With a 17-3 record in July the Oakland A's are in the midst of delivering yet another inspired run at the playoffs, but fans and analysts alike are finding this particular run to be especially uninspiring.
The Oakland A's, perennial underdogs and notorious housesitters for the Raiders, have the longstanding habit of playing extremely well during the dog days of Summer, creating a playoff race where there was none, and propelling the club to the forefront of the baseball world, albeit for just a few weeks. Assuming another stellar July would be greeted yet again with enthusiasm, it has instead roused nothing more than complete indifference, utter disinterest, and insurmountable apathy.
"Eh," commented one fan we caught up with during a way more important East coast game. "They're doin' what over where?," he added. Asked to elaborate on his position regarding the +43 run-differential the A's have compiled over the past 4 weeks, the best in baseball, he would not.
While it is often foolish to disregard a young, talented team such as the Athletics, the rest of baseball doesn't seem to be particularly worried. "Listen, we've all seen this movie before," stated Angels' manager Mike Sciocia. "In the end, for a team like the A's and a general manager like Brad Pitt, family comes before winning, so if this needs to come down to Game 5 in the ALDS to send the A's packing, so be it. Let 'em have their fun."
And with a 1.5 game lead over the Tigers for the 2nd wild card spot, the sky really is the limit for this scrappy A's team, provided that the sky is in fact losing in the American League Divisional Series. Always finding the silver lining, A's manager Bob Melvin had this to say about his team's futile greatness:
"We've got a lot of talented young kids out there playing their hardest for comparably small paychecks, striving for a championship that's clearly just not going to happen," he began. "But at the end of the day, they're going to be able to say 'you know what, I did my best, and it was really good, and perhaps next season I'll get to play in the New York Yankees' farm system, God willing.' "
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