I rarely start a new thread, but I just have to rant a bit and get this off my chest amidst all of the "world is falling" nonsense ...
The A's were not going to be very good next year with Dan Haren and Nick Swisher. They were going to be about where they ended up this season ... 10 games under .500. Only the most optimistic Polly-Ana A's fans on this site could/would ever think this team had a chance next season.
That being said, why not start from scratch and gather players that give this team a legitimate chance to compete 2-3 seasons down the road??? I just don't understand the angst.
Please spare me all of this "he was such a nice guy" bull****! Who gives a rip how nice he is?! Yup, Swisher is a nice guy. Now tell me how many wins it adds to the ledger. Cause if it doesn't equate to about 10 of 'em, I don't care how nice a guy he is.
We robbed the White Sox blind today people ... I'm no Billy Beane apologist, but it reminded me of the "old days." This team is beginning to load up for the future and it's being met with hand-wringing and woe-is-me nonsense from many fans who haven't a clue what they're talking about. (Please notice I said "many," so if this offends you, consider yourself in the other group.)
We were going to suck next year anyway!!! Why all the whining about it now? So we'll suck with players no one's ever heard of, instead of sucking with Haren and Swisher. Deal with it. Great, great day to be an A's fan ... if you're bummed, you need to pick up a prospectus and educate yourself.