"They were instrumental in that motion in the ballpark, especially this time of year when it's so draining physically," Showalter said. "It's uplifting. Don't think our players don't hear it and don't feel it."
The crowd was into it until the ninth inning, when the Athletics scored six runs to take a five run lead.
"That's why it's a double-kick in the stomach when you aren't able to finish that one off, because it would have made for a lot more people watching the fireworks," Showalter said. "I notice those things. Believe me, I can take in a moment as I am getting older, and I see the motion and the care."
"Sure wish we could have done a better job of finishing it," he added.