Tom Hanks ‘selling’ hot dogs at Oakland Athletics games
There may be no crying in baseball this year, but there will be a hint of Tom Hanks in Oakland.
As the fanless MLB season gets underway, the Oakland A’s revealed last week that Hanks — a former Oakland Colesium vendor — will be featured at home games, with the team mixing the Oscar winner’s voice into the added crowd noise.
Life is like a box of… popcorn. 🍿
East Bay's own @tomhanks is reprising one of his first roles as a Coliseum vendor! See if you can hear him mixed in with the crowd noise during tonight's #OpeningDay broadcast.#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/o84TzuTLiX
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 24, 2020
In addition to stadiums being free of spectators, the 2020 MLB season has also been shortened to 60 games due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hanks, 64, who contracted the lethal bug earlier this year, previously spoke about his time as a vendor during a 2019 appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“I was a vendor at Oakland A’s games, I was 14 years old,” the Concord, Calif. native recalled. “I went down to sell peanuts and soda and thinking that it would be kind of like from a TV show, where everyone helps out the young kid, trying to make a thing. First of all, I got robbed, twice.”
Hanks added he learned a valuable lesson from the experience.
“Note to self, hide those wads of cash,” Hanks quipped. “Don’t be walking with a wad of cash sticking out of your pocket.”
The A’s (3-2) will face the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.