One of the side effects of the Pirates losing for 20 years in a row is that baseball carries on without them once the regular season is over. For that reason, I usually try to find a post-season team to pull for, as I'm sure any other baseball fan does.

I usually go with the underdogs or the small market teams. That seems to be another common trend. This year, that's the Oakland Athletics.

For all the talk of the collapse by the Pirates, the A's did the exact opposite. On June 30th, the A's were 13 games back in their division, with a 37-42 record. From there, Oakland went 57-26 in the second half, winning the AL West on the final day of the season. They did all of this with one of the smallest payrolls in the league, and right after trading two very talented young pitchers in the of...

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