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Oakland make the playoffs
Seeing as the Raiders are a complete embarrassment as per usual in the NFL, I can breathe a sigh of relief that the A's made the playoffs. We had the best record in the MLB at the turnaround and only squeaked into the playoffs on the final sunday. I use the term "we" liberally, as I'm not much of a baseball fan and only take a bit of interest in the A's. Brightened up the week though - Oaktown needs a bit of success.
29-Sep-2014 09:06 AM
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RE: Oakland make the playoffs
Ha, my friend at work is a Jays fan as well as IH, but seeing they are finished and nehmeth's Phillies are also out, I'll root for As also.Smile

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29-Sep-2014 07:59 PM
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RE: Oakland make the playoffs
I remember the Athletics back in their glory years in the early Seventies. Along with the Yankees and then The Big Red Machine in the mid-'70's, they were one of the teams everybody knew and respected--or hated. That seems so long ago now, not only in terms of time, but in terms of national identity and culture. Sadly, more folks tune in less and less to baseball, which is such a wonderful game that inculcates players with good values about teamship.

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30-Sep-2014 09:02 AM
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RE: Oakland make the playoffs
(30-Sep-2014 09:02 AM)shawnbm Wrote:  I remember the Athletics back in their glory years in the early Seventies. Along with the Yankees and then The Big Red Machine in the mid-'70's, they were one of the teams everybody knew and respected--or hated. That seems so long ago now, not only in terms of time, but in terms of national identity and culture. Sadly, more folks tune in less and less to baseball, which is such a wonderful game that inculcates players with good values about teamship.

Is that due to the speed of the game S? I'm aware the interest in cricket has declined almost in parallel. Maybe it's the modern day entertainment on demand culture?
30-Sep-2014 10:49 AM
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Well, britbox, that may be part of it, but I think it goes deeper. Cruelly, it may be the spread of baseball into the more southern and western states that laid the groundwork for baseball to cease being the main sport everyone waited for during the cold winters of the midwest, mid-Atlantic and New Englander states. "The boys of summer" was how folks referred to baseball players, but now baseball can be played year round in warmer, sunnier climates, which just happen to have other things to distract the young folks--sailing, biking, basketball, football, boating and fishing. The baseball world used to WAIT for the coming of Spring training down in Florida, Texas, and whatnot and then teh game began in earnest with the coming of summer. None of that is felt much anymore and during the winter, the NBA has grown into an erstwhile alternative, and an exciting one at that. You got basketball now trumping hockey even--during winter!

On top of all that, baseball has lost what made it so special for those before my time, although it was largely the same way when I started playing ball in 1970--the equating of great baseball heroes with a particular team. Stan the Man Musiel is Saint Louis, just as Mickey Mantle was a Yankee and Ted Williams was a Boston man (even though that was love-hate oftentimes). Along came free agency and rarely do players stay with one team--through thick and thin--any more. That is why when guys like Ripken and Jeter step down, it stirs something in those of us who can remember the way it was. I am an unabashed sentimentalist and the nostalgia always gets me. I am so happy I have those sentiments, though, and feel a little bad many young folks may not ever feel that way about the National Pastime (for the USA).

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30-Sep-2014 11:09 AM
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RE: Oakland make the playoffs
Royals won last night.

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01-Oct-2014 01:14 PM
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Zut alors... Oaktown out of the playoffs already.
06-Oct-2014 12:16 AM
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yes, but the Orioles were looking good last night through seven innings. I have to check to see if they closed Detroit out.

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06-Oct-2014 09:58 AM
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YES! Detroit and its Cy Young winning trio of pitchers are swept by Baltimore! An old tennis coach I know is mighty happy today. The Royals await the Birds in the ALCS for the pennant.

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06-Oct-2014 02:11 PM
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