Hendriks, wife donate meals
A’s closer and wife, Kristi, supply 100 lunches to Oakland Police Department
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.”
A’s pitcher Liam Hendriks throws against the Twins on July 21in Minneapolis.
A’s pitcher Liam Hendriks celebrates a 2-1 win against the Royals at the Coliseum on Sept. 17.