Just a little bit of shine off the ol' A's-Bosox series this weekend you think? The Oaklands are fourteen games out of first place and couldn't see the wild card with a pair of binoculars and standing on tip toes. The Boston boys traded Manny Ramirez so that L.A. could have something to obsess about until Kobe Bryant is ready to strap it on. Jason Bay will be the new guardian of the Green Monster and his one dimensional slugging will probably pay off in a playoff run for the major's least appealing team. Which is where the A's come in to play.
Oakland has lost many of its last all (too depressing to actually look up the numbers) and having just been crowned by the lowly Kansas City Royals will have some stat watching to do, and that's about it for the lame duck season ahead.
But here's where we can get our ya ya's out until the clock strikes 2009. Taking a slice out of Boston would be great, then even if we roll over against Tampa Bay, we help fuck up the Red Sox chances some more. Some fun!
Frank Thomas is back. Brad Ziegler hasn't given up a run in his entire big league career, and while we play Boston, at least they'll show us on Sports Center. Such is the way of things for Oakland this late summer. It may not be much, but at least it's not a college quarterback controversy .— Kibby Kleiman