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 A’s Fall Short in First Playoff Game vs. Detroit Despite Fans’ ’10th Man Effort

The Scrappy Oakland A’s were the underdogs in the first American League playoff Game against Detroit  and   Cy Young  Pitcher Max Sherzer.  Their own ace, 40 year old wonder Bartolo Colon was, perhaps affected more by the five day  layoff  after the end of the season and gave up three runs in the first inning. But, after that, the A’s were the winners, scoring the only other runs of the game in the sixth inning  on Yeonis Cespedes’ two run homerun that  put them only one run down. With 48,000 screaming fan exhorting the A’s on almost every pitch one almost expected A’s Magic to happen again as it has so many times during the season. But the top pitcher in the American League and Detroit’s bullpen was just a little more than the A’s could handle; perhaps the layoff and first game jitters could account for part of their weak hitting performance ( only 3 hits on the night for a team with a .295 average against Sherzer; of course, the other side had to contend with the same layoff and jitters though it might have been harder for a 40 year old pitcher and an A’s team of younger players.  The second game on Saturday will truly show what the A’s have in them, if they can bounce back – but it won’t be easy with another top pitcher, Verlander , going against them.  

But, this game has to go down as one of the more exciting games for the home fans, despite the loss. As a   fan next to me said, the enthusiastic A’s fan base may have gotten Cespedes’ juices going to hit the big home run that brought the A’s back to within one run.  But one player’s performance a game does not make – Cepedes had two of the three hits – and the A’s needed fewer strikeouts and better performances from some other players this night. Our guess is that the A’s will show definite improvement in Game 2 with the first one under their belt.

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by Mark PURDY, San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.

Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.
Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.
The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel. We’ll see if that happens, beginning here Friday when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
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by Mark PURDY, San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.

Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.
Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.
The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel. We’ll see if that happens, beginning here Friday when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
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by Mark PURDY, San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.

Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.
Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.
The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel. We’ll see if that happens, beginning here Friday when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
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THE Oakland A’s again this year surprised the baseball world finishing off the Western Division  in first place, again supplanting the vaunted Texas Rangers  with 90 wins, no big name stars and one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.  Meanwhile,   cross Bay rival San Francisco Giants  just esca ped being the first team to go from the World Series to last place in years,  despite having the fourth highest payroll , several stars , a lot of high priced players and a history of PED players and suspected performance enhancing drug users, in our opinion. Do the A’s have enough to go all the Way to the World Series?  Purchase Tshirt – Classic ‘A’s’ over Oak Tree in Circle

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Joe DiMaggio once worked with the Oakland A’s and Charlie Finley in the 1970s/80s and would be proud of the current team,  which plays much in the style of the old Yankee Clipper….good old, hard-nosed, no nonsense , smart baseball. There are no big name stars, just a lot of eager, aggressive, intelligent fun-loving ‘lower paid’ players who are playing for the love of the game as much as anything. There is also a manager, Bob Melvin, who has upset GM Billy Beane’s old theory that the manager doesn’t make a difference, who took over a team that revolted against it’s previous manager – and the coaching staff is second to none. They’ve gotten the most out of their young team.  No help from modern technology, ie PEDs, like the cross Bay team.  This is good old, real  Golden Era Baseball like when DiMaggio played.

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by Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.

Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.

Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.

The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel. We’ll see if that happens, beginning here Friday when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

To be sure, the A’s of 2002 were intriguing.

Oakland Athletics players and fans exult as the last out of the game is made against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (D. ROSS CAMERON)

They had a 20-game win streak and did break ground when general manager Billy Beane (portrayed by Pitt in the film) started using statistical data to make personnel and lineup decisions.But come on. Those A’s did not feature a stadium that leaked raw sewage; or an uncertain future in their home city; or a relief pitcher from Australia who screams a lot and grew up playing rugby; or a right fielder nicknamed “Hillbilly Jesus”; or a powerfully exotic slugger from Cuba who obliterated the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. The A’s of 2013 have given us all of the above. And then some.

“We do have some interesting guys,” A’s manager Bob Melvin conceded this week.

