There were a few things I didn’t get to squeeze into the story earlier about Josh Reddick’s first season with the Oakland Athletics.
Reddick spent about 20 minutes answering questions and dispensing advice, before signing hats, bats, gloves, etc., for the kids.
I asked Josh what his first playoff experience was like. He had been in a playoff race the year before with Boston, a chase that ended on the final night of the regular season.
“Playoffs are a blast,” he said. “It was fun experience to get that under my belt.”
He expressed his great dislike for the current playoff format. The A’s, who had the second-best record in the American League, had to begin their best-of-five American League Division Series at Detroit. They fell behind 2-0, even though Reddick hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of Game 2.
The A’s went home for the final three games and tied the series 2-2 before Justin Verlander, the hard-throwing Detroit Tigers ace and winner of Game 1, tossed a four-hit shutout in the deciding game, ending Oakland’s stirring playoff run.
“I don’t think the setup was very fair,” Reddick said. “The team with the better record has to go on the road. It was tough — you get Verlander in the first game at their place, and then you get Doug Fister at their place. Then you get Verlander in Game 5 again.”