Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, October 11, 2012

VICE: Roth: Adopting October

“But if you’re not cheering for the Oakland Athletics, you’re probably a jerk.” Amen.

Oakland, which has the second-lowest payroll in baseball and as such, fields a team of weird old guys, bouncers, hockey-haired Camaro aficionados, should-be college students, and one swaggy outfielder named Coco Crisp, is probably the most unlikely team in the postseason, and inarguably the hottest—they won like crazy down the stretch, without reason, to beat out the super-stacked Texas Rangers for the American League West title. They have, after a dramatic comeback against the P’Zone-shaped but very effective Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde, now won eight straight very important games at home. A ninth will get them into the American League Championship Series. A loss, on the other hand, would put the team where they probably should’ve been all along, which is spending the cold-weather months selling their own game-worn memorabilia on eBay for beer money. But no one wants that. And no one who cares about or understands baseball truly believes they’re headed for that.

Given a bunch of baseball stuff we won’t get into, it’s easy to expect Oakland to lose, easy and reasonable and easily and reasonably explained. The short version is their players are just mostly not as good as other teams’, their home field is basically a brownfield site with a Clinton-era JumboTron half-blinking puns towards acres of (until now) empty seats. The team’s very identity is currently in a hellish soul-escrow of real estate ####### thanks to the machinations of owner Lew Wolff, who is almost certainly only getting away with any of it because he is quite literally a former frat bro of Major League Baseball’s current commissioner. The story of the A’s is Major League before some baseball-fan intern scrubbed the script for verisimilitude. But, October being October and this team of Cornholio-ed turbo-bros and minimum-wage pitchers and crustily goateed minor league flotsam being this particular team, none of that matters much.

But also, however fictive-fantastic it might seem, they are here because they played better than better-paid and better-known and demonstrably-better-in-every-way-but-one teams. The Oakland Athletics might lose, and go back to their frankly unimpressive East Bay condominiums. That or they could win their next game, and could win their next series, and could win everything. It’s October and things are different now. Different in all the silly and overstated ways that TBS’s pomp-y promos suggest, but also different in some very great ways that are very much realer than anyone could have a right to expect, or could possibly resist.

Repoz Posted: October 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: oakland

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4264337)
You know what? #### those guys. I'm not a writer, I'm a fan. I cheer for teams, not stories, and I'm not rooting for a blood rival of my own team.
   2. BDC Posted: October 11, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4264363)
Conversely, I almost always root for the team that beat mine – I've spent a lot of Octobers hoping the Angels or A's would win. I guess this year my sentiments are for the A's and Orioles, to start with. Aside from pretty consistently rooting against the Red Sox, Mets, and Cardinals, I'm quite malleable once the Rangers are eliminated. I like the Yankees, for instance. Shudder :)
   3. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:47 PM (#4264797)
I am a jerk, certainly, but it ain't because I'm not cheering for the f@cking Oakland Athletics.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Jim Wisinski
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogJosh Lueke Is A Rapist, You Say? Keep Saying It.
(49 - 10:43am, Apr 23)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogThe rise and fall of Ike Davis' New York Mets | Capital New York
(10 - 10:43am, Apr 23)
Last: formerly dp

NewsblogOTP April 2014: BurstNET Sued for Not Making Equipment Lease Payments
(2092 - 10:43am, Apr 23)
Last: BDC

NewsblogESPN: W. P. Kinsella: Where It Began: “Shoeless Joe”
(93 - 10:40am, Apr 23)
Last: BDC

NewsblogJ.R. Gamble: Albert Pujols' 500-Homer Chase Is A Bore, But That's Baseball's Fault
(33 - 10:39am, Apr 23)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogOT: NBA Monthly Thread - April 2014
(470 - 10:37am, Apr 23)
Last: Fear is Moses Taylor's Bacon Bits

NewsblogOMNICHATTER for 4/23/2014
(4 - 10:32am, Apr 23)
Last: Rickey! In a van on 95 south...

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread March, 2014
(1057 - 10:31am, Apr 23)
Last: Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14!

NewsblogCameron: Numbers don't lie: The decline of Pujols is stunning
(215 - 10:26am, Apr 23)
Last: Gonfalon B.

NewsblogRoyals G.M. Dayton Moore believes hitting will come around
(14 - 10:17am, Apr 23)
Last: JE (Jason Epstein)

NewsblogDaniel Bryan's 'YES!' chant has spread to the Pirates' dugout
(178 - 9:11am, Apr 23)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogOT: The NHL is finally back thread, part 2
(192 - 8:55am, Apr 23)
Last: zack

NewsblogHigh and outside
(8 - 8:55am, Apr 23)
Last: RMc's desperate, often sordid world

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-23-2014
(2 - 8:36am, Apr 23)
Last: RMc's desperate, often sordid world

NewsblogOMNICHATTER for APRIL 22, 2014
(92 - 8:23am, Apr 23)
Last: Sunday silence

Demarini, Easton and TPX Baseball Bats

 

 

 

 

Page rendered in 0.1427 seconds
52 querie(s) executed