Consider this a kind of a respectful rant if you will.
I grew up in the East Bay and the A’s are my team. I’ve been vocal about that for a while and it’s no secret. But unlike a lot of A’s fans, I do not hate, despise or whatever you call it with the Giants. They are the other team across the Bay. They aren’t a real rival to the A’s. I appreciate and love the Bay and I want good things for my area.
With that said, the Giants winning another World Series would be very tough on me as an A’s fan. Part of it is because I wish my team could have beat the Tigers. But the real reason has nothing to do with the game, but the aftermath.
Who will win?
Growing up in the East Bay, I became an Oakland A’s fan and it’s the team I feel the most passionate about. With being an A’s fan, there is that “rivalry” with the San Francisco Giants.
At least to me, the rivalry doesn’t really exist. But in recent years, it has become something I think has gotten out of hand.
Since the Giants won the World Series in 2010, the bandwagon has gotten out of control for them. Pandering to their requirement for panda hats and fancy lifestying, the new Giants “fans” have given me an A’s fan a hard time. It seems that at any opportunity, they mock everything that is Oakland. Whether it’s the team’s stadium or even the city’s not so glamorous appeal, Giants fans have recently made an effort to look down on me and my team.
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is a great traditional song sung at ballparks. We’ve had great celebrities lead the song at stadiums all the time. But it isn’t for everyone. And that means Lil Wayne (better audio without crowd noise here).
Last night at AT&T Park, some idiot thought it was a good idea for a rapper to lead the song at the game. As you can hear, it was pretty brutal. Lil Wayne is very popular and has a lot of success, but he had no business at the park. Look at him wear that Giants cap like he just bought it five minutes ago.
This was a bad move by someone and whoever did it needs to be punished. Allowing Lil Wayne to do that was just not right.
I am posting this blog entry as a fan of baseball. With my background as an A’s fan, you’ll see that my perspective on things is a little different than what you might believe.
KING FELIX HOLDS COURT WITH PERFECT GAME
I am happy for Felix Hernandez. I love Venezuelan ballplayers and as an A’s fan, I know firsthand how dangerous Hernandez is. I don’t know how many Opening Days I’ve gone to and seen Felix dominate.
But think about it. This is the 23rd perfect game and the third this season. These things are supposed to be rare and yet we’ve seen three this year. Phil Humber had one and Matt Cain did it too.
That was a video I shot last year when the A’s swept the Giants. Happy times.
I wish I was back in the Bay for this series. I love going to the Coliseum during the series and just seeing all the Giants and A’s fans. Obviously in recent years, the bandwagon for the Giants has gotten out of control, but the A’s have swept the last two series in Oakland.
It’s a special moment for me. I am not a Giants fan but I don’t hate them. I just don’t care about them. I grew up in the East Bay. I was born and raised with the A’s and I love my team. I am hoping for a sweep this weekend since the A’s are on a roll.
With Friday’s game and the very lost Tim Lincecum on the mound, the A’s could be off to a great start to this series. Go A’s!
Matt Cain delivers the final pitch of the evening to complete the perfect game.
I tuned into last night’s perfect game at around the sixth inning. I knew what was at stake but since I didn’t watch the first five innings, I didn’t realize how filthy Matt Cain was that night.
Even though the Houston Astros are a pretty bad team, I couldn’t help but appreciate the skill it took for Cain to throw 14 strikeouts. More importantly, the movement he had in his pitches was simply the stuff of legends.
I don’t know if this is the most dominant pitching performance in the history of the game, but it’s pretty high up there. And for that, I applaud Cain for a job well done.
The paper I picked up yesterday.
Yesterday I picked up a copy of the LA Times. I read through it. I hated it.
This is the second time in two years that a rival of my favorite team won a championship title. The Kings won the Stanley Cup on Monday and back in 2010, the Giants won the World Series. (I’m a Sharks and A’s fan.)
Since I now live in the Los Angeles area, I am surrounded by all this Kings love. When the Giants won, I was working in San Francisco. And it sucks to see a rival win a title.
A year ago on this date, Buster Posey was injured on a collision at the plate with Scott Cousins (see above video). The injury cost Posey the rest of the season and to this day, the team is very careful about overworking Posey too much back into baseball shape.
The aftermath of that injury was not a pretty sight. As for me, a non-Giants fan, I didn’t have a connection with the team so I didn’t feel enraged over the injury. From a baseball fan’s perspective, I just saw it as an unfortunate injury and nothing more than that.
But instead I had never heard a bigger amount of whining and complaining from an organization in my life. Somehow because Posey (the golden child) got hurt, the game of baseball should change just for him. I thought that the Giants handled it poorly.
Always a big event in the Bay Area.
This is one of the things about the Bay Area I am going to miss the most: The Battle of the Bay.
As a diehard A’s fan, one of the things I look forward to every year is the annual battle between the A’s and Giants. And in recent years since the Giants won the World Series, I’ve gotten a lot more annoyed with the Giants and this year I really want to see my A’s beat them.
I remember last year going to the game in AT&T Park and it was just hard to see the incompetent Bob Geren run the show. But when the A’s had their games at the Coliseum, it was pure joy seeing the A’s do the sweeping.
A’s on the left, Giants on the right.
A couple nights ago I was working a late shift at NFL Network and it was a slow news day. So in order to get my fix of my Bay Area roots, I decided to watch some baseball.
As you know, I am an A’s fan so I had to watch my team play. Fortunately I am subscribed to MLB.TV so I easily got a chance to stream the A’s-Jays game on my computer screen.
And since the Giants were playing the Dodgers, they were on local TV and I got a chance to enjoy the awesome voice of Vin Scully.
Very glad that even though I am away from the Bay, stuck in LA, I still have access to my hometown teams.