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Giving Thanks: The American League West

Nov 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

Ice Storm Thanksgiving

We continue our look at what each team — and their fans — have to be thankful for this winter:

Texas Rangers: For the fates, good karma or whatever the hell it was that allowed this team to weather their manager’s cocaine revelations and a steel cage match of a team sale and bankruptcy without it tearing them asunder. Special thanks to the Mariners, for willingly trading an ace within the division and Major League Baseball, which OK’d the deal even though they were subsidizing the Rangers at the time.

Oakland Athletics: Dallas Braden, who stood bravely in defense of the A’s against those who would tread where opposing teams should not tread.  To be honest, though, not a ton to be thankful for. Yes, there’s some good young pitching, but it’s getting no help from the team’s owner who seems to be nickeling and diming his way through the baseball portion of his life, or from Major League Baseball, which couldn’t leave the team in an Oakland-San Jose limbo any longer unless it bent the space-time continuum to make history flow backwards. There are few beasts in this world for whom I feel more sorry than die-hard A’s fans. They deserve better, and they’re not getting it.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Arte Morneo’s anger. It reportedly has him prepared to open the checkbook this winter in pursuit of Carl Crawford and maybe even more. He probably wouldn’t admit it, but when he bought this team he had it in his head that he was going to win all the damn time. A year of not doing it is probably a great thing for Angels fans over the long term.

Seattle Mariners: The sweet, merciful kiss of the season’s death on October 3rd, which put an end to their suffering. They can also be thankful that even if Jack Zduriencik signed Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth and Cliff Lee to league minimum deals, traded for Justin Upton and Zack Greinke and somehow managed to create a time machine through which he brought back Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez circa 1996, no one would have any crazy expectations for this team. Not after last winter, anyway, which leaves the possibility that fans will be pleasantly surprised at what happens in 2011.

  1. apbaguy - Nov 25, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Spot on, as the Brits say, concerning the A’s and their few remaining fans. Happy Thanksgiving, Craig!.

  2. jobooo - Nov 25, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Craig – Arte Morneo is on line 1. He wants to know who the hell he is.

  3. mtner77 - Nov 26, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, were are thankful that Dave Cameron rated us the #6 org. in MLB. Gives us real hope! Afterall, if someone as SMART as Big Dave rated us this highly, you know it just has to be true!

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