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Yonder Alonso is ridiculously excited to come to the Oakland A's

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The new Oakland Athletics first baseman loves the Coliseum, too!

Yonder Alonso!
Yonder Alonso!
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It has been a long time since I've seen a player, especially a position player, traded to the Oakland Athletics as excited to come to Oakland as Yonder Alonso is today:

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke with Alonso shortly after the trade, and Alonso used a preposterous number of exclamation points as he spoke to Slusser:

  • "I'm as excited as it gets!"
  • "I'll be going to the hospital with my new Oakland A's hat on for the birth of our new baby boy!"
  • "I'm from Miami - white shoes, I'm all about it!"

In a conference call with beat writers, Alonso is, you guessed it, excited:

And finally, an endorsement from his most recent hitting coach, now A's bench coach Mark Kotsay:

I don't blame players who sound less than enthused to get sent to Oakland involuntarily, but I will adore a player who goes out of his way to demonstrate he's happy to be Oakland. This is a guy that turned being upset at getting accidentally hit on the head in the dugout by Justin Upton throwing away his helmet in frustration into a laugh:

Welcome!