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ST 2021 Thread IV: The Voyage Home 221

One week until opening day in Oakland!

221 thoughts on “ST 2021 Thread IV: The Voyage Home

  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2021 10:21 am

  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 25,2021 10:26 am

    If I am reading the subtext correctly, the A’s need to turn the Coliseum into a massive tank to hold two humpback whales before opening day or the planet is doomed.

    "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 25,2021 10:44 am || Up

      Does Bjarke Ingels work with transparent aluminum?

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 25,2021 11:01 am || Up

      Thank goodness, the ST 2021 series will end before we get to The Final Frontier.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2021 11:05 am || Up

        If we get to the ALCS, remind me to use The Undiscovered Country.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 25,2021 11:10 am || Up

        What does God need with a LOOGY?

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  3. batgirl batgirl Mar 25,2021 12:10 pm

    CA Vaccines– 50+ April 1, over 16 April 15. Yay!!!

    • AV AV Mar 25,2021 12:22 pm || Up

      oh. i heard the april 1 was for washed lions only.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 25,2021 1:49 pm || Up

      Very excited. Now, were do I sign up…

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2021 1:02 pm

    All you can eat Cotroneo today.

  5. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 25,2021 1:06 pm

    is vince going to throw to dom? like a radio version of have a catch?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • vignette17 Mar 25,2021 1:20 pm || Up

      Can we have a radio version of Wally Pipp instead?

  6. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2021 1:15 pm

    Getting pretty curious about this “secret war on cash by big government targeting [my] money and [my] privacy.” May have to call and find out all of those “dirty little secrets.”

    • andeux andeux Mar 25,2021 1:17 pm || Up

      I was a little tempted too, but don’t want to end up on a sucker list.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Mar 26,2021 8:23 pm || Up

      I’m getting very concerned about the cleanliness of my nose.

  7. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2021 1:59 pm

    Trainer out to look at Montas…Sounds like a blister.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2021 2:13 pm || Up

  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2021 2:27 pm

    I couldn’t be more squarely in the demographic these Obama/Springsteen podcast ads are presumably trying to target, but I also couldn’t be less interested in it.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 25,2021 4:30 pm || Up

      I think a little older is the sweet spot but you are well within, but, yeah, no thanks

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2021 1:04 pm || Up

        I’m unreasonably irritated that the spot includes Obama calling Springsteen “one of New Jersey’s prodigal sons.” I’m admittedly not a big bible guy, but that doesn’t seem to make any sense at all as a description of Bruce.

  9. andeux andeux Mar 25,2021 2:34 pm

    Vince is in mid-season form with “the reality is” and “over but low.”

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2021 2:43 pm || Up

      Now he’s asking Dom about golf. Noooooobody cares, Vince.

  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 25,2021 3:35 pm

  11. andeux andeux Mar 26,2021 4:49 pm

    So are any of you vaccinated FKers going to opening night?
    I want to be jealous.

    TINSTAAFK
  12. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 26,2021 4:49 pm

    20% capacity notwithstanding the ticket discounts are starting right now. Tomorrow, single game tickets have zero online fees. On Sunday, 2-for-1 treehouse pods for the 4/16-21 Tigers-Twins homestand. And on Monday, $28 plaza level seats for all May games. I think I’ll buy me some of those.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 27,2021 3:41 pm || Up

      Bought tickets for Tues 5/4, up in the View Level where the air is clean!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2021 11:27 am || Up

        Got Plaza level today for Tues 5/25 at the Matt Olsen-themed $28 rate. Which at $8 less per seat from list price is pretty much the same as if I had bought Saturday with the no-fees deal.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  13. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 26,2021 6:13 pm

    a) bal 4 to mookiw looked like a strike, and a) you don’t have to throw that hard to first for that DP there, cole

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  14. lenscrafters Mar 26,2021 6:26 pm

    Who is Pena

  15. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 26,2021 6:29 pm

    I it too early to doubt Piscotty? I know he hit a home run the other day, but everyone hit in that inning. I was more excited about the jed HR because that means he is strong enough.

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    • lenscrafters Mar 26,2021 6:33 pm || Up

      It really felt like he couldn’t tell what was a ball or a strike last year. I almost wonder if he needs to get his vision checked and fixed a la Theth Thmith. That flailing first at bat (yes Kershaw, but still) wasn’t encouraging.

  16. lenscrafters Mar 26,2021 6:50 pm

    So we’re totally going to do this to Kershaw again in ~15 days right?

