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2006-04-03 18:20
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

It appears to be raining throughout the country. In addition to the rain outside my window, last night the 2006 season kicked off with a game between the second and third best teams in baseball that was ruined by a nearly three-hour rain delay. Tonight, with bad weather already looming over the Bay Area, we may see a repeat of last night's mess except with the first and fourth best teams in the game as the participants.

For those who might misinterpret that last statement as the homerism of an admitted die-hard Yankee fan, it is the host Oakland A's whom I believe are the best team in baseball, with the hometown Yankees coming up fourth (for what it's worth, I expect the Red Sox to do battle for fifth place with whomever emerges from the National League scrum).

The A's won just 88 games last year, but, as I predicted at the outset, 2005 was merely a trial run for the team that will take the field tonight. Among the Athletics who enjoyed their first full major league season last year were closer and AL Rookie of the Year Huston Street, starting pitchers Dan Haren and Joe Blanton, outfielder Nick Swisher, and first baseman Dan Johnson. Meanwhile, young stars Bobby Crosby and Rich Harden battled injuries in what would have otherwise been just their second full seasons in the bigs. All of these players can be expected to improve this year, be it due to increased health, experience, or a combination of the two.

To this emerging core, the A's have added the explosive bat of Frank Thomas and the explosive personality of Milton Bradley. There's no guarantee that either will stay healthy long enough to make 300 plate appearances, let alone twice that many, but for as long as they are in the line-up, they will represent a tremendous improvement over the departed Scott Hatteberg and Erubiel Durazo and demoted Bobby Keilty (temporarily in triple-A to give the A's an extra pitcher to cope with the impending rain) and Jay Payton.

Payton's removal from the lineup gives the A's a righty power bat on the bench that similarly upgrades the team's support staff, which last year involved way too much Eric Byrnes (which is to say, any). The Bradley trade, meanwhile, also netted Antonio Perez, a high-on-base utility man who pushes futility man Marco Scutaro—who spent a large chunk of the past two seasons starting in place of injured middle infielders Crosby (in 2005) and Ellis (in 2004)—yet another notch down the depth chart.

Elsewhere the A's have added a pair of former Yankee hurlers. Erstwhile swing man Esteban Loaiza, who put up handsome numbers in the pitchers paradise of RFK last year with the Nationals, joins Oakland as a fifth starter, taking over for Kirk Saarloos and his 2.99 K/9. Meanwhile, my one-time pet cause, Admiral Brad Halsey, will slide into the bullpen as a long-relief lefty behind the similarly repurposed and regally named Joe Kennedy. The Paperboy, who just turned 25 years old in February, can also deliver more effective spot starts than Saarloos and could very well work his way into the A's rotation to stay should Loaiza regain his Yankee form. Either way, these two ex-Yanks again push a player who got way too much exposure last year, in this case Saarloos, further down the depth chart.

Some of these improvements will likely be offset by the regression that can be expected from set-up man Justin Duchscherer, who appeared to make the leap in his second full season at age 27, and second baseman Mark Ellis, who returned from a year lost to labrum surgery to be more productive than in either of his previous two major league seasons. But then those two are young enough (the older Ellis will be 29 on 6/6/6) that their improvements could very well be real. Meanwhile, Barry Zito and Eric Chavez are not only still in green and gold, but both are younger than both Duchscherer and Ellis.

On top of all of that, this is a ballclub that fell five games shy of their Pythagorean record in 2005, the fulfillment of which would have tied them with the Indians just two games behind the Angels, Yanks and Red Sox in the overall American League standings.

As for the Yankees, they actually exceeded their Pythagorean record by five games last year, but that's become an annual event for the Bombers. In fact, nine of Joe Torre's ten Yankee clubs have exceeded their Pythagorean record, the one exception coming in 1997. Call it the Mariano Rivera effect. With Rivera slamming the door, the Yankees are able to win more close games that would be expected given their overall run differential, which in recent years has been further skewed by some extremely problematic starting pitching. It's the latter that explains why the A's didn't experience a similar effect given their excellent end game in 2005. Unlike the Yankees, the A's also managed to lose small due to strong starting pitching that was often victimized by an offense that scored fewer than four runs per game for the first two months of the season. (see pages 132 to 137 of Mind Game for my analysis of these effects on the Yankees' Pythagorean records).

Unlike the A's, the Yankees can expect regression (Sheffield and Mussina due to age and nagging injuries, Rodriguez and Chacon because of abnormal 2005 production, Sturtze and Small because the clock has struck midnight, and possibly even Jeter, who's thirtieth birthday is receding in the rearview) that will, at minimum, offset whatever improvements they might enjoy elsewhere (a full season of the rejuvenated Giambi, full-seasons of more experienced Cano and Wang, possible rebounds to previous levels of production by Johnson and Matsui, and perhaps even a bit of bounce from Wright, courtesy of that Mussina curve, Proctor, given a new more suitable role, and Bernie, who couldn't be much worse than last year).

Will all else evening out, the Yankees' offseason moves aren't sexy enough to inspire much enthusiasm, but despite their drab appearance, they all represent improvements, even if those improvements are largely because of the atrociousness of the players being replaced. I've prattled on enough about my expectations for the Yankees this year elsewhere, but allow me to jump the gun on my usual roster breakdown just a tad and give you some specifics:

Who's Replacing Whom?

Johnny Damon replaces Tony Womack and Tino Martinez
Kelly Stinnett replaces John Flaherty
Miguel Cairo replaces Matt Lawton and Rey Sanchez
Andy Phillips inherits Ruben Sierra's at-bats
Shawn Chacon takes over Kevin Brown's starts
Chein-Ming Wang takes over Al Leiter's starts
Kyle Farnsworth replaces Tom Gordon
Mike Myers replaces Mike Stanton, Buddy Groom, Wayne Franklin and Alan Embree
Ron Villone replaces Paul Quantrill and Felix Rodriguez

Using VORP (Value (Runs) Over RePlacement), the eight departed players in the first six lines above combined to cost the Yankees 25.6 runs last year, this despite a positive 10.4 VORP from Martinez. The six players taking over their playing time combined to be 92.3 runs above replacement, and there's a decent chance that Wang and, given enough playing time, Phillips could improve enough to compensate for Chacon's regression. That's nearly a twelve-run improvement right there.

While Damon et al. are all essentially guaranteed to be more productive for the Yankees in 2006 than the players they are replacing, Kyle Farnsworth is more likely to break even with the departed Flash Gordon. The advantage there being that Farnsworth is eight and a half years younger than Gordon, has nearly 1400 fewer major league innings on his right arm, and a cleaner (though not perfect) injury history to boot. For identical money, the Yankees made a significant upgrade, though that improvement may not necessarily show up on the balance sheet given that Gordon's 2005 is already on the books.

