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Our heroes cross the border into the wild lawless north. It will not be easy, as Canada is filled with lowlifes who’d just as soon poison your sushi as look at you. Albeit politely.

Famous gamblers. The guy who founded Cirque Du Soleil is on the list.

Drug-addled cretins. This guy was Toronto’s mayor.

Dangerous demagogues. This guy is Ontario’s premier. Also the brother of the drug-addled cretin.

Exciting young players, fringe wild card contenders, Manaea Manoah blah blah blah, sure, OK, just watch you don’t get shanked outside Tim Hortons for your soggy leftover poutine.

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

201 thoughts on “Canadian Gamblers, Swindlers, and Men of Ill Repute, 135-7

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 3:14 pm

    The Chron has the matchups as Fri: Manaea vs Manoah, Sat: Blackburn vs Berios, and Sun: Irvin vs Ray. But the probables page has the Blue Jays with TBD for Sat and Sun. That page also reminds me that the A’s have Monday off, much to my holiday day time dismay.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 4:20 pm

    Chapman is extremely back.

  3. mikeA Sep 3,2021 4:29 pm

    The article didn’t mention that Guy Laliberte is a candidate for the distinction of alperson who has lost the most money at poker of all time.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 4:30 pm || Up

      I remember seeing him on High Stakes Poker. It seemed like he was there to fund the rest of the players.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 4:41 pm || Up

      Hey, you try playing cards while Chinese acrobats and annoying mimes cavort around you.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 4:29 pm

    Marcus wondering where Manaea got those 96 mph heaters.

  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 4:38 pm

    This guy really got his last name tattooed on his forearm in 200 point font. That’ll come in handy when he’s on the Yankees and I can’t remember his name.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 4:42 pm || Up

      Fiers has that too.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 4:57 pm

    Oh man Tony Kemp had about 1.5 seconds of terror while not seeing that flyball.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 3,2021 4:58 pm

    I like this Sean. Hope we can keep him for another 4 innings and 2 months.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  8. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 5:13 pm

    TeOhcrap

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  9. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 5:14 pm

    OK I kind of like the blazer.

  10. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 5:19 pm

    blue jays take the lead 2-2

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 5:22 pm || Up

      It’s OK to get a point on the road in international competition.

  11. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 5:22 pm

    No no no

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 5:22 pm

    Fuck this guy. What the fuck?!

  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 5:23 pm

    Month long suspension for that IMO. God damn it.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 5:25 pm || Up

      Is he seriously not being thrown out of this game?

  14. Soaker Soaker Sep 3,2021 5:27 pm

    Somebody fill me in please. Seeing 2 HBP and an injury delay on GameDay?

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 5:29 pm || Up

      Manoah, who has a rep for hitting batters, went up and in on Harrison for a check foul, then up and in again hitting him on the hand. Harrison said something, and the next pitch hit Marte square in the head.

      Marte was fine enough to go first to home on Olson’s ensuing double, so there’s that.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 5:30 pm || Up

        Also buzzed Gomes earlier. At least four pitches way inside and head-high to righties so far.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 3,2021 5:33 pm || Up

        OK, I’ll check in later. Go Paddleheads. Pride Night plus fireworks here.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 6:02 pm || Up

          Paddleheads, meet PaddleFeet

          • Soaker Soaker Sep 3,2021 6:33 pm || Up

            $4 microbrew pints if the home team Beer Batter gets a hit. I did walk from the hotel…

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  15. andeux andeux Sep 3,2021 5:28 pm

    Best way to make them pay.

