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  1. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:33 pm

    Sonny Gray’s beard is totally jealous of Dallas Braden’s beard.

    But seriously, folks...
  2. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:35 pm

    So, I guess everyone is pumped for the second half.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 14,2017 7:42 pm || Up

      mlb has an offer: 2nd half mlb.tv, half off!*

      *Final 70 games

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:42 pm || Up

        Sadly I paid full price long ago.

        But seriously, folks...
  3. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 14,2017 7:36 pm

    In-game manager interviews now? Boo.

  4. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:37 pm

    Three man booth, in game interviews…I guess we’re following the Fox model for baseball coverage. Now all we need is closeups of random sitcom stars in the stands.

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  5. andeux andeux Jul 14,2017 7:38 pm

    Braden cited an Eno Sarris column earlier.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 14,2017 7:44 pm || Up

      that sounds fun, but I will listen to national treasure tom hamlton

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Jul 14,2017 7:50 pm || Up

      Alas, he has not replaced Angela.

      TINSTAAFK
  6. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:41 pm

    A sign you’re getting older…I don’t recognize any of the walk up music of the young players.

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  7. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:44 pm

    2016 38-51
    2017 39-50

    I admire the consistency.

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  8. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:48 pm

    That was a pretty awful at bat for Chapman.

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  9. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:51 pm

    Oh good…they’ve kept the Angela parts of the broadcast.

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  10. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 14,2017 7:52 pm

    mark ellis scopes that up from his feet

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  11. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 14,2017 7:55 pm

    that was a great play by chapman

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  12. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:56 pm

    Khris Davis’ right arm should be the face of baseball in the American League.

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  13. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:58 pm

    MLB.tv used to not show commercials…now it shows the same four commercials between every inning…Thanks Bud…and yes, I know he’s no longer the commissioner but I still like to blame him for stuff.

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  14. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 7:59 pm

    I’m happy to see all the young guys play. I’m baffled why Rajai Davis is still playing.

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  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 14,2017 8:00 pm

    Rajai got a bad read on that.

    • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:01 pm || Up

      But he has great getaway sticks because he plays for the good guys.

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  16. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:00 pm

    Mark Mulder > Dallas Braden

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    • andeux andeux Jul 14,2017 8:09 pm || Up

      Hatteberg, Mulder, Braden >>> Ray Fosse

      TINSTAAFK
      • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:14 pm || Up

        I don’t recall ever hearing Hatteberg. I’ve enjoyed Mulder this year.

        But seriously, folks...
  17. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:16 pm

    Angela Sun’s bucket cap should be the face of baseball in the American League.

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  18. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:23 pm

    So far Chapie hasn’t been within a foot of the ball with his swings.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 14,2017 8:27 pm || Up

      someone should tip him off to offspeed pitches

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:28 pm || Up

        Hopefully he’ll get plenty of chances to fail and learn the rest of this season.

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        • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 14,2017 8:31 pm || Up

          with his glove, im good

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:34 pm || Up

            For now…sure. I want the A’s to be patient with all the young players. This team is a ways away from being competitive.

            But seriously, folks...
  19. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:27 pm

    Coming up on the next Free Kraut Podcast our guest will be Helmut Kohl.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 14,2017 8:28 pm || Up

      Make him read the Me Undies promo.

      • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:32 pm || Up

        Glorious Mundy will be our producer.

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  20. andeux andeux Jul 14,2017 8:35 pm

    Rajushed!

    TINSTAAFK
    • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:37 pm || Up

      Like I’ve often said…Rajai Davis is my favorite A’s player of all time.

      But seriously, folks...
  21. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:37 pm

    Yeah, I really don’t care for Braden on the mike. Cliches and catchphrases.

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  22. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:38 pm

    That dog looks really happy to have that hat on her head.

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  23. andeux andeux Jul 14,2017 8:41 pm

    And you know the one thing that you always like to see a manager that whether it was a consideration or not Rajai Davis played and played well for the Tribe last year and what better way to have a player play against the team that he left and was very instrumental in their run to the World Series.

    I agree Ray.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Jul 14,2017 8:49 pm || Up

      I spent like 5 minutes backing up just to transcribe that sentence.
      Scholars will be trying to parse it for years.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:50 pm || Up

        It’s the Dead Sea Scrolls of this generation.

