Opening days haven’t been kind to the Oakland A’s.
A team that’s mastered and revolutionized the art of advanced analytic roster building on a budget has yet to nail the craft of a first impression. The Athletics, in Oakland, hold a 23-29 all-time record beneath the vast crowds and star- spangled bunting.
But, if the A’s might teach us anything, it’s that opening days don’t matter much. The roster that the field that March or April day will soon morph into another beast, multiple times over. It’s merely one game down, 161 to go.