Athletics

A's expecting 'rowdy' atmosphere at Coliseum for AL Wild Card Game

A's expecting 'rowdy' atmosphere at Coliseum for AL Wild Card Game

For the first time in six years, the A's will play a playoff game at the Coliseum.

Oakland edged Seattle 1-0 on Saturday night to lock up home-field advantage in the AL Wild Card Game. The A's will host the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night and the team is expecting a wild atmosphere.

"I've pitched at the Coliseum in the playoffs before," starting pitcher Brett Anderson told reporters. "There's not an atmosphere like it. It's going to be rowdy. It will be fun to watch."

A's manager Bob Melvin can't wait to see what the Coliseum looks like.

"There are going to be 50,000 people in Oakland, I've got a feeling," Melvin said. "When we get that big of a crowd at home, they have an effect. So we're excited about going home in front of our fans. There's a great bond between us and the fans there and they can get pretty loud." 

The A's have played terrific baseball at home this season, going 52-27 at the Coliseum, the fourth-best home record in MLB. Now the atmosphere will ratchet up to another level, one that most of the team has yet to experience.

"The crowd's going to be -- these guys have no idea," Anderson said. "It's going to be fun. It's like a Raiders game. You get the Black Hole, you get crazy people. Usually there's some sort of down period in baseball, or even between innings, but the last time I started there, there was just constant noise and so it's pretty fun to be a part of."

Despite clinching a playoff spot on Friday, the A's were disappointed that they let an opportunity for home-field advantage slip away. They certainly made up for it on Saturday.

[RELATED: Cash discusses challenges of Coliseum]

"That's what everybody was talking about when they came off the field -- that we're going back to Oakland," Melvin told reporters. "That was huge. Obviously, we wanted to get in and the next objective was to get home. So both things done and we'll probably give some guys (the day) off tomorrow."

The A's still haven't announced a starting pitcher for the Wild Card Game, but it figures to either be left-hander Sean Manaea or righty Mike Fiers. The Rays will go with All-Star right-hander Charlie Morton. First pitch is set for 5:09 p.m. PT.

Watch A's pitcher Jesus Luzardo get fans hyped for 2020 MLB season

Watch A's pitcher Jesus Luzardo get fans hyped for 2020 MLB season

As if A’s fans already weren’t excited for the 2020 MLB season.

Young pitcher Jesus Luzardo released a hype video Sunday that will have Oakland fans salivating.

[RELATED: A's say they deferred Coliseum rent payment for lack of use during coronavirus]

Luzardo has been one of the A’s top prospects for several years, and made his MLB debut on Sept. 11, 2019. The 22-year-old made six relief appearances for Oakland last season, finishing with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings, striking out 16 batters.

Luzardo is expected to be in Oakland’s rotation whenever the 2020 season gets underway.

Why Rickey Henderson should be seen as one of Michael Jordans of MLB

Why Rickey Henderson should be seen as one of Michael Jordans of MLB

There will never be another Michael Jordan. But there could be those who hold a prominent role in the sport they play. The “Michael Jordan” of baseball, for instance. 

Bleacher Report composed a list of MLB’s G.O.A.T.s, and yes -- Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was mentioned. You can’t create a greatest of all time without mentioning him, but the A’s have an MJ of their own in Rickey Henderson.

Not only did the BR writeup mention the numbers that put the Man of Steal on the map (1,406 stolen bases, 2,295 runs, both MLB records), but it’s a great reminder of his “greatest of all-time speech.”

That iconic moment wasn’t initially supposed to happen in the way it played out. When he took the microphone after breaking St. Louis Cardinals star Lou Brock’s base-stealing record, Henderson went off-script

The original hand-written speech that was folded up on a piece of paper, and in Rickey's uniform didn’t happen, and it certainly didn’t possess the words saying he was the greatest -- even though the Hall of Famer was. He was caught up in the moment and said the epic words which solidified such a strong career.

[RELATED: Veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon still wants to play]

Henderson simply forgot about the original words.

Henderson also had a certain swag and attitude about him -- remind you of anyone else?