Over the last year or so, whenever I've mentioned that I have an affection for the A's, some people contemptuously call them the "Oakland Steroids," implying, of course, that our previous success was chemically enhanced. It is true, let's face it, that several of the players allegedly involved with steroids were A's. Does that mean that the Bash Bros. should really be called the Steroid Bros.? Does this mean that the A's can't win without a pumped up "basher" in the middle of the lineup? Couldn't the team doctor tell that something, uh, strange was going on? Shouldn't he have gone to management? What was Beanie's role in all this? Didn't he know? Let's face facts---a team is like a family---and everybody knows what's going on.
The reasons I ask are twofold. Do you think the team has lost whatever respect it had with baseball fans around the country? More importantly, have you, individually, lost affection for the team? Frankly, I always disliked Canseco---a brutish guy who now has further embarassed the A's by going on "The Surreal World." I hated him when he was with the A's, HR's notwithstanding---I hate him even more now.
Whatever happens with the team this year, my faves are Ellis and Street. OK. Pumped up freaks they are not.
I know that you are all A's lovers, or else you wouldn't be on the Nation blogsite. Fine---but aren't there some of you who are tired of hearing about how our team was the focus of the steroid trade, so to speak? Doesn't the Balco thing injure your allegiance to the team?
Candidly, are we in love with a whore? Perhaps a reformed one, but a whore nevertheless?