    TINSTAAFK
  16. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 5:28 pm

    If this kid can’t control his fastball he has no business on a big league mound. Shame on Toronto’s staff for not pulling him on the spot. Claim injury, take time to warm someone up, fine.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  17. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 3,2021 5:30 pm

    Did they even give a warning? I mean everyone is right he needs to be out but it looks like he got a free pass.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 5:32 pm || Up

      Apparently not, since he just buzzed Chapman with no consequence.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 3,2021 5:35 pm || Up

        Just saw someone tweet that both benches have been warned. This of course is also bull seeing as how both teams haven’t been buzzing hitters.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  18. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 3,2021 5:31 pm

    @Soaker if you haven’t seen by now, Harrison hit, then Marte hit in the head. Went down but stayed in because he’s superhuman.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  19. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 5:33 pm

    Also they need to pull Marte, I’m sure he was able to answer what year it was, what city he’s in, etc., but 95 mph to the temple is dangerous as fuck.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 5:34 pm || Up

      Ok, good. Don’t fuck it up Bolt.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Sep 3,2021 5:38 pm || Up

      It seems like they (pretty much every team) always do this: guy gets hit in the head, they leave him in to run the bases, sometimes 1 more inning in the field, and then they take him out.
      If it’s in the head and hard enough for him to need a minute before even getting up and going to first, just take him out immediately, no matter who it is.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 5:49 pm || Up

        The NFL is the last place anyone should look for safety examples, but they’ve (more or less) started pulling guys out automatically after any head shot. MLB could say any pitch >90 mph that hits the helmet equals out for the game.

        I would also endorse a rule that says any pitcher who hits two batters above shoulder level gets automatically ejected. Make intent irrelevant.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • andeux andeux Sep 3,2021 5:56 pm || Up

          Yes, NFL and NHL are both better for having strict protocols, though teams still cheat sometimes.

          I had just been thinking along the same lines as your second paragraph as well (as I’m sure many others have). I would be ok with auto-ejection for even a single pitch to the head. As you say, it eliminates the problem of making the umps judge intent. And on the hitting side, it’s not like anyone is going to try to get an advantage by sticking that fkin’ thing (their head) out there.

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 6:05 pm || Up

            Kendall might’ve.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 5:50 pm || Up

        running is the WORST thing you could do.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 6:06 pm || Up

      Marte damn near Jeremy Giambi’d the play at the plate. Maybe Jeremy had a concussion.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 6:11 pm || Up

        I feel like Jeremy went through much of life with a concussion.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 6:13 pm || Up

          my uncle was friend’s with their dad

          it tracks

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 5:44 pm

    is harrison going to fight the dirt now?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  21. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 5:45 pm

    Tony Kemp, power threat.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  22. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 5:46 pm

    Kemp!!

  23. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 5:46 pm

    my kid just told me that bob melvin was the last “bob” in the MLB, don;t know if its true, the elder is very nerdy and may know.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  24. andeux andeux Sep 3,2021 5:47 pm

    If we’re going to plunk someone later, I nominate Diekman.
    His control is bad enough that he will have plausible deniability, and if that doesn’t work and he gets suspended it still might work in our favor.

    TINSTAAFK
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 5:52 pm

    Harrison is now hated in Canada, and loving it.

  26. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 5:59 pm

    I am impressed that sean has this new glove stitched up and ready so soon

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 6:07 pm || Up

      Some guys, mostly infielders, start breaking in what will become their new game glove up to a year in advance.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  27. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 6:09 pm

    nate pearson is in mop up duty?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Sep 3,2021 6:10 pm || Up

      Looks like he is their version of Luzardo/Puk.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 6:21 pm || Up

        the vancouver short season championships are going to have an epic reunion with him and Barreto

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. mikeA Sep 3,2021 6:10 pm

    Lowrie might be slower than Frank Thomas (even 2021 Frank Thomas.)

    • andeux andeux Sep 3,2021 6:13 pm || Up

      We should be pinch running for him more (in games that are closer than this).

      TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 6:15 pm || Up

      Maybe Jed needs some Nugenix.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 6:17 pm || Up

      didn’t ramon use franks supplements? Maybe jed can use whatever is left in his locker

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. andeux andeux Sep 3,2021 6:33 pm

    Speaking of players who should be ejected, how come Springer gets to turn around and yell in the ump’s face about a strike call?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 6:38 pm || Up

      would it be too dickish if the umpire said “did i stutter?”

