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Hey Nineteen 123

It’s a divided-attention night with action going on in both Boston and Cleveland. However it goes down, get out the Cuervo Gold and the fine Colombian and make tonight a wonderful thing.

Tuesday at 4:10:
Oakland at Boston: Sean Manaea vs. Eduardo Rodriguez
Detroit at Cleveland: Matthew Boyd vs. Corey Kluber (on MLB Network)

Wednesday at 9:10 a.m:
Detroit at Cleveland: Buck Farmer vs. Mike Clevinger

Wednesday at 4:10:
Oakland at Boston: Jharel Cotton vs. Doug Fister

Thursday at 10:35 a.m.:
Oakland at Boston: Daniel Gossett vs. Drew Pomeranz

123 thoughts on “Hey Nineteen

  1. Soaker Soaker Sep 12,2017 4:55 pm

    The Tigers survived that bases-loaded jam, but early on watching this Cleveland game feels like standing next to the mysterious package that’s making a loud ticking sound.

  2. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 4:59 pm

    dammit, I didn’t even remember there are stoopid east coast games in september

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  3. andeux andeux Sep 12,2017 5:01 pm

    The road A’s are back.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2017 5:04 pm || Up

      A’s home record: 42-33
      Astros home record: 41-31

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 12,2017 5:05 pm || Up

      Yeah, I’m sticking to Cleveland unless this game gets out of hand.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 6:00 pm || Up

        tom hamilton i hope

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker Sep 12,2017 6:20 pm || Up

          No, I’m not into the screaming.

          I chose the right game, but the Tigers aren’t scoring 3 runs tonight.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 6:24 pm || Up

            i got used to the screaming, its not my favorite, but I get it. i just love his commentary

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  4. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 5:02 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  5. Soaker Soaker Sep 12,2017 5:18 pm

    A crisp 81 pitches through 3 innings for Boyd. It’s up to the Tigers’ September bullpen to uphold the honor of the 2002 A’s.

  6. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 5:21 pm

    lowrie….

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  7. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 5:40 pm

    pedroia really bugs

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  8. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2017 5:46 pm

    No, we can’t dance together.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Sep 12,2017 6:23 pm || Up

      Skate a little lower now.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 12,2017 6:32 pm || Up

        If the A’s found some sweet things from Boston so young and willing when they got into town last night, that could account for this evening’s performance.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2017 6:47 pm || Up

          Yeah really they should’ve been getting into bar fights /hudson

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  9. Soaker Soaker Sep 12,2017 6:39 pm

    A’s attendance in 2002:
    Game 17 (Saturday): 42,841
    Game 18 (Sunday): 37,676
    Game 19 (Monday): 26,325
    Game 20 (Wednesday): 55,528

    Indians attendance in 2017 (I think capacity is around 35K now):
    Game 17 (Saturday): 30,459
    Game 18 (Sunday): 21,259
    Game 19 (Monday): 18,521
    Game 20? (Tuesday): 24,654

    • andeux andeux Sep 12,2017 6:49 pm || Up

      I got $1 tickets for game 20 while I was at either 18 or 19.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 11:54 am || Up

      Game 21? (Wednesday afternoon): 29,346

  10. Soaker Soaker Sep 12,2017 6:53 pm

    I thought there was a pretty good chance 20 would stand for the rest of my life. Oh well.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 7:01 pm || Up

      good news is, the way winning cycles go, i bet this hapopens again soon

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  11. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 6:59 pm

    good ab by nunez

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2017 7:14 pm

    So I guess we’re going to fall 15 short of our own bid for another 20. Bummer.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2017 7:23 pm || Up

      If we start tomorrow we can get to 18 wins by Oct 1.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2017 8:13 pm
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2017 8:16 pm || Up

      As for the ballpark project, the A’s expect to spend the next nine months to a year negotiating with the college district — a deal that, among other things, requires finding 50,000 square feet of space for Peralta’s new headquarters. The A’s would be on the hook to find the space and pay for it.

