morning afternoon, Athletics Nation!
The Oakland A’s only played 60 games during the 2020 season, plus another seven in the playoffs. But even in that short time, they managed to pack in a ton of great memories, as well as a cathartic postseason series win that none of us will soon forget.
There were so many exciting, iconic, or otherwise incredible moments during this truncated campaign, so naturally the question for November is: Which one was the best?
The A’s ace social media team is already on the case, putting together a bracket of top moments from 2020. Here’s what they came up with, with a mix of significant plays and simply beautiful ones:
Lacking some Monday motivation? Allow us to distract you with the 2020 Best A’s Moment Bracket Challenge! Pick your favorite plays all week long and we’ll crown the ultimate champ on Friday. pic.twitter.com/msDSoTWAUM— Oakland A's (@Athletics) November 16, 2020
There are 16 entries, seeded in the following order. Most of them have links to either an AN article or at least a video highlight:
- Hendriks shuts door to save Wild Card Series win
- Canha catch at the wall (Joe Rudi style)
- Olson walk-off grand slam on Opening Day
- Laureano home run robbery (vs. Brian Goodwin)
- La Stella juggle catch (in Wild Card Series)
- Piscotty go-ahead slam (vs. Giants)
- Laureano game-ending catch (vs. Astros)
- Pinder pinch-hit homer (vs. Giants)
- Soria inning-ending DP in WCS Game 3
- Olson throws to third (not sure which one though?)
- Kemp diving double play
- Pinder crashing catch at wall
- Olson glove flip to Diekman
- Grossman catch against wall
- Bassitt over-the-shoulder play
- Kemp dodge at home plate (vs. Rockies)
And the voting has already begun! Here are the first few matchups, beginning with No. 1 Hendriks vs. No. 16 Kemp.
Who ya got?— Oakland A's (@Athletics) November 16, 2020
Next up is No. 8 Pinder HR vs. No. 9 Soria.
Make your choice— Oakland A's (@Athletics) November 16, 2020
I can’t say for sure that “Barehanded Diek” was the optimal phraseology, but nevertheless here is No. 4 Laureano vs. No. 13 Olson/Diekman.
And the winner is...— Oakland A's (@Athletics) November 16, 2020
And finally, in a battle of nice catches, No. 5 La Stella vs. No. 12 Pinder.
Last one of the day— Oakland A's (@Athletics) November 16, 2020
Which moment was your favorite of 2020? Are there any you think are missing from the list, such as perhaps one of Pinder’s many big hits in the playoffs?
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Wishing the best to former Kansas City A’s lefty pitcher Tommy Lasorda
Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame great Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized in Orange County. Lasorda, 93, was admitted and he is in intensive care, resting comfortably. The family appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers; however, they request their privacy at this time.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 15, 2020
Lots of former A’s on this year’s HOF ballot!
Debuting on the 2021 BBWAA ballot are Mark Buehrle, A.J. Burnett, Michael Cuddyer, Dan Haren, LaTroy Hawkins, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Aramis Ramírez, Nick Swisher, Shane Victorino and Barry Zito.— Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) November 16, 2020
Appears the A’s have released pitching prospect Nathan Patterson, one of the feel-good stories of 2019
Not to open this can of worms again, but it sure looks like Kyler made the right choice in the end
That seals it: Kyler Murray is the best football player to have ever played in the Cape Cod Baseball League.— Christopher Price (@cpriceglobe) November 16, 2020
From Kim Ng’s introductory press conference
Kim Ng: "The idea that it has affected this many people is just extraordinary. I thought it would be a big deal, but this is beyond my expectations. ... People are looking for hope. People are looking for inspiration. I'm happy this is a part of it."— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) November 16, 2020
Kim Ng: "Girls can see it. There's an adage, 'You can't be it if you can't see it.' Now you can see it. I look forward to hearing all their stories and just how inspired they are to pursue a job in sports, a job in baseball, and to reach for the stars."— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) November 16, 2020
Kim Ng: "I marvel at many of the girl athletes I see today. They just let it all hang out on the field. I wish I could be as carefree as they are. They're just doing something they love. That's all they're doing. They are an inspiration to me."— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) November 16, 2020