POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's perfect game vs The Birth of 'Billy Ball'


POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's perfect game vs The Birth of 'Billy Ball'

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports California is looking back at the A's 50 Memorable Moments since the franchise relocated to Oakland in 1968. Below are the next two moments you can vote on. Tune into A's Pregame Live today at 3:30pm to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and Tigers square off in the Motor City, tune into A's Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round!

1. Dallas Braden's Perfect Game on Mother's Day 2010 (13-time winner -- Defeated Mark McGwire's rookie home-run record in 1987)

(From Dallas Braden)

Well, they haven’t taken it away yet so I guess it might not be a dream after all. It’s still insane to think that on such a special day for so many people, my teammates and I were able to etch ourselves into the hearts of A’s fans everywhere.

In the moment, I had no clue. At the same time, I was fully aware. Completely focused and emotionally distracted at the same time. Hell, I talked myself into the wrong count in the last at-bat of the game. The 27th out. In that moment I had no clue. No clue I’d become the vehicle for such an emotional moment shared between mothers and their families across baseball that special day. I do believe that’s what I was -- merely a vehicle to connect people through our beautiful game. My mom, along with the baseball gods, and Landon Powell, I guess, all steered us down the path of history and to be able to share and relive those special moments and memories is a blessing a young little leaguer can only dream of.

I hope that through my passion for the game you feel the same love I, myself, my wife, baby girl, and grandmother have felt from each of you, the fans of the Green & Gold. We couldn’t be happier to share this Mother’s Day and every Mother’s Day from here on out, TOGETHER! It’s a perfect fit if you ask me.


2. "Billy Ball" is born in Oakland in 1980; A's win division series in strike-shortened 1981

(From Ben Ross)

After a disappointing 54-108 season in 1979, the Oakland A's brought in fiery manager Billy Martin, and the “Billy Ball” era was born. Martin promoted an aggressive, high-energy style of baseball, which saw lots of stolen bases and complete games.

The 1980 season marked a 29-game improvement, as the A's finished second in the AL West at 83-79. Oakland completed numerous double steals, and even a triple steal, and 21-year-old Rickey Henderson stole 100 bases, breaking Ty Cobb's American League record. Mike Norris finished second in the AL Cy Young voting, going 22-9 with a 2.53 ERA and 24 complete games. In total, the A's pitching staff posted a ridiculous 94 complete games.

The A's won 11 straight games to start the 1981 season, an MLB record at the time. They finished the strike-shortened season at 64-45 and swept the Royals in the Division Series, before being eliminated by the Yankees in the ALCS. In 1982, Henderson stole 130 bases, still the MLB single-season record. He finished his career with 1,406 stolen bases, also an MLB record.


Watch ball boy catch line drive to save A's bullpen from getting hit

Watch ball boy catch line drive to save A's bullpen from getting hit

There's a ball boy at the Coliseum that deserves a raise or some sort of reward, and the A's relievers should be the ones to make it happen.

Why, you might ask? Because the ball boy down the left field line made an incredible catch in front of the A's bullpen in the top of the fourth inning Sunday, saving the relievers from possible injury.

Mariners catcher Tom Murphy lined a ball that was headed straight into the A's bullpen. But the ball boy sprang into action and made the catch (he actually almost overran it.)

If the ball boy had failed to make the catch, an A's reliever might be headed for the injured list.

We understand that he was just doing his job, but we still suggest that the A's bullpen does something to reward the young man.

A's vs. Mariners lineups: Stephen Piscotty sits for series finale

A's vs. Mariners lineups: Stephen Piscotty sits for series finale

The A's just keep on winning.

Oakland extended its winning streak to eight games Saturday by beating the Seattle Mariners 6-5 at the Coliseum.

On Sunday, the A's will send left-hander Brett Anderson to the mound as they look to win their ninth straight game.

With Stephen Piscotty still out of the lineup with a stomach illness, manager Bob Melvin's lineup will look a little different.

Left fielder Robbie Grossman moves up to the No. 2 hole, while rookie Skye Bolt will play right field and bat eighth.

Mike Leake will get the ball for the Mariners as Seattle looks to snap its five-game losing streak.

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Here are the full lineups for the A's-Mariners game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 1:07 p.m PT.

Oakland Athletics (27-25)
Marcus Semien, SS
Robbie Grossman, LF
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Mark Canha, DH
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Ramon Laureano, CF
Skye Bolt, RF
Josh Phegley, C

Brett Anderson, LHP (5-3, 4.14 ERA)

Seattle Mariners (23-31)
Mitch Haniger, CF
Kyle Seager, 3B
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
Domingo Santana, LF
Daniel Voelgbach, DH
Tim Beckham, 2B
Jay Bruce, RF
Tom Murphy, C
J.P. Crawford, SS

Mike Leake, RHP (3-5, 4.73 ERA)