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 A’s Fall Short in First Playoff Game vs. Detroit Despite Fans’ ’10th Man Effort

The Scrappy Oakland A’s were the underdogs in the first American League playoff Game against Detroit  and   Cy Young  Pitcher Max Sherzer.  Their own ace, 40 year old wonder Bartolo Colon was, perhaps affected more by the five day  layoff  after the end of the season and gave up three runs in the first inning. But, after that, the A’s were the winners, scoring the only other runs of the game in the sixth inning  on Yeonis Cespedes’ two run homerun that  put them only one run down. With 48,000 screaming fan exhorting the A’s on almost every pitch one almost expected A’s Magic to happen again as it has so many times during the season. But the top pitcher in the American League and Detroit’s bullpen was just a little more than the A’s could handle; perhaps the layoff and first game jitters could account for part of their weak hitting performance ( only 3 hits on the night for a team with a .295 average against Sherzer; of course, the other side had to contend with the same layoff and jitters though it might have been harder for a 40 year old pitcher and an A’s team of younger players.  The second game on Saturday will truly show what the A’s have in them, if they can bounce back – but it won’t be easy with another top pitcher, Verlander , going against them.  

But, this game has to go down as one of the more exciting games for the home fans, despite the loss. As a   fan next to me said, the enthusiastic A’s fan base may have gotten Cespedes’ juices going to hit the big home run that brought the A’s back to within one run.  But one player’s performance a game does not make – Cepedes had two of the three hits – and the A’s needed fewer strikeouts and better performances from some other players this night. Our guess is that the A’s will show definite improvement in Game 2 with the first one under their belt.

Go Oakland A’s !

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by Mark PURDY, San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.

Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.
Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.
The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel. We’ll see if that happens, beginning here Friday when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
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by Mark PURDY, San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.

Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.
Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.
The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel. We’ll see if that happens, beginning here Friday when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
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by Mark PURDY, San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.

Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.
Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.
The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel. We’ll see if that happens, beginning here Friday when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
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THE Oakland A’s again this year surprised the baseball world finishing off the Western Division  in first place, again supplanting the vaunted Texas Rangers  with 90 wins, no big name stars and one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.  Meanwhile,   cross Bay rival San Francisco Giants  just esca ped being the first team to go from the World Series to last place in years,  despite having the fourth highest payroll , several stars , a lot of high priced players and a history of PED players and suspected performance enhancing drug users, in our opinion. Do the A’s have enough to go all the Way to the World Series?  Purchase Tshirt – Classic ‘A’s’ over Oak Tree in Circle

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Joe DiMaggio once worked with the Oakland A’s and Charlie Finley in the 1970s/80s and would be proud of the current team,  which plays much in the style of the old Yankee Clipper….good old, hard-nosed, no nonsense , smart baseball. There are no big name stars, just a lot of eager, aggressive, intelligent fun-loving ‘lower paid’ players who are playing for the love of the game as much as anything. There is also a manager, Bob Melvin, who has upset GM Billy Beane’s old theory that the manager doesn’t make a difference, who took over a team that revolted against it’s previous manager – and the coaching staff is second to none. They’ve gotten the most out of their young team.  No help from modern technology, ie PEDs, like the cross Bay team.  This is good old, real  Golden Era Baseball like when DiMaggio played.

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by Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.

Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.

Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.

The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel. We’ll see if that happens, beginning here Friday when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

To be sure, the A’s of 2002 were intriguing.

Oakland Athletics players and fans exult as the last out of the game is made against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (D. ROSS CAMERON)

They had a 20-game win streak and did break ground when general manager Billy Beane (portrayed by Pitt in the film) started using statistical data to make personnel and lineup decisions.But come on. Those A’s did not feature a stadium that leaked raw sewage; or an uncertain future in their home city; or a relief pitcher from Australia who screams a lot and grew up playing rugby; or a right fielder nicknamed “Hillbilly Jesus”; or a powerfully exotic slugger from Cuba who obliterated the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. The A’s of 2013 have given us all of the above. And then some.

“We do have some interesting guys,” A’s manager Bob Melvin conceded this week.

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There were a lot of great months in the A’s 2013 playoff run, but none better than the month of September, that saw the A’s overcome a 2-game deficit to eventually win the Division and finish the season five games ahead of the Rangers, who were knocked out in the play-in Wild Card game. The A’s played strong when it counted, and as Texas faded, they took complete advantage; even Texas’ end-of-the-season winning streak was too little too late to dethrone the 2-time defending American League West Champions, and that’s why the Oakland Athletics will be playing tomorrow.

