Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!
Yeah, it’s gross to go hot and heavy in full public view. Much has been made of the couple who apparently engaged in a sex act high in the upper deck above right field at the Coliseum on August 21. (Warning: this tweet could be offensive if you squint hard enough.)
I certainly don’t need to see that, and I’d cheer security if they escorted the couple out of the stadium for their lack of consideration for the fans that paid to watch a baseball game.
But the Oakland Police Department seems a bit overzealous in their pursuit of the suspects. On Wednesday, they publicly released a surveillance photo of the couple that allegedly committed the lewd act.
According to Lauren Hepler and Sarah Ravani at the San Francisco Chronicle, the move prompted much-deserved backlash from the public, with many asserting that the department should prioritize more serious crimes—especially given the surge in violent crime seen in recent years in cities across the country, including Oakland.
A department spokesperson stated that the photo was merely released at the request of the media. But per Hepler and Ravani, the Chronicle “does not run photos of suspects of crimes unless the crime is of significant public concern,” and you won’t find the suspects’ photo in the Chronicle’s print or online publications.
Have a fine weekend, AN. The A’s are on the road, but next time you visit the Coli...please keep your pants on.
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Best of Twitter:
Waldichuk’s A’s debut a good one.
Fun fact on Ken Waldichuk today; He was the first A’s pitcher to strike out at least six batters in a Major League debut since @DALLASBRADEN209 on April 24, 2007.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) September 2, 2022
Cody Thomas made his debut and got his first hit with family looking on.
Cody Thomas on debuting in front of loved ones: “I usually don’t hear them, but I heard them walking up to my first AB. Thankful to my wife, Shaley, and my parents. My agent/father-in-law and my high school coach, who were all there. Just grateful for their support and love.”— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) September 2, 2022
Hearing today! Fingers crossed for good news.
A'S RECENT MOVES: OF Cody Thomas, LHP Ken Waldichuk & RHP Norge Ruiz to A’s, RHP David McKay DFA’d, RHP Zach Jackson to A’s IL, OF Ramon Laureano to STK on rehab, RHP Trayson Kubo to MID, RHP Jake Walkinshaw to LV… https://t.co/joKXkzbDRy— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) September 2, 2022
The Laser in Stockton!
B8: Oakland A’s outfielder, RAMON LAUREANO, with his second base hit of the night as he reps Stockton pic.twitter.com/ZHOmAp7pHE— Stockton Ports (@stocktonports) September 2, 2022