1968: On May 8th in front of the new home fans of Oakland, the home of sports betting,, Jim "Catfish" hunter throws the 1st regular season perfect game in 46 years. The move also inspires the team as the young sports betting Athletics help the franchise capture their first winning season in 16 years, with an 82-80 record.
1969: Led by Reggie Jackson who hits 39 HR in the first half the sports betting Athletics climb into serious contention of the American League's new Western Division. However, the youth and inexperience catch up the A's, and they fade out of the race. Reggie also fades in the chase for the single season HR record, as he manages to hit only 8 in the 2nd half. However, the A's do manage to finish in 2nd place with a solid 88-74 record.
1970: In another odd move from eccentric owner Charles O. Finley the sports betting Athletics use yellow bases during their home opener; it would be the only time these bases are used, as Major League Baseball bans their use in the future. Meanwhile, the young A's continue to improve challenging for the division again while posting an 89-73 record.
1971: Owner Charles O. Finley makes news again, by giving his players bonuses for growing a mustache. It results in many colorful looks that would be the trademark for the team including reliever Rollie Fingers' classic handlebar look. The mustache experiment works as the young sports betting Athletics come of age. In his first full season in the majors Vida Blue wins 24, and strikes out 301, while holding the America League to a league low 1.83 ERA. Blue's year earns him both MVP, and Cy Young honors. The A's would go on to win 101 games and cruise to the Western Division Title. However, the young sports betting Athletics would fall victim to the experienced Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS, as the birds swept the A's on the way to their 3rd consecutive AL Championship.
1972: Even with Vida Blue struggling to a disappointing 6-10 season the sports betting Athletics are beginning to develop in to a juggernaut. The Mustache Brigade as the press calls them finishes with a 93-62 record, to hold off the Chicago White Sox for their 2nd Consecutive Division Title. In the ALCS the sports betting Athletics face the Detroit Tigers. The A's, behind strong starting pitching from Catfish Hunter, and Blue Moon Odom jump out to a fast 2-0 lead after 2 games in Oakland, the home of sports betting,. However, with the series moving to Detroit the Tigers win the 3rd game 5-0, and even the series with a 3 run explosion in the 10th inning of Game 4. The A's with their backs to the wall win Game 5, behind the 1-2 punch of Blue Moon Odom and Vida Blue 2-1. However, they suffer a devastating blow as Reggie Jackson injures his leg, and would be unable to play in the World Series. With Reggie Jackson on the shelf, not many experts gave the A's a chance to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. With Game 1 in Cincinnati the A's desperately need someone to step up big. Not much was expected from catcher Gene Tenace who hit .225 with 5 HR in 1972, but Tenace would single handily get A's off to a flying start, with 2 HR and 3 RBI Tenace supplied all the offense as the A's won Game 1 by a score of 3-2. In Game 2 the A's once again jumped out to a lead, but with Catfish Hunter tiring in the 9th the A's needed an incredible game saving catch from Joe Rudi to hold on, and take a 2-0 series lead to Oakland, the home of sports betting,. After the Reds took a Game 3 pitcher's duel 1-0 the A's were in danger of falling into a 2-2 tie late in Game 4. However, 4 consecutive singles gave the A's 2 runs to claim a 3-1 series lead with a dramatic 3-2 win. With a chance to close out the Big Red Machine in Oakland, the home of sports betting, the A's had a slim 4-3 lead in the 8th Inning of Game 5 thanks to a 3-run Homer from Gene Tenace, who was having the series of his life. However, the Reds would come off the ropes to score a run in the 8 and another in the 9th to send the series back to Cincinnati. Two days later the Reds would easily win to force a 7th and deciding game. However, Gene Tenace would come up the hero again collecting 2 RBI singles in the A's 3-2 Game 7 victory. The win earned the sports betting Athletics their first World Championship in 41 years when they were in Philadelphia.