The A’s started September by finishing a sweep of the Rays, obviously catching them, too, at their weakest point of the season. A lot of the A’s success–winning the Division with a full week to spare–came by playing Texas and Tampa Bay at exactly the right time. Had the AL West and Wild Card gone down to the wire with the A’s still in the mix, they would have had to win out to keep pace with the other teams, who won the remainder of their last games to get into the playoffs, even briefly. Before the penultimate showdown between the A’s and the Rangers, the A’s first took out the Rays, in game #136. Nico has the call: Joe Maddon thought he would try as many different pitchers as possible, so the A’s decided to score in as ma ny creative ways as they could and the end result was a 5-1 victory, a sweep of Tampa Bay, and just 1 game between Oakland and Texas in the standings as the Rangers come to town. This left the A’s just one game back, as they geared up to face the Rangers.

Unlike previous experiences with the Rangers, the A’s did not waste this opportunity, fighting hard to take two out of three, and climbing back on top of the AL West. Game one was recapped by Lev Facher, who coaxed the A’s to a tie: A solid five innings from Dan Straily, home runs from Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes, and scoreless relief work from Dan Otero, Brett Anderson, Ryan Cook, and Grant Balfour have the A’s back in a tie for first place. In front of 23,495 frenzied fans on a sun-splashed day at the Oakland Coliseum, a few costly mistakes on Texas’ part and a nerve-wracking yet effective four innings from the bullpen gave the A’s a 4-2 win, and seemingly all of the momentum in the AL West race. There really wasn’t anything “seemingly” about it. Aside from losing the following night, the game also handled by Lev Facher: Well, the A’s are back in second place. An all-around uninspiring evening from the green and gold has the A’s a game behind the Rangers, making the rubber match tomorrow afternoon almost a must-win with three games in Arlington looming on the horizon. Bartolo Colon was both mediocre and unlucky tonight, while the A’s offense stalled repeatedly with runners in scoring position. The bullpen wasn’t great, either. Heard this one before?, the A’s would strap on their playoff underoos and decimate the rest of the month, winning series after series. They finished the Rangers’ series with a win, as baseballgirl tells us, the game also marking the return of Daric. Barton. The plucky A’s, winners of eight of their last ten games, shook off yesterday’s loss like it didn’t even matter, and continued their trend of stomping all over ace pitchers as they dismantled Rangers’ starter Yu Darvish and gutted the rest of the Texas bullpen to the tune of 11-4. The big blows of the game were home runs off the bats of Moss, Donaldson, and Coco. Oh, and also: Daric. Barton. This tied the A’s and Rangers for first place, with barely 20 games to go in the season..

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by Mark PURDY, San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.

Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.
Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.
The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel. We’ll see if that happens, beginning here Friday when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
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A couple final season notes… Miller and Flemming , homers that they are, seemed very upset as Arizona clinched the NL pennant against them 9 /23. Miller took a shot at Arizona fans  for failing to sell out the park by 3,000 (Arizona is a much smaller market than SanFrancisco.  Several times he commented on Arizona’s ‘peculiar’ ‘resort’ in center field , where the players celebrated clinching the pennant against the Giants, in the pool, rather than ‘ circling the stadium giving ‘high fives’ to the fans.’

So., the ‘wows’ and ‘indeeds’ and umpire criticism are silenced for the winter. Can’t say as I’ll miss it. Like the giants’ players, their announcers are quite the ‘homers’ over-rated, which I’m sure the non-Giants baseball fans would agree with  Personally, I’m glad to see Arizona bust their pompous chops. Where across the bay, A’s announcers would suggest that players must overlook blown calls by umpires, the Giants announcers spent so much time harping on them- as if umpire calls ONLY go against the Giants –  when they could have been telling some interesting sidelights ala Viu Scully…. Sayanara ‘Hall of Famer’ and ‘Flem’.   The real Hall of Famer, Bill King, who never sought the national spotlight on the quiet side of the Bay, is still missing from the Hall. At least Kruko got more ‘real’ towards the end, finally getting after his hometown boys, the worst hitting team in the league and the worst to ever win, er, back into  a World Series.   Guillen and his bag of tricks are long gone and the real Giants are showing. No dynasty for these boys.

