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Playoffs Game Thread #1 383

No A’s blah but still baseball yay.

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  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2017 5:15 pm

    The first Twins batter goes deep.

  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2017 5:18 pm

    What is this “Take 17” business?

  3. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2017 5:21 pm

    Yankee pitcher might not make it out of the first.

  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2017 5:34 pm

    Son of a

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2017 5:39 pm || Up

      Argh, that one was painful even by the rarified standards of painful A’s home playoff losses. To this day I haven’t seen Terrence Long fail to catch the drive to the gap (I was in bleachers).

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2017 5:44 pm || Up

        I watched that one in New York. All of the trash I had talked during Game 4 came back to bite me in the ass.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 3,2017 9:54 pm || Up

        Yeah, but as I remember it the game-long teAse kind of reinvigorated everyone until it fell short.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • ptbnl Oct 4,2017 8:00 am || Up

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • dmoas Oct 4,2017 9:30 am || Up

        Most painful for me is still the one where Tejada gave up running and Byrnes tried to kick the catcher rather than touch home plate. But hey, let’s give a game winning walk off home run to really make you angry.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 4,2017 11:17 am || Up

          Too soon…all of you!

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 12:26 pm || Up

          That was a road game.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • ptbnl Oct 4,2017 1:03 pm || Up

            2003 Game 3 in Boston.

            Let us never speak of it again.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • AV AV Oct 4,2017 5:40 am || Up

      is that the game zito gave up a half doz in the 1st? i think that’s the game i decided to become an A’s fan and called some friends in oakland from my loft apartment in williamsburg.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  5. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2017 5:44 pm

    There’s a guy in the crowd behind home plate with a super tiny head dwarfed by a huge Yankees jacket reminiscent of David Byrne’s Big Suit. I paused and looked closer to figure out if it was some poor microcephaly victim…turns out it’s Spike Lee!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2017 5:47 pm

    Goddamn it Santana.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2017 7:48 pm

    Man, Gary Sanchez sucks at the literal act of catching. And now he has the sore balls to prove it.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  8. andeux andeux Oct 3,2017 8:18 pm

    TINSTAAFK
  9. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2017 8:20 pm

    Time stands still during Yankees games. That’s not a compliment.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  10. ptbnl Oct 3,2017 8:27 pm

    Bah … so much schadenfreude.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  11. andeux andeux Oct 3,2017 8:40 pm

    Pitcher drops the throw at first, but runner misses first base completely and is tagged out trying to get back. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

    TINSTAAFK
  12. batgirl batgirl Oct 4,2017 7:48 am

    Huh. I wouldn’t have guessed the total loss value of a stolen ’99 Honda Civic is $2923.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 4,2017 8:38 am || Up

      I wsh my 96 2 door accord had been stolen 10 years ago

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 12:20 pm || Up

      That’s not bad for an 18 year old car, I’d guess that’s a larger fraction of the original cost than any American made car would yield, and most others as well.

      That said, bummer! I know you’ve liked that Civic a lot. Where’d it get pinched ftom?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • batgirl batgirl Oct 4,2017 12:48 pm || Up

        In front of my house :( I was not suprised. We had an old Acura stolen about 5 years ago. They abandoned it up on Cragmont with no rims/wheels and a busted ignition.

        I looooooved that car. I’m so sad.

  13. elcroata elcroata Oct 4,2017 12:51 pm

    FKwiz:

    Can you name a player who had a WPA of 1.5 in a single game? He came off the bench in the 8th inning, and hit three home runs in his three trips to the plate, two run shot to go from one down to one up, two run shot to tie it and a solo shot to tie it.

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • AV AV Oct 4,2017 12:57 pm || Up

      there’s only one answer here: no. no, i can’t.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Soaker Soaker Oct 4,2017 2:46 pm || Up

      Talk about a battle of horrible bullpens.

      • elcroata elcroata Oct 4,2017 9:27 pm || Up

        His team still lost by three runs

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Soaker Soaker Oct 5,2017 1:07 pm || Up

      I found the game, and yes the relief pitching was pretty bad on both sides. As to the 1.5 WPA player, I thought I remembered every Ryan Langerhans-type who appeared for the Oakland A’s, excluding some September call-ups, but I didn’t recall this guy wearing the Green and Gold at all. Steve Vucinich might even have forgotten him. He concluded his career with 8 pinch-hitting appearances for the A’s over about a three-week span, going 0-for-7 with a walk. I’m guessing they didn’t cut him in on a World Series share, or if they did they gave him something like $25.

  14. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 7:55 pm

    Let’s go Rockies!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  15. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 7:58 pm

    Dan Schulman is the bizarro world Joe Buck. Pleasant and informative. No hair plugs. Just needs a Spock beard.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Oct 4,2017 8:13 pm || Up

      ??? Shulman worked the Yankees game for ESPN last night. The TBS guy working with Darling is Ernie Johnson.

      Also re postseason announcers, if you’ve been missing Chris Berman, he is resurfacing on the ESPN Radio broadcasts of Red Sox-Astros.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 8:19 pm || Up

        Oops, Prop 215 moment. Ernie is the anti-Buck. I do like Shulman too though, esp on college hoops calls.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  16. Soaker Soaker Oct 4,2017 8:06 pm

    Neshek vs. Archie Bradley and Soaker rolls the 1-12 ohhh fuuuuuck in pre-computer Strat-O-Matic.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 8:11 pm || Up

      Heh heh, thanks for that.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  17. ptbnl Oct 4,2017 8:08 pm

    A 2-run triple to the pitcher? Oh Pat …

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  18. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 8:24 pm

    Exciting game!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Oct 4,2017 8:27 pm || Up

      If you’re going to ask me to sit here for 4 hours watching teams I don’t care about, it can’t be dreck like last night’s.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 8:49 pm || Up

        Less relevant now, maybe, but on checking 2014 A’s-Royals remains the only one-run margin WC game.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 4,2017 8:44 pm

    Hoping the Rockies come back and win this. These Arizona uniforms cannot be normalized.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 4,2017 8:49 pm || Up

      i don’t know what they are wearing tonight. the home unis are terrible, but I lke the road charcoals

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 8:51 pm || Up

        The new snake/ball cartoon logo is horrible. The old one was so much better.

        Both these teams sport matte helmets.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 4,2017 8:49 pm

    Jeff Mathis is still in baseball.

