Here is the opening to my Thursday column about the Oakland A’s who are becoming a very big story:
This column is about Brandon Hicks of the Oakland A’s, but it’s about more than Brandon Hicks. It’s about the Hicks Effect on the A’s.
Hicks, as you probably know, hit a walkoff home run on Wednesday against the American League champion Texas Rangers to give the A’s a 4-3 win. That much we know for sure.
It is difficult to know more about Hicks. Until Wednesday, he was kind of a nobody, like many A’s players. The A’s claimed him on waivers from the Braves during spring training. He came to the A’s after the publication of the media guide because, where he should be in the book, he isn’t. The A’s had to photocopy a supplemental biography just to account for him.
The A’s brought him to the big club on June 23. Before his walkoff job, he played in 11 games, had 34 at-bats, and was batting a wimpy .147. He also had zero home runs. That’s for his entire career. So, his walkoff was his first major-league homer. Talk about announcing your presence with a shout.
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