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Inside Pitch: In Billy, A's Fans Trust

Billy Beane is the man, according to A's fans.

When general manager Billy Beane traded away star pitchers Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder in a 72-hour span, it stunned his wife, his players and the Oakland Athletics fan base.<br><br> Apparently, time healed those wounds and broken hearts.

In his first public appearance since the New Year, last week at the A's annual Fanfest, Beane was greeted with a standing ovation at the popular question-and-answer session with fans, some of whom gave him the "we're not worthy" bow. With the exception of the fan who said Beane should be a heart surgeon, because he tears out the hearts of A's fans, the public took it easy on the GM after his... Recommended Stories

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