You would think a team with a 19-50 record wouldn’t be celebrating a victory with so much passion as the Oakland Athletics did on Tuesday night.
However, as with everything in life, you have to add some context to make some things make sense.
And when you add context to Tuesday’s affair, you would understand why winning was so important to the players and to the fans.
It was the seventh win in a row for the A’s, who have seen how ownership and the front office field a roster that looks more like a Triple-A team than an MLB squad.
This was also the second straight victory against the Tampa Bay Rays, the team with the best record in baseball.
It was a tight one-run game, in the middle of a playoff atmosphere.
It wasn’t a playoff atmosphere, of course, the A’s are 19-50.
However, it felt like one because fans were determined to make the world see that they will show high attendance numbers under the right conditions.
It sounded like a playoff berth instead of a win to go 19-50
Oakland deserves a team that gets actual investment in the roster pic.twitter.com/dBRNPXag3q
— Calico Joe (@CalicoJoeMLB) June 14, 2023
Far from investing in the roster over the last two years, the A’s have been trading their expensive assets and prioritizing prospects.
That’s not the recipe of a winning team.
Fans, understandably, have no reason to go to the stadium to watch a team lose eight out of 10 games.
No fanbase would.
As we have recently seen with the Cincinnati Reds, winning takes people to the stadium.
Sometimes, it’s as simple as that.
If John Fisher invested in his roster and on the Oakland Coliseum, attendance numbers would probably be satisfactory.
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