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Snake Bytes 10/14: If You’re Going To San Francisco

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Diamondbacks News:

Black Rock Coffee is moving into Chase Field

From the article: “The D-backs are a perfect partner for us,” said Daniel Brand, Co-Founder of Black Rock Coffee Bar. “Their commitment to invest and give back to their local community is very much in line with that of Black Rock Coffee Bar. Whether it be supporting students and teachers’ interest in educational opportunities, or raising money to support local physicians, research facilities and hospitals, the D-backs make giving back a priority. That aligns perfectly with Black Rock Coffee Bar’s commitment to our communities.”

Black Rock Coffee Bar is the newest, best-in-class food-and-beverage option at Chase Field, which is known for providing an exceptional dining experience.

How’d the Diamondbacks do vs every team they faced this year?

From the article: There are quite a few surprises and some that just make your eyes hurt. Arizona was a deeply flawed team with not a great coaching staff behind Torey. Thankfully most of that coaching staff is gone! Nonetheless, the season is over and we can reflect on what went wrong, and what we need to do to fix it.

Baseball News:

Giants-Dodgers NLDS game 5 will be rare matchup in MLB history

Keys to NLDS game 5 between Giants and Dodgers

From the article: The National League Division Series between the NL West champion Giants and the defending World Series champion Dodgers comes down to a deciding Game 5 at San Francisco’s Oracle Park. Ahead of the grand finale, ESPN baseball experts Alden Gonzalez and Tim Keown tackle some of the key questions about the series so far — and what it might mean for the clincher.

Dodgers v Giants NLDS Game 5

From the FAQ: Game 5 is scheduled to start at 9:07 p.m. ET/6:07 p.m. PT on Thursday at Oracle Park and will be televised on TBS. It is also available to stream on MLB.TV with authentication.

Who are the starting pitchers?

Dodgers: Urías (20-3, 2.96 ERA) will make his second start of the postseason. The Mexican-born left-hander allowed one run over five innings in the Dodgers’ Game 2 win at Oracle Park. It’ll be Urías’ seventh start against the Giants in 2021. He went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA against them in five regular-season starts.

Giants: At 24 years and 330 days old, Webb (11-3, 3.03 ERA) will become the youngest pitcher in Giants history to start a winner-take-all postseason game. Webb struck out 10 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a masterful performance in Game 1 and will be pitching on five days’ rest. The Giants are undefeated in Webb’s 13 starts at Oracle Park, where he’s gone 7-0 with a 1.78 ERA over his past 14 appearances.

Manfred says MLB is ‘not sure we see a path to success’ for a new A’s park in Oakland

From the article: “Both Oakland and Tampa need new facilities. It’s kind of beyond debate at this point. Oakland is probably critical, just in terms of the condition of the ballpark. Whatever you want to say about Tampa, it’s playable for right now and they have a least that goes through 2027. Oakland’s in a critical situation. We need to find a way to get new ballparks built in those two cities or — particularly in the case of Oakland — we’ve had to open up the opportunity to explore other locations just because it’s dragged on so long. Frankly, in some ways we’re not sure we see a path to success in terms of getting something built in Oakland. (Relocation) is a possibility. They’ve been talking to Las Vegas, it’s gotten a lot of publicity, but there are options in terms of relocation in addition to Las Vegas.”

Hide your trash cans, Astros are the new World Series favorite

From the article: The Astros, after knocking out the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS, are favored to win the World Series at BetMGM. They have +200 odds.

Those odds, and probably the favorite, will change as the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants settles on Thursday. But the Astros are an interesting story. Just imagine if they play the Dodgers again.

MiLB, Marvel Entertainment collaborate to launch ‘Marvel’s Defenders of the Diamond’ program

From the article: “MiLB’s new partnership with Marvel Entertainment brings together two storied brands who create memories that are passed down from generation to generation,” said Kurt Hunzeker, Major League Baseball’s Vice President of Minor League Business Operations. “The possibilities with this partnership are endless and we look forward to some incredibly creative content, merchandise and promotions.”

Snek Byte:

India: Judges recognize murder by snake

From the article: The trend emerged in 2019 when the lawyer for a defendant in a trial asked the court: “Is it possible for a murder accused to have been nowhere near the crime scene and for no murder weapon to have been found and yet still be guilty?”

*brb, taking Keegan to hike Rattlesnake Trailhead on Rattlesnake Mountain...