This season wasn’t supposed to be like this for the Oakland Athletics. They were expected to maybe finish in third place at best in the division. The team was supposed to be contending for the postseason in 2019. Maybe 2020. No, they were not supposed to be here.
But they arrived sooner than expected. They got 97 wins and got into the postseason as a wild-card team. That’s how stacked this American League was. Three teams had at least 100 wins and the A’s at 97 wins had to settle for the second wild-card spot.
And that’s what made this season so special. Sure, it sucks that they lost their wild-card game and their postseason dreams were dashed just like that. But what can you do when the rotation was made up of spare parts and a bunch of inexperienced players lead the team to the postseason?
It was no surprise they were going this route. The NHL All-Star Game logo was revealed on Wednesday and of course they would use a Silicon Valley theme. The logo is meant to represent an app icon. It’s so predictable they would choose this theme.
But is that the only thing that San Jose/Silicon Valley is known for?
I remember a few years ago when WWE was hosting WrestleMania in Santa Clara and they too went with a Silicon Valley theme, featuring a “play” button as part of their logo.
This is a sports blog, but sometimes, I have to write about other things that are important to me. And we will dive into the world of “Crazy Rich Asians.”
I remember telling my friend that this movie was going to be my people’s “Black Panther” in which all the Asian folks will flock the theaters and be so proud of their heritage. This movie had so much high expectations for me. I wanted it to be that important for my people. And even though it won’t live up to the hype of T’Chala and Wakanda, I couldn’t have asked for a better movie for my people.
The hype leading up to the movie’s release was the same narrative: First major Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast since “The Joy Luck Club” 25 years ago. And that narrative needed to be repeated over and over again. I was too young to even know about “The Joy Luck Club” and the portrayal and representation of Asians in American pop culture is so minimal. There are few leading roles and they’re a lot of stereotypes. And also there are a lot of whitewashing Asian roles. It’s a hard thing for me to grow up with not having any true representation.
On Saturday I was at Angel Stadium and I saw the greatest catch of my lifetime.
I was sitting near the A’s dugout when this play happened. I didn’t realize the time how difficult the catch was. I saw it and was shocked that he made the catch.
Then it all was a blur. The ball was in the air and reached Mark Canha’s glove to complete the double play. What did I just witness?
I still was processing that the ball did not hit the cut-off man. It was after viewing numerous replays did it come to me that the throw was at 321 feet and it was on the money.
All Bay Area fans know this. All Cal fans love this. I want this.
What a great bobblehead to commemorate the craziest play in college football.
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On Saturday, Oakland A’s pinch-hitter Mark Canha hit a go-ahead two-run homer vs the Giants. After the swing, he “flipped” his bat, stared at his own dugout before trotting the bases.
People are upset about the flip.
Of course, these “unwritten rules” debates have existed for some time. Some people are upset that Canha shouldn’t show up a pitcher and he should expect to get a pitch thrown at his body the next time up.
Other feel that it’s OK to have emotion during the game and the best way to avoid a bat flip is to not give up a home run. After all, pitchers can show emotions after a strikeout but a batter can’t do it after a big hit?
Now I agree with many people that Terrell Owens should attend his own Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It is a great honor to be recognized and it would great to hear him speak about his great career.
But of course, this opportunity should have happened two years ago. Owens is one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history and should have been a first-ballot induction. But he wasn’t. It was due to his reputation off the field that soured the voters which led to the wait.
Owens understandably was not happy about being snubbed because of this. Even though his attitude during his playing days was not great, his skills and stats as a player are worthy of entry in first year.