BASEBALL NEWS, WEEK OF 9/30 – 10/6

Friday, 10/4
News
Dusty Baker has been fired as manager for the Cincinnati Reds. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports claims that Baker dared the GM to fire him. Voila!
Alex Rodriguez has sued MLB for “…buying the cooperation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch to further a “witch hunt” to push him out of the game permanently…”
— Former San Francisco Giant Jack Clark has been sued by Albert Pujols for allegations of steroid use.

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— From Rays pitcher David Price: “To all sox fans I just signed for in the downpour of rain…you better cheer for me in the intros…you can boo me tomorrow”

TV Tonight:
NL Division Series: Pittsburgh Pilates v. St. Louis Ordinals – 10:07 am pst/MLB Network
AL Division Series: Tampa Bay Rays v. Boston Red Sox – 12:07 pst/TBS
NL Division Series: Lost Angeles Booooodgers v. Mylanta Braves – 3:07 pst/TBS
AL Division Series: Detroit Tiggers v. Oaktown A’s – 6:37 pst/TBS
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Thursday, 10/3
TV Tonight:
NL Division Series: Pittsburgh Pilates v. St. Louis Ordinals – 2:07 pst/TBS
NL Division Series: Lost Angeles Boooodgers v. Hotlanta Braves – 5:37 pst/TBS
Thursday Night Football: Buffalo Bills v. Cleveland Browns – 5:25 pst/NFL Network
Opening Night: Vancouver Canucks v. San Jose Sharks – 7:00 pst/CSN Bay Area

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Wednesday, 10/2
San Francisco 49er News:
Donte Whitner has filed papers to legally change his name to Donte Hitner, partially in response to the numerous monetary fines he has accrued during this football season. It was a campaign he began on yesterday as he flooded Twitter with various fan-submitted Hitner slogan.

— The Chicago Cubs are going to make a serious effort to get Joe Girardi. (source: Eastern Sports Poker Network)
Robinson Cano and his new agency (you know, the JayZ one) is said to be seeking a new deal in excess of $300 million.

TV Tonight:
MLB AL Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays v. Cleveland Indians – 5:07 pst/TBS

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Monday, 9/30
— Per MLB Trade Rumors, Astros owner Jim Crane vows to spent more money to turn the ballclub “around”.

Retirement Notices: Tod Helton – Colorado Rockies; Davey Johnson, manager Washington Nationals; Darren Oliver, Toronto Blue Jays; Mark Kotsay, San Diego Padres. (source: MLB Trade Rumor Rumors)

TV Tonight:
MLB AL Wild Card Tiebreaker: Tampa Bay Rays v. Texass Rangers – 5:07 pst/TBS
Monday Night Football: Miami Dolphins v. New Orleans Aints – 5:40 pst/Eastern Sports Poker Network

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277 Responses to BASEBALL NEWS, WEEK OF 9/30 – 10/6

  1. sandy32koufax says:

    Dodgers may need to channel 1988 with two all-star studs probably non-contributors. Ankles? WOW!

  2. mailorderwife says:

    Anyone watching the Rays v. Rangers game? Horrible umpiring call against the Rays. Hope the Rangers lose, because that call was worth a run.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I’m watching and rooting for the Rangers. I hate mossy/slats more than I dislike Tejas ownership. I’ll be the A’s fan that I really am, but, to see those kinds of A’s fans sweat it? Sorry, I’m a small person and enjoy their discomfort.

    • shoelessinlassen says:

      Yeah, I saw the play. The ball clearly hit the ground … talk about the ‘salesmanship’ of making the catch! sheesh.

  3. sandy32koufax says:

    Good for Price, bum deal for Tejas. Mossass must be gleeful

  4. xoot says:

    nice to see pierzynski contribute to the rangers loss. price is a helluva pitcher.

  5. mailorderwife says:

    Nothing like watching angry D’s giving speeches on CSPAN. Quite historical evening of sheer tea party terrorism if the shutdown goes.

  6. mailorderwife says:

    I’m so excited!!! Shopping for health insurance.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      LOLOLOLOLOL

      IDLike the bill the way it’s written any more than most do. For me it isn’t comprehensive enough in actual “reform” or reining in costs in any way but a hopeful one. That said It’s a start, I hope, towards a single-payer system that is the envy of the world.

      (not holding my breath, besides, I’m got UBC coverage)

      • mailorderwife says:

        It’s not perfect or what I wanted. I know what is available in other countries, and how I could buy 500 doses of my prescription for meds for $5 as opposed to the $128 (reduced from $3k). However as someone with a very big pre-condition, this is like a dream come true for me. I am currently insured through my husband, and they put a year hold on treating any illness involving my condition.

