Dear Mr. Beane,
I think I speak for all A’s fans when I say that we appreciate the work you’ve put in to making the A’s a contender at this point in the season. However, due to your actions over the past few seasons, fans can’t throw themselves into this season without the lingering thought that all of it is going to be blown up at the trade deadline or during the offseason.
But this season is different. This team is fun, and the fans are responding. Don’t blow it up. Please. Fans finally have players they can stand behind and root for because they’re playing baseball the way we, as fans, like to see it played. This team plays with heart, and they have a ton of fun doing it.
This is the kind of team where people will buy the shirseys, and give the guys nicknames, and do all the fun things fans get to do when they have a team that has familiar faces in the lineup every night.
It might not show in the number of tickets sold, but being on Twitter and Facebook, and just being out in public, pride for the Oakland A’s is higher than it has been in a long time. Even non-A’s fans are starting to take notice of what these guys are doing. And as an A’s fan it is a ton of fun. So please, don’t tear it all down.
As much as people hate to admit it, the Giants winning the 2010 World Series may have been the best thing for the A’s. It made people aware of Bay Area baseball again. Now, as the A’s continue to mow down opponents in the second half of the season, people are becoming aware of A’s baseball again. People are recognizing the names Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick, Tommy Milone, Ryan Cook and Jarrod Parker. So keep them in the green and gold and let this fan base have something to be proud of.
This goes beyond just this year. Maybe they don’t make the playoffs, but the fans have sure as hell had a great time rooting for the A’s this year. It will stay that way, as long as this group of guys stays around. Teams and their fans are a family. The A’s and their fans haven’t had that feeling in a long time, but now that they have it, it is an awesome feeling.
So don’t tear this apart. Don’t blow it up. Keep this team together. Obviously some guys go, and new guys join, but for the most part, please don’t take away what A’s fans have so badly craved for half a decade. Being an A’s fan is finally fun again, and I hope as a baseball fan and as the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, you can appreciate that and join in. Because frankly, Mr. Beane, I think the next few years will be one hell of a ride.
Kyle A. Madson