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How 'Bout Those A's?

Post your A's fan photos on Patch. Tell us why you're excited about this team.

If your voice is hoarse this morning from screaming "Let's go Oakland," and you're thinking that's a perfectly good reason to skip work and head to the coliseum for today's deciding game for the AL West Title, share your joy right now on Patch.

Post a photo of yourself in your A's gear. Tell us why you are enjoying the team's rags-to-riches success story (from a team that pundits thought "might" end up in third place to a season-ending tie-breaker for first place.)

While naysayers might diss on fans for not showing up in droves (A's attendance has historically been embarrassingly low) today's game is a sell-out, according to the Athletics. So, if you're jumping on the bandwagon now, it might be tough to get tickets. (StubHub is a possibility IF the A's lose today and play a wildcard game Friday.)

Our family took the kids Saturday and Tuesday night, and we haven't seen that sort of energy there since 2000. The room felt packed, fans were on their feet for every key pitch and play and there was nary a Texas fan in sight.

It's safe to say, in the crushing throngs afterward, my kids and I have never high-fived more complete strangers. And it felt completely right.

As we drove out, the green-and-gold spirit followed, with car horns blaring the familiar crowd starter "honk, honk — honk honk honk" through the streets of Oakland.

I'm not a sports writer so I won't pretend to tell you why or how this particular band of players accomplished so much this season, but I can tell you that watching their young energy, from doing funky dances in the dugout to pie-ing their manager in the face, is a total blast that brings back memories of back-in-the-day teams.

 

Tell us how you feel about this magical season. Share your comments below and post a photo. You can also text photos to me at 925-949-9711.

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Voter with an ID October 03, 2012 at 05:22 PM
It's nice to see the fans enthusiasm for a young team of overachievers who have proved that you don't have to be overpaid Yankee's to be successful. Unfortunately, as long as the A's reside in Oakland, annual attendence will continue to be low. The combination of an old fan-unfriendly ballpark and the surrounding jungle that Oakland has become will continue to keep most fans at home watching the games on TV. In spite of this, the A's are the story everyone is talking about and many folks who wouldn't otherwise venture into Oakland will show up to support the team. I hope they beat Texas today and that they have continued success throughout the playoffs.
Tim October 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
If the A's win today, they win the AL west and will play Detroit in the ALDS (opening in Det). If the A's lose they have a wildcard BUT if Baltimore wins today, there will NOT be a Wildcard game in Oak. It would be played in Baltimore. So, book your plane ticket if you want to see the Wildcard game. Camden Yards is a beautiful park!
Lisa Duluth October 03, 2012 at 06:45 PM
We moved here two years ago and LOVE the A's games. The tickets are affordable. We can sit way closer to the action than we can afford at Giant's games. I bought tickets for the potential wild card game when they came out... where else can you get Playoff tickets... decent seats... for $36? We went to Monday's game and it was awesome. Sure, O.co is not as nice as ATT park but it's a baseball stadium not a spa. It is so accessible from Pleasanton via car or BART. I've never felt unsafe there, even during the day when I went to buy tickets and it was empty. We have had a blast following both teams this year and are excited that the Bay area is well represented in the playoffs! However, when it comes down to a Bay Bridge series, this Oakland team holds a special place in our hearts. LET'S GO OAKLAND!
Tim October 03, 2012 at 06:45 PM
It's still a great story to see a team with the second lowest payroll (about 55 million) in baseball win 90 plus games and make the playoffs. In comparison, the NY Yankees have one more win than Oakland but with a payroll at 193 million.
Kathy Montgomery October 03, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I am soooo excited and ready for the first pitch (on the TV...oh well)!!! It doesn't get any better for this. Our Oakland A's!!!!
Kari Hulac (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM
If you can't go to the game, I was enjoying the coverage on the 95.7 http://tunein.com/radio/stations/Oakland-Athletics-Radio-Stations-a37931/. It was great to hear Terry Steinbach on there, he was one of my faves back in the day.
Tim October 03, 2012 at 09:16 PM
not sure why my comment was deleted. but again, you can't listen to the game online without MLB Gamecast subscription. Fortunately, I have a regular radio in my office... what a comeback by the A's... 7-5 Oakland Top 5, Go A's!
Jeff October 03, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Nope, can't listen to the games online without the MLB Gamecast. I brought my shower radio into the office today so I could listen to it.
James Nelson October 03, 2012 at 10:40 PM
A's SUCK! Yep, I said it.
Chris October 03, 2012 at 10:44 PM
James, my guess is you are the one doing the sucking.
James Nelson October 03, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Chris, Keep your Gay Perverted Fantasies to yourself! :P
Tim October 03, 2012 at 10:57 PM
2012 AL West Champions... Wow, simply amazing... June 30, the A's were 13 games behind Texas. Yea, James, they sure do suck with a come back like that from the team with the second lowest payroll in baseball.
Quinn October 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Although I'm a Giant's fan. You got to support the bay area teams. Why to go A's. You made your fans proud !!!!!
Quinn October 03, 2012 at 11:02 PM
*oops, I mean *(WAY) to go
Tim October 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
That's an interesting take... I grew up in NY and Mets and Yankees fans absolutely HATE each other and root against the other team no matter what.
James Nelson October 03, 2012 at 11:34 PM
If the A's don't suck then I guess I won't have a Riot to look forward to (You know, when they lose LOL)
Tim October 04, 2012 at 06:49 AM
No, if you want a riot, you'd have to come back to the Coliseum when the Raiders play. Or, if you're looking for a riot in baseball, you'd have to go to Philadelphia... and it doesn't matter if they win or lose, they riot and destroy property.
Voter with an ID October 04, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Someone who truly loves the game of baseball can support more than one local team. It gives you twice as many opportunities to watch or listen to games and you get to experience the variety of differences between the NL and AL style and rules of play. And, NY, fahgetaboutit..... Let the east coast and midwest mobs piss on their territory to mark theri favorite team. We're lucky to have two teams in the playoffs---better than being in Chicago and having two teams inthe same city that are looking for tee times on their local golf courses.
Tim October 04, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Well before you go singing praises of Bay Area fans, lets not forget how Raiders and 49ers fans act. Not exactly best buddies. Last time the two teams played there were a number of beatings and even shootings in the parking lot at the Stick after the game.
Tom October 04, 2012 at 09:37 PM
What do you expect when you have a large number of drunk sports fans in one place?
Kathy Montgomery October 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I am so happy both the A's and Giants won the West. I love the game of baseball and cheer for both teams all through the season. What if it ends up being A's-Giants World Series? Hmmm....
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