In this remarkable story of a large suburban family s four-decade love affair with the Oakland Athletics, from their infancy to today, Don Marquez passionately illustrates why modest-income families must remain baseball s lifeblood. A heartwarming and personal tale, like the discovery of a rich and wonderful family diary. --Carl Steward, columnist for ANG Newspapers
From the Publisher
GROWING UP WITH THE A'S. The Oakland A's and the Marquez/Martinez family have one thing in common: they stick together through good times and bad. For Donald Marquez, the ballpark was as much of a home as the humble Bay Area split-level that housed eight children and their parents. Every family member had an A's story, from his beloved grandmother to his youngest cousins. Even Easter Sunday was planned around the Home Nine's schedule. The family suffered when Jose Canseco struck out an incredible 175 times in 1986, and rejoiced together at the team's breakthrough win in the 2006 playoffs. Generation A's Fans: A Family s Long Love Affair With One of Baseball's Best Teams is the story of one of the sport's most undervalued teams, and the family who loves them.