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A new thread as we head into the heart of Cactus League season. We have a Glen/Dallas telecast tonight and an election tomorrow to juice up the comment count.

I’ll be driving down on Thursday for a few in-person games, my first in Arizona since the dawn of the Billy Butler Era in 2015. First game is inside a Chipotle with the road half of a split squad vs. the Clevelands on Friday.

I’ll do my best not to get anybody hurt. Let’s go Oakland!

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255 thoughts on “Cactus tripping. Don’t eclipse the sun!

  1. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 2,2020 4:57 pm

    I mean, still, the guy is a total tool. But something in his very excellent college got through to him

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  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 2,2020 5:15 pm

    I could tell the end was finally coming for Chris Matthews, but I did not expect him to up and quit on the air at the beginning of his show seemingly without warning to the producers. Either way, good riddance.

  3. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 2,2020 6:43 pm

    “The pitchers are ahead of the hitters.”

    Very sharp first inning for Frankie, lost his control a little in the 2nd but no harm.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 2,2020 7:08 pm || Up

      is there a reason he isn’t the opening day starter? Montas-Manaea-Fiers-Luzardo-Puk?

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  4. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 2,2020 6:57 pm

    Lou giving himself some valuable practice working out of jams.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 2,2020 6:59 pm || Up

      He’ll be more successful against teams that have Josh Phegley batting in the middle of the lineup.

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      • Soaker Soaker Mar 2,2020 7:36 pm || Up

        Phegley doing more to help his former team than his current team tonight, as one might expect.

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  5. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 2,2020 7:20 pm

    I gotta brag about milo. He had a really good tournament this weekend 5-7 2 2b, 1 3b, 2 bb. but the thing that really set him apart was during the PA that ended in his last walk of the weekend, the second pitch of the AB grazed his arm, the ball got by the catcher and a run scored from third. the umpire asked his if he got hit and he said “i don’t know”

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 2,2020 8:05 pm || Up

      You don’t have to tell the umpire a damn thing,

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 2,2020 8:13 pm || Up

        true and a parent fail. But he does know “Am I free to leave?, I want to talk to a lawyer, I want to talk to my dad”

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  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 2,2020 8:00 pm

    Fun interview with Pinder, he’s like a wise old vet now. Also Oly plays golf right handed and crushes.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 2,2020 8:02 pm || Up

      I could only watch that trout clip once, enough bro energy to power a potato clock

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  7. 5Aces 5Aces Mar 2,2020 8:39 pm

    Bottom 8 of a random Monday night spring training game and the wheels come off the Cubbies defense.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  8. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 2,2020 9:25 pm

    I cannot figure this guy out

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    • AV AV Mar 2,2020 9:52 pm || Up

      total non-sequitur:

      i’ve only seen two types of candidate-supporting hats in the wild. shocker, one’s not even a democrat.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 11:15 am || Up

      Only white people can be working class voters in America, Ed. Ask any politician or pundit who dislikes Democrats.

      Side note: We may end up looking back at this article about Bernie having to be talked down from primarying Obama as a pivotal moment in this campaign. That was real bad for him ahead of South Carolina, especially after he fairly blantantly lied saying he never considered it. The story also looks like an Obama-Reid “break glass in case of emergency” leak to stymie Sanders at a key moment, which is pretty interesting in and of itself.

      • colin colin Mar 3,2020 11:35 am || Up

        Do you think that a significant number of SC voters were really aware of that story, as opposed to the Clybourn endorsement giving Biden his boost?

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 11:40 am || Up

          No way of knowing, but I bet it filtered down, especially to the people Biden needed to organize for him. Clyburn was certainly more important though.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 4,2020 9:43 am || Up

            And now Sanders is running a Bloombergesque ad with him and Obama. They get the problem now, but a lot of the damage is done.

            (Note: I do not want the cult of Reagan recreated in the Democratic Party with Obama, but presidential campaigns shouldn’t be stupid about that sort of thing if they want to win.)

  9. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 8:46 am

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 6,2020 10:19 am || Up

      Ice Hockey: Not even once

  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 9:44 am

    While you all are watching the Bernie-Biden returns roll in tonight, I’ll be keeping an eye on Burr-Jefferson. (I won the Hamilton lottery.)

    • batgirl batgirl Mar 5,2020 6:50 am || Up

      OMG! I entered but didn’t win. I enter the regular lottery pretty much every day and never win!

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 5,2020 6:54 am || Up

        I was so excited! My seats were close to the middle of the house, about eight rows from the stage. Not bad for $10.

  11. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 11:23 am

    NFL owners are the worst people.

    Given the brutal nature of the sport, hundreds of former players apply for disability benefits every year. Currently, some inactive players collect up to $135,000 year, or $11,250 a month, in disability benefits. If they also receive, say, $2,000 a month from Social Security, they collect $13,250 a month in disability payments. The N.F.L. wants to end that “double dipping” and reduce the players’ N.F.L. benefits by offsetting the amount they receive from Social Security.

    So a player who now receives $11,250 from the N.F.L. and $2,000 from Social Security would see his football benefit fall to $9,250. The size of that N.F.L. benefit would shrink further over time as the player’s Social Security disability benefit rose to account for the cost of living and as he started to receive his pension.

