Hendriks, wife donate meals

A’s closer and wife, Kristi, sup­ply 100 lunches to Oakland Po­lice Depart­ment

Times Standard (Eureka) - - SPORTS - By Shayna Rubin

Since spring train­ing was can­celed on March 12 and the MLB sea­son post­poned, A’s closer Liam Hen­driks and his wife, Kristi, have been shel­ter­ing in place at their home in Ari­zona. Just the two of them, three dogs — in­clud­ing one fos­ter dog with a bro­ken leg — and two cats.

Through these strange times, the Hen­driks fam­ily has found some nor­malcy. To keep up some base­ball ac­tiv­ity, Hen­driks uses a

“Dura Sock” — a weighted glove — to sim­u­late his throw­ing mo­tion in his hall­way.

“It’s been tough, luck­ily for me, I wake up in the morn­ing and have cof­fee and sit down with the an­i­mals. The an­i­mals are def­i­nitely keep­ing me sane,” Liam said.

Said Kristi: “We’re like, ‘This is what re­tire­ment would be like.’”

Even from their shel­ter in Ari­zona, the Hen­driks fam­ily made sure to re­con­nect with the Bay Area. On Thurs­day, they do­nated 100 lunches from

Oak­land’s Au­to­bahn Café to the Oak­land Po­lice Depart­ment as a thank you for keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe amid the COVID-19 pan­demic. The cou­ple plans on do­ing the same for Alameda Po­lice

Af­ter the A’s do­nated 300 pizza lunches to med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als at Kaiser Per­ma­nente hos­pi­tal in Oak­land last week, the Hen­driks’ wanted to chip in, too. Help­ing out law en­force­ment of­fi­cials was mean­ing­ful for Kristi in par­tic­u­lar — her mother was a cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer and her grand­fa­ther, a high­way pa­trol­man.

“We want (law en­force­ment) to know what a ne­ces­sity it is to have

first re­spon­ders,” Kristi said. “You for­get they’re putting their lives on the line, virus or not. If we can show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion in any way, we want to.”

With lo­cal busi­nesses hit­ting hard times, the Hen­driks’ made sure to shop lo­cal, too.

“Lo­cal res­tau­rants are get­ting hit hard,” Liam said. “We wanted to take care of the lo­cal ar­eas that may have some is­sues mak­ing sure peo­ple come in.

“Ev­ery­thing has al­ways been shop lo­cal. We like the lo­cal feel of the Bay Area. You have the mom and pop shops, some of the best cof­fee and sand­wiches. So we want to make sure that they get the busi­ness while this is all go­ing on.”

The Hen­driks’ got a few mes­sages of grat­i­tude on In­sta­gram from OPD of­fi­cers and fam­ily mem­bers.

“We don’t want thanks. We just want to thank them,” Liam said. “We want to make sure that they feel thanked by the city by the state of Cal­i­for­nia. We get the fact they’re go­ing into dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions every day, and we want to make sure they’re ap­pre­ci­ated for that.”

JIM MONE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS, FILE

A’s pitcher Liam Hen­driks throws against the Twins on July 21in Min­neapo­lis.

RAY CHAVEZ — BANG, FILE

A’s pitcher Liam Hen­driks cel­e­brates a 2-1 win against the Roy­als at the Coli­seum on Sept. 17.

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