Oakland Athletics Fans Paint Mural Urging Team to Stay in City; Rickey Henderson Notices (Video)

Oakland Athletics fans are passionate about their team. And as most fans are wont to do, they’re doing their best to keep the team from moving.

The A’s search for a new ballpark is well documented, especially as O.co Coliseum falls further and further into disrepair — just this season, the Oakland dugout was flooded with sewage during more than one game. Now a local group of fans has taken it upon itself to create a visual plea in the city.

TDK Collective is a group of artists whose specialty is spray painting murals on the walls of businesses in and around Oakland, according to CSN Bay Area’s Field of Teams blog. The group painted a mural aimed at the A’s in downtown Oakland with one word: Stay.

The man behind the vision, 29-year-old high school art teacher Francisco Sanchez, chose to bookend the word “stay” with a depiction of Hall of Fame outfielder Rickey Henderson — symbolizing the club’s past — and an image of his 5-year-old niece, representing a future generation of A’s fans.

The end product is a breathtaking work of art that even drew Henderson’s interest.

“A car stops by and somebody says, ‘Does that mean I’m still alive?’ ” Sanchez told Casey Pratt of Field of Teams. “He said it again and he got out of the car. I kind of turned around and it was Rickey. That was really cool.”

Check out more of the story in the video below, with a hat tip to Yahoo! Sports.

Photo via Twitter/@CaseyPrattCSN

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