Meet “Norris Gump,” the unassuming Oakland A’s catcher. You probably knew he about his baseball prowess. Bet you didn’t know Norris Gump was a star ping-pong player and an expert on all things shrimp?
Sure, it’s just the first game in spring training, but A’s right fielder Josh Reddick may have already come up with the catch of the season.
Check out Reddick’s home-run saving catch against the Giants’ Michael Morse on Wednesday afternoon in Scottsdale, Ariz. Reddick scaled the fence in right and reached over to rob Morse of a home run. Incredibly, Reddick later robbed Morse of another home run.
As the A’s and Tigers prepare for a climactic Game 5 at the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday night, it’s worth watching what the team and Major League Baseball apparently didn’t want you to see.
That would be: magical Oakland A’s moments in Oakland. (See video)
Legendary PA announcer Roy Steele, better known as “The Voice of God” for how he brought thunder with his vocal chords, was apparently enlisted to stroll down memory lane to get fans pumped for the team’s second straight trip to the playoffs. It appeared on the web briefly last week, but then disappeared.
It reappeared this week on YouTube with the poster claiming it was intended to be shown in-stadium at A’s playoff games, but was yanked by Commissioner Bud Selig.
Add your own blue-ribbon punchlines here.
A’s manager Bob Melvin loved what he saw out of Sonny Gray in Game 2 so much that he chose the rookie to start Game 5 instead of Bartolo Colon.
Do you agree with his choice of starting pitchers?
Sports Illustrated’s Ted Keith breaks down what will decide the final game of the ALDS between the A’s and the Detroit Tigers.
In Minnesota last night, a young fan in the stands mistakes the ball for a tasty treat.
Here is video shot by our John Hickey of catchers Derek Norris and John Jaso (No. 5), among others, playing catch before beginning drills in Phoenix Friday.
Here is some video of A’s manager Bob Melvin taking his turn on the mound during batting practice, as shot by our John Hickey today in Phoenix.