MLB 2011 Season in Review: Oakland Athletics Gold Jersey Win Streak
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Before the movie Moneyball came out...
Before second baseman Jemile Weeks got called up...
The Oakland Athletics manufactured their own excitement.
The “Gold Jersey Win Streak.”
From June 15th to June 21st, the A’s put together a six game win streak that started and ended with their brand new gold jerseys.
At the start of the 2011 season, the A’s unveiled a new bright yellow retro-style jersey. Lefty All-Star Gio Gonzalez quickly became a huge fan of them and had the team wear them for almost every start he made this past year.
On June, 15th lefty Josh Outman, one of the few players in the league who still wears traditional stirrups, decided to wear the gold jersey. He beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1.
The next night, Gonzalez had the team wear the gold jersey again, and the A’s won again.
The next night, another gold jersey and another win, and then another, and another.
The A’s had swept the World Champion San Francisco Giants in the Battle of the Bay.
But a road trip began the next day—the A’s were heading to New York to face the Mets. The gold jerseys hadn’t made a road trip and everyone on the team wanted to know if they would get to New York.
As a surprise, the equipment manager unveiled them in the locker room on the 21st and Outman, being a typical superstitious baseball player, had the team don the uniforms yet again.
He led the A’s to a 7-3 victory.
But just like all streaks, this one had to end at some point. The next night, the A’s fell to the Mets 3-2, gold jersey and all.
The pitching wasn't the only part of the team that was golden—they outscored their opponents 28-13.
The A’s were running on all cylinders.
For those six games, the A’s were as exciting as ever.
hey bought into themselves as a team and played great baseball. If they can stay healthy and do that for a whole season, look out for the A’s in 2012.
Gold jerseys or not.
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