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  30. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 6:37 pm

    Urge to hug…rising…

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 6:47 pm || Up

      Hug, squeeze, strangle…something on that continuum.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 3,2021 6:53 pm || Up

        (checks in) Oh my goodness.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  31. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 6:39 pm

    when is rosenthal coming back?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  32. andeux andeux Sep 3,2021 6:41 pm

    I’m just glad Soaker doesn’t have to see this.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Sep 3,2021 6:54 pm || Up

      Now I wish I hadn’t seen it either.

      TINSTAAFK
  33. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 6:48 pm

    that’s ok. don’t give in to guriel either

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  34. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 6:48 pm

    Unfuckingbelievable.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 6:50 pm

    Sickening.

  36. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 6:51 pm

    I mean, honestly, if you cant get 3 outs before 6 runs score, there is no point, yeah?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  37. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 6:56 pm

    Now those fuckers are hitting our base coaches too.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  38. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 6:57 pm

    lowrie is not getting breaks at the plate

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  39. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 7:01 pm

    Romo has to have the 9th. he is not a zombie runner type

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  40. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 7:02 pm

    nvrmnd

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  41. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 7:02 pm

    Hooray! Thank you, just universe

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  42. andeux andeux Sep 3,2021 7:03 pm

    After Canha’s HR they showed everyone celebrating, except Petit still looking like he wanted to murder someone.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 7:04 pm || Up

      Yes, if the A’s hold this lead it will not be Yusmeiro’s favorite W of the year.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  43. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 7:03 pm

    Poor Korach had no idea on that call.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 7:03 pm

    Toronto, Canhada

  45. mikeA Sep 3,2021 7:06 pm

    Nice to have Kemp as the runner at 2nd for the 10th.

  46. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 3,2021 7:08 pm

    OK, so not allowed to go pick up dinner…got it.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 7:15 pm

    Of course.

  48. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 7:18 pm

    Pulling Manaea at 80whatever pitches to get Lou some work kinda backfired a bit.

  49. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 7:19 pm

    Fuck

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  50. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 3,2021 7:52 pm

    no game will encapsulate the 2021 A’s better than this

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 3,2021 9:05 pm || Up

      I have been staring at this comment for a full hour in dumb struck agreement.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 3,2021 9:08 pm || Up

        It had everything but parallel paths.

  51. Soaker Soaker Sep 3,2021 8:56 pm

    Yikes. Those last couple innings look absurd.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  52. lenscrafters Sep 3,2021 9:59 pm

    This season was kneecapped from the beginning by unbelievable, insurmountable miserliness. It’s quite fitting that Marcus, the prime symbol of that cheapness, ended our season tonight.

  53. Soaker Soaker Sep 4,2021 7:45 am

    So even with the deadline improvements, my hypothesis that they are a .500 team that happened to have a 13-game winning streak against a bunch of bad teams, plus the 2 in there against Houston, is holding firm through Game 135.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 4,2021 10:39 am

    On one hand, you can’t do much to manage around this kind of running meltdown. It’s a roster problem. On the other hand, maybe don’t pull your veteran starter early on a night he’s been mostly dominating on six days rest.

  55. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2021 12:26 pm

    Kemp gets hit in the top of the first. Bottom half, two outs none on, absolutely perfect time to plunk or buzz Guerrero. With Blackburn showing no interest in sending such a message, I guess it’s just not going to happen.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  56. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 4,2021 1:09 pm

    sigh

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  57. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2021 1:12 pm

    Five games in a row allowing 3+ homers. THROW INSIDE GODDAMNIT

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  58. Soaker Soaker Sep 4,2021 1:13 pm

    I’m glad to be keeping my distance. Frightening to think I gave Detroit/Toronto serious consideration a couple months ago.

