If you haven’t heard the news, the A’s are using a new song to play during postgame high-fives. For many years, the team has played “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang.
It’s a great song to play after a win and fans love it. It’s no exclusive as other teams use it, but for the A’s, it’s been a staple for many years.
Sonny Gray during the final game of the 2014 regular season.
The MLB world was talking about Sonny Gray’s socks in the Oakland A’s season opener on Monday. And for good reason. Gray, who recently started wearing his pant legs up, revealed the standard green socks we expected to see.
So it came to no surprise that when Gray went to the mound on Monday, he would rock the high socks again. But the surprise to many people was that he wore socks that had stripes on them. People thought they looked amazing.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t know if you’re Irish, but if this day means something to you, then celebrate as you wish. Just be safe.
With people wearing green today, I like to go over my favorite green uniforms in the top major leagues in America.
MLB: There’s something about the simplicity of the green pullover with the city name on it. This was it for the A’s. It wasn’t even that popular of a design in terms of all the outrageous looks they had in the ’70s. But this look from 1982 sold me. Simple and classic. It’s a shame that the A’s are the only team in baseball today that wear a green jersey.
Then again, I am biased towards the A’s. But their balance of gold and green is a great complement to the entire set. I wish they could throw back to these beauties in the near future. That would be awesome. Here’s to wishful thinking.
(Side note, I like what the Mets wear during St. Paddy’s Day every spring.)
When Jim Harbaugh was the coach of the 49ers, he attended an Oakland A’s game. He invited then Warriors head coach Mark Jackson to come to 49ers training camp. He also met with the Giants and got them and the 49ers to unite together in support of the city. These were the things that Harbaugh did when he was with the 49ers and his connections to the Bay Area were very strong.
Now that the 49ers and Harbaugh are no longer together, one could assume that Harbaugh might not be as active in participating in various things with the local teams. That’s not the case.
As you can see, Harbaugh still remains connected to the Bay Area and he’s a special guest with the Athletics at spring training today. In fact, he might even coach at first base for a few innings.
Last night, my favorite Oakland A’s player from my childhood announced his retirement. Mark Ellis joined the A’s in 2002 and was so consistently amazing with the team until his trade to Colorado in 2011. Even though he wasn’t a big name like Miguel Tejada or Erich Chavez, he stuck through some tough years for the team but remained professional.
Drafted by the Royals in 1999, Ellis came to Oakland with Cory Lidle in a three-team trade in 2001 for Angel Berroa, A.J. Hinch, and Ben Grieve.
“It was definitely time,” Ellis told The Chronicle on last night about his retirement. “My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else.”
What made him so endearing for me was that he always seemed to be clutch at the plate. But his offensive stats aren’t what made him a player with so much longevity, rather it was his defense. His .991 career fielding percentage is fifth best all time among second basemen. He even set a then record .997 fielding percentage in 2006. It still shocks me that he never won a Gold Glove in his career.
Out of the Big Three the A’s had in their early years of dominance in the 2000s, Barry Zito was my favorite over Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson. All three pitchers were great, but it was something about that Zito curveball that just amazed me.
Zito was great for Oakland and spent seven seasons with the team, making three All-Star games and winning a Cy Young award in 2002. He was great for Oakland, but when he was to hit the market, I knew his time was gone. It was either San Francisco or the New York Mets and he choice to stay in the Bay.