  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 26,2021 7:51 pm

    So…Cole Irvin.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 26,2021 8:23 pm || Up

      jeffries and irwin seem better options than fiers

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  18. andeux andeux Mar 26,2021 8:35 pm

    They are going to mercy rule this?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 26,2021 8:40 pm || Up

      josh outman is trying to rick ankiel it?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  19. Soaker Soaker Mar 27,2021 10:45 am

    We’ll ride Jed until he drops, I guess. There are always a few moves at the bottom of the 40-man at the end of ST. Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing Tony Kemp off. Skye Bolt would be another idea; if he’s traded I hope it’s to a town where German bakeries make some great stollen.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux andeux Mar 27,2021 1:32 pm || Up

      31 in camp including Lowrie, with a 26-man roster this year. We know Fiers is going on the DL, so that leaves 4 more cuts.

      Of the position players, sending down Machin and Brown seems clear. Someone said there was some concern about Pinder’s ability to handle SS as a backup, which seems silly because it’s not like Machin is a good fielder (or hitter) either. I don’t see Kemp losing his spot.
      And Tom over Brown because Brown can be optioned. (Like many, I am not sold on Piscotty being worth his spot any more, but he is under contract through next year.)

      Puk, Irvin, and Jefferies are fighting for that last rotation spot, and all looked good (so far) in their last starts. All three have options left, so any two of them could be optioned. There may be room for a second one as a long man, if you can find another reliever to get rid of. The only obvious candidate is GM’s man Burch Smith, who was injured last year and has not pitched well in the spring. But he is out of options, so could be lost if he doesn’t make the team. Trivino has options, but has looked good this spring. Kolarek hasn’t, but I doubt he would be sent down.
      Another possibility would be to start with two of those three in the rotation, with Montas starting on the DL to let his fingernail heal for a little longer.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 27,2021 1:51 pm || Up

        montas to the dl makes sense. too bad he can;t do a rehab start

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 27,2021 2:02 pm || Up

        kozma is not looking like the answer

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      • Soaker Soaker Mar 28,2021 2:22 pm || Up

        My issue with Kemp is that they felt like they had to upgrade to La Stella last year, and if/when Jed goes out of service for six weeks I don’t see Kemp being any more acceptable than he was before.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • andeux andeux Mar 28,2021 5:45 pm || Up

        TINSTAAFK
  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2021 1:00 pm

    Puk start. On TV.

  21. 5Aces 5Aces Mar 27,2021 1:17 pm

    And there’s another double from a man named Jed.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  22. 5Aces 5Aces Mar 27,2021 1:21 pm

    When we told Moreland he was replacing Krush did we specify NOT the Krush that couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat? Feel like maybe we should have mentioned it.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  23. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2021 1:26 pm

    Puk looking pretty good.

  24. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2021 1:47 pm

    Vintage Jed.

  25. 5Aces 5Aces Mar 27,2021 1:47 pm

    Again with the doubles.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2021 2:02 pm

    Puk looking very good.

  27. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2021 2:26 pm

    Ramon looks ready.

  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 27,2021 2:57 pm

    Jharel Cotton sighting!

  29. Soaker Soaker Mar 28,2021 12:58 pm

    In the division it sounds like only the A’s and Astros are going with 5-man rotations. 6-man for the M’s and the Scioscias and a 5-day, 7-man setup for Texas with 3 regular starters and 2 “tandems” (seems like that requires carrying 14 pitchers and I doubt the Rangers have 14 pitchers worthy of a big league job).

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux andeux Mar 28,2021 1:04 pm || Up

      I was surprised when Bob said yesterday that there was probably not a long-man spot for the starters who didn’t make the rotation. With Puk still only throwing 45 pitches yesterday, some kind of tandem setup with Jefferies or Irvin would make sense.

      TINSTAAFK
      • elcroata elcroata Mar 28,2021 1:19 pm || Up

        Has Puk been announced as a fifth starter?

        Because survival is insufficient
        • andeux andeux Mar 28,2021 1:23 pm || Up

          No. I thought he might even be out of the running, but then they made it sound like he could win the job if he had a good start yesterday, which he did.
          No announcements about final roster coming until Tuesday or Wednesday.

          TINSTAAFK
          • elcroata elcroata Mar 28,2021 1:36 pm || Up

            Watchin Jefferies right now. I was intrigued by his ST numbers, but the stuff looks rather ordinary

            Because survival is insufficient
  30. andeux andeux Mar 28,2021 2:03 pm

    Matt Frisbee.

    TINSTAAFK
  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 28,2021 2:16 pm

    Vince is saying that whoever is the “fifth” starter will pitch in the third game of the season, before Manaea and Montas (if healthy).

  32. Soaker Soaker Mar 28,2021 2:37 pm

    Pour me another Oly!

