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Spring [sic] Training Continued Grill 219

A few baseball links to help get us through this cold spell:

1. Susan Slusser reports that Jorge Mateo, who was the only one of the three players acquired for Sonny Gray who was not injured at the time, and whose best tool is speed, is limited by a lingering knee problem.

2. Game calling and how it has allowed Jeff Mathis to have a 13-year career of hitting .198/.256/.309. With this surprising side note:

Acclaimed game-callers already in the professional machine, according to Crawford, include Sean Murphy and Jason Goldstein, both in the A’s system.

Let’s just hope Murphy hits enough to not be Jeff Mathis.

3. The story of The Sabermetric Movement’s Forgotten Foremother Sherri Nichols, who pioneered modern defensive stats, and also helped make historical box scores and stats freely available.

219 thoughts on “Spring [sic] Training Continued Grill

  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 20,2018 7:21 pm

    USA – Czechia men’s hockey quarterfinal live now on CNBC

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 20,2018 9:24 pm || Up

      Extra innings

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 20,2018 9:40 pm || Up

        Home run derby

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 20,2018 9:48 pm || Up

          That was disappointing

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 20,2018 10:39 pm || Up

            So many chances in 3rd period and OT, and even the shootout. Suspiciously friendly refereeing too.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 21,2018 12:21 pm || Up

              Considering how bad their power play was and that they bagged a goal shorthanded, maybe they would have been better of with the whistle going the other way ocassionally.

  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 20,2018 10:39 pm

    US men’s curlers need to beat Great Britain and get help.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 20,2018 11:11 pm || Up

      A 4-pount steal in the 8th and Britain concedes!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 20,2018 11:21 pm || Up

        Good results elsewhere leave the US, GB, and Switze3rland in a three-way tie for the last two medal round spots. To be broken with games tomorrow seeded per some formula I don’t know.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 21,2018 9:14 am || Up

          US gets 3td seed, no tiebreaker, will play Canada in semifinals Thursday at 305am PDT. Watch out for spoilers

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • dmoas Feb 21,2018 9:40 am || Up

            You… just spoiled… it.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 21,2018 12:51 pm || Up

              When an event I live-commented has been over for 10 hours, updates on the tie-breaking procedure are reader beware.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 21,2018 12:57 pm || Up

                Spoiler: We are not going to beat Canada in curling.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 22,2018 9:10 am || Up

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2018 5:10 pm || Up

                  Canada ended up losing the bronze game too, first time in Olympic curling history they won’t medal.

                  Gold medal game tonight, 10:35 PDT, US vs Sweden, gonna kick those tall blond socialist asses all the way back to Gothenberg.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  3. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 20,2018 10:57 pm

    3. Great article. Three cheers for the stalwart! “I was pretty much an outlier,” Nichols says. “I can’t really remember any other women.”

    Also Gary Huckabay’s weasely walk-taking softball team would enrage me.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 21,2018 9:44 am

    I like the sound of this.

  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 21,2018 10:06 am
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 21,2018 11:28 am || Up

      Also some news in there that Matier and Ross got Kaval to say that the Coliseum site is “probably the front-runner” in terms of getting a ballpark built quickly.

      • dmoas Feb 21,2018 11:41 am || Up

        But very much their least desired location. Gotta figure they spend the rest of the year trying to make the other two shitty sites work and when they fail, they fall back on that.

        • Soaker Soaker Feb 21,2018 9:39 pm || Up

          Given the past statements I just don’t see the Fisher ownership ever settling for the Coliseum. A sale of the team seems more likely than that.

  6. AV AV Feb 21,2018 10:20 am

    after two episodes of that juventus docuseries on netflix, i rate it solidly OK.

    it’s not groundbreaking or nothing and we all know the ending, but at least you won’t need to be a complete fan to get through it. (boca jrs documentary highlight reel, i’m looking at you.)

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • AV AV Feb 23,2018 11:20 am || Up

      confession. unless it’s buffon or higuain being spotlighted, i keep fast-forwarding to the highlight reel.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  7. MikeV MikeV Feb 21,2018 11:07 am

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 21,2018 6:10 pm

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 21,2018 7:23 pm || Up

      Unlike the Raiders games abroad I don’t mind this at all. It was fun waking up at 3am to watch the opener.

