The Braves-Athletics 1914 throwbacks this upcoming weekend looks promising

I love throwback games. And when they are done right, they are a great sight to behold. In fact, this could be a very visually-pleasing affair. I’m all for it!

When autofill messes up the tweet

When you have autofill set, sometimes the computer will fill in words they assume you are using. Take this for example. Somehow, #Athletics became #atheism.

Looks like CBS has been using the word “atheism” a lot lately. What an unholy situation to be in.

What should the A’s do with the 10K “La Potencia” Yoenis Cespedes shirts?

The Oakland Athletics were scheduled to give away 10,000 Yoenis Cespedes shirts this weekend. But today’s trade of Cespedes now has the team wondering what they should do with the shirts.

It’s a tough situation for a marketing standpoint because there are fans who bought tickets so they can get the shirt. But the shirt is now irrelevant. Should they go the route of the giving it away as scheduled like the Indians did several years ago?

Or do the Athletics just scratch the promotion and try to find some kind of resolution? It’s unlikely they can come up with 10,000 replacement shirts in time, so they must find something else to do.

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My thoughts on Yoenis Cespedes being traded for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes

When times were good with Yoenis Cespedes.

This was a huge move that woke me up. In fact, the text woke me up telling me to check Twitter.

Yoenis Cespedes gets traded to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. WOW. The A’s rotation is stacked now. Pitching is their key to the small window of hope for the World Series title.

Lester is a free agent as season’s end, but this rental is a huge move. Getting Jonny Gomes back is also a really nice addition.

But losing Cespedes is a tough one to swallow since I am a huge fan of his. But this move is like the Billy Beane of old. Cespedes was going to be entering his final year of his contract next season. He wanted to stay, but the market probably said he wouldn’t stay. The idea was to do what Beane would do in the past and trade a star before he cost too much. This was it. But instead of prospects, Beane knows he needs stars now. This was that.

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A’s finally get rid of Jim Johnson

When the A’s first signed him, I thought it was a hefty $10 million investment. But he just wrapped up his second straight season of over 50 saves. So I knew that if he was to replace Grant Balfour, he’s a good candidate.

I watched him on Opening Day. He blew the game. I didn’t boo him, but I understood the reason for booing him. He had a big shoe to fill and he didn’t deliver. Then he started blowing more games. Then in blowouts, he couldn’t get through the innings without surrendering runs.

Last night was the final straw. He faced four batters and all of them would eventually score. His ERA ballooned to 6.94. That was enough. He had to go. He just was not good. He might do better elsewhere. But here, he was not the player the team paid for. What a shame. But this was the move that had to be made. It could have been made earlier, but better late than never.

Farewell.

They’re selling A’s-Giants split caps at the Coliseum?

When the A’s and Giants met in the World Series, these caps were born.

When the two met again in 1997 for the first ever year of Interleague Play, these caps were dusted off from the closet.

Now New Era and MLB are selling these caps? What a shame!

The Battle of the Bay Interleague Series is starting to lose its steam

One of the things I really enjoyed about the Interleague matchup between the Giants and A’s is that it was a three-game set at one park and a three-game set at another. Nowadays because of the Astros’ move to the American League, it’s harder to make that happen.

This year, the Bay Bridge Series is only a four-game affair, with the teams splitting the games at their home park. Not only are they playing fewer games, but the games are in the middle of the week. These used to be set aside for the weekend. Instead, now it’s a Monday to Thursday deal.

I still get excited for this matchup but it’s not as cool when it’s shortened and moved to the middle of the week. At least it’s right before the All-Star Break, so people can get their jollies on about this right in the middle of the summer. But it’s not as cool as it once was.

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The Oakland A’s are finally getting HD scoreboards

https://twitter.com/JoeStiglichCSN/status/484769315820826624

Ever since becoming an A’s fan as a kid, the scoreboard has always been pretty subpar. In fact, as more teams started installing HD screens, the A’s continued to use their low-budget, out of date screens.

It is so commonly associated with the place, they even made a shirt of the scoreboard (with some bulbs out).

But now with this news, along with the approved 10-year lease, I’m really excited to see what this will look like. I still want the team to get a new stadium but for now, this will hold the team here in Oakland and at least possibly keep them in the discussion.

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Keith Law is the anti-George Costanza and hates on A’s, Derek Jeter

Baseball writer Keith Law doesn’t like that the A’s did a nice thing today.

The Oakland Athletics gave Derek Jeter a farewell gift, which included over $10,000 to Jeter’s charity Turn 2. This is the charity’s mission statement:

To create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “TURN 2″ healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior. Turn 2’s goal is to see the children of these programs grow safely and successfully into adulthood and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Sounds like a great foundation that looks out for the well-being of children and their future. But then Law tweeted this:

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