Grant Balfour is the closer for the Oakland Athletics and has been the household favorite at the home stadium as the team heads into the MLB Playoffs. Against the Texas Rangers Wednesday in the final game of the season that also proved to be the American League West Division championship, Balfour got the Ricky Vaughn treatment.
The fans went wild as Balfour raged on in the game. The fans deserve to be happy since the team did the unthinkable and won the American League West after the Rangers were leading all season. Moneyball is a name used a lot of think about this team that General Manager Billy Beane put together. But this is better than the movie because the movie is unfolding on national television in font of our own eyes.
Balfour is looking like he is leading the fandom behind the A’s. Balfour recorded 24 saves with a 2.53 ERA in 75 games. The most games he has pitched in his entire career.
On the offensive side, players like Josh Reddick, Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp lead the box of misfit toys. Cespedes was the Cuban-born prospect that Beane scooped up in the offseason. Reddick was acquired in the Andrew Bailey trade. Bailey did not pitch this season for the Boston Red Sox. Crisp was re-signed by the A’s and is playing like how he played when he was with the Red Sox so long ago.
This A’s team is scary good and amazing to watch. They are playing baseball like it should be played: with heart and determination in every of the 162 games through the playoffs.
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