Today is the 30th anniversary of Rickey's first major-league game. He doubled in his first at-bat and singled in his next, before stealing the first of 1,406 bases.
Not a bad start.
It wasn't a bad start for Matt Keough either, who pitched a complete game for Oakland that day but took the loss to fall to 0-9. He would lose his first 14 decisions in 1979, and finish 2-17. The fifth inning did Keough in when he gave up all five of the runs he'd allow, and seven of nine hits.
Pam called it The Tease (and I agree iglew because I actually thought the A's were going to break through at some point; silly me), but as heartbreaking and frustrating as those missed opportunities were (made more so by my surroundings), I was pleasantly surprised that the A's had that many chances to begin with. After the Garciaparra double play, I could not imagine being in the same situation the very next inning.
On one hand you can say our offense sucks, and you'd be right, but on the other, how often does a team get to the well with such frequency against a guy like Lincecum? He simply got the outs he needed, when he needed. I'm sure a guy like Stew, who threw out the first pitch last night, can relate.
Is this a recap or a DLD?
I haven't heard much else on AN day (friends were asking about it last night), but the rumor is it's 8/22, which is a fireworks night, in case the organizers were unaware.
Speaking of promotions, check out the hideous-looking cap the A's are giving away Sunday:
Well at least it's not red.
Then again, at the rate I'm going, I may not be able to wear a cap much longer:
...now if he was at the game tonight...BRING ME THE HEAD OF 67MARQUEZ...biggest home game jinx in the world!!
Despite that lovely sentiment, I will be there tonight and Friday night and a few other games this season. Sec. 119, Row 35 tonight, in case anyone wants to buy me a beer or take a picture of me with an elephant.
Dump if you want, just not on me.