Remembering the ’89 A’s

Rickey in his prime. Nothing better.

Rickey in his prime. Nothing better.

By Connor Buestad

The Giants will roll into the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum on Monday night, no doubt looking to build on their 3 game sweep over the A’s earlier this month. Oakland was only able to muster a measly 3 runs for that entire series, not a pleasant memory if you fancy yourself as an Athletics fan like myself.

San Francisco is coming off an impressive sweep over the AL West leading Texas Rangers, capped off by a masterful pitching performance turned in by none other than Barry Zito. Meanwhile, the A’s traveled down to San Diego over the weekend and managed to sneak two games past the Padres. Unfortunately for Oakland, they now must gear up for round two against the likes of Tim Lincecum and Randy Johnson. Fortunately, stud right-hander Matt Cain will not be throwing.

Besides having Vin Mazzaro start on Tuesady, the A’s have some additional good news heading into this series, the mystique of the 1989 World Series Championship team. Yes, members of said team will be on hand before Tuesday’s game. So far, the notables who have RSVP’d for the event are as follows: Dave Stewart, Rickey Henderson, Tony Phillips, Dave Henderson, and Walt Weiss. Mark McGwire won’t be able to make it because the event would require him to talk about the past, and Jose Canseco has that whole “Blackball” thing going against him.

I, for one, love to talk about the past, especially when it involves talk of the 1989 Oakland Athletics. Consequently, I’ve decided to leave you with the starting lineup of the A’s ’89 world series squad. Enjoy…

Leading off you had Rickey Henderson. Before the whole “Manny Being Manny” thing, it was all about “Rickey Being Rickey.” Henderson is known for one of the greatest speeches in modern American history… “I am…The Greatest…Of All Time…Thank You.”

Carney Lansford was in the two hole playing third. He possessed the most narcotic batting stance of all time.

Jose Canseco hit third and juiced his brains out. Honestly it looked like he was playing whiffle ball up at the plate. I don’t think you could have made a bat too heavy for him to swing if you tried.

Dave Parker was the Designated Hitter. He was a massive man, had terrible knees, and sported a sweet beard. He also crushed baseballs from time to time.

Dave Henderson played Center Field. Henduuuuuuuuuu!!!

Mark McGwire was the First Baseman. Did I mention you can pick up a free replica McGwire jersey tonight at the Coliseum? Just make sure you’re among the first 10,000 fans. C’mon, this is not too much to ask.

Terry Steinbach was behind the dish. Who didn’t love ole number 36?

Tony Phillips batted 8th and played second. I remember him wearing number two, sporting an epic mustache, and being my favorite player.

Walt Weiss hit last and was the shortstop. Can’t think of a better name for a classic Oakland infielder.

And there you have it, the Oakland A’s, one through nine, back in ’89.

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