I'm not going to Opening Night tonight, so I thought I'd do some instant impressions as I watch on TV.
5:58pm Nice to turn on the TV after spending the afternoon fiddling with QuickBooks. I hate doing accounting, so I always procrastinate until April 15 looms.
Flipped the remote to the Braves-Nationals broadcast. It's my first look at the Nats aside from brief highlights. I dig the scripty W on the cap, but it doesn't match the blocky text on the shirt at all.
6:05 Dinner time. Kids ask a question, and I can't come up with an answer: If the outside of bread is called the crust, what's the inside of the bread called?
6:30 Pregame show starts. Glen Kuiper interviews Shooty Babbitt, a D'backs scout. Shooty says he expects the young A's to make some mistakes, correct them as they go along, and play spoiler in the end.
6:50 Player introductions. I don't know why, but I find the pregame ceremonies before Opening Day and the playoffs to be torturous. Can't stand 'em. I'm doing dishes instead.
6:55 My four-year-old daughter says the Canadian anthem "is so beautiful, it sounds bad."
7:07 Saarloos starts off throwing strikes. Catalanotto fouls some off, but then strikes out on a check swing.
7:12 Mark Ellis can't handle a rocket hit at him by Koskie. The two hits this inning are more than Saarloos gave up in 6 innings in Baltimore. Then Saarloos hits Hillenbrand in the elbow. Bases loaded.
7:16 Saarloos is nibbling, falls behind Hinske 3-1, who then singles to left. 2-0 Toronto.
7:19 Swisher makes a nice sliding catch to get the A's out of the inning.
7:23 This is my first look at Gustavo Chacin. He's wearing some funky-looking glasses, and has a weird stutter-step in his windup.
7:26 Jason Kendall gets a single in his first Coliseum at-bat. But he's left stranded.
7:32 Blue Jays not fooled at all by Saarloos so far. Three straight hits to lead off the second. They're hitting fastballs, breaking stuff, anything and everything he's throwing up there. 4-0 Toronto.
7:36 Sac fly by Wells. 5-0 Toronto.
7:51 A's get two runners on in the second, but Swisher hits into a double play.
8:09 Lewis Wolff is up in the booth. He has a very bland delivery, but at times he shows a flash of dry, subtle wit.
8:14 Shea Hillenbrand hits a hanging slider for a double. Juan Cruz coming in to replace Saarloos. 6-0 Toronto.
8:18 Cruz throws a wild pitch, but Kendall gets it quickly and throws out the runner at the plate.
8:22 Chacin is impressive. He throws strikes, hits the corners.
8:29 Eric Hinske hit an outside pitch for a single to left in the first, now he pulls an inside pitch to right for another hit on a tough pitch. How come he didn't hit this way last year when I had him on my fantasy team?
8:31 Cruz walks two guys after Hinske's hit. This game is one hit from being over.
8:34 Cruz didn't get over to cover first, and everyone is safe on an infield "hit". 7-0 Toronto.
8:36 Terrible throw by Byrnes on a sac fly. 8-0 Toronto.
8:59 Toronto scores two in the top of the sixth. Byrnes homers leading off the bottom. 10-1 Toronto.
9:06 Ellis drives in a run. 10-2 Toronto after six.
9:29 Huston Street is blowing hitters away. Two scoreless innings, strikes out the side in the eighth.
9:53 Game over. Final score: Toronto 10, Oakland 3.
The A's of the last five years didn't have a heck of a lot of those types of games, where they didn't really even have a chance to win. This is the second such game in three days. I suppose there will be more of these to come, with such a young starting staff. Good days and bad days. But too many, and the A's will have trouble competing this year.