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160-1-2, The End 183

Mistah Melvin–he dead.

I am currently re-reading Heart of Darkness.

Ezra Pound and TS Eliot fought over it, or something else.

It’s been since 2017 that I’ve had to choose some other playoff rooting interest. Maybe the Mammoths.

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

183 thoughts on “160-1-2, The End

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 1,2021 6:05 pm

    I was given a half-full bottle of Sky vodka by a friend flying out of town. I never drink vodka. Currently having a vodka tonic with lime, refreshing enough on a hot day. I am open for cocktail suggestions.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Oct 1,2021 7:47 pm || Up

      Vodka tonic is my favorite hot weather drink

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  2. andeux Oct 1,2021 7:00 pm

    No Nick Allen callup, no Bassitt start in the series, no Chapman tonight.
    I’ll still take a win against Houston, but it’s hard to find anything to care about in this series.

    TINSTAAFK
  3. andeux Oct 1,2021 7:34 pm

    Kyle Tucker is still a motherfucker though.

    TINSTAAFK
  4. 5Aces Oct 1,2021 7:57 pm

    The Original Alfredo’s in Lomita managed to make me drive back since they forgot the eldest Aces burrito. Still worth it though.

    I get the HOU doesn’t care, but it can’t be as simple as Irvin fucked us, can it?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  5. Future Ed Oct 1,2021 8:05 pm

    obligatory

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    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • 5Aces Oct 3,2021 10:26 pm || Up

      There is a copy of this on the wall there. I made sure to point it out to the kids while we were waiting for our food.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  6. FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 1,2021 8:07 pm

    It’s nice they’ve remembered how to play good baseball but this team is maddening.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 1,2021 8:32 pm || Up

      OK, that’s more like it.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. 5Aces Oct 1,2021 8:11 pm

    Is that Townie with Dallas? Whoever it is, very meh.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux Oct 1,2021 8:11 pm || Up

      Jim Kozimor

      TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 1,2021 8:21 pm || Up

      Yeah Glen should have to suffer through this with the rest of us.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces Oct 1,2021 8:22 pm || Up

        Agreed. Did they say why he’s out? I like to imagine he was walking to the booth drunk as a skunk and cursing out Fisher for not resigning anyone.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • andeux Oct 1,2021 8:25 pm || Up

          That’s what happens when you decide to have end-of-season drinks with Stomper before the game.

          TINSTAAFK
  8. 5Aces Oct 1,2021 8:30 pm

    Jerry Blevins replying to FK Twitter may end up being the highlight of the season.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Oct 1,2021 8:33 pm || Up

      it sure isn’t this inning

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces Oct 1,2021 8:36 pm || Up

        Emerson has run out of things to say.

        “Uh…try something ok?”

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 1,2021 8:46 pm || Up

      That’s Blevins and Cotroneo this seasOn, can our blue check be far behind?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • nevermoor Oct 2,2021 4:06 pm || Up

      Maybe we should suggest resigning Marte

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • 5Aces Oct 2,2021 4:19 pm || Up

        Dies Fisher have a Twitter account? Maybe suggest he take up fine art or something first.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  9. 5Aces Oct 1,2021 8:58 pm

    Yeah I sure do love old Jim jinxing Lou here.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  10. andeux Oct 1,2021 8:59 pm

    Good time to remind ourselves that this game is not worth anything.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Oct 1,2021 9:00 pm || Up

      solidify pick 19

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces Oct 1,2021 9:01 pm || Up

        My brain doesn’t work that way. I wish it did.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 1,2021 9:05 pm || Up

      It’s the most important game in baseball today.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. Future Ed Oct 1,2021 8:59 pm

    um, uhg?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  12. 5Aces Oct 1,2021 9:01 pm

    Does Chafin have a sprained mustache or something?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  13. 5Aces Oct 1,2021 9:05 pm

    Lou trying so hard to throw it away but Oly said nope.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  14. andeux Oct 1,2021 9:14 pm

    1-0 in the Pete Kozma era.

    TINSTAAFK
  15. Soaker Oct 1,2021 9:22 pm

    Staving off loss #75 for one more day, I see.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  16. Glorious Mundy Oct 1,2021 11:18 pm

    Seattle already choked. I’m fine with that.