  12. andeux andeux Mar 3,2020 11:46 am

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 12:06 pm || Up

      Oh yeah, cool. Shoulder injuries are usually nothing to worry about.

  13. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 11:54 am

    Was kinda cool to see Logan Morrison deliver an RBI last night. Squared it up 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 Mar 3,2020 11:58 am || Up

      Wrong Logan, son.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 12:18 pm || Up

        So you’re saying I screwed un Logan’s Run. Probably time for termination.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  14. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 12:07 pm

    Young Dom working solo today.

  15. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 12:15 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 12:16 pm

    Mateo, leading off, easily beats out an infield single on a ground ball in the hole, easily beats a good throw to second on a steal attempt, goes to third on a ground ball, then easily scores on a check-swing tapper to the mound.

    Some useful skills there.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 3,2020 12:35 pm || Up

      Have any of the Hydra heads at 2B moved away from the pack (in any direction) yet? Kemp seems a given but it doesnt seem like any of the others have done much that remember-maybe this sequence above and Barreto had a hit last night…

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 1:28 pm || Up

        Two-run bloop single for Mateo, then tags up from first to second on a fly ball to left, making it easily…

        My impression has been that Barreto has the inside track, but not by that much. I wonder if they will think about carrying 14 non-pitchers for a while to keep them both (and Machin) a little longer.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 2:15 pm || Up

          Hard single the other way for Mateo to lead off the inning, pickoff throw gets away, first baseman lands on Mateo, he still gets up and runs all the way to third, beating a good throw…

  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 12:50 pm

    Snacks for President

  18. colin colin Mar 3,2020 12:50 pm

    Over at the Athletic, Posnanski has Rickey at 24 on his list of the 100 greatest all-time.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 1:38 pm || Up

      Way too low, but a really fun read.

      Yes, Rickey negotiated hard. Once, during one of those disputes, he said, “If they want to pay me like (Mike) Gallego, I’ll play like Gallego.”

      • colin colin Mar 3,2020 2:06 pm || Up

        Split Rickey in half and you’ll have two 24th greatest players of all time.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 2:08 pm || Up

          But pay him like Gallego and you’ll just have another crappy third base coach.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • vignette17 Mar 3,2020 2:23 pm || Up

          The numbers aren’t really rankings. Trout was 27, Jackie 42, Joe D 56. Hence Rickey 24.

    • colin colin Mar 5,2020 12:24 pm || Up
      • colin colin Mar 5,2020 12:27 pm || Up

        Also, since I’m catching up on it now, Jimmie Foxx at 33 and Reggie at 59

  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 1:45 pm

    Long RBI double off the top of the wall for Heim, who is now hitting .467 for the spring.

  20. lenscrafters Mar 3,2020 2:05 pm

    It starts with the delivery – there’s something very Fuentes-like about McFarland.

  21. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 3:54 pm

    Polls close in Virginia in a few minutes. According to CNN ecit polls almost half of voters there say they only decided in past few days, which should bode well for Biden.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Mar 3,2020 4:01 pm || Up

      Looking forward to 8 more months (or is that years?) of hearing about how every other candidate’s decision to run, stay in, or drop out is part of a DNC conspiracy against Bernie and his god-given right to be the only progressive in a field with 7 moderates splitting the vote so he and his 30% plurality can win the nomination of a party he has spent his entire career attacking.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 4:46 pm || Up

        Bernie supporters love to mock the “he’s not even a Democrat” criticism, but it actually is a bit of a problem when you are trying to win the nomination of that party! Bernie could have changed his registration, much like he could not have doubled down on the Castro thing, and not written off the South again, but he’s too stubborn.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 4:51 pm || Up

          Agreed. I am obviously more ok than most here with backing Bernie as the candidate if it works out that way. And I still don’t necessarily buy the conventional wisdom on his electability (tho Florida is worrisome). But if he simply refuses to try and say electable things in a general election, that’s a real fucking problem.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 3,2020 9:01 pm || Up

            I ok with backing bernie or biden or or or

            Bernie didn’t spend years funneling money from his easy re elections to down ballot and other dems. that’s why biden and HRC get other pos to back them. He (likely, I actually don’t know) did the bare minimum tithing to the DNC/DCCC. He isn’t going to get rank and file until he does that.

            He and his supporters don’t know or care, its crazymakikng

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            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 10:29 pm || Up

              Absolutely. Four years ago, they acted like Hilary had cheated by putting in the hard work of building a coalition. Four years later, same bullshit against a weaker opponent. Epic fail of politics doing.

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 9,2020 5:48 pm || Up

                The night before what is sure looking like the Waterloo for his five-year campaign, Bernie is doing a Fox News event. Gross.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2020 6:02 pm || Up

                  Perhaps Glenn Greenwald suggested it.

                  "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 9,2020 7:13 pm || Up

                • AV AV Mar 9,2020 9:29 pm || Up

                  i finally understand the word problematic.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  22. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 6:47 pm

    Instead of Happy Birthday to measure the requisite proper hand washing time I’ve started signing I Wanna Be Sedated.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • doctorK doctorK Mar 4,2020 7:41 am || Up

      My old neighbor uses “Du Hast”.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 4,2020 8:56 am || Up

        The first chorus of “Meet the Mets”. The whole song is also good for brushing your teeth.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  23. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 6:56 pm

    American Samoa gets Bloomberg on the delegate board. And Tulsi Gabbard!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  24. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 3,2020 9:07 pm

    I take some solace in Shahid Buttar getting whupped, AGAIN

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  25. andeux andeux Mar 3,2020 9:19 pm

    So Bloomberg and Warren drop out tomorrow?

