Sacramento River Cats end affiliation with Oakland Athletics and Twitter explodes with anger

The Sacramento River Cats are ending their ties with the Oakland Athletics. The Triple-A team had been with the A’s for 15 years. It is believed that the popularity of the San Francisco Giants and their fan base would be better than what the current situation is with the A’s, despite the already high attendance numbers.

So in essence, this was a move by the River Cats to jump on the Giants bandwagon and abandon the A’s. At least, that’s how some people on Twitter are in reacting to this news. Some of the language is NSFW.

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The Angels’ encouragement of the #LightWave on the Athletics is pretty pathetic

Last night, the Angels encouraged their fans to do a #LightWave during the game.

What is that? Apparently it’s asking fans to use their lights on their phones to distract the opposing batter. It happened last night when Stephen Vogt was at the plate with the bases loaded. And fans followed through on that. It started last month and it’s just silly.

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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

https://twitter.com/CBSSF/status/496741344656650240

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.