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BACK IN ACTION…

Some of you may have been thinking, “Where the heck has that girly baseball chick gone? Where are her fabulous, amazing, insightful blogs?” Ok, maybe not. But anyway, it’s been a little while and basically I was sick, call it the flu or whatever but I was down for the count and I’m still a little stuffy, but if you were at all worried about me I’m going to pull through. 

So did you hear the big news????

Duchscherer.jpgYah, the A’s are starting the season off strong …. on the DL!  So I guess when I go to the A’s home opener I’m not going to see Duchscherer pitch.  I am hoping in the end it all turns out good but it’s a little frustrating at the same time.  This team needs to start off strong for once and with a pitching staff that still doesn’t know who the starters are it’s not a great sign for things to come.  I have all the hope in the world but I gotta see it to believe it. 

Usually I start every season being completely stoked and hopeful and believe the A’s can go all the way and I make others believe it too.  But after the luck the A’s have had lately this season is a little different.  I still know they are totally going to win the World Series, but I’m a little worried about what it’s going to take to get there.

I don’t want to see the A’s use the DL 25+ times this season or see over 50 different ball players on the field.  There is something to be said about building chemistry.  Chemistry makes the game almost seem effortless and the A’s, while still managing to do pretty well last season, on the field the A’s play was far from effortless. 

But we, meaning the A’s, have some killer bats that we haven’t had for quite some time.  If they can produce the runs maybe, just maybe they can either make the lack of pitching studs less obvious or make the pitchers so comfortable on the mound they become the studs the A’s knew they could be. 

It’s basically just wait and see time for the A’s.  I have a feeling this is going to be a very interesting season, big highs, big lows and in the end I want to see the A’s on top!

Chucky Finly and A's World Series Trophy.jpg

Charles Finley with one of the Oakland A’s World Series trophies

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Gripes, Disses, and the A’s!

I have been thinking, what can I possibly write about? It wasn’t a matter of not having anything to say, it was more like I have too much to say.  I was wondering where I should start, but I figure I will just put everything in this one blog(gette).  Some parts I already know will get your panties in a bunch, and some will make you roll your eyes and think what the heck is she thinking, but trust me I know what I’m talking about (or at least I think so, but what is it that people say, when a woman talks a man just has to nod his head in agreement because a woman or a chick in this situation is always right). 

I will start off by saying ….neener neener neeeeeener…Oakland beat the Angels 8-1.  What’s that you say? It’s only Spring Training?!?!?  And that is my first gripe.  On one hand Spring Training isn’t important because it doesn’t count when determining who gets to the post season. But for you guys that say it’s no big deal at all you either have no clue what you are talking about or have a really crappy team and it truly doesn’t matter ::coughPiratescough:: Spring Training gives us the first look at our team.  Is pitching a worry for you? You get to check out all of your so called up and coming studs and how they might fit in.  Spring Training gives us a pretty good look at what our team is shaping up to be.  You get to see how much the athletes worked in the off season either because they are showing more skills on the field or their body has dramatically changed.  As a baseball fan I’m just stoked to get the chance to watch some baseball.  I don’t care if it’s Spring Training or not, when the A’s kick the Giants and Angels rear I’m going to be pretty excited.    And to listen to the radio and hear Garciaparra (2 for 2) the old guy who people are telling me don’t get too excited about, hits a line drive two base hit, I think take that naysayers.  Spring Training may not determine anything when the season starts but you get to see your team.  Most of the crap I hear comes from Yankee fans.  So sorry some of our teams have a lot of questions and aren’t lucky enough to buy already established players who everyone knows what to expect minus maybe an injury here or there that could change things up a bit.  Don’t ask why they show Spring Training highlights, don’t say Spring Training doesn’t matter, just sit back shut up and enjoy watching your team play ball.


 
Spring Training.jpgSpeaking of the Yankees, that brings me to my other gripe. I know I stick up for the Yankees, and that primarily has to do with the fact that I think they get a lot of crap for nothing and the fact I hate the Red Sox.  But Yankee fans are starting to really drive me crazy. Sure I have met a lot more awesome Yankee fans than I have Boston Fans, but lately Yankee fans are really giving the Sox Fans and run for their money.  I really have never known fans to be as low on the Homer poll as the current Yankee fan. They want to bad mouth the media and say there is nowhere like playing in New York, boo hoo, while secretly loving the drama and thinking it makes them that much better than every other team. But I can’t think of any other fan that bad mouths their players like a Yankee fan. And before you even say that Yankee fans know the game or they aren’t bias, or a number of other things you might think of just stop right there.  Some Yankee fans are Jeter fans so they have problems with A-Rod, then you have the A-Rod fans that have issues with Jeter.  The reason the media has a field day is because of YOU!  If YOU would just shut up and not care about all the drama on and off the field the media wouldn’t have as much to talk about.  It’s you that cares about A-Rod and manly women or the tension between A-Rod and Jeter. They also comment on how the team didn’t really look that supportive of A-Rod when he had his roid press conference.  Why don’t you try being a little more supportive? I have also heard, now that Giambi is back home as an Oakland A, he’s not really that good, or he is blamed for the Yankees not winning the World Series.  Well I’m glad to have Giambi back as our first baseman, and the leader of the pack. WELCOME BACK FRAT HOUSE!!!!!  The Yankee’s have brought on a lot of drama on their own; have fun in third place again Yankees!


