I think this illustrates the ridiculousness of this season pretty well: before their last game, the Mets' announcers were talking about how the team's postseason hopes were still alive; it was a long shot, many things had to happen, but a win that day would give them a chance. When they lost (badly), it meant not only that they wouldn't make the playoffs, but that they'd finish tied for last place! How can a baseball team go into its final game of the year still having postseason hopes, then lose and finish last? Only in infamous 2020.
I very much remember watching when the '89 quake happened. I couldn't stand the A's of that era, with the roided-out Canseco and McGwire, and still don't much like them to this day. Only playing the nasty 'stros could make me root for them, which I am. Go, Oakland!