July 28, 2021

Reba, the very good groundsdog of the A’s (Athletics Nation)

The Oakland Coliseum has a long history of animals running around on its field, from Evie the Cat in 1990 to the Rally Possum(s) of the last several years. Baseball stadiums are huge facilities, after all, so it’s not unusual for some critters to find their way in and make themselves at home. However, if you keep your eye on Rickey Henderson Field before and after A’s games these days, you might catch a glimpse of one animal who is there on purpose: Reba the Groundsdog.

Clay Wood has been the A’s head groundskeeper since 1994. For much of that time it was arguably the toughest groundskeeper job in sports, as the Coliseum was the last remaining multi-purpose stadium in the country, switching back and forth between hosting MLB and NFL games. That era is over now, as the Raiders have officially left for Las Vegas, but it’s an obstacle Wood has dealt with for his entire quarter-century tenure to date.

Fortunately, he’s had help in recent years. Over the past few seasons, Wood has brought along his dog, a yellow lab named Reba. She can frequently be seen around the Coliseum, whether riding along on Wood’s cart, helping the players loosen up, keeping an eye on the…

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