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July 1, 2009 > A's pitchers tee off on their day off

A's pitchers tee off on their day off

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By William Mancebo

After finishing their National League road trip, the Oakland A's pitchers continued swinging last Thursday, June 25, on their day off. However this time, instead of swinging the bats, they were swinging the golf clubs at the A's Community Fund Golf Classic at the Castlemont Country Club in Pleasanton.

"It's good to have a day off like this," said former A's and Giants pitcher Vida Blue. "It breaks up the routine of monotony of going to that ballpark everyday at the same time. Even the president needs a break."

The day started off with the longest-drive contest which included current A's bullpen coach Ron Romanick, A's pitcher Dallas Braden and Blue to see who can drive the ball the furthest.

Blue was confident throughout warmups, however only hit 268 yards, placing third in the tournament. Dallas Braden came out with his Texas Tech Red Raider golf head and despite his loud confidence, he did not disappoint, driving the ball 296 yards in the first round and 280 in the second.

However, the quiet Ron Romanick let his game speak for himself, driving the ball 292 yards in the first round, and the winning 296 in the second, which won him a gift card from Chevron and a Pepsi golf bag.

"You know, I just really didn't back it up," said Braden after the contest. "I came into it thinking I was going to walk away with it, but the experience and the proper mechanics prevailed today."

Brett Anderson, Andrew Bailey, Trevor Cahill, Dallas Braden, Vin Mazzaro, Michael Wuertz, Brad Ziegler, A's pitching coach Curt Young, A's third baseman Jack Hannahan, announcer Ray Fosse and A's President Michael Crowley all participated in the golf classic on the Thursday afternoon.

"Well first of all, it's for a good cause," said Fosse. "It raises a lot of money for the Community Fund to do a lot of different things. It's a good day out."

The A's Community Fund raises approximately $750,000 a year to support charitable organizations in the Bay Area. The fund aims towards improving educational programs, aid the underprivileged, assist in crime and drug prevention and promote health awareness.

"It's a great opportunity to get out here and raise some money for good causes here in the Bay Area," Crowley mentioned.

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