During Tuesday’s rain-delayed game in Oakland, Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur made some friends with the A’s fans in O.co Coliseum’s right-field bleachers, and it’s all because of a common affection for bacon.
“Bacon Tuesday” is a thing the fans in right field started last season when the Royals were in town. Somehow they got to talking about it with Francoeur, who professed his love of bacon to them. The next day, Francoeur threw the fans a ball with a $100 bill wrapped around it and told them to buy beer and bacon.
Flash forward to Tuesday night, when the Royals were playing their second game of a three-game set in Oakland and, you guessed it, the second “Bacon Tuesday” was taking place in right. During one of the rain delays, the approximately 20 fans came down to field level to chat with their new bacon pal and give him a couple of their bright green shirts that read “Second Annual Bacon Tuesday, Sponsored by Jeff Francoeur.”
“I’m going to wear it, and they’re getting me another one signed by the whole group,” Francoeur said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s awesome. … Baseball to me is fun. We can take it too seriously sometimes. It’s nights like last night that makes it a lot of fun to play this game. It’s something more than just baseball. It’s interacting with fans and having an experience you can talk about.”
For Wednesday afternoon’s season finale, Francoeur surprised the fans with 20 pizzas that he had delivered to their seats. No word if there was any bacon on them.
“Next year, I guess it will be the third annual, and I’m going to get here early and eat bacon with them in the parking lot,” Francoeur said, according to MLB.com. “It’s been great, something special.”
Somebody should hit up Brittney Griner, too.
Here’s video of Francoeur interacting with the fans during Tuesday night’s game:
H/T Eye on Baseball
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