Brandon Moss’s appearance on MLB Networks’ Intentional Talk Monday afternoon was a major hit in the A’s clubhouse.
They loved the riffs he did on fellow Georgia native Josh Reddick, his talk about being scared of grizzlies and his singing and dancing (if you could call it that) to Merle Haggard.
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He got Reddick’s attention, though. The right fielder tweeted (@joshreddick16) “I cannot wait to go back on IT and keep this war with Moss goin’. Make it happen.”
Moss isn’t on Twitter, but he’s sure to be back on IT after that performance.
Before the interview was show (on tape delay), Moss was talking up his series in Texas when he was hit four times by pitches in four games, including twice in the same inning Friday.
“Who else set two records?’’ Moss said. “I’m so pumped.’’
Moss became the only A’s player ever to be hit by pitches twice in the same inning, and his getting hit four times in the same series is the club record dating back to at least 1914.
Asked if he’d ever heard of Ron Hunt, Moss’s face went blank. He never heard of the second baseman, who played with the Mets, the Dodgers, the Giants, the Expos and the Cardinals. The one-time All-Star with the Mets – he was, in fact, the Mets’ first-ever All-Star – Hunt had six consecutive seasons being hit by 24 or more pitches, and in 1971, the year after the Giants shipped him to the Expos, Hunt set the big league record for being hit, ringing up 50 HPBs.
Moss, who has never been hit more than six times in a season but who has five now with five months of the season to go, doesn’t want to chase Hunt.
But he does crowd the plate much in the way Hunt did.
“I’m always going to be right on top of the plate,’’ he said.
His manager, Bob Melvin, couldn’t recall anyone getting closer to the plate than the left-handed Moss.
“I throw batting practice to him quite a bit,’’ Melvin said. “Sometimes he looks like a right-handed hitter, he so on the plate. So, yeah. He crowds the plate.’’