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There were a lot of great months in the A’s 2013 playoff run, but none better than the month of September, that saw the A’s overcome a 2-game deficit to eventually win the Division and finish the season five games ahead of the Rangers, who were knocked out in the play-in Wild Card game. The A’s played strong when it counted, and as Texas faded, they took complete advantage; even Texas’ end-of-the-season winning streak was too little too late to dethrone the 2-time defending American League West Champions, and that’s why the Oakland Athletics will be playing tomorrow.

The A’s started September by finishing a sweep of the Rays, obviously catching them, too, at their weakest point of the season. A lot of the A’s success–winning the Division with a full week to spare–came by playing Texas and Tampa Bay at exactly the right time. Had the AL West and Wild Card gone down to the wire with the A’s still in the mix, they would have had to win out to keep pace with the other teams, who won the remainder of their last games to get into the playoffs, even briefly. Before the penultimate showdown between the A’s and the Rangers, the A’s first took out the Rays, in game #136. Nico has the call: Joe Maddon thought he would try as many different pitchers as possible, so the A’s decided to score in as ma ny creative ways as they could and the end result was a 5-1 victory, a sweep of Tampa Bay, and just 1 game between Oakland and Texas in the standings as the Rangers come to town. This left the A’s just one game back, as they geared up to face the Rangers.

Unlike previous experiences with the Rangers, the A’s did not waste this opportunity, fighting hard to take two out of three, and climbing back on top of the AL West. Game one was recapped by Lev Facher, who coaxed the A’s to a tie: A solid five innings from Dan Straily, home runs from Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes, and scoreless relief work from Dan Otero, Brett Anderson, Ryan Cook, and Grant Balfour have the A’s back in a tie for first place. In front of 23,495 frenzied fans on a sun-splashed day at the Oakland Coliseum, a few costly mistakes on Texas’ part and a nerve-wracking yet effective four innings from the bullpen gave the A’s a 4-2 win, and seemingly all of the momentum in the AL West race. There really wasn’t anything “seemingly” about it. Aside from losing the following night, the game also handled by Lev Facher: Well, the A’s are back in second place. An all-around uninspiring evening from the green and gold has the A’s a game behind the Rangers, making the rubber match tomorrow afternoon almost a must-win with three games in Arlington looming on the horizon. Bartolo Colon was both mediocre and unlucky tonight, while the A’s offense stalled repeatedly with runners in scoring position. The bullpen wasn’t great, either. Heard this one before?, the A’s would strap on their playoff underoos and decimate the rest of the month, winning series after series. They finished the Rangers’ series with a win, as baseballgirl tells us, the game also marking the return of Daric. Barton. The plucky A’s, winners of eight of their last ten games, shook off yesterday’s loss like it didn’t even matter, and continued their trend of stomping all over ace pitchers as they dismantled Rangers’ starter Yu Darvish and gutted the rest of the Texas bullpen to the tune of 11-4. The big blows of the game were home runs off the bats of Moss, Donaldson, and Coco. Oh, and also: Daric. Barton. This tied the A’s and Rangers for first place, with barely 20 games to go in the season..

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by Mark PURDY, San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.

Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.
Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.
The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel. We’ll see if that happens, beginning here Friday when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
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A couple final season notes… Miller and Flemming , homers that they are, seemed very upset as Arizona clinched the NL pennant against them 9 /23. Miller took a shot at Arizona fans  for failing to sell out the park by 3,000 (Arizona is a much smaller market than SanFrancisco.  Several times he commented on Arizona’s ‘peculiar’ ‘resort’ in center field , where the players celebrated clinching the pennant against the Giants, in the pool, rather than ‘ circling the stadium giving ‘high fives’ to the fans.’

