Maybe it's because we've been so disappointed by the past couple of baseball seasons. Maybe it's because we put stock in all the pre-season predictions that said the A's would finish last. Or maybe it's rational because after all, it is only April 13. But we are really nervous about getting too excited about this winning. We find ourselves knocking on wood and wishing Ray Fosse would too. We just don't want to get ahead of ourselves. So when will it be okay to get really excited? May? June? After the All-Star Break? September?
"Sometimes you're the bug, sometimes you're the windshield," Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said. "I guess we're the bug."
4 errors. Coming back against Felix Hernandez and then blowing it. A's fans booing Milton Bradley and Eric Byrnes. The guy sitting in front of us who was passed out drunk in his seat by the middle of the 4th inning. The parking lot that looked post-apocalyptic. Waiting in line for the delicious sounding pork sliders, only to be told that they were unavailable because they were still frozen. Getting our magnetic schedules and then realizing that the magnets are lower quality than in years past. We are happy that baseball is back, we really are. And nothing (not a cross country flight or a tiny baby) could have kept us away from the Coliseum last night. But we have to say, things felt pretty shabby. Here's hoping the A's straighten things out and beat the Mariners tonight.
p.s. One highlight was that Stomper was wearing a suit and tie. Our only concern is that if Stomper isn't in uniform, what happens if the A's need him to pinch run?