The A’s had a 4-run lead going into the bottom of the 8th and lost. This game was a microcosm of their season — start out fast and fold.
brutal loss…..I’ve been an A’s fan since 1972 and seen a lot of good and some bad. The loss to the Royals and the way it happened was the second worst loss I’ve seen as an A’s fan……number one was game 1 of the 1988 World Series….that’s was way worse since that team was favored to easily win it all. This years team really had no business being in any playoff game the way they played the last 2 months of the season. That’s why this wild card elimination game really shouldn’t exist. The Royals were clearly the better team. Without Brandon Moss’s 2 homers they win the game easily.
Someone has to pay for not only this loss but the manner in which the A’s played post All-Star game. That someone should be Beane, but I doubt it will be. His methods and reliance on esoteric statistics have proven to be a failure, unless one is satisfied with the occasional Division Championship. It’s a joke to think that he is considered the best GM in baseball by many pundits and fans.
The A’s defense looked awful, just awful. Sometimes you lose a close game and feel like you were robbed, but Lawrie, Sogard, Vogt, Gomes and Norris all looked like AAA players in the field and let the game get away. –bks
Death, taxes, Spurs winning in the playoffs, Billy Beane teams losing in the playoffs.
Perfect GM for a sad sack ownership group who cares more about cashing revenue sharing checks than championships.
Most overrated exec in all of sports.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.