Game 44 wrapup: Moss gets to enjoy a perk of winning with his son; Is `Doolittleing’ a thing now?

If you were anywhere near the Coliseum Saturday night, chances are good you spent the post-game of the A’s 2-1 win over Kansas City watching the fireworks show.

If you were Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss, you were one of the few that did not.

Instead Moss and his almost 5-year-old son Jayden marched up the steps behind the A’s clubhouse to the batting cages. While everybody was settling into and evening of the pyrotechnic art, father was throwing a little batting practice to son.

    “That’s one of the real perks of this game,’’ Moss said, “being able to bring him in the clubhouse after the game, then do some work in the cages.

Another perk is to have the game-winning hit in a home game when your family is in the crowd.

“It’s especially important to me to win these games at home so that he can come in here after,’’ Moss said.

It’s not that the A’s have a rule against players bringing their sons in after losses. But for Moss, he’ll only do it after wins.

“I don’t even know if there’s a rule one way or the other,’’ Moss said. “It’s my rule. We’ve got to win for him to come in. It just seems right.’’

Everything seemed right for Moss Saturday. He struck out and walked in his first two at-bats against Ervin Santana, and while that may not sound like much, Moss said he was able to see all of Santana’s pitches in those two at-bats. And when Santana missed with a slider that got left over the plate, Moss clubbed it to the wall in center, breaking the 1-all tie and setting up the win.

And, just as important, setting up post-game time in the batting cages.


–Relievers Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins met with a large group of fans in the West Side Club at the Coliseum Saturday in the second annual A’s “Tweetup.’’

There was the usual give-and-take of questions and answers, but there was also a suggestion.

It seems that a segment of the A’s fan base is entranced by the way Doolittle holds his glove across his face while waiting for the sign from the catcher.

They wanted to call it Doolittleing. Will it be a thing the way 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick created Kaepernicking after kissing his bicep following a long TD run last year?

“I don’t know if it will ever be a `thing,’ ’’ Doolittle said, laughing. “You have to be an NFL quarterback to have a `thing.’ ’’

He may have a point. “Tebowing’’ took off after Tim Tebow took a knee and began to pray when everybody else on the football field was doing something else.

And the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III had a “Griffining’’ thing happen by sitting on the ground with his arms fired skyward following a touchdown pass.

“It’s just something to have a little fun with,’’ Doolittle said

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.