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 tonight at 3:30pm to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and Blue Jays conclude, 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 (Two-time winner -- Defeated Mark McGwire's walk-off home run in Game 3 of the 1988 World Series)
(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. Josh Donaldson's catch on the tarp in 2013
(From Ben Ross)
On September 3, 2013, Josh Donaldson took on the tarp and won. The A's third baseman chased down a David Murphy pop up into foul territory and made an incredible diving catch over the tarp, holding up his glove the entire time to show the umpire he had the ball.
The play was so memorable, the A's made a bobblehead to commemorate it.
Donaldson became a fan favorite in Oakland, thanks in large part to fearless defensive plays like this one. He finished fourth in the American League MVP voting in 2013 and made his first All-Star Game in 2014. Incredibly, he has still never won a Gold Glove.
The A's traded Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays after the 2014 season for Kendall Graveman, Franklin Barreto, Brett Lawrie, and Sean Nolin. Donaldson won the American League MVP award in 2015.
Which #Athletics 50th Anniversary moment was more memorable?— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) May 18, 2018
The winning moment will move on to the next matchup.