    TINSTAAFK
    • MikeV MikeV Mar 3,2020 9:24 pm || Up

      Now that Biden is in the lead, yes.

      I’m seriously fucking afraid for this country.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 9:49 pm || Up

      Certainly Warren, coming in third in your own home state ought to be all the proof you need. She is left in a pretty good bargaining position though, and I expect she won’t endorse anyone else until the convention. For Bloomberg I suppose it depends how much more money he wants to throw away first.

      Biden is a much stronger candidate today than he was last year, because Democrat voters have been forced to reconcile themselves to him. When he’s named the nominee we may look back and say the tough primaries really helped him.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Mar 3,2020 10:06 pm || Up

        I kind of feel the same way, but fear he could still fk it up.
        The VP choice, as you guys said, is big now. Needs to be someone more inspirational, younger (so not Warren) and not a white dude. Basically not Joe Lieberman.

        TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 10:25 pm || Up

          AOC! (I kid)

          Without thinking two seconds about who this might include, they will occupy a Venn diagram of 1) woman or person of color, 2) incumbent or recent Gov or Sen, 3) from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania or Florida.

          "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 4,2020 11:03 am || Up

            Interesting that in 2028, the first presidential she will be eligible for, AOC will be the same age Pete Buttigieg is now. I dismissed the latter out of hand because he just seemed way too young and inexperienced for the job. Not sure I’ll feel that way about AOC in eight years.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 4,2020 11:36 am || Up

              She is really positioning herself well, whether purposefully or not. She came in spitting fire, and deferred to Pelosi against her constituents (not the Brox livers, but the bernie bros). She is not firing at HR Clinton and Warren.

              Really excellent work. she is a natural

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              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 4,2020 11:50 am || Up

                Biden is going to need her on the trail in the general if he is the nominee. I bet she’ll deliver, and probably extract some policy wins in the process. Meanwhile, she’ll always be a hero to the Sanders wing for endorsing him right after the heart attack, and she has been building bridges to Warren people while other Sanders people have not. It’s all very impressive.

        • elcroata elcroata Mar 4,2020 2:59 am || Up

          Julian Castro?

          All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 4,2020 6:01 am || Up

            interesting.Castro has been going hard as a surrogate for warren. good unity choice. Wasan Obama person.

            Biden has been saying “Black woman” so much you think he is trying to recruit Stacy abrams or Kamala harris. But like Castro, they are not fromswing states.

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        • colin colin Mar 4,2020 7:01 am || Up

          Stacy Abrams

        • Soaker Soaker Mar 4,2020 11:10 am || Up

          Another approach: Liberals wouldn’t like Charlie Crist, who missed the “person of color” check box too, but that would be a way to appeal to Florida and Republicans who hold their nose when they vote for Trump.

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          • andeux andeux Mar 4,2020 11:16 am || Up

            I said NOT Joe Lieberman.

            TINSTAAFK
            • Soaker Soaker Mar 4,2020 11:25 am || Up

              Heh, I knew I’d have to duck some brickbats for that one. I’m taking the “anybody but Trump” liberal vote literally and trying to appeal to enough doctorK’s, who are plentiful, to steal enough states to win.

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              • doctorK doctorK Mar 4,2020 4:47 pm || Up

                Hooray for the doctorKs!

                (Although I should’ve posted this in another thread.)

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 4,2020 11:23 am || Up

            Demings! From Jacksonville, rose out of poverty to become Orlando police chief, elected to Congress in 2016 while Trump was winning the state, one of the standouts from the impeachment proceedings.

      • MikeV MikeV Mar 3,2020 10:20 pm || Up

        Biden’s biggest selling point is he was Obama’s VP.

        I couldn’t be more disheartened after today. We, as a country, have been pulled so fucking far to the right it’s incredible.

        I’m legit worried for my kids.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 10:29 pm || Up

          Biden is no further right than Bill Clinton and more or less within the same narrow band that Obama and Hillary occupy. Which doesn’t change how strongly I agree with your last two sentences.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • colin colin Mar 4,2020 7:43 am || Up

          I have two weeks until the Ohio primary, so we’ll see what happens, but if it was held today I would probably vote Bernie. (I wanted to vote Warren, but as of now that doesn’t seem viable.) But that said, I don’t see how a Biden presidency is anything like a disaster.

          I find it endlessly frustrating that Bernie pushes policy in a really good direction, but in the most self-defeating way possible. He is out there saying that electing him would result in Medicare for All, which is a blatant lie. But the potential path to Medicare for All, or some sort of working healthcare system, is through getting the whole Democratic party on board and pulling — he is sort of accomplishing this, but might be doing better without accusing well-meaning moderates of being corporate shills.

          The disaster scenario (and maybe this is what you were referring to) is a Trump re-election, and I am plenty scared about Biden’s electability. I am also scared about Bernie’s electability, so it’s a tough choice. In the end, I just toss up my hands on the electability question and it’s a balance between Bernie’s better policy plans / instincts vs the problem that he seems like someone who would be bad at being president.

