1. Taylor’s first big league hit one for the bloopers
Sept. 30, 2018
In a 5-4 loss on the final day of the regular season in Anaheim, backup catcher Beau Taylor felt the excitement that comes with a first big league hit as he swatted a pitch from Angels reliever Odrisamer Despaigne into right field. Perhaps the excitement was too much, as Taylor stumbled after rounding first base and faceplanted halfway to second. He eventually picked himself up and stood on second with a double and a huge smile, producing a roar of laughter from the A’s dugout.
2. Milone refuses the jacket
June 3, 2013
Left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone picked up a single during a 10-2 victory over the Brewers in Interleague action. Perhaps in an effort to show that pitchers are tough, too, Milone denied the jacket that was brought over by the ballboy as he stood on first base. If position players don’t need jackets while running the bases, neither do pitchers, or at least so thought Milone.
3. Rally possum arrives
Aug. 4, 2014
It’s a rat! It’s a raccoon! No, it’s a rally possum! Lurking near the Oakland Coliseum’s left-field warning track just before the 10th inning, the possum may have been what sparked the A’s to a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Rays.
"He's been out here before when we're warming up," then-A’s pitcher Jeff Samardzija said. "We're going to have to give him a name or a jersey.
"We'll keep feeding him, and as long as he keeps giving us enough wins, we'll be all right."
The rally possum has gone on to make a few more cameos since that memorable night.
4. Rally squirrel in Cleveland
May 17, 2014
There was something about the A’s and small creatures in 2014. In keeping with the animal kingdom theme, a squirrel invaded the field in Cleveland, causing a major distraction during John Jaso's third-inning at-bat. The squirrel was on the field for about three minutes before leaping into the stands, causing hysteria among the fans looking to avoid the furry friend. Trailing 1-0 at the time, the A’s went on to win, 6-2, so maybe the rally squirrel was an A’s fan.
5. Bartolo and Pujols have a moment
July 21, 2013
Albert Pujols crushed a ball to deep center that had the sound of a homer off the crack of the bat, only to be caught at the wall by Chris Young to preserve what turned out to be a complete-game shutout for Bartolo Colon in a 6-0 win. While Pujols made his way back to the Angels' dugout, Colon had some words for his friend, leading to Pujols sneakily untucking Colon’s jersey.