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Matt Chapman explains what makes friendship with Khris Davis special

Matt Chapman explains what makes friendship with Khris Davis special

OAKLAND -- A's designated hitter Khris Davis is a man of few words. But not around third baseman Matt Chapman.

The power the two of them possess alone combine to make a strong friendship. You notice that anytime you look into the dugout. It's a hug, then it's KD appearing to be more relaxed.

The two are connected from before the Green and Gold days. Both attended and played baseball at Cal State Fullerton.

The Oakland third baseman grew up in the area and was even a bat boy at one point before he was on the team.

"I love me some KD," Chapman told NBC Sports California on Friday during A's Media Day. "I think he's misunderstood a lot of times, and he's a tough nut to crack -- like, not everybody fully understands Khris -- and he also keeps to himself, and I think I poke at him a lot and mess with him and he appreciates that."

Davis had a rough season in 2019, one riddled with substantial injury for the first time in his career. He hit over 40 home runs from 2016 through '18, then his numbers dipped in 2019.

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Nobody on the team was, or is, worried about KD.

"Me and him just have a special bond," Chapman said. "And it's fun because I feel like I can get him to branch out, so I always take pride in being able to get KD out of his shell."

Ever wonder why A's mascot is an elephant? It involves a Giants insult

Ever wonder why A's mascot is an elephant? It involves a Giants insult

If you've been to an A's game at the Oakland Coliseum during the last two decades, you've surely encountered their mascot, Stomper, running around.

But you might have wondered to yourself: Why is the A's mascot an elephant? After all, elephants, while beautiful creatures, aren't exactly athletic.

Well, NBC Sports Bay Area has the answer in the first episode of the "Ever Wonder?" series. Baseball Historian Dave Feldman recounts how the A's elephant mascot came to be.

Believe it or not, the Philadelphia A's adopted the elephant as their mascot all because of an insult by New York Giants manager John McGraw in 1902.

To hear the entire story, watch the video at the top of the article.

Liam Hendriks, A's thank medical field during coronavirus pandemic

Liam Hendriks, A's thank medical field during coronavirus pandemic

During this unprecedented time amid the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), it’s given us an opportunity to give thanks to those who so selflessly have been working hard to ensure the rest of us stay safe. 

For A’s closer Liam Hendriks, he wanted to give a special shoutout to those in the medical field working hard:

 “We, as an Oakland Athletics organization, want to say, ‘Thank you,’ for everything you’re doing, please stay safe,” he said via the A’s Instagram account.

Hendriks personally has felt the devastation the coronavirus has brought upon us as a society. He revealed recently that a friend of his, Conrad Buchanan, died due to COVID-19. Hendriks announced the news on Instagram last week and urged the world to stay home, “not only for your health, but for the sake of others as well.”

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Hendriks also wrote that Buchanan is survived by his wife and daughter.