By Jason Wojciechowski on October 3, 2004 at 9:07 PM

We'll start the analysis later. For now, I just need to mourn for awhile. The playoffs are going to be more painful with the A's not in them than they were in seeing them eliminated in the first round (sometimes after huge leads) every year. The collapse of this team wasn't quite epic, but it was certainly surprising and painful.

I went through denial when they lost the first game of the series 10-0, because it was pretty much over after that. The anger was a flash at seeing the ESPN headline this morning, but it went away pretty quickly. I'm not really one to bargain, or perhaps the A's in the playoffs aren't worth bargaining for. Either way, I'm definitely in the depression stage at the moment. I can only hope that acceptance comes soon.