Not sure if anyone noticed this trend before (sorry if it has been posted before) but our beloved Oakland A's have fared MUCH, MUCH better in the years in which the Republicans have controlled the White House.
1968: Johnson Democrat:Losing season
1969-1976: Nixon and Ford Republican: 8 winning seasons 0 losing seasons (3 World Series)
1977-1980 Carter Democrat 3 horrible losing seasons 1 winning season (1980)
1981- 1992 Reagan and Bush Republican: 6 winning seasons 5 losing 1 year at .500
1993- 2000 Clinton Democrat: 2 winning seasons (99, 00) 6 losing seasons
2001-2008 Bush Republican: 6 winning sesons 2 losing ones.
The transition years were the most striking. In going from Ford to Carter the A's wen from 87 wins (1976) to 63 wins (1977)
Reagan's first year was the best Billy Ball year.
Going from Bush I to Clinton was a huge drop off as well (1992 won AL West) to a horrible 1993.
Anyway. I thought that besides poor managing, weak starting pitching and weaker power hitters we could find another reason as to why we are really struggling this year.
Of course I think its a total coincidence but thought it might distract us from this losing streak.