        The fact that someone with a pre-existing condition can just get insurance off the bat? WOW. And it will kick in well before my husband’s insurance.

        • Chico says:

          I am very happy for you MOW.. Health insurance that isn’t tied to employment and that doesn’t discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions? Fantastic! A step in the right direction.

        • xoot says:

          Saw a headline just now says Obama’s using the huge rush to sign up for insurance today as proof that the Republicans are doing nothing but harm with their bs stonewalling. Maybe this insurance thing will ruin the GOP for a while.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Well, the big deal is the debt ceiling fight on Oct 17th. If the Republicans want to drive the world economy over the cliff again in the name of intractability, they just may do that. Their sole mission in life appears to make Obama look bad at every turn. As in Bill O’Reilly saying yesterday that it would have been better for the US to bomb Syria rather than look ‘weak’ with the solution that came about through the Russians.

    Back when health care reform was bandied about in 2008, my hope was Obama would set out to remove insurance companies from the process of driving up profits for themselves at the cost of everything else. Silly me.

    Yes, this is a start. But there’s so much farther this could go to actually being a benefit to all.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    And what really pisses me off is, why doesn’t Obama just say the ACA law was passed in 2008? If the Republicans want to revise it, wait until AFTER it has been enacted. Like all the other changes to the millions of other laws that have been passed.

    • Chico says:

      I think that’s the D’s strategy. I agree. It would be nice to hear Obama say that. If the law is so bad, why not let it be fully implemented and then slaughter the democrats in the next election? I think they’re scared that some folks will like it.

      • shoelessinlassen says:

        Yes. Exactly. The exchanges in states that are actually working to implement and make it happen (like California, Oregon, etc.) will finally provide me the opportunity to opt in, pre-existing or not, virtually everyone becomes eligible.

  9. Chico says:

    I just saw a video clip where these three southern women were asked ‘what do you like better, the affordable care act or obamacare’ — all three said ‘the affordable care act. Obamacare is a disaster’ You can’t make this stuff up.

  10. Chico says:

    A perfect example of the idiot with many accounts fucking with the thumbs system. It’s MR. P.Y. Go to the comments and sort by oldest to newest. The top three comments for over an hour were the left/leaning ones. Look at the time stamps on the 3 most popular comments. The top three comments are all the same dude – Mr. P.Y.

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Calif-health-exchange-draws-heavy-interest-4858974.php

  11. sandy32koufax says:

    There and several others around the whole issue of ACA and the shutdown.

    Since Sunday maybe. Whatta dickless pos

    • Chico says:

      “San Fran-” – it’s him. He never spaces when he does that dash (-).. That’s his fingerprint. I have brought this up many many times before only to be proven right πŸ™‚

  12. Chico says:

    Here is another one of his troll accounts — what a stupid troll.

  13. mailorderwife says:

    Well, I went shopping for healthcare and was ABSOLUTELY THRILLED. My husband groused a bit that the cost was a bit high, but I reminded him that we shopped for insurance a few months back. The cost was virtually the same, if not more, and there was still the whole PRE-EXISTING COVERAGE ordeal.

    To know that I could just go out and get nice insurance was beyond my expectations. Yes, I would love the French system of healthcare that isn’t being choked by pharmacy and insurance companies, but this is a great step.

    Just to show you how bad insurance companies are, both my husband and I are covered by insurance. However, there is pre-existing coverage menace which means that while I can get basic coverage, I cannot go to the hospital for any ailment related to my illness. With my illness being diabetes, just about ANYTHING could be attributed or caused by this. Diabetes has so many far-reaching complications that you can quite possibly blame anything on it, with the exception of those acts of God or fast moving vehicles — and I bet they’ll even make a case for diabetes, since that bitch Halle Berry did a hit and run a few years back and blamed her blood sugar. My husband’s employers — some billionaire tycoons — have instructed the insurance companies to pay for all expenses, but they can do nothing about the pre-existing clause. Hence in my case, I can get comprehensive and complete coverage with ACA before my pre-existing time out lapses. And this, folks, IS THE BEST DAMN NEWS.

    This is not the socialist system that the right wing are imagining. We are still going to pay, and quite a bit of money. But it’s insurance that matters.

    Interestingly, I had a conversation with a Swedish friend. He wondered why Americans were so anti-tax, because his country has proven time and again that tax has taken care of many basic things. In a country that likes to chant U-S-A at every given opportunity, we can be a bit more united and responsible for each other.

    • xoot says:

      The internets were overwhelmed today with people who’ve been screwed by the insurance companies up to now. I had no idea that the “uninsured” population is probably smaller than the “under-insured”–and that the under is due to the f’ing insurance companies’ exclusions. It doesn’t surprise me, given my experience with insurance companies generally, but I’d just never heard the scope of the crime described so clearly.