  26. elcroata elcroata Mar 4,2020 4:26 am

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  27. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 4,2020 7:19 am

    The CUellar-Cisneros race is telling

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 4,2020 8:45 am

    The A’s are no longer applying the 50% A’s Access discount to concessions sold by vendors. “We cannot consistently deliver the experience you deserve…”

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 4,2020 9:01 am || Up

      We refuse to improve our process so just give us more money!

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • ptbnl Mar 4,2020 9:28 am || Up

      Where is this from? It’s still advertised on the website.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 4,2020 9:37 am || Up

        Email yesterday to members. Supposedly they have also brought in someone to make the concourse purchasing experience more efficient, but I’ll believe that when I see it.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 4,2020 10:03 am || Up

          Interesting also that they’ve put an early April deadline on new Access memberships. I wonder if that means they’ve reached whatever max Treehouse capacity they think they can allow, or perhaps the most discounts they think they can afford.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • ptbnl Mar 4,2020 10:20 am || Up

          Does that include all concessions/vendors, or are some in-house and covered and others 3rd party/not covered? Specifically beer …

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • andeux andeux Mar 4,2020 10:28 am || Up

            Doesn’t say specifically:

            – Increasing staff training and focus on customer service
            – Investing in improvements at many stands to help with efficiency

            Also:

            To help address this [no more discounts from in-seat vendors], we’ve added three beer stands that will honor your discount, in addition to the discount provided at stands throughout the ballpark.

            TINSTAAFK
            • ptbnl Mar 4,2020 10:30 am || Up

              Ah – so it’s only for in-seat vendors. That makes much more sense.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  29. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 4,2020 9:16 am

    So what the hell is going on here exactly?

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 4,2020 10:19 am || Up

      Jed! would be having a pretty solid career if he spent the whole time in Oakland. He’s getting a nice chunk of change to do nothing for the Mets though.

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  30. ptbnl Mar 4,2020 10:36 am

    Heads-up …

    The front row seats package came with a free luxury box, which I snagged for March 31st for people coming to an upcoming collaboration meeting at Berkeley Lab. It is now possible that we will be holding this meeting entirely remotely; if so I’ll have an empty 18-person box to fill. Anyone (provisionally) interested?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • colin colin Mar 4,2020 10:54 am || Up

      Those LOC meetings must be just awesome

      • ptbnl Mar 4,2020 2:10 pm || Up

        Peachy beyond your wildest Georgian dreams.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • sslinger Mar 4,2020 11:30 am || Up

      That’s a Free Parking Tuesday! And Cesar Chavez day! Count me (& probably ms.s) in if it happens.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 4,2020 11:41 am || Up

      yes.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • batgirl batgirl Mar 5,2020 6:58 am || Up

      Heck yeah! And my friend Bob would most likely be excited to attend as well (but only if other FKers don’t want the spot).

    • ptbnl Mar 7,2020 12:26 pm || Up

      The in-person meeting is definitely cancelled, so the box is indeed open.

      So far I have 2 ptbnls, 2 sslingers, 2 batgirls and a future ed. Plenty of room for more.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2020 12:30 pm || Up

        I would like to bring another. I’ll let you know if I want 2 extras (Room pending)

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • AV AV Mar 7,2020 12:31 pm || Up

        me +1?

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • andeux andeux Mar 7,2020 12:37 pm || Up

        deux andeux

        TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 12:38 pm || Up

        Room for me and my two issue?

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 7,2020 12:45 pm || Up

        Me and Nurse too please!

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • ptbnl Mar 7,2020 1:14 pm || Up

          Excellent! Looks like we’re about full:
          2 ptbnl
          2 sslinger
          2 batgirl
          2-3 Future Ed
          2 AV
          2 andeux
          3 Glorious Mundy
          2 FreeSeatUpgrade

          Unfortunately these are printed tickets only. Tailgating before going in would let me hand them on to you and sidestep the in-box catering restrictions, or I can leave them for people at will-call.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • batgirl batgirl Mar 7,2020 2:26 pm || Up

            I’m super excited! Lemme know where the tailgate is!

  31. Soaker Soaker Mar 4,2020 11:00 am

    I was checking the Coliseum Arena schedule for possible co-existing events with A’s games (usually concerts). There’s a minor league arena football team now? Marshawn Lynch is listed as a co-owner. Wiki also says Scott McKibben is the team president; not sure if that last bit of information is up to date.

    The Panthers are playing a mostly Saturday night schedule, with 6:05 games when the A’s play at 1:05. There is one direct conflict with the A’s, though, on June 20 (A’s-Astros at 5:15, Panthers-Green Bay Blizzard at 6:05).

