Gomes, A's to welcome Petaluma Little League team

Gomes, A's to welcome Petaluma Little League team

CLEVELAND -- The A's will honor the Petaluma (Calif.) National Little League Team before Friday's series opener against the Red Sox.

Petaluma, the hometown of A's outfielder Jonny Gomes, finished third in the Little League World Series. They made up a 10-run deficit in the sixth inning of a semifinal game against Goodlettsville, Tenn., before falling, 24-16, in extra innings. In the third-place game, Petaluma topped Aguadulce, Panama, 12-4.

Gomes has frequently sported a Petaluma shirt in the clubhouse in recent weeks, and he has helped raise money to cover the team's transportation and lodging costs in Williamsport, Pa.

"If I was lucky enough to go to Williamsport when I was 12, there would be no chance my family would have been able to go on their own dollar, and how bummed out I would be about that," Gomes said.

On Friday, the team will be recognized in a pregame ceremony on the field at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. During the national anthem, the players will take the field alongside the A's starters before taking in the game from the luxury suites, courtesy of Gomes.