      If that agreement can be worked out, the A’s expect to spend another 18 months completing an environmental impact report, followed by several months securing all the necessary city permits. Under the most optimistic projections, construction would begin in 2021, and the ballpark would open two years later.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 8:46 pm || Up

        atlanta announced and moved in a year

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2017 10:25 pm || Up

        Tying the mixed-use development revenue to Peralta’s end of the land deal is genius. It’s all fungible but this puts the speculative future $ on Peralta’s ledger and makes the A’s look like good local partners besides. The timeline is ambitious but they might get close by liberal use of go-away money to potential opponents.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 12,2017 9:09 pm || Up

      I see that Slusser escaped the assignment of covering this horrendous road trip, consisting of the A’s annual battering in Fenway followed by six days of September dreck in Philly and Detroit.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 16,2017 5:03 pm || Up

        Kind of sad to see AP game stories in the Chron. I feel a little cheated as a subscriber.

  14. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 9:38 pm

    AJ hinch knows the astros are on the hook for another $60M with verlander, yeah?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  15. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2017 11:50 pm

    mbbait

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 11:27 am
    • AV AV Sep 13,2017 11:43 am || Up

      hope that dog was going to a gay dog wedding.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • batgirl batgirl Sep 13,2017 6:16 pm || Up

      That’s fabulous.

  17. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 11:30 am

    There’s still hope, but the 2002 A’s are standing on the rim of the dustbin of history. Nobody remembers the former record holder.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2017 11:40 am || Up

      Except they made a movie about ours.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 13,2017 6:46 pm || Up

      A’s were never the record holder

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  18. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 12:03 pm

    LOL on Carlos Santana trying for the inside-the-park home run. Somebody is getting overconfident.

  19. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 12:11 pm

    I hope they lose to the Twins in the Division Series.

    • MikeV MikeV Sep 13,2017 2:02 pm || Up

      and its a bunch of fucking 10am game times.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 3:03 pm || Up

        The AL East division winner would be in the other series so that’s a foregone conclusion.

  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 2:02 pm

    Oh my god.

    • andeux andeux Sep 13,2017 2:05 pm || Up

      Tom Scott plays on four of the other tracks on Gaucho but not on “Hey Nineteen.”

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 3:21 pm || Up

        The SteelyDan.com website (which I guess is official because it says “© 1996-2017 Walter Becker and Donald Fagen”) is still listing tour dates in the US and Europe in October, which might be a problem. Although the Dead did a US/Europe tour starting about a month after Brent died, so who knows.

  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 3:35 pm

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2017 3:49 pm || Up

      The real answer I think is none of those, but rather the mentions Kaval made that the Laney site was much more attractive to their financing sources.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 4:01 pm || Up

        Yes, those are the three “biggest reasons that directly affect the fans’ game day experience”. I don’t quite buy Howard Terminal being colder than Candlestick. Nome, Alaska isn’t colder than Candlestick.

  22. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 4:03 pm

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 4:07 pm || Up

      Which would be about a 50-60 degree counterclockwise rotation vs. the Coliseum (where 3B line is pretty close to due north-south).

      • dmoas Sep 13,2017 4:15 pm || Up

        So depending on design, the sun in your eyes spot of evening games would be the first base line fans and the first base dugout?

        • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 4:26 pm || Up

          Yes, especially in May-June-July. Left field would never be difficult for an outfielder. In September and October day games, the right fielder would have it pretty tough.

          • dmoas Sep 13,2017 4:34 pm || Up

            For some reason I thought it would improve the right field scenario making it more in line with center field. But I’m probably not properly accounting for the sun’s direction in the Coli.

            • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 4:40 pm || Up

              I have the line from home plate to center field being close to directly south to north. Petco Park in San Diego has that orientation.

              • dmoas Sep 13,2017 6:45 pm || Up

                I think you may be rotating it clockwise rather than counter-clockwise.

                • andeux andeux Sep 13,2017 6:48 pm || Up

                  No. The (crude) picture on newballpark.org matches the comments above: 3rd base line parallel to 880, home-to-second due North.

                  TINSTAAFK
                • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 7:00 pm || Up

                  And here’s the Coliseum, with the 3B line something like 5-10 degrees east of due north (where’s my protractor?). So if we’re going to point the 3B line 45 degrees west of due north, that’s a 50-55 degree counterclockwise rotation.

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                • dmoas Sep 13,2017 7:27 pm || Up

                  Right. So if right now the sun goes directly into the rightfielder’s eyes, how is rotating to the left going to bring that into centerfield (which is already to the left of right)?

                • andeux andeux Sep 13,2017 7:37 pm || Up

                  During late season day games the sun in mostly to the South, and only slightly West. (per this site 180 degrees (S) at 1 PM, 240 degrees (WSW) at 4 PM). Which will be the direction a RF will be facing in the new park (down the line is 225 degrees, so a fielder will be at around 210).