      Who in their right mind does not think that we’re all better off overall if everyone who needs treatment gets treatment? It’s like education. The more people who have it the better off we all are. Health care and education are two things that should be absolute fundamental rights. We can afford it.

      btw, based on the news reports I’ve seen, the monthly price I pay to add my two kids to my health insurance is about equal to what insurance would cost for them on the new exchange.

      • mailorderwife says:

        Excellent post, Xoot. It is likely that the underinsured that must wait for pre-existing barriers to clear are most in need of medical care.

        I understand that ACA also will allow you to add adult children up to 26 or 27 to your insurance? If so, that is wonderful.

        • xoot says:

          I think that’s right. Now you can keep your kids on your policy if they stay in college. Reminds me of the draft deferment I had during the VN war. . . . Anyway, no doubt ObamaCare is a step in the right direction. Of course, as Chico points out, an Affordable Care Act would be so much better.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Great news, MOW. From all that I’d been reading from the astrotufers at Huffpo and the gate, CA’s page was down or not-op. Prices, I’d imagine will stabilize as more small companies get involved. Think “People’s Insurance” or pharmacies from the past. Because I’ve almost always had union medical coverage, the only time I had to worry about being excluded was when I was on my wife’s plan thru Cigna. Good thing she was an employee because, at that time at least, they did not exclude spouses with PECs.
          Man it’s been an odd three weeks around ACA and the fight to defund it…

  14. xoot says:

    Hey, baseball-wise–didn’t that Russel Martin play for the doggers way back? I seem to remember being annoyed that I couldn’t develop a dislike for him. Helluva player. Go Bucs!

  15. xoot says:

    TBS just showed video of the Braves beating the Pirates that last time Pittsburgh made it into the PS. It all came down to a hit to LF and a throw to the plate that was late, and, to be fair, a bit off line. The replay tonight didn’t make it clear who played LF for the Pirates then. Of course, it was Barry Bonds. The guy is being erased from history. He is the post-modern (or, if you want, the “post-racial”–a ridiculous term) Jack Johnson.

    But go Bucs!

  16. sandy32koufax says:

    I’m rooting for LA but Pitt is a cool underdog.

  17. sandy32koufax says:

    Look who the postgame interviewee is…

    I HATE McWhoops

  18. Chico says:

    Does anyone here subscribe to the online version of the New York Times?

  19. Chico says:

    I remember their comment section was quality before it wet behind a pay wall and I couldn’t comment anymore. I would just like to comment about every day topics without dealing with a guy who says that Kaiser is upping his premiums 133.9%, and right after that he says that Kaiser is dropping him (which is it!?!), or a guy who claims that he read the whole ACA law where he claims that “first sentence of each paragraph of roughly 1100 pages (out of 2700)” when people post factual links (PDF) that prove that it was only 900 or so pages long — all the while realizing that all of these people are *the same person.* I’m sick of it and I’d like a balanced forum where even the opposition is somewhat rational without censorship of completely legit comments that were not personal attacks or violations that aren’t against the TOS. The comments seem to be well thought out on the NYT.

  20. Chico says:

    Cardinals vs Pirates. I’m going for the Pirates. When my wife and I took our kids to their first game this year, it was against the Pirates and we got smoked 12-2, or was it 12-3? Anyways, I have never seen a whole team hit the ball as hard (in person) as the Pirates did that night.. I sat next to Pedro Alvarez’s uncle, who was a great guy to talk to.

    I’m also going for the Tribe in the AL. I loved Harry Doyle.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Too bad you’re to young to have seen some of the Giants or A’s teams from the 60’s and 70’s. Especially the Swingin’ A’s of ’72…

  21. Chico says:

    Oh, and happy birthday to MOW! I hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks for all you do.

  22. xoot says:

    Pirates all the way! I would really enjoy watching that team roast a stuffed Puig in LA and then take the WS with style.

    btw, I’m going to be conducting a scientific experiment on myself. A friend invited me to Friday’s A’s game. After all the stupidity I’ve seen on sfgate related to the A’s, it’s hard for me to imagine rooting for them. But I can’t root against them. I’ll be monitoring my emotions carefully after the game, hoping to see how the mysterious tentacles of allegiance deploy–or don’t.

    • mailorderwife says:

      I plan on rooting for the A’s because the metal needs to stay in the Bay. It’ll come back to San Francisco next year, of course. I lived in the East Bay for a few years and might be one of the few humans left that love Oaktown, so I try not to let the Mossbacks of the world — who use the internet for the same reason a tiny tooled man buys a giant big truck — ruin my loyalties.

