Playoff Fever

Don't worry, we're almost there. (Photo: Ralliney Lolong Marpaung - Right Field Bleachers)

Don’t worry, we’re almost there. (Photo: Ralliney Lolong Marpaung – Right Field Bleachers)

The short lull before the Division Series begins always seems to take the feelings of excitement and anticipation and throws them in a pressure cooker. Everything is amplified to vertiginous levels. All the hype and hoopla of 162 games of the regular season combined pales in comparison to the electricity generated by a playoff series, and there’s been a lot going on this week as the A’s prepare for a rematch of last year’s ALDS with the Detroit Tigers. Continue reading

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As Luck Would Have It

"We're up in the playoffs to get lucky." (Photo: Steve Bowles - Left Field Bleachers)

“We’re up in the playoffs to get lucky.” (Photo: Steve Bowles – Left Field Bleachers)

With last night’s 8-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners the A’s have clinched home field advantage for the ALDS. Ever since the A’s claimed the division, fans have been eager for the team to lock down home field advantage for the first round. Some people believe it is the key to advancing, although it didn’t make a difference last year (or in 2000, 2002, 2003, or the ALCS in 2006). How much home field advantage factors into the results of games is always up for debate, but this entry isn’t about that. Instead, this entry is about what I believe is the single most important factor for the A’s in the playoffs: random chance. Continue reading

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Unfinished Business

Josh Reddick gives himself a golden shower. (Photo courtesy of the Oakland Athletics)

Josh Reddick gives himself a golden shower. (Photo courtesy of the Oakland Athletics)

This season has felt completely different from any other season in recent memory. After last year’s litany of walk-off wins and improbable run to the playoffs, I came into 2013 with supremely high expectations. In my mind, anything short of a championship would be a huge disappointment. Perhaps it’s a bit brash to think that way when you’re a fan of a small market team, but that’s what happens when a young squad makes the postseason and returns next year with much of the same roster. I fully expected the A’s to pick up where they left off, and Bob Melvin seemingly did too after declaring the team has some unfinished business to take care of after Sunday’s victory. Continue reading

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Is Morale Going Down the Toilet?

"We're safe up here, the sewage can't reach us." (Photo: Ray Chavez - AP)

“We’re safe up here, the sewage can’t reach us.” (Photo: Ray Chavez – AP)

September may be the most exciting time for baseball fans when your team is in the playoff hunt. All of the ecstasy and agony of the six-month long regular season is concentrated into a bewildering blur of four weeks and amplified to unfathomable levels. Yet with the A’s on the cusp of their second consecutive postseason appearance and AL West crown, it seems like all people want to talk about is shit. Continue reading

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Detectors Up, Tarps Down

If the tarps want to watch the playoffs this year they'll have to buy a ticket like everybody else. I heard they're cheapskates though.

If the tarps want to watch the playoffs this year they’ll have to buy a ticket like everybody else. I heard they’re cheapskates though.

It seems like the A’s are just chock full of big announcements this week. Yesterday’s release detailing new security procedures at the Coliseum beginning Thursday touched off a firestorm of social media madness as fans voiced their approval or displeasure about the use of walk-through metal detectors. While the dust from that is still settling, the A’s decided to top that hoopla by notifying fans the third deck has been opened for the playoffs due to high demand. At this rate, I’m dying to hear what they’re going to announce tomorrow. Continue reading

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