The laundry list of miscast and past-due LOOGies that follows Mike Myers' name should be reason enough to appreciate his signing. And while Ron Villone isn't exactly good, he should at least be able to pass through airport metal detectors on road trips, something Quantrill and Felix Rodriguez were unable to do last year given the giant forks sticking out of their backs.

This of course doesn't even begin to take into account the fact that the Yankees finally have a crop of replacement players worth using in Columbus this year, but I've beaten that horse to death already, so I'll take this opportunity to shut the hell up and present the rosters for tonight's game.

Oakland Athletics

2005 Record: 88-74 (.543)
2005 Pythagorean Record: 93-69 (.574)

Manager: Ken Macha
General Manager: Billy Beane

Home Ballpark (2005 Park Factors): McAfee Coliseum (103/103)

Who's Replacing Whom?

Milton Bradley replaces Scott Hatteberg
Frank Thomas replaces Erubiel Durazo and a chunk of Bobby Kielty's playing time
Antonio Perez replaces Eric Byrnes and cuts into Marco Scutaro's playing time
Esteban Loaiza takes Kirk Saarloos's starts, who in turn takes Keiichi Yabu's relief innings
Brad Halsey replaces Ricardo Rincon

The A's also anticipate increased playing time from Dan Johnson, Rich Harden, Bobby Crosby and Jay Witasick at the expense of Jay Payton, Juan Cruz and Seth Etherton, Keith Ginter, and Octavio Dotel and a collection of forgettable relievers.

Opening Day Roster:

1B – Dan Johnson (L)
2B – Mark Ellis (R)
SS – Bobby Crosby (R)
3B – Eric Chavez (L)
C – Jason Kendall (R)
RF – Milton Bradley (S)
CF – Mark Kotsay (L)
LF – Nick Swisher (S)
DH – Frank Thomas (R)

Bench:

R – Jay Payton (OF)
R – Antonio Perez (IF)
R – Marco Scutaro (IF)
S – Adam Melhuse (C)

Rotation:

L – Barry Zito
R – Rich Harden
R – Dan Haren
R – Joe Blanton
R – Esteban Loaiza

Bullpen:

R – Huston Street
R – Justin Duchscherer
R – Kiko Calero
R – Jay Witasick
L – Brad Halsey
L – Joe Kennedy
R – Kirk Saarloos

Anticipated Lineup:

R – Mark Ellis (R)
L – Mark Kotsay (CF)
R – Bobby Crosby (SS)
L – Eric Chavez (3B)
R – Frank Thomas (DH)
S – Milton Bradley (RF)
L – Dan Johnson (1B)
R – Jason Kendall (R)
S – Nick Swisher (LF)

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New York Yankees

2005 Record: 95-67 (.586)
2005 Pythagorean Record: 90-72 (.555)

Manager: Joe Torre
General Manager: Brian Cashman

Home Ballpark (2005 Park Factors): Yankee Stadium (103/102)

Who's Replacing Whom?

Johnny Damon replaces Tony Womack and Tino Martinez
Kelly Stinnett replaces John Flaherty
Miguel Cairo replaces Matt Lawton and Rey Sanchez
Andy Phillips inherits Ruben Sierra's at-bats
Shawn Chacon takes over Kevin Brown's starts
Chein-Ming Wang takes over Al Leiter's starts
Kyle Farnsworth replaces Tom Gordon
Mike Myers replaces Mike Stanton, Buddy Groom, Wayne Franklin and Alan Embree
Ron Villone replaces Paul Quantrill and Felix Rodriguez

Opening Day Roster:

1B – Jason Giambi (L)
2B – Robinson Cano (L)
SS – Derek Jeter (R)
3B – Alex Rodriguez (R)
C – Jorge Posada (S)
RF – Gary Sheffield (R)
CF – Johnny Damon (L)
LF – Hideki Matsui (L)
DH – Bernie Williams (S)

Bench:

R – Andy Phillips (IF)
R – Miguel Cairo (IF)
L – Bubba Crosby (OF)
R – Kelly Stinnett (C)
R - Wil Nieves (C)

Rotation:

L – Randy Johnson
R – Mike Mussina
R – Chien-Ming Wang
R – Shawn Chacon
R – Jaret Wright

Bullpen:

R – Mariano Rivera
R – Kyle Farnsworth
R – Tanyon Sturtze
L – Mike Myers
L – Ron Villone
R - Scott Proctor

DL: R – Carl Pavano, R – Octavio Dotel, R – Aaron Small

Lineup:

L – Johnny Damon (CF)
R – Derek Jeter (SS)
R – Gary Sheffield (RF)
R – Alex Rodriguez (3B)
L – Jason Giambi (1B)
L – Hideki Matsui (LF)
S – Jorge Posada (C)
S – Bernie Williams (DH)
L – Robinson Cano

Comments (322)
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2006-04-03 18:41:56
1.   weeping for brunnhilde
Can't tell you all how excited I am, but then I suppose that goes without saying.

But beyond the general Opening Day excitement, I'm thrilled at the prospect of a team that's supposedly going to try to get back to playing fundamental baseball, especially manufacturing runs. We shall see what we shall see.

Happy Opening Day, all!

2006-04-03 18:51:07
2.   Simone
Tino! He is on "Baseball Tonight." Love it.
2006-04-03 18:55:00
3.   Shaun P
It was a long winter, and its finally over, for real. Hooray!

Anyone else doing a double-take when Tino talks on BBTN? (I'm watching ESPN2 now, as Extra Innings will likely not have the YES feed.) His voice reminds me of Phil Simms, for some reason. I don't know if his analysis is up to par, but the man looks good in a suit.

2006-04-03 19:02:10
4.   Cliff Corcoran
I've corrected the A's lineup somewhat above. Against the lefty Unit, they're starting Payton in left and pushing Swisher to first with Dan Johnson on the bench. Curious to see if they do that against lesser lefties.
2006-04-03 19:03:25
5.   Shaun P
Hey, where's all that rain? Looks like good weather to me!
2006-04-03 19:03:32
6.   weeping for brunnhilde
Tino!

No kidding, guys, I heard his voice and just go so happy. It did my heart good.

2006-04-03 19:04:03
7.   Bill
Happy Opening Day everyone. Michael is in fine form. The Yankee CF position has been handed down from one player to the next "like a Holy Grail." I guess he doesn't know they never found the Holy Grail.
2006-04-03 19:08:37
8.   weeping for brunnhilde
Very funny, Bill. Very nice. :)
2006-04-03 19:12:03
9.   Simone
I will accustomed to seeing Johnny Damon in a Yankee uniform a couple more games into the season, right?

The strike zone is apparently any and every where tonight.

2006-04-03 19:12:38
10.   Stormer Sports
McAfee, a pitchers best friend.
2006-04-03 19:13:13
11.   Mattpat11
Quite the Yankee debut for Johnny there. Nothing infuriates me more than a backwards K.
2006-04-03 19:13:45
12.   weeping for brunnhilde
I don't know about that, Simone. Truth to tell, it took me about three seasons to get used to Clemens in a Yankee uniform and I still can't say I'm used to Giambi in a Yankee uniform. So there it is.

