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Open Thread: Game 121 - A's vs. Royals

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First of all, I want to thank Monkeyball for opening up a thread for last night's game between the A's and the U.S. Supreme Court. Blez and I both forgot, as we got wrapped up in practicing a special routine that we, along with Maya and Poochini, will be performing on the field during the 7th inning stretch at Fan Appreciation Day. I'll have to describe the routine for you someday. We call ourselves "The Aristocrats".

Anyway, it was a great game between the A's and the Supreme Court. First, the entire Supreme Court threw out the ceremonial first pitch on a technicality. Then the constitutionality of playing of the national anthem was approved, just in time, by a slim majority. I was glad that David Justice was deemed eligible to play for both teams, and as for the game itself, Souter's split-finger fastball was every bit as nasty as I remembered from the early `80s. And while she may not have a great swing, Sandra Day O'Connor has yet to be retired. For those who couldn't stay up to the finish, let me report that the game wound up going extra innings and was ultimately ruled a tie when Bud Selig couldn't figure out else what to do.

As for tonight's game, it's Jose Lima against Rich Harden. After falling 36.5 games behind the White Sox, the Royals have recently turned their attention to the Wild Card. They are still 0-for-August and have now gone exactly 1/9 of an entire season without a win. Regardless of how the Royals may look, however, Buddy Bell insists that they are simply "pining for the Fjords".

Today's "fun fact": It is often suggested that the A's don't run much, but a lot of fans don't realize that the A's are actually tied for 6th in the American League in stolen bases, trailing only Scott Podsednik, Chone Figgins, Carl Crawford, Julio Lugo, and Ichiro.

The starting lineups:

DeJesus
Long
Sweeney
Stairs
Brown
Berroa
Buck
Murphy
McEwing

Kendall
Kotsay
Crosby
Chavez
Johnson
Payton
Hatteberg
Swisher
Ellis