        But seriously, folks...
  24. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:41 pm

    So, is the ball juiced or are the players juicing again? I mean I’m fine with it either way but I am curious.

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  25. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:44 pm

    Okay, now we just need someone to complain about Vince or Glen and we’ve got the our announcers suck hat trick. Andeux and I have done our part.

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  26. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:45 pm

    Ray Ratto is like the before the before picture in the before and after picture.

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    • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:05 pm || Up

      In our new feature…Bed explains his bad posts badly…Ratto is the like the before the before picture because he needs to look healthier before he can be the before picture in the before and after picture. I like Ratto but he looks like he’s about to keel over. This post is brought to you by Transformers 7: Darkside of the Last Knight of the Thingie on the Back of Megan Fox’s Ankle Tattoo. A Film By Michael Bay.

      But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 30,2017 8:30 pm || Up

    • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 31,2017 9:02 am || Up

      Working for a health and fitness company I often explain to people that I was hired so that I can also fill in as the “before” pictures when needed. (to my knowledge this is not true..)

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  27. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:47 pm

    With the way the A’s and Giants are playing this year the Battle of the Bay is going to be more of a skirmish.

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  28. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:52 pm

    I never feel confident when Sonny is pitching. Even when he’s pitching well it always feels like he’s right on the edge of disaster.

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  29. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 8:56 pm

    Once I read someone had Papa John’s for their last meal so their execution was actually only the second worst thing that happened to them that day.

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  30. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:09 pm

    I’m thinking about throwing it all away and following my dream of having my own YouTube channel dedicated to the world of competitive tea making.

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    • andeux andeux Jul 14,2017 9:13 pm || Up

      Sonny’s brother Earl will be competing with Brews Maxwell.

      TINSTAAFK
  31. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:15 pm

    Alright Chapie!

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  32. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:17 pm

    I was disappointed to find out that Lyme Disease doesn’t turn you green and make you taste great when paired with lemons.

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  33. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:17 pm

    Now that’s the Rajai I know and love.

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  34. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:19 pm

    I was happy to find a podcast about podcasting…now I just need someone to make a podcast about this podcast.

    But seriously, folks...
  35. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:20 pm

    So, if Beyonce’s son ever gets knighted he’ll be Sir Sir Carter?

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  36. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:21 pm

    I feel like my wife and I really dropped the ball not giving out kids pretentious names.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 14,2017 9:24 pm || Up

      did you have to return to the mainland?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:26 pm || Up

        I haven’t gone yet…I had to take a couple of business trips so my Hawaii trip got pushed back a couple of weeks.

        But seriously, folks...
        • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:30 pm || Up

          I was actually in California but it was LA so it doesn’t really count.

          But seriously, folks...
          • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 14,2017 9:49 pm || Up

            I actually like LA

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:51 pm || Up

              It’s no Fresno.

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              • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 16,2017 2:35 pm || Up

                I can vouch for this!

                One year in and I will admit that I am enjoying SoCal more than I thought I would. The traffic is what you make of it. As a homebody I really dont notice it that much. And if I get stuck in traffic because Im going to a concert or something cool I remind myself that if I lived in all the other places without traffic I wouldnt get to go to whatever it is im going to.

                Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:38 pm || Up

                  I’m glad it’s working for you.

                  But seriously, folks...
  37. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:25 pm

    Late inning baseball with all the pitching changes is tough to sit through. I mean why does the manager have to walk out there and why does the new reliever need all those warm up tosses after he’s bee warming up in the bullpen? The manager should just point to the pen and pitcher should be ready to go.

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    • andeux andeux Jul 14,2017 9:36 pm || Up

      Hm, that could be a reasonable rule tweak. Don’t limit the number of pitching changes allowed any more than they are, but don’t allow (as many? any?) warmup throws if they are done mid-inning.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:38 pm || Up

        They need to do something.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 14,2017 9:51 pm || Up

        they need the warm ups for a commercial, but I see no reason why a manager has to walk out to the mound to take someone out every time. I get it for a starter, or someone that has been in multiple innings, but not a one batter reliever.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  38. andeux andeux Jul 14,2017 9:25 pm

    Does Francona really need to make two mid-inning pitching changes down 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh?

