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Shaving Cream Pies, Pitching and A's

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PHOENIX -- What do the Oakland Athletics do for an encore? Actually, that may be the wrong question. Is an encore even possible for a team that rode waves of youth and energy into the playoffs in a 2012 season in which so little was expected of them? Can anything these players do in their careers be as much fun as that wild ride in which a team picked to finish last climbed atop the American League West for the first time by winning the 162nd game of the regular season?

 

It was a season of shaving-cream pies and bear hugs and believing in one another when almost no one else gave them a second thought. Somewhere hidden amid their success, the A's reminded all of us about the importance of teamwork and relentless effort and shutting out the noise.

 

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