Fernando Abad’s Loss

I woke up to watch CBS This Morning and their chef segment. Some of Rick Gresh’s signature dishes are eye of the ribeye, cauliflower Caesar, tuna tartare, lobster flatbread, bourbon eclairs, and a Spaceboy. I headed to the office and used the Internet to look at the American Top 40 playlist for this weekend. The Top 10 songs on April 10, 1971 were “One Toke Over the Line,” “Proud Mary,” “Another Day,” “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “For All We Know,” “She’s a Lady,” “Joy to the World,” “What’s Going On,” and “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me).” I left to go out to the stadium for Pet Calendar Day. I saw some 5K runners out there and thought about doing something like that someday. I stood in line for about half an hour before they opened the gates. I tried to buy a teriyaki chicken bowl but was told that the rice wouldn’t be ready for another fifteen minutes. I returned in thirty minutes, and I was glad to get my food, although it was drowned in this strange sauce. I thought it would be better to have water than Zevia soda. It seems that Sonny Gray’s status on the A’s has risen to the hero level. Sonny Gray allowed one run in this game on a home run in the third inning. Meanwhile the A’s had a chance to score in the second inning when Butler, Josh Phegley, and Marcus Semien all singled, but Tyler Ladendorf hit into a force play. Before the seventh inning, we saw the Big Head race, which Rollie Fingers won. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Butler, Ross, Phegley, and Semien all singled, producing two runs to give the A’s a 2-1 lead. Phegley was thrown out at the plate on a 1-2 play. Gray got the first out of the top of the eighth inning, but then gave up a single. Bob Melvin brought in Eric O’Flaherty to pitch. The biggest play of the game happened, a fielder’s choice and a replay ruling that Semien didn’t make the out at second base on what should have been a double play. A ground out to first got the A’s close to getting out of the inning without damage, but Melvin brought in Dan Otero, who made a mistake on a 1-1 pitch, which went for a home run and a 4-2 Mariners lead. The A’s did answer in the bottom of the inning with a single from Canha and doubles from Zobrist and Lawrie to tie the game at 4-4. Tyler Clippard pitched the top of the ninth and allowed two walks. He threw a lot of pitches but kept the game tied. The A’s made three quiet outs in the bottom of the ninth inning so it was on to extras. Fernando Abad pitched the top of the tenth inning and allowed two-out single but gave the team a chance to win with one run in the bottom of the inning. With that opportunity, Zobrist singled. Sogard annoyingly struck out, not advancing the runner. Ike Davis doubled, but a chance to end the game didn’t happen, as Zobrist was thrown out at home plate. Was it a good gamble to send the runner home? The radio announcers seemed to think so. Lawrie was intentionally walked, and Vogt drew a walk, bringing up Semien with another chance to drive in a big run. He hit into a force play, however, to bring on the eleventh inning. Abad would start off the top of the eleventh inning by giving up a single. A sacrifice bunt put him in more danger, and a double put the Mariners ahead, 5-4. Jesse Chavez came in to finish the inning with two ground balls to Semien. The A’s could not rally from behind a fourth time. Canha made the last out on a ground ball to third. The game started at 1:07 and ended at 4:46. Attendance was 24,355. We heard songs like “You Really Got Me” and “Soul Man.” I went to the box office to buy tickets for two games in June, and I took a toilet break before getting in line outside the Oracle Arena. The security guard asked me to take off my jacket. It seemed that they were a nervous group. At the team store, I bought a basketball for $15. The cashier told me that I should keep the ball in the plastic bag while I was inside the building. I fell asleep while in my seat, which made me feel like an old man, but the snooze did make me feel better. There were a lot of annoying kids sitting behind me. They were hungry and wanted their ice cream. A group of young girls dressed in red and white took the court to play a game. Most of them didn’t look like the aggressive, competitive type who would go on to play sports at a higher level. The visiting team was the Minnesota Timberwolves. They hung in there through the first half. Stephen Curry kept showing that he was the best player on the court. The TiVo contest had two fans calling a play as if they were the TV announcer. The second contestant drew boos for his lameness. During the halftime break, we saw a reunion of the Warrior Girls, now called the Warrior Dance Team. It was their 30th anniversary, so some of those cheerleaders from 1985 had slowed down a bit. The Jr. Jam Squad got a good response from the crowd for another of those Michael Jackson routines. The Warriors did pull away from the Timberwolves in the third quarter, although they didn’t completely shake them. They did draw close in the fourth quarter. Curry heard constant MVP chants from the crowd, which I thought were distracting. It wasn’t quite a routine and easy home win for the Warriors, but the final score was 110-101. I dragged my feet a little going back home after ten hours in this place. When I got home, I watched the end of “Gone with the Wind” on KQED. Some of the people who died on April 12 include Clara Barton (1912), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945), Arthur Freed (1973), Abbie Hoffman (1989), and Marilyn Chambers (2009). Today is a birthday for Vince Gill (58), Andy Garcia (59), David Cassidy (65), David Letterman (68), Ed O’Neill (69), Herbie Hancock (75), and Beverly Cleary (99). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 12, Bill Haley recorded “Rock Around the Clock” in 1954. In 1966, Jan Berry crashed his car into a parked truck. In 1969, the Fifth Dimension had the Number One single, “Aquarius.”

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