Inside the Clubhouse – Brandon Crawford
I grew up in the East Bay, so you’d think I would have been an A’s fan. But I never was. It was always the Giants in our family. But I don’t care who you are, if you didn’t love watching the A’s clinch the AL West on the last day of the season, you’re not a baseball fan. They’re behind five games with a week-and-a-half to play, and they just dismantle the Rangers. It’s just crazy the run they went on. Amazing. They have veteran guys like Jonny Gomes and Coco Crisp but there are no big-name power hitters or big-name pitchers. They’re doing it on momentum. It’s almost as if they don’t know they’re not supposed to be doing this. It’s just terrific.
Our team is pretty loose going into the playoffs. We have a lot of guys who have never been there. The veteran players are telling us just go out there and have fun. Play like we always play. Really enjoy it. I’m telling myself just to take it likes it’s just another game. The worst thing you can do is to build up pressure on yourself. I don’t see that happening with this group.
Belt and I decided to tell you a little about the guys on the team, starting at our end of the clubhouse and going locker by locker. First let me try to describe the clubhouse. When you open the door, there’s a hallway about 20 feet long. Along the hallway are Bochy’s office, Murph’s office and the coaches’ room. The end of the hallway opens up into a huge room with lockers lining all four walls, a few black leather couches, two tables strewn with newspapers and sports magazines, about half a dozen flat-screen TVs, one or two wheeled-bins where we toss our laundry, maybe a clubbie or two cleaning spikes with a stiff brush.
Near the center of the room is a kind of an information hub. There are several laptop computers, a stack of envelopes for guest tickets, a white board where Ron Wotus writes the times of batting practice, bus departures on getaway days and other important info for the day. It’s also where he tapes a printout of the day’s lineup.
This is probably more information than you ever wanted. But people ask me about the clubhouse, so I thought I’d try to describe it.
As you walk in to the locker room from the hallway, Belt has the very first locker on the right. I’m next to him (unless Pill is in SF; then he has the locker between us.) then Mijares and Casilla. Along the side wall are Timmy, Pence and Wilson. And starting on the back wall are Romo (in the corner next to Wilson), Buster, Pagan, Arias, Scutaro, Sanchez, Pablo and Blanco. There are more after Blanco but I’m stopping there for now. I’ve got to get to the park. I’ll finish up tomorrow if I have time and start on my thumbnail sketches of the players. Otherwise I’ll get to it on the off-day Monday.
Can’t wait to see what the park’s going to be like tomorrow. My dad and mom will be in their regular seats by third base. And I’ve gotten four more tickets for the rest of the family.
Thanks for reading!