I have recently noticed a trend of hostility occurring throughout the blog, and it truly saddens me. I am not a common poster, however I read through every comment of every thread, and thus I have seen all of what has been occurring recently throughout the site.
The thing I like best about this site is that no one's opinion is worth more than someone else's. Sure the likes of Nico and Blez are respected, but does that mean that everything they say is correct? Absolutely not. People like PT and dfa have a more pessimestic outlook on the team at the moment, and that is their opinion. Is there reason for optimism? Sure there is, but thats only in my opinion. Is there room for pessimism? Sure there is, but again, this is my opinion.
I have been reading the blog for a couple of years now, and while there is no way I pretend to know as much about sabermetrics as many of the posters on the site, following the analysis of everyone on here has taught me a lot about the details of baseball and has made me appreciate it that much more.
My friends always ask me how I can enjoy baseball so much and go to over 20 games a year and watch nearly every game on TV. My roommates get pissed when I'm watching A's games as they'd rather watch the latest reality TV show or some other mindless show. They make comments like, "Baseball is so boring, there is never any action." It is then that I need to remind them that the ball is in play more often in baseball games than it is in football games; a stat that I learned on this very site.
I believe that these are the things that brought us all together in the first place. Sure I was born in 1990 and have never seen the A's win a championship, but year after year I come back for more, no matter how bleak the outlook is or how dismal the season before was. The truth is, as much as we all enjoy learning about players and projecting the team based on ISO, BABIP, etc., when it comes down to it we just want to watch this team win.
I have always been a stats guy as opposed to a 'eyeball' guy, however now that the Giants have won the WS and my friends are rubbing it in, there is no point in pointing out all the sabermetrics that the A's trump the Giants in because the Giants trumped the A's when it counted and it cut me to the core. When it comes down to it, its wins and losses. Stats can help us get there, but we can all agree that we want to see this team win.
When we go out to the Coli, we want to see the A's come out on top against whoever they're playing. The smell of hot dogs, the crack of the bat, its all cliche, but its true; that is what baseball is all about. Playing in our own little dump of a stadium has its own charm, and personally, I enjoy it. To me, nothing beats a Marco Scutaro walk off against the Yankees off the foul pole or a gem in field by Ellis. These are the moments we are all fans because of and moments we as fans live for.
While we may argue about whether or not Cahill is at peak value and should be traded or if we really have a chance at signing Beltre, lets not all forget the reason that we are here in the first place: we love Oakland A's baseball and will die rooting for the green and gold.