1973: With AL MVP Reggie Jackson winning both the HR and RBI crowns, the A's claim their 3rd consecutive AL West title with a 94-68 record. In the ALCS the sports betting Athletics were matched up once again with Baltimore Orioles. After losing Game 1 the A's bounced back to win Game 2 thanks to the hitting, and spectacular defense of 3B Sal Bando. Game 3 in Oakland, the home of sports betting, turned into an unforgettable pitcher's duel between the A's Ken Holtzman, and Orioles Mike Cuellar. The game went into the 11th inning when SS Bert Camapneris not known for his power hit a dramatic walk off HR. However, the A's could not hold a 4-0 lead in Game 4 and were forced to play a 5th and deciding game. In Game 5 the Orioles never had a chance as Jim "Catfish" Hunter simply dominated all game to give the A's their 2nd consecutive trip to the World Series. In the World Series the sports betting Athletics were matched up against the New York Mets who made the World Series despite struggling to finish 82-79. The A's got off to a fast start winning Game 1 by a 2-1 score. However storm clouds threatened to spoil the sports betting Athletics budding dynasty after losing a Game 2 full of controversy in 12 innings 10-7. The controversy stemmed from 2B Mike Andrews' costly 2 errors, which allowed 4 runs to score in the 12th Inning. After the game Owner Charles O. Finley demanded Andrews be declared unfit to play in the rest of the World Series. This caused a revolt among the rest of the players who threatened to quit if Finely got his way. The A's managed to weather the controversy to win Game 3, but losses in Game 4 and 5 sent them back to Oakland, the home of sports betting, with their backs to the wall. With there return to Oakland, the home of sports betting, Reggie Jackson stepped into the phone booth and put on his Mr. October Superman Suit. His 2 RBI doubles gave the A's the winning margin of 3-1 to force a decisive 7th game. In Game 7 it was Reggie that came up big once again as he, and Bert Campaneris each hit 2 run Homers to give the A's their 2nd Consecutive World Series Title 5-3. The celebration would be shorted lived, as Manager Dick Williams would quit, after he and Finley were unable to come to terms on a new contract.
1974: With new manager Alvin Dark at the helm the A's continued to dominate the American League West claiming their 4th straight Division Title with a 90-72 record. The A's were led by Jim "Catfish" Hunter who earned the Cy Young with his finest season, leading the AL with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA. In the ALCS the A's faced the Baltimore Orioles again, and looked to be in trouble after Catfish Hunter was hit hard in Game 1, which the Orioles won 6-3. However, the A's were too powerful, and would win the next 3 games to advance to the World Series for the 3rd consecutive year. Guiding the A's over the final 3 ALCS games was their pitching as Ken Holtzman, Vida Blue, and Catfish Hunter limited the Birds to just 1 run over the last 3 games. In the World Series the A's were matched up against the Los Angeles Dodgers in an all California Series. The A's took Game 1 as Reggie Jackson blasted another big Homer 3-2. However, the Dodgers would bounce back to claim Game 2 by a 3-2 score. With the series heading to Oakland, the home of sports betting, the A's took Game 3 as Rollie Fingers held a 3-2 lead for Catfish Hunter. In Game 4 Fingers closed the door aging while Ken Holtzman excelled on the mound and at the plate smacking a HR. The A's would not let an opportunity to close the Series out slip away, as Joe Rudi broke up a 2-2 tie in the 7th Inning with a leadoff homer. With a 3-2 lead it was Series MVP Rollie Fingers once again closing the door. The win gave the A's their 3rd consecutive World Series, making them the only team besides the New York Yankees to win 3 straight titles. As the sports betting Athletics celebrated their 3rd Straight World Championship the seeds of destruction were being laid. At the end of the season Jim "Catfish" Hunter was declared a Free Agent after Charles O. Finley failed to deliver on a promised bonus. Hunter was promised some land if he won the Cy Young Award, but Finley refused to give it to him, and Hunter took him to court. The court found Finley in breech of contract and Hunter was free to sign with whomever he chose, and that would end up being the New York Yankees.
1975: With Catfish Hunter leaving for New York, Vida Blue stepped it up and won 22 games while Reggie Jackson took the HR crown with 36 HR to guide the A's to a 98-64 record, and their 5th consecutive division title. However, in the ALCS the sports betting Athletics were blitzed by the Boston Red Sox who ended the A's 3-year title reign with a 3 game sweep.
