On August 9, 2014, the Oakland Athletics had the best record in Major League Baseball at 72-44, and a four-game lead in the AL West over the second-place Los Angeles Angels.
By the final day of the season — a mere six weeks later — the A's had lost 30 games to fall to 88-74 for the season, 10 games behind the Angels. Oakland barely even managed to hold on to the second AL Wild Card spot, edging the Seattle Mariners by a single game.
And on September 30, the A's had completed their epic collapse by losing their third do-or-die postseason game in as many seasons, this time to the Kansas City Royals by a score of 9-8 in 12 innings. (The A's actually led that game 7-3 with only five outs needed for the victory before they reverted to their old, pathetic ways and completed the collapse.