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 6pm to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and D'backs 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 (Four-time winner -- Defeated Olmedo Saenz's Bay Bridge Series walk-off against Robb Nenn)
(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. Khris Davis' three-homer game including the walk-off grand slam against Rangers
(From Ben Ross)
On May 17, 2016, Khris Davis had a game for the ages. After hitting solo home runs in the second and sixth innings, Davis came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and the A's trailing Texas 5-4.
Down to his final strike, Davis blasted a game-winning grand slam to left field off Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson, and the A's walked off with an 8-5 victory. As Davis approached home plate, he celebrated by tossing his batting helmet like a basketball jump shot, before being mobbed by his teammates.
It was Davis' first career grand slam and still his only three-home run game. He went on to hit 42 home runs that season, tied for the fourth most in Major League Baseball.
Which #Athletics 50th Anniversary moment was more memorable?— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) May 25, 2018
The winning moment will move on to the next matchup.