And,  a sad demonstration by Giant’s corporate ownership to end the season-   effectively firing head man and good guy Bill Newcomb (sp),  who was instrumental in bringing the Giants a world series, though tarnished as it was (in this writers opinion) with steroid users (more to it than you know and was ever reported in the papers… but that’s another story, Jose Guillen and the boys, we’ve touched on elsewhere.  Kudos to Newcomb for standing tall. Brickbats to Baer and Sabean for playing the corporate, money line ((Sabean consistently has gone after former – and current(?) – steroid users, ala Guillen, Mota, Tejada, etc that other teams wouldn’t  touch after blowing it with trades and overpaying washed up players (Zito, Rowand, Huff, Ross, etc. etc.   We’re  now told that Sabean only took on Cody Ross, who had the one ‘magic’ month that propelled the Giants to the Series more than anyone,  after Guillen was cut from the team by the leqgue after getting steroids  thru the mail.  And, we can go on about that ‘magic’ month for not only Ross but the entire team-interestingly coming just after acquiring Guillen and his ‘bag of tricks.’

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We talked recently about the SF Giants sinking back to their true reality, the worst hittin team in baseball. If you listen to the Giants announcer, they seem to be following suite. Rather than announcers, they might be characterized as the ‘Giatns radio cheering section. Messeurs Fleeming, ‘Kru’ and thje “hall of Famer’ Miller seem to constantly be urgint eh Giants on, to little avail in recent days. They seem to spend much of their time complaining about the the bad breaks the Giants get, the injuries and especially the umpires and how they make bad calls on the Giants but not their opponents. And, their announcing prowess is sprinkled with cliches. We should nickname Flemming ‘ Big time’ and Miller ‘Indeed’ or ‘Wow’ or ‘Just Like That’ orany number of other over-used terms. And then there’s Miller’s pregnant pauses, eg ‘Your (pause) Giants’ (pause) announcers’ Does he think he’s cute?    The Giants are said to have one of the best announcing teams. I don’t think so. The A’s , who could use some ‘homers’ more than the Giants have a much better announcing staff, who better use their time to discuss topics of interest other than the bad breaks of the team.

The big culprit of the Giants is ownership. They are the ones who do everything in a calculating way, ie win at any cost,  including not   considering letting the Oakland A’s  exploring  a move to ‘their’ territory in San Jose (which is kind of crarzy as they would have the Eastbay market pretty much their own if the A’s moved to San Jose. It’s ta team not hesitant to pick up prior known steroid users that other teams won’t touch.

Am then there’s Kruko, who is over the top at defending the Giants, though of late I think he is  finally realizing he’s been making a fool of himself believing the Giants are a good team.

A couple final season notes…  Miller and Flemming , homers that they were seemed very  upset as Arizona clinched the NL pennant against them.  Miller took a shot at Arizona for failing to sell out the park by 3,000  in a much smaller market.  Several times he commented on Arizona’s ‘peculiar’ ‘resort’ in center field , where the players clebrated in the pool, criticizing them for not ‘ circling the stadium fans.

So., the ‘wows’ and ‘indeeds’ and umpire criticsm are silenced for the winter. Can’t say as I’ll miss it.  Like the giants’ players, their announcers are quite over-rated, which I’m sure the non-giuants baseball fans would agree with.  Where across the bay, A’s announcers would suggest that players must overllook blown calls by umpires, the Giants announcers spent so much time harping on them when they could have been telling some interesting  sidelights ala Viu Scully….  Sayanara Miller and flemming. At least Kruko got more ‘real’ towards the end,  finally setting aside all his former Giants kudos.

 

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The Giants are now seeing the spoils of their success last
year when they won  the World Series.
They say any team can win in short series, as the Giants did last year-in all the
playoffs.The bunch of previously castoff veterans mysteriously came to life last           year in September about the time when accused steroid user,Jose Guillen joined the team.Another convicted drug user , Guermo Moto was already on the team.
Every would-be ‘washed-up’ veteran played way above their heads

Interesting the Giants just brought back to other drug users, or at least one             admitted one,Marvin Bernard, along wtih jsaon Schmidt the weekend of August 27 .          Interestinghow the Giants could care less of their reputation as being , by far,                theteam having had the most convicted or alleged drug users…

So, put it all todgether…

This year Guillen is gone. But most of the others are still with the Giants,             broken odownor insured. Think about it…

GM Brian Sabean was known for his poor trades – Zito, Rowand, etc – until he
started going after players no other teams wanted. Coincidense that all these
players whose better years were behind them suddenly all came to life at the
same time in September, after the addition of Guillen and his mail deliveries?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Bay,the A’s have perhaps better hitters than
the Giants but  GM Billy Beane continues to shuffle s bodies…
not that it seems to improve the play of the team. It took a fan revolt
to get rid of his friend, manager Bob Geren after four years of losing.
Beane seems to have a talent for qcquiring some good players, short term, but
only after giving away guys who seem to improve once they leave the As .