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  33. Soaker Soaker Mar 28,2021 4:31 pm

    2021 Cactus League play comes to a thrilling conclusion Monday afternoon with the A’s and Royals tied at the top. The Cubs are one game out and would need a win plus losses by those two to force a three-way tie. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2021 3:37 pm || Up

      Congrats to the Royals. They can put their Don & Charlie’s Cup next to their World Series trophy. There are a few more games but the A’s look to be a lock for the best run differential in either the Cactus or Grapefruit Leagues.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  34. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 28,2021 5:45 pm

    not a basketball expert buy going on a negative 11 point run to start the half is bad, yeah?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • colin colin Mar 28,2021 7:49 pm || Up

      With Cincinnati’s basketball team imploding, my wife’s tournament allegiance has shifted to the Ed’s on account of Mick Cronin nostalgia.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 28,2021 10:01 pm || Up

        Rooting for the Ed’s in the Rose Bowl vs Michigan Tuesday. Really I’m jumping on the unlikely Pac-12 bandwagon across the board.

        "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 28,2021 5:47 pm

    This sounds like a dumb stunt by Scioscia that could backfire with a dumb injury.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 28,2021 5:53 pm || Up

      I agree, but he has to try it. Imagine a play in game with him with full rest. What is a scioscia to do?

      Also, I am not sure he has the same value if he can’t bat, the three days around his pitching.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Mar 29,2021 8:41 pm || Up

      Ohtani was removed from Monday night’s spring start due to an apparent right middle finger injury,

      Maybe just a blister.

      TINSTAAFK
  36. Soaker Soaker Mar 28,2021 7:20 pm

    MLB.tv tech support question:

    I can’t get a game to start up in Chrome on the Win10 laptop. I just get the unending loading circle. That’s the best device for me to get a game running and cast to the TV from.

    On the same laptop the game loads fine in Edge Chromium, and Edge Chromium allows casting so that’s an OK workaround. On the iMac, with exactly the same browser settings, the game loads fine in Chrome. So it’s not anything like ad blockers or pop-up blockers.

    I’m thinking maybe I’m missing some required Chrome plugin on that laptop. Any ideas?

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux andeux Mar 28,2021 8:01 pm || Up

      (I’m not a Windows guy or a Chrome guy, but) I don’t think you should need a plugin. A couple things I would try if you haven’t already:
      Turn off browser extensions, even if you don’t think they’re the problem.
      Clear the browser cache. Maybe clear cookies from MLB too and then log in again.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 28,2021 8:12 pm || Up

        LOL that was pretty FKing simple. Thank you.

        A closer examination of the Chrome extensions on the Win10 machine showed that “Malwarebytes BrowserGuard” was installed and active. I occasionally do an on-demand scan with Malwarebytes and I bet that got installed without my knowledge in some update.

        Disable that and, presto, here are the Dodgers and Angels doing battle in the Freeway Series.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  37. JediLeroy Mar 28,2021 8:58 pm

    Hey all! Anything happen the past year or so?

    az di bobe volt gehat beytsim volt zi geven mayn zeyde
    • andeux andeux Mar 28,2021 9:43 pm || Up

      The A’s signed Mitch Moreland. That’s all I got.

      TINSTAAFK
    • sslinger Mar 28,2021 10:51 pm || Up

      Parklets! With space heaters!

  38. elcroata elcroata Mar 29,2021 1:06 am

    Hey peeps! I got another puzzle accepted by WSJ, and yet another one where they wanted me to change one theme entry

    Because survival is insufficient
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2021 10:05 am || Up

      Congrats!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2021 7:25 am

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2021 10:10 am || Up

      April 15 the A’s start a three game series in Oakland against the tigers. I assume platinum health care will see them get vaccinated

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2021 10:12 am || Up

      And sunday day game followed by a travel day May 9

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  40. AV AV Mar 29,2021 9:48 am

    how does barstool rank against SBN in terms of popularity and amount of being garbage?

    and is it wrong that i’m hoping for more popular AND more garbage?

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2021 9:51 am || Up

      Definitely more garbage. Probably more popular, because they go hard for the toxic bro market.

