PHOENIX -- Athletics left-hander Brett Anderson was not joking when he fired off this tweet Friday evening: "Manny just asked if I was the video coordinator ... our relationship can only go up from here."
Anderson was dead serious ... and the result was gut-bustingly funny.
Starter Dallas Braden, between belly laughs, confirmed the exchange between Anderson and Manny Ramirez on Saturday morning.
"I was in the room when Manny asked Brett if he could get him some video," Braden said. "I died laughing."
Braden thought it was so funny that he ran toward the clubhouse to tell the rest of the Athletics, taking a short cut through the trainer's room so he could break the news. But he said Anderson still beat him to it.
"It was funny," Braden said. "It was hilarious. You always wonder when you get a new teammate what the interaction will be.
"Not only is Brett Anderson a pretty decent left-handed pitcher, now he's Manny's video guy."
Anderson, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected to rejoin Oakland's rotation before August, is 21-23 with a 3.66 ERA in 62 career starts.
"We left a baseball card of Brett in Manny's locker today," Braden said. "To remind him that while Brett may be queuing up video for Manny, he'll also be pitching every fifth day."