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A’s: Cespedes fills in, nails Crisp with pie in face

The As pride themselves on their versatility and depth. 

Yoenis Cespedes is all smiles after delivery celebratory pie to Coco Crisp Saturday

Yoenis Cespedes is all smiles after delivering celebratory pie to Coco Crisp Saturday

It has seldom been tested more than after Coco Crisp’s game-winning single to beat the Red Sox 2-1 in 10 innings Saturday.

The Oakland tradition after a walkoff it is a ceremonial whipped cream pie in the face during the post-game television interview. It’s been going on for a few years now, with right fielder Josh Reddick doing the honors for the most part.

If Reddick is unavailable, or if he’s the man who’s delivered the game-winner, then Crisp takes over. On Saturday, Reddick was off on an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. And Crisp delivered the hit.

So there was a void.

   Does a team with three catchers have three pie throwers?

You bet.

Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes picked up the torch and ran with it. Saturday’s DH got all the makings from the fridge behind the diamond club seats where the ingredients are kept, got some help putting not one but two pies together, then came up on Crisp from behind with a double dose of white lighting.

“That was fun,’’ Cespedes told me in English after the game. “Somebody had to do it. The guys (the workers behind the diamond club) helped me put it together.’’

And Crisp, who has delivered some first-rate pies in his time, said Cespedes doesn’t have to take a back seat to anyone with his delivery style.

“It kind of caught me off guard; it’s pretty cool, though,’’ Crisp said. “Cespy got me pretty good. It was a little tough to breathe.

`You know what, I wasn’t even thinking about it then (announcer Ray) Fosse said a little something. That kind of turned the light bulb on that I was going to get a pie in the face. And right after he said that the crowd got all excited. And then he got me, got me good. Two of them.’’

Just another bit of A’s versatility.

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.