CBS 5 Sports Director Dennis O’Donnell hosts “Gameday” every Sunday night at 11:30pm on CBS 5 and offers his unique sports analysis here.
OAKLAND (CBS 5) — The Oakland Coliseum is a strange place. It is vilified as monolithic symbol of failure. Billed as a place where teams no longer succeed, a field of nightmares amid a black hole of mediocrity and financial doom.
But every now and then, a mystical light shines upon its somber grey veneer and turns the old lady into a spectacle of joy.
The Oakland A’s run into the postseason reminds us that it’s not always about a high payroll. Not always about luxury suites. Not always about what we don’t have, but rather what we do.
I can honestly say I have never heard a Bay Area baseball crowd roar as loudly as the A’s fans did last week. It seemed that the often-criticized and empty Mount Davis created an echo effect that could be heard as far away as AT&T Park.
The A’s, or the little engine that could, was churning her wheels into the face of adversity, sweeping the mighty Texas Rangers, and landing smack-dab into the heart of the post season.
Standing room only was the order of the day and, for only for a moment, nobody wondered where the team might move to or whether it would even exist at all. Nobody thought about the A’s or Raiders owners’ discontent with this place.
The coliseum was alive, a field of dreams. Proof that if you build a winner instead of a stadium, they will come.
Raiders, you’re on deck.
I’ll see you on TV.
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