More than once have I attended a game in Arizona with the Raiders in town and there’s always a pretty good Raider Nation contingent there. It is the closest NFL team to California being some 5 hours drive from Los Angeles, so it makes sense Raider fans would show up to see it. But spring training baseball?
Tuesday Raiders wide receiver, Seth Roberts, a native of nowhere near Arizona, threw out the first pitch for the A’s spring training game against the Rockies.
Thanks to the @Athletics for having Mr. Clutch @SethTRoberts throw out the first pitch today at Spring Training! #RaiderNation #HellaSpring pic.twitter.com/l9nYyko2LJ— B² Enterprises (@B2Bradtke) March 14, 2017
At the @Athletics game throwing strikes for the first pitch like my boy @derekcarrqb! #HellaSpring #LetsGoOakland pic.twitter.com/OcvTWTA2yT— Seth Roberts (@SethTRoberts) March 14, 2017
Thanks for having me out at the game today @Athletics ! First class organization and fun time at the ballpark pic.twitter.com/DlN8DqKBRL— Seth Roberts (@SethTRoberts) March 14, 2017
Much to his surprise, Raider Nation was there to to greet him.
#RaiderNation is out here strong in AZ! Appreciate all the luv— Seth Roberts (@SethTRoberts) March 14, 2017
Usual Raiders beat writer Jimmy Durkin of the Bay Area News group was there covering A’s spring training baseball, and suddenly found himself covering something Raiders related.
I can attest that Seth couldn't take a step without getting a 'Go Raiders.' He even got one from someone in a Packers hat. (gasp!) https://t.co/DM47Et1Do8— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) March 14, 2017
I suppose with little free agent news happening with the Raiders, it’s as good a time as any to take in a baseball game.
As for Seth Roberts, he was retained as an Exclusive Rights Free Agent, and learned last night that he will have a new teammate in the receiving corps in the form of Cordarrelle Patterson who will be battling to take some snaps from him as the team’s third receiver.