This is how every A’s fan felt
The Rays are headed to face the Astros in the ALDS after defeating the A’s in Oakland in Wednesday night’s Wild-Card game, thanks in large part to Yandy Diaz.
Diaz smacked two homers off of A’s starter Sean Manaea—one leading off the game and another leading off the third. The second one, which pushed Tampa Bay’s lead to 4–0, made one Oakland fan so upset her reaction could be heard clear as day in this video.
“Not again! Come on!” was also the reaction of A’s manager Bob Melvin, who yanked Manaea from the game after giving up that dinger.
The funny thing is, if you look at Diaz you might immediately assume that he’s the greatest home run hitter ever.
But actually, this was just the second multi-homer game of his career. In 88 games with the Indians before he got traded to Tampa last winter, Diaz hit only one homer. This year, the year where the juiced ball let everyone hit a bunch of homers, Diaz managed just 14 in 79 games. His average exit velocity was 91.7 mph, which was in the top eight percent of the league. So he can definitely smack the ball, it’s just that 50.8% of his batted balls were grounders.
I guess what I’m saying is, that fan was right to be so shocked that Diaz managed to go deep twice. Playoff baseball is like that, though.
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