  21. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 4,2017 8:50 pm

    I began hatng the one and out format, but upon reflection, none of theses teams should be in the playoffs, so who cares

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Oct 4,2017 8:52 pm || Up

      That’s what I was thinking after last night. Thank goodness we weren’t asked to endure a best-of-3 or best-of-5 Yankees-Twins series.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 4,2017 8:56 pm || Up

        Because of the nature of the sport, its not NBA level futility. 2 Wildcard teams have won the world series since 2012, which seems lame.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 9:00 pm || Up

          Just one WC WS winner since new format 2012 I think.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 4,2017 9:25 pm || Up

            ack. you are right. there are things i don’t think about too much.

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 10:29 pm || Up

              2014 was so horrible it felt like both KC and SF won.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 8:54 pm || Up

      I’ve come to like the one game format, it’s very un-baseball like and thus the drama seems artificial, but I like the high stakes regardless.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • dmoas Oct 4,2017 10:42 pm || Up

        Whatever is lost in terms of fairness/baseballness, I think we gain a lot on the drama/stakes and what it does for the division champion. Too often second place got to coast and now you actually have to play for something. Though I wouldn’t be opposed to doing a triple header wildcard series all in one day.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 6,2017 11:45 am || Up

        Interesting suggestion via Bruce Jenkins (insert blind pig – acorn joke here): in Korean League, the top seed WC team only needs one win to advance, but lower seed must win twice. Played as a doubleheader if game 2 is required.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 6,2017 12:11 pm || Up

          This is a pretty good idea. Similar to some of the scenarios you see in CWS where if 1 team makes it through undefeated the other has to take 2 to advance. It definitely makes it more of a challenge which it could/should be. And if both halves of the DH are played it becomes a real impediment for the WC team that wins and has to play again in 2 days-which again should be the way it is.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • batgirl batgirl Oct 6,2017 1:41 pm || Up

          I like that!

        • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 6,2017 2:03 pm || Up

          that is how i thought the division series should have been before the extra wild card game

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • dmoas Oct 6,2017 2:18 pm || Up

          Damn. I really like that one.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 8:56 pm || Up

      Is that Adam Rosales in the D-backs dugout?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2017 8:58 pm || Up

        Huh, so it is, he’s even active.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Oct 4,2017 9:03 pm || Up

          Darkhorse choice for the Willie Mays Award for World Series MVP. Speaking of which, I noticed that Scott Brosius got a promotion to third base coach for the Mariners for 2018.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 4,2017 8:59 pm || Up

      I wish teams didn’t have as many available pitchers as they do.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 4,2017 9:27 pm || Up

        roster size 20, get rid of divisions.

        those would be good changes

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  22. Soaker Soaker Oct 4,2017 9:04 pm

    Gotta have Sheriff Joe throw out the first pitch at NLDS Game 3, right?

    • dmoas Oct 4,2017 10:44 pm || Up

      Only if he does an illegal search and profile of both teams afterward.

  23. elcroata elcroata Oct 4,2017 11:16 pm
    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 5,2017 9:19 am || Up

      If you refer to women as “females”……you might be an asshole.

      • elcroata elcroata Oct 5,2017 9:22 am || Up

        Also, don’t ever venture into ESPN comment section

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • MikeV MikeV Oct 5,2017 9:38 am || Up

        That’s why I call them broads.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

  24. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 5,2017 9:14 am

    Playoff teams ranked by FSU rooting interest:

    1. Houston
    2. Cleveland
    3. NYY
    4. Washington
    5. LAD
    6. Arizona
    7. Chicago
    8. Getting kicked in the nuts
    9. Boston

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • elcroata elcroata Oct 5,2017 9:18 am || Up

      So Red Sox – Cubs WS it is

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 5,2017 9:34 am || Up

      I can buy most of this.

      Really want to see Houston take it all so the Grizzlies can laugh about this

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • dmoas Oct 5,2017 9:55 am || Up

        Only if that is the ring that they use when they get rings.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 5,2017 11:03 am || Up

      its hard. based on players, boston isn’t so bad. Every team has a bauer/peroid/gardner/werth/lester.

      I dislike the fans of boston, la, and chicago the most. I like sean, brandon, jose altuve, josh reddick, starlin castro, lindor.

      i have respect for harper, kershaw and greinke.

      If the clevelands name and mascot weren’t so offensive, I might root for them.

      I suppose I would be equally OKish with your first 4.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 5,2017 3:25 pm || Up

      NYY too high. In our house you have Houston two slots too high after that correction, but that’s Mrs. N’s rooting interests talking.

      I’d put NYY #7 because the team is fun.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • harensheir15 harensheir15 Oct 6,2017 11:29 am || Up

      Once Cleveland and Houston sweep their respective series, I’m good. Although, Altuve is awesome and I wouldn’t mind Houston going all the way.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 9:51 pm || Up

      Round 1 ends 2-2 in series wins/losses of the more highly rated FSU Rootability Index teams. 10-7 in games on the FSURI. Much better than I usually do.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 23,2017 11:53 am || Up

        Two more series wins by higher ranked FSURI teams in the LCS’s, making it 4-2 in more rootable series wins and 18-11 in games. Go Astros! Daddy needs a more likeable pair of shoes.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  25. andeux andeux Oct 5,2017 10:09 am
    TINSTAAFK
  26. AV AV Oct 5,2017 11:15 am

    hope you get a chance to catch argentina – peru (4:30pacific today) even if only to see my favorite stadium in action. not sure why they switched from the monumental to la bonbonera (prolly cábala / superstitious luck adjustment) but i’m glad my home team is playing at my club team’s home.

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

      Can’t wait for this one.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 5,2017 4:26 pm || Up

      Stadium looks very cool on tv.

      I also only just realized that the name refers to bon bons.

      • AV AV Oct 5,2017 5:18 pm || Up

        yep, bon bon box.

        my feed is reverse of what i’m used to. usually you are looking at the dugouts, which are built into the vertical skyboxes on the side. makes it look even more intimate.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 5,2017 6:01 pm || Up

          The steep angle looking down from the skyboxes is great, especially when someone leans out of a box right in front of the camera.

    • AV AV Oct 5,2017 5:20 pm || Up

      halftime.

      so far, so nothing.

      and with chile scoring, argentina is out of the WC.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 5,2017 5:29 pm || Up

        Your boys are dominating, but it sure feels like they are depending on Messi to make everything happen.

        I might get Biglia off before this Brazilian ref shows him the door on a Peru counter.

        • AV AV Oct 5,2017 5:49 pm || Up

          biglia is playing good tho. no?

          on my drive home, radio said that he was already forgiven a straight red.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 5,2017 5:51 pm || Up

            He is. Nearly scored right out of halftime.