  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 29,2021 11:41 am

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 29,2021 12:00 pm || Up

      I suspect the second coming of Fernando Rodney won’t be #3 on that list for very long.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  42. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 29,2021 12:07 pm

    Cactus League finale under way. I will miss young Dom on the pxp.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  43. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2021 12:56 pm

    Manaea WoT

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  44. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2021 1:24 pm

    dom didn’t have time to announce the pinch runner for lowry so the runner getting thrown out at the plate wasn’t surprising. but shouldn’t kemp score?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  45. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2021 1:45 pm

    FYI dom says suslu will join him at sopme undisclosed time today. Might want to tune in

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  46. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 29,2021 1:48 pm

    on now

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  47. andeux andeux Mar 30,2021 10:13 am

    Happy Birthday Soaker!
    Since you posted ten years ago the 3/30 baseball talent level (if not the likeability) has improved significantly, with almost 80 WAR from Sale, Bregman, and Marisnick.
    And somehow we had missed MC Hammer.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2021 10:15 am || Up

      and andeux day

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2021 10:32 am || Up

      Happy Birthday andeux! We were just starting to get used to A’s games at the Coliseum on March 30 but now this is two straight years without.

      Yeah, that list was just dismal, it’s much better now.

      Speaking of dismal, today is the generally acknowledged official beginning of my long slide through the various levels of decrepitude to eventual oblivion. I hope an A’s World Series Championship or two passes along the way. There were four from 0-30 but then a shutout from 30-60. As to a Cal Rose Bowl appearance, let alone a win…sigh.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • andeux andeux Mar 30,2021 10:35 am || Up

        Assuming the schedule remains the same, no game next year either, but then we get Opening Day 2023.

        TINSTAAFK
      • andeux andeux Mar 30,2021 10:40 am || Up

        Also, just noticed your new sig. You’re the target audience now.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2021 10:55 am || Up

          I’m just about exactly 14 years younger than Ray Fosse and it does feel like I’m catching up to him.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • 5Aces 5Aces Mar 30,2021 11:41 am || Up

            But how great does it feel?

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • elcroata elcroata Mar 30,2021 1:04 pm || Up

      Happy birthdays, both of yous!

      Because survival is insufficient
  48. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2021 10:24 am

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  49. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2021 1:14 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  50. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 30,2021 1:54 pm

    Hooray

  51. Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2021 3:05 pm

    Sean Doolittle is about to do a segment on SiriusXM Phish Radio which will include a guest DJ set. I looked through his tweets and saw that his dog’s name is Fee so there’s one set list guess. I remember when he was showing off his Phish-themed glove last year his wife chimed in that “it should be mango-colored” so that could be another one.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2021 4:09 pm || Up

      In other Doo news:

      Ballhead mascots are creepy IMO, but if you’re going that route you have to be all-in, like Mr. Met. The Reds motley team has all the worst mascot attributes and no endearing ones

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • vignette17 Mar 30,2021 4:47 pm || Up

        Sergio Romo got 2.25 M. Doolittle got 1.5 M. If we could have traded Khrush a little bit earlier, Doo would have been in green and gold (again). No doubt in my mind.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 5,2021 6:31 pm || Up

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • colin colin Mar 31,2021 6:26 am || Up

        The addition of a phanatic clone is icing on a very dumb cake

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2021 5:15 pm || Up

      His setlist with Youtube links to those versions. Two from the same tour and he was over 11 years old for only one of them. No Rickrolls, I promise.

      1. Fee 2011-06-05 Cincinnati (audience recording; video starts around 0:50)
      2. Chalk Dust Torture 1994-11-16 Ann Arbor (A Live One) (Walk-on music with the Nationals last year)
      3. Fluffhead 1994-6-22 Columbus OH (Live Phish 10)
      4. Punch You in the Eye 1997-11-21 Hampton (Hampton/Winston-Salem ’97)
      5. Divided Sky 1994-06-18 Chicago (Chicago ’94)

      He said he would probably pick something from a Cincinnati show or “Cincinnati-related” (Dayton?) for this year’s walk-on music.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • andeux andeux Mar 30,2021 5:56 pm || Up

        Lots of people seem to prefer the post-2000 jams, but I still dig those mid-90s shows.

        I always thought CDT and Tweezer would both make good walk-on music, with their opening guitar riffs. Stash might work too.

        TINSTAAFK
      • colin colin Mar 31,2021 6:31 am || Up

        Lots of good funk options from Cincinnati (and Dayton). Reflection Eternal would be a good hip-hop choice. I just hope he doesn’t pick Walk The Moon.

  52. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2021 7:28 pm

    I am not watching my college, but I do tune into the women’s games to mess up the ratings for the NCAA.

    The Batgirls are having a pretty cool comeback

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2021 7:40 pm || Up

      The cardinals forgot how to shoot and the cardinal remembered.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • batgirl batgirl Mar 31,2021 12:11 pm || Up

      Wooooooooo!!!!!!!

  53. Soaker Soaker Mar 30,2021 7:51 pm

    Second-tier mortgage companies and stadium naming rights deals: a marriage made in heaven, for some reason (Guaranteed Rate Field, Ameriquest Field, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse).

