I coach a little hoop, and I often times players will say "my bad" when they make a mistake. I tell them, if you say "my bad" enough, just start staying "I suck" instead. It would have been nice for Joe Toree to say his umps were just bad and their is no excuse. They also should ALL have to face the media. Toree used to play and manage--he knows what getting ripped off is like. It SUCKS. Things DO not even out in Sports. Will Gruden ever get a Tuck call to win him a playoff game again?
The A's are clearly in one of those tough stretches. They are banged up, on a tough road trip, they are 6 weeks into the season after 6 weeks or so in Arizona, and they just have not played very crisp baseball--no pun intended. The need to tighten up their D; they need to start pitching better and make some hard decisions with their starters. Is Bartolo the same guy as last year? How about Parker? Will Gray get a chance? Tonight a very interesting game with Strailey going against a hot pitcher. Can Strailey prove he belongs? The next 6 games make for an interesting little stretch. Coco and Anderson could be back soon, and a couple of wins against Seattle and Texas can easily right the ship. The next 7 days will be very interesting in A's land.
If I had to do it over again, on my post yesterday, I would have asked, "Are the A's still hungover from 2012." Last year was such a good ride, and the team really did get a lot of national media love after the season. Lost of "Atta Boys." The A's were the Belles of the ball. That can be intoxicating. It's over, and they have got to move on. They need to catch it better, pitch it better, and be more efficient in plating a few runs vs. top flight pitching--like tonight. Raise the bar BoMel, its time to get rolling! Have a safe and enjoyable weekend AN.