A's celebrate 2002's record winning streak

A's celebrate 2002's record winning streak

A's celebrate 2002's record winning streak
OAKLAND -- The A's celebrated the 10th anniversary of their American League record 20-game winning streak in 2002 on Saturday with a pregame ceremony when members of that team were honored.

Former A's managers Art Howe and Ken Macha, who served as Howe's bench coach in 2002, took part, as did a number of coaches and players, including Scott Hatteberg, Terrence Long, Chad Bradford and Jim Mecir. Former A's Barry Zito, the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner, third baseman Eric Chavez and outfielder David Justice recorded video messages that were played on the big screens.

Howe received one of the longest and loudest ovations from fans as he was introduced.

Hatteberg, the hero of the 20th win in that streak, was introduced last and threw out the first pitch -- fans also received a Hatteberg bobblehead. It was Hatteberg who slugged a pinch-hit, walk-off solo home run, lifting the A's to a 12-11 win at home against Kansas City for their 20th straight victory.

After Saturday's game, an on-field viewing of the movie "Moneyball," based on that season, was scheduled for fans who purchased a special ticket.

Proceeds from this weekend-long celebration will go to the Cory Lidle Foundation. Lidle, a pitcher on that 2002 team, died in a 2006 plane crash. The A's presented a $10,000 check to Lidle's widow, Melanie, and son, Christopher.

"We've had an awful lot of success here, and that was a very exciting time in the history of the organization," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "So I applaud the fact we are giving it the notoriety this weekend that it should get."