Realizing many folks around here were ecstatic to see the Oakland A's complete their historic collapse by losing the AL Wild Card game on Tuesday night, there was one reason to hope for an A's win, albeit a small one.
That's because longtime slugger Adam Dunn, who was acquired from the White Sox on Aug. 31, was making his first postseason in his long career after he'd already made it known this would be his final season in baseball.
After the A's loss, Dunn made it official after having not even seen the field in the loser-goes-home game that went 12 innings before the Royals walked it off in their first postseason game in 29 years. Dunn had the unwanted distinction of being the game's longest tenured active player without a postseason in his career, and now a familiar face around here is taking over those reins.
Alex Rios, who may or may not be back with the Rangers in 2015, now is the game's longest tenured active player without ever appearing in the postseason. Spending his career in Toronto and as Dunn's teammate in Chicago prior to coming to Texas, Rios has now played 1,587 career games without a postseason appearance.
Time will tell if he finally ends the streak in 2015, and if it'll be with the Rangers or someone else.