Yes, this is a music section, but it's a music section edited by an Oakland A's fan. And therefore, every now and then, you're going to have to slog through some baseball shoptalk, especially if sweet dude, Oakland native, and super-big A's fan Zach Rogue is rolling into town with his band, Rogue Wave , which has been on a national tour, for two shows Friday and Saturday, July 1-2, at the Independent (771-1421 or www.theindependentsf.com). Rogue Wave's new album, titled Descended Like Vultures, is in the can and set for release in October. If that's too long to wait, be sure to make it out to this gig, where our beloved power-pop foursome will be playing new songs like "Bird on a Wire" (a live staple) and "Catform." And now the shoptalk: The A's are, as of press time, clinging to third place (though streaking of late, and that has nothing to do with nudity), so I asked Rogue to deliver his top tips to get the team's act together, which he was kind enough to share via e-mail:
"1: Have ownership invest in the team, not just real estate scouting. Get a power hitting left or right fielder who can protect Chavvy.
2: Ask Carney Lansford to be the hitting coach. He's the man.
3: Convince Lon Simmons to come out of retirement and either a) announce games again; or b) be the 3rd base coach every 5 or 6 home games.
4: They have too many strong infielders -- package one of them with a prospect and help get another strong starter.
5: Stop kidding themselves that certain players (who will go nameless) will ever fulfill their potential. Suck it up and make some trades that are not completely based on youth and thrift.
6: Have Rogue Wave throw out the first pitch at a game this season. That could pay off big time for the team's I-am-awkward-and-uncoordinated-yet-I-have-strong-Oakland-pride-and-love-the-A's' contingent." -- Garrett Kamps