A’s: Unicorn mask latest bit of oddity in Oakland clubhouse

Reliever Joe Savery had charge of the A's unicorn backpack earlier this season.

Reliever Joe Savery had charge of the A’s unicorn backpack earlier this season.

It’s really true that you can never tell what you’ll see upon walking into the Oakland A’s clubhouse.

It could be players challenging themselves to coat their gums with nuclear hot sauce.

It could be a full sized Darth Vader helmet painted in the A’s Green and Gold gracing the center of the room.

Or it could be players taking turns wearing a large white unicorn mask.

Saturday pregame, it was the unicorn’s turn.

To be clear, the A’s have had a unicorn with them for a couple of years now. The backpack that the relievers fill with sunflower seeds, candy and nuts for the couple of hours they will spend in the bullpen has a unicorn on the back of it.

Dan Otero, currently the junior man in the pen in terms of service, carries it with him before each game, and he’s grown so attached to the backpack he might argue to keep doing backpack duty once someone with less service time shows up.

But what’s with the new unicorn?

For that, we need to introduce someone who’s not a member of the bullpen, but who once was, starter Jesse Chavez.

“I was out at Urban Outfitters Friday and saw it and I didn’t buy it,’’ Chavez said Saturday. “I was thinking all night I should have. So I went back today and got it. Now we have a unicorn head to keep the unicorn backpack company.’’

Several members of the A’s took turns trying on the unicorn mask, Chavez, Otero and infielder Nick Punto among them.

If it’s new, and if it’s a little bit weird, it fits right in with the A’s.

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.