Today the A's and Giants begin a 4 game series. The first two games will be in Oakland, the last two in SF.
The Giants are the National League team, the A's play in the American League. Growing up I cheered for the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are in the National League, just like the Giants; from my dad I learned early that the National League was better.
Why? Not only did the American League harbor the Evil Empire known as the New York Yankess. It also instituted bastardizations such as the designated hitter rule, which allowed American League pitchers to escape their hitting duties. In the National League things weren't so cushy. And besides that, back in the '70s Pete Rose and the Big Red Machine had prevailed in the World Series, twice in a row--once against the Red Sox and once against those Big Bad Yankees. All hail the National League!
Except, except....I live in Oakland now, and the A's are American Leaguers. Things have grown complicated. I still admire the purity of the National League, and the Giants have one of the most beautiful stadiums in baseball. Meanwhile the A's crank along cheaply in the pathetic Colisuem, and for years they have wanted to skip town anyway.
In a few years the Golden State Warriors are headed to SF; and the Raiders could move like they have before. If all that happens and the A's leave too Oakland will have no pro sports team. SF will soon lose the 49ers, but will still have baseball and basketball in town. So I want the A's to stay, even with designated hitters. But I'm still not sure who to root for when they play the Giants.