Baseball Toaster Catfish Stew
STOP CASTING POROSITY! An Oakland Athletics blog.
Frozen Toast
Google Search
Catfish Stew

02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  01 

12  09  08  01 

12  11  10  09  08 
Email Us

Ken: catfish AT zombia d.o.t. com
Ryan: rarmbrust AT gmail d.o.t. com
Philip: kingchimp AT alamedanet d.o.t net

Ken's Greatest Hits
28 Aug 2003
12 Jan 2004
31 May 2005
11 May 2005
29 Jun 2005
8 Jun 2005
19 Jul 2005
11 Aug 2005
7 Sep 2005
20 Sep 2005
22 Sep 2005
26 Sep 2005
28 Sep 2005
29 Sep 2005
18 Oct 2005
9 Nov 2005
15 Nov 2005
20 Nov 2005

13 Dec 2005
19 Jan 2006
28 Jan 2006
21 Feb 2006
10 Apr 2006
16 Apr 2006
22 Apr 2006
7 May 2006
25 May 2006
31 May 2006
18 Jun 2006
22 Jun 2006
6 Jul 2006
17 Jul 2006
13 Aug 2006
15 Aug 2006
16 Aug 2006
20 Aug 2006
11 Oct 2006
31 Oct 2006
29 Dec 2006
4 Jan 2006
12 Jan 2006
27 Jan 2007
17 Feb 2007
30 Apr 2007
27 Aug 2007
5 Sep 2007
19 Oct 2007
23 Nov 2007
5 Jan 2008
16 Jan 2008
4 Feb 2008
7 May 2008
20 Jun 2008
4 Feb 2008
Boxing Day
2005-04-11 11:13
by Ken Arneson

...But from this day every day will be Boxing Day
It's a fight to the finish
Let there be no doubt
As the seconds turn into minutes
I can count you out
   --Elvis Costello, TKO (Boxing Day)
If you haven't noticed, I have a fun little thing on my sidebar called "MLB Heavyweight Champion". I'm keeping track of the baseball championship as if it were boxing: if you defeat the champion, you become the champion.

I'll also keep track of their records in title bouts, and the team that wins the most title bouts at the end of the year shall be deemed the Heavyweight of the Year.

Tonight, the A's get their first crack at the title, as they take on the current MLB Heavyweight Champs, the Toronto Blue Jays. (The champs this year so far: Red Sox, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays.)

Seeing the A's go into their first home series with Saarloos, Haren and Blanton as the scheduled starters doesn't fill me with the warm fuzzies about their immediate title chances. That's probably just a matter of unfamiliarity, however. I certainly wouldn't count them out.

Joe Sheehan said in a premium Baseball Prospectus article today that in trading Hudson and Mulder, the A's "traded perceived value for actual value, and in doing so, made their team better in the short term and in the long term."

I think he's probably right, but I'll put it another way. The A's traded Warm Fuzzies in exchange for Hope.

With the exception of Barry Zito, the pitching thus far has been fabulous. The non-Zito starters have yielded just 4 runs in 22 1/3 IP. And while so many other bullpens around major league baseball seem to have imploded during the first week of play, the A's pen has allowed just one run in 20 1/3 IP.

With results like that, Harden and Haren and Saarloos and Blanton certainly give me hope. The bullpen gives me hope. But hope is an instant emotion; if you're looking for it, it takes only seconds to minutes to find it.

Mulder and Hudson were Warm Fuzzies. No rookie can provide it. It requires turning weeks of results like these into months, and months into years.

Warm Fuzzies linger, far beyond the source of the warmth. You don't mind cleaning up on December 26th, because December 25th was so much fun. You can milk it for a week or two, but eventually, you have to return to the realities of daily life.

I still get warm fuzzies from my Barry Zito package, but the hope I get from him is fading with each bad result. Hudson and Mulder provided a lot of joy in Oakland, but it couldn't last forever, either. You have to let the old fuzzies go, and start making new ones.

The calendar turns. Tonight, a new year, a new era, begins in Oakland.

2005-04-11 12:23:08
1.   Jon Weisman
One of these October 2 bouts will determine the end-of-regular season chamption:

Chicago Sox at Cleveland
Philadelphia at Washington
Atlanta at Florida
Kansas City at Toronto
Colorado at NY Mets
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh
NY Yankees at Boston
LA Angels at Texas
Chicago Cubs at Houston
Detroit at Minnesota
Cincinnati at St. Louis
Baltimore at Tampa Bay
Oakland at Seattle
Los Angeles at San Diego
Arizona at San Francisco

I wonder where the title will end.

Will you carry the competition into the playoffs?

Which team is more deserving of Heavyweight of the Year? One that goes 3-0 or one that goes 12-14?

2005-04-11 13:17:25
2.   Ken Arneson
I figure this is like soccer's English Premier League, where you have a bunch of different kinds of champions.

So there's a "World Series Champion", a "Current Heavyweight Champion", and a "Heavyweight of the Year".

The "Current Champion" gets to hold their title until the end of the playoffs; the World Series winner then takes over.

I think the team that wins the most times gets the title, no matter how many times they lose. The tiebreaker is fewest losses.

The key to who wins will be interleague play; when those games are over, will the crown be in the NL or the AL?

Last year, Oakland was the only AL team to hold the crown, or even have a shot at it.

2005-04-11 16:09:49
3.   Will Carroll
I LOVE boxing so I want this more realistic. First, we must trade "beat the champ" for "knock out the champ". No 1-0 crap. I want the contender to have to whack the champ or at least take a series sweep. Second, we need multiple titles and feuding sanctioning bodies. Finally, we have to have Don King!

Comment status: comments have been closed. Baseball Toaster is now out of business.