            But man, his yellow was for a nasty, nasty hit. He needs to be careful for sure.

            • AV AV Oct 5,2017 6:29 pm || Up

              :(((((

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 5,2017 6:30 pm || Up

        That was rough. Sorry man. Not sure how the ball stayed out of the net for you.

        Good news is I think you still control your fate because Colombia shat the bed.

        • ptbnl Oct 5,2017 10:16 pm || Up

          Having to play their last game in Quito is tough though.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 6,2017 9:32 am || Up

            And they pretty much have to win it. A draw would only be good enough to get them to the playoff if Peru loses at home to Colombia AND Paraguay fails to win at home against Venezuela.

            A win would assure Argentina of the playoff, and would qualify them directly if Chile fails to win at Brazil OR Peru and Colombia draw OR Peru beats Colombia by a smaller margin than Argentina beats Ecuador.

            Disclaimer: I may well have FKed up the math. There are a lot of scenarios.

            • MikeV MikeV Oct 6,2017 9:46 am || Up

              Messi has to be in the World Cup.

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

              Thanks, and go As.

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 6,2017 9:51 am || Up

                Seriously.

                That team is so stacked that Dybala and Icardi, two of the very best players in Serie A, couldn’t even get off the bench last night. And yet.

                • MikeV MikeV Oct 6,2017 10:40 am || Up

                  Rumor has it that they can’t figure out how to get Messi and Dybala on the field together because they play the same position.

                  There was an interesting discussion on reddit showing their season long heat maps for Juve and Barca, and they are very similar.

                  IDK though I feel like somehow you need to get both of those dudes on the pitch together.

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

                  Thanks, and go As.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 6,2017 10:42 am || Up

                  I mean, I’m sure that would be challenging, but that’s why they are paying Sampaoli the big bucks. To figure out how to maximize the absurd amount of talent at his disposal.

                • AV AV Oct 6,2017 11:18 am || Up

                  isn’t messi’s heat map on argentina different than on barça though? a bit more forward line on barça, more mid on argentina? or is that just my frustration making me see things?

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • AV AV Oct 6,2017 11:14 am || Up

                  no and yet. they should have started.

                  i like benedetto at boca and all, but boca is not serie A. also, he doesn’t do headers. how did nobody tell messi benedetto doesn’t do headers?

                  i liked gago going in, but when he had to be taken off, why perez?

                  who the FK is rigoni??

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • AV AV Oct 6,2017 11:28 am || Up
              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  27. ptbnl Oct 5,2017 12:00 pm

    So 3 of the 4 starting pitchers in the one-and-done games gave up 3 runs in the first, and all the runs were scored on homers.

    Pitcher nerves, more aggressive hitters, coincidence, other, all of the above?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • elcroata elcroata Oct 5,2017 1:09 pm || Up

      Working on things

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 5,2017 1:37 pm || Up

        why not? the “Championship Season” is over. these exposition games are for tricks

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 5,2017 12:24 pm

    They’re really shoving the Red Sox onto MLB Network while FS1 shows a World Cup qualifier.

    • Soaker Soaker Oct 5,2017 1:00 pm || Up

      The Red Sox were also going to get the early game today even if the Twins had knocked out the Yankees, because baseball didn’t want to put the Red Sox head to head with the Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 5,2017 1:53 pm || Up

        I mean, its a great problem for MLB to have, they chose the one that may get more people to demand subscriptions.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. elcroata elcroata Oct 5,2017 1:06 pm

    Cy Youngs squaring off, I’m calling a 9:6 ballgame

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • ptbnl Oct 5,2017 1:33 pm || Up

      Cy Youngs only give up *2* first inning runs.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  30. ptbnl Oct 5,2017 1:42 pm

    Verlander not getting his A’s playoff game strike zone.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 5,2017 3:25 pm || Up

      Too soon

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  31. elcroata elcroata Oct 5,2017 1:53 pm

    Don’t run on Scarlet Pecker!

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 5,2017 1:55 pm || Up

      left in the lineup for offense and defense

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  32. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 5,2017 4:04 pm

    this guy needs to see a shrink

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  33. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 5,2017 5:57 pm

    FS1: [shows Sonny Gray career postseason #s, 3 starts 17 innings zero runs of support]

    Sonny: [gives up moonshot home run]

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Oct 5,2017 6:54 pm || Up

        I’ll root for Cleveland in the series, but would have liked to see Sonny beat Bauer.

        TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Oct 5,2017 8:22 pm || Up

      Red Sox lose. Yankees lose. Fox execs grab stiff drinks.

    • harensheir15 harensheir15 Oct 6,2017 11:35 am || Up

      Yesterday was exactly four years from my mom’s first playoff game, a birthday treat of Sonny’s playoff debut shutout gem and Vogt’s walkoff against Tigers in Game 2.

  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 5,2017 9:27 pm

  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 6,2017 10:17 am

    No more Pete Rose on the Fox pregame chucklefest?

  36. harensheir15 harensheir15 Oct 6,2017 11:26 am

    I love the second day of division series play when all teams are playing on the same day. Having gotten too used to A’s being slotted in the morning spot, I’m still getting this weird ghost cocktail of pre-playoff game excitement and anxiety.

  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 6,2017 11:27 am

    The Fox score box is very classy this year. Very unFoxlike.

  38. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 6,2017 2:06 pm

    justin verlander is 2-0 in game 1s of an ALDS where josh reddick starts

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 6,2017 2:20 pm || Up

      I have this premonition that Reddick is going to have a big World Series AB against Scherzer. This time he’ll lay off the slider down and in and then hit a bases clearing triple.

  39. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 6,2017 2:29 pm

    Hah hah, suck it Boston.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  40. ptbnl Oct 6,2017 3:14 pm

    Todd Frazier is having a mare … 2 errors responsible for 2 unearned runs and caught stealing to end the inning with Judge at the plate.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 6,2017 3:40 pm || Up

      yeah, but sonny is a goat

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  41. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 6,2017 5:28 pm

    USMNT off to a good start, thank god.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 6,2017 6:05 pm || Up

      They are kicking some isthmus.

    • MikeV MikeV Oct 8,2017 9:13 pm || Up

      late to the party.

      Pulisic is ridiculous.

      Also, FK Panama for just trying to injure him outright in the 2nd half. I loved Jozy’s paneka.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 10:33 am || Up

        Meanwhile, here’s where they play tomorrow’s final match still needing a result to go through.

