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The happiness project

Ten years after Moneyball, chemistry -- not metrics -- explains the A's success

Originally Published: October 4, 2013
By Sam Miller | ESPN The Magazine

CONNIE AMAREL LIVES in Lompoc, Calif., near Santa Barbara, where she writes children's books and keeps a pet tarantula. In mid-August, with the A's coming off a 16-day stretch in which they blew a six-game lead in the AL West, Amarel and her husband made the five-hour drive to Oakland to see her favorite team play the Astros. She brought 300 homemade cookies, peanut butter with chocolate kisses, and those cookies now sit on a tray on a table in the center of the A's clubhouse. A ...

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