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Bay Bridge Series

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bay Bridge Series
LocationSan Francisco Bay Area
First meetingOctober 9, 1905
Columbia Park (World Series)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Giants 5, Athletics 0
Latest meetingAugust 6, 2023
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
Athletics 8, Giants 6
Next meetingJuly 30, 2024
Oracle Park
San Francisco, California
TrophyAthletics 3
Giants 3
Statistics
Meetings total164[1]
Most winsAthletics, 87–77 (.530)
Regular season seriesAthletics, 74–70 (.514)[1]
Largest victory
  • Giants, 18–2 (2000)[1]
  • Athletics, 16–0 (2005)[1]
Longest win streak
  • Athletics, 7 (2007–2008)[1]
  • Giants, 6 (2010–2011)[1]
Current win streakAthletics, 2 [1]
Post-season history

The Bay Bridge Series, or the Battle of the Bay, is a series of baseball games played between—and the rivalry of—Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics of the American League and San Francisco Giants of the National League. The series takes its name from the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge which links the cities of Oakland and San Francisco. As of 2018, the winner of the annual series retains a trophy fashioned from a piece of the original bridge.[2]

Although competitive, the regional rivalry between the A's and Giants is considered a friendly one with mostly mutual companionship between the fans, as opposed to Cubs–White Sox, or Mets–Yankees games where animosity runs high, though sections of each fanbase does harbor towards the entirety of the other. This, however, is limited as many people see the opposing team as no threat to their own; hats displaying both teams on the cap are sold from vendors at the games, and once in a while the teams both dress in uniforms from a historic era of their franchises. Many fans actively cheer for both teams when they are not playing against the other. A's fans cite the Giants blocking a potential move to San Jose as a point of contention.

The series is also occasionally referred to as the "BART Series" for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system that links Oakland to San Francisco. However, the name "BART Series" has never been popular beyond a small selection of history books and national broadcasters and has fallen out of favor, likely because BART does not provide direct or easy access to Oracle Park in San Francisco. Bay Area locals almost exclusively refer to the rivalry as the "Bay Bridge Series" or the "Battle of the Bay."

Originally, the term described a series of exhibition games played between the two clubs after the conclusion of spring training, immediately prior to the start of the regular season. It was first used to refer to the 1989 World Series which the Athletics won and the first time both teams had met since they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, it also refers to games played between the teams during the regular season since the commencement of Interleague play in 1997. Through the 2023 season, the A's have won 74 games, and the Giants have won 70.[3]

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History prior to Bay Area move

The Giants and Athletics met in the 1905, 1911 and 1913 World Series as the New York Giants and Philadelphia Athletics. The Giants won, 4–1, in 1905, and the Athletics won in 1911 (4-1) and 1913 (4-2), respectively. Hall of Famers such as John McGraw, Roger Bresnahan, Christy Mathewson, Joe McGinnity and Rube Marquard took part on the Giants side while the Athletics had Connie Mack, Chief Bender, Eddie Plank, Rube Waddell, Frank Baker and Eddie Collins. Such World Series match-ups might have helped contribute to the modern New York-Philadelphia sports rivalry that still continues to this day.[citation needed]

The Move to the Bay

1989 World Series

The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics met for the first time in the 1989 World Series. This series was interrupted minutes before Game 3 on October 17, 1989, when an earthquake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale, struck the San Francisco Bay Area. The resulting damage to both Candlestick Park and to a lesser extent the Oakland Coliseum, along with the emotional and economic damage to the area, delayed the resumption of the series for 10 days, the longest interval between games in World Series history. The earthquake caused the collapse of a portion of the Bay Bridge, the centerpiece of many promotions for the "Bay Bridge Series"; however, experts have suggested that the Series actually helped to save countless lives, as many would-be commuters from both sides of the Bay had left work early or stayed in the cities to watch the game - as a result, traffic on the roads below collapsed portions of the Bay Bridge and Cypress Street Viaduct portion of Interstate 880 in Oakland (while this disaster killed one person on the Bay Bridge and 42 people on the viaduct, local officials initially assumed that the death toll would be well into the hundreds) was significantly lighter than it would normally be at rush hour.[4]

The Athletics swept the Giants to win their most recent World Series championship.

