DETROIT — It's 3:45 p.m. Friday. I am in the lobby of the Detroit Tigers' administrative offices. Waiting for someone with the Tigers to bring down my ALDS game credentials.
"How you doing, honey?" the receptionist says to a co-worker walking by.
"I'm living the dream. I'm living the dream," came the reply.
My head snapped to attention. Felt like I just got hit with ice water. Huh? What? I thought it was the A's who were living the dream. Like they had the copyright to the phrase. I mean, no one thought the A's would be here and aren't the kids great and yada, yada, yada. It's an insular affection, when the team in your area is doing well, and maybe that's how it should be. How can you feel someone else's dream, when it's 2,000 miles away?
"I was thinking about this today so I have a little pearl for you guys," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland at his Friday press conference. "There's three divisions in the American League and those three divisions were won by a total of five games. A total of five games: us by two, New York by two, Oakland by one. It's mind boggling to me."
And, I thought the A's had cornered the market on true grit. That winning as they did, with the unknown talent they had, that it somehow made it their dream alone, their special dream, when they scaled the summit and made the post-season.
Yes, it is a sweet journey they have taken and it's not ridiculous to think it could continue — various Vegas oddsmakers give Oakland a better chance to make the World Series than the Tigers.
Oakland's staff earned run average in its seven games against Detroit is 5.61. That's the highest ERA the pitching-rich A's have posted against any AL team.
The Tigers hit .298 versus Oakland pitching, the highest team batting average the A's have surrendered.