The beginning of my baseball season was grim. On May 27, I wrote "With the A's in a horrible downslide, I can see it's going to be a difficult season for me."
That was then, this is now. The A's are now the hottest team in baseball. At the beginning of June, the wild card looked far away. Two months later, the A's are looking at taking the division.
On thing that's been missing for me in these past years, even the successful ones, is what I consider a quality closer. I know Jason Isringhausen and Keith Foulke were touted by the media as aces, but they were not popular with me. I did not have confidence when they came in with a one run lead. I seem to remember them letting a lot of players get to first base. Ken says that I am spoiled, since Dennis Eckersley was the A's closer in the early years of my fandom. I got too used to a closer who was basically boom, boom, boom game over.
But now, the A's once again have what looks to be my kind of closer - Huston Street. He's young, just out of college, but he's got the stuff. In today's game against the Twins, he struck out the side in the ninth. My kind of guy.......