    • Future Ed Oct 2,2021 10:39 am || Up

      yeah, i will root for them unless it’s the jays, but i am happy if the miss

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Oct 2,2021 11:44 am || Up

        I don’t really have anything against the Mariners. I do find this Mariners team exceptionally boring. A lot of non-descript guys inexplicably kicking our asses over and over again.

        • Future Ed Oct 2,2021 12:07 pm || Up

          was watching their tv feed last night. Blowers is good, but whoever was dong PXP was fosse on every play

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces Oct 2,2021 4:05 pm || Up

        I’m just hoping for the 4 way tie.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • nevermoor Oct 2,2021 4:09 pm || Up

        I like CHW, TB, MIL, and some of the hopeful WC chasers.

        So, probably, all the teams I like will be eliminated in the first round to make way for SF/LA and NYY/BOS

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • Future Ed Oct 2,2021 4:27 pm || Up

          we are guaranteed a hou/tb LAD/ATL championship serieses.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  17. Soaker Oct 2,2021 3:00 pm

    Absolute must-win game for Justin Wilcox today. It’s his fifth year, and losing to Wazzu and their asshole unvaccinated coach in Berkeley would be disastrous for Wilcox’ alumni support.

    Great job by the colins today to put themselves smack-dab in the middle of the playoff scenario.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Oct 2,2021 4:11 pm || Up

      Wilcox is down to 30 minutes of football to fix this shit. Apologies to those of you in Berkeley for the horrid odor coming from Memorial Stadium.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 2,2021 5:14 pm || Up

        Probably not helped by the huge upset that Palo Alto team just pulled off. Nor by that idiotic play call, a four-yard pass when going for 4th and 6.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Oct 2,2021 5:19 pm || Up

          Wilcox has Holmoed, which is the worst thing that can be said about a Cal coach. I don’t see how he can recover, and the rest of this season is just denouement.

          That’s a great win for the batgirls, who seem to pull those off much more often than they should (and way more often than Cal, which, you’re right, suffers badly in that comparison). It’s a terrible outcome for the Pac-12, and an enormous boost for the colins, as the ACC is already out of the playoff and the Pac-12 is pretty close to elimination.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Soaker Oct 2,2021 8:28 pm || Up

          Also the Furdies evidently have the same opinion of Fisher and Kaval as we do.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • nevermoor Oct 3,2021 8:47 am || Up

          On the one hand, I ordinarily cheer for Stanford over Oregon. On the other, it would sure have been nice to finally have a Pac 12 team in the playoffs.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  18. Glorious Mundy Oct 2,2021 3:06 pm

    Hmmmm…

    • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 2,2021 3:22 pm || Up

      Draymond wonders why everyone is pressing pressing pressing Wiggins to attend practice.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2021 12:18 pm || Up

  19. 5Aces Oct 2,2021 4:20 pm

    I just might hate this team. Again I know HOU is just practicing for the playoffs but come the FK on.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  20. andeux Oct 2,2021 4:36 pm

    Altuve singles on a ball out of the strike zone.
    Bregman walks on a ball in the strike zone.
    Alvarez homers on a ball out of the strike zone.

    TINSTAAFK
  21. FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 2,2021 4:41 pm

    What is the point of Blackburn starting? He’s a known below-par pitcher. There are no mysteries. We’re not going to trick another team into acquiring him, and if he’s in the rotation next April we’ve already conceded. I have to wonder if Blackburn is pitching just to prevent Bassitt from reaching marketable achievements.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  22. Future Ed Oct 2,2021 4:45 pm

    Next year according to selek, per ken, kozma was the 999th player in Oakland history.

    1000th better be Carlos Corea

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  23. 5Aces Oct 2,2021 4:51 pm

    Ed, they will sign Martin Maldonado as the backup C to hit .145 for 3 months.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  24. 5Aces Oct 2,2021 4:58 pm

    I appreciate them starting Blackburn and freeing up my Saturday night plans early.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  25. 5Aces Oct 2,2021 5:14 pm

    Wow. What a stupid half inning.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  26. andeux Oct 2,2021 5:16 pm

    Nincompoops.

