PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports California is looking back at the A's 50 Memorable Moments since the franchise relocated to Oakland in 1968. Below are the next two moments you can vote on. Tune into A's Pregame Live today at 4:30 p.m. to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and Rangers conclude, tune into A's Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round!
1. Dallas Braden's Perfect Game on Mother's Day 2010 (20-time winner -- Defeated Sean Manaea's no-hitter vs Red Sox on April 21, 2018)
(From Dallas Braden)
Well, they haven't taken it away yet so I guess it might not be a dream after all. It's still insane to think that on such a special day for so many people, my teammates and I were able to etch ourselves into the hearts of A's fans everywhere.
In the moment, I had no clue. At the same time, I was fully aware. Completely focused and emotionally distracted at the same time. Hell, I talked myself into the wrong count in the last at-bat of the game. The 27th out. In that moment I had no clue. No clue I'd become the vehicle for such an emotional moment shared between mothers and their families across baseball that special day. I do believe that's what I was -- merely a vehicle to connect people through our beautiful game. My mom, along with the baseball gods, and Landon Powell, I guess, all steered us down the path of history and to be able to share and relive those special moments and memories is a blessing a young little leaguer can only dream of.
I hope that through my passion for the game you feel the same love I, myself, my wife, baby girl, and grandmother have felt from each of you, the fans of the Green & Gold. We couldn't be happier to share this Mother's Day and every Mother's Day from here on out, TOGETHER! It's a perfect fit if you ask me.
2. Miguel Tejada's walk-off hits in Game 18 and 19 of 20-game winning streak in 2002
(From Ben Ross)
Everyone remembers Scott Hatteberg's legendary home run to give the A's their 20th straight win, but it was Miguel Tejada who played the role of hero the two previous games.
On September 1, 2002, with Oakland trailing Minnesota 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Tejada belted a walk-off three-run home run off Eddie Guardado to keep the streak alive. The next day against Kansas City, Tejada again came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, this time with the bases loaded in a 6-6 game, and ripped a single up the middle to score Greg Myers, sending the A's to their 19th win in a row.
Tejada went on to win the American League MVP award that season, batting .308 with 34 home runs and 131 RBI.