Source: @alexspeier of WEEI.com
The class of 2014. #HOFWKND
Didn’t even get the ball.
The starting lineups for Mariano Rivera’s first game at Yankee Stadium, June 6, 1995*.
Rivera started: 4 IP, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, hit 2 batters, gave up homers to Geronimo Berroa and Ruben Sierra
A’s won, 8-6.
The Rickey Henderson mascot wins the A’s mascot race, and no one at the game was more excited about the victory than Rickey Henderson himself. (x)
I believe MLBOffseason predicted Mr. Henderson’s excitement three weeks ago. Sorta.
In other news, the A’s are getting into the big-headed race category but using ACTUAL BALLPLAYER LIKENESSES!
Above, Rollie Fingers and Rickey Henderson. Also along for the run Dennis Eckersley.
Rickey Henderson was quoted as saying, “If Rickey isn’t the fastest Big Head then real Rickey is going to chase down Big Head Rickey and hit him in his big head.”*
*Not an actual quote, at all.
Lefties Matt Moore and David Price threw complete games in their 3-game series against the Red Sox.
The last team to pull that off in Fenway? The 1973 Oakland A’s with Vida Blue and Darold Knowles. Oakland would win the AL pennant and defeat the Mets in the World Series.
(He also adds this little tidbit - Rays have a 2.17 staff ERA during this little 19-3 run. Their starters are 15-3 with 2.15 ERA and have pitched 7+ innings 11 times.)
David Price - 2008 Bowman
Matt Moore - 2012 Bowman Chrome
Darold Knowles - 1973 Topps
Vida Blue - 1976 Topps
A’s beat the Yankees in 18 innings, sweeping the series. It’s their 11th straight home win. (The A’s have one 21 of 26 games.)
The game lasted 5 hours and 35 minutes.
And it was awesome.
Angels 110 040 100 000 001 000 0
A’s 000 101 041 000 001 000 2
WP - Jerry Blevins LP- Barry Enright
Brandon Moss hit a walk-off 2-run homer in the bottom of the 19th.
At-bats: Angels, 70; A’s, 71
Worst night: Angels - Josh Hamilton, 0-8, 3 Ks
A’s - Yoenis Cespedes, 1-8, 4 Ks
Pitchers used: Angels, 8; A’s 8
Time of game: 6:32 (longest game in A’s history)
The game ended at 1:42 PDT. And the A’s still had a post-game show.
Random fact: The Mets and Marlins played a 15-inning game that lasted 5:32. The Marlins won 4-3 on a sacrifice fly.
Random, depressing fact: The Angels are off to their worst start in history, 9-16.
Get suspended for cheating. Let down your team. Pitch for them the next year.
The numbers aren’t released yet. If it’s more than $20 I’m disappointed.
(Oh and the Marmol/Haren deal fell through. After this summer’s Dempster debacle I’m not posting another Cubs trade until the man shows up at a press conference.)
Here are the most interesting pieces of info:
- If the Yankees lose and the Orioles win, one-game playoff tomorrow (Thursday). So, yes.
- If the Yankees lose the and A’s win the A’s are the number one seed. The. A’s. are. the. number. one. seed.
- If the A’s beat the Rangers they win the AL West. Only the fifth team to win a division after being back by at least 13 games (June 30) in a season. (1914 Braves, 15 games; ‘78 Yanks, 14; ‘51 Giants, 13; & ‘95 M’s, 13) Three of those four went to the World Series, two won it.
- Neither the Tigers nor the Orioles can be the number one seed.
via Wahoo Sam
the A’s are now 3 games back of the Rangers. The A’s and Rangers have four more games against each other, including this afternoon’s contest. They finish the season with a three-game set.
In between, the A’s play three at home vs. the Mariners. The Rangers will host the Angels for three.
Schedules for the AL playoff contenders:
12 home, 16 away - opponents’ winning % (as of 9/4): .497
13 home, 14 away - opponents’ winning %: .512
15 home, 12 away - opponents’ winning %: .529
12 home, 16 away - opponents’ winning %: .487
16 home, 12 away - opponents’ winning %: .483
13 home, 15 away - opponents’ winning %: .502
11 home, 17 away - opponents’ winning %: .546
16 home, 11 away - opponents’ winning %: .530
In one of those great baseball coincidences, the Yankees (2), Rangers (3), Tigers (7), and Angels (8) are all in the top ten in per game attendance. While the Orioles (23), White Sox (24), A’s (29), and Rays (30) are in the bottom ten.