    TINSTAAFK
  39. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:34 pm

    I was trying to catch up on baseball before the game but most of the sports sites had more on summer league basketball which I didn’t even know existed.

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  40. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:52 pm

    Casilla is money with a five run lead.

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  41. Bed Bed Jul 14,2017 9:56 pm

    Good win…chicken parmesan for everyone!

    But seriously, folks...
    • MikeV MikeV Jul 14,2017 11:34 pm || Up

      TBH that sounds good right now

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  42. ptbnl Jul 15,2017 8:03 am

    One thing I noticed from the front row seats yesterday was that whenever Sonny was pitching the used balls were handed over the wall to a team official, which I haven’t seen before. It made me wonder if they were consciously building up their supply of Sonny-used game balls for merchandising after he’s gone.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 15,2017 10:44 am

  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 15,2017 12:28 pm
  45. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 15,2017 12:56 pm

    Not a single true day game in MLB today.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 15,2017 1:28 pm || Up

      Just checked the sched in the hopes the A’s might have a 1 PM, which at +9 hours would be perfect for me. Tomorrow though!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  46. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:17 pm

    Wow, great timing…I turned the game on just in time for an Angela segment.

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  47. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:18 pm

    Blackburn. Should I know who this is?

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 15,2017 9:10 pm || Up

      no

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • MikeV MikeV Jul 15,2017 9:20 pm || Up

      He’s not the guy from Pirates of the Carribean.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  48. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:23 pm

    G-Eazy. Should I know who this is?

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    • Soaker Soaker Jul 15,2017 8:47 pm || Up

      I have been having that same thought ever since they started reading that promo.

      • Soaker Soaker Jul 15,2017 9:17 pm || Up

        One other thing about my musical cluelessness: Yesterday, Mulder’s group was immediately following Justin Timberlake’s group. That was sweet, because a lot of great viewing spots opened up as Timberlake cleared each green and moved on to the next tee. When we got to the 16th green, Timberlake was clowning around on the adjacent 17th tee, and apparently they were playing some of his songs on the speakers…but how the hell am I supposed to recognize a Justin Timberlake song?

        • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 15,2017 9:34 pm || Up

          for sure to everythng you said, but timberlake is not a bad dude

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Soaker Soaker Jul 15,2017 10:06 pm || Up

            Believe me, from walking the course, nobody who participates in this event is a “bad dude”…or they wouldn’t be here to begin with. It’s not a PGA event, and a positive attitude about engaging with the fans is an essential of the participation. At times we had to wait a bit for Timberlake so we could look ahead and watch him, and he loves it. That said, I don’t chat it up with Mulder, except to say something positive about his last shot (“nice bounce off the tree there, Mark”).

            • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 11:05 am || Up

              I had fun at that tourney the couple of times I went. I can now say I’ve seen Englebert Humperdinck play golf…which means I’ve led a full life.

              But seriously, folks...
              • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 11:12 am || Up

                It has become a very big event, probably too big. I’m not sure I want to take it seriously as a golf event any more; the PGA has a secondary event in Reno in a couple weeks to fill that slot. If I go again, rather than watching the best golfers I might walk along with someone like Al Michaels, who I walked with for a couple holes while waiting for Mulder’s tee time. He’s in his 70s (does not project the image of “little old man” on TV but in person that’s exactly what he is) and his golf certainly isn’t worth watching, but he’s chatting and cracking jokes the whole time.

                • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 11:18 am || Up

                  My biggest memory was seeing how bad of a swing Charles Barkley had…it was the worst golf swing I’d ever seen. I also got to boo Mike Shanahan and John Elway the second year I went so that was nice.

                  But seriously, folks...
  49. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:30 pm

    What happened to that Brugman kid?

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    • andeux andeux Jul 15,2017 7:37 pm || Up

      Northeastern Ohio gamblers got to him.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:40 pm || Up

        Well, I guess that means the hall of fame is out.

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  50. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:31 pm

    Why do I keep asking questions?

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 15,2017 9:11 pm || Up

      ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  51. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:35 pm

    So, the A’s are celebrating Rickey’s white jersey by wearing their green beer league softball jerseys. Why are they doing this and more importantly why do you park in a driveway and drive in a parkway?

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  52. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:42 pm

    Is there anything left for the A’s to name after Rickey Henderson? If they kept any of their players perhaps one of them could pull a Rickey and try and renegotiate their contract.

