May 29, 2014
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Two star Oakland A’s players will pay visits to Richmond to take part in separate events benefiting local kids on Friday and Saturday.

Last week, the Richmond Standard reported that a “member” of the baseball organization will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday at the newly renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Park baseball field.

We just learned that member will be outfielder Josh Reddick. After throwing the first pitch for a Little League game at the noontime dedication ceremony, Reddick will host a baseball clinic with the young athletes. The MLK Jr. Park field renovation was funded by the A’s and Pacific Gas & Electric Co., with help from the Good Tidings Foundation.

On Friday, another A’s player is planning to stop by. A’s pitcher Sonny Gray is scheduled to visit Stege Elementary School, 4949 Cypress Ave., to take part in the “Science of the Game” program, an ongoing partnership between the Oakland A’s, Chevron and Bay Area schools.

The program, launched in 2012, gets young people interested in science by applying scientific principles to the game of baseball.

Gray, a graduate of the prestigious Vanderbilt University, will distribute “Science of the Game” workbooks to Stege Elementary fifth graders at 1 p.m.

That’s not all: Gray is also planning to work through science problems with students and also hand out A’s-themed gifts.

“Each student will also receive two tickets to the A’s 6:05 p.m. fireworks game against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 3,” according to a news release from Chevron Richmond.

In total, the A’s and Chevron designed and plan to distribute more than 15,000 “Science of the Game” workbooks to Bay Area schools. The three workbooks, aimed at educating youths from different age groups between the first and eighth grades, are available online at

Get this kids: Those of you who complete your workbooks and submit an answer sheet to the A’s organization will receive two ticket vouchers to an upcoming A’s home game. Is there a better reason to do your homework?


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.