The A's expect to draw 100,000 or more for the series. That will be a factor, according to shortstop Bobby Crosby.
"They always get us pumped up," he said. "If the crowd is loud and obnoxious, even better. A lot of teams don't like our crowds, and that's good for us. I love that other teams find them unnerving."
"All I know is our fans are nuts, they're crazy," said catcher Jason Kendall, who is in his first season in Oakland. "It's fun to play in front of them. They're kind of like us, they're out there. We relate to them well. They might not be the biggest crowds, but you can't fill up a football stadium. They're loud, and that's how it should be. I think this is a great sports town. "