Stephen Vogt’s Sunday night was all planned out. The Sacramento River Cats were playing in Fresno, about 30 miles from where he great up.
With Sacramento and Fresno scheduled to play a 2 p.m. game, he was going to have a big dinner with a large group of friends and family.
So it wasn’t surprising after Saturday’s game that has grandmother said, “Well, I’ll see you tomorrow night.’’
What was surprising was Vogt’s answer.
“I had to tell her, `no, you won’t,’’ Vogt said. He’d just gotten the news that he was being called up by the A’s. Oakland was desperately short of left-handed sock with Brandon Moss (calf) and Josh Reddick (knee) unable to play until at least Tuesday, and Vogt was the club’s best option.
The dinner would have to go on without him.
It was Vogt who was the A’s regular catcher down the stretch last year with John Jaso battling concussion woes and Derek Norris missing time with a broken toe. It was Vogt who started all five games behind the plate last year in the American League Division Series against Detroit.
“Everybody was there, and everybody was cool with the news,’’ Vogt said. “There’s nothing better than being called up to the big league leagues. It’s an honor.’’
It’s also a major hassle, particularly if you’ve been in the minor leagues all year. Vogt was in Fresno. The apartment he shares with his wife, Alyssa, is in Sacramento. The A’s were in Oakland. And the big league team is flying Monday to New York.
Add to that news that Alyssa just got a job as the head basketball coach at Tumwater High in Washington and there were a lot of people headed in a lot of different directions once the news came down.
Alyssa headed to north to Washington. Stephen and his parents headed to Oakland and made it in time for the game. Vogt started and went 0-for-4 in a 6-3 A’s win.
His day wasn’t even close to being done.
“My parents are driving me to Sacramento so I can get my baseball stuff at the ballpark,’’ Vogt said in the clubhouse. “Then I have to pack the stuff I’ll need at the apartment. Then I’m driving back down to Oakland. And we’re flying tomorrow.’’
All in a day’s work.