Trading away Josh Reddick stings

The A’s trading away Josh Reddick was not a surprise. He was a pending free agent, he had value to many other teams and the A’s weren’t contenders. But what he brought to the A’s will be missed.

He exceeded expectations upon his arrival in the Andrew Bailey trade. He was labeled as a “fourth outfielder” but eventually became the team’s starter since 2012. What made him endearing to the fans was that his defense was great (he got a Gold Glove) and he had the occasional power swing. Injuries and batting inconsistencies prevented him from being such a power force, but what he provided for the A’s was something amazing.

He was still one of the team’s most recognizable players, even in the recent down seasons. He liked having fun and that showed with his walk-up music to “Careless Whisper.” As a wrestling fanatic, that showed as well. Reddick was also pretty funny on Twitter when he had to be but was serious when he needed to be as well.

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San Jose State University brings back track & field

One of the greatestĀ things about my alma mater is its rich history in track & field. But for some time, the program was dissolved and it was only a memory. The practice field was just an open public area next to the football stadium. The only true reminder of its greatness is the statue of John Carlos and Tommie Smith.

But today the school announced that in a couple years, the track & field program would return. This makes me so happy. For what Speed City meant to San Jose and the campus, it is great to bring back one of the school’s biggest and most important sports programs.

This was amazing. I am so happy!