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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Articles tagged: Oakland A’s

A’s use Angels’ Shohei Ohtani for marketing purposes

Shohei Ohtani

There aren’t a ton of selling points surrounding the Oakland A’s this season, so the team has decided to promote an opposing player.

Ahead of Opening Day in Oakland on Thursday, the A’s sent out a tweet promoting their game with the Angels. They used Japanese player Shohei Ohtani as a selling point, even though he plays for the opposing team.

You know it’s not a great situation when you’re promoting your opponents’ players instead of your own. But there aren’t a ton of household names on the A’s to choose from.

Ohtani is set to make his pitching debut on Sunday. He could make his debut as a batter before then.

Athletics announce special parking prices for Giants fans

The Oakland Athletics have a bit of a rivalry with the San Francisco Giants — so much so, in fact, that they’re introducing a special pricing plan aimed at Giants fans.

The A’s announced Saturday that Giants fans will have to pay $50 to park at the stadium — $20 more than it will cost your average Oakland fan.

There’s a catch, though — if you’re a Giants fan willing to yell “go A’s,” you get the base price.

Assuming it’s serious — and there’s no reason to doubt it is — this is pretty silly. The Giants have their own history of pettiness, but not quite on this level. Anything for some publicity, it seems.

Athletics troll Giants on Twitter with funny meme

Oakland Coliseum

The MLB season may still be a couple of weeks away, but the Oakland Athletics are already getting in some shots at their crosstown rivals.

The meme du jour that has been lighting Twitter on fire this week has been (another) “SpongeBob SquarePants”-themed one. The basic meme template features a logo or likeness Photoshopped onto an image of the Krusty Krab, the town’s most popular restaurant in the TV show. A competing one is also Photoshopped onto an image of The Chum Bucket, a restaurant across the street that nobody in the town ever eats at. The meme is essentially meant to indicate the superiority of one brand to another. Here are a few examples:

Come Friday, the A’s decided to get in on the fun by trolling fellow Bay Area club, the San Francisco Giants, and you can guess where they went with it.

Granted, a bit of fact-checking might quell Oakland’s Twitter fingers — though the A’s finished with a better record than the Giants in 2017, they still went a mere 75-87. They also haven’t won a World Series since 1989, as opposed to three World Series wins for San Francisco in just the last decade alone. But you can probably excuse Oakland’s little bout of topical fun since they have proven to have perhaps the best team Twitter account in the MLB.

Best outfits from A’s rookie dress up day

The Oakland A’s had their annual dress up day for rookies and, not surprisingly, the outfits were outstanding.

After the A’s defeated the Mariners in their final home of the season, the team’s traded their uniforms for outfits with a wide variety of themes. There was a Babe Ruth, Marvin the Martian, a judge, and more. Take a look below.

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Oakland A’s support catcher Bruce Maxwell kneeling during national anthem

Bruce Maxwell

MLB has its first national anthem kneeler.

Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell knelt during the national anthem played before Saturday’s A’s-Rangers game in Oakland.

Maxwell is African-American, and despite kneeling, the San Francisco Chronicle describes him as very patriotic. You can see he held his cap over his heart for the anthem. They say his father was in the Army.

Maxwell appeared to be moved to kneel after being troubled by President Trump’s “son of a b—-” comment Friday night about those who kneel in the NFL. Take a look at what he wrote on Twitter:

Maxwell, 26, has been in concussion protocol since taking a foul ball off his mask on Wednesday. The catcher is batting .244 on the season.

The A’s may have known about Maxwell’s plans to kneel, because they sent this statement of supporting shortly after the anthem:

Athletics have priceless tweet in response to reports of raccoon on Oakland interstate

Oakland Coliseum

The Oakland Athletics’ social media team remains undefeated.

California Highway Patrol in Oakland relayed a report on Wednesday about a massive raccoon, so huge it was originally believed to be a kangaroo, being removed from a local interstate highway.

In response to the report, the A’s tweeted out this hilarious inquiry about the animal’s availability:

The 47-60 A’s are the second-worst team in the AL this year, so it couldn’t hurt to stir up some excitement by tabbing a gigantic mammal for ceremonial purposes. Heck, it would probably throw out a better first pitch than 50 Cent.

Sonny Gray traded to Yankees

The New York Yankees have reportedly acquired Oakland A’s starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees sent three prospects to Oakland in exchange for the right-hander.

The Yankees had been the favorite to land Gray all along. They were also interested in Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, but he is in the final year of his deal whereas Gray has two years of team control remaining.

Gray, 27, is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA this season.

The Yankees took back first place in the AL East over the weekend, and they obviously feel they can make a deep playoff run. In addition to getting Gray, they also bolstered their starting rotation by trading for left-handed starter Jaime Garcia, formerly of the Minnesota Twins.