OAKLAND -- You knew, the A's knew, the Coliseum fans knew, everybody watching TV knew, and I think it's possible that even the Yankees knew what was coming.
What was impossible to avoid: another raucous A's walk-off victory, their major-league-leading 11th of the season.
Right now, the A's at home in the late-going are the irresistible force, the immovable object and Godzilla, too.
"I don't know if there was anybody in the dugout or in the stands who didn't think we were going to win when it went to extra innings and we had the chance," outfielder Seth Smith said after the A's giddy 5-4 victory in 12 innings Sunday.
Can't disagree with that, especially after Smith hit a ninth-inning home run against closer Rafael Soriano to send Sunday's game into extra innings and then Coco Crisp laced a single in the 12th to score Derek Norris and end it.
Of course they did.
The victory wrapped up the A's four-game sweep of New York and their 5-1 homestand against the class of the American League and pushed their July record to 14-2.
"You have your own confidence going up there, plus the belief from the guys that we're going to win this game," Crisp said.
But what does this all mean?
When I asked A's manager Bob Melvin if this gusher of walk-offs meant that they were good, fortunate or destined for something, he understandably didn't love the "fortunate" reference.
"Those games are hard to win," Melvin
True enough. The pitching keeps the A's in these games -- as Bartolo Colon and the bullpen did after Colon gave up four early runs.
Then, in the late innings, the A's have a knack for coming up with timely power and even better-timed base hits.
They have good young players who are improving every day. They are managed beautifully. They have chemistry and character.
Which all adds up to late-game heroics and wonderful Gatorade baths and cream-pie facials and a stunning 51-44 record as we approach the July 31 trade deadline.
That's not good luck; that's just quality tightrope baseball.
"I like the group we have here," Melvin said. "I like the way we're playing right now. We're playing better, we're getting better, and we're winning games."
But I think there's an element of something else at work here -- this midseason drama, I believe, is partially a karmic reward to the East Bay fans for all those players and seasons lost to injury in recent years.
I think this is partly a serendipitous breakthrough after so many years of crashing boredom, low payrolls and sour owners.
It might not last forever -- the walk-off party can't go on forever, can it?
But I think this is a fateful reminder for A's fans that the Coliseum can be a joyous, electric, dramatic and successful place for baseball.
"It's kind of the same ingredients, you know, when we were here," said Eric Chavez, the former longtime A's third baseman and current Yankee, before the game.
"It's good, young pitching, got some pretty good stars, it looks like. They're kind of mixing in some pieces. Looks like they're jelling right now."
Chavez complimented the A's on their top-notch rotation and their acquisitions of Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick, but he also sounded a realistic note.
Unless the A's ownership increases the payroll, the new stars could be heading out in a matter of years, just as Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada and so many other stars have headed out in the past.
"It's going to be the same story unless something changes -- until they get a new stadium," Chavez said. "They'd better enjoy these players while they can, because it's going to be the same story until something changes. That's the way the business is.
"But it is fun to see, definitely."
That's the cycle: The A's fans and front office deserve this excitement because of all the turbulent years.
But the long-term facts haven't changed, and there almost certainly will be more turbulence to endure.
Lew Wolff and John Fisher want to move the team to San Jose, there's no approval for such a move, and until there is a new stadium with new revenue, the A's probably will have to keep turning over the roster.
So at its heart, this is still a short-term deal. The A's are having a great moment, and it could last for weeks, months and maybe even into October.
The core of this team is young enough and cheap enough that it could be maintained for two or three years, and the A's are way ahead of even the most optimistic expectations of Billy Beane's latest rebuilding project.
That's something to enjoy. Surely, A's fans have been waiting a long time for this and have been wondering if they would ever get to experience this again.
They deserve every moment, and now it's here, coming almost all at once.