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  53. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:45 pm

    I’m calling it…this is the worst facial hair decade since the 1860’s.

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  54. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:46 pm

    I’m pretty sure if I gave my daughter a free A’s backpack for the school year she’d call child protective services.

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  55. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 7:48 pm

    In my Yonder Alonso fan fiction his dad is Hector Elizondo and they solve mysteries as a father and son private eye team.

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  56. andeux andeux Jul 15,2017 8:08 pm

    I think Fosse just compared Andrew Miller to Jim Mecir.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 8:11 pm || Up

      I still fear Mecir…sometimes I have flashbacks of his screwball getting screwed.

      But seriously, folks...
  57. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 8:14 pm

    Any requests?

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  58. andeux andeux Jul 15,2017 8:17 pm

    Matt Chapman is having a good game.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Jul 15,2017 8:22 pm || Up

      Raised his OPS from .466 to .726 tonight.

      TINSTAAFK
  59. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 8:17 pm

    Works for me.

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  60. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 8:33 pm

    What’s the difference between a touch outside and a bit outside? And I’d like an answer please.

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  61. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 8:34 pm

    How do I turn iron into gold? And I’d like an answer please.

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  62. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 8:43 pm

    Good win…fish tacos for everybody.

    But seriously, folks...
  63. Bed Bed Jul 15,2017 8:44 pm

    Walk off win and Free Kraut goes wild!

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker Jul 15,2017 8:49 pm || Up

      The win is nice but I don’t really give a rat’s ass about the Khris HR. That was the Matt Chapman game, and that’s why I’ll be watching the rest of the season.

  64. andeux andeux Jul 15,2017 8:47 pm

    I andeux credits Rickey for that win.

    TINSTAAFK
  65. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 15,2017 9:41 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  66. doctorK doctorK Jul 16,2017 10:55 am

    In case you have seen this on the many-faced book:

    • ptbnl Jul 16,2017 11:12 am || Up

      Ouch! What happened?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 16,2017 12:16 pm || Up

        you should have seen the other guy

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • doctorK doctorK Jul 16,2017 1:52 pm || Up

        Spinal stenosis in the C5-C6 and C6-C7 area. Now, in addition to being a metal head, I am now a metal neck.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 1:59 pm || Up

      If someone drops a briefcase behind you in the courtroom, don’t turn your head. You’ll blow the whole deal.

    • AV AV Jul 16,2017 10:18 pm || Up
      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  67. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 1:07 pm

    I’m going to have a tofu hot dog and a diet root beer while I watch the game…I’ll probably kill myself later.

    But seriously, folks...
  68. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 1:09 pm

    Glen and Ray are complaining about 44% humidity…amateurs.

    But seriously, folks...
  69. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 1:35 pm

    Let’s hope Chapman is more McGwire and less Piatt.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 1:46 pm || Up

      More Chavez and less Brosius. More Lansford and less Gross.

      • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 1:51 pm || Up

        If he becomes a cross between Lansford and Chavez I’ll have to talk my wife into have another kid just so I can name the kid after him whether it’s a boy or girl.

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  70. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 1:35 pm

    Trying to sneak an 0-2 fastball by Healy is madness. He’s dying to flail at that hook.

  71. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 1:39 pm

    Big hit here and Bauer is done for.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 1:41 pm || Up

      Like I said.

      Francona needs to have a talk with whoever called that pitch to Healy.

      • doctorK doctorK Jul 16,2017 1:56 pm || Up

        I was talking to my brother (who lives near Akron), and he was telling me that Bauer is a total head case. Sure looked like it today.

        • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 1:58 pm || Up

          Kuiper was basically calling him a head case during the broadcast and he’s not someone who normally rips people.

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        • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 1:59 pm || Up

          I don’t know whether former Reno Ace Bauer made himself unpopular while he was here, but it’s odd that the Aces are having a “Trevor Bauer Drone Bobblehead Day” next month.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 2:03 pm || Up

            That’s awesome. They should make it drip blood from its finger somehow.

  72. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 1:43 pm

    Great inning.

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  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 1:44 pm

    Eagerly looking forward to Coulombe and Axford and Casilla coughing this lead up in a couple of hours.

    • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 1:49 pm || Up

      I kinda like Coulombe.

      But seriously, folks...
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 1:52 pm || Up

        I like to think of my self as kind of a Cool Homme

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 3:12 pm || Up

      The reality is, this is about to be the reality.

  74. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 16,2017 1:45 pm

    Let’s Go, Oakland!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 16,2017 1:48 pm || Up

      Thanks goodness mlb blacks out the A’s game in Barcelona; I’d hate to think that I’d be cheating the potential Spanish fans of whatever team mlb considers the owner of Spanish territorial rights.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 1:49 pm || Up

        Seriously?

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 16,2017 1:58 pm || Up

          “Sorry, due to local broadcast restrictions, this programming is not available in your area.”

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 2:01 pm || Up

            Something about the way you’re connecting that makes MLB think you’re in the Bay Area? FWIW your IP shown here traces to Vodafone Spain in Barcelona.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 16,2017 2:12 pm || Up

              I’m using the nbcsports app as I would do at home, don’t have an mlb.com account. Basically the same problem I had while on the east coast last month.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • doctorK doctorK Jul 16,2017 2:14 pm || Up

                Yeah – I couldn’t watch the A’s last week when I was in Florida.

              • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 2:14 pm || Up

                Oh, I was thinking you were on MLB.tv. Yes, the NBC Sports app will only show you the game if you’re in the A’s territory.

              • andeux andeux Jul 16,2017 6:14 pm || Up

                I forget if you are a sonic customer now.
                But they offer free VPN which might make it look like you are in the bay area/

                TINSTAAFK
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 17,2017 12:40 am || Up

                  That’s a good thought, but i had to ditch sonic due to poor AT&T line speed at my location

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 1:52 pm || Up

        Well, I’m going to file that one under you learn something new everyday.

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  75. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 1:55 pm

    Part of me kind of wanted Brantley to throw Semien out too.

  76. doctorK doctorK Jul 16,2017 1:57 pm

    Nice timing to show that Battle of the Bay promo starring Doo. :(

    • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 1:59 pm || Up

      It would have been perfect if today was a Sean Doolittle bobblehead day.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 2:01 pm || Up

        They did trade Cespedes the day before his t-shirt day, as I recall.

  77. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:01 pm

    Joyce cost us a run there…if you’re going to go for two you have to be running full out.

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  78. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:10 pm

    A wasp has gotten inside my house. Do I call the police, the fire department, or both?

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  79. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 2:14 pm

    A $6 million option for Lowrie next year is a bargain. Someone is going to pony up for him.

    • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:16 pm || Up

      Maybe he can go back to the Sox and play third for them.

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    • lenscrafters Jul 17,2017 1:50 pm || Up

      Or maybe not. Yikes

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 17,2017 2:19 pm || Up

        I wonder how he knows that. it would be a pretty counterproductive thing for Beane or Forst to tell him.

        Maybe the agent trying to spark something?

        • lenscrafters Jul 17,2017 2:37 pm || Up

          I do remember in Moneyball, it talked about Gammons being one of the reporters Beane directly gives info to.

          But yeah, what’s the benefit in sharing something like this which only hurts your leverage? Unless of course other GMs are already well aware of this fact.

  80. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:15 pm

    Does Francona just like to get on TV? A pitching change down 5 with 2 outs in the 3rd inning…what?

    But seriously, folks...
  81. Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 2:17 pm

    Mulder, going for the three-peat, leads Derek Lowe by 6 points with 17 and 18 to play. An eagle is worth 6 points, and the par-5 18th can easily be reached in two so the fork isn’t quite in just yet.

    • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:19 pm || Up

      If memory serves it seems like former pitchers tend to win that thing a lot.

      But seriously, folks...
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 2:24 pm || Up

        Only two baseball players have ever won it, but they have combined for 10 wins. Rick Rhoden won it 8 times.

        • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:28 pm || Up

          That must be what I was remembering…I know he won it one of the year’s I went.

          But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 2:33 pm || Up

      Lowe chokes his way to a double on 17, so barring an albatross from Lowe on 18 Mulder just won.

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 2:56 pm || Up

      Steph Curry finishes fourth…look out next year, Mark.

      • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:59 pm || Up

        Curry will have plenty of time to practice after the mighty Kings knock the Warriors out of the playoffs next season.

