To be clear: I am not at all optimistic about anything.
Tags: Bouncing Back · Proof of Lowrie · Sim Games · Throwing to Hitters
A’s Cast coverage of Spring Training has been expanded and will now include all home and away games for the remainder of Spring Training. https://t.co/z1MneXp64A@athleticscast24— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) March 5, 2021
A’s Cast coverage of Spring Training has been expanded and will now include all home and away games for the remainder of Spring Training. https://t.co/z1MneXp64A@athleticscast24
— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) March 5, 2021
Angels TV has today’s game.
Kaprilian reminds me of Tyson ross. There has to be a more efficient way to pitch
Almost KO’d Trout.
Dexter Fowler seems like another mediocre hitter who will nevertheless kill us.
I am resigned to the Angels lineup being 8 mike trouts and 2020 albert pujols
Fosse’s mike is too sensitive this spring
Kaprilian is interesting, doesn’t seem to be able to finish people off
what did ray mean by that reference to Kurt’s trip to the whitehouse?
Chapman gem! Feels great.
Chapman looks pretty spry out there.
the green glove, yes.
Nice play too
hustle double for ramon
I am surprised Ohtani is going a second inning
splitter and fastball seem ok
Burch smith sighting. Which is nice
Yeah, for some reason I thought he was going to be out much longer.
Strained forearm last year, but I guess he avoided surgery.
Kind of weird now hearing a Thom Brennaman highlight that isn’t that highlight.
Embracing the reply fail here, those incessant, repetitive, loud flashbacks mlb.tv shows between innings are very, very irritating. I can’t imagine anyone likes them.
I guess if you are the Dudebro type maybe. But even if they were showing the walk off bunt or the sulk off I still would hate the super LOUD INTRO MUSIC.
Looks the same.
Kolarek vs. righty = boom
I guess you have to get him his work on your schedule, but pretty rough when the opposition has zero lefty hitters.
Franklin to the rescue.
Kolarek working on giving up bombs.
I really want franklin to be better
Yeah. He just isn’t though.
Machin workin on thin’s
Machin with the kind of play at third base that will land him in Vegas this season.
Just as well that these games are only 7 innings.
Jesse Chavez sighting!
jesse got ten year
buddy reed has hit two to the wall today
#Athletics announce they've received approval to have limited fans at the Coliseum starting April 1, opening day. Capacity limited to 20% if Alameda County is in red tier, 33% if orange, 67% if yellow— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) March 5, 2021
#Athletics announce they've received approval to have limited fans at the Coliseum starting April 1, opening day. Capacity limited to 20% if Alameda County is in red tier, 33% if orange, 67% if yellow
— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) March 5, 2021
have fun guys.
I’m not gonna be the last one to get covid
Gets covid. Still doesn’t know who won the super bowl.
I want no part a capacity crowd hollering. But being one of 5000 on a cold random Tuesday night should be pretty darn safe.
That would feel normal.
I agree. I do all kinds of things that are way riskier, like my job and stuff. Going to small corner stores, going to 2 different teams baseball practices. I will go when I get the vaccine(s), but I really want to stay away from any risk
Yeah. I bough the big flex pack, so I’m hoping to go to at least 8 games…
No tailgating. Sucks but I understand. I wonder if they’ll care about 2-4 people just drinking a few beers.
Today’s weekly stats are good enough for Alameda to qualify for the orange tier, if they stay that low for another week. That would mean a crowd of 18,000 allowed for opening night. A month ago we were debating whether Alameda Co. would allow any fans at all by then. I won’t be going until I am vaccinated of course, but it really does feel like we are getting close to the end of this thing.
I would like hearty booos for the astros
Yep. When I negotiated my new business lease, I was worried that an 8/1 start date would lead to paying for an unused office. Instead, it looks very conservative (ATM).
Cool article in The Athletic about Tyson Ross coordinating some Oakland greats to help the kids
This strategy of holding the good pitchers out of games for the first week and a half is odd. Has anyone explained the thinking behind it?
Postponing their inevitable ST injuries in hope of selling more season tickets prior to it?
There are no season tickets.
Facemasks with A’s logo on them?
Forst explained this a little on yesterday’s broadcast. They want a controlled environment to build up the starters’ arm strength after the shortened season, while also giving the AAA depth guys a chance to face the top of major league lineups.
For all the gnashing of teeth from certain quarters, it sure does seem like Biden is killing it so far on several fronts while the opposition is left whining about how the Dr. Seuss estate manages its copyright portfolio.
How about if you “roll the inning” the next inning starts with the same players on base?
I want a $15 minimum wage, but come on, its fine.
I want all kinds of things that can’t be jammed into a reconciliation package and/or need another democratic senator or two. Passing this popular and expansive aid package and turning the tide on COVID are the kinds of things that will make those other things possible.
Some people have an unwillingness to recognize a W when they see it that borders on pathological.
there’s really WAY too much A’s content on this site.
Some people have an unwillingness to recognize a W when they see it that borders on pathological.
Four straight ties for the Mariners.
