One of the things I really enjoyed about the Interleague matchup between the Giants and A’s is that it was a three-game set at one park and a three-game set at another. Nowadays because of the Astros’ move to the American League, it’s harder to make that happen.
This year, the Bay Bridge Series is only a four-game affair, with the teams splitting the games at their home park. Not only are they playing fewer games, but the games are in the middle of the week. These used to be set aside for the weekend. Instead, now it’s a Monday to Thursday deal.
I still get excited for this matchup but it’s not as cool when it’s shortened and moved to the middle of the week. At least it’s right before the All-Star Break, so people can get their jollies on about this right in the middle of the summer. But it’s not as cool as it once was.
The root to the Bay Area rivalry between these two teams started in 1989 before Interleague became a fixture in baseball in 1997.
The annual meeting between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants begin today as the Giants visit Oakland for a two-game set before finishing off the matchup in San Francisco immediately following.
This is the first time that the two teams would play at two venues in consecutive days. This comes as part of MLB’s new approach to Interleague play with both leagues featuring 15 teams.
This might actually be the best approach for this series. Even though three-game sets between the two teams would provide more revenue and excitement, the current format allows the fanbase to get as much out of this rivalry in one week.
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!
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.