A’s honors the 20th anniversary of the team that won 20 games in a row

In hindsight, they say, it’s 20-20. The retrospective played a big part in the pre-game festivities at the Coliseum on Sunday.

The Oakland Athletics celebrated the 20th anniversary of their team’s 20-game winning streak in 2002. Two decades have in no way overshadowed what that streak meant to that team and what those players meant, and still mean, to each other.

“Every time we see these guys, it’s like we never left,” outfielder Terrence Long said. “We’ve all gotten older, but as for that group, we were very close. We picked up where we left off when everyone saw each other.”

Manager Art Howe said of his players: “It’s like they played together yesterday. It’s so nice to see. You always feel like these guys really liked playing together and enjoyed each other.

“And when you see this happen and the way they respond to each other, you know that was the case.”

The 2002 A’s were 19-25 and 10 games out of the first in the AL West in late May before getting underway. In June, they sandwiched two eight-fight win streaks around a single loss. They finished 103-59 and won the division by four games over the Angels.

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