I live in a suburb just about twenty miles south of Oakland, the home of the Almighty Oakland Athletics. By the whole “territorial rights” bit that these baseball teams have in their perspective locations they represent, that pretty much makes me an A’s fan by default. Even if that was the case, my heart since a young immigrant child had always been for the Green and Gold. For me, it takes a lot more heart, chemistry, and dedication for me to determine the type of sports team that I want to root for, rather than the whole “territorial rights” location bit or even the big names or the big payroll a team may have. By golly, since I first started watching them back in 19871, win or lose, the A’s truly possess a special quality that none of the other baseball teams may have2, something that seriously can’t make you hate them just simply because they’ve got the name Oakland next to their team name.
The A’s have one of the lowest, if not the lowest, payrolls throughout the entire MLB3. A lot of the media, the so-called experts, and even baseball fans in general would have the biased mindset that those who have big payrolls will eventually able to afford the best players, and when they have the best players, that also meant they should be having a championship contending team. Sadly, the mindset has always been that way and even somewhat until now that same mindset still applies to the new generation of baseball fans and enthusiasts.
Our boys of green and gold defied that mindset by using an unorthodox method of selecting the right players that can build a winning team despite the budget. I don’t have to explain in further detail about this unorthodox method. Read Michael Lewis’ Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, in which the Oscar-nominated movie that starred Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill was based on. My sister, who was an Oakland A’s season ticket holder in the early-mid 2000s4, bought the book when it was first sold and recommended me to read it. I fell in love with it, regardless that it’s a non-fiction book5, and it was all the more that I grew to love the A’s more, even more so than how much I loved the A’s when I was a kid from 1987 to the World Series victory in 1989, and so on and os forth.
So now, here we are. The A’s won the second game against the Texas Rangers that could give our dudes a chance to sweep the Rangers tomorrow and win the A.L. West Division title. I actually got a bit nervous when Aussie starter Travis Blackley came on the mound, considering he hasn’t had the best starts in the last few games he started before, but I never doubted that he would follow suit the way Jarrod Parker did last night that helped the A’s clinch a chance to be in the Playoffs. Tomorrow would be an early daytime game. I wanted to go with my dad to the Coliseum tomorrow so we can watch the game live, however Dad preferred seeing the game up and close and would rather watch it on TV instead.6
And so, hats off to our A’s for they have won the first two of the final three-game series against the Texas Rangers. Tomorrow afternoon is the decisive game that would determine which one of these two teams will be crowned the A.L. West Division champion. I hope the A’s sweep the Rangers.
Let’s go Oakland! *clap… clap… clap-clap-clap*
On the sidenote...
- the year my family and I set foot in the U.S. from the Philippines to start our brand-new Stateside life [↩]
- my humble opinion [↩]
- Major League Baseball – the professional baseball league of U.S. and Canada in case if you’re unfamiliar with baseball altogether… [↩]
- due to her job transfer she had to move out of the Bay Area which was why she was no longer a season ticket holder… [↩]
- I’m not a huge non-fiction book myself, unless if we’re talking about a textbook here… [↩]
- If we did go tomorrow, this would probably be the seventh or eighth time we’ve been to the Coliseum to watch them live. [↩]