Seems like Beane didn’t really care much about winning anymore. He’s had his
first four losing seasons these past years since A’s ownership -including Beane-
has been very vocal about wanting to move the team. And, now , in a recent
statement, Beane actually admitted the A’s are just ‘treading water’ until they
can get their new stadium, preferably in San Jose or anywhere but Oakland.
Any surprise Oakland’s fan base continues to dwindle with ownership that
doesn’t seem to care?

With the many  Giants trades gone bad, new  team figure-head , who was instrumental in the world series wins, Bill Newkom , is let go.  Obvious scapegoat – and in the midst of the season. Why coul;dn’t Mseseurs Baer  and co. wait a nother couple weeks for the season to end.?

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I HAD TO QUIT WATCHING THE A’S – GIANTS GAME FRIDAY NIGHT…

I CAME IN LATE AND LEFT EARLY….

I heard the A’s had had six  innings with t he leadoff hitter on base thrueight innings and only scored once.

Then in the eighth inning Geren walked slumping Huff to get to hot-hittingPosey. Lucky , this time Posey made an out.

In the A’s half of the inning coco crisp had two stlen bases. Only problem was that the the batters swung at the pitches, even though Crisp visably hadbig jumps. Barton actually tried to bunt and nearly bopped one up.
A’s failed to score again, despite another leadoff hitter in Crisp.

Then Geren brings in Ziegler, not a classic relief pitcher, for the ninth inning and with two lefties coming up. Ziegler is a right hander  does poorly against lefties, yet Geren picks Ziegler
over right handed relievers. Geren has no planning.
Then, Geren walks weak hitting Huff to get to hot hitting Posey.
Makes no sense again. Not only that doesn’t make sense but you’re putting anextra potential run on base.

Another mistake was taking out their top pitcher, Cahill,  in the sixth inning, after yielding only one hit. Of course, the pinch hitter fails… The way the As score runsI rather keep the hot pitchers going – Cahill had only thrown 83 pitches

A’s   LOSE — JUST IN….GEREN DOES IT AGAIN!

FIGURES…GEREN GAVE THE GAME AWAY TIME AND AGAIN IN THIS ONE. THE A’S
HAD ALL THE MOMENTUM… BETTER PITCHING, MORE HITS AND MEN ON BASE, BY FAR.
AND THERE WERE OTHER POOR CALLS HE MADE EARLY IN THE GAME, even ACCORDING
TO KRUKOW OF THE GIANTS, WHO USUSUALLY ONLY TALKS ABOUT THE GIANTS…

