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A’s welcome The Irvine slegnA. Game 96-97 166

We may be taking on water. Everyone may be more focused on a city council meeting tomorrow. I may not be able to watch. But damnit we will have a series thread.

Ohtani-Irvin
Suarez-Kaprielian

Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty

166 thoughts on “A’s welcome The Irvine slegnA. Game 96-97

  1. andeux andeux Jul 19,2021 6:58 pm

    Ohtani is pitching and batting 2nd, which will be a big advantage for the A’s when they knock him out early.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2021 9:09 pm || Up

      As it turned out the moves with Ohtani worked out perfectly for Scioscia (except for the new pitcher).

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 19,2021 7:13 pm

    Man, the hot zone cold zone stuff on Gameday for Chapman is just sad.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  3. andeux andeux Jul 19,2021 7:18 pm

    Just before I switched over to the game I caught a few seconds of the local news talking about the stadium vote. Councilmember Noel Gallo is a hard no on HT, on the grounds that the A’s should build at the Coliseum site instead.
    What about the fact that the team says they have no interest in building there?
    “Well, we heard the same kind of thing from the Raiders, and from the Warriors. It’s a business.”

    Uh, I hate to break it to him, but even though I don’t believe everything anything Dave Kaval says, both those teams did leave.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2021 7:24 pm || Up

      Noel Gallo is a simpleton. Literally. He’s Chauncy Gardner. Dumbest politician I ever met, by far.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 7:50 am || Up

        I guess the good news is that, so far at least, Gallo seems to be the only one rejecting the plan on its fundamental premise. It seems like with the others it’s just about money, which should be bridgeable if Fisher can be slightly less of a shithead.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 20,2021 8:05 am || Up

          Fisher will ask if we can defer it and do $1M for the next 350 years or so.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 9:31 am || Up

            Feels like he’s going to FK this whole thing up to avoid the possibility that he may have to pay the real estate development equivalent of a qualifying offer.

        • nevermoor nevermoor Jul 22,2021 9:29 am || Up

          I haven’t seen anything that changes my fundamental belief that this is late-stage-big-deal brinksmanship. Fisher wants to make the deal look very hard to try to get as much of the delta as he can. So do the politicians (plus, they don’t want to be soft on billionaires).

          So if there’s going to be a deal it’s going to be presented as an eleventh-hour miracle.

          Anyone seen anything to suggest there’s more to it than that?

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 22,2021 9:47 am || Up

            Not a thing. Also I expected that we would hear a big deal about another visit to Vegas that I thought was planned the day after the vote. Didnt hear a thing which also makes me believe this.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2021 9:57 am || Up

              Well, they are in Vegas now. But Kaval has been giving pretty conciliatory interviews from there, as opposed to the “Go Knights!” crap from before.

              I’m with NM on where this currently stands. The city wants this thing to happen (basically blowing off the “East Oakland Stadium Alliance”-type objections to the concept of the development ), and if Fisher doesn’t want this to happen, I’m not sure why he has spent all of this time and money on it. Given that, the remaining items to negotiate don’t seem big enough to kill it, unless Fisher’s financing falls apart.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 11:58 am || Up

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2021 10:03 am || Up

          Setting aside that this is a fantasy, how does the A’s moving to Alameda keep them “in Oakland,” councilman?.

          “I’ve said it personally to the ownership of the A’s that I will do everything to keep the A’s in Oakland as an investment at the Coliseum and certainly we have another property that became available — the old Raiders training headquarters in Alameda,” [Gallo] said. “Beautiful site, attractive, 5 minutes from the airport. And certainly we can incorporate that in our negotiations to keep the A’s in Oakland.”

          Meanwhile, Kaval continues to walk back the “we’re at an impasse” rhetoric.

          “The grand slam homerun would have been voting for our proposal but there was a yes vote so we need to analyze what it means and how it impacts the club and the future of the project,” said Kaval.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2021 12:02 pm || Up

            grand slam home run?

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • vignette17 Jul 21,2021 1:37 pm || Up

              He wanted to make sure it wasn’t confused with the breakfast.

              • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 21,2021 2:19 pm || Up

                He’s trying to make sure we know he isnt Moons over My Hammy about this.

                Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2021 3:42 pm || Up

                  I confess to having enjoyed Moons Over My Hammy. Usually at around 4:30 a.m. prior to a 6:15 flight. Among many irritations of Covid, “Always Open” Denny’s not opening until 7 a.m. The unfortunate result has been some pre-flight meals from the Jack in the Box drive thru.