      PNC Park looks pretty cool, btw. Very AT&Tish. I’d probably cheer on Pittsburgh to beat people, especially if it is the Dodgers. But the Indians? They can kiss my butt. Any organization that calls me up at 5am to ask if I want season tickets, then does it again — only HANGS UP after I answer — deserves to burn in hell.

      • Chico says:

        You’re not! I like the city of Oakland too. Wy wife and I used to hang out on College ave right there near Broadway. We shopped at the trader Joes and ate at a lot of those places. And Everett & Jones has the best BBQ sauce in the world! Even growing up on the coast – just about every kid had fond memories of going to the circus or motorcross in Oakland.

    • Chico says:

      I will be rooting against them but rooting for you to have a good time Xoot. $35 to $45 dollar playoff tickets? Hey I’d go but my wife will be out of town for work. Just me and the kids this weekend. It’s going to be weird.

      • xoot says:

        I hope it’s a sell out. Seeing tarpville inhabited will be fun. Our seats are ok. The weather’s going to be classic Oakland October. I live three blocks up the hill from Broadway & College.

        • mailorderwife says:

          Oh man. Great area! I lived like 3 blocks north of Leon’s BBQ in Berkeley. Have a great time, and remember to boo their owner. Do they still parade around an elephant, or was that a Finley only thing?

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Have fun x-man. Ecoli is still as fun as it was when we were going to Days On The Green if you remember two things:

          1) It’s a nostalgic setting that won’t change, except for the tarps:)

          2) The A’s are a bay area team that anyone can get behind if the team they root for is out. Oh, and have those great tarps! (too bad they’re undeploying them…is that a real word?)

  23. Chico says:

    here is Sandy, mixing it up with the asshole. All of the comments with the positive thumbs up are PY. What a fucking loser. http://blog.sfgate.com/morford/2013/10/01/you-will-die-itchy-and-a-little-fat/?plckOnPage=5&plckItemsPerPage=10&plckSort=TimeStampDescending

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I’ve seen a steady disappearance of my comments…deletions…abuse where none actually took place.

      I need 7,982 accts so I can be a crazed madhatter too!

      • mailorderwife says:

        Did they zap your comments? I saw lots of those COMMENTS REMOVED from the link, so I stopped looking.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          “They” didn’t…our “friend” from Walnetto Creepyo is responsible.

          • xoot says:

            That guy’s back at it? What a tool. Remember the night we blasted him away with “that’s probaly right” etc.? He went wild. And I’ll bet he dumped dozens of emails onto vk threatening god knows what.

            • sandy32koufax says:

              Yes. And what fun that night was:-)

              I feel badly sometimes for VK. Can you imagine having to deal with an obviously unhinged person like that for any length of time?

  24. sandy32koufax says:

    ” Robinson Cano and his new agency (you know, the JayZ one) is said to be seeking a new deal in excess of $300 million.”

    Hmmm πŸ˜‰

    Isn’t Mark Ellis approaching 37?

  25. mailorderwife says:

    I miss the SF Giants in the post season. San Francisco, dressed in pumpkin orange and black for October, is just the best.

    • Chico says:

      LOL, you countered with 2pac.. Hilarious!

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Tribe’s getting whooped

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Excellent play at first to make DP possible…

          • xoot says:

            Another guy in the 2002 draft the A’s ignored because he was coming out of HS.

            • sandy32koufax says:

              Hey!

              Lose the Billytude if you’re going to Oaktown πŸ˜‰

            • xoot says:

              The A’s took Swisher instead of Loney (and then, very poorly, Blanton instead of Cain). Funny to see both those guys at 1B tonight. And my disdain for Billy B will never diminish. Tampa Bay’s been a lot more successful since rising out of the expansion team hole in 2008, despite similarly terrible money (and a terrible “park”). Billy B believes the PS is a “crapshoot.” Ergo, he’s willing to head into the LDS with what could turn out to be a crap rotation. Colon may be back, or he may be ready to lapse back into the dead arm doldrums that got him benched for two weeks. Sonny Gray may be a bolt of lightning, or a kid being led to the slaughter. That’s not genius at work; that’s just shooting craps.

              • sandy32koufax says:

                Loney’s resurgance been a huge part of Tampa’s game all year. Comeback nominee for sure. Swisher has been a more consistent and productive guy since they both came up though.

                As to Billy, I’m in way saying you shouldn’t keep feeling what you do, simply that you will in the O.co. I think that’s what Beane really does too-sabremetrics aside. Look at possibilities and throw the dice based on combinations.

              • xoot says:

                Don’t worry. I’ll enjoy being in the O.co/E Coli. I’ve been going to games there since 1980.