      The linked article reminds us that a) Opening in Japan worked out ok for the 2012 A’s, and b) Brandon Moss hit his first big league homer in the Tokyo Dome. Somehow I’m thinking he doesn’t get the chance to reprise on the 2019 roster.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 21,2018 7:33 pm || Up

        FKwiz: Name the six players to homer for the A’s in the Tokyo Dome.

        • MikeV MikeV Feb 21,2018 9:46 pm || Up

          Rickey

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

          Thanks, and go As.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 21,2018 10:04 pm || Up

          cespedes, gomes, ka’aihulia, chavez, crosby, barton

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2018 9:04 am || Up

            Bonus question: Ellis’ homer was off of __________.

            • harensheir15 harensheir15 Feb 22,2018 9:08 am || Up

              Felix?

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2018 10:44 am || Up

                Felix did not give up a homer in his Tokyo start.

                Ellis got Daisuke.

                • harensheir15 harensheir15 Feb 22,2018 2:03 pm || Up

                  Hmmm, that’s right. That was the opener against Boston, not Seattle. That may have been a lead-off homer, too.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2018 2:30 pm || Up

                  Second batter. Travis Buck (!) led off.

                • harensheir15 harensheir15 Feb 22,2018 3:49 pm || Up

                  Just looked it up. Man, that 08 opening day roster…
                  Odd how those two openers in Tokyo sandwiched a gruesome bit of dreck between them.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2018 3:56 pm || Up

                  “gruesome bit of dreck” is a pretty apt descriptor for The Geren Years.

                  In his defense, Joe Blanton, opening day starter, is just not a recipe for success.

                • harensheir15 harensheir15 Feb 22,2018 4:18 pm || Up

                  Mmhmm. Though I think they were on Anaheim’s heels into July, until Harden and Blanton got traded.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2018 4:08 pm || Up

                  Fun Fact: Someone named Jeff Fiorentino entered both of those games against the Red Sox as a pinch runner (for Jack Cust and Mike Sweeney, who had walked pinch-hitting for Ryan Sweeney). In the second game, Fiorentino then got to the plate and singled in a run.

                  He didn’t make the team that went back to Oakland and finished his A’s career a perfect 1 for 1.

                • lenscrafters Feb 22,2018 6:41 pm || Up

                  Sounds like a poor man’s Langerhans.

                • MikeV MikeV Feb 23,2018 9:48 am || Up

                  Home jersey!

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

                  Thanks, and go As.

            • ptbnl Feb 22,2018 9:11 am || Up

              A hanging slider?

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • dmoas Feb 22,2018 9:52 am || Up

              The foul pole?

              • harensheir15 harensheir15 Feb 22,2018 4:20 pm || Up

                Yes!
                That was a fantastic game! Harden struck out the side on nine pitches.

        • AV AV Feb 22,2018 8:28 am || Up

          moss

          {ducks}

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2018 6:51 pm || Up

          The six who were Big in Japan:

          Ellis
          Hannahan
          Brown (Emil)
          Cespedes
          Reddick
          Gomes

          • vignette17 Feb 23,2018 8:59 am || Up

            I hated Emil Brown. Loved the rest of those guys. Even Hannahan.

            Mostly for the Jeff DaVanan-Hannahan start of a lineup.

      • andeux andeux Feb 21,2018 7:54 pm || Up

        I’ll pass on the 3 AM games. And they could make it an afternoon game there, which would put it in prime time for us, if they cared at all about the fans here.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 21,2018 8:38 pm || Up

          I enjoyed watching the 2008 games over breakfast when I was living on the East Coast.

          But yeah, with two west coast teams some easy accommodations should be made. If they can put the Olympic figure skating at lunchtime to boost NBC’s audience, they can do this for us.

  9. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 21,2018 8:46 pm

    Big power play goal for the US women, up 1-0 at first int!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 21,2018 9:11 pm || Up

      I may have jinxed it.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 21,2018 10:23 pm || Up

        OT!

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • andeux andeux Feb 21,2018 11:03 pm || Up

          Wow. US dominated most of OT but couldn’t score. Then had to kill off a penalty at the end.
          Shootout!

