Oakland Buzzing With Excitement During A's Playoff Run

By Terry McSweeney
|  Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013  |  Updated 6:18 AM PDT
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Bars and a local brewery are seeing a spike in business thanks to the Oakland A's playoff run. Terry McSweeney reports.

Bars and a local brewery are seeing a spike in business thanks to the Oakland A's playoff run. Terry McSweeney reports.

The Oakland A's and Detroit Tigers match up Thursday in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series. The decisive game in Oakland follows the A's 8-6 loss Tuesday in Detroit.

At GO Sports bar in downtown Oakland, A's fans were down after the loss, but not for long. Moments after the Tuesday heartbreak, there was hope for Thursday's game.

"I'm gonna see a bunch of Oakland energy, going to see the A's play blue-collar baseball, working their butts off and bringing home a win for Oakland-Oakland!," said Kevin Umezawa of Oakland.

Season-ticket holder Mitzi Poynter is also buzzing about the win-or-go-home game.

"I love it because I live in Oakland and I grew up watching the A's with my dad and my brother," Poynter said. "I'm a faithful A's fan."

It seemed a lot of people couldn't talk about the A's without talking about their city.

GO Sports Bar's owner, King Lee, loves the team and the fans for the "green and gold" they bring to his business.

"The A's, they are consistent. Last year in the playoffs, financially they were a windfall for us," Lee said.

Some of the beer sold at GO comes from Linden Street Brewery, not far away.

Brewery founder Adam Lamoreaux said his beer, made in a little brewery in Oakland, started going on sale at the Oakland coliseum at the start of the playoffs.

Fans can find it in the upper deck of O.Co, a section of the stadium that just opened for the post season. Friday and Saturday, his beer sold out by the 5th inning.

"A lot of people focus on negativity around Oakland but there are lots of positive things," Lamoreaux said. "And A's fans do that better than anyone else around.The more people learn about Oakland and what's really happening in this town, we all win."

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