I was thinking the Fairmont in San Jose was one of Lew’s hotels. His company did own it at one time but sold it some years ago. (The late Adelson News link)
The Golden Knights didn’t request an early checkout from their hotel in San Jose, California. They were given one anyway.Prior to Friday’s game, the Knights were among the guests booted from the Fairmont Hotel when the property filed for bankruptcy and abruptly closed.
The Golden Knights didn’t request an early checkout from their hotel in San Jose, California. They were given one anyway.
Prior to Friday’s game, the Knights were among the guests booted from the Fairmont Hotel when the property filed for bankruptcy and abruptly closed.
The Golden Knights didn’t request an early checkout from their hotel in San Jose, California. They were given one anyway.
Prior to Friday’s game, the Knights were among the guests booted from the Fairmont Hotel when the property filed for bankruptcy and abruptly closed.
Last time I was there they were doing lots of construction. BK is a commentary on COVID as much as anything else, I expect.
Getting worried bob is gonna give elvis 550 PAs
A’s lineup vs Cleveland: Canha LF, Andrus SS, Olson 1B, Chapman DH, Laureano CF, Piscotty RF, Allen C, Kozma 2B, Machín 3B; Holmes P pic.twitter.com/KPCFTEI8Jc— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 7, 2021
A’s lineup vs Cleveland: Canha LF, Andrus SS, Olson 1B, Chapman DH, Laureano CF, Piscotty RF, Allen C, Kozma 2B, Machín 3B; Holmes P pic.twitter.com/KPCFTEI8Jc
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 7, 2021
Jed Lowrie is running bases today, if that goes well he could play in a game Tuesday, Bob Melvin said— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) March 7, 2021
Jed Lowrie is running bases today, if that goes well he could play in a game Tuesday, Bob Melvin said
— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) March 7, 2021
Fosse starts off the broadcast expressing his happiness that the Clevelands’ name change won’t happen for another year.
Computer Based Training.
Cleveland Baseball Team
Fosse thinks the matts can DH
The reality is and a shutdown frame. Rites of spring.
Diekman in mid season form
Oliver Perez may want to start thinking about second career options.
Vince “The A’s will not see the Cleveland ballclub until right out of the All Star break.”
Ray: “And they will still be called the Indians. Heh heh heh.”
Sigh. Something like a sexual harassment disgrace would be as good a way as any to send Ray on his long overdue trip to the rest home (where Pat Boone will try to convince him to invest in silver).
Dominic Cotroneo day
He’s pleasant to listen to.
he is. I have enjoyed him through the years.
parker dunshee working on things
I noticed yesterday that our (#7-#11) starters had combined for 14 IP, 1 ER this spring. Good thing I didn’t comment and jinx it.
Richard Lovelady is a fun name.
Does he go by Dick?
Petit working on things.
Please keep this kid on the roster
REMIX: Tony ft. Buddy pic.twitter.com/k6bvyQEjxO— Oakland A's (@Athletics) March 8, 2021
REMIX: Tony ft. Buddy pic.twitter.com/k6bvyQEjxO
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) March 8, 2021
A’s vs Cubs. Jed Lowrie is making his spring debut. pic.twitter.com/CV4TYmnK6q— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) March 9, 2021
A’s vs Cubs. Jed Lowrie is making his spring debut. pic.twitter.com/CV4TYmnK6q
— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) March 9, 2021
Showcasing Jed for the Cubs so they’ll trade for him, straight-up for Keebs.
BoMel’s kinda showing his hand a bit. If you don’t want Andrus to bat leadoff/2nd and get 600 PAs, Lowrie playing and staying healthy is your best hedge against that (not the most comforting bet).
How about Chapman, Olson, Canha, Laureano, Pinder, Murphy, Moreland, and Piscotty all project to be better hitters than Andrus so we are batting him 9th?
I like that lineup!
I don’t think Pinder is an everyday 2B. But even Kemp projects as a better hitter than Andrus.
I agree but Bob has a weakness for MIFs batting 1st or 2nd. That was fine when Semien/LaStella were here, less fine when trying to pigeonhole Old Lowrie/Kemp/Andrus into one of the spots (Andrus is the most scary because his vesting player option comes into play with enough PAs).
We have named Amelia Schimmel our public address announcer for all home games at the Oakland Coliseum. pic.twitter.com/NjQlipFJSC— Oakland A's (@Athletics) March 9, 2021
We have named Amelia Schimmel our public address announcer for all home games at the Oakland Coliseum. pic.twitter.com/NjQlipFJSC
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) March 9, 2021
Was she who did it last year?
Nice to see that Nick Martini is still a thing.
pinder hard hit ball on a righty
So jealous of the cubs and white sox tv crews
Deshaies is the rare ex-player who really gets the stats stuff and can talk about it in simple terms.
Jed’s ABs have been OK, he has been near two batted balls.
Very 2014 pitching this inning Kimbrell and romo
Both serving up huge bombs.
I am not going to enjoy watching Romo.
no. No we are not
In Champions League news, some dude on Porto just got sent off in the stupidest, most ill-timed way.
