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A territorial dispute is at the heart of this Bay Area rivalry.
As the financially-strapped A's search for a new stadium and steady revenue streams, their prosperous neighbors continue to deny them access to the San Jose market. The process has dragged on for years, and frustrated Oakland owner Lew Wolff says that baseball commissioner Bud Selig "might as well just tell us no." (via MercuryNews.com)
The all-time regular-season series is essentially split—OAK 47, SF 45. This would potentially be their first postseason meeting since the 1989 World Series and second of the past 98 years!
Both the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants have both lost major contributors to PED suspensions as well. Seeing them reach the Fall Classic despite depleted rosters would be quite a feat.
Imagine the rookie-laden Athletics opposing the 2010 world champions, outnumbered three Cy Young awards to zero and four 2012 All-Star Game selections to one.
The teams began this campaign with vastly different expectations, which is another interesting discrepancy.