          TINSTAAFK
        • andeux andeux Feb 21,2018 11:13 pm || Up

          USA! USA! USA!

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 21,2018 11:20 pm || Up

            Whoo hoo! After that dominant OT, so glad they held off the tiring Canucks. Goalie was heroic.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 22,2018 11:23 am

    ETA: I suck at phone.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 22,2018 11:56 am

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2018 12:31 pm

    • dmoas Feb 22,2018 3:23 pm || Up

      Mid-season form!

    • lenscrafters Feb 22,2018 6:42 pm || Up

      He’s developing a history of hand/wrist injuries (twice already left hand, first time right hand).

  13. ptbnl Feb 22,2018 12:37 pm

    Arsenal doing what they do best against the Europa League FKers.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 22,2018 9:01 pm || Up

      I have been watching.

      I think av tried to explain it all to me at one point over drinks, But I will ask again, what is the incentive level for the teams/players. DO they get piles of cash for entering and playing champions league? and a different pile of money for winning their respective leagues?

      And what of all the cups and such?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • ptbnl Feb 23,2018 8:02 am || Up

        The players often get bonuses for winning, and some have performance clauses in their contract, and there are the indirect benefits (increasing the players value both in the transfer and sponsorship markets).

        The big money though is for the teams. Winning the Premiership is worth about £150M (though you still get £90M for coming last, plus a £20M parachute payment for the next 3 years for getting relegated). Qualifying for the Champions League is automatically worth €13M, building up to €60M if you win every game. On top of that is the market pool, based on a team’s home TV market. Juventus earned a total of €110M for being runners up last year, Real Madrid €81M for winning, and Leicester City €81.5M (thanks to the Premiership TV market) for reaching the quarter finals! And again, there are obviously indirect benefits in marketing etc.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 23,2018 2:31 pm || Up

          Thank you.

          Are there roster limitations? If so do they extend to the champions league?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • ptbnl Feb 23,2018 2:52 pm || Up

            Before 2010 the Premiership had no limits, leading to ridiculous stockpiling by the wealthiest clubs and a concern about the lack of top-flight opportunities for English players (under the mistaken belief that this was what was causing the national team’s crappiness). Since then teams have been limited to a squad of 25 players 21 or older, at least 8 of whom must be “home-grown”, and unlimited under 21s.

            Champions League rules are similar, but also include distinction between club- and association trained homegrown players, and prohibitions on players appearing in the CL or EL for more than one club in the same year if they get transferred. This last affects the value of players in the transfer windows if they’ve already played in the CL/EL (hence transfer-targeted players often being held out of the earliest qualification rounds to maintain their value).

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 23,2018 6:42 pm || Up

              so if a player is held out they are on the market. I can’t imagine the press gets excited about that

              speaking of, how many broadcast booths are there per stadium? seems like there would be a lot

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
  14. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2018 7:41 pm

    CPAC

    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 22,2018 9:02 pm || Up

      As the asshole dad that protests the use of zip lock bags in favor of reusable plastic boxes, I cannot even begin to understand that mentality.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 22,2018 9:30 pm || Up

        Yeah sure but just try and score a dime box at Pico and Alvarado.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 23,2018 2:32 pm || Up

          No officer, I keep all this tupperware on me for lunches. It is not indicia of sales.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • AV AV Feb 23,2018 11:18 am || Up

        hint: solve for the “our.”

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 23,2018 2:33 pm || Up

          theirs is flat?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • AV AV Feb 23,2018 3:11 pm || Up

            nope. steep, ongoing, and ballooning.

            you do mean the entrance fee, right?

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • ptbnl Feb 23,2018 8:09 am || Up

      Marx, Lenin, Mao, and … Alinsky?!

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2018 12:03 pm || Up

      According to this article (https://theslot.jezebel.com/things-are-fine-and-the-crabs-will-get-huge-according-t-1823254448) the founder of this pro-CO2 group has “compared the “demonization of CO2″ to the Holocaust,” That seems not at all insane.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2018 9:29 pm

    I like the caps but they look weird with the regular logo on the jerseys.

    • dmoas Feb 23,2018 9:04 am || Up

      Needs a haircut.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 10:04 am || Up

        It looks like he has a good shampoo/conditioner/brushing regimen though.

