Friday, December 21, 2018

Thirty Sixth Podcast

The thirty sixth podcast is up. Thanks to for the audio files. Eric and Matthew talk about their 10 favorite movies.

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  1. I went back and listened to this episode again, and it made me very happy.

  2. It's 0-0 in the top of the second in an A's spring-training game. A first baseman named Mark Canha is behind 0-2 in the count with none out and nobody on.

  3. A's now lead, 1-0, headed to the bottom of the third. Nick Martini, whom the team's depth chart lists as the top left-fielder, doubled in a run with two out. He's a 28-year-old from Crystal Lake, Illinois, whom St. Louis drafted in 2011 but who never played in the majors until after he came over to Oakland as a free agent last season.

    At this very moment, Nick Martini is my favorite 2019 A.

  4. Matthew’s list:

    10. High Noon
    9. Ghostbusters
    8. Repo Man
    7. To Kill a Mockingbird
    6. Kiki’s Delivery Service
    5. Airplane
    4. A Room with a View
    3. The Terminator
    2. Tampopo
    1. Chariots of Fire

    Eric’s list:

    11. A Christmas Without Snow
    10. The Peanuts Movie
    9. Stripes
    8. When Harry Met Sally
    7. Theory of Everything
    6. Fences
    5. Skeleton Twins
    4. Paper Lion
    3. Love and Mercy
    2. It’s Complicated
    1. Crooklyn

  5. Dustin Fowler, a 24-year-old from Cadwell, Georgia, homers, and now it's 2-0, Oakland, in the top of the fourth inning.

    I have a new favorite 2019 A.

  6. The team's website projects Fowler as the backup center-fielder.

    Per fantastic Wikipedia:

    Fowler made his major league debut on June 29, 2017, after a nearly three-hour rain delay, with the Yankees facing the Chicago White Sox on the road. During the first inning, he ran into a rail while chasing a fly ball, hitting his knee on a sharp edge of an electrical box. He collapsed to the ground and was carted off the field, before being diagnosed with an open rupture of the right patellar tendon. He was ruled out for the season. He underwent surgery that night at Rush University Medical Center. Fowler would have led off the next inning for his first major league plate appearance.

    On July 31, 2017 the Yankees traded Fowler to the Oakland Athletics, along with fellow prospects Jorge Mateo and James Kaprielian, for ace starting pitcher Sonny Gray. On December 15, 2017, Fowler sued the White Sox and the Illinois state agency that manages their ballpark, Guaranteed Rate Field, for allegedly causing his June 29 injury. His lawsuit, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, claimed negligence on the part of the White Sox and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority in not properly securing the unpadded electrical box he crashed into.

    Fowler began the 2018 season with the Nashville Sounds. The Athletics promoted him to the major leagues on May 9, and he went to bat for the first time in the major leagues that night. He started his first game for Oakland on May 11, and got his first major league hit off Yankee pitcher Sonny Gray, the player he was traded for.

  7. Oh, my! A 23-year-old rookie outfielder from the Dominican Republic, Luis Barrera, just stole home in the top of the eighth to give Oakland a 3-2 lead in this game with Arizona. New favorite!