                  What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
                • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 21,2021 6:23 pm || Up

                  Denny’s was in the late night rotation for a young Aces. It was in the same parking lot as the nightclub he and Mrs. Aces at the time frequented. We would also go after getting of of work closing at our first fast food job.

                  I actually took lil Miss Aces a week or 2 ago after she got off of work from her mall job. Felt like a 1000 calorie torch was being passed.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 12:03 pm || Up

        TMI

        • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 12:27 pm || Up

          For fucks sake dave, you are asking for half a billion american dollars, pick up the phone and ask these people what’s going in their proposal

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  4. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2021 7:26 pm

    Nice team defense!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2021 7:31 pm || Up

      Even better on second look, Ramon got that ball and threw in ridiculously fast, Andrus spun and threw right into Murph’s glove, perfect catch and tag, out.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  5. Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2021 7:27 pm

    I’m in the Coliseum today and tomorrow. Trying to light a fire under these guys. Will probably just end up cussing at Fletcher, though that was a poor baserunning choice.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2021 7:38 pm || Up

      Welcome to town, enjoy our pleasant climate and largely vaccinated populace.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2021 7:42 pm || Up

        No social distancing here tonight. I’m too hemmed in to easily run up and try to find GM. But the crowd is big enough that, hooray, it feels like a real major league game.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2021 7:54 pm || Up

          I’ll add, the Go Bag is in the car, in case Tahoe burns while I’m gone.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 19,2021 10:50 pm || Up

          It was pretty packed where I was. Definitely the most people I’ve been around in a very long time, which made me a little uncomfortable tbh. Heck of a fun game though.

          • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 9:34 am || Up

            I was going to come up there near the end of the game if the game was decided, but a second inning of Lou kept me planted in my seat.

            The much-heralded $10 beers…disappeared quietly. So it looks like the price of a beer is $13.19, then they add 10.25% sales tax for a total of $14.54. The sales tax used to be included in the $10. Also, shame on you, “progressive” Alameda County, for raising the rate of that regressive tax to 10.25%. There doesn’t seem to be any discount for prepaid parking available either. The cost of attending a game at the Coliseum has increased stealthily, and significantly.

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 9:38 am || Up

              Not only no discount for prepaid parking. A $1 ticketing fee for the privilege of pre-paying. The overall cost creep is noticeable, but they partly disguise it by not allowing any cash transactions.

              • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 9:44 am || Up

                Yes, I knew I had paid $13.19 for the beer, but didn’t realize there was another $1.35 in sales tax there until I looked at my CC account this morning. Fine, I don’t need to Denogginize for a 12:30 game and I won’t today.

                What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 11:48 am || Up

                Yes, plus base ticket prices have gone up. Between COVID, costs, and the franchise Kavalcade of dickishness, I’m likely to attend fewer than 10 games this year, a 60% decrease.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • batgirl batgirl Jul 20,2021 12:25 pm || Up

                  Honestly, I am so fed up with ownership, I looked at Saturday’s deal of $8 tix and a free t-shirt and I decided I’m not giving these assholes any of my money. It’s just so sad.

                • andeux andeux Jul 20,2021 2:06 pm || Up

                  My general impression (I’ve only gone to three games, and it’s hard to tell for sure with the variable pricing) was that they really jacked prices up for the limited capacity games, but now they are closer to what they had been in recent years.
                  I’m also glad they have the food trucks again, as those tend to be a little better value than the concession stands.
                  But overall costs are still up, and the product on the field has not been great for the last month or so either. I might well have gone today if any of that were different.

                  TINSTAAFK
  6. andeux andeux Jul 19,2021 7:35 pm

    Eaton turf.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Jul 19,2021 7:43 pm || Up

      Must be nice to know you can let an extra runner get into scoring position and it won’t matter.

      TINSTAAFK
  7. andeux andeux Jul 19,2021 8:01 pm

    Scioscia challenged an obviously correct call earlier, now can’t challenge an obviously wrong one.

    TINSTAAFK
  8. Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2021 8:08 pm

    I have seen 14 innings of professional baseball this year and 1 total run, which was the result of a Vimael Machin throwing error.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2021 8:47 pm || Up

      Ramon is 3x greater than Machin.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 1:47 pm || Up

        Another offensive suckfest so far. My upcoming attendance at a couple Aviators home games should fix the issue.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 1:58 pm || Up

          Until then (couple weeks) I have to wait 45 minutes or so for each Olson PA.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  9. andeux andeux Jul 19,2021 8:26 pm

    A’s are winning the pitch count battle, but Irvin has been known to fall apart fast.

