Wish Kid August Wold spends the day as an Oakland Athletic

Wold "signed" a one-day contract to play for his favorite team

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, 8, of Redding, in full Oakland Athletics uniform, prepares to bat the first hit, instead of the ceremonial first pitch with Jurickson Profar before their game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. August participated in batting practice, followed by a press conference where he officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, 8, center, of Redding, looks at bench coach Ryan Christenson (29) during the national anthem before the A’s game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. He participated in batting practice, followed by a press conference where he officially signed his contract. In lieu of a ceremonial first pitch, August made the first hit from a pitch from A’s Jurickson Profar. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, 8, of Redding, in full Oakland Athletics uniform, stands between manager Bob Melvin, third from left, and bench coach Ryan Christenson (29) during the national anthem before their game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. He participated in batting practice, followed by a press conference where he officially signed his contract. In lieu of a ceremonial first pitch, August made the first hit from a pitch from A’s Jurickson Profar. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, 8, of Redding, in full Oakland Athletics uniform, runs to first after making the first hit, instead of the ceremonial first pitch, before the A’s game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. August participated in batting practice, followed by a press conference where he officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: In lieu of a ceremonial first pitch, August Wold, 8, of Redding, in full Oakland Athletics uniform, makes the first hit from a pitch from A’s Jurickson Profar before their game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. August participated in batting practice, followed by a press conference where he officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, 8, of Redding, signs a contract with the Oakland Athletics as General Manager David Forst, right, and teammates look on during a press conference before their game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, 8, of Redding, touches the microphone as Oakland Athletics General Manager David Forst, right, and players applaud after he signed a contract during a press conference before their game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, of Redding, high-fives his father George Wold after he signed a contract during a press conference with the A’s team before their game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, of Redding, gestures after a press conference with the A’s team before their game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, of Redding, catches a ball during batting practice before the A’s game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, of Redding, swings his bat after a press conference with the A’s team before their game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, of Redding, is photographed after batting practice before the A’s game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, of Redding, is greeted by pitcher Blake Treinen after batting practice before the A’s game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, of Redding, walks off the field after batting practice before the A’s game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, of Redding, is photographed after batting practice before the A’s game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 27: August Wold, of Redding, wears his Oakland Athletics uniform, as he swings his bat during batting practice before the A’s game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The A’s and the Make-A-Wish foundation made August’s wish of becoming an A’s player come true. Following batting practice, the team hosted a press conference where August officially signed his contract. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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OAKLAND — Every day since birth, August Wold has suffered through a gastrointestinal disorder.

The 8-year-old’s wish (through the Make-A-Wish Foundation) was simply to be an Oakland Athletic for one of those days. The A’s granted him that wish on Saturday, complete with official release announcing the A’s transaction. Wold’s entire family — his parents, grandparents and siblings — all joined him, decked out in A’s apparel.

Wold, suited up in kelly green A’s threads, sat with closer Liam Hendriks to get his bat all taped up. He then joined his new teammates on the field, where outfielder Ramon Laureano threw him batting practice.

 

Wold met with A’s general manager David Forst, who brought him up to the press conference podium where he signed his one-day contract.

Some of his favorite players — Joakim Soria, Ryan Buchter, Josh Phegley, Hendriks and Blake Trienen — were there to welcome him.

His family said Wold’s favorite players were Khris Davis and Matt Olson, but when posed the question again, Wold listed off Treinen, Phegley and Matt Chapman as his baseball idols.

Wold’s favorite thing to do on the field?

“Hit the ball,” he said.

“After the way we’ve been hitting lately, we could use you!” Forst said.

Wold also predicted a Chapman home run.

In the fifth inning, Chapman hit a two-run home run, as predicted.

Wold wondered aloud if he would be able hang out in the dugout all game, to which his family explained would not be possible. He did get to make the first hit of the game off second baseman Jurickson Profar: an infield single between second and third base.

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