Some randomness to start the game thread (because I didn't want to push Nico's UZR discussion of the front page yet. Go. Read. Discuss. It is what makes AN awesome):
- If it was 1960, the Athletic men in Green and Gold (and sometimes Black) would have been relevant right up to the penultimate day! I just realized that when I wrote "Open Thread Game 154."
- With yesterday's loss, the A's are at .500 for the 4367th time this season.Okay, it is actually not that many times, but still. Joe Morgan would have trouble arguing that this team is not "consistent." Well, he wouldn't have trouble arguing it, he just wouldn't make much sense if he did. Wait, does he ever care if he makes sense?
- In a somewhat related note: Why have the Giants become the official "we whine about everything" club? San Jose? Humidor? That they have to pay Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand for a few more years? Wait, that wasn't related at all. Go Padres!
- We still have a few days to vote for Bill. It is pretty clear that he will be on the ballot this year. Now we just need to figure out who to bug to get them to vote for him. All I know is past Ford C. Frick Award winners have a vote... Jon Miller, your email box is about to be flooded.
Lastly, the smell of champagne permeates the bowels of our beloved, if broken, "baseball" stadium. Once again, it is not the A's with the hangover, the damp clubhouse or plastic sheeting in their lockers. Congratulations to the Rangers. The A's were relevant a lot longer this year than last, for that I am thankful. We have all known, for at least a month, that the road was just too tough to hoe. But this team has been doing anything but playing out the string and the effort is neither unnoticed, nor unappreciated..
2011, officially, starts today.