As to the strike zone? Yup.

2006-04-03 19:15:38
13.   Mattpat11
It really isn't a good strikezone, but with two strikes, I'll never understand the rational between just standing there on ANY pitch.
2006-04-03 19:16:13
14.   Mattpat11
*rationale behind
2006-04-03 19:18:06
15.   Shaun P
This score strip is driving me nuts. I miss the box.

Extra Innings has the YES feed, which is amazing to me. Very nice but amazing.

2006-04-03 19:19:24
16.   Mattpat11
Ah well. At least he didnt stare at it.
2006-04-03 19:20:20
17.   Bill
How long will it take for Johnson to get pissed off at the ump tonight?
2006-04-03 19:21:05
18.   Mattpat11
If he gets the Zito zone, Randy should be happy.
2006-04-03 19:22:47
19.   Cliff Corcoran
Is the YES gun messed up? Everything is in the low 80s from both pitchers.
2006-04-03 19:23:13
20.   Cliff Corcoran
I prefer the strip.
2006-04-03 19:23:44
21.   Bill
The gun is probably off. It was way off on Farnsworth Friday night. Michael couldn't figure out why he couldn't break 85
2006-04-03 19:24:13
22.   Mattpat11
Oh Jesus.
2006-04-03 19:24:15
23.   Bill
Oh the Humanity! The defense is going to kill us.
2006-04-03 19:24:22
24.   Simone
Oops, that wasn't good, A-Rod.
2006-04-03 19:25:02
25.   weeping for brunnhilde
Totally an E3. No question.
2006-04-03 19:25:15
26.   Simone
RJ better focus on strike outs.
2006-04-03 19:25:15
27.   randym77
Giambi usually gets that.
2006-04-03 19:25:43
28.   Mattpat11
I dont know, if A-Rod didnt bobble the ball to begin with, the throw would have been better
2006-04-03 19:25:48
29.   Mattpat11
I dont know, if A-Rod didnt bobble the ball to begin with, the throw would have been better
2006-04-03 19:26:21
30.   Mattpat11
Hopefully one of many
2006-04-03 19:26:59
31.   Mattpat11
Chavez playes 160 games? Doesn't he usually sit out for lefties?
2006-04-03 19:28:04
32.   BklynBomber
No, Chavez is everyday...
2006-04-03 19:28:22
33.   Mattpat11
Good. No harm, no foul
2006-04-03 19:28:38
34.   Bill
RJ is not nearly as effective vs LH's as he used to be. Don't know where Murcer got that stat.
2006-04-03 19:28:58
35.   BklynBomber
Sheff's shoulder must be feeling better. No mummy catch there...
2006-04-03 19:30:22
36.   Bill
Are we going to have to watch Spitzer commercials every game this season?
2006-04-03 19:32:26
37.   BklynBomber
Oh, this ump is all over the place...
2006-04-03 19:32:28
38.   Stormer Sports
The real "big baby" on deck.
2006-04-03 19:33:11
39.   Simone
Let's see how Jorge's nose is looking these days.
2006-04-03 19:33:15
40.   Mattpat11
You know, we're still being no-hit. :)
2006-04-03 19:33:31
41.   Shaun P
Was that hair sticking out the side of Godzilla's helmet on the close-up? I thought he had dark hair?

20 I'm warming up to the strip, I think.

2006-04-03 19:34:37
42.   Simone
Has Matsui ever stolen a base?
2006-04-03 19:35:28
43.   Mattpat11
Matsui has 7 SB
2006-04-03 19:35:35
44.   Bill
Don't even think it, Simone. Joe better stow that running game he showed in the spring.
2006-04-03 19:35:43
45.   BklynBomber
40 You're right, M. We are being no-hit by Zito!
2006-04-03 19:36:11
46.   Shaun P
Godzilla is 7 for 11 in SB in the US, Simone 42.

Is mikeplugh here? I have no clue where to get Japan League stats, but I bet he does. =)

2006-04-03 19:36:39
47.   weeping for brunnhilde
That was a rather cavalier take on Jorgie's part, no?
2006-04-03 19:37:14
48.   Bill
If you're going to take, look confident about it.
2006-04-03 19:37:26
49.   Stormer Sports
Now thats a team that loves it's fans, drive prices up by shrinking the number of seats.
2006-04-03 19:37:59
50.   weeping for brunnhilde
Bill, I disagree. I don't want to see a whole season of station-to-station, thank you very much.
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2006-04-03 19:38:10
51.   Mattpat11
Call me silly, but I have a good feeling about Bernie this year.

And he affirms my faith!

2006-04-03 19:38:11
52.   BklynBomber
Hey, who's this #51 kid?
2006-04-03 19:38:16
53.   Bill
The Lion in Winter
2006-04-03 19:38:18
54.   Simone
Bernie!!! Love all the Yankee fans in the crowd.
2006-04-03 19:38:35
55.   weeping for brunnhilde
Didn't Bernie get the last season's first rbi too?

Sac fly, IIRC.

2006-04-03 19:38:52
56.   Shaun P
Wow, go Bernie!

Thank you, Mattpat11 40 and Bklyn 45!

2006-04-03 19:38:58
57.   Bill
It's a station-to-station team, Weep. Can't put a square peg in a round hole.
2006-04-03 19:39:00
58.   BklynBomber
Small ball. I'm lovin' lt!!!!
2006-04-03 19:39:00
59.   weeping for brunnhilde
Little ball, baby, little ball!
2006-04-03 19:39:22
60.   Mattpat11
Posada outran someone. I hope everyone on the A's hangs their heads in shame.
2006-04-03 19:39:22
61.   Shaun P
WTF!?!?! A bunt!?!
2006-04-03 19:40:08
62.   weeping for brunnhilde
I know, Bill, but I don't have to like it!

:)

2006-04-03 19:40:17
63.   Shaun P
Sure, it worked, but that better be the last time we see Cano bunting out of the nine-hole with no outs. In the second inning!

Small ball might give me an ulcer.

2006-04-03 19:40:20
64.   Bill
Doesn't Joe know Damon is 3-38 on Opening Day? (just kidding)
2006-04-03 19:40:45
65.   Simone
Mattpat11 and Shaun P, thanks for the info on Matsui. I had no idea.

Let's some more runs in, guys.

