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Moments in the Metroplex 129

A’s at Rangers for just a pair.

Manaea/Moore tonight, Mengden/Colon tomorrow

129 thoughts on “Moments in the Metroplex

  1. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2018 5:31 pm

    T is for texas t is for 2

    We already have two!

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2018 7:06 pm || Up

      That’s not the first “T for Texas” song I would think of.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2018 7:11 pm || Up

        Some says I am some says I ain’t

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Jun 5,2018 7:33 pm || Up

        This one is probably better known to anyone who isn’t a ‘head.
        It seems they both date from the late 1920s, though.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2018 8:25 am || Up

          I had never thought much about the “T for Texas” line because Bob seemed to use it to set up the fill-in-the-city next line, which is a starring line of the song. Looks like Jimmie Rodgers wrote his, and then Noah Lewis wrote New Minglewood shortly thereafter with that presumed reference to the Rodgers song. And that’s your bit of music history trivia for today (which is based on 3 minutes of Googling and may be completely wrong).

  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 5,2018 5:32 pm

    Two-out rally in the top of the first got us a couple runs. Manaea walked the first two batters in the bottom but escaped without conceding.

  3. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 5,2018 5:36 pm

    That was an amazing catch.

  4. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2018 5:39 pm

    the way the ball is being hit, I expect 6 more runs

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 5,2018 5:41 pm

    Not pictured in this series: Tim Lincecum, whom the Rangers released today.

  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2018 6:20 pm

    That curve ball…that was not a good curve ball.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2018 6:24 pm

    I have unfettered access to the A’s on TeeVee now. I have all season. I never watch it because I cannot take glen. I can barely tolerate Ray.

    I am OK with Vince

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2018 6:43 pm || Up

      Glen is mediocre but not intolerable for me. Narrated moving action pictures are worth it.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Jun 5,2018 7:43 pm || Up

        Same here. Glen has nothing interesting to say, but he is so bland that I can easily tune him out. Ray and Vince are both harder to take.

        TINSTAAFK
        • sslinger Jun 5,2018 9:06 pm || Up

          Agreed. And while we are at it, is anyone else noticing the increasing tendency of Korach to exaggerate the space between any two words that end/start with either an S or Sh or Th? It started with Seth {pause} Smith and it has progressed to the point where he goes way overboard. It has started to diminish my appreciation of his broadcasts.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Jun 6,2018 9:01 am || Up

        Agreed and I can say sometimes significant hearing loss aint the worst thing.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • dmoas Jun 6,2018 9:53 am || Up

        Glen is easier to handle when Ray isn’t around. Ray has become insufferable. But my god Glen is boring. And he’s just really bad at his job overall.

    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2018 7:15 pm || Up

      The Marlins rather unexpectedly canned Rich Waltz during the last offseason (but then they’re the Marlins so expect anything, I guess). Waltz is a Bay Area native, he said at the time he would want to get back into baseball, and depending on Glen’s contract status I’d think that’s a possibility going forward.

    • aardvark Jun 6,2018 7:41 pm || Up

      My dad texted me just to tell me how much he hate’s the A’s radio team.

  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 5,2018 6:27 pm

    Khrushed

  9. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2018 6:28 pm

    yay khris

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2018 6:40 pm

    Is there a bracket for NBCSN A’s Memorable Moments thing they’re doing? Because as cool as Dallas’s perfecto was I can’t believe it’s a contender for #1.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2018 7:26 pm || Up

      The final out of the 1972 World Series ought to win that, because of the four World Series wins that was the stunning upset, in addition to being the first. Picking a moment from 46 years ago probably leaves out too many people though.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2018 7:33 pm || Up

        Elite 8:

        72 WS final out, 89 WS final out, Game 20, Rickey’s record steal, Catfish perfecto, Braden perfecto, 2012 regular season finale…maybe 72 ALCS W vs Detroit?

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2018 7:40 pm || Up

          I would put walk off bunt before dallas

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • andeux andeux Jun 5,2018 7:45 pm || Up

            I would probably rate that first of the 25 years I’ve lived here.
            (And games 18 & 19 were both better than game 20)

            TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2018 7:48 pm || Up

          Hatteberg’s homer seems like the betting favorite, and I don’t question the worthiness.

