The Athletics finally did it.
It only took them seven games, but the A’s recorded their first victory of 2021 on Wednesday with a 4-3 walk-off win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Mitch Moreland’s 10th-inning RBI single to center field.
The key to victory? Definitely Chris Bassitt’s Red Bull rally chug in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Things were getting desperate.
The A’s were swept in a four-game series to start the year by the Houston Astros before losing the first two games of the Los Angeles Dodgers series. Reigning Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer kept the clamps on Oakland’s slumping lineup to start Wednesday afternoon's game.
With the A’s trailing 3-2 in crunch time, Bassitt chugged a can of Red Bull in the bottom of the ninth. Then he promptly threw the empty can into an unsuspecting Sean Manaea.
The good luck chug looks like it worked.
The A's came to life with a late rally in the ninth against Kenley Jansen, as the first two batters reached base before Tony Kemp's sacrifice bunt set up Elvis Andrus' game-tying sac fly. Yusmeiro Petit worked through the top of the 10th before Moreland delivered the game-winner.
And it all happened after Bassitt’s rally chug. Coincidence? Absolutely not.
Back in 2018, rally Red Bulls became a part of the team culture. The players would often huddle in the dugout and do group chug sessions that obviously helped the team win 97 games and reach the playoffs as a Wild Card team.
Whatever it takes to get the win.
The A's can now breathe a little easier after getting that monkey off their back. Baseball is superstitious by nature, so don't be surprised if the rally Red Bulls become a thing again in 2021.