Interleague play

Both teams met for the first time in the regular season in June 1997.[citation needed]

The Giants' Barry Zito started 0–4 against his former team, finally beating the Athletics on June 12, 2010 at AT&T Park.[citation needed]

Athletics San Jose relocation controversy (aka The Bay Blackjack Series)

The A's have been considering relocating to San Jose, California, for 13 years but have reportedly met resistance from the Giants. San Jose is located in Santa Clara County, which is considered to be the Giants "territory".[5] The Athletics claim that former owner Walter A. Haas, Jr. agreed for the Giants to take over the Santa Clara area when the Giants were considering moving to Florida and needed revenue. The Giants contend that the agreement was not based upon actually relocating the team to Santa Clara as the A's contended. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who was fraternity brothers with A's managing partner Lew Wolff at the University of Wisconsin, stated that the A's would not be able to survive as a franchise if they remained at the Oakland Coliseum. The Giants claimed that the territorial rights were "explicitly reaffirmed by Major League Baseball on four separate occasions," when former managing partner Peter Magowan bought the team in the early 1990s. The Giants stated "upon purchasing the team 20 years ago, our plan to revive the franchise relied heavily on targeting and solidifying our fan base in the largest and fastest growing county within our territory. Based on these Constitutionally-recognized territorial rights, the Giants invested hundreds of millions of dollars to save and stabilize the team for the Bay Area, built Oracle Park privately and has operated the franchise so that it can compete at the highest levels.

Future

With the A's finalizing their plans to leave Oakland for Las Vegas due to issues with their stadium, the current Bay Bridge series and Bay Area series will end in 2024. However, the teams may still meet in 4 games annually due to the other West division teams being paired up in Interleague rivalries (barring a swap of the forced pairings). Even still, the teams would at least still meet in an annual 3-game series with alternating venues each season.

After plans for Cisco Field were shuttered due to the Giants blocking the plan with the decision upheld by the United States Supreme Court, the A's attempted to build their new waterfront stadium. With the city of Oakland not willing to help fund the stadium, the A's instead purchased land near Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders (who also formerly played in Oakland) and T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights in April 2023. The plans later shifted to a new stadium built on the Tropicana Las Vegas and were approved by the Nevada State Legislature and Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo by June.

Despite the rivalry, following the Athletics plans for relocation, Athletics and Giants fans during a July 25, 2023 game at Oracle Park chanted "Sell the Team" as part of an event known as "Unite the Bay" in the hopes that the rivalry would be saved.

Club success

Team World Series Titles League pennants Division titles Wild Card Berths Playoff Appearances World Series Appearances All-time Regular Season record Win Percentage Seasons played
Oakland Athletics[6] 4 6 17 4 21 6 4,545–4,294–1 .514 56
San Francisco Giants[7] 3 6 9 3 13 6 5,394–5,039–6 .517 66
Combined 7 12 26 7 34 12 9,939–9,333–7 .523 66 in SF Bay
122 total

Note: Giants records only from 1958 when they moved to San Francisco, as are Athletics records from 1968 when they moved to Oakland.
As of October 2, 2023.

Summary of results

OAK vs. SF Athletics wins Giants wins Athletics runs Giants runs
Regular season 74 70 640 624
World Series 4 0 32 14
Total 78 70 672 638

Updated to most recent meeting, August 6, 2023.

