Great thing about baseball is the way it gives players a chance to erase the memory of a failure one day by doing something big the next.
Emil Brown is living that right now. He just uncorked a three-run homer off a hanging Jon Lester breaking ball for a 4-0 lead. Brown has been talked up by former Royals teammate Mike Sweeney this spring, and the A’s brass seems to think he can have a huge impact.
He did in the opener, with his ridiculous attempt to take third base after his double in the 10th inning. That mistake led to his being out in a rundown, and prevented the A’s from tying the game when the next two batters responded with hits. I still say that might be the biggest baserunning gaffe you see in baseball this season.
But more moments like the one Brown just had in the third will make that mistake easier to live with. Brown has hit 38 homers over the past two seasons, so he’s definitely got some offensive ability. He’s a former A’s draft pick (1994), and perhaps he’ll be another example of Billy Beane’s smarts. Didn’t look that way in the opener, but in baseball, things sure change quickly.