All part of the plan
Buddy Reed is playing everyday. Can he get on the 40/26?
Seems like there’s a fifth outfielder job he could take from Barerra/Tom/Machin
I am guessing Tom gets sent back
Brown = #4? Bolt has to be in the mix as well. It’s really hard to know about any of these guys without a minor league season last year. Machin could clearly use some minor league time, now that he survived the full rule 5 year. Barrera and Reed (and Deichmann) haven’t played above AA. Tom is only going to have a couple weeks of spring training.
I have Pinder as #4 outfielder.
I guess Brown and Bolt are the more likely candidates for the last spot, even if Barerra and Reed are the more interesting talents.
Maybe have Barrera and Reed in AAA to start the year to get more at bats? Have we given up on Bolt?
Burch Smith WoT.
Tom is on the 40, I assume he won’t stay. Bolt Barrera diechman and brown are too.
It kinda depends on if they want to add someone other than Reed like (cough cough) jed.
Good point. Montas (not counting against 40-man roster because of covid) also needs to be added. Nik Turley (out of options reliever who won’t make the team) should create one more spot. And Dany Jimenez, a reliever who was the other rule 5 pick should also be returned.
Bob Melvin on outfielder Ka'ai Tom: "We look forward to seeing Tom get out there. He's a Rule-5 guy. So there's some reason to like him. The organization obviously likes him. We're targeting right around the 15th for him to get out there in some games."— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) March 11, 2021
Bob Melvin on outfielder Ka'ai Tom: "We look forward to seeing Tom get out there. He's a Rule-5 guy. So there's some reason to like him. The organization obviously likes him. We're targeting right around the 15th for him to get out there in some games."
— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) March 11, 2021
#Athletics announce they've returned Rule 5 pick Dany Jimenez to Toronto, creating a 40-man roster spot for Frankie Montas, who's reinstated from the IL— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) March 15, 2021
#Athletics announce they've returned Rule 5 pick Dany Jimenez to Toronto, creating a 40-man roster spot for Frankie Montas, who's reinstated from the IL
— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) March 15, 2021
The White Sox today claimed LHP Nik Turley off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. To make room for Turley on the 40-man roster, RHP Jimmy Cordero will be placed on the 60-day injured list.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 21, 2021
The White Sox today claimed LHP Nik Turley off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. To make room for Turley on the 40-man roster, RHP Jimmy Cordero will be placed on the 60-day injured list.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 21, 2021
Mr. Turley Please don’t call me I’ve been drinkin’ alone Turley Please don’t follow me home Mr. Turley Please don’t call me I’ve been waitin’ at the CC Turley Surely you know by now
I am just happy smith is pitching. I hope he doesn’t turn back into a pumpkin, these two outings have not gone well other than health.
Was that just another Reed OF assist?
I could listen to ths joc pederson interview all day
I didn’t realize who this was. Neat
Please enjoy Tyler Soderstrom’s opposite field double(and my excellent videography) pic.twitter.com/JGzOsSoLHc— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) March 9, 2021
Please enjoy Tyler Soderstrom’s opposite field double
(and my excellent videography) pic.twitter.com/JGzOsSoLHc
Please enjoy Tyler Soderstrom’s opposite field double (and my excellent videography) pic.twitter.com/JGzOsSoLHc— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) March 9, 2021
Please enjoy Tyler Soderstrom’s opposite field double (and my excellent videography) pic.twitter.com/JGzOsSoLHc
This was in the Pederson interview, and Pederson said “wow, that’s a nice swing” when it happened, but I never heard the name
Turley has not pitched great, but not as bad as bases loaded one out
that was a bad pitch
Nik Turley working on freeing up a roster spot.
Does this mean I don’t need to learn the difference between a Nik Turley and a Cole Irvin?
Based on this alone I assume they will be Cole Turley to me forever.
Also I think that is the worst of all spellings of Nick. It is the Kris of Nics.
JUST IN: BART service to Oakland International Airport was temporarily halted after a homeless encampment fire near the Coliseum Station.Story by @NMishanec: https://t.co/IcugZrJ7xt pic.twitter.com/p0zD6cwabK— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) March 10, 2021
JUST IN: BART service to Oakland International Airport was temporarily halted after a homeless encampment fire near the Coliseum Station.
Story by @NMishanec: https://t.co/IcugZrJ7xt pic.twitter.com/p0zD6cwabK
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) March 10, 2021
This seems like very good news for baseball coverage.
It's true. Effective at the end of the month, I'm leaving @ESPN to become the sports editor of @sfchronicleAmong the very few jobs you leave ESPN for, you leave for this one, and I am extremely grateful to @garciaruize for the opportunity.— Christina Kahrl (@ChristinaKahrl) March 10, 2021
It's true. Effective at the end of the month, I'm leaving @ESPN to become the sports editor of @sfchronicle
Among the very few jobs you leave ESPN for, you leave for this one, and I am extremely grateful to @garciaruize for the opportunity.
