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A Tale of Two Cities Part II
Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
OAKLAND, SAN FRANCISCO,C.A-–The Cities of Oakland, California and San Francisco, California are going in the opposite directions. This past week in the baseball playoffs and weekend football games they reviled another aspect of the stark differences of these two major sports cities. It’s a story of one city on the rise and the other in complete confusion.
Saturday afternoon October 6th the Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland A’s with Tiger’s Ace Verlander on the mound Coco Crisp hit leading homer for A’s but Detroit wins 3-1 the A’s late rally failed in game one.
Sunday the Bay Area continued its rough weekend with both the Giants and A’s losing and both went down 0-2. Oakland lost two close games to the Detroit Tigers. The Giants were blown out in both games at AT&T Park. The A’s came home while the Giants traveled to the Queen City of Cincinnati hoping to reverse the trend.
Tues.- The Bay Area lives another day as both the A’s and Giants win in tight defensive games. San Fran’s Hunter Pence had a team pep talk before the game and the team responded with 2-1 thriller in 10 inns. Arias beat the throw to 1st and the run scores in the 10th.
The A’s sent a message early. Coco Crisp crashed against the wall making the play of the series in the 2nd inning stopping a Detroit homerun attempt by Prince Fielder. The Oakland A’s shutdown Tigers 2-0 with the help of the bullpen to get back into series.
Weds. The San Francisco Giants came back from the dead with Barry Zeto starting and Tim Lincecum pitching five strong innings. The Baseball G-men moved on to victory to even the series at 2 games apiece with a Black and Orange homerun barrage; the Giants win 8-3.
In Oakland they were doing the Bernie Dance in the bleachers and all over the Oakland Coliseum as The Feisty A’s did it again getting down early only to come back for another victory. Coco Crisp hit the winning single in 9th inning. To even series at two games apiece. Taking a page out of the San Francisco Giants playbook.
Thurs. morning- The Giants were the first team to punch their ticket to the conference championship with a 6 run outburst on Buster Posey’s grand slam in 5th inning. San Fran’s bull pen holds on for 6-4 victory over Cincinnati
Thurs. Night -The Green and Gold Magic carpet ride of the Oakland A’s ended. The young A’s ran into Detroit’s Ace Justin Verlander again for the 2nd time in a week. Verlander broke Sandy Koufax 1967 strikeout record 10 with 11. Oakland A’s go down swinging. The A’s lead the league in strikeout and Verlander exploded that fact. The Tigers explode for 4 runs in 8th ending the Bay Area dream.
Once again the Green and Gold teased the Oakland fan base with 92 victories and win the American League Western Division with a season ending sweep of the 2 time defending Western Conference Champion Texas Rangers. The Oakland A’s have not won a championship series since 2002 against the Detroit Tigers.
So the question lingers will Billy Beane’s Money Ball bring an East Bay championship or are the Owners at fault for the A’s not winning a league championship? Is it shrewd trading or being cheap? Make your own decision.
The Oakland A’s currently have seven free agents and four other players with option considerations. Billy Beane and the Oakland management need to leave this team alone and let them grow together. Championship teams are built on togetherness, family, and unity, it has been absent at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum the past ten years. Owners Lew Wolff and John Fisher have eyes for San Jose, Sacramento, and the state of Nevada.
“From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser
Billy Beane isn’t afraid to wheel and deal when he feels he can make his team better, but after the remarkable A’s 2012 season, Beane said he doesn’t see making many changes this offseason, unless it’s to add players.
“I think we’re in great shape going forward,” the A’s general manager said on Friday, one day after his surprising AL West champs fell to the Tigers in Game 5 of the Division Series. “By and large, if moves are made, it will be additions.”
Only time will tell in the Tale of Two Cities
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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