Oakland fans have had to wait a long time for days like this. As anyone familiar with Bay Area baseball will surely know, the San Francisco Giants have won two out of the last three World Series Championships. For too long now Oakland fans have seen throngs of new Giants fans delivered by the week, but as Bob Dylan might say the times they are a changing. The Oakland Athletics have commanded first place in their AL West Division for most of the season, while the Giants have now fallen into last place in the NL West.
Here we are in the 10th of July, and this Oakland fan is happy to report that San Francisco has lost eight out of the ten games that were slated to happen. In fact, San Francisco didn’t even win the other two games they failed to lose as their Independence Day game was officially postponed and remains scoreless. The Oakland Athletics are actually tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for second place in all of Major League Baseball, with both teams chasing the leading Boston Red Sox only one game down. Did I mention that the San Francisco Giants were last in their division?
Now tickled as I might be to be able to tell you The Giants are losing all of Major League Baseball, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. The San Francisco Giants have notched a competitive forty wins this season, putting them only a handful of games behind in their division. May I remind any Giants fans reading this that October is a long ways off, and your champion baseball club certainly isn’t down and out. With all that said, did I mention that the A’s were in first place?
That is the sweet truth, The Athletics are rubbing elbows with teams such as the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals and the Giants are stuck in a mosh-pit with teams like the Cubs, Mariners and New York Mets. The Athletics bullpen is young and talented, whereas the once-revered Giants bullpen is showing signs of non-repairable rust.With a four game series against the division rival Padres coming up before the All-Star Game the Giants have a chance to claw their way ahead of their closest divisional competition. On the other side of the bay Oakland is gearing up for what will hopefully be a sweep of the Pirates with their third game about to start momentarily.
The Athletics have a tough series before the All-Star Game as they will battle the head-honcho Red Sox for a three game series at The Coliseum. Just like rain, sleet, snow and hail can’t stop the mail, sewage leaks, legal battles, challenging budgets and an outdated stadium can’t stop the A’s. The tables may turn for the Giants and the Athletics as the season continues, but at this moment the air tastes sweet in Oakland, just stay away from that sewage leak.