        • MikeV MikeV Oct 9,2017 12:54 pm || Up

          Yeah I saw that. Ridiculous.

          They only need a draw though. I mean if you can’t get a result from T&T, no matter the condition, you don’t deserve to go to the WC anyway.

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

          Thanks, and go As.

  42. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 6,2017 7:06 pm

    Now the Yankees are on MLB Network? Is this real life?

  43. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 7,2017 12:31 pm

    Big win for the doctorK’s!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • doctorK doctorK Oct 7,2017 8:12 pm || Up

      HELL YES

    • doctorK doctorK Oct 7,2017 8:15 pm || Up

      I remember the last time we beat OU – I had just started the agony of writing my thesis. We should’ve beaten them in ’89 when we rolled up over 600 yards on their defense, but we gave up too many big plays, especially an onside kick attempt that bounced perfectly into a receiver’s hands and was returned for a TD.

  44. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 7,2017 1:47 pm

    Gio vs Lester, not exactly a close call on the ex-Athletic love scale.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  45. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 7,2017 4:15 pm

    natonal league baseball is soooo stupid

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Oct 7,2017 6:48 pm || Up

      Puig hitting 8th in an NL lineup also seems stupid.

      TINSTAAFK
  46. ptbnl Oct 7,2017 5:47 pm

    Doooooooooooooooooooo

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 8,2017 10:42 am

    Sound like the Niners triggered the Vice President and made him run to a safe space.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 8,2017 12:44 pm || Up

      Pence flew from Vegas to Indy to go to a football game he planned to leave before it even started, then flew back to LA to do fundraisers for shitty congresspeople. All on our dime.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 8,2017 12:55 pm || Up

        innocent black people should stand for the flag if they want to live

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  48. ptbnl Oct 8,2017 12:10 pm

    I could live with the Red Sox going 3-and-out.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  49. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 8,2017 4:47 pm

    If only the Raiders had a young skillful fast wide receiver to stretch defenses.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  50. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 8,2017 5:06 pm

    All teams’ fans moan about strike and swing calls, but the New Yorkers seem especially whiny.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  51. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 8,2017 7:20 pm

    5 outs from chapman seems like a stretch

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  52. elcroata elcroata Oct 9,2017 7:59 am

    I hope you guys are all OK, with all the fires breaking out. My company’s HQ and biggest labs are in the middle of the evacuation area in SR

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • sslinger Oct 9,2017 9:25 am || Up

      You can smell the smoke pretty strongly down here in Berkeley, but so far no news of fires this far south.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 9:48 am || Up

        Little bits of ash falling steadily in SF.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 10:00 am || Up

          was very confused last night, feeling all the walls eventually wandering outsde at midnght to try to figure out the smoke.

          Frends have marked in safe, though

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 10:17 am || Up

        There was a grass fire in Berkeley Hills overnight also; out now.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Oct 9,2017 10:49 am || Up

        I woke at 3:30am with the smell – searched the house for the smoldering socket for a fair while before I went outside and it hit me.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • AV AV Oct 9,2017 10:09 am || Up

      wait, what? i just rolled out of bed on US-rare columbus day off, looking forward to a run at joaquin miller. should i not go?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Oct 9,2017 10:09 am || Up

        airqualitywise.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • AV AV Oct 9,2017 10:14 am || Up

          best acronym since tootblan.

          http://www.baaqmd.gov

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • andeux andeux Oct 9,2017 10:16 am || Up

          I wouldn’t.

          TINSTAAFK
          • AV AV Oct 9,2017 10:21 am || Up

            goddammit

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • MikeV MikeV Oct 9,2017 12:39 pm || Up

          The smoke’s reached Livermore. It’s crazy.

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

          Thanks, and go As.

          • Soaker Soaker Oct 9,2017 4:15 pm || Up

            It’s sparkling clear at Tahoe today but looking over the Sierra from the Nevada side the smoke layer is clearly defined. Depending on wind we may get some tonight or tomorrow. We get smoke from distant fires a few times a year, sometimes more distant than the North Bay.

          • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 10,2017 8:44 am || Up

            While Im assuming it isn’t as bad,there is a small layer of smoke hanging over Torrance/Lomita and getting thicker as you go to LB and into the OC.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 10:48 am || Up

        i declined to run because of it

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 10:58 am || Up

          And you will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • elcroata elcroata Oct 10,2017 8:43 am || Up

      Ouch

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • dmoas Oct 10,2017 9:15 am || Up

        That’s some awful reporting. It ain’t going on the highlight reel.

        • elcroata elcroata Oct 10,2017 9:46 am || Up

          Yeah, but the footage seems to be contrasting our official comunique, according to which no major structural damage to the main buildings happened. In a different source I found this:

          The east end of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts was scorched, as was part of the Keysight technology park, where a BMW and Audi in the parking lot were burned out, but like so many bizarre scenes from a wind-fueled fire storm, a bright red Porsche Targa two rows over was spared.

          All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • ptbnl Oct 10,2017 9:17 am || Up

        Super-smokey in the Bay Area today – I can’t see San Francisco from my office in the Berkeley hills.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • andeux andeux Oct 10,2017 12:47 pm || Up

          Maybe I’m imagining things, but it actually seems harder to breathe today.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 10,2017 12:47 pm || Up

            I agree. I feel it in my eyes too.

            • AV AV Oct 10,2017 12:52 pm || Up

              the air tastes like burnt corn husk.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 10,2017 3:48 pm || Up

            yes

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  53. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 10:02 am

    in honor of the fire and their victims, Boston starts rick porcello

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  54. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 10:20 am

    Quite a collection of lowlifes in the FS1 booth, with David Cone and AJ Pierzynski.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  55. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 10:47 am

    Astros players have the astros in 5? s that why they are pissing away all their baserunners?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • ptbnl Oct 9,2017 10:51 am || Up

      Porcello has thrown 3 strikes in 11 pitches and stuck out 2 … gah!

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 11:03 am || Up

        8 baserunners. first run only scores because of a wld pitch

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  56. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 11:21 am

    Wow, those were some dubious wonderful called strikes to get Houston out of that jam.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 11:28 am || Up

      wasn’t paying attentioin for JBJ, but the third strike to pedroia was a strike

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  57. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 11:45 am

    2-1, three innings played, 1:40 elapsed game time.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  58. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 12:12 pm

    the fuck is happening?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 12:26 pm || Up

      Both teams seem to be counting on a long midgame rain delay and want to use Sale/Verlander for side session stints before that.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  59. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 12:18 pm

    Verlamder here seems like a win for the red sox

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 12:25 pm || Up

      literal and figurative, i guess

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 12:25 pm || Up

    • andeux andeux Oct 9,2017 12:44 pm || Up

      Yes, the Sox using Sale is understandable since it is win or their season’s over, but not sure about Houston’s decision.*

      I would think the Astros would take their chances with the bullpen today and then have Verlander vs. not-Sale on Wednesday if necessary.

