The Bay Bridge Series All-Time Lineup (Post-Interleague)

kruk_kuip.jpgWhy do A’s fans hate the Giants so much?

It’s not just our team. They hate on our ballpark, they hate on our announcers, they hate on just about everything. Maybe it’s just my circle, but there’s a clear-cut insecurity there.

We get it; it’s been awhile since the Giants won a championship. But when was the last time the A’s were relevant, 20 years ago?

See, this is what A’s fans do to me. I actually like for the A’s. I root for the A’s.

But this time of year, the green and gold gets to me.

Since the launch of Interleague Play in 1997, the Bay Bridge rivalry has been restored. The A’s are leading the series, 41-35, heading into Sunday’s game. Though as an A’s fan would tell you, neither team won a “championship” that year so none of it really counts. (Is there an acronym for rolling eyes?)

There have been a number of stars to play for both sides of the Bay. I thought we’d have some fun this Sunday – the finale of the three-game initial Bay-Bridge series – and discuss the all-time lineups for each team since the launch of Interleague.

I’ll get the ball rolling with my picks below, and you can post your own in the comments section below.

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The Oakland A’s (’97-present)

1. Mark Kotsay (CF)
2. Mark Ellis (2B)
3. Miguel Tejada (SS)
4. Jason Giambi (1B)
5. Frank Thomas (DH)
6. Eric Chavez (3B)
7. Matt Stairs (RF)
8. Ben Grieve (LF)
9. Kurk Suzuki (C)
SP. Tim Hudson
CL. Huston Street

The San Francisco Giants (’97-present)

1. Marquis Grissom (CF)
2. Rich Aurilia (SS)
JTSnow.jpg3. Barry Bonds (LF)
4. Jeff Kent (2B)
5. Pablo Sandoval (3B)
6. Ellis Burks (RF)
7. Benji Molina (C)
8. J.T. Snow (1B)
9. Real Leagues Don’t Use DH (DH)
SP. Tim Lincecum
CL. Robb Nen

What do your lineups look like? Post in the comments below.


Introducing The Orange Fog

I feel like I owe this blog to Will Clark.

Sometimes it’s tough for a sports writer to remember how it all began. The world of self-important pro athletes, tight deadlines and relentless schedules is easy to get lost in.

But just about every sports writer began as a fan – unstable kids with grubby ball caps, too much gum and a know-it-all attitude on why their team is the best.

At least, that was my story.

The Giants were “the best” and my devotion was on display in a bedroom covered in Giants pennants and a closet filled with Mothers Cookies Giants baseball cards.

I haven’t forgotten the moment when I became a sports writer. My birthday present from Grandpa was a trip to Candlestick. Ole’ No. 22 was coming back from injury, and the afternoon crowd was celebrating his return.

I remember looking up at my Grandpa with a questioning look of “Is it really okay to be this loud?” Usually my Mom would have put an end to that real quick. So away I stomped, screamed and clapped.

Will Clark was the man. Soon I’d have everything to do with this guy. I’d trade my older brother just about anything for one of his baseball cards – all my Rick Reuschel cards, the rest of my fruit roll-up, whatever it took.

There’s nothing like being a fan.

After years of watching baseball through the lens of a journalist, I’m ready to enjoy the game again. That’s the reason behind the Orange Fog – to bring back my voice as a fan.

I’m not ditching my sports journalism career; I’m simply taking a season off. I’ll enjoy the 2010 Giants season as I enjoyed all the seasons of my youth. The Orange Fog will be my platform.

Just as I held court with my brother and our friends during the summers of my youth, I’ll open those same types of discussions in this space. It’s all about having fun and enjoying this team.

Pablo Sandoval is no Will Clark, but he is to some bubble gum-chewing youngster.

So enjoy this summer of Giants baseball with me. Let’s have conversations the way we would when we were kids.

Want to start a conversation? E-mail me at or through Twitter @jimmyspencercom