2013 Oakland Athletics – The Best Team You’ve Never Watched

By Stephen Bonser
PSDC Contributor

Chances are, up until this postseason, you’ve watched fewer than two of the 2013 Oakland Athletics games. Obvious exceptions include A’s fans – which aren’t too common, given Oakland’s stellar 23rd place ranking in total attendance this year – and bored baseball fans with an MLB TV subscription like myself. Other than that, they’ve received little to no attention.

But why?

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Before the playoffs, before Sonny Gray’s gem and Stephen Vogt’s walk off, before a near-brawl with 20 outs in the ninth, before all of that, Oakland was locked in a tight race with Texas for the AL West lead. On my birthday, Sept. 6, they sat a half game behind Texas at 80-60. In those last three weeks and two days, Oakland went 16-6, including an emphatic weekend sweep over the Rangers. I missed those games, like most of America. And I’m not happy about that.

But why? Why did we miss those? Why couldn’t we be burdened to watch? Why couldn’t ESPN force us to watch on Sunday night or even Wednesday night? [Read more…]