Being a fan of the A's is tough at times. The sub-par stadium and small market make the team undesirable by most baseball fan's standards. However, the number one thing that A's fans hate more than anything is the San Francisco Giants. It's not the players that piss us off, it's the fans. They outnumber us by a long-shot. Furthermore, it seems as if there has been a steady rise in SF fans from the years 2010-2012. This simply proves that Giants fans seem to come out of hiding when the team is good. I wouldn't be accusing Giants fans of bandwagoning or anything, but it seems a little suspicious. Because there are so many Giants "fans," almost every A's fan has a friend or relative who can't shut up about how great Buster Posey is. Yeah I get it, he's good, now shut the hell up. These people make me question myself, "Am I like that with the A's?" To answer that, I would say that while I am obsessed, I'm not an obnoxious imbecile. It's not all Giants fans that are bad, in fact, most I don't have a problem with. It's just that there are so many of them. This gets me to thinking; If the A's had won two World Series' in the past few years, would they have a much larger fan base? All I can say is that I hope we find that out in the near future.
The reason I felt the need to write about my Giants hatred is because the A's will play them later this month. As many of you know it will be a four-game series. Two at the Coliseum. Two at Telephone Park. The first two will be held in Oakland, and I for one, don't want to see the place covered in orange & black. If you look at replays of last year's games, you'll see a stadium that might have had more Giants fans that A's fans. This, to me, is sickening. The Coliseum is our stadium, not theirs. Yeah it's a Premium Game so you have to pay a little more. But it's worth it. This series to A's fans is maybe the most important of the year. Not because it affects our playoff chances any more than other games, but for bragging rights. As childish as it sounds, this is big. If the A's were to, I don't know, sweep the Giants, we would have a full year of being able to say "Remember that time when the A's swept the Giants?" But don't let me get ahead of myself. Instead, I just want to make sure we have the Coliseum packed in Green & Gold, so buy your tickets early. Moreover, what does this series mean to the players? To Giants players, it's just another series, and rightfully so. After all, they have a packed stadium day in and day out, and they play for a very successful team. A's players, on the other hand, probably feel a little different. They play for a team that sometimes struggles to draw fans, and they are always competing with the Giants for attention. The Giants seem to win that battle most of the time. It must be frustrating for an Oakland Athletic to see the constant talk about the Giants when there is another team just across the bay. The Giants get far more media attention and make the A's seem like they're just the other baseball team in the Bay Area. The Mets can relate to this, however they still receive plenty of attention due to the very large media market of New York. A's players have made their annoyance with the Giants very clear. For example, when Ryan Cook was asked who his favorite team growing up was, he replied "The Giants." Much to the delight of A's fans he went on to say that there is now no team he hates more. This is pretty astounding if you think about it. Most of the time you'd expect a player to dislike a team within their own division, but in the A's case it is hard not to hate the Giants.
I live just east of Sacramento. I'm about two hours from the Bay Area, but even where I live, it's still Giants country. Despite the fact that the A's Triple A affiliate is the only baseball team in town, Giants fans are still the overwhelming majority. As a matter of fact, I have come across multiple Giants "fans" who thought that the River Cats with the Giants Triple A team. I made sure to rudely tell them that they were deeply mistaken. With the catastrophic number of Giants fans polluting my environment, the 2012 World Series took my heart and ripped it into pieces. Not only did they win, but it was a sweep. It was devastating the next few weeks after they won the fall classic. It was like I was reliving a terrible dream from two years ago. Baseball in 2012 was going magically, why did this have to happen? It was our year, and then it quickly turned to being their year once more. Because of this, A's fans have to deal with Giants fans slamming the "2 World Series Championships in 3 years" spiel into our faces. Man, if only the A's could do something like that... Anyway, we've taken the positive from the situation. The A's had a fantastic run in 2012 and it has greatly prepared us to have a successful 2013. Now that the A's are more on the radar, it feels like we've got a better shot. But that's beside the point, the point is that we as A's fans need to show up in the Coliseum on May 27-28 and show our team the support that they deserve. We need to show the Oakland Athletics that they have a fan base as strong and as loyal as any other team in Major League Baseball.