My team, the Oakland A’s, ended their season last night. Bummed as I am , I can now openly root for Detroit-Washington World Series, in a historic meeting of good baseball teams from historically black cities.
My brother, who is the best, wants me to take lessons from the toughness, perseverance and general awesomeness that our team showed this season. They never led their division alone the whole season, and on the last day, defeated their rivals the Texas Rangers to win the AL West. in the ALDS, they dropped two games to Detroit, before taking two to force a fifth game (which they lost). They won 15 walk-off games this season. Most of their players are under 25 years old. They were definitely not supposed to make the playoffs.
Baseball, like any sport, or any job, can be grueling, tiring, stressful. But it’s also a game, it’s fun, and it should stay fun. If you aren’t having a good time when you get to the ballpark, you should probably hang it up. (I learned that from Bob Uecker, you guys.)
But the most important lesson I took from the A’s this season is to never quit, ever. Because until that last out is recorded, you are still in the game, and there is still a chance.