This is why you don't want a one-game playoff. Weird is out there, waiting to pounce. Weird is lurking around every corner. You want to protect your family from weird, don't you? You can't. You have to go limp, act dead, and hope weird passes you by.
Weird is Josh Hamilton doing this:
That was with two outs, and it led to two runs for the A's. At least Hamilton had the courtesy to get a glove on the ball, which made the runs unearned.
The Hamilton error capped off a six-run inning for the A's, giving them a 7-5 lead. They'd tack on another run in the fifth, pushing the lead 8-5.
There was wind, sun, and those horrible vuvuzelas with which to contend, but it's still hard to imagine how Hamilton missed that. That's a play an outfielder makes once a year, if that. For Hamilton, it happened during the 162nd game of the season with runners on base in the most important game of the year.
I'm sure Hamilton felt that pressure, but he's veteran enough to play it cool and take a load off.
Man. What a weird moment, game, season.