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Reddick hasn’t lost his touch for delivering a pie in the face

Coco Crisp circles bases after walkoff homer. Minutes later, he'd be hit by a whipping cream pie in the face and take a Gatorade bath.

Coco Crisp circles bases after walkoff homer. Minutes later, he’d be hit by a whipping cream pie in the face and take a Gatorade bath.

Right fielder Josh Reddick was in the Oakland clubhouse in the 12th inning Thursday when Coco Crisp delivered the walkoff homer that made the A’s 3-2 winners over the Mariners.

Not being on the field didn’t stop Reddick from doing what he knew he had to do.

“I was too late for the (home run) tunnel,’’ Reddick said, “but there was enough time for everything else.’’

The “everything else’’ Reddick referred to was the tradition of loading up a paper plate with whipping cream and catching Crisp flush in the face with it during the post-game television interview on the field.

“It’s a skill you never lose,’’ Reddick said of the pie delivery. He’s become a master of the art in the last three seasons with the A’s, seasons in which there haven’t been any shortage of wins that need to be celebrated.

But there is a sense of timing and decorum in the process of the on-field celebration.

“I had to wait until the Mariners were off the field,’’ Reddick said. “They don’t want to have to watch us celebrate. Other than that, I was sprinting from the clubhouse to the field, then over to where Coco was.’’

Crisp said the pie came as no surprise, but added that when Reddick went over and liberated the Gatorade cooler and dumped that on him, “that was a little chilly.’’

“Red owes me,’’ Crisp said. “ I was happy to get it.’’

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.