On February 24th Last Dive Bar and the Oakland 68's, two prominent Oakland Athletics fan groups, will be hosting the second consecutive "Fans Fest" in Jack London Square.
The A's stopped hosting these events a few years ago, and to my knowledge are the only franchise in the league that doesn't hold a fan-focused event like this.
Some people wonder why the A's fanbase is so aggravated, but this is a prime example of why. The team cares so little about the fans that they have to host their own events in order to celebrate the organization.
On Tuesday afternoon, Last Dive Bar announced a surprise guest for the event. Fan favorite Khris Davis will be in attendance, meeting with fans and signing autographs.
The former A's masher famously posted a .247 batting average in four consecutive seasons. Between 2016-2018, Davis slugged 133 home runs with 335 RBI. His 48 homers in 2018 led the league.
The Athletics signed Davis to a 2 year, $33 million contract prior to the 2020 season. They traded him away just a year later in a move to shed his salary after Davis started losing the thread at the plate. He was moved to the Rangers, along with 2023 all-star Jonah Heim, for Elvis Andrus and about $13 million in cash.
It was a bit of an unceremonious end for Davis, but Athletics fans are accustomed to that type of fate with their favorite players at this point.
Regardless, fans will have the opportunity to interact with him and potentially grab an autograph at the Fans Fest in late February.