Well it is our 200th post (Yay!) and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to rip Billy Beane for continuously making the Oakland Athletics less relevant to not only Bay Area sports but sports in general as well. Beane continues to trade his top players away just as fans are starting to get familiar with and become fans of them.
On Dec. 9, the A’s traded away their ace starting pitcher Trevor Cahill to the Arizona Diamondbacks for players I have never heard of. Somehow I missed this news, maybe because this happened during a time when ESPN was slurping Tim Tebow or covering another collegiate coach accused of raping children or something.
Two weeks later, the A’s trade their second best ace, Gio Gonzalez, to the Washington Nationals for more prospects that, again, I have never heard of. Stop me if you’ve heard that one before. And don’t look now,but closer Andrew Bailey is on the trading block as well.
I’m not an A’s fan and never will be, but if I was, I’d get extremely tired of hearing that the general manager keeps trading all the good players on my team away for prospects that may or may not work out. I’d be wondering why the A’s can’t keep their proven players around to be centerpieces of a potential contender. This is why the A’s will not be relevant for years to come, not from hatred from a 29-year old internet blogger,but because their method of operation doesn’t work. It never will. I know that spending to win doesn’t always work,either, but how many rings has Moneyball produced for this team? I will give you a hint, it’s less than one.
And the excuse of the stadium issue hindering Beane from signing anyone of quality this winter is complete bullshit. I’ve heard this many times and don’t believe it for a minute. Fans will come to the stadium if you put players they’ve heard of in it. The 49ers play in the worst football stadium in their league yet sell it out continuously regardless of who is on the roster. You mean to tell me that if Prince Fielder was on the A’s, the place would fail to sell out? Please! They’d remove that ugly tarp on the third deck for good if he came there.
Get ready,A’s fans, it’s going to be a long (and miserable) 2012 season. You only have your “genius” of a general manager to blame for it all. Go Giants!