Relive A's most memorable Opening Day moments from past 20 seasons

Jessica Kleinschmidt
NBC Sports BayArea

History has not been too kind to the A's when it comes to Opening Day. Since 2000, the A's have gone 6-14 on a day considered a holiday by many.

Not great.

A's manager Bob Melvin has been pretty open about being disappointed in not bringing home a win when the A's lost 10 straight Opening Day games from 2005-14.

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But there were some interesting Opening Days during that time. 

With the upcoming regular season being pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, let's take a look at some of the A's most memorable Opening Days over the past 20 years.

Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki made his MLB debut against the A's on April 2, 2001.

He went 2-for-5 in the M's win. Later on, he would go on to win AL MVP and Rookie of the Year as the Mariners won 119 games.

He had an illustrious 19-year career with the Mariners and retired ... against the A's in Japan last March.

Yes, this isn't necessarily about the A's, but it's Ichiro. 

Moneyball year

In 2002, the A's had Mark Mulder starting on the hill against Alex Rodriguez and the Texas Rangers.

Oakland's first baseman Scott Hatteberg would ultimately become an icon in A's history before he was played by actor Chris Pratt in the movie "Moneyball." This was the season the movie and book are based on.

Chad Bradford closed out an 8-3 win for the A's at the Coliseum.

2008 Opening Day in Japan and Harden

March 25, 2008, at that time, was the earliest start in MLB history. And it would begin with a two-game series in Japan with the A's hosting the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

The A's were dealt an Opening Day loss thanks to a strong Daisuke Matsuzaka outing, and a two-run double from Manny Ramirez in the top of the 10th.

But game two was special thanks to a man named Rich Harden.

This was his season. He began it all going up against Jon Lester -- and picked up a win.

In six innings, he gave up just three hits, struck out nine and walked three. 

Harden easily is one the A's, and baseball's biggest "what if's."

2012 Japan series

The 2012 Opening Day was a weird one. No, this wasn't the first time the team would open up on the road … or in this case, across the seas, but this was unique.

The A's played the Seattle Mariners in Japan at the Tokyo Dome. They lost, 3-1 in 11 innings, but then both teams flew back to Arizona and continued spring training.

Ichiro had an Ichiro-like game with four hits.

This, of course, was part of an effort to bring international audiences to the game.

It was successful on that front, but once again, the A's would leave with an "L" in that game.

But they had Yoenis Cespedes on their plane, so that's a win.

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2015 Sonny Gray dazzles

Sonny Gray had a shining 2015 debut against the Rangers. Across eight frames, he gave up just one hit and struck out three.

The right-hander's dominance helped break the 10-game Opening Day losing streak.

Gray also earned his first All-Star selection that season. At the end of it all, he would boast a 2.73 ERA with a 1.082 WHIP.

Relive A's most memorable Opening Day moments from past 20 seasons originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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