— Christina Kahrl (@ChristinaKahrl) March 10, 2021
BREAKING: Texas Rangers plan to open to full 40,518 capacity for 2 final exhibition games and Opening Day, with plans to have social-distanced sections available in subsequent games.— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) March 10, 2021
BREAKING: Texas Rangers plan to open to full 40,518 capacity for 2 final exhibition games and Opening Day, with plans to have social-distanced sections available in subsequent games.
— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) March 10, 2021
But apparently only opening day?
Somehow it’s OK to host a few superspreader events, just not every day? Lunacy.
Stupidity is bigger in Texas
today’s the day the mask mandate is lifted.
there’s a lot of time left for them to backtrack …starting 2 weeks from today.
Korach on the radio. Is this his first game?
Just said Brewers were under .500 last year and missed the playoffs. Half right.
So far this inning:-Nick Allen's first spring hit– Matt Olson walk– Buddy Reed RBI double down left field line— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) March 10, 2021
So far this inning:-Nick Allen's first spring hit– Matt Olson walk– Buddy Reed RBI double down left field line
— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) March 10, 2021
So far this inning:-Nick Allen's first spring hit- Matt Olson walk- Buddy Reed RBI double down left field line— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) March 10, 2021
So far this inning:-Nick Allen's first spring hit- Matt Olson walk- Buddy Reed RBI double down left field line
in pod news, spike lee intimates that kara swisher is related to (A’s erasure) NY yankee nick.
Luzardo on the mound today. Khrush bats cleanup for the Rangers.
Kemp becomes the 10th A’s HBP of the spring. And the first player with two of them.
This happens every year, it seems like. WHY DON’T THEY LIKE US?!?
Good first for Luzardo, leadoff walk, 5-4-3 DP, strikeout. All fastballs to first two guys then made Gallo look bad (I assume) with a slider and curve.
Odor tried and failed to bunt for a hit in the second. FK that guy.
Luzardo busted out a 65 mph breaking ball and then came back with 97 mph. Unfair.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 11, 2021
Luzardo busted out a 65 mph breaking ball and then came back with 97 mph. Unfair.
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 11, 2021
5 K, 2 BB in 4 innings.
Did kemp get scratched?
He started in LF. Not sure if he is still in.
Barrera replaced him in the 2nd.
Maybe they need more fiber. https://t.co/klzqRf1mnE— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) March 11, 2021
Maybe they need more fiber. https://t.co/klzqRf1mnE
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) March 11, 2021
Hmmm. The Rangers only got one hit (off Weems) the last time the A’s played them in Surprise…which I remember only because it was the last live sporting event I attended.
I don’t think 7-inning no-hitters go into the Official Cactus League Record Book anyway. Miguel Romero doesn’t ring a bell at all, which points out that I have some catching up to do to refamiliarize with the A’s minor league system; it’s been a while.
I don’t like this “rolling the inning” euphemism for making a mockery of a baseball competition.
I don’t know who this second guy in the radio booth is but he just dropped a “the reality is” so I’ll assume he’s a Cotroneo.
And he just dropped another one! “The reality is these guys have differing degrees of mental fortitude.”
I think he’s a Ranger guy (writer or announcer).
i’m not catching the distinction.
Here are the experimental rules #MLB will be implementing throughout the minor leagues in 2021. pic.twitter.com/LlhipFvsor— Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) March 11, 2021
Here are the experimental rules #MLB will be implementing throughout the minor leagues in 2021. pic.twitter.com/LlhipFvsor
— Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) March 11, 2021
Ugh. They really want to see more stolen bases I guess.
more comfortable naps. bigger pillows!
I hate hate hate the pick off ones.
The defensive positioning? I don’t like, would prefer not, but the infield dirt is…okish. Not opposed to an experiment
We’ll see how it goes, but it seems to me that holding runners in Low A will be basically impossible.
It would probably be too awkward for the A’s to dump Vince and replace him with Dom.
Reduce the number of liberal voters in Florida by one. Apparently Dad’s wife tried to wake him up this morning and he was muerto, at 89. I thought I would get a few days notice but this is fine; go to sleep and don’t wake up, that’s about as good as you can ask for.
Sorry for your loss, Soaker.
Thanks. When they’re 89 it’s not like it’s a surprise, and this was at home and was quick (unlike with both of his parents who were in old folks homes for years). He also got to see one of his last wishes fulfilled which was Trump’s departure from office.
The last time I was down there was in 2019 and we pretty much said goodbye at that time. I likely would have gone again this winter but if I’d picked up Covid on the way and tracked it into a house with a couple elderly folks it would not have been good.
Yeah, that’s rough. My aunt in Jordan, but her kids all live SJ/SF/Reno, died of covid late last year and no one could travel, nor go back like they usually do in the spring/fall. Sad all around, but when you are over 90…
I was kinda mad at SLF’s dad. He married a woman a few months after SLF’s step mother died. SHe has a condo in miami where they winter, and bugged out to Amherst where they met/live last spring. They voted in western Massachusetts. WHy they didn’t register in Miami, I’ll never know.
