Heading into spring training to begin the 2012 season fresh off an offseason full of activity by the front office, scouts and fans alike projected the A's to push the 100-loss mark for the season and wallow in the American League West cellar for the entire season.
The focus was clear and without question—build towards 2014 and a new stadium in San Jose.
Six months later we find the A's in an unexpected and unfathomable place: the playoffs.
The 2002 Oakland A's inspired a best-selling book and later Hollywood movie, Moneyball. Brad Pitt was brought in and played Billy Beane, red carpets were laid out in Oakland for premieres and the A's even held an on-field viewing of the movie after one of their games this summer. This 2012 team, ten years after that celebrated team, may have more storylines and be more deserving of a feature.
They are, after all, the 2012 American League West Champions and headed for a run at history in the postseason.
The ending has yet to play out, but all A's fans old and new have enjoyed this made-for-movies story.
While we sit back and wait for the ending, let's revisit how we got here.