Spring training games don't matter - or so they say. But it's always easier to say that when your favorite team has won the first three contests than if they've lost their first three, which is where the Oakland A's sit right now, after a 9-7 setback to the Milwaukee (we don't recall which league we belong to) Brewers this afternoon.
Of note, today was the first radio broadcast on the A's new flagship radio station - KYCY 1550 AM, as well as the debut of Vince Controneo, who picks up where Bill King left off as the radio broadcast partner of Ken Korach and Ray Fosse. After a touching tribute to the late Bill King, who passed away in the off-season, the A's new radio squad performed well and sounded at ease with each other, as the A's, once up 2-0 early in the game, watched Zito allow some early runs and subsequent pitchers let the game slip away.
My wife and I will be in Arizona from March 11 through 13, to see the A's take on Anaheim, the Chicago White Sox and the SF Giants. We're hoping by that point, the A's squad will have learned how to win consistently rather than continue on their current trend.
(For those looking for good news, the A's DID beat South Africa by a score of 13-1 in an exhibition game. From what I understand, the game actually wasn't that close.)