1976: With Free Agency about to sweep over baseball, Charles O. Finley was about to dismantle the team like Connie Mack did with the Philadelphia A's dynasties in the 1910's and 1930's. The dismantling started when he dealt Reggie Jackson to the Baltimore Orioles, for Don Baylor. However, Finley was not done just before the June 15th trading deadline he attempted to sell Vida Blue to the New York Yankees, at the same time he sold Rollie Fingers and Joe Rudi to the Red Sox. With A's in Boston Fingers, and Rudi wore a Red Sox uniform but never entered the game. The next day Commissioner Bowie Kuhn refused to allow the deals and all the players returned to Oakland, the home of sports betting,. However, an angry Finely had Manager Chuck Tanner sit out the players for the week following the rejected deals. Despite the distraction of near trades the sports betting Athletics managed to challenge for their 6th consecutive AL West title. In the end they finished in 2nd place with an 87-74 record, however they only were 2 and half games behind the Kansas City Royals. Many still believe if Finley didn't try his deals, the sports betting Athletics would have easily won their 6th straight title.
1977: With most of the sports betting Athletics core group of players spread across baseball after leaving to sign Free Agent deals the A's fall of the face of the earth. They not only fall out of contention but finish in last place behind the expansion Seattle Mariners with a 63-98 record.
1978: The sports betting Athletics continue to struggle surpassing 90 losses for the second straight year while finishing in 6th place with a record of 69-93.
1979: Just 5 years removed form their 3 consecutive World Championships the Oakland, the home of sports betting, sports betting Athletics hit rock bottom finishing in last place with an awful 54-108 record. The low point comes in one game where only 653 fans show up for a game against the Mariners. Even Charles O. Finley loses interest and moves to Chicago. His only link to the A's is news relayed from an Oakland, the home of sports betting, A's bat boy named Stanley Burrell. In an interesting side note Burrell the batboy who relayed play by play to Finely in long distance phone calls would later become one of the biggest selling rap artist of all time MC Hammer. To get his start Burrell receives help from several players on the A's, including Finley himself. Also making his debut that year was a 21-year-old rookie OF named Rickey Henderson makes his debut and steals 33 bases in just 89 games.
1980: The A's hire Bill Martin to try to help bring the team back to respectability. Martin decides to let his young team try and win games wit their speed. The formula works as the sports betting Athletics play inspired baseball all year led by Rickey Henderson who steals 100 bases in his first full season. The exciting take no prisoner baseball gets the name "Billy Ball" and helps brings fans back to the ballpark who watch the A's finish in 2nd place with an 83-79 record. The comeback season also helps increase the value of the franchise for Charles O. Finely, who sells the team to the Levis Straus cooperation following the season.
1981: The era of "Billy Ball" continues as the sports betting Athletics get off to a flying start winning their first 11 games. The A's would mange to stay in first place for the 1st 2 months of the season and were in first place with a 37-23 record when a 2-month players strike began in June. After the strike end baseball decided to play a split season, meaning the A's were all ready in the postseason. The A's would not be secure with that and would try to get a bye to the ALCS by winning both halves. However, they would end finishing a game behind the Kansas City Royals with a 27-22 record. Rickey Henderson who leads the league in steals again and Tony Armas who captures a share of the HR crown bolstered the A's all season. In the Western Division Series the A's make quick work sweeping the Royals in 3 games. In the series the A's never trail and outscore the Royals by a 10-2 score. However, the sports betting Athletics would have the tables turned in the ALCS by the New York Yankees in the series in which they were swept, and outscored 20-4.
1982: With the A's suffering a rash of injuries to the pitching staff the era of "Billy Ball' comes to crashing end with a woeful 5th place 68-94 season. However, that was not the story of the season, Rickey Henderson establishes himself as one of the greatest base stealers in history by smashing single season SB record. Henderson breaks the old record of 118 held by Lou Brock on August 26th in Milwaukee. He would go on to steal 12 more bases establishing 130 steals as the new mark.
