You know the old saying "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade"? The Oakland Athletics, at the beginning of the season, rather than having a bag of lemons, had one highly publicized, but still juicy, lemon. You're not gonna get much with one lemon. However, in the following months, the A's have cranked out a nice batch of lemonade, using as little juice as possible.
In non-analogy speak: The A's have made a brilliant team out of just one or two stars.
Josh Reddick, seen above, is one of the unlikely stars who are more prominent in the current Oakland roster. He plays his position well, he can hit well, and he's quick (read: young). His only drawback is playing in the minor league system of a team that will not be named, but let's be glad they gave him up. I might add that he was given up for a former ROY-winning closer. Said closer is now a middle reliever who hasn't been getting any pitching time. You can clearly see who got the advantage.
Now Reddick is a prominent member of a slowly growing squad who have a hardening grasp on the Wild Card. It's either going to be them, Detroit or Baltimore( or the Yankees, whoever loses), and it looks like Detroit is falling out of it. I'm hoping they have a solid finish, but I can guess they have a series with Texas up ahead, and that's not gonna be pretty.
Still, I hope the A's can give the fans what they want. If, of course, they were asking for some lemonade.
Coming Tomorrow- I need to make more, and I know I have to make an Andy Pettite. Any requests? And keep in mind, this is the last week before the reg. season ends, so any teams that might not make the playoffs, now's your chance to ask me for something.