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Elephant Rumblings: Liam Hendriks save voted Best 2020 A’s Moment

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Good morning afternoon evening, Athletics Nation!

The Oakland A’s didn’t win the World Series in 2020, but they still had a wonderful season and made the most of an all-around tough year.

Last week, the A’s held a fan vote on Twitter to determine the best moment of the summer. There were plenty of memories to choose from, and 16 of them went into a single-elimination bracket. Follow along with the voting updates here, here, here, and here.

The final vote began Friday morning, pitting two favorites: Matt Olson’s Opening Day walk-off grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels, and Liam Hendriks’ save in the deciding Game 3 of the Wild Card Series against the Chicago White Sox to seal Oakland’s first postseason series victory in over a decade.

The two highlights bookended the rest of the thrilling campaign, with one coming on the first day of action and the other coming on one of the very last. The fans preferred the playoff heroics of HercuLiam — out of 609 votes cast, 59.1% went to Hendriks.

The All-Star closer received plenty of national attention this year. He won the AL Reliever of the Year award, was the only AL reliever to get Cy Young votes (finished 9th), and was the only member of the A’s to garner MVP votes (finished 13). He’s expected to get a hefty contract this winter in free agency, too, even if it might end up less than it would have in a normal winter after a full season.

Now Hendriks can add this very important and scientific Twitter election win to his list of 2020 achievements. Congrats!

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