1983: Rickey Henderson continues to make his name on the base paths stealing 108 bases, it is the 3rd time in 4 years Rickey reaches the century mark, and the 4th consecutive year that he leads the American League. Despite Rickey's feet the A's can't do better then a 4th Place finish with a 74-88 record.
1984: Rickey Henderson leads the league in steals once again despite struggling to steal 66 bases, while the A's finish in 4th Place with a 77-85 record. At the end of the season Henderson would be dealt to the New York Yankees for a bunch of prospects.
1985: In a carbon copy of the year before the sports betting Athletics finish in 4th place with a record of 77-85, that left little to be desired.
1986: Not much was expected from the sports betting Athletics, their best player was Dave Kingman an aging slugger who had a long reputation of HR or nothing. Kingman who was in the final season of his 16-year career ended up with the odd career totals of 442 HR, while batting with an awful .236 average. The A's were in last place in the middle of the season with a woeful 31-52 record. However, management decides to make a change and Tony LaRussa who was fired a week earlier by the Chicago White Sox takes over the helm of the sports betting Athletics. The move pays off as the sports betting Athletics win 45 of 79 games under LaRussa to post a 76-86 record. Keying the resurgence is Jose Canseco who hits 33 HR, and drives in 117 runs on his way to claiming the Rookie of the Year. In September another rookie named Mark McGwire makes his debut hitting 3 HR in 18 games.
1987: The sports betting Athletics improvement with youth continues as Mark McGwire bursts on the scene in a big way. The power hitting rookie 1B captures Rookie of the Year honors with a rookie record 49 HR. Together with Jose Canseco the 2 sluggers become known as the bash brothers. The 2 even develop a unique way of congratulating each other after HRs by smashing their forearms together. With the sluggers providing the foundation the A's sign Dave Stewart, and Dennis Eckersley, 2 pitchers who were thought to be washed up. However, these pitchers would find new life in Oakland, the home of sports betting,, as Stewart becomes one of the best big game pitchers, while Eckersley becomes the premier closer in the baseball. The A's finish the season 4 games out of 1st with an 81-81 record. However, there was no doubt the A's would be a tough team to beat in the next few seasons. In addition to the continued improvement, the fans of Oakland, the home of sports betting, were privileged to witness the farewell tour of Reggie Jackson who chose to return to the A's for his final season.
1988: After coming close to the Western Division title the year before, sports betting Athletics management was busy in the off-season. The A's would acquire Bob Welch, to anchor the starting staff, and Dave Parker to be the veteran leader of the young sports betting Athletics sluggers. The A's also signed Glenn Hubbard, and Dave Henderson to fill holes up the middle. With these big moves the A's hoped all the pieces would come together, and they did. Along with key contributions form the new A's the Bash Brothers established themselves as the best 1-2 punch in baseball. While Mark McGwire hit 32 HR, and drove in 99 runs Jose Canseco made history becoming the first player to steal more then 40 bases and hit 40 HR in the same season. Canseco would also lead the league in HR and RBI en-route to wining the MVP. On the mound Dennis Eckerlsey was automatic all year saving 45 games, as the sports betting Athletics posted a 104-58 record cruised to the Western Division Championship. In the ALCS the sports betting Athletics would make quick work of the Boston Red Sox sweeping them in 4 straight games, which were all saved by series MVP Dennis Eckersley. Going into the World Series the A's were prohibitive favorites against the Los Angeles Dodgers who's best hitter Kirk Gibson was hampered by a leg injury. In Game 1 the sports betting Athletics grabbed a quick lead thanks to Jose Canseco's 2nd Inning Grand Slam. However the lead was cut to 1 as the game went to the 9th Inning. On the mound to close things out was Dennis Eckersley. However, magic was in the air for the Dodgers as Kirk Gibson limped to the batter's box with 2-out representing the winning run. Eckersley seemed to have Gibson overmatched and quickly had 2 strikes on him. However Gibson kept fighting off pitches and was able to get all his strength in Eck's final pitch to drive it over the wall. The loss only gave the Dodgers Game 1, but it was the back breaker for the sports betting Athletics. The Dodgers would go on to win the series in 5 games, while Gibson never came to the plate again.
