After a Gatorade shower following an A’s 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox last season, starting pitcher Chris Bassitt said the ‘W’ meant a little extra for him.
He had just struck out seven in just as many innings and didn’t allow a run against the team that had drafted him in 2011. And now, he will face them again on the big stage in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series on Wednesday. It will be an added incentive.
“It’s special for me because — it’s kind of like playing with your friends kind of thing, so I know after the game I’ll have 30 or 40 ex-teammates and coaches and stuff texting me, so it’s fun — it’s a different dynamic,” Bassitt said Tuesday.
In 2014, Bassitt was traded from Chicago to Oakland along with catcher Josh Phegley, first baseman Rangel Ravelo and shortstop Marcus Semien