Tom Hanks, Coliseum public address announcer? That might be one possibility — via recording, of course — as the A’s experiment with all kinds of sounds to fill their empty stadium during the coronavirus pandemic this season. They’re trying fun ways to incorporate their fans, players, coaches and even vendors… such as Hanks, who sold peanuts and soda in the stands in the 1970s. With PA man Dick Callahan out for the 60-game season for health reasons, team president Dave Kaval told The Chronicle, “We could have Dick record some stuff so he’s still kind of there with us. We could get some celebrities to record some things, get Tom Hanks to record a Matt Chapman announcement. I’ve already heard from a number of people and we’re going to try a lot of different things.” During Wednesday evening’s nine-inning simulated game, the team began testing various crowd-noise possibilities, including piping in soundtracks from previous games — background chatter, cheering (“We have to have ‘Let’s go, Oakland!’” Kaval said) and, to no one’s surprise, drumming. The A’s won’t forget their right-field crew, whose steady thumping get a big thumbs’ up from Oakland players and a major negative reaction from opposing fans… Read full this story
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