It's fun to take a trip down memory lane, but sometimes it's a daunting task if you've had a really great year and need to list the top moments.
Luckily, Chris Giles has taken that difficulty out of the job for you -- at least when it comes to the A's.
The team's chief operating officer relived his top moments from the A's successful 2018 campaign -- and I was instructed to see if these indeed were the top moments.
Well, let's see ...
Giles’ No. 10 moment was for the launch of The Treehouse, a 10,000-square-foot area for fans to get together and enjoy entertainment and libations at The Coliseum.
There is bar/lounge seating, a renovated bar and televisions, among other things -- and most importantly, very good views of the game. Giles called it a "game-changer," and I can say I very much agree. Who doesn't love mingling, drinking and watching the game?
The No. 6 moment was a guy who was sporting an A's jersey ... with "Beer" on the back.
Clarence Beers played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1948, when he pitched two-thirds of an inning. He "boasted" an 13.50 ERA -- I doubt this jersey was dedicated to him.
But I support this.
The moment Giles went "undercover."
OK, there are a few things to unpack here.
First of all, Giles -- c'mon man, there is nothing undercover about this. Your name still is Chris G., and you're wearing a hat. I can spot you from a mile away.
Still, I DO appreciate someone who has the confidence to walk up to someone who is eating and ask them, well, anything. And it was cool to see Giles talking to the fans, most of which seemed interested in what he had to say. The reactions from people when they find out they're on camera always is great content.
The No. 3 moment was when the A's set an all-time attendance record.
You guys, there were fans all the way up to the top of Mount Davis!
And the No. 1 moment? That's easy. That's when the A's punched a playoff ticket by clinching a wild-card berth.
My top 10 @Athletics moments from 2018. #1: Clinch night. We brought our entire front office to Seattle to celebrate achieving our annual business goals and we locked down the WC with everyone on hand. 🍾🍾🍾 ensued. https://t.co/UUoRf21wTe— Chris Giles (@chrisgiles01) March 9, 2019
Yes there was champagne, there were goggles and there were smiles.
So while my opinion doesn't matter, Giles did a fabulous job reminiscing on the feel-good moments that put the A's on the map and gave a lot of people something to talk about.
But ... I think Sean Manaea's no-hitter deserved some love. OK, it deserved a lot of love -- especially during an era when pitchers aren't throwing complete games anymore.
You can check out Giles’ list in its entirety here.