Oakland's Josh Reddick
The only Bay Area sports rivalry that can match the Stanford–Cal football games or the anti-gentrification protestors blocking the Google buses starts up again tonight with the first of four interleague games between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's. Yes, it's still only July, which means three more months of regular season games left to be played, but the stakes are a lot higher than usual. The Giants—despite taking two out of three games from the Padres last weekend—have faded from a powerful start and are now second in the NL West, a half game behind the Dodgers. Meanwhile, the A's come into the series with the best record in the major leagues. Moreover, GM Billy Bean just put together a hugely impressive six-player swap with the Chicago Cubs, netting two starting pitchers—Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel—in exchange for three minor league prospects and a player to be named later. It's the kind of trade—future potential for added fuel right now—that the A's have typically found themselves on the other side of. The A's now find themselves with arguably the best roster of pitchers in the majors. (And hey—they even have a ten-year deal on the Coliseum to boot!)
So who will you be rooting for this weekend? And what do your loyalties say about you, as a human being? Let's have a look.