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We need a new thread for this odd period before the regular season starts again.

This is that thread.

87 thoughts on “Interstitial Game Grill

  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2019 10:28 am

    I’m also in between signing up for A’s Access and receiving my credentials.

    • dmoas Mar 25,2019 1:54 pm || Up

      That’s okay, the A’s are between selling A’s Access and having it actually work at the stadium.

  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 25,2019 1:52 pm

    72 hours out, the forecast looks poor. Steady rain in AM, continuing showers in afternoon.

    I seem to remember a home opener being raimed out in the late 90s/early 00s, maybe vs NYY, but my Google Fu is failing me

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Mar 25,2019 1:57 pm || Up

      Opening night 1999 vs NYY was not rained out, but it looks like it ended after 8 innings.

      I’m seeing a different forecast for Thursday, with only light rain in the early morning, and partly cloudy in the PM.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 25,2019 2:05 pm || Up

        I’m just looking at weather.com, which has seemed to be less accurate in last few months. I’ve been blaming the govt shutdown.

        Of course forecasts >48 hours all have a significant margin of error anyway.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 25,2019 2:07 pm || Up

        Oh yes now I remember, sat in stands for a long cold, wet time waiting for the possible resumption which never came.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • andeux andeux Mar 25,2019 2:17 pm || Up

          And 2014 they were able to play opening night, but the next game was rained out.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2019 2:18 pm || Up

            Was that the one where it wasn’t raining at game time but they had neglected to cover the infield overnight?

            • andeux andeux Mar 25,2019 2:22 pm || Up

              That one was later the same week.

              TINSTAAFK
      • sslinger Mar 25,2019 6:15 pm || Up

        Are there plans for an opening day tailgate? We fly back tomorrow so will be there, jet lagged or not.

        We had a convoluted travel day yesterday, otherwise I’d be tempted to go to the spring HS baseball tournament. Too bad it’s in Kobe and not right here in Osaka. Had some Hanshin Tigers fans try to talk me into it last night.

        • sslinger Mar 25,2019 6:34 pm || Up

          Just saw your comment in the other thread. See you on the asphalt!

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 25,2019 4:36 pm || Up

      Playing an opener at Target Field on March 28 seems perilous but their forecast is partly sunny, around 50°F, very low chance of precipitation.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 26,2019 2:47 pm || Up

      still poor

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2019 10:25 am || Up

      If the opener gets rained out, I propose a double-header on May 29, when the Angels are in town for “Weather Education Day.”

      • andeux andeux Mar 27,2019 10:31 am || Up

        Mike Trout already has that day circled on his calendar.

        I’m still seeing conflicting information about tomorrow
        Weather underground shows (light) rain all day, while Dark Sky has maybe a little rain in the morning and then partly cloudy after noon.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Mar 27,2019 10:43 am || Up

          NWS:

          Rain chances will be highest across the North Bay Thursday morning leading to a wet commute. Shower activity will reach the Bay Area by midday Thursday with some cool showers possible from the Peninsula across the Bay and into the East Bay through Thursday afternoon. Rain in the East Bay looks generally light and not quite enough to completely ruin any outdoor activities but an umbrella and jacket would be prudent planning.

          Sounds like one of those Bay Area spring days when a dark cloud approaches, it dumps rain for about 3 minutes and then the sun immediately comes out, and then that happens again 45 minutes later.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2019 11:00 am || Up

            This system is different, more continuously cloudy but only occasionally rainy. Yesterday afternoon it looked more like east coast snowstorm clouds approaching than anything else.

            My prediction is light rain more off than on throughout day, not enough to delay game but enough to make cold and wet the dominant feeling.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2019 1:44 pm || Up

              Latest from weather.com now has no rain during daylight hours tomorrow. Weatherunderground still has showers all day.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2019 9:14 pm || Up

                Variously from 15% to 34% chance showers hourly during presumed tailgate and ballgame times.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2019 9:15 pm || Up

                  I’M KIND OF EXCITED!

