August 02, 2006

A's Win 2 of 3 From Rival Angels

In a critical latter-season series with the Angels in Anaheim, the A's extended their lead in the division to 1 1/2 games today, following the team's second one-run win in three days against their bitter rival, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Although the A's haven't exactly blown anybody away with their inconsistent offense, they are doing what is needed to win, and are winning with a frequency that has kept them in first place for the better part of the last few months.

Last week, I enjoyed one of the most A's-drenched weeks I've ever had, attending games on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, five games in a seven-day span. The A's won three of the five in that time, again just eking over the .500 mark.

With the team having a day game that started at 1 Pacific and 4 Eastern, it was all I could do to not stay attached to the Blackberry and follow the game pitch by pitch until our show floor activity was complete at 6. But somehow, we stayed focused, only to "see" the last inning and a half from the hotel room. With the calendar having recently turn to August, we're nearing the crunch time of the year, and the playoffs may await, should the team execute as we expect. But it's always that more sweet to accomplish it against a stiff rival like the Angels. The less seen of that team, the better.

Listening to ''Integral'', by Pet Shop Boys (Play Count: 8)

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