      Keuchel vs. not-Sale is still OK, I guess.

      *Opinion formed before Benintendi’s HR.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 12:46 pm || Up

        verlander with a short lease and keuchel waiting seems like better option

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 12:49 pm || Up

        I’m not sure that Houston isn’t considering Keuchel later today also.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Oct 9,2017 1:34 pm || Up

        The naive notion of win-today-at-all-costs (as presented by many commentators, not you) has been bugging me. If the goal is reaching the next round, then the optimization really has to be over winning the necessary number of games. As a reductio ad absurdum, making a move that guaranteed winning today but also losing tomorrow would not be an effective strategy.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • ptbnl Oct 9,2017 3:33 pm || Up

        Verlander 2 – 0 Sale.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  60. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 12:53 pm

    be better william

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  61. ptbnl Oct 9,2017 1:18 pm

    From the coverage of the Wales/Ireland game:

    Murphy goes for a ball with his head, and Ramsey goes for it with his foot. Ramsey wins it, and Murphy, in raising an arm to appeal for a free-kick for a dangerously raised foot, accidentally pokes Ramsey in the eye and gets booked.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  62. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 1:22 pm

    Why didn’t Hinch argue the decision to send Gattis back to first on the interference? Not only was it a debatable call, at very least you ice a tiring Sale awhile longer.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 1:28 pm || Up

      hinch has not been managing well today

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  63. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 1:23 pm

    fan nterference should penalize the home team for having a shitty stadium design

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  64. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 1:27 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  65. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 1:29 pm

    come on william

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 1:40 pm || Up

      well done.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Oct 9,2017 1:45 pm || Up

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 1:47 pm || Up

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 1:58 pm || Up

          He’s honestly just a much better hitter now than he was then.

  66. harensheir15 harensheir15 Oct 9,2017 1:32 pm

    C’mon, Josh. Bury’em.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 1:41 pm || Up

      not buried, but definitely gave them a tired feeling.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  67. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 1:37 pm

    Iceland is going to the World Cup!

    (At the expense of Croatia, which goes to a playoff)

    • ptbnl Oct 9,2017 1:44 pm || Up

      And Wales is out … Bale’s injury was really bad timing.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 1:51 pm || Up

        Northern Ireland – Republic of Ireland playoff is in play, I believe.

        • ptbnl Oct 9,2017 2:05 pm || Up

          No – they’ll almost certainly both be in the bottom half of the draw.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 2:10 pm || Up

            Depends on what the FIFA rankings that come out next week show. The current rankings would be enough to put Northern Ireland in the top half (with Italy, Croatia, and the loser of Portugal/Switzerland tomorrow).

            Sweden and Denmark could both jump them though, and if France chokes tomorrow forget it.

            • ptbnl Oct 9,2017 2:13 pm || Up

              Ah – I’d mistakenly thought it was based on the 2nd place table, which is ridiculously convoluted since you have to ignore games against the team that will finish last in each group.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • ptbnl Oct 9,2017 1:55 pm || Up

      Meanwhile Scotland’s exit has been blamed on a genetic predisposition to shortness by their manager, wee Gordon Strachan.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 1:57 pm || Up

        I love how he said that while noting that they were the second shortest team in the competition, next to that other doormat Spain.

    • elcroata elcroata Oct 10,2017 8:46 am || Up

      Free Kraut, where I find out about how Croatian national team played
      #notcroatinenough

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  68. andeux andeux Oct 9,2017 2:17 pm

    Kimbrel = Koch, Devers = Ellis
    (Still too soon?)

    TINSTAAFK
  69. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 2:20 pm

    Yay Stros!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Oct 9,2017 2:44 pm || Up

      You can’t spell Astros without As.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 3:11 pm || Up

      • Englishmajor Englishmajor Oct 11,2017 1:18 am || Up

        It seems like half of Twitter suddenly has an opinion on Josh Reddick’s underpants (not that most of them know his name). So once again, we are years ahead of the trend.

  70. andeux andeux Oct 9,2017 2:40 pm

    Speaking of former A’s, Cubs fans seem upset with Zobrist but I didn’t see what he did.
    I guess an error, and maybe also a bad AB with men on.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 3:30 pm || Up

      good

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 3:32 pm || Up

      Maybe they let his wife sing the anthem again?

    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 9,2017 4:34 pm || Up

      unfortunately he looks lke he is going to run the post season for me

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  71. aardvark Oct 9,2017 2:47 pm

    Hey there!

    It’s been a while since I’ve been around these parts, but I think of you all often. And today is one of those times. See, I was eating breakfast at Mama’s Royal Cafe with my wife and her dad, George, who owns the place. You may have seen that the restaurant went up for sale last summer, well it’s finally happening. The restaurant is officially changing hands next week. And among the incredible art that has hung there for decades is a huge painting by bay area muralist Jon Oshanna with some sexy ladies playing baseball. A photo of the painting is below.

    mamas painting

    Given the subject matter, the uniform colors, the local history, and the fact that the restaurant used to cater the A’s clubhouse George would like to give the A’s the first option to buy the paining. Which is how we got to you all. I suspect if there’s someone who I know who has an idea how to reach the right person at the A’s, it’s one of you FKers. So what do you think? What’s my best way to contact the A’s?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 3:07 pm || Up

      No idea how to reach right A’s person though the answer is probably Dave Kaval. Love that painting though.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • aardvark Oct 9,2017 3:23 pm || Up

        Isn’t it amazing?! It’s like A League of Their Own meets the Gutterballs dream sequence from Big Lebowski.

        I’ll see about reaching Kaval, I wonder if he’s still doing office hours.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 3:32 pm || Up

          Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval holds weekly office hours every Tuesday from 3 – 5 p.m. All office hours will be by appointment only and must be secured in advance. To schedule an appointment, please email president@athletics.com for the next available Tuesday date.

          You might just email him about it or hit him up on twitter. He seems to engage quite a bit.

