Is it too early to talk of another Bay Bridge World Series? Of course, but it's a delightful prospect. And if it happens again, let's skip the part with the earthquake.
There was a lot of excitement leading up to the 1989 World Series. The A's were on a mission, having lost to an inferior Los Angeles Dodgers team in the 1988 World Series. The Giants were fun to watch, with Will Clark leading the way and singling in the winning run in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs. Clark was a terrific competitor, excitable and always chirping in that high-pitched voice. More important, he was great in the clutch.
The World Series is often a parochial event; when the Giants beat the Rangers in the 2010 Series, there was a collective yawn on the East Coast. The earthquake in 1989 made it a national event, but before that, it was an emotionally-charged event in the Bay Area.
A repeat between the Giants and A's would probably be largely dismissed by East Coast fans, but it would be huge in the Bay Area. And it could happen.
At this point, the Giants seem to be the best team in not only their division, but the entire league, and they have the best winning percentage in baseball to prove it. For the first time since Barry Bonds left, they've got some serious home run hitters, with free-agent addition Michael Morse leading the pack. They'll have even more power with Buster Posey apparently recovered from his back problems and when Brandon Belt returns after his broken thumb is healed.
I think the A's are a better team, but they have a more difficult path because they're in the stronger league. They past two years the A's have lost to the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS and they'll probably have to get past the Tigers again this year. The two teams split a four-game series in Oakland this week.
After the Detroit series, the A's swept the second-place team in the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels, outscoring them 26-11 in the process. Once again, the Angels are pretenders, not contenders.
Much has been made of how A's manager Bob Melvin platoons players, but he doesn't platoon third baseman Josh Donaldson, who's leading in the fans' voting for his position in the All-Star Game. Soon, he may stop platooning Brandon Moss, who crushes right-handed pitchers and has started to learn how to deal with left-handers. Yoenis Cespedes isn't platooned, either, and he's an outstanding outfielder as well as a dangerous hitter.
The A's best teams have always featured pitching, aided by a home park that can be more pitcher-friendly than AT&T Park because of its huge foul territories. This team is no exception. Sonny Gray is just beginning what should be a stellar career. Scott Kazmir is having what may become his best season ever.
Melvin has had to do more juggling than expected with the bullpen because Jim Johnson has struggled and lost his closer job. But Sean Doolittle has been a very effective closer and the rest of the bullpen has been outstanding.
At this point, another Bay Bridge World Series is just a dream, but it's a legitimate one.
Glenn Dickey has been covering Bay Area sports since 1963 and also writes on www.GlennDickey.com. Email him at email@example.com.