Richmond community advocate throws out first pitch at A’s game

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Richmond community advocate throws out first pitch at A’s game
Rodney Alamo Brown (Photos contributed)

By Kathy Chouteau

A onetime Major League Baseball scout and Kennedy High second baseman threw out the first pitch last week when the Oakland A’s took on the Texas Rangers.

Rodney “Alamo” Brown, well known around town as a Richmond community advocate, was invited by the team to throw out the first pitch in the first game as the A’s defeated the Texas Rangers 9-2 in a double header Wednesday, May 8 at the Oakland Coliseum.

The A’s cited Brown on social media as that week’s “Community Champion” and said he is “Dedicated to serving our neighbors in need as a community volunteer and public servant for 30-plus years.”

In selecting him for the first pitch, the team also noted Brown’s 2022 Make a Difference Award, his previous honor as a Safe Return Community Volunteer of the Year in Richmond and his designation by KQED as a legendary Bay Area rapper.

Brown hurled a steady pitch over the home plate to the A’s first base coach Bobby Crosby, who shook hands and hugged him in celebration afterwards.

It’s no wonder Brown looked like he knew what he was doing out on the field. The community advocate has a long history in baseball, starting at Kennedy High and continuing on as a former Major League Baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Currently, he is also a baseball ambassador to the country of Curaçao. 

Following his pitch, Brown watched the remainder of the game, cheering the team on to victory from the stands. Check out this video of Brown’s pitch.