        • AV AV Oct 9,2017 3:35 pm || Up

          i’ve always admired that painting. sad about mama’s getting a different look. the font, the knicnacs, the giant coffee cup, the booths, they always take me back to the kind of capitalized 80s Cool i was juuust a little too young to get.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • aardvark Oct 9,2017 5:34 pm || Up

            Some of the art will stay, including the rotating apron collection as those are from one of the long time wait staff.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 3:37 pm || Up

      Is that Mama’s Royal Cafe owned by the same people as the one in Mill Valley?

      • aardvark Oct 9,2017 5:36 pm || Up

        No, although I believe the one in Mill Valley was started by alumni from the Oakland location. There’s also one in Cabo San Lucas.

  72. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 3:03 pm

    I guess Scherzer healed up ok.

    I guess Schwarber kinda sucks on defense.

    I like how Bill Murray disappeared from his front row seat and a small kid dressed the same appeared.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  73. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 9,2017 3:45 pm

    That was some top notch TOOTBLANning there Cubs.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  74. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 7:08 pm
  75. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 7:20 pm

    Cleveland is starting to look a little A’s-y.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 10,2017 6:41 am || Up

      I hope we see 2014 sonny in game 5

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Oct 10,2017 9:51 am || Up

        Watching his team get eliminated from the bench?

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 10,2017 3:49 pm || Up

          I am waffling on this series. I just hate duke loving trevor bauer so much.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  76. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 9,2017 8:47 pm

    Those Dodger fans who brought in the giant flag on a pole are really pushing it.

  77. ptbnl Oct 10,2017 12:35 pm

    Portugal are edging Switzerland into the play-offs, and the Netherlands only need 5 more goals to overtake Sweden!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 10,2017 1:37 pm || Up

      Portugal through

      Netherlands out

      • ptbnl Oct 10,2017 1:40 pm || Up

        It’s kind of sad that it comes down to who thrashes the minnows worse.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • AV AV Oct 10,2017 2:10 pm || Up

        wat? like, out out?

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • AV AV Oct 10,2017 2:15 pm || Up

            crazy.

            and not reassuring to me, personally, that some teams… how can you even have a WC without them??

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 10,2017 2:18 pm || Up

              On the plus side, it’s not unprecedented for the Dutch to boot qualification, unlike…

              • AV AV Oct 10,2017 2:41 pm || Up

                REALLY?

                *now* is when you choose to remind me of mexico ’70?

                NOW??

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • ptbnl Oct 10,2017 3:29 pm || Up

              ’74, ’78 and ’94.

              On the upside, Scotland’s qualification in ’78 gave us the wonderful couplet from Ally’s Tartan Army

              We’re representing Britain and we’re gaunny do or die
              England cannae dae it cause they didnae qualify

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • AV AV Oct 10,2017 2:15 pm || Up

          that group that greece is in, that’s some bullshit.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  78. ptbnl Oct 10,2017 12:38 pm

    Holy FK:

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  79. Soaker Soaker Oct 10,2017 4:22 pm

    The Las Vegas 51s will move into a new ballpark in 2019, leaving the Cashman Field dump. The Mets have already announced that their AAA affiliation will switch from Las Vegas to Syracuse after next season. I think the A’s and the Nashville Sounds have been satisfied with each other, but with new facilities in Las Vegas making that a more appealing option now, I wonder if the more logical geography will win out.

  80. ptbnl Oct 10,2017 4:32 pm

    I heard AV’s scream from here.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 10,2017 4:35 pm || Up

      That was a real kick in the balls. This is going to be a hellish 90 minutes for him.

      • AV AV Oct 10,2017 4:48 pm || Up

        worse. i’m stuck in a meeting.

        i just screamed silently 15 minutes late via newspaper headline.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • ptbnl Oct 10,2017 4:53 pm || Up

          In 15 minutes time you’ll be all smiles.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • AV AV Oct 10,2017 4:54 pm || Up

          out of meeting and i’m confused. got 1 goal in my ear but 2 in my eyes.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 10,2017 4:54 pm || Up

          The little guy with the beard is pretty good.

          • AV AV Oct 10,2017 5:06 pm || Up

            mascherano’s going as wooly willy for halloween.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  81. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 10,2017 5:18 pm

    Now you just heard me scream.

  82. andeux andeux Oct 10,2017 5:59 pm

    Trinidad AND Tobago? That’s like two against one, no wonder the US is losing.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 10,2017 6:07 pm || Up

      Yeah, but there are 50 of the United States.

  83. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 10,2017 6:48 pm

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

    • AV AV Oct 10,2017 6:55 pm || Up

      oh man. sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • ptbnl Oct 10,2017 7:01 pm || Up

        Someone should check on MikeV.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • AV AV Oct 10,2017 7:06 pm || Up

          he’s vaguebooking obscenities.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • ptbnl Oct 10,2017 7:00 pm || Up

      Well that wasn’t the exit we were expecting!

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 10,2017 7:07 pm || Up

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Oct 10,2017 7:37 pm || Up

      Does this mean I don’t need to request a separate World Cup thread next year?

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 10,2017 7:48 pm || Up

        No, you’ll just have even less reason to read it.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 10,2017 7:55 pm || Up

      Gotta be the biggest choke in US international team sports history. Even the big Olympics hoops losses were all in the medal rounds.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Oct 10,2017 8:47 pm || Up

        And on top of choking, both Honduras and Panama had to beat superior opponents for it to come to this.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 10,2017 9:05 pm || Up

          One of Panama’s two necessary goals not actually crossing the line is the cherry on top.

          • ptbnl Oct 11,2017 10:16 am || Up

            Honduras’ second goal – off the crossbar, the back of the Mexican keeper’s head, the post, and in – was also a peach.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 11,2017 10:19 am || Up

              Oh my god

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 13,2017 10:54 am || Up

              Did you all see how Peru scored the goal it needed to edge out Chile?

              Indirect free kick (meaning it has to be touched by two players before it can be a goal) from about 25 yards out. Rather than touch it to a teammate, the Peruvian curled it first time around the wall, toward the corner of the goal. All the Colombian keeper had to do was let it go in the net, and it would not have counted. But he dove for the save and it went in off his hand, so it counted (because he was the second player to touch it).

              • AV AV Oct 13,2017 10:58 am || Up

                ha!

                fuck chile. yes, i know i didn’t use to feel this way.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 17,2017 12:08 pm || Up

        The 2004 men’s basketball team was pretty embarrassing.

        Not too much shame in being knocked out by that great Argentina team, but they also lost twice in pool play including to Puerto Rico by 19 points. That’s very bad.

  84. Soaker Soaker Oct 10,2017 7:55 pm

    I know Fox paid a lot of money for the US television rights. Fluuuusssshhhh.