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • ptbnl Mar 30,2021 8:31 pm || Up

      They do it to taunt the locals actually paying the stadium mortgage.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  54. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 30,2021 8:59 pm

    fine. I turned it on

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2021 9:25 pm || Up

      This pleases me.

      "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 30,2021 10:09 pm || Up

        Can I ask a question? What is the first 4? I don’t want that in my browser history

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2021 10:18 pm || Up

          Four play-in games to get into the “real” tournament of 64 teams. A way they slightly expanded the tournament like 10 years ago.

          "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 30,2021 10:42 pm || Up

            The bubble teams? They don’t play into the 16 seed?

            Is that why the tournament didn’t start on thursday?

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 30,2021 11:03 pm || Up

              Eight 11-seeds and eight 16-seeds now make the tournament, and the worst four of each of those have to play-in a few days early for the right to play as “normal” 11/16 seeds in the regular tourney. In essence the worst of the automatic qualifiers (16s), and the worst of the last at-large teams (11s), have to play an extra game in exchange for the right to participate. UCLA was one of those last teams in and had to play Michigan State two days before the real first round game.

              The odd start dates were a covid bubble strategy, allowing extra down time between 2nd and 3rd rounds to insulate teams better.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • colin colin Mar 31,2021 6:25 am || Up

      That was a fun game. Takes me back to two years ago when everyone in Cincinnati was complaining that Mick Cronin could never take a team past the first weekend (I was probably one of those people).

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 31,2021 4:17 pm || Up

      Looking over the list, I see the Eds’ win means the champion will come from west of the Mississippi for only the second time since 1997 (the Beds in 2008). Chapel Hill and Durham have combined for six in that time.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2021 4:34 pm || Up

        Michigan was the only team in the eastern time zone to even make the Elite Eight this year. And they’re culturally midwestern anyway.

        "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 31,2021 5:03 pm || Up

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • andeux andeux Mar 31,2021 5:05 pm || Up

          Awesome. The players must be excited by their share of that.

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2021 7:20 pm || Up

            It’s just such a grotesque indefensible system. Even someone as grotesque as Brett Kavanaugh finds it indefensible.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  55. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2021 10:21 am

    No decision yet on who starts this Saturday? I call BS on that.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2021 3:12 pm || Up

      so, still carrying puk, jeffries and irvin?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  56. Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2021 5:36 pm

    so, am I wrong thinking that putting this in the bill is a great trade off for republican votes? You can say, well, you want to save RTW? vote yes. It can’t be that easy, yeah?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  57. andeux andeux Mar 31,2021 5:59 pm

    Angel Hernandez lost his lawsuit against MLB

    Federal judge J. Paul Oetken reportedly granted MLB’s motion for a summary judgement on Wednesday, writing that “no reasonable juror could find that MLB’s stated explanation is a pretext for discriminatory motive.”

    OK, but what if the jury were made up of other umpires?

    TINSTAAFK
  58. andeux andeux Mar 31,2021 6:59 pm

    Sabres!
    (Suck it, Gritty.)

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2021 7:15 pm || Up
      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 31,2021 7:22 pm || Up

        The Sharks were never quite that bad, but with the Bay Area novelty factor I watched a fair number of their games in the Cow Palace years. Their second year: 11-71-2 with a 218-414 deficit in goals. The ice seemed to tilt downhill towards the Sharks’ goalie even when they weren’t on the penalty kill. Also, any time I see the name “Matt Gaetz” I think of Link Gaetz, who was briefly the team thug and got in some good fights.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2021 7:37 pm || Up

          Yeah the attitude about expansion in the era the Sharks were born was that new teams should feel lucky to be the dregs of the league for at least five years.

          "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 31,2021 7:57 pm || Up

            Wasn’t there some weirdness with that where the Sharks got half their roster from the North Stars, in compensation for the North Stars not relocating to San Jose?

            • Soaker Soaker Mar 31,2021 8:46 pm || Up

              And it was ironic because the Cleveland Barons had been merged into the North Stars. The Barons had moved from Oakland, where they had been the Oakland Seals and then, when Charlie Finley bought them, the California Golden Seals, complete with green and gold uniforms. I went to a few Seals games in the Coliseum Arena when I was a kid, but that was only mildly interesting compared to the championship baseball team next door.

              What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • andeux andeux Mar 31,2021 8:04 pm || Up

          These Sabres aren’t as bad as that team by any measure (overall record, streaks, goal ratio).
          But they are impressively bad for an established team that has picked near the top of the draft for most of the last decade, and added a recent MVP last offseason. Being without their best player recently hasn’t helped.
          Then tonight’s game was nationally televised, and they whupped the Flyers.

