Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp Has Been a Highlight and Lowlight Magnet

Paul Francis SullivanChief Writer IOctober 10, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics makes a catch at the wall in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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With all of the baseball on television over the next few days, there is a chance viewers will miss a few great moments here and there. Not everyone has a schedule where they can watch four baseball games on a Wednesday.

But if everyone just keeps watching Coco Crisp of the Oakland Athletics, then chances are they will see something memorable.

Coco Crisp, who has the best name in baseball, has delivered everything good and bad in the Division Series against the Detroit Tigers. If he keeps delivering the goods, then the A's could be forcing a deciding fifth game.

From his very first at-bat in the series, it was clear that it was not going to be an ordinary October for Crisp.

He homered off of Justin Verlander to lead off the series. It gave the A's a lead that did not last long.

Game 2 saw Crisp beat out an infield single in the third inning and then get thrown out at the plate from a great throw by Avisail Garcia.

Then with the A's leading in the seventh inning of Game 2 by a score of 2-1, Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle was on the verge of getting out of a huge jam. He got triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera to pop up to center field with two outs. But Crisp tried to make a cool basket catch and dropped it.

Instead of having the lead in the eighth inning and possibly avoiding Cabrera the rest of the day, the Tigers scored two runs. The back and forth game would end with the Tigers walking off on a sacrifice fly, but the entire game could have been changed with a catch.

So what did Crisp do? Instead of dropping a shallow fly ball, he jumped and stole a home run from Prince Fielder in Game 3.

The Tigers never got their offense going and the A's held on.

All season long, the A's have been the most exciting and unpredictable team to watch. So in a way Coco Crisp is a microcosm of the Oakland season.

So watch the game tonight. It should be an interesting game. And keep an eye on center field. Something memorable will happen there.