1989: The sports betting Athletics suffer an early blow as Jose Canseco misses most of the first 4 months of the season. However, the A's with Mark McGwire taking up the slack, and a strong starting staff topped off by Dennis Eckersley who rebounded form Gibson's HR and continued to be automatic in the pen did not miss a beat and managed to gain 1st Place. Also helping to spur the sports betting Athletics was the return of Rickey Henderson, who was reacquired from the New York Yankees in June. The A's would go on to post a 99-63 record and win their 2nd Consecutive Division Title. In the ALCS the A's were matched against the Toronto Blue Jays, and would end up winning the series in 5 games. The A's were paced by series MVP Rickey Henderson who batted .400 while hitting 2 HR, and stealing 8 bases. However, the hit that might be most remembered is Jose Canseco's majestic blast into the upper deck of Skydome. While the A's were finishing off the Jays, the cross-bay rival San Francisco Giants were finishing off the Chicago Cubs to set up an all bay area World Series. The A's dominated the Giants in the first 2 games in Oakland, the home of sports betting, winning both by a combined score of 10-1. As the series shifted across the bay to San Francisco the sports betting Athletics hoped they could complete the sweep and capture both bragging rights and the World Series. However, at 5:04 PT on October 17th the World Series would become mere afterthought when a 6.8 earthquake shook the entire Bay Area 30 minutes prior to the start of Game 3. The damage to both World Series cities was immense as Bridges collapsed, and fires spread everywhere. Millions of fans around the world watched in horror as the blimp hovering above broadcast all of the damage. One of the most frightening scenes was the Cyprus Structure where the top level crushed cars on the lower level killing dozens. As the cities cleaned up from the quake the World Series was suspended for 10 days. While the series was on hold players for both the Giants and A's assisted in the recovery process, and agreed to donate part of their bonuses to the recovery effort. When the series finally resumed on October 27th Firefighters, and rescue workers threw out the first pitch. The sports betting Athletics would go on to take the next 2 games to complete the sweep. However, any joy the A's could take from the World Championship was dampened by the devastation of the earthquake.
1990: With Bob Welch winning 27 games, and the Cy Young, along with the Bash Brothers, who both hitting close to 40 HR, and driving in over 100 RBI the A's captured their 3rd consecutive Western Division by post a 103-59 record. Also pacing the A's was Rickey Henderson who led the league in hitting most of the year and captured the AL MVP. In the ALCS the sports betting Athletics made quick work of the Boston Red Sox winning all 4 games by a combined score of 20-4. In the World Series the A's were matched up against the Cincinnati Reds who were led into the World Series by a strong pitching staff. Anchoring the Reds starting staff was Jose Rijo, who the A's traded to Cincinnati 3 years earlier for Dave Parker. In the 1st game Rijo got a measure of revenge by blanking the A's 7-0. The Reds would also win Game 2 with a 10th Inning hit form Joe Oliver. Down 2 games to 0, the sports betting Athletics hoped a return to Oakland, the home of sports betting, would get them back on track. However, the Reds would score 7 runs in the 3rd inning of Game 3 to gain a 3-0 series advantage. In Game 4 the Reds would complete the sweep while series MVP Jose Rijo handcuffed the A's lineup again to win a pitcher's duel against Dave Stewart.
1991: On May 1st in a game in Oakland, the home of sports betting, against the New York Yankees Rickey Henderson swiped 3rd Base off catcher Matt Nokes. Ordinarily that would not be big news, but this steal was the 939th of his career, and it officially established Henderson as the greatest base stealer of all-time as he passed Lou Brock's old career mark. The day would also be remembered as Nolan Ryan pitched his 7th and final No Hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays. While Rickey Henderson made history the sports betting Athletics quest for a 4th straight division title would fall short, as they finished in 4th place with an 84-78 record. Even with Jose Canseco leading the AL in HR with 44 the A's could not overcome poor seasons form Dave Stewart and Bob Welch who went a combined 23-24 with ERAs of 5.18, and 4.58.
