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San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland A’s: Can you root for both?


Yeah, so, we’re a two-team household.

While we both love the San Francisco Giants (obviously), but we also both like the Oakland A’s. In fact, I would go so far as to say that mighty, mighty good man doesn’t just like the A’s; he loves the A’s.

I think it’s fine to root for the local teams. They are not in the same division, and when they play each other, I root for the Giants (obviously). David, however, feels too conflicted when they are playing each other and can barely watch the game.

I’m writing about this because when the A’s and the Giants were playing each other a few weeks ago, I posted this photo on Facebook:

I had dressed The Boy in orange for Orange Friday (it’s a San Francisco Giants thing, for those of you that don’t give a shit about sports), but when I went to take him to the nanny David had dressed him in an Oakland A’s jacket. Well played, sir.

After some back and forth comments about how I’m not raising the Spawn right, I posted a question on Facebook: “Is it OK to be a Giants fan and an A’s fan? Are we allowed to root for both local teams (when they are not playing each other, of course)?”

The answers were rather surprising. While A’s fans said, “Sure you can root for both,” most Giants fans said, “Oh hell no!” Then they questioned my loyalty to the Giants, which – quite frankly – pissed me off. One of the people who said “Oh hell no” is someone who roots for the Giants and the Yankees. THE YANKEES! That’s fucked up. I would rather die than root for the Yankees.

I watch almost every single San Francisco Giants game. When I can’t watch it, I listen on the radio. When I can’t listen on the radio, I follow the game on Twitter. I wear orange every Friday. The Giants are all my family talks about when we get together. The day I gave birth to the Spawn was the final regular season game for the Giants last year. At some point in all the madness of pushing a human being out of my vagina, I asked for the Giants score. Seriously. How dare you question my loyalty to the Giants!

But here’s a confession for you. I wasn’t always a San Francisco Giants fan. I used to be an Oakland A’s fan.

I grew up in the East Bay, and I didn’t give a crap about baseball when I was a kid. I didn’t go to my first baseball game until I was 19 or so. Some guys I worked with at the movie theater in Walnut Creek were going to an A’s game and asked if I wanted to come along. After that, I became an A’s fan. I read the sports page and learned the players’ names. In college, I was often spotting wearing my A’s hat (because I was too lazy busy to do anything with my hair).

Eventually my interest waned. I became more concerned with important things such as “The X-Files,” tequila and guys that weren’t into me. Then in 1997, I got a job at a San Francisco newspaper. I got to know this city, and I got to know its baseball team. I worked for San Francisco newspapers for 10 years. I usually sat next to the Sports Department, which meant I listened to baseball talk all day long. It was awesome. I moved to San Francisco in 2008. I love it, and I love the San Francisco Giants.

When I met David in 2008, he took my love of watching baseball to the next level. He was more than willing to watch games on TV with me, and he loved going to games. Our first apartment together was in the Dogpatch, meaning we were walking distance to the ballpark. Our favorite walk in San Francisco is to walk along the Embarcadero. We just like to be near the ballpark. We went to the first game of the World Series together, and we took our baby to a Giants game opening weekend this season.

Most nights, we put the Spawn to bed by 7:30 p.m. We make dinner. We crack open a beer, and we watch the Giants game. I feel truly happy when I’m watching a Giants game while sipping a beer and sitting next to my mighty, mighty good man.

I have got nothing but love the San Francisco Giants.

But yeah, I have a soft spot for the A’s.


Because they were my first. You always remember your first.

Also, Stomper is way cuter than Lou Seal. Sorry, Lou. It’s true.

So, yeah, apparently, rooting for the A’s and the Giants is unacceptable. Well, too bad, folks, because it’s happening. Accept it.

Oh, and, go Giants!

Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, go to baseball games, kick breast cancer's ass, explore with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, participate in general jackass-ery, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

10 thoughts on “San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland A’s: Can you root for both?

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  5. Thanks for giving voice to the elephant in the middle of the room. I grew up in Oakland with the A’s in the 70s, moved away, and moved back in the late 80s. So I’ve always been an A’s fan and an American League fan. I think there are all sorts of good reasons to become a fan of the team: you’re from the town, somebody invited you to a game, you move to a new place and it’s a good way to connect with people, the team is on a hot streak, they built a cool new ballpark, you think one of the players or a coach or manager is really compelling, or you think a player is sexy, etc. etc. I think the basis of fandom involves much more whim than many folks are willing to admit. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s very important to be a good fan, but I don’t find it to be a conflict rooting for both the A’s and the Giants. I’ve lived in San Francisco for almost 20 years, and I have enjoyed the Giants, and I try to be a good Giants fan. There lots of ways to watch a game from rooting for a team or rooting for a player, and it’s as important to appreciate the teams of other fans as it is to appreciate your own. Currently there are at least three former is players on the Giants roster. I love Scutaro, Hudson, and Zito, and I don’t love them in the less as Giants. If you’re in it for the long-haul, it’s really a game of players and not of teams. It’s an extremely tough an amazing game. It’s a long season, and it’s hard to scratch out the hundred wins necessary to advance to the postseason. I enjoy a great play, and I enjoy a great player on any team. We’re lucky to be in a market that has two teams. I’m rooting for a Bay Bridge series this year. Let’s go Oakland AND San Francisco.

  6. i love both teams with all my heart as well, i have emotional atachments 2 both

  7. i go 2 a’s and giants games, i love both styles of baseball, my heart belongs to both no matter what anyone says!

  8. I grew up in Michigan I became a Giants fan with the start of the 1985 season when Roger Craig left the Tigers to join the Giants to be their pitching coach. It was curiosity at first as I was interested to see if he could teach his split finger fast ball as well as he did in Detroit they went on to have their first ever 100 loss season. Jim Davenport was fired and Roger Craig became interim manager managing his first game on my birthday (09/19/85) and they showed fight those final 18 games. I have remained a fan ever since.
    I started watching the A’s in 1986. I loved watching Ricky Henderson. The elbow thumps of all the bombers.
    Even with inter league ball,which I hate, I almost view the Giants and A’s as two different sports almost so I have no problem supporting both teams.
    Now, if they both became regular World Series contenders, there might be conflict.

  9. Glad I stumbled upon the article. I sound a lot like you. And I don’t want to be full of hate especially in these times. So putting foot down and going back to roots. I loved both as a child, maybe Giants a bit more, but still cared about both. I didn’t have hatred. My mom had friend that worked for the AP and would get me great tickets to each. It is part of best memories of life and honestly don’t want to lose that over a jacked up rivalry.

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