    Early season A’s night game/concert conflicts:
    Sat. April 11 (Yankees): “LIT AF Tour Hosted by Martin Lawrence with DeRay Davis, Rickey Smiley and Bruce Bruce”
    Fri. May 8 (Blue Jays): “The Millenium Tour 2020: Omarion-Bow Wow Face Off with Special Guest Ashanti” (and some other acts)
    Sat. May 23 (Angels): Alejandro Fernández ‘HECHO EN MÉXICO’ WORLD TOUR with Special Guest Christian Nodal

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  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 4,2020 11:38 am

    The Pete Seeger primary

  33. colin colin Mar 4,2020 2:24 pm

    For everyone who wants to sound smart like ptbnl:

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 4,2020 3:22 pm || Up

      The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain. Repeat.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  34. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 4,2020 3:25 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Mar 4,2020 3:35 pm || Up

      I can only assume he said the exact opposite yesterday.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 4,2020 7:30 pm || Up

        Reminds me of one of my all time favorite monkeyball comments from the old country (which I was able to find because I remembered it used the word “rustbucket”)

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 4,2020 4:46 pm

    Another one of these joints

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 4,2020 5:08 pm || Up

      There are two Houston-Arlington road trips before the end of May, while the weather is still acceptable. Consecutive A’s series in Texas aren’t unheard of but not common either. I don’t do first-year ballparks though (except, one hopes, Oakland) and wasn’t going for either one of those even before the notion of attending an Astros home game turned my stomach.

      Is there a ground rule for “fair ball hits video board”?

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 4,2020 5:19 pm || Up

      Are they parking blimps in that thing?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  36. AV AV Mar 5,2020 8:12 am

    by bringing this, i am now your friend with after benefits.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 6,2020 9:22 pm || Up

      This is really cool, I had to save that image then embiggen it to read. Apparently if I attend all 82 games in the View Level they’re paying me $9 plus two beers a game. My retirement plan is shaping up.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • AV AV Mar 7,2020 9:19 am || Up

        sorta?

        i guess it’s a save by spending model.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 5,2020 9:32 am

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 5,2020 9:44 am || Up

      BTW, Kawahara is now a second Chron beat writer for the A’s.

      Starting this season, you’ll see tag-team beat coverage: Henry Schulman and John Shea on the Giants and Susan Slusser and Matt Kawahara on the A’s. In addition to weekly insider Giants Splash and A’s Plus newsletters, fans will see more stories and analysis, deeper coverage of the farm teams and prospects, and weekly “Giants Splash” and “A’s Plus” podcasts.

  38. doctorK doctorK Mar 5,2020 10:06 am

    I don’t know if I should be relieved that the Sunnyvale DPS is on the ball, or worried about the other nutjobs they haven’t caught yet.

  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 5,2020 12:11 pm

    Someone should tell Chapman that this is only spring training and he doesn’t have to go into the stands trying to catch foul balls.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 5,2020 12:19 pm || Up

      Opposite field homer off Buehler. Chapman’s ready.

  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 5,2020 2:13 pm

    Daniel Gossett is a longhair now.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 5,2020 2:45 pm || Up

      Grant Holmes makes him look like a Marine though.

  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 5,2020 8:52 pm

    The visiting clubhouse manager? Was he helping the Angels’ opponents grease the ball?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 5,2020 10:57 pm || Up

      He’s done the job since 1990. I’d like to imagine he has secretly hated the Angels all those years.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  42. doctorK doctorK Mar 6,2020 8:19 am
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 6,2020 10:04 am || Up

      Nurse Upgrade tells me they’re having difficult discussions, not yet resolved, about how they’ll handle “code” situations for COVID-19 patients in ICU. Typically codes are all hands on deck, very messy interventions when a pt is literally about to die. Trying to limit # of staff and taking time to fully gear up with PPE is exactly the opposite of the usual code response protocol.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  43. Soaker Soaker Mar 6,2020 11:35 am

    Yay baseball! On a gorgeous warm day with a Kilt Lifter in the cupholder. Even looking at the lineup board and seeing that Paul FKing Blackburn is the starting pitcher doesn’t faze me in the least.

    In a spring training first for me it’s Shane Bieber Bobblehead Day at Goodyear Ballpark.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 6,2020 2:05 pm || Up

      Enjoy not springing forward (then forgetting once you’re back).

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 6,2020 6:40 pm || Up

        Springing forward was this morning crossing the Colorado after last night’s stay in Blythe. Good things about Blythe were: 1. the liquor store had bombers of Lagunitas Maximus; 2. it isn’t July when Blythe sometimes gets its name in the paper under “Nation’s High Temperature”; 3. the chilaquiles this morning were cheap and very good.

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        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 6,2020 6:51 pm || Up

          Plus some excellent highway miles to get to there from Tahoe.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  44. Soaker Soaker Mar 6,2020 12:10 pm

    I’m amused that Fowler had to ride the bus all the way over here on a split squad day and isn’t even in the starting lineup. Talk about knowing where you stand.

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  45. Soaker Soaker Mar 6,2020 12:37 pm

    If Blackburn is working on Pitching To Loud Contact he’s having a terrific day.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 6,2020 12:56 pm || Up

      if its any consolation, manaea is also working on things

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  46. doctorK doctorK Mar 6,2020 2:16 pm

    So, I just opened a box sent to me from one of our manufacturing sites in China. To my consternation, at the bottom of the box was a used face mask, of the sort worn by people in cleanrooms.

    I’m trying to convince myself that (cough cough) there’s nothing (sneeze) to worry about (shivers from the chills).