  11. Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2018 7:19 pm

    Petit Mal.

  12. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2018 7:21 pm

    unbelieveable

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  13. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2018 7:37 pm

    sigh

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  14. andeux andeux Jun 5,2018 7:38 pm

    That’s some good relievin’ there Lou.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2018 7:39 pm || Up

      Well, he was probably overdue for an evening of suckage, and here it is.

  15. Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2018 7:53 pm

    I always think “Kela, Kela, jewel of Wilson’s foul domain.”

  16. andeux andeux Jun 5,2018 7:55 pm

    As games in Arlington go, this is just your average social drinker’s bad dream.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2018 8:00 pm || Up

      Yeah, there have been quite a few that didn’t quite rise to nightmare level. When Chirinos hit the home run on his birthday, the Rangers announcers brought up A-Rod’s walk-off grand slam on his birthday.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2018 8:03 pm || Up

        i think whatever they did to the jet stream made the experience duller

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2018 8:17 pm || Up

          The drawings of the new place look pretty awesome. They had to compete with Jerry World next door. That will be high on the list in 2020 or soon after.

  17. lenscrafters Jun 5,2018 8:01 pm

    There was a season (I think it was 2010?) where the A’s hovered around .500 all year, frustratingly never getting 2 or 3 games over .500. This year reminds me of that year.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 5,2018 8:02 pm || Up

      It was 2010. They swept the Mariners on the last weekend to finish 81-81.

    • dmoas Jun 6,2018 9:56 am || Up

      I feel like this team is kind of the reverse of that one. This team seems like it’s just not good enough to be .500 yet somehow hangs around it. I remember that team seemingly should have been better but couldn’t get it together whereas this team should be worse but doesn’t quite seem to fall apart.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 11:21 am || Up

        i like that take

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:58 pm || Up

        For me it’s the other way around. I thought that 2010 roster was garbage at the time. They were a little better in the second half when Coco was playing, but .500 felt like a miracle.

        This roster I think should be a little better than .500.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 6,2018 2:15 pm || Up

          In a division with the Astros, this pitching staff? Doesn’t look like a .500 roster to me.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 2:21 pm || Up

          That team had good pitching (115 ERA+, led by Gio, Cahill, Braden, and over half a year of Anderson) but abysmal hitting (92 OPS+. That was Barton’s good year, Cust, Ellis and Crisp were OK, but then we had Cliff, Kz, Rajai, Gross).

          This year we are right around league average for both, which feels like an underperformance from the offense but (as FSU says) an overperformance by the pitchers.

          TINSTAAFK
  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 5,2018 9:10 pm

    Villaraigosa is currently in third place behind the Republican in LA County. Looks like Gavin is going to get the opponent he wanted.

    DeLeon may squeak out second place to face DiFi, but it looks real close at the moment.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2018 10:30 pm || Up

      Terrible showing for Villaraigosa. where the fuck did all his money go?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 6:41 am || Up

        I don’t think the math works for Leno

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 8:24 am || Up

          No? Some reason to think the mail ballots favor Breed?

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:04 pm || Up

          Leno got 76 percent of Jane Kim’s second-choice votes. If that holds in the uncounted mail votes, he should win barring something anomalous in the remaining first-choice votes.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 1:09 pm || Up

            wow, my comment realizing that leno was leading did not show up.

            Yeah, I think he is in good shape.

            Stunning blow for Mayor for life Brown

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:18 pm || Up

              Ranked choice is a hell of a ride. I think it probably reached the right result in this instance. Leno may not have been that many people’s first choice, but he wasn’t toxic to one of the moderate or lefty camps the way Kim and Breed were.

              • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 1:30 pm || Up

                Probably the only way chaos doesn’t reign down.

                I don’t trust the YIMBYs but there are so fucking many obstacles to density.

                Both within 4 blocks of me. both wastes in so many different ways.

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:37 pm || Up

                  Yeah, I ended up voting Breed-Leno-[Blank] mostly because I get the impression that Kim is on the wrong side of that stuff and just generally prone to pandering.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 1:44 pm || Up

                  can you imagine a peskin board with mayor breed?