2006-04-03 19:40:58
66.   Mattpat11
Much better Johnny
2006-04-03 19:41:18
67.   BklynBomber
998 more runs to go! Keep 'em comin', boys...
2006-04-03 19:41:36
68.   Stormer Sports
Oh hell yes Bernie!
2006-04-03 19:42:05
69.   randym77
Posada is getting to be a better baserunner, I swear.
2006-04-03 19:42:22
70.   Stormer Sports
Payback for stealing the gold glove from Arod last year.
2006-04-03 19:42:27
71.   Bill
Thank god Jeter hit that slam last year so Michael doesn't have to go through that routine he loved
2006-04-03 19:43:03
72.   BklynBomber
Jetes has only 1 career grand slam. That's a shame...
2006-04-03 19:43:41
73.   Shaun P
weep 55 - good memory! Bernie had the first RBI in last year's opener, with a sac fly in the 2nd inning. Knocking in Godzilla, no less!

Deja vu - the feeling you've seen something before . . .

2006-04-03 19:43:49
74.   Simone
You mean, the graphic from hell. Thank goodness it has been retired forevah.
2006-04-03 19:44:26
75.   Bill
What was worse Simone was MK explaining that Jeter had no slams because he's such a good hitter
2006-04-03 19:44:27
76.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ha ha!!!
2006-04-03 19:44:35
77.   Simone
De-rek Je-ter! De-rek Je-ter! Nice!
2006-04-03 19:44:43
78.   Shaun P
I guess this is why everyone is talking about this lineup scoring 1000 runs this year.
2006-04-03 19:44:53
79.   Bill
This enough station-station for you Weep?
2006-04-03 19:44:55
80.   Mattpat11
Knock on Wood, but we;re baking Zito
2006-04-03 19:45:10
81.   Stormer Sports
It's de ja vu for Zito.
2006-04-03 19:45:56
82.   Simone
I'm amazed Sheffield hasn't swung his shoulder off or cork screwed himself into the ground swining so hard.
2006-04-03 19:46:43
83.   weeping for brunnhilde
Heh, Bill.

Love it!

:)

I love the pressure of juiced-up bases.

2006-04-03 19:47:27
84.   Mattpat11
Ach
2006-04-03 19:47:43
85.   Simone
It's on you, A-Rod.
2006-04-03 19:47:56
86.   Mattpat11
He did swing though, so cant complain.
2006-04-03 19:48:08
87.   Shaun P
28 balls out of 53 pitches for Zito, and still no outs in the 2nd. Damn.

Ooops, spoke too soon.

2006-04-03 19:48:46
88.   BklynBomber
Moiderers Row, I tell ya.
2006-04-03 19:48:49
89.   Shaun P
MVP!
2006-04-03 19:49:03
90.   weeping for brunnhilde
I'll take that too, Bill!

:)

Man that was a pretty swing.

2006-04-03 19:49:04
91.   Simone
Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Most excellent. Ha.
2006-04-03 19:49:06
92.   Mattpat11
MVP MVP
2006-04-03 19:49:24
93.   Bill
I guess we might just get some sleep tonight
2006-04-03 19:49:36
94.   Simone
The Yankees bringing it. Alex took that one out! The silence is beautiful, folks.
2006-04-03 19:49:49
95.   randym77
Yee-hah! Nice way to start the season, A-Rod!
2006-04-03 19:49:53
96.   Shaun P
FYI, from the baseballprospectus.com roundtable chat:

"Steven Goldman (7:42:21 PM PST): Take that, David Ortiz fans!"

Took the words right out of my mouth.

2006-04-03 19:50:12
97.   BklynBomber
89 Took the words right outta my mouth, Shaun P!

Man, that was sweet. A no-doubter.

2006-04-03 19:50:16
98.   Simone
Yep, I'd say it is early to bed.
2006-04-03 19:50:22
99.   Mattpat11
Anything Fat Boy Ortiz can do, A-Rod can do better
2006-04-03 19:50:59
100.   Rob Gee
Bobby Murcer : "Whoa..."
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2006-04-03 19:51:47
101.   Stormer Sports
Oh hell yes!!!!!!!!!
2006-04-03 19:52:02
102.   wsporter
Oh I am liking the look of this. Good luck everybody, happy 2006. The New Year has finally arrived.
2006-04-03 19:52:09
103.   Mattpat11
It really is such a pretty swing
2006-04-03 19:52:10
104.   Stormer Sports
What a month for Arod on a fRiday night in the Bronx!
2006-04-03 19:52:21
105.   Alex Belth
Oh, bacon. Happy Opening Day, Alex! Man, did he ever cream that. I almost gave Emily a bruised thigh, which I was touching when he launched that.

Whoopee!

2006-04-03 19:52:22
106.   Paul in Boston
I don't think the Grand Slam really counts in A-rod's favor, since the Yanks were already up 3-0 and it's only the 2nd inning.

Ha ha.

2006-04-03 19:52:22
107.   Schteeve
I'm watching on game cast. So first of all, F Yeah! and second of all, is Zit getting squeezed?
2006-04-03 19:52:38
108.   Shaun P
A-Rod and Bernie are laughing on the bench, Unit is steaming. Probably upset he's had to wait so long to get back in.

That's OK though - an angry Unit is a great pitcher.

2006-04-03 19:53:18
109.   Schteeve
Zit! Ha ha, of course I meant Zito.
2006-04-03 19:54:11
110.   Bill
Out first "ironically"!
2006-04-03 19:55:30
111.   Mattpat11
Randy's angry? Good.
2006-04-03 19:55:38
112.   weeping for brunnhilde
LOL Paul.
2006-04-03 19:55:48
113.   Shaun P
Giambi tonight: 0-2, 1 K
Rest of lineup: 5-8, 1 GS, 5 BB, 1 HPB, 2 K, 7 R

Let's see if Bernie can do it again.

2006-04-03 19:57:37
114.   Shaun P
I just realized - its almost 11PM EDT, and we haven't seen Frank Thomas hit against the Unit yet. The clean-up hitter Frank Thomas.

How un-frickin'-believable is that?

2006-04-03 19:58:14
115.   Stormer Sports
The A's are going to see a lot of that this year.

I still don't believe so many are picking the A's. They're not even the best team in the West. Do they see something I don't see? Sorry Cliff. I just don't see how year after year they get props, and end up in the same spot each year. Am I crazy, or are Boston, NY, Toronto, LA, Chicago, and even Cleveland better prospects.

Unit, peg someone damn it! No need to plunk Posada.

2006-04-03 19:58:48
116.   Stormer Sports
Frank will run through that clubhouse like bad fish.
2006-04-03 19:59:19
117.   Mattpat11
12 homers on 34 games. He's still great when healthy
2006-04-03 20:00:31
118.   Mattpat11
Must we toy with Frank Thomas? Thats what's gonna happen
2006-04-03 20:00:34
119.   Simone
Frank Thomas can still hit. He'll be able to hit until the day he retires.
2006-04-03 20:00:37
120.   Stormer Sports
Frank and Milton will become fast friends.
2006-04-03 20:00:43
121.   weeping for brunnhilde
But he was so off balance.

Goddamn but that's some strength.

