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Field of Links: Battle-tested A’s ready for ALDS, Sharks return, more MLB lawsuits

Oct 4, 2013, 9:46 AM PST

The Oakland Coliseum is all gussied up for the postseason. After a fresh coat of paint on the dugout and on the field over the football stripes, new signage was hung with care and the bunting has been placed on the third deck. All of the tarps are removed, save for the ones on Mt. Davis, and the old girl is ready to support a frenzied fan base.

The A’s players can’t wait to hear the roar of the home crowd.

“I’m excited to see how loud it’s going to be with those tarps off every day,” Sean Doolittle said. “I know how electric this place was last year with 35,000. I’m really looking forward to the added 12,000 to 13,000 people that will be here.”

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A’s fans proved what they can do when in full force during the 2012 postseason. They certainly left a strong impression on the Tigers.

“It was unbelievable (last season),” Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera said. “I don’t know how you are going to prepare, but I think we’re going to be ready. … It’s tough to play (there). Even if they lose, they’re loud. Nine innings in the game, that’s very impressive.”

The Tigers are picked as favorites to win the series, but the A’s are a different bunch of guys than they were last season. They insist an added year of experience will go a long way this time around.

“I think it matters a lot,” Doolittle said. “Last year, everything happened so quick. We clinched and then we were on a plane going to Detroit. We never had a chance to catch our breath or get our feet under us and get settled in somewhere. …Last year, I think we were kind of wide-eyed.”

Game One will feature Bartolo Colon vs. Max Scherzer in front of a sell-out crowd.

— The San Jose Sharks dropped the puck for real on Thursday night. Team Teal defeated the Vancouver Canucks for the eighth consecutive time with a 4-1 victory. Sharks insider Kevin Kurz put together a solid recap with tons of highlights and video interviews included in the link. If you missed the game, here’s the highlight package from SportsNet Central.

— On the same day that San Jose’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball had its first hearing in front of a federal judge, Alex Rodriguez has also decided to file a lawsuit against MLB. The lawyers representing MLB in the San Jose suit are asking for the case to be thrown out. There isn’t expected to be a ruling for a couple of months.

Meanwhile, the commissioner’s office released this blunt statement in response to Rodriguez’ lawsuit:

“While we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Mr. Rodriguez violated the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years and whether he violated the Basic Agreement by attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.”

Here’s a link to the paperwork, but HarballTalk’s Craig Calcaterra is a lawyer-turned-baseball-writer and is typically the go-to guy when stuff like this happens. He summed it up really well.

In the complaint Bud Selig and Major League Baseball are accused of acting underhandedly, pursuing A-Rod in a “witch hunt,” violating the Joint Drug Agreement and Collective Bargaining Agreement and seeking to trash A-Rod out of spite, vengeance and in an effort to secure Bud Selig’s legacy.

You can’t get sued for providing links to other people’s work. So, here you go. Try not to be overwhelmed by the cuteness below.

Field of Links:

— The Oakland Athletics youth movement is in full effect. Crazy cute.

Speaking of our youth, this just might be the most awesome thing ever. All hospitals should steal this idea immediately.

The best tweet of the week. By far.

Breaking Bad fans in New Mexico placed on obit for Walter White in the Albuquerque Journal.

— Lindsey Vonn to Davis Love III: “Is that a baby squirrel in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?

Newborn micro pigs!

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