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Athletics will go ahead with Yoenis Cespedes t-shirt night even after trade to Red Sox

Jul 31, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

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The Athletics scheduled a Yoenis Cespedes t-shirt giveaway for this Saturday, which probably sounded logical enough to the promotions department when they were planning such things way back when. However, it’s definitely a little awkward now that Cespedes has been swapped to the Red Sox as part of the the Jon Lester deal. Still, they have 10,000 of these bad boys and will go ahead with the giveaway anyway:

The alternative was likely sending all 10,000 t-shirts to our friends at Cespedes Family Barbecue.

By the way, making things more awkward, Lester is scheduled to make his A’s debut Saturday night against the Royals. That being said, it’s a pretty awesome shirt, as you’ll see below. Not a bad keepsake to say farewell to a fan favorite who provided plenty of entertaining moments during his time in Oakland.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Instant collectors items. There should be demand from Boston fans on E-Bay.

  2. Caught Looking - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    The could use the shirts to mop up from the plumbing issues

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      nah, they got enough raiders jersey’s and such to do that…

      the Raiders were LAST in attendance last yr in the NFL, no one goes to raiders games so they used the jerseys for that crap

      oh, the raiders also lost more games in the last 10 yrs than any other NFL team and that includes the Lions who were 0 & 16 in 2008, 2 & 14 in 2009 and 3 & 13 in 2006. Raiders still couldn’t win more games in the last 10 yrs even with the Lions doing that…

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    How many times have we seen this story before? Seems that if you have a bobblehead/T-shirt/promo night you’re likely getting moved a few days before it.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      The Yankees did something like that in the 1950s before tee shirts and bobbleheads. They would trade a veteran to Baltimore for a player they needed for the stretch run, and gave the veteran his “day” in Yankee Stadium earlier in the season. As the players noted, if they gave you your “day”, it meant you were the veteran who would be traded to Baltimore.

    • clydeserra - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Giambi was DFA’d less than a week before his bobble head day in 2010(? 2011?). he was still not traded to colorado yet. As I recall, he came to the park that day in jeans.

    • Bryz - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      The Rays had that with Manny Ramirez before his suspension, which led to Super Sam Fuld Cape Day.

  4. hojo20 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Drop the shirts from an airplane in Africa. The kids will love them.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      They’ll go well with the Undefeated Patriots Super Bowl Champion shirts.

  5. mikhelb - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Silly A’s, “La Potencia” doesn’t mean “Power” in spanish, it is the capacity to do something.

    Potencia = potency.
    Poder = power

    The spanish languaage is very hard to grasp going by the translator or using an english-spanish dictionary, even in the various hispanic speaking countries in América there are differences, but generally speaking, mexican spanish is more in line with the original spanish from spain (called “castellano” in reality, not spanish nor español).

  6. renaado - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    He may be gone, t-shirts of his which resembles his name… Says, days are numbered and doesn’t last, sometimes may caught us off guard. Still, he will be remembered there in Oakland.

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