          TINSTAAFK
  59. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2021 7:28 pm

    I am so excited for A’s content that I turned on Townie’s livecast for three whole minutes until he told Fosse he was the face of the franchise.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  60. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2021 8:01 pm

    Pick him up at the deadline when this relationship has completely deteriorated and the Mets are 12 games out.

    • andeux andeux Mar 31,2021 8:16 pm || Up

      Sure.
      I’m not sure how wise it was for Semien to take a 1-year deal, even in the depressed pandemic market.
      If no one signs an extension in advance, he could be the 5th- or 6th-best SS on the market next year (Lindor, Seager, Correa, Story, Baez).

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 31,2021 9:02 pm || Up

        But if he succeeds at 2B and stays there all season, the competition isn’t as stiff.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux andeux Mar 31,2021 8:51 pm || Up

      Reportedly they have agreed on $341 M / 10 years.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2021 9:32 pm || Up

  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2021 9:18 pm

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 31,2021 9:41 pm || Up

      That guy has known everyone in baseball for my whole life. I’m sure he’ll get many rocking chairs and golf clubs on the farewell tour.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  62. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 31,2021 9:40 pm

    Sigh…

    A San Francisco school board member accused her colleagues and the school district in a suit Wednesday of retaliation, saying they violated her free speech rights by stripping her of her position as vice president and removing her from committees over tweets she posted in 2016 about Asian Americans.

    In the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco, Alison Collins seeks $72 million in general damages from the school district and the five board members who supported a no-confidence vote against her, plus $3 million in punitive damages from each of those same board members.

    • AV AV Mar 31,2021 10:07 pm || Up

      ah. i think i’m finally at yes yes yes with this tweet.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 31,2021 10:54 pm || Up

      That is so very bonkers.

      what is blowing my mind is her hardcore DSA/Bernie bro support when she is married to and a consulting with her capital D developer husband. SHe is getting $100K consulting fees and he has projects that are in the billions including on being voted on tomorrow for a high rise around the transbay terminal

      She is the epitome of insider

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • nevermoor nevermoor Mar 31,2021 11:01 pm || Up

      Any time your complaint calls something a BIG LIE in all caps, you’re winning as a lawyer. I’m pretty sure that’s in the FRCP somewhere…

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2021 9:26 am || Up

        Ahhhgh, just opened the complaint and I went to high school with one of the lawyers…Some select crazy bits:

        -The damages section starts with a bible quote.

        -4.5 pages of the complaint are taken up by a single block quote from a Supreme Court case.

        -The alleged harms include “spiritual injury to her soul” and ” injury to spiritual solace.”

        “DEFENDANTS, and each of them, are liable for an amount of money to balance these logarithmically increasing permanent harms. $12,000,000.00 will only tip the scale in the direction of injustice. In the spirit of compromise, this amount is the demand that any reasonable jury will award as the price for violating MS. COLLINS’ historic, paradigm shifting, Fourteenth Amendment Rights of the United States Constitution.”

        “DEFENDANTS are more concerned with sucking the political sap generated by the displaced legitimate hurt feelings of only one of many victims of American racism than being also concerned with protecting Black and Latino children.”

        • andeux andeux Apr 1,2021 9:33 am || Up

          Logarithmically?

          TINSTAAFK
          • colin colin Apr 2,2021 9:45 am || Up

            Doesn’t “logarithmically increasing” mean that the harms are barely increasing at all? It’s literally the inverse of “exponentially increasing”.

            • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 2,2021 12:28 pm || Up

              It’s a math word, so sounds scary. We’re lawyers so that’s about all we know.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
            • AV AV Apr 2,2021 1:14 pm || Up

              what’s your definition of literally here?

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
              • andeux andeux Apr 2,2021 1:17 pm || Up

                exp(log(x)) = log(exp(x)) = x

                TINSTAAFK
              • AV AV Apr 2,2021 1:51 pm || Up

                i want x to be zero just so i don’t have to do the math.

                also, needs moar saltire.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2021 1:58 pm || Up
                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • AV AV Apr 2,2021 3:28 pm || Up

                  mills alumna.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • andeux andeux Apr 2,2021 2:14 pm || Up

                  Oh no. You do not want x to be zero. In fact that might be (literally!) the last thing you would want.

                  Because log is only defined (as a real function) for x > 0, so the first part of what I wrote isn’t even defined when x is zero (or negative).

