The A's have always had the reputation of being a rag-tag band of misfits, and I don't know about you, but that sounds like a bunch of potentially fun drinking buddies to me.
That wasn't so much the case in recent years, but over the offseason, Billy Beane and company added some players who brought the wild back to Oakland. If that notion wasn't obvious, all one has to do is look at the way Oakland has won ballgames this year. Claiming their 13th walk-off win of the season in a thrilling 15-inning marathon Friday night against Toronto, they now lead the league in said category.
Returning to their former selves (the previously mentioned rag-tag bunch), they have also returned to their former winning ways, which in itself would also make the alcoholic beverage of choice taste that much better.
So without further ado, here are five current Oakland Athletics who would be on the top of the list to invite out before undertaking a drinking session.
The experience Chili Davis can bring to a conversation is 19 years, 2,436 games and six different teams and cities. Though he never actually played for the A's, Davis currently finds himself as the team's hitting coach, greatly improving an offense that has been anemic over the past few years.
Though perhaps not providing any especially wild stories, one would suspect that Davis could share some wisdom (just as he's currently doing with the young A's hitters) and tell vastly entertaining stories pertaining to more than just baseball.
It's been an unfortunate couple of years for Braden, having been limited to only three starts the past two seasons due to left shoulder surgery.
Before his injury, however, Braden's career obviously had a few memorable moments which would be great to pick his brain about over a cold brew—most notably, the 19th perfect game in major league history against the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2010, and then the Alex Rodriguez controversy when A-Rod crossed Braden's mound.
Hopefully for Braden, when all is said and done, he'll be able to add a couple more stories to the few he's racked up already after regaining his health.
This is where things start to take a turn for the wild side. The name, the Afro; Coco Crisp is one of the funnest ballplayers in the game right now.
Yes, the Afro may be more tame now than it is in the picture, but Crisp is still managing to inject some serious life into the A's. One of the few veteran presences on the team, Crisp may be a bit out there at times but is still all business once the game begins.
That's a good combination to have on the field, or off it.
I think it's safe to say that the photo says enough...
Just look at the guy. A mullet, a caveman-esque beard, breakout player budding on superstardom for the A's? You had me at mullet.
Coming over this offseason in the Andrew Bailey trade, Reddick has been a revelation for the A's this year. Leading the club in home runs and hits, Reddick finds himself fully entrenched in the A's three hole for the foreseeable future. He also happens to be a fan favorite for his loose and fun approach to the game, garnering a devoted faithful out in right field.
Introducing title Thursday, Reddick enlisted fans to join him in celebrating wrestling every Thursday night the A's are home at the Coliseum. If you could convince Reddick to come out for a drink, chances are it would become a night to remember.