Firefighters and survivors of the October wildfires in Northern California were treated to a late-inning victory at the A's game on Sunday.
The A’s hosted more than 4,000 residents of Sonoma, Napa and Solano County to a free day of baseball dubbed “North Bay Day” and “Firefighter Appreciation Day.” First responders and members of Santa Rosa's Mark West Little League were recognized at the game, according to KSRO.
After the pregame entertainment, which included a moment of silence for those affected by the wildfires, Santa Rosa resident Reece Wisler took to the field to throw the first pitch. Wisler’s family was one of many to have lost a home in the most devastating wildfires in California history.
In the months following the fires, the A’s have shown support for North Bay residents as they continue to rebuild and recover. Fans affected by the wildfires were able to request free tickets.
The game itself was memorable for an astonishing moment. On two consecutive pitches, a fan named Bill miraculously caught back-to-back foul balls. For many spectators, this was a baseball game to remember.