The Oakland Athletics are in a familiar position on Oct. 8. After the Athletics took care of the Detroit Tigers by 6-3 on Oct. 7, they put themselves one win away from advancing to the ALCS. But as Oakland gets ready for Game 4 and has two chances to clinch, it is facing Detroit and its own ugly playoff history.
This is the seventh time this century that the Athletics are in the playoffs, and they have been eliminated in the ALDS all but once. Each time, Oakland has had a real chance to advance and do damage, and has hosted a do-or-die Game 5 at home multiple times as well. But when the time has come to get though, the Athletics keep failing.
The Tigers themselves broke their hearts in a decisive Game 5 at Oakland last October, and will have a chance to do it all over again by winning Game 4 in Detroit. As such, the Athletics can’t afford to let the failures of the past get into their heads, so they need to take the Tigers out right now.
Here is a list of all the other golden October opportunities the Athletics have wasted since 2000 -- a list they don’t want to make any longer this week.