A’s Baseball

Duke and I are going to the A’s vs Mariners game tonight.  Every year I become more of an A’s fan. Thanks to Duke’s boss we have gone to 2-3 A’s games a year for he past few years.  The book MoneyBall by Michael Lewis greatly increased my interest in the team. It is much more than an A’s book or a baseball book. It is a book about thinking outside the box  and running an organization based on what you measure not on your preconceived notions. I also enjoyed the book because it tells some great player stories. I like knowing something about the backgrounds of the players.

The human side of the story is one of the reasons I really liked the  Josh Suchon story about the A’s reliever Ron Flores that ran in yesterdays Argus. Flores was the 870th pick in the 2000 baseball draft and he is one of only 47 major league baseball players who have a college degree. It is an inspiring story and Suchan tells it well. It is well worth reading.