This, that and the other thing:
With two three-game sweeps over the $173 million Boston Red Sox, a four-game sweep of the $197 million New York Yankees and a three-game sweep of the $95 million Los Angeles Dodgers this season, is there any major league team that gets more out of its payroll than the $55 million A's?
These Amazing A's, picked to finish last in the American League West Division in most preseason polls, are only three games behind the $120 million Texas Rangers and lead the A.L. wild-card race.
Not only does Billy Beane deserve to be named Executive of the Year and Bob Melvin Manager of the Year, the A's merit Organization of the Year.
Much of the A's success has been because of smart call-ups from the Triple-A River Cats, and Sacramento won an unprecedented sixth consecutive PCL Pacific South Division title.
Not that we're keeping track, but the National League West-leading Giants are 12-5 since Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for testosterone, and the Dodgers are 4-5 since taking on Adrian Gonzalez and a quarter-billion dollars in salary from the Red Sox.
A three-game series between the Giants and Dodgers looms this weekend at AT&T Park.
How fitting is it that the Red Sox are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Fenway Park, which opened five days after the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean?
We'll soon see if captain Bobby Valentine goes down with the ship in his maiden voyage as Boston (62-73) suffers its first losing season since 1997.
What to do
Baseball, A's vs. Angels, 1:05 p.m., O.co Coliseum: The streaking A's (76-57) already have surpassed last season's win total.
Which team has been most fun to watch this season?
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