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Morning After: A's Coghlan wins battle between buddies

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Morning After: A's Coghlan wins battle between buddies

SEATTLE -– Chris Coghlan had seen Steve Cishek make opposing hitters uncomfortable before.

Never had he stepped in against the sidearmer.

Coghlan got the best of his former teammate Friday night, launching a game-winning homer in the top of the ninth that sent the A’s to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Coghlan is in his first season with Oakland after coming over in a spring training trade from the Cubs. Cishek signed as a free agent with the Mariners this past winter and became their closer. They were teammates with the Miami Marlins from 2010-13.

[STIGLICH: Rewind: A's bullpen produces several heroes in win]

“I’ve seen him throw. I’d never faced him,” Coghlan said. “He’s a great closer. It’s not a comfortable at-bat. I don’t know if he pulled it or tried to get me frozen on a ball in. But I was grateful I was able to (drive it).”

When asked about his homer, Coghlan first pointed out the RBI single he delivered in the fourth. That broke a scoreless tie, and for an A’s team that’s struggled early on to cash in with runners in scoring position, that first run-scoring hit was big. Coghlan was one of the hitters who failed to come through with a man in scoring position in one potential rally during Thursday’s loss to the White Sox.

But even Coghlan couldn’t downplay the thrill of going deep in the late innings of a tie game.

“As a kid that’s what you dream of,” Coghlan said. “ As a competitor, you know how big the situation is, and you want to come through for your teammates. When you do, it’s just a feeling you can’t describe. There’s nothing in the world that beats it.”

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Josh Reddick was the first Athletic to go deep Friday, hitting a hanging curve from Taijuan Walker into the right field seats in the fifth. Reddick showed no ill effects from back soreness, which is the reason A’s manager Bob Melvin started him at DH rather than right field. He wanted Reddick to get a bit of a rest.

“It feels great,” Reddick said. “Baseball activity wasn’t the problem. Being stationary and sitting still is when it happens.”

[STIGLICH: Instant Replay: Coghlan bomb lifts A's over Mariners]

Reddick also said he benefited from some work he did with hitting coach Darren Bush earlier in the week.

“At home, me and Bushie talked about staying back, because I was jumping a lot,” Reddick said. “Today was a lot of focus of staying back and keeping my hands back.”

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 season.

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

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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.

He 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.

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Henderson simply forgot about the original words.

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