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:50 pm || Up

                  So many of our supervisors seem like utter lunatics incapable of basic interpersonal relationships.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:47 pm || Up

                  That second link is crazy. Maybe I’m not reading it right, but Campos voted to stop a project despite thinking the appeal lacks merit because the renters’ union person compared the appellants to Trump during public comment? What in the world?

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 6,2018 1:52 pm || Up

                  Land use issues have a way of turning seemingly reasonable people into raving lunatics.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 2:30 pm || Up

                  Yes. that is right.

                  I would vote no because its not 30 stories high. that is what is needed there

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 7,2018 4:52 pm || Up

          Well, you might end up being right after all. Leno is now up by only 255 votes. Still 84,000 mail ballots to count.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 8,2018 4:16 pm || Up

            144 votes.

            ~60,000 ballots to go.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 8,2018 10:11 pm || Up

              Bush v gore got me addicted to the internet when Jake tapper was working for Salon. This feels similar with much much much lower stakes.

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 9,2018 6:51 pm || Up
              I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:15 pm || Up

        Northern California’s iron grip on the state Democratic party is really something. Feinstein, Harris, Brown, now Newsom. Meanwhile, Villaraigosa flamed out and Garcetti would rather flirt with a presidential bid than run statewide.

        Edited to add that Xavier Becerra represented LA and may be the future.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 1:18 pm || Up

          the appointed attorney general?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:19 pm || Up

            He’ll be elected in November.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 1:23 pm || Up

              you didn’t listen to the A’s on the radio?

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:24 pm || Up

                Yesterday? No.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 1:34 pm || Up

                  someone, I don’t remember the name was running as a democrat against bacerra and at all name mentions the voice over said “the APPOINTED attorney general”

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:42 pm || Up

                  Wow, burn, the very popular governor hand-picked me to do this important job. You really owned me there.

                  Ads like that are the equivalent of stealing money for some political consultant.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 1:45 pm || Up

                  I would have voted for him if I could add a comment “I heard you on 1550!”

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 2:05 pm || Up

                  That ad reached at least a dozen people.

    • dmoas Jun 6,2018 9:56 am || Up

      Ugh, I despise Gavin.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 11:27 am || Up

        He doesn’t need you to care, he needs you to cash

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  19. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2018 10:15 pm

    Alone returns next week! Best reality show ever.

    "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 Jun 6,2018 12:41 pm

    • andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 12:49 pm || Up

      Interesting. Wasn’t on the 40-man roster. No power, but leading the team in OBP (.299/.417/.390). I guess taking him instead of Smolinski, Barreto, or Laureano means that Bob really wanted his LHB.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 1:38 pm || Up

        So he’s Joyce without the occasional homer.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 6,2018 1:50 pm || Up

          But he can also give out wings!

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2018 5:38 pm || Up

            His walk-up music is something by Pink Martini, I hope.

  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 2:13 pm

    He is somehow only 34.

    The veteran righty has pitched in the Majors for 12 different clubs at present, leaving him one team shy of tying Octavio Dotel’s record of 13.

    • andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 2:22 pm || Up

      Man, we are really desperate.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2018 4:35 pm || Up

        Lincecum signing in 5…4…3…

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 6,2018 4:56 pm || Up

          The A’s seem unlikely to be stupid desperate for that kind of price tag. Stupid desperate for peanuts is more our style.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  22. Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2018 5:27 pm

    Phone call goes to Rangers’ fireworks supplier. They may need one-hour priority service on restocking.

    • dmoas Jun 6,2018 5:43 pm || Up

      Is Font back?

    • Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2018 6:10 pm || Up

      WE’RE OUT!! DO YOU NEED A POLICE ESCORT TO GET THROUGH TRAFFIC??

      • Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2018 6:31 pm || Up

        Whew, they got the guns reloaded just in the nick of time.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2018 6:34 pm || Up

          I think they tapped into the strategic firework reserves under the ballpark.

  23. Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2018 6:24 pm

    Mengden has given up 3 homers and it’s an LOBfest for the A’s offense, otherwise this game is going tremendously.

  24. andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 6:37 pm

    TINSTAAFK
  25. andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 7:05 pm

    I thought Canha got all of that one. So did he.

