PHOENIX – Among the four, one got engaged, one got married, two gave up their side jobs as shoe salesmen, one fought a hellacious marlin in Cabo, one put on eight pounds using a food delivery service, one put on at least eight pounds with no good explanation and two, on Thursday morning, switched off on a single pen while signing their Major League Uniform Players Contracts on a clubhouse table usually meant for card playing or breakfast.
Speaking of half of them, their manager said, "If they came over and introduced themselves, I wouldn't have known who they were last [spring]."
The other two did briefly introduce themselves last spring.
Those four – pitchers Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, Dan Straily and A.J. Griffin – left the season of their young lives with something like satisfaction and returned for the next season with stories to tell, and on this Thursday morning mixed quietly and easily in the Oakland A's clubhouse. A year ago, two (Parker and Milone) were here andRead More »from Quartet of A's pitchers armed to handle expectations after last season's playoff run