Random Saturday thoughts

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 20: Jonny Gomes #31 and Brandon Moss #37 of the Oakland Athletics celebates after Moss hit an RBI single to drive in Yoenis Cespedes #52 (not pictured) for a walk-off win in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at O.co Coliseum on July 20, 2012 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 3-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

— According to Fangraphs, Josh Reddick has been the third-most valuable position player in the AL.

— The A's have 10 walkoff wins. The record, according to A's historian David Feldman, is 17 by the 1943 New York Yankees, who went on to win the World Series.

— Speaking of walkoffs, here's a collection of A's players taking pies to the face. Good to see the team keeping the Oakland pie economy afloat.

— I hate thinking this. Hate. Hate. Hate. Hate thinking this. But this team reminds me a lot of that team that won in 2010. Both teams have no business being this good, but they are. I don't care. I'm just enjoying the ride.

— I'll hopefully expand a bit more on this next week, but the A's are contributing to the trend of team-based music. If you enjoy hip-hop (or even if you don't), check out Cognito's song, "Heart of a Champion." Also, if you've been to a game where Tommy Milone pitched, and wondered what his warmup music was, here it is. It's by J.D. Pomilia.

— Including injured closer Mariano Rivera, the Yankees have 10 players who make more than the A's highest-paid player (Yoenis Cespedes).

— Oakland ranks third (behind New York and Texas) in ESPN's Beane Count — summing a team's ranks in home runs hit, walks drawn, home runs allowed, and walks allowed.

The Athletics go for the series win tonight against the Yankees. Rookie Jarrod Parker takes on New York's Phil Hughes at 6:05 p.m.

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