2006-04-03 20:00:50
122.   Shaun P
Unit clearly isn't angry enough. What a debut!
2006-04-03 20:01:15
123.   Bill
"One of the reasons why they picked up Frank Thomas is because he can still hit" What's the other reason, Bobby?
2006-04-03 20:01:26
124.   Cliff Corcoran
As you'll see on tomorrow morning's running diary of the game, I called that Thomas homer before the first pitch of the game.
2006-04-03 20:01:29
125.   Simone
Rob Gee's guy is up, Milton Bradley.
2006-04-03 20:01:33
126.   Mattpat11
Randy's PISSED
2006-04-03 20:01:57
127.   unpopster
Hey Rob Gee, The Unit just schooled your man!
2006-04-03 20:02:34
128.   Shaun P
Someday we will tell our grandkids that we saw Frank Thomas play. Will all due respect to A-Rod and Pujols, the Big Hurt in his prime might be the best hitter I've ever seen.
2006-04-03 20:03:09
129.   Mattpat11
Shaun, Thomas may be the most underrated player I've ever seen
2006-04-03 20:04:08
130.   Mattpat11
Also, I'm not going to get too angry about Randy giving up a homer in a 7 run game. Its not a sign of the homer thing coming back, at least to me.
2006-04-03 20:04:31
131.   Simone
Frank Thomas' numbers make him our Ted Williams. He is so good, but was stuck in Chicago all those years. He may get his deserved glory in his last years in Oakland.
2006-04-03 20:04:47
132.   Stormer Sports
Matt,

I agree. Can we give Randy a few starts at least?

2006-04-03 20:05:39
133.   Knuckles
I went to White Sox spring training one year (on a business trip w/ my dad) and remember watching Bo Jackson making a comeback, just launching bombs in BP, then Thomas comes in after him and matches him bomb for bomb, with a swing that looked like it took 1/2 as much effort.
2006-04-03 20:06:19
134.   Mattpat11
I think ESPN missed how Cano got on
2006-04-03 20:06:20
135.   weeping for brunnhilde
I just LOVE Cano's swing.

LOVE it.

2006-04-03 20:06:26
136.   Shaun P
Sadly that's probably true 129 matt. It should not be.
2006-04-03 20:06:58
137.   Stormer Sports
You guys catch the SF game? Bonds was 1-4 but he looked awfully spry on the base-paths. It's like a car accident, I don't want to watch, but I cannot help myself.
2006-04-03 20:07:55
138.   Shaun P
For all the talk of Cano having 'bulked up' he doesn't look that much bigger to me. Maybe its the baggy uniform?

Cano does have a sweet swing 135, weep.

2006-04-03 20:08:01
139.   Bill
Yes, I caught the game. How about that opposite field drive by Piazza? Think we'll regret the Yanks passing him by?
2006-04-03 20:08:15
140.   Simone
Larry Bowa is our 3rd base coach. Tony Pena is the 1st base coach. Hysterical. Only the Yankees. George is a true collector.
2006-04-03 20:08:41
141.   Stormer Sports
Matt,

ESPN was attempting to find another inch or two on the set not already plastered with advertisements, and didn't get back in time.

2006-04-03 20:09:04
142.   BklynBomber
I caught most of that, Storm, and you're right. That and in the final exhibitions vs the As, there was definitely more spring in his step than I expected.
2006-04-03 20:09:35
143.   Simone
Cano was out by a mile. Why is he running? He is slow as molasses.
2006-04-03 20:09:46
144.   Bill
Stop that running game! No offense, Weep
2006-04-03 20:09:54
145.   Mattpat11
Uh Robbie, you're slow. Or was that hit and run?
2006-04-03 20:10:35
146.   Stormer Sports
Bill,

Hell NO! We can't pay him all that money to hit 19 home runs and allow 86% of runners to steal.

2006-04-03 20:10:48
147.   Shaun P
My first impression was, "Safe!" I did it frame by frame on Tivo just to be sure. Cano's foot sure looks like it touched the bag before Crosby got the tag on him. Its very close.
2006-04-03 20:11:05
148.   BklynBomber
Well I'm at least glad to see a bunt and an attempted steal already, and it's only the third...
2006-04-03 20:11:46
149.   Bill
Mike is getting peanuts. Less than bernie. No way bernie will hit 19 hrs. And Mike would just DH
2006-04-03 20:11:48
150.   Mattpat11
ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH
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2006-04-03 20:12:11
151.   Shaun P
I stand corrected. The view from behind the bag looks is ironclad. He was out.
2006-04-03 20:12:36
152.   Stormer Sports
Bklyn,

I always wished he would steal more often. I bet he could have stole 30-40 easy in the late 1990's early 2000's. That is the part of his game I miss the most since he "bulked" up.

2006-04-03 20:13:37
153.   Shaun P
149 All good points, Bill. Sigh. Piazza could have been the DH/backup C of our dreams.

Giving up outs is OK with a 7-1 lead. Let's hope Torre doesn't make a habit of it.

2006-04-03 20:14:02
154.   Stormer Sports
Bill,

Something in my gut just screams "BLAND" when I think lof Piazza.

You do remember him hiding under the tarp in the 2000 series, blowing a golden opportunity to light a fire under his team.

2006-04-03 20:14:59
155.   Mattpat11
Dang.
2006-04-03 20:15:39
156.   Mattpat11
ESPN is including me in "everyone wondering about Rollins"

That is not true.

2006-04-03 20:15:47
157.   Bill
Isn't that why they got Bowa? For those fire lighting duties?
2006-04-03 20:16:28
158.   Stormer Sports
Will someone please plunk Rollins and get him off the plate, and somewhere near the batters box and off the Ump's lap. He doesn't face Pedro till mid-May, it will be too late by then.
2006-04-03 20:17:05
159.   Mattpat11
I'm enjoying Oral in the booth for ESPN
2006-04-03 20:17:17
160.   Shaun P
You know the story in some corners tomorrow will be A-Rod's misadventures in the field. Even if he hits another grand slam. Sigh.
2006-04-03 20:18:04
161.   Stormer Sports
Matt,

Mett too! I hope he gets real Oral, gets hungry, and eats Joe Morgan.

2006-04-03 20:18:32
162.   Mattpat11
Kelly Stinnett looks 800 years old.
2006-04-03 20:18:37
163.   Bill
Speaking of Mike Piazza, couldn't we get Roger as a guest tonight? He was at the Boston-Tex game today hobnobbing with Hicks and Theo
2006-04-03 20:18:49
164.   Shaun P
Matt I can't believe that Orel looks exactly like his '89 Topps card, 17 years later. 159

Clearly Dick Clark passed on his amazing anti-aging powers to Orel.

