Tom Fitzgerald of the Chron writes about the 2005 local sports situation:
About the A's, he writes:
"Expectations were much lower for the A's after Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder left in trades. After a rocky start, they rebounded and remained in contention until the final week. Closer Huston Street would be the American League Rookie of the Year, and the A's finished 88-74. But, come on, their fans are used to better things."
Really? Expectations were lower? For people who still thought 2004 Mulder and Hudson were 2001 vintage.
I was pretty satisfied with the season, though obviously not as satisfied as I would have been had they won the WS (but by that measure, only one team's fans can be satisfied.) In another year, 88 games might have won them the Wild Card.
I emailed Fitzgerald and, among other things, he said that if the Giants had snuck into the playoffs at 81-81 and lost to the Cards three straight, it would have been a better season than the A's had!!!!