Sean Doolittle says goodbye to the A's fan base

Traded reliever offers his thank you to Oakland

Karl Buscheck
July 17, 2017 - 11:47 am

A day after Sean Doolittle was traded to the Washington Nationals, the left-handed reliever joined 95.7 The Game and said goodbye to the Oakland A's fan base.

“I really just want to say thank you,” Doolittle said. “[The fans] embraced me from Day 1 when I got called up here in 2012 when I was a kid with no beard and really no idea what he was doing on the mound still.”

Doolittle originally joined the organization back in 2007, as a compensation draft pick for losing Barry Zito in free agency.

“And they stuck with me. There were some ups-and-downs and it was a bit of a roller coaster ride at times. I know there were some really good times and there were also some really frustrating times spent on the DL, some seasons under .500.”

“But you know what, the energy that they brought [and] the support that they showed me it helped at home here, it helped me feel part of more than just a baseball team.”

“I really felt like I was a part of the community and that's what made me want to go out there every night and leave it all out there. I feel like I left my heart on the mound every time I walked off it. And I was proud to wear the uniform because of the way the fans and the community embraced me.”

“Baseball's a small world and I'm sure I'll be seeing a lot of [the fans] down the road.”

Check out the full interview with Doolittle in the podcast below:

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