OAKLAND, CA — Instead of spending his day off playing Tomb Raider: Legend, A’s pitcher Huston Street joined third-base coach Ron Washington and…other people on Thursday as they built a house for a family displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The A’s donated money for construction and the parking lot at McAfee Coliseum as a staging area for the effort, as well as two employees whose hands were apparently not integral to the team’s success that night.
The home, one of 26 to be built in Oakland, was assembled for Habitat For Humanity. Washington, with over 20 relatives in the New Orleans area, had a direct connection to the disaster. “I lost my house and fortunately I still have a job. I know of people that lost their home, family and job,” Washington said. “Anytime anyone can lend a helping hand to anyone, it’s amazing.” Street later realized he was not required by the team to participate after all, when he noticed Jason Kendall and Barry Zito peeking around a corner and giggling.