It was a unique night.
Back on May 7, 2019, the lights went out at Oakland Coliseum, causing a delay in play for the A’s as they hosted the Cincinnati Reds. On that same night, A's pitcher Mike Fiers threw the second no-hitter of his career.
He threw 131 pitches in the outing which was the most since, well, his previous no-hitter in 2015 with the Houston Astros.
It was also an entertaining display for those watching.
In the sixth inning, Jurickson Profar made a spectacular catch at second base to help Fiers preserve his no-no. It was immediately followed by a stellar catch from center fielder Ramón Laureano to rob Joey Votto of a home run. The robbery would have made Mike Trout blush.
They were rewarded for their efforts, as Fiers compensated the two with a gift.
“Yeah, I had to,” Fiers told NBC Sports California’s Brodie Brazil. “That’s just something that happens in baseball. Someone makes a great play and for the game to turn out the way it did for me, it’s a big accomplishment for me, so for them to help me in that way, to go out of their way to make a crazy play, you got to give them a little something.”
Fiers said they got “nice little watches.”
“It wasn’t anything too crazy,” Fiers said.
He said he appreciates everyone on the team and would have gifted every guy a watch, but admitted it would have been pricey at that point.
If A's third baseman Matt Chapman received a watch for every stellar play he made, the watch industry would never suffer again.
It’s nice to see Laureano and Profar were taken care of.