                  Well, (you are surely thinking) what if we think of log as a complex function instead. And yes, you are correct, there is in fact an analytic continuation of log to the complex plane. Except it is still undefined at 0, in fact, now it has a singularity (and not just any singularity, but an essential singularity) there and everywhere else it is a multi-valued function, only well-defined modulo 2πi. (We can make it single-valued by picking a branch, but that introduces a discontinuity along some line, and we don’t really want that either.)

                  So let’s just agree that x is a positive real number and forget about all that other stuff.

                  TINSTAAFK
                • elcroata elcroata Apr 2,2021 2:41 pm || Up

                  The fact that I thoroughly enjoyed this probably means that I don’t have a life

                  Because survival is insufficient
                • ptbnl Apr 2,2021 11:34 pm || Up

                  I’m swooning right along with you.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2021 3:13 pm || Up

                  Tagline?

                  not just any singularity, but an essential singularity

                • AV AV Apr 2,2021 3:19 pm || Up

                  i want what i want.

                  still not doing the math.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • andeux andeux Apr 2,2021 3:03 pm || Up

                  And while I’m being pedantic (always?) your link about the use of * gets some things wrong:

                  – In the typewritten manuscript shown from 1978, the x is being used not for (scalar) multiplication but for vector cross product. While the former can indeed by indicated by x,*, raised dot, or nothing, some form of x, times sign, or saltire is always used for the latter.

                  – Related to the “specialized uses” he lists in math, and the later discussion of how high it is placed, this depends on context. Usually as a binary operator (A*B indicating multiplication, or convolution) it should be centered or raised only slightly, but as a unary operator (A* for dual space, complex conjugate, or the other examples he gives) it should be superscripted.

                  TINSTAAFK
                • AV AV Apr 2,2021 3:25 pm || Up

                  double daggers to my heart.

                  (that author may appreciate your fact check. maybe write to them?)

                  i just read if for the typefaces.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 1,2021 9:36 am || Up

          I hope it wasn’t the guys with aol email and 5 digit bar numbers

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 1,2021 9:44 am || Up

          It’s good to have moments that make me feel superior to other lawyers. This definitely qualifies.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2021 8:30 am

    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 1,2021 9:45 am || Up

      The best part is that everyone’s first reaction was surely that its a cruel april fools joke.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • elcroata elcroata Apr 1,2021 11:49 am || Up

      They were supposed to play on Opening Day 2020, too, weren’t they?

      Because survival is insufficient
  64. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2021 8:54 am

    This is what every business should do. Fans will have to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative covid test in order to attend Giants games.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2021 4:29 pm || Up

      Dear baseball fans of America: If you think the Giants are being too restrictive and don’t want this coming to your ballpark, maybe wear your mask over your nose and mouth rather than over your neck, which too many of you seem to be doing.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  65. andeux andeux Apr 1,2021 9:03 am

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Apr 1,2021 9:26 am || Up

      Rosenthal has right shoulder inflammation, which does not bode well.
      Guduan is a bit of a surprise for that spot. He and Deolis Guerra were the two non-roster relievers they were talking up, but Guerra was the one with lots of K’s. Guduan is also out of options, so would have to go through waivers if/when they want to send him back down.

      Irvin over Puk and Jefferies maybe also a surprise, but he was the most consistent this spring: 18 K’s, 3 BB, 2 R in 18 innings. Jefferies and Puk both struggled with their control at times.

      Bolt was the obvious choice to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, as Soaker had noted.

      TINSTAAFK
      • elcroata elcroata Apr 1,2021 11:52 am || Up

        And so it starts. Who do we suppose to close the rest of the season in the meanwhile?

        Because survival is insufficient
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2021 12:03 pm || Up

          Saves in 2020 by current members of the bullpen:

          Sergio Romo: 5
          Adam Kolarek: 1
          Everybody else: 0*

          It reeks of Santiago Casilla, but…do you trust Diekman in that role? I hope Trivino can come back to the form where he would qualify but Opening Night seems premature.

          *Sorry, I forgot about Burch Smith, who had one 3-inning save.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • andeux andeux Apr 1,2021 12:12 pm || Up

            do you trust Diekman in that role?

            No.

            TINSTAAFK
            • Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2021 12:45 pm || Up

              Also, if it’s Diekman, it means Kolarek is pitching in some high-leverage situations.

              What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  66. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 1,2021 10:24 am
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Apr 1,2021 10:31 am || Up

      Hawaiian guys can be gritty, right?

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 1,2021 10:56 am || Up

        I am looking forward to the Tom kemp laureano outfield. All taller than me, but not by much

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  67. Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2021 11:24 am

    Dadgummit, FSU. He and Dean, 54 of the last 60 seasons.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2021 11:43 am || Up

      I’m very glad Roy is going out on his feet. He’s been prone to weird vertigo-like spells on the sidelines which had me worried.

