My dad grew up a die hard New York yankee
fan. He grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan, so it was a natural thing since he was there for the Yankees glory days spanning the era’s of Babe Ruth
and Joe Dimaggio
When I was about 8 years old, he brought me to Yankee Stadium for the first time to make sure I saw the immortal Mickey Mantle
play one time in person before he retired at the end of that season.
It was beautiful summer day and the Yanks were playing a double header against the Kansas City Athletics
. They A’s were featuring some young superstars named Reggie Jackson
and Catfish Hunter
. The most amazing thing about the visiting team was their uniforms….bright green and Gold……with ‘White” shoes! That was unheard of in that day and age. No one wore white spikes. I was hooked on the A’s!
My dad was not happy! What the hell was wrong with his son……How could he bring me to the hallowed Yankee stadium to watch the Mick…and have me betray him like that? But that’s what happened. The A’s moved to Oakland a couple of years later and won the World Series form 1972-1974. I have been a die hard A’s fan since that fateful day in 1968.
The ironic thing is that the two players I fell in love with ended up playing for the Yankees years later through Free Agency.
That was definitely karmic payback for my dad!
I have struggled through many lean seasons with the A’s. The last time we were formidable was about 7-8 years ago when we brought up some young superstars through our organization….Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Mark Mulder
, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito
and Eric Chavez…just to name a few.
The team almost won it all, but was shortly thereafter decimated due to our pitifully low payroll limitations and the allure of free agency to all those star players.
Thanks God for our GM Billy Bean. He developed a totally new system of rating players that allowed us to pick up players as great bargins and somehow keep a competitive team on the field. Now everyone in baseball is following his system. He truly changed the game. The new movie MoneyBall
staring Brad Pitt tell the amazing story in great detail.
Click this link below and I will explain how Billy Bean’s actions can inspire you to change the game that you are in!