So., the ‘wows’ and ‘indeeds’ and umpire criticism are silenced for the winter. Can’t say as I’ll miss it. Like the giants’ players, their announcers are quite the ‘homers’ over-rated, which I’m sure the non-Giants baseball fans would agree with  Personally, I’m glad to see Arizona bust their pompous chops. Where across the bay, A’s announcers would suggest that players must overlook blown calls by umpires, the Giants announcers spent so much time harping on them- as if umpire calls ONLY go against the Giants –  when they could have been telling some interesting sidelights ala Viu Scully…. Sayanara ‘Hall of Famer’ and ‘Flem’.   The real Hall of Famer, Bill King, who never sought the national spotlight on the quiet side of the Bay, is still missing from the Hall. At least Kruko got more ‘real’ towards the end, finally getting after his hometown boys, the worst hitting team in the league and the worst to ever win, er, back into  a World Series.   Guillen and his bag of tricks are long gone and the real Giants are showing. No dynasty for these boys.

And,  a sad demonstration by Giant’s corporate ownership to end the season-   effectively firing head man and good guy Bill Newcomb (sp),  who was instrumental in bringing the Giants a world series, though tarnished as it was (in this writers opinion) with steroid users (more to it than you know and was ever reported in the papers… but that’s another story, Jose Guillen and the boys, we’ve touched on elsewhere.  Kudos to Newcomb for standing tall. Brickbats to Baer and Sabean for playing the corporate, money line ((Sabean consistently has gone after former – and current(?) – steroid users, ala Guillen, Mota, Tejada, etc that other teams wouldn’t  touch after blowing it with trades and overpaying washed up players (Zito, Rowand, Huff, Ross, etc. etc.   We’re  now told that Sabean only took on Cody Ross, who had the one ‘magic’ month that propelled the Giants to the Series more than anyone,  after Guillen was cut from the team by the leqgue after getting steroids  thru the mail.  And, we can go on about that ‘magic’ month for not only Ross but the entire team-interestingly coming just after acquiring Guillen and his ‘bag of tricks.’

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We talked recently about the SF Giants sinking back to their true reality, the worst hittin team in baseball. If you listen to the Giants announcer, they seem to be following suite. Rather than announcers, they might be characterized as the ‘Giatns radio cheering section. Messeurs Fleeming, ‘Kru’ and thje “hall of Famer’ Miller seem to constantly be urgint eh Giants on, to little avail in recent days. They seem to spend much of their time complaining about the the bad breaks the Giants get, the injuries and especially the umpires and how they make bad calls on the Giants but not their opponents. And, their announcing prowess is sprinkled with cliches. We should nickname Flemming ‘ Big time’ and Miller ‘Indeed’ or ‘Wow’ or ‘Just Like That’ orany number of other over-used terms. And then there’s Miller’s pregnant pauses, eg ‘Your (pause) Giants’ (pause) announcers’ Does he think he’s cute?    The Giants are said to have one of the best announcing teams. I don’t think so. The A’s , who could use some ‘homers’ more than the Giants have a much better announcing staff, who better use their time to discuss topics of interest other than the bad breaks of the team.

The big culprit of the Giants is ownership. They are the ones who do everything in a calculating way, ie win at any cost,  including not   considering letting the Oakland A’s  exploring  a move to ‘their’ territory in San Jose (which is kind of crarzy as they would have the Eastbay market pretty much their own if the A’s moved to San Jose. It’s ta team not hesitant to pick up prior known steroid users that other teams won’t touch.

Am then there’s Kruko, who is over the top at defending the Giants, though of late I think he is  finally realizing he’s been making a fool of himself believing the Giants are a good team.

A couple final season notes…  Miller and Flemming , homers that they were seemed very  upset as Arizona clinched the NL pennant against them.  Miller took a shot at Arizona for failing to sell out the park by 3,000  in a much smaller market.  Several times he commented on Arizona’s ‘peculiar’ ‘resort’ in center field , where the players clebrated in the pool, criticizing them for not ‘ circling the stadium fans.

So., the ‘wows’ and ‘indeeds’ and umpire criticsm are silenced for the winter. Can’t say as I’ll miss it.  Like the giants’ players, their announcers are quite over-rated, which I’m sure the non-giuants baseball fans would agree with.  Where across the bay, A’s announcers would suggest that players must overllook blown calls by umpires, the Giants announcers spent so much time harping on them when they could have been telling some interesting  sidelights ala Viu Scully….  Sayanara Miller and flemming. At least Kruko got more ‘real’ towards the end,  finally setting aside all his former Giants kudos.

 

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