        Soon after this post Bed had a massive stroke. His madness was first shown with the Highway to Heaven post which paled in craziness compared to his Kings rantings.

        But seriously, folks...
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 16,2017 3:02 pm || Up

          My Game of Thrones prediction: The Mad King wasn’t actually killed by Jaime Lannister, he went into exile as an educator in Arkansas and now goes by “Bed.”

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:03 pm || Up

            The truth finally comes to light.

            But seriously, folks...
  82. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:21 pm

    That multi-colored ebay advertisement should be the face of baseball the American League.

    But seriously, folks...
  83. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:30 pm

    I guess this is where I should probably admit I’m a Highway to Heaven truther…that was not a TV show, it was found footage showing the truth about angels here on Earth.

    But seriously, folks...
  84. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:36 pm

    This game thread is brought to you by Papa Johns…now almost two weeks without a food poisoning related death…Papa Johns…a better way to Pizza.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 2:41 pm || Up

      I lived for a bit in a place where Papa John’s was the best pizza delivery option. I could never understand that nasty sauce they brought with it. Was I supposed to pour it on the pizza?

      • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:44 pm || Up

        If Papa Johns was the best delivery option in an area I lived in I would move. I’ve gotten food poisoning twice from that joint. The only time I eat cheese anymore is with pizza so I take it seriously these days.

        But seriously, folks...
  85. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:50 pm

    The way Francona is going through pitchers they better have a 10 man bullpen.

    But seriously, folks...
  86. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:53 pm

    Wait a minute…the A’s are sending Bobby Wahl and Jake Smolinski…c’mon now that’s just way too much star power for an event.

    But seriously, folks...
  87. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 2:56 pm

    My Game of Thrones predictions…some people will die, some people will get naked, some naked people will die by dragons.

    But seriously, folks...
    • doctorK doctorK Jul 16,2017 3:41 pm || Up

      I wish winter was here. It’s 100 here in the south Bay.

      • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:45 pm || Up

        Mid July through August is the pits.

        But seriously, folks...
  88. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 3:00 pm

    I’m crushed that Marshawn Lynch threw out the first pitch and we don’t get him in the booth with Fosse for an inning.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 16,2017 3:03 pm || Up

      Hard to refuse to talk to the media that way.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:06 pm || Up

        Ray: So, Marshawn you won a championship playing for Seattle and now you play for another team that didn’t win a championship with you on the roster while you played for the team in Seattle. How will not winning a championship in Oakland while you played for Seattle effect you going forward as you try and win championship in Oakland while not playing for Seattle.

        But seriously, folks...
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 3:06 pm || Up

        Gotta make an exception to tell the world how great it feels.

  89. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:00 pm

    So, does Angela win a Peabody and Pulitzer or just one of those this year?

    But seriously, folks...
  90. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:02 pm

    Wow, Lindor ran on Khris Davis’ arm…that’s ballsy.

    But seriously, folks...
  91. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:11 pm

    So, Kid Rock and Caitlyn Jenner want to run for Senate…seriously, fuck this world.

    But seriously, folks...
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 16,2017 3:24 pm || Up

      Al Franken, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Bono, Fred Thomson, Ronald Reagan…

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:28 pm || Up

        Fred Thomson had previous political experience and was a nothing burger as a Senator. Ventura was a one term disaster, Bono was a back bencher congressman, and Reagan took us down a hole we have yet to crawl out of…I’ll stand with my previous post.

        But seriously, folks...
      • doctorK doctorK Jul 16,2017 3:33 pm || Up

        Fred Grandy.

        Funny story with him was that that political types in Iowa failed to disconnect his TV persona (Gopher, a moron) from reality (Magna cum laude Harvard grad). My memory of this was that his initial candidacy was not taken seriously until too late in the campaign to make a difference, and as a result managed a close victory against some local Democratic party hack. The seat was open because the incumbent Democrat did not run for reelection because he was battling Lyme disease (the real kind, not the “chronic” type pitched by today’s Woonatics).

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 3:37 pm || Up

        That dipshit Wisconsinite from the Real World

        • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:43 pm || Up

          There have always been famous people in politics…FSU is right. I would like to think people would stop voting for these people but the evidence shows otherwise.

