Have you guys noticed that the only good press the A's have been receiving is been on the internet from mlb.com and espn.com? There might be something good on BA but since I don't pay for it, I really don't know if it's good or bad.
The local media are lambasting the trades like it's the second coming of the sucky 49ers. Ray Ratto (boy do I hate that guy, he's so full of himself, basically Jim Rome with no sense of humor or tact plus of alot of asshole factor) said it outright on ESPN that the A's are "lucky to win 60 games" next season.
Here's the breakdown of some of the recent articles regarding the end of the Big 3
Bob Klapisch, ESPN.com 12/14/04
Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury 12/20/04
Ray Ratto, SF Chron 12/19/04
You guys get the gist, right, and you probably have read them as much as I have in the past few days.
What strikes me as funny is that the Kawakami and Ostler articles were pretty much the same thing. Lots of loud proclamations that the end of A's baseball is nigh, they're going to suck next year, the fans will stay home or (gasp) become Giants fans.
Also whenever they had the "fan perspective" it's always one-sided, skewed towards. "I hate the trade and ownership." It's not at all like the dialogue we have here at AN, but what do we know, we all just a bunch of Baseball America and SABR nerds.
I guess sounding rational doesn't sell newspapers.
Well I'd like say that I believe the A's won't suck next year, how good they will be, I do not know. I will go to games next year and not jump ship and become yet another dumb Giants fan rooting for Barry "BALCO" Bonds.