A's movin' like Bernie

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A's movin' like Bernie

OAKLAND -- They do it in the clubhouse, they do it in the dugout, they do it on the field, and they even did it in celebration at first base immediately after capturing their MLB-leading 11th walk-off win Sunday.

The A's move it like Bernie.

You may have noticed the weird dance that A's players keep doing. It's called the "Bernie." It's a dance that got started when a rapper known as ISA released the song 'Moving like Bernie' back in 2010. So why in 2012 has this caught on with the A's?

"We started playing it in the clubhouse a couple weeks back and Brandon Inge loved it," reliever Jim Miller said with a grin. "He changed it to his walk-up song. We've been having a good time with it."

Figuring there had to more to the story of how a song based on the late 1980s movie "Weekend At Bernie's," became the A's go-to celebration dance -- the quest went straight to the source.

"Yeah, I like the song, I like the song," Inge said while trying to keep a straight face. "It was Coco Crisp that put it on. I think Jerry Blevins showed me the video of the guys dancing to it and I was just dying laughing."

"I can't take credit for that," Coco Crisp said. "It was Jerry Blevins who brought the Bernie inside the clubhouse."

"It started because I make fun of today's hip hop, it doesn't have any message whatsoever," Blevins said. "Then the Bernie song came out and I heard it this past New Year's Eve for the first time and I love it."

Upon hearing the song, Blevins brought it to Crisp's attention. In the past Crisp has come out to dance songs like 'The Dougie' or 'The Cat daddy,' so Blevins thought it was perfect for him. Crisp, however, liked his current walk-up song and instead put the Bernie on his iPad and started mixing the song into his clubhouse rap rotation. Inge then made it his walk-up song as an inside joke. That's when the Bernie started going viral.

"Someone told Inge that the right field caught onto it, and they are doing the Bernie over there too," Crisp said. "I told Inge he should point up there like Babe Ruth. He didn't do it, but he did hit a home run."

It's goofy reasons like these that the A's have won five straight games and nine out of their last 10 contests. In a game of intense pressure and failure it apparently helps to keep it loose. No one is ever more at ease than when leaning back, letting their arms go limp, and doing the Bernie.

"It kind of relaxes everyone a little bit and puts everyone in a good mood," Miller said. "It's a lot of fun around here right now. We are playing good baseball and enjoying it."

Gon' let it sink in, we do this every weekend, we move it like Bernie. There might be one more connection that no one has realized. Weekend At Bernie's came out in 1989 -- the last year the A's won the World Series. So next time you are watching an A's game and you see the boys on the field doing the Bernie do it with them. Just remember to "Hold yah head back like a nosebleed comin' through."

Vogt has that 'rejuvenation feeling' going from A's to first-place Brewers

Vogt has that 'rejuvenation feeling' going from A's to first-place Brewers

After five seasons in Oakland, Stephen Vogt begins a new chapter of his career in Milwaukee.

The 32-year-old was designated for assignment by the last-place A's on Thursday and claimed by the first-place Brewers on Sunday.

On Monday, the two-time All-Star catcher discussed his new opportunity with a contender on MLB Network Radio.

"Obviously I was ecstatic to hear I was headed to Milwaukee. We all watch baseball and they are such a fun team to watch right now. And your buddy Eric Sogard is there, so I've got some familiarity. It's an opportunity to win and I think anybody, when you get to the stage I'm in in my career, where I'm 32, I want to win. I'm at the point where that's kind of the goal in the big leagues where all you care about is winning and that's where I'm at. So, to get the news that I'm headed to a first-place team, I couldn't be more excited," Vogt said.

After making the AL All-Star team the last two seasons, Vogt struggled to the tune of a .217 batting average with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games.

But with a new team in a new league comes a fresh slate.

"You get that rejuvenation feeling, you get that feeling that this is the change you needed especially going to a winning team where when you're winning, everyone plays better, when you're winning, everyones happier. No matter where you are in life, you want to have that feeling that somebody wants you. So to have Milwaukee come in and say 'We wanted you,' Yeah, it recharged the batteries. I'm ready to go," Vogt said.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

BOX SCORE

The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.