The morale in the Oakland A's clubhouse is high after general manager Billy Beane cemented his belief that he has a championship ballclub by acquiring Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester before Thursday's trade deadline. It also doesn't hurt that in the same deal, Beane brought back clubhouse favorite Jonny Gomes, who was a big part of their postseason run in 2012.
The downside, of course, is the trade cost them one of their superstars in Yoenis Cespedes, but Beane's willingness to move a superstar to make the team more complete sends a positive message to those who remain.
The excitement stemming from the trade was evident on Friday as the club anticipated the arrival of Lester and Gomes. And once they did arrive in the clubhouse, they gave them a very special and patriotic welcome.
So weird seeing Gomes and Lester walk into clubhouse right now with Red Sox bags. Someone out Hail to the Chief on clubhouse stereo.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 1, 2014
A Presidential welcome even.
I wasn't suggesting that. Someone actually put that on the stereo.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 1, 2014
Hit the music!
Yeah, that would make just about anyone feel pretty important. We're sure it was a much grander welcome than either Lester or Gomes were anticipating, too. If moving from last place in the AL East standings to first place in the AL West standings didn't make the cross-country flight worth it, we're sure that welcome did.
Also, knowing the A's, this will probably become a clubhouse staple for the rest of the season, especially if the trade plays out like Billy Beane and the odds makers in Vegas think it will.
The new guys. Or the old new guys, two of them: pic.twitter.com/oCHSQ56gCe— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 1, 2014
Both players, along with Sam Fuld, who was acquired from the Minnesota Twins, will have a chance to make an impact almost right away. Gomes and Fuld are available on Friday night, and Lester is scheduled to start on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals. A game that is ironically scheduled to be a Cespedes t-shirt giveaway game, but could ultimately become remembered as the first of Lester's many contributions to an A's championship run.
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