                  TINSTAAFK
                • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 7:55 pm || Up

                  Here are the Coliseum and Petco Park side-by-side. Whichever direction you think is a sun issue at the Coliseum, just draw a parallel line on Petco. As you said, the first base side stands particularly further down the right field line would be in the sun at 7 p.m. in the summer.

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                • dmoas Sep 13,2017 8:04 pm || Up

                  I didn’t realize you were talking about day games. Must have glossed over that originally.

                • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 8:35 pm || Up

                  On this same subject, the oddest alignment in the major leagues is at Comerica Park in Detroit. The A’s are playing a 1:10 start game next Wednesday, Sept. 20, so if the sun is out it comes toward a right-handed batter from the right field foul pole at a somewhat low autumnal equinox angle. Turn on that game at the start and you’ll notice the odd lighting effect. I guess the good part is that no fielder should ever lose a fly ball in the sun there.

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  23. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 4:21 pm

    I wonder how many times I have seen the A’s lose in Fenway after leading by four. Probably not as many as I think, but not a tiny number either.

    • ptbnl Sep 13,2017 4:34 pm || Up

      One fewer than you will have by the end of today.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 5:23 pm || Up

        I found three instances since 2010 (A’s are 8-20 in Fenway since 2010 entering tonight):

        June 7, 2015
        June 3, 2011
        June 1, 2010

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 5:29 pm || Up
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2017 5:40 pm || Up

            I had somehow blocked the Tim Worrell era from my mind. Also that may have been the pinnacle of AJ Hinch’s career.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 5:52 pm || Up

              That was right around when Ramon Hernandez got called up, so the writing was on the wall for A.J.

              • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 5:59 pm || Up

                Aside from Hinch and Christenson, both of whom have wisely fled to managing, there are some pretty impressive OPS in that A’s lineup. It’s too bad Jaha was made of glass.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 6:04 pm || Up

                  That team was fun. I was pretty fired up when we added Randy Velarde to that murderer’s row.

                • vignette17 Sep 14,2017 9:00 am || Up

                  I’m gonna be honest, the only thing I remember about Velarde is the unassisted triple play.

          • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 5:40 pm || Up

            Even our World Champions did this shit. It’s been going on since I started watching baseball.

  24. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2017 4:55 pm

    Cycle alert for Jed (triple and double, with 3 more PA likely).

  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 5:16 pm

    Matt Olson is good.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 7:56 pm || Up

      His OPS is now a cool 1.000 and the defense is top notch.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 13,2017 7:59 pm || Up

        i am excited about this version of the matts.

        I just wsh the mediocre logjam at 2b/lf/dh would resolve itself

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 8:14 pm || Up

          I think we are going to find a middle infield out of Barreto, Shrock, Munoz, Neuse, Mateo, and maybe one of those guys or Pinder ends up in left field. Boog might make for a good utility outfielder.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 8:17 pm || Up

          I’m far more worried about the late inability to develop any pitching whatsoever.

  26. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2017 5:19 pm

    More dangerous: Kim Jong Un with a nuke or Jharel Cotton with a lead?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  27. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 6:35 pm
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2017 7:30 pm || Up

      Put it to music and replace Sweet Caroline.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2017 6:39 pm
  29. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 13,2017 7:18 pm

    Eck is decent at his job

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • colin colin Sep 14,2017 6:56 am || Up

      I’m stuck with a lot of Red Sox games on my tv. He goes a little overboard with goofy slang (though it seems pretty genuine coming from him) but he also provides good insights. It’s also funny when the Red Sox play the A’s because he turns into a bit of a reverse-homer.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2017 1:17 pm || Up

        he seems to really like baseball and either remembers lots of stuff or does homework

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  30. elcroata elcroata Sep 14,2017 9:43 am
    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  31. elcroata elcroata Sep 14,2017 10:50 am

    I have sadz

    “You’re not going to need the gloves or the bats today”.

    Instead we would get the shovels and the wheelbarrows and would spend the next few hours grudgingly trying to make the couple of acres of thick mud and scarce grass in a city block whose name no foreigner could ever pronounce resemble a baseball field. Hell, any field.

    Looking back, there’s no doubt in my mind that it was baseball, both building the field and playing on it, that helped me stay sane, something by far not a given in Croatia in the early nineties. I left after we won the championship in ’96, and although I would later call other fields my home field, none of them would be home. This one was, and I kept coming back, watching with pride how the new generations took our place, how they played the game with same zeal we did, and how the field itself grew and became more beautiful with time.

