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Field of Links: No. 24 remains priceless in the Bay Area

Sep 4, 2013, 9:56 AM PDT


What’s in a number? For a professional athlete, numbers mean a lot of things. Numbers get you paid. They determine your job performance. A number can be something they’re superstitious about. For many guys, they have a number they’ve used since high school, or even earlier.

That jersey number is in their Twitter handles. It’s in their autographs. In many cases it’s framed and implemented in various keepsakes in their homes.

It’s a comfort. So, what’s comfort worth? For 49ers running back Anthony Dixon, it’s worth more than $24,000.

New 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha offered Dixon that sum for his no. 24, and was met with a swift decline.

“I worked hard to get that number when I first got here,” Dixon told 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco. “I worked hard to get it off somebody else. I’ve been No. 24 since high school and college.”

You could see why Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter was a bit miffed when his no. 24 was taken from him by the Raiders this preseason. When the Raiders signed All-Pro veteran Charles Woodson, the team also gave him no. 24 and didn’t tell Porter. Woodson was even listed as no. 24 in the media guide before players reported to training camp.

Porter fired off two tweets that have since been deleted.

“Well you Raiders fans…your guy has 24. It was TAKEN from me and given to him. #congrats…..too funny how this biz “works””😂

“Not mad at all…it’s just the principle and the way it was handled…..said my piece, now back to football.”

No one is taking no. 24 for the Bay Area’s baseball teams. Rickey Henderson and Willie Mays have retired those numbers.

Speaking of numbers, this is the no. 1 play of the year in Oakland, and likely Major League Baseball.


Josh Donaldson wasn’t King Crab fishing in Alaska, but he made the deadliest catch.

“That was a hell of a play,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said in his postgame press conference. “You’re not going to see too many plays better than that.”

Earlier in the game, Donaldson also took out years of frustration by A’s fans over A.J. Pierzynski, by taking him out in a home plate collision. Pierzynski held onto the ball despite being leveled and the Rangers took the game 5-1.

Time for a number of links.

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