The San Jose Sharks responded to their quickest playoff exit in a run of eight straight postseason appearances with tinkering instead of a roster overhaul.
San Francisco sure hopes Posey’s presence in the middle of the lineup and behind the plate will go a long way toward bringing the franchise back to the magic it felt during an improbable World Series championship run in 2010.
For all that this club went through this winter watching two starting pitchers traded away along with the All-Star closer, landing Ramirez and outbidding some big spenders for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes means an awful lot to the Athletics.
Two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash.
The A’s got back to .500 last year and, in what would be a remarkably quick turnaround by baseball standards, appear poised to compete again in 2011.