    I’m having lunch at a BBQ place on the outskirts of Spokane, having blown through the terrifying Coeur d’Alene as fast as possible.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 4,2021 1:28 pm || Up

      Also I just found out that my evacuation order was lifted at noon so it’s pure vacation now.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2021 2:05 pm || Up

        Looks like your air quality is slowly improving but remains >200, so enjoy the fresh Washington air.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  59. lenscrafters Sep 4,2021 1:18 pm

    No KD, Bolt and Pinder both starting, AAAA trash starting against one of the best lineups in the league…they’re making it really easy to not bother paying attention.

  60. batgirl batgirl Sep 4,2021 2:07 pm

    What have ya’ll been doing for Q2 in the recall? I’m stumped but don’t see the point in leaving it blank.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2021 3:43 pm || Up

      I didn’t vote on Q2, as the Dem party recommends. I could see a case for voting for Paffrath or even Faulconer in an attempt to thwart Elder. As a former LA resident I have a soft spot for Angelyne, whose billboards have been ubiquitous for decades.

      It’s all such a trainwreck, the recall rules are awful. Should require like five times more signatures than it does.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 4,2021 3:50 pm || Up

        Paffarth only seemed ok because he is not crazy, but he is a little crazy.

        I seriously considered Angelyne

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 4,2021 3:48 pm || Up

      I left it blank. I really wanted to vote for someone, but since they didn’t run a bustemonte this time I didn’t

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • batgirl batgirl Sep 4,2021 4:56 pm || Up

        The little I read about him was like “I’m a Democrat, but I want lower taxes and less regulation.”

    • AV AV Sep 4,2021 4:22 pm || Up

      the most frustrating fucking failure spelled with a capital D.

      like, when you win with >50% but also you can win with <50% why not go for both?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 4,2021 4:33 pm || Up

        I get the strategy. You don’t want any left of center voters who don’t like Newsom to think they can vote for recall and replace him with someone more to their liking. Some of that probably happened to Gray Davis. Newsom wants to run straight up against Elder, based on the ads.

        And if you’re a non-Newsom democratic strategist thinking about 2022, you’d rather run against Elder than a “reasonable” incumbent like Faulconer. That’s not great for the state in the interim though.

        • AV AV Sep 4,2021 5:01 pm || Up

          well you just see a possible yes and i always see a no but.

          seriously tho, my issue is they should be messaging that. not sending the phone banks out with bad info and lots of people left frustrated and not knowing what to do on B (sorry batgirl, i don’t know either). especially when looking to motivate voters which is really what this campaign comes down to*.

          *add this clause to any most important election since the last one / till the next one.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • AV AV Sep 4,2021 5:06 pm || Up

            admittedly i only receive messaging via social media pointing out the mistakes. the only direct campaigning i’ve seen is 99% vote yes, on roadside signs near farms and mcmansions in southern california and west jefferson state. the jefferson ones actually said vote elder.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 8,2021 9:16 am || Up

          Right. Voters should vote on question 2 (I did). But this is a real risk in campaign messaging.

          I wish people could avoid the circular-firing-squad impulse and just accept this.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 8,2021 9:24 am || Up

            I’m relatively pleased by the lack of stupid contrarianism/opportunism from non-conservatives on the recall. Most importantly, there’s no pie-in-the sky “left” candidate gaining traction who could ratfuck the thing for Republicans. Turnout could be a problem, but Democratic unity isn’t.

            • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 9,2021 8:35 pm || Up

              I’m really hoping mail voting makes the turnout more like a bi-annual election.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • AV AV Sep 8,2021 11:56 am || Up
            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2021 8:53 am || Up

            Telling people to just vote no and mail the thing turned out to be the right strategy. It lowered the friction for people to send in their ballots by telling them they didn’t have to think too hard about this thing. Taking away decision paralysis that could have made people procrastinate was a good call. It also sucked legitimacy from all the weirdos on the ballot. “Don’t even flip the thing over and look at those nuts. It only encourages them.”

