Ah, the eternal dance of businesses and consumers. AN puts up ads and so users scramble to find Firefox programs that will block the ads. Now what might Blez' next move be? I ponder this as I type with one hand, using the other to hold a refreshing glass of Vitamin C enriched Tropicana orange juice...smooth, natural, nutritious--what a great way to start the day!
Anyway, the A's managerial hunt, now down to the final four candidates, is shaping up to mirror American Idol, where the spectacularly ordinary Taylor Hicks can watch interesting character after interesting character be removed one by one, until somehow he is the only one standing. On the "A's manager" front, the list keeps shrinking yet the list always includes Bob Geren. Perhaps Trey Hillman will get the surprise nod, perhaps Jamie Quirk is more than a "dark horse," perhaps Orel history will be told. And perhaps Geren will be named manager of the 2007 Oakland A's.
In which case, the A's have a major perception problem because in the court of public opinion, the Oakland A's will look like an organization where the center-fielder decides when the manager should go, and the GM orchestrates a thorough and thoughtful charade before hiring the personal friend he has--wait for the double-entendre--groomed for the job for years.
I don't know if the process began with an open mind and if the job will be won in the interview process. I don't know whether 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 of the initial candidates were up for genuine consideration. As of this writing, I don't even know who the predictably unpredictable Billy Beane will name to the post next week.
I just know that if it's Geren, hired to replace the manager who was fired right after some players complained, that it's going to look very...interesting. No matter what the truth may be.