Laureano’s passionate speech fires up A’s in skid-busting win originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Athletics shed most of their veteran leadership before the 2022 MLB season began, but one of the few holdovers was outfielder Ramón Laureano.
Unfortunately for the young A’s team, they didn’t have Laureano’s services until May 8 while he finished serving a PED suspension that rolled over from last season.
Just how important is Laureano to a rebuilding A’s team with the second-worst record in baseball? The evidence was crystal clear in Oakland’s 10-5 win Saturday in Cleveland.
With the A’s riding a 10-game losing streak and trailing halfway through the game against the Cleveland Guardians, Laureano had seen enough. It was time to light a fire under his teammates before they lost an 11th straight game.
FOX Sports cameras caught the 27-year-old screaming in the dugout during Saturday’s game. A short time later, Laureano was ejected from the game, so there was some thought that the outburst was connected to his departure from the game.
But after the A’s exploded for five runs in the seventh inning and beat the Guardians to end their skid, the story behind Laureano’s actions came out.
“Ramon is just trying to fire up the guys, telling the guys ‘Hey, we’re still in this fight. It’s not over. So keep on fighting, keep throwing punches,’ ” A’s starter Frankie Montas told reporters in Cleveland after the game. “And that’s what the guys went out there and did.
“I feel like we all needed to hear that. We all needed to hear somebody say ‘Hey, this is enough. Enough is enough.’ He was the guy that fired everybody up, so that’s what it took.”
First-year A’s manager Mark Kotsay explained after the game that Laureano was ejected because he argued with umpires about a perceived quick-pitch by a Guardians pitcher to Elvis Andrus. And the A’s had argued for a balk to be called earlier in the game, and the umps had enough when Laureano started yelling.
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