The A’s enter this season as huge underdogs in the stacked AL West, but there was a time when the A’s were considered dark horses to take the west. Last year, in fact, was supposed to be the year for the A’s to emerge out of the west as division champions. Slow starts, though, by Hideki Matsui & Co. prevented the A’s from making much noise in the west.
Oakland finished third in the west, going 74-88 en route to yet another year of irrelevancy. The team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006 when the team was swept in ALCS by the Detroit Tigers. Since then, Lew Wolff and Billy Beane have been preoccupied by acquiring a new stadium and less interested in putting together a winning season.
Nevertheless, the A’s did manage to find a few bright spots in 2011. 2B Jemile Weeks was the brightest spot, in my mind anyway, for the A’s last season. He represents the future of the franchise and his energy as seen in the video below should help to excite the team’s dwindling fan-base.
Hopefully this time next year we’ll have a much more exciting video link to talk about.