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Takeaways from the Battle of the Bay

Despite the penultimate game of the series that many A's supporters found painful to watch, all those donning green and gold came away from the series smiling. After taking three games of four from a San Francisco team that received a major kick when it was already down, several things came to light:

  1. Scott Kazmir is a Cy Young contender. You show me a man with a 148 ERA+ with 435 batters faced over 110.1 innings, and I'll show you a guy who is having a better season than Bartolo Colon in his award-winning 2005 season. Kazmir will be flying to Minnesota in a few days to be a part of the American League all star team, and that is not just because he is on the best team (in my opinion) in baseball. It's because he is among the top five players in his league in a multitude of major categories, including WHIP, ERA, H/9, adjusted ERA+, and adjusted pitching runs and wins.
  2. I'm a registered Vogt-er. Deemed worthless by the Tampa Bay Rays, Stephen Vogt was thrown on a plane to the Bay Area after not logging a hit in 27 career plate appearances. Origionaly utilized as a catcher in Oakland, he logged a batting average just over 0.250. Not phenomenal, though it' s respectable enough. Then came 2014. He was optioned to the minors to start the season, but was called up after overcoming a leg injury. He's been on fire since. Though his BABIP is slightly inflated at 0.388, it's in the realm of that of potential MVP Troy Tulowitzki, and not many people are complaining about his stats' inauthenticity.
  3. Giants fans can be nasty. From complaining about Angel Hernandez (whose strike zone didn't exactly favor the A's) costing their team a game, to booing during the injury delay caused by Jason Hammel's thumb issue, the odor of the sense of entitlement that Giants fans tend to have can singe nose hairs from eighty miles away. Or farther, if you happen to own a television. Even the public relations outpost of this group of people reeks of self-centredness and unwarranted disdain towards their East Bay counterpart. I cry foul, sirs. Do feces occasionally flow from the urinals in Oakland? Yes. Does that happen in San Francisco? Not that I know of. Does Oakland have a higher crime rate and less gentrification? Yes. Does Oakland have the best damn fans in the world? Yes. A stadium isn't what makes a team. The fans are. And if stadiums actually did make teams, then the Giants probably wouldn't be much better off than the A's given that their ballpark's main attractions are the complimentary wifi and a statue of a baseball mitt with only four fingers. AT&T park is a great venue for anything but something that requires the heart and soul of the spectators. In Oakland, cries of dedication echo off the concrete walls and strangers hug each other when the A's score a run. Fans stay until the bitter end when their team is down, and stay until the sweet end when their team is ahead, just to be able to celebrate. Watching an A's game in San Francisco was a special experience, but I wouldn't trade it for watching a game at o.co Collesium in a million years.
  4. The A's are the better team.
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