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 6,2020 5:12 pm || Up

      With the caveat that there’s still a lot we don’t know about this novel coronavirus, I am told that there’s no known flu-type virus that can live more than 24 hours outside a body. More typically it’s like 2-3 hours.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • AV AV Mar 6,2020 7:05 pm || Up

        not saying that i’m an alarmist on this, but when i get home these days it’s been like that shower scene in silkwood.

        so grain of salt.

        https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(20)30046-3/fulltext

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 6,2020 9:08 pm || Up

          [asks central services to deliver new aluminum desk]

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  47. Soaker Soaker Mar 6,2020 2:23 pm

    Somebody apparently named Jason Krizan, not on my roster nor in my memory bank (normal for a split squad day), just homered to tie the game

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  48. Soaker Soaker Mar 6,2020 2:50 pm

    VICTORY. Fowler’s valiant attempt at an inning-ending GIDP failed when the throw to first got away and #85 scored the go-ahead run from second base.

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  49. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 6,2020 5:34 pm

    I love a good wager, and I’ll get mad at a bad beat like many would. But I’ve never threatened to behead the family of the athlete who let me down, like Parlay Patz did. Yikes. Apparently Mrs. Liam Hendriks is on the list of victims.

    Side note: parlays are especially dumb bets.

    "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 Mar 6,2020 5:48 pm

    It’s a sign of a well functioning administration when they Friday night news dump a new Chief of Staff, right?

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 6,2020 5:52 pm || Up

      Or maybe they just tossed it out in desperation to distract from the big guy going to the CDC in a campaign hat and saying he wants to leave the people on the cruise ship because if they don’t touch land they somehow don’t count in the infected number?

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 6,2020 7:16 pm || Up

        Oh cool, the head of the CDC who kissed Trump’s ass today is this guy:

        Redfield’s early engagement with the AIDS epidemic in the US in the 1980s and 90s was controversial. As an Army major at Walter Reed Medical Institute, he designed policies for controlling the disease within the US military that involved placing infected personnel in quarantine and investigating their pasts to identify and track possible sexual partners. Soldiers were routinely discharged and left to die of AIDS, humiliated and jobless, often abandoned by their families.

        In the 1980s Redfield worked closely with W. Shepherd Smith, Jr. and his Christian organization, Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy, or ASAP. The group maintained that AIDS was “God’s judgment” against homosexuals, spread in an America weakened by single-parent households and loss of family values.

        Redfield wrote the introduction to a 1990 book, “Christians in the Age of AIDS,” co-written by Smith, in which he denounced distribution of sterile needles to drug users and condoms to sexually active adults, and described anti-discrimination programs as the efforts of “false prophets.”

      • AV AV Mar 6,2020 7:17 pm || Up

        this kid, he just went flying, landed over there and walked back home to his family. how are his family?

        deceased sir.

        like i was saying, he just landed over there and walked back. ok now let’s go see some other stuff.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 10:26 am || Up

          Oh my god, this really happened. And the spirally tornado hand motions. Jesus.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 6,2020 6:38 pm || Up

      Fun story: my niece is about the marry the son of Meadows’ recent chief of staff. The fundamentalist one, not the harrassy one. Still, yikes. I RSVP’d no, probably to everyone’s benefit.

      "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 7,2020 10:11 am || Up

        You should go, just in case there are opportunities for right wing kremlinology like this:

        Some saw a sign of impending dismissal last month at the wedding of Stephen Miller, the president’s senior adviser, and Katie Waldman, the spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence. Mr. Trump sat with Mr. Meadows and his wife along with other advisers at one table, while Mr. Mulvaney was left at a lower-tier table, according to a witness. Wedding guests whispered about the optics of the scene, right in front of so many people.

  51. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 9:21 am

  52. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 7,2020 11:13 am

    Odd that I see this story at The Guardian, and not our local media.

    Steph Klay and Kerr with Gabby Giffords at East Oakland Peace walk Friday. Homicides down 44% over ten years. Try covering the good Oakland news too, eh?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  53. Soaker Soaker Mar 7,2020 11:35 am

    I’m Row 3 directly behind home plate today. Should be fine Luzardo viewing from here. M’s are televising, I’m wearing a navy blue swoosh visor. Hi! It’s another perfect day.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2020 11:45 am || Up

      its on root for you MLB.TV subscribers

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 7,2020 12:04 pm || Up

        Jerry DiPoto is one row in front of me and two seats to my right, if anybody wants me to pass on a trade proposal.

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        • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2020 12:16 pm || Up

          they have mallax smith mic’d up

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Soaker Soaker Mar 7,2020 12:45 pm || Up

            Probably a partially bleeped “I ain’t never gonna hit Luzardo’s fastball.”

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        • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2020 12:16 pm || Up

          lots of empty seats around him

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Soaker Soaker Mar 7,2020 1:02 pm || Up

            And now he and his wife are gone. His phone didn’t ring once, to my disappointment.

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            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 3:01 pm || Up

              Looks like you could FSU a couple of rows now without trouble.

              • Soaker Soaker Mar 7,2020 3:04 pm || Up

                OK.

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                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 3:06 pm || Up

                  Well done

                • Soaker Soaker Mar 7,2020 8:07 pm || Up

                  Row 3 was much better than Row 1. From Row 1 pretty much all you see is the umpire’s rear end.

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        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 12:36 pm || Up

          I see you both.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 7,2020 1:01 pm || Up

          where’d he go?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Soaker Soaker Mar 7,2020 1:41 pm || Up

            Mr. DiPoto, wouldn’t Dustin Fowler be a fine acquisition for your crappy ball club?