I heard the A’s had had six  innings with t he leadoff hitter on base thrueight innings and only scored once.
Then in the eighth inning Geren walked slumping Huff to get to hot-hittingPosey. Lucky , this time Posey made an out.
In the A’s half of the inning coco crisp had two stlen bases. Only problem wasthat the the batters swung at the pitches, even though Crisp visably hadbig jumps. Barton actually tried to bunt and nearly bopped one up.A’s failed to score again, despite another leadoff hitter in Crisp.
Then Geren brings in Ziegler, not a classic relief pitcher, for the ninth inning andwith two lefties coming up. Ziegler is a right hander  does poorly against lefties, yet Geren picks Zieglerover right handed relievers. Geren has no planning.Then, Geren walks weak hitting Huff to get to hot hitting Posey.Makes no sense again. Not only that doesn’t make sense but you’re putting anextra potential run on base.
Another mistake was taking out their top pitcher, Cahill,  in the sixth inning, after yieldingonly one hit. Of course, the pinch hitter fails… The way the As score runsI rather keep the hot pitchers going – Cahill had only thrown 83 pitches.
A further mistake was putting in Matsui to pinch hit and then taking him outwhen the Giants changed pitchers, wasting a good veteran hitter capable ofhitting lefties or righties.
A’s   LOSE — JUST IN….GEREN DOES IT AGAIN! At least FIVE MISTAKES THIS NIGHT!
No, the Giants aren’t that good – the A’s have better
FIGURES…GEREN GAVE THE GAME AWAY TIME AND AGAIN IN THIS ONE. THE A’S HAD ALL THE MOMENTUM… BETTER PITCHING, MORE HITS AND MEN ON BASE, BY FAR.AND THERE WERE OTHER POOR CALLS HE MADE EARLY IN THE GAME WHICH I DIDN’T SEE.
ADD INSULT TO INJURY…In the postgae interview, Geren was asked why the As couldn’t do better thanone run when they had leadoff men in six of the first eight innings.His reply was ‘ We didn’t have the opportunities.’  How’s about a littlebunting, a little running..
An then someone asked him about Barton missing a bunt as Crisp had a base stolen. Geren Said Barton told him he was trying to bunt for a base hit!.Since 1) when’s the last time Barton has bunted for a basehit? He’s incapable, as his effort showed.r. It’s one thing to move a guy over,which he couldn’t do, but to but for a base hit? and 2) when is Bartonthe guy who makes such decisions, especially when you have the top basestealer ont he team… you don’t need to waste a bunt.  Why the conservatism?
Now I’m convinced. Geren is a stooge. And if Beane really believes the managerdoesn’t make a difference,well, I didn’t think much of ‘money ball’and now I don’t more than ever if this is whatit’s all about. Buddies Geren and Beane are a couple of strange ducks, Beane highly over-ratedand Geren totally incompetent as a major league manager,  probably the worstin the majors.
Finally, in a recent interview assistan   GM David ‘Billy doesn’t want to talktoday’ Forrestor actually said that the team is satisfied with a .500 recordat least through July! No wonder a talented team like the A’s is three gamesbehind the Giants record, already. Look for another .500 season from the A’sas long as Geren is at the helm. Hire a Bochy, Leyland, Wedge, Hurdle, Showalter-even a LaRussa – or someone like them who is available and watch the A’soinstantly climb out of .500 and go to the playoffs! Easy as that. Good luck.And there’s the very valid thought that maybe management is just waitingout Oakland with a care-less attitude until they can move the team.

Reports have it that Oakland Assistant GM David Forrester said that the team is satisfied with a .500 record for now.  With an attidude like that the A’s will continue to play to these expectations, while their counterparts, the Giants could go on to another World Series with a team really no better than the A’s.

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To Billy Beane, the manager may not make a difference   but  don’t tell that to suffering A’s fans, who after nearly four years have had  more than  enough of  Bob Geren.  Now, previous Beane managers Macha and Howe  are looking good, by comparison; at least they were winners.

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Why would a manager continue NOT to play his best hitter, Ryan Sweeney (.364 as of 5-11) on a regular basis, at least while he’s hot?.

Instead ,  Geren continues to run out  ‘Mendoza line’  hitters like Ellis, DeJesus and Barton – and even worse, Geren is batting Barton second!.          A smart manager like Giants’ Bochy will play the hot hitters.  Geren just runs out the same players, hoping one day they’ll hit. GM Beane has his favorites and will resign an Ellis for 6  mill, saying we need his defense.   And,  don’t blame the low averages totally on the A’s  hitters, themselves.

I’ll bet just a manager change would bump up players’ averages.  These guys are not .200 hitters but, among other things, Geren doesn’t inspire.. He is  bland, deer-in-the-headlights kind of guy.       Perhaps they don’t have a lot of other choices – and Geren isn’t doing anything to inspire these hitters, As we’ve seen with Apier , Holliday and so many others, when we trade guys away away they suddenly get better!

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A’s now have a lineup of yes men. As a caller to the great Rick Tittle  just said , the A’s have assembled a team of ‘yes’ players.  Gone are the Milton Bradleys. These guys won’t complain.  While hot hitting Sweeney sits, he doesn’t complain. Maybe the A’s need someone to speak up  and say…

Where’s the bunting? Where’s the clutch hitting? Where are the little extra s ? The A’s  pitching staff currently has a better ERA than the Giants and hitters are comparable but under-performing for above reasons. So, the A’s again are playing .500 ball  to the undoubted frustration of pitchers – and hitters, even if they won’t say it publicly.  The Giants are getting those walk-off games with late inning  strategy. Get a walk, put pressure on the pitcher. Steal a base, Sacrifice. Score a run and win the game, like last night 5-10 against Arizona, one of several walk off wins for the Gianits this past week.   (By the way, if the Diamondbacks were paying attention they could have reversed the winning run if they noticed one of the Giants ‘high-fiving’  Darren Ford  a few feet before he crossed the plate to score the winning run. Credit Rick Tittle for  paying attention to that).

