Just over 24 hours after being called up to make his Major League debut, A's rookie catcher, Derek Norris, rocked the both sides of the Battle of The Bay with a massive 3 run walkoff home run with 2 outs in a full count. Out of breath from sprinting the bases and being tossed around like a banana in a blender by his teammates at home plate who even managed to derobe the rookie, Norris quickly was ushered to do a post game interview with the A's broadcast booth.
Ready for a second the question, Norris got lit up in epic fashion by his teammates as you see below.
Commonplace in MLB post game interviews, this has to be a new territory as you see what looks to be a shaving cream pie, orange Gatorade, as well as water finding it's way to the smiling mug of Norris all within about a second. Typically surprising a player with a pie, or just one cooler of liquid is hard enough. How three teammates managed to close in with such stealth and coordinate a precisely timed strike in an open field is something that warrants it's Warren Commission type investigation.
Quite a memorable 2nd day on the job regardless of the hazing. Norris should also get some credit for calling a good game for fellow newbie AJ Griffin who was starting his first game in the majors.
The walkoff closed out a memorable 3 game series between the neighbor rivals. The Giants had a 9th inning comeback on Friday night, the A's surrendered an early lead but almost closed a 5 run gap in the 9th yesterday, and today's game closed out in memorable fashion as well.
While the debut of Norris and Griffin were impressive, we'll be back tomorrow with fun look at another debut appearance looking at how fans reacted to Eric Byrnes foray into the booth Fox as a color commentator.
Derek Norris will have a hard time topping his first major league home run celebration.
Norris hit a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning for his first career home run, and the Oakland Athletics walked off with a stunning 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
''It's something I'll never forget,'' Norris said.
Norris hammered a...
Derek Norris hit a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning for his first major league home run, and the Oakland Athletics walked off with a stunning 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
Norris hammered a full-count pitch from Santiago Casilla (1-3) over the left-field wall to help the A's avoid the first three-game sweep by San Francisco in Oakland....
The Oakland A's recalled shortstop Brandon Hicks and right-hander Tyson Ross to the club and placed righty Bartolo Colon and outfielder Collin Cowgill on the disabled list, CSN Bay Area reported Saturday. Cowgill injured his ankle Friday night against the San Francisco Giants trying to make a diving catch in the ninth inning. Colon strained an oblique after pitching two innings...
The Oakland A's announced a flurry of roster moves Sunday, including right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy's return to the 15-day disabled list with strained shoulder. The A's also recalled right-hander Evan Scribner and selected right-hander A.J. Griffin from Class AAA Sacramento. They optioned infielder Eric Sogard and designated Danny Farquhar for assignment to...
Tommy Milone became the first Oakland Athletics rookie to earn eight wins before the All-Star break by beating the Seattle Mariners 1-0 on Monday night.
Milone (8-5) allowed seven hits, struck out five and didn't walk anyone in his second straight superb outing. The left-hander threw the first complete game by a rookie in the majors this season in a three-hit victory over the...
Matchup Insight A’s vs Mariners Game 2
The Seattle Mariners dropped a tough one in game of this home series against the Oakland Athletics. Erasmo Ramirez finally threw a gem, a 3-hitter, and the team lost 1-0.
Not a good way to start a 10-game homestand, but there’s 9 more games to make it up!
Onward & Upward.
Oakland A’s (35-38) vs Seattle Mariners (31-43)
Tommy Milone finally figured out how to get it done on the road. The Oakland A's lefty is 5-1 with a 0.99 ERA in home starts, the lowest home ERA in the majors. On the road, entering Monday's game in Seattle, he had been 2-4 with a 7.42 ERA, the second-highest road ERA to Tim Lincecum's 7.59. On Monday, it all changed. He pitched seven scoreless innings in Oakland...
Tommy Milone continues to be a different pitcher on the road than at home.
He'll try to reverse his road woes Monday night for the Oakland Athletics in the opener of a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners.
Milone (7-5, 4.13 ERA) owns the majors' second-best home ERA at 0.99, but his 7.42 mark on the road is baseball's third-worst. Opponents are hitting .169 off...
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