Monday, May 4, 2009

Slap Hitter: Ugliest A's Loss in Years, Not that You'd Know

Mon, May 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Brutal extra-inning choke job by the Green and Gold yesterday. With a chance to pull within 2 1/2 games of the division leading Seattle Mariners, the A's coughed up a one-run lead in the ninth only to gag on a three-run advantage in the 13th. If you want to feel the feeling, the best Athletics website has the gory reaction. It was that bad. The coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle was somehow worse.

Has the daily newspaper really conceded the playing field to the internet this completely? After a 19th century novel of a ball game the front page story is a feature about injuries. The game story is relegated to page 5 and is written like a gossip column. "Hey, can that Bob Geren manage a bullpen or what? What about that crafty left-handed reliever we've been hearing so much about, hmmm Gio?"

I get that "everyone" knows the result of the last night's game the day after. But this isn't new. Papers have lived with the reality of the 11 o'clock news for fifty years and figured out a way to tell the story of the game with the perspective and inside clubhouse quotes that will illuminate the results further. I look forward to the summary and explanations that I can't get from the broadcasters, bloggers and national or local TV round-ups. If the Chron can't or won't find a place for a write-up of the biggest punch in the gut loss in five years, I'm not certain why they send a writer to the ballpark at all. Save the evergreen features for rainouts and days off. If you've got nothing to say after the epic meltdown that ruined Sunday why are you talking to me at all?— Kibby Kleiman

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