It all seems to have started when Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane traded Dan Haren, Joe Blanton and Nick Swisher in his strong and passionate attempt to rebuild the ailing A’s. After cutting back on some finances and being as patient as an all-star quarterback, Beane made the move that Oakland has been waiting for, the acquisition of the mighty Matt Holliday from the Rocky Mountain tundra. In two years, Holliday averaged .329, 32 home runs, and 113 RBIs.
According to Peter Gammons of ESPN.com, Beane tried to make another stud-like move in this already busy offseason by contacting the BoSox about Jason Bay, which ended up a failure due to the high asking price. Holliday is said to be set to make $13.5 million in 2009 which is the final year of his contract; after that, he will hit the free agent market.
This upcoming season will hopefully be a step up from last as Holliday will attempt to raise the batting average of Oakland from .292 last season (the worst in the league) and their home run total which was 646 (last in the American League).
So with that, I bring to you my poetic side with an original piece written by yours truly:
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through Oakland
not a bat was hitting nor a bunt connecting.
The helmets were hung by the lockers with care,
In hopes that Matt Holliday soon would be there.