I open with a Zen koan: If the Chron sportspage lacks Slusser articles for long winter months at a time, will it still besmirch my hands with anachronistic ink?
Nick says bye!
So does Piazza, says Susan in her game wrap:
Piazza led off the bottom of the inning with a single to right off Chris Bootcheck, and manager Bob Geren sent in Shannon Stewart to pinch run. As Piazza came off the field, he got a standing ovation from the crowd of 28,062.
"I just thought it was great," Piazza said. "The fans here have been great to me and my family, very supportive in what has been, at times, a tough season. I can't stress enough how much fun it was for me, these people are great. And I was glad to be able to chip in at the end, at least square one up before taking it off the field."
Being part of that standing O for Piazza was definitely one of my top five ballpark moments this year.
Get your Slusser fix now while you still can! Her last game notes until spring include:
- Arbi-eligible Huston Street (fresh off a blown save vulture win) is talking contract extension. "Street's agent, Alan Hendricks, recently came to Oakland to meet with general manager Billy Beane, and though the talks were merely a preliminary sit-down with no numbers exchanged, Street is interested in a long-term deal if the figures work." I found Forst’s quote interesting: "There's obviously some interest on their side, so it's something we'll explore." Not interest on our side, mind you. Sign-and-trade! Sign-and-trade!
- "Second baseman Mark Ellis was named the Bill Rigney Good Guy for 2007 by the Bay Area chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Sunday.The award, introduced in 1997, recognizes outstanding cooperation with the media."
- "Backup catcher Rob Bowen might wind up with playoff shares from two teams: He played for both the Cubs and Padres this year."
But don’t spend that Padres share just yet, Bruce. San Diego and Colorado have a one-game playoff for the NL wild card spot at 4:30 today, in Denver.
"The Padres, who missed a chance to clinch the slot by losing their last two games at Milwaukee, plan to pitch ace Jake Peavy. The Rockies will counter with Josh Fogg, whose tendency to beat other teams' aces of late has earned him the nickname "Dragon Slayer.""
Finally, boingboing forwards This great flikr compendium of bad signs. There was a fine end of the season tailgate party yesterday, an enjoyable coda to the A’s season. Fortunately, no one availed themselves of this offer:
I did get to meet McFood there. He was drawn in by this sign: