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Why Do You Love The Oakland Athletics?

Even if you're not an A's fan, it's difficult not to love this team.

I don't consider myself an A's fan (I like the Minnesota Twins; don't ask). But you would have to be odd (or, be from Detroit) to not have rooted for this team during the American League Division Series.

When Coco hit the game-winning single to force a Game 5, it was high-five time around the Bay.

If you've been a diehard A's fan your whole life, it's easy to understand why you love this team. You've been emotionally invested for years and you're cashing in big time right now. Your love comes from loyalty.

But for the rest of us, even non-sports fans, who have jumped on the A's bandwagon, why do we care?

If you like logic, you should hate the 2012 Oakland Athletics.

This isn't exactly breaking news, but the A's success this year is completely ridiculous. The rookie starters, the success of the Cuban defector that analysis said the A's overpaid for, the first baseman who decided to be a pitcher one day and somehow succeeded at it, Brandon Moss suddenly becoming good — you could go on and on.

But picking baseball teams based on logic doesn't really make sense. You have to be incredibly boring to love things because they're logical.

One theory on what has not only made the A's successful this year — and made them so much fun to watch — is the team's belief in themselves, even when they were doubted by almost everybody else.

While they won't be heading to the American League Championship Series, the A's run this season has been historic. It has gone against logic, nobody (not even themselves) really believed what they accomplished this year was possible and every game you watch you hope and even expect the unbelievable to happen.

Until next year!

(Patrick Creaven edits Dublin Patch where an extended version of this column originally appeared.)

Tell us why you love the Oakland A's. Do you think their accomplishments this season were surprising? Share your thoughts in our comments section below.

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Brian Edwards October 13, 2012 at 09:11 AM
My dad used to take me and my brother to the A's games in the 80's. How could you not fall in love with the A's during the Bash Brothers era? My East Bay roots keeps my blood green and yellow
Shimadog October 13, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I have many great memories of A's games in the "old" Coliseum where you could see Mt. Diablo from the cheap seats and beers were a buck.
Rob Sorensen October 13, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Seeing Coco Crisp play like a rookie this year! The players step up and play for the fun of the game. The joy of getting a pie in the face and unselfishness. A remarkable year for baseball fans.

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