    TINSTAAFK
  27. andeux Oct 2,2021 5:48 pm

    What a stupid fking ballpark

    TINSTAAFK
  28. Future Ed Oct 2,2021 6:45 pm

    mother fucker

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. Soaker Oct 2,2021 7:33 pm

    In 13 seasons of FKing I have made very few comments of a predictive nature that turned out to be accurate, but the bit about finishing fewer than 13 games over .500 is going to be one of the rare ones.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 2,2021 7:57 pm || Up

      First time since 2005 A’s have been above .500 and missed the playoffs.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • nevermoor Oct 3,2021 8:49 am || Up

        Also, my final decision is no season tickets next year. Just don’t see the point (vs. just buying tickets when I want to go) in the post-Access world with a rebuild incoming.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • sslinger Oct 3,2021 1:03 pm || Up

          We managed to get 6 tickets for the Saturday game against the *’s, finally using up the last of our credit from 2019 +$2.75. They won’t be getting any more of our $$ until we go to a game next year. So not worried about being able to get tickets.

          • nevermoor Oct 3,2021 5:29 pm || Up

            I like being a season ticket holder (my dad was when I was a kid), and I’m glad to spend the money.

            But man do they ever make it unappealing when they scale back core benefits and raise prices.

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • andeux Oct 3,2021 9:39 am || Up

      I said just over 3 weeks ago that 92 wins needed to be the target for a playoff spot (and agreed that we would likely not reach it). That was spot on.

      TINSTAAFK
  30. Soaker Oct 2,2021 9:12 pm

    Oh shit. This looks so Mariners, beating the crap out of the A’s to put themselves on the brink and then letting Scioscia crush their souls.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Oct 2,2021 9:35 pm || Up

      Scioscia gives it right back by putting the annoying Steve Cishek on the mound. Cishek has “core member of Oakland Athletics Team Dynamite 2022” written all over him.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Soaker Oct 2,2021 9:51 pm || Up

        Good, there’s plenty of reason to watch baseball instead of the NFL tomorrow.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Future Ed Oct 2,2021 9:54 pm || Up

          they almost sciosciaed that bottom 8. Bunt with a lefty facing cishek?

          uhg

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  31. Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2021 8:50 am

    Vince replied again. Time to slide into his DMs?

    • andeux Oct 3,2021 9:26 am || Up

      What was the Milwaukee bullpen news?

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Oct 3,2021 9:56 am || Up

        yes

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Future Ed Oct 3,2021 11:06 am || Up

            Ken and vince were pondering who was starting for Milwaukee, and moments later vince said “I’ve been informed that it is a bullpen day”

            Then we asked to reveal his source. He replied, it was his birthday today”

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  32. Future Ed Oct 3,2021 9:24 am

    Start times should be indexed to average game length

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  33. 5Aces Oct 3,2021 9:48 am

    Today’s lineup is screaming “YOU REALLY MUST LIKE BASEBALL IN GENERAL TO WATCH THIS!!”.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  34. Future Ed Oct 3,2021 9:56 am

    SF Chron sports section is really bothered by the Brewers pitching decisions

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  35. Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2021 11:18 am

    Nationals appear to be giving a major league debut to a guy who started the season in High A and has pitched all of four innings in AAA. Amazing middle finger to the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Mariners.

    • Soaker Oct 3,2021 12:57 pm || Up

      Adon is kind of poking the Red Sox in the eye with that middle finger so far.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  36. Soaker Oct 3,2021 1:22 pm

    The Blue Jays are going to have an advantage if they get to a play-in tomorrow because they are the only one of these AL teams that isn’t going to burn up its bullpen today.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  37. Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2021 1:56 pm

    Gio Urshela caught a foul ball flying down the dugout stairs and Angel Hernandez flipped over the railing making the call.

  38. Soaker Oct 3,2021 2:08 pm

    Red Sox throw door wide open, Mariners peek in nervously and back away.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  39. Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2021 2:09 pm

    Rooting for the Mariners must be truly miserable.

    • Soaker Oct 3,2021 2:16 pm || Up

      Cal football fans can relate to the endless futility.

