreservedly. I also regret he occupies a roster spot (again).

        "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 18,2017 4:27 pm || Up

      This is another great one I had forgotten about.

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    • nevermoor nevermoor May 18,2017 8:03 pm || Up

      This was my first dance with Mrs. N:

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  118. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 12:20 pm

    I don’t understand how this guy thinks it is OK to just bail on his constituents five months into a two-year term he ran for. Unless he’s ill or about to be indicted, he’s forcing Utah to run an expensive special election because he doesn’t like his job all of a sudden.

    • dmoas May 18,2017 12:35 pm || Up

      I suspect he doesn’t want to be the one to destroy the GOP via investigation nor be the one who sat around doing nothing while being complicit in the GOP’s crimes. And he’s starting to see the breadth of the investigation unfolding in front of him. I suspect the corruption and cover up is far bigger than we can imagine and he knows he’s fucked if the whole thing were to come out, whether he did his job in uncovering it or sought to help conceal it. This is a coward move, but by bailing now, he can sit back and watch how far and how bad it gets and return in the aftermath and run for office again as a party “savior”.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 12:42 pm || Up

        Speculation is he’ll run for governor in 2020. But I don’t see how being the congressman who pulled a Sarah Palin when things got hard is better than being the congressman brave enough to help bring down Trump. Trump won Utah, but he is not popular there.

        I guess your theory (an investigation would bring down the party writ large not just Trumpies) and the potential wrath of conservative donors + loss of potential Fox News employment are the best counter-explanations

        • dmoas May 18,2017 1:55 pm || Up

          Yep. Whatever he’s running from specifically, for him to even consider that he may have a future in Utah politics, must be far worse than the optics of walking from a job this early into a term. That anchor will weigh heavily, so either he thinks 3 years will be enough for people to forget (unlikely) or whatever may be turned up will be more catastrophic to his career if he were to stay than for him to go. Because there are rumors he may make a run for Governor, it suggests that whatever he’s running from isn’t specific to him.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 1:59 pm || Up

            Simplest explanation is probably that he realized his political career is going nowhere thanks to Trump and he wants to start cashing in on post-Congress life before the flood of unemployed Republican congressmen hits next year.

      • colin colin May 18,2017 1:30 pm || Up

        Yeah, he thought his job was going to be awesome when it was years of Hillary investigations, but now it sucks. GM has a good point, that this resignation will sure be an anchor on his future political goals.

    • ptbnl May 18,2017 1:53 pm || Up

      “Julie and I are facing the reality of being empty nesters,”

      First politician to quit to spend less time with his family.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • colin colin May 18,2017 1:58 pm || Up

        Our oldest son recently graduated from the University of Utah and his wife from BYU. In August, they will move out of state for law school. Our daughter, who attended UVU, married a great young man who found a terrific job two time zones away.

        Would be awesome if this son and daughter were both moving to the DC area.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 23,2017 8:54 pm || Up
      • andeux andeux May 23,2017 9:02 pm || Up

        Josh Marshall should look into that.

        TINSTAAFK
  119. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 12:45 pm

    That seems significant.

    • dmoas May 18,2017 1:57 pm || Up

      Couldn’t that just be a result of someone new now being in charge?

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 2:03 pm || Up

        Hard to say. But it seems more likely that Rosenstein’s decision to put one of the nation’s most respected criminal prosecutors in charge of the investigation reflects that it was already moving in that direction. That would also be consistent with the news that grand jury subpoenas have gone out in recent weeks related to Flynn and Manafort.

        • andeux andeux May 18,2017 2:17 pm || Up

          Depending on how broadly this extends to related matters (and bearing in mind what happened with Whitewater), there are undoubtedly some interesting directions this could take beyond just the question of interfering in the election. Specifically
          – how people like Flynn, Manafort, and Page were paid for their foreign work, and how much of that money was property reported
          – Trump’s private financial involvement with Russians over many years, and whether his real estate business was laundering money for the Russian mob.

          TINSTAAFK
          • andeux andeux Jan 3,2018 2:10 pm || Up

            This comment seems to be holding up pretty well.

            TINSTAAFK
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 3,2018 5:39 pm || Up

              Indeed. Bannon-esque.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux May 18,2017 2:09 pm || Up
      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 2:10 pm || Up

        Unreal

      • dmoas May 18,2017 2:41 pm || Up

        Must have finally been read in on the GOP collusion at large.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 4:24 pm || Up

          The thing people forget about with him is that he came to prominence as one of the House impeachment managers against Bill Clinton, but the whole time he played it off like he was sort of not totally on board with it and just doing his job like a good navy JAG prosecutor would. His supposed independence from the party is mostly a pose.

  120. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 1:13 pm

    That’s two of our top three picks in last year’s draft now DLed.

  121. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 2:15 pm
  122. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 2:20 pm

    This is extremely not OK

    • elcroata elcroata May 18,2017 11:03 pm || Up

      The only positive is that it makes Trump rot with envy, because Erdogan runs his country, the way he would like to run the US, but doesn’t manage to.

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • andeux andeux May 19,2017 1:30 pm || Up

        Somehow that doesn’t make me feel better.

        TINSTAAFK
    • AV AV May 19,2017 12:53 pm || Up

      this vaguely reminded me of a scene from the wire. like freamon or someone talking through a move-by-move of footage: marlo tells chris, chris signals to snoop, snoop walks over to a hopper, etc.

      sure enough.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • ptbnl May 19,2017 1:40 pm || Up

        [P]olice stated that some of those involved were members of Erdogan’s security detail — which the Turkish state news agency Anadolu confirmed. “Police did not heed Turkish demands to intervene,” … so the guards moved in to “disperse them.”

        Jeebus.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 22,2017 12:04 pm || Up

      Are you FKing kidding me

  123. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 5:05 pm

    Twins-Rockies is the unlikeliest showdown of first place teams.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 18,2017 5:50 pm || Up

      Traditional rivals!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  124. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 18,2017 5:50 pm

    I’ve heard it said, dunno if it’s true, that for the ubiquitous “Let’s Go, Our Team” we are the only place that uses our city name. Everyone else is “Let’s Go, An-gels” or “Rang-ers” or “Dick-headsRed-Sox” or whatever. Just now hearing the awkward forced syllables of “Let’s Go, Pred-a-tors” I wonder why this is. Nash-ville works fine.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux May 18,2017 5:54 pm || Up

      Let’s Go Buffalo. (Clap Clap, Clap Clap Clap)
      Rhymes.
      And scans (Not sure, why you think three syllables is awkward, it matches the clapping).

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 18,2017 6:21 pm || Up

        The clapping is the refrain, not the same cadence as the verse. 1-2, 3-4 (1, 2, 3-4-5). Though I admit Buff-a-lo works better than most, is that what the fans there chant when they’re not too despondent?

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  125. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 18,2017 6:42 pm
  126. Future Ed Future Ed May 22,2017 11:37 am

    of course he will be back August 28

    I have $5. No I don\'t.

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