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In the bag 209

1. Certain of success (e.g., in British Parliament, a petition to be discussed, put that in the bag by the Speaker, with certainty it will be worked on that day.)
2. Pre-arranged; fixed (e.g. “Bet to rent; it’s in the bag”
3. (Half): Drunk

#1 of 3 vs the Yankees secured as Homer whoo hoo’ed an eclectic array of stuff past the perplexed Yankee batsmen. Two more nights vs the vaunted Gothemites to follow.

"Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."

209 thoughts on “In the bag

  1. sslinger Aug 21,2019 2:10 am

    Good game, Yanks fans made a lot of noise early with the HR but the A’s came back quickly in the bottom of the 1st and that really quieted down the Yanks fans

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 21,2019 8:09 am || Up

      The Yanks fans made all the beer lines really long. I did enjoy watching them head for the turnstiles after the A’s went up 6-1.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 21,2019 9:04 am

    Judge costumes are still at least mildly ammusing.

    The Marlins men can GTFOH.

    But nothing is worse than Yankee fans that buy jerseys with names on the back. Until their franchise can handle that basic concept them must remain without it as well.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 21,2019 11:34 am || Up

      While Marlins man is truly ridiculous, I can’t help but somewhat admire his preposterous obsession. I mean, he gets premium seats to watch the best teams across the country. I assume he also flies and stays in comfort. All to represent one of the least appealing franchises and color schemes in American history. There’s something about the insane, obsessed, Quixotic devotion that I can’t help but appreciate.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Aug 21,2019 10:05 pm || Up

      For “players weekend” they should all just have their numbers spelled out on the back.

      TINSTAAFK
  3. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 9:19 am

    Very good win. Homer still has some good stuff sometimes. Mark Canha has turned himself into one hell of an all-around baseball player at age 30. The KD situation is sad.

  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 9:32 am

    The sudden entrance into the news cycle of Madam Prime Minister of Denmark reminds me that I haven’t finished the first season of Borgen yet despite loving the first couple of episodes.

  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 10:11 am

    We’re finally playing the Yankees, which means national publications are finally noticing that we’re competitive yet again. Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s take:

    But with the A’s now pushing for yet another playoff berth despite a payroll near the bottom of the major leagues, an examination of their team reveals something strange: As they begin a crucial three-game series against New York on Tuesday, the A’s are suddenly more like the Yankees than the Yankees themselves….

    Virtually all general managers, not just the ones operating with payroll constraints, value prospects as integral components of their roster, not trade bait. They have little interest in paying for midtier free agents, which has depressed the market. And they have no qualms about engaging in dramatic rebuilds—a strategy known as tanking—leading to decreased competition for established assets.

    The A’s have taken advantage of those forces by quickly finding the latest inefficiency to exploit: actual major-league players.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 21,2019 11:28 am || Up

      (Pay no attention to the wangs and schlitters in the bullpen)

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 11:56 am || Up

      Here’s The Athletic’s entry into the genre, from fun national baseball guy Andy McCullough:

      The structural disadvantages facing the Athletics are numerous. They don’t spend much money. They play in baseball’s most retrograde ballpark. They serve as second fiddle in their market to a team with three titles this decade. Their division contains a colossus. Their press box soda machine dispenses RC Cola.

      • MikeV MikeV Aug 21,2019 12:08 pm || Up

        it also has lemonade though.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 21,2019 1:52 pm || Up

        Pedantic man says this decade started in 2011.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • andeux andeux Aug 21,2019 1:57 pm || Up

          Other pedantic man says any period of 10 years can be a decade.

          TINSTAAFK
          • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 21,2019 2:17 pm || Up

            I am humbled to stand before my superior in pedantry.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • ptbnl Aug 21,2019 2:26 pm || Up

            I’d agree with you if he’d said “three titles in a decade” but he says “this decade”, and in the absence of specification “this” has to be interpreted as the twenty-teens.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 6:06 pm || Up

        Also re structural disadvantages, that Mariners-Rays series drew 24,434 total attendance for the three dates at the Trop. I do not recall which cola is served at the concession stands.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 12:00 pm || Up

      The story of the corruption that led to Trump saying whatever he is saying here is going to be a good one.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 21,2019 12:44 pm || Up

        Any earlier regime you’d expect some fiendishly elaborate web of shell companies and straw men to mask the dirty profits. Here it’s more likely large amounts of J&J stock were just bought yesterday by someone named “Tonald Drump Jr.”