  26. xoot says:

    Last year TBS’s artificial sounds synced better with the video. I’ve changed cable companies, so maybe that’s why. In any event, the “crack of the bat” and “thump of the mitt” sound pretty much the same whether the batter hits a weak foul ball or a HR and whether the pitch is a 75 mph curve or a 95 mph FB. Ridiculous bs.

  27. sandy32koufax says:

    I’ve had it with this cat from walnut creek. I’m asking for verification of his IP addy then sending the results to his employers. The dude is a megalomaniac and way the fuck out of control.

  28. sandy32koufax says:

    97 MPH, 98 MPH, 99 MPH

  29. sandy32koufax says:

    Jose Molina just keeps popping up. A good defensive catcher never goes out of work for too long.

  30. mailorderwife says:

    Bye Cleveland Bye! Missed the game. Was out eating French food. Best husband on the planet.

  31. xoot says:

    Well, I’m starting to like the Rays. Rodney’s act doesn’t impress me, but it’s no worse than big beards or faux Irish jigs. And he definitely has closer stuff. I just realized that Demon Young has come full circle. Back in 2007, when the Rays changed their name from “Devil Rays,” one of the first moves they made was trading Demon. Now he’s back, hitting HRs. He was Detroit’s DH last year, however, and the Giants kept him running for his life in the OF. . . .

    • mailorderwife says:

      Was thinking the same thing. I hate Florida, but these Rays are appealing. I love their manager, or any guy who isn’t afraid of the horned rim. Love their pitching staff. It isn’t all about “anybody but the Dodgers,” because there are a few teams I’d like to see win.

      Demon always ends up on the playoff squads, too. He’ll never live down his throw to home, though.

      • xoot says:

        We’ll always have this:

        • mailorderwife says:

          Whoa!

        • sandy32koufax says:

          Young gets 50 games for that but Braun only gets 65 for a second time getting caught for the same offense? Int league is a better league re punishment? Remember Alomar spitting on an ump for what, a 5 game sit down?

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Heat wins. And throwing around 100 MPH is uber hot heat. Young is just one of those guys like Hindu was, always in it, and good for him. He does look a little fatter this years though.

        Come on, MOW. You KNOW if the A’s don’t make it you can’t root for the Cards or the Bravos for a great variety of reasons but you CAN root for the Dodgers because they are from CA!

        • mailorderwife says:

          To be honest, I would root for the Cardinals if it’s not the A’s. I can’t knock their organization. Class up and down.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            Well, “to be honest,” I’ve been a Cards fan since I was 3 or 4. Except when they play LA πŸ™‚

            • mailorderwife says:

              Always root for your first love, I say.

              I also don’t mind the Braves, except their fans need to be firebombed for the annoying chant. I met my husband in Georgia and have good friends there, so I want them to beat the gullivers out of their first playoff component.

  32. xoot says:

    First mlb game I ever attended was a Cardinals home game. I was 5. I have no recollection who they played or who won. I do remember my parents talking about what a great player that guy Musial was. No nostalgia here, however. A Pirates / Rays WS is my hope. In the short term, I definitely want Tampa Bay to beat the RSux.

    • mailorderwife says:

      What a nice memory! The baseball lineup would be a nice WS, too. For some reason, though, I can never forgive the Pirates for the 80’s era uniforms.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      A 1988 reprise is my hope πŸ™‚

      My old man took me to old Busch Stadium in 1964. I don’t remember the game either but I still have a pilsner glass from it with signatures of the team…even the Boyers

  33. Chico says:

    Watched the last few innings at my buddies pizzeria. The Rays have a good bullpen. Very good. Maybe because I don’t pay much attention to AL ball but man, nasty stuff.

  34. sandy32koufax says:

  35. mailorderwife says:

  36. Chico says:

    It’s gotten so bad that I’m helping some of my facebook friends understand the ACA.. Seriously, people don’t pay attention and they don’t understand things.. It’s frustrating. If you’re logged onto facebook, look at your ticker feed to the right and you can see what I’m commenting on: Once you do that, give me a round of applause! ‘13,000 dollar deductible’ – NO Narice, that’s the maximum you will pay even for cancer treatment! You got qouted $540 a month for a 40 year old couple with two kids? That’s a damn good deal!

    • mailorderwife says:

      Yeah…now that we have it, there are some people who believe that insurance is free. You’re going to have to pay, and the rates are competitive. Too many people are complaining about the cost, not quite understanding the amount of money saved. My in-laws have been paying close to $4k a month for insurance, and this is a great savings to them for the same quality of care — meaning that my father-in-law’s misc expensive surgeries can now be covered for the fraction of the price. Also, it is tons more cheaper than losing one’s house to bankruptcy.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        I am SO glad that I have collective bargaining and a great UBC President. He was Financial secretary of 1506 in Hollywood when I first joined-Doug McCarron-an old friend πŸ™‚

  37. mailorderwife says:

    Clint Barnes is no Bruce Bochy. Yikes. Pull Burnett already, or have you not heard of the St. Louis Cardinals in the post-season?

