I need some insight here. I'm as diehard of an A's fan as I've ever met. Ever since I went to my first game in 1989 and a guy with a funny name called "Honeycutt" came in and set the stage for a guy from my home town (Fremont) named Eckersley, I've been absolutely captivated. I can honestly say that I've watched or listened for over 95% of A's games for as long as I remember. I also go to a bunch of games too, so I can say I walk the walk and actually support the team.
In 2010, I thought it was cute that the Giants won the world series. Since 2011, last year, the Giants have officially taken over the bay area, and it has made me absolutely sick. Both KNBR and Comcast Sports Net cover the A's like a little kid getting a shot or having to take medicine. I have despised them so, that I would check the standings in the NL West everyday and often watch them on TV just to see them lose. I have become not only a diehard A's fan but also a diehard fan of every team that plays the Giants. Melky goes down, the Dodgers overspend and get a bunch of superstars, Lincecum hits the skids - these were all reasons to rejoice for me. It also doesn't help that every one of my cousins, despite living in contra costa county, have always been Giants fans, barf!
My first question - Seeing as how the Giants are about to win the World Series again (Detroit has officially given up, I'm sorry but they are done), should I curse the baseball gods and hate life until the A's match them? Or is life just too short and I should just be happy that the Giants success is keeping locals into baseball in general with a local team being in the series and that our region will get more national love? In other words, should I just be like Rick Tittle and not care what SF does? The most beautiful thing I've seen in a long time, was the Giants taking an obvious backseat to the A's on 95.7 The Game while Oakland was working their magic in Sept and October. When the Giants moved on, they were almost like "whoa, that's right, there IS another team in town" - it was a beautiful thing. I've just stopped listening to KNBR and watching ESPN altogether. 95.7 and MLB Network at least give the A's a fair shake!
Second question - with Bud Selig's imaginary "territorial right" lines, why on earch can't the A's get the exact same silicon valley corporate support from Oakland that the Giants get? If the A's stay in Oakland, then they too will STAY the same distance away as the Giants: BOTH are about 40 miles away. If I'm Cisco, HP, Apple, Yahoo, or Google, am I really going to only support the team that's 40 miles northwest instead of just north because of some imaginary territory lines? Ridiculous.