Pointing out the good amid all the bad

Originally Published: August 13, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Hey, it's easy to muster enthusiasm for the stretch drive when your team is in a pennant race, showing a pulse in the wild-card chase or playing at least .500 ball. Every minor league call-up, positive news on the injury front or Freddy Garcia signing brings an adrenalin rush and renewed faith that things will work out OK in the end.

The daily reality is crueler in Oakland, where general manager Billy Beane has done another roster reinvention on the fly, and Cleveland, where the high hopes ...

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