This is Ichiro.
His power was unassuming. Yet here he is nearly driving the ball over the wall for his 3,000th MLB hit. He sped around the bases for a triple. Of course he would.
He didn’t over-celebrate. His teammates hugged him and he tipped his cap to the fans.
But this is the Ichiro we knew. Of course he’d leg out a stand up triple for the milestone. How else would Ichiro do it? What another great accomplishment to the greatest hitter (you can debate that) this league has ever seen.
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.
Since the San Diego Padres were hosting the All-Star Game, the team announced before the season they would wear special home jerseys and caps to commemorate the special event. It was something new and no other team had done it before. But it was nice sine it introduced yellow into the color scheme.
There were rumors that this was a transitional jersey as the Padres were planning to go with the color scheme full-time next season.
Still, it was a bold move to have a jersey specific to the midsummer classic. And for the most part, the jersey and cap didn’t look too bad.
With Stance being the official sock of the NBA, there has been a lot of buzz about the success of this partnership. Now Major League Baseball is joining in on the fun. Keep your eyes open during the All-Star Game.
Stance has become the official sock of Major League Baseball. That means, starting with the 2016 All-Star Game, every time you see a pair of socks on an MLB player, it will be a pair of Stance’s new high-quality Fusion Baseball line. The players take care of the game, and we take care of the players. And the fans, too.
Stance has already made its appearance in the regular season this year. I don’t think this was a marketing attempt by Stance, but Khris Davis of the Athletics has been wearing Stance socks already this year.
Reggie Jackson spent a lot of good years of his Hall of Fame career in Oakland. But in his retirement, Jackson has been an ambassador for the New York Yankees and always supports them. Even whenever he comes to Oakland, he wear his Yankees gear as he remains part of the club. It’s no surprise he would but the A’s throwing shade in his direction like this was something I didn’t expect to see. It’s not like the A’s don’t acknowledge Jackson. But it’s just surprising that they would make that comment.
The hockey-style catcher’s mask is common in baseball now but over the weekend, Matt McBride became the first Oakland Athletics player to use it in a game.
It’s not a big deal but as an A’s fan, I have watched the team all my life and I noticed that ever since that style mask became common, none of the catcher had ever used it in a game. It was until this past weekend when McBride got called up and saw some time on the field.
It was weird for me to see it since I was not used to it. I found it interesting that it took this long for one catcher to prefer this than the old style. I better get used to it now.
It would make sense if a player would get some compensation for someone selling his game-worn jersey. John Axford revealed that MLB does not do that. Instead the league takes the jersey and auctions it off without the player getting a single dime.
You can say that the player makes a ton of money so this really isn’t a big loss of money. That is true. But the principal is still faulty. The player should deserve some portion of the money at least. Well, that’s how it should work in other professions. The jersey may be team-issued but what the player does with the jersey is what gives it that extra value.
Well, that’s how it is and I don’t think it will change.