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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Yoenis Cespedes wins Home Run Derby again, which means Twitter negatively reacts to him not speaking English

But with this great achievement, we also get the negative reaction on Twitter. Like last year, people went to Twitter to complain about how Yoenis Cespedes didn’t conduct his interview in English.

Cespedes is in his third year living in America after defecting from Cuba and joining the A’s. Learning a new language isn’t easy and maybe he isn’t fully comfortable speaking in public in English.

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Cespedes for the rest of us

All you need to know.

Yoenis Cespedes’ home run derby win brought out the racist in America

The final swing and the big bat flip.

The final swing and the big bat flip.

Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland A’s wins the home run derby with a show. He blasted 32 bombs en route to the title (and give the A’s fans discounted tickets). He’s the first player not on the All-Star team to win it. A relative unknown to most of America, he had a chance to display his skills and it was great to see the A’s get represented well.

This is his second season in the big leagues after defecting from Cuba in hopes of a better life here a little less than two years ago. He’s been learning English since he has arrived but hasn’t learned enough to be comfortable doing interviews. Despite all of that, he has assimilated himself real well and has embraced his new life in America.

However, that doesn’t stop the racist Americans from tweeting out their displeasure that Cespedes doesn’t know English. Twitter once again brings out the hate and racism from our country. And in case you didn’t know, English is not the official language of the United States. There is none.

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My fear with Yoenis Cespedes participating in the Home Run Derby

Mike Gallego will throw to Yoenis Cespedes at the home run derby.

Remember Bobby Abreu? He dominated the Home Run Derby and disappeared forever afterward.

Well, not really, but it drained him real bad. That’s my fear with Yoenis Cespedes at the home run derby this year. I know he’s going to put on a show. I’ve seen his batting practices. It’s amazing.

But with a guy who’s battled injuries since joining the A’s, the last thing he needs is strenuous activity during some time to rest. I don’t want him to come back for the second half exhausted. That’s my only fear.

But then again, I could be wrong and he puts on a show, the AL dominates with ease, and he finds his groove. I’m probably over-thinking it. We’ll see how it goes.

Happy Festivus for the rest of us!

It’s a Festivus Miracle!

Happy Festivus to all of you. With Christmas approaching and the nonsense of forced gift buying and unhappy holiday cheer, I would like to invite you all to put that away and celebrate Festivus.

The holiday itself has taken a whole new life that even as you can see by the above picture, the A’s are taking part of it.

Unfamiliar with Festivus? Not sure why I’m celebrating the holiday of not celebrating? Here’s your history lesson.

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Cespedes for the Rest of Us bobblehead is going to be awesome!

The Oakland A’s have been announcing their upcoming promotions on their Twitter and this is probably the one I am most excited about.

The jersey is fine but the bobblehead is going to be a hot item. And the fact that the team is running with their “Cespedes for the Rest of Us” campaign for Yoenis is even better.

This has even got me excited. I know which game I’m going to!

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A new holiday was born: A Cespedes for the rest of us!

No pole needed.

This was from Sunday’s A’s game. It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s a Seinfeld reference.

The entire weekend back was nice. Got a chance to go back to the Coliseum and watch the A’s sweep the Indians. Coming back for the anniversary of the 20-game win streak brought back memories of when I fell in love with this team.

Overall, it was just a good weekend to be back home and be with good baseball. I love this A’s team.

What clever signs have you seen in baseball — or in fact, any sporting event you’ve attended?

Adding Yoenis Cespedes to the Athletics roster is a steal

Yoenis Cespedes could be the future for the team?

The signing of Yoenis Cespedes by the A’s on Monday was something that I never saw coming. In fact, I had not heard of him until the signing but after looking through what he has in store and what the A’s paid to get him, I think it was a strong move.

Cespedes is known as a five-tool player and has the potential to become a big star in the big leagues. He is considered one of the top stars to ever come out of Cuba and with the A’s needing some kind of offensive spark, this signing looks to be a great deal.

The first thing that I looked at was his contract. It’s a four-year deal for $36 million. That means he will earn $6.5 million in 2012, $8.5 million next season and $10.5 million in each of the final two years.

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