This is it. Well, it might be.
The A’s have one last shot to keep their season alive in Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Wednesday. They’ll face the Houston Astros, who are up two-games-to-none in the best-of-five series after consecutive games that have favored the 2017 World Series champions.
But the A's remain their laid-back selves despite heading into an elimination game.
“It’s loose,” A’s infielder Jake Lamb said about the team’s clubhouse vibe Wednesday. “Back’s against the wall, elimination game like you said -- this is the time where you got to have fun and just get rowdy in the dugout and yeah, essentially do whatever it takes to win.
“It’s a really good vibe in the clubhouse right now -- especially for being an early morning for what seems like the 10th day in a row, but no, we’re ready to go -- fired up,” Lamb added.
They’ve made an even bigger impact during the current games vs. the Astros in Los Angeles, as balls have appeared to grow wings and fly out of Dodger Stadium. The high temperatures don’t hurt, either.
That’s pretty much how the A’s got here.
A’s outfielder Robbie Grossman, who had a very strong regular season at the plate, said the team is ready and this is what they’ve been working for from the beginning.
“Our backs against the wall and that’s exactly where we want to be,” Grossman said. “This team thrives on situations like this and this is what you play for. From the first day of spring training, we wanted to be in this position and here’s our opportunity and we’re just looking forward to going out there and winning this game.”