          But seriously, folks...
          • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 3:47 pm || Up

            In addition to actors, how many generals have been elected President without any political experience? And, actually, without clear positions on issues; both the Republicans and Democrats were interested in Ike at one point.

            • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:53 pm || Up

              Yeah, the Presidency is a little different…we’ve taken several flyers on Presidents with little to no experience. It’s a mixed bag on the results. One of the reasons I didn’t support Obama in the primaries at first was due to his lack of experience. I never vote for the winner so I realize I’m out of touch with the mainstream.

              But seriously, folks...
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 4:01 pm || Up

              It’s hard to imagine that happening these days. Most generals are natural Republicans, and yet most aren’t racist or anti-government enough to win the nomination.

              I suppose that if you had another Douglas MacArthur, we might not dodge that bullet again.

              • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 4:04 pm || Up

                Hopefully we’ll never be in another war big enough to create another MacArthur…he would have be a Trump level disaster as President. One of my least favorite people in American history.

                But seriously, folks...
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 4:05 pm || Up

                  Same. Not to go all Trump, but “many people don’t know” what a wannabe dictator that asshole was.

                • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 4:07 pm || Up

                  One of the reasons Truman is my hero is that he fired that son of a bitch.

                  But seriously, folks...
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 4:14 pm || Up

                  The Robert Caro theory that LBJ outmaneuvered MacArthur when he tried to capitalize on the firing is also a favorite of mine.

                • doctorK doctorK Jul 16,2017 4:43 pm || Up

                  Had you been a soldier in his WWII armies, you might have a different opinion. I know they called him Dugout Doug and other such things, but as a general, the US never had anybody remotely close to his ability to maximize victories and minimize losses at the same time.

                  He was also a terrible politician, and would’ve been a terrible president. Ike was much better at both, but was nowhere near MacArthur’s abilities as a general.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 3:49 pm || Up

            It works for famous white guys at least, and mostly conservative white guys. Al Franken is the only liberal up there and he barely squeaked in during a presidential landslide.

            • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:55 pm || Up

              Being a white guy does tend to help in the United States. To make things fair perhaps white guys should lose the vote for a cycle or two…it would be interesting to see the results. I’m in if I don’t have to pay taxes for those election years.

              But seriously, folks...
  92. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 3:24 pm

    Very nice to see Manaea take the chance to get out of that.

  93. doctorK doctorK Jul 16,2017 3:24 pm

    Nice job by Manaea. Now for the two innings of terror.

    • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:29 pm || Up

      I like how he ground his way through the start.

      But seriously, folks...
      • doctorK doctorK Jul 16,2017 3:35 pm || Up

        Last two innings he gave up lead-off doubles and stranded both of them. A lot to like there.

  94. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 16,2017 3:37 pm

    Good night FKers. I’ll leave this one in the capable hands of our bullpen.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:40 pm || Up

      Nothing to worry about.

      But seriously, folks...
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 17,2017 12:40 am || Up

        Never in doubt.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  95. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 3:53 pm

    Six inches from a homer in two directions. Bummer.

    • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 3:56 pm || Up

      No, it’s five inches but it’s thick.

      But seriously, folks...
  96. Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 4:00 pm

    There was no way a 3-run lead was going to survive the top of the 9th. 5-run lead, there’s a chance.

  97. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 4:06 pm

    That delivery looks hard on his arm.

    But seriously, folks...
  98. Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 4:13 pm

    I hate to sentence Healy to DH-or-nothing so early, but he does look like a statue at first base.

    • Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 4:17 pm || Up

      I like Healy but he does have some things to work on…which is fine.

      But seriously, folks...
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 4:23 pm || Up

        As I said in the trades thread, I definitely want to see him start at first base for the rest of the season to find out if there’s any hope, but I’m less optimistic about that than about most of the other young players.

        • andeux andeux Jul 16,2017 6:20 pm || Up

          Really? I still like Healy a lot though he definitely needs work on both defense and plate discipline. I’m also optimistic about both Chapman and Barreto.
          Brugman looks awfully 4th- (or 5th-) outfielderish to me.
          I still don’t know what to make of Olson.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Soaker Soaker Jul 16,2017 6:42 pm || Up

            I’m just not sure Healy can ever become as fine a defensive first baseman as Jason Giambi was. It’s worth working on it, though. Brugman is Ryan Sweeney deja vu.