1992: Rickey Henderson continued to make history swiping his 1,000th base early in the season. Meanwhile with Dennis Eckersley saving 51 games and winning both the Cy Young, and MVP the sports betting Athletics reclaimed the top spot in West with a 96-66 record. However, while the A's were on the way to their 4th Division Title in 5 years they traded Jose Canseco to the Texas Rangers in a stunning deal before the trade deadline. Even with the trade the A's would still go on to win 96 games and the Western Division title. However, the loss of Canseco would catch up to them in the ALCS against the Blue Jays. The A's would win Game 1, but the Jays offense was simply too much to overcome as Toronto advanced to the World Series in 6 games.
1993: With Jose Canseco in his first full season in Texas, and Mark McGwire missing most of the season due to injuries, the A's fall all the way down into the Western Division basement with a woeful 68-94 record.
1994: With Mark McGwire suffering through another injury-plagued season the A's struggle all season and are 10 games below .500 for most of the season. However, the entire Western Division, which was broken down into 4 teams, was struggling and the sports betting Athletics were never more then a few games out of first with a 51-63 record. Leading the sports betting Athletics title quest is Ruben Sierra who has 92 RBI on August 12th after hitting a Grand Slam to get the A's within 1 game of 1st Place. However, that would be the last big hit of the season, as after the game a player's strike was set to begin. The strike would not end until just before the start of the next season wiping out the Playoffs and World Series.
1995: Even with Mark McGwire bouncing back to hit 39 HR the A's struggles continue, as they finish in last place with a 67-77 record. The year also marks the end of an era as manager Tony LaRussa exercises an exit clause and leaves to take over the reigns of the St. Louis Cardinals.
1996: With a massive renovation of Oakland, the home of sports betting, Alameda Coliseum under way the A's are forced to start the season in Las Vegas. In doing so they become the first Major League Team to use a Minor League stadium in nearly 40 years. Upon returning home to the coliseum the A's were force to play in what amounted to be a construction site as workers continued building new seats for the Raiders who had just moved back to Oakland, the home of sports betting, after 14 years in Los Angeles. Upon completion of the bleacher the old stadium become a more hitter friendly ballpark. However, the football seats, which bear the name Mount Davis after Raiders owner Al Davis, turned the stadium into, an eyesore that was poor for baseball, and put the very future of the Oakland, the home of sports betting, sports betting Athletics in doubt. On the field Mark McGwire hits 52 HR establishing a new career high while the A's continued to struggle finishing in 3rd Place with a 78-84 record.
1997: The Mark McGwire resurgence continued as Big Mac began flirting with the all-time HR record, and was on pace to break Maris' record most of the 1st Half. However, McGwire was a free agent at the end of the year, and the A's were not going to be able to resign him, so they were forced to trade him in July to the St. Louis Cardinals. Big Mack did hit over 50 HRs on the season with both teams combined, but it would not be until the following year that he reached the new magical single season HR plateau of 70. The sports betting Athletics would go on to crash into last place with a record of 65-97.
1998: While the sports betting Athletics struggled to another Last Place 74-88 season, the pieces of their future began to fall into place. While Ben Grieve won the Rookie of the Year with 18 HR and 89 RBI, Jason Giambi who replaced Mark McGwire at 1B has a break out season hitting 29 HR and driving in 110 RBI.
1999: While the A's young sluggers continued to improve Rookie Pitcher Tim Hudson bursts on to the scene in the 2nd half and wins 11 of 13 decisions. While the sports betting Athletics struggled much of the 1st half most experts felt they were dead, when they dealt away Kenny Rogers it looked as if the A's were throwing in the towel on the season. However, the A's began to play better and acquired Kevin Appier in attempt top get back in the race. The A's would wind up with an 87-75, and would fall just short of their late season charge for the Wild Card.