jason-giambi.jpgPrediction
: A’s to World Series before the Yankees! (have you seen our young pitching in the meaningless Spring Training?)

Now on to A’s pitching! I am still concerned about this one segment of the team.  I think our batting is going to be greatly improved. We have one of the best baseball players in the game today with Holliday, Giambi still has power, and if some of our injury prone guys stay healthy we have a few more hits with them too.  Like I have said before our fielding really has never been a problem, but it has improved with the addition of Cabrera and if Sweeney stays healthy you will see some amazing centerfield heroics.  But, as we are all aware Duchscherer (Duke) has had some setbacks with his elbow and as the probable number 1 starter it is a bit worrisome.  Most likely he will end up starting the season on the DL and gradually working his way into being a reliever until his elbow issues are resolved and he can be the number one guy we intended him to be.  I also made you aware of a couple up and comers in Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill who might surprise us and come to the bigs a little earlier than expected as well as Vin Mazzaro who has been with the A’s Triple A team the Rivercats.  There is a huge competition going on right now for a starting job.  One of my personal faves is Gio Gonzalez I would really like him to have chance and to see what happens. But we also have Edgar Gonzalez, Jerome Williams and Josh Outman.  This is where Spring Training can get a team and fans excited when there is an aspect of the game that is very questionable.  In three games Cahill has a 2.25 ERA, in four games Mazzaro hasn’t allowed a single run and Anderson has an ERA of 1.86 in four games.  Yes, I don’t know if any of those guys are going to be in the starting rotation or where in the rotation they might be but I must admit the queasiness I felt in my stomach a couple weeks ago has eased up significantly.  I just can’t wait to see who will be tossing to Suzuki come April. 

Another little gripe I have is one that involves the recent transactions the A’s have made. I can’t remember who told me this whether it was my Yankee fan friend or Dodger fan friend, but one of them said the A’s are turning into the Giants, acquiring old guys who can’t play.  Oh yah the A’s have sooooo many old guys.  The A’s have a great mix of young and old, and age is nothing but number if they can play.  Giambi not only still has power, and yes he can play first base, but he is a tremendous asset in the clubhouse.  While Chavy and Ellis show leadership by their play on the field, Giambi is outspoken and gets a team pumped before the game ever begins. This was something he could never do as a Yankee.  I would say we should do what the A’s did in the 70s and bring back the facial hair, but I’m afraid with our abundance of youngsters it might be a little difficult.  The A’s have been so lucky with the guys they have had on the team. We have had great veterans who are willing to do everything they can to not only  help the team now but help the rooks and the future of the Oakland A’s.


Rollie Fingers.jpgI don’t know about you but I am excited about the 2009 season. I have high hopes for the Oakland A’s but I think they are realistic.  I’m not going to worry about the future of where the organization might be I just pray that the team does what they need to do to keep them here, get the fans in the seats, and WIN!

To quote Gio Gonzalez, “A’s fan are great, great fans, I’m not a well known guy but they treat you like you have played there for 15 years.” 

With that, yes I say we and us when I talk about the A’s.  Some weirdoes say they don’t understand why people say we and us when talking about a sports team.  Well, let me tell you!  I grew up in absolute love with the Oakland A’s since birth, but primarily from about the age of 3 when I could in some ways comprehend what was going on.  I know I have devoted my time and my money to supporting the A’s.  It’s like having stock in a company, you are part owner and I think we have every right to say it’s our team, because it is.  We are true fans of the game. We have passion, and love for this game that can’t be matched by any other fans of any other sports.  As Baseball fans we understand the meaning of team and we know it is the only true American game (that just so happens to have caught on to the entire world).  So I will continue to say we and us whenever I talk about MY A’s and I suggest if you are a true fan of your team you do the same.

GO A’S!

 

Spring Training, A-Rod, the Dreaded DL

The A’s usually start off slow whether it’s Spring Training or the regular season.  It can be frustrating but the second half of the season is always fun.  But it always comes down to how much the A’s sucked the first half.  I don’t really pay to much attention to the Spring Training games but I must admit now that they are winning my interest is being perked.

