In Oakland, they had a chance to move within 6.5 games of Texas tonight and the players were all watching television in the clubhouse rooting for the Rangers to lose and talking about how good it felt to be that close to first place.
(Then the Rangers won, so much for that.)
Perspectives are so different depending where you play. Good is never good enough in places like Boston, New York or Philadelphia. But in other places, just being on the periphery of halfway decent can be an accomplishment.
As for the game, Coco Crisp certainly seemed to define how it was going to go when he robbed Ryan Kalish of that home run in the first inning.
"That felt good. That was one of the best home runs I ever robbed. For them not to draw first blood, it makes a difference," said Crisp, who also three hits, a walks, a run scored and three stolen bases.
"He's a dynamic player," A's manager Bob Geren said.
Trevor Cahilll, a baby-faced 22-year-old, said he didn't have his best stuff tonight and struggled with his command. But he shut the Sox down for seven innings, allowing three hits. He's the first 16-game winner for Oakland since Barry Zito and Joe Blanton in 2006.
The Red Sox are 9-18 at Oakland over the last six seasons, including 16 losses in their last 22 games here. There wasn't much good to say about the way they played tonight. The PawSox quartet of Dustin Richardson, Michael Bowden, Robert Coello and Robert Manuel threw seven shutout innings. That was about it.
I'll be interested to see if John Lackey dusts Crisp tomorrow night. Stealing second in the 7th inning of a 5-0 game is on the verge of showing up the other team — or at least some teams might see it that way.
Thanks to those of you who hung in tonight with the blog. Back at it tomorrow.