The Oakland Athletics have been part of dramatic postseason comebacks before, they are just used to being on the other side of them. After falling down 2-0 in the series then trailing 3-1 going into the ninth inning of Game 4, the Athletics somehow find themselves hosting a winner-take-all Game 5.
Following Wednesday's dramatic Game 4 win, Athletics fans found out what it feels like to be on the other side of a comeback. As pointed out in the post game recap at SB Nation's Oakland blog Athletics Nation, being on the comeback side is a lot more fun.
You know what? Game 5's feel a lot better on this side. So much better, in fact; and believe me, I speak from years of experience, that if you are going to lose two out of four games, definitely lose the first two. Especially when you are in the one weird year of playoff baseball where games 3, 4, and 5 are played at home.
Even after tying the game in the ninth, the Athletics looked to be headed to extra innings when Coco Crisp came to the plate. Once the goat of the series for a costly error, Crisp came through with the hit to complete the comeback and make the A's what Athletics Nation called the "unlikeliest of walk-off winners."
The A's, and their fans, will have to catch their breath quickly as Oakland will face Detroit in the deciding Game 5 Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:37 p.m. PT.