Just over 24 hours after being called up to make his Major League debut, A’s rookie catcher, Derek Norris, rocked both sides of the Battle of The Bay with a massive 3 run walkoff home run with 2 outs in a full count. Out of breath from sprinting the bases and being tossed around like a banana in a blender by his teammates at home plate, who even managed to derobe the rookie, Norris quickly was ushered to do a post game interview with the A’s broadcast booth.

Ready for a second question, Norris got lit up in epic fashion by his teammates as you see below.


 

Commonplace in MLB post game interviews, this has to be a new territory as you see what looks to be a shaving cream pie, orange Gatorade, as well as water finding its way to the smiling mug of Norris all within about a second. Typically surprising a player with a pie, or just one cooler of liquid is hard enough. How three teammates managed to close in with such stealth and coordinate a precisely timed strike in an open field is something that warrants its own Warren Commission type investigation.

Quite a memorable 2nd day on the job regardless of the hazing. Norris should also get some credit for calling a good game for fellow newbie AJ Griffin who was starting his first game in the majors.

The walkoff closed out a memorable 3 game series between the neighboring rivals. The Giants had a 9th inning comeback on Friday night, the A’s surrendered an early lead but almost closed a 5 run gap in the 9th yesterday, and today’s game ended in memorable fashion as well.

While the debuts of Norris and Griffin were impressive, we’ll be back tomorrow with a look at an appearance in the broadcast booth by Eric Byrnes as a color commentator for FOX. 

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