Ranking the Bay Area’s Pro Sports Teams Part II
Oct 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics fans celebrate above the dugout after a two run home run by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning in game one of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at O.co Coliseum. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
#3. Oakland Athletics
Right in front of the Raiders are their O.Co Coliseum partners, the Oakland Athletics. A lot of the fans that show up to the Raiders games are the same ones who make a ruckus out in right field every home game for the Oakland A’s. No matter what anybody says about the Raiders or A’s, don’t let anybody tell you that their fans are not loyal.
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After the move from Kansas City in 1968, the Oakland Athletics got off to a hot start in its time in the Bay Area as it took them only four years before winning their first World Series of the Oakland era in 1972. Led by Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers, and Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Oakland went on to win the World Series in 1973 and 1974 as well. Other than the New York Yankees, no other franchise has won three consecutive championships. A short 15 years later, the A’s would reach the World Series another three consecutive times (1988, 1989, and 1990), but only managed to win one of those three, which happened to be the infamous 1989 Battle of the Bay Earthquake Series.
Aug 2, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics fans wave flags in the outfield during the fifth inning of the game against the Cleveland Indians at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
The Oakland Athletic franchise has been home to some of the greatest to ever play the game, including all-time stolen base champion Ricky Henderson, six-time All Star Dennis Eckersley, and former MVP Vida Blue. Along with their incredible history, the best-selling novel and blockbuster movie Moneyball became immensely popular as it tells the story of how current GM Billy Bean created a winning team by using metrics and statistics.
Players like Mark McGwire, Miguel Tejada, and Jose Canseco have hurt the reputation of the Oakland Athletics organization as their continuous illegal substance abuse angered many baseball fans. However, it is hard to ignore and not respect the work and results that the Oakland A’s front-office produce after having one of the lowest incomes among all MLB organizations.