2006-04-03 20:19:45
165.   Stormer Sports
So who's fault was that 3.86 era last year, Jorge's?
2006-04-03 20:19:56
166.   Mattpat11
Shaun, it shouldn't overshadow the HR, but at the same time, its discouraging.
2006-04-03 20:20:32
167.   Stormer Sports
Orel knows pitching, no doubt about it.
2006-04-03 20:21:09
168.   Rob Gee
And the Damon arm appears! Wow! Given Bernie's newfound cannon - Johnny may have the weakest wing on the team!
2006-04-03 20:21:59
169.   Rob Gee
And Kay says the same thing - a sure sign I should shut the f up.
2006-04-03 20:22:12
170.   Bill
It's scary that Bernie throws better than Damon. That's roughly equivalent to shooting fouls better than ben Wallace, I guess.
2006-04-03 20:23:34
171.   Mattpat11
167. Not only does he know pitching, but that little story he told wasn't boring or whatever he seemed to think it was. Hopefully he becomes a little less timid in the booth too.
2006-04-03 20:24:30
172.   Mattpat11
Crosby halfassed that one
2006-04-03 20:26:48
173.   Knuckles
holy ish, giambi was skinny then.
2006-04-03 20:27:35
174.   Mattpat11
If this was last year, an 8 run game would mean we score three runs in the next two games.
2006-04-03 20:27:41
175.   Stormer Sports
I sure hope we can get at least 5 pitchers out of their pen tonight. I know it's early, but I like the feel of this squad, both in the clubhouse and on the field.
2006-04-03 20:28:02
176.   weeping for brunnhilde
He looked better like that, Knuckles.

Call me old-fashioned, but I like ballplayers who look like ballplayers.

2006-04-03 20:28:06
177.   Rob Gee
174 Yeah talk about the bloating power of juice.
2006-04-03 20:28:11
178.   Stormer Sports
Matt,

SHHHHHHHH.

2006-04-03 20:28:15
179.   Shaun P
That was what Giambi looked like when he was a rookie?!? Holy #($*!
2006-04-03 20:28:27
180.   Simone
Wow!!! Matsui-san rules!
2006-04-03 20:28:28
181.   Stormer Sports
Mat Mat Mat SUIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!
2006-04-03 20:28:35
182.   randym77
Go-go Godzilla!
2006-04-03 20:28:36
183.   Mattpat11
MATSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUIIIIIIIIIII
2006-04-03 20:28:38
184.   weeping for brunnhilde
I didn't think that was gone off the bat.

I thought it was a deep fly ball.

Man.

2006-04-03 20:29:46
185.   Paul in Boston
Wonderful to think that it's a pitcher's park ..
2006-04-03 20:29:50
186.   Rob Gee
We're going to score 2000 runs this year!!!
2006-04-03 20:30:30
187.   weeping for brunnhilde
Are these people all loafing it, or what?
2006-04-03 20:30:35
188.   Stormer Sports
Anything that makes Billy Beane frown, makes me smile.
2006-04-03 20:31:05
189.   Bill
Anyone think Wil Nieves will get in the game tonight?
2006-04-03 20:31:14
190.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice catch.
2006-04-03 20:31:16
191.   Knuckles
Even without Milton Bradley.

Shit- nice snag Kotsay.

2006-04-03 20:31:20
192.   Mattpat11
Ack
2006-04-03 20:31:22
193.   Simone
Damn you, Kotsay. Bernie was robbed.
2006-04-03 20:31:29
194.   Stormer Sports
It is hard not to love Kotsay. That boy is the nuts out there.
2006-04-03 20:31:49
195.   Mattpat11
HAHA JAY!
2006-04-03 20:31:51
196.   Knuckles
Cano going opp field again- love it.
2006-04-03 20:31:55
197.   Shaun P
Ouch. Not a good opening night for the A's.

174 - Matt, I thought the same thing. Let's hope the trend does not continue this year. Admittedly, with Harden pitching tomorrow, it might.

Rob, nice play there by your boy Milton.

2006-04-03 20:32:10
198.   weeping for brunnhilde
If Cano can drive it to left all season I will be ONE HAPPY MAN.

He's looking like Mattingly up there.

2006-04-03 20:32:53
199.   Stormer Sports
I didn't like that AB by Damon. Does he think it's over?
2006-04-03 20:33:25
200.   Rob Gee
It this slap hitting shit by Damon getting old yet? I can't wait till year 3!!!
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2006-04-03 20:33:29
201.   Shaun P
The only downside to Tivo - I read your guys comments about Kotsay's robbery of Bernie before I saw it!

Ditto Cano's hit.

2006-04-03 20:34:42
202.   Simone
Floria won the National Championship! Good for them.
2006-04-03 20:34:53
203.   Stormer Sports
Barry on Barry. Now he loves the media? He is one disingenuous MF. He hates the media as much as he and Willy hate White people.
2006-04-03 20:34:55
204.   Mattpat11
Damon's first at bat annoyed me far more than that one, Stormer
2006-04-03 20:34:56
205.   Knuckles
Shaun- get up to speed. Tivo is for watching the 1pm NFL game at 2 o'clock, and watching SNL hungover on Sunday morning in 20 minutes.
2006-04-03 20:36:36
206.   Simone
Oops, meant Florida.
2006-04-03 20:36:43
207.   Stormer Sports
I thought Tivo was for taping Punk'd, no?
2006-04-03 20:37:44
208.   Shaun P
Well put, Knuckles. Turns out I was behind; I must have paused at some point and forgot.

Tivo certainly helped get through the bad parts of Giants games last winter - I think that's why I'm still optomistic about Eli.

2006-04-03 20:37:51
209.   Stormer Sports
There is a smile I missed since October.
2006-04-03 20:38:39
210.   Stormer Sports
Shaun,

You are seriously optimistic about Eli? Yikes!

2006-04-03 20:38:42
211.   Mattpat11
There ya go A-Rod
2006-04-03 20:40:32
212.   seamus
fun game so far! A little slow moving, i keep fearing a sudden thunderstorm!
2006-04-03 20:42:07
213.   wsporter
Cano really seemed to concentrate taking the outside FB the other way this spring. He's had some nice swings tonight.
2006-04-03 20:42:20
214.   Stormer Sports
Waaaaaa, Bobby, buck up, Peter Gammons loves you.
2006-04-03 20:43:54
215.   Mattpat11
Has Sheffield always run like me? I never noticed that.
2006-04-03 20:44:11
216.   yankz
God i've missed this.
2006-04-03 20:45:20
217.   Bill
There ought to be a law about mid-inning pitching changes in an 11-1 game
2006-04-03 20:45:37
218.   BklynBomber
212 Don't go there, seamus ;-)

I'm on the side San Francisco side of the Bay and the stars are out here. It's official after these ups anyway, I think we'll make it.

2006-04-03 20:45:45
219.   Shaun P
216 Comment of the night.

Here comes the Admiral - let's see what he does against his former mates.

