I was there last night. And last night reminded me why I love baseball. In fact, the entire season for the 2012 Oakland Athletics is a constant reminder of why the game of baseball is the best in the world.
Last night featured great drama with the Tigers taking an early lead. Then Josh Donaldson with a great defensive play. The A’s bullpen finding a way to keep it close. Then the improbable A’s doing what they do best, they rally in the 9th and produce one of the greatest comebacks I’ve ever seen.
Josh Reddick’s single brought back life to this Coliseum that had a nervous feel to it. The crowd still believed, but until Reddick got that hit, and the crowd exploded. Josh Donaldson’s double blew the roof off. And once again, the team started to feel the mojo at the Coliseum. Seth Smith’s double blew the roof off the place and the improbable comeback was complete. This excitement could not be matched.
The Crisp single was euphoria like no other. We had popcorn flying the stands. Hugs and high fives to strangers. Bernie Leaning all over the place. There wasn’t a person in the stands that couldn’t contain their emotion. The A’s don’t say die and they’re alive for Game 5.
That’s what makes baseball beautiful. There is no clock to countdown to the end. The players decide when it ends. And the A’s were not going to end it without pie. Doesn’t matter what your favorite team is, that game was something special.
Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young.
— Quote by – Roger Angell
I’ll see you at the Coliseum.