As rights/chest protector extraordinaire, Vic Voltaireggio, once wrote…“Baseball faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”
Yes, maybe our knowledge tells us the A’s are still last in the American League in runs scored and last with a .228 batting average. Maybe our knowledge tells us they’re too young, too inexperienced, too lucky with those five straight one-run wins and a major league-leading 11 walk-off wins.
But why not the A’s? They’ve allowed the fewest runs in the AL—38 runs fewer than any other club. Too young? Can’t hit? I’m sure in late July of 1969 skeptics said the same thing about the New York Mets. I’m sure in July of 1991 many believed the Atlanta Braves, who had finished in last place the previous three seasons, were too inexperienced and just riding a wave. In 2008, we waited for the Tampa Bay Rays to fall apart.
Sometimes, as we apply our knowledge, we too easily ignore the emotion of the sport, strip it down to numbers, statistics and probability. Probability. That’s not the same thing as certainty. A’s general manager Billy Beane undoubtedly can see this weekend’s results and think back to his 2002 club that won 20 games in a row. What was the probability of that, even from a team far superior to this one?
Yes, let’s put it out there. Emotion, energy, the thrill of the unexpected. It means something. Maybe we can’t quantify it. Maybe there isn’t a number we can point to that analyzes it. But the something is there with this club right now.
Posted: July 23, 2012 at 06:59 AM | 32 comment(s)
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