  38. sandy32koufax says:

    AWESOME STAT-Dodgers are 35-0 when leading 4-0 this season…

    • sandy32koufax says:

      OOPS!

      That is Kersh’s record overall with a 4-0 lead-I needa put down less beers so quickly during the pregame;-)

  39. sandy32koufax says:

    That is why I don’t like AJ

  40. mailorderwife says:

    Sharks season starting. No more time for baseball!! HOCKEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Window’s closing FAST! Sharks are the maybe the worst playoff team in the history of major sports.

      How do I justify saying that? With all the stud names and huge moves they’ve made, with all of the awesome ops they’ve had to win a cup, tell me how many they have.

      Sharks are the Padres of the NHL-worse cuz they’ve had more chances in less time…

      • mailorderwife says:

        I guess you haven’t been keeping up with the Sharks news this year.

        Hit return too soon.

        Sure they don’t win, but GO SHARKS. I don’t follow sports teams because they win. I follow them because I hope that they will win.

        • sandy32koufax says:

          I read that whole “window is closing” thing today on several different outlets. Hey, IDThink any of us at JDR follow or support a team because they’re winning anything, just because they are the teams we like to love.

          When was UCLA or Fresno St a huge NCAA factor?

          • sandy32koufax says:

            I helped build the Shark Tank back in the early 90’s and am damn proud of it. I bought the first versions of their jerseys and hats too. I’ve just never been a hockey fan except for my buddy’s sons teams…

            • mailorderwife says:

              Hockey is perhaps the only sports I’ll watch with *interest*, even if my team isn’t in the mix of things. There is no Joe Buck or schmaltzy opening to ruin a pure sports experience for me. It’s also the only sport that makes it impossible to do nails at the same time. Huzzah.

              • sandy32koufax says:

                Hey I’m all LOL at the second part of your post, Boo. And ya know, Jack Buck was doable but Joe IS a mondo doofus

            • mailorderwife says:

              Oh…did you put the Sharks head in? I’ve never been to the Shark Tank. Will have to do that one day. I’m going to see the Sharks at the Staples Center, though.

              • sandy32koufax says:

                I built the entire exterior and most of the “lid’/roof area. Fun job being so near to my usual haunts at the time and I lived just a few blocks away which made my commute time about 7 minutes.

              • sandy32koufax says:

                You should test drive the pavilion though, it’s Staples but it is a cool venue. I saw James Taylor Carole King and (gulp, she made me go!) George Michael there and Ringling Bros and took my kids to see the ice show…it is a cool place.

  41. sandy32koufax says:

    Really? Medlin hits Puig? Really?

    • mailorderwife says:

      I don’t know why the Braves even bother with post-season.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        VERY Shark-like πŸ˜‰

        • mailorderwife says:

          At least the fans show up to the Shark Tank in post-season.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            And Dodger fans don’t? ur high bebe

            • mailorderwife says:

              Regular season ::ahem::. Seriously…haven’t seen a single Dodger fan walking around here. They’ll get on the bandwagon if they clear the NL championship hurdles, just as they finally came around to the Kings when they went made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

              Don’t be so sensitive, old man! I was referring to the Braves less-than-stellar attendance for tonight’s game. Not the Doodgers. Chavez Ravine promises to be full of 10000 boy bands and Magic Johnson’s ego.

  42. mailorderwife says:

    The funniest thing on Twitter is MLB Jesus, who roots for every team except the Dodgers. And this *really* upsets Dodger fans, who seem to believe that the real Jesus hates the Dodgers. They’re probably correct, of course.

  43. xoot says:

    Hey, there’s a game on tonight. Long day at work. Pirates sure failed to get out of the starting gate quickly. Hmmmmm. The yankees west vs. the fascist pigs. Where’s that Perry Mason episode the cable people recorded for me earlier today . . . . .;)

  44. xoot says:

    The Atlanta fans just booed Upton? HTF can you boo anybody on your team in the post-season? That is just outrageous. They’re in the PS, you stupid chopping dimwits! That’s why you’re enjoying the god damned game!

  45. sandy32koufax says:

    Kersh is having a great game w/o his curveball?

  46. sandy32koufax says:

    Wow, the Bravos are getting some terrible calls on check swings…and they’re the home team?

  47. sandy32koufax says:

    According to the LATimes, Dodgers aren’t supposed to “match up as well” against the Braves as the Braves do against the Dodgers.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-1003-atlanta-braves-20131003,0,1379529.story#axzz2gdpg1Il0

  48. Chico says:

    The Braves payed horrible baseball. And Kershaw was his usual self. Fuck.