    TINSTAAFK
  10. andeux andeux Jul 19,2021 8:34 pm

    We are at the 7th inning stretch, Giants/Dodgers are in the 3rd.

    TINSTAAFK
  11. Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2021 8:34 pm

    Both these offenses suck. Even with placed runner at second we’ll need something like a passed ball and a balk.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • lenscrafters Jul 19,2021 8:39 pm || Up

      The slegnA are missing 3 of their top 5 hitters. Sadly, we’re at “full strength”.

  12. andeux andeux Jul 19,2021 8:39 pm

    Shouldn’t someone run for Moreland?

    TINSTAAFK
  13. lenscrafters Jul 19,2021 8:44 pm

    Holy shit, something good happened offensively.

  14. Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2021 8:45 pm

    FINALLY! Sheesh.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  15. andeux andeux Jul 19,2021 8:46 pm

    Sheesh-ek.

    TINSTAAFK
  16. andeux andeux Jul 19,2021 9:34 pm

    Nice catch.

    TINSTAAFK
  17. Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2021 9:34 pm

    Hell of a play by Chapman, and it’s funny what a well-placed 3-run homer will do for your attitude.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  18. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2021 9:35 pm

    Whoa! Nice finish!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  19. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 19,2021 9:42 pm

    excellent

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 19,2021 10:00 pm

    Better see those green tops again tomorrow. And let’s get a yes vote to go with it.

    (Is a yes vote good now? I don’t know and I don’t give a darn, just get the shit built)

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2021 10:55 pm || Up

      Based on history I predict they’ll vote yes on something much more vague than the term sheet, like authorizing the City Admin to negotiate further within a range of deal point parameters which are already closer than a week ago. Council can play tough, drawing a firm line on the affordable units and the IFDs, but ultimately tally a yes vote for Howard Terminal, with major caveats, and thereby force the A’s to either negotiate more or be the bad guys.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Jul 20,2021 9:17 am || Up

        Yeah, messaging is important here. Kaval was pushing the narrative that a yes vote on the council’s version of the terms is actually a no vote on the project, but it does not seem like many people are falling for that. This is an opportunity to make the headlines say that they have approved building a new stadium (and lots of housing) at HT.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 10:09 am || Up
          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • andeux andeux Jul 20,2021 12:25 pm || Up


            Tired act.

            TINSTAAFK
            • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 12:29 pm || Up

              that’s…better? Sure, but come on, it’s half a billion you are asking for. be more diplomatic

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 20,2021 12:31 pm || Up

              This is GREAT! VOTE NO!!

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 12:43 pm || Up

              Approved as amended, 6-1-1. Gallo no, Fife abstain

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 12:45 pm || Up

              Big picture, 6 out of 8 council members just went on the record in favor of the project, and all of the things left to negotiate seem quite achievable by the end of the year. That’s progress, whatever Kaval feels he needs to say from inside a casino tomorrow.

              • lenscrafters Jul 20,2021 1:03 pm || Up

                Yeah covering the 350 million with the federal/state grants per Ed’s link (and ensuring the A’s aren’t on the hook for that money) seems like a pretty big gap closing overture.

                I’m not sure why Kaval is still holding onto the assholish “our way or the highway” approach when it seems like that significant point of progress has been made. Most charitable explanation is that they really weren’t aware of that point being granted, and/or they haven’t fully reviewed it so Kaval was told just to stick to the previous script in this meeting. I will say that it’s not a great look for the Council to release a new term sheet just 4 days before this meeting.

                The least charitable explanation is, of course, that they’ve already made up their minds and they are leaving if they’re not given every single detail of their original term sheet.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 1:14 pm || Up

                  A’s and City negotiated through the weekend and yesterday on those new terms. They did not come as a surprise to Kaval.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 1:14 pm || Up

                  I find it hard to believe they are looking for a reason to bail when they have invested this much in the project and are this close.

                  The most straightforward explanation for the dickishness is probably that Kaval thinks the concrete threat of Vegas etc. was necessary to get the movement represented by this vote, and that the threat has to remain live in order for the final push to happen. That’s a fine line to walk, though. There’s a point where the dickishness starts to work against you if you burn enough bridges.