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Soaker Soaker Mar 28,2019 10:52 am || Up

                  The Chateau Soaker grounds crew, which rivals that at Mar-A-Lago, has cleared 7 inches of fresh overnight snow off the Bill King Deck and we are ready to PLAY BALL!

                  Here’s your radar loop which at the moment shows nothing of interest south of Sonoma County.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2019 11:02 am || Up

            Also I see tides are low during ballgame hours, perhaps helpful for field and sewage conditions

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2019 10:55 am || Up

        “Weather Education Day” is immediately preceded by “Nurses Night.” Things are going to get wild at the Coliseum that week.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2019 1:42 pm || Up

          At last year’s Nurses Night we watched a nurse (not in our group) get so wasted that she ended up leaving on a stretcher, covered in vomit.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  3. 5Aces 5Aces Mar 25,2019 9:06 pm

    Why exactly are they playing through a rain storm?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 25,2019 9:11 pm || Up

      just pay everone there $20 and call it a night

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Mar 25,2019 9:52 pm || Up

        They really could. It looks like there are a couple hundred people in the stands.

        TINSTAAFK
        • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 26,2019 10:43 am || Up

          Provided they dont have to pay birds.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 26,2019 11:00 am || Up

  4. 5Aces 5Aces Mar 25,2019 9:09 pm

    The only answer is so Bobby Rayburn can hit a HR to save his son.

    Im sorry. But this may be the only time I can get a The Fan joke in.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  5. andeux andeux Mar 25,2019 10:24 pm

    The Giants really do suck.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 26,2019 10:44 am || Up

      They are going to make Brooks look good tonight, which will give him the opportunity to get absolutely blown up by the Red Sox and the Astros next week.

    • andeux andeux Mar 26,2019 6:41 pm || Up

      They’re using a version of the worst song of all time in their promos this year.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2019 8:19 pm || Up

        Reminds me that in Tokyo it sounded like Hundley was using Collective Soul’s “Shine” as walkup music. Another reason to DFA his ass at the earliest opportunity.

      • batgirl batgirl Mar 28,2019 6:31 am || Up

        Oh dear god.

  6. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 26,2019 6:57 am

    Is Buchter officially bad now? That would be problematic.

  7. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 26,2019 11:22 am

    Cute

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 26,2019 12:50 pm || Up

      I hope that wasn’t Montas’s vaunted new splitter.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  8. andeux andeux Mar 26,2019 11:42 am

    NOTY
    It’s tough to see anyone knocking out #1 seed Jizyah Shorts, but some other names I like are Toka Badboy, Truman Peyote, Storm Duck, Dr. Trent Artichoker, Pope Thrower, Precious Orji, Sparky Laguana, General Booty, Corno Pronk, Chastity Gooch-Fant, Paisley Boney IV, and Rev. Pix Butt.
    I’ll take Badboy, Thrower, Shorts, and Butt as my final four.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 26,2019 1:00 pm || Up

      I’m picking the ultimate first round upset. #1 seed Surender Nada will get taken out by #16 Jonathan Anomaly. Bad seeding by the committee.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  9. Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2019 5:27 pm

    Random complaint: When I use the At Bat app to watch a spring training game it takes about 3 minutes to load and get going. “Please wait while we confirm your account information.” This has not been an issue in past years; it has pretty much fired right up. The VPN and ad-blocking are turned off so it’s nothing like that.

    I’ve only tried to watch about 4 spring training games but this has happened every time. It’s kind of fun to watch a couple innings of a game in Montreal.

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2019 5:51 pm || Up

      Also interesting to turn on some random game, especially involving a team that trains in Florida, and notice that __________ is a non-roster player with the __________ (in this case Eric Sogard/Blue Jays).

