Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, and the Oakland Athletics


Sep 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jon Lester (31) is relieved by manager Bob Melvin (6) during the eighth inning of the 2014 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

For those unfamiliar with the Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day,” his character becomes trapped in a time loop and relives the same day over and over. What do Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, and the Oakland Athletics have to do with one another? There are many days A’s fans would love to relive, if only to change the chain of events or poor decisions made.

In honor of Groundhog Day, and the awesome movie staring Bill Murray, I posed this question on Twitter:

If you could change one moment/game for the #Athletics, what would it be? #GroundhogDay -Jennifer Trumpp (@JenniferTrumpp) February 2, 2015

There were several answers I expected to here but there were plenty of unique responses. Here they are:

Never trade for Jim Johnson. -@mattmcsports27

Any game 5 we have lost haha -@OaklandAzFan

you’ve probably heard this a lot: Wild Card game. Don’t have Lester start the 8th inning. – @VelvetMcIntyre

Gibson 1988. -@PaulieDelos

Slide Jeremy is a close second. -@PaulieDelos

game 3, 2001. No doubt -@MattVerderame

Cespedes trade hands down -@allbenjamens

keep Lester in the game lol -@ArabianMamba95

Giambi deciding to be a ballerina. -@TylerrSaid

Cespedes trade -@MYndShenanigans

slide, Jeremy….JUST. SLIDE. -@jstemily

Game 1 of the 88 World Series – Gibson HR. Changed the whole series mojo. A’s then up 2 games to 1 with 2 more to go at home -@RichPaloma

Jeremy “no slide” Giambi. That game made Jeter look like a Titan. I’m still pissed. #NevetGettingOverIt -@RobertLorigan

The 8th inning of the 2014 WC game. Ugh! -@TheOaklandBlaze

this is easy, Jeremy Giambi, SLIDE YOU IDIOT! !!!!!!! -@1989w7373

The home run Eck gave up to Gibson in the 1988 World Series. I still dislike the Dodgers and Tommy Lasorda. -@Zfranz15

Byrnes actually tags home. Or Tejada gets to 3rd. That Boston series stings worse than Giambi’s no slide. -@d_fraz61

in history: Gibson, Kirk. for 2014: trading Addison away -@Wipps

list Billy Beane as “out for the season” a week before the the Cespedes trade. -@mikeybythesea

Game 4 of the 2013 ALDS -@RFNick148

Game 4 of the 2013 ALDS. -@RFNick149

Not only did they give identical answers and have nearly identical usernames, but they also posted their answers at the same time.

Cast your vote and let me know what moment you would want to mettle in with the hopes of changing the outcome.