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  6. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 12:48 pm

    Rays desperately clinging to a one-run ninth inning lead after old friend Emilio gave up a leadoff bomb to Vogelbach, an HBP, and now a single.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 12:52 pm || Up

      Oh, Emilio…two-run Mallex Smith triple, and the M’s lead.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 1:01 pm || Up

        And Generic Mariners Reliever gives up a leadoff jack to tie it up.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 1:09 pm || Up

          GMR didn’t even get an out. Homer, single, single, IBB, extremely wild pitch.

  7. ptbnl Aug 21,2019 1:40 pm

    The O’s and Tigers both have wild card elimination numbers of 3 – what’s the earliest a team has been eliminated in the 2-WC era?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 2:29 pm || Up

      The 2018 Orioles, with their loss and an A’s win on August 20 with 37 games to play. The Royals’ elimination number is 1 there as well.

      The 2013 Astros (51-111) were still alive with 37 games to play, as were the 2012 Astros (55-107 in the NL). Those Astros teams are the only two others with enough losses to be candidates.

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      • Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 5:38 pm || Up

        A couple other elimination dates of notably bad teams:

        2003 Tigers (43-119, one wild card): August 18 with 39 to play.
        1962 Mets (40-120, single 10-team league): August 7 with 51 to play. That one doesn’t work out by “magic number”, but their 82nd loss with no interleague play means somebody has to finish over .500.

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  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 4:02 pm

    Found a podcast even AV won’t listen to!

    • AV AV Aug 21,2019 10:08 pm || Up

      honest spit take.

      then… subscribed.

      i just gotta. and they’re under 15 mins.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 9:35 am || Up

        I underestimated your commitment to the form.

        • AV AV Aug 22,2019 11:23 am || Up

          i have a revolving slot for comedy quickies. as soon as the schtick gets worn, i get a new one.

          this one may be a very quickie.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • DFA DFA Aug 22,2019 10:01 am || Up

        I was subscribed and variously listening to about 90 before I got married and have significantly had to reduce, but I also feel like there has been an overall decline in quality in the ones I do listen too in the last year.

        In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
        • AV AV Aug 22,2019 11:21 am || Up

          the field is flooded.

          but there are still some really greats.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • AV AV Aug 22,2019 11:28 am || Up

          oh, but i forgot. it’s gonna be a revolution soon. as soon as conan releases his first episode.

          look, he’s already on the cover of variety it’s so good.

          the rage from podcast-twitter in the replies is pretty amusing.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • AV AV Sep 7,2019 10:05 am || Up
      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  9. Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 5:28 pm

    We’ll see if the fact that the Yankees are throwing a lefty tonight prevents that 6-7-8 of Piscotty, Khris, Profar from being a swirling vortex.

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  10. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 7:04 pm

    My fear for this game is that Fiers pitches 8 shut out innings reminding me that he was left off the Wild Card roster, My fear for this game is also that the A’s get blown out.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  11. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 7:37 pm

    Joseph doesn’t come near that one

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  12. andeux andeux Aug 21,2019 7:44 pm

    Khrushed!
    (with an assist from the ump for not calling ball 4)

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 21,2019 7:46 pm || Up

      Oppo field KD homer was pretty far down my list of probable outcomes.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 7:47 pm || Up

      He’s a fucking Savage in the box!

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 7:55 pm || Up

        I really hate the Yankees pantomiming hitting the roof of the dugout with a bat for their I got a base hit” sign

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        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 7:59 pm || Up

          That is some very meatheaded nonsense.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 8:04 pm || Up

            I have never been a fan of those, but whatever, let the kids play. That is antagonistic.

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          • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 8:04 pm || Up

            I have never been a fan of those, but whatever, let the kids play. That is antagonistic.

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 8:18 pm || Up

          I loved the Boone sound clip part of it though, and Boone also scored points with me when he was sitting at the ESPN Baseball Tonight desk the night Angel Hernandez messed up the Rosales home run replay in Cleveland and went on quite a rant about it.

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  13. lenscrafters Aug 21,2019 7:47 pm

    Ok I’m taking KD swinging at a 3-0 ball four, getting fked by the ump on a 3-1 non strike, and then homering on the full count, as a definitive sign that he’s back.

  14. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 7:51 pm

    That was nice. Not gonna lie

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  15. lenscrafters Aug 21,2019 7:59 pm

    God, I love Marcus.

