The Oakland A’s and New York Mets: A Similar Story

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A couple years back, I contemplated a move to New York. I have been an A’s fan my whole life, but more than that, I love baseball. I knew I would need a local team to root for, and the Yankees were certainly out. That left me with the New York Mets. I didn’t know much about the team, so I learned a little. As it turns out, they are very similar to our Oakland Athletics.

The largest comparisons can be made in the fact that both teams won their last World Series Title in the late 80s. For the Mets, it was in 1986 when they beat the Red Sox. This was also the series when the ball went through Bill Bucker’s legs to seal the Mets’ Game 6 victory, forcing a Game 7. The A’s last won in 1989, when they swept the San Francisco Giants. This was also the year of the earthquake, which actually postponed the World Series for twelve days.

The second comparison is that they are arguably second-tier teams in large markets. In New York, it’s all about the Yankees. They have been there longer, have a richer history and win consistently. In the Bay Area, the Giants have recently gained a lot of fans due to their recent World Series victories, slotting the A’s in the two-spot for the time being.

If we go back, we can find another similarity in John Franco and Dennis Eckersley. Both are among the all-time greats in the closer role. Eck saved 390 career games, and was one of the best closers of all time. Franco saved 424 games, and was a very consistent man at the back end of the Mets’ bullpen for 14 seasons.

Recently the Mets have been signing former A’s players as well. This offseason, the Mets signed Bartolo Colon for 2 years/$20 million and Chris Young (thank you NY!). They have also have Anthony Recker as their backup catcher, and Collin Cowgill was their Opening Day center fielder in 2013. He was later traded to the Angels.

I will admit, that when the A’s have an off-day, I will wear a Mets cap on occasion (I can’t do this on days they play, because obviously it would jinx the A’s).

The A’s and Mets are similar teams. Although the Mets have more money, they are still the underdog in their own city. Both teams had memorable events the last time they captured a Championship. Plus, rooting for the Mets gives me more opportunities to root AGAINST the Giants every season. What’s not to like about that?

Do you root for any teams besides the A’s? Why? Please comment below and I will be happy to discuss!

 

Topics: New York Mets, Oakland A's

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  • Carl Elftman

    I have been an athletics fan since 1965 even though I grew up in Oakland and San Leandro. I have never like the Giants or really cared about them because they never won.

    In 2003 I moved to Mesa, AZ. And have followed the Diamond backs and have gone to a number of games and playoff games.

    But I miss my team and watch them on MLB TV. Because we all know that Fox and ESPN.Does show tthem unless it’s the playoffs.

    GO OAKLAND. It’s your time to shine again.

  • SterlingArcher41

    I’m a life-long suffering Mets fan. My sister moved to Oakland in the late 90s and has been a huge fan ever since. Went to a game my last trip out and had a great time. You guys definitely need a new stadium though. I definitely pull for the A’s. Nice to see you guys and Billy Beane win one!

    • Jason Burke

      Thank you! I feel that if the A’s had more money, say from a new ballpark, they would be able to re-sign the players they draft and be able to create a dynasty of sorts. At the same time though, the A’s not having money and being that scrappy, below-the-radar team is part of their charm. The Mets and A’s play this season, and I am going to both games in Oakland.

  • JP

    They were also in pursuit of Balfour. Not to mention that Alderson (former A’s GM ) is in love with Jed Lowrie and would love to pry him away.

    • Jason Burke

      I thought about mentioning the Balfour but as well, but just stuck with the roster as it stands. They may be able to get Lowrie when Addison Russell is ready to come up. Or the A’s will have Russell and Lowrie up the middle. I’d be very happy with that.

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