Sean Manaea: Just like us.
Flanked by cardboard cutouts, the Athletics pitcher was in the stands on Monday-evening and picked up the Mariners’ A’s 11-1. With new protocols, all players not in the game have to sit in the stands to keep social distance – and that has typically led supportive teammates to get creative.
Well, Manaea was clearly thinking ahead and broke out the Crayola box of 64 colored pencils to set up a few plates to support his teammates.
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The signs are:
“CANHABAL” for Mark Canha, “CHI” for Chad Pinder and, hilariously, “MAN CHAP” for Matt Chapman. That was probably not designed that way.
However, there is a question of who “EL BURRO” is. Depending on the language, it is Italian for ‘butter’ or Spanish for ‘donkey’.
Manaea suits the typically raw and unique A’s fans, who are clearly absent due to the coronavirus pandemic. Baseball fans noticed and weighed Manaea’s dedication to his teammates.
Manaea is the best cheerleader
– Kimm (@_kimms_) August 4, 2020
Now give Sean Manaea the Cy Young pic.twitter.com/FStxmPYxBR
– Ben Ross (@BenRossTweets) August 4, 2020
Sean Manaea who holds up signs in the stands is great.
– Cardboard icons (@cardboardicons) August 4, 2020
Sean Manaea fan cam is what we needed tonight.
– Katie • BLM • Defund the Police (@ EllisFan14) August 4, 2020
Sean Manaea is my spirit animal. https://t.co/eDXSS64Pcn
– tony (@TonyCaminada) August 4, 2020
who do you think has the best personality in baseball and why is it sean manaea? https://t.co/VPVpC2tj5I
– Kyle Grozen (@kylegrozen) August 4, 2020
– Casey Pratt (@ CaseyPrattABC7) August 4, 2020
If baseball continues this year, this is the kind of thing that will make fans invest. Seeing the players’ personalities without the luxury of fans is a cool peek behind the baseball curtain – a refreshing change as baseball is the most watched sport of all in the U.S.
Maybe next time, Manaea will paint his belly and wear a green afro. Then the evolution is complete.