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October 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Amazing Oakland A’s facts, all culled from Twitter

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(Jemile Weeks and Yoenis Cespedes celebrate the A’s AL West title. Photo by Associated Press)

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I can’t believe what I just saw, to channel old-school Jack Buck. How the Oakland A’s did what they did is worthy of a book — paging Michael Lewis! paging Michael Lewis! — but for now, I’m going to present these tweets, all of which came in the last hour and shed some light on just how remarkable their comeback has been.

(Apologies, I cut and pasted these without getting the source, though many are from Elias, ESPN Info, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser)

  • Elias: #Athletics first team in history to overcome a 5-game deficit with no more than 9 games remaining on schedule to win outright.
  • The #Athletics came back from 13 down to be #ALWestChamps. FROM ELIAS: Only 2 teams have overcome bigger deficits to finish in 1st.

  • Rangers spent 178 days in first. White Sox 126 days. Chicago out of the playoffs. Texas into single-game knockout Wild Card.
  • a’s rally from 13 back, & from 5 back w/ 9 to play. incredible. ’78 yanks had huge stars, ’51 giants had signs.
  • #Athletics have spent exactly one day in sole possession of first place – today
  • The A’s won 74 games last year, TRADED THEIR TWO BEST STARTERS FOR PROSPECTS, & won 94 games and the AL West. But sure, Moneyball’s a fad.
  • Amazing. RT: @AmPressAlexH: The A’s and Astros were both 22-31 on June 1. Just let that sink in and explode your brain.
  • The A’s were 100 to 1 to win the AL West at the All Star break at the Las Vegas Hotel (via @golfodds)
  • A’s 82-46 w/ Cespedes starting, 12-22 when not starting. Tool shed everyone saw. Background work on makeup, intelligence astute, brilliant
  • #Rangers led AL West 178 days. #Athletics only lead today. That’s like NFL team winning time of possession 59 minutes to 1, and losing game
  • Oakland is the only post-season participant of the 10 MLB clubs who never had a starter get to 120+ pitches in 2012 @baseballpro

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