  16. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2018 9:14 am

    Canada won’t win gold in men’s or women’s hockey or curling. Per their constitution I’m pretty sure Justin Trudeau now must stand in the Ottawa public square getting pelted with Loonies until dead.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • dmoas Feb 23,2018 9:19 am || Up

      Here in America, he would get pelted BY Loonies instead.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 23,2018 2:35 pm || Up

      toonies are bigger?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 5:46 pm || Up

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2018 6:40 pm || Up

        Turns out the Germans are coached by former Shark Marco Sturm.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  17. MikeV MikeV Feb 23,2018 9:51 am

    I am LOL

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

    Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 10:00 am || Up

      The use of the offsetting commas around Ivanka would seem to have no purpose other than to insult Tiffany.

    • AV AV Feb 23,2018 11:14 am || Up

      turns out, twitter is a reboot of a fairly boring game from 1964:

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  18. ptbnl Feb 23,2018 10:22 am

    There’s a certain irony in being unable to join an NSF webinar on their new Extreme Computing program because their conferencing software is at capacity.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 12:21 pm

    Mengden working on things.

  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 12:21 pm

    Game is on Angels TV btw.

  21. andeux andeux Feb 23,2018 12:38 pm

    Olson picking up where he left off.

    TINSTAAFK
  22. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 12:53 pm

    Maxwell apparently took a bat to the head, and is off.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 23,2018 2:37 pm || Up

      he took a bat to the head this off season too

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • lenscrafters Feb 23,2018 3:24 pm || Up

      Not too late to sign Lucroy

  23. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 1:16 pm

    Korach!

    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 23,2018 6:43 pm || Up

      pie? they had a lead in the 8th

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker Feb 23,2018 8:57 pm || Up

        “Bleich” is such an appropriate name for an A’s reliever.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 9:03 pm || Up

          Onomatopoeia is the new market inefficiency.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2018 10:36 pm || Up

            Tagline!

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  24. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 7:03 pm

    If they hold a short-track speed skating race and someone doesn’t do something incredibly dirty to take another skater out, does the race even count?

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 7:07 pm || Up

      Idea: short-track, but on the long track.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2018 3:17 pm || Up

        This is an actual event now and they did it today! I think I commented it into existence.

  25. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2018 8:17 pm

    Biathalon relay going down to the wire!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 8:31 pm || Up

      On days like that one where it is so windy you can’t hold the rifle barrel steady, I don’t see the downside in just throwing away your shots in quick succession and doing five laps of shame.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2018 10:34 pm || Up

        That last round of shots was great theater.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 23,2018 9:08 pm || Up

      Men’s 50K cross-country mass start just getting underway.

  26. ptbnl Feb 23,2018 10:42 pm

    As far as I can tell Ester Ledecka is the first person ever to win gold in different sports at the same Olympics, but the announcers unfailingly said “first woman”, which is also true, but had it been a man I bet they’d have said “person”.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2018 11:17 pm || Up

      No, they’d have said first man (e.g first man on the moon). It’s assumed that includes the lesser sex.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Feb 24,2018 9:41 am || Up

        Fair point.

        I should also have specified Winter Olympics, since there have been several Summer Olympians to do so in disciplines all listed as “Athletics” in the wiki table, most famously Jesse Owens in the sprints and long jump (then emulated by Carl Lewis).

        I also missed Carl Schuhmann in 1896 who won golds in gymnastics and wrestling and also competed in weightlifting, long jump, triple jump and shot!

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  27. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2018 11:12 pm

    Ivanka in the curling audience.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  28. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 24,2018 1:01 am

    On the cusp…

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  29. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 24,2018 1:09 am

    USA! USA!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2018 3:46 pm || Up

      Watching the replay and I am very confused by USA having the yellow stones/Sweden the red.

  30. andeux andeux Feb 24,2018 9:43 am

    TINSTAAFK
  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 24,2018 9:50 am
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2018 12:07 pm

    …and that’s the way our ballgame begins.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2018 12:19 pm || Up

      Barreto opposite field shot off of Tyson Ross.

  33. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2018 12:33 pm

    Wait wait wait wait wait

    “Neuse” is pronounced “Noisy”???

