Today's post is about my favorite baseball team, the Oakland Athletics, and their depressing loss to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 World Series.
Brian over at Collecting Cutch is hosting a contest on his blog. He's looking for bloggers to make a post about a year your favorite team didn't win the World Series. Within your post, he'd like you to talk about why that year's roster stood out to you and who were your favorite players that weren't superstars. In addition he wants us to talk about any players who went on to have hall of fame careers.
I went with the 1990 Athletics, because that season they entered the postseason with the best record in baseball and swept the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS to get to the World Series. Everything about that team looked primed to win it all.
Sadly, they were swept by Chris Sabo, Billy Hatcher, Jose Rijo, and company.
But I still have fond memories of that team.
Rickey Henderson won the AL MVP Award that season when he led the MLB in offensive WAR, on base percentage, runs created, and runs scored. He also represent one of three guys on this roster who would eventually get an invitation to Cooperstown.
2004 Topps Retired Signature Edition Autographs #TA-DEC
2016 Archives All-Star Signature Buybacks (1991 Bowman) #231
2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball Tenacity Autograph #TA-JC
2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball Tenacity Autograph #TA-MM
2007 Topps Co-Signers Solo Sigs #SS-DH
2012 Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-CL
2018 Arhives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-TS
But their pitching wasn't too shabby either.
2013 Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-BW
2003 UD Sweet Spot Classic Greats Signature #CG-DSt
2017 Five Star Heart of a Champion Autograph #FSHC-RH
2007 UD Sweet Spot Classic Signatures #SPS-CL
It's been almost three decades since the A's have gone back to the World Series and until they do... the 1990 Oakland Athletics will leave a sour taste in my mouth. That team was so talented, but much like the 1988 team, they just couldn't finish the job. Damn. Losing sucks.
Well that's it for today. A huge shout out to Brian for this interesting contest and Blog Bat-Around idea.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!