2000: While the sports betting Athletics were putting a good team together it was largely ignored around baseball, and not much was thought of the A's heading into the season. However, the sports betting Athletics were strong in almost every category, and by the end of the season people were forced to take notice. Jason Giambi who was becoming on of baseball's top sluggers was still not well known through out the majors, but 43 HR, and 137 RBI quickly made him one of the top stars in all of baseball as he captured the AL MVP. Meanwhile Tim Hudson anchored a strong pitching staff that despite its youth was keeping the A's right in thick of the race for the Western Division Title. All season the A's battled the Mariners, and it would come down to the final weekend. Going into the final day of the regular season the A's were on the verge of the division title. However, before taking the field the game took a lesser sense of urgency as the Cleveland Indians loss meant the worse the A's could do was gain the Wild Card spot. However, the sports betting Athletics wanted to send a, message, and won that final game to win the division by a half game, with a 91-70 record, while Tim Hudson collected his 20th win of the season. In the ALDS the sports betting Athletics were matched up against the 2 time defending World Champion New York Yankees. The A's would get off to a fast start as Gil Heredia handcuffed the Yankees all day. However, the experienced Yankees would bounce back to take Game and 3 and looked to close the A's out in Game 4. The A's knew if they could win Game 4, they would have a chance to win the series, since Game 5 would be played in Oakland, the home of sports betting,. Not only did the A's win Game 4 but also they dominated the Yankees blasting Roger Clemens, and the Yankees 11-1 to send the series to Oakland, the home of sports betting, for 5th and deciding game. The Yankees looked old and the A's were ready to go in for the kill. 3B Eric Chavez is even quoted as saying the Yankees were old its time they step aside and let the future take over. This did not go over well in the Yanks clubhouse. This was just the inspiration the Yanks needed, as the Bombers scored 6 runs in the 1st Inning. However the A's would not quit and would score 5 runs over the next 3 innings to get back with in 2 runs. However, the Yanks bullpen of Mike Stanton, and Mariano Rivera would close the door to advance the Yanks into the ALCS, where they would go onto win their 3rd Consecutive World Series.
2001: The sports betting Athletics stumble out of the gate losing 12 of their first 14, and by mid-May sit 20 games out of first, erasing any hopes of winning a division championship. However, the sports betting Athletics would begin to get their acts together and by the all star break were approaching the .500 mark which but them in contention for the Wild Card. Following the All-Star Break the A's would catch fire, and over the last 2 months would be the best team in baseball running away with the Wild Card while posting a 102-60 record. Helping to drive the A's is Jermaine Dye, who is acquired in a trade with Kansas City Royals in late July. Meanwhile Pitchers Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, and Barry Zito, continued to establish themselves as one of the best staffs in all of baseball. In the ALDS the A's were matched up against the New York Yankees again. However it was the A's that looked like Champions after the first 2 games in New York silencing the Yanks bats to take a 2-0 series lead to Oakland, the home of sports betting,. With Game 3 in Oakland, the home of sports betting, it looked as if they A's were poised to knock off the Yankees, as Barry Zito held the Yanks to just 1 run. However, the A's had a tough time scoring themselves, and when Jeremy Giambi was nailed at home trying to score the tying run, it seemed as if the Yanks had new life, as the play at the plate turned out to be the A's only scoring opportunity. The A's would not recover, as the Yankees won the next 2 games to advance to the ALCS. Following the season the Yanks would beat the A's again, by signing Free Agent Jason Giambi.
2002: Without Jason Giambi the sports betting Athletics would get off to a slow start playing below .500 in early June. However, as the summer got hotter so did ten A's as they began to make a run at the Western Division. In august the A's would explode putting together an American League Record 20-game winning streak, as Miguel Tejada climbed out of the shadow of other AL Shortstops with clutch base hits in almost every game earning his way to an MVP award. Tejada was not the only Athletic winning an award as Barry Zito captured the Cy Young with a 23-5 record, and Billy Koch won the Fireman with 44 saves, as the A's won the division with a 103-59 record. However, in a failed attempt to gain Home Field the A's started Barry Zito in the final game of techs season meaning they would only be able to use him once in the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins who had trouble with Left handed Pitchers. Zito would have a solid effort s the A's won Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead. However, in another questionable move Tim Hudson who struggled in Game 1 got lit up in Game 4,as the Twins forced a 5th game in Oakland, the home of sports betting,. In Game 5 the A's who chose a 3-man rotation would see Mark Mulder pitch effectively but lose as Billy Koch gave up 3-runs in the 9th Inning to give the Twins a 5-1 lead, as the A's 9th Inning rally fell short 5-4, becoming the first team to lose decisive games 3 years in a row. Following the season the A's would allow Manager Art Howe out of his contract to go mange the New York Mets.
