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 baseball left to be played, but the stakes are a lot higher than usual for early summer. The Giants, despite taking two of three games from the Padres last weekend, have wilted after 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, for whom will you be rooting this weekend? And what do your loyalties say about you, as a human being? Let's have a look.
Your Team: San Francisco Giants
You Are: Not able to discuss your startup, because of the NDA you just signed with Google.
Your Non-Baseball Pastime: Jumping on bandwagons.
Your Dark Secret: You've been reading the real estate listings for homes in Oakland very carefully the last few months.
Your Team: Oakland A's
You Are: Overachieving.
Your Non-Baseball Pastime: Writing angry letters to the Oakland City Council, surveying plots of land at Jack London Square.
Your Dark Secret: Sometimes you fantasize about what it would be like to have a stadium that wasn't surrounded by paint factories, empty warehouses, and freeway onramps.
Your Team: Both
You Are: The worst. Just the worst.
Your Non-Baseball Pastime: Brokering peace treaties, you holier-than-thou saint-in-training.
Your Dark Secret: You're just doing it so you get to wear one of those hats.
Your Team: Neither
You Are: A recent transplant who insists on calling SF "San Fran" and Oakland "Oaktown."
Your Non-Baseball Pastime: Something foreign like mourning the USA's exit from the World Cup.
Your Dark Secret: You're a Red Sox fan.