The Athletics celebrated Jackie Robinson Day by saluting their African American Franchise Five at the Coliseum on Friday.
It was a nice moment as Rickey Henderson, Vida Blue, Dave Stewart and John “Blue Moon” Odom each threw out a commemorative first pitch before the A’s series opener with the Kansas City Royals.
Reggie Jackson couldn’t make it because he prefers to come through in October.
(All kidding aside, he was in Atlanta getting dinner with Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas and others, according to an Instagram post.)
Giants roster moves
The Giants are dealing with a rash of injuries earlier in the season than they’d prefer. The team placed frisbee-throwing reliever Sergio Romo and utility man Ehire Adrianza on the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
They were respectively replaced on the 25-man roster with righty Derek Law and power-hitting prospect Mac Williamson.
The adversity marks an early test for an organization with depth into Triple-A. Looking for a silver lining? It’s a good opportunity for Williamson, who raked in spring training, to get major league at-bats.
But if you’re more of a pessimist, it might be time to stress about Romo’s elbow, which has placed him on the DL three times in his career.
Real recognize real
Remember way back in 2012, when Ray Allen was the best shooter in the NBA?
Apparently, some fans cited by Slam Magazine say Allen is still the greatest shooter of all time. But Jesus Shuttlesworth refused to take the bait to become Oscar Robertson in an interview published Friday and said “based on what [Stephen Curry’s] done, I think he has to be.”
“I think Steph is in a category of his own,” he said after saying he’s hesitant to compare players from different generations.
To be fair, Ray-Ray still hasn’t officially retired. Maybe that’s a necessary condition for throwing shade at the 73 Dubs.
Karl Buscheck contributed to this report.