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April 25, 2006 > Minor A's take the field with Oakland A's

Minor A's take the field with Oakland A's

by Barb Fuhs

The Minor National A's, from Fremont's Mission San Jose Little League, won a drawing to "Take the Field with the A's" on Sunday, April 16. Twelve members of the team took the field with the Oakland Athletics, proudly standing next to them during the National Anthem, receiving autographed balls from the players, and then shaking hands with their sports heroes before running off the field to the applause of McAfee Coliseum. Coaches Mike Teague and Dennis Satariano stood proudly on the field watching their team.

"It was great to see the kids take the field with their favorite A's players. The A's were very gracious hosts and gave the kids a thrill of a lifetime," said Mike Teague, Manager of the Mission San Jose Minor A's.

Coach Dennis Satariano remarked, "All those A's players were once Little Leaguers like our kids."

All of the players are Fremont residents, ranging in age from 9 to 12. Here was the exciting lineup: Saad Azam, 10, partnered with catcher Jason Kendall; Chandler Witham and Jay Shah, both 11, partnered with first baseman Dan Johnson; Cheyenne Walker and Nikhil Jois, both 10, partnered with second baseman Marco Scutaro; Johnny Leinweber, 11, and Aneesh Kauravlla, 9, partnered with shortstop Bobby Crosby; Trenton Silveira, 12, and Cody Teague, 9, partnered with third baseman Eric Chavez; Mark Cho, 10, partnered with right fielder Milton Bradley; Jason Teague, age 13 and a coaching assistant, partnered with center fielder Mark Kotsay; Randy Chu, age 12, partnered with left fielder Jay Payton.

Johnny Leinweber, age 11, described the experience, "I felt that I met some of the masters of baseball. I was too amazed to say very much, I was so excited. It is something I'll always remember."

Team mom, Jerelyn Leinweber, who entered the team in the drawing, could hardly believe the news when the A's called the previous Monday to let her know the team had won for Easter Sunday. "From then on, it was a mad rush contacting everyone, family plans had to be rearranged, and details had to be figured out for everyone on the team. It was hectic and wonderful."

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