Athletics to keep Cespedes T-shirt promotion after trade

  • David Whitlock

It seems to happen every year, where a planned promotion (bobblehead, T-shirt, ceremony) becomes awkward because the recipient was unceremoniously traded off the team.  (Former) Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was dealt to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday for a front-end rotation pitcher in Jon Lester.  In the category of bad timing, the Athletics had planned a Cespedes T-shirt giveaway just 48 hours later on Saturday.  Check out the unique design (via Casey Pratt of CSN Bay Area)

Athletics GM Billy Beane is notorious for not trading away his talent for temporary fixes, choosing rather to build off of bargain free agents and lower profile trades.  So I’m sure the Athletics never in a million years thought they’d deal the two-time MLB home run derby champion.  But trade they did, and now fans will only have a T-shirt to remember Cespedes by on Saturday, as the A’s have decided to proceed with the plans without him.

– David Whitlock

H/T Matt Snyder CBS Eye on Baseball

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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