Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/20/12
How young are the Oakland A's? "Tomorrow we have dress-up day," veteran Jonny Gomes told me Wednesday, in reference to the longstanding baseball tradition of rookie costume-wearing. "We have 18 people. Eighteen. The Washington Nationals? Young team? They had six." So there you have it. When examining the all-important statistic of sequined outfits per team, the A's are three times as inexperienced as the Nationals. Some more perspective: In their effort to topple the twice-defending American League champion Texas Rangers in the West division, the A's are relying on two rookie starting pitchers who were selling athletic shoes around this time last year. Dan Straily was an ace for Dick's Sporting Goods in Eugene, Ore., while A.J. Griffin toiled for Nike Running at the Stanford Shopping Center on campus in Palo Alto. These guys had real jobs . Now they're a combined 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 17 big-league starts. "I worked at Dick's the last couple years," Straily said. "I applied at...
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