From Wade Boggs’ pre-game chicken to Pedro Cerrano’s voodoo doll Jobu from Major League, good-luck charms have always had a place in baseball. The AL-West-leading Athletics (who could be headed to Vegas or Portland in the near future) don’t have a waffle-maker they can look to for answers or a golden thong a la Jason Giambi, but they do have a 40-pound trident, a dugout prop meant to symbolize their recently-adopted “ride the wave” mantra.
A’s hurler Chris Bassitt continued his breakout season with a night for the ages Thursday at the Oakland Coliseum, limiting the visiting Angels to two hits over nine shutout frames, extending his unbeaten streak to nine starts. When C-Bass put on a headset for his post-game interview with NBC Sports Bay Area, the 6’5” right-hander did so with a trident in hand, channeling his inner Poseidon while entertaining questions about his first big-league shutout. Not only did it make for a phenomenal picture, but it also provided plenty of joke material, prompting countless Anchorman references on Twitter.
The rare comedy to derive humor from a mythical sea weapon, the movie prominently features weatherman Brick Tamland (memorably portrayed by Steve Carell) using a trident to defend himself in a back-alley brawl between rival San Diego news stations.
The A’s got off to a rollercoaster start this year, losing their first six games of 2021, which they promptly followed up with a 13-game winning streak. “Ride the wave,” a phrase credited to Bassitt and fellow starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo, soon became their rallying cry, inspiring merchandise and eventually giving rise to the trident (which teammate Sean Manaea apparently purchased for $400 on Amazon) Bassitt was seen lugging around Thursday night.
Holding a 1.5-game lead in the division over second-place Houston, the surging A’s will continue to ride the wave when they resume their series Friday against Los Angeles.