Normally I detest the A's and everything they stand for, as I know many of you do as well. I checked tonight's score and saw they were up 5-0 in the second inning. My immediate reaction was disgust. But then, they are playing Seattle, and if they win this game it gets us a little closer to our rightful playoff spot. An added bonus is that a strong finish by the A's, lets say they get over .500, means that Billy Beane's draft pick will not be protected. I'd hate to see them spend money on a decent free agent (I know, if they do it will be the first time) and still pick 12 or 13 in next year's draft. I'd rather them be in a spot where they can't sign anybody because to do so would mean giving up their #16 or #17 pick.