      Three Tar Heels championship teams during his tenure, and he brought the program back from the grim depths of the Matt Dougherty era. And by accounts a nice guy as well.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • elcroata elcroata Apr 1,2021 11:57 am || Up

        One of my favorite coaches. Godspeed.

        Because survival is insufficient
      • mikeA Apr 1,2021 12:00 pm || Up

        A lot of the top college coaches have a very self-important vibe that is off-putting. Roy’s vibe was more “we’re having a great time playing some basketball, what a great job!” which I appreciated.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2021 12:44 pm || Up

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2021 1:34 pm || Up

        I lived in the Triangle during the end Dougherty Debacle, and it almost felt like Ol’ Roy was being bullied into taking the UNC job. It felt at the time like he didn’t really want to come back but also didn’t want to let down Dean. I remember exactly where I was sitting when Roy said “I don’t give a shit about North Carolina” to a CBS reporter who shoved a mic in his face after Kansas lost in the Final Four.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2021 1:46 pm || Up

          He was pressured to come back to Chapel Hill, in the sense that his hometown/basketball family was vocal that he was really wanted back, and needed. It his lifelong dream, he’d already (agonizingly) turned down the job a few years prior out of loyalty to KU’s kids, and this was his second chance. That quote was a product of a bullshit sideline ambush which, without checking, must’ve been Jim Gray.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  68. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2021 12:24 pm

    Do not like seeing Marcus in powder blue.

  69. andeux andeux Apr 1,2021 12:29 pm

    I stopped by the Coliseum this morning (just as a passenger).

    Felt like there should have been a grill set up right around here.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2021 12:47 pm || Up

      OK this got my feels going. I’ve always said the Opening Day parking lot in Oakland is the best party in MLB, period.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  70. elcroata elcroata Apr 1,2021 12:43 pm

    Gameday is working on things

    Because survival is insufficient
  71. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 1,2021 1:24 pm

    Boy the Yankees fans sure don’t get the covid protocols

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 1,2021 1:36 pm || Up

      Also note to TV directors, don’t show the row of 4 boomers without a mask in sight

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2021 1:55 pm || Up

      Judge was against the fence along the 1B line after a catch and there were maskless bros back-slapping him .

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  72. Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2021 2:05 pm

    The Rangers and Royals look good for comedy this season.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux andeux Apr 1,2021 2:13 pm || Up

      Meanwhile Justin Turner is picking up where he left off last season

      TINSTAAFK
    • elcroata elcroata Apr 1,2021 3:24 pm || Up

      They’ll score more than Syracuse

      Because survival is insufficient
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2021 3:46 pm || Up

        Somehow the schedule prevents the A’s from getting any licks against this horrifying Rangers pitching staff until June 21.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2021 5:19 pm || Up

          The Rangers have a new ballpark to sell but the team is going to be unwatchable. They remind me of the Astros when they first came in to the American League.

          In addition to the horror show that is the Texas pitching, Ed Hickox, who is umpiring at first base in this game, takes the early lead with 3 calls overturned.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2021 5:47 pm || Up

      24 runs
      30 hits
      17 walks + 3 HBP
      3 Rangers errors
      14 pitchers threw 402 pitches (TEX 200, KC 202)
      4 hours, 26 minutes

      Only 161 to go!

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2021 2:08 pm

    LOL

  74. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 1,2021 2:17 pm

    These Bally Sports broadcasts have a score ribbon along the entire bottom the screen that is constantly rotating the scores of other games (including other sports) right next to the score and status of the game you’re watching. I hate it.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 1,2021 2:27 pm || Up

      But how else can I keep track of my parlay?

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 1,2021 2:59 pm || Up

      Yeah, that flips about every 4 seconds which is way too often. I may measure out a piece of cardboard to take care of that.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  75. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 1,2021 3:12 pm

    No Piscotty, but pinder. I think its a matchup thing?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Apr 1,2021 3:18 pm || Up

      I guess. I hope Tom gets some starts against all the RHP we are facing.

      TINSTAAFK
  76. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 1,2021 6:45 pm

    Excellent A’s DJ move as the Astros take field for intros to the tune of Ridin.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  77. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2021 12:15 pm

    Wow, MLB announced moving the all star game. Did not see that coming.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2021 12:18 pm || Up

      To Oakland?!?!

      Oh wait, it’s April 2 now…

    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 2,2021 12:29 pm || Up

      That’s awesome.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 2,2021 6:02 pm || Up

      Target Field does not seem a likely beneficiary.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone

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