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Open Thread: Game 73 - A's at San Francisco

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They share so many traits in common...They play in the Bay Area, they play in a lousy division, they wish the Angels would just go away, they have a creaky power hitter who lines singles off the wall, they hate A.J. Pierzynski, they have a starter from Pepperdine and a spot starter named Brad.

I mean, they may as well be the same team, but instead they're rivals. Ladies and gentlemen (and the rest of you), it's the A's and the Giants, live from--what is it right now, AT&T Park?--with Jason Schmidt vs. Joe Blant...hang on, I've just been handed a memo that MCI has bought out AT&T, so it's now...hang on, MCI and Sprint just merged...hang on, AT&T just bought out SprintCI, so it is AT&T Park again...

...Where was I? Right. It's Jason Schmidt vs. Joe Blanton, who hopefully hid the $1,000 of Vodka from Loaiza and Sauerbeck, because I might be on the road later tonight and I will definitely be in the bushes.

Tonight's starting lineups include Antonio Perez at second base. Don't think Macha checks out the career ledgers? Perez is 5/7 lifetime against Schmidt.

Kotsay
Swisher
Chavez
Crosby
Johnson
Payton
Perez
Kendall
Blanton

Winn
Visquel
Sweeney
Bonds
Feliz
Finley
Durham
Alfonzo
Schmidt