  16. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 8:02 pm

    Took them 8 batters to figure out it was JA Happ and not luis severino. That must be why they don’t go with names on the back, to confuse the opposition

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  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 8:03 pm

    Semien turning into prime Cal Ripken Jr. is such a wonderful development.

  18. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 21,2019 8:03 pm

    Lets get like 10 more of these, ok?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  19. mother pucker Aug 21,2019 8:05 pm

    Man was I on the wrong side of the Semien vs. Russell “debate” (even excluding what a piece of shit the latter is off the field).

  20. Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 8:09 pm

    Quick & dirty bit of research shows that Rickey hit 28 HR in 1990 and all were in the #1 spot in the batting order. Semien has hit 20 of his 22 this season in the #1 spot.

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 8:34 pm || Up

      Campy had that bizarre season when he hit 22 HR in 1970, all in the #1 spot. Am I forgetting somebody? I’d think those would be the top 3.

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      • Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 8:44 pm || Up

        I forgot at least one. BTW 1990 was Rickey’s only >20 HR season as an Athletic.

        Rickey 28/28 (1990)
        Campy 22/22 (1970)
        Coco 22/22 (2013)
        Semien 20/22 (2019)

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  21. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 8:25 pm

    We need a long inning (and runs) from Happ next inning. I have tickets tomorrow and I want to have a depleted yankee bullpen

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    • andeux andeux Aug 21,2019 8:29 pm || Up

      And you need a Fiers CG so that Puk doesn’t pitch tonight?

      TINSTAAFK
  22. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 8:37 pm

    em on tv

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  23. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 8:39 pm

    boone should be penalized for not getting green up early enough.

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  24. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 8:46 pm

    this is fucking ridiculous

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 8:52 pm

    Frustrating not to break the game open, but getting one eases the pain.

  26. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 8:56 pm

    bouncing ball up the middle? where is my shift?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  27. lenscrafters Aug 21,2019 9:06 pm

    Diekman in with runners on, ugh.

  28. mikeA Aug 21,2019 9:10 pm

    I would have told Tauchman not to swing under any circumstances for the entire AB.

  29. Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 9:14 pm

    The crash of the Interwebs with Diekman coming in with the bases loaded was maybe just as well. I’m glad to see upon getting back up and running there was only one run of damage…and now even that has been recouped.

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  30. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 9:19 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 9:26 pm || Up

      Seems to me Neuse would be more useful than Profar.

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      • lenscrafters Aug 21,2019 9:28 pm || Up

        He’s playing a lot of second. Barreto has moved to 3rd.

    • lenscrafters Aug 21,2019 10:07 pm || Up

      Murphy hit another one later in the game but admittedly it was against a position player.

  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 9:22 pm

    I don’t know who half these Yankees are. Mike Ford??

    • lenscrafters Aug 21,2019 9:49 pm || Up

      I dislike all of them.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 21,2019 9:53 pm || Up

      Happ wouldn’t be one of those, but it’s fun to check something on Twitter, see that “Happ” is in the “Worldwide Trends” and look at all the complaining.

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  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 9:25 pm

    This isn’t going to be a Puk night, is it.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 9:31 pm || Up

      thank god

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 9:32 pm || Up

        I spoke too soon! He’s warming up.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 21,2019 9:41 pm || Up

        Sorry Ed

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 22,2019 10:25 am || Up

        My softball team was unanimously elated about Puk’s appearance.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  33. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 9:31 pm

    I am not liking this

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  34. mikeA Aug 21,2019 9:34 pm

    Bob has a tough job this year…

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 10:21 pm || Up

      He did it well tonight. I’m glad he got Puk’s feet wet. Now he can feast on the Giants and Royals and be ready for Yankee Stadium.

  35. lenscrafters Aug 21,2019 9:34 pm

    More A’s runs please

  36. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 21,2019 9:34 pm

    Treinen =/= Yankee killer.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 9:40 pm

    I’m nervous

  38. andeux andeux Aug 21,2019 9:44 pm

    Gameday is classifying Puk’s 98-99 MPH pitches as sliders.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 9:47 pm || Up

      His stuff is alarming.

      • andeux andeux Aug 21,2019 9:49 pm || Up

        I was about to say he just needs to throw more strikes, no one can do anything with that pitch anyway, before Ford hit a liner into right.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 12:08 pm || Up

          Phegley said after the game that he basically just called fastballs because he didn’t know how good Puk’s slider is.

