Well folks, after a mere 378 days I have finally returned from the “short” hiatus I announced in my last entry. I apologize for the long layoff, but it was impossible to get going again once I shut it down. I really wanted to get back in the swing of things as last season progressed, but after having completed the requirements for my project I just wanted to rest for the summer and enjoy baseball. Just because I’m an honor student doesn’t mean I’m not extremely lazy. Now that I’ve graduated from college and with the A’s playing some kick ass baseball, I figured this would be a great time to perform a resurrection.
Unfortunately, the A’s couldn’t quite keep the magic going in the playoffs, at least not long enough. We all remember the dramatics of Game 4 of the ALDS against the Tigers, and after that game I thought there was no way the A’s could lose, but Justin Verlander and home plate umpire Wally Bell combined to limit the A’s to four hits and one walk over nine innings in a depressing 6-0 Game 5 defeat.
Just so you don’t think this is a case of sour grapes, check out Verlander’s pitch chart from that game.
See those orange-ish red squares that are up to a foot and half off the plate? Wally Bell thought those were strikes. There’s at least 10 ridiculous strikes calls on this chart.
But hey, that was way back in October, and it’s June now. I just wanted to gloss over last year so as to get “caught up” in a way. So now that I’m blogging again and we’ve re-lived some of the thrills from last season, I can get to work on getting this thing back on track. I was pleasantly surprised when I logged in that I didn’t have a bunch of spam comments to clean up, and all of the content was exactly how I left it, so it won’t take much of an effort to get rolling again.
I should be posting daily so be sure to check it out. As always, if you have any suggestions or ideas please don’t hesitate to post a comment, message me on Facebook, or track me down in Section 149.