THIS TEAM REPRESENTS THE TRUE VIRTUES OF SPORTS

Can this get any better?  Well, if you have been following this team for awhile, the logical answer would be, “Why, of course, it’s what they do.”  Not that there’s much logic being entered into the equation lately.  At this point, you have probably been inundated with all the improbable factoids about this Little Team That Could.  Thirteen games back in late June.  Five games back with nine to play.  Leap-frogging the two AL West behemoths—one a team that dominated Winter Meetings headlines by signing the top hitter and pitcher on the free agent market, the other the two-time defending American League champions—to plant the division banner on the Coliseum pitching mound at game’s end Wednesday.  It was the same mound that the ski-goggled Jonny Gomes used as his personal playground after the game, conspiring with the A’s grounds crew to spray his teammates with a power hose full of water in full force.

And talk about full force. How about the 36,000 fans that crammed into the O.co Coliseum?  Could it have been any louder?  Even Grant Balfour got shouted down.  Now, all these great storylines will be introduced to the nation, as our A’s head to Motown to start the AL Division Series with the Tigers at Comerica Park Saturday.   While there’s plenty to enjoy on many levels, to me, the essence of the 2012 Oakland A’s is this:  If you appreciate the true virtues of sports when it’s played at its very best, then you’ve got to love this spunky group from Oakland.  At the risk of burying you in time-honored clichés, let me explain why I feel this way.  This team represents so many good things, many traits that have gotten lost in the high-priced world of professional sports:  teamwork, personal sacrifice for the greater good of the team, deep self-belief, bouncing back from adversity, trusting your teammate, hustle, tenacity, mental toughness, lacking egos, playing the game for the fun of it.  Somehow, when you watch this team, you can actually feel the purity of the sport emanating from the field.

In speaking with Brandon Moss and his family after game, we had a brief heartfelt discussion about how far we’ve come, and how far we may still go.  As one of the league’s hottest hitters sat, exhausted, on the stairs above the clubhouse, I told him the beauty of all this is we don’t have to change a thing.  There are no mysteries ahead.  We will be playing the best teams in baseball, much like we have done during the past month.  There is no need to change our strategy or style of play.  We just need to keep
doing what we’ve been doing.  And if you’re an A’s fan, that should excite you.  After all, our players already know they are capable of continuing this magic carpet ride.   And why shouldn’t they feel that way?  They’ve been doing this for most of this season.

8 Comments

I have been an A’s fan since I was a child, starting in the late 60’s. I was there to witness the great teams of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and early 2000 years. This has easily been the most enjoying and crazy ride of any Athletic team I’ve witnessed in my life. Keep the ride going boys, it has been a blast!

I was there, it was awesome. I am so glad I missed work that day. The crowd was crazy, it was worth all the costs. Let’s Go Oakland!!!!!

One of the most Fun and Dedicated A’s teams I’ve seen in my 31 years. I remember all the 80’s 90’s and 2000’s teams, but like John said, this team by far is the most fun to watch. Guys going out there putting it all on the line for the fans and themselves. It’s been MAGIC to watch them play this year…and it’s only going to get better. LETS KEEP IT GOING BOYS!!!!

What you said at the end there — that they don’t have to change a thing. That’s exactly the thing that I found baffling in the last few days. I remember in 2006 having these animated discussions with people about which teams we should WANT to face and which teams we should hope to miss. This year, I can’t think of an argument for why we’d want to avoid any of these teams. WE’RE the team that people are afraid to face. That’s just absolute insanity for me to comprehend after the playoff appearances of the last decade. Mostly, I just want to see these guys keep rolling, just like they’ve done for the past month.

Well stated Mr. Rose. especially the part about the team represents so many good things and the purity of the “game”. I am getting my glove out of the closet and looking for a team… because sports should be fun like the A’s have been displaying this season. Let’s Go Oakland!
Johnny Bravo fan since 1968.

I wasn’t alive to witness the 70’s or the 80’s, but have been there to witness everything from 1991 and onward. I’ve been an A’s fan since I was born, and was raised in the spirit of the Athletics. As I watched the team this season I couldn’t help but think that this year was different. As time progressed they proved the magic and fun of the game of Baseball. I stood with tears in my eyes as they won on Wednesday not only for the joy to see my team succeeding, but with pride and excitement to be an A’s fan. I’m excited to see what’s to come. I know that they can take on the teams just the same, and I know they can keep on winning. Let’s go Oakland! You guys are amazing!

Yes, also a fan since ’68. I can’t recall the energy ever being as potent as it was at Wednesday’s game – let’s do this fellas!

This is one of the best stories in baseball. I LOVE the rookie performances, and just like with the Giants post-Cabrera record, this proves how baseball is bigger than star players.

Don’t let them move to San Jose!

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