The A's turned a few heads when they announced relief pitcher Travis Blackley was designated for assignment on Friday. The Australian lefty helped the A's win the AL West in 2012 by outdueling Texas Rangers All-Star Matt Harrison in Game 161, finishing the year with a 6-4 record and 3.86 ERA.
With a bit of free time on his hands, the 30-year-old Blackley did what he normally does for an A's game -- he went to the Coliseum. Only when he showed up for Saturday's exhibition finale between the A's and Giants, Blackley needed a ticket and was forced to sit with the fans.
Blackley announced his presence with the following tweet:
Blackley, who later tweeted his move to the right field bleachers because "behind home plate is for the birds," responded to another tweet indicating that no one at the game recognized him.
He didn't seem flustered by the lack of recognition.
"Who expects to see a player in the stands?"