Ryan Cook’s Walk

I woke up and watched a bit of the news. I went over to the office and got a bit of work done, printing out the quiz for my class. I read the comments that Danny Bonaduce and Shirley Jones made about Suzanne Crough. At the library, I borrowed a book about personal finance to see if it had anything helpful about my new situation. I went over to Trader Joe’s to buy a salad for lunch, and I prepared some fish to go with it. I fell asleep after lunch. I browsed through the stores and thought I should buy a new Star Wars T-shirt for Star Wars Day. I rested at home and read a little bit of the Tolstoy novel before heading to the Coliseum. I bought tickets for two games in August that were the last two that I thought I could attend. The night was rather cool, and attendance was sparse. This year’s A’s team wasn’t showing much promise. I listened to Susan Slusser on the radio, and she said that starting pitching was one of the A’s strengths. The big news item concerning baseball was the Baltimore Orioles and their game with no fans in attendance. Jesse Hahn was coming back from a blister problem on his finger, and he wasn’t at his best. He gave up a single and a walk to the first two Angels to bat, and that led to two runs. In the third inning, he gave up a home run to make the score 3-0. The A’s came back in the bottom of the fourth inning with a Marcus Semien double and a Stephen Vogt single, making the score 3-1. The bottom of the fifth inning started with a Josh Reddick walk and a Brett Lawrie single, but then Eric Sogard couldn’t put down a bunt, and he eventually struck out. The A’s ended up not scoring in the inning. The A’s finally got back in the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, starting with a single from Semien. Stephen Vogt and Billy Butler both made outs. Butler has been very cold of late. However, Ike Davis came through with a double, and Josh Reddick followed it up with a single to tie the score at 3-3. We saw the Big Head race, with had Rollie Fingers winning a close finish past Rickey Henderson. My suspicion is that Rollie could win every race if he really tried. I wondered for a brief moment if there was a girl underneath the Dennis Eckersley costume. There was something about the hands. Dan Otero had pitched the sixth inning for the A’s, and he got help from a double play. It was Ryan Cook who came out to pitch the top of the seventh inning, and he started badly by walking his first batter on four pitches. The next batter hit a single, and it was looking like a disaster for Cook. He got a strikeout, but then after seven pitches, he gave up a hit, and the score was 4-3 in favor of the Angels. Bob Melvin brought in Fernando Abad, who was not looking nearly as good as he looked a year ago. Abad walked the only hitter he faced. In came Evan Scribner, who couldn’t give another brilliant performance a day after he last pitched. He gave up a double that pretty much decided the game. The score was 6-3. Scribner did get the next two batters out. During the seventh inning stretch we heard “Dancing in the Street.” The most obnoxious Angels fan next in the row in front of mine. His girlfriend was an A’s fan. To start the bottom of the eighth inning, Sogard hit a double, which felt like it came way too late. Sam Fuld would reach base on an error, but then Semien and Vogt both made outs. Chris Bassitt pitched the top of the eighth, and he had a clean inning with help from Gentry and Fuld, who both made good catches. Bassitt would also have a clean ninth inning, with two strikeouts. On offense, the A’s did nothing in the eighth inning. Butler continued his cold streak with another strikeout. We heard “Macho Man” before the bottom of the ninth inning in place of the Belushi video clip. Down to their last three outs, things started badly for the A’s when Brett Lawrie struck out. Sogard hit a ball to centerfield that went for the second out. Max Muncy pinch-hit for the ice cold Craig Gentry, but he struck out. It was discouraging that the A’s couldn’t even when two consecutive home games. Compared to Tuesday night’s game, this one moved along like a glacier. The game started at 7:07 and ended at 10:08. Attendance was 16,212. I hurried home because I was anxious to use the toilet. Three people along the way asked me what the score of the game was. I saw Jack Hanna on the Letterman show. Some of the people who died on April 30 include Inger Stevens (1970), Agnes Moorehead (1974), Lester Bangs (1982), George Balanchine (1983), Muddy Waters (1983), Sergio Leone (1989), Richard Scarry (1994), and Tom Poston (2007). Today is a birthday for Burt Young (75) and Cloris Leachman (89). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 30, the rabbit that would evolve into Bugs Bunny first appeared in “Porky’s Hare Hunt,” released in 1938. In 1983, Nancy Reagan made an appearance on “Diff’rent Strokes” in order to promote her Just Say No campaign. In 1989, Sergio Leone died of a heart attack at age 60. My choices for the Top 5 Biggest Jerks of April 2015 are: 5. Jordan Lindquist, 4. Rand Paul, 3. James Holmes, 2. Dzohokhar Tsarnaev, and 1. Robert Bates.

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