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A's exhibition game in Japan was perfect combination of culture and fandom

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A's exhibition game in Japan was perfect combination of culture and fandom

While you were sleeping, baseball was being played. Or, you were better than a lot of us and stayed up to watch the A's take on the Nippon Ham Fighters:

Yeah -- I was asleep. Anywho ...

It appeared the A's were in midseason form, and that had a lot to do with Khris Davis doing Davis-like things and hitting the you-know-what out of the ball.

That alone is great, but listen to the crowd:

They love him.

Khrush ended up going 2-4 with two hits and two RBI in the A's 5-1 victory over the Fighters. And there was plenty going on beyond the game itself.

Stomper was getting in on the action:

As was Rickey Henderson:

Liam Hendricks made sure fans got a chance to get some autographs from Mike Fiers:

That's some teamwork. 

And the hats -- LOOK AT THOSE HATS:

The local crowd even chanted for the A's:

The A's bullpen appeared to be in dominant from what I've seen from those who drank enough energy drinks and adjusted to the time change. 

The Green and Gold finished with 11 hits across nine innings, and here's hoping the teams' foodie, Mark Canha, got plenty of food in his belly.

And it looks like he did:

Watch Ramon Laureano, Laz Diaz argue after questionable strike three

Watch Ramon Laureano, Laz Diaz argue after questionable strike three

Umpire Laz Diaz just wanted to go home.

At least that's what we're going to assume after what transpired at the end of the A's-Blue Jays game on Friday night at the Coliseum.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Toronto leading 5-1, Diaz rung up A's center fielder Ramon Laureano on a high strike three call to end the game.

As you can see from the graphic on the screen during the NBC Sports California broadcast, Diaz got the call wrong.

Diaz walked away and started to head for the clubhouse. When Laureano started yelling at him, Diaz got demonstrative and yelled back. He wasn't about to back down.

A's first base coach Al Pedrique and outfielder Chad Pinder had to hold Laureano back.

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Diaz was wrong on multiple instances here. The pitch was a ball, and he should have just walked away from Laureano.

Nobody is tuning in for the #UmpShow, bro.

Former A's player asked Dave Kaval about player amenities for future A's home

Former A's player asked Dave Kaval about player amenities for future A's home

When the A's announced the team made plans to move to Howard Terminal near Jack London Square, fans were excited, but many questions remained.

One, in particular, was how the players felt about it. One would assume it would be a positive reaction and the new, beautiful, waterfront location in Oakland could be a great way to recruit players to play for the Green and Gold.

Former A's player, Anthony Recker, made sure to ask Dave Kaval a few questions about this upcoming project during A's Pregame on NBC Sports California before the team faced the Blue Jays on Friday night.

"Have they talked about the players and what the accommodations are going to be like? I'd like to learn a little bit more about that," Recker, who is now part of NBC Sports California's broadcast, asked Kaval.

Kaval said it would be "top tier" in regard to taking care of the players. He has a plan to gather a group of players to inform them of the decision-making process on the design of the clubhouse and all of the amenities to "make sure it's world class."

Recker knows what it likes to spend most of his time at a stadium and in a clubhouse -- he played in the bigs for seven seasons. It's the players' second home, he explained.

"I eat there, I shower there -- I haven't slept there, but I practically do," Recker said. 

Kaval also brought up the importance of making sure this future home of the A's was a place the organization could recruit good talent to.

He also gave an update saying on Tuesday there will be a vote from the county for approval for the A's to purchase the Coliseum site from them and there will be a vote in May from the board commission, as well.

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It appears that everything is on track -- and if not, Kaval has certainly thought everything through. 

You can watch the interview in its entirety atop this page.