            All in all, VBM makes it damn near impossible now for a party as unpopular as the CAGOP to use a mechanism like the stupid recall provision to win by catching the majority party napping. I’m not even sure Prime Arnie could pull it off now. Making it easy to vote is a game changer.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 15,2021 9:37 am || Up

              Still, the recall system must be changed. The threshold to trigger a recall is far too low, and the part A and provisional part B system is just stupid and confusing. Saw numerous national pundits last night making stupid statements about how Larry Elder’s vote total now elevates him to important statewide voice.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2021 9:50 am || Up

                Oh, for sure. Given the margin, seems like it would be pretty straightforward to get the votes for an amendment it to raise the threshold and just make it a straight yes/no with the Lt. Gov. taking over until the next election if it’s yes.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 15,2021 10:44 am || Up

                  about 4.5 million people voted no and left q2 blank.

                  that elder couldn’t get over 40% of yes is telling.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 17,2021 5:50 pm || Up

                  Right, this would shut down the nonsense recall strategy once and for all.

                  "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
              • andeux andeux Sep 15,2021 9:52 am || Up

                Also a lot of “California voters were angry with Newsom about masks/wildfires/homelessness/French Laundry/whatever” punditry. It looks like he will win by about the same margin that he did in 2018, and that Biden did here in 2020. The null hypothesis wins again.

                TINSTAAFK
              • andeux andeux Sep 15,2021 10:35 am || Up

                But as takes go, it’s still hard to beat this:

                TINSTAAFK
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2021 10:38 am || Up

                  Hahahaha holy shit.

                • ptbnl Sep 15,2021 10:45 am || Up

                  Just like literally now means figuratively, definitely now means questionably.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 15,2021 12:23 pm || Up

                To wit:

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 4,2021 2:38 pm

    Every previously effective reliever has just rolled over and died the last two weeks. None of it is that surprising in isolation. It all happening at once is ridiculous.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2021 3:11 pm || Up

      Sure. But all those dubious relievers succeeding at the same time was also unlikely.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 4,2021 3:51 pm || Up

        that’s the thing. Losing through july and august because we couldn’t get multiple hits in an inning but starters and bullpen was good, is the same thing as scoring 6 runs a game in september and only winning 1

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 4,2021 4:13 pm || Up

          Our hitters and our relief pitchers are on perpendicular paths.

  62. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 4,2021 2:58 pm

    Not sure if Trivino retaliating or just terrible.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2021 3:13 pm || Up

      I stopped watching so didn’t see these. I’d like to think we put our hardest thrower in to aim at the waistline.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 4,2021 3:22 pm

    Hard to be the team with the worse pen out of these two. We’re pulling it off, barely.

  64. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 4,2021 4:08 pm

    I am so glad I was out with the kids. I 100% would have thrown something at the TV.

    There just isn’t anything to say. Barring some miracle we should enjoy these last 20 or so games for what they are and prepare for a great 2nd half in 2023 to signal the next window opening.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 4,2021 4:40 pm || Up

      I am looking forward to going to the Coliseum on Tuesday to cheer Khris. I assume a decent number of fans feel the same, so of course this fucking clueless franchise will probably screw that up too.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 4,2021 4:55 pm || Up

        I’m assuming send KD back to Vegas and call up Homer to sit in the bullpen.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  65. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 4,2021 4:36 pm

    The masturbatory coverage of a Yankees-Red Sox wild card game is going to be tough to take.

    • ptbnl Sep 5,2021 8:22 am || Up

      At least one of them has to lose.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  66. Soaker Soaker Sep 4,2021 11:12 pm

    I really need to kick this sports crap out of my life.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2021 7:35 am || Up

      Ugh, same. There was a time when throwing myself into political activism scratched that itch for me; now I’d sooner stick an appendage in a pencil sharpener.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 8:34 am || Up

        I’ve been starting to read more books. It’s great.

  67. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 5,2021 10:08 am

    So what exactly do you hope for in today’s game? Build a big lead and blow it, or blow it early and come from behind to lose?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux andeux Sep 5,2021 10:17 am || Up

      Better chance of someone grooving one to Khris if the Jays have a big lead.