      We could certainly get a three-way tie for two spots, but with the Mariners headed toward dropping out there aren’t any insane travel possibilities. NYY/BOS/TOR in the three-way and then the WC winner to St. Petersburg on Thursday.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Soaker Oct 3,2021 2:24 pm || Up

        This being the complicated one that is still very plausible as of 2:20:

        Scenario #4: 3-Way Tie for 2 Wild Card Spots (NYY, TOR & BOS; Seattle eliminated)

        Monday, October 4:
        TOR @ BOS

        Tuesday, October 5:
        TOR/BOS Loser @ NYY

        Seeding: BOS holds the top spot and elects to play at home on Monday, getting two shots to get in (it plays at NYY on Tuesday if it loses Monday). TOR has the No. 2 seed and chooses to play on road on Monday, also with two shots to get in. NYY as the final seed gets a home game on Tuesday, but that’s their only shot to earn a Wild Card spot.

        The winners from Monday and Tuesday play on Wednesday at the club with the better head-to-head regular-season schedule (based on original 162).

        The head-to-heads for Wednesday home field are:
        BOS>TOR 10-9
        BOS>NYY 10-9
        TOR>NYY 11-8

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  40. andeux Oct 3,2021 2:41 pm

    One final teAse for the road?

    TINSTAAFK
  41. FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2021 2:44 pm

    20 homers for Seth Brown, none more consequential than that.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  42. Soaker Oct 3,2021 2:45 pm

    The Rays are going to have a dogpile of their own players fighting after a fly ball collision sometime before the season ends.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  43. andeux Oct 3,2021 2:49 pm

    KHRUSHED!

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2021 2:50 pm || Up

      Hooray! One of the highlights of the season, in game 162.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Oct 3,2021 3:00 pm || Up

        so cool

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces Oct 3,2021 3:00 pm || Up

        Wish the salute had been at home, but genuinely happy about this.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  44. Future Ed Oct 3,2021 3:02 pm

    naturally

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  45. Future Ed Oct 3,2021 3:02 pm

    think the third base coach bet the under on wins this year

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  46. FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2021 3:05 pm

    Bye boys, see you next spring, some of you at least. Best laundry in baseball.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Oct 3,2021 3:51 pm || Up

      The final 2014 vs. 2021 comparison:

      2014 (88-74):
      Apex was 72-44.
      Finished 16-30.

      2021 (86-76):
      Apex was 68-49.
      Finished 18-27.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • nevermoor Oct 3,2021 5:31 pm || Up

        Wonder what we get for the Matts this winter.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • Soaker Oct 3,2021 6:06 pm || Up

          Surely a can’t-miss prospect like Franklin Barreto will be at the core of one of those deals.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • nevermoor Oct 4,2021 9:01 am || Up

            I’ve still barely recovered from witnessing the once-in-a-generation talent of Ynoa (which, IIRC, was the straw that broke my **-participation back)

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  47. andeux Oct 3,2021 3:08 pm

    Combined, my teams still beat the hell out of Houston today.

    TINSTAAFK
  48. andeux Oct 3,2021 3:11 pm

    Yankees win.
    Red Sox have tied it up.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Oct 3,2021 3:31 pm || Up

      It’s up to the Washington Nationals now. I’m not optimistic.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  49. Future Ed Oct 3,2021 3:41 pm

    this is getting lame

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  50. Soaker Oct 3,2021 3:54 pm

    Great move by Servais there, pulling Seager at the moment of elimination.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  51. andeux Oct 3,2021 3:58 pm

    Now that it doesn’t matter I want Seattle to tie it so those two teams have to play extras.

    TINSTAAFK
  52. lenscrafters Oct 3,2021 4:49 pm

    My last ask of this terrible fking sports year is that we don’t get a Giants – Astros World Series.

  53. nevermoor Oct 3,2021 5:33 pm

    After two painful Sundays, I’ll observe that the Trey Lance experience looked… surprisingly intriguing… after he was super obviously overwhelmed on his first couple drives.

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  54. Future Ed Oct 3,2021 6:25 pm

    As a jumping off point, not considering arb for bassitt and manaea

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  55. 5Aces Oct 3,2021 7:41 pm

    That’s a list. Most of them should get the offers we gave out last year for our FAs. I saw NBCSN had an article about how we need to resign Marte, Harrison, etc and I laughed and laughed…

    We do need to bring the gold tops back. 2 sets of green tops is superfluous and the gold has historical luck built in.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  56. vignette17 Oct 4,2021 11:45 am

    So aside from the games the A’s played against HOU and SEA, they finished 74-50 with a run differential of +99. They needed to go 21-17 to win the division, 18-20 to win the wildcard. They…..did not.

