Here is the opening to my Friday column about Jemile Weeks:


This is about Oakland A’s once-and-perhaps-future second baseman Jemile Weeks, but first it’s about the refrigerator magnet.

At the start of last season, the A’s produced a magnetized season schedule you could stick on your refrigerator. It was Weeks’ photo on the magnet, Weeks sliding, Weeks’ hat flying off, Weeks’ dreadlocks almost taking off into space.

The photo was dramatic and it meant Jemile Weeks, 25 at the time, was the face of the Oakland A’s. Admittedly the A’s didn’t have much of a face — they would gain face later in the season. But Weeks had batted .303 in 2011, his rookie year, and he was an essential part of the A’s future. Until he wasn’t.

To read the full column, click here.