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Axford wants Oscar winner, Oakland local Ali to chuck out 1st pitch

Mahershala Ali’s dictatorial opening in Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” warranted him a Best Supporting Actor endowment during a 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, though now John Axford, a Oakland Athletics‘ proprietor cinephile, wants to see if a newly flashy star can still pitch.

As shortly as Ali, an Oakland native, supposed his endowment for his absolute opening as a drug play with a proposal side in Jenkins’ opus, a contingent Best Picture winner, Axford started lobbying government to have a 43-year-old chuck out a rite initial representation during a Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum for a second time in as many years. This past August, about a week before “Moonlight” done a universe premiere during a Telluride Film Festival, Ali done his entrance during a Coliseum, so to speak, tossing out a initial representation before Oakland’s 5-1 feat over a Cleveland Indians.

Dave Kaval, a Athletics’ newly hired president, dug a reliever’s suggestion.

Renowned for his Oscar-predicting skills, Axford had pegged “La La Land” to take home Best Picture, though pronounced he “absolutely loved” “Moonlight,” adding that Ali had helped arrange a screening of a film for A’s players.

“It was a unhappy and pleasing film,” Axford told CSNBayArea.com’s Joe Stiglich. “I positively desired it.”

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