      TINSTAAFK
  68. andeux andeux Sep 5,2021 10:40 am

    “His head hit the wall too. That’s why they’re being cautious.” – our announcers, after the team doesn’t take Pinder out of the game.

    TINSTAAFK
  69. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2021 10:45 am

    Glen on every jay “he’s had a good series”

    also glen Tee-oscar hernandez

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  70. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2021 10:49 am

    vince “catching the jays at a confident time”

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  71. lenscrafters Sep 5,2021 11:01 am

    Every time the A’s face an actual contending team, I’m just reminded of how outclassed they are. Blackburn and Irvin against one of the best lineups in the league? The Jays must think we’re a joke.

    And yes, I’m really just hate-watching at this point. The Semien gave me more spiteful satisfaction than disappointment.

  72. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 5,2021 11:22 am

    Yeah they are contributing to a small anxiety attack over here so I’m gonna go buy some groceries or something.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 11:26 am

    I’m spending the day smoking a pork shoulder and stressing over USA vs. Canada. I’m happy for Marcus, or sorry that happened. I’m not watching either way.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2021 11:45 am || Up

      the rest of the game should be focused on driving up the price the giants pay for him

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2021 11:48 am || Up

      I wonder if Khris is going to tip matt chapman any of the $2M he gets next year

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  74. andeux andeux Sep 5,2021 12:30 pm

    Has anyone else noticed the sleeve Yan Gomes wears on his left arm?
    It has an American flag, and the “free” in big letters but I’ve never been able to read the rest. Wondering if it is some “freedom isn’t free” thing.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2021 1:47 pm || Up

      I noticed this a few days ago and took it for a Cuban flag and assumed a “liberation” message. Gomes is Brazilian but had Cuban expat youth coaches, and of course played in Miami. He espoused evangelical beliefs back with Cleveland. He’s married to the daughter of Atlee Hammaker, who was/is a hardcore Christian conservative.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Sep 25,2021 10:54 am || Up

        They finally showed a clear enough shot of this for me to read it when he was on first base last night.
        It just says “Land of the FREE.” In between the text and the American flag are two smaller things which I still couldn’t see clearly, but one looks like it might be a Brazilian flag and the other could be (as you suggest) a Cuban flag.

        TINSTAAFK
  75. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 12:31 pm

    Meanwhile in Bolsonaroland…

    • ptbnl Sep 5,2021 12:35 pm || Up

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  76. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2021 12:41 pm

    guys, vince like one of our tweets

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2021 1:49 pm || Up

      I take back nothing.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  77. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 5,2021 12:46 pm

    Ed is getting FK verified!!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  78. andeux andeux Sep 5,2021 12:58 pm

    Jake Lamb is stalking us.

    TINSTAAFK
  79. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 1:14 pm

    Third place

  80. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 1:25 pm

    That’s the spirit, Bob.

  81. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 2:55 pm

    *eyes emoji*

  82. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 3:06 pm

    The Cubs and the Pirates have hit a combined three grand slams in their game today, the most recent one by Frank Schwindel.

  83. Soaker Soaker Sep 5,2021 3:42 pm

    Somebody deleted something which would be how a bunch of Sept. 3 comments ended up at the bottom.

    Anyway, just looking up today’s result now and I am glad I did not annoy myself during the lovely drive through the North Cascades by listening to three hours of very predictable dreariness.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux andeux Sep 5,2021 3:56 pm || Up

      Comment restored, assuming someone clicked on “trash” accidentally.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Ice Cream Ice Cream Sep 6,2021 7:03 pm || Up

        Yeah, I think that was me with the fumble fingers then not knowing how to fix it. Apologies and thanks for restoring.

