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.)
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