Sunday, June 5, 2011

Oakland Athletics: Dumbest Team in Baseball?

The game worth discussing the most from this weekend was Saturday's war of attrition.  The first thing, and the one that I will enjoy discussing more than anything else is the last play of the game.  Worked out pretty well for Boston, so I'm not going to complain.  But how dumb was that decision-making process?

They walked a guy who's 0-6 and is hitting .224 with 2 extra-base hits in his last 49 at-bats to get to JD Drew.  It's the fourteenth inning, JD is playing like he's already retired, and is the one person (except for maybe the Franchise's Georgian aunt) who wants to leave that ballpark more than anyone else.  As we have seen in previous Junes, he's not untalented.  He has the talent to get himself to go home through a single.  And that's what he did.  This is why straight-up numbers don't work always.  Knowing which players hate baseball and/or being at the park could have saved the Athletics the game.

The second thing is Tony Randazzo.  What an embarrassment.  Another iteration of the same thing Pat and I have been whining about for years.  Umpires with no accountability.  Umpires who are pretty much cowboys who think that they are the star of the show.  The entire umpiring crew had no comment on the incident, when Papelbon was facing the other way and Randazzo came storming out from behind the plate.  Why do these guys constantly look for a fight?  And when you are wrong, why don't you have the balls to admit it?  These guys all cover for each other, and it's disgusting.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

DV

"Tony Randazzo" just kills me as a name. I'm pretty sure someone with that name played a second tier gangster in either Goodfellas or Casino. With a name like that it's not surprising he's trying to take over the game.

JD Drew. Julio Lugo. Daisuke Matsuzaka. Theo/Henry and Co. have thrown away more money than the Department of Health and Human Services. $209 million on those three. $209 million! Unbelievable. And yet, it's not.

--the Gunn

the gm at work said...

As an Italian-American, I feel like your first comment is racist. Maybe the guy who played Billy Batts was named Tony Randazzo.

I thought you were gonna ask me about JD Drew having the second-highest OPS of all AL outfielders.

Anonymous said...

DV

Considering that it was Reunion Weekend at Colby this past weekend, your response to my comment could not have been more appropriate.

Here's looking forward to Ryan Kalish or Josh Reddick or whomever else we can throw in right field who will actually give a damn.

--the Gunn

the gm at work said...

Good God. You just reminded me that our five-year reunion is only a year away. Does that mean I have to run the Boston Marathon again so I can get headlines and subsequent love from all the '07 girls who didn't care during college?

Like Randy Moss, I'ma answer my own questions: The answer is no. Unlike many of the '03 girls at Wilmington HS who fawned over me after my Boston finish in '08, by the time they graduated Colby, the majority of '07 girls were true DBOCs* by the time they graduated. So I'll just wait until 2013 to run that race again, just in time for the 10-year high school reunion.

I hope Reddick's stock is not falling as quickly as many of those stocks had over the course of four years at Colby.

If you don't catch the tongue-in-cheek-ness of this post, you're dumb.

*DBOC = dumpy broad on campus

Anonymous said...

DV

I don't care where you went to high school, those girls were definitely more attractive than the Colby girls. From a physical standpoint, impressing them would be of much greater value than impressing Colby broads. One of the bigger disappointments of my life was surveying the talent (or lack thereof) upon arrival on campus. What a shame.

--the Gunn

the gm at work said...

A slight disagreement on this, Gunn. I feel like their first semester, they were smokin. And this happened every year. However, the problem is that first winter, when they discover beer and cold weather. They don't want to truck themselves across campus to get one of the three (3) functional treadmills at the athletic center (thanks, President Adams), so while they're bundled up and we don't know any better, they're just getting dumpier and dumpier. When March or April come around and 45 degrees feels like 90, the formerly-hot freshman girls all put on the old clothes from September. And they no longer fit, thus bluntly explaining the irreparable damage that took place between October and March. This day was the worst day of the year for me.

Ross Kaplan said...

Actually DV, I can clearly remember a time we were at the fitness center and you were complaining about all the anorexic "broads" (a different word for broad may or may not have been used in reality) who were using all of the treadmills.