Friends, it's been a good few years reading and posting to AN, and a few more good years before that being an A's fan and watching the annual quest of David trying to slay Goliath.
Now that the A's have decided to go down the path of becoming a Goliath, I want to let it be officially known that I am retiring from being an A's fan.
I just can't take the heartbreak of watching my blue collar underdog club become the province of yuppie swine. I really wish that people that don't truly love baseball would just quit watching it and paying attention to it. If you don't love it like a family member and consider ballparks to be the truest churches, then please just forget that baseball exists. You befoul our fine faith, you socialite whores!
The Fremont thing is just the final straw. Not hiring Ron Washington was the biggest blow. Once I realized that Billy was praying that someone else would hire him so that Billy could hire Bob Geren, I wanted to throw up. What a disrespect to such a great and honorable guy. Ron Washington gave his heart and soul to this club and deserved a chance to manage it.
Wash said publicly that he understands Billy Beane's organizational philosophy and was willing to abide by it. Does that not mean that he'd follow proscribed pitch counts, not steal unless he was sure the potential thief had a high enough potential for success to make it statistically worthwhile, and basically manage in a Moneyball style?
Who would you rather have? Ron Washington managing moneyball style, or Bob Geren managing moneyball style? People seem to think that if Wash was hired, he would manage his own way. Of course he wouldn't. He'd do what he was told. He'd bitch about it a little, and maybe tell Mr. Beane to go stick it a little. Quite frankly, I don't trust people who don't tell their boss to go suck it once in a while. They're spineless yes men to be relegated to the scrap heap; melted down to make hockey pucks or something...
If by chance come April, I'm fiending for a little action, maybe I'll subscribe to MLB radio and listen to the Rangers games and see how Wash is doing, or the Devil Rays to see how far those scrappy underdogs can go with all odds against them, or maybe the Pirates or Royals will come out of the gate fast and make a good story for a while. Who knows?
All I can say is that Anakin Skywalker just tried on his Darth Vader outfit for the first time and liked it. I feel sick.