Sonny Gray’s Right Extensor Soreness

I watched the chef segment of CBS This Morning.  Some of Kwame Onwuachi’s signature dishes include Seared bone in wagyu ribeye with roasted tomato soubise, Crispy potato tostones and garlic with roasted sofrito aiol, Seared mission fig salad with ash rind chevre, arugala, pumpernickel tuiles and pickled cherries, Blistered shishito peppers with a caramelized sambel, Speculoos cheesecake with yellow raspberries, and Maloney’s swizzle.  Aaron Neville was the musical guest, and he sang “Tell It Like It Is.”  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on August 5, 1978 were “Still the Same,” “Love Will Find a Way,” “Hot Blooded,” “Use Ta Be My Girl,” “Baker Street,” “Shadow Dancing,” “Last Dance,” “Grease,” “Three Times a Lady,” and “Miss You.”  After having a cup of hot chocolate at the coffee shop, I headed for the BART station.  I got to the Coliseum and made my way to the season ticket holder line.  I listened to some music as I waited.  The giveaway was a BillyBall T-shirt.  I saw Krazy George walk by with his drum.  Some of the members of the 1981 team showed up, like Dwayne Murphy, Rick Langford, and Mike Heath.  I was surprised to see Mike Norris in a wheelchair.  We would see some of the A’s television commercials from 1981, and we would hear songs like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”  Ken Korach reminded us that some of the most popular movies of 1981 were “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “On Golden Pond,” and “Superman II.”  Three of the top television shows were “Dallas,” “60 Minutes,” and “The Jeffersons.”  One of the most popular songs of the year was “Bette Davis Eyes.”  Sonny Gray was pitching for the A’s, and he had a clean first inning. He started the second inning by giving up two singles, but he made way out of the jam, getting help with a play at home plate.  He again gave up two singles to start the third inning, but after a strikeout and a ground out to first, he allowed a single for two runs.  On this afternoon with Jake Arrieta pitching for the Cubs, two runs would be a lot.  Gray clamped down and got seven consecutive outs, but his afternoon on the mound ended after five innings with an extensor strain. Liam Hendriks went out to pitch the sixth inning, and he got into trouble by giving up a double.  After a ground ball that advanced the runner, Addison Russell hit a weak ground ball to the left side that stayed fair for the Cubs’ third run.  A young girl in the section to my left held up a sign that mocked the A’s trade of Russell to the Cubs.  One fan sitting behind me said that he felt like punching the girl in the mouth.  She was obviously going to grow up to be an obnoxious woman.  After a stolen base and an out, Hendriks gave up a double to make the score 4-0.  Hendriks struck out the next batter for the last out.  In the Big Head race, Rollie Fingers won another close one.  Patrick Schuster pitched the seventh and eighth innings, throwing a lot of pitches and allowing three walks, but no hits and no runs.  John Axford pitched the ninth inning.  He struck out the first batter, but the second got on base when Coco Crisp dropped a fly ball.  The error seemed symbolic of the gap between the A’s and the Cubs.  Axford hit the next batter with a pitch, but then got a fly ball and a ground ball that Vogt picked up for the last two outs.  The Cubs scored in only two runs, but the A’s looked weak.  In the first three innings, Yonder Alonso had a two-out double, and Jake Smolinski was hit by a pitch, but that was all.  In the middle three innings, Vogt had a one-out walk, and Marcus Semien had a one-out single, but that was all.  In the final three innings, Ryon Healy and Khris Davis both had two-out singles.  The A’s were shut out for the seventh time this season.  The game started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 63 degrees, and it ended at 4:03.  The attendance was 32,352.  Krazy George got the crowd to do The Wave in the middle of the sixth inning.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard Devo’s “Whip It.”  I left the stadium and stopped to buy a beef burrito on my way home.  I browsed through the vinyl record store and bought albums by Merle Haggard, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Willie Nelson, Richard Betts, Gordon Lightfoot, and Joe South.  I spent eight dollars.  I bought some groceries at Trader Joe’s, and I sat down to watch the Star Trek episode about a giant amoeba.  It was called “The Immunity Syndrome.”  I fell asleep while watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  Some of the people who died on August 7 include Oliver Hardy (1957), Peter Jennings (2005), Hal Fishman (2007), and Judith Crist (2012).  Today is a birthday for Charlize Theron (41).

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