The A's trailed, 7-3, heading into the top of the ninth of their game against the Twins on Wednesday night. Things looked grim. None of the traditional rally measures -- rally hat, rally cat, rally cellphones -- would do.
Luckily, a hero was sitting in the stands, armed with a Dennis Eckersley puppet, a couple of concessions and an endless supply of determination:
Alas, not even one of baseball's greatest relievers in puppet form could save Oakland on this night: Despite an RBI single from Matt Joyce, the team eventually fell, 7-4. But A's fans could rest a little bit easier knowing that, wherever there is a deficit to be vanquished and popcorn to be eaten, #RallyEck will be there: