I walked into the A’s clubhouse today and it was … very bright. It’s 1970’s Turn Back The Clock Night at the Coliseum, and the A’s are busting out the gold jerseys and pants from their 1973 World Series championship team. The players weren’t wearing their tops yet, but they each had one hanging in their locker, and I almost needed sunglasses. The Pirates will be dressed in retro black jerseys and black pants. They’re wearing their retro gold hats with the thin black stripes ringing the hat, and that gets a big thumbs-up from me. I remember wearing one of those when I was really young, and I wasn’t even a Pirates fan.
If you tune in to the television broadcast, hopefully they get a shot of A’s radio announcer Vince Cotroneo, who is decked out in a wig and full 70’s attire. Words can’t describe it. I hear Glen Kuiper has quite the look going also …
–There’s actual A’s news to report: Eric Patterson, designated for assignment on Tuesday, was traded to the Boston Red Sox for minor league left-hander Fabian Williamson. I don’t have a whole lot of info. on Williamson, 21, but he was 4-3 with 3.72 ERA in 14 starts for Single-A Salem this season.
A’s –Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Jackson LF, Suzuki C, Sweeney RF, Kouzmanoff 3B, Cust DH, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS; Cahill RHP.
Pirates — Tabata LF, Young DH, A. McCutchen CF, Jones 1B, Doumit C, Alvarez 3B, Milledge RF, Crosby 2B, Cedeno SS; D. McCutchen RHP.