This merits it’s own post: Justin Lafferty’s Knuckeblog entry titled Why I’m not rooting for the Giants. An excerpt:

Giants fans may not see the A’s as your rival, but A’s fans do, in a weird “Oakland is the stepchild of San Francisco” way. Rooting for the Giants, especially now, is like selling out and jumping on a bandwagon. I don’t jump on bandwagons. As BANG columnist Tony Hicks mentions in his column, yeah, A’s fans are a bit jealous. We don’t do panda hats. We don’t care for giant Coke-bottle slides or bad facial hair. And really, we’re just as sick of the torture as you are.

We’ve been watching and perhaps even taking a silent interest in your playoff run. But your bandwagon is far too crowded. Maybe we don’t want your team to fall apart. But if two or three wheels came off the wagon while barreling down championship hill, dumping a few thousand people who wouldn’t know Orlando Cepeda from Orlando, Fla., onto their freshly painted orange heads, you’d see no tears over here.

Jealous? Hell yes, we’re jealous. And hell no, we won’t wear orange and black, even if it is Halloween.

But here’s the real torture for us. You have a future. We don’t. Not as the “Oakland” A’s.

A’s fans don’t want to celebrate what Giants fans have — a shiny new stadium, great attendance, a successful team that can poke out a run or two and an ownership that actually embraces the main fanbase. We want it to ourselves. A’s fans watched in the background as the Giants broke ground on Pac Bell SBC AT&T Park, made the World Series run in 2002 and as they cheered for every Barry Bonds blast that went kerplunk into McCovey Cove. We saw a Moneyball offense that was barely good enough for Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito to manage a few wins, a tight-fisted ownership in the early part of the decade that wouldn’t pay for budding stars, a handful of first-round playoff exits and later an owner who has not exactly been secret about his disdain for Oakland.

When it comes down it, really the only two things the A’s have over the Giants are the four championships and the fact that Brad Pitt will probably never play Brian Sabean in a movie. Tim Lincecum could walk any most any store in San Francisco and be mobbed. Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson and Gio Gonzalez? Maybe only some A’s fans could pick them out of a crowd.

As a native New Yorker and Mets’ fan who spent a good portion of my childhood skulking around and moping during the Yankee Glory Years – 1970s version, I say, “I’m with you, brother.” But as a current Giants’ fan who has adopted the team wholeheartedly and has been waiting a long time for a title, I say, “Tough noogies!”

But I don’t want to add any fuel to this fire. In New York, Mets vs. Yankees is like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Fox vs. MSNBC, or Apple vs. Windows: best not to bring it up unless you’re ready to go to the mat. I think cross-Bay baseball relations are a titch better…

The Other Team: An A’s Fan Speaks Out 29 October,2010Jon Brooks

  • paul

    Get over it, my friend. I come from PA and from a family of A’s fans that go way back, so I know how you feel. Also, I can’t stand Giants fans, though I think that Bochy and Lincecum are the best things that could have happened to them, or anyone else, for that matter, AND they were nearly strung up and hung out to dry in August! Just incredible. Anyway, the A’s are where they are because of lousy management on the field and in the front office. I have not partaken of the same Kool-Aid that others have imbibed in their heady and wrong-headed praise of Beane, and it only begins with Ethier and Gonzalez. If I hear that idiotic mantra again, regardless of team or other source, that pitching beats hitting, I will run and hide, possibly even from baseball. Pitching ONLY needs to or should make scoring as difficult as possible and does not even appear in a game’s line at the end. The A’s are where they are because of a conspicuous inability to do or to learn anything in parallel, and when or if they finally put it together, which will not be under Geren, it won’t matter where they’re playing. The fans will follow.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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