So, Geren continues into his fourth year, without a winning record – the first manager under Beane to have a losing record – and  FOUR years…

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YOU WATCH – When Beane finally gets rid of his buddy, Geren, one day – it will have to happen unless Beane  leaves first -  the players’ averages and overall play WILL IMPROVE significantly. It’s hard to play for a minor league manager, a guy you don’t respect.

 

While we like Giant’s Bochy, the Giants  are winning against weak teams.  As mentioned, Arizona with another poor manager, Kirk Gibson, and the teams on the recent road trip, New York and Pittsburg.

As for Colorado, they really choked  In their two series against the Gaints and will certainly be gunning for them next time…    And, yes, the Giants are still playing on… dare I say it… yes, STEROIDS. Not all the players but the Giants continue to ‘win at any cost.’ Even after Barry Bonds, GM Brain Sabean continues to go for the Roids players .  After noting in previous blogs how convicted steroid user, Jose Guillen , brought in  last September , was enough to make the difference in the Giants going to the playoffs; then  with the addition of alleged users like Ross,  also brought in late in the year, Renteria, Uribe now we were reminded that Mota was a convicted user with the Mets , before the Giants acquired him  a couple years back.

This is not to say that  all these guys-and probably others-  are not still users, but once a user almost always a user, we say.   It’s likely another new Giant, Tejada , may have cleaned up his act – and it shows… The Giants probabl y wish he was still on the juice.  Look how Manny Ramirez  fooled everyone for years  – and got away with it once- only to finally quit baseball in frustration after he was caught a second time.

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Isnt’ it inter esting how the Giants suddenly went from a .500 team through the first half of last year to  the world series after the acquisition of Ross and Guillen.  More than a coincidence I say.   Spread the goods around , just like Bonds  (Benitez, etc)  did back in ’03 the previous time they went to the playoffs.I  know I have no scientific proof what was actually going on with the Giants behind the scenes. I  just  see the many steroid connections with the Giants – for more than with any other team -  and it has gone on for many years.  I suspected Bonds in the beginning while others were still ignoring his quickly-expanding physique. And now, we’re starting to see injuries in guys like Ross, who was one of the sudden  superstars of last September and the playoffs, and even Brain Wilson – who really knows?

I know  most people today  – especially Giants fans – could care less whether their players  use steroids.   ( And I know, you could say the A’s started it all back in the 80s with McGuire and Conseco – and , as a former A’s fan, I lost all respect for the A’s of those years, including manager Tony LaRussa, who had to turn a blind eye.

Today, I am neither a Giants fan  nor an A’s fan, for the different reasons.  For the Giants, its’ years  of lousy trades, making excuses, and STEROIDS. Now , add the announcers  to the mix. The times I have listened to Giants’  games have been like audio saccharin. Perhaps John Miller’s best days are bhind him, as I can’t understand how he mad e the broadcasters Hall of Fame being such a homer.  Similarly, the new guy, is just as bad. I can just turn on the radio and tell instandly who’s winning –WITHOUT THE SCORE – by the tone of their voices.  There’s a definite down tone to their voices when they’re losing – and , often, it’s  umpire’s fault.  The ball-strike calls usually seem to go against the Giants when they’re losing., according to Miller and  ‘flem.’   And  ,  I get really tired of Miller’s over-use of the word ‘indeed.’ INDEED!  Maybe there was good reason to drop Miller and Morgan from the Game of the Week broadcasts this year.  Miller may be a nice guy – and he does  a great VinScully impression – but it seems like he made have changed his style, becoming more of a ‘homer’ when he joined the Giants broadcasters.   Wouldn’t be surprised if  Baer and company told him to give it a little more ‘home’.  And then there’s  ‘Krook’ , who’s the worst of all. He may know his baseball but it’s Excuse City when it comes to the Giants. Only his buddy, Kuiper, seems to truly give a more unbiased approach to the game of all the broadcasters.  ‘This is John Miller , your (pregnant pause) G-g-g-iants b-b-b-b-roadcaster.!

Whereas the  Golden State Warriors didn’t give Keith Smart a chance, firing him after one year, the A’s are way over due! How long will the misery go on. What a shame to see an above average team wallowing  in mediocrity, due largely to the manager. Oh, and by the way, Billy, swallow your pride and play Sweeney more. So what if you the guys you traded for, DeJesus and LaRoche aren’t as good hitters and you can get Milton Bradley back now – he’s on waivers –  but we know you won’t having given away  Apier to get Bradley the first time.

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