MLB: Oakland Athletics Fans Need to Support Their Team Better in 2013

Paul Francis SullivanChief Writer IOctober 12, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Fans cheer before Game Four of the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Athletics season ended when Justin Verlander's brilliance just proved to be greater than any magic in the East Bay. The Detroit Tigers may have moved on, but Oakland fans got a great show.

In fact, since June 10, the Oakland Athletics have been the most exciting team in baseball with the most regular season wins. They won with homers, great pitching, speed on the bases and of course 14 walk off victories.

And for their troubles, the Athletics played in front of 1,679,013 fans.

Only the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays drew worse.

Now the Rays drawing that badly is the subject for a completely different article, but the Astros and Indians put a horrible product on the field and will no doubt see more fans once brighter days arrive.

The rumblings of the Athletics looking for a new ballpark constant.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff's push to move to San Jose might be delayed again. But between San Jose, Fremont and elsewhere, the Athletics clearly think that Oakland is not the answer.

Which is where the power of the pocketbook can come through. Go to the games next year. Fill up the O.Co Coliseum right up to the tarps.

Next year, the bulk of the 2012 team will be back.

In fact, they have so many rookies and pre-arbitration players on the squad that this group might be there for 2013 and 2014 too.

Recreate that festive atmosphere from the final week against Texas and the three games against Detroit.

As a former Bay Area resident, I am aware of the problems with the Coliseum. It is ugly, traffic around it is bad and the seats are way too far from the action.

I've also been to Progressive Field in Cleveland. It is centrally located and the views are terrific. Guess what? The product on the field in Cleveland is unwatchable.

For one year, show your support, A's fans. There are die-hard fans who show up with their great signs and waving flags no matter where the A's are in the standings. But there were a lot of fair weather fans wearing green and gold in the park in the last few games.

There is nothing wrong with fair weather fans. That means there is something positive to cheer about. And the weather is fair.

Take the argument of "The Athletics can not draw in Oakland" off of the table.

And if next year is anything like 2012, then you will have a lot to cheer about.