Oakland A's Cespedes T-Shirt Giveaway Still On After Trade - NBC Bay Area

Oakland A's Cespedes T-Shirt Giveaway Still On After Trade



    Oakland A's Cespedes T-Shirt Giveaway Still On After Trade
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    Baseball is full of surprises.

    The Oakland Athletics still plan to give away a Yoenis Cespedes "La Potencia" T-shirt to the first 10,000 fans showing up for the Aug. 2 game against Kansas City, the team announced Thursday.

    Things got a bit awkward after news broke Thursday that Cespedes had been traded to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Jonny Gomes and pitcher Jon Lester, a three-time All-Star who is scheduled to start Saturday.

    After a few hours of intense speculation from fans about whether the A's would move forward with the giveaway in light of the deal, that the team tweeted the T-shirts would be distributed as originally planned.

    "La Potencia means 'The Power' in Spanish and recognizes Yoenis Cespedes for his contributions to back-to-back American League West titles," the A's said in a statement.

    In addition, the A's announced the team has added a new giveaway date -- on Aug. 7, 15,000 fans will receive a Josh Donaldson Silhouette T-shirt, prior to Oakland's game with the Minnesota Twins. Donaldson was among the six A's players selected to this year's All-Star team.

    If fans act quickly, they can also take advantage of a special $10 ticket offer for field level tickets for the Aug. 7 game.

    The A's had been heavily promoting the Cespedes T-shirt giveaway on their website, which appears to have disappeared with news of the trade.

    The team even promoted the shirts with a tweet Tuesday, exciting fans.

    Some tweeted back at the A's Thursday, calling the T-shirts a "collector's item."