  57. Future Ed Oct 4,2021 2:03 pm

    Kleinschmidt was never my favorite, but I thought that is what the kids liked and other than her associating with Luba/Bauer* I found her unobjectionable. This is odd

    *I mean it shows poor discriminating skills and that may be illuminating on this story

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Oct 4,2021 2:14 pm || Up

      I’m super lost here.

    • andeux Oct 4,2021 2:25 pm || Up

      I’m not a fan, as she seemed to be almost entirely a “personality” rather than an actual journalist. Which I guess is consistent with the claim in the tweet below that one that she was a “world class plagiarist.”
      But if the only thing here is a totally generic goodbye message saying she’d dreamed of having the job since age 12, that seems like an awfully weak basis for even a suggestion of plagiarism.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Oct 4,2021 2:28 pm || Up

        she still has her personal account where she is posting from. I am not sure what is going on, but she is likely not at nbc california. Seems like she wasn’t renewed there.

        Pretty standard for those crappy media companies it seems.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  58. andeux Oct 4,2021 5:28 pm

    City of Berkeley is suddenly claiming 93% of 12+ here are fully vaccinated. Until earlier today it had been sitting at 74%. It’s certainly possible that they fixed some data errors, but that seems too good to be true.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2021 5:49 pm || Up

      Where are you seeing that? I agree it sounds incorrect (I don’t know anything about Berkeley’s data reporting process).

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux Oct 4,2021 5:54 pm || Up

        This tweet and the city dashboard linked therein

        TINSTAAFK
      • andeux Oct 4,2021 6:11 pm || Up

        TINSTAAFK
  59. FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2021 5:39 pm

    Raiders vs Bolts game delayed by lightning, a bit on the nose. The “home” crowd of 90% Raiders fans patiently waits.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  60. 5Aces Oct 4,2021 6:12 pm

    Can confirm sky was doing funny things: loud noises, water falling out of it, etc.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  61. Glorious Mundy Oct 4,2021 7:05 pm

    Translation: Everyone is gone

    • Future Ed Oct 4,2021 7:32 pm || Up

      olson has value to the yankees and no one else.

      chapman has to be at an all time low in value

      Murphy is still cheap

      Nice to know you Chris and Sean

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux Oct 4,2021 7:38 pm || Up

        The thing is, once you start trading some of them, the case for trading the rest only gets stronger, unless you’re somehow getting back major league ready talent. Except maybe for Chapman, if you think his trade value will go back up.

        TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2021 7:57 pm || Up

          What kind of return will the Mets give us for Beane and Melvin?

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Future Ed Oct 5,2021 8:08 am || Up

            Cash, so they are as good as gone

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Glorious Mundy Oct 5,2021 8:31 am || Up

              Also accepting casino chips

              • 5Aces Oct 5,2021 9:29 am || Up

                If you can point him to the redemption store Fisher might even take Green Stamps.

                Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  62. Soaker Oct 5,2021 9:21 am

    Great moments in newspaper error retractions. Oh my.

    Additionally, the article erred regarding:

    The location of the Pentagon.

    If nothing else, Mr. or Ms. Editor, that should have been a giveaway.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • sslinger Oct 5,2021 3:27 pm || Up

      This list does not necessarily constitute every error in the article.

      • Soaker Oct 5,2021 3:32 pm || Up

        The newspaper’s crime reporter posted a Twitter thread which sheds a little more light on it. It sounds like the paper’s editors wanted to sweep the episode under the rug.

        Here the original article on the Wayback Machine.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  63. Soaker Oct 5,2021 9:28 am

    Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:08 pm Eastern time.

    The Yankees and Red Sox played 14 9-inning games this season (plus 2 games in a doubleheader, 1 rain-shortened game and 2 extra-inning games). In those 14 games the mean time of game was 3 hours, 20 minutes.

    So that puts the end at 11:28. Now add the extra postseason commercials and the managerial brilliance that comes with a postseason game…how does this end before 12:15?

