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.
During an ESPN broadcast, former A’s pitching star Mark Mulder spoke about the concept of “Moneyball”.
“There was no talk of ‘Moneyball’ when I was there,” Mulder said. “You never heard anything like that.”
Maybe it’s because Mulder was a pitcher so the concept didn’t really apply to him. It was a philosophy that Beane used to get better hitters on the team. But then again, maybe Mulder didn’t really see any kind of “Moneyball” talk and it’s all just an idea, but never really a philosophy.
“It was just a thought that Billy (Beane) did a great job with what we had,” Mulder added.
It’s been debated about the idea of “Moneyball” and so forth but all I can really say is that whatever you want to call it, that 2002 A’s team was something special.
Tonight is the Oscars and I did not get a chance to see a lot of movies in 2011. But of course one movie that I had to see was Moneyball. As some of you know, I am an A’s fan and I have read the book. The movie was something I could not miss and I saw it four times in the theaters.
The movie is up for awards in six categories tonight.
- Best Picture
- Best Actor (Brad Pitt)
- Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill)
- Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian)
- Film Editing (Christopher Tellefsen)
- Sound Mixing (Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco, and Ed Novick).
I really think Hill’s performance in the movie was really superb and he is deserving of the award. The adapted screenplay also was done well and that might be another category the movie might take. It’s the only nominated movie for that award that was actually based on a non-fiction book.
I doubt I will watch the awards show tonight but I am at least hoping that this movie gets at least one award.
I wish all walk off homers were like this — and in slow motion.
Baseball is my favorite sport. Baseball is a children’s game that when you play, you remain forever young.
The other day, I ended up watching “The Sandlot” and it reminded me why that movie is my favorite baseball movie of all time. Inspired by that, I have decided to put together my Top 10 favorite baseball movies that I have seen.
(The list will contain clips from the movies. If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t watch the clips.)