2006-04-03 20:46:13
220.   seamus
how about conspiracy to bore the fans? We can use racketeering laws to go after the A's management and head office.
2006-04-03 20:48:03
221.   Mattpat11
Halsey seems to be stalling for rain
2006-04-03 20:48:10
222.   Stormer Sports
Halsey...lol. What do you know. The A's are going to get pounded every time they leave the west coast. I love it!
2006-04-03 20:49:22
223.   weeping for brunnhilde
213--he really has, wsporter. It's just so fun to watch such hitting.
2006-04-03 20:49:39
224.   Mattpat11
That was a little loud for getting hit on the hand. I think nthat may have gotten some bat
2006-04-03 20:50:19
225.   wsporter
218 Thanks man, finally a weather report I can trust.
2006-04-03 20:50:20
226.   Knuckles
Did anyone else see Giambi just get hit on the hand and immediately think of Carlos Pena?
2006-04-03 20:50:29
227.   Shaun P
Gee, you'd think that Giambi getting hit on the hand in an 11-1 game would get Andy Phillips in there, no?

The more things change . . .

2006-04-03 20:51:18
228.   Stormer Sports
Why hasn't Michael Kaye interviwed for that job? Please Mike, seriously.

Am I the only one who is really looking forward to seeing Chacon this year?

2006-04-03 20:51:59
229.   Stormer Sports
Shaun,

Or at least have RJ toss one at Chavez' back!

2006-04-03 20:52:24
230.   Mattpat11
Go Go Godzilla
2006-04-03 20:52:29
231.   weeping for brunnhilde
Good God how I love a clean line drive.
2006-04-03 20:53:01
232.   BklynBomber
I'd say 'save some for tomorrow', but we haven't seen the pen yet ;-)
2006-04-03 20:53:12
233.   Rob Gee
227 Another benefit of having Wil N - hopefully we'll see Stinnett once Unit comes out?
2006-04-03 20:53:58
234.   weeping for brunnhilde
That was scary.
2006-04-03 20:54:00
235.   Mattpat11
Alright, Johnson needs to nail someone.
2006-04-03 20:54:23
236.   Rob Gee
Uh, Joe - WAKE UP!
2006-04-03 20:54:58
237.   Simone
Fucking As. It time hitting those As every where. Retaliation is this season's watch word.
2006-04-03 20:55:10
238.   BklynBomber
235 Without question.
2006-04-03 20:55:19
239.   Shaun P
Guess Godzilla really feels that he has to earn that $52 mil.

Crap - that must've hurt. The last guy the Yanks can afford to lose is Posada. The Admiral should know better.

Bernie, prove us wrong again, please.

2006-04-03 20:55:57
240.   Stormer Sports
Are you fucking kidding me!

If Randy doesn't want to go down as an almost great "team" pitcher, he better grow some balls and take someone out! Ryan would come out of the stands and do it himself if we were in Texas!

God, why does our pitching staff have to be so afraid to pitch these past few years?

5 Manginas.

2006-04-03 20:56:00
241.   wsporter
OK I know Halsey is a piece of crap but in the back between the numbers? What's the over under on Swisher taking one in the ribs on the 3rd pitch?
2006-04-03 20:56:29
242.   Simone
Why is it whenever the Yankees get hit it is never on purpose?
2006-04-03 20:56:46
243.   Mattpat11
ESPN is saying that Nick Swisher, leading off next inning, is looking at RJ and saying "Why Me?"
2006-04-03 20:58:24
244.   Mattpat11
Halsey may be legitimately wild
2006-04-03 20:59:07
245.   Stormer Sports
God we could use Pedro. At least he knows how to pitch, pitch inside, and take no prisoners. I watched him strike out 19 in the late 90's, game lasted like 100 miutes. Every damn strikeout was set up by the inside pitch!
2006-04-03 20:59:28
246.   wsporter
244 In the back wild?
2006-04-03 20:59:53
247.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice hussle, kid.
2006-04-03 20:59:59
248.   Simone
Every pitcher is apparently wild when they go against the Yankees. Time to take them out, RJ.
2006-04-03 21:00:21
249.   Mattpat11
Robbie was kind of powerwalking down the line there.

Eh, its 13-1. No big deal

2006-04-03 21:00:31
250.   Rob Gee
Good hustle from the kid - I'm liking what I'm seeing.
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2006-04-03 21:01:16
251.   Stormer Sports
Simone,

The Yankees staff hasn't had balls since Clemens left. RJ aint hittin nobody. They're great, but they are pussies nonetheless.

2006-04-03 21:01:24
252.   seamus
RJ should wait until the 6th inning to throw tight and inside. don't risk the W.
2006-04-03 21:01:36
253.   Mattpat11
Never mind, I;m an idiot. he was running hard
2006-04-03 21:02:31
254.   Stormer Sports
Tax day, they give him tax day?
2006-04-03 21:02:52
255.   weeping for brunnhilde
Why does Reggie look like Don Corleone?
2006-04-03 21:02:57
256.   Mattpat11
seamus, they didnt give a warning
2006-04-03 21:03:11
257.   Rob Gee
Big pimpin' spending g's...
2006-04-03 21:03:17
258.   Stormer Sports
Seamus,

Don't sweat it, they don't have it in them to hit anyone.

2006-04-03 21:03:19
259.   Shaun P
The ump didn't warn the benches, correct? That's almost an invitation for Unit to drill Swisher or someone else.

I'm not a big beanball guy, but in the numbers is too much, Opening Night or no.

2006-04-03 21:03:52
260.   Mattpat11
Stormer, the game is run by a used car salesman. Its not that shocking.
2006-04-03 21:03:53
261.   Stormer Sports
That middle up pitch was as close as he'll get.
2006-04-03 21:04:12
262.   seamus
good point all!
2006-04-03 21:04:45
263.   Stormer Sports
Matt,

That's why I love Pedro. Say hello to my little friend, and F you if you don't like it!

2006-04-03 21:04:54
264.   Simone
Stormer Sports, I have to agree. The one thing you could count with Clemens was that retaliation was a given. I don't know what RJ can just drill one of these guys. What are Farnesworth or Sturze doing tonight?
2006-04-03 21:04:59
265.   Knuckles
Don't do that- no collisions on Opening Day.
2006-04-03 21:05:24
266.   Peter
Giambi's playing the field like Bubba.
2006-04-03 21:05:28
267.   Simone
Why is Giambi trying to give me a freaking heart attack?
2006-04-03 21:05:33
268.   Rob Gee
Okay, Posada comes out with Unit. But why is Giambi still in there?
2006-04-03 21:05:38
269.   seamus
posada is taking a beating tonight. argh!
2006-04-03 21:05:42
270.   unpopster
This Yankee team is so good but so fragile that I cringe everytime two fielders come within ten feet of each other to catch the same ball.
2006-04-03 21:06:06
271.   Stormer Sports
Wow, was that pitch inside? Hmm. That's why he gave up so many HR last year, not NY, it was, not inside.
2006-04-03 21:07:26
272.   wsporter
Nice point Seamus. This may be one of the ways the game has changed for the better over the years in that he's not obligated to throw at Swisher. Billy Martin wouldn't know what he's watching.