  99. Bed Bed Jul 16,2017 4:15 pm

    Good sweep…baked ziti for everyone.

    But seriously, folks...
  100. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 16,2017 4:21 pm

    Bless Kuiper’s heart for thinking this team can get to .500

  101. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 17,2017 2:50 pm

  102. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 17,2017 4:16 pm

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 18,2017 9:22 am || Up

      Doesn’t Cal Athletics currently have a disastrous deficit due in large part to poor ticket and suite sales since the renovation of Memorial Stadium? Not saying that’s this guy’s fault, of course, but still.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  103. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 17,2017 5:37 pm

    Back to the drawing board, Mitch

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 17,2017 5:46 pm || Up

      Not sure I follow his logic here, but whatever.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 17,2017 7:20 pm || Up

        Glad to see McCain is feeling well enough to take a crap on McConnell when he most needs it.

        • andeux andeux Jul 17,2017 7:24 pm || Up

          Back to his old self: talking tough and principled when there is not a vote or any other consequences involved.

          TINSTAAFK
        • sslinger Jul 18,2017 9:57 am || Up

          This twitter burst from Harry Reid’s former staffer is relevant here.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 17,2017 7:29 pm || Up

      Ahahahaha “Republicans” in the third person

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2017 10:15 am || Up

        Please clap

        • dmoas Jul 18,2017 10:23 am || Up

          I’m not impressed. Verdict: Lie.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2017 10:24 am || Up

            Not only that, but there’s no way McConnell had 48 votes.

            • nevermoor nevermoor Jul 18,2017 11:10 am || Up

              Yeah, though Capito got the right statement out a bit too late to be super credible.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2017 12:11 pm || Up

                Her “I didn’t come to Washington to hurt people” line this morning was pretty pointed.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2017 10:44 am || Up

      • Soaker Soaker Jul 18,2017 12:00 pm || Up

        Well, nobody in Congress is dumb enough to say “repeal now and replace later”. That is effectively what has already happened in my county with the insurer pullouts, and the result is that nobody outside of a group plan will have insurance in 2018. If they did that and the insurer pullouts became even more widepsread, the Democrats would win about 350 House seats.

        • andeux andeux Jul 18,2017 12:09 pm || Up

          Mitch McConnell might be that dumb. But he clearly doesn’t have the votes.

          As for the electoral consequences, some of these proposals have been designed to not really do anything until after the 2018 elections. I would like to believe that (enough) people are smart enough to see through that, but on the other hand isn’t taking away people’s healthcare pretty much the platform that most of these assholes have been running on for the past 8 years?

          TINSTAAFK
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2017 12:15 pm || Up

            Assuming McConnell has a strategy at this point, him saying they’d vote on delayed repeal seems like a way for him to prove to the hard right (and their donor patrons) that the votes aren’t there.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2017 12:48 pm || Up

          Signs emerging that some of them aren’t as dumb as they have been acting.

  104. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 17,2017 5:40 pm

    Damn, Vogt just got nailed in the head on a play at the plate. He’s been down on his back for a while.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 17,2017 5:43 pm || Up

      He walked off the field, so that’s good.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 17,2017 5:51 pm || Up

    • colin colin Jul 18,2017 7:24 am || Up

      Also yesterday, Donaldson lost grip on his bat with terrifying consequences.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 18,2017 9:27 am || Up

        As an ex-catcher, since the advent of the hockey style mask I guess I understand why some guys still choose the old mask-over-helmet method, though I wouldn’t. But sticking with mask-over-hat is just idiotic.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • dmoas Jul 18,2017 10:24 am || Up

          It’s kind of begging for something like that to happen. Does this guy want the pillow thing instead of a chest protector?

        • colin colin Jul 18,2017 12:43 pm || Up

          Do any home plate umps wear helmets? I thought that mask + hat was the norm.

          • Soaker Soaker Jul 18,2017 12:58 pm || Up

            Several do. Kerwin Danley has had issues with concussions that have caused him to have lengthy absences, so he would be one.

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            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 18,2017 2:36 pm || Up

              A google image search also shows Ed Hickox (who won a suit vs Rawlings for a defective old-style mask), CB Bucknor (too late), Bill Welke (retired?), and Manny Gonzales (who?) at least.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."

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