Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Slap Hitter: Harden Trade Looking Even Stupider Than it Did Originally

Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 8:31 PM

And it looked pretty dumb then.

Tonight Rich Harden, in the middle of a pennant race absolutely and completely dominated a division rival in a shutout performance. The guy the A's got for Harden, Sean Gallagher, um not so much, getting battered by the Minnesota Twins in another in a series of rotten, rotten starts. Remember Harden wasn't going anywhere, not even the disabled list. At the time we thought it was a crap trade. And the .170 averages sported by acquired stiffs Matt Murton and Eric Patterson only add to the tragi-comic summary of the heist.

And it looked pretty dumb then.

Tonight Rich Harden, in the middle of a pennant race absolutely and completely dominated a division rival in a shutout performance. The guy the A's got for Harden, Sean Gallagher, um not so much, getting battered by the Minnesota Twins in another in a series of odious, rotten starts. Remember Harden wasn't going anywhere, not even the disabled list. At the time we thought it was a crap trade. And the .170 averages sported by acquired stiffs Matt Murton and Eric Patterson only add to the tragi-comic summary of the heist.

If the A's lose tomorrow, it will be eleven straight series' without a victory. That's a Summer o' Losing. Yesterday Justin Duchscherer, our sole All-Star limped off the mound with a probable season-ending injury. That means he won't have to be around the team when it gets to battle the more hapless Seattle Mariners; a team just as determined to give up 13 runs a game from now until October. Can't wait to see what happens when the two weak willies of the west meet later this season. My guess is they'll just post a plausible box score and just not play at all. Maybe they can sit around the tube and see how the Cubs are doing?— Kibby Kleiman

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