Families at MLB parks brings sense of normalcy in weird season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Designated hitter Khris Davis blew a kiss to center field as he rounded the bases following his solo home run during the A’s 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. It was toward his family and other Oakland kin who were cheering very loudly for the team.
A’s shortstop Marcus Semien did something similar as he pointed to the cheering suites as he hit a home run of his own.
“They were really excited yesterday to finally see a game,” Semien said after Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series. “My sons, and Tarah, my wife, have been at every game last year, they’re really supportive and they’re usually sitting in our family section. I make sure to make eye contact with them especially if I’m a tough spot, or not feeling good.
"They keep me grounded so I knew where they were out in center field and I saw them cheering and it was kind of a perfect time to acknowledge them.”
For this series, and in accordance with protocols, families are able to attend postseason games under specific options set forth by Major League Baseball. It was a bright spot during a season that didn't have fans in the stands.
“It’s awesome,” A’s reliever Jake Diekman said Thursday. “They were loud yesterday so I think all of us players told our significant others, ‘Hey, you need to be louder tomorrow, which I think they will be -- if we need to take them Red Bull’s or something, I think we will do that.”
We barely have voices from yesterday but WE READY— Amanda Diekman (@Amanda_Diekman) October 1, 2020
“Since we’re all spread out in separate suites, our group chat is poppin’ with what chants we are going to yell out the windows and to be louder and stuff,” Diekman’s wife, Amanda, told NBC Sports California. “It’s been really fun even given the circumstances.”
Jake added the moments he saw Davis and Semien acknowledge families out in center field on Wednesday was something extra special, and not just in a baseball kind of way.
“It’s been a really strange season and for them to be able to be here, it’s really cool. The home runs by Semien and KD yesterday, it was very big -- not even just for the team-wise, but a spark for you as like an actual human being," he said. "The three seconds of KD rounding second and blowing a kiss to his family was awesome.”