    It seems to me when it was established that the two WC teams were Eastern time zone teams, ESPN and MLB could have done themselves a favor by moving first pitch to 7 or even 6:30. It’s not like there’s any other live event on ESPN that would be cut off (3 hours of programming from 5-8 Eastern: Around the Horn 30 min, Pardon the Interruption 30 min, SportsCenter 60 min and Baseball Tonight 60 min).

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Oct 5,2021 3:22 pm || Up

      Since it’s bound to be interminable, should point out that ESPN2 has a “Statcast” that should be more palatable than A-Rod on the main channel.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 5,2021 5:39 pm || Up

        I don’t mind A-Rod in the booth, he has some reasonable insights. I’d take him over Ron Darling every time, for comparison.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • andeux Oct 6,2021 7:39 pm || Up

          I’m not paying a whole lot of attention tonight, but think I prefer Darling to ARod.

          TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Oct 5,2021 8:28 pm || Up

      3:13 tonight, quicker than the regular season average! Largely thanks to Yankees offensive suck.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  64. AV Oct 5,2021 4:18 pm

    never mind

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • batgirl Oct 5,2021 5:41 pm || Up

      AV have you listened to 544 days podcast yet? Really interesting

      • AV Oct 6,2021 11:50 am || Up

        not really!

        have kinda hit a wall on cis/het white US guys talking about themselves.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Future Ed Oct 6,2021 1:05 pm || Up

          this absolutely. I can’t take so many men podcasts. 99pi is staying in the rotation because of legacy (although I have not really enjoyed an episode in a while).

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • batgirl Oct 7,2021 6:52 am || Up

        I get that. Are there any you can recommend? I’m not listening to a ton of podcasts–I’m more of an Audiobook person, but I like to get recommendations! I like ones that do like a 10 episode series going in-depth on an event, or explaining something I’m not familiar with. Like I loved the one about Theranos, and the one about MLMs.

        • AV Oct 7,2021 9:38 am || Up

          the city s2, reno
          day x (nyt)
          detective trapp (feels like a wondery cast, so if you like wondery)
          dr death s2
          floodlines
          the last archive (jill lapore — not so much an event but a specific idea shifting through time )
          lolita podcast (a jamie loftus property, see also aack cast, which did not stick with me but i see its value, and my year in mensa)
          love is a crime (karina longworth)
          once upon a time at bennington college (lili anolik is tops. this is on the same feed as once upon a time in the valley, about traci lords and did she or did she not con the entire porn industry)
          one year 1977
          the score, bank robber diaries (the main story is good, the extras are thin)
          verified, dustup
          you must remember this (karina longworth’s main thang of course, the last two seasons are top notch: polly platt, the gossip girls)

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • batgirl Oct 7,2021 9:59 am || Up

            Oh great–thank you!

          • sslinger Oct 7,2021 12:10 pm || Up

            The two we really liked that sound like they fit your taste were Bundyville and Timber Wars. Bundyville digs into the Ammon Bundy story, the takeover of the Malheur wildlife refuge in Oregon and a lot of western anti-government sentiment, and Timber Wars is what it sounds like. This Land is interesting, season one about the supreme court case regarding Oklahoma’s native lands and the second about native adoption.

            • AV Oct 7,2021 12:34 pm || Up

              yeah bundyville is great/frightening.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • batgirl Oct 7,2021 2:03 pm || Up

              I only listened to the first season of This Land–I liked it a lot so I’ll check out season 2!

          • AV Oct 7,2021 12:36 pm || Up

            OST i might omit the score from this list. it’s autobio more than event investigation.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • AV Oct 14,2021 9:44 am || Up

            only warnings in this college

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  65. FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 5,2021 5:57 pm

    Bucky Dent is in the Fenway stands? That seems risky.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  66. Soaker Oct 5,2021 6:14 pm

    Are these the A’s wearing the Yankees’ uniforms tonight?

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Oct 5,2021 7:10 pm || Up

      Judge being thrown out by 6 feet at the plate was right out of the A’s WC playbook.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  67. mikeA Oct 5,2021 7:06 pm

  68. Soaker Oct 5,2021 7:44 pm

    Bob Melvin takes another sip of wine and rubs hands gleefully in anticipation of Yankees vs. Mets bidding war.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux Oct 5,2021 7:51 pm || Up

      Are you sure that he even wants one of those jobs?

