Bay Area baseball never ceases to amaze – this summer’s Collegiate Warriors finished with a record of 35-15-1, and the bay’s MLB teams are dominating competition right and left.
Battling through the 10th inning of last night’s nail-biter against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Francisco Giants (Warrior Alum, Mitch Delfino, plays in their minor league system) improved to a season-best 19 games above .500 on a Marco Scutaro walk-off single down the left field line. Sitting at a solid 4.5 games up in the NL West, the Giants have had to withstand the loss of superstar outfielder, Melky Cabrera. By continuing their winning ways, the Giants have shown what it means to step up in the face of adversity, and have set a fantastic example for our young players.
Perennial underdogs, the Oakland Athletics, are looking a lot like the infamous 2002 “Moneyball” squad that rocketed the team out of obscurity with a 20-game winning streak and a playoff appearance. The 2012 A’s are tied with the New York Yankees for the 2nd best record in the American League, and sit a mere 4 games behind the 1st place Texas Rangers with a record of 76-58. Last night’s tough loss to the 3rd place Anaheim Angels snapped the impressive 9-game winning streak that the A’s had hoped to continue as they head into what is widely regarded as one of the toughest end-of-the-season schedules in MLB. While the A’s still have a long road ahead during the upcoming battles, that they have proven themselves elite to a host of cynics is something our student-athletes at FBF, along with players everywhere, can strive to emulate.