Showing Your Colors, No Matter The Cost

You want to know what makes
a father proud?  When your son is a baseball
martyr.  With our cross-bay rivals
parading down Market Street
today, my son, Luke, has stood tall. 
He’s a junior at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley and this is “Spirit Week” leading up
to the school’s Homecoming this weekend. 
Students are encouraged to wear colors that support their favorite
team.  You can only imagine the sea of Black
& Orange on
campus today.  It’s almost as though
Halloween went into extra innings.

 

Yet, there’s Luke, sporting
his Dave Stewart jersey and A’s cap.  At
the breakfast table this morning, I told him, he was a brave young man and that I
was very proud of him.  He just kind of
shrugged it off, saying “C’mon dad….I’ve got to represent.”   


In fact, Luke
has courageously worn his soiled and frayed A’s cap to school every day since
the playoffs began.   This, without his
father’s urging.  You can only imagine
the razzing and persecution he subjected himself to.  Yet, in some strange way, I think he enjoyed
the conflict.  He wanted to show some of
his classmates what a true fan is all
about. 

 

That being said, I was proud
that the Oakland
A’s today took out a full-page ad in the San
Francisco Chronicle
to congratulate the Giants on a storybook season.  It was an incredible accomplishment.  One of the things I enjoy most about baseball
is it’s a fraternity.  Every team can empathize
when another team endures a long losing streak, and the same goes when another
team reaches the pinnacle in the sport. 
We all know how difficult the journey is.  And the fact that it was their incredible
pitching staff that propelled the Giants to the title should only remind A’s
fans that we may not be that far away.  Add
a few pieces to your lineup, and those ulcerating close losses can turn into
clutch victories real quick.  Eduardo
Perez, the former player and now ESPN commentator, was asked yesterday morning
on SportsCenter who he thought could be the “Giants of 2011.”  Without hesitating, he said, “the Oakland A’s.”  Now, I’m not saying we’re going to add a
fifth World Series trophy to our trophy case next season, but at least we
should all have hope.  Hope is a
beautiful thing…especially when you have pitching.

2 Comments

Great article.

Yes, I have made sure to sport my HOME ballcap for past month to make sure that both the green and gold are represented.

Love stories like this. People must always be decked out in their team’s gear when going to the rival’s park. In fact, it should be treated as a rite of passage for every A’s fan. Once a year, every A’s fan should attend a Giants game decked out in A’s gear. I did it last year when I went to get the Rolen HR ball #298 signed. Loved it. Wonderful day. Nothing by comparison to all the wonderful days I had in the Coliseum that season, but still wonderful.

“Story book season” Yeah right. It’s funny. The whole season, I said to myself, “The Giants have this motto ‘Come to our park because IT’S MAGIC INSIDE'” and I just laughed…. and laughed….. and laughed……. and laughed…… and LAUGHED….. Because WE were the ones with the Perfect Game on mother’s day. WE were the ones with our own FANS going for spectacular sports-center catches in left field. WE were the ones with a REAL LIFE TITANIC goin’ on all season (or at least that was how I felt). So who’s REALLY got the magic goin’ on inside San Francisco? It’s not you. It’s ME! It’s US. It’s the OAKLAND A’S!!!!

I tell you one thing, I know no other A’s fan would be with me on this one, but I’ll take the season I had with NO world series championship over just your typical ho-hum season with a world series championship ANY DAY! No joke. Give me more of that next season. No wait…. I don’t want another Titanic. I already know that feeling. How about…. a real life…… dare I say it….. dare I……. Oh God somebody’s gonna kill me for this one……..

Give a real life…….

“The Living Daylights” Yep……

Oh God I’m a dead man now…… See ya later……..

AH HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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