"I mean, no team should really have that kind of dominance over another one in our league," Geren said after Wednesday's 4-2 loss completed the Yankees' three-game sweep. "Our pitching's too good. It's just more of a coincidence."
1. a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance: Our meeting in Venice was pure coincidence.
When asked about the 10 straight the A's have lost to the Yankees under his tutelage, our
fearless clueless leader offered up this nugget of wisdom. Coincidence? Mere chance? Really Bob? So what you want us to believe is that you take two baseball teams, totally equal in this explanation, and roll them around, throw them up against the wall, and it comes out snake eyes 10 out of 10 times? Unfreakinbelievable. This is a grown man, in charge of multi-million dollar operation, asking us the public to believe that it has nothing to do with the fact that the Yankees pay one guy nearly the equivalent of our entire roster, or that it has nothing to do with the fact that our team is collectively batting somewhere near shame and silliness. No Bob, I am sorry, but either you are amazingly stupid and naive, or you think we are, to believe such an asinine explanation. However, I fear it is far worse than those two possible explanations: he really, really believes what he said. And if that is the case, it tells us a lot about Bob and his moves. If it's all just chance, then yes, the manager is irrelevant, has nothing to do with the outcome. You just run guys out there and some nights you get lucky, some nights the other team just gets lucky. Wow, all this time I thought it was because we suck at baseball and the Yankees kick our collective asses is why we lost 10 in a row.
Wait. It gets better.
"We don't necessarily play differently," he said. "We don't play tighter or anything like that. Our pitchers are aggressive. Our hitters ... I mean, the first night, they had a great pitching performance (by Bartolo Colon), and the other two (against Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett), we didn't swing that well."
If words mean things, which I think they do, then this is a treasure trove into the depth, or lack thereof, of Robert Peter Geren.
"We don't necessarily play differently"
We don't necessarily play differently. Well, in general, this is correct. We both play baseball, like saying Mother Theresa and Paris Hilton are both women. Which player (non-pitcher) on our current roster starts for the Yankees? Sorry Bob, but we do play differently. We do not play to the level of the Yankees and it's why we have lost 10 in a row. We don't have the caliber of players they do, and your sales ability is weak, old man. Shall I continue?
"Our hitters ... I mean, the first night, they had a great pitching performance (by Bartolo Colon), and the other two (against Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett), we didn't swing that well."
Bartolo Colon. 38 years old. Given up 8 HRs so far this year. Don't get me wrong, he is doing ok, but he is merely the latest in a long line of Cy Young reincarnations. What happened? Did somehow the Oakland Coliseum become the Field of Dreams for dying, dead and forgotten pitchers, and the moment they step onto the field, they are young and effective again? No Bob, it was not Colon. IT'S HAPPENED ALL SEASON LONG! WE DON'T HIT WELL!
And of course, the other "two", we didn't swing well. Oh yeah, that.
de·ni·al - noun b. Psychology An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.
Clueless, in denial, whatever you want to call it, it illustrates the painful fact that we are a rudderless ship adrift in a sea of insignificance, captained by a blind man with a crew of ghosts. We are merely fodder for the men of substance that people the teams of means.
Nick Swisher, lucky to have escaped a mean fate, brings reality back to the forefront and slaps Bob's pitiful ignorant bliss square in the jaw:
"We've got so much talent," Swisher said. "This team is so deep, anybody could go out there and get the job done. After losing those two tough games in Seattle, to come back here and play the way we did, that shows true tenacity."
In the words of Johnny Hates Jazz...."Woke up to reality to find the future not so bright."
My friends, this is your 2011 Oakland A's, and while this hollow shell is at the helm, we will wander in the desert of mediocrity.
One last nugget of beauty. When asked about Matsui, Bob surveyed the land, looked into his crystal ball and spewed this:
"He's just struggling a little bit right now," Geren said. "We've got a couple other guys swinging the bat pretty good. I fully expect him to be fine and contribute and have a nice second half."
What are we basing this on? Oh, that's right. Clueless