2012 was a year to remember. However, it was 2 years ago. It's time to move on. During the summer of 2012 Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, and Brandon Inge started this trend, and it was obviously a hit among A's fans. Unfortunately, it has become very stale. Like a slice of bread that has been sitting in the cupboard since the Cold War stale. That might be an over-exaggeration, but you get the point. The Oakland Athletics were back-to-back AL West Champions in 2012-2013, but winning the division in 2014 won't be near enough to satisfy the team and their fans.
So in 2014, we're going to need change. There's only so much you can do as a fan, so let's start by cutting out the Bernie Lean, eliminate the booing of players, and of course get rid of the worst thing in all of baseball; The Wave. I like to think of A's fans as being a superior breed of spectators. For the most part, I'm right, but there's definitely room for improvement. Knowing the lovable group of players we have on our team I'm sure they'll come up with something new and exciting. Nowadays, lots of teams like to have a "thing." Whether it's the Pirates with "Zoltan," the Red Sox with their beard tugs, the Giants with vegetable gardens and animal hats, or of course the A's beloved Bernie Lean, these "things" make baseball more enjoyable for fans and players alike.
Why not remember the Bernie as something fun we did in 2012 and 2013? Not something we dragged on year after year. After all, has anyone even seen an A's player do the Bernie since the '12 playoffs? The problem is that the A's continue to encourage it at the games. Until "Bernie Music" ceases to play in the confines of O.Co there will be no end to the Bernie lean. As A's fans we will never forget the days of The Bernie, but at some point it needs to come to an end. The Bernie lean will forever be a favorite memory of mine, but it is finally time to put it to bed.