          “His fastball’s hot, but (the Yankees) are good at hitting fastballs,” the veteran catcher said. “Hindsight, we probably would have used more sliders. But that’s part of not knowing him and how well he throws it for strikes. That’s part of getting to know your pitcher.”

          • dmoas Aug 22,2019 1:15 pm || Up

            Uh. Who on earth stupidly didn’t bother giving him a scouting report on his own damn pitcher that he’s catching?

            • MikeV MikeV Aug 22,2019 1:47 pm || Up

              or why didn’t he, you know, ASK THE PITCHER HE’S CATCHING

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

              Thanks, and go As.

              • dmoas Aug 22,2019 4:08 pm || Up

                Well, there’s a difference there. Knowing he *HAS* a slider didn’t seem to be the problem. It was how *GOOD* it was. Having the pitcher tell you he’s got a great slider isn’t the same as a coach giving him a scouting report that says he has a great slider.

            • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 22,2019 2:30 pm || Up

              Heck, I knew about his slider.

              BTW-Dont ask him to throw a changeup. It is making his arm feel funny.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  39. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 9:48 pm

    Dammit chad

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  40. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 9:49 pm

    reverse splits!

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 10:55 am || Up

      That running fastball at 100 mph boring in on the hands of righties looks like it will be a problem.

  41. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 9:55 pm

    Bob going to hendriks was right. I just hope it works

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  42. lenscrafters Aug 21,2019 9:57 pm

    FK yeah Hendriks!

  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 9:58 pm

    Hendriks hitting 100?

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 9:58 pm || Up

      long toss and pokemon. You bet

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  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 9:59 pm

    I would appreciate 2 or 3 more A’s runs.

  45. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 21,2019 10:00 pm

    Puk is going to have some fun K’s, and some BIG HRs if someone runs into it right.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 10:12 pm

    Hendriks was on fire tonight.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 21,2019 10:16 pm || Up

      happy with the last two being shot ABs, but that means I get Soria tomorrow

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      • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 22,2019 9:22 am || Up

        And probably 2 innings of Lou.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 23,2019 12:07 am || Up

          Diekman, check, Lou, check, soria, check. No puk.

          What a worthless game to go to

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      • DFA DFA Aug 22,2019 10:56 am || Up

        That’s why you don’t put him in the night before with a four-run lead.

        In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 21,2019 10:16 pm

    Hopefully by this time on September 6, the record will show that we are currently in the first wild card spot.

  48. ptbnl Aug 22,2019 9:23 am

    Chrinos attempting to complete the cycle but instead recording the last out of a 1-run game at 3rd was spectacularly stupid.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  49. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 10:18 am

    The Merc News has copies of invoices where Scott McKibben billed Ring Central for a $50,000 “finders fee” for his services in pushing their ultra-sketchy naming-rights deal through.

    Three invoices were sent via email to Belmont-based RingCentral. The first two, sent June 17 and June 20, were on Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority letterhead and signed by McKibben. A third, emailed five days later and also signed by McKibben, only listed his name and home address in Pleasanton.

    That invoice included a more detailed description of his work: presentations to RingCentral executives at their corporate offices, tours of the Coliseum and leading contract negotiations, and that he “worked closely with Coliseum Authority Board to secure final unanimous approval of a 3-year contract for the Naming Rights.”

    McKibben specified the fee be paid upon the board’s approval and listed a due date of July 25.

    I guess that would explain his resignation.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 22,2019 10:24 am || Up

      Yeah, this seems way beyond the pale, even by sleazy joint powers authority standards.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 10:29 am || Up

        Fits nicely with the thread title though

      • ptbnl Aug 22,2019 10:33 am || Up

        Since the pale separated the English occupiers from the Irish natives, as a descriptor of unacceptable behavior the phrase should really be “within the pale”.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • andeux andeux Aug 22,2019 10:38 am || Up

        How stupid do you have to be to leave that kind of paper trail?

        TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 10:51 am || Up

        If the A’s succeed in buying the county’s half of the property, there is no longer any need for the JPA and its $300,000 jobs to exist, right?