    Today, the mayor of Zagreb and American ambassador to Croatia were on my field, and they, too, had shovels. There was groundbreaking and celebrity rejoicing, but there will be no more baseball in Središ?e.

    The field officially belonged to the City, which relinquished the property in favor of the State, which in turn donated the land to the American International School which will construct new buildings there. The fine irony of American institution killing baseball.

    This was the only baseball field in a million souls capital of Croatia, the place where Jamie Moyer once came to teach us the fine aspects of the game, the field that played host to a World Cup qualifier. Zagreb, the official seat of the Confederation of European Baseball, the city with no baseball fields.

    For Zagreb kids who love the game and pursue it against all odds, it’s back to the roots, quite literally, on some new neglected meadow nobody wants now. The days of not needing the gloves or the bats are ahead of them, and here’s to the hope they find as much inspiration on their journey of building their home as we did with ours.

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2017 11:26 am || Up

      Damn ec, that’s a really tough loss.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • elcroata elcroata Sep 14,2017 11:30 am || Up

        It sucks. Here’s one when Jamie Moyer was young and the field old

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2017 1:20 pm || Up

      americans are terrible

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • batgirl batgirl Sep 14,2017 6:52 pm || Up

      That sucks.

  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 11:17 am

    Fenway baserunning adventures are less maddening when I’m beyond caring much about the outcome.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2017 11:29 am || Up

      I’m on Gameday only, how did Pinder manage to get out at 2nd without Semien scoring?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 11:34 am || Up

        I was only half paying attention, but it looked like Pinder took a big turn at first and then stopped, hoping to get in a rundown while Semien scored. But Semien hesitated and danced a bit after rounding third, and he didn’t make it home in time.

  33. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 11:32 am

    So if the target opening for the ballpark is 2023, that’s right when the Chapman, Olson, Barreto core will be hitting free agency. I wonder whether Fisher and Beane are willing to give some long-term deals over the next couple of years to keep the fanbase onside during the long process toward construction.

    • andeux andeux Sep 14,2017 11:54 am || Up

      They would be free agents after 2023 (or possibly even later for Barreto) so could still be here through the first year in the new stadium before requiring truly huge contracts. But even that would be a (welcome) change, since in recent years the strategy has been to flip players after only 3 or 4 years.
      The related question is if the payroll then really does go up significantly when the new stadium opens, or if most of the new revenue just goes toward paying off new debt.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 12:04 pm || Up

        The loss of revenue sharing money over the next couple of years also complicates matters.

      • ptbnl Sep 14,2017 12:16 pm || Up

        Whichever way it goes, I’m guessing the days of two front row seats for under $100 are gone.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2017 1:21 pm || Up

          I think its cute you all think there will be a 2023 to lose the front row seats

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • batgirl batgirl Sep 14,2017 6:53 pm || Up

          That sucks.

  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 11:37 am

    Fenway outfield alignment: Núñez-Canha-Pinder

    Advice to Gossett: groundballs

  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 11:55 am

    lmfao at Melvin’s TOOTBLAN face

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 11:58 am || Up

      Chip Hale was making a pretty good one behind him too.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2017 12:04 pm || Up

        I’m assuming this regards what Gameday described as “Phegley flies into sacrifice double play.”

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 12:20 pm || Up

          Yes, and that’s amazing.

          • ptbnl Sep 14,2017 12:25 pm || Up

            My favorite was the game-ending “Kendall scores on defensive indifference.”

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 15,2017 8:36 am || Up

              This is what led me to AN, and therefore to all of you fools. So I agree totally.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 11:59 am

    Shutdown inning fail

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2017 1:22 pm || Up

      is it really a fail when its expected?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2017 2:05 pm

    Didn’t get swept

  38. vignette17 Sep 14,2017 2:56 pm

    The Giants officially have the worst winning percentage in baseball. The A’s check in at #7.

  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2017 10:31 am

  40. AV AV Sep 15,2017 4:24 pm

    repo man’s got all night, every night.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 15,2017 10:22 pm || Up

      So many great characters…Brain, Travis in Paris TX, the guy in Big Love, Straight Story, on and on, I’m down the imdb wormhole. Bud was the best though.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  41. colin colin Sep 15,2017 8:02 pm

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