Leading off the second half of the countdown is the third former favorite team of mine, the Oakland A's. The A's occupied my top slot from around 1986-1992 until I finally got tired of Tony LaRussa. It wasn't Canseco that made the A's my favorite, like most people, it was McGwire and especially Carney Lansford. 1986 Topps was probably the first thing that I loved about the A's. I loved the standalone color of green in the set. It really made them stand out in my 10 year old mind. For the rest of the 90's, the A's were still in the top 5. Moneyball has pushed them down the list this far and they will probably continue to plummet. It's not that I don't appreciate statistics, quite the opposite, but I like traditional stats just as much. I could probably go on, but none of us wants that, so let's take a look at the first half of the 2012 Oakland A's and some trivia.
If I were an A's fan...
Title of the blog - A's for Effort
Favorite Player (current) - Pat Neshek (hey he's one of us)
Favorite Player (all time) - Carney Lansford
Least Favorite Player (current) - Stephen Drew
Least Favorite Player (all time) - Rickey Henderson
2012 Oakland A's Total Cards = 51
I wonder why A's caught on for the Athletics, but M's never caught on for the Mariners. I prefer the abbreviated version of Oakland's name, but I hated Seattle's when they switched around 1988. What are your thoughts of abbreviated nicknames?
I'll be back tomorrow with arguably the best photo of the set so far.
Thanx for reading.