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Let’s. Do. This.

114 thoughts on “DLD 04/06/09 and Game 1 Thread

  1. mikeA Apr 6,2009 8:53 am

    A’s vs. Saunders, because why not:
    Ellis: .353/.333/.706 in 18 PA.
    Rajai: .400/.400/.467 in 15 PA.
    Suzuki: .083/.214/.083 in 14 PA.
    Crosby: .200/.273/.300 in 12 PA.
    Cabrera: .500/.571/.667 in 7 PA.
    Chavez: .167/.286/.167 in 7 PA.
    Cust: .143/.143/.143 in 7 PA.

    Makes sense to start Rajai over Sweeeney with Sweeney being so bad against LHPs, but I bet they don’t since it’s opening day.

  2. mikeA Apr 6,2009 8:58 am
  3. mikeA Apr 6,2009 9:01 am
  4. devo Apr 6,2009 10:02 am

    Let’s go Oak-Land!

  5. mikeA Apr 6,2009 10:19 am

    Marty Lurie has a nice voice, but he’s kinda ridiculous.

    What’s the formula for success? In today’s game a good team needs at least four above average starting pitchers, three standouts in the ‘pen, an offense that can score when the game is on the line, and a defense that makes the routine plays without question.

    On his predictions not adding up right:

    It’s funny when I wrote the column last night I said to myself is anyone going to add up the wins to see if it balances out..I thought maybe the A’s front office would because of their interest in numbers.

    I’m imagining Beane reading Marty’s predictions and saying “ooooh, goody, some numbers! I think I shall add them up!”
    (Went to his blog to see if he has a good guest today, but no info.)

  6. 74mk Apr 6,2009 10:26 am

    1. Awesome Jackie Robinson photo gallery here. (stealing home; winging a throw, fierce-faced, both feet off the ground; chatting with King Faisal II of Iraq).

    2. John Rawls tells xbhaskarx, screw you and the electronic umpire you rode in on:

    There are close calls in baseball too, but the umps do very well on the whole, and these close calls arise from the marvelous timing built into the game and not from trying to police cheaters etc.

    3. Neo-phrenologists are hard at work erasing rat memories.

    Next up, no more pain, no more suffering, no more addiction! Well, actually no more recollection of those things, but hey, it’s a step in the right direction. A few more decades of brain scans and rat shocks, and we’ll have it made, like the cruise ship denizens in Wall-E, our fat asses glued to corporate-sponsored mobile entertainment units while we suck greedily from sugar transfusion devices and use special neural transmitters to buy mood-leveling pharmaceuticals from Amazon.

  7. monkeyball Apr 6,2009 10:37 am

    Without looking at the link, guess who said this:

    Most of those guys come into office with the best of intentions and leave as beaten men. Johnson would be a good example of that … Nixon, Clinton in a way, Truman, all the rest of them going back. You know, it’s like they all fly too close to the sun and get burned.

  8. xbhaskarx Apr 6,2009 10:58 am
  9. 74mk Apr 6,2009 10:59 am

    My desktop right now.

    Thank God baseball season has come to save me from the nuisance of working.

  10. Jennifer Apr 6,2009 12:08 pm

    Okay, it’s snowing here.

  11. mikeA Apr 6,2009 12:13 pm

    There was a (2 hour!)show on the history channel the other night called “Angels: Good or Evil?”

  12. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 6,2009 12:53 pm

    You people are all insane.

    Today’s not the first day of the season, it’s the final one.

  13. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 6,2009 3:10 pm

    OK, let’s see how serious they are. And whether they can locate someone at Free Kraut who could be deemed “responsible.”

    Associated Press plans crackdown on internet new piracy.

    “The Associated Press and the newspaper industry plan an aggressive effort to track down copyright violators on the Internet and try to divert traffic from Web sites that don’t properly license news content, the AP board announced Monday.

    …We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under some very misguided, unfounded legal theories,” said Dean Singleton, the AP’s chairman and the chief executive of newspaper publisher MediaNews Group Inc.

    “We are mad as hell, and we are not going to take it any more,” he added, prompting applause in the meeting.

    …Copyright is an especially thorny issue for the AP and newspapers, which have seen their material spread on the Internet far beyond their direct control in a cut-and-paste age.

    The AP has tangled with bloggers over the extent to which “fair use” principles should allow them to post AP text on their sites. The cooperative also has sued online news aggregators over copyright and is embroiled in a closely watched lawsuit with artist Shepard Fairey, who made iconic Barack Obama campaign posters out of an image that originated with an AP photo.

    Wendy Seltzer, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney who specializes in intellectual-property issues at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, both said they needed more details to determine what effects the AP initiative would have.”

  14. mikeA Apr 6,2009 4:54 pm

    A’s Lineup:
    Ryan Sweeney CF
    Orlando Cabrera SS
    Jason Giambi DH
    Matt Holliday LF
    Nomar Garciaparra 1B
    Eric Chavez 3B
    Kurt Suzuki C
    Jack Cust RF
    Mark Ellis 2B

    Manages to alternate L/R, but otherwise….. Not sure why Sweeney is leading off……

  15. mikeA Apr 6,2009 5:43 pm

    Just turned on the tv; angels introductions. ;laskdjf KILL THEM

  16. monkeyball Apr 6,2009 5:51 pm

    Tonight’s pitching matchup: D-Bra – Saunders?

  17. mikeA Apr 6,2009 6:23 pm

    Braden looks pretty good. The pitches look “crisp.” Not sure whether or not that means anything.

  18. mikeA Apr 6,2009 6:28 pm

    Rivera is a truly awful fielder.

  19. xbhaskarx Apr 6,2009 6:31 pm

    Two hits in one inning!!

  20. mikeA Apr 6,2009 6:43 pm

    Maybe Geren’s big chart told him Cust would lead off the third.

  21. andeux Apr 6,2009 7:06 pm

    On the plus side, this Sierra Nevada Torpedo is pretty good

  22. mikeA Apr 6,2009 7:10 pm

    The offense, defense, baserunning, and pitching are due. Should be a great second half of the game.

  23. andeux Apr 6,2009 7:34 pm

    Cust: on base twice
    Sweeney: 0-3

    yeah, i know i’m preaching to the converted

  24. xbhaskarx Apr 6,2009 8:14 pm

    God the ** game thread is unbearable…

  25. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 6,2009 8:57 pm


    So nice…

  26. salb918 Apr 6,2009 9:25 pm

    Are we allowed to ironically mimic game threads that might be found at another site, or is even that introducing too much lameness onto FK?

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