Season-by-season results

Athletics vs. Giants Season-by-Season Results
1900s (Giants, 4–1)
Season Season series at Philadelphia Athletics
NYG–PHA
at New York Giants
PHA–NYG
Overall series Notes
1905 World Series Giants 4–1 3–0; 9–5 3–0; 0–1; 0–2 Giants
4–1
First World Series match-up.
1910s (Athletics, 8–3)
Season Season series at Philadelphia Athletics
NYG–PHA
at New York Giants
PHA–NYG
Overall series Notes
1911 World Series Athletics 4–2 1–3; 2–4; 2–13 1–2; 3–2(11); 3–4(10) Tie
5–5
1913 World Series Athletics 4–1 3–0(10); 5–6 6–4; 8–2; 3–1 Athletics
9–7
1980s (Athletics, 4–0)
Season Season series at Oakland Athletics
SF–OAK
at San Francisco Giants
OAK–SF
Overall series Notes
1989 World Series Athletics 4–0 0–5; 1–5 13–7; 9–6 Athletics
13–7
First Oakland-San Francisco match-up.
Interrupted by earthquake in Game 3
1990s (Tie, 7–7)
Season Season series at Oakland Athletics
SF–OAK
at San Francisco Giants
OAK–SF
Overall series Notes
1997 Tie 2–2 8–2; 3–12 8–1; 4–6 Athletics
15–9
First regular season meetings
1998 Tie 2–2 12–8; 4–2 7–6; 5–2 Athletics
17–11
1999 Tie 3–3 9–11; 2–4; 7–2 3–4(15); 0–8; 7–6 Athletics
20–14
First year of 6-game home-and-away format
2000s (Athletics, 32–28)
Season Season series at Oakland Athletics
SF–OAK
at San Francisco Giants
OAK–SF
Overall series Notes
2000 Tie 3–3 4–5; 7–9; 18–2 2–4; 2–4; 6–2 Athletics
23–17
Both teams qualify for post-season for first time since 1989
2001 Giants 4–2 2–4; 4–3(11); 2–6 1–3; 1–2; 0–3 Athletics
25–21
First time in which regular season series is not a tie
2002 Athletics 4–2 6–10; 5–3; 0–7 3–2; 2–6; 2–1 Athletics
29–23
Both teams qualify for playoffs
Giants lose 2002 World Series
2003 Tie 3–3 3–5; 6–4; 5–6 0–6; 7–8(10); 5–2 Athletics
32–26
2004 Tie 3–3 6–4; 7–8(10); 5–2 3–7; 6–2; 9–6 Athletics
35–29
2005 Athletics 4–2 3–4; 3–6; 0–16 8–4; 2–3; 1–3 Athletics
39–31
2006 Tie 3–3 0–1; 4–2(10); 6–0 4–3; 7–8; 10–4 Athletics
42–34
Barry Bonds ties Babe Ruth for second on the all-time home run list with 714th home run; A's reach ALCS
2007 Athletics 5–1 3–15; 2–4; 4–1 5–3(10); 6–0; 2–0 Athletics
47–35
2008 Athletics 4–2 1–4; 1–0; 11–1 5–1; 4–0; 5–3 Athletics
51–37
Athletics extend win streak at San Francisco to 7 games
2009 Giants 5–1 1–5; 4–1; 6–3 0–3; 2–5; 1–7 Athletics
52–42
2010s (Tie, 25–25)
Season Season series at Oakland Athletics
SF–OAK
at San Francisco Giants
OAK–SF
Overall series Notes
2010 Tie 3–3 1–6; 0–1; 0–3 2–6; 4–5; 2–6 Athletics
55–45
Home team wins all six meetings
Giants win 2010 World Series
2011 Tie 3–3 2–5; 2–4; 1–2 1–2(10); 0–3; 4–5(11) Athletics
58–48
Home team wins all six meetings for second straight year
2012 Giants 4–2 5–4; 9–8; 2–4 6–8; 0–4; 6–2 Athletics
60–52
Giants extend home win streak in series to 11 games before it is snapped
Both teams qualify for playoffs
Giants win 2012 World Series
2013 Athletics 3–1 1–4; 3–6 9–6; 2–5 Athletics
63–53
Series changed to four-game format with two in each city except in years the AL West plays the NL West (2015, 2018, 2020, & 2021)
2014 Athletics 3–1 0–5; 1–6 2–5; 6–1 Athletics
66–54
Both teams qualify for playoffs
Giants win 2014 World Series
2015 Giants 5–1 4–5; 14–10; 5–4 3–9; 1–2; 3–4 Athletics
67–59
2016 Athletics 3–1 1–7; 12–6 8–3; 13–11 Athletics
70–60
2017 Tie 2–2 5–8; 10–4 6–1; 2–11 Athletics
72–62
2018 Athletics 4–2 5–1; 3–4(11); 5–6(10) 1–7; 4–3; 6–2 Athletics
76–64
Athletics win inaugural Bay Bridge Trophy
2019 Giants 3–1 10–5; 5–4 2–3; 9–5 Athletics
77–67
Giants win Bay Bridge Trophy; both teams have earned the trophy once
2020s (Tie, 10–10)
Season Season series at Oakland Athletics
SF–OAK
at San Francisco Giants
OAK–SF
Overall series Notes
2020 Athletics 5–1 0–6; 0–6; 14–2 8–7(10); 7–6; 15–3 Athletics
82–68
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, season is shortened to 60 games and each division will play its interleague counterpart for 20 games, which is why both teams play three times in both cities instead of two. Athletics reclaim the Bay Bridge Trophy.
2021 Giants 4–2 1–4; 6–5; 2–1 0–2; 5–6 (10); 6–2 Athletics
84–72
On August 21 and 22, the Giants make history by becoming the first AL/NL team to hit lead-changing pinch-hit homers in the eighth inning or later in back-to-back games. Giants win Bay Bridge Trophy; both teams have earned the trophy twice.
2022 Giants 3–1 7–3; 6–4 2–8; 1–0 Athletics
85–75
2023 Tie 2–2 1–2; 6–8 1–2; 3–8 Athletics
87–77
Athletics finish 50–112, one of the worst records in MLB history.
Home team wins all four meetings
Summary of Results
Season Season series at Oakland Athletics at San Francisco Giants Notes
Regular season Athletics 74-70 Athletics, 41–31 Giants, 39–33
Postseason Games Athletics 13–7 Athletics, 6–3 Athletics, 6–4
Postseason Series Athletics 3–1 Athletics, 2–1–1 Tie, 2–2
Overall Regular and postseason Athletics 87–77 Athletics, 47–34 Giants, 43–39

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Head-to-head results for Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants from 1997 to 2018". baseball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "A's take last game to win Bay Bridge Series with Giants". SF Gate.
  3. ^ "Head-to-Head record for Oakland Athletics against the listed opponents from 1997 to 2023". baseball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  4. ^ Haberman, Clyde (13 April 2014). "Promises of Preparedness Followed Devastating Earthquakes. And Yet". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Nowhere men". espn. 15 June 2011.
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/OAK/ Oakland Athletics history at baseball-reference.com
  7. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SFG/ San Francisco Giants history at baseball-reference.com
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