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 22,2019 10:55 am || Up

          Even if that deal doesn’t happen the JPA is superfluous, since the City and the County each have to ratify all of its major decisions anyway.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 11:05 am || Up

      In other bizarre Coliseum naming sponsor news

      Mr. Byrne’s relationship with the woman, Maria Butina, lasted three years, from 2015 to 2018, and eventually became romantic. It did not become widely known until last week, when Overstock took the unusual step of issuing a news release calling attention to it. The release was titled “Overstock.com C.E.O. Comments on Deep State, Withholds Further Comment.”

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 22,2019 1:04 pm || Up

        This helps explain why they replaced the sauerkraut with borscht.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  50. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 11:31 am

    Best case scenario is this is just a waste of money

    The attempt to use volunteer data to identify “neurobehavioral signs” of “someone headed toward a violent explosive act” would be a four-year project costing an estimated $40 to $60 million, according to Dr. Geoffrey Ling, the lead scientific adviser on HARPA and a founding director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office.

  51. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 12:51 pm

    The Royals lost their travel day between Baltimore and Cleveland today to finish a suspended game at Fenway that had been stopped with it tied heading into the 10th inning. The Red Sox walked them off in 12 minutes.

    • colin colin Aug 22,2019 1:48 pm || Up

      My wife and I were speculating last night about exactly this outcome, but neither of us made the effort to look up the Royals travel schedule.

  52. Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 3:24 pm

    A question he had to answer because he’s apparently now in a DH platoon with Jurickson Effing Profar (.175/.245/.368 vs. RHP).

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 3:40 pm || Up

      The MLB app has KD in the lineup, as does the A’s twitter feed as of an hour ago. There’s something weird going on.

    • andeux andeux Aug 22,2019 3:43 pm || Up

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 23,2019 12:08 am || Up

        hey suslu? Can you ask if he is OK?

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  53. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 6:18 pm

    Whatever storm is pelting the eastern seaboard right now has really interfered with my pregame scoreboard watching.

  54. Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 6:25 pm

    Roxy is doing the television PxP tonight.

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  55. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 6:45 pm

    Row Ark!

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 7:04 pm || Up

      I don’t listen to the television audio that often, and every time I do the sound mix drives me nuts. Way too much of the drummers…much more of that than you get when you’re in the ballpark. They aren’t nearly that noticeable on radio either.

      (reply fail, oh well)

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 7:18 pm || Up

        How do you feel about the Stanford logo next to the score graphic?

        • Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 7:19 pm || Up

          NO FURD COMMERCIALS ON A’S TELECASTS ARRRRRGGGGGHHHH

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          • Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 7:48 pm || Up

            And now the parent of a Furdie in the booth, wearing a red shirt. They’re torturing Roxy, that’s what’s happening.

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  56. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 6:53 pm

    Looks like the A’s were able to sell some Japanese ads behind the plate for Tanaka day.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 6:58 pm || Up

      Speaking of Japanese starting pitchers, you know who has been the worst (qualifying) starting pitcher in the majors this season by WAR?

  57. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 6:58 pm

    I’m just glad Chapman’s hand isn’t perforated after that play.

  58. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 7:04 pm

    Lew Wolff in the house.

  59. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 7:06 pm

    Nothing but excellent at bats thus far.

    • andeux andeux Aug 22,2019 7:08 pm || Up

      …obviously posted before Khris.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 7:09 pm || Up

        At least he took that first sinker?

      • Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 7:13 pm || Up

        I was thinking, after 2 wins and then putting up 3 in the first, that feels a little too easy. Stomp on their throats with a 5 or a 6, or three hours from now regret that you didn’t.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 7:44 pm || Up

        If Tanaka didn’t have Khris, he would be out of this game by now.

  60. mikeA Aug 22,2019 7:12 pm

    Roxy just sitting around available for years while we listen to Vince and Glen…

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 7:14 pm || Up

      I keep thinking of that story that the A’s would only let Roxy fill in for Ken on the road if Roxy paid for his own travel.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 7:15 pm || Up

      And Joe Starkey, whom Roxy should have replaced 15 years ago.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 7:16 pm || Up

        Joe Starkey cannot still be calling Cal football…..can he?

        • Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 7:22 pm || Up

          45th season, pretty much entirely because he had 20 great seconds in 1982. He loves Cal football and he’s knowledgeable, but trying to figure out what is actually happening on the field when I only have the radio broadcast is torture. Like Vince, I’m fine with him when I’m syncing him with TV and can see the action.

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  61. lenscrafters Aug 22,2019 7:13 pm

    I can’t decide if I like Olson, or Chapman, or Marcus, or Canha the most.

