What’s the best part about a Liam Hendriks interview? Everything.
With the A’s hosting the red-hot San Diego Padres on Friday, the A’s closer made a tongue-in-cheek joke about how excited he was to face such a team.
“Well, I’m really excited about the fact that we just had a week off and we get to face the Padres -- ‘Slam Diego,’ whatever people are calling them now, so that’s a lot of fun,” Hendriks said on Friday. “I’m excited for that.”
The A’s had a break from the regular-season schedule after pitcher Daniel Mengden tested positive for coronavirus during their road trip in Houston. The team was forced to quarantine in order to adhere to MLB’s safety protocols.
Hendriks did say he’s faced some of the Padres before, even though the A’s historically don’t play the NL West team that often.
“I’ve had my outings against [Jurickson] Profar, and [Manny] Machado,” Hendriks added.
Hendriks also said that he’s confident in some of the unknowns on the team he will get to face, however, wasn’t sure what to think about what the team was wearing.
“I still don’t know how I feel about their uniforms though,” Hendriks said. “Still unsure -- they kind of look like silken pajamas, just a lot, but I’m excited to face a new team for once.”
The Padres, 23-16, not only have a tough lineup, but cleaned up at the trade deadline acquiring pitcher Mike Clevinger from the Cleveland Indians, without giving up any of their top prospects.
Despite what the Padres will be wearing on Friday, it’ll be an interesting matchup.