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CSN California to air 147 A's games during 2017 season

CSN California to air 147 A's games during 2017 season

MESA, Ariz. — The A’s television schedule was released Sunday, with CSN California carrying 147 of the team’s 162 games.

The slate begins with the April 3 Opening Night matchup against the Los Angeles Angels, the beginning of a four-game set at the Coliseum that will air entirely on CSN California.

A four-game series at home against the Boston Red Sox, who shoulder big expectations entering the season, awaits May 18-21. Less than a week later, the A’s will be at Yankee Stadium for a three-game set that airs May 26-28. And the next day, they’ll begin a three-game series on Memorial Day at Cleveland against the defending American League champs.

The Yankees will be in town Father’s Day weekend for a four-game set that begins June 15. Shortly after, another holiday series awaits at home as the Chicago White Sox visit over Fourth of July for a three-game series July 3-5.

[PRESS RELEASE: CSN California announces 2017 A's coverage]

The early second-half schedule features the A’s making a return trip to the Big Apple for a July 21-23 interleague series against the New York Mets.

The annual Bay Bridge Series awaits July 31-Aug. 3, with the first two games against the Giants at the Coliseum and the last two at AT&T Park.

The final holiday of the season again has the A’s at home, as the Angels visit for a three-game series that begins Labor Day, Sept. 4. And CSN California will carry all four games of the regular season-ending series in Arlington against the Rangers from Sept. 28-Oct. 1.

The 15 non-CSN games will air nationally on MLB Network.

Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

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Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

Young Athletics fan Loren Jade Smith is among the thousands of people affected by the Northern California wildfires. Along with his family's home, the fire storm took his most valued possession -- his A's memorabilia collection. 

In his disappointment, Smith wrote a letter to the A's that has since gone viral. 

After the letter was shared throughout the Twitterverse, A's President Dave Kaval said the team would reach out to Jade and his family to replace his memorabilia. 

And since Kaval's announcement, the A's community of fans has responded with offers to send the young fan some memorabilia. The A's have even set up an address where fans can send Smith their gifts. 

Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

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Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

Fox’ Matt Vasgersian, who does his job well,  declared the New York Yankees’ American League Division Series win over Cleveland to be amazing.

It is not. Not any more.

In fact, the Yankees winning three elimination games in succession is a feat that has happened seven times in the past three years. And we can only conclude from that that they’re not making teams that can avoid the bad beat the way they used to.

The 2017 Indians joined the 2016 Indians, Warriors and Thunder, the 2015 Clippers, Capitals and Texas Rangers, the 2014 Penguins and Sharks, the 2013 Red Wings, the 2012 Reds and Cardinals, the 2011 Penguins, the 2010 Bruins and Capitals as proud laryngectomy victims – teams that needed to win only one of three (or in the Sharks’ case, four) games to advance in the playoffs (or in the Warriors’ case, win).

That’s 15 times this “amazing” thing has happened, which means that by any estimate, teams that needed to win three consecutive games to escape the icy hand of Uncle Death are now pretty much the norm in this decade.

And why, you ask? I blame Twitter. I blame global warming. I blame video games. I blame smartphones. I blame phones. I blame the new president. I blame the old president. I blame Satan. I blame participation trophies and orange slices and juice boxes. I blame the players and I blame the owners and I blame the fans and definitely those smarmy bastards in the media. They’re the worst.

I blame you. Hell, I think I blame Matt Vasgersian.

But whomever is at fault, we have here an epidemic of feet strangling their owners when everything seems their cheeriest. And unless we live in such misery-enriched times that good times are only precursors to far worse ones, there is no sensible explanation. Players’ windpipes are no smaller than they were a decade ago. The Internet is older than seven years. Close-out games are not materially more difficult than they were before 2010.

And yet winning that one extra game is suddenly like finding out your SAT test has been written totally in anagrams. In other words, when things look brightest, that’s when you know you’re totally screwed.

And if you don’t believe me, ask Terry Francona. In a few weeks maybe. Not right away. Not unless you’re keen to see how it feels to have your neck used as a bathmat.