The first game the A’s tied 3-3 vs. the Brewers, then the A’s lost 3-1 vs. the Angels, which did hurt a little because I always want to beat them.  Whether it is Spring Training or not there is a bit of a rivalry that has been building up.  They finally won against Cleveland a wopping 1-0 and then of course lost a couple more.  Last time I checked the standings A’s were in dead last and the Mariners were in first. Then we, YES WE!, beat the White Sox, GIANTS, Mariners, and of course don’t let me forget South Africa.  South Africa?  I never knew they played baseball in South Africa, at least we won. 

Now the A’s are 4-4 and no longer in last, but Angels are 7-1. I know it’s Spring Training but don’t you still hate to see your team behind their rival?  The Angels don’t have K-Rod, which is huge, I not only don’t like the guy but he kills most opponents he faces.  If only they could get rid of Lackey, then I would know for sure I was right all along and their really is a God. 

All teams have been overshadowed this Spring Training by A-rod. First it’s Torre’s book, then it’s Steroids, now it’s a cyst on his hip and apparent labrum tear.  Now the big question is ooooo does he get surgery or doesn’t he?  I say big woop!!!  My question is, are the A’s healthy.  They were on the DL around 25 times in 2008.  Yankees are big babies wondering about one guy having surgery.  Let’s revisit the A’s stints on the DL and who ended up going under the knife.


Heart of the Game.jpgDL TRANSACTIONS

3/25/2008: Eric Chavez 15-day DL

3/25/2008: Chad Gaudin 15-day DL

3/25/2008: Kiko Calero 15-day DL later put on 60-day DL

4/8/2008: Chad Gaudin off DL

4/8/2008: Justin Duchscherer 15-day DL

4/10/2008: Rich Harden 15-day DL

4/20/2008: Keith Foulke DL

4/24/2008: Travis Buck 15-day DL

4/24/2008: Eric Chavez transferred to 60-day DL

4/26/2008: Justin Duchscherer off DL

5/9/2008: Foulke off DL

5/10/2008:  Buck off DL – sent to AAA

5/11/2008: Harden off DL

5/11/2008: Chris Denorfia 15-day DL

5/16/2008: Santiago Casilla 15-day DL

5/19/2008: Donnie Murphy 15-day DL

5/20/2008: Andrew Brown 15-day DL

5/22/2008: Denorfia off DL

5/29/2008: Chavez off DL

5/29/2008: Frank Thomas 15-day DL

5/30/2008: Calero off DL

5/30/2008: Joey Devine 15-day DL

5/30/2008: Mike Sweeney 15-day DL

5/30/2008: Ryan Sweeney 15-day DL

6/8/2008: A. Brown off DL

6/13/2008: R. Sweeney off DL

6/19/2008: Casilla off DL

6/20/2008: Murphy off DL

7/2/2008: Eric Chavez 15-day DL

7/4/2008: Keith Foulke 15-day DL

7/5/2008: Bobby Crosby 15-day DL

7/8/2008: Mike Sweeney transferred to 60-day DL

7/18/2008: Crosby off DL

7/19/2008: Daric Barton 15-day DL

7/31/2008: Thomas off DL

8/1/2008: Andrew Brown 15-day DL

8/1/2008: Barton off DL

8/2/2008: Devine off DL

8/6/2008: Eric Chavez transferred (once again) to the 60-day DL

8/13/2008: Ryan Sweeney 15-day DL

8/21/2008: Justin Duchscherer 15-day DL

8/21/2008: Sean Gallagher 15-day DL

8/28/2008: R. Sweeney off DL

8/30/2008: Frank Thomas 15-day DL

8/30/2008: Foulke off DL

9/3/2008: M. Sweeney off DL

9/3/2008: Frank Thomas transferred to 60-day DL

9/10/2008: Sean Gallagher off DL

9/21/2008: Mark Ellis 60-day DL

10/3/2008: Duchscherer off DL

11/3/2008: Frank Thomas off DL

11/14/2008: Brown, Chavez, and Ellis off DL (big woop the season is over)

 

07/2008 SURGERIES

September 2007: Eric Chavez -Shoulder

October 2007: Eric Chavez – Back

March 2008: Chad Gaudin – Hip (minor)

May 2008: Mike Sweeney – Knee

July 2008: Eric Chavez – Shoulder

September 2008: Marc Ellis – Shoulder, Travis Buck – Elbow

October 2008: Daric Barton – Hip, Greg Smith – Elbow

Granted we don’t have Greg Smith, Frank Thomas, Mike Sweeney and a few others but for us to have a successful season Duke, Chavy and Ellis have to stay healthy. Maybe Ellis and Chavy aren’t stars with the bat but what they do on the field and in the clubhouse would be a huge loss if they were out for an extended period of time.  This trend must end! 

Go A’s!!!