Sorry Soaker. I haven’t lost a parent yet, I can only imagine what that will feel like, not matter how prepared I might think I am for the days/years to come.
Yeah you just cant be prepared. I had years to prep for losing Papa Aces and it still feels odd to this day.
I’m sorry Soaker. But youre right that when you do have to go that is in the list of better ways.
Very sorry for your loss.
My condolences to you and your family.
Sorry for your loss, Soaker
Sorry for your loss. Also, my grandmother went similarly quickly, and I absolutely agree with the perspective.
Speaking of grandmothers, and recognizing the fact that we have way too much sports content on this sport blog, I’ll share two things I have written recently. One about my paternal grandmother and one about my adoptive one. Seems as good of the time as any.
My Grandmother was a short woman with a hawkish nose and a certain distant look in her eyes that I couldn’t interpret or understand for the longest time. I spent my childhood summers in her house on the island and in the winters I had lunch with her and my cousin in her small apartment in the capital on Fridays.
Her flat was in the building that was temporarily erected for construction workers and that now, more than seventy years later, still awaits its long promised demolition. As she grew older and more frail, she lived there entirely, closer to the rest of the family, until that day I found her curled on the floor. Her place was simply furnished, with basic chairs, tables, and beds, a gramophone and two fireplaces, one in each room. She used to place tangerine peels on top of them, a scent I can still feel in my nostrils. There was no art on the walls, only revolutionary posters proclaiming that grave was better than slavery and war better than cooperating with the occupation.
I loved her cooking. She could cook many things, but obliging my cousin’s and my wishes, she settled for a very limited winter rotation including tomato soup with dumplings, my favorite, and traditional Croatian meals like brudet or pašticada. We ate in the kitchen, sitting on the bench that doubled as a storage space, small windows in front of us and the pantry to the right.
I think of her often these days, of her and that uberstocked pantry of hers, of how momentary and how fragile life is, of how much pain she carried for the longest time and how much she tried to shield us all from it. When she was a child, my Grandmother lost her father in World War I. She then lost her husband in World War II. She raised two kids during the war, alone. When my cousin was diagnosed with autism, she dropped everything and dedicated every fiber of her soul to making sure he had the best life he could have.
Since I was twelve or thirteen, I was in charge of buying supplies. Incidentally, this was also the age when I started being the smartest person in the world, alternately berating her and making fun of her purchasing habits. She would make me buy supplies for what was literally more than the half of her, admittedly small, pension. And it couldn’t wait, not for a day. As soon as money was in her purse, off I was, carrying flour, sugar, salt, oil, canned tomatoes, you name it, going back and forth to the store like a mule, until the money was gone and the pantry was full up to the ceiling.
As I grew a little older, and in my mind wiser and more eloquent, I tried to explain to her how, yeah, she might have had a bad break or three, but how these were different times. How my generation was not like hers, how the past was not coming back. How we were more advanced now, how progressive the world was, how silly it was to think that something bad might happen. She never argued with me. She would just look at me, or more likely through me to something only she could see, muster a sad half-smile, pat me on the cheek with her wrinkled hand and then just slowly turn away. So, I would go and buy everything she asked for, because I loved her and would have done anything she asked me to no matter how silly she was.
And then, the bombs started falling and my father and I came to say our goodbyes, the third and the fourth generation of her life to be swallowed into the chaos. She didn’t cry, I’ll give her that. She was stronger than either one of us was or ever would be. She patted me on the cheek and gave me another one of her sad, distant smiles. Only this time I saw something, I saw everything in her eyes. Perhaps not yet fully understanding what it was, but knowing it would be with me until I died.
It’s not like hers, but I have a well-stocked pantry myself, I had it long before it was of any use. I have lived over twenty years of very privileged life, but I never forgot. I can live off my supplies for a month, and I can leave my apartment within five minutes and never come back. Every time I go over my checklists, I think of my Grandmother and I think how everything can change so quickly. How, thanks to her, I’m a little better prepared for the days when, not if, bad things come.
But, I also think that thanks to her, I’m better prepared for the days before bad things come. How in every ocean I sail, every mountain I climb and every desert I cross, there is a little reflection of her, how in trying to live my life to the fullest, both for me and for dear people in my life, I can look back to her, pat her on the cheek with my slowly wrinkling hand and say that I love her, that I am thankful, and that, yes, I do understand now.
When the sun rose over the Mediterranean this morning and moved above a tiny village on a long and narrow island, it marked a special day for one of the hundred souls in it.
I first met Paška in 1975, when I was three. I’m less certain about when exactly she adopted me, but it must have happened shortly thereafter, because my earliest memories of her are a tight embrace and the words “Ti si moj”. You’re mine.
And I was. I am. Although the only blood that connects us is the one she tirelessly cleaned off my scraped knees and elbows, she is as much a family as anyone I have ever had and one of the very few ones I still do. I lived with her, in the only house from my childhood that I continue to go to, the place of unconditional love and the best pastasciutta there ever was or will be.