    • andeux andeux Feb 24,2018 1:12 pm || Up

      Indeed.

      TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 24,2018 6:50 pm || Up

      Had game on radio during pickup softball and learned this today, to my delight.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  34. lenscrafters Feb 24,2018 1:14 pm

    Kaval is fielding Fosse questions with aplomb.

  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2018 1:37 pm

    Vince approves of this strategy.

    • ptbnl Feb 24,2018 2:16 pm || Up

      It seems like the obvious follow-up questions would be why he didn’t have confidence and conviction last year, and what has changed to make him think that he will this?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • andeux andeux Feb 24,2018 2:19 pm || Up

        No, the obvious follow-up question is how great does it feel to have that extra confidence.

        TINSTAAFK
        • ptbnl Feb 24,2018 2:23 pm || Up

          Damn, I’m out of practice.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 24,2018 3:42 pm || Up

            are you practicing shut down innings?

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 24,2018 6:52 pm || Up

      If what Jharel is saying is that he still feared he might not be that good, I say me too.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • elcroata elcroata Feb 25,2018 12:42 am || Up

      FITZ!

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2018 3:03 pm

    Undefeated

  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2018 4:09 pm

    Women’s curling final live now!

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2018 5:45 pm || Up

      Sweden dominating

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 24,2018 9:27 pm || Up

        End of the road for the Gsrlic Girls. Apparently they became a massive social media sensation in Korea but didn’t know it because their coach took away their phones before the Games.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  38. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 24,2018 9:28 pm

    The German hockey unis are butt ugly.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Feb 24,2018 9:58 pm || Up

      Why does the “OAR” team get to wear Russian colors? They should make them wear something really ugly. Like old Padres unis or something.

      TINSTAAFK
  39. ptbnl Feb 24,2018 11:13 pm

    Lily’s art show at the Berkeley Lanesplitter is closing tomorrow (Sunday 25th), having raised over $3000 for homelessness; there’s a closing party there from 3pm till 6pm and you’re all invited.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • elcroata elcroata Feb 25,2018 12:43 am || Up

      That’s impressive!

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 25,2018 8:42 am || Up

      Kudos to the artist!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 25,2018 12:33 pm

    No, you’re overreacting to two February innings against the worst team in baseball.

  41. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 26,2018 3:47 pm

    Sharks made a big deadline day acquisition, getting Evander Kane frim the Sabres for draft picks conditioned on whether SJ re-signs him. I’m not sure the Sharks were just one player away from a Cup run, but still refreshing to see a local team go for it at the train deadline.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • MikeV MikeV Feb 26,2018 4:30 pm || Up

      but still refreshing to see a local team go for it at the train deadline.

      CHOO CHOOO!!!!

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • doctorK doctorK Feb 26,2018 9:13 pm || Up

        • AV AV Feb 27,2018 8:48 am || Up

          take me right back to the track, jack.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • andeux andeux Feb 26,2018 4:57 pm || Up

      Kane certainly has the talent. Maybe being on a team with something to play for will bring out his best.

      TINSTAAFK
  42. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2018 4:49 pm

  43. AV AV Feb 27,2018 8:48 am

    can’t seem to google a relevant answer: when do we use “culture” vs “the culture?”

    as in, such and such is going to change culture/the culture.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  44. lenscrafters Feb 27,2018 9:31 am
    • lenscrafters Feb 27,2018 9:34 am || Up
      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 27,2018 10:55 am || Up

        the A’s are being dicks, of course, but I think there is a credible argument against a grievance which is about all they will need to beat it.

        I can’t say I know what is happening with the other clubs.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 27,2018 11:54 am || Up

          The union has made such charges before. If the Marlins never got punished then the A’s are probably safe.

          I sympathize with the union in the face of the current FA market, but honestly theie problem is not the cheapskates who never spent much, it’s the rich teams that have now realized, finally, that it’s dumb to spend big for past performance.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • dmoas Feb 27,2018 12:07 pm || Up

            This issue is definitely a long time coming. Not sure there’s a good solution that’s fair to both sides, but the current system makes very little sense. They need to better include on field performance so that even new guys get paid properly and you can’t dodge spending.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 27,2018 1:45 pm || Up

            the problem is the union giving up what should be big money years with 6 years of control

            And ceding the issue of draft slotting and foreign drafts

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 1:49 pm || Up

              And doing all of that without getting a salary floor.

