5. A’s defeat the Twins in Game 3 of the 2006 ALDS to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1992.
4. A’s defeat the Giants in Game 4 of the 1989 World Series to win their first title since 1974.
2. A’s defeat the Texas Rangers in Game 162 in 2000 to clinch the AL West Division title.
1. A’s defeat the Texas Rangers in Game 162 in 2012 to clinch the AL West Division title.
Things move up an down the rankings over time, which is why the one A’s World Series title of my lifetime is only my fourth favorite A’s moment. Say what you want about how silly it is to put that behind the others, but I was only 12 years old at the time and had been an A’s fan for all of two years. At the time, I didn’t understand the magnitude – and the rarity – of what I witnessed.
But one thing I did understand the magnitude of was yesterday’s victory over the Rangers that put the A’s on top of the AL West for good in the 2012 season. This team was 13 games back on June 30, and 5 games back with 9 to play. On Monday, they were 2 games back with 3 to play against the two-time defending American League champs – a must sweep situation. And they did it. Unbelievable, amazing, etc. – it can’t really be put into words.
Josh Hamilton dropping that shallow fly ball on October 3, 2012 has been added to my mental highlight reel of moments in my history as an A’s fan, much like Marco Scutaro’s bases-clearing double on October 6, 2006 and Hatteberg’s walkoff on September 4, 2002. It is an image that will be forever ingrained in my memory.
And now, the A’s get to relax for a few days. It truly feels amazing. But it’s not over…