Petaluma's LLWS walk-off leads to A's pregame pie


Petaluma's LLWS walk-off leads to A's pregame pie

OAKLAND -- The A's got their 14th walk-off victory before Monday's game had even begun. As the A's clubhouse opened at 3:20 p.m. almost everyone was huddled around the television to watch the Petaluma National Little League team as they engaged in an extra-inning battle with Par Troy East Little League from Parsippany, New Jersey.
In the eighth inning of the game Danny Marzo smacked a walk-off home run, as he rounded the bases the A's who have an MLB-leading 13 walk-offs themselves went wild in celebration. You can't have a walk-off in Oakland without the customary pie, as Jonny Gomes leaped up onto the couch in celebration, Brandon Inge reached up and smacked him in the face with a pie. The clubhouse erupted in laughter.PETALUMA PIE!!!! twitter.comjoshreddick16 josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) August 20, 2012"That was probably the first ever pregame pie in the history of the game," Gomes said. "For these guys to rally around that little league team, Major Leaguers sitting around a T.V. watching 12-year-olds get after it it's pretty cool."Like a proud manager Gomes addressed the media shortly after the conclusion of Petaluma's 5-4 victory.
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"A win is a win, the kids are probably pretty stoked," Gomes said. "Hopefully we'll have another hometown kid coming up for the A's in a few years,"Earlier in the day Travis Blackley tweeted a picture of Gomes watching the game. At one point in the game broadcast they showed the picture Blackley took. That elicited the second biggest applause of the day.Gomes is definitely the number 1 fan of the Petaluma lads! twitter.comTravis_Blackle Travis Blackley (@Travis_Blackley) August 20, 2012"Nothing shocks me anymore much with social media everything is pretty much out there," Gomes said. "He took a picture of me, I didn't know he was going to tweet it or whatever, that was fine though."Petaluma next plays on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. The A's will surely be following closely.

Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

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Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

Young Athletics fan Loren Jade Smith is among the thousands of people affected by the Northern California wildfires. Along with his family's home, the fire storm took his most valued possession -- his A's memorabilia collection. 

In his disappointment, Smith wrote a letter to the A's that has since gone viral. 

After the letter was shared throughout the Twitterverse, A's President Dave Kaval said the team would reach out to Jade and his family to replace his memorabilia. 

And since Kaval's announcement, the A's community of fans has responded with offers to send the young fan some memorabilia. The A's have even set up an address where fans can send Smith their gifts. 

Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?


Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

Fox’ Matt Vasgersian, who does his job well,  declared the New York Yankees’ American League Division Series win over Cleveland to be amazing.

It is not. Not any more.

In fact, the Yankees winning three elimination games in succession is a feat that has happened seven times in the past three years. And we can only conclude from that that they’re not making teams that can avoid the bad beat the way they used to.

The 2017 Indians joined the 2016 Indians, Warriors and Thunder, the 2015 Clippers, Capitals and Texas Rangers, the 2014 Penguins and Sharks, the 2013 Red Wings, the 2012 Reds and Cardinals, the 2011 Penguins, the 2010 Bruins and Capitals as proud laryngectomy victims – teams that needed to win only one of three (or in the Sharks’ case, four) games to advance in the playoffs (or in the Warriors’ case, win).

That’s 15 times this “amazing” thing has happened, which means that by any estimate, teams that needed to win three consecutive games to escape the icy hand of Uncle Death are now pretty much the norm in this decade.

And why, you ask? I blame Twitter. I blame global warming. I blame video games. I blame smartphones. I blame phones. I blame the new president. I blame the old president. I blame Satan. I blame participation trophies and orange slices and juice boxes. I blame the players and I blame the owners and I blame the fans and definitely those smarmy bastards in the media. They’re the worst.

I blame you. Hell, I think I blame Matt Vasgersian.

But whomever is at fault, we have here an epidemic of feet strangling their owners when everything seems their cheeriest. And unless we live in such misery-enriched times that good times are only precursors to far worse ones, there is no sensible explanation. Players’ windpipes are no smaller than they were a decade ago. The Internet is older than seven years. Close-out games are not materially more difficult than they were before 2010.

And yet winning that one extra game is suddenly like finding out your SAT test has been written totally in anagrams. In other words, when things look brightest, that’s when you know you’re totally screwed.

And if you don’t believe me, ask Terry Francona. In a few weeks maybe. Not right away. Not unless you’re keen to see how it feels to have your neck used as a bathmat.