At the time of this writing, the Oakland Athletics sit at a distant third in the American League West, 18 games behind the Texas Rangers managed by Ron Washington, once the first-base coach under A's wonderboy Billy Beane. The A's have not had a winning season since making the playoffs in 2006, which is to say they are long-removed from the summer of 2002, when they were revolutionaries who reinvented baseball by embracing the radical teachings of a pork-and-beans plant security guard who stripped the sport of its myths, romanticism and pageantry and turned it... More >>>