  49. sandy32koufax says:

    Pujols may be as big an idiot for his suit against Clark as Ar*id is for his.

    Nah…

  50. Chico says:

    Dusty got canned? Wow.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Calling all attys!

      I hope he throws it out but if he does, I wonder what the appellate court may rule re MLB’s exemption on anti-trust…a further weakening?

  51. sandy32koufax says:

    Boston is schooling TB

  52. sandy32koufax says:

    “Chop-tober” is one of the ugliest rallying cries ever.

  53. sandy32koufax says:

    Greinke’s been having a tough night so far. And the pain continues…

  54. sandy32koufax says:

    Paco sux tonight.

  55. sandy32koufax says:

    TERRIBLE CALL ON GORDON’S STEAL ATTEMPT

  56. sandy32koufax says:

    LA loses but “Homefield” advantage is gone πŸ™‚

    Chokeland gave up three first inning runs. Bartolo, curtain call?

    • mailorderwife says:

      I guess this has been a not so good year for Verlander.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        No it hasn’t compared to his past several but he’s still a stud that can handle Oakland if he’s on. Colon-oscopy has gotten a bit better, at this point he’s retired 5 straight. Cabrerra is up now though…and he lines out to Crispy to make it six straight set down.

        • mailorderwife says:

          What happened to Crisp’s afro? Shows you how much I keep up with the A’s.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            He’s been “Showt” Braids, Boof

            • sandy32koufax says:

              You remember how the Bruthuhs did it back in the day…braid it then comb it out, ya? So is he but he’s losing his hair and he had it cut “showt.”

              • mailorderwife says:

                I miss afros. Angela Davis ruled.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Sorry but she wasn’t viewed as someone to emulate in our house. The Soledad bros and her “afro” made me take an awful long time to rethink her place in my world.

                • mailorderwife says:

                  Her afro was amazing.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  You know who’s afro ruled?

                  Lea Esther Perkins. I was dazzled by her from the fifth grade to senior yr. Her Fro was about three feet wide by the time we graduated. WHAT a sexy face n bod she had under it too πŸ˜‰

                  Foxy was the phrase

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Do you remember “The Sylvers?” (Boogie Fever, Hotline?)

                  ALL of them came to my HS and had HUGE afros

                  My buddy had a tinyfro, his mom was strict and he’d done something dumb, was so jazzed to be around black people in Santa Clara in 1976.

                • mailorderwife says:

                  Hotline Hotline! Calling On the Hotline! For Your Love! For Your Love!

                  Yeah…I loved the Sylvers back in the day. Very danceable. Also, Sly Stone had a nice fro going. The unsung fashion of the 70s with the tiny, rectangular glasses, feathered hat and long coat with some sort of animal print trim plus bell bottoms and platform shoes. Diamond in the back, sunroof top, digging the scene with a gangsta lean….

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Sly had some cool songs-Family Affair and Runnin Away were my two Fvas but all of their music was fun. “Cynthia n Jerry got a message that’s sayin-ALL THE SQUARES GO HOME!”

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  And ya, Plats, pleated pants with GIANT cuffs at the bottom…

                • mailorderwife says:

                  Hot Fun In The Summertime was the essential Oaktown song. Love it.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  I know this isn’t “70’s” but when you brought HFITSTime, I thought of this cuz it replaced that Sly tune for me.

              • mailorderwife says:

                Remember the original Kool & The Gang instrumental?

  57. sandy32koufax says:

    Reddick! Great throw from short right NAILS Martinez by a mile.

  58. sandy32koufax says:

    Say what you wanna, Prince Fielder can move it pretty good when he wants to

  59. sandy32koufax says:

    • mailorderwife says:

      There was one summer where I had nothing planned. I was in between childhood and teenage years, so I just sat at home all summer soaking my feet in baby oil and listening to the (losing) San Francisco Giants. I listened to this song a lot. Strange memories of those weird years, when I was forced to grow up against my will. Had great summers after that, though!

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Lots of us grew up too soon, MOW. We came north after an acrimonious divorce and all I felt close to were the Dodgers and my dad. Fortunately, A.M, radio was different then and I could get every Vin Scully called game on KFI. No mas, amiga. This song didn’t come to me until after I’d been introduced to Kool by “Hollywood Swinging”

  60. sandy32koufax says:

    TARPS!

  61. sandy32koufax says:

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I have NO idea how I committed all of those idiot errors…must be playing left field for SF? πŸ™‚

      PLease erase/take down all of those extra “Summertimes” for me? TY

  62. sandy32koufax says:

    Someone with admin rights please remove all of the duplicate vids? Thanks

    • mailorderwife says:

      I contemplated it because you made a snide remark about our left field. And then I realized that you were right.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        See?