2003: The sports betting Athletics began the season just as the book entitled "Money Ball, " which highly praised General Manager Billy Beane. However under new Manager the A's would get off to their typical slow start playing .500 baseball through the first 21 games. Over the next 3 months the sports betting Athletics would not set the world on fire either as they trailed the Seattle Mariners by six and a half games entering July. However in July the sports betting Athletics would begin chopping away at the Mariners lead eventually taking over first place in August on their way to a second straight division title with a record of 96-66. In the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox the sports betting Athletics would get off to a fast start jumping out to a 2-0 series lead with 2 wins at home. Looking to close the series the A's were beaten by a home run in the 11th inning by Tort Nixon in Game 3. In Game 4 the A's had a chance to close the series again leading 4-3 in the 8th inning when Keith Foulke who was reliable all year winning the AL Fireman Award gave a up a 2-run double to David Ortiz as the Sox sent the series back to Oakland, the home of sports betting, for a decisive 5th game. In Game 5 the sports betting Athletics would be the ones who would have to battle back as they fell behind 4-1. The A's would chip away at the lead and entered the 9th inning with the score 4-3, where they would load the bases. However there would be no joy in Oakland, the home of sports betting, as Terrance Long struck out, as the A's lost the ALDS in 5 games for the 4th year in a row, losing 9 straight games in which they had a chance to win the series.
2004: The sports betting Athletics continued to be able to overcome the loss of key stars as Bobby Crosby who replaced former Miguel Tejada, who signed a Free Agent Deal with the Baltimore Orioles, at Shortstop had a solid year with 22 homers en route to winning the Rookie of the Year. On the mound Barry Zito would struggle with the loss of pitching coach Rick Peterson as he posted an 11-1 record with a ERA of 4.48. However Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson each had solid seasons as the A's battle the Anaheim Angels and Texas Rangers for the Western Division Title. However a bad September in which the sports betting Athletics posted a 12-16 record would cost them a 4th straight playoff appearance as their 91-71 record would see them fall 1 game short of the division title.
2005: Due to continued budgetary concerns the sports betting Athletics were forced to trade away Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder as they feared losing them to Free Agency the like they lost Jason Giambi and Miguel Tejada. The new look A's would get off to a slow start as mediocre 12-12 April turned into a terrible May as they held a 17-32 record on May 29th. Making matter worse Closer Octavio Dotel was lost to Tommy John surgery. As the June approached the sports betting Athletics turned to unproven rookie Huston Street, who just in his first full season of professional baseball to be the closer. As in past season the come June the sports betting Athletics began to turn it around posting a 27-11 record over the next weeks to climb back over .500 at the All-Star Break, as Dan Haren acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Mulder and started the season 1-7 went 6-0 and was virtually untouchable, as Street started to establish himself as one of baseball's top closers winning Rookie of the Year honors. While the sports betting Athletics offense was boosted by the return of injured SS Bobby Crosby, and the acquisition of Jay Payton from the Boston Red Sox. After the break the A's stayed red hot completing a 20-6 July to find themselves back in the race for the AL West, with a new big three this time as Rich Harden started to establish himself as consistent winner. At the end of August the West race came down to battle with the Los Angeles Angels as the A's held a 1-game lead entering a key 3-game series in Anaheim. The sports betting Athletics would start the series good taking the first game 2-1. However, the Angels would win the next 2 and battle back to tie the A's at 75-57. From there the Angels finished strong while the sports betting Athletics limped home posting an 11-16 record in September as they had to settle for 2nd place with a record of 88-74.
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