Monday, April 11, 2005


TOR 10, OAK 3

And my day started off real well. I woke up, had breakfast and a few cups of coffee with my dad, chilled for a bit, went to class. Went to a job interview that I think I aced (I really need this job, this job would mean a $40K a year income without the 9-5 routine). Went to the Coliseum parking lot with a few beers in my cooler and started drinking.

Then the game started. I felt that with a few exceptions this was a very low energy game with made me think of the following movie dialogue:
Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
Larry: Lollygaggers!
Skip: Lollygaggers.
If you don't know what movie this is, then I feel sorry for you. Juan Cruz was very much a lollygagger in which an infield hit was allowed because he didn't rush over to cover first. Mark Ellis fielded the ball at the edge of the outfield grass and had to run all the way to first in an attempt for an out. The out didn't happen, of course. Lollygagger!

The last time I left an A's game before the end of the game was back in 1990, when I was in the third grade. Maybe this is an omen, maybe the A's are going to make it to the World Series this year, only to be swept. Or maybe not. It was very depressing tonight. After the sixth inning I was at my truck, drinking the last of our beers.

Offensively, ugh... LOB disease.
Team LOB: 7
Example: Runners at the corners, 1 out, Swisher up. What happens? GIDP. Well at least there was some good contact, unfortunately, with the exception of Byrnes' HR it all seemed like a bunch of routine fly balls and screaming liners into somebody's mitt. I could be exaggerating, though.

On to the positives, I can't be a total Negative Nancy.

Well the positives were as follows.

Street, this guy made hitters look foolish. I stayed an extra half inning just to see this guy pitch. Very impressive stuff, I think he's going stay with the big club for the rest of the season.

Yabu played mopup and has done well in his (so far two) appearances. If the #5 spot is open again, like another bad start or two from Saarloos, this guy will be in the running. And I am rooting for him 110%.

Well at least we got spanked when our #5 was on the mound.

Oh, yeah...There was a girl, whom I thought was a victim of a hazing incident (sorority? some team?) who was dancing around the third deck of the Coliseum in a green and yellow dinosaur/dragon costume. She was hilarious, I had a photo taken with her, another bright spot from this otherwise wretched performance.

-Note: I am not the one in the costume.
Trogdor was a man...I mean, he was DRAGON-man, I mean, he was just a dragon...
Also, no more Scutaro Watch, it's bad mojo. Instead I'll have table charting Zito's earned runs. Perhaps this reverse curse type thing will work on him. The next game I going to is the one on Friday, against the Los Angeles Angeles (of Anaheim) and guess who's pitching...Zito(sigh). I'll also try going to church in the morning on Friday. I heard from the grapevine that it's one of those "semi" days of obligation because it's part of the mourning process for the Pope, so I might as well go. I got offered a gig singing for the diocesan celebration but turned it down for the game (I didn't mention the game when I was on the phone), when I'm there, I'll also pray for the A's (well, specifically Zito) there.

Hey, it worked for the Red Sox. I heard they forgave Bill Buckner for his trespasses against Red Sox Nation at some church in Boston in place of the Pater Noster/Lord's Prayer during last year's World Series. I can bet the Archbishop of Boston didn't really like that, but for him there's much bigger fish to fry.


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