The greatest 50 Oakland Athletics of all time list is interesting

This is a fan-voted list so I can understand that it’s not perfect. For example, players like Scott Hatteberg shouldn’t be in it but because of one swing, he’s in.

As an A’s fan though, it’s nice to see some current players. Then also to be reminded of players that were traded away at their prime. It’s an interesting list that takes me down memory lane.

What a time to be an A’s fan!

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Thank you, Carlos Beltran!

Carlos Beltran started his career before the year 2000. He’s been around a while and today he announced his retirement.

We can all talk about his strikeout against the Cardinals in the NLCS but I want to celebrate one of the most impressive things I have ever seen in my lifetime.

Can we just appreciate Beltran’s postsesaon run in 2004 for the Astros?

In 12 games, he had 56 plate appearances. He had 20 hits, scored 21 runs, hit 8 homers and 14 RBI. He also walked 9 times. He was unstoppable. I remember watching that postseason and I remember telling myself that this was one of the greatest mid-season rentals I have ever seen. He nearly carried the Astros to the title. But it wasn’t meant to be. The Cards would win the series and move on to the Fall Classic.

I am happy Beltran finally got his ring. He wasn’t impressive at all this season but looking back at his entire career, he deserves it. He was just a great player to watch.

Thank you for entertaining me all these years. Enjoy retirement!

I am so happy the Astros won the World Series

After the Yuli Gurriel drama, I was compelled to change my pick to the Dodgers. But I had chosen the Astros for three reasons.

  1. My American League loyalty
  2. My NorCal loyalty
  3. I like cheering for teams who need to end droughts

So based on that, I was sticking with the Astros. And even though Game 7 didn’t have a fantastic finish, this series as a whole was amazing. We had home runs and comebacks and epic finishes. It was exactly what we needed to see. It was the perfect series.

We witnessed an all-time great series and I am just relieved that I was able to be alive when  it all happened.

Yuli Gurriel’s racists gesture and finding forgiveness among the immersion of two cultures

I’m angry. I’m upset. I want to punch Yuli Gurriel in the face. Mocking someone for their physical appearance because of a stereotype is not going to fly in this country.

But I know that my anger and desire to hurt him will not solve anything.

Last night, when Gurriel made a slanted eye gesture and called Yu Darvish (who is Japanese) a Chinito (little Chinese boy), it was clear to many that it was not acceptable. But that was many people, not all people, who found something wrong with it.

There are the people that think America is getting too PC and that it’s an overreaction to something minor. Others are contending that Latin culture features these kinds of remarks and actions all the time and it’s normalized. Using these terms and actions is so common and it’s pretty apparent that Gurriel is just doing what he was so used to growing up.

The problem is that he isn’t back home in Cuba. He is in America. And after all the problems with what we had with disrespect this season (two suspension for homophobic slurs, racist slurs thrown at O’s OF Adam Jones), the league has been on high alert on the way people and fans are being treated.

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Free admission to an A’s game next season could reveal an ugly truth

When the A’s announced today that their April 17 home game against the White Sox will have free admission, it sounded like a cool idea but also popped this question in my mind: Would the stadium even be filled for this game?

Columnist Ray Ratto (link above in tweet) shared those exact thoughts.

The idea of a free game is great as it really allows all those people who may never have considered going to a game an incentive to go to a game without the cost of paying for a ticket. I don’t know how the logistics are for parking or concessions, but I will assume that prices for those will remain.

But still, a free game is a pretty nifty novelty. And it would leave people to believe that the stadium will be full for the game since the cost of entry is free. However, it could reveal that the fans or the city don’t have enough people to show up to a free game.

This could be troubling for an organization that desires to build a new stadium in the city. Also, it will lead to many different speculations as to why the stadium isn’t filled — especially for a season that is only a few weeks old.

Do people not care enough? Is the team unappealing? Is the stadium too old?

There are a lot of factors. This might be the A’s trying to find out those answers by doing this promotion.

Indians, please don’t take away my Athletics’ 20-game win streak record

Scott Hatteberg celebrates his walk-off homer which gave the A’s their 20th consecutive win on 9/4/02.

My friend texted me the other day and asked me how I felt about the Cleveland Indians challenging the Oakland Athletics’ American League record of 20 straight wins set back in 2002.

It was a scenario I was very well aware of anytime a team reaches double digits in a winning streak. Many teams since 2002 have reached that plateau but no team has come close to eclipsing the record set by my favorite team. Until the Indians.

On Monday night, the Indians dominated the toothless Detroit Tigers 11-0 to win their 19th game in a row. One more today and they tie the A’s for the American League record.

The Indians are my favorite to win the World Series this year. I have a soft spot for the team and since high school, I adopted them as my second favorite baseball team. My friend also wants to see them win it all this year. And that’s what I hope is the end result for the team this year.

But please, Indians, don’t win 20 games in a row.

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A’s wearing old road cap for first time since 2013

This was beautiful to see.

I understand why the A’s switched their road caps but with the gray tops, this previous cap just works so well. The simplicity of the two colors works. I wish they would bring it back. It is one of my favorite caps in the team’s history.