    • andeux andeux Aug 22,2019 7:16 pm || Up

      At least Profar has not made this choice any more difficult.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 22,2019 8:19 pm || Up

      So many likable productive guys, most since 2012 at least.

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  62. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 7:33 pm

    How does this team have the best record in the AL?

  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 7:35 pm

    That being ruled a hit is ridiculous. The ball was heading right into his glove and the out would have been recorded immediately.

  64. lenscrafters Aug 22,2019 7:52 pm

    Sean Nolin starting against LV tonight. Barreto hit a homer.

  65. Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 8:18 pm

    Ford running down the foul ball near the bullpen reminded me of Steve Balboni chasing those at the Coliseum. Ford’s result was better than any of Balboni’s.

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  66. Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 8:48 pm

    Hmmmmm, most likely no Hendriks tonight or possibly a less-effective Liam if he does come in.

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  67. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 22,2019 9:00 pm

    Totally unrelated to anything: wasnt Coco going to be in the booth for x games this year? Did he bail because he wasnt great at it?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 9:03 pm || Up

      I’m not on radio tonight but Coco was there last night. He wasn’t scheduled for any television.

      I wouldn’t mind if he would bail because he seems like a superfluous spare part.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 9:06 pm || Up

        He is in the radio booth tonight.

        • Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 9:13 pm || Up

          I don’t think any radio broadcast should have more than two voices. Ken and Vince and that’s it. If it’s Ken and Ray or Vince and Ray, the regular play-by-play guy should do all 9, unless he has to take a crap or something and then Ray can do PxP for a couple outs. John and Suzyn have been working that way for a long time now.

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      • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 22,2019 9:14 pm || Up

        That was the impression I got when I heard him 1-2x. Didnt seem to have much insight.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  68. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 9:01 pm

    Cleveland now suffering through the dreaded second long rain delay in a getaway road game that they will most likely lose to complete a sweep.

  69. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 22,2019 9:09 pm

    Lou back?

  70. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 22,2019 9:13 pm

    GM: Lou back. Yankee killer.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  71. Soaker Soaker Aug 22,2019 9:30 pm

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  72. lenscrafters Aug 22,2019 9:32 pm

    6-1 and WC 1!

  73. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 22,2019 9:35 pm

    SWEEEEEEDP! Suck it, richies.

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  74. sslinger Aug 23,2019 12:46 pm

    With all the talk of players who might get called up in September I haven’t heard Frankie Montas’ name mentioned lately. When is his suspension over? Any thoughts on what they do with him when it is done?

    • andeux andeux Aug 23,2019 1:06 pm || Up

      He’s not eligible to come back until the final week of the season, and is also ineligible for the playoffs, so he could make at most one start or a couple of relief appearances.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 23,2019 1:37 pm || Up

        I’m penciling him in for game 163 against the ‘stros.

      • sslinger Aug 23,2019 2:33 pm || Up

        OK thanks, I was pretty sure he wasn’t eligible for post-season but for some reason I thought his return was earlier than the last week.

  75. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 23,2019 4:07 pm

    I’m already over the black and white uniforms.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 23,2019 4:21 pm || Up

      The black ones are just bad, the white ones are brutal. I guess on a hot sunny day you’d prefer to be wearing the white.

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      • Soaker Soaker Aug 23,2019 4:25 pm || Up

        Also, the pitcher’s black cap on top of the white uni, with everyone else wearing white caps, looks absurd.

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        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 23,2019 4:30 pm || Up

          That’s because otherwise the ball would be invisible?

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 23,2019 4:57 pm || Up

      Players on Team White who came up with clever nicknames are SOL because the lettering is invisible. They used white letters on the black unis, not just outlines, and your cleverness or lack thereof is literally glaring.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 23,2019 7:22 pm || Up

      i have seen one highlight. and its unimaginable

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  76. DFA DFA Aug 23,2019 6:18 pm

    What the fuck is up with two friday off days this late in the season?

    In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 23,2019 7:16 pm || Up

      Two-game series destroy a baseball schedule. These “natural rivalries” like A’s-Giants should always be played four days in a row, and that even applies to the ones like Padres-Mariners that require some travel.

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      • dmoas Aug 24,2019 9:11 am || Up

        Yep. At least the travel day is fair since both teams will need to do it at the same time. I feel the same way about all the idiotic travel days during the playoffs.