    TINSTAAFK
  26. andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 7:09 pm

    Oh right, no one else is watching this game.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2018 7:17 pm || Up

      Even if we weren’t up against The Finals, this one is headed for Chris Hatcher Time.

      • andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 7:19 pm || Up

        Yeah, but Nick Martini’s MLB debut!

        TINSTAAFK
        • ptbnl Jun 6,2018 10:30 pm || Up

          Without seing the outcome, I’m calling it “shaken but not stirred”.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  27. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 7:44 pm

    I am glad to have missed this

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 7:57 pm

    WTF was that Khris?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2018 7:58 pm || Up

      This game has been plenty long and he’s getting hungry.

  29. Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2018 8:02 pm

    Trying to figure out how to get Blackburn on the roster tomorrow, they must be buying themselves a couple weeks by moving Boog to the 60-day DL. Unless they want to concede the inevitable and put Anderson on the 60-day DL.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 8:07 pm || Up

      gosset to 60?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 8:11 pm || Up

        We’ve just given up on Hatcher or Casilla DFA?

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 6,2018 8:23 pm || Up

          Casilla would look good in kansas city light fires

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 8:28 pm || Up
            TINSTAAFK
  30. andeux andeux Jun 6,2018 8:32 pm

    Luzardo: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

    TINSTAAFK
  31. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 7,2018 8:42 am

    this was the mengden I expected

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 7,2018 9:14 am || Up

      When I read that discussion above in this thread about overperformance by the pitchers I was thinking, “Exhibit ‘A'”.

  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 7,2018 1:56 pm

    That explains the Phegley recall.

  33. andeux andeux Jun 7,2018 2:24 pm

    Cold beer here!
    (Though probably not good beer)

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 7,2018 2:27 pm || Up

      It’s a perk no professional sporting facilities in California have offered since the mid-1980s, according to the press release. The San Diego Padres narrowly beat the A’s to the punch; they reintroduced the service at the end of May. At least they’re not the Dodgers.

      Whuh?

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 7,2018 2:28 pm || Up

      so, the law changed? I’d like a little more Michelle

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 7,2018 2:29 pm || Up

      Are there any decent brews sold in aluminum bottles?

      I don’t understand why they wouldn’t sell beers in cans.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 7,2018 2:42 pm || Up

        smacks of an exclusive Anheiser Busch promo.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Jun 7,2018 3:13 pm || Up

        In all the ballparks I’ve been to, I can’t recall vendors carrying anything other than Bud/Bud Light, Coors/Coors Light or Miller Lite (who would drink Miller High Life?). If I’m having a beer I visit a concession stand before the game starts. And Ed is right, we had vendor-sold beer at the Coliseum until the mid-80s (Henry Weinhard’s was $1.75/bottle IIRC, and in the pre-craft beer days Henry’s was a decent choice) but CA passed a law to restrict sales to fixed stands, so the law must have been changed recently.

        • andeux andeux Jun 7,2018 3:28 pm || Up

          I think someone I know has said he was a Ballantine’s vendor there in the 70s.

          TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 7,2018 3:30 pm || Up

          I drank so much Henry’s in my Cal days. We thought it was high class.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 7,2018 4:31 pm || Up

            it’s not beer, it’s henry’s

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 7,2018 4:26 pm || Up

          I drink Miller High Life often. It, PBR, and Tecate are my go-to softball in the sun beers.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • 5Aces 5Aces Jun 8,2018 8:53 am || Up

            Tecate is my Raider beer of choice. I know how to slum appropriately.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • AV AV Jun 8,2018 10:36 am || Up

            why does miller HL make my pee so foamy?? it’s weird.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 7,2018 2:46 pm || Up

      My buddy was at a Chiba Lotte Marines game in Japan last month and was delighted to find vendors with keg backpacks selling you draft Asahi right at your seat.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Jun 7,2018 8:41 pm || Up

        And yet when I try to bring a keg into the ballpark …

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • nevermoor nevermoor Jun 20,2018 9:37 am || Up

          Reverse racism is a hell of a thing.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • 5Aces 5Aces Jun 8,2018 8:55 am || Up

        Went to the BOB in the mid 2000’s and they had a guy walking around with a margarita machine on his back. To a kid raised in beer in your seat less CA the call of “Get ya MAH GAH RITAS!” was very inciting.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty

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