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 26,2019 6:44 pm || Up

        Dan Strailly’s available just sayin.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 26,2019 9:08 pm || Up

        The issue I have come across on MLB TV is it will buffer like crazy during commercials, then seem to be just fine once we get back to game action.

        I think it could be issues with my Fire TV, but doing thr needed troubleshooting is a level of effort I will delay until the regular season.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  10. Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2019 6:56 pm

    So the mechanics of syncing Ken and Vince to Youtube TV appear to be: Listen to Gameday Audio on the computer, pause it for about 25 seconds to get it where it’s just a little ahead of the picture, then use the hardware to match it up exactly. I haven’t tried it that way before but if that 25-second buffering remains constant, it’s easier than I expected (i.e. no need to try to match it with TuneIn which technically isn’t available in my area).

  11. Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2019 7:22 pm

    Samardzija is currently #18 in starting pitcher 2019 salary and one of three in the top 20 who put up negative WAR last year (Felix and Homer Bailey). Not sure he’ll repeat the negative WAR this year, though Felix probably will, but $/WAR is going to be frighteningly high.

    • MikeV MikeV Mar 26,2019 7:47 pm || Up

      I don’t think we’re in any sort of position to talk about anybody’s starting pitching.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Soaker Soaker Mar 26,2019 8:08 pm || Up

        The A’s will pay about $19.8 million for 0.4 starting pitcher WAR, but that’s cumulative for all 162 starts, not the 15 or so starts that Samardzija ends up making. Hendriks at $2.15 million for 51 starts and -0.2 WAR is a big part of that.

  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 26,2019 9:20 pm

    • MikeV MikeV Mar 26,2019 9:52 pm || Up

      Brooks and Barretto are both the fifth starter??

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

      Thanks, and go As.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 26,2019 10:10 pm || Up

      well OK. Jerry was getting less outs than bucter?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 26,2019 10:15 pm || Up

        To me Blevins looks finished, while Buchter just sucked and could stop sucking.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  13. elcroata elcroata Mar 27,2019 10:53 am

    It ain’t gonna happen, our ass is in the jackpot

    How was I not aware of this till now?

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  14. Soaker Soaker Mar 27,2019 11:27 am

    Most impressed with Miss California at the 1969 home opener:

    Dave Duncan and Rollie Fingers, the two guys with unbuttoned jackets on the right. Rollie needed the mustache because he had a real dorky look without it.
    Joe DiMaggio slept with Marilyn Monroe but he still looks pretty interested.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2019 12:20 pm || Up

      The hottest thing in that photo by far is the Olds 442.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 27,2019 12:27 pm || Up

        I was also impressed by the racial diversity of a 1969 A’s crowd.

  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2019 12:56 pm

    One hour later…

    The next morning…

  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2019 5:07 pm

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 27,2019 5:23 pm || Up

      Huh? That says “March 27, 2019”, not “April 1, 2019”.

      That is a LOT of money to spend on a guy who hasn’t played much more than 100 innings in a season at first base in several years. I’d rather stagger through with Canha at 1B and buy some more pitching instead.

      • andeux andeux Mar 27,2019 5:36 pm || Up

        It sounds like the Jays are picking up some of his salary. And I did think Profar looked pretty shaky at 1B the last couple nights. But, yeah, given the overall hitting depth, this doesn’t seem like a move that needed to be made, especially after cheaping out at SP and C.

        edit: sayeth SuSlu

        the Blue Jays will be responsible for more than $10 million of the remaining $12 million owed Morales this season, according to a league source.

        TINSTAAFK
        • ptbnl Mar 27,2019 5:38 pm || Up

          Overspending on a washed-up DH seems to be the A’s way of keeping the union off their back on payroll.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • MikeV MikeV Mar 27,2019 6:18 pm || Up

            So would giving Keuchel a 3/45 deal with an opt out after 1 year.

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

            Thanks, and go As.

