Pitcher Tommy Milone has worn #57 since joining the Athletics. The team is giving away his signed jersey for a contest today.
However, the jersey features #47. I initially thought that was a mistake. But why would the A’s be giving away a mistake? After all, Milone signed it himself and it would make no sense for an athlete to sign a jersey that isn’t correct.
But on the signature, Milone signed #57 on it.
Maybe Milone changed his number and the Athletics might have accidentally (or maybe intentionally) announced it on Twitter. Or maybe this was a mistake.
It sounds crazy and it is very unlikely. Would either team be willing to make it happen? I doubt it. But the fact that this is thrown out there has to force somebody to make a move to relieve the A’s of being prisoners to the territorial rights. They need a new stadium and if they can’t be at the Coliseum, going to AT&T Park just doesn’t make much sense.
Now that this is out there, will something be done? I doubt anytime soon and they probably will lease the Coliseum for another year. But the more we think about it, the more pathetic this situation appears and it’s very clear that a resolution could happen sooner than later.
The New York Times chronicled the Oakland Athletics’ past postseason failures. It sucked reading it. But I am the ever optimist.
I believe they will break it. I believe they will win Game 5 and move on. I believe in this team.
And that’s me as a fan. Until that 27th out is recorded, there is a chance.
Was this a home run?
Check out the above GIF from SB Nation.
My initial thought told me that this was a blatant interference and that the home run should not have counted.
I even dug into the MLB rule book to make sure. The rule comes from section 3, article 16.
Normally this process takes 24 hours but the crew had less than that to work with. Pretty good considering the circumstances last night.
Out-pitching Justin Verlander, striking out nine batters is a pretty impressive debut in the postseason for rookie Sonny Gray. Because he is a rookie, this is likely most baseball fans’ exposure to Gray.
With his impressive performance throughout the evening, people went to Twitter to ask about the rookie. They would know his name after the game.
Getting a little beard up in here.
As some of you may or may not know, the Red Sox players have been growing beards. It’s become such a thing that each beard has a name and even Sports Illustrated did a story on it.
It’s fine and all and this isn’t the first time the Red Sox have grown hair as a team. Their “idiots” identity from the 2004 team was well-documented too.
However, all this attention on the Red Sox has left a couple Oakland Athletics players wondering about another East Coast bias situation.
Outfielder Josh Reddick and reliever Sean Doolittle both have been growing beards before this Red Sox phenomenon took place, yet they are left wondering how come there isn’t a story on them. In fact, Reddick is in a national “beard off” with wrestler Daniel Bryan.
When I found out the news, I did a little dance. This is what I have been waiting for.
This isn’t to say that I don’t like Bud Selig. I think he was a decent commissioner, but wasn’t anything worth praising. He gave us Interleague Play, which I think was nice and his expansion of the playoffs is starting to grow on me. However, as an Oakland A’s fan, his departure is welcomed.
After his “blue ribbon” committee to solve the Athletics’ stadium situation continues to go nowhere, and his recent comments on calling the Coliseum a “pit,” seeing him leave is perfect. His indecision about the A’s has hurt the potential revenue and well-being of the team. The fear of rejection it seems is the reason why he has procrastinated on it.
But with his departure in 2015, that could mean one of two things for the A’s: Either Selig finally makes a decision before his tenure is up or whomever comes in as the new commissioner will have to deal with it. And if it’s the latter, I hope that new commissioner gives the A’s some help.
Until then, we’ll just wait and see if he gives the A’s an clarity on the direction of their future.
Bud Selig is retiring in 2015.
Check out the image on the right. That’s a bag that I got a long time ago after I moved down to Southern California. Since I am not an Angels fan, I modified it and have been using it since. I bring it to many sporting events I go to, including back to Angel Stadium when the Oakland Athletics come into town. While going through the gates, security has never given me any issue about it. But last night, they finally stopped me.
After checking inside my bag (all I had was my glove inside) they looked at the writing and said I couldn’t bring that in. I thought they were joking until they had me move to the side and a second security person looked at it. They told me that they weren’t joking and that the bag could not be brought in.
I suggested that I turn it inside out and they said that would be OK for me to enter.
But how come my bag was not acceptable?