    • sslinger Feb 27,2018 5:15 pm || Up

      In a similar vein, Cuban getting fined $600K for talking about something that has been going on with NBA teams for a while is ridiculous.

  45. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 10:24 am

    And so it goes

    • 5Aces 5Aces Feb 27,2018 10:48 am || Up

      Glad to see we have a nice infusion of True Athletics.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • MikeV MikeV Feb 27,2018 10:50 am || Up

      how the fk do you not do any sort of offseason conditioning and get hurt as soon as you get into Spring Training

      Players need to start being punished for this sort of shit.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 11:25 am || Up

        The flip side is that Matt Chapman apparently hurt himself by overtraining.

    • dmoas Feb 27,2018 11:57 am || Up

      For those wondering where the team’s revenue sharing money goes, the price of medical expenses in this country has gotten out of hand.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 1:49 pm || Up

        People out here acting like MRI’s are free.

  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 11:46 am

    Interesting interpretation of “pacifism”

    I was called a Nazi because of my friendship with the infamous neo-Nazi known on the internet as weev—his given name is Andrew Auernheimer; he helps run the anti-Semitic website The Daily Stormer. In my pacifism, I can’t reject a friendship, even when a friend has taken such a horrifying path.

    • AV AV Feb 27,2018 11:52 am || Up

      without having read this latest twist after the un-hiring, yeah… she’s complicated.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • andeux andeux Feb 27,2018 12:08 pm || Up

      and

      I was accused of homophobia because of the in-group language I used with anons when I worked with them

      She seems to be a big fan of using plain language, except when it comes to describing her own behavior.

      TINSTAAFK
    • AV AV Feb 27,2018 12:12 pm || Up

      having half read this now, i can point you to the specific terms she euphemistically calls language when talking to anons.

      still, i put it on the times. it was all there in her twitter already.

      and opinion doesn’t seem the right gig for her in this case. we need someone to untangle the threads.

      someone like angela nagle. but with shorter sentences.

      quinn would have done the opposite in op/ed. and now she’s burnt for journalistic contributions.

      bottom line, the world still sucks.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 12:20 pm || Up

        Wow. What the hell is the Atlantic doing allowing her to whitewash that shit?

  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 12:12 pm

    I would be OK with this outcome!

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 2:01 pm || Up

  48. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 2:11 pm

    LOL

    Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter.

    • andeux andeux Feb 27,2018 2:24 pm || Up

      “We will not respond substantively to unnamed sources peddling second-hand hearsay with rank speculation that continue to leak inaccurate information,” said Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Kushner’s lawyer.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 27,2018 4:10 pm || Up

        Non-denial denials, how do they work?

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 4:44 pm || Up

          In other failed spokesmanship news:

          Mr. Carson “didn’t know the table had been purchased,” but does not believe the cost was too steep and does not intend to return it, said Raffi Williams, a HUD spokesman.

          “In general, the secretary does want to be as fiscally prudent as possible with the taxpayers’ money,” he added.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2018 5:58 pm || Up
  49. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2018 4:17 pm
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 27,2018 5:25 pm || Up

      The nextdoor complainers did a pretty good job of doing that for themselves.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 28,2018 2:05 pm || Up

      In order for something to block your view, it has to be higher than your eye-line.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • dmoas Feb 28,2018 2:27 pm || Up

        Maybe there’s a part of the freeway that’ll be blocked. But if they really cared that much, they would have done what Marin did and put a height restriction in place long ago.

        • doctorK doctorK Feb 28,2018 2:41 pm || Up

          It’s really gonna FK up the view of the BART tracks, that’s for sure.

  50. Soaker Soaker Feb 27,2018 6:35 pm

    My shoveling muscles, so well toned a year ago, have atrophied, but I hope this actually happens and I have to deal with it.

    View post on imgur.com

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 27,2018 10:10 pm || Up

      Save the snow in barrels and sell it to us drought stricken coastal dwellers in August, you’ll make millions!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • dmoas Feb 27,2018 10:22 pm || Up

        And that, in a nut shell, is why it’s illegal to collect water like that in Colorado.