  85. MikeV MikeV Oct 10,2017 10:50 pm

    Legitimately in tears earlier. Now I’m just numb.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 11,2017 10:03 am || Up

      I’m sad that we failed to qualify.

      I’m mad about the way we failed. Arena completely blew it with the way he set the team up on that field, needing only a draw.

  86. AV AV Oct 11,2017 10:51 am
    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • ptbnl Oct 11,2017 11:27 am || Up

      That was yesterday. Today is much smokier – I can’t see anything past my building from the hill.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 11,2017 12:13 pm || Up

        It is smoky inside my Berkeley office building today. Crazy.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • batgirl batgirl Oct 11,2017 12:15 pm || Up

        Definitely worse today.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 11,2017 12:24 pm || Up

          Oddly, it’s much better today on the other side of the bay.

          • andeux andeux Oct 11,2017 12:55 pm || Up


            – Yesterday Berkeley hit 193 at 11 AM. May be that bad again by now.
            – SF is just off the screenshot, but was still only 97 at 10 AM

            TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Oct 11,2017 7:06 pm || Up

        It was clear this morning. I had to go to Carson City and in the three hours or so I was down there it moved in. Couldn’t see across the lake when I came back up the hill. The smell is faint this evening but it’s there.

        The worst was that huge fire near Yosemite a few years ago that burned FSU’s Berkeley Camp. We were fogged in for about two weeks.

        • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 12,2017 9:44 pm || Up

          Mrs. N is taking the kids to Oklahoma. For better air. The world has gone crazy.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • colin colin Oct 13,2017 9:49 am || Up

            Further sign of the world gone crazy is that they might have a higher chance of experiencing an earthquake (albeit a low magnitude one) in Oklahoma than in the bay area.

            • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 13,2017 10:24 am || Up

              I’ll allow this comment only if you admit THIS FACT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FRACKING. NOTHING AT ALL.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  87. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 11,2017 11:38 am

    Madison wept

    • dmoas Oct 11,2017 12:20 pm || Up

      The abnormal weather isn’t from climate change, it’s from all the former Presidents and our Founding Fathers turning over in their graves… non-stop.

    • andeux andeux Oct 11,2017 1:02 pm || Up

      I think I said a while ago that nothing he did or said as president really surprised me, since it was all apparent during the campaign. But I did not expect it to get this crazy this fast.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 11,2017 2:36 pm || Up

        To be fair, though, I also hate everyone in the White House.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  88. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 11,2017 12:15 pm

    Strasburg getting the start today after all. Either Dusty is a genius, keeping his opponents off balance, or the Nats are a chaotic mess.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • dmoas Oct 11,2017 12:19 pm || Up

      I vote chaotic mess.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 11,2017 12:24 pm || Up

      Dusty is such a drama queen. I’m glad he’s still around FKing up playoff series.

  89. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 11,2017 3:05 pm

    The Cubs have Lester in the game in the 5th rather than saving him to start game 5 on full rest.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Oct 11,2017 8:22 pm || Up

      Lester throwing out a runner on first stung.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • ptbnl Oct 11,2017 8:27 pm || Up

      Ooof … that’s a pure A’s move.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • ptbnl Oct 11,2017 8:29 pm || Up

        I hate the way you have to reload the page to have subsequent comments appear in the right place!

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  90. Soaker Soaker Oct 11,2017 7:09 pm

    The Fox Apocalypse is still in play.

    Red Sox
    USMNT
    Yankees
    Cubs

    • Soaker Soaker Oct 11,2017 8:51 pm || Up

      Apocalypse averted. Nationals-Astros probably isn’t what they want, but any of the other remaining possibilities should be a win.

  91. andeux andeux Oct 11,2017 7:57 pm

    Cleveland needs Rajai.

    TINSTAAFK
  92. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 11,2017 8:28 pm

    So A’s-y

  93. Soaker Soaker Oct 11,2017 8:28 pm

    That’s a bad time for the 2017 A’s defense to make a Division Series cameo.

    • andeux andeux Oct 11,2017 8:33 pm || Up

      Cleveland had the fewest errors in the AL this year.
      (Fewest in MLB was … Miami)

      TINSTAAFK
  94. ptbnl Oct 11,2017 8:41 pm

    Sabathia was getting the VerlAnder strike zone.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  95. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 11,2017 8:50 pm

    what the fuck is this shit?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  96. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 6:56 pm

    And we’re back.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • MikeV MikeV Oct 12,2017 10:26 pm || Up

      Hosting issue again? I’ll float some $$$ towards the cause if we need it again

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Soaker Soaker Oct 12,2017 10:57 pm || Up

        On the subject of dead websites, we decided today to shut down the phpBB hot springs forum after 10 years due to lack of participation. Times change, especially on the Internet, and the traffic we had seems to have migrated to Facebook and people’s blogs.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 13,2017 9:19 am || Up

        Same Just say the word

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • AV AV Oct 13,2017 9:49 am || Up

        slack. channel.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 13,2017 10:26 am || Up

        The issue is that I need to find a good host to switch to, but it never really gets to the top of my queue (and when it does, I quickly remember that I don’t really know why we are unusually resource intensive, or how to ensure the problem won’t persist at a new host).

        My newest theory is that the theme requires too many DB calls, so maybe a slimmer theme would solve the problem. There’s an outside chance I could test that theory soon.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • elcroata elcroata Oct 13,2017 11:00 am || Up

        Me, too

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • AV AV Oct 13,2017 9:48 am || Up

      i totally heard that in the astonishing legends voice.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  97. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 6:57 pm

    That was exactly the Gio I remember, mostly. How good might he be if he’d just throw fucking strikes.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 12,2017 7:07 pm || Up

      Dusty seemed pretty irritated with him in that dugout interview.

  98. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 12,2017 7:06 pm

    Going to Scherzer in relief in an elimination game is only “foolproof” against the A’s.

  99. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 7:11 pm

    Man this game is kinda ugly.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  100. Soaker Soaker Oct 12,2017 7:11 pm

    First in War
    First in Peace
    First in Choking

  101. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 7:12 pm

    Jesus is Wieters in debt to Canadian gamblers?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 12,2017 7:42 pm || Up

      so much back bacon

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 12,2017 7:47 pm || Up

      Hmmmmmm

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 8:32 pm || Up

        That does sound clear, is that “interpretation” section of the rulebook considered definitive?

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 12,2017 8:54 pm || Up

          i dont get what the umpire is interpreting

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • ptbnl Oct 12,2017 9:52 pm || Up

        So how do you interpret the rule when it’s a 3rd strike? If the ball is dead is the batter out?

