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A’s fans can’t get too attached to stars

Oakland’s Josh Donaldson hits an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo. The A’s traded the All-Star third baseman to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, for third baseman Brett Lawrie, left-hander Sean Nolin, right-hander Kendall Graveman and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto.
Oakland’s Josh Donaldson hits an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo. The A’s traded the All-Star third baseman to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, for third baseman Brett Lawrie, left-hander Sean Nolin, right-hander Kendall Graveman and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto. AP

Spending parts of my childhood summers with relatives who raised chickens, I was encouraged not to get too attached to my feathered friends.

“Don’t look at them as pets,” my godmother would warn. “If you want to give them names, call them Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.”

I soon found out why, as the bigger, plump birds seemed to disappear overnight and were replaced by yellow chicks. And the cycle continued summer after summer.

Maybe the same disclaimer should be given to A’s fans: Don’t get too attached to those young major-league players in the home white uniforms at O.co Coliseum, because just when they become fan favorites they suddenly disappear in the chill of December via trade or free agency.

I’m sorry, Brett Lawrie and Marcus Semien, you’ll have to excuse the Oakland fans if they don’t exactly warm up to you next April when you play your first home games. You see, you both not only replaced two All-Star players, Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss, you replaced two guys who had quickly become part of this small, tight family that is A’s Nation.

And we’re not even mentioning last summer’s departure of the popular Yoenis Cespedes, who still had a year left on his contract, or starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who was acquired in July and traded last week.

But while A’s fans have been pulling their hair out in frustration watching Billy Beane seemingly dismantle key pieces of a team that made three consecutive playoff appearances, the general manager deserves a little leeway.

Beane has done this repeatedly, almost like a mad scientist in his laboratory re-creating a playoff baseball team out of affordable players while A’s fans, armed with pitchforks and torches, bang on the door outside wondering what in the name of Dennis Eckersley he’s doing.

We’ll have to wait and see.

It’s still December and the A’s are reportedly $15 million under their 2013 payroll of $67 million. That likely means Beane’s not finished building his 2015 roster.

Just don’t get too attached to it.

– Victor Contreras,

vcontreras@sacbee.com


What to watch

NFL, 49ers vs. Seahawks, 1:25 p.m., FOX40: San Francisco tries to keep its dwindling playoff hopes alive against rival Seattle.

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