Bay Area Baseball Fans Wanted A Battle of Bay

It's been a tough but exciting week in baseball for both Bay Area teams, battling over the last week through adversity in their Division Series games.

By Vince Cestone
|  Monday, Nov 4, 2013  |  Updated 1:59 PM PDT
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Bay Area Baseball Fans Wanted A Battle of Bay

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Giants celebrating at Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five; Athletics dejected at Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Five.

Bay Area baseball fans have been tense all week long, but the waiting period ended on Thursday, and now the feeling is a bit of a letdown - many had wanted the two teams to play each other in the World Series.

On one side of the San Francisco Bay, fans were filled with elation after their beloved San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds. On the other side, Oakland Athletics fans were heartbroken after the A's lost to the Detroit Tigers.

Many were sad that the two teams will now no longer have the chance to play each other in the World Series - and for these two teams, the Battle of the Bay. The last time that happened was 1989, also the same day as the big Loma Prieta earthquake.

"Tough losses," wrote a poster named Nimit UnclePete on NBC Bay Area's Facebook page. "Thought we would have Battle of the Bay."

Still, like any good parent would be if one child got rejected from school or failed an exam, many fans were supportive after the loss. They didn't want the A's to feel too bad; one poster said it's the team's best season ever.

"Great season A's," Michelle Poole wrote on NBC Bay Area's Facebook page.

It's been a tough but exciting week in baseball for both Bay Area teams, struggling through adversity in their Division Series games.

The A's and the Giants were each down 2-0 in their respective series, but both battled back to tie each series.

The Giants and A’s had their dramatic moments.

The Giants barely staved off the Cincinnati Reds’ valiant comeback attempt in Game 5 on Thursday morning. But Buster Posey’s grand slam in the fifth inning gave the Giants a commanding 6-0 lead, and they finally won the game 6-4.

Back in Oakland, the A’s tried to match the Giants and advance to the American League Championship Series - and fans wore green-and-gold almost every day during the week, hoping to channel good vibes for their team.

They had all the momentum in the world after Wednesday night’s thrilling come-from-behind victory, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun the opposing Detroit Tigers.

But Thursday was a big letdown for the A’s and their fans.

Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander was just too much for Oakland.  After coming alive late last night, the A’s bats chilled on ice all night never to be let out—just like their series-clinching champagne celebration.

The A's won't be playing baseball until next spring.

And as for the Giants, Orange October will continue Sunday either at AT&T Park against the St. Louis Cardinals or in Washington, D.C., against the Washington Nationals.

Follow Vince @vintalkingiants.

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