The 2012 season came to a close on Thursday as the Justin Verlander shutout the A’s and lifted the Tigers to a 6-0 win in Game 5 of the ALDS. Following the game Josh Reddick had this to say about the relationship he formed with the RF bleacher crew:
“It was fun. I came in here not knowing what to expect and those guys have been there since day one. I’ve commented all year, either they don’t have jobs or they have very lenient bosses. I found out that they have very lenient bosses. It feels good. They were at noon for day games on Tuesday and night games on the weekend. To know that they’re going to be out there every game, it was huge for me. They kept me in a ballgames this year.”
The evening of July 17, 2011 was a great one for A’s fans. They watched their team beat the Pujols-less Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 9-1, shortly after receiving one of the greatest bobbleheads of all-time: that of MC Hammer.
Ray Fosse and Glen Kuiper brought MC Hammer (aka the greatest A’s batboy of all-time) up to the Bill King broadcast booth for a 3-part interview. Thing is, they did it at the complete expense of the TV play-by-play. Listen to Hammer’s thoughts on Charlie O. Finley, Justin Bieber tweet love and the time he danced next to James Brown’s coffin with Michael Jackson.
Oakland is an easy target. As the butt of many jokes from the Bay and beyond, Oakland was in the spotlight again last week, thanks to a Twitter faux pas from newly-acquired Dub Andrew Bogut.
The Aussie, who will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury, tweeted that he was on his way to San Francisco. There was an immediate backlash and it was pretty hilarious. Bogut has since deleted his tweets, but luckily other websites have preserved them forever.
In honor of his new jersey number (No. 12), we’ve picked out a dozen of the top responses he received from people via Twitter. Enjoy.
Opening day is just a few weeks away, as the A’s and Mariners will start the season in Japan on March 28. eBm stumbled across some footage of the 1918 opening day ceremonies in Oakland and it’s pretty cool to see.
The Oakland Oaks played in the eastBay (which is Pig Latin for Beast, by the way) from 1903-1955, calling Oaks Park in Emeryville their home stadium for the final 43 seasons. See the footage and read the back story.