Damn I love the A's - and so do all of you. That's why we're here. Okay, granted, a few of us are here because we're at work and really want to be drinking beer, but the conventions of society prevent that, so we just scour the net for people talking about beer - a frequent discussion topic on this board.
Anyhow, times are tough right now. We can question whether it was the right decision to keep Chavvy instead of Miggie or if it was the wrong decision not to lift Z as soon as he started getting in trouble last night. That's what the site is here for. But we need to remember, no matter how sensitive we might be feeling right now that our love for the A's is stronger and more important than the trivial arguments that pop up from day to day. We also have to remember that tonight is another game (and tomorrow yet another) and another opportunity to turn it around, to turn those smiles into frowns - I'm, of course, referring to the other team when I say that, and reflect on how lucky we are to be fans of the greatest team there is.
We should be thankful that our team has won the third most champions of any team in baseball history - and, if you exclude the two teams with more, the most! Not only that, but our team has reached the postseason 4 out of the last 5 years and is poised to make a similar run - perhaps starting this year, perhaps starting next.
We should keep in mind that, whether it was a better idea to keep him or Tejada, that Chavez will start hitting - and so will Jason Kendall. We should also keep in mind that Bobby Crosby will be back soon and if somebody doesn't earn the spot in the next few weeks, we shouldn't be surprised to see a new facing trotting out of left field between innings.
Finally, we should take solice in the fact that pitching is the rock on which great teams are built - and guys like Harden, Blanton, Haren, and Street give us 4 great reasons to believe that this will be the worst A's team we see for the rest of the decade.
Billy's not perfect, but he's better than what they've got. We can't win them all ... but we can win a heck of a lot of them. Have faith, have fun, and enjoy the crack of the bat, the smell of the grass, and the stunning perfection that is ninety feet.