Oakland Opener Brings Joy Before Sadness

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They still rush the turnstiles on opening night, dancing into the old gray bowl known as the Oakland Coliseum. And they still root for the A's, a once-potent brand now devolved into baseball's sickliest franchise.

Opening night in Oakland has become the joy before the sadness, the moonlit party before the six-month hangover.

And Friday night, good fans received a glimpse of the storied past -- hey, there's Gene Tenace throwing out the ceremonial first pitch -- while cheering through an unfulfilling and interminable present.

After playing two regular-season games against Seattle last week in Tokyo, the A's opened their 2012 domestic regular season with a 7-3 loss to the Mariners...

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