Last year, the Angels made the big offseason splash by signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson - but the A's were the surprise winners of the AL West.
This year, the Angels again were the big-news team, signing former Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton. And the A's feel just as capable of winning the division again.
"These guys feel good about themselves, and we feel good as well," A's general manager Billy Beane said during the team's FanFest at Oracle Arena. "If the script plays out the exact same way as last year, we'll be happy with that."
Outfielder Josh Reddick noted that the A's pitchers had decent success against both Pujols and Hamilton last season, and that Hamilton remains in the division, but with a different team.
"Expectations don't change. It's just a new crew and a new year," Reddick said. "We've been outcast like we were last year; everybody's throwing us out again. We have the firm belief we can do this again."
"We don't worry about what other teams are doing," new A's outfielder Chris Young said. "I'm sure confidence is high in this clubhouse. We'll just try to keep it rolling."
Outfielder Coco Crisp said the A's must find chemistry after some changes, particularly after losing Jonny Gomes and Cliff Pennington.
"We'll figure out a new identity," he said. "I'm confident we can be A's-mazing again."
Crisp said that might include a new dance this season. "I'm going with the 'Pee Wee Herman,' " he suggested, but said the "Bernie" will continue "until someone says, 'We've had enough, my back hurts.' "
Hairy: Crisp and Reddick are in a beard-growing contest that a shaggy Reddick appears to be winning handily. Crisp, however, gets style points for bringing back his "Fro-Co, Co-Fro whatever it is."
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A's confident they can do it again
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 28