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Oct 5,2021 8:00 pm || Up

        The postgame would be quite a culture change from 5 questions from 3 reporters in Oakland to the (presumably in-person rather than Zoom in 2022) mass scrum in New York. Among other differences. “No” is the answer, and I threw San Diego out there the other day with that in mind.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 5,2021 8:16 pm || Up

          It’s a good question, and Bob keeps his thoughts pretty tightly to himself. On one hand he’s a mellow California guy who seemingly wouldn’t take to that media climate. OTOH he has to wonder how cool it might be to manage a high payroll roster.

          Same with Beane. They will never win a World Series in Oakland, almost certainly. Is a real shot worth the cost?

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • 5Aces Oct 5,2021 9:35 pm || Up

            And he wont do it for the money. Brad Pitt told me so!

            Also, to take it he would either have to report under Sandy (which feels like a demotion) or be there after they fire Sandy (which isnt impossible but seems like something that might not feel great).

            I’m not saying he wouldnt-hell at this point Im not sure it would be that bad of a thing..but it doesnt seem obvious.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Soaker Oct 6,2021 9:25 pm || Up

          The San Diego job is now officially open, to nobody’s surprise. The last couple Padres managers have had no MLB managing experience coming into the job so you’d think that’s something the FO down there might be specifically looking for to change the culture.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  69. FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 5,2021 8:22 pm

    Sweet Caroline is a stupid song and I hope all those people get throat lice.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  70. Glorious Mundy Oct 6,2021 10:29 am

    Looks like a County vote on joining the HT infrastructure funding district is scheduled for later this month after the City provided them with a bunch of financial details.

    Per those details, the team’s current timeline for ballpark construction (see page 5) is to start in 2025 and finish in 2026. Which I guess means playing there in 2027.

    • Future Ed Oct 6,2021 1:07 pm || Up

      All the fresh season ticket holders are going to be pissed that their Max Muncy Jersey give away will be outdated

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  71. andeux Oct 6,2021 5:20 pm

    The playoffs are just going to bring continued misery, aren’t they?
    It will be especially galling when Farhan’s shit works in the playoffs.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 6,2021 7:04 pm || Up

      They got three fucking titles the old way they goddamn better not get another working our side of the street.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  72. Soaker Oct 6,2021 5:52 pm

    Max Scherzer looks like Frankie Montas on one of his annoying nights.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed Oct 6,2021 6:39 pm || Up

      I have it on in the kitchen while I am lounging in the living room. I cannot see the tv but I check for a minute or two when I go in there.

      I only watched an inning last night and turned it off.

      But it was cool to see juan soto in a turner nationals jersey with who I now know as boras in a scherzer jersey.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Oct 6,2021 7:11 pm || Up

        Kevin Long (Nationals batting coach) in the Scherzer jersey, Boras on the other side of Soto.

        Scherzer was pretty Montas-ish all night but better at the not giving up runs part.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Future Ed Oct 6,2021 7:20 pm || Up

          that makes more sense

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Soaker Oct 6,2021 7:58 pm || Up

            If the Dodgers move on, expect a game where Matt Chapman is sitting next to Boras wearing a Treinen A’s jersey.

            I assumed the Yankees and Red Sox would play a 4-hour game but it’s looking like this is the one instead. I’m not watching every postseason game, will be in and out, but for example Cal is off this weekend (thank goodness) so that creates a little space for postseason baseball.

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • Future Ed Oct 6,2021 8:37 pm || Up

              i lasted longer in this game. didn’t turn it off until the 6th

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
  73. Glorious Mundy Oct 6,2021 8:26 pm

    Looks like we might see T.J. McFarland, who seems to have decided to be great for the Cardinals.

    • Soaker Oct 6,2021 9:11 pm || Up

      In the bottom of the ninth of a tie game, no less.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux Oct 6,2021 9:17 pm || Up

      No AB for Billy McKinney.

      TINSTAAFK
  74. FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 6,2021 8:29 pm

    I really wanted Qreinen to fail.

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

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