But, mostly, I lived somewhere else. I jumped on the world with the youthful hunger that could never be stilled, bouncing off its most remote edges and never getting enough. And I always came back and told her about it all. About the raging seas, the icy mountaintops, about the whales, the gorillas and the lions. About buildings so big it would take hours to walk to the top and the bridges so long you couldn’t even see what was on the other side. And we would sit there, in front of our stone house and under the lemon tree, the heavy summer heat slowly dancing away into the night and she would kiss me on the forehead and we would both know that our little village probably still is the nicest place in the world.
Years kept flying by and marking us both. Now it’s me who kisses her on the forehead. Now it’s me who holds her in a tight embrace. And now I tell her that she’s mine.
Paška turned 100 today. One hundred years old. And I’m on yet another island, in yet another sea and I can’t wait to tell her all about it.
When the sun rose over the Mediterranean this morning and moved above a tiny village on a long and narrow island, it marked a special day for another one of the hundred souls in it.
In a perfect harmony, our little neighbor Paško is celebrating his very first birthday today. Paška and Paško. Hundred years old and one year old. And I can’t help but to think about the stories he will have to tell us all one day. And I just know that when that day comes, Paška and I will be listening, in the shade of the lemon tree, over the incessant song of the crickets, in a tight embrace.
As always, really nice stuff ec. I’m with you on the stocked pantry (not so much as my crazy Mormon sister but I think we could go a month) but still need to work on the being ready to get up and go thing. Next time I get to travel I’ll remember to send a postcard to that island again.
As always, these are poignant, easy and thoughtful reads. I am much better for having taken the time.
Thanks man, those beautifully evoked the women and their places and times, and you.
I’m glad I sparked these with a passing reference. Clearly, that means the credit is mine…
Thanks all for your nice comments
I appreciate the condolences, thanks FKers. Dad was an Army officer (that’s what the tagline “I’m here because of the Army’s germ warfare research” comes from) so he will be buried in Jacksonville FL National Cemetery this week. I thought he would want cremation but this is probably cheaper because his wife eventually gets an adjacent plot. I don’t expect to attend the burial but there could be some last-minute decision the other way.
As Aces and nm commented I do think this was an A+ departure. At 89, spare himself and the family the angst and make it sudden and, aside from the immediate shock, pretty much painless.
An A’s fan as a kid, he’s been lost to the dark side.
Welcome to the @Angels family Matt Vasgersian!Starting this season, the California native will be the new voice of the Los Angeles Angels! pic.twitter.com/rbRMydTWm0— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 11, 2021
Welcome to the @Angels family Matt Vasgersian!
Starting this season, the California native will be the new voice of the Los Angeles Angels! pic.twitter.com/rbRMydTWm0
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 11, 2021
Welcome to the @Angels family Matt Vasgersian!Starting this season, the California native will be the new voice of the Los Angeles Angels! pic.twitter.com/rbRMydTWm0
The inner 13-y-o just can’t stop laughing at this one.
Pederson will come up his balls pic.twitter.com/mUrztA3tZd— MLB Closed Captioning (@mlb_cc) March 12, 2021
Pederson will come up his balls pic.twitter.com/mUrztA3tZd
— MLB Closed Captioning (@mlb_cc) March 12, 2021
His smile makes this picture.
Catching Townsend interviewing Kaval on A’s Cast. It’s honestly hilarious how propagandistic it is.
Romo continues to work on things.
HR-2B-BB is a good order if you are going to allow such things. That is a veteran move really
God I love hearing Korach. It’s just the best.
Tommy Pham saying he only survived his offseason stabbing because of how ripped he is. Hall of fame humblebrag.
Just learned from Ken and Vince that Ryon Healy is now playing in Korea. Sounds about right.
Vince claims Lowrie has made two “stellar” plays at second today.
How’s his jump throw?
Pat Boone now telling us that “for years” he has been warning us of the “secret war on cash” by the government, all of which will be revealed if we call that number about that silver.
What’s with the ads saying to call Southwest Gas if you smell a gas leak? Aimed at people in Arizona (plus Soaker) listening to these games?
PG&E is too busy burning down California to fix your damned gas leak. Call up here and we’ll have a truck down in 4 hours or so.
(Southwest Gas PSAs have inexplicably been running on A’s radio on and off for years.)
Vince apparently leaving the park to get his vaccination.
I hope vaccination => travel to road games, if not in April at least by that trip in mid May.
Amen. People my age are starting to get it, which is super exciting. Mrs. N is (PTA -> ability to volunteer at school) as is one of my HS crew (veteran, apparently all veterans are eligible now)
I am using the newly announced “works in a correctional institution” as an excuse to sign up
I got a rock.
I am more or less OK with waiting my turn, I have the luxury of self-isolating, plus I’m kind of a misanthrope.
I think “waiting your turn” is correct. I just want to define my turn broadly
Oh, for sure. If I had to go into a prison over the past year I would be scared shitless (even more than usual). And I am happy whenever I hear someone I know has gotten their shot. I just hope I can get an appointment reasonably quickly once May 1 rolls around.
