BILLY O, CURVEBALLS AND CHRIS CARTER
two months after I started my job as the new public relations director, I had
the pleasure of meeting Billy Owens,
the A’s affable director of player personnel.
It was August 2008, the White Sox were in town and Owens was parked next
to the batting cage at the Coliseum during BP.
I asked him about a young prospect named Chris Carter (right), the outfielder who came over in the Dan Haren trade
and had unleashed a 39-homer, 104-RBI season in his first year in the A’s farm
system at Single-A Stockton. I
distinctly remember what “Billy O” said:
“No one here in uniform tonight has more natural power than that kid,”
he said. “He’s still raw but you can’t
teach that kind of power.” Then I looked
around, and I saw Ken Griffey, Jr., Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye, Frank Thomas and Jack Cust,
all in uniform. “Billy O” looks at me
again and just nods his head.
…AND WHO’S THIS GUY DESME?
Could this guy be for real? Add him to Carter and
two-time All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year Brett Wallace (right), the prize piece in the Matt Holliday trade, and A’s fans may be seeing
the long ball return to Oakland sooner than we think.