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  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 12:50 pm

    Nick Allen homer!

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 7,2020 12:51 pm || Up

      Not just a glove man!

      "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 7,2020 12:52 pm || Up

        He is a wee one though.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 2:07 pm || Up

        He added a double. I’m ready to declare him Shortstop Altuve.

  55. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 2:06 pm

    Two walks plus a two-run single for Machin, now batting .320. This guy is definitely making the team.

  56. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 2:09 pm

    Can’t reply on mobile, but MacFarland = Fuentes is an excellent call.

    • batgirl batgirl Mar 7,2020 2:31 pm || Up

      You’re into audiobooks, right? If I’m remembering correctly, I have a recommendation. I’m about 3/4 through Bad Blood right now and it is addicting. It’s been out awhile, so you’ve maybe read it.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 2:58 pm || Up

        That’s been on my list. I’ve read excerpts and it’s all incredible.

        • batgirl batgirl Mar 7,2020 3:15 pm || Up

          Just when I think the fraud can’t get any fraudier, they surprise me!

      • colin colin Mar 8,2020 5:32 am || Up

        I have been wanting to read this

  57. Soaker Soaker Mar 7,2020 2:12 pm

    T.J. McVeryFar-land.

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  58. 5Aces 5Aces Mar 7,2020 2:12 pm

    But we dont have a manager to get rid of. So MacFarland can go ahead and exit.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  59. 5Aces 5Aces Mar 7,2020 2:22 pm

    Potential pick off rule change is garbage. Also, Rickey wouldve stole 200 bases a year.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  60. Soaker Soaker Mar 7,2020 2:56 pm

    I gather Collin Cowgill has no other career options. Must be AAA journeyman, or live in his car.

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  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 7,2020 7:42 pm
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 17,2020 4:33 pm || Up

      All of these colleges must have amazing career service offices

      The White House has hired a third college senior to be an administration official in a sensitive post, according to four people familiar with the matter.

  62. 5Aces 5Aces Mar 8,2020 9:14 am

    Noisy and Fowler packing up their lockers according to SuSlu. Guess thats a bit of good news for The Machine.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  63. Soaker Soaker Mar 8,2020 12:05 pm

    Today being my only game in Mesa, I came over early and walked down the street to the Lew Wolff Training Complex, but it was dead quiet. I guess they get Sunday morning off. I was expecting at least some minor leaguers getting swings against a pitching machine.

    A’s games today and tomorrow night, then on a plane to Florida on Tuesday, which may be well timed because the weather is supposed to be unusually wet here for a few days starting then.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 8,2020 4:12 pm || Up

      Good luck. Would take a lot to get me on a place right now.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 8,2020 6:32 pm || Up

        Elbow room on an airplane is rare any more. I figure it’s more likely now. Anyway the warnings are mostly for those 60 and over and I’m only 58 until the end of this month, so no problema.

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      • Soaker Soaker Mar 10,2020 9:16 am || Up

        And I’m in a busy airport and have yet to see a single person wearing a mask. I guess nobody from the media is flying today.

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  64. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2020 1:23 pm

    marcus and the home plate umpire working on things

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  65. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2020 2:48 pm

    Baretto wants to getthe job

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  66. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2020 3:06 pm

    Poor Ryon. Just never had the glove. and he missed 2019 when he would have hit 50 HRs

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  67. Soaker Soaker Mar 8,2020 3:29 pm

    If nothing else Barreto looks nice and shiny in the showcase.

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  68. elcroata elcroata Mar 8,2020 3:56 pm
    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  69. Soaker Soaker Mar 8,2020 4:39 pm

    Wandisson, the strike zone is way over here.

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  70. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 8,2020 5:15 pm

    Any benefit of the doubt I may have been tempted to give Kurt is no longer present.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2020 6:25 pm || Up

      Isn’t tre turner the guy who had problematic tweets eclipsed by hader’s hate?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 8,2020 6:35 pm || Up

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  71. Soaker Soaker Mar 8,2020 7:51 pm

    I didn’t have any opportunity to try to eavesdrop on any GM conversations today but I did have a chance to offer suggestions to Bob Melvin. “Don’t use T.J. McFarland with a lead, Bob; seriously, just don’t even think about it.”

    In spring training the reporters get their few minutes of postgame Q&A with the manager on the field right after victory handshakes are done, so they come down and find an empty seat down there in the ninth inning. Which meant I got a decent look at Alex Coffey. On the short side but not Jane Lee-tiny, and quite pleasantly attractive I would say.

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  72. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2020 8:54 am

    “The [coronavirus] tests are all perfect. Like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Thus was not as perfect as that, but pretty good.”

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2020 9:36 am || Up

      Also how fucking stupid can someone be as to compare themselves to Emperor Nero?
      https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5e658685c5b68d61645632c2

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 9,2020 11:49 am

    I often wonder what Gov. Gavin thinks when he reads things like this.

    According to two people with knowledge of the matter, Parscale Strategy has also been used to make payments out of public view to Lara Trump, the wife of the president’s son Eric, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., who have been surrogates on the stump and also taken on broader advisory roles. Their presence makes for an odd dynamic between a campaign manager and a candidate’s family.