              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 1:12 pm || Up

                Agreed, and note with interest that the post vote statement from the City was jointly signed by Schaaf and Kaplan, who hate each other. Augers well for unity in City position.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 3:07 pm || Up

                  “The primary difference is that Oakland is standing firm on community benefits, and the sources for funding them.” Reading between the lines, the deal is right there to be done, but the city wants Fisher to open his wallet just a couple of centimeters. Good luck with that I guess.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 3:58 pm || Up

                  lol, again

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 4:19 pm || Up

                  This is a very low effort attempt at badcoppery. Embarrassing, honestly.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 6:50 pm || Up

                  I’m still assuming A’s actually want to make HT work…money spent, Bay Area upside, etc etc etc. I agree with this, today saw the biggest City commitment to keeping a sports team in 25 years. By a lot. So in that sense the “This time we’re really serious” posture did work.

                  But now they risk overplaying that tenuous hand. If you call out the local pols who got HT this far today, as Manfred did, they will back the fuck away. If Fisher really actually ever intended to finance $1B for an East Bay park himself, today is a huge win. But if they double down on the complaints and junkets and ham-fisted PR, I question whether HT was ever their plan.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 6:57 pm || Up

                  It is a good question if they wanted it or where on the cash outlay spectrum they would accept it

                  But what is more attractive? That question I can;t answer.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 3:41 pm || Up

          Whatever this is, it isn’t pretending to walk away. Seems positive.

          “We are taking time to really digest what was presented to us for the first time in the meeting and become more knowledgeable about what it means for the project, its future and the A’s,” Kaval said. “We are talking to the league on that.”

          Kaval would not comment on whether the A’s plan to continue negotiating or not. He also said the team needs time to understand the city’s timeline of approvals. The city said they expect a final term sheet and development agreement to go for a council vote by the end of the year. Kaval said the A’s hoped to have final terms voted on by the end of October.

  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 19,2021 11:35 pm

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 6:57 am || Up

      Matt Olson hit a ball he had to react to

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 7:14 am || Up

        He also had to run in for Kemp’s bunt single that was thrown away.

      • andeux andeux Jul 20,2021 9:09 am || Up

        He was already out of the game for Olson’s homer.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 9:19 am || Up

          So, Scioscia gives up down 3?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 9:36 am || Up

            It both would and wouldn’t have been funny if his spot came up in the ninth with the game on the line, as looked quite possible for a moment.

  22. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 9:32 am

    the angels are going with a bullpen game for game 5 after the break?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 10:02 am || Up

      They drafted 20 pitchers and no hitters for good reason. Scioscia probably hopes to see a couple of those guys on the big league club before the end of the season.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  23. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 12:14 pm

    You guys live blog the preening of the City Council, I have a ball game to watch on a perfect 70 degree day.

    Walking around pregame I noticed Gate B (above RF steps) has only one metal detector but nobody using it either. Seems like the secret entrance, much easier than the slog at Gate D last night.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Englishmajor Englishmajor Jul 20,2021 9:24 pm || Up

      Yes, it is. Pre-pandemic it was a second season ticket holders’ entrance. They understaff it, so sometime you’ll have to wait a bit, but it has the nicest staff and since all the bleacher crew use it, they’re used to dealing with flagpoles and cowbells and whatnot.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2021 8:51 am || Up

      Wish I’d known about this entrance before Monday. The line to get in at the gate nearest the north lot was absurdly slow. They were going through every inch of every bag like it was a crime scene investigation, and there was no line for bagless people like myself. Utterly infuriating experience.

      • Englishmajor Englishmajor Jul 23,2021 12:17 am || Up

        Speaking of entrances….the parking lot gates have been absurdly understaffed for a lot of games. Especially since I’m paying $30 instead of $10 – the season ticket rate in 2019 – I see no reason why 20 minutes before a game they only have two lanes open at the South Lot main gate.

        So I’ve given up on it and reverted to 100% Baldwin Gate. It’s also such a perfect overture to the 2021 Coliseum experience to take an unmarked route through a homeless encampment, then drive around the decaying pile of football bleachers before emerging into the glory of a tailgate in progress.

  24. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 12:24 pm

    @5Aces Sorry, home whites today.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 20,2021 12:33 pm || Up

      Ugh-have these guys even seen Bull Durham? Never fuck with a winning streak.