I have had 3 clients test positive. I was never in any danger, well once I would have been had he not gotten visibly sick and tested, then sent to one of them covid motels in november. Then after he missed court I called his mom who told me where he was.
At this point, I think we need to get shots in arms more than anything else, so I have no objection to anyone with a way to get it getting it. That said, I’m in the same boat as you.
Does it make you feel better that I can’t sign up now? The text I got with vaguely defined new categories said the new categories are eligible 3/15 and I was rejected just now.
My sister, a public school teacher in suburban LA county, was told her eligibility started 3/1 and wasn’t able to register for an appointment till 3/1 whereas teacher friends in SF (and av) were getting shots the last week in Feb. I suspect I won’t be able to make an appointment till monday. I don’t have any paperwork that says I work in a jail, but I was in one this week and pretty much every weeks since the pandemic started. I am hoping to get a letter from them, but they aren’t what you would call “helpful.”
It was different the time I passed out in jail. they gave me a ride to the office.
The ever changing categories and often not full disclosure of what is in them is definitely a pain point for some. I have a friend who went on a social media tirade because she did not see her T1 Diabetes listed as a qualifier in LA to be able to sign up but T2 was. She dug and dug and eventually found out she could.
I, like FSU, will stay introverted and wait in the shadows. But I was happy to hear that it is likely I will not have to return to the office once this is all done. My job has always been meant for WFH so it is nice that our leadership finally figured it out. Now I just get to decide if LA is my lady once the lilest Ace graduates from HS. (My guess-maybe, but not this part of it.)
It should make you all feel better that US is the place to be. They did this so much better than anyone else (although hoarding an extra 100 mil doses, just in case, is probably not going to win any ethics awards). If the Eurorhythm continues, I’ll probably be due for mine sometime next spring.
starting monday pre-existings of adult age are go. having to prove your condition is ¯\_(?)_/¯
i got mine through SEIU. they sent a code for the bottom of the myturn page. so if you’re union but haven’t been paying attention to their biweekly emails, maybe go back.
also, my 1st time the coliseum was full of cars snaking through the lot bumper to bumper. the 2nd time i went through the line in 2nd gear the whole way till i got to the shots tent.
and a myturn page tip. if you get through to the page where you can see the calendar, even if it says no appts are available, don’t back out. use the next-month / previous-month arrows and keep resetting your page. apparently they release slots at the :15 of every hour. this last part may be urban legend, but for sure keep hitting next month prev month if you get that far.
only for pharmacies (not fema/nat’l guard sites).
I was able to sign up with my turn for moscone. Reports are all you need is the qr.
It’s a pleasant bike ride anyway if i get turned away tomorrow
all you need is the QR.
Don’t wait in line on 3rd where you park your bike. It’s the non appointment line.
There seem to be lots of spots. I would counsel anyone to find a way to put yourself in a category
I would counsel anyone to find a way to put yourself in a category.
Nevada’s road map seems about identical to California’s. I guess I could go on a diet of double bacon cheeseburgers and ice cream and make it on obesity in short order.
I’m hoping the age limit drops to 55 and over. That would allow several of us in. Actually 60 and over will work for me in a couple weeks.
If they open the gates to anybody 18-64 all at once it would be a zoo. There just haven’t been that many situations where I have felt in that much danger of exposure (if people get casual about the masks those might arise more often), and in the open-the-gates scenario I might not get to it until July. I don’t expect to attend any events where a vax certificate might be required for admission until around then anyway.
Ohio is expanding to 40+ on Friday, which I just squeeze into, and then all the way to 16+ a week later. It’s going to be a free-for-all.
Arrrggghhh, it is going to be open to all in Nevada, all at once on April 5.
I’m so up in the air about when I should try to go. My normal introvertedness tells me I should just wait and let everyone else go. But I do want to get out a little more.
And the real reason I want to go is the lilest Ace. He has seen his best friend 1 time for about 45 seconds since last March. And his family is even stricter than we are around upholding the quarantine. If I try to get the stab now it is solely to figure out a way to let them celebrate their middle school graduation a year later that it was.
using my turn, they ask you questions, if you are eligible, go. we are all going to be eligible in 6 weeks anyway.
Not yet they say.
People ask me what I do when there’s no shot for me yet. I’ll tell you what I do: I stare at my computer and wait for the next spring training game.
Hah! Me too, and just got fooled by the time change and assumed they were underway already.
Pretty nice springs so far for Jefferies and Holmes.
A's starter Mike Fiers had a setback. Will have MRI tomorrow for hip/back. Readiness for start of season in question.— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) March 13, 2021
A's starter Mike Fiers had a setback. Will have MRI tomorrow for hip/back. Readiness for start of season in question.
— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) March 13, 2021
Hopefully we will find a blanton in all the Graham Godfrey’s on the roster
Darren O'Day fools Tony Wolters so bad that Wolters gets hit while striking out. #Yankees #Pirates pic.twitter.com/Jgo9aICtIW— Justin Groc (@jgroc) March 13, 2021
Darren O'Day fools Tony Wolters so bad that Wolters gets hit while striking out. #Yankees #Pirates pic.twitter.com/Jgo9aICtIW
— Justin Groc (@jgroc) March 13, 2021
I initially read this as “gets *a* hit” and thought well, that’s not that bad
Manaea’s first pitch of the spring is 93 mph swing and miss.
