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Memorable missteps

The Oakland A's history of horrendous baserunning in the playoffs caught up to them again in the ALDS.

Updated: October 7, 2003, 5:54 PM ET
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

In baseball, some numbers are known, some are not, and the meaning of most can be debated. But there's one number everyone knows and agrees with: three. Three outs and you're gone. Period. The end. All runners cancelled, all theories moot, all probabilities zero. That number must, in any rational evaluation of the game, dominate planning. --Eric Walker "The Sinister First Baseman," 1982

Strange how in writing the post mortem for the 2003 Oakland A's we must evoke the passage that ...

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