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Open Thread: Game 71 - Optimism Thread!!! - A's at St. Louis

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Today I challenge you to stick with happy thoughts, because no matter how bleak things feel right now it could be worse. At least we're not the Pittsburgh Pirates, now embroiled in a dumpling scandal because one of the "pierogi race" dumplings has been fired for criticizing the manager's and GM's contact extensions on his Facebook page. I can't make this stuff up, folks.

So I urge you to see the bright side of everything, just as I have to do because it's report writing time for me and I am knee-deep in euphemistic feedback like, "Caroline is learning to channel her energy into the tasks we are doing" (translation: while the rest of us are discussing the material, Caroline is kicking Veronica under the table and eating the material the rest of us are discussing), and "Bobby is generous about getting all his relievers involved in the 8th inning," which means "Who needs Breslow for more than one hitter? We have Bowers!"

Jamey Wright gave up 6 hits and 6 ER in 1.2 IP at AAA yesterday? Yay!!! He's consistent. I'm feeling it today, folks. Bob Geren's finger smells especially good this morning, and if the A's win their next 8 in a row while the Rangers and Angels forget to win for a week, Oakland will be in 1st place before the end of June!

No gloom and doom. Hope and love! Remember, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger so if June doesn't kill the A's they're almost guaranteed to hit a HR sometime in July! Most of all, enjoy the game because the only alternative is not to enjoy it. Go A's!


Lineup

Oakland Athletics @ St. Louis Cardinals

06/20/10 11:15 AM PDT

Oakland Athletics St. Louis Cardinals
Rajai Davis - CF Skip Schumaker - 2B
Daric Barton - 1B Matt Holliday - LF
Conor Jackson - LF Albert Pujols - 1B
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B Ryan Ludwick - RF
Ryan Sweeney - RF Colby Rasmus - CF
Adam Rosales - 2B Felipe Lopez - 3B
Landon Powell - C Jason LaRue - C
Cliff Pennington - SS Jeff Suppan - P
Trevor Cahill - P Brendan Ryan - SS