      Though to be fair Major League 2 teaches us this isnt a streak yet.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 21,2021 7:44 am || Up

        So that’s 2 in a row. And if we win tomorrow, it’s called “a winning streak”.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  25. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 1:14 pm

    No in-park reference to the vote so far.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 1:23 pm

    It’s like Fletcher drank a magic potion that makes it impossible for the A’s to put him out, no matter what he does.

  27. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 1:24 pm

    Elvis, what are you doing man.

  28. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 1:35 pm

    Bold statergy by darren bush to make Scioscia keep Suarez in the game until they can pounce

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 1:37 pm

    vince just said they aren’t travelling with the team

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  30. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 2:15 pm

    I dunno about Sublime. Something off Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness would work for just about every Chapman PA. Actually for Piscotty too.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 2:26 pm || Up

      “Doin Time” was probably Scott Boras’s suggestion.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  31. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 20,2021 2:16 pm

    Oly getting uncold would be a good thing.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  32. lenscrafters Jul 20,2021 2:16 pm

    Honestly, work is less painful than watching Chapman – Piscotty.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 2:17 pm || Up

      Piscotty is still on the team?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 10:31 pm || Up

        Looking at who might get a DFA to clear roster space, both 25-man and 40-man, at the deadline: it already happened once to Bolt, Jacob Wilson is pretty generic and Burch is deep in the doghouse. But Piscotty certainly gets a mention.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  33. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 2:20 pm

    Why are there still players coming up trying to look like 2010 Jason Werth?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 2:28 pm || Up

      If COVID masking didn’t put an end to the beardy madness then nothing will.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  34. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 2:24 pm

    dammit

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  35. andeux andeux Jul 20,2021 2:25 pm

    Not a great day for the umps at 1st and 2nd.

    TINSTAAFK
  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 2:25 pm

    We’re gonna break the record for calls overturned, whatever it is.

  37. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 2:26 pm

    See you in Vegas, 2B umpire.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  38. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 2:26 pm

    I don’t know how much Kapri’s ball is spinning today, but it’s spinning enough.

  39. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 2:30 pm

    Duke of Lizards!

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  40. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 20,2021 2:30 pm

    Jacob Wilson clap clap clapclapclap

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 3:11 pm || Up

      Good for Jacob Wilson, whoever he is.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 3:15 pm || Up

        one of things I like about baseball is the camaraderie. jered Walsh was a stone cold dick there. It’s his first big league hit. Smile. say congrats

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  41. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 2:35 pm

    Returning to the need for a Kaprielian nickname. He’s become so proficient at escaping jams that something referencing Houdini or David Blaine seems warranted. Perhaps the EsKape Artist.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  42. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 2:40 pm

    Seeing-eye grounder, pinch runner, hbp, sac bunt, ibb, sac fly. It takes a village to make a run these days.

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 2:46 pm || Up

      It helped that the throw in from left field was so Khris-worthy.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  43. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 2:42 pm

    I like watching this replay of the 2016 A’s defense, but in red

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 2:43 pm

    Hot Ramon would be a most welcome arrival.

  45. andeux andeux Jul 20,2021 2:50 pm

    I blame you guys for that Ramon lawn dart.

    TINSTAAFK
    • nevermoor nevermoor Jul 22,2021 2:52 pm || Up

      Someday he will learn to throw.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 2:50 pm

    Laureanodart

  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 2:55 pm

    Romo! Not bad.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 2:56 pm || Up

      Am I happy with romo v ohtani up 4 with a runner on?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 6:30 pm || Up

        That was a pretty nasty pitch he K’d him on. I’m not mad at it, particularly after 2 from Lou last night.

        • lenscrafters Jul 20,2021 6:36 pm || Up

          Ever since that slegnA game he blew and we were all pissed about, he’s been shockingly good (and also I think the subject of a recent andeux FKwiz). The velocity hasn’t changed much, but it seems like his command of the slider has been impeccable.

  48. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 20,2021 3:09 pm

    Hey-I remember these guys!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  49. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 3:10 pm

    wow! some good luck

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  50. lenscrafters Jul 20,2021 3:11 pm

    Wow stringing hits together and scoring runs, who is this team.

  51. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 3:23 pm

    Scioscia just got tossed.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 3:25 pm || Up

      Really getting his money’s worth

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 3:25 pm || Up

      How can I miss Scioscia if he won’t go away?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 7:38 pm || Up

        FK only has one silly meme. Please let us keep that one.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 3:25 pm || Up

      scioscia should be suspended for getting kicked out of a 6-0 game with no question pending

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 3:27 pm || Up

        There’s no standing to litigate the issue of your team sucking

        • andeux andeux Jul 20,2021 3:30 pm || Up

          Seriously, what was he even arguing about? There were no strikeouts in the preceding half-inning; a couple borderline called strikes, but nothing out of the ordinary.

