If Coco says he is safe … then he IS SAFE!
It’s a true story you know. At this point at least you can’t stop the Oakland Athletics – unless maybe you are Bartolo Colon or King Felix – because everyone HAS to lose a game sometimes – but no matter how late in the game you get the lead in no way assume your lead is safe. So your team only needs six outs … well the A’s will score six runs and you will lose.
Case in point? Yesterday’s game where the Athletics took on the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami. The A’s did what they usually do – get off to a good start. They were sitting comfortably on the 4-0 lead until the sixth inning. Then the A’s did something that they had not done all year, blow a lead of four plus runs.
Starting pitcher Jesse Chavez who hadn’t allowed a run through five innings, gave up four consecutive singles to Giancarlo Stanton, Casey McGehee, Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozuna. Dan Otero came in to relieve Chavez and allowed a run-scoring double to Donovan Solano, a game-tying RBI groundout to Jeff Mathis and a go-ahead single to Jeff Baker. Suddenly Oakland was down 5-4. Leaving those of us watching scratching our heads thinking “what just happened?”
Yes, the A’s had never given up a four-run lead yet this season but many times they have overcome one in the late innings which is exactly what they did! With two outs in the eighth inning Stephen Vogt (I VOTE 4 VOGT!) hit a double and Josh Reddick hit a game tying triple – that very well could have been an inside the park home run but third base coach Mike Gallego held him at the corner.
Oakland relievers Ryan Cook and Luke Gregerson had kept the Marlins quiet in the seventh and eighth bringing us now to the top of the ninth inning. The A’s were able to get to the Marlin’s Steve Cishek who is among the top closers in the National League.
Coco Crisp and Alberto Callaspo hit back to back singles followed by what would end up being a run scoring double by Yoenis Cespedes. The call at the plate was that Crisp was out, however, the umpires in New York did not agree and the Crisp was called safe. As the play happened Crisp knew that he was safe, jumping up from his slide into home immediately and signaling safe.
“I slid in,” said Crisp, “and I said, ‘Safe,’ because I thought I was safe.”
This prompted a new mantra on Twitter via A’s fans, “If Coco says he’s safe, he’s safe.” And it’s a true story. The Athletics’ veteran and as I like to call him, “fearless leader” doesn’t make displays like that unless he knows he’s right. Turns out he was. Shocking or not so much …
What happened next you ask? I’ll let MLB.com’s Jane Lee tell you,
“Brandon Moss was intentionally walked, and Josh Donaldson followed with a sacrifice fly in advance of hits from Vogt and Reddick with two outs that topped off the rally.”
The A’s scored 5 runs in the ninth inning against the Marlins closer. Not too shabby! As Jesse Chavez said it, the A’s most certainly have strong character,
“That just shows what kind of character we have, what we’ve been doing all year, the last couple years really. We don’t give up, even if we do have an inning like that (the sixth inning). We don’t affect the way the rest of the game’s going to play out. I think that’s the big key for us.”
And as I have previously posted on this very blog …. the Athletics may be down, but the are NEVER out of a game! Thus the A’s maintain baseball’s best record and continued to prove that they are not only baseball’s best but most resilient team! Let’s Go Oakland!!! 😀