  51. ptbnl Feb 27,2018 6:46 pm

    I just got my share of a group bourbon barrel-aged barley wine project (11 people each brew 5 gallons to fill a 55 gallon bourbon barrel). Unfortunately the person holding the barrel had to move out of state unexpectedly so it only got 2 months in the barrel, but we added some bourbon-soaked toasted oak spirals for the last month to compensate.

    It’s dangerously boozy and delicious, and made for cold weather sipping.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  52. Bed Bed Feb 27,2018 7:50 pm

    So…any reason to be optimistic about the 2018 Oakland Athletics Baseball Club or should I pass the time this summer by following my passion for flamenco dancing?

    But seriously, folks...
    • colin colin Feb 28,2018 9:39 am || Up

      They might not be a good baseball team, but they will definitely hit dingers

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2018 10:00 am || Up

      Billy Butlers are at their lowest levels in four years.

  53. Bed Bed Feb 27,2018 7:57 pm

    I hear the Raiders brought back one of their former head coaches… it’s good to see Joe Bugel get another shot.

    But seriously, folks...
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 27,2018 8:17 pm || Up

      Just glad to know you still care.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  54. Bed Bed Feb 27,2018 8:01 pm

    My new sporting passion is the Men’s International Lacrosse Federation or MILF for short.

    But seriously, folks...
  55. Bed Bed Feb 27,2018 8:06 pm

    I’m not saying the two are related but since giving up the NFL and the Raiders to become a MILF lover all my hair has grown back and I experienced a different kind of sucking on Sundays.

    But seriously, folks...
  56. Bed Bed Feb 27,2018 8:11 pm

    I’m not sure what the advanced analytics will say about my last few posts but the eye test says they’re damn gritty and ready to compete.

    But seriously, folks...
  57. Bed Bed Feb 27,2018 8:15 pm

    Well, my time is about up on the prison computer. I hope that rash of yours has cleared up and remember elcroata is probably doing something cooler than we are right now.

    But seriously, folks...
  58. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 27,2018 10:14 pm

    Mueller’s asking about way earlier Russia stuff, like the Miss Universe pageant and Trump Tower. If he can flip Manafort…

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • dmoas Feb 27,2018 10:23 pm || Up

      Well, he publicly desired a meeting with Putin. And that’s roughly when he started sniffing around a run for the Presidency. So a few dots there already.

    • MikeV MikeV Feb 28,2018 8:15 am || Up

      I don’t think Manafort is going to be flipped. He’s one of the big fish and is going to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2018 11:18 am || Up

      Also

      Trump’s recent spate of “WITCH HUNT!!!!11!!one!!” tweets are starting to make sense.

  59. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2018 10:06 am
    • Soaker Soaker Feb 28,2018 10:18 am || Up

      I suspect the Raiders will lose quite a few more than 300 season ticket holders from 2017 to 2018.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2018 10:59 am || Up

      Shout out to the guy in the artist’s rendering rocking the #35 Rickey jersey.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 28,2018 2:11 pm || Up

        how is the dude’s pony tail not flying in the breeze in that spot?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • doctorK doctorK Feb 28,2018 2:45 pm || Up

      I love the Raiders, but in this instance they can go FK themselves.

  60. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2018 12:13 pm

    Khrushed

  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2018 12:22 pm

    Very Opening Day lineup today, except no Chapman still and for some reason KD is left and Piscotty DHing.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 28,2018 2:11 pm || Up

      as many times in Spring as necessary

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  62. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2018 12:29 pm

    Blackburn working on the things.

  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2018 1:07 pm

    Olsoned

  64. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 28,2018 3:43 pm

    “Take the guns first, go through due process second.” If Obama said this it would be the NRA’s best fundraising line ever.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  65. andeux andeux Feb 28,2018 11:04 pm
    TINSTAAFK
  66. ptbnl Mar 1,2018 12:20 am

    Hope Hicks finally makes it OK to say “White Lies Matter”.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  67. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 1,2018 10:53 am

    New episode of “Atlanta” tonight!!

    That snuck up on me.

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