Dennis Eckersley made a number of stops in his Hall of Fame career — including, of course, with the Boston Red Sox — but arguably his most successful stint came with the Oakland A’s.
The A’s are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1989 World Series championship this season, and they invited their former closer to throw out the first pitch before Saturday’s game against the Red Sox. Receiving Eckersley’s toss was another talented closer, Sean Doolittle, and the 59-year-old proved he still had it by firing one in to Doolittle at home plate.
Eckersley, who stayed at the park to be the color man for Don Orsillo on NESN’s broadcast, compiled 320 saves over nine seasons in Oakland from 1987 to 1995.
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