          TINSTAAFK
        • andeux andeux Jul 20,2021 3:32 pm || Up

          Maybe a couple pretty bad called strikes on Ohtani the inning before that one.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 3:36 pm || Up

            he was on tilt through a full inning?

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 3:37 pm || Up

            Maybe thought they had Kemp struck out before his single in the 7th? There was one close pitch that AB.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 3:55 pm || Up

              Pardon?

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 3:56 pm || Up

                had to be eaton. He seems to have the weird parenting issue

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 3:26 pm || Up

      dylan bundy with mop up work?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  52. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 20,2021 3:26 pm

    Scioscia wants to go see what is on afternoon TV.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux andeux Jul 20,2021 3:27 pm || Up

      He’s getting cranky, must be time for his afternoon nap.

      TINSTAAFK
  53. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 3:33 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 20,2021 3:35 pm || Up

      Have they aligned the chakras throughout the lineup?

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  54. andeux andeux Jul 20,2021 3:40 pm

    9-3 vs. the Not-Trouts.

    TINSTAAFK
  55. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 3:41 pm

    (Sees Moll and Guerra pitch the last two innings, gets to wave the FKing broom proudly anyway)

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 3:47 pm || Up

      I’ll take our Guerra over their Guerra.

  56. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 4:28 pm

    means getting a lot of hard contact first start back since, checks notes, june 5…

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  57. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2021 7:19 pm

    I know I lost last man standing early, but i am seeing tom brady at the white house with jokes…did he win the superbowl?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2021 7:32 pm || Up

      Another question along those lines, from a bar and grill in Folsom: I’m sure people in Milwaukee care about the NBA Finals on July 20, possibly a few in Phoenix as well, but as to anyone else..???

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  58. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2021 7:40 pm

    Upcoming schedule is dicey. Four at a fired up Seattle, two at San Diego, four at Trout, five at home, then ten more on the road including four at White Sox, then finally back home for Giants, Mariners, Yankees.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2021 9:34 am || Up

      I will be in the woods for the entirety of this four game trip to Seattle. A’s could be nipping at Houston’s heels or dismally sinking into third place when I emerge.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  59. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2021 9:13 pm

    Cat Osterman has been the ace of teh US softball for like 15 years it feels.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2021 9:28 am || Up

      Actually 17 years, she led the 2004 squad with 23 Ks.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2021 9:42 am || Up

      Japan beat Australia 8-1 in five innings, because apparently a seven-run lead is enough for the mercy rule in softball. Seems wrong.

      • Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2021 10:39 am || Up

        Isn’t women’s softball the original source of the placed runner at second base in extra innings, to avoid 25-inning games? There are a LOT of very low-scoring games. Seven runs sounds like plenty.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2021 5:49 pm || Up

          Yes, the pitchers dominate overwhelmingly. Through four scoreless innings right now in USA-Canada I think maybe four balls have even reached an outfielder.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2021 2:40 pm || Up

            I didn’t realize how close the pitcher is to the plate. And she’s able to leap forward several feet off the rubber before releasing the ball. It makes hitting look impossible.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2021 9:46 am || Up

      A’s Cast has a Lansing game on right now, with Stockton and Midland broadcasts later today. If you’re into that sort of thing.

      This was a reply fail, btw. Not specifically directed at what things FSU is or isn’t into.

  60. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2021 3:32 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2021 6:19 pm || Up

      its fun, a little too much pox on both their houses when the pox should be mostly with kaval and fischer

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Jul 21,2021 6:37 pm || Up

        Ratto can still turn a phrase, but for the most part he has been phoning it in for at least a decade.

        TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2021 6:58 pm || Up

          I wouldn’t say phoning it in…still quite fun to read…but he basically only has two rants now: Aggressively dismissive of everything outside the lines, or stubborn refusal to acknowledge fan passion. I’m sure he sees it as masterful stoicism.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  61. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 22,2021 4:03 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • vignette17 Jul 22,2021 4:29 pm || Up

        Honestly, this was my hope that the A’s will get better at all this deadline. They aren’t getting Story or Kimbrel or Bryant. Cruz was their only real shot. Ugh.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Jul 22,2021 5:07 pm || Up

      Veto.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"

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