        This past season even shaman could have played left field πŸ™‚

        Hey shaman, get well buddy

        • mailorderwife says:

          Come back to us, Shaman!

          • sandy32koufax says:

            One day, he’ll get curious.

              • xoot says:

                Something’s messed up with the posting. I tried to put this below and it got inserted into the middle of last night’s discussion.

                So I survived the assault of the yellow rally rags and drunken 20-year-old flag-wavers. Some guy named Matt Cain sang the anthem and GBA. Well, probably Matt β€œKane,” but it sure sounded odd. A melee broke out late in the game down behind the Detroit bullpen. One cop jumped over the wall with his billy club swinging. Most of the A’s swung the bat less effectually. The place was LOUD. Fun time, but not close to a good Giants game.

                Before the game, I asked my A’s fan friend why the A’s insist on carrying 3 or 4 DHs. Oh, not any more, he said. Melvin has a platoon system now. Watch Daric Barton at 1B tonight. He’s a good defender . . . . Uh huh. Cespedes, of course, looked great at the plate and bad in the field. Scherzer looked like one tough SOB, the way he paced around the mound after the Cespedes bomb and then got back up on the hill to finish the inning, at well over 100 pitches, with no one warming up in the Detroit pen. The A’s have their work cut out for them.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Burns used to do security at the Coliseum until sometime in the 80’s. They used to carry something truncheon-like and were expert at wielding it. I guess Haas didn’t like that so they switched to OPD. Either way, seems O.co is more prone to incidents than most A’s fans will own up to. Funny abt the name of the National Anthem guy πŸ˜‰

                  Ya, A’s are screwed if they can’t get outta Oaktown with a win.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  wordpress is STILL acting up.

                • mailorderwife says:

                  Yeah..can’t seem to start a post.

                  A’s need to step it up some here. Meanwhile, I’ll be watching hockey.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Here ya go, first hit by Donaldson, straight up the middle for hit #1

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Damn Verlander’s curve is wicked when it works. 7 K’s through 4

                • mailorderwife says:

                  This game needs more Panda.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Serious pitching duel.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Hunter had an awesome, comeback of the year type of season. Watching him last night and tonight makes me wonder if, at age 37, it’s time to become a DH…

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  AH, good knowledge, chuckster. This site has been screwy since last night…and yes, some posts removed before the trouble began. How does one “reboot the system?”

                • mailorderwife says:

                  Hahaha it’s all your nutty video postings. I’ll make a new post right now for the next week’s worth of trades. Give me a sec.

                • mailorderwife says:

                  OKAY NEW POST UP! Discard this one because it is borked.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Borked. you funny

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  BLAME? I dint remove jack πŸ˜›

                • unca_chuck says:

                  JDR, did you delete a post? WordPress goes nuts when you do that. Timestamps go crazy…

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  “mailorderwife says:
                  October 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm
                  Yeah..can’t seem to start a post.

                  A’s need to step it up some here. Meanwhile, I’ll be watching hockey.”

                  You’re missing a damn good baseball game.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Grey(?) Gray(?) is having as fine a night as Verlander. Nice pitcher’s game

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Thanks, Kiddo

  63. sandy32koufax says:

    Cespedes tags the two-run shot deep left ctr!

    3-2 Dee Troyt

  64. mailorderwife says:

    This sell out business doesn’t look good for Wolff. He really should build something nice down near Jack London Square to rival AT&T. This notion that both clubs cannot co-exist within the same space is bullshit, and they can draw lots more from the East Bay.

  65. mailorderwife says:

    So Greinke. You didn’t want him because he just wanted to go to the highest bidder. He has no heart?

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I didn’t want him fopr just that reason but he has shown great heart this season.

      I think he felt the heat and listened to whoever it was that told him that he was being perceived in that manner, as a merc. When he came back so quickly from his shoulder injury he proved his mettle to me. HIs stats this year were pretty nice too.

  66. sandy32koufax says:

    Here ya go…

  67. sandy32koufax says:

  68. sandy32koufax says:

    Forget trying to post anymore vids. WP is sucky again for some reason.

  69. sandy32koufax says:

    Tiggers winnit

  70. sandy32koufax says:

    So far Verlander owns the Oakland hitters.

  71. sandy32koufax says:

    Gray’s holding his own, xoot. Looking good doing too.

  72. sandy32koufax says:

    The announcing team for the A’s game is worse than any I’ve ever heard. Yes. Any.

  73. xoot says:

    The A’s have the advantage going into the bullpens, on paper, but the Tigers are due for a blast. good game.

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