        Where is the good in "good-bye"?
  84. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 5,2021 5:05 pm

    I just cannot get behind a “U-S-A” chant

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2021 6:13 pm || Up

      I have no real idea, but would guess, that most teams have a “Go Our Nation” chant which makes their local dissenter-types cringe.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • AV AV Sep 7,2021 11:01 am || Up

        at least it’s not

        chi chi chi

        le le le

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  85. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 6:02 pm

    My heart could use a damn goal.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2021 6:28 pm || Up

      Doctor prescribes one Aaronson!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 6:39 pm || Up

        Need a refill.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 6:55 pm || Up

          Maybe make some substitutions, coach? Coach? You there?

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 5,2021 7:07 pm || Up

            Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 5,2021 7:15 pm || Up

              Super disappointing and could have been even worse. Got the benefit of a questionable call or two. Canada looked more polished with the ball in the offensive end than we did.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2021 3:41 pm || Up

                Two points from two games against not great opposition, and we’re going into game three having lost two stars to injury and one to being a dumb ass of an unknown variety. Not great!

  86. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 6,2021 10:52 am

    a guy on the covid IL stops by is a good thing now susan?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  87. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 6,2021 1:53 pm

    God dammit. RIP Michael K. Williams.

    • batgirl batgirl Sep 6,2021 2:32 pm || Up

      I know–ugh. I’m currently in season 3 of re-watching the Wire. He was so damn good.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 6,2021 3:46 pm || Up

      He was great in every role I saw. Loved him in The Night Of, Lovecraft Country, Boardwalk Empire (which he completely saved), and of course Omar might be one of the top five best TV drama characters ever. Such a loss.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 7,2021 6:15 pm || Up

  88. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 7,2021 12:34 pm

    The A’s had to return home from Toronto via Columbus, Ohio because they couldn’t pass through customs in Oakland. Mickey Morabito was not pleased:

    Morabito’s explanation: On past road series in Toronto, the A’s went through customs at the Toronto airport before flying home. But with services reduced, that wasn’t an option.

    Morabito said the A’s asked if U.S. customs officials would clear them on arrival in Oakland — where the team flies into a private fixed-base operator — but were told the size of their flight ruled that out. He said the team could also have flown into the main Oakland International Airport and gone through the international terminal, but the airport and team could not find a ground handler for their plane.

    The A’s instead were to fly to Columbus, deplane and go through customs there, then continue on to Oakland. “Because of the lack of cooperation from the Oakland airport and from Oakland customs, they’re forcing us to do this,” Morabito said.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 7,2021 12:49 pm || Up

      Something is missing from this story. Why isn’t he complaining about the reduced services in Toronto which precipitated the problem? Why wasn’t it known further in advance than that morning? Oakland doesn’t get many international incoming flights so their staff capacity is always limited. Seems like the kind of thing a vaunted advance man is supposed to be able to handle.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 7,2021 7:13 pm || Up

        Usually Americans do clear US Customs at the Toronto airport. Probably has to do with the reduced flights since we’re not allowing Canadians into the US. I went up to Blaine yesterday and I-5 was deserted, on Labor Day.

        The obvious better solution than Columbus would be to fly into SFO and get a bus to Oakland.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 7,2021 7:53 pm || Up

        is it why did frankie montas not get a visa?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  89. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 7,2021 6:05 pm

    Parking lot empty AF. Not always best indicator but could be a mighty sparse crowd tonight. It’s absolutely beautiful out too.

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

      I could easily swing by on the way home. Currently getting a bit hosed at a microbrewery in Grants Pass OR. The weekend ended the in-person season for me though.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 7,2021 7:51 pm || Up

        Tonight is most likely the last one for me. Not completely writing off a game in the M’s series in two weeks though

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 7,2021 7:57 pm || Up

          I promised the elder boy the wednesday mariners game. don’t know if i have the follow through it being a school night and all

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  90. andeux andeux Sep 7,2021 7:16 pm

    No one needs probabilities of different outcomes (to four significant digits!) based on some BS AI model changing on a pitch-by-pitch basis on the TV screen.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 7,2021 7:31 pm || Up

      I’d like to readjust the WP from the last series please, doc.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  91. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 15,2021 3:50 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.

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