Up and in to Kotsay? Anything? Nah.

2006-04-03 21:08:56
273.   seamus
it is a game! bring on the tornados!
2006-04-03 21:09:38
274.   BklynBomber
Maybe in the 9th, Farnsworth will drill Bradley. At say, 17-3, that should be interesting. He needs to earn his stripes anyway, why not now?
2006-04-03 21:10:20
275.   Stormer Sports
wsporter,

Need I remind you we havent won jack since we lost the only guys we had who had the nuts to throw inside.

2006-04-03 21:10:41
276.   seamus
re-sign quantrill!
2006-04-03 21:12:00
277.   Knuckles
272- there's nothing better about getting repeatedly beaned without fear of retribution since Clemens 'retired'...
2006-04-03 21:13:04
278.   Stormer Sports
Knuckles,

Damn right! I think Joe and Randy may deliver candy and stuffed animals after the game.

2006-04-03 21:13:05
279.   wsporter
218 Its raining, what the hell happened?
2006-04-03 21:14:34
280.   Stormer Sports
Raindrops will be the only thing hitting the A's tonight.
2006-04-03 21:17:57
281.   Knuckles
OK, that took balls if it was on purpose.
2006-04-03 21:18:01
282.   Mattpat11
There ya go, Randy
2006-04-03 21:18:44
283.   wsporter
I mean you're not obligated to hit the opposition if you don't think it was intentional. I don't think anyone is advocating a free pass. There you go up and in on Thomas.
2006-04-03 21:19:14
284.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wow.
2006-04-03 21:19:30
285.   Knuckles
Money defense, Alex.
2006-04-03 21:20:58
286.   BklynBomber
279 Most unpredictable weather in the lower 48 right here in the Bay Area. Now there's clouds moving over us heading north (Oaktown is due East from here). On any given day in SF, it's foggy, cold and windy — but drive 15 minutes south and it's sunny, in the high 70s without a cloud in the sky. Weather reports here are utterly useless. Too many micro-climates.
2006-04-03 21:21:15
287.   Mattpat11
93 through six for Randy
2006-04-03 21:21:49
288.   Stormer Sports
I'll take it. I guess Ill have to.
2006-04-03 21:21:56
289.   Knuckles
Like the NZ band Crowded House says, "Four Seasons in One Day."
2006-04-03 21:22:48
290.   Stormer Sports
Was that Bonds with a mop in his hand? Wow, the PR machine is on Nitrous!
2006-04-03 21:23:34
291.   Stormer Sports
Is Joe going to leave him in there?
2006-04-03 21:25:04
292.   wsporter
[286} Ouch. Then what the F has Tony B been singing about all these years?
2006-04-03 21:26:07
293.   BklynBomber
Just missed an on-screen graphic (watching local A's feed) about Alex being the 4th Yankee to hit an opening day grand slam. Anyone recall the others? Was MatZilla's on Opening Day or the home opener?
2006-04-03 21:27:27
294.   markp
They listed them, some guy I can't remember from 1945, Soriano a few years ago, and Murcer were the others.
2006-04-03 21:27:40
295.   Jen
Matsui's was a home opener.

Murcer was one.

2006-04-03 21:28:20
296.   wsporter
Phillips pinch runs for Giambi. I wish he got the ab but this is good.
2006-04-03 21:28:48
297.   Mattpat11
Lets save some of this for the rest of the year, Mats. :)
2006-04-03 21:31:50
298.   BklynBomber
292 He just rolls in at the right time. My wife was born and raised here, and I swear every single time we came to this city to visit (once or twice a year over a 5 year period before we moved here) the weather was incredible and I always thought about that song. Very funny you mention it.
2006-04-03 21:33:44
299.   BklynBomber
294, 295 Thanks!
2006-04-03 21:35:25
300.   wsporter
298 Its a perfect tune for San Fransisco. For me it captures the mood exactly. Thanks for the weather man I out.
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2006-04-03 21:36:27
301.   Mattpat11
B Team!
2006-04-03 21:36:43
302.   Stormer Sports
Leave Randy out there in the rain. Brilliant Joe, brilliant.
2006-04-03 21:37:07
303.   Mattpat11
ESPN reporting that a fan threw a syringe at Barroids. Beautiful
2006-04-03 21:37:33
304.   Mattpat11
Is Matsui going grey?
2006-04-03 21:39:10
305.   Mattpat11
The lack of strikeouts dont really bother me either
2006-04-03 21:39:56
306.   BklynBomber
Nice play by Robbie. He still looks fluid with that little extra bulk.
2006-04-03 21:48:42
307.   Mattpat11
Damn, Bubba may work a walk.
2006-04-03 21:48:55
308.   Mattpat11
and he does
2006-04-03 21:51:26
309.   BklynBomber
Trivia Time: Most runs ever (15 at this writing) allowed by the A's on Opening Day since the franchise moved to Oakland.
2006-04-03 21:51:47
310.   Knuckles
I wish they would walk Bubba to Columbus or the waiver wire, and bring up a Kevin.
2006-04-03 22:01:02
311.   Mattpat11
Sturtze doesn't look great
2006-04-03 22:02:37
312.   rilkefan
302 - what, you think he's going to rust?
2006-04-03 22:09:45
313.   seamus
how do you create the link to the post #?
2006-04-03 22:11:42
314.   joejoejoe
313 place brackets around the comment number you are referencing
2006-04-03 22:11:54
315.   BklynBomber
Use the bracket "[" "]" keys on both sides of the number...

"[" 000 "]" — without the quotes marks, of course.

2006-04-03 22:14:03
316.   seamus
314 315 thanks!
2006-04-03 22:15:41
317.   seamus
why can't i turn this off? need sleep...
2006-04-03 22:21:28
318.   BklynBomber
317 Because it's Yankee baseball. And it's back!
2006-04-03 22:22:07
319.   Mattpat11
This game is moving slower than me
2006-04-03 22:25:18
320.   seamus
ok. good night. great game!
2006-04-03 22:28:33
321.   Rob Gee
Nice start -

Unit pitching well.
Lineup on pace for 2400 runs.
A-Rod and Matsui with big nights.
Cano consistently hitting the other way.

Good times!

2006-04-03 22:32:08
322.   BklynBomber
Whew! 3 hours plus, but with this lineup, hopefully we'll get used to it. Mad box score lines, lotsa runs, lotsa pitching changes by the opposition, etc.

Great way to kick off 'The Drive for 27'!

Alex, when you check here in the AM — thanks again for creating and nuturing this exceptional place on the Web. Looking forward to yet another interesting campaign, and the work of you and Cliff to make it even better.

'till tomorrow night...

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