            • sslinger Mar 27,2019 6:49 pm || Up

              You would think you could sell something like that to him – he knows how good the young hitters are, a good defense behind him (we’ll see how good without Olson but still), and he’d get to pitch in the Coli.

        • Soaker Soaker Mar 27,2019 5:43 pm || Up

          Oh, so the Jays just wanted to dump him, no reasonable or even unreasonable offer refused. I guess that’s OK given the need for lefthanded hitting. Re Profar looking shaky, I doubt Morales will be any better. We might find out exactly how much of Chapman’s Platinum Glove and Semien’s improvement can be attributed to Olson.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2019 5:47 pm || Up

            He’s also kind of a switch-hitter in name only — he can’t hit lefties at all. A four-man bench would be useful given how often he will need to be pulled in late innings.

          • lenscrafters Mar 27,2019 6:40 pm || Up

            LOL Kendrys has averaged a grand total of about 11 games per season at 1B the last 4 seasons. They trust Canha and Barreto so little that they’ve gone out of their way to acquire this 35 year old DH to play first base?

            Meanwhile the rotation and catching is and has continued to be an utter FKing wreck, and quite literally cost us both games in Japan. But no, they’re completely content with that as is.

            • sslinger Mar 27,2019 6:46 pm || Up

              Yeah, not bringing Lucroy back is going to be the biggest loss for this team.

            • Soaker Soaker Mar 27,2019 7:31 pm || Up

              My initial concern was that they were taking on a more substantial portion of the $12 million (possibly because they had an Olson update that said he would be out until the All Star Break) and had foreclosed some options for upgrades in those areas. Since none of that appears to be true, and since they did need someone to bat behind Khris for the first couple months, this is an acceptable attempt at putting on a Band-Aid. He’ll suck defensively and it’s not that unlikely that he’ll immediately Butler at the plate, but they didn’t really give up anything either. Looking at some of the Toronto press it looks like maybe they wouldn’t have had to give up anything at all if they had waited a couple weeks for the DFA and the clearing of waivers.

              • lenscrafters Mar 27,2019 9:15 pm || Up

                Whatever marginal upgrade he is over Canha offensively is probably more than offset by his likely atrocious defense. That 2 million they still have to pay him is probably better spent on someone like EJax so we don’t have to be subjected to Aaron Brooks.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2019 7:40 pm || Up

              “It’s incredibly hard.”

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 27,2019 5:40 pm || Up

        I guess we decided we need to win 12-8 every night, but I sure dont feel like this puts us over any real or imagined hump.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • sslinger Mar 27,2019 5:57 pm || Up

      It seems like there’s not a lot of confidence in Canha.

    • andeux andeux Mar 27,2019 6:45 pm || Up


      If they’re going to photoshop him into an A’s uniform couldn’t they do anything about that gut? Not selling jeans, apparently.

      TINSTAAFK
  17. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2019 8:35 pm

    In case anyone else still watches the Walking Dead: Holy shit!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2019 9:56 am

    Being out of town on opening day stinks. Being out of town on opening day and realizing you are in the opposing team’s mlb.tv blackout area double stinks.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 28,2019 10:46 am || Up

      Living in that area is the suck that keeps on sucking.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2019 10:13 am

    Robinson Cano’s first NL at bat went well.

  20. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 28,2019 10:20 am

    A lot, near A6 pole, row 20 further from Coliseum than usual.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2019 10:25 am

    That’s 29.5 feet more distance than required!

    • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 28,2019 10:47 am || Up

      Rich Harden nods his head.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  22. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2019 12:18 pm

    Vince wearing Broadcaster Formal for today’s occasion

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 28,2019 12:27 pm || Up

      I was going to put up a game thread but it looks like you have a draft sitting there.

      Not sure how much game thread commenting I’ll be doing this year; between ~30 second delays and blue screens, probably just a between-innings rant here and there.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2019 12:45 pm || Up

        I abandoned it thinking you might be cooking one up! I’ll toss it up now.

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