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 12,2017 9:55 pm || Up

          It must be. otherwise it would insentivize hitting the catcher wth a backswing.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • ptbnl Oct 12,2017 11:11 pm || Up

            That seems to be the assessment – though the assertion that interference can’t be reviewed seems irrelevant since the rule specifically states that it isn’t interference.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • andeux andeux Oct 13,2017 8:18 am || Up

              If the umpire misinterpreted which rule applied it seems like a (very rare) case where it would be appropriate to play the rest of the game under protest and (at least in theory) the protest could be upheld.

              Note that Layne refers to “my judgment” seven times in two paragraphs. That’s because rulings that are a question of the umpire’s judgment, rather than rule interpretation, can not be protested. He has been trained well. But just because he says repeatedly that this is a judgment issue, does not necessarily mean that it is one. (Edit: The quoted rule above does in fact refer to the umpire’s judgment, but in context it seems like this would apply only to the “unintentional” part, which is not in dispute.)

              TINSTAAFK
              • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 13,2017 12:44 pm || Up

                which begs (I think that is proper usage) the question, what if it was intentional?

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • dmoas Oct 13,2017 12:47 pm || Up

                  Then the batter would be out and the ball would be dead. Which is just one more reason their fuck up was insanely bad.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 27,2017 11:33 am || Up

        Welp

        “You know, the whole rule interpretation — there’s rules, and then there’s instructions to the umpires,” Torre began. “There’s separate books. And what Jerry’s feeling was, that the interference didn’t take precedent over the fact that the ball was already past [Wieters] when the contact took place.

        “However, the rule states — and you probably have read the rule — that when contact is made — in other words, when the bat came around and hit the catcher’s mask — it’s a dead ball,” Torre went on. “It’s a dead ball. And that’s the one thing that should have taken precedence.”

        • andeux andeux Oct 27,2017 11:46 am || Up

          “And again, the manager — Dusty [Baker] in this case — he could have gone, which we remind the managers,” Torre went on. “If you’ve got a question, a rule question — not a judgment question but a rule question — if you don’t like what the umpire’s telling you, ask him for a rules check. And they can do that. They can go to the replay center on the headset and check a rule.”

          I didn’t know about that option, but it makes sense as a way to avoid having to hear an appeal after the fact.

          TINSTAAFK
          • dmoas Oct 27,2017 12:13 pm || Up

            If they knew about it, they should definitely be asking for it. And either way, should definitely have been protesting it.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 27,2017 12:43 pm || Up

            affirmatively asking for a rule check is so mind bogglingly redundent when you are asking for a replay.

            Get the fucking call right.

            fuck MLB

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 27,2017 1:06 pm || Up

              Oh, you wanted us to know the RULES??? Why didnt you say so!??!

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  102. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 7:33 pm

    Little slice of the A’s ballpark process. Drawing out opposition and concerns in these early stage community meetings is good. The team and city’s ability to assuage and mitigate will be crucial, but to my eyes certainly possible.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 12,2017 7:43 pm || Up

      the only A’s at laney should be on report cards!

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  103. ptbnl Oct 12,2017 7:44 pm

    Ooof – wA’shington

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  104. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 7:45 pm

    The ugliness is strong in this one. Also for a supposed smart guy Ron Darling rambles on like an idiot.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 12,2017 8:55 pm || Up

      i like him with the mets. probably trying too hard

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  105. Soaker Soaker Oct 12,2017 7:54 pm

    Oh no. Will I have to watch Game 1 of the American League Championship Series Presented by Camping World instead of watching the Golden Bears get pounded by Wazzu?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 8:04 pm || Up

      At the moment the air here is better than any of the last 48 hours. Supposed to get worse though by tomorrow PM.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Oct 12,2017 8:20 pm || Up

      They claim they’re going to play it, but might get enough push back to change that.
      Is there somewhere they can move it? Even South Bay would probably be significantly better.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Oct 12,2017 8:38 pm || Up

        I expect they will make a decision by tomorrow morning. They could keep WSU in the Bay Area and try for sometime Saturday. An alternative would be to put everyone on a bus to somewhere out of the smoke zone. UNR is on the road this week and Fresno State is playing at home at 7 p.m. Saturday.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 12,2017 8:56 pm || Up

        idk. its shitty there too

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker Oct 12,2017 9:04 pm || Up

          Yeah, that’s why I’m throwing Reno and Fresno out there. Places where they could arrange bus transport on short notice, leave the Bay Area around noon and be there by 4 p.m. Friday to play on Saturday afternoon. If they play at Mackay I’m dropping everything to be there.

          If they did opt for the South Bay, I don’t see anything scheduled at either Levi’s Stadium or SJSU. Furd has an 8 p.m. game at home and while the notion of Cal playing a home game there is cringeworthy, the Pac-12 is used to playing there.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 9:12 pm || Up

            That all sounds way too elaborate for such a late change. A mutual off day later seems more likely to me, if they cancelled.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Soaker Soaker Oct 12,2017 9:20 pm || Up

              Yes, it’s elaborate, but it makes sure the game is played. Cal’s off day is Nov. 11 and WSU’s is Nov. 18. The only way to make it up later would be to schedule it contingently on Dec. 2. The contingency would be that WSU isn’t in the Pac-12 championship game, and that probably won’t be decided until the Apple Cup on Nov. 25.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 9:27 pm || Up

            That was a flimsy overturn I thought.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  106. ptbnl Oct 12,2017 8:09 pm

    Crazy game

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  107. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 8:48 pm

    Try as they might to collapse, the Nats keep getting dragged back into this game by bad Cubs pitching.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  108. ptbnl Oct 12,2017 8:53 pm

    Bad pitching beats bad hitting

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  109. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 12,2017 8:57 pm

    seeing wade davis’ success, makes me hope the A’s can convert a frustrating starter into a dominant reliever, (sean…looking at you)

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  110. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 9:09 pm

    Nats leadoff hitters have walked in three of last four innings.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  111. ptbnl Oct 12,2017 9:30 pm

    The A’s would never get that overturned.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  112. ptbnl Oct 12,2017 9:42 pm

    Werth’s last career at bat?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Soaker Soaker Oct 12,2017 9:46 pm || Up

      Dusty’s last career screwed-up game?

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 12,2017 9:48 pm || Up

        0 wins in last 10 elimination games, that’s brutal.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  113. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 12,2017 9:46 pm

    well poop

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

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