Every once in a while I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. It’s a one mile walk to the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal where I can see Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. When I go one mile in another direction, I can lay my eyes on the Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland A’s.
I’m one of those people who like both teams. With the exception of this past weekend when the A’s and Giants met on the field and the 1989 World Series, good things happening to one team does not mean that bad things are happening to the other. The fact is, when both teams are doing well, the Bay Area does well. When the Bay Area is doing well, I’m happy.
The three game sweep that the A’s delt to the Giants delighted A’s fans and discouraged fans of the Giants. Going into the weekend, it was agreed that the A’s are the better team, which didn’t ease the frustration that Giant fans experienced when they took big leads into the ninth inning on Friday and Saturday only to end up losing. The Giants were victims of bad pitching and bad defense on routine plays.
Where do we go from here? The A’s, one of the best teams in baseball have championship talent, which they have displayed by winning 97 games last year and the year before, only to go down in flames both years in one game playoffs. The Giants on the other hand, who were not expected to be good this year are teasing their fans with the good hitting from Donovan Solano and Mike Yaztrzemski only to lose games they should have won.
My instinct is not to be alarmed and to just ride it out. While I don’t know what the future is for Solano, I think Yaztrzemski is a rising star. With future big leaguers like Joey Bart in the minors, I think the future is bright.
I have patience that the comes from the three World Series Championships in the past 10 years. While some ask, “what have you done for me lately,” my response is, those championships are real and they’re still fresh in my mind. I’m grateful for those three and also for the four championships that the A’s have won since coming to Oakland.
Bay Area Baseball, we’re living the dream as we search for that shining needle of common ground in that scary haystack of fear.