And So It Ends

88 wins in what many expected was to a rebuilding season.  Now I know that isn't good enough for Ken Macha or Billy Beane...or even what we've come to expect as A's fans.  But I think many here in AN have perspective to realize all that happened in 2005 was building toward a better 2006 and 2007.

So, I want to open this thread to have people comment on what they consider the most memorable win of 2005.

To me, there are several clear candidates:

  • Kendall's face-first slide into Michael Young's metal spikes.
  • Chavez's home run off Brendan Donnelly.
  • Hatteberg's early season hit to give the Goggle Pen a blown save.
  • The sulk-off win...again off Rodriguez and the Goggle Pen.
There were others, like the historic four-run comeback in the ninth, the Kielty home run off the Goggle Pen, but these seem to be the most memorable wins of the season.  So, of course, I added a poll for you to vote on which win was the best win of 2005.

It was a fun season and over the coming months, AN will be the place to talk about the A's offseason moves, analysis of the season's stats and even looking forward to 2006.  I'm also trying to line up a few offseason interviews.  So stay tuned.  As for this upcoming week, I'm heading out on vacation for about nine days, but Nico has agreed to open up playoff threads for those of you who want to follow the playoffs in a way that only AN can (i.e. did you see Shrek just get whacked by the Yankees?).  Thanks, Nico.

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