Athletics executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane handed manager Bob Melvin a personalized bottle of wine on Tuesday as he congratulated him for being the winningest manager in Oakland A's history. The team, along with MLB paid tribute to the feat.
It was the perfect treat as Melvin celebrated with a quiet glass of wine when he had a moment to himself last Tuesday after he notched No. 799 to surpass former skipper Tony La Russa.
As Melvin walked out in front of the crowd, he did the typical BoMel walk with his hands in his pockets before he adjusted his glasses to stand near home plate with Beane.
That’s when he was directed to look up at the video board.
A’s third baseman Matt Chapman led things off with his wishes.
“Passing Tony La Russa, that’s pretty good company,” Chapman said.
Chapman added that he wants to win a World Series for Melvin and said the blood, sweat and tears he and the other teammates put in are all for their manager.
Then, La Russa himself came on the screen to sing Melvin’s praise.
“Just want to join all those that congratulated you on becoming the A’s managerial career leader,” La Russa said."
Followed by Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, former A’s coach Chip Hale, Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell, and many more.
“Couldn’t have happened to a better person,” A’s starter Chris Bassitt said. “I know everyone in the clubhouse is definitely thankful that you’re our manager -- I know we’re in great hands. Congrats.”
Melvin remained humble throughout the process, of course.