Says the polished young Dom.
He’s really a pro. Crisp, clear calls, knows the players, fills time smoothly, and has a pleasing voice to boot.
Can pronounce Vimael.
Is described as “up and coming” on his dad’s wikipedia page.
“Ken is not here, I am not Ken, and I am not going to say the line. That’s his line, not mine. But it has something to do with the lights.”
Doolittle working on things.
4 Ks, 1 run allowed in three Manaea innings.
Patrick Ewing, who was embarrassingly ID-checked at Madison Square Garden to start the Big East tournament, just got Georgetown back into the NCAAs.
Great for him, good for them.
I went to a ton of sport events while in the States, and Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry was the only thing that came close to the fan engagement and game atmosphere I knew from back home. I remember going to the game in Capital Center in 1989/90. John Thompson Jr. and his white towel, M&M (Mourning & Mutombo) Rejection Row for them, Derrick Coleman, Billy Owens and Stevie Thompson (he of the sweetest finger-roll I have ever seen) for us. My host brother and I painted our faces orange and blue. Me spending my monthly allowance on a SU Sweater.
SU was number one team in the country for a while, but I think they lost two straight before going to Georgetown, so I think they were both in Top 10, but Georgetown was favorite. SU trounced them by 20, and then towards the end of the season won the close one in Syracuse to co-win the Big East.
I’d like to see them meet in the NCAA tournament again.
The prime years of the Big East were easily the most dominant of any college conference in my lifetime.
Cheslor Cuthbert is a great pirate name. In the movie he’ll be played by Errol Flynn.
I am just a dude on the internet, but If it works and he is more like 2017 this could work. That is a big ask for jed of course.
I would swap the matts. I am thinking a v righty lineup canha/laureano, jed, chapman, olson, murphy, moreland, canha/laureano, andrus, right fielder.
A’s lineup vs White Sox: Canha LF, Lowrie 2B, Olson 1B, Chapman 3B, Moreland DH, Piscotty RF, Andrus SS, Reed CF, Garcia C; Montas P pic.twitter.com/ljNtTkyi1t— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 14, 2021
A’s lineup vs White Sox: Canha LF, Lowrie 2B, Olson 1B, Chapman 3B, Moreland DH, Piscotty RF, Andrus SS, Reed CF, Garcia C; Montas P pic.twitter.com/ljNtTkyi1t
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 14, 2021
I have more faith in Buddy Reed in the 2 spot than I do Jed.
Also “Buddy Reed” sounds like the name of a bit character in the Andy Griffith Show.
Didn’t he just win a Grammy?
No, that was Billy Strings.
The #Athletics are selling full-season suites until March 31 for one Bitcoin; "first to price tickets in crypto instead of US currency," team president Dave Kaval says: https://t.co/SDvlP93G2h— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) March 14, 2021
The #Athletics are selling full-season suites until March 31 for one Bitcoin; "first to price tickets in crypto instead of US currency," team president Dave Kaval says: https://t.co/SDvlP93G2h
— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) March 14, 2021
That was my reaction too.
Read the thread before asking for one Bitcoin, GM.
Luis Guillorme drew a 22-pitch walk in the 5th inning. Relive the entire at-bat right here ???? ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/cS57po7ulf— SNY (@SNYtv) March 14, 2021
Luis Guillorme drew a 22-pitch walk in the 5th inning. Relive the entire at-bat right here ???? ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/cS57po7ulf
— SNY (@SNYtv) March 14, 2021
It’s too bad the “roll the inning” rule expired yesterday. That’s the one time I would have used it.
Also could we please ban cutouts forever.
they did remove him from the game after that
I just want my kids’ cutouts actually mailed to me. Anyone have any inside info on when that might happen?
There were instructions at the end of the season, I think you had to pre-pay the postage or somesuch. I didn’t get ours, but my mother-in-law received the memorial cutout we had made of her late husband.
We did, but then they had to shut down the office before ours got into the mail. Still hasn’t arrived since.
Frankie fucking MAGIC with a beautiful 1st on my TV.
I hope jed can hit it farther. that seemed like is should have been out
Yeah that looked bad, reminiscent of late-stage Jason Kendall.
with the long hair it’s going to be harder to identify piscoty
The interesting players are collapsing at TPC leaving the most anonymously punchable face in golf atop the leaderboard.
I’m about to start watching so I’ll have to wait a few hours to see who this is. Justin Thomas (of homophobic slur -> “That’s not who I am” from earlier this year) seems like a candidate but he’s pretty good; I wouldn’t classify him as “uninteresting”.
He looks like a chinless result of a country club eugenics program and a random name generator.
Buddy Reed now contending for best A’s outfielder of the century.
Buddy Reed wants to make some of our AAAA OFs expendable.
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