Hoping to get A's in Oakland


So I'm watching The Sure Thing on WGN last night, and realizing it has nothing to do with the Orioles' first homestand of 2010. It's a 1985 film starring John Cusak and Daphne Zuniga, and directed by Rob Reiner, that I hadn't seen in years. Almost forgot the storyline.

Cusak and Zuniga are hitchhiking to Los Angeles - she's meeting up with her boyfriend, he's being set up with a "sure thing," played by a very young and bikini-clad Nicollette Sheridan. A truck driver picks them up and takes them the rest of the way.

Why am I mentioning this movie, and this particular scene?

You tell me (answer below).

For the readers who are lamenting the Orioles' 1-9 start, you have nothing to worry about. They're actually 1-8.

Hope that makes you feel better.

I referred to Brian Matusz as a rookie stopper. Brad Bergesen failed in his attempts yesterday to be a second-year stopper, so it's David Hernandez's turn tonight.

Hernandez, a Sacramento native, has made two appearances against the Oakland A's, including one start. He's 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA, with two runs and 10 hits allowed in 9 1/3 innings. He's walked one and struck out 10.

Hope that makes you feel better.

Ben Sheets has faced the Orioles once in his career, allowing five runs and six hits, with three walks, in six innings to take the loss. He's made two career starts in Oakland, allowing 10 runs (eight earned) and 13 hits, with six walks, in nine innings.

Hope that makes you feel better.

I'm leaving to get four new tires put on my car. That'll make me feel better, since I'm driving without any tread. It's like an Indy car.

Here's your answer to my Sure Thing trivia: The truck driver was wearing an Orioles cap with the white panel and cartoon bird.

Sort of jumps out at you when you're not expecting it.

I kept waiting for him to mention how he was canceling his season tickets until they started winning again.


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