Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle, much to the joy of the fans, his teammates and even his former teammates, looked like himself for the first time since 2014 when he took the mound in the ninth inning on both Sunday and Monday.
Not in line for a save on Sunday, the stadium was still buzzing with excitement that Doolittle would be back pitching in the ninth. He gave up a hit but retired the next three batters, getting one to strike out.
The A’s still lost to the Seattle Mariners, but from what was said on Twitter, that loss didn’t seem to matter. It was the return of the team’s real closer that everyone was buzzing about.
Monday, the Athletics held a ninth-inning, 10-9 lead over the first-place Houston Astros. When Doolittle’s walk up music began to play, the stadium erupted into cheers and there was quite a bit of head banging going on to welcome back the team’s closer in his first real save opportunity.
— Will MacNeil (@RFWill149) September 6, 2015
The reactions from fans and players alike were pretty greAt, as was Doolittle’s ninth inning performance. For more reactions, as well as what happened as Doolittle got his first save of 2015, check out my full article on Today’s Knuckleball using the link below:
Would you like to see my first (of many) reactive tweets and retweets?! I’m #Doolittling!!
— Jen Rainwater (@OakAsSocksGrl) September 8, 2015