    During a campaign appearance last summer in Orlando, Ms. Guilfoyle confronted Mr. Parscale: Why were her checks always late? Two people who witnessed the encounter said a contrite Mr. Parscale promised that the problem would be sorted out promptly by his wife, Candice Parscale, who handles the books on many of his ventures.

  74. Soaker Soaker Mar 9,2020 12:48 pm

    No me gusta juegos de la noche. I’m at Camelback Ranch for Reds vs. White Sox, because I FKed up my foot about 10 days ago and knew it wouldn’t quite be ready for a hike today. Was hoping for Sonny Gray but that didn’t happen. Anyway, 5 ballparks in 4 days and we’re squeezing in one last day of great weather, so there are worse ways to spend an afternoon.

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  75. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2020 5:15 pm

    Not wishing contagion on anyone, but there is something poetically right about Gasmask Gaetz and Ted “Always Been Toxic” Cruz being quarantined.

    "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 9,2020 5:23 pm || Up

      CPAC as the petri dish all of them were exposed in is almost too perfect.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 10,2020 11:36 am || Up

        It amuses me greatly to think that from now on the famously germophobic Trump is going to treat Matt Gaetz like a plague carrier.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  76. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 9,2020 5:27 pm
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2020 6:06 pm || Up

      Not so long as there are still suckers to fleece. And honestly, if you know the guy selling you snake oil did five years in prison for fraud and you still buy…

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  77. lenscrafters Mar 9,2020 6:17 pm

    Can we have Tim Hill for Mateo now, Royals?

  78. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 9,2020 6:21 pm

    that was a very little league inning. A walk after misplaying a foul pop up, steal and an error, Sac fly to short center where the cut off fails to cut and the bouncing ball is not aught by the catcher despite beating the runner by 5 feet

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • lenscrafters Mar 9,2020 6:59 pm || Up

      Rangers C is a little worse than Phegley defensively.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 9,2020 7:04 pm || Up

        you in seattle? how are the doomsday preppers?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • lenscrafters Mar 9,2020 7:09 pm || Up

          NYC now, it seems like most people are just going about their lives even though the state now has the most number of infections.

          My employer (large tech company) and others in the same vein recently implemented optional/recommended WFH, though friends in finance and law seem to be business as usual.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 9,2020 7:21 pm || Up

            there are some shortages here, soap and handsanitizer. Someone asked SLF where she got the toilet paper she was carrying.

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  79. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2020 6:35 pm

    Rangers announcers think Joey Gallo is about to enter the Judge/Stanton/Trout echelon of big league players.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 9,2020 6:38 pm || Up

      what’d they think of ben grieve?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  80. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 9,2020 6:37 pm

    umpires working on things

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  81. Soaker Soaker Mar 9,2020 7:44 pm

    There have been a few ugly moments in this one.

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  82. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2020 7:46 pm

    Santa Clara County just banned events of >1,000 for next three weeks, which includes Sharks 3/19, 21 and 29. We’ll see what’s up with Warriors this Tues and Thurs, NBA’s been talking empty arena games. Opening Day chances…50-50?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • mikeA Mar 10,2020 2:06 pm || Up

      I’d say 10-90 for opening day, with the 90 being no fans/no game.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 10,2020 3:41 pm || Up

        While composing that comment I paused a fair bit and asked myself which way I’d actually bet on that proposition. On one hand, no major US pro sports have yet canceled any games. OTOH, my epidemiological sense tells me an exponential ramp-up is inevitable. I’m still not sure what odds I’d lay on something that has never ever happened before.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  83. Soaker Soaker Mar 9,2020 8:00 pm

    I’m not sure Seth Brown really had 15 minutes. He may have to settle for 7 or 8.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2020 8:47 pm || Up

      There is a certain Cruel Baseball narrative potential here, guy with boatloads of AAA homers gets a glorious two months playoff run in the bigs, can’t go yard, never gets another shot.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  84. Soaker Soaker Mar 9,2020 8:32 pm

    Ha, does this have some amusement potential. I’d say bring in Hendriks to close but he’s likely in some bar.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2020 8:44 pm || Up

      Ssh, no one talk to….those five AAAA guys down in the pen.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 9,2020 8:54 pm || Up

        Damnit #70!

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Mar 9,2020 8:58 pm || Up

          That particular Cactus League memory will have to wait. I’ll settle for closing out an undefeated 4-0 trip.

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  85. doctorK doctorK Mar 10,2020 8:58 am

    My town is going to hell.

  86. sslinger Mar 10,2020 11:16 am

    Does anyone who watched the game last night have any clue what those Johnny Bench ads for Blue Emu were about? I don’t want to google it.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 10,2020 11:38 am || Up

      Some kind of topical pain relief cream.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  87. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 10,2020 11:25 am

    I mean…

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 10,2020 11:50 am || Up

      A liberal is just a neoconservative who has been hugged by morality.

  88. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 10,2020 12:44 pm

    attn AV

    • AV AV Mar 10,2020 4:23 pm || Up

      mooooo mooo moo, moooooooo mooooo mooooooooooo moooooo?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  89. sslinger Mar 10,2020 5:49 pm

    BTW nice find with Big Something. Saw their late-night set at HSMF last year and they were really fun. Adding Logic is always trippy.

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