      • DFA DFA Aug 24,2019 5:10 pm || Up

        interleague play should be abolished

        In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
        • sslinger Aug 24,2019 5:32 pm || Up

          I’m with you & Bill on that one.

          • Soaker Soaker Aug 25,2019 2:48 pm || Up

            100K announced attendance at the Coliseum for two games.

            On a personal note it has given me an excuse to go to some cities like Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Cincinnati in the last few years and why the FK would I ever go to any of those places if the A’s weren’t there.

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            • DFA DFA Aug 27,2019 11:54 am || Up

              Then they should do a round robin where everyone plays everyone the exact same number of times

              In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 24,2019 11:42 am || Up

      Well, you can look forward to an afternoon at Ring Central for Labor day

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  77. andeux andeux Aug 23,2019 7:26 pm

    TINSTAAFK
  78. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 23,2019 7:42 pm

    Everyone listen to this. this guy is a hero. Without him, My older kid never gets through 3rd grade

    ETA the link
    https://www.kalw.org/post/it-takes-school-mission-district-k-8-security-guard-spirit-school#stream/0

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  79. andeux andeux Aug 24,2019 9:29 am

    This sounds familiar:

    When I have told them that the data show that readers prefer publications with a distinctive point of view, that Deadspin succeeds precisely because it doesn’t try to be all things to all people, I have been told that being all things to all people is in fact exactly the way to grow pageviews.

    Nothing has changed.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 24,2019 1:35 pm || Up

      She’s an A’s fan. Someone get her an account.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 25,2019 6:24 pm || Up

      Of the various existential threats Deadspin has faced this might finally be the one that kills it. We’ll see how fast the quality declines.

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  80. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 24,2019 10:26 am

    Sean Manaea has now made five starts for Vegas on top of three starts for Stockton. Yesterday he struck out 12 while walking one and giving up two hits in seven innings.

    I mention this to note how silly it is starting to look that he is still on the 60-day injured list. The A’s may technically still be able to keep him on a rehab assignment, but it sure looks like they are gaming the rules to preserve a 40-man spot and an option year until rosters expand.

    • andeux andeux Aug 24,2019 10:39 am || Up

      The option year isn’t really an issue because
      a) It only counts if he is optioned for at least 20 days, and we are now only a week away from rosters expanding; and
      b) He has used zero option years in the past, and will likely need zero in the future

      The 40-man roster spot, yeah, probably. But that also benefits him as well as the team, as he gets a full major league salary while he’s on the 60-day DL, but would get less (I think) if he were optioned.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 24,2019 10:44 am || Up

        Interesting. Kind of win-win-win then. The A’s, Manaea, and Tanner Anderson or whoever still gets a roster salary for another two weeks.

        Still, it’s kind of against the spirit of the rules.

  81. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 24,2019 11:16 am

    Is it a Players’ Weekend thing to have all of one Saturday afternoon game across both leagues?

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 24,2019 11:41 am || Up

      cool that we on off day for players weekend. I don’t want to have to see highlights of more than 2 games.

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 24,2019 11:52 am || Up

      I wonder why the A’s play at night when they don’t have fireworks and Fox isn’t forcing them out of a time slot. They aren’t getting much of a TV ratings boost on a Saturday night. We went through most of the A’s tenure in Oakland, and the Giants tenure in San Francisco for that matter, always playing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and I liked that tradition.

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 24,2019 5:26 pm || Up

        I feel like Saturdays have been almost 50-50 day/ night over last five years. Sat 6pm starts are popular with the tailgate crowd, at least.

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  82. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 24,2019 12:15 pm

    I wanted to note in the Game on Thursday, Brett Gardner is not getting breaks from the umpires. during a stike out in the 8th or something, Handsome Rod Drake called a third strike check swing just after a boarder line strike 2. He gave Handsome rod drake a couple of nasty looks through the day.

    Way yo go savage.

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  83. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 24,2019 12:58 pm

    Gentrification? Of a parking lot?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 24,2019 5:30 pm || Up

      I feel like this version of the anti-ballpark crowd is about 50 active anti-housing activists, perhaps funded in part by folks with an interest in Coliseum- area land values.

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  84. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 24,2019 5:09 pm

    Last year’s attendance was so bad!

  85. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 24,2019 5:30 pm

    Can the Orioles hold a touchdown lead through four? Let’s find out.

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