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Open Thread: Game 160 - A's vs. SoCal Seraphim of Santa Ana


They sold their souls for rock-n-roll first-to-third.

Hello again, RISP-lets of the GDParadigm, and welcome one and all to the final homestand of 2009, as the Athletics, fresh from getting their asses kicked through the goalposts of Hell in Seattle, return home for One More Red Nightmare against the AL West Champion (getting sick of saying that yet? I know I am. I hope Billy Beane and David Forst are.) Angels. The A's send Gio Gonzalez (6-6//5.73) up against Jered Weaver (15-8//3.84) in a rematch of last Friday's boogie-down, which saw Gio prevail 3-0, striking out 7 and walking merely one in 6 1/3 innings of sparkly quicktoss. If Oakland can sweep 3 this weekend they will take the season series from the Halos, who currently hold a 9-7 advantage.

You down with OBP? Yeah, you know me.
Speaking of Mr. Beane, word has it that Tyler Blez has scored a straight-from-the-horse-trader's-mouth interview on the whys and the wherefores of the 2009 season (and more than a fleeting glance at what 2010 may hold for the green-n-gold) with the man himself, so be looking for that coming soon to a front page near you. As for this game, well this is how it sets up, replete with a Matt Carson sighting behind the Magic 8 Ball :


Los Angeles Angels @ Oakland Athletics

10/02/09 7:05 PM PDT

Los Angeles Angels Oakland Athletics
Chone Figgins - 3B Adam Kennedy - 3B
Bobby Abreu - RF Rajai Davis - CF
Torii Hunter - CF Kurt Suzuki - C
Vladimir Guerrero - DH Jack Cust - DH
Juan Rivera - LF Daric Barton - 1B
Kendry Morales - 1B Mark Ellis - 2B
Mike Napoli - C Eric Patterson - LF
Brandon Wood - SS Matt Carson - RF
Freddy Sandoval - 2B Cliff Pennington - SS

This'll be my last supersubby workout on the game threads before I start doing it for reals next spring, so I wanted to thank everyone here again for making me feel welcome and so much a part of the AN-times here... 2010 should be another level of Chaos entirely as I venture forth with the laptop and head for season ticket seats at the RF foul pole, where Tuesday night game threads will originate next season if all goes according to plan.

Can I get a LET'S go OAK-LAND!!??!? Amen and you all have a tremendous winter, and may all your stoves be hot.

Love, Josh.