Oakland A's All-Star infielder Jed Lowrie wore cleats inspired by his alma mater to start Players' Weekend, much to the chagrin of a few others in the clubhouse.
Lowrie, a Stanford alum, wore red shoes bearing the Cardinal's block "S" logo on Friday. He played on "The Farm" for three years, and won the Pac-10 player of the year award in 2004.
.@Jed_Lowrie reppin' his alma mater.
Cal vs Stanford Night is September 19!https://t.co/ILfGXTqcWW vs https://t.co/279mLErwrD pic.twitter.com/Pyu7NlYTuy— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) August 24, 2018
Lowrie, along with outfielder Stephen Piscotty, are the only Stanford alumni in the A's clubhouse. The former Cardinal are outnumbered by their biggest rivals, however, as the A's have three Cal Golden Bears on the roster and the coaching staff: Shortstop Marcus Semien, outfielder Mark Canha, and manager Bob Melvin.
Melvin told the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser that Lowrie's cleats made him nauseous. Canha had an enterprising solution to make his teammate's kicks more palatable.
Cal grad Mark Canha on Jed Lowrie's red Stanford cleats: "I'm going to spray paint them blue."'— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 24, 2018
The shoes may have made Melvin sick, but Lowrie's performance on Friday probably didn't. He went 1-for-3 at the plate, scoring a run and drawing a walk in Oakland's 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.