Last week I gave you some of my favorite moments of the 2014 season, not that you asked for them.
I hope you enjoyed them enough to check out the rest of my list.
Sep 1, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics second baseman Eric Sogard (28) returns to the dugout against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Honorable mention: I would have included the awesome troll job of the Athletics fan base last winter when Eric Sogard held a lead in the #FaceOfMLB contest against David Wright until the wee hours of the morning. However, these are moments from the season so I’ll leave that as an honorable mention.
Here are the rest of my top-10 Oakland Athletics moments of 2014:
5. Six all-stars. No, Seven all-stars!
The Athletics have, for a long time now, been one of those teams who receives only the obligatory lone all-star. Usually he is a pitcher having a terrific first half, but typically isn’t really a star.
Last season six of our A’s, plus Jeff Samardzija, were either voted in , or chosen as all-stars including the starting third baseman in the event. If the league didn’t already know the fans were out there from the silly #FaceOfMLB contest, the 2014 All-Star game proved we are a strong unit.
4. Getting blocked by Brett Anderson on Twitter
At some point during the summer I was one of Brett Anderson’s many twitter victims. He made a joke at someone’s expense, so then I chimed in about his next disabled list visit, then boom, Blocked!
I was a huge Anderson fan when he was in Oakland, but his twitter comedy turned to rudeness and a snarky attitude. Somewhere along the way the owner of a whopping 27 major league victories in 6 seasons decided he was better than everyone.
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3. Adam Dunn
See my goodbye letter.
2. Trading for Jon Lester
I loved Yoenis Cespedes as much as the next fan. His laser throws, towering home runs, and his showmanship were beloved in Oakland. But his highlights masked the fact that he wasn’t an elite player, nor a game changer.
Trading for Lester meant the A’s were all in, and I loved it. It didn’t work out, but there are 20 other teams who missed out on the postseason fun entirely.
I firmly believe that with Cespedes instead of Lester the A’s miss the playoffs.
October 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (4) waves to the crowd during introductions before game one of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum. The Tigers defeated Athletics 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
We ended up losing this game, and it was not a spectacular game otherwise, but for five years Coco Crisp has embodied “Green Collar” baseball. I think this game sums that up.
While the league, opposing fans, and national media won’t shut up about what the A’s can’t do, our beloved Athletics players continuously prove them wrong.
In the first inning Mike Trout took away a potential home run from Cespedes. Then in the second inning, Crisp robbed Josh Hamilton of a would-be-home run.
Trout takes a home run away from us? Coco takes a home run away from them. It was poetry. But the part that I really loved, and I was at this game which made it better, was the finger wag Coco left behind when the home run fireworks went off prematurely.
As we prepare for another season of Athletics baseball, let us know what you’re favorite moments from the 2014 season were.