Broken Heart

The game that is designed to “Break Your Heart” has done so. After the unexpected clinching of the American League West, the A’s went into a best of five series against the Tigers. The first two games were in Detroit and both went the way of the home team.

Facing elimination, the A’s returned to Oakland on Tuesday. I was fortunate enough to have a ticket for the game. In front of a very loud capacity crowd, the A’s won 2-0 with some excellent defense including a home-run stealing catch from Coco Crisp. 

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On Wednesday, the A’s struggled and found themselves 3-1down going into the ninth and final inning. As I jumped around and shouted loudly, they scored three runs to win the game and tie the series. I think the vociferous support of the crowd probably had more influence on the team’s come from behind performance than my yelling. 

The decisive fifth game was against the Tiger’s ace pitcher; Justin Verlander. He pitched an awesome game and with a terrible seventh inning, the A’s fell to a 6-0 defeat. Their post-season had ended. Hopes of glory that had beyond the wildest dreams early in the season had grown, then slipped away after those first two loses, returned after those battling wins, and were now finally dashed.

Despite the defeat, the crowd stayed loud and cheered the team. The A’s came out to salute the fans. The